Glennan Fellows Work on Developing New Programs for Undergraduate Education


The academic fields and disciplines of the 2008-09 Glennan Fellows vary as widely as the projects they are engaged in.

Awarded each spring, Glennan Fellowships are administered by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) and designed to reward excellence in faculty and to nurture their growth as teachers and scholars.

This year's Fellows are Darin Croft, anatomy; Lisa Huisman Koops, music; Kelly McMann, political science; Leena Palomo, periodontics; and Gregory Tochtrop, chemistry. The subjects of their work include areas of study in anthropology, child development, undergraduate research, periodontics and technology and curriculum development.

Case Daily will feature each of the 2008-09 award recipients' projects. Today, learn more about Darin Croft, assistant professor of anatomy, and his "Exploring the Mammalian Family Tree" course. Read more.

Campus News


Rich Sommer (MFA '04)—who stars in AMC's Golden Globe-winning series Mad Men—will take part in a question and answer session beginning at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, November 23, in Clark Hall's third floor lecture hall. Sommer is in town to conduct improvisation workshops with undergraduate students enrolled in Case Western Reserve's theater program. Mad Men is set in 1960s New York. The drama follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising.


Psi Chi, the university's psychology honor society, is accepting donations for its Mitten Mania! project through December 5. Mitten Mania! benefits children attending one of the poorest elementary schools in the state of Ohio. To help prepare for the winter months, Psi Chi is collecting new or gently used winter outer-wear for children in grades K-8. Collection boxes are located in Mather Memorial, Wade, Fribley, Nord Hall, and Thwing Center. For more details, contact Bethany Weiss.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources is reminding all faculty and staff to enroll in Benelect, the university's 2009 benefits program. The deadline to enroll and/or update benefits information is 8 p.m., Friday, November 21. Stop by Crawford Hall, Room 209, between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to use computer kiosks or to talk with a human resources representative. Call the Benelect Hotline at 368-1234 for questions. For more information, visit the 2009 Open Enrollment Web site.

The Student Information System (SIS) documentation site offers printable quick reference guides and user manuals as well as video demonstrations of how to utilize the most frequently used functionality in the system. The newest video demonstrates how to review permission requests from students who want to register for restricted classes.

For Students


Case Western Reserve University will play host to a first round NCAA Division III football playoff game for the second straight year on Saturday, November 22. The Spartans recently completed their second consecutive undefeated season. The game begins at noon at at Case Field, where the Spartans will host Wabash College.  The Office of Student Affairs has offered to pay for all Case Western Reserve student admissions, as the NCAA does not permit free admissions.

All graduate students are invited to Grad Night Out beginning at 7 p.m. tonight at the Winking Lizard in Lakewood, Ohio. The event will feature free food, beverages, karaoke and bowling. Students in need of transportation are encouraged to use their discounted RTA pass. Read more for additional information or contact the Graduate Student Senate with questions.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is offering International Study/Travel three-credit hour courses. This year, several courses are being offered to undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more at an information sessions from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, in Thwing Center's atrium. Contact Deborah R. Jacobson at 368-6014 for more information. Also, read a story about the program.

Students are invited to find the right technical information faster with the Kelvin Smith Library's (KSL) Knovel database. Log on during the month of November to help make Case Western Reserve the top university in the Knovel University Challenge, a three-question contest that also guarantees the university a major prize just for having 100 entries by students. More details on the database, plus the contest (Nintendo Wii, iPods and more), are available on the the KSL NewsBlog.


Kurt Stange, professor in the family medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics, oncology and sociology departments, will give a lecture on the topic of "Writing PBRN Research for Publication," from 6-7 p.m. tonight at the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Building, first floor conference room. He will discuss the writing, review and publication process with a focus on practice-based network research. Dinner will be provided; parking is free in the attached garage. Attendees may earn continuing education credits. Learn more about the PBRN Seminar Series.

Lou Bellamy, founder and artistic director of the acclaimed Penumbra Theatre Company, will direct the Cleveland Play House (CPH) production of Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. Case Western Reserve University and the CPH collaborate for the M.F.A. acting program. The production runs through Sunday, November 30.

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 20, 2008

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Charity Choice 2008


Members of the university community can contribute to the Charity Choice Campaign online or print out a pledge form and return it by mail. The active campaign continues through December 31, 2008. Additional information about the organizations and the program is available on the Charity Choice Campaign 2008 Web site.

Case in the News

Move over kickball, here comes the Dancemat, November 18, 2008
With childhood obesity such a health concern, a new study by Case Western Reserve University is looking at how video games could get kids dancing to fitness. Peg Heinzer, the study's lead researcher from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, comments.

Case Western Reserve cross country, football headed to NCAAs

The Plain Dealer, November 19, 2008
For the first time in school history, both the Case Western Reserve University men's and women's cross country teams will compete for a national title in the same year. The Spartans will travel to Indiana Saturday for the 2008 NCAA Division III Championships hosted by Hanover College.

Innerbelt Bridge heavy truck traffic delays third lane opening, November 20, 2008
A ban on trucks and buses on the Innerbelt Bridge did not go as planned Wednesday. Upwards of 1,900 truck and bus drivers still used the bridge Wednesday morning. Engineers at Case Western Reserve University and other institutions are consulting on the project.

Letters to the editor-Nov. 19: UA and Metro could help out students

Akron Beacon Journal, November 19, 2008
A community member writes in that the University of Akron could emulate Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University when it comes to establishing incentives for students to use public transportation.

Higher Ed News

Americans don't know civics

USA TODAY, November 19, 2008
From high-school dropouts to college graduates to elected officials, Americans are "alarmingly uninformed" about the USA's history, founding principals and economy—knowledge needed to participate wisely in civic life, says a report scheduled to be released Thursday.