Case Western Reserve's Faculty Team Spells Victory O-R-T-H-O-R-H-O-M-B-I-C in Adult Community Bee
Case Western Reserve University's faculty spelling squad has presented President Barbara R. Snyder with a trophy topped by a bee, the black and yellow flying insect -- the spoils of their recent first-place finish in the 17th annual Reaching Heights Adult Community Spelling Bee.
Patrick Crago, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and associate dean of the Case School of Engineering; Jeffrey Janata, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and director of the Behavioral Medicine Program; and Lynn Singer, deputy provost and vice president for academic programs, spelled O-R-T-H-O-R-H-O-M-B-I-C -- which means relating to crystals with three axes -- correctly in the ninth round to clinch their first championship in four years.
"This is great," Snyder said upon inspecting the award. The large plastic bee is mounted on a block engraved with the names of previous community spelling bee winners. The trophy is expected to remain on display in the reception area of the president's office until next year's competition. Read more.
USG to Fund Campus Community Projects to Improve Student Life
Case Western Reserve University's Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is offering every member of the campus community an opportunity to apply for up to $15,000 to fund any project that will "profoundly impact" student life.
All faculty and staff as well as students -- individuals, organizations, departments or divisions -- can submit applications for the new USG Student Life Improvement Grant. Projects need to clearly influence student life on campus; how is completely open to interpretation. Read more.
The campus community is invited out to the Crawford deck 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., June 18 for a south of the border-themed Campus Summer Barbecue. The menu will include grilled New York strip steak and grilled lime and chili chicken with flavorful side salads. Admission price of $7.95 includes the main dish and salad, featured beverage and dessert. Bottled water and sodas are extra. All barbecues feature hamburgers and vegetarian options. Blues guitarist Walkin' Cane will entertain the crowd with a blues gumbo repertoire. In the event of rain, Walkin' Cane will play in Tomlinson Marketplace.
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 18 in Nord Hall, Room 310. Donors can find additional information and make an appointment by going online. Enter sponsor code "CaseWestern."
For Faculty and Staff
Case Western Reserve University, along with the Employee Assistance Program, will offer a one-hour seminar to gauge the readiness of those who want to quit smoking. The seminar will help people think about why they smoke and what they need to do in order to stop. The seminar is not a substitute for a support program to assist people through the process step-by-step. However, participants will be able to obtain helpful tips and tools for getting started. The "How to Quit Smoking: A Plan to Get Started" seminar will include an overview on uncovering strategies and substitutes to quit smoking, helping employees determine how to prevent weight gain during the process, and staying smoke-free indefinitely. If enough participants are committed to a lengthier program based on the interest in the one-hour seminar, they will receive notice of additional program times and dates. If interested in attending the one-hour seminar, send an e-mail to Carolyn Gerich in employee relations by June 20.
The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is currently accepting nominations for representatives through June 25. Eligibility for membership on the council is defined as all regular, full or part-time, exempt and non-exempt, non-faculty employees with at least six months of service with the university. Representatives will be elected for a two-year term. Terms of membership begin on the third Monday of September of every year. The following management centers will be filling positions this term: the College of Arts and Sciences, Case School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Medicine and the Weatherhead School of Management. Employees are invited to nominate themselves. Send all nominations via e-mail to Robin Kramer, with the subject line "SAC Elections Committee." For questions, call Kramer at 368-5942.
It's not too late to make a donation to the 2008 Senior Class Gift Campaign. All commitments made by June 30 will count toward the class's grand total. Funds raised by the Senior Class Gift go to a special class project determined by graduating seniors of each school. To learn more about the Senior Class Gift, contact Gretchen Denaro at 368-3818, or go to the Senior Class Gift Web site.
Case Western Reserve University's LGBTA Task Force is marching in the Cleveland Pride Parade on June 21. The group will meet at 11 a.m. on West Third Street in downtown Cleveland to assemble for the march. If interested in participating, contact Jennifer Lhotsky via e-mail or by phone at 368-0705.
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