NSF Grant to Launch 24 Undergraduates from Case Western Reserve into Math and Science Teaching Careers

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding a new program at Case Western Reserve University to prepare 24 high-achieving science and math undergraduates for teaching careers.

The newly funded Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program within the College of Arts and Sciences will seek to encourage science and mathematics majors to become high school math and science teachers. The nearly $750,000 grant will be used to recruit research-trained students from biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics into the teaching profession. The program has four components: scholarships, summer internships, mentoring and post-graduation follow-up.

"These program elements combine to create a vibrant professional training community whose goal is to retain well-trained, talented scholars in teaching careers," said Edward Bernetich, the lead investigator on the Noyce project and director of teacher education in the College of Arts and Sciences.

In addition, the Noyce program builds on Case Western Reserve's existing partnership with Fisk University. It will recruit a total of seven Fisk juniors to join their Case Western Reserve peers with the goal of addressing the national shortage of diverse science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers. Read more.

Campus News

The third of four candidates for the new position of Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity will appear at an open forum at 5:15 p.m., Monday, November 3, in the Toepfer Room. Information about this candidate is available on the search webpage.

Due to a programming problem, entries submitted to the 11th edition of the "Campus Markings" contest via the Web site prior to October 30 have been lost. The programming issue has been resolved and campus community members who already submitted entries are encouraged to resubmit their answers. To accommodate this request, the contest deadline has been extended to Thursday, November 6. Note: entries that were sent in via paper forms have been received and do not have to be resubmitted. The Institute for the Study of the University in Society apologizes for the inconvenience.

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Ohio for Change and campus group Case for Change are hosting a "Get-Out-The-Vote" (GOTV) rally featuring Golden Globe-nominated actress Scarlett Johansson at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 1, at the Jolly Scholar. The rally is part of a massive statewide effort to encourage Ohio voters to get to the polls. Johansson's film credits include The Horse Whisperer, Academy-Award winner Lost in Translation and Frank Miller's upcoming The Spirit.

The Al-Anon Meeting at University Hospitals is moving to the Church of the Covenant beginning Monday, November 3. The church is located at 11205 Euclid Ave. There is free parking in the church lot. Those who plan to attend the meeting should tell the guard at the entrance of the lot that they are there for the meeting in the activities room. Al-Anon is a self-help group for family members and friends of someone who has a drinking or substance abuse problem. For more information contact Judy Majcen at (216) 983-0730.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources will offer free flu shots to faculty and staff during the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, November 4, and Wednesday, November 5, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., November 4, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., November 5. One thousand vaccine injections are available on a first come, first-served basis. No appointments are necessary. Employees must review a vaccine information sheet and complete a consent form prior to receiving the shot. In addition, employees will need to present their Case Western Reserve ID when checking in.

The Case Western Reserve Bookstore staff congratulates Linda Ehrlich on winning a $50 gift card from the bookstore. Ehrlich, associate professor of Japanese, was entered into the drawing because she turned in her textbook order early. Used books save students money, and faculty are encouraged to turn in their book orders as soon as possible. Orders may be submitted by campus mail, e-mail, fax at Ext. 5205 or online.

For Students

Today is the deadline to register for Family Weekend, a series of events that provide a fun, unique and memorable opportunity for Case Western Reserve students to share campus life with their families. Taking place Friday, November 7, through Sunday, November 9, students and their loved ones can choose from events that connect families with faculty and staff, excursions to the surrounding communities and on-campus entertainment for the entire family. Registration is $15 per person, which includes the president's reception, the tailgate/lunch, the open forum breakfast, on-campus programs/events and more. Students can participate for free.

The Case Western Reserve chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, will host "Engineering Futures: Team Chartering," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, November 15, in Nord Hall, Room 310. The event will be moderated by the national Tau Beta Pi organization and is modeled after workshops held by Fortune 500 companies to promote synergy among co-workers. The workshop is designed to help students develop the "soft skills" every engineer needs to succeed in the workplace. RSVP by November 8 to nnw@case.edu. For more information, go to the Ohio Alpha chapter Web site.

The Center for Community Partnerships announces that the Friends of Cleveland School of the Arts (FCSA),  a nonprofit organization supporting the mission of the Cleveland School of the Arts, is inviting Case Western Reserve students to apply for a development and marketing internship. The FCSA's areas of responsibility include: development, marketing, advertising, public relations, community outreach, communications (including the Web site and launching of bi-annual newsletter), special promotions and events. Applicants for this unpaid internship should be able to work in a fast-paced environment; have excellent verbal and written communications skills; be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel and Internet Explorer and Adobe Photoshop; be able to work independently; and have strong organizational and project management skills. Applicants should provide a résumé, two professional and one-personal reference and a one-paragraph statement indicating their interest and how this experience will assist in achieving educational goals and objectives. Background checks are required to work with youth and must be performed before an offer will be extended. To obtain additional information contact Lenny B. Carlsen, development manager.

Events

Eldred Theater at Case Western Reserve University continues its 2008/09 drama series with Crimes of the Heart, the Pulitzer Prize-winning black comedy by Beth Henley. Performances are November 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on November 16 and 23 at 2:30 p.m. Crimes of the Heart is set in Hazlehurst, Miss., in 1974 where the three Magrath sisters (Lenny, Meg and Babe) come together at their grandfather's home to face life's absurdities. Read more.

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.

Et al

Janice Gerda, director of Residence Life at Case Western Reserve University, has been named the new state coordinator for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). In addition to joining the NASPA Region IV-E Advisory Board, she currently serves on the organization's History Advisory Board.

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Faye A. Gary, Medical Mutual of Ohio Professor for Vulnerable and At-Risk Persons at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, was recently appointed to the Expert Advisory Panel of the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health. She will help to guide the development of Joint Commission hospital standards for culturally competent and patient-centered care at the Joint Commission.

Elizabeth Lewis, who earned her doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve, was recently selected to receive the Mary Rosa McDonough Award for outstanding service to both her profession and the community from Saint Joseph College.

October 31, 2008

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Case in the News

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Football star volunteers as a Big Brother

NewsNet5.com, October 29, 2008
Gian Genovesi, a member of the Case Western Reserve University football team, juggles academics, athletics and participating in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program as a "Big Brother" to Steven, an eighth grader.

Highlights and buzz from Educause conference

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, October 31, 2008
In a point/counterpoint session about whether or not colleges should outsource technology services, Lev S. Gonick, vice president for information-technology services and chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University, told colleagues at the annual Educause conference that colleges would soon be forced to do creative things to cut costs, including collaborate to offer shared services.

46 vice presidents: Notorious to powerful

KPHO.com, October 31, 2008
While early vice presidents were often ignored by their presidents and had to be content with ceremonial duties, recent ones have had a hand in shaping policy. Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Courts in the balance

National Review Online, October 31, 2008
Jonathan Adler, professor of law and director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, writes in his column that the presidential election could affect appellate courts even more than the Supreme Court.

Case Western Reserve has Lakota flavor

Hamilton Journal News, October 30, 2008
Three players from the Lakota Local School District in Southwest Ohio have contributed to a 7-0 start by the Case Western Reserve University football team this season: Sam Coffey, Derrick Sharp and Tim Derickson.

Higher Ed News

Private loans for college dry up, just as students most need the money

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, October 31, 2008
While college tuitions keep rising, students and families continue to grapple with how to cover education costs. But those who would normally turn to private loans as a source for financial aid assistance will find that this source is becoming more scarce.