Weatherhead School of Management Teams Place 1st and 2nd at ACG Competition

full group ACG Cleveland

Participants at ACG included (front row, from left): Hui Wang,
Bernardo Orellana Heredia, Anand Gomes, Andrew Gibbons,
Jay Vaidya (back row, from left) Yuting Yan, Mayur Jethva,
Nick Perini (alumni and member of last year's winning team),
Professor Scott Fine (coach), Tod Wagner (ACG), Wei-An Lin,
Zhuowen Chen and Mo Shen. Photography by Janine
Bentivegna Photography.

Sometimes a merger makes sense for all parties involved. Always, there are serious issues to consider. For students from the Weatherhead School of Management, debating merger issues in a simulated circumstance before a panel of judges develops skills that may be vital to them and others some day.

Three teams from Weatherhead participated in a daylong merger advisory competition hosted by the Cleveland Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) on Jan. 21, and two teams took home top prizes.

The teams had a week leading up to the competition to prepare analyses of a real-world merger case developed by Houlihan Lokey, a boutique investment banking firm based in Chicago and Los Angeles. Read more.

Campus News

MathCad 15 for Windows is now available on the Information Technology Services (ITS) Software Center as a free download for all Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and staff. Mathcad enables engineers to easily perform, document and share calculation and design results. Go to the ITS Software Center now to download. For best results downloading software, using a wired on-campus connection is highly recommended. MathCad usage is monitored by a license server and has a 50-user concurrent use license. If you have additional questions about MathCad, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 216.368.HELP (4357) or go to and click on “Live Chat.”

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The College of Arts and Sciences launched a new website and several project videos to celebrate the World-Wide Learning Environment project, funded by The McGregor Fund. The WLE is a three-year, $205,000 initiative that supported the expansion of faculty and undergraduate student participation in international learning experiences. There are 17 projects underway; to learn more about the projects go online. To watch the project’s overview video, click here.

For Faculty and Staff

Women Faculty’s Work Life Balance: An Oxymoron? will be presented Thursday, March 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the 1914 Lounge at Thwing Center. Dr. Ellen Kossek, a leading researcher on organizational change, will lead a discussion on the blurring of boundaries between work and home lives. A Work Style Profile Assessment, complete with a personal report and training guide, is available for free to the first 20 respondents. The fee is $25 for all others and must be completed by Feb. 15. You do not need to take the assessment to attend the lecture. To attend the lecture only, RSVP by March 18 to Susan Freimark.

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Managing Conflict Across Differences for Supervisors is a two-part workshop held Feb. 8 and 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to examine conflict behaviors at the interpersonal, group and organizational level. The goal of the practice-focused workshop, facilitated by Shirley Mosley and Erica Merritt of human resources, is to acquire a deeper understanding of conflict and to manage it when it occurs. Participants must attend both sessions, located in Crawford Hall Room 209. Register online.

For Students

Students are invited to meet Provost W. A. “Bud” Baeslack III and members of his leadership team Friday, Feb. 11 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium to learn about new initiatives to enhance student learning and life experiences on campus. During the event, they also will review proposed tuition rates and room and board fees for undergraduates in 2011-2012 and discuss improvements in student advising, international programs, the library, information technology and more. There will be ample time for student questions and comments. Refreshments will be provided.

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Graduate students can attend GRADLINK, a graduate student support group on Feb. 8 from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Spartan Room at Thwing Center. Come eat pizza and share your thoughts and experiences about being a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University. The group, sponsored by University Counseling Services and facilitated by Pamela Nilsson, is held the second Tuesday of every month. Contact Dr. Nilsson for more information at 216.368.0642.


The week of Feb. 5-11 is Integrity Week, or I-Week, with this year’s theme Integrity in the Age of Technology. Extra credit will be provided for select classes and Greek standards points will be allotted for attending Wednesday-Friday events. Here is the schedule for I-Week 2011, presented by the Academic Integrity Board:

  • Sunday, Feb. 6: Case Western Reserve University Film Society will show The Informant in Strosacker Auditorium.
  • Monday, Feb. 7: Come chat with the AI Board about your integrity questions and enjoy some hot chocolate at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 8: Tie-dye a free T-shirt at Thwing Atrium from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 9: Mock Hearing - A student has been accused of plagiarism. What happens next? Find out in 310 Nord Hall from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and enjoy free Jimmy John’s.
  • Thursday, Feb. 10: Come ask s your academic integrity questions during a student/faculty panel in 310 Nord Hall from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free Chipotle will be provided.
  • Friday, Feb. 11: Hear from keynote speaker Stevin Hoover, author of Mark Whitacre, Against All Odds, the novel that became The Informant. The event will be held in Thwing Ballroom from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Enjoy free Pizza BOGO.

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throwback jerseysThe Case Western Reserve University Athletic Department hosts the sixth annual Throwback Weekend at Horsburgh Gymnasium this weekend, with games Friday at 6 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at noon and 2 p.m. Both the Spartan men’s and women’s basketball teams will wear uniforms commemorating Western Reserve University (Red Cats), Case Institute of Technology (Rough Riders), and Mather College. For schedules and more information, click here.

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The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center has partnered with Share the Vision and the Residence Hall Association for the first event in a semester-long lunch series discussing Faith & LGBT. On Friday, Feb. 4, Rev. Dr. Joseph Kovitch from the Agape Campus Community will discuss his congregation of the Lutheran/Episcopal faith and the LGBT community. Join the discussion from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the LGBT Center in Thwing Center. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.  For further information, contact Elisabeth Roccoforte.

Et al.

Eighty-four Case Western Reserve University student-athletes were named to the University Athletic Association All-Academic teams for the winter season. This comprised 47 track and field athletes, 20 swimmers and divers, seven men’s and six women’s basketball players and four wrestlers. This recognition goes to student-athletes with a 3.30 or higher grade point average after completing one full year of college study.

Feb. 3, 2011

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In the News

The New Health Care Law and End-of-Life Planning
The Plain Dealer, Jan. 30, 2011
George Anesi, a fourth-year medical student and bioethics graduate student, wrote an opinion piece on the removal of reimbursements for advance care planning in the new health care law. “While such conversations are indeed not outlawed, the result will be very much the same: They simply will not occur, or certainly not to the degree that we would desire,” he wrote.

Jen French, Standing By
The Abilities Buzz, January 2011
Jennifer French uses an implanted FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) system to increase her mobility to improve her daily life. She is part of a clinical trial at the FES Center. Four months after the surgery, she shared her insights on surgery, recovery and her first stand.

Academic Freedom Fight Heats Up At B’klyn College
The Jewish Week, Feb. 2, 2011
A controversial adjunct professor was reinstated at Brooklyn College after college officials rejected his appointment. The adjunct professor, Kristopher Petersen-Overton, has caused controversy partially due to his views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Peter Haas, Abba Hillel Silver Professor of Jewish Studies and chair of the Department of Religious Studies, weighed in on the subject.

Higher Ed News

Study: Students Need More Paths to Career Success
Associated Press, Feb. 2, 2011
A Harvard University study said the current U.S. education system isn’t preparing young adults for successful careers and suggested it should instead focus more on occupational instruction like European institutions do.