Campus Community Encouraged to Wear Blue and White Friday, October 3

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Although the rich hues of red and gold are usually associated with the fall season, Case Western Reserve University will be awash in traditional Spartan colors on Blue and White Day Friday, October 3. In honor of Homecoming and Alumni Weekend, the entire campus community is encouraged to wear the school's colors.

"This is about the pride we have in being Spartans and celebrating the campus community. There's no better way to do this than by wearing blue and white together," said Melanie Scanlon, an assistant director in the Office of Student Activities and Leadership.

Also taking place on Blue and White Day is the inaugural Spartan SpiritFest, which will be held during the Community Hour, 12:30-2 p.m., in the Thwing Center atrium. The entire campus community is invited to sample island food, listen to a steel drum band and find out who won the office decorating contest and the Powder Puff football game. In addition, the Homecoming Court will be announced.

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The festivities continue on Saturday, October 4 with the Homecoming parade, tailgate party and the football game. Fans are invited to wear their Case Western Reserve gear and cheer on the Spartans as they face off against Denison University at 1 p.m. at the Village at 115 Athletic Stadium.

Dozens of events are taking place now through Sunday, October 5 on and around campus as part of Alumni Weekend and Homecoming.

Law School Alumnus Named Vice President of Government and Community Relations

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David A. Bell, former general counsel of the Arizona State University Foundation in Tempe, Ariz., has come back to Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University as vice president for government and community relations. Bell was an associate general counsel at Case Western Reserve in the Office of General Counsel from 2003-2006. His new appointment was in August.

As vice president for government and community relations, Bell is responsible for working at the federal, state and local government levels to identify and develop support, including funding, for strategic university initiatives.

Bell will oversee the university's Office of Government and Community Relations, which serves as a key point of contact with local, state and federal public officials and community-based organizations. He also will work in partnership with other universities and related organizations on a range of legislative, policy and advocacy issues when appropriate. Read more.

Campus News

The Weatherhead School of Management is hosting its second annual All-Weatherhead Open House from 8:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, October 11, at the Peter B. Lewis Building. The campus community is invited to learn more about the school's programs and talk with alumni, faculty and current students. There will be a continental breakfast. Free.

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For Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a free program, "Practice-Based Research Seminar Series," from 6-7 p.m. Thursdays through November 20 at the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office. The series will go over the theory, history, scope, data collection and analysis utilized in Practice Based Research Networks. These networks make up a key component of the Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative. Free parking is available in the front of the building and refreshments will be served weekly. Attendees may earn CME and CREC credits. For more information, view a brochure or go to the Practice-Based Research Network Web site.

For Students

The Observer will officially launch its new Web site, in conjunction with College Publisher, on Friday, October 3. The new site will feature polls, commenting, multimedia, searchable archives, online advertising and an opt-in e-mail edition.

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WIL-Power: A Summit for Women in Leadership takes place October 18-20. The three-day retreat is for undergraduate women with junior or senior standing, and is dedicated to the accomplishment of participants beyond their Case Western Reserve undergraduate experience. The summit will provide participants with an understanding of women as leaders and the development of leadership skills that will foster a positive transition into the workplace. The cost to attend is $25, which includes transportation, food, lodging and other associated costs.  Scholarships are available. Registration ends October 8.

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) is offering a workshop for first-year and other writers from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, October 3 in Nord Hall, Room 400. The workshop will introduce students to college writing, including conventions of academic discourse and modes of argumentation. Open to all interested students and faculty. No RSVP is required.

Events

The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will feature the topic "Health Policy in the 2008 Election" with Joe White, professor and chair of political science. Discussion begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, October 3, at the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall.

Caldwell Esselstyn, internationally known former heart surgeon, researcher and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, and author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, will speak at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 7, in Strosacker Auditorium. He will discuss curing and preventing heart disease. Free.

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The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is hosting its Mini Med School program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning October 15. The program is open to all who are interested in health research and trends, and is taught in a style that those without a medical background will understand. The entire series costs $100. Learn more about specific topics and registration.

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.

October 2, 2008

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Case in the News

BP exec to lead Institute for Energy Innovation

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 1, 2008
An executive from fuel company BP has been recruited to lead the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation at Case Western Reserve University. Dianne D. Anderson began her duties yesterday as the first executive director of the institute, which aims to enable the transition to sustainable energy use through coordinated research, development and education.

Credit crisis starting to impact people's lifestyles and budget

WKYC.com, September 29, 2008
The credit crisis will probably impact most Americans and the way they live, everything from home loans to credit cards. Bill Mahnic, professor for the practice of banking and finance at Case Western Reserve University, explains why. Watch the video.

Soil conservation and river management tied together

Science Daily, October 1, 2008
Sediment in rivers comes from erosion of the landscape as well as the erosion and collapse of the banks themselves. Just how much each source contributes to a river—and how it affects the flow and path of that river–is the subject of research by Peter Whiting, professor of geological sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

In northeast, black voters will be key

The Columbus Dispatch, October 2, 2008
With polls indicating at least 90 percent of blacks supporting Obama—a Dispatch poll in August showed nearly 95 percent— the Illinois senator's campaign is pursuing an unprecedented effort to register and mobilize black voters. Alexander Lamis, editor of the book Ohio Politics and an associate history professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

National City Bank tries to reassure customers and investors

FOX8.com, September 30, 2008
Before its stock rebounded on Wednesday, National City Bank worked to reassure its customers and investors. Bill Mahnic, professor for the practice of banking and finance at Case Western Reserve University, comments. Watch the video. Related news video.

Higher Ed News

Redefining Division III

Inside Higher Ed, October 2, 2008
After nearly splitting apart, the colleges that play in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association are discussing ways to stick together despite some lingering philosophical differences among them.