Student-Athlete Hits the Books While Racking Up Honors

Erin Hollinger
Erin Hollinger

It’s been a hectic week for junior Erin Hollinger. On Tuesday, she was one of 11 Division III female basketball players in the country to be named a finalist for the Jostens Trophy, which honors basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. Last week, the College Sports Information Directors of America named the basketball forward to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-American team. And until last weekend, the macromolecular science and engineering major’s two sports overlapped, with Hollinger contributing 14 points and six rebounds in the Spartan women’s basketball team’s victory over Carnegie Mellon on Saturday before hopping on a plane to Chicago for the University Athletic Association Indoor Track & Field Championship. At the meet, the women’s team earned fourth place, and Hollinger won the high jump with a mark of 1.63 meters. Oh, and don’t forget those midterm exams.

This isn’t the first time the Chardon, Ohio, native has earned All-American status—in fact, it’s the third, and she’s racked up the honor in both basketball and track & field. With a 3.96 GPA and averaging 16.9 points per game on the court (plus becoming the 10th woman in school history to score 1,000 points), Hollinger is a busy—and talented—woman, to say the least. Just how does she juggle it all?

Q. How do you manage your time between sports and school?
A. Time management is definitely a struggle, especially around this time of year when I have to do a lot of traveling. I think the thing that helps me most is that I know what I want. I want to do well in school, so I set aside time for my work; I want to do well in sports for myself and my team, so I give everything I have during practices. Read more.

Campus News

The Center for the Study of Writing invites students and faculty to nominate faculty members for The Jessica Melton Perry Award for Distinguished Teaching in Disciplinary & Professional Writing, an award created to recognize excellence in writing instruction and mentoring in academic and professional fields (other than English). Tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty currently employed in any school or college of Case Western Reserve University may be nominated. Nomination letters are due Monday, March 14. For more information, click here.

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The Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) is accepting applications for the Master of Science Program in Clinical Research, a flexible two- to five-year program designed for post-doctoral trainees and faculty. CRSP also offers courses to individuals who are not pursuing a master’s degree but who want to enhance their skills in the design and conduct of clinical research. For more information and to apply, go online. The deadline to apply is April 15. Contact Natalie Milone by email or at 216.368.2601 with questions.

For Faculty and Staff

Kelvin Smith LibraryIf you are asked to “find this book title” or “figure out how to get this online article”...or if you are taking classes but have not really mastered the latest information tools, attend the ABCs of KSL session to learn the best and fastest ways to demystify modern libraries. From PINs to remote access, to how ILLiad can get you what you can't find, this is your chance to get the best tips from Kelvin Smith Library. Bring a lunch to eat while you listen & learn. The session, led by Karen Oye, will take place March 9 from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Crawford Hall Room 209. Register online.

For Students

Any student interested in medicine or psychology as well as writing is invited to submit a 500-word introduction to be included in a full-length manuscript on the topic: Which comes first—using alcohol/drugs or feeling depressed/anxious? The winner will be published and win a cash prize. For more information, visit Submit entries by 5 p.m. March 20.


Gershon Baskin, Israeli CEO and founder of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), will speak today from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the Viability of a Two State Solution. The discussion, co-sponsored by the Program of Judaic Studies with support from the Wolpert Fund, will take place in the Hillel building. A light dinner will be provided. Call 216.231.0040 with questions.

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Shirley Moore
Shirley M. Moore

Shirley M. Moore, professor and associate dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, will speak at the Public Affairs Discussion Group on the topic “Even After a Heart Attack–The Challenge of Encouraging Healthy Behavior.” Join the discussion Friday, March 4 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Crawford Hall Room 9. Find more information here.

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Will Allen Growing Power
Will Allen. Photo
courtesy of Growing

Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power and 2008 MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, will give a keynote lecture March 18 at 7 p.m. in Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Growing Power is a national not-for-profit organization supporting the development of community food systems. He has more than 50 years of experience in farming, marketing and distributing food, and is known as an innovator and creator of food systems. Admission is $35, but a limited number of complimentary tickets will be available to students, staff and faculty through the Case Western Reserve University Social Justice Institute.

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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Isaac Dukes
Isaac Dukes

Case Western Reserve University wrestling junior Isaac Dukes, baseball senior third baseman Chad Mullins and men’s tennis junior Rohan Patel are this week’s University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week.

Austin Fowler
Austin Fowler

Last week, the UAA named sophomore forward Austin Fowler University Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week, after he scored 59 points and grabbed 16 rebounds against the top two teams in the UAA, the University of Rochester and Emory University.

Dukes won his 100th career match and captured the 149-pound title at the NCAA Midwest Regional Feb. 26 at Wabash College. He will defend his national title from a year ago on March 11-12 at the NCAA Championship Tournament at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Chad Mullins
Chad Mullins

Mullins, the all-time hits leader in school history, batted .579 (11-of-19) with two homeruns and 11 runs batted-in during a 2-2 weekend for the Spartans. In eight games this season, he is batting .529 with three homers and 19 RBI.

Rohan Patel
Rohan Patel

Patel posted 3-0 records in both singles and doubles play as the Spartans completed a 3-0 weekend in Michigan. Patel earned three victories at No. 3 singles, two at third doubles, and one at first doubles.

In Memoriam

Benjamin Somerlot, a graduate student in the Department of Genetics, passed away from a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing's sarcoma on Sunday, Feb. 20. He joined the department in 2006 and was working on his PhD thesis research in the laboratory of Drs. Phil Morgan and Marge Sedensky. Somerlot was working on aging and oxidative stress in worms, studying the role of sod-2 in aging. A colleague and friend in the same laboratory, Wichit Suthammarak, is completing the studies and will submit for publication soon.

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Assistant Professor Emeritus of Medicine Edgar S. Bowerfind Jr. ("Pete") died Feb. 24. He served on the faculty from 1956 to 1992 and became an emeriti faculty member in 1992. The burial service will take place March 5 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights.

March 3, 2011

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In the News

Preparing Kids for Fate of Bambi’s Mom a Must

The Washington Times, March 1, 2011
The release of Bambi on Blu-ray stirs up mixed feelings among people, especially when it comes to how children deal with the death of Bambi’s mother. Brad Ricca, instructor in the Department of English, said the film doesn’t follow today’s children’s-film formula of celebrity voice-actors and low-brow comedy. Instead, it represents its World War II time period, when the chance of parental death was unusually present.

American Heart Association Warns of Heart Attack Risk for Women With Some Pregnancy Complications

Babble, March 1, 2011
New guidelines from the American Heart Association state women diagnosed with preeclampsia, pregnancy-induced hypertension, or diabetes during pregnancy are at risk for heart attack or stroke. Ileana L. Piña, professor of medicine and epidemiology and biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, said the new guidelines are “a big deal” and suggests ways to prevent full-blown heart disease.

Anesthesia and Its Effect on the Brain: NetWellness

The Plain Dealer, March 2, 2011
While anesthesia has become safer over the years, it’s not completely risk-free. Up to 40 percent of patients over the age of 65 experience a decline in mental function right after surgery. Gareth S. Kantor, assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, explained this and other effects of anesthesia.

Higher Ed News

How Students Are 'Buying Down' to Their 'Next Best' College Choices

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 1, 2011
A trend watcher who specializes in the private-college field sees a trend lately of students and parents selecting their second-choice universities, if the price is more appealing.