News Buzzes About Clune's English Courses

Michael Clune
Michael Clune

New to campus this semester, the English department’s Michael Clune created national buzz when The Daily Beast, a popular news blog, called his upper-level English seminar, Forms of Life, one of the year’s hottest college courses. 

The assistant professor's Forms of Life seminar explores how writers have stopped time to infuse their subjects with immortality. He also teaches an American literature survey course.

In spring semester, he plans to appeal to other students on campus with a science fiction offering. Another planned course is Literature of the City, which will examine how the city has evolved artificially, through planning by man, or biologically, like living organisms that grow and evolve. Read more.

Campus News

As of Dec. 1, the following buildings have new street addresses:

  • A.W. Smith Building: 2102 Adelbert Rd.
  • Bingham Building: 2104 Adelbert Rd.
  • Dental School: 2124 Cornell Rd.
  • Glennan Building: 2123 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
  • Nord Hall: 2095 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
  • Nursing School: 2120 Cornell Rd.
  • Olin Building: 2101 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
  • Robbins Building: 2210 Circle Dr.
  • Rockefeller Physics Building: 2076 Adelbert Rd.
  • Sears Library: 2083 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
  • Sears Tower: 2222 Circle Dr.
  • Tomlinson Hall: 2121 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
  • Veale Center: 2138 Adelbert Rd.
  • White Building: 2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
  • Wickenden Building: 2071 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
  • Wood Research Tower: 2123 Adelbert Rd.
  • Yost Hall: 2049 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

This change will not affect mail, as the location codes will not be changed.  

For external mail, the local post office has been notified of this change and will update its information accordingly.  

The Case Western Reserve University main address will remain 10900 Euclid Ave.; this address is assigned to Crawford Hall and the VIC.

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The School of Graduate Studies is moving to the second floor of Tomlinson Hall. The office will be closed Dec. 20-22. The location code will remain 7027 and phone numbers will not change. Please come visit the school and its new website.

For Faculty and Staff

The Charity Choice campaign officially closes Friday, Dec. 17. Through Charity Choice, the university makes a donation to a nonprofit organization that serves social, economic, environmental and education needs across the community. The university’s goal is to raise more than $204,000 and increase the number of participants in the campaign. Any amount is truly appreciated—a one-time payroll deduction of $25 or a payroll deduction of $5/month will go a long way to helping someone in need. Go online for more information or to donate now.

For Students

New Student and Parent Programs is always looking for energetic, enthusiastic students who want to share the Case Western Reserve University experience with new students and parents. Apply to be an International Student Ambassador or an Orientation Leader online today. To watch orientation leaders in action, click here.

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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


The National Youth Sports Program and Case Western Reserve University invite faculty, staff and students to attend the NYSP Night at the Q on Feb. 13, 2011. Leaders and children involved in the program will be recognized at center court that evening, as the Cavs take on the Washington Wizards. Tickets are available at a discounted rate, and a portion of each ticket sold goes directly to NYSP to provide financial assistance to economically disadvantaged families attending NYSP next summer. Tickets range from $26 to $59 and can be ordered online or by calling John Fouser at 216.420.2187. For more information, email Fouser. If you are unable to attend, contributions are accepted online.

Et al.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law announces Convenient Online CLE, a new online portal to help attorneys earn up to six hours of self-study CLE credit. This opportunity expires Dec. 31. To submit for credit, you must purchase and view the course through the portal, confirming your presence at each of the random checkpoints throughout the program. New online CLE opportunities will be available in 2011. View course opportunities online.

Dec. 15, 2010

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In the News

Future PlayhouseSquare Theater Education Center Gets Final OK

Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dec. 14, 2010
Cleveland State University trustees cleared the last roadblock to a $30 million deal for PlayhouseSquare to buy the Middough Building on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland to become part of an arts education program for preschool through graduate school. The program will be shared by PlayhouseSquare, CSU, the Cleveland Play House and Case Western Reserve University's graduate acting program.

Health Care's Future is 'Up for Grabs' as U.S. Supreme Court Clash Looms

Bloomberg, Dec. 15, 2010
Both sides of the health-care debate believe the case will end up before the Supreme Court; what the court's decision will be is up in the air. “The ultimate outcome of this case is really up for grabs,” said Jonathan Adler, head of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law, who argues the law is unconstitutional. “We don’t have much precedent that speaks directly to this question, and several of the justices have no real track record on this type of issue.”

Majority of U.S. Medical Schools have Strong Pharmaceutical Conflict-of-Interest Policies

Earth Times, Dec. 15, 2010
Most medical schools in the country have implemented strong conflict-of-interest policies this year, according to the 2010 American Medical Student Association PharmFree Scorecard. “With all of the compelling data about how marketing influences even the best-intentioned physicians, it is gratifying to see that medical schools are taking the necessary steps toward practicing evidence-based medicine, which translates into better patient care," said John Brockman, AMSA national president and fourth year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, which earned a B.

Higher Ed News

Defining Academic Freedom

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 14, 2010
The Faculty Senate at Penn State University, one of the nation's largest institutions, adopted a change to university policy to loosen faculty regulations on the inclusion of controversial material in courses. Though the proposed language, which has been sent to the president for approval, removes the strict limitations, faculty members are not given free reign: They would still be "responsible for the maintenance of appropriate standards of scholarship and teaching ability, and for not persistently intruding material which has no relation to their subjects."