Going the Extra Mile for AIDS, School of Medicine Faculty, Staff and Students Give it Their All

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Going the extra mile for AIDS during Case for Community Day has new meaning for a group of faculty members, students and staff from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. They will participate on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20 in the North to South Ohio AIDS Charity Ride as part of their campus service.

Teaming up with sponsor Diagnostic HYBRIDS, approximately 15 riders will begin a two-day, 200-mile trip from Peninsula to Athens to raise more than $20,000 and bring awareness for the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and the AIDS Taskforce of Athens.

The bike trip is just one way for faculty, staff and students to give during the campus-wide service day, Case for Community Day. Opportunities exist for volunteers to donate supplies for students in neighborhood schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, canned goods for the Cleveland Foodbank, blood for the American Red Cross in Thwing Student Center or sign up for Charity Choice campaign, the annual drive to support nonprofit organizations in the area through payroll deductions or contributions. Read more.

Case Western Reserve Approves Film Minor

When Robert Spadoni, assistant professor of film, arrived on campus in 2003, he planned to build a strong film program at the university. He's passed several hurdles, and the most recent is the approval of a new minor in film.

"Students can now declare film as a minor," said Spadoni. "Interested students can visit http://www.case.edu/film, and look for an announcement later this semester regarding a free film screening to publicize and celebrate the minor."

The 15-credit minor is designed to be flexible and expand the longstanding commitment by the English department to foster and develop an interest in film on campus. All students will be required to take English 367–Introduction to Film, a popular offering in the English department. Students are encouraged to take this course first or as early in the sequence as possible, though they can take it at any point. Read more.

Campus News

The Office of the Provost and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women cordially invite faculty, staff, alumnae and the community to attend its annual Women of Achievement Luncheon & Mather Spotlight Prize Awards luncheon from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, September 26, in the Thwing Center ballroom. The keynote speaker is Case Western Reserve President Barbara Snyder on the topic of "The Future of Higher Education: Attracting and Advancing All of the Best Talent." In addition, the program will honor women faculty who have attained tenure, promotion and administrative posts, as well as women scholars chosen for outstanding excellence in research and scholarship. Reservations are required. RSVP to Denise Lin by Friday, September 19.

Nominations are being accepted for the Joseph D. Pigott University Circle Leadership Award. The award will be given to an individual who has made especially noteworthy contributions to University Circle; the impact can range from grassroots activities to institutional leadership, but the emphasis is on contributions that extend beyond a single institution or organization. The recipient will receive an engraved crystal and a $2,000 cash prize. Nominations are due September 30.

For Faculty and Staff

"Crucial Conversations Comes to Case Western Reserve University," a two-day workshop based on the New York Times best-seller, is coming to campus Thursday, October 2 and Friday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. The workshop will introduce participants to the skills needed to handle crucial conversations in personal and professional aspects of life–conversations that occur when the stakes are high, emotions run deep and opinions vary. The workshop will be facilitated by the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing's John Clochesy, Teona Griggs and Dedra Hanna. To register, send an e-mail to Erica Merritt. Attendance for both days is mandatory.

For Students

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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.

SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors) is holding a seminar, "Finding Research and Creative Endeavor Opportunities," at 1 p.m., Friday, September 12, in the Sears Building, Room 462. Additional workshop dates are at noon, Thursday, September 18 and 1 p.m., Friday, October 3, both in Sears 462.

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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.

Events

Victor Groza, Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies, will speak on the topic of "Adoption in America," from 2-4 p.m., Monday, September 15, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Room 320. The presentation will examine the mosaic of adoption in America. Clinical and policy issues that are relevant to the understanding of adoption in America will be highlighted. Part of the Mandel School's Distinguished Contributor Alumni Series. Free, but registration is required to Pamela Carson.

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 11, 2008

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Case in the News

Health-care chasm for McCain, Obama

Akron Beacon Journal, September 11, 2008
When it comes to health care, John McCain and Barack Obama can agree on this much–the system needs to be fixed. J.B. Silvers, director of research at Case Western Reserve University's Health Systems Management Center, comments.

Q&A: Ted Gup

Mother Jones, September/October 2008
Ted Gup, Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism at Case Western Reserve University and author of Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life, on why "when everything is classified, nothing is classified."

As credit lines fade, credit cards step in

New York Times, September 10, 2008
Just as the slowing economy has made access to cash a higher priority for a lot of small businesses, banks have become more reluctant to extend traditional lines of credit to those businesses, experts say. But banks have been offering "small business" credit cards. Entrepreneurs have long used personal credit cards to help bankroll new ventures, said Scott Shane, a professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University.

Which presidential candidate has the better plan to fight obesity?

WKYC.com, September 10, 2008
Obesity may be the most significant health problem facing America. However, neither presidential candidate or the news media are giving it much attention. At the Cleveland Clinic, a summit on obesity brought together doctors and researchers. Mark Votruba, assistant professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University, participated in the summit.

Will Swiss 'Big Bang' machine turn Earth inside out?

Mansfield News Journal, September 10, 2008
Is the world about to come to an end? Well, that depends who you talk to regarding a high-profile experiment that took place yesterday in Switzerland. In a 17-mile tunnel located 300 feet below the earth's surface, an atom smasher, Atlas, propelled protons into each other at nearly the speed of light. Corbin Covault, a physicist at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

At Columbia, students mix studies with volunteer work, for credits

New York Times, September 9, 2008
When Columbia University engineering students were asked to design a better walker for residents of Harlem's largest nursing home, they were not just helping elderly folks have a better life through design–they were working for grades.