Snow Plow
Doug Weese from the grounds and landscape crew is one of 20 workers battling Mother Nature to keep the sidewalks cleared of snow. Although more snow is predicted, Daryl Costanzo, manager of grounds and landscape, said they should be able to keep up. Photograph by Susan Griffith.

CWRU Scholar to Appear at Baseball Heritage Museum Open House

Stephanie Liscio
Stephanie Liscio

In the 1940s, headlines in black community papers, such as Cleveland’s Call & Post, Chicago’s Defender and the Pittsburgh Courier, pushed for integration of Major League Baseball.

But that campaign—and the ensuing success of integrating major league baseball—had the unforeseen consequence of the demise of the national Negro baseball league, according to Case Western Reserve University author and history scholar Stephanie Liscio.

She will be among several baseball history authors who will sign their books during the Baseball Heritage Museum’s open house at 530 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland on Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Read more.

Campus News

All offices within the Controller’s Office (including payroll, the bursar’s, student loans, collections, and the cashier’s offices) will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 17.  They will resume regular hours Monday, Dec. 20.

For Faculty and Staff

The Spartan women's basketball team is conducting a basketball clinic and invites all faculty and staff to bring their children and families to the Veale Center from 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 18 for some fundamental basketball teaching, playing and having fun with the team. Boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible. The cost is $10 for early registration or $15 at the door. Contact coach Freeman Blade for early registration. Participants can stay after the clinic to watch the Spartan women's basketball team practice. Bring a ball and a friend to the clinic.

For Students

W2 forms will be available to all student employees at the end of January 2011. Your W2 will be sent to your home address unless you enter a W2 address type in the Student Information System (SIS). All updates must be completed by Jan. 7, 2011. You must have a domestic address (either home or W2) in SIS, or you will need to pick up your W2 form in the University Payroll Office (Bioenterprise Building). If you have questions about W2 forms, please contact the Payroll Office at 216.368.4290. If you have questions about address types in SIS, please click here or email

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Retrospect Yearbook reminds everyone to go to to order their 2010-2011 yearbooks now! Yearbooks are only $55 until Dec. 31. Senior ads can also now be purchased and designed through a link on the website.

Students who missed their senior portraits with Focus One Photography the first time will have another chance on Feb. 24-25. More details will come later, but this will be the last chance to get pictures taken for the 2010-2011 school year. Please contact the Retrospect Editor in Chief Megan Schulstad with any questions regarding senior photos or the yearbook.


Darin Croft
Darin Croft

Paleontologist Darin Croft presents Teeth, Toes and Tales of Mammals Extreme at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Croft, associate professor in the Department of Anatomy, explains the difference between Thylacoleo and Thylacosmilus and how to weigh something that’s been dead for 25 million years. Croft is a collaborator of the Extreme Mammals exhibition.

This program is offered in conjunction with the Extreme Mammals exhibition, which will be on display at the Museum through April 17. Details (tickets, etc.) can be found online.


The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

Et al.

Vinny Bell
Vinny Bell

Vinny Bell, junior forward on the Spartans Men’s Soccer Team, earned third-team honors for the 2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru Men’s NCAA Division III All-America Team, announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Additionally, he was named first-team All-Great Lakes Region and the University Athletic Association Most Valuable Player.

Dec. 14, 2010

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In the News

Jobs that Increase Your Odds of Being in Business for Yourself

Small Business Trends, Dec. 13, 2010
Studies show that a majority of Americans would prefer to be self-employed, and a few careers lend themselves to that possibility, from door-to-door sales worker to construction manager, writes Scott Shane, the A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Weatherhead School of Management.

Among the Evangelicals

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 12, 2010
Recently there has been an increase in interest among scholars and nonscholars alike in the evangelical religious movement. Timothy Beal, professor of religion at Case Western Reserve, takes a look at the depths and complexities of evangelism.

Research Shows Stopping a Thought Puts More Strain on Your Brain , Dec. 14, 2010
Stopping a thought burns more energy than thinking, according to Daniela Calvetti and Erkki Somersalo, professors of mathematics at Case Western Reserve University, and Rossana Occhipinti, a postdoctoral researcher. The team uncovered this when they designed a software package to study brain metabolism.

Higher Ed News

Nearly 90% of Young Alumni Say Going to College Was Worth It, Survey Finds

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 13, 2010
A survey of 800 young alumni found high satisfaction among recent grads — 89 percent said their college experience was worth it, 85 percent said their education prepared them for their current jobs and about 80 percent said they would attend the same undergraduate college if give the chance.