August 18, 2005

New Residential Village Open House

There was an open house for the new North Residential Village today. It is very lavish (and reminded me that the dorm I stayed in during my first two undergraduate years was a prison in comparison). I took some pictures and posted them to my site. You can find them here.

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July 01, 2005

Case Electronic Theses at OhioLINK ETD Center

Every month OhioLINK releases statistics about the number of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) that have been deposited in the OhioLINK ETD Center, which makes ETDs from OhioLINK institutions freely available to all.

Case has been a participant in the planning of the ETD center since its inception several years ago, and for the past year and a half, students have been depositing Case PhD dissertations electronically at OhioLINK. The ETD program at Case is managed by the School of Graduate Studies, in collaboration with Kelvin Smith Library. ETDs have a strong advantage of being available for use almost immediately (they are cataloged in EuclidPLUS and linked to the OhioLINK ETD center directly) and don't have to wait for library binding and processing. ETDs are an excellent way for Case departments to publicize the research output of their students. OhioLINK has an excellent FAQ that answers many questions that students and faculty have about ETDs.

As of July 1, 2005, Case has deposited 1136 full-text dissertations, which includes approximately 1000 retrospective ETDs back to 1990 purchased and deposited by KSL. We are third in Ohio for ETDs, behind the Ohio State University (1538 full text ETDs) and University of Cincinnati (1475 full text ETDs).

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June 24, 2005


At lunch time today I witnessed a group of young people playing croquet on the grass oval in front of the Kelvin Smith Library. That's great! How civilized! How genteel! And an activity that doesn't involve any kind of networked device.... One of my colleagues observed that perhaps next we'll have polo matches on Freiberger Field.

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March 03, 2005

New Case LGBT web site

Today was the official launch of the new Case Western Reserve University LGBT (that's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) web site sponsored by the university's Office of the President and Provost. The party was in Thwing Center, and President Hundert, Deputy Provost Lynn Singer and a quite large group of faculty, staff and students were there to participate in the ceremony (not to mention the free lunch.) President Hundert's presence was an indication of his commitment to a culture of tolerance and respect in our diverse campus population.

Along with the new web site, there is a new organization for LGBT faculty and staff, "Faculty and Staff for Equality" (FASE). The first Co-Chairs of FASE are Victor Groza, PhD, and Marty Gibbons.

Check out the new site.

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