University Expands NetWellness Relationship to Engage Alumni

stethoscope and computerWhen it launched in 1995, NetWellness was one of the first consumer-health websites in existence. Now, it reaches more than 12 million visitors per year throughout North America. A partnership among Case Western Reserve, University of Cincinnati and The Ohio State University, NetWellness provides easy-to-understand health information from university experts in a wide range of medical fields

A hallmark of NetWellness is its Ask and Expert service, which allows visitors to seek free responses from these experts on diverse health topics within a few days. The service is completely confidential and anonymous and does not require registration.

In an effort to promote this valuable resource to Case Western Reserve alumni, the university has launched a new enewsletter, HealthyAlum. The monthly publication provides a select alumni audience with health and wellness news from some of the top experts in the country. Find out more about how you can use the services.

Campus News

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 to apply updates to the system. The Financials Reporting system and Launchpad will be available for report retrieval until noon on 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

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There will be an interruption of services for QuikPAY on May 23 from 2 to 4 a.m. to allow Information Technology Services and the QuikPAY vendor to conduct scheduled maintenance. Users attempting to reach the QuikPAY service while it is down will see a maintenance announcement asking them to try again later. If you have further questions, contact the ITS Service Desk at 368.HELP (4357).

For Faculty and Staff

The Employee Wellness Program will sponsor a free cooking demo on Asian cuisine May 23 from noon to 1 p.m. in Nord Hall 310. One of the Bon Appetit chefs will demonstrate how to prepare delicious, healthy Asian dishes—plus offer free samples to attendees. Register online.

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Researchers are invited to an informational conference call to discuss research projects for the Department of Defense. The call, to be held June 1 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., will cover the current DoD Broad Agency Announcement, BAA-11, which focuses on research in military infectious diseases, combat casualty care, military operational medicine, clinical and rehabilitative medicine, medical biological defense, medical chemical defense and telemedicine and advanced technology. The session also will be open to general inquiries. Contact Sandie Moster by email or at 216.368.2391 for more information and call-in details.

For Students

121 Fitness CenterCase Western Reserve University’s 121 Fitness Center is offering $0 initiation fee and $0 May dues for all students through May 31. Summer leaves of absence are permitted for no charge. Membership includes full access to more than 50 group exercise classes, four free personal training sessions and much more. Visit, call 368.1121 or stop in for a tour.


The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) invites the campus community to experience “Diversity Beyond the Classroom.” During the month of May, June, July and August, the OMA will showcase cultural diversity in various venues. Visit the OMA website to check out the calendar of events, starting with the Cleveland Asian Festival May 21.

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The Presidential Advisory Council on Minorities invites the university community to attend “Creating Community Through Conversation: Diversity Book Discussion.” The first book selection is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, which raises questions around ethics in research, ownership of scientific discoveries and patient rights. The first discussion will be held May 25, 12-1 p.m. in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall; RSVP here. Learn more 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.

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Chad Mullins
Chad Mullins

Senior third baseman Chad Mullins was named the University Athletic Association’s Player of the Year, and he and four others landed on the All-UAA team this year.

Mullins has been one of the nation’s top hitters this season, batting .473 with eight homeruns and 68 runs batted in. He leads the UAA in each of the triple crown categories and leads the nation in RBI, while ranking second in hits and fourth in average. He is the CWRU career leader in average (.418), hits (260), RBI (183), runs (157) and doubles (61). This is Mullins’ fourth consecutive All-UAA selection and third time on the first team.

Additionally, sophomore shortstop Matt Keen and senior catcher Steve Bills earned first-team honors, while junior rightfielder Sam Alexander and sophomore first baseman Brett Ossola were second-team picks. Read more about the players.

The Spartans beat Adrian College in the first NCAA tournament game but lost to nationally ranked Heidelberg University yesterday.

In Memoriam

Miles Kennedy, a retired professor at Weatherhead School of Management, died May 16. He was 80 years old.

Kennedy joined Weatherhead School of Management in 1967 as an accounting professor. He founded the Information Systems department and led a group of students in creating the first personal computer network in any business school.

A memorial service will be held May 21 at 11 a.m. at Harkness Chapel, with a reception following in the Peter B. Lewis Building.

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Cheryl Felder Scott, the first elected chair of the Staff Advisory Council, died April 28. She was 63.

She served as the chair of the Staff Advisory Council from 1990 to 1991; the council is now in its 21st year.

May 20, 2011

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In the News

See Girl Talk, Lady Gaga Performed on Tesla Coils

Wired, May 18, 2011
Case Western Reserve University’s Tesla Orchestra re-created original music, as well as a track from Girl Talk, in the Open Spark Project last weekend. “The result is part hip-hop hooks and rock choruses, part lightning — and totally awesome,” the blogger wrote.

Pay to Play: Is Downloading Music Illegally Really Stealing? Experts Think So

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, May 19, 2011
Illegal file-sharing services allow individuals to download music for free, which many say is like stealing from the artists. “The problem is that now we have this 'cut-and-paste' society, where you can make immediate digital copies of any song because it's all software code and code can be copied very easily and very quickly, and it can travel very far geographically,” said School of Law professor Jacqueline Lipton. “That wasn't possible before the Internet.”

Bring Your Pet to College

U.S. News & World Report, May 19, 2011
Students leaving home often want to bring a pet along as a piece of home. Case Western Reserve University is highlighted as one of 10 colleges and universities to allow small caged animals, and students in Greek life can apply for a house “mascot” to live in fraternity and sorority houses.

Bibliophilia, Biophilia and the Coming-of-Age Novel Highlight Cleveland's Literary Calendar

The Plain Dealer, May 19, 2011
More than 70,000 books will be for sale during the 65th annual CWRU Book Sale May 21-24, which is highlighted as one of this weekend’s top literary events.

Higher Ed News

Harvard Brainiac to Berkeley Radical: Pop Culture’s College IDs

The Washington Post, May 17, 2011
From novels to movies, universities often play a major role in developing the setting and characters. Find out why—and what university is used most often.