University's Annual Fall Convocation to Kickoff School Year, Darwin Celebration

David QuammenCase 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.

Campus News

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.

For Students

Baker-Nord CenterApplications 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.


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.

August 14, 2008

A daily newsletter published by the Office of Marketing & Communications, Case Western Reserve University. Submit items for inclusion to:

Case in the News

Cleveland State University fund-raising plan is flexible by design

The Plain Dealer, August 14, 2008
Cleveland State University is quietly launching a fund-raising campaign. Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder recommended a campaign in her recently released strategic plan.

Housing Rebound in Cleveland Means Bad News for U.S.

Bloomberg Press, August 14, 2008
The housing revival in Cleveland may be a sign that U.S. markets with the biggest price increases during the 2000 to 2005 boom have much further to fall before stabilizing. Robin Dubin, an economics professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Construction closes Stokes Boulevard north of Euclid Avenue for 4 weeks

The Plain Dealer, August 14, 2008
Work on the Euclid Corridor HealthLine transit project along with roadway construction on Euclid Avenue through the Case Western Reserve University campus will continue to clog a major route for commuters who work in, or pass through, University Circle.

Higher Ed News

Networking, but Not Intimidating, Graduate Students

The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 12, 2008
Students at the University of Durham in Britain have started the Graduate Junction, an online social networking site intended to be academic, and specific to early-career researchers.

Other Events

All Events >>