Legal Advocate for Freedom of Press, Human Rights to Receive Inamori Ethics Prize

Beatrice Mtetwa
Beatrice Mtetwa. Photo by
Bruno Schlumberger.

Zimbabwean human rights attorney Beatrice Mtetwa is a hero to victims of human rights abuses, civil society activists and foreign journalists covering unrest in her country. In recognition of her tremendous contributions, she will be honored with Case Western Reserve University’s 2011 Inamori Ethics Prize.

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence will recognize Mtetwa during on-campus events Sept. 6-8.

“It was truly a gratifying bolt from the blue and a wonderful start to a year which we all hope will bring better things to the long suffering people of Zimbabwe,” Mtetwa said of the award. “I am humbled by this honor, which I gratefully accept on behalf of all the human rights defenders in Zimbabwe." Learn more about Mtetwa's struggles, accomplishments and the lives she's saved.


Campus News

The Visitor Information Center (VIC) located between Amasa Stone Chapel and Crawford Hall will update its parking procedures, effective today. The attendant will use verbal reminders for one month, with full operations commencing May 2. Review the procedures at

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Nominations are being accepted for the 2011 Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize, an award that recognizes exceptional achievement by active or emeritus members of the faculty. Members of the university community can submit nominations; a committee chaired by the provost will review the nominations and recommend a recipient to the president. A two- to three-page nomination letter and the nominee’s CV or other biographical description should be sent to Lois Langell no later than April 4. Nominees should not be notified of the recommendation.

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The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites nominations for the 2011 Leadership in Nonprofit Management Award, presented to an individual with an outstanding record of leadership, and the 2011 Organization Innovation Award, presented to an organization with an outstanding record of innovation. Nominations must be received by noon on May 2. Nomination forms and guidelines are available online.


For Faculty and Staff

Changes to the Vanguard retirement plan will be coming soon. A letter announcing changes to the investment fund lineup was sent recently to Vanguard retirement plan participants; additional information about the changes occurring on May 2 will arrive soon from Vanguard. To learn more, plan to attend informational meetings on April 5 and 6 or join one of the webinars scheduled at noon on April 12 and 14.

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Francoise Adan of the University Hospitals Case Medical Center Department of Psychiatry will offer the next session of meditation classes beginning April 4 at noon on the 13th floor conference room in the Walker Building. All Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals employees and their families can receive discounted registration by calling 216.844.2400.

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Individuals interested in losing weight and learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle should consider joining the university’s Weight Watchers at Work group. The group meets weekly in the Spartan Room on the third floor of Thwing Center at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays. An open house introducing the next 12-week series will be held during the meeting on April 6. If you have questions or would like more information, email


For Students

CWRU diploma
Commencement registration
will close today at 5 p.m. EDT. All students who plan on participating in any commencement activities must register. If you have not already done so, click here to register.

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The Career Center will be awarding a Kaplan Course scholarship valued at $1,999, for one student planning to take a Kaplan prep course. Students must complete an application and submit a faculty recommendation by April 15. For more information and to apply, click here.

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The Undergraduate Student Government will sponsor a Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, April 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Nord 310. Anyone who arrives to donate will receive a coupon for a free Chipotle burrito. To make an appointment, register online. Walk-ins are welcome.

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RecycleManiaThe Student Sustainability Council is hosting an event to mark the end of the nationwide collegiate Recyclemania competition on April 2 at The Spot from 7 to 10 p.m. Attendees can enjoy free food, activities and speakers related to recycling and composting, as well as performances from the Case Juggling Club and the band Bending August.

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Greek Life is looking for SMARRT (Students Meeting About Risk and Responsibility Training) leaders, individuals who will educate those in the Greek community about issues facing college students today. Topics include sexual assault prevention and awareness, alcohol education, healthy living and wellness, and policies and procedures. This is a great leadership opportunity for Greek students, as it helps them to improve their public speaking skills, learn more about a specific topic and educate others within the community. For more information, contact Candace Martin. Applications are due April 6. Apply here.




Ivri Leder
Spectrum, Jewish Student Group, Hillel and the LGBT Center will host “Experience Ivri Lider, an Acoustic Performance” on April 13 in Strosacker Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for adults, and can be purchased in Nord Hall April 4-7 and 11-13, or online. Ivri Lider is an international pop-rock star and one of the most successful Israeli artists of his generation. Questions? Contact

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CWRU Relief for Japan will host a “Benefit Dinner for Japan” on April 6 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Thwing Atrium. The evening will feature traditional Japanese dancers and drummers, guest speakers from the Japanese Studies Department, Asian food from local restaurants and more. All proceeds will benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society. Tickets ($10) will be sold in Nord Hall today through Tuesday.

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Aging ConferenceAging 2.0: Technology, Trends, and Transitions is the title of the 19th Annual Florence Cellar Conference, to be held April 8 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. Presented by the University Center on Aging and Health, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and CWRU's Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center, this daylong conference will examine health care technology designed to help older adults continue to live independently, public policy and ethical issues relating to these technological advances, and emerging trends in technology and their relevance to an aging population. For more info or to register, go online.

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Science Café Cleveland presents “Birds and Aircrafts: Fighting for Airspace in Ever More Crowded Skies,” an open discussion about wildlife strikes and the research conducted toward safer skies for birds and people. Richard A. Dolbeer, science adviser to the U.S. Department of Agriculture–Wildlife Services, and Sandra E. Write, National Wildlife Strike database manager for the same department, will discuss the topic April 11 at The Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Co. Drinks begin at 6:30 p.m.; discussion starts around 7 p.m. The Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream and GLBC are sponsors of the event.

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The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures presents Polyglot Follies: Guinevere and Lancelot, a student production in French, German, Italian and Spanish.  It will be held April 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Clark Hall 309.

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.

Stephanie Liscio
The Jessup Moot Court Team comprised (from left)
Tyler Talbert, Jory Hoffman, Cameron MacLeod and
Elizabeth Sparks.

The Case Western Reserve University School of Law Jessup Moot Court Team, composed of Cameron MacLeod, Elizabeth Sparks, Jory Hoffman and Tyler Talbert, advanced to the sweet 16 and won a number of awards at the international competition in Washington, D.C., March 21-26. After a 4-0 record in the preliminary rounds, they finished prelims ranked second in the world. They ended up dropping a close round in the octo-finals to Universidad de Buenos Aires. The team won the Fifth Best Brief Award, Hoffman was named the 17th Best Oralist, and Talbert and MacLeod tied for 13th Best Oralist.

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During the Mathematical Association of America competition, held March 25 in Youngstown, teams from Case Western Reserve won the top two honors (out of 24 teams). The first place team comprised Robert Fraser, David Kent and Michael Steward, while the team of Stephanie Cockrell, Fred Douglas and Amalie McKee came in second place. Additionally, the team of Jonathan Bartles and Mark Syvuk tied for fifth place.

April 1, 2011

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When discussing Cleveland’s industrial growth, Joseph Barna, principal with CRESCO Real Estate, pointed to new businesses that work with clean energy and biotechnology, touting the work of Case Western Reserve University and the School of Medicine.

Higher Ed News

Obama's Approval Rating Rises Among College Students

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 31, 2011
According to a Harvard study, President Obama’s approval rating has increased by 9 percent among college students since last fall—the first time his approval rating has increased among young Americans in the past three Harvard surveys. At the same time, 64 percent of college students don’t trust the federal government to do the right thing all or most of the time.