Bon Appétit Issues "Eat Local Challenge" to Case Western Reserve on September 30


Have you ever wondered where your milk, meat, vegetables and other food come from? Does it matter if food has to travel far to arrive at its destination? Bon Appétit Management Company thinks so. That's why the company—which provides food and dining services at Case Western Reserve University— is issuing its fourth annual "Eat Local Challenge" on Tuesday, September 30.

The day will feature a special lunch prepared completely from ingredients from within a 150-mile radius of the university, the only exception being salt. Read more.

Campus News


Mark your calendars for Homecoming 2008, September 29 through October 5. This year's theme is "Spartan Paradise." All members of the campus community are encouraged to participate in this weeklong series of events celebrating Spartan spirit. There are several things the campus community can do to show their campus pride, such as creating a spirit banner, participating in the office decorating contest or wearing Spartan apparel on "Blue & White Day" scheduled for Friday, October 3. Go online For a complete list of events.

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 plaque and a $2,000 cash prize. Nominations are due September 30.

Campus members providing care at home for a family member with Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia are invited to take part in the Caregiver Knowledge and Skills Project. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals are conducting this research project with the goal of learning how best to help family members of persons with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia increase their knowledge and skills related to caregiving. The study involves taking part with other family caregivers in a series of workshop sessions, and in a follow-up program designed to extend and enhance the benefits of the workshop. Participants will be asked to answer questions periodically about their well being, their experiences with and attitudes toward caregiving and their opinions about the project. There is no cost to participate in the study. To learn more, contact Nancy Catalani at (216) 844-6357.

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

Case Western Reserve students are being sought to provide free ACT exam preparation for Cleveland high school students. The commitment is one or two hours per week. Tutoring begins September 29 and runs through November 25. If interested, contact Diane Lui.

The Case Western Reserve chapter of Habitat for Humanity is hosting its annual Let's Shack Up event beginning at 8 p.m. tonight on the Kelvin Smith Library oval to raise awareness about homelessness and funds. Students will build and decorate cardboard houses to sleep in outside. The suggested donation is $5 per person. In addition, pink and blue "Let's Shack Up" T-shirts will be on sale for $10. Contact Katie Rabovsky.


The campus community can view a Webcast of "The International Criminal Court and the Crime of Aggression" War Crimes Research Symposium. The program, sponsored by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, concludes at 5:15 p.m. today.

"The Healthcare Policy—The Election 2008 Interactive Symposium" takes place from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Friday, October 3, at the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. The guest speakers are Maxwell Mehlman, Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and a professor of bioethics; J. B. Silvers, Truehaft Professor of Health Systems Management; and Joseph White, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and chair of the university's political science department. RSVP by phone at 368-2574 or by e-mail by Tuesday, September 30.

Carol Clark, (GRS '81), a professor of art history at Amherst College, will deliver the Department of Art History & Art's annual Alumni Lecture in Art History beginning at 4:30 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall. Her topic is "Marking Time in Venice: Biography and Place in the Work of Maurice Prendergast." Free.

Créer pour Résister: Two Generations of Arab Women, an art exhibit of photographs and sculpture by Zoha Abdulsater, Shezza Edris and Nama Khalil, continues through 5 p.m. today at the Case Art Studio. The theme of Abdulsater's work is women and poverty; Edris focuses on enamel works derived from Syrian archeological pieces; and Khalil explores the juxtaposition and conflicts of East and West in America. Admission is free.

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.

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Tim Shuckerow, director of the university's art studio and art education program, was recently named the 2008 Ohio Art Education Association Higher Education Division Award winner.

Earlier this month, the Case Western Reserve University football team picked-up three University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week honors. Second-year quarterback Joey Baum and third-year quarterback Dan Whalen shared the offensive award, and third-year linebacker Jeff Brown was the co-honoree on defense.


The American Dietetic Association Foundation, with sponsorship from Abbott, has awarded a research grant of $50,000 to support the development of a screening and assessment tool to identify people at nutritional risk with chronic kidney disease. Alison Steiber, assistant professor of nutrition at Case Western Reserve University, received the grant for her proposed study "Improving Patient Outcomes with a Nutrition Assessment Algorithm in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Stages 1-5."

Eliza Bryant Village opened its new housing facility for seniors earlier this week. The building is named in honor of the late Amasa "Buzz" Ford, who studied and taught at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine for more than 50 years. His research focused on serving the needs of the poor and the elderly.

September 26, 2008

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Case in the News

The 'Secret Jews' of San Luis Valley

Smithsonian magazine, October 2008
In Colorado, the gene linked to a virulent form of breast cancer found mainly in Jewish women is discovered in Hispanic Catholics. Judith Neulander, an ethnographer and co-director of the Judaic Studies Program at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Cleveland Foundation awards $13.9M in grants

Crain's Cleveland Business, September 25, 2008
The Cleveland Foundation announced it will provide $13.9 million for various local projects. A large portion of the money—$4.5 million—will go toward the Euclid Corridor project. That amount includes a $4 million loan to Village Capital Corp., an affiliate of Neighborhood Progress Inc. Village Capital is building a $164 million mixed-use development called Uptown that will consist of condominiums, apartments, retail, office, and restaurant space near Case Western Reserve University.

How is your economic health?

WDOK FM Morning Program, September 24, 2008
Bill Mahnic, professor for the practice of banking and finance at Case Western Reserve University, discussed the nation's economic health on a radio program. Listen to the podcast.

Meltdown Report: Wachtell, SEC do short-selling dance, and more

Wall Street Journal Law Blog, September 23, 2008
Some lawyers suggest Congress's $700 billion bailout plan cuts the courts out of the equation. Is that delegation of power constitutional? Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, offers insight.

Higher Ed News

Want a good parking spot? Read on

Inside Higher Ed, September 26, 2008
A number of colleges have put in place small numbers of "car pool only" or "hybrid only" parking spots to encourage greener driving habits.