Peter B. Lewis Building Goes Blue for Autism

Peter B. Lewis building blue
From dusk on Friday until daybreak Saturday, the Peter B. Lewis Building was lit up in blue for World Autism Awareness Day. For more information, click here. Photograph by Susan Griffith.

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CWRU’s Baker-Nord Program Introduces Visiting Ugandan Playwright

George Seremba
George Seremba

Few people live through being shot six times and having a grenade thrown at them. But George Seremba, Ugandan playwright and visiting professor in the Case Western Reserve University Department of English, endured and survived such a horrific event. People can hear about his experience and escape to Kenya during “George Seremba: Theater and the Poetics of Resistance,” a free, public event presented by Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and co-sponsored by The Cleveland Foundation and Cuyahoga County Public Library. Seremba will read excerpts from his play, Come Good Rain, on April 14 at 4:30 p.m. in Clark Hall 309.

In Come Good Rain, he retells that experience on the night of Dec. 10, 1980, when he was abducted by Milton Obote’s military soldiers and taken into Namanve forest, shot and left to die. It was a small boy, searching to see if anyone from his village had fallen victim to the gunshots heard during the night, who found Seremba. Read more about Seremba.

Campus News

Individuals and groups hosting special events this spring should go to Case Police & Security Services’ website to note the requirements for hiring police or security for an event. You must give at least five days’ notice to hire a guard to have a guaranteed presence. A request submitted fewer than five days in advance cannot guarantee coverage. Call Karen Gregor at 216.368.6811 with any questions.

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The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) invites the community to participate in the 3rd Annual Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit Raffle. Prizes include a Dell Latitude 2110 Netbook Computer and two round-trip Continental Airlines tickets. A portion of the proceeds from the raffle will go toward underrepresented student scholarships at CWRU and the Voices of Glory spring benefit concert. Tickets may be purchased at the OMA office (Sears Building 450) April 4-15 and at the Unity Banquet. Winners will be announced April 20. Visit the OMA website to learn more.

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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stressed womanWomen faculty: Are you stressed out? Join Francoise Adan, director of the Mood and Mindfulness Clinic, in an interactive mini-workshop on stress management, held April 5 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Spartan Room at Thwing Center. Learn techniques and practical tools to help you manage stress and restore balance in five minutes. The Faculty Leadership Development Institute of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will sponsor the workshop. RSVP to Susan Freimark.

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Faculty and staff can now apply for the new American Express Travel and Expense credit card. Benefits include no annual fee, no negative credit score impact for card application, the ability to earn Membership Rewards (fee), discounted international car rental insurance, lost baggage assistance, and the ability to use the card for personal purchases. Just complete the brief application to begin. For more information, call Michael Kurutz in Travel Services (368.6092) or email

For Students

Case Cycling ClubThe Case Cycling Club will hold its Campus Bike Tune-up April 5-6 on the Quad from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The club’s mechanics can fix flat tires, repair brakes and get almost anything back on the road. Drop off your bike and pick it up after class. Fees range from $5 to $15, depending on the amount of work needed. Find more information here.

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Walk Against HungerOn April 9 at noon, the Student Dietetic Association, Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Medical Fraternity and Confused Greenies will host the CWRU Walk Against Hunger to raise money for the Children's Hunger Alliance of Cleveland. Registration will be $5 for Case Western Reserve students and $10 for other members of the community. Registration begins today in Nord Hall, or participants can register on the day of the event. The event will begin at Kelvin Smith Library Oval. The first 50 participants will receive a free T-shirt. Contact for details. Extra credit is available for CHEM 106, CHEM 111, MATH 122, NTRN 201, NTRN 360, NTRN 343 and NTRN 364.

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RePlay for Kids is hosting a toy repair and modification workshop Tuesday, April 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Nord Hall 310. Individuals attending will help adapt toys so children with disabilities can use them. If interested, email or stop by any time between 4 and 6 p.m.

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The Spartan Tappers are seeking dance acts for the 6th annual ExtravaDance on Wednesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Thwing Ballroom. All acts are welcome. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland Food Bank. If interested in performing, contact Caitlin Hittie.


Daniel Goldhagen
Daniel Goldhagen

Facing History and Ourselves and CWRU Social Justice Institute are cosponsoring “Worse Than War,” a free, public event featuring scholar Daniel Goldhagen, whose latest work discusses the phenomenon of genocide. School of Law Professor Michael Scharf will facilitate a conversation following the presentation on April 6 at 7 p.m. in Ford Auditorium. To RSVP, email or call 216.321.9220 ext. 221.

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Spartan logoThe Spartan Club invites the campus community to the Hall of Fame Banquet and Award Ceremony, to be held April 30 at 6 p.m. in Horsburgh Gymnasium. Steve Cullen (CWR ’95, MED ’99), Jim Donnelly (CWR ’85), Mike Karchut (CIT ’66), Erin Owen (CWR ’87), Erin Rogalski (CWR ’01), Jim Sadowski (CIT ’63) and Lindsey Deyer Sech (CWR ’01) will be inducted. Tickets are $75/person; $135 for two. For more information, go online or contact Karen Krakowiak.

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Take Back the Night flierThe Take Back the Night speak out and candlelight vigil will take place April 5 at 8:30 p.m. on Kelvin Smith Library Oval. Take Back the Night is an event to speak out against violence on campus and raise community awareness as a preventive measure against future violence. This event is free and open to the public. Pizza, drinks and T-shirts will be offered to all who attend.

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The next interdisciplinary lecture in the Schubert Center’s Girlhood Series will be “Entering the 21st Century: Best Practices for Girls with Eating Disorders,” sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Alumni Association. The event will be held April 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Thwing Center’s 1914 Lounge. Find more information online.

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The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center presents “Enhancing Arab and Muslim Engagement and Outreach” with Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio The event will be held April 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in Moot Courtroom A59. Lunch will be provided.

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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G. Dean Patterson Jr.
G. Dean Patterson Jr.

G. Dean Patterson Jr., associate vice president for Student Affairs, served as facilitator at the 2011 Oxford Round Table (ORT), held March 20-25 at Lincoln College in Oxford, England. The ORT promotes education, art, science, religion and charity through academic conferences and publications of scholarly papers. Attendance is by invitation only. Patterson was invited to facilitate discussion at this year’s meeting, which addressed “Women: The Quest for Social Justice,” and was one of the few men asked to participate.

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Weatherhead School of Management accountancy faculty members Larry M. Parker, associate professor, and KPMG Peat Marwick Faculty Fellow Timothy J. Fogarty were awarded the 2011 Distinguished Paper Award in Ethics by the North American Management Society Division of MBAA International for their paper, “Seeing What You Want to See: Perceptual Biases of Auditors.”

April 4, 2011

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In the News

Zimbabwe Human Rights Lawyer Wins US Ethics Prize

Voice of America, March 31, 2011
Beatrice Mtetwa, a respected human rights lawyer from Zimbabwe, won the annual Inamori Ethics Prize. The 52-year-old Mtetwa has won a number of prizes for her courage in standing up for the rights of Zimbabwean people and a free press, including clients from The New York Times, the Associated Press and more.

Are We Still Evolving?

BBC Horizon, March 2011
Cynthia Beall, S. Idell Pyle Professor of Anthropology, discussed her research in Nepal showing how Nepalese sherpas’ bodies are evolving to get the oxygen they need in high altitudes, making themselves fundamentally different than the rest of us. The segment has not yet aired in the U.S.; the full episode also can be watched here.

Risks for Complications After Scoliosis Surgery Identified

Doctors Lounge, April 1, 2011
Children who undergo surgery for scoliosis are more likely to have major complications if they are nonambulatory and if their curve magnitude is 60 degrees or more before surgery, according to a study led by Daniel L. Master of Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Yale Under Federal Investigation For 'Sexually Hostile Environment'

The Huffington Post, April 1, 2011
Federal officials are investigating complaints from Yale University students that the campus is a sexually hostile environment and that the university failed to adequately respond to sexual harassment concerns, resulting in the denial of equal opportunity to education.