Reach Beyond, Unite with Case and Cleveland and Make a Difference Through Charity Choice


This year marks the second in which Case Western Reserve University will launch its university-wide Charity Choice Campaign to raise funds for local charities on Case For Community Day.

Beginning September 21, members of the university community can contribute to the Charity Choice Campaign online or print out a pledge form and return it by mail. The active campaign continues through November 2.

Monetary pledges made through payroll deduction will touch the lives of those living and working near the university.

"We understand that faculty and staff already contribute to causes that are important to them, but we respectfully request that each member of the campus community reaches beyond his or her prevailing compassion and generosity and unites with the members of our university and Cleveland families to make a donation," said campaign co-chairs Grover C. Gilmore, dean, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and Lara Kalafatis, vice president of University Relations.

Last year the university community came together to surpass its goal of $150,000 and raised more than $180,000 for local charities. This year the goal is $200,000.

Through the Charity Choice Campaign, faculty and staff can designate a donation to any of the more than 230 local agencies served by Community Shares, Earth Share of Ohio and the United Way of Greater Cleveland. Campaign administrative coordinators in each school and division will provide faculty and staff with information packets that include details on the charities.

Additional information about the organizations and the program is available on the Charity Choice Campaign 2007 Web site.

Read a welcome letter from the campaign co-chairs.

Campus News

Members of the campus community who did not get the chance to register for Case For Community Day can still give back and help neighbors in Cleveland by donating to one of the numerous donation drives taking place on September 21. As part of the day of service, contributions for the Back to School Supplies Drive, Cleveland Foodbank Food Drive, Dress for Success Clothing Drive and the Bras for Africa Breast Cancer Awareness Drive will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Thwing Center. In addition, the American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive in the 1914 Lounge, and voter registration materials will be available in the ballroom. Read more for a list of needed items.

The fall 2007 CaseLearns class schedule and PDF brochures are now available online. Browse the semester's instructional offerings and take advantage of free classes at Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) to gain proficiency in office, design, Web or digital applications, or to learn more about smart searching of Case Libraries' information resources. Classes are free to faculty, students and staff, and are offered weekdays and some Saturdays with a new Freedman Center Sunday Series. Visit CaseLearns from the KSL homepage for a brochure, the attendance requirements and to register for classes.

For Faculty & Staff

The Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA) Consortium Webcast Program was established by Virginia Commonwealth University to provide university faculty and graduate students with advanced training in research methods and data analysis. Case Western Reserve University has subscribed to the CARMA service and will be facilitating the live webcasts on September 28 and October 26. Attend Webcasts at Case, or go to the CARMA Web site for more details.

For Students

Those who have not registered to vote in Ohio can refer to the Office of Government Relations Web site to find out details on how to register.

The Middle Eastern Cultural Association is hosting a "Hummus on the Oval" event today during the Provost's Hour. Stop by the Kelvin Smith Library Oval to sample free hummus and meet students from the organization.


The first lecture of the "Access to Treatment" speaker series takes place from 12:30 to 2 p.m., September 21 at the Wolstein Research Building auditorium cafe. Michael Lederman, director of the University Hospitals/Case Medical Center for AIDS Research will discuss "New Advances in HIV Research." Lunch provided. Learn more.

The Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group continues at 12:30 p.m., September 21 in the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, Room 9, lower level of Crawford Hall. Karl Kaltenthaler from the University of Akron will discuss "Muslim Public Opinion and the War on Terror."

September 20, 2007

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Case in the News

Grant from NIH to Cleveland institutions illustrates the value of teamwork - an editorial

The Plain Dealer, September 20, 2007
This editorial applauds the National Institutes of Health for granting $64 million to Case Western Reserve University and its partners to help streamline the process of getting new drugs and medical devices to market.

Give contact lenses a second chance

Salt Lake Tribune, September 20, 2007
Thomas Steinemann, associate professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments on the latest advances in contact lenses.

GM seeks shift to 401(k) pensions for new employees, September 19, 2007
General Motors Corp. is offering to give new union members 401(k)-style retirement plans instead of traditional pensions for the first time under a proposed United Auto Workers contract. Paul Gerhart, a professor of marketing and policy studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments on the idea.

Higher Ed News

Many colleges ignore SAT writing test

Boston Globe, September 20, 2007
Hundreds of universities, including several top schools, ignore or pay little heed to students' scores on the writing section of the SAT in admissions decisions, skeptical about how well the essay reflects writing skills.

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