Williamson Family Gives $23.5 Million to Case Western Reserve University

Jim and Angela Williamson
James and Angela (FSM '33)

Case Western Reserve University has announced $23.5 million in gifts from the Williamson family of Cleveland. The funds will support student scholarships, professorships and programs at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Medicine (with emphasis on its Department of Nutrition) and the Case School of Engineering.

“This extraordinary commitment will touch every corner of our campus, and benefit generations of students, faculty and, ultimately, society itself,” said Barbara R. Snyder, president of Case Western Reserve. “We are honored and humbled by the gifts, and dedicated to ensuring they realize the family’s vision for how education and research positively impact individuals and their communities.”

Read more about the family’s history and the impact of this gift at case.edu/williamsonlegacy.

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Perkins+Will Selected for New University Center

University Center CWRUDevotion to modernism and creation of structures that enhance the environment are among the notable traits of Perkins+Will, the architecture and design firm selected for the Tinkham Veale University Center.

“After a rigorous search, we’re pleased to announce that Perkins+Will will lead the university center design process,” said Stephen M. Campbell, vice president for campus planning and facilities management. "The company’s vast experience and commitment to sustainability are great assets as we work to create a space that will enhance community life on campus.”

During the past 20 years, Perkins+Will, which turned 75 years old last year, has worked creatively with more than 250 colleges and universities across the United States and internationally. Read more about the plans.

Campus News

The university community is invited to meet with Perkins+Will, the architectural firm selected to lead the design process for the new Tinkham Veale University Center. Perkins+Will representatives will provide an update on the process, progress and design today from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Thwing Center Ballroom.

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CWRU Off-campus housingAny student, staff or faculty member interested in renting university-owned off-campus apartments and houses should check the Office of Commercial Development & Property Management’s website to see available properties. Additionally, they are renting three-bedroom apartments in the Noble on East 116 St. Contact apartments@case.edu to schedule a viewing.

For Faculty and Staff

The next Employee Wellness Seminar will feature University Hospitals Case Medical Center’s Margaret Bobonich in a discussion on healthy skin and preventing skin cancer. Register online for the discussion, held May 5, 1-2 p.m., in Nord Hall 310.

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The Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine at Case Western Reserve and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, with funds from STERIS Corp., will provide seed money to faculty to foster research in emerging and healthcare-associated infections. The deadline for grant proposal submission is May 27. For more information, contact Martha Salata.

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A Compliance Brown Bag Lunch Presentation will take place May 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall. This presentation will cover “Common Internal Audit Findings and How to Avoid Them” and will be led by representatives from Deloitte. This presentation will be valuable for administrators and managers interested in mitigating financial, operating and compliance-related risks.

For Students

Seniors, you (or your parents) can purchase senior ads for this year’s yearbook until May 31. Visit the Jostens website to design and purchase the ad or go to retrospect.case.edu for more information. Email megan.schulstad@case.edu with any questions. Yearbooks are also still available to order online or by mail until May 31.


Science Café Cleveland presents “Bending Science: How Science can be Corrupted by Legal Processes” May 9 at the tasting room at Great Lakes Brewing Co. Paul Giannelli, Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and Wendy Wagner, Joe A. Worsham Centennial Professor of Law at University of Texas School of Law, will discuss some of the ways that scientific information presented in legal debates can be bent or corrupted, especially in criminal trials and in environmental and public health regulation. Drinks begin at 6:30 p.m. with the discussion starting at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the CWRU chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream and Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Rafael Irizarry
Rafael Irizarry

Interested individuals from the School of Medicine, College of Arts & Sciences or other discipline are invited to attend the 2011 Annual Joint Biostatistics Symposium among Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic Foundation and The Ohio State University. The event, held May 5 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, will feature Rafael Irizarry, professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He will discuss “Epigenetic Variation as a Driving Force for Development, Evolutionary Adaptation and Cancer.” For more information, email Jean Farah.

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.

Sam Alexander
Sam Alexander

For the second week in a row, the University Athletic Association named junior rightfielder Sam Alexander the UAA Hitter of the Week. Alexander batted .467 (seven of 15) with a homerun and seven runs batted in during a 4-0 week for the Spartans men’s baseball team. He also doubled, tripled, walked twice and scored six runs.

The baseball team closed out its regular season Wednesday with a loss against John Carroll University. They finished the regular season 30-13 overall, with 17 victories in the last 20 games. They now wait for a potential bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.

April 29, 2011

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In the News

Little-known but Influential Cleveland Family Gives $23.5 Million to Case Western Reserve University

The Plain Dealer, April 29, 2011
The Williamson family donated $23.5 million to fund scholarships, professorships and programs at Case Western Reserve University. The donation is the third-largest individual gift received by the university.

Predicting Tornadoes: It’s Still Guessing Game

The New York Times, April 28, 2011
A record number of tornadoes hit the U.S. in April, and though technology is improving to understand them, they are still unpredictable. Because of this, it makes people question a "hidden hand" behind the acts, such as a 1994 tornado that hit a church during Palm Sundady services and killed 19 people. “Because it was a church, it brought up this issue: is it an act of God?” said Ted Steinberg, professor of history and law.

Higher Ed News

Barnes & Noble College Bookstores Set Up Shop on Facebook and Hope Students Will ‘Like’ It

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 28, 2011
Barnes & Noble college bookstores are using Facebook to sell books and other merchandise and allowing students to "like" books and other merchandise available at the bookstore.