astronomy dept april fool's
Tim Shuckerow’s Art 316 students in Case Western Reserve University’s Art Studio
Program decorate one of 11 elephants that will go on display for the Cleveland Metroparks
Zoo’s grand opening of the African Elephant Crossing on May 5. The sculpted elephants
complement the five elephants that are at the zoo. Students Christine Cavasinni, Brittany
Immormino, Michaela Klco and Anne Murphy are decorating the elephant in the pink and
black to symbolize the colors of the elephant’s sponsors: Coit Cleaning and Restoration
Services and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Photo by Susan Griffith.














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Students Bring Stone Figures to Life in Parthenon Reenactment

Parthenon FriezeGod-like figures that grace Athens’ ancient Greek Parthenon will come to life Friday, April 22, at 1 p.m. as students in Jenifer Neils’ art history seminar reenact roles of 12 Olympian gods depicted on the east side of the Parthenon and visually solve a design puzzle that has challenged art historians for centuries.

Dressed in ethereal white and carrying golden symbols of the gods, students will be videotaped as part of the educational project that involved researching and writing about their individual gods and then acting out their character roles. The reenactment will take place on the south portico of the Cleveland Museum of Art before its Greco-Roman façade.

“This reenactment will prove once and for all how effective the artist’s design was,” Neils said.

Ten students from the seminar and two volunteers with an interest in classics are the acting corps and production crew. Learn more about the reenactment, including a full cast list.

Campus News

121 Fitness Center, owned and operated by Case Western Reserve University, is offering a membership deal: Bring in your membership card from another local fitness center and receive a free guest pass and $0 initiation fee to join. Visit for more information or stop in for a tour.

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CWRU AstronomyAs part of the annual tradition, undergraduate students in the Department of Astronomy played their April Fool’s prank last week, with a giant R2-Dome2 covering the top of the A.W. Smith Building (inset). Additionally, students (front row: Kim Star; back row, from left: Lauren Nicholson, Bill Janesh, Thomas Connor, Dan Lalich, Louis Susco, Zhibo "Real" Ma and Elizabeth Palmer; not pictured: Chelsea Spengler) created a 5-foot Death Star in the classroom and decorated other areas of the department.

For Faculty and Staff

Women faculty members are invited to join Professors Catherine Albers (theater and dance) and Sharona Hoffman (law) for a facilitated discussion about Time Management and Maximizing Your Writing. The event, part of the Advice from Full Professors program sponsored by the Women Faculty Leadership Development Institute of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, will be April 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Cleveland Room at Thwing Center. Space is limited, so RSVP and reserve a lunch by emailing Susan Freimark.

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Ohio Supercomputer Center is hosting a one-day workshop on “Optimizing MATLAB Code for Performance: Serial Best Practices and Parallel Computing.” The event, conducted in partnership with The Mathworks Inc., will be held May 4 in Columbus. The sessions will focus on how to optimize code to boost the execution speed of applications, common pitfalls in writing MATLAB code, and how to solve data-intensive programs using multicore processors and computer clusters. The workshop is free, although registration is required. More information is available online.

For Students

The African American Society will host the 21st Annual Cultural Dinner in Thwing Ballroom April 25, with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the show starting at 7. This year’s theme is Evolution of Dance, with dinner catered by Hot Sauce Williams. Tickets will be $3 in advance and $5 at the door. For more information, contact Nadra Williams or Chino Erokwu.

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Do you love dance? Then come see the 6th annual ExtravaDance, hosted by the Spartan Tappers, tonight at 7 p.m. in Thwing Ballroom. Styles include hip-hop, swing, ballroom and tap. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland Food Bank.


Progressive Field CWRU game

Today’s Spartan baseball game at Progressive Field has been postponed to Thursday, April 21, at 4 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m. To download a free ticket (required for admission), click here.


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The Department of English will sponsor a pop culture panel featuring filmmaker Robert Banks, New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima, Cleveland Institute of Art Assistant Professor and game designer Knut Hybinette, and Plain Dealer pop culture, fashion and lifestyle writer Andrea Simakis April 22 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Guilford House Parlor. Anyone is invited to attend the discussion.

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CWRU art showThe CWRU Student Art Show: Spring Semester in Review will run April 25-29, with an opening reception April 25 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the art studio. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


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.

Spartan athletics teams have made headlines recently, first with the announcement that 60 Spartan student-athletes from six different squads made the University Athletic Association All-Academic teams for the spring season. All-Academic recognition is reserved for student-athletes with a 3.30 or higher grade point average after completing one full year of college. Read more, including a complete list of selections, here.

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Additionally, the baseball team swept this week’s UAA awards, with freshman Ray Kelly named Pitcher of the Week and junior outfielder Sam Alexander named Hitter of the Week. Learn more about the honors.

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CWRU Men's TennisFinally, the men’s tennis team ended the season with the highest national ranking in program history—ranked No. 20 in the nation, according to the rankings by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. “It takes time to build programs that are also sustainable,” said third-year head coach Todd Wojtkowski. “This season, we were finally able put together enough depth that allowed us to win matches despite some players having off days or being sick or hurt.” Find out more about the team’s season.

April 20, 2011

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In the News

Poll Shows Young People are Realistic About Their Economic Future

The Plain Dealer, April 18, 2011
According to an Associated Press-Viacom poll of Americans ages 18 to 24, a majority said finances were a key factor in deciding whether to continue their education beyond high school and, if they did, which college to attend and what kind of career to seek. Jessica Alva, doctoral student in clinical psychology, has another five years of school left, but her schooling is paid for and she receives a stipend to assist with other expenses.

Cleveland Browns' Vision for the Lakefront Could Benefit from Public Input

The Plain Dealer, April 20, 2011
New plans from the Browns office for lakefront development come from a similar "enlightened self-interest" that Case Western Reserve University had when jump-starting the Uptown development in University Circle, and there are lessons the Browns could learn from the Uptown project.

America’s Most Promising Companies: Where Are They Now?

Forbes, April 19, 2011
Forbes' checked in on members of its 2009 list of America's Most Promising Companies, including No. 11 Quality Electrodynamics, which has collaborated with Case Western Reserve University to develop radiofrequency coils.

Higher Ed News

Colleges Rehab Their Web Sites for Major Payoffs

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 19, 2011
A quarter of prospective college students decide not to apply to a school because of a bad experience on the institution’s website, according to a recent study, which is why many colleges are ramping up their efforts to make a more functional, personalized experience for users.