University's Annual Fall Convocation to Kickoff School Year, Darwin Celebration
Case Western Reserve University officially opens each academic year with its Annual Fall Convocation; this year the tradition will double as the launch of the university’s 2008-2009 Year of Darwin and Evolution.
In addition to the customary program, convocation keynote speaker and common reading author David Quammen will kickoff a year-long series of events celebrating Charles Darwin's life, his work and the diverse ways in which evolutionary theory continues to influence research and thought in numerous fields.
Convocation begins at 4:30 p.m. August 28 in Severance Hall. A light reception and book signing follows on Freiberger Field. Register online by August 25.
Quammen, the author of the common reading, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution, will discuss "Charles Darwin Against Himself: Caution Versus Honesty in the Life of a Reluctant Revolutionary."
Convocation also will include an academic procession and recognition of students for community service and leadership. In addition, President Barbara R. Snyder will acknowledge select faculty and staff accomplishments. Read more.
The Office of Student Employment invites campus departments to participate in its annual Work Study Job Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., September 4 in Thwing Center ballroom. The job fair will allow departments to interview, and even hire on the spot, students who are eligible for Federal Work Study and seeking campus employment for the 2008-2009 academic year. The Office of Student Employment will distribute an employer directory to students prior to and at the fair. Departments registered by August 18 will be included in this directory. Lunch will be provided for departmental participants. For information call the office at 368-4533.
The Center for Community Partnerships invites the campus community to participate in the Cleveland Job Corps' blood and tissue screening drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., August 19 at their offices, 13421 Coit Road. In addition to blood donations, there will be a bone marrow drive, screenings for sickle cell disease, and anonymous HIV testing. For more information, call the Job Corps at (216)-541-2586.
For Faculty and Staff
Women staff are invited to apply for a year-long program, Women Staff Leadership Development Initiative. Offered to full-time women staff at Case Western Reserve, the program aims to nurture and develop talent by helping women staff cultivate their leadership skills. Selected participants will assess and integrate their personal career goals into the program. Participants will attend two professional development workshops, three topic workshops led by experts in their fields, and two one-on-one sessions with a professional executive coach. An interest meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m., August 15 in Guilford Parlor. Applications are due September 2. For guidelines, application forms and more information, go to the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women Web site.
Applications are being accepted for graduate student research grants, sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. Grants up to a maximum amount of $500 are available to graduate students in the humanities and related disciplines for research expenses not covered by departmental support. The deadline is October 24. For the application and guidelines, go online or call 368-8961.
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.