The 2006 Charity Choice Campaign will kickoff Wednesday, September 13, the same day as Case for Community Day. The university's campaign seeks to increase recognition of the social, economic and cultural challenges present within our communities and begin the process of change through increased awareness and compassion. Use both events to give of your time and resources to benefit those in the Cleveland area. Campaign cochairs are Grover Gilmore, dean of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and Lara Kalafatis, vice president for University Relations. The campaign coordinator is Margaret Stevens. Additional information can be found at

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Cleveland: poorest big city in the U.S., census shows

The Plain Dealer, August 30, 2006

For the second time in three years, Cleveland has been named the poorest big city in America. For those living in the eight counties around Cleveland, median household income dropped by $1,778 over the last five years. So how can the city pull itself up? "It's the usual list of things," says Claudia Coulton, codirector of the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change at Case Western Reserve University. "Invest in education and work as a region to attract and retain employees and so forth. It's easy to say, and hard to do."

Investment in higher education worth questioning

Column from Columbus Dispatch, August 24, 2006

Are you aware that of freshmen entering Ohio's four year colleges and universities, fewer than one-third actually graduate in four years? Or that only 54 percent have graduated after six years? At good private schools, such as Kenyon College and Case Western Reserve University, or at publicly supported Miami University, 20 percent or fewer of freshmen fail to graduate.

Bringing the world's folktales home

Cleveland Jewish News, August 30, 2006

Lyndhurst native Amy Friedman has quite a story to tell. Actually, she has dozens, but she leaves the narration to the professional actors on her recently released CD Tell Me a Story, a collection of eight international folktales. This fall the author is returning to Cleveland to teach an undergraduate seminar on memoirs at Case Western Reserve University.

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BMW's custom-made university

New York Times, August 29, 2006

When Clemson University received $10 million from the German automaker BMW in 2002, the money helped jump-start a $1.5 billion automotive research and educational center. It also led to a partnership that both the automaker and the university acknowledge has grown extraordinarily close.

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The Department of Theater and Dance will hold its annual departmental meeting today, August 30, at 5 p.m. in the second-floor theater of Eldred Hall. Anyone who would like to obtain information about the program and upcoming performance season is invited to attend. Theater majors and minors are required to attend.

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Human Resources is sponsoring "Smart Debt: It's your Credit," a Financial Wellness Seminar set for noon to 1 p.m., August 31, in the Sages Seminar Room in Crawford Hall. Learn how to take control of your debt situation by understanding your credit options and smart ways to manage debt with debt management tools and tricks of the trade. To register, send e-mail to For the complete list of seminars, refer to

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is offering the session "Planning your semester" from noon to 1 p.m. on August 31 in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Figuring out the right amount of content for a course, the sequencing of material and more will be discussed. Pizza and sodas will be provided. RSVP to UCITE at 368-1224, via e-mail to, or register online at and click on "Events."

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Eldred Theater will hold open auditions for the fall semester drama productions of On the Verge by Eric Overmyer and A Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner from 6 to 9 p.m. today, August 30 and on August 31 in the second floor theater of Eldred Hall. Theater majors should prepare a monologue of their own choice not to exceed two minutes. For non-theater majors, a monologue is not required; instead, a script reading will be from one of the plays. Sign up in advance for an audition time in Eldred's first-floor gallery. Call backs will be on September 1. For additional information, contact Prof. Jerrold Scoot at 368-6140.

The University Program Board Arts and Entertainment Committee is hosting its All Student-Wide event from 8-11 p.m. on August 31 at Wade Fireside. Free clothing is available, and students are invited to come and tie-dye, silkscreen, sew, applique;, cut, deconstruct, decorate, stencil, and more.

Case's 1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering a Welcome Back Students sign-up special. Bring in this Case Daily announcement until August 31 to receive 10 percent off the one-time initiation fee. Case Daily must be presented. 1-2-1 Fitness was voted "Cleveland's Best Gym" and offers state-of-the-art equipment, programs, and staff support. Contact 1-2-1 at or 368-1121.

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James P. Conway has returned to the university as senior adviser for the Office of Development.

Maria Dimengo is the new Web content developer in the student affairs office.

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The Delta Omega chapter of Phi Mu recently received an award at its national convention for having the highest grade-point-average of any Phi Mu chapter in the country. The chapter received the Philomeatheon Society award for being in the top tier of chapters nationally.

The Zeta Upsilon chapter of Alpha Chi Omega was presented with a National Philanthropy award at the sorority's biennial national convention in July. The award is given to only a handful of the 130 chapters.