New Spartan Mascot Enjoys Role as Student Ambassador for University, Sports Teams


Charles "Chuck" Becker embodies the concept of team spirit. When the call went out last spring for a 2007-2008 Spartan mascot, he applied for and earned the position. Now, he's working to pump up the crowd and inject blue and white fever into athletic and university-wide events.

"I go to all of the home football games. I'm trying to make it to the soccer games, as well as events where people request the official mascot," said Becker, a senior from Louisville, Ky.

One soccer game at which Becker as the university mascot will definitely be in attendance is the October 6 Homecoming game, when the Spartan varsity men's and women's teams take on Brandeis University at Case Field at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively.

The campus community can join the Spartan mascot at several other activities during Alumni Weekend and Homecoming. On October 5, Blue and White Day, the campus community is invited to wear school colors and Spartan gear. Departments can decorate or post homecoming signs for a chance to win a campus Spirit Contest. Also planned are the traditional homecoming parade and all-campus homecoming tailgate before the game on October 6 and a homecoming dance after it. Read more.

Alumni House Grand Opening Today at 5 p.m.

The Alumni House, located at 11310 Juniper Drive, will have its formal grand opening celebration at 5 p.m. today. The dedication ceremony will be a highlight of Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2007 festivities. Alumni and guests can tour the house, which will be the new home base for all graduates of Case Western Reserve University and its predecessor schools.

Campus News

The campus community is invited to participate in a CaseLearns class, "Understanding RSS Feeds," at 3 p.m., October 8, in the Kelvin Smith Library. Learn about what an RSS feed is and how this technology can make information consumption easier. Register online.

The Department of Dermatology at Case Medical Center, a partnership between Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals, is conducting a research study involving the application of green tea cream to the face. Participants must be 18 years or older with facial redness from rosacea. Eligible participants will be compensated. For more details, call the Skin Study Center at (216) 844-7546.

For Faculty & Staff

Save the date: The Second Annual Case Western Reserve University Vendor Fair, hosted by Procurement and Distribution Services, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 24 in Adelbert Gym.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Faculty Colloquium Series debuts October 18, featuring David Crampton on the topic of "The Not So Bleak Prospect for Public Child Welfare -- A Response to Alvin Schorr." The program is for Mandel School faculty, doctoral and master's students and interested staff, and the purpose is to share information with colleagues and showcase research projects. The brown bag lunches are held from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in Rooms 320 B and C. For questions and future workshop dates, send e-mail to Pamela Carson.

For Students

Springfest 2008 is seeking enthusiastic students to fill positions on its executive board. Position descriptions and an application form are available online. Applications are due by October 18, and can be e-mailed to Marie Becer or Van Nguyen, who also can be contacted for questions or additional information.

First- and second-year students who are signed up on a meal plan are invited to participate in a focus group to discuss changes to Leutner Café. The sessions take place from 7-9 p.m., October 8 and 5-9 p.m., October 9, and last one hour. Participants will receive a Starbucks gift card. To participate, send e-mail to Emily De Mers.


The Ford Lecture Series will take place from 4-5 p.m., November 1 in the Wolstein Research Building auditorium. This year's keynote speaker is Rick Klausner, managing director, The Column Group, who will speak on the topic of "The Genomic Revolution and the Future of Medicine and Health." RSVP deadline is October 29.

The Peer Helper Network and Greek Life are hosting a talk by Paul "Bipolar Boy" Jones, author, comedian, speaker, on the topic of "Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness One Mind at a Time," at 7 p.m., October 8 in Strosacker Auditorium. Free.

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.

October 4, 2007

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve University to dedicate $2.5 million Alumni House

The Plain Dealer, October 4, 2007
Case Western Reserve University's alumni now have a place to call home. Today, the university will unveil a $2.5 million Alumni House on Juniper Road. The building's grand opening and dedication ceremony coincides with this week's Alumni Weekend and Homecoming festivities.

Best of all time: Public service

Free Times, October 3, 2007
Short profile on Frances Payne Bolton, who helped endow a school of nursing at Western Reserve University. Today, the nursing school at Case Western Reserve University is named in honor of her.

New rapid station to be built in Little Italy, October 2, 2007
The RTA plans to close the rapid station at East 120th Street and Euclid Avenue and open a new one at East 120th and Mayfield Road. The new station would provide easier access to Little Italy, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals.

Higher Ed News

UC Berkeley posting lectures on YouTube, October 3, 2007
The University of California, Berkeley, is posting course lectures and other campus happenings on YouTube. Watching the videos is free and for the joy of information only; no class credit is being offered.

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