Case Western Reserve Community Assists High School Band on Dream Trip

Shaw High School Marching Band

When the call went out in the local media about East Cleveland's Shaw High School Marching Band needing financial assistance to help defray the costs of a once in a lifetime trip to the 2008 Summer Olympics, Greater Clevelanders not only responded but helped them surpass their goal.

The Case Western Reserve University community joined in by providing assistance to the band and the school, which is located about 10 minutes from campus. Courtesy of the Office of Government and Community Relations, the Office of Alumni Relations, the School of Dental Medicine and the Department of Athletics, a donation of $1,000, T-shirts with the university's logo, dental kits consisting of toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss, and luggage tags were sent to the band. Read more.

Kristin Ko Finds Balance Between Tennis, Research

Kristin Ko

Although Case Western Reserve University sophomore Kristin Ko had a successful four-year tennis career at Anderson High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, she did not plan on playing for the Spartans. Ko was interested in trying something new.

"My parents, along with my brother, came up for Labor Day weekend my freshman year and while we were hitting balls up on the courts, some of the women on the varsity team saw me playing and told me 'you should join the team'. They continued to bug me, so I gave it a try."

And as they say 'the rest is history.' Ko currently plays No. 1 singles and doubles for the Spartans in her second season.

Ko, a recent Co-UAA Athlete of the Week, is not only gaining experience on the courts, but in the classroom as well. The chemistry major is still torn between pre-med or graduate school, although she is leaning towards the latter. Read more.

Campus News

The Case Western Reserve University and Northeast Ohio University Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy chapters of the Asian Pacific American Student Medical Association invite the campus community to attend its annual regional conference April 26 at the Wolstein Research Building. This year's theme is "Model Minority, Model Health? Exploring Asian American Identities in Medicine." Read more for details about sessions, speakers and registration fees.

Kelvin Smith Library is hosting a workshop, open to the campus community, on the usage of Early English Books Online from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., April 10. RSVP via e-mail or by phone at 368-2992 to reserve a spot and free lunch.


Registration is now open for Saturday of Service, sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL). The event takes place April 19, and gives the entire campus community the opportunity to participate. This year, the sites will include the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Magnolia Clubhouse, Judson Park, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, the Children's Museum of Cleveland and more.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites nominations for the 2008 Leadership in Nonprofit Management Award, presented to an individual with an outstanding record of leadership, and the 2008 Organization Innovation Award, presented to an organization with an outstanding record of innovation. Community members familiar with the work of an outstanding nonprofit leader or organization in Northeast Ohio are encouraged to submit a nomination. Nomination forms and detailed guidelines for both awards are available on the Mandel Center Web site. All nominations must be received by noon on April 23.

The Undergraduate Student Government is hosting the Pizzalympics from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 10 in Thwing Center's atrium. This event will bring together nearly 20 local pizza restaurants for the campus community to vote on its favorite pizza establishment. Free samples, coupons and discounts will be offered. Opinions will be published in the Student Pizza Directory, and the best pizza establishment will be given the USG Student Pizza Choice Award.

"Open Forum on Race and Gender: A Campus-wide Conversation," will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 10 at Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. The entire campus community is invited to participate in this open conversation about race and gender -- topics which are becoming more prominent in the national conversation related to the presidential election. This conversation is designed to provide a safe, neutral and non-political discussion of these issues. Panelists from across the disciplines will be available to share their perspectives. Coffee and cookies will be served; attendees are invited to bring a lunch. RSVP via e-mail.

For Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to a special all-college meeting of general conversation with President Barbara R. Snyder from 12:30-1:30 p.m., April 11 at Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Library.

For Students

Representatives from Microsoft will be on campus this evening from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Nord Hall, Room 410. Students are invited to stop by and find out about internship and full-time opportunities near Seattle; bring a resume. Food will be provided.

The Seniors' Salute Reception, hosted by the Upperclass Cohort, begins at 12:30 p.m., April 11 at the Village at 115, House 5. The event allows graduating seniors an opportunity to publicly acknowledge faculty and staff who have served as mentors or impacted a student's college experience. A light lunch will be provided. Business casual attire. RSVP online.

Qdoba Mexican Grill and Zeta Psi fraternity of Case Western Reserve are hosting the 2008 Zeta Psi Qdoba Relays April 12 on the track at the Village at 115 to benefit Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital of Cleveland. The goal is to raise $10,000. Pre-registered groups of four will be required to complete two laps around a quarter-mile track and eat a one-pound burrito. Groups with the fastest time and most money raised will receive various prizes.


The Cleveland Hillel Foundation is sponsoring a discussion, "End of Life Issues," with Ron Brauner from noon to 1:30 p.m., April 10 at the School of Medicine, Room E-401. He will speak about end of life issues from a Jewish perspective.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. this evening for the 1verse.1voice event featuring internationally known Def Jam poet Suheir Hammad at the Spot. Free for all students. Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine.

The Elena & Miles Zaremski Law-Medicine Forum will feature Stuart Youngner, Susan E. Watson Professor and chair of the Department of Bioethics, on the topic of "Boundaries in Bioethics: Who Put Them There and Why Should They Be Respected?" from noon to 1 p.m., April 10 at the School of Law's Moot Courtroom (A59). Pizza and beverages will be available. Free, open to the public. Sponsored by the Law-Medicine Center. Learn more.


Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and Student Movement for Real Change (SMRC) are co-hosting Majagua, a combination of the Swahili and Spanish words for water. The event, from 7-11 p.m., April 12 in Thwing Center's ballroom, will feature a professional dance performance, traditional Dominican and Kenyan food, and salsa lessons from professionals. The purpose of the event is to highlight and raise money for the work these organizations are doing to provide water to international communities in need. There will be a silent auction beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students, $20 for the general public. Tickets will be sold this week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In Nord Hall, as well as at the door.

The next Art for Lunch speaker is John Peffer on the topic of "Snap of the Whip -- Crossroads of Shame. Flogging, Photography, and the Representation of Atrocity in the Congo Reform Campaign" beginning at 11:45 a.m., April 10 at Mather House, Room 100. Free, open to the public.

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.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

April 9, 2008

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Case in the News

Charged up about innovation

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 8, 2008
A challenge that features college students competing in reality TV-type events might not immediately come off as educational, but that's exactly the case in the Milwaukee Innovation Chase. Case Western Reserve University is participating in the challenge.

National City's $46 million man

The Plain Dealer, April 9, 2008
National City Corp., former Chief Executive David Daberko left the company with more than $46 million in pay, benefits and perks earned in his last three years. Gregory Jonas, an assistant accounting professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Branch out

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 31, 2008
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An op-ed piece explores the state's support of expansion of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) into Cleveland and Akron. The writer suggests that a Cleveland NEOUCOM branch could focus on training primary care physicians, complementing training done at Case Western Reserve University.

Jewish organization, Clinic offer kosher meals in hospital pantry

The Plain Dealer, April 8, 2008
Through a collaboration with the service organization Bikur Cholim of Cleveland, the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic now has a kosher pantry and hospitality room that offers kosher breakfasts and lunches. A similar program is being discussed for Case Medical Center, a partnership between Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals.

Higher Ed News

'U.S. News' adds surveys that could alter methodology

Inside Higher Ed, April 9, 2008
U.S. News & World Report may be on the verge of significant changes in its methodology. The magazine has sent out surveys to 1,600 high school counseling offices asking them to evaluate colleges. In addition, the magazine is asking a series of new questions of college presidents.

Bill in Congress would ease cell phone restrictions for colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, April 9, 2008
A bill scheduled to be considered today by the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee could provide major relief to colleges and others that provide their employees with cell phones and handheld devices like Blackberries.

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