Tinkham Veale II Receives Case Western Reserve's President's Award for Visionary Achievement

Thank You Tink signs
At commencement, students thank Veale for his
generosity and commitment to the university.

Tinkham Veale II’s support of his alma mater began just after his graduation from the Case Institute of Technology as a mechanical engineering major in 1937 and has been a constant over the past 74 years. Most recently, through his philanthropic organization the Veale Foundation, he gave the university an opportunity to significantly enhance student life on campus with a $20 million commitment for a new university center.

The Tinkham Veale University Center will be centrally located on campus, near Severance Hall and the university’s Kelvin Smith Library.

In recognition of his generosity, President Barbara R. Snyder recognized Veale with the President's Award for Visionary Achievement. (Watch a video of highlights from commencement, including Veale's receipt of the award in his home.)

“Tink Veale’s generosity will allow us to transform a long-awaited concept into a meaningful reality for our community,” said President Barbara R. Snyder. “This space will host classes, meetings, meals and more—in short, it will be a place where students, faculty and staff consistently come together.” Read more.

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CWRU Book Sale Volunteer has Seen Six Decades of Sale

CWRU book sale
Jane Leitch (pictured here at right, alongside
volunteer Marjorie Johnson) has assisted
with the book sale for more than 60 years.

Jane Leitch is the grand dame of literary volunteers, and this year, the 86-year-old will carry on her tradition at the Association for Continuing Education’s 65th Annual Case Western Reserve University Book Sale 2011.

The sale, which launched in the late 1940s under Leitch’s sister Carolyn, takes place May 21-24 in Adelbert Gymnasium.

Some of the more than 75,000 books organized for sale in 12 different book departments from art to travel, were picked up and delivered by Jane, who carries on her sister’s devotion to the event.

The sale has grown from a few thousand books in its early years to what it is today – tables and tables of books from one end of the gym to the other. Learn more about the sale.

Campus News

google logoThroughout the weekend of May 21, Google will be making changes to make a number of new applications available to Case Western Reserve University to provide enhanced and expanded features and functionality to your account. No action is required to allow the transition to take place, and your university email address (also known as your account "user name ") will not change. After accounts have transitioned, all users will be required, as a one-time occurrence, to accept the Google Terms of Service Agreement again at their next login to any of the web-based services. An information session to discuss the features and benefits of our new apps will take place online today at 11 a.m. at connect.case.edu/google. For additional information, visit the Google Apps training area on help.case.edu.

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The PeopleSoft Financials system will be unavailable beginning Friday, May 20, at 6 p.m. to no later than Monday, May 23, at 7 a.m. to allow Information Technology Services (ITS) to apply updates to the system. The Financials Reporting system (FINRPT) and Launchpad will be available for report retrieval until noon Sunday and then unavailable until Monday at 7 a.m. Users attempting to reach the financials system while it is down will see a maintenance announcement asking them to try again later. If you have additional questions about this outage, contact finupgquestions@case.edu.

For Faculty and Staff

The Ethics Table seeks 12-16 faculty or staff members to explore how to implement ethics or a practical ethical experience into a class or undergraduate program. Meetings will be held monthly, and there also will be meetings before orientation and a two-day conference next May. Deadline to apply is May 27. Find more details online.

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The Staff Advisory Council invites the university community to attend an open house to recognize the achievements of the recipients of the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund on June 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Inamori Center for International Ethics. To help with the lunch planning, RSVP to celebrateseef@case.edu by May 24.

For Students

As revealed in the Career Center’s 2010 First Destination Survey Report, small, medium and large-sized organizations and graduate/professional schools continued to open their doors to new undergraduates of Case Western Reserve University. Almost an equal number of the class of 2010 chose to begin their careers upon graduation as those opting for an advanced degree (40 percent and 41 percent, respectively). The 2010 First Destination Survey Report, along with reports from the past five years, can be found online. For more information, contact Kim Paik, assistant director for Graduate Career Services.


Science Cafe ClevelandDuring the June Science Café Cleveland event, two specialists in liver diseases will host an informal discussion on healthy and diseased livers and the process of liver transplantation. The discussion, “Liver or leav’er: how to pull the switch when things aren’t working out,” will feature Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s John Fung, chair of the Digestive Disease Institute, and Lisa Yerian, director of Hepatobiliary Pathology. It will be held June 13 in the Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Co.; drinks begin at 6:30 p.m. with the discussion starting around 7 p.m. The Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream and Great Lakes Brewing Co. will sponsor the event.

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.

Michael Scharf
Michael Scharf

Throughout April and May, Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, presented at a conference on Law & U.S. Foreign Policy: Perspectives on 80 Years of the Office of the Legal Adviser at Georgetown Law School; at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington, D.C.; and at a conference on International Organizations in Transition at Vanderbilt Law School. Additionally, he and Daniel Goldhagen, author of Hitler’s Willing Executioners and Worse Than War spoke on a Case Western Reserve University conference on genocide.

His chapter on “Joint Criminal Enterprise, the Nuremberg Precedent, and the Concept of ‘Grotian Moment’” was published in Accountability for Collective Wrongdoing (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

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Calvin Sharpe
Calvin Sharpe

Calvin William Sharpe, Galen J. Roush Professor of Business Law and Regulation and founding director of Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution, completed the third edition of his treatise, Understanding Labor Law, with Robert Strassfeld, professor and director of the Institute for Global Security Law, and Douglas Ray, dean of St. Thomas University School of Law.

May 19, 2011

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In the News

Difference Makers 2011: Lev Gonick

Crain’s Cleveland Business, May 17, 2011
In its list of 10 people who are making a difference in the region, Crain’s Cleveland Business highlighted Lev Gonick, chief information officer and vice president of Information Technology Services. His work on Case Connection Zone, a research project that provides Internet connections to about 100 homes near campus, is one of the many reasons he was selected.

In Rust Belt, Manufacturers Add Jobs, but Factory Pay Isn’t What It Used to Be

The Washington Post, May 17, 2011
U.S. factories have added 250,000 jobs since the beginning of 2010, marking the first sustained increase in manufacturing employment since 1997. However, said Susan Helper, chair of the Department of Economics and AT&T Professor of Economics, “It’s not clear that the manufacturing jobs that are now growing are all that desirable.”

Rolling Resistance

Fox 8, May 18, 2011
Car manufacturers rely on tires that have been designed to reduce rolling resistance to meet government-mandated standards. Joe Prahl, professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, discussed how tires affect gas mileage.

Higher Ed News

What They Are Really Typing

Inside Higher Ed, May 18, 2011
Although surveys of students and professors on in-class laptop usage have existed for years, the data has been inconsistent, proving that laptops are a distraction or that they are beneficial, depending on the study. Now, the authors of two recent studies went a step further and actually spied on students to see exactly what they're using laptops for during class.