University to Partner with Cleveland Foundation, Circle Employers to Extend Homebuyer Assistance Program
Employees of Case Western Reserve University and some of its University Circle neighbors may not be in new homes for the holidays, but they could be in new homes in the next years thanks to a grant from the Cleveland Foundation to revitalize and expand what started as the university's homebuyer assistance program.
In this new program, called the Greater University Circle Initiative, led by the Cleveland Foundation, Case Western Reserve will join with other circle institutions and local foundations in offering $5 million in grants and forgivable loans over the next five years to employees who buy, rent or renovate homes in circle neighborhoods. Areas targeted under the new plan include parts of Glenville, Hough, Fairfax and Buckeye-Shaker as well as some neighborhoods in East Cleveland. Read more.
University Conducts Successful Crisis Training, Limited Test of Emergency Alert System
About 200 students; police, paramedic and fire personnel; and other Case Western Reserve University, University Circle and City of Cleveland safety staff converged on Adelbert Gym this past weekend to conduct a simulated large-scale disaster drill — the university's first mass casualty incident training.
The crisis training, coordinated by the student-led Case Western Reserve Emergency Medical Services (EMS) group, included a limited test of the university's new CaseWARN emergency text- and voice-messaging alert system. Full-scale, random testing of the CaseWARN system will take place during the spring semester. Details are forthcoming in Case Daily.
Students, faculty and staff who have yet to subscribe to the alerts—that will be used, among other methods of communication, only in the case of imminent danger or a serious threat to the campus community—can do so at any time. Read more.
Last Day to RSVP for Adelbert Hall Holiday Party
The annual Adelbert Hall Holiday Open House and Party will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Friday, December 14. If attending, RSVP by 5 today to Open House 2007. The seasonal social is open to all university faculty and staff members who are welcome to partake of beverages, heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a specialty holiday drink. Musicians from the Cleveland Institute of Music will perform.
Access Services will close at 2 p.m., December 20, and reopen at 8:30 a.m., December 21.
Be sure to stop by Thwing Center atrium to select a holiday tag for the annual Giving Tree program. Donate gift items that will benefit children in various pediatric clinics operated by the Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services Inc. Drop off items by Monday, December 17 to Thwing Center for distribution. For details, contact Maura O'Beirne-Stanko, 368-2654.
Aspiring filmmakers have an opportunity to enter the Cell Film Festival contest through March 3, 2008. Open to all students, faculty, and staff of Case Western Reserve, the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Music, films must be made entirely on cell phones. Winning films and runners-up in each category will be featured at the Cell Film Festival and Awards Ceremony on March 24, 2008, during the Baker-Nord Center's Humanities Week 2008. Complete details are available online.
The Department of Psychiatry is currently looking for volunteers to participate in a research study for adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Eligible study participants should be between the ages of 18-55 years old and feel symptoms of this condition. If eligible, services may include a clinical evaluation, medical tests, physical exam and medication at no cost. For more information call 216-844-3922.
For Faculty & Staff
The Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (TDA), otherwise known as a Supplemental Retirement Plan (SRA), provides a way for employees to contribute to a retirement account on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction. The limits for calendar year 2008 are unchanged from 2007: For calendar year 2008, employees can contribute up to $15,500; employees aged 50 or older in 2008, can contribute up to an additional $5,000; and employees with more than 15 or more years of service may be eligible to contribute up to an additional $3,000. Call Sharon Fleischer at 368-6693 for more information.
Students who have a university parking permit may request a one-day overnight parking pass for guests up to three times per semester. Passes are valid Monday through Friday in selected parking lots on the north and south sides of campus from 4:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. the next morning. Passes must be picked up by the permit holder from Access Services in Crawford Hall.
Get comfortable, get refreshed as finals get under way by heading over to Thwing Center atrium for the Thwing Study Over beginning at 8 tonight. Take a break from the books to spend time with friends, get a massage, eat and participate in activities including yoga and hip-hop classes with 1-2-1 Fitness Center. Also, the Case Cheese Club will offer samples of several fondues and cheeses.
Come hear Steven Eppell, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Alexis Abramson, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at 6 tonight during Science Cafe Cleveland, "What Can Nano Do for You?" Session takes place at the Great Lakes Brewing Company, 2516 Market Ave. Details online.