First-Year Student Applications Up for Class of 2015

Students on campusThe upcoming first-year class at Case Western Reserve University is already making an impression: Application rates rose 45 percent from last year, from 9,247 to 13,363, including a 75 percent surge in applications from underrepresented minority students.

Rick Bischoff, vice president for enrollment, credits a universitywide commitment to recruitment, along with a sense of progress and positive energy on campus.

The university is engaged in more strategic recruitment, he said, adding that counselors tripled their number of high school visits made in recent years. “Three years ago, we visited 300 high schools across the country. A year ago we visited 600 high schools, and last fall we visited 900 high schools,” Bischoff said. “We were going into a lot of places around the country that we hadn’t been in for a long time.”

In addition, the university reached out earlier and more frequently to potential applicants through increased email and other communications efforts. Read more.

Campus News

The Information Technology Services (ITS) Software Center now has Mathematica 8 available as a free download to all students, faculty and staff for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Please note: Mathematica 8 is downloaded and registered from the Wolfram User Portal. When you click on the download link from the Software Center, you will be taken to a page documenting the download procedure and providing you with a link to the Wolfram User Portal. Please carefully read the section titled "How to use the Wolfram User Portal" before accessing the portal. Mathematica is the university's preferred application for computations. Go to the ITS Software Center to download the application. For best results, download the software using a wired on-campus connection. If you have additional questions about Mathematica 8, contact the ITS Help Desk at 216.368.HELP (4357) or go to and click on "Live Chat."

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To keep up with the College of Arts and Sciences, check out art/sci update, the new monthly e-newsletter. Each month, the college will share news and events across the arts, humanities, math and natural sciences, and social sciences. This issue features The New Yorker illustrator Tom Bachtell (WRC '80). 

For Faculty and Staff

2010 W-2 forms have been mailed and are available online through Self-Service in Human Capital Management.

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Anthem is experiencing delays in distributing 2011 subscriber ID cards and anticipates cards will be distributed during the week of Jan. 31. If you are a new Anthem subscriber in 2011 and need to obtain health care services before your ID card arrives, contact Benefits Administration at 216.368.6781 or to obtain your subscriber number and other important information your health care provider will need to file a claim. Existing Anthem subscribers should continue to use their assigned subscriber number (found on your current ID card) until the 2011 replacement card arrives.

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A series of meditation classes for employees begin Jan. 31 at noon and Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. in the Mayer-Haber Conference Room in the Walker Building. Francoise Adan from the Department of Psychiatry will lead the classes. Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals employees and their family members can register at a discounted rate.

For Students

Do you know a student leader or impactful student organization that stands out? Recognize undergraduate students, advisers, organizations and/or campus programs that have made a positive impact on the Case Western Reserve University community by nominating them for the 2011 Dr. Dorothy Pijan Student Leadership Awards. Review award descriptions and nominate online by Feb. 18.

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The Case Reserve Review, the official photographic and literary journal of Case Western Reserve University, is accepting submissions of original prose, poetry and photography for publication in the Spring 2011 issue. Submissions are open to all undergraduate and graduate students and are due March 14. A submission form and full submission guidelines are available on the CRR website.


Ars Poetica, a poetry organization on campus, will hold an event Feb. 4 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Sages Cafe in Crawford Hall. The event will include poetry, live jazz music and an open mike for willing volunteers.

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Health Care Service Leaders will sponsor the “Resonance” Blood Drives in Thwing Center Ballroom Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. These events are the largest on-campus Red Cross Blood drives of the academic year, and the support of students, staff and faculty is needed to make them successful. Join us for free food, musical performances by students from the Cleveland Institute of Music and raffle prizes. Make an appointment today. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments will be honored first.

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The Apprenticeship Club from Weatherhead School of Management presents Season 1 of The Apprenticeship Club Feb. 3 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in Peter B. Lewis Building Room 05. The club, based on the TV show The Apprentice, will host a video business competition in which teams of students from all backgrounds can participate. The judge is Diana Johannessen, COO of boutique architectural firm Harmoni Designs. Prizes will be awarded. Anyone can come see the results of the competition at 4:30 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, go online.

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Isaac Dukes
Isaac Dukes

Three Case Western Reserve University student-athletes were named University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week: junior wrestler Isaac Dukes, freshman diver Dan Jacobson and junior sprinter Matt Jurcak of men’s track and field.

Dukes won a 5-2 decision at 149 lbs. during a dual match against nationally ranked Mount Union. He is ranked first nationally in Division III in his weight class.

Dan Jacobson
Dan Jacobson

Jacobson posted two NCAA B-Cut qualifying marks with first-place finishes on the 1- and 3-meter boards with respective scores of 317.60 and 315.60 points in a match against Allegheny College.

Matt Jurcak
Matt Jurcak

Jurcak won the 55-meter hurdles and 55-meter dash at Spartan Relays. His hurdles time of 7.71 seconds was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark, and is the top time in the UAA and fourth nationally.

Jan. 28, 2011

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In the News

Drug Maker Asks Ohio, Oklahoma Not to Use Sedative for Putting Inmates to Death

Canadian Press, Jan. 26, 2011
Lundbeck Inc., the U.S. manufacturer of a sedative that Ohio plans to use to execute death row inmates and that Oklahoma already uses, said it opposes the practice and asked both states to stop using the drug. The amount used is 50 times the normal dosage used in hospitals, said Howard Nearman, chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

CWRU: Medina Native Sets Big 'App' Goal

WKYC, Jan. 26, 2011
First-year computer science student Joshua Schwarz’s plan to create 52 Facebook apps in 52 weeks was highlighted in an on-campus segment.

Senate Advocates for Student Lounge

The Heights, Jan. 27, 2011
A Boston College Senate member is citing Associate Provost and University Librarian Arnold Hirshon’s research on the presence of cafes in university libraries in an attempt to bring a conversational café to the BC campus.

Higher Ed News

College Freshmen Report Record-Low Levels of Emotional Health

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 27, 2011
A recent national study of college freshmen showed they had the lowest level of emotional health since the study began asking the question in 1985, while also reporting the highest levels of ambition to achieve. College counselors said the two statistics are clearly connected. The study also produced a chart that profiles this year’s freshmen, from political views to career goals.