Employees Benefit from Payroll Deduction for Charity Choice

Case Western Reserve University offers employees the benefit of using payroll deduction to make giving to local charitable organizations easy.

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Through the university's Charity Choice campaign, faculty and staff can contribute directly from their paychecks to any of nearly 250 different Cleveland-area agencies.

While enrolling in health benefits through the HCM system, university employees can designate an amount—no matter how large or small—through payroll deduction to donate to one or more programs of Greater Cleveland Community Shares, Earth Share of Ohio or the United Way of Greater Cleveland.

The contribution can be deducted monthly, for as many months as designated, or made as a one-time sum. In addition, employees can manage their giving throughout the year with unlimited access to the HCM system.

All faculty and staff, even those who do not enroll in university health benefits, can participate in the Charity Choice campaign. Contributions are being accepted through December 31, 2008.

Details on the campaign, including how to make a donation by check, are available online.

Campus News

The Student Information System (SIS) training team will hold a series of walk-up information station events during the last two weeks of the semester so that faculty, staff and students may approach the training team one-on-one with questions about the SIS. The information stations will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates: Monday, December 1 (Fribley Dining Hall); Thursday, December 4 (Thwing Center atrium); and Tuesday, December 9 (SAGES Cafe, Crawford Hall).

OhioLINK will be offline from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, November 29 for planned server maintenance, including content and services on the Central Catalog and selected databases. The Case Western Reserve databases and catalog will not be affected. Read more on the KSL NewsBlog.

As part of the university's ongoing initiative to conserve energy, the Department of Facilities Services will reduce heat, ventilation and lighting levels over the Thanksgiving holiday. Go online to view a list of the dates, times and buildings affected.

The university's shuttle bus service will have adjusted hours for the Thanksgiving holiday break. One bus will service both the North and South campus on Thursday, November 27. The North and South campuses will each be serviced by one bus on Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29. All routes will resume regular service on Sunday, November 30.

Case Daily will not publish this Thursday or Friday, November 27 and 28, due to the university's observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Publication will resume Monday, December 1.

For Faculty and Staff

The "Learning to Lead: Essential Skills for New Supervisors" workshop will meet from 1-4:30 p.m., Thursday, December 4, in Nord Hall, Room 310. This session is designed for those recently promoted into a management role or experienced managers who would like a refresher. Participants will explore how to avoid challenges that sabotage many supervisors; building a productive team; enforcing university policies; giving and receiving constructive feedback; managing team performance; and building a network that will support professional development. The workshop will be facilitated by Erica Merritt, director of training and development. Register online.

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Faculty members are invited to take advantage of a 10 percent-off sale during the month of November on Oak Hall academic regalia. For more information and a catalog, contact the university's bookstore.

Midterm grades entered for the fall 2008 semester will be archived on Monday, December 1, at 5 p.m. This means that faculty members will no longer be able to view the grades in the Student Information System (SIS). The SIS team recommends that faculty download any grade roster containing midterm grades to Excel to have a copy of the information for their files. To do this, click on the Grade Roster icon for a class. In the blue header above the student roster, click the Download icon, which looks like a table with a red arrow pointing towards it. This will download all of the information in that section to Excel, including the student's ID, name and midterm grade. Send an e-mail to reghelp@case.edu or call 368-4310 to request assistance from the registrar's office.

Payday for university employees and students is Friday, November 28. Employees and students with direct deposit will have their funds deposited into their bank account on that day. Checks will be mailed today to faculty and staff who are not signed up for direct deposit.

For Students

The Footlighters, the university's student-run musical theater group, will hold auditions for their spring musical, The Pajama Game, at the following times and dates: 9-11 p.m., Sunday, November 30; 10 p.m. to midnight, Monday, December 1; and 8:30-11 p.m., Tuesday, December 2, all in Denison Hall. The Pajama Game is a a 1950s musical romantic comedy. Undergraduate and graduate students from Case Western Reserve, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Art are welcome to audition. A prepared song (not from the show) is required. Go online for more information or e-mail the director.

Events

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The 15th annual Holiday CircleFest will take place from 1-7 p.m., Sunday, December 7, in University Circle. More than 20 museums, churches, schools and galleries will be open free of charge for one day of music, shopping and family-friendly activities. The Case Western Reserve University Alumni House will be open for fun food activities, cookie decorating, ornament making and holiday music and movies from 1-5:30 p.m.

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 26, 2008

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Athletics Spotlight

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The Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team received a National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA) team academic award certificate for the fifth consecutive year. The Spartans posted a 3.48 grade-point-average during the 2007-08 season, the highest team average in the nation. The announcement was made on the NSCAA Web site. Read more.

Case in the News

More than a witness to history: Michael Scharf helps shape trials ranging from Saddam to the Khmer Rouge

WKSU, November 25, 2008
Michael Scharf, a Case Western Reserve University law professor, helped prepare the judges for Saddam Hussein's trial. Scharf's job included figuring out how to conduct a fair trial when everything from culture to an escalating war argued against it. He and partner Michael Newton have now published the back-stage story of the trial, Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein.

Stem cell shift may bode well for Ohio

Columbus Business First, November 25, 2008
Ohio's scientists and biotechnology industry are ready to pursue more embryonic stem cell research under an expected relaxing of federal restrictions by President-elect Barack Obama. Stan Gerson, a Case Western Reserve University professor and director of the Cleveland-based National Center for Regenerative Medicine, comments.

Geniocity.com takes creative approach online to, well, creativity

The Plain Dealer, November 25, 2008
Geniocity.com is a new online magazine. The site focuses solely on creativity and innovation. Its first stage consists of a collection of blogs, including one by Peter Friedman of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, who explores innovations in law.

Case Western Reserve football team cleans up on UAA awards

The Plain Dealer, November 25, 2008
Case Western Reserve University claimed three of the University Athletic Association's big four football awards and received numerous all-conference selections this week.

Rich Sommer of 'Mad Men' puts his 'cigarettes' down to help out at Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House graduate program

The Plain Dealer, November 25, 2008
Feature story on Rich Sommer, an actor on AMC's television show Mad Men. Sommer returned to Cleveland this month to teach a master class at the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House program. Sommer earned an MFA in the program in 2004.

Higher Ed News

Colleges devote nearly half their student-aid funds to merit aid, report says

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, November 25, 2008
Although nearly all colleges and universities say they admit applicants regardless of their ability to pay, less than a third can meet students' full financial need, according to a new report based on a survey by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.