Partnership between Mandel School and Hospice of Western Reserve Works to Improve the Lives of Caregivers of Dying Family Members

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A community partnership between the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and the Hospice of the Western Reserve has designed a new assessment tool to guide social workers in helping caregivers of older adults who are dying at home.

The Hospice of the Western Reserve, one of the nation's largest nonprofit hospice care organizations and the largest nonprofit hospice in Ohio, provides support for the dying and their families during the end of life period.

In addition to the needs of those who are dying, social workers are seeing family members suffer from financial, physical, social, emotional and spiritual strain associated with home care and watching a family member die.

"We designed a set of questions for social workers to ask caregivers about the kinds of strains experienced and what resources individuals have to take them through this difficult time," said Aloen Townsend, associate professor of social work at the university. Read more.

Weatherhead School of Management's 35th David A. Bowers Economic Forecast Luncheon December 5

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Case Western Reserve University banking and finance senior lecturer Sam Thomas will look at recent business and financial news and events and provide insight to the aforementioned questions and more during the 35th annual David A. Bowers Economic Forecast Luncheon, beginning at 11:30 a.m., Friday, December 5, at the Marriott at Key Center, 127 Public Square in Cleveland.

Thomas will provide an unbiased, academic viewpoint to explain what's happening with the economy and the current global crisis and make predictions for the 2009 economic outlook, including what possible responses may come from governmental authorities and fiscal policymakers following the recent elections. He is an expert in and teaches courses in corporate finance, investments and international finance at the university. Read more.

Campus News

Information Technology Services invites the campus community to an open forum from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, November 20, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. Topics will include "Leveraging Gartner Information Technology Research" and "Second Life and What it Means for Education."

The Case Alumni Association is hosting a trophy design competition that is open to all faculty, students, alumni, staff and friends of the university. The winner will receive a $200 Visa gift card. Entries do not need to be technical drawings or created using computer-aided design. The submission deadline is November 15, 2008. Complete competition rules are available online. Entries should be submitted via e-mail to Delia Mannen or by mail to Case Alumni Association, Attn: Trophy Competition, 10605 Chester Ave., Suite 309, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. Call (216)-231-4567 x2232 with questions.

For Faculty and Staff

The final exam schedule is now available in the Faculty Center of the Student Information Systems (SIS). Faculty members are asked to review the schedule and send questions to courses@case.edu. If a course meets in a room controlled by the University Registrar's office, the course will be scheduled in the same room. If the course does not meet in one of the registrar's rooms, faculty members will need to reserve the room themselves with the normal scheduler of that room. Once the room has been reserved the registrar's office will post the room for the exam. If faculty members have special needs such as requiring a larger room or multiple rooms for an exam and have not already notified the registrar, contact the office as soon as possible.

For Students

Sigma Psi Sorority is hosting its annual philanthropy event, Mr. CWRU, November 21 in Schmitt Auditorium. The theme for this year's male beauty pageant is "Kings of the Kitchen." Tickets are on sale today through November 21 in Nord Hall, Thwing Center, and Fribley and Leutner commons for $4, or $6 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the East Cleveland Neighborhood Center. All tickets will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes such as an iPod nano.

Undergraduates who were invited to join the Case Chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society should submit the membership form and fee by November 16. This is a distinguished honor for only the top 15 percent of the junior and senior classes. An induction ceremony will be held on December 4. Contact Erica Hoffman, Golden Key president, with questions.

Focus One photographers will be on campus Tuesday, November 11 and Wednesday, November 12 to take pictures of undergraduate seniors for the yearbook. Students can make an appointment by calling (800) 589-8060 or online. Session hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday. All sessions will take place at Thwing Center's Hitchcock Hall lounge.

Events

The Rethinking Urban History: Technology, Environments and Politics symposium will begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 13, in Ford Auditorium. The symposium, organized by the Department of History, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Society for the History of Technology at Case Western Reserve. The symposium’s keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Max Page on the topic of "The City's End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears and Premonitions of New York's Destruction." Free, open to the public. Questions should be directed to Kalli Vimr or by phone to 368-2625.

The Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland's Dietrich Diabetes Research Institute and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is sponsoring the fifth annual Diabetes Research Symposium beginning at 8 p.m., Friday, November 14, at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. This year's meeting will focus on the latest advancements in stem cell technologies and islet transplantation as they relate to treatment of diabetes and its complications. Learn 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.

November 10, 2008

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Media Moment

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The Center for Reducing Health Disparities staff has distributed a series of podcasts on topics such as diabetes and obesity, elder abuse and more.

Case in the News

Les Paul's invention, innovation turned the music world on its ear

The Plain Dealer, November 7, 2008
He invented a solid-body electric guitar. And pioneered multi-track recording. And changed the sound of popular music. Oh, yeah—he's also the father of the coat-hanger harmonica rack. "A lot of people think I'm a guitar!" Les Paul said. "If no one knows who I am, it's OK. I just do what I like to do anyway." This unassuming renaissance man is the honoree for the 2008 American Music Masters series, presented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Case Western Reserve University and Gibson Guitar Corp.

Globalization, decline of industry threaten Cleveland's reputation as a bustling law town

The Plain Dealer, November 9, 2008
Cleveland, long known as one of the country's busiest law towns, is fighting to hang on to that title as globalization and the migration of Fortune 500 companies redraw the legal market. Domestically, law firms are busy opening branches where industry has moved—the South and West. Those are the findings of a new report from a Case Western Reserve University alumnus who has studied expansion.

Look at recovery following an acute coronary syndrome as a continuum

Modern Medicine, November 10, 2008
Recovery following an acute coronary syndrome is a phase in a larger cardiovascular disease continuum, and prevention of downstream complications needs to begin immediately following the event, says Shirley M. Moore, professor and associate dean for research at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

For a 'green' wedding, couples reduce travel, eat organic, recycle

Barre Montpelier Times Argus, November 9, 2008
Going green is a growing trend in the multimillion-dollar wedding industry, and businesses are cashing in. David Cooperrider, director of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

College students 'get away with' poor preparation

USA TODAY, November 10, 2008
Nearly one in five college seniors and 25 percent of freshmen say they frequently come to class without completing readings or assignments, a national survey shows. And many of those students say they mostly still get A's.