Theater Professor's Sabbatical to Focus on Observation of the Human Body

Ron Wilson

Drawing the human body and performing theater roles have much in common, as Case Western Reserve University's Katherine Bakeless Nason Professor of Theater Ron Wilson has learned over the years.

Both involve a keen eye to observe and interpret the nonverbal information revealed through physical gestures and alignment, according to Wilson. During Wilson's fall semester sabbatical, he will enrich his love for theater and drawing with experiences that will take him to a famous atelier in Paris and to a Boston theater.

When Wilson studied at Wichita State University 40 years ago, his plan was to get a degree in art. However, his education also took a turn toward theater where he has since been immersed in the world of nonverbal physical performance, acting and directing, to now teaching through the Case/Cleveland Play House Master of Fine Arts Professional Acting Program. Read more.

Campus News

Save the Date: The annual Alumni Weekend and Homecoming at Case Western Reserve University will take place October 4-7. A highlight of the weekend will take place at 5 p.m., October 4 with the grand opening of the long-anticipated Alumni House, 11310 Juniper Road. This renovated house will serve as a central meeting place for current and future alumni as well as the campus community. Other key events include an alumni luncheon and community update with President Barbara R. Snyder; the Community Hour public lecture with author David K. Shipler, Taste of Cleveland Celebration at the House of Blues, the second annual Gospel Fest, and of course class reunions, the homecoming parade and varsity men's and women's soccer at the Village at 115 stadium. Join the campus in celebrating all things Case Western Reserve. View the schedule. Register today.

Register to participate in Case for Community Day on Friday, September 21. Individuals and groups can sign up for service projects, and the entire campus community has an opportunity to help neighbors and the local community through several donation drives.

For Faculty & Staff

The Case Western Reserve University Bowling Club needs a faculty adviser. Send an e-mail to Chris Cichewicz if interested.

For Students

Eldred Theater will have open auditions for the 2007 fall semester drama productions from 6:30-9:30 today and Wednesday, September 4 and 5 in the second-floor theater. Sign up in advance for an audition time; sheets are posted in the theater's first-floor gallery. Theater majors should choose a monologue not to exceed two minutes; non-theater majors will read from a script that will be provided. Questions: 368-5926.

Solstice, the university's only all-female a cappella group, will hold open auditions from 5-7 today, September 4 in Thwing Center, 1914 Lounge. Come prepared to sing a few verses from any song of your choice. Callbacks will be held from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 5. Details are online or send e-mail to Solstice.

Students are invited to join Organ Donation Awareness when members meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, September 5 in Thwing Center, Meeting Room A. Come for free food, a chance to meet the other members and to learn more about the group and its activities.

Want to wrestle this season? Head to the Hall of Fame Room in the Veale Center at 5 p.m., Wednesday, September 5 to learn how to join the team.


University Circle, Inc. will present its final free outdoor concert of the season through the WOW! Wade Oval Wednesdays program. Concert takes place from 5:30-8:30 p.m., September 5 featuring Punch the Clown. Students from area colleges are invited as part of a back-to-school celebration. Additional details are online.

Refer to the Web event calendar for a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today and in the days ahead.

September 4, 2007

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Case in the News

Mother's mission, August 31, 2007
Sara Schultz, a fourth-year student at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, is planning a humanitarian trip to Guatemala with her mother. The two women will provide medical care to the needy.

It's cool in here

National Review Online, September 4, 2007 Op-ed
Jonathan Adler, a professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, offers his views on Danish mathematician Bjorn Lomborg's new book.

Higher Ed News

'Common readings' connect students, faculty

USA TODAY, September 4, 2007
College campuses are discovering the possibilities that open up when students, faculty and staff make a point to read the same book.

Changing borders of political science

Inside Higher Ed, September 4, 2007
What is and isn't part of political science was the topic of much discussion at the recent American Political Science Association meeting. Among the topics of debate: how U.S.-focused the discipline is and should be, the impact of the hard sciences -- especially genetics -- on political science, and the ability of political scientists to teach with professors from other disciplines.

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