Saturday Tutoring Program at the Church of the Covenant Receives Community Outreach Grant

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When the Center for Community Partnerships invited Case Western Reserve University departments and groups seeking charitable funding to apply for its new Community Outreach Program grants, they received dozens of applications. Ten campus affiliates were selected to receive $1,000 each for the 2008-2009 academic year to continue their outreach work in the areas of Pre K-12, senior citizens, health, social service, community and economic development and lifelong learning.

Each of the winning groups will be featured in an ongoing series. Today, learn more about the Saturday Tutoring Program at the Church of the Covenant and how the grant will help students learn about the world in their own backyard. Read more.

Campus News

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The Case Western Reserve community is invited to join fellow alumni and friends from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, November 22, at the Alumni House for a pre-game gathering to support the Spartans at the opening of the Division III NCAA playoffs. Spend time with other blue and white fans before going to cheer on the Spartans as they take on Wabash College. The open house is free to attend and will include a selection of warm beverages and snacks. Register online.

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Bon Appetit, the university's sustainability office and the Case Animal Rights & Ethics Society (CARES) are teaming up to ask students and the rest of the campus community to participate in Veg Pledge Day 2008 on Wednesday, November 19. People are being asked to go meatless that day to highlight the positive impacts of reducing meat in one's diet. For instance, the sustainability office says that eating a mostly vegetarian diet does more to reduce one's carbon footprint than switching to a hybrid vehicle.

Omicron Delta Epsilon is hosting a holiday toy drive today through November 21 and November 24 and 25. Tables will be located in the Peter B. Lewis Building and Nord Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the drive. Donations of new toys, cash and CaseCash (November 24 and 25 only) will be accepted. All donations will go to Transitional Housing Inc.'s Family Program Christmas celebration. Contact Ashley Solomon with questions.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council's Community Service Committee would like to extend its thanks to all who helped to make the eighth annual basket raffle a success. The committee will be able to donate over $4,000 to Transitional Housing Inc. to aid Cleveland-area homeless women and their children. An official check presentation to the organization will take place within the next several weeks. There were 37 baskets donated for this year's raffle. The winning tickets were drawn by Transitional Housing's Executive Director and Case Western Reserve alumna Sherri Brandon. Here is a list of the basket raffle winners.

To accommodate flexible spending account dollars, University Hospitals (UH) Eye Institute ophthalmologists and optometrists have increased their appointment hours at several UH locations in November and December. Call the Eye Institute appointment line at 216-844-3601 for more information.

For Students

All graduate students are invited to Grad Night Out Thursday, November 20, at the Winking Lizard in Lakewood, Ohio. The event will feature free food, beverages, karaoke and bowling. Enjoy a relaxing evening with fellow graduate students, meet new friends and wind down as the semester comes to a close. Students in need of transportation are encouraged to use their discounted RTA pass. Read more for additional information and specific transportation instructions. Send an e-mail to the Graduate Student Senate for more information.

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The Department of Bioethics is offering Spring Break Study Abroad. These three-credit, short-term study abroad opportunities are open to all undergraduate and graduate students. The program includes courses in Costa Rica, Spain, Argentina, France, the Netherlands or Belgium during winter and spring breaks. For more information, contact Michelle Champoir at 368-5377 or attend an information sessions in Thwing from 12:30-1:30 p.m. November 21, Thwing, meeting room A.

The Daniel Hale Williams Pre-medical Society has invited students and the admissions committee from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to speak at the Medical School Panel Discussion at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 19, in Thwing Center's ballroom. Dinner will be served. Tickets are $5 and are on sale in Nord Hall as well as at the door.

Events

The Pakistani Students Association will host its annual Chai and Mithai Night beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, November 21, in Thwing Center's ballroom. The campus community is invited to come out and enjoy a Pakistani dinner featuring chai and mithai (sweets), as well as performances. Tickets are on sale this week in Nord Hall; $5 for Case Western Reserve undergraduates, $10 for everyone else. CaseCash will be accepted. All proceeds will be donated to the Three Cups of Tea's organization, the Central Asian Institute. Contact Sana Minhas.

The Case Western Reserve Men's Glee Club and Women's Glee Club extends an invitation to the campus community to attend their Fall Glee Concert beginning at 7 p.m., Saturday, November 22, in Harkness Chapel. Free, open to the public.

The Case Western Reserve University School of Law is hosting several events over the next several days in honor of International Education Week. Learn more.

The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) will host an open house in the KSL International News Commons from 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, November 19. Highlighted will be the new computer kiosk with the PressDisplay database (700 newspapers in 36 languages, 76 countries), the dozens of daily international newspapers printed in KSL on the day they're published and librarians showing the campus community how to get to even more international resources. More information is available on the KSL NewsBlog.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 19, at the school. The community is invited to learn about social work degrees from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. Go to the school's Web site or call 368-2290 for details.

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 18, 2008

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Year of Darwin

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Campus members who have missed some of the events that have been part of Case Western Reserve University's celebration of Charles Darwin are invited to go to the official Web site. Choose from several videos featuring experts who visited campus as part of the academic observance of Darwin's life and work.

Case in the News

Health-obesity study at Mayfair Elementary School in East Cleveland uses dance as exercise

The Plain Dealer, November 18, 2008
Students at Mayfair Elementary School are dancing their way to better health. Hip-hop. Salsa. Rock 'n' roll. They kick off their shoes and move to the beat every morning in the school's gym. There are about 20 students in grades two through six participating in a school-year-long study led by Peg Heinzer, associate professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

Gardasil is found safe–but some families wonder

U.S. News & World Report, October 24, 2008
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that the Gardasil shot against the cervical-cancer causing human papillomavirus is "safe to use and effective in preventing four types of HPV." That's based on their database surveillance system, the Vaccine Safety Datalink. However, several families have reported that their daughters have fallen ill after receiving the vaccine. Barbara Shapiro, associate professor of neurology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Exercise during pregnancy predicts health later in life

Modern Medicine, November 17, 2008
Women who maintain weight-bearing exercise during pregnancy are able to sustain their long-term fitness and exhibit a low cardiovascular profile later in life, according to research published in the November issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The study was conducted by James F. Clapp of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

The defending champs are well-schooled, and it shows

ESPN.com, November 18, 2008
After the 2007 football season, 10 quality academic schools reached a bowl game: Air Force, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Navy, Penn State, UCLA, Virginia, Wake Forest and Wisconsin. Below the bowl level, elite academic school Case Western Reserve University reached the playoffs, while Harvard, Middlebury and Yale would have done so if the Ivy League and the New England Small College Athletic Conference did not prohibit members from sending football teams to the postseason.

Higher Ed News

Programs help with tuition in exchange for public service

USA TODAY, November 18, 2008
Eager to encourage public service and give debt-burdened graduates more options, several colleges and universities are trying new initiatives.