Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Commits $7 Million to Support University Center Project

The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation has made a $7 million commitment to Case Western Reserve University to support the university center project on campus.

Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation
Board members of the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation
(from left) Charles Bolton, J.T. Mullen, Ellen Stirn Mavec and Bill
La Place met with President Barbara R. Snyder (center) to
support the commitment.

“My grandparents were very elegant people, and they cared deeply for others,” said Ellen Stirn Mavec, president of the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. “They really wanted to help people find their dreams and make them happen. They would be excited about the possibility of a central place on campus that brings people together for conversation and to enjoy one another.” (Watch video now.)

The foundation’s past support to the university has included the Kelvin Smith Library, which was dedicated in 1996. The foundation was established in 1955 and supports non-profit institutions that adhere to excellence in their mission, creativity in approach and fiscal responsibility, while making a difference in Cleveland. Read more.

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Important Commencement Information Announced

With just more than two months left until commencement, important dates and information are being announced.

Registration for 2011 commencement is now open. All students who plan to attend commencement must register online by 5 p.m. EDT on April 1. Register now.

Additionally, The Commencement Office will host two Doctoral Fitting Days: Wednesday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gund Hall, and Thursday, March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building. These events offer new PhD, JD, MD, DNP, DMD, DM and DMA graduates the chance to get everything they need for commencement day.

Students can get measured for academic regalia and register to participate in commencement ceremonies. Representatives from the university bookstore and the Commencement Office will be on hand to assist students. Learn more.

Campus News

Effective Monday afternoon, Adelbert Road reopened to vehicular traffic in both directions. The walks on each side of the street will remain closed through about mid-March. The roadway closure is part of a major infrastructure project for the area. As part of this phase of the project, additional fencing will be installed today along the eastern frontage of Adelbert Hall (i.e. parallel to Adelbert Road). As a result, some walkways that lead toward this side of the building will be closed. Read more.

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On your mark, get set, think…fast. A new question of the week launches today on the Think news site. Members of the campus community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, anyone with a Case ID—can flex their intellectual muscle in this semester-long contest. The competition features weekly multiple-choice questions on subjects ranging from religion to rocket science. The winner gets an end-of-semester article in The Daily and, more important, some serious bragging rights. Join the competition and bookmark the page to play every week.

For Faculty and Staff

In January, 26 staff members were recognized as recipients of the Case Western Reserve University Administrative Professional Series (CAPS) program Certificate of Achievement in Financial Management. This is the largest group of awardees since the program started in April 2009. Sponsors of the program, John Sideras, senior vice president for finance and chief financial officer, and Jennifer Loudiana, training analyst in Information Technology Services, spoke of the merits of the program and accomplishment of those receiving their certificates. The series of courses is open to all full- and part-time university employees. Find more information online.

CAPS program
The certificate recipients (in alphabetical order) were: Amber Becka,Gina Bencke,
Narlene Brown, Annette Carter-Wilder, Sam Cordaro, Debra Delgado, Deborah Elam,
Diane Feckanin, Juwanna Higgins, Marcia Huffman, Christine Kehoe, Cheryl King,
Angele Latham, Jennifer Lhotsky, Elizabeth Lucky, Nicole Martorello-Baldwin,
Pamela McGregor, Joyce Murrell, Gail Papay, Amy Peel, Marissa Ross, Joyce Sellers, Garnetta Stallworth, Crystal Taylor, Angela Thomas and Diane Weitzen.


For Students

The Health Systems Management and Bioscience Club will sponsor a session on Careers in Healthcare on March 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 258. For more information, go online.

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Students with a major or minor in academic disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to apply for the Experiential Learning Fellowship’s Rocks and Traub Funds. These funds support a wide range of undergraduate student projects, including the support of research projects, Senior Capstone projects, travel to research conferences to present research, or project-oriented travel abroad associated with completion of majors or minors programs in the arts, humanities or social sciences. The average award is $5,000. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 25. Go online for complete details.

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Harlow Cohen
Harlow Cohen

Faculty Director Harlow Cohen will speak at the open house for the Masters Program in Positive Organization Development and Change (MPOD), which will take place March 8 at 6 p.m. in the George S. Dively Building. For more information, go online.



The 2nd annual Dancing with the CWRU Stars, to be held March 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Adelbert Gymnasium, will pair Case Western faculty with professional dancers from the Cleveland area in a dance competition based on the popular TV show. The audience will vote for the winners and have the chance to win great prizes through a raffle. Patrol Officer Mark Chavis and special performances will put the finishing touches on this memorable evening. All proceeds will benefit children battling cancer and their families at University Hospital's Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospitals. Tickets will be on sale the week before in Nord Hall and at the door for a suggested donation of $5. For more information email Anna Czekaj.

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Science Café Cleveland presents “Modeling Memory: Understanding the Normal Brain,” a discussion on short- and long-term memories. Alan Lerner, professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and Wojbor Woyczynski, professor of statistics at Case Western Reserve, will lead the discussion. The event, sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream and Great Lakes Brewing Co., will take place March 14 in the Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Co. Drinks begin at 6:30 p.m.; discussion begins at 7 p.m.


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On March 3 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., the Dean Lindsey Cowen Business Law Lecture will be on "The Mortgage Crisis and the Flawed Response of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau." The event, sponsored by the Center for Business Law and Regulation, will feature Todd J. Zywicki, Foundation Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. It will be held in Moot Courtroom A59.

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.

Et al.

Marilyn Sanders Mobley, vice president of inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity, and Ramez Islambouli, adjunct professor of Islam in the Department of Religious Studies, have been named judges for the third annual Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage “Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out!” essay contest, which awards $100,000 in scholarships and prizes to 11th and 12th grade students.

March 1, 2011

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In the News

Case Western Reserve University Gets $7 Million Gift for New Student Center

The Plain Dealer, March 1, 2011
The $7 million gift from the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation will go toward the future university center, which should help attract top students to the university in the future.

Gender Gap in FPs' Starting Pay May Signal Differing Priorities

AAFP News Now, Feb. 28, 2011
Starting male family physicians who took part in a recent study made $8,000 more than starting female family doctors. Jack Valancy, clinical assistant professor in the department of family medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, suggested negotiating tips for both genders.

Around Noon: Paula McLain, Jared Bendis & Great Lakes Theater Festival

WCPN ideastream, Feb. 28, 2011
Jared Bendis, the university's creative director of new media, talks about technology's political and social impact and how it's changing lives around the world.

Higher Ed News

How America Pays for College

The Huffington Post, Feb. 28, 2011
Despite the poor economy, people are not cutting back when it comes to higher education—although 72 percent of respondents in a recent survey said they had to cut back in other areas to pay for tuition. The study broke down how students and parents are paying for college, from parents' savings accounts to students' jobs.