Kelvin Smith Library Names Winners of Redesign Competition

KSL Redesign floor plan
The winning team's proposed floor plan.

A committee from Kelvin Smith Library announced the winners of the student competition to redesign the first floor of the library. The team composed of Case Western Reserve University students Jack Brady and Sam Roberts and Cleveland Institute of Art students Amanda Rush and Chelsey Finnimore won the first place prize of $2,500.

Two teams will share second place and receive awards of $1,125: the team of Case Western Reserve students Chen-Dah Chiang, Maeve Goede, Jennifer Huang and Richard Pham; and the other team of CWRU student Shuang Chen and CIA student Justin Pintabona. The ideas generated by the teams will be blended into a conceptual design to generate donor interest in funding the transformation.

“It was exciting and rewarding to see such a strong level of student dedication and engagement in this important effort to advance library services—not just for their own benefit but for future generations of students,” said Arnold Hirson, associate provost and university librarian. Read more about the competition.

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Spartan Hall of Fame: Erin Rogalski

Erin Rogalski
Erin Rogalski

The Spartan Hall of Fame will induct seven new members at its Hall of Fame Banquet and Fundraiser April 30. The Daily will provide a look at the inductees’ accomplishments.

Erin Rogalski (CWR ’01) finished her career as the most productive player in Spartan women’s basketball history. In four seasons at center, the Duluth, Ga., native totaled 1,659 points and 987 rebounds—both ranking at the top of the CWRU career list. She earned first-team All-UAA honors in three consecutive seasons (1998-99 to 2000-01) and was a second-team pick as a freshman in 1997-98. As a junior, she ranked in the top 20 in the nation with averages of 18.6 points and 10.8 rebounds. During her senior campaign, Rogalski led the Spartans to a then school record winning percentage of .625 (15-9) and helped pave the way for the 2001-02 squad, which made the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. She currently holds the CWRU single-game record for points scored—a 36-point effort against Trinity College on Nov. 18, 2000—and still has 10 other single-season and career records to her name.

For more information on the banquet, go online. To purchase tickets, email Karen Krakowiak or call her at 216.368.2420.

Campus News

The university will test its layered emergency notification network, commonly referred to as CaseWARN, during business hours today. The test will include voicemail, text messages, VOIP phones and outdoor speakers. All CaseWARN subscribers will receive a test message via voicemail or text, but no response is necessary. All VOIP phones and outdoor speakers around campus will be sounded at this same time, beginning with an alarm and followed by a voice message indicating that the alarm is only a test.

Prior to the testing, CaseWARN subscribers need to program two numbers into their cell phones: 24639 should be entered as CaseWARN Text and 1-866-609-8026 as CaseWARN Voice.

The university recommends all faculty, staff and students subscribe to the text message alerts, which will be used to notify the campus community of universitywide closures—like those related to inclement weather—as well as imminent threats to health and safety.

For Faculty and Staff

vegetablesThe Employee Wellness Program will offer a free cooking demonstration on vegetarian cooking with Bon Appetit Chef Shawn Hock. During the demonstration, held April 20 from noon to 1 p.m. in Nord Hall 310, he’ll demonstrate how to prepare vegetarian dishes and provide samples. Register here.

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The university has learned that outside vendors are soliciting Case Western Reserve personnel by phone regarding copiers. The only legitimate vendor for copiers is Meritech Inc. Free toner is supplied through Meritech only as part of the cost per copy agreement and will be delivered by Kenetics (a subsidiary of Meritech). Whenever a vendor other than Meritech or Kenetics contacts you regarding copiers, no information should be divulged. In such cases, please refer the caller to the cost per copy administrator, Lisa Cengia, at 368.1667.

For Students

Spartans at Progressive FieldThe Case Western Reserve University baseball team will play its annual game at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, on April 20 versus Otterbein University. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. Prior to the game, CWRU will honor its baseball senior student-athletes. Admission is free, but all spectators must have game tickets, available for download here. For more information, click here.

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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences’ Ecuador course for May is full; another Ecuador section has just been added for fall, as well as a course in Bangladesh. All undergraduate and graduate students are invited. Go online for more information or contact Deborah Jacobson, director of International Education Programs for the Mandel School, at 368.6014 or email for details and a time to meet.

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Weatherhead School of Management’s The Apprenticeship Club will begin Season 2 of its business competitions April 20 at noon in Room 118 of the Peter B. Lewis Building. This season is a business plan and sales competition event, open to all Case Western Reserve students. Monetary prizes will be awarded. Contact Devin Miller or go online for more information.


This week is Vergil Week, in honor of the ancient Roman poet Vergil as part of National Poetry Month. Events include an art contest and exhibition today in the Art Studio Room 201, a Latin recitation contest for high school and university students in Clark Hall 206 from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow, a lecture, staged reading and concert from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Cleveland Museum of Art, and many more. For a full list of events, click here.

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The fourth annual CollabTech Summit will be held at Case Western Reserve University May 5 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Thwing Center. The theme for this gathering of educators, administrators and community professionals is “Building a Culture of Collaboration through Education and Technology.” The summit will begin with an opening panel on higher education and technology and will feature seminars on 21st century learning strategies, learning in a hyper-connected world and more. The keynote address will be given by Dr. David Weinberger on the topic “Unsettling Knowledge: Knowing in the Networked Age.” Register for the CollabTech Summit online.  For more information, go to or contact Wendy Shapiro.

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Case University Circle Symphony Orchestra and Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra will hold a concert tonight at 7:30 in Thwing Ballroom.

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Elijah Wald
Elijah Wald

The Rock and Popular Music Institute will present author, journalist and musician Elijah Wald on April 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Harkness Chapel Classroom. Wald—a Grammy Award winner for his liner notes to The Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Box, among other awards—will present a lecture titled “Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues.” The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary pizza and soda will be provided for all event attendees. Find more information online.

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.

Kim Emmons
Kimberly K. Emmons

Department of English Associate Professor Kimberly K. Emmons’ book, Black Dogs and Blue Words: Depression and Gender in the Age of Self-Care (Rutgers UP, 2010), won the Nancy Dasher Book Award from the College English Association of Ohio. The CEAO is the only statewide professional organization for college-level English departments.

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Andrew Dorchak
Andrew Dorchak

Andrew Dorchak, head of reference at the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library, is the co-author of The False Promise of Green Energy, recently published by the Cato Institute.



April 18, 2011

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In the News

Moms Killing Kids Not Nearly as Rare as We Think

Associated Press, April 16, 2011
In the U.S., mothers kill their children at least 100 times per year, and the reluctance to believe mothers are capable of the act stops people from recognizing warning signs. "We've learned how to reduce auto fatalities among kids, through seatbelt use. We've learned how to stop kids from strangling on the strings of their hoodies. But with this phenomenon, we struggle," said Jill Korbin, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Schubert Center for Child Studies.

Ledger on the Law

KTLK AM Los Angeles, April 9, 2011
Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, discussed his recently published book, Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis, and its application to the Libya crisis.

Salt-Related Hypertension Linked to Temp

UPI, April 16, 2011
A new study led by Robert P. Blankfield, clinical professor of family medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, shows that salt raises blood pressure because it makes it harder for the cardiovascular system to juggle blood pressure and body temperature.

Higher Ed News

Senate Bill Would Add Sexual Violence to Law on Campus-Crime Reporting

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 15, 2011
Legislation now in Congress would broaden federal law on campus-crime reporting to include sexual violence. The legislation would amend the Jeanne Clery act, the federal law that governs the obligations of colleges to report crimes that take place on campuses.