Campus Community to Wear Blue and White in Honor of Undefeated Football Team


Case Western Reserve University has declared Friday, November 2, as Blue and White Spirit Day, encouraging the campus community to wear blue and white to work and class in support of its undefeated Spartan football team.

The team has already clinched a spot as co-champions of the University Athletic Association and can take the 2007 title outright on November 3 with a win against Washington University (6-2, 1-1 UAA). Kickoff is at noon on Case Field.

The Spartans put their undefeated season on the line Saturday against the Washington University Bears. The Spartans are 8-0 so far this year, 2-0 in the UAA, and are ranked in the American Football Coaches Association's (AFCA) Top 25 for the first time in more than 20 years. The team, which is currently ranked 21st, also is ranked fourth in the region and has received votes in the latest Top 25 poll.

"Our football team is in the midst of a special season. I encourage our entire campus community to be a part of the excitement and energy that is building around its success," said President Barbara R. Snyder. Read more.

DARPA Urban Challenge Results to be Announced Today

Twenty one teams remain -- including Case Western Reserve University -- but finalists for the DARPA Urban Challenge have yet to be announced. Will Team Case and DEXTER make the cut? Find out by going to the team's blog later this afternoon.

Campus News

The campus community has a special opportunity to watch Graduate Ensemble theater students in the Cleveland Play House production of Shakespeare's As You Like It tonight and November 2, 7:30 p.m. both nights. Students can receive free tickets for the production, while the rest of the campus community can purchase $5 tickets. Call the box office at (216) 795-7000, ext. 4; students should use the code 'script' for the complimentary tickets, while others should use the code 'five' to receive the discounted price.

Get the most out of the licensed databases and journals on campus with a CaseLearns Saturday class, "Navigating Electronic Information Resources," from 10 a.m. to noon, November 10 at Kelvin Smith Library. Discover search strategies and tips for mining newspaper databases, journals and more. Details and a registration link are on the KSL news blog.

Thwing Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) are cosponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive through November 12. The campus community is invited to bring any of the following items to Thwing Center for drop off in the boxes near all entrances: Canned yams, sweet potatoes, corn or green beans; instant mashed potatoes or stuffing; canned cranberry sauce or whole berries; and boxes of corn bread. Donations will be combined with a turkey from the OMA turkey drive and donated to a local Cleveland family.

For Faculty & Staff

Faculty members of all colleges and schools are invited to apply by November 5 to become Learning Fellows during the spring 2008 semester. Sponsored in part by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE), the fellowships are for faculty members who want to meet with faculty from across the university and explore ideas on how people learn and how those ideas can be applied to improve teaching. Details: UCITE Web site.

For Students

The Student Alumni Association is hosting a meeting tonight at 7 at the new Alumni House for current and prospective members.

The African American Society presents its "33rd Annual Ebony Ball: Night at the Oscars," at 7 p.m., November 3 at downtown Cleveland's Wyndham Hotel. Tickets: $10 per person/$17 per couple.

Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology will hold a general meeting at 8 p.m., November 8 in Mather Memorial, Room 201. All students studying psychology who'd like to learn more about the organization are welcome to attend.


Case Western Reserve's art studio, art history department and SAGES (Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship) are hosting "Alberto Rey: Cuban-American Artist/Symposium," from 2-4 p.m., November 2 at the studio. Rey and other artists will speak. Free.

The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion will feature Kenneth Ledford, associate professor of history and law, on "European Terrorism Past and Present," from 12:30-1:30 p.m., November 2 in the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall, Room 9.

Voices of Glory, a vocal group that sings contemporary gospel and traditional spirituals, will perform at 7:30 p.m., November 3 at Mt. Zion Congregational Church, 10723 Magnolia Drive. Refreshments served following concert. Admission is $5; CaseCash accepted.

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.

November 1, 2007

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Case in the News

Conversations with Kathleen Dunn

Wisconsin Public Radio, October 30, 2007
Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, appeared on a radio program this week to discuss flaws in the presidential nomination system and how to reform the process.

Hot jobs for a warming planet

Sierra Magazine, November/December 2007
The Sierra Club's magazine has compiled a list of top schools for students interested in environmental careers. Case Western Reserve University and its graduate offerings in nonprofit management make the list for people interested in being an executive director of an environmental nonprofit.

Brew stays in mix from middle

The Plain Dealer, October 31, 2007
Profile story on Tom Brew, a senior linebacker on Case Western Reserve University's football team.

Higher Ed News

A satisfied full-time faculty

Inside Higher Ed, November 31, 2007
Many administrators complain about the many complaints of their faculty members, but it turns out that most professors (at least full timers at four-year colleges) are pretty happy with their jobs.

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