President Snyder Invites Campus to Serve at Case for Community Day

To the Case Western Reserve University Community:

Case for Community Day marks an opportunity for us to pitch in on projects throughout the area, and at the same time learn more about a wide range of organizations and individuals across greater Cleveland. I encourage all of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and other supporters to spend the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 19 participating in this important effort.


No matter your skills or interests, chances are that several of the more than 50 different opportunities will appeal. Our volunteers will help with voter registration and web development, landscaping and cleaning, preparing gift bags for new mothers and leading sports clinics for Cleveland students. And, as some of you may already have seen in Case Daily, dozens of volunteers will help paint a Hector Vega mural at the University Circle RTA Station. Vega has donated the mural, Sherwin Williams is providing paint and equipment and students from the Cleveland School of the Arts and Brush High School also will participate. Have no doubt, these activities will be as fun as they are rewarding.

This year marks the 6th Annual Case for Community Day, and over time our constituents have grown increasingly creative in encouraging involvement. Some faculty members offer extra credit or incorporate student writing about participation in their coursework. A few departments sign up for activities together, and so strengthen their connections as a team by engaging in an entirely different kind of work than they do every day.

I had the pleasure of volunteering at my first Case for Community Day last September, and look forward to taking part again later this month. The day's activities will conclude with a "Thank You Bar-B-Que" at the Kelvin Smith Oval complete with live jazz and reggae music performed by Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell and the Footprints and the Carlos Jones Reggae Plus Band. I hope to see you there after a great afternoon of service.


Barbara R. Snyder

Author and Biologist Sean B. Carroll to Speak as Part of Year of Darwin Celebration


Respected author and leading biologist Dr. Sean B. Carroll will discuss his work in biological development and evolution on Thursday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Case Western Reserve University's Strosacker Auditorium.

Carroll's talk is one of the first events of Case Western Reserve's "Year of Darwin" celebration, an academic year-long series of university-sponsored events and programs examining the work and life of Charles Darwin.

The program is hosted by the College Scholars Program and SAGES.

Carroll is a professor of molecular biology and genetics and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin. His research focuses on animal development and diversity in an evolutionary context. Read more.

Campus News


Aaron Byers, a second-year student, is the new Spartan mascot. Byers is studying psychology, history and theater, and he participates in intramurals, the Players Theatre Group, the Footlighters, and IMPROVment. The Spartan mascot, a volunteer position, serves as an ambassador for the university at athletic events and alumni programs, and can be seen at multiple student life events and traditions around campus. Requests for an appearance by the Spartan mascot can be done via e-mail.

Effective today, the intersections between Euclid Ave./E. 93rd St. to E. 105th St. will open to traffic. Due to the installation of the new median landscape, the intersections at E. 96th, E. 97th, and E. 101st Streets will permanently close. E. 96th and E. 97th streets will be right-turn only lanes for vehicles. For more information, contact the project office at (216) 771-4144.

The Help Desk contract with Perceptis expires in a year. Information Technology Services and the purchasing department are conducting a vendor review, and the campus community is invited to attend an open forum from 10-11 a.m., Tuesday, September 9, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall.

Due to technical problems, the September 5 edition of Case Daily was delivered to some e-mail accounts after 5 p.m. Readers are invited to view the blog version.

For Faculty and Staff

1-2-1 Fitness Center is partnering with the Department of Human Resources to support wellness programs for university employees. Campus members interested in participating in a free lunch-time walking club are invited to e-mail the fitness club with their preferred times and days of the week. 1-2-1 is owned and operated by Case Western Reserve.

For Students


The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning invites Case Western Reserve students to consider being a tutor in the Cleveland public schools this semester. Students can either volunteer or use Federal Work Study to tutor in grades K-12. To get started, plan to attend the required Tutor Training workshop on Saturday, September 13, in the Inamori Center, Crawford Hall. Students interested in tutoring grades K-8 should attend from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; students interested in tutoring grades 9-12 need to attend from noon to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Register online.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. today to the Office of Student Activities & Leadership for participants, mentors and student facilitators in the Emerging Leaders Program .

Enthusiastic Case Western Reserve undergraduates are sought to be Student Ambassadors. These students serve as overnight hosts to prospective students, as well as participate in other undergraduate recruitment events. Ambassadors must live in a university residence hall or Greek Housing, enjoy meeting new people, and be willing to share their enthusiasm for the university with their guests. Information sessions will be held: 5:30-6:30 p.m. this evening, Wade Fireside Lounge; 5:30-6:30 p.m., September 9, Fribley Fireside Lounge; or 6-7 p.m., September 10, Thwing Center's Cleveland Room. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Send an e-mail to Christine DeSalvo Miller with questions.


The Canada-United States Law Institute will host the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Canadian Department of National Defence officers at Case Western Reserve University School of Law on Tuesday, September 9, at noon to discuss Canada-U.S. Security and Defense Cooperation at Home and Abroad. Free, open to the public. Read more.

The Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant Program at Case Western Reserve invites the campus community to the commencement of the Model Organisms Seminar Series. The series focuses on yeast, fruit flies, zebra fish, mice and viruses. The first installment of the series on September 9 will feature Nevan Krogan from the University of California, San Francisco, on the topic of yeast as a model organism. Read more.

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.

September 8, 2008

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Case in the News

University Circle projects are booming

The Plain Dealer, September 7, 2008
University Circle is booming. There are several major projects under construction. Case Western Reserve University plans a $105 million home for innovation in medicine and energy, at the former Mt. Sinai Medical Center site.

Health: Where the presidential candidates stand, September 4, 2008
There are more than one million Ohioans with no health insurance, and those who do have insurance are probably paying more for it. J.B. Silvers, professor of health systems management at Case Western Reserve University, discusses where the presidential candidates stand on the issue.

Case Western Reserve trains flight nurses for disasters, captures international attention, September 7, 2008
Disasters strike with no advance warning. And when they do, medical teams need to be ready to respond. For the fifth year in a row, flight nurses from around the country—and the world—came to Case Western Reserve University to learn how to do just that as part of the National Flight Nursing Academy run by the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Radio interview with Scott Shane

Franchise Interviews, September 4, 2008
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, was a guest on a radio program to promote his latest book, The Illusions of Entrepreneurship.

Higher Ed News

Print journalism squeeze hits campuses

Inside Higher Ed, September 8, 2008
Late last month, two student newspapers announced plans to curtail print publications, citing the same drain in advertising revenues that has prompted layoffs at commercial newspapers across the country.