November 07, 2008

Case in the Community Forum launched to highlight university-community partnerships


The Center for Community Partnerships at Case Western Reserve University has launched its inaugural Case in the Community Forums to highlight academic-community work underway at the university. The first of two forums planned for this year focuses on Case Western Reserve's involvement in supporting K-12 education. The free, public event takes place Wednesday, November 12 at 4 p.m. in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall, 2040 Adelbert Road, on the university campus.

"The forums are designed to serve as another vehicle for members of the campus community to learn more about the instrumental role Case Western Reserve University has in the community," said Latisha James, director for the Center for Community Partnerships. "The university is bursting at the seams with incredible outreach programs that touch others all over the world. Serving the needs of the community is embraced by our faculty, staff and students year-round. However, we are so humble with our efforts that we have not sought the spotlight to tell others about the significant impact our programs have in the community at large."

The new Case in Community Forums is an outgrowth of the center's continued efforts to promote the university's involvement in the community. Gladys Haddad, professor of American Studies, director of the Western Reserve Studies Symposium and host of the 'virtual symposium' Regionally Speaking will moderate each forum. Participating faculty guest speakers working with the schools include:

  • James Bader, director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at the College of Arts and Sciences and lecturer in biology. Bader directs a program which has received National Science Foundation funding to help school teachers in the classroom and strengthen the science education of school children.
  • Janice Eatman-Williams, assistant director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, motivates Case Western Reserve students to get involved in the community in a number of ways. The center's goal is to support service opportunities that promote active learning and address community needs. One of the major outreach activities is a program called Saturday Tutoring Program at the Church of the Covenant–which recently received grant support from the Center for Community Partnerships.
  • James Lalumandier, associate professor and chair of the department of community dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine. With the support of the St. Luke's Foundation, Lalumandier has established the Healthy Smiles Sealant Program. Last year, the signature program educated 20,000 Cleveland children about good oral health habits and provided oral exams and sealants to 6,200 children, of which half were referred to private dentist for dental needs.
  • Marilyn Lotas, associate professor and associate dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Integrated into the nursing school curriculum is a community nursing component where students in their first three years work and support school nurses by creating special projects in their assigned schools in the Cleveland system. During their fourth year, each student undertakes a 300-hour public health research project.

Following each presentation, students will talk about their service experiences and how it has impacted their education.

"Whether a member from the campus or community, as people continue to learn how the campus is engaged in the community, the common response is always 'wow, I had no idea Case was so involved in the community,'" added James.

This is the first of two annual forums the center plans to sponsor in the fall and spring to give the community an opportunity to learn about their campus neighbors. The site of the forums will alternate between campus and community locations.

Annually the university faculty and students invest approximately 400,000 volunteer hours in community service with nearly 600 community partners year-round.

For more information about the university's involvement in the community, contact James at 216-368-3909 or e-mail

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, November 7, 2008 12:40 PM | News Topics: Community Outreach, Conferences/Symposia, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Staff, news

Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.