President Snyder, Campus Community Excited About Inaugural Relay For Life Event

To the Case Western Reserve University Community:


Tomorrow marks a great day at Case Western Reserve University: our first ever on-campus Relay For Life in support of the American Cancer Society.

And what an amazing inaugural it is. More than 50 teams have come together to participate -- almost doubling the original goal. We expect nearly 700 participants and have already surpassed our goal of raising $30,000. Those numbers represent more than a great start for what organizers expect will be an annual event. They signal a community full of compassion and commitment -- a community that should make each one of us proud to be part of it.

Our fraternities and sororities are sponsoring teams. So too is our Undergraduate Student Government and our champion football team. Student Affairs has its own team, as does One to One Fitness. Cleveland State University is sending two teams, while our School of Medicine has five. This enthusiasm and engagement is nothing short of inspiring. Just wait until all of that energy comes together at the North Residential Village.

In the spring of 1985 Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon, traveled the track at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma for 24 hours to raise money for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. Now, 28 years later, roughly 4,800 Relays take place each year across the country. From one man's idea came a movement. I am so pleased that it reached our campus this year, and that you all have embraced it with such zeal.

The event begins at 6 p.m. tomorrow and concludes at noon on Saturday. I want to thank all of the participants in advance, and encourage everyone else to stop by to support them if you can. It's going to be an event to remember.


Barbara R. Snyder

Engineering professor and researcher honored with important 2008 American Chemical Society Award

Anne Hiltner

Anne Hiltner, the Herbert Henry Dow Professor in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, has been named winner of the 2008 American Chemical Society Award in Applied Polymer Science, citing her for her "pioneering contributions in understanding the connections between hierarchical structure and properties of polymers, their blends and composites."

The award is sponsored by the Eastman Chemical Co. Hiltner was formally honored at the 235th ACS National Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans. Read more.

Campus News

Case Kung Fu is hosting the 17th Annual Great Lakes Tournament April 19 in Horsburgh Gymnasium. The club expects over 75 competitors from around the country, as well as Taiwan. Events will include traditional empty hand forms, weapons forms, full-contact fighting and Shuai Chiao (the ancient art of Chinese grappling). Events will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The spectator fee is $5 for students with a Case ID; the rest of the campus community should contact James Van Doren for ticket prices.

Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland are hosting the Theta Pi 23rd Annual Stephen P. Arnold Walk-a-Thon for Diabetes April 19, starting from the university's Thwing Center to John Carroll University and back. The walk honors the late Arnold, a 1984 alumnus and member of the fraternity. The money raised is used to promote diabetes awareness in Northeast Ohio. Beta Theta Pi is accepting registrations for the walk through April 18 in Nord Hall. Learn more.

The campus community is invited to attend Intersections: Symposium and Poster Session, an event celebrating the research of undergraduate students, April 18 in Thwing Center's atrium. Oral presentations begin at 10 a.m., and poster presentations begin at noon. Refreshments will be provided from noon to 2 p.m.

Registrations are due today for Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity's Eleventh Annual 24-Hour Softball Tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tournament play begins at noon, April 19. Participants are asked to register teams online or via the registration tables in Thwing Center and Nord Hall atriums. The cost is $50 for a team, $10 for individuals.

For Faculty and Staff

The Weight Watchers at Work program will have a registration meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., April 23 in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays in Thwing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. beginning April 30. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144, payable by cash, check or charge at the April 23 meeting. Call 368-3924 or send an e-mail to learn more.

For Students


Case Western Reserve University's annual Springfest event takes place April 26 after the Hudson Relays. The event will feature food, booths representing various campus organizations, games and music. This year's main act is Sugarcult. Go to the official Web site for complete details.

Case in Point, the university's oldest co-ed a cappella choir, will host its Spring Concert tonight beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Rough Rider Room. The event will include ice cream, cheesecake and plenty of songs from the group. They plan to perform six new songs, as well as several Case in Point oldies.


Comedian and talk show host Jerry Springer is scheduled to speak tonight beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Amasa Stone Chapel. Sponsored by the University Program Board (UPB). Go to UPB's Web site for more details.

The last Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group scheduled for the semester will take place from 12:30-1:30 p.m., April 18 at the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall, Room 9. The featured speaker is Megan Whalen Turner, a fiction writer for young adults, on the topic of "Moral Dilemmas in Politics and Fiction." Free.

The next Art for Lunch series discussion will feature Catherine Scallen, associate professor in the Department of Art History & Art, beginning at 11:45 a.m., April 18 in Mather House, Room 100. Her topic will be "The Global Rembrandt." Free, open to the public.

Several students and members of the campus community will join together from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 18 in Thwing Center to protest against United States sanctioned torture in the form of harsh interrogation methods. The event is sponsored by Amnesty International. For details, send e-mail to Michael Grossman.


Case Western Reserve's MaDaCol (Mather Dance Collective) will present its spring concert at 8 p.m. tonight and April 18, and at 7 and 8:30 p.m., April 19 at the Mather Dance Center. MaDaCol is the university's dance ensemble featuring undergraduate dancers from a wide range of majors and community members. Read more about the specific works and ticket prices.

Eldred Theater presents Molieres' classic French comedy Tartuffe at 8 p.m. tonight and April 18 and 19, with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m., April 20. General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and Case Western Reserve personnel, and $5 for students.

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 17, 2008

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