Case Western Reserve Groups Volunteer Together to Serve Community


Hundreds of volunteers from the university plan to participate in this year's Case for Community Day Friday, September 19. Since its inception six years ago, individuals have donated thousands of hours to this half day of service as a way to give back to area residents and organizations.

However, this year marks a different kind of volunteer experience for some on campus: Several university departments, programs and athletic groups have volunteered to work on projects as a team.

"This may be the year we fill every volunteer request for Case for Community Day! There is a buzz in the air about participating this year, and I am excited so many people across campus are choosing to volunteer as a group or department," said Latisha James, director of the university's Center for Community Partnerships.

Today is the last day to register for a volunteer project. In addition to individuals, some of the remaining projects are large enough to accommodate campus groups or departments that would like to work as a team.

Read more about some of the groups that have already signed up to work on projects.

Video Archive on Case Western Reserve's YouTube Channel Continues Growing


Although Case Western Reserve University's YouTube channel is still in its infancy, there are already over 200 videos available for viewing. With a unique playlist of news, events, lectures and special interest videos— as well as plans for several full course offerings— there is something of interest for everyone in the campus community. The channel is officially launching this fall, and there are now opportunities to subscribe to feeds as well as upload video collections.

There's even an award-winning video on the playlist—The Story of Case Western Reserve University. Produced by the university's MediaVision team, the 26-minute documentary earned the university a Telly award in the spring.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to submit videos and ideas. Read more.

Campus News

Observer Media Kit

New advertising rates for Case Western Reserve's student newspaper, the Observer, have been released. The Observer media kit provides details on discounts for university departments and organizations that place ads in the paper. In addition, the full rate card includes the possible sizes and locations for ads, as well as issue dates for the newspaper. The guidelines can be downloaded from the Web. E-mail for additional information.

Today is the deadline for Case Western Reserve University students, faculty, staff and alumni to submit recommendations for honorary degrees. Learn more.

The physical education department's Fitness/Wellness program is offering Kundalini Yoga Classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:45 p.m. in Veale Center's Multipurpose Room. Fees are based on the number of classes/weeks, along with university-affiliated status (faculty, staff, graduate student or undergraduate student). For questions or more information, contact Mina Moore at 368-2191.

For Faculty and Staff

As a reminder to employees, the celebration period with Sprint and the discounted pricing offer ends September 17. Any staff member that has or is in need of a university provided mobile device, including mobile broadband cards, is encouraged to contact Sprint via e-mail to learn more about available savings and solutions.

For Students

Discussions, a peer reviewed undergraduate research journal at Case Western Reserve, invites undergraduate students to submit their research papers from any field for publication. The fall 2008 submission deadline is Sunday, September 21. For more information and instructions go online.

On Wednesday, September 17 between 4-5:30 p.m. in the Biomedical Research Building atrium, there will be a gathering for undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty in the Department of Biochemistry.  All students interested in majoring in biochemistry are welcome to attend. There will be door prizes and snacks.


The Case Art Studio Faculty Exhibition 2008 is holding an opening reception from 5-7:30 p.m., Friday, September 19 at the Case Art Studio Gallery, 2215 Adelbert Road. The exhibition will feature art faculty works in ceramics, textile, painting, drawing, printmaking, enamel, photography, assemblage, architecture and mixed media. The exhibit runs from September 22 through October 17. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m.


The World Health Interest Group seminar, hosted by the Center for Global Health and Diseases, presents Henk A. M. J. ten Have, director of the Division of Ethics of Sciences and Technology, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, on the topic of "Next Steps in Bioethics, Globalization and Development." The talk takes place from 9-10 a.m., Friday, September 19 at the Wolstein Research Building, Room 4-136. To benefit from the full scope of this session, the campus is encouraged to attend his campus-wide lecture at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, September 18 in the first floor auditorium of the Wolstein Building.

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 15, 2008

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Media Moment


Case Western Reserve University will produce two video stories each month on its student athletes. The current piece is on Kevin Bigart, a chemical engineering major who also is the midfielder/captain of the men's soccer team.

Case in the News

Case Western Reserve scholar collects tales of Tibetans facing tumultuous times

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 19, 2008
Melvyn C. Goldstein, an anthropologist at Case Western Reserve University, has spent 40 years, off and on, collecting oral histories from Tibet. He has interviewed more than 700 Tibetans for the Tibet Oral History and Archive Project, which includes 30,000 pages of transcripts and more than 2,000 hours of audiotape.

Older voters could be pivotal in this election, September 13, 2008
Older Americans have the highest turnout rate of any age group—69 percent in 2004. And they'll wield clout in this tight presidential contest because a number of the swing states, like Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, have a lot of older residents. Older people, who make up 24 percent of the electorate, are "called senior citizens for a reason," said Robert Binstock, a professor of aging, health and society at Case Western Reserve University.

Op-ed: Community organizers help ordinary people solve local—and national—problems

The Plain Dealer, September 14, 2008
In an op-ed piece, Mark Chupp, who teaches community organizing and development at Case Western Reserve University, writes that community organizing is the bedrock of a healthy democracy, strengthening civil society and tackling problems without relying on government.

New business court aims to streamline disputes

The Plain Dealer, September 14, 2008
Under a plan adopted by Common Pleas judges this week, business-to-business disputes could be refereed better, end sooner and conclude more predictably, supporters said. At least that's the premise of a pilot program the judges endorsed creating a special court to handle commercial cases, mostly lawsuits between businesses. Jonathan Adler, director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University, responds.

Higher Ed News

New IRS questionnaire will dig deeper into college finances

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, September 12, 2008
The Internal Revenue Service announced that the agency would soon send a questionnaire to roughly 400 colleges and universities to collect information on their executive compensation, endowments, and unrelated-business income.