Continue Spirit of Case for Community Day with Charity Choice

Members of the men's and women's soccer teams host sports clinics on Van Horn field

During Case Western Reserve University's fifth annual Case for Community Day on September 21, nearly 300 university volunteers visited more than 50 locations to assist neighbors in Cleveland wards 6, 7, 8 and 9. University members can continue the spirit of giving by contributing to the Charity Choice Campaign.

The active phase of the Charity Choice Campaign began on September 21 and continues through November 2. The university's goal is to raise $200,000. Those who contribute are eligible to win prizes. A two-night stay at the Cleveland Marriott East and free dinners at local restaurants are among the prizes to be raffled.

Through the Charity Choice Campaign, faculty and staff can designate a donation through payroll deduction to any of the more than 230 local agencies served by Community Shares, Earth Share of Ohio and the United Way of Greater Cleveland. Members of the university community can contribute to the Charity Choice Campaign online or print out a pledge form and return it by mail. Details are available on the Charity Choice Campaign 2007 Web site.

During Case for Community Day, service projects ranged from landscaping and painting to helping with office administration and hosting 300 Cleveland youth for a variety of sports clinics, courtesy of the university's Department of Physical Education and Athletics and the Student Athletic Association. In addition, the School of Dental Medicine, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and the School of Medicine's Master's of Public Health program created a first in community collaborations by providing free health screenings for several senior agencies.

Security Alert

Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services has issued a security alert for an incident that occurred on September 26, 2007. Read the full alert.

Campus News

Reminder: East Boulevard has been narrowed to allow only southbound traffic between Bellflower Road and Euclid Avenue. Access the Campus Center–Severance Hall parking garage by heading southbound on East Boulevard. Vehicles exiting the garage will be able to travel northbound or southbound on East Boulevard. Learn more.

The Diversity Book Club, facilitated by Erica Merritt, manager of diversity, will be reading The Working Poor: Invisible in America, by David K. Shipler, this year's Common Reading selection. Books are available at the University Bookstore; discount with Case ID. The club's first meeting is at noon on October 3 in Crawford Hall, Room 209. The club seeks to build community among faculty and staff while increasing diversity awareness and competency in an open, non-threatening forum. Send e-mail to Erica Merritt if interested. Read more about the club.

For Faculty & Staff

The Center for Families and Children through the EASE program offers information and referral services for eldercare needs. Call Margaret Chesler at (216) 241-3273 or (800) 521-3273. Eldercare information is available on topics such as caregiver resources, paying for care, legal services, senior health information and services. Access WorkLife Systems maintained by Center for Families and Children by using the Case network ID and password.

For Students

Spend the night outside the Kelvin Smith Library oval beginning 8 p.m., Friday, September 28 to support the fifth annual Let's Shack Up, a project coordinated by the Case Chapter of Habitat for Humanity to raise awareness about poverty and homelessness. Participants are asked to collect donations and spend the night outside in a cardboard box. Proceeds will help sponsor a house in collaboration with the Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. E-mail the organization for details.

The Muslim Student Association invites students to take part in the annual Fast-a-thon on Saturday, September 29. Event takes place in Thwing Center ballroom. Local businesses will donate $1 to the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland for each non-Muslim student who pledges to go hungry for one day. Admission: $3 fasters, $5 non-fasters. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit the association's Web site to pledge online, download documents or learn more.

Events

This week's Public Affairs Discussion Group at 12:30 p.m., Friday, September 28 will feature School of Law professors Jonathan Adler and Jonathan Entin, who will discuss the most recent term of the Supreme Court. Forum held in the Inamori Center, Crawford Hall, Room 9.

The War Crimes Research Symposium, "To Prevent and to Punish: An International Conference Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention," will be 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 28 in the School of Law, Moot Courtroom, A59. Symposium will feature two dozen of the world's leading academic experts, high-level government officials and distinguished jurists and practitioners. Event presented by the School of Law Frederick K. Cox International Law Center. Complete 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 27, 2007

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Case in the News

Spinning kids a yarn unwinds their imagination

The Star Tribune.com, September 26, 2007 (subscription required)
Sandra Russ, a Case Western Reserve University psychology professor who for 20 years has studied how children play, comments in this story about the long-term benefits of imaginative play.

Controversial Israel Lobby' authors bring their argument to the City Club

The Plain Dealer, September 27, 2007
Story reports on the presentation at the City Club of Cleveland featuring scholars John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, who were initially invited to lecture at Case Western Reserve University regarding their views about the United States's relationship with Israel.

Secret Society

The Free Times, September 26, 2007
Columnist offers a review of Nation of Secrets, the book by Ted Gup, professor of English at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Senate scrutiny for endowments

Inside Higher Ed, September 27, 2007
In the world of tax legislation, hedge funds are the hot topic. The same could be said for the world of university endowment portfolios. Both were scrutinized in a hearing on Wednesday as the Senate Committee on Finance set its sights on the insurance and reinsurance industries and the high-yield but potentially volatile financial products.

Schools scrutinize and promote study abroad

The Christian Science Monitor, September 27, 2007
The student-loan scandals earlier this year have sent forth a ripple-effect of scrutiny for other areas where colleges, outside organizations, students, and money intersect. Study abroad is one of them.

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