Couric Touts CWRU Experience as Inspiration for New Book

Katie Couric
Katie Couric

As CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric makes the rounds on talk shows to promote her new book, The Best Advice I Ever Got, she credits preparing for her commencement speech at Case Western Reserve University as the entire basis for the book.

“I gave a graduation speech last year at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and I got tired, believe it or not, Matt, of talking about myself,” she explained to former colleague Matt Lauer on the Today show Wednesday. “So I thought, ‘I’m going to reach out to some of the people I’ve interviewed through the years and see what would they tell these young kids.”

The result, she said, is a collection of moving, funny and inspiring quotes from people all around the world, from Queen Rania of Jordan to musician Sheryl Crow.

Watch the video of Couric’s speech that sparked it all at last year’s commencement ceremony here.

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Spartan Hall of Fame: Erin Owen-Salters

Erin Owen-Salters
Erin Owen-Salters

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.

Erin Owen-Salters (CWR ’87) was one of the most decorated swimmers of her era. The Olmsted Falls native earned All-American status in two events in 1985, placing fourth in the nation in the 200-yard butterfly and fifth in the 100-yard fly. She entered the 1985 NCAA Championship as the top seed in the nation in the 200 fly—becoming the first and only woman in CWRU history to accomplish that feat. During her career, she set four school records and her 200 fly time of 2:09.67 stood for 16 years—the longest standing women’s varsity record in program history. Read what Owen-Salters is doing today, plus information on how to attend the event.

Campus News

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take the Measures of Success survey from Information Technology Services for a chance to share opinions and earn a chance to win an iPad. The survey will be open until April 18 at 9 p.m.; refer to the email sent April 8 or contact for more information.

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Communities Take RootVoting opens today for the Communities Take Root competition, to get an orchard added to the university farms. Bookmark the page and vote once a day until Aug. 31.


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On May 21, Google will begin making changes to make a number of new applications available to Case Western Reserve University. The enhanced service will permit the addition of 36 other familiar Google applications like Reader, Picasa and Blogger to our domain. No action is required to allow the transition to take place. However, the first time you log into any of the Google Apps after your account has transitioned, you will have to accept a new Google terms of service agreement. If you have a personal Google account that is tied to your account in any way, Google will provide you a wizard to help resolve any conflicts at that time. A confirmation of your transition will be emailed to you from

For Faculty and Staff

The competition for 2012-13 Fulbright Scholar grants is now open, with the application deadline for most programs set for Aug. 1. For more information, visit Additionally, the Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence programs bring scholars from abroad to teach at U.S. colleges and universities, which can help internationalize curricula and campuses. For more information and other details, go online.

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The Department of Human Resources is offering a seminar on "Fundamentals of Feedback" April 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Crawford Hall 209. The session will cover how to receive critical feedback, useful coping mechanisms for handling feedback and how to give constructive feedback fairly and effectively. Register online.

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Internal funding is available for Case Western Reserve University faculty to support innovation projects to foster the translation of bio-related research into commercial products. This NSF-funded Partnership for Innovation (PFI) program links faculty members, students and the business community with different but complementary skill sets, providing $5,000–$40,000 for research and development plus “business expenses” for the period of one year. Find more details online or contact Alexis Abramson with questions.

For Students

Stack of booksThe Tau Beta Pi Bookswap Dollar Sale, to be held April 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Nord Hall 310, will feature more than 1,000 books available for $1. The sale will feature general interest books as well as older editions of textbooks that are ideal for personal reference. Cash, check and Case Cash will be accepted. Find more information online.

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On Sunday, April 17, the African American Society will host the Rep Your Org Basketball Game, where one person from a campus organization represents his/her group on a team. Individuals who don’t play are encouraged to support other organizations. Tickets are $1 and concessions will be available. For more information, contact Brittany Radford. To register, go online.

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Doan Brook cleanupCome help the Student Sustainability Council and Net Impact CWRU celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up our local section of Doan Brook. The cleanup will be located at Rockefeller Lagoon and will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 17. Meet in front of the Botanical Gardens at 12:45 p.m. to walk over. Go online for more information and to register for the event.

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The newly formed organization Ars Poetica, a group that focuses on the creative and performing arts, is planning an arts showcase event at The Spot on Friday, April 22. Any student who would like to perform individually or as part of an ensemble with friends or other artistically inclined people can sign up by emailing Jocelyn Tucker.


Stop by Adelbert Gym today at noon to see the research and writing of students at the Celebration of Student Writing, a universitywide showcase held in conjunction with the Intersections Symposium. To continue the Writing Week events, there will be an Art Contest and Exhibition showcasing student and faculty art inspired by Vergil and Greco-Roman civilization on April 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Art Studio Room 201. For a full Writing Week schedule, click here.

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The Cognitive Science Student Organization will host the third annual Student Research Conference April 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in 1914 Lounge at Thwing Center. All faculty, staff and students are invited to review student abstracts and hear presentations. Lunch will be provided. For more information, email Nathan Knox.

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The university community is invited to attend “Longevity in Ohio With and Without Mental Illness: Implications for Intervention” on April 20. At the event, the Ohio Department of Mental Health will present findings from its recent longevity study, in which they looked at four years of Ohio deaths and examined causes of death and years of potential life lost, depending on mental illness stratification. The presentation will be held in Biomedical Research Building Room 105 from noon to 1 p.m. Light lunch will be provided. If you are able to attend, please contact Mea Patel by April 18.

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.

Abigail Erinc, a sophomore biomedical engineering major, was named the Dr. Jennie Hwang scholarship award winner for this year. Erinc will be recognized at the 35th Annual YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon. The award recognizes an outstanding sophomore female who is majoring in a science-, engineering- or technology-related discipline. Award selection is based on overall academic performance, leadership experience, on-campus activities, and off-campus volunteer and community service.

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Spartan baseball teamWith its sweep of Oberlin College, the Spartan baseball team improved to 25-11 and set the school record for wins in a season. The Spartans have seven games remaining this season. Read more.


In Memoriam

Harry Palmer
Harry Palmer

Harry Palmer, superintendent of CWRU Squire Valleevue Farm from 1965 to 2000, passed away at the age of 76 in Melbourne, Fla., on April 1. During his 35 years of service to the university, Palmer most notably oversaw the renovation of the sheep barn and greenhouse laboratory. A memorial service will be held tomorrow at the First Presbyterian Church in Palm Bay, Fla.


April 15, 2011

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In the News

Cleveland’s Signs of Renewal

Smithsonian, April 2011
Charles Michener, part-time lecturer in the Department of English, penned an article discussing his childhood in Cleveland, his return to the city and the city’s impressive ability to reinvent itself.

E-Reader Revolution: How to Get the Most “Book” for Your Buck

AAAL Spectrum, April 2011
Cheryl Cheatham, law and medicine specialist and reference librarian at the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library, wrote an article discussing how students, faculty, staff and the public actually use e-readers.

Something’s Up In Cincinnati

Axiom News, April 11, 2011
David Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and a founder of the strengths-based practice of Appreciative Inquiry, will design a systemwide summit to build on the city of Cincinnati’s strengths. The summit will involve as many as 1,000 people working in the systemic, organizational and individual spheres of the system.

The Challenges of Tomorrow’s World Today

The Independent, April 7, 2011
The role of ethics in business schools is increasing, as evidenced by the existence of Aspen Institute’s Business & Society International MBA Case Competition. Last year’s winning team, from Weatherhead School of Management, focused on the concrete benefits of CSR and instill sustainability at the core of a company’s business model.

Higher Ed News

College Grads: Best Hiring Picture in 4 Years

CNNMoney, April 14, 2011
Good news: The National Association of Colleges and Employers said employers are planning to 19.3 percent more new college graduates this year than last year—the best spring outlook since 2007. The association previously forecasted that employers would hire 13 percent more new college graduates but has now updated the prediction.