High School Students Experience Case Through the Virtual World of Second Life

Second LifeCase Western Reserve University is embarking on an innovative initiative to attract prospective students using the 3D digital world known as Second Life. While other colleges and universities are using Second Life for academic purposes, Case may be the first university in the country to use it to recruit high school students as well. This spring, Case invited students who were accepted into its fall 2007 class to visit its new virtual campus in Second Life.

The Second Life project is a new way for the university's Office of Undergraduate Admission to reach prospective students. "We’re giving students a chance to sample our innovative use of technology to support their success and their learning experience while they are here in Cleveland, in University Circle and at Case Western Reserve University," says Jonathan Wehner, associate director of undergraduate admission at Case.

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Campus News

University Farm will host students from five area high schools who are competing in the statewide 2007 Canon Envirothon. The teams will scour Squire Valleevue Farm beginning at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 25, visiting stations set up throughout the farm to tests a team's knowledge and problem-solving abilities about complex environmental and natural resource issues. The team with the highest score will go to the state competition in June at Wesleyan College. University Farm is one of five regional competition sites. Ana Locci (CWR '85 and '88, biology) manages the farm. Learn more.

The Center for Community Partnerships invites the campus members to participate in Walk and Roll Cleveland, a chance to explore the culturally diverse neighborhoods along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in University Circle. Event will take place on four Sundays in August. Participants can walk, jog, run or ride a bike throughout Rockefeller Park that extends from Lake Erie to University Circle. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of the Provost-sponsored Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Resources and Information group is recompiling its mailing list for LGBT faculty and staff. Interested employees can refer to the LGBT Web site for details or send e-mail to Victor Groza.

New Parking hang tags, effective April 19, have been issued to all continuous permit holders. To avoid receiving a parking violation, the tag must be displayed in the vehicle. Destroy old hangtags. Employees who have not received a new tag, should contact Access Services.

For Students

Random Acts of Luv performed by the Cedar Players consists of four, one-act plays about relationships. See the troupe at 8 tonight and Saturday, April 21, at the Spot and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Free.

The Spring Break 2007 Study Abroad Presentation program beginning at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, invites students to learn from undergraduate and graduate students who went to the Netherlands, Ukraine, Kenya and Dominican Republic during spring break this year. Refreshments served. Programs for 2008 are already in the planning stages. Program held in the Mandel School, Room 323. Details: E-mail Debby Jacobson.


Bryan A. Palaszewski of NASA Glenn will present "The Human Journey to Mars," from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 26, in the Glennan Building, Room 421. Lunch provided. Open to students and faculty. RSVP to aiaapresident@case.edu.

A concert celebration at Severance Hall will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29. This concert is free but a ticket is required for admission. Pick up tickets at the Severance Hall Box Office or from the music department office in Haydn Hall, Room 201. The concert features performances by the Case Symphonic Winds, Case Symphony Orchestra and Case Concert Choir. Questions: E-mail to Laura Stauffer.

Et al.

Ica Manas-Zloczower, professor of macromolecular science and engineering, was invited to deliver the plenary lecture, "Fractal Analysis: A Tool for Microstructure Characterization in Polymer Processing," at the Polymer Processing Society meeting last October 9-13, in Pretoria, South Africa.

The winners of the ninth edition of the online Campus Markings Contest are first place, Michael Barrie, an undergraduate student in biology; second place, Sarah Rovito, an undergraduate student in systems engineering; and third place, Justin Brosi, an undergraduate student in materials science and engineering.

The School of Law's recent auction to support summer internships for public interest employees netted more than $9,000 to help offset the cost of the unpaid internships. Fund-raising for the year for the program exceeded $12,000.

April 20, 2007

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Case in the News

Can we identify campus killers before they strike?

WKYC-TV.com, April 19, 2007
Clinical counselor Aarti Pyati of the Case Western Reserve University Counseling Services and several students talk about the measures taken to help students who may be having difficulties.

Student EMTs react to VT tragedy

WKYC-TV.com, April 19, 2007
Report on the readiness of student-run Emergency Medical Service squads, including he two-year old program at Case Western Reserve University.

Support for drug and alcohol abuse available for students

The Observer, April 20, 2007
Joy Willmott, a substance abuse specialist at University Counseling Services at Case Western Reserve since 1988, lends perspective to a recent USA TODAY report about drug abuse and binge drinking on college campuses.

Adapting to Tibet's thin air

Science Magazine, April 20, 2007
Physical anthropologist Cynthia Beall of Case Western Reserve University is profiled in a story that offers an update on her research on Tibetan children.

Higher Ed News

Korean students worry about a bigoted backlash to the Virginia shootings

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 20, 2007
"When I first heard the news about Virginia Tech, I was really concerned," said EnJoo Chung, a graduate student at Columbia University's and a member of the Korean Graduate Students Association. "The media was labeling the shooter as a Korean first, before anything else."

Clarification: Eric Cottington's title was incorrectly listed in the CoolCleveland.com story about Research ShowCASE. Cottington is the university's associate vice president of research.

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