Watch the University's Biggest Stories from 2009-10

The Bigger PictureCase Western Reserve University focuses much energy on research and education that impacts the bigger picture. Every day, faculty, staff, students and alumni engage in life-changing discoveries and pursuits.

With the launch of the university’s annual report, we have a chance to reflect on and celebrate the bigger-picture impact to which so many have contributed. Visit now to watch and read some of the inspiring stories from this past year.

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ITS Completes Internet Capital Improvement Project

keyboardUsers of the Case Western Reserve University campus network will find faster speeds, greater bandwidth capacity, and a stronger, more secure firewall thanks to an Internet improvement project recently completed by Information Technology Services.

Started during the fall of 2010 with capital funding from the university, the project has increased the bandwidth capacity and speed of the network tenfold, up to 10 Gbps, to locations both on and off campus, including the connection to the National Lambda Rail, a high-speed research and education network that also connects to government agencies such as the NIH and NSF. Read more.

Campus News

Case Men's Glee ClubThe Case Men's Glee Club will deliver Singing Valentines around campus on Monday, Feb. 14. The valentines cost $5, and can be purchased weekdays through Feb. 11 at Leutner and Fribley Commons from 5 to 8 p.m., and in the atrium at Nord Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Email the Men's Glee Club if you would like to purchase one or have any questions.

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The Relay for Life entertainment committee is looking for performers for this year's relay April 15-16. The committee is looking for energized undergraduate, graduate, faculty and staff performers. If you or a group are interested in performing, email Jake Kenney and Emily Moore. The committee is also looking for DJs for the event; cash prizes will be given to the top two DJs. To apply, fill out the application by Feb. 28.

For Faculty and Staff

Due to the popularity of the first session, UCITE will present a second part to the workshop Getting the Most Out of Discussion-Based Classes. The discussion, held Feb. 10 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Herrick Room in the Allen Building, also will include ideas on how to best prepare students. Participants should bring a story to share about a particularly successful or challenging discussion class. Lunch and drinks will be provided. To RSVP, email

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The Office of Human Resources presents Delegation: An Essential Key to Supervisor Effectiveness, a half-day seminar on Thursday, Feb. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Crawford Hall Room 209. Participants will learn to match the delegated task with the appropriate staff person and how to monitor without micromanaging. To register, click here.

For Students

The deadline to apply for SOURCE Summer Undergraduate Research Funding is Feb. 15. For more information, click here.

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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 Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites students to a Graduate Programs Open House on Thursday, Feb. 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Mandel Center. This session is one in a series of open houses spotlighting Mandel Center coursework. Attendees will receive an overview of the center’s coursework in Nonprofit Program Design and Evaluation (presented by Professor Robert Fisher), hear from a student and alum and receive general admissions information.


The 7th Annual Faculty/Staff vs. Students Basketball Game, also known as CWRU Madness, will take place Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Horsburgh Gym. Guests will enjoy entertainment, food and prizes with all proceeds benefiting The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland. Come watch as your favorite faculty members face off with your favorite students in CWRU Madness.

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The Center for Law, Technology & the Arts presents “From the Couch to the Web: Developments in the Multichannel Video Programming Distribution Industry & Current Legal Issues.” The featured speaker will be George D. Callard, VP of business and legal affairs for NBC Universal. The lecture will be held Thursday, Feb. 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Moot Courtroom A59. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

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Disability Resources in Educational Services for Students opened its new Accommodated Testing Center in Sears Building after three years of effort. To celebrate the opening, they will hold an open house Feb. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Sears Building Room 462 for all students, faculty and staff.

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An interactive workshop, Lookin’ for Love, will be held Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. in Thwing Meeting Room A. Hosted by the LGBT Center, it will give tips on how to safely and successfully use Internet-based dating sites for everyone. Dinner will be provided. RSVP required.

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.

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Residence Hall AssociationThe Central Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (CAACURH) recently recognized the Case Western Reserve University Residence Hall Association (RHA) as the region’s 2011 School of the Year. RHA will be the regional entry for CAACURH in this category at the national conference in May. RHA is an undergraduate student organization dedicated to promoting community through programming, advocacy and leadership development.

Feb. 9, 2011

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In the News

Case Western Reserve University Sees Surge in Applications: Higher Education
The Plain Dealer, Feb. 8, 2011
University recruiters are being credited with the 45 percent increase in applications for first-year students. Rick Bischoff, vice president for enrollment, said the university visited 900 high schools and reached out earlier and more frequently to potential applicants.

16 Signs You're Too Strict With Your Kids
WebMD, Feb. 8, 2011
Knowing whether you’re disciplining too much or too little is a common parenting issue. Elizabeth J. Short, a psychology professor and the associate director of the Schubert Center for Child Studies, said most American parents are not strict enough, but also warned against being too strict. “They are eager to please and worried about parental approval, so you end up with kids that are anxious and indecisive,” she said.

University Hospitals-Case Western Study Links Colon Polyps to Lack of Sleep
The Plain Dealer, Feb. 8, 2011
The amount someone sleeps each day contributes to a nearly 50 percent increase in the risk of developing colon cancer, according to a study led by Li Li, associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the School of Medicine and family medicine physician at University Hospitals. On average, patients with colon polyps got less than six hours of sleep per night.

Podcast: Balancing Technology Use, Legal Repercussions for Your Practice
Physicians Practice, Feb. 8, 2011
Though technology offers great benefits in the medical field, it also brings new risk of security breaches, privacy violations and more, said Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics, and Andy Podgurski, professor in the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department.

Higher Ed News

Panelists Debate How Far Colleges Should Go to Monitor Online Behavior

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 7, 2011
With the ever-expanding online world of social media, should colleges and universities monitor what employees and students post online?