Student Uses Community Outreach Grant to Help Children See Themselves Reflected in the Arts

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 PreK-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 Kristina Walter's Capstone Service Internship. She is working with a group of young artists at a Cleveland school. Read more.

Campus News

The university's sustainability office is offering several environmental ideas for the holiday season. Today's tip: Take a pledge to reduce home energy usage for the New Year by purchasing energy-efficient light bulbs. Installing only six compact fluorescent light bulbs will save the average American family $60 per year. Also, families who have fireplaces could save money by lowering their thermostats. Lowering the temperature by five degrees could save 10 percent on energy bills. Read more for an easy checklist of home energy tips.

Shelley Francis, a senior instructor in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics, is conducting a Young Adult Health and Sexuality Study. The purpose of the study is to learn more about the health behaviors—including sexual health—of Cleveland-area young adults. Participation in the study involves completing an online, confidential survey. Call (216) 799-3975 or send an e-mail to for more information. Participants will be compensated for completing the study.

For Faculty and Staff

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


Students who love breakfast food at any time of the day should check out the Late Night Breakfast. Head over to Leutner or Fribley Commons beginning at 9:30 p.m., Thursday, December 11, and choose from a variety of menu options. The annual tradition–which offers students an opportunity to take a break from studying–also includes entertainment.


As part of a Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) study break event, the Cleveland Hillel Foundation is sharing coffee, doughnuts and Hanukkah traditions with students from 8-10 p.m. tonight at KSL's lower level International News Commons area. Hillel has been doing this for three years. Read the KSL NewsBlog to find out why the group continues this annual tradition.

The department of bioethics is offering three-credit hour spring break study abroad trips for undergraduate and graduate students in Salamanca, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Paris, Amsterdam and Maastricht/Brussels. Contact Michelle Champoir at 368-5377 or plan to attend an information session from 12:30-1:30 p.m., December 11 or 12, in Thwing Center. Read student testimonials.


The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting the work of three artists—John Carlson, Judy Brandon and Eric Meyer—now through January 10, 2009. Carlson's exhibit covers the first and second floor of the building, and Brandon's exhibit is on the third floor. The display case on the first floor features Meyer's work. Information about the exhibit is available online.

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.

December 10, 2008

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Athletics Spotlight

debeljak.jpgHead Football Coach Greg Debeljak has been named the American Football Coaches Association Regional (Two) Coach of the Year. In addition, he is a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Division III Coach of the Year, which is awarded to the college football coach who best demonstrates sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility, and excellence on and off the field. The 2008 winner will be announced on December 31 using the formula of 20 percent fan votes, 25 percent media votes and 55 percent Hall of Fame committee votes. Learn more.

Case in the News

Case Western Reserve foreclosure study paints bleak picture

Crain's Cleveland Business, December 9, 2008
A high-volume, low-margin business trading lender-owned properties after foreclosure is slicing and dicing Cleveland and several of its suburbs to an incredible degree, according to a just-completed study by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development think tank at Case Western Reserve University. Related article.

Childbirth raises the risk of obesity: study

MedlinePlus, December 8, 2008
Women who have had children have a greater risk of becoming obese than women who have not, suggesting, researchers say, that efforts to reduce obesity should target women who have given birth. A study was conducted by Esa M. Davis, assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine Research Division at Case Western Reserve University, and colleagues. The study's findings were published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Michael Scharf interview

WDOK, December 8, 2008
Michael Scharf, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, was a recent guest on the Trapper Jack Morning Show. He discussed the new book he co-authored, Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein. Listen to the podcast.

NSHMBA Cleveland awards scholarships, celebrates one year

La Prensa, December 12, 2008
National Society of Hispanic MBAs Cleveland celebrated its one year mark as a charted chapter on December 4 by presenting two scholarships and introducing its new president. NSHMBA Cleveland partners with several area colleges, including Case Western Reserve University. NSHMBA Cleveland awarded its first Fulbright scholarship to Pablo Rojas, a first-year MBA student at Case Western Reserve.

Higher Ed News

Gates Grants aim to help low-income students finish college

New York Times, December 8, 2008
With concerns growing that the recession will make it even harder for low-income students to remain in college, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently announced nearly $70 million in grants as part of an ambitious initiative: to double the number of low-income students who earn a college degree or vocational credential by age 26.