President Snyder Proclaims February Women's Heart Health Month on Campus


Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder, dressed in a red jacket, signed a proclamation today designating February as "Women's Heart Health Month" on campus.

Joining Snyder were: May L. Wykle, dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; Shirley Moore, professor and associate dean of research at the nursing school; Patricia Underwood, associate dean of the nursing school; Dorothy Miller, director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women; and several research associates from the schools of nursing and medicine.

All donned scarlet for "Wear Red Day" to call attention to heart disease -- the number one killer of women in America. Prior to Snyder signing the proclamation, Wykle, Moore, Miller and Underwood made a special presentation in recognition of February as national Heart Health Month.

"Go Red for Women" is a nationwide awareness campaign sponsored by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the American Heart Association to teach Americans about heart disease in women. According to both organizations, 460,000 women die annually of the disease.

Details about additional campus awareness events, sponsored by the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and the School of Medicine, throughout the month are forthcoming.

Summer Reading Selection, Convocation Speaker to Reflect Campus Darwin Celebration

The Reluctant Mr. Darwin

Case Western Reserve University's common reading selection -- and its annual Fall Convocation speaker -- for 2008 will help kick off the university's yearlong celebration of Charles Darwin.

To mark the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth -- and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his influential book On the Origin of Species -- the university will pay tribute to the British naturalist with a university-wide celebration from fall 2008 to summer 2009.

In addition, the 2008 Common Reading Selection Committee has chosen The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution by David Quammen as the assigned summer reading for all new undergraduate students.

Quammen also will be the featured speakers at the university's Fall Convocation. Read more.

Campus News

The Kelvin Smith Library is sponsoring a free CaseLearns class, "Navigating the Electronic Information Resources," from 9-11 a.m., February 6 at the library. Learn where to start researching, how to dive into hundreds of databases and thousands of electronic journals, and how to do it efficiently and effectively. Learn more and sign up by going to the KSL NewsBlog.

Habitat for Humanity Awareness Week will take place February 4-8. Join the campus group in helping to raise awareness and funds for those in need. Events include "Lets Shack Up" T-shirt sales all week in Nord Hall, the passing out of candy on Wednesday, and a guest speaker beginning at 12:30 p.m. next Friday on the quad. For those who would like to get more involved, the group's general meetings are held every other Monday at 8:30 p.m. in Thwing Center. For more information, send e-mail to Katie Rabovsky.

Case Western Reserve's Department of Family Medicine, Center for Adolescent Health seeks volunteers to help administer the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in local Cuyahoga County middle schools. Volunteers are needed February through June, and the time commitment is usually between one to two hours. All volunteers will receive a $20 gift card from Target or Barnes & Noble each time they volunteer. Over 70 schools will be approached for YRBS participation. For more information, send e-mail to Edward Hill or call 368-6742.

For Faculty & Staff

What's new in human resources? Visit the HR Web site to learn more about benefits, Ease@Work programs, wellness opportunities, new jobs on campus and a host of professional development training programs for supervisors and staff.

For Students

For those interested in attending dental school, the Pre-Dental Society will host David Dalsky, director of admissions at the Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine, beginning at 7:30 p.m., February 7 at the Thwing Center 1914 Lounge. For more information, send e-mail to Saleh Al-Kharsa.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is hosting "ACM Spot Night" from 6-9 p.m., February 2. Featuring pizza, drinks and the chance to play an assortment of popular video games.

Not sure what to expect at the upcoming Career Fair? Then plan to attend "How to Work a Career Fair" from 6-7 p.m., February 4 in Nord Hall, Room 400. This workshop will cover how to plan a strategy for the most effective and efficient use of time at a fair, the introduction, how to make a good first impression and and follow up after the fair. Learn more by going to Career Center Web site.



The Ethnic Studies Program will host several free, public events that explore freedom of speech issues, including a presentation from Alice Randall, author of The Wind Done Gone.


Former self-exiled political philosopher Preston King will join the conversation to take place at 4:30 p.m., February 7 in Thwing Center Ballroom. King also will give the talk, "Free Speech and the Constraints of Constitutional Democracy," at 4:30 p.m., February 6, in 309 Clark Hall. As part of the Ethnic Studies programming, Kelvin Smith Library's Community Outreach Services has selected 60 high school students to meet Alice Randall for a discussion, book signing and photographs, and will provide them with free copies of Randall's book. Read more.

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.

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Sorin T. Teich is the new director of clinical operations at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. He wants to make area families aware of all the services the dental school can offer, from general dentistry to specialties in oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics. Read more.

The Freedman Center at Kelvin Smith Library recently received an award from the 2007 Educational Interiors Showcase Jury and is featured in the "Outstanding Design" category in an issue of American School & University. Cited in the award is Gina Midlik, KSL's senior administrative project manager. Between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007 nearly 17,000 people passed through the Freedman Center.

Zeta Beta Tau's Philanthropy Clothing Drive closed with a total of 2,424 donated articles of clothing. The clothes were donated to Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland. Cedar Residential College contributed 28 percent of the clothing, the most of any of the other residential colleges. The drive was held late last fall.

February 1, 2008

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Case in the News

Backing words up with (intelligent, targeted) action

The New Republic, January 30, 2008
In an opinion piece, Case Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan Adler offers his perspective on the environmental policy book Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility

Quilters' art on display as Gee's Bend' takes stage Pieces of art

The Plain Dealer, February 1, 2008
The folk craft of quilt making is displayed onstage and in an exhibit at the Cleveland Play House during the run of "Gee's Bend," a play based on the lives of a group of quilters in rural Alabama. Sandy Noble, an art teacher at Case Western Reserve University, donated two examples of fiber art.

Editorial: Cleveland's homeless need our help

The Observer, February 1, 2008
In an editorial, The Observer staff encourages Case Western Reserve University students to get involved with the homeless crisis. According to the editorial, there are approximately 4,000 homeless people on the streets of Cleveland every night.

Myers University survival hinges on drawing international students

The Plain Dealer, February 1, 2008
The current management's plan for saving Myers University counts, almost exclusively, on international students. If the leaders enact their plans they would attempt to bring more international students to Northeast Ohio within two years than the combined enrollment of such students at Cleveland State and Case Western Reserve universities.

Higher Ed News

'Business' by any other name...

Inside Higher Ed, February 1, 2008
Many liberal arts colleges have long struggled to balance increasing emphases on professional preparation with a core curriculum.

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