Tennis Teams Kick Off Spring Season

tennis racketsThe spring season is beginning for the Case Western Reserve University tennis program, and the youthful Spartan teams each enter with their own expectations. The Spartan men returned to the courts Friday, Jan. 28, in a 9-0 loss against the University of Toledo. The women will compete, along with the men, against the University of Chicago, hosted by the University of Notre Dame, on Friday, Feb. 4.

The Spartan women’s squad is coming off a season in which it improved from 2-16 in 2008-09 to 10-13 in 2009-10 and features a roster with just one upperclassman. Despite a lack of experience, the Spartans coasted through their fall slate and finished 3-0 in dual match competition against the likes of Oberlin College, Baldwin-Wallace College and John Carroll University.

"We are certainly ready to be competitive this year in the conference," said second-year head coach Todd Wojtkowski. "It's tough, as the top-three teams in the UAA are also in the top eight nationally, and the next three teams are all top-25 as well. We lost to two of those teams 5-4 last year, but with adding a few new players I feel we now have the depth to compete and win the tight matches." Read more.

Campus News

The Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Clinic Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) will award a total of $90,000 (three pilots awarded at $30,000 each) in one-year pilot grants to strengthen community-academic partnerships for translational research or to promote community-initiated research projects. Details and instructions are posted online. The deadline to submit letters of intent is Feb. 17.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty members interested in serving on faculty senate standing committees starting in 2011-2012 should fill out the Faculty Interest Survey by Feb. 15. Questions can be directed to Professor Susan Tullai-McGuinness, chair of the Faculty Senate Nominating Committee, or Liz Woyczynski, secretary of the university faculty.

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The Case Men's Glee Club will deliver Singing Valentines around campus on Feb. 14. Faculty who would prefer Singing Valentines not be delivered to their classes can opt out by sending an email to the organization ASAP. Specify the course number, time and location in which the class meets. The organization will honor requests and notify any prospective senders that certain classes are unavailable. Faculty members who would like the Men's Glee Club to perform a Singing Valentine for their class also can send a request via email. The valentines cost $5.

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Faculty can nominate themselves or a fellow faculty member for a Glennan Fellowship for 2011-2012. The program identifies and rewards promising junior faculty and facilitates their growth as teachers and scholars. Fellowships will be awarded based on evidence of promise for a balanced career in teaching and scholarship, as well as on the proposals submitted by nominees. Glennan Fellows must be regular tenure-track faculty members who are not yet tenured. The deadline to nominate is Feb. 4. For more information, visit the UCITE website.

For Students

More than 60 employers will attend the Career Center’s Get Experienced! Internship and Career Fair Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Adelbert Gym. These employers will be looking to hire for internships, practicum and full-time positions. Current students and alumni are welcome to attend.

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Snowball 2011The Class Officer Collective presents its annual semiformal dance, Snowball 2011, to be held Feb. 18 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Sammy’s Cleveland Metropolitan Ballroom. The dance this year is being held in memory of the 10th anniversary of the death of Christina Camardo, past class officer and Snowball’s founder. DJs Dikky Patel and Paul Farrah will provide the music, and a performance and class dance-off by Urban Elementz will take place. Special pre-sale discounted tickets are available Jan. 31-Feb. 4 in Nord Hall for $12/individual, $20/couple; after Feb. 4, tickets will be $15/individual, $25/couple online. For more information, visit or email


Mark Smith
Mark A. Smith

A memorial service will be held for Mark A. Smith, professor of pathology and renowned Alzheimer’s researcher, on Feb. 14 at 5:15 p.m. in Amasa Stone Chapel. A reception will follow in the first floor of Crawford Hall. For questions or additional information, contact Kathy Malone at 216.368.3109 or Barbara Nicol at 216.368.5515.

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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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Matthew Rossman
Matthew Rossman

School of Law Professor Matthew Rossman had a busy fall semester, starting with his role as a panelist at the Net Impact Conference at University of Michigan’s School of Business, during which he profiled the Evergreen Cooperative Network, a job-creation initiative based in Cleveland. Additionally, he was a panelist at a program hosted by the Foundation Center of Cleveland in November, with the panel titled “Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits.” He also served as a member of the Business Working Group of the Global Cleveland Initiative, one of the groups charged with developing a plan to launch an international welcome center in Cleveland.

Jan. 31, 2011

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In the News

Applications Rise (Yet Again) at Dozens of Selective Colleges

The New York Times, Jan. 31, 2011
The 45 percent increase of first-year applications at Case Western Reserve University was highlighted in a compilation of application rates at nearly 100 higher education institutions.

Value of Bed Rest for Pregnant Women Questioned
Chicago Tribune, Jan. 29, 2011
Although up to 95 percent of obstetricians have prescribed bed rest or restricted activity to pregnant women, there's little evidence that it actually leads to better outcomes. "People have this image rest is good for you, but after you lie around for a while, you begin to ache and your muscles begin to atrophy — starting as soon as 48 hours — so it's easy to injure the muscles in the postpartum," said Judith Maloni, professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Third Frontier OKs $14M for Alternative Energy Industries

Columbus Business First, Jan. 28, 2011
The Ohio Third Frontier Commission approved more than $14 million in spending to Ohio’s alternative energy efforts, including Case Western Reserve University, which will work with Replex Plastics under the Photovaltaics Program.

Tampa Mother Accused of Killing Two Kids Hospitalized in Intensive Care Unit, Jan. 30, 2011
A Tampa Bay mother told police she fatally shot and killed her two children and is now in intensive care. Phillip Resnick, professor of psychiatry and director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry, explained five typical motives of mothers who commit homicides.

Before Divorcing

Cleveland Jewish News, Jan. 28, 2011
If a couple is considering divorce, it's critical to understand many different aspects of divorce. Andrew Zashin, adjunct professor of family law in the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, discussed different points to consider regarding finances.

Higher Ed News

Hundreds of American Students Lie Low in Egypt, as Protests Continue

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 30, 2011
As anti-government protests continue in Egypt, American universities with students studying in the country are monitoring their safety and working to get them home.