Record Number of Volunteers Give Back to Cleveland During Case for Community Day

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A record number of staff, students and faculty gave back to the Cleveland community last Friday as part of Case Western Reserve University's sixth annual Case for Community Day.

"I would like to thank all of the volunteers who participated in Case for Community Day. The enthusiasm was high and it was a superb day to be out in the community and serving our neighbors. Thank you for making the day magical!" said Latisha James, director of the university's Center for Community Partnerships.

According to James, there were many reasons to celebrate. The campus community volunteered for a total of 54 community service projects. "The weather was perfect and we had the most volunteers [over 500] this year. Over 100 people helped Hector Vega paint the mural; 300 students enjoyed the Youth Sports Clinic hosted by the athletics department; and many volunteers shared how positive their experience serving the community was with their peers." She added that the "Thank You Barbecue"— a first for Case for Community Day—was a great way to end the day. "We all came together to wind down and to enjoy the music and the true spirit of serving the community for the day," James explained.

Many of the community partners also indicated that the day was a success. Margaret Mitchell, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland, said that the event was a "well organized day of service. We had an excellent time, and were so proud to be a part of the day and a vital part of Case Western Reserve University's service to the community every day."

Thomas Hornberger, the grounds supervisor at the Cleveland Museum of Art, said "we had a great group of volunteers. It was a success on our end!"

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In addition to those who volunteered, the various community drives also experienced strong donations. For instance, Jennifer Kelsey, a donor recruitment representative for the Northern Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross, said her team collected 58 pints of blood. She's already reached out to the university to inquire about reserving a larger room to accommodate more donors for next year's Case for Community Day.

In addition to the service projects that are always part of day of service, this year's event also included the new Community Outreach Program grants. Several campus affiliates have been selected to receive up to $1,000 each for the 2008-2009 academic year. The winners were announced during the Case for Community Day kick off luncheon, and details about the departments and their ongoing community projects are forthcoming in Case Daily.

This year's Case for Community Day also marked the start of the university's annual Charity Choice Campaign. Through the campaign, faculty and staff can designate a donation to any of the more than 230 local agencies served by Community Shares, Earth Share of Ohio and the United Way of Greater Cleveland. Members of the university community can contribute to the online or print out a pledge form and return it by mail. The active campaign continues through December 31, 2008. Monetary pledges made through payroll deduction will touch the lives of those living and working near the university.

Case Western Reserve University Professor to Teach in Beirut, Lebanon

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William Marling, professor of American literature, modernism, popular culture and globalization at Case Western University, has been selected as the Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. The position, for which he applied in 2006, began this month and ends in June 2009.

During his time in Beirut, Marling will be teaching courses on globalization and the detective novel. His course on globalization will follow his latest book, How "American" is Globalization? His class on the detective novel stretches from Edgar Allan Poe through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and Dashiell Hammett through such contemporary authors as Paul Auster, and will include the study of such detective films as The Maltese Falcon, Murder on the Orient Express and Chinatown. Read more.

Campus News

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Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder will deliver the 2008 State of the University address to faculty from 4:15-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, in Strosacker Auditorium, and to staff from 12:15-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 24, in Ford Auditorium. President Snyder will provide an update, followed by a video presentation and a question-and-answer session. Reservations are not required.

The university's Walking Club, free for everyone, starts at noon, Wednesday, September 24. Join 1-2-1 Fitness trainer Belinda Gruzska as she leads the group on a 30-minute walk around campus and University Circle every Wednesday at noon. 1-2-1 Fitness Center, owned and operated by Case Western Reserve, is partnering with the Department of Human Resources to support wellness programs for university employees. Go online for more information.

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September 22-26 is Wellness Week at Case Western Reserve University. The annual event is designed to encourage the campus community to learn new, creative ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. The week's activities include yoga, stress management workshops, a Health & Wellness Fair, and seminars on healthy eating and happiness. Go to the Wellness Week Web site for complete details.

Volunteers are needed for Case Western Reserve University's second annual Relay For Life, which takes place next spring. The planning is underway, and those interested in joining the Relay For Life planning committee or leading a team in the relay should e-mail relay@case.edu.

For Faculty and Staff

President Barbara R. Snyder and Interim Provost Jerold Goldberg will welcome all new faculty members at the New Faculty Welcome Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 25, at Harcourt House, 2163 Harcourt Dr., Cleveland Heights. All guests are asked to RSVP to Michael Wolford by Wednesday, September 24.

For Students

Students who would like to get published are invited to submit their original poetry, prose and photography for consideration to the Case Reserve Review. E-mail submissions by September 30.

Due to popular demand, the Office of Undergraduate Admission is offering another opportunity for enthusiastic Case Western Reserve undergraduates to serve as Student Ambassadors. These students serve as overnight hosts to prospective students, and participate in other undergraduate recruitment events. Ambassadors must live in a university residence hall, enjoy meeting new people, and be willing to share their enthusiasm for the university with their guests. First-year through graduating seniors are invited to join. Interested students must attend a training/information session from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Friday, September 26, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. No RSVP is required; pizza and beverages will be provided. Send an e-mail to Christine DeSalvo Miller with questions.

Events

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SatCo, a series of classes on everything from swing dancing to visiting rescued farm animals with the Case Animal Rights & Ethics Society, takes place September 27 and 28. SatCo is open to the entire university and Cleveland communities, so campus members can invite parents, friends, professors and others. Most classes are free. The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 24. Go online for class schedules and registration.

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Quire Cleveland, directed by Case Western Reserve's Peter Bennett, presents its free, debut concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 24, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 1007 Superior Ave. A professional choral ensemble, Quire Cleveland is comprised of soloists and choral leaders at many of the major churches in the area.

Franklin McMillan will speak on the topic of "The Truth about Pitbulls: From the Underdogs of the Media to Best Friends," beginning at 6 p.m. this evening in Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Library. McMillan is the director of well-being studies Best Friends, the nation's largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals. Sponsored by the Hallinan Project for Peace and Social Justice. For information, contact Rebecca Mason.

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 22, 2008

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Media Moment

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Heading off to college is an exciting time for students. However, a growing number of students are making the big transition while taking prescribed psychiatric medication. Experts from University Counseling Services are conducting research on the topic. Watch the video.

Case in the News

Ohio Supreme Court's ruling on guns in parks is latest blow to home rule

The Plain Dealer, September 21, 2008
The Ohio Supreme Court ruling last week that struck down gun bans in city parks was the latest blow to the nearly century-old authority of local governments to make their own laws. Jonathan Entin, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Whatever happened to Twinsburg's proposal to build a world-class twins research center...?

The Plain Dealer, September 22, 2008
In 2006, the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine agreed to team up with Twinsburg to develop a twins registry. Officials had said the twins festival would provide convenient access to twins and a substantial database. Twinsburg's mayor said the university and other researchers are still interested in the project.

Weighing the risks

San Diego Union-Tribune, September 21, 2008
More obese adolescents are choosing to have weight-loss surgery, but doctors disagree on when such procedures are appropriate—and safe. Paul Ernsberger, who teaches at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and studies nutritional problems linked to weight-loss surgery, comments.

Higher Ed News

Dramatic challenge to SAT and ACT

Inside Higher Ed, September 22, 2008
Calling on colleges to "take back the conversation," a special panel convened by the National Association for College Admission Counseling will this week encourage colleges to consider dropping the SAT or ACT as admissions requirements.