Junior Wrestler Nabs Scholar All-American Award

Cale Harter
Cale Harter

Balancing schoolwork, a social life and extra-curricular activities can be daunting for any college student — especially for a student-athlete with high hopes for the season. For junior wrestler Cale Harter, those sights were set on becoming a National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American. Late last month, Harter learned his hard work paid off, being one of about 150 Division III wrestlers (out of about 2,500 overall) to be named an NCWA Scholar All-American for the 2010-11 season.

To earn the honor, wrestlers need to maintain a 3.2 GPA over the past two semesters—he managed a 3.488—as well as have at least a .500 record for the season and place at a regional tournament. Harter, a computer science major with a computer gaming minor, posted a 21-19 overall record in the heavyweight division, with eight victories coming via pin. Read more.

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Spartan Hall of Fame: Lindsey Deyer Sech

Lindsey Deyer Sech
Lindsey Deyer Sech

The Spartan Hall of Fame will induct seven new members at its Hall of Fame Banquet and Fundraiser April 30. Over the next few days, The Daily will provide a look at the inductees—from their CWRU accomplishments to where they are today.

Lindsey Sech (formerly Lindsey Deyer; CWR ’01) is arguably the best player in the history of Spartan volleyball. In just three seasons at middle blocker, she totaled CWRU career records with 1,680 kills, 142 service aces and 2,085.5 points. The Troy, Mich., native also ranks second in career attack percentage (.274) and total blocks (399) in addition to ranking ninth in digs (1,325). She was a first-team All-University Athletic Association pick in both 1999 and 2000 after being tabbed honorable mention during her sophomore year in 1998. Sech also earned second-team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American honors as a systems engineering major in 2000. Read more about Sech and how to attend the event.

Campus News

Mark A. Smith
Mark A. Smith

The Faculty Parents of Young Children group at Case Western Reserve has created a fund to assist the family of Professor Mark A. Smith, who was struck and killed by a car in December. Professor Smith’s widow, Gemma Casadesus, is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosciences; the family also has two young sons. Monies raised will be used to provide housecleaning help for a year and, if dollars remain, occasional child care coverage. Any and all donation amounts will be deeply appreciated. Donations can be made at any Key Bank branch or mailed to the address below. Checks should be made out to “The Smith Family Fund.” Contact Eileen Anderson-Fye with questions.

Key Bank, Shoppes of Solon
28200 Miles Road, Suite A
Solon, OH 44139

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Adobe and Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer an online workshop Thursday, April 14, at noon titled “Premiere for the Absolute Beginner: Using video to tell your story.” The 90-minute session will demonstrate how to capture, assemble and edit video using Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. The series will continue on Thursday, April 28, at noon with “Electronic Portfolios and Adobe Acrobat Pro: The portable document format.” A recording of the previous workshop, “Photoshop for the Absolute Beginner,” can be viewed here. Register or learn more about this event.

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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

Faculty, program directors and staff are invited to learn more about the GRE revised general test, which will launch later this year. The GRE and TOEFL iBT Seminar will take place April 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Nord Hall 310. Topics covered will include the revised test, the TOEFL test difference and new developments, and comparing TOEFL iBT and IELTS test scores. To attend, register online. Contact Susan Benedict with questions.

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The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women Seminar on Reproductive Health will feature Lisa Damato, associate professor in Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, discussing Postpartum Depression in Mothers (and Fathers) of Twins.” The event will be tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. in the Zverina Room on the third floor of Allen Memorial Library. Attendees should bring their lunches; light refreshments and cookies will be provided.

For Students

Doan Brook cleanupGreen Action 2011, led by the Student Sustainability Council, is a week of environmentally focused events, including service opportunities. Individuals interested in helping the local environment and meeting great people should go online to register for an event that will take place April 14-22. Opportunities include cleaning up Doan Brook, planting trees near the new wind turbine and helping with a new garden. Contact Eric Hamilton for more info.

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On April 15, the African American Society will hold College Connection, an event that brings together students from colleges and universities in the Greater Cleveland area. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., participants will be working with area middle school students through the Cleveland Public Schools Connection. The event will take place at Leutner Pavilion. For more information, contact Tiarra Thomas or Omar Gutierrez.

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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.

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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host an information session April 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mandel School. The session will focus on the master’s social work program, field education and financial aid. To register, contact the Admissions Office at 216.368.2280. For details, go to msass.case.edu.


Richard Hanson
Richard Hanson

On April 18, Mortar Board will host “Reflections on a Career in Science with Richard Hanson” from 6 to 8 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium. Hanson, professor in the Department of Biochemistry, will give a lecture reflecting upon his life and his career at Case Western Reserve.


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The 2011 Italian Film Festival USA of Cleveland is taking place on campus, in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University’s Film Society and Italian program, and sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. Films will be shown April 14 and 17 at 7 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium. For more information, visit www.italianfilmfests.org.

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Rengarajan Remesh
Rengarajan Remesh

The Department of Chemical Engineering Spring Semester 2011 Seminar Series will feature Rengarajan Remesh, managing director of New York City’s Wasserstein & Company, to discuss “Innovative Integration for Energy and Water Sustainability.” The talk will take place April 14 in the A.W. Smith Building Room 329 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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All members of the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland scientific community are invited to attend the Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease Symposium Series, sponsored by the Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program. The two-seminar event, held tomorrow in the Wolstein Auditorium, features Laura Ranum, professor and director of the Center for Gene Discovery and Neurological Disease at University of Florida. At 10:30 a.m., she will discuss “Double Trouble: RNA and protein gain-of-function in microsatellite expansion disorders,” and at 4 p.m., she will discuss “Molecular Genetics of SCA8: Assembling pieces of a genetic puzzle.” For more information visit the CMBTP website.

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Nicholas Suntzeff
Nicholas B. Suntzeff

The Department of Astronomy, in cooperation with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Astronomical Society and the support of the Arthur S. Holden Sr. Endowment, present the final lecture in the 2010-2011 Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture Series. Nicholas B. Suntzeff, professor of astronomy at Texas A&M University) will present “The Creeping Murmur and the Growing Darkness in the Universe” April 14 at 8 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit astronomy.case.edu.

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.

On March 18, two School of Law faculty members were featured presenters. Schott-van den Eynden Professor George Dent spoke to the International Society of Family Law Caribbean Regional Conference in Nassau, the Bahamas, on same-sex parenting and assisted reproduction, and Assistant Professor Irina Manta presented a paper, “The Reasonably Biased Man: Objective Tests, Jury Effects, and the Copyright Dilemma,” at the New England Junior Faculty Spring 2011 Conference at Boston College Law School.

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Additionally, Associate Professor Cassandra Robertson won the Mather Spotlight Prize for Women’s Scholarship for the law school. The prize will be formally awarded at a ceremony in October.

April 12, 2011

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In the News

Tread Lightly

Crain’s Cleveland Business, April 11, 2011
Bon Appetit Management Co. will mark its fourth annual Low Carbon Diet Day April 14 by making menu changes to persuade guests about the importance of eating low-carbon foods. “Low Carbon Diet Day gives my team a chance to show off our creativity in the service of something bigger than ourselves,” said executive chef David Apthorpe. “We're passionate about this campaign and are committed to helping people think more consciously about what they eat.” The foodservice provider gives five tips for eating a low-carbon diet.

The Heartland

VOAnews.com, April 7, 2011
When a colleague left the East Coast for St. Louis, a columnist wondered about the draws—and downfalls—of Midwest living. Susan Griffith, senior media relations specialist, weighed in. “My thought is that the Midwest is the heartland, situated in the middle of the extremes of each coastline. … Maybe it is the wide-open space of the skies and rolling prairies and cornfields where people can actually see a horizon, and the place gives them space and a less hectic pace of life to think and realize that people close to each other and a sense of family and community are what’s important in life.”

Students at Independent, Private Colleges Still Hoping for State Aid Years After It was Cut

Statehouse News Bureau, April 1, 2011
Before her first year, senior Jane Backus received a grant of less than $1,000 from the state to attend Case Western Reserve University, but when she received her financial aid statement before her sophomore year, she no longer received the money due to cuts of the Ohio Choice Grant. This grant was to encourage students to attend private universities in Ohio. She was one of more than 2,000 students that year who lost the grant.

Higher Ed News

How Social Media is Changing Education

Edudemic, April 11, 2011
From Facebook accounts to college applications via YouTube videos, an intriguing infographic shows how professors, admissions officers and universities are using social media.