Calling all Spartans: Case for Community Day Registration Now Open


Case Western Reserve University Spartans of all ages are needed for the sixth annual Case for Community Day on Friday, September 19.

Coordinated by the Center for Community Partnerships, a volunteer force of nearly 600 hundred people are being sought from campus to serve the needs of the local community during this rewarding day of service. Registration is now open.

The event begins with a free Italian lunch menu and short program led by President Barbara Snyder at 11 a.m. in the Thwing Student Center and continues throughout the afternoon at volunteer sites across the city. The day concludes about 4 p.m. with an outdoor barbecue complete with live music on the Kelvin Smith Library Oval. Demonstrating their commitment to social responsibility and Case Western Reserve, Bon Appétit will donate the foods and services for lunch for all volunteers.

The day also marks the launch of the university's annual Charity Choice Campaign. Read more.

Men's Soccer Begins Season at No. 22


The Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team will go into the 2008 season ranked 22nd in the NCAA Division III preseason poll released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

"It's nice to be ranked," said fifth-year coach Dan Palmer. "It [the ranking] indicates that we're going to be competitive this season. But we're more concerned with results than with rankings."

Case Western Reserve shares the ranking with two teams, Salisbury University and Transylvania University. Read more.

Campus News


This week's Community Hour will be a Welcome Back Barbecue from 12:30-2 p.m., August 29 in the tent on Freiberger Field. The barbecue will include school spirit, entertainment, great food and prizes. Faculty, staff and students are invited. Students with meal plans can get tickets at Leutner and Fribley Commons on Thursday and Friday, and at Pura Vida in the Thwing Center atrium on Friday. Other campus members can purchase tickets at the tent for $6. Sponsored by the Share the Vision Committee and New Student and Parent Programs.

The Center for Community Partnerships recognizes that faculty, staff and students volunteer their time year round, and as a result, the center is updating the university's community impact information by asking the campus community to complete a Community Service Survey. The summary of updated information will be announced during this year's Case for Community Day to help increase awareness about the university's collective impact in the community. The survey deadline is September 2.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a free seminar series, "Practice-Based Research Seminar Series," from 6-7 p.m. Thursdays August 28 through November 20 at the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office. The series will go over the theory, history, scope, data collection and analysis utilized in Practice Based Research Networks. These networks make up a key component of the Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative. Free parking is available in the front of the building and refreshments will be served weekly. Attendees may earn CME and CREC credits. For more information, view a brochure or go to the Practice-Based Research Network Web site.

For Students


Case CareerLink, the Career Center's online career management system, connects students directly to employers hiring for full-time permanent positions, internships and practicums. Features include resume upload, virtual resume books, online On-campus Interview (OCI) scheduling, and sign-up for career events and Info Sessions.


The Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, kicks off the fall 2008 semester with Jonathan Entin, professor of law and political science, and Kenneth Ledford, associate professor of history and law, on the topic of "Recent and Future Supreme Court Decisions." Discussion begins at 12:30 p.m., August 29 at the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall, Room 9. Free.

WOW: Wade Oval Wednesdays, an evening of free concerts in University Circle, concludes this evening with the sounds of Revolution Pie, a unique mix of Cleveland-based artists recreating the sound of the Beatles, from 6-9 p.m.

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 27, 2008

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Case Western Reserve University begins a yearlong series of events celebrating Charles Darwin's life, his work and the diverse ways in which evolutionary theory has impacted research at 4:30 p.m., August 28 during Fall Convocation. Author David Quammen will speak on the topic of "Darwin vs. Himself: Caution and Honesty in the Life of a Reluctant Revolutionary."

Case in the News

Despite rising poverty, Cleveland household income grows

The Plain Dealer, August 26, 2008
A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau hints at strong new currents shaping the American economy and the American family. Claudia Coulton, a poverty expert at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Health insurers describe business as balancing act

The Toledo Blade, August 26, 2008
At an estimated $2.4 trillion this year, costs of the U.S. health-care industry have doubled in the last decade, increasing scrutiny and demands for efficiency in both the private and public sectors. J.B. Silvers, research director at Case Western Reserve University's Health Systems Management Center, offers insight.

300 scientists in astronomical survey are mapping, photographing and measuring a quarter of the sky

The Columbus Dispatch, August 26, 2008
Scanning the heavens night after night for eight years, a collaboration of scientists has put together a growing list of discoveries and unprecedented views of a quarter of the entire sky. Heather Morrison, professor and chair of the astronomy department at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Novel's Superman lore a bit weak on the facts

The Plain Dealer, August 27, 2008
The buzz circulating in the comic world this week is that Superman was inspired by the death of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel's father during a 1932 robbery of his store. Brad Ricca, a lecturer at Case Western Reserve University and director of a Siegel, Shuster and Superman documentary called Last Son, said Siegel drew inspiration from many sources.

Higher Ed News

Colleges work to keep students in school until they earn degree

USA TODAY, August 26, 2008
As colleges welcome a record number of students this fall, they are taking steps to ensure more students actually complete a degree. College enrollments have been on the rise for decades, but the proportion of students who earn a bachelor's degree within five years has stagnated at about 52 percent.

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