Case Western Reserve University Earns 2008 Pillar Award for Community Service


Case Western Reserve University—which offers over 500 community outreach programs and has nearly 600 community partners—is being recognized with a 2008 Pillar Award for Community Service. This is the first time the university has received the honor, according to Latisha James, director of the Center for Community Partnerships.

Developed by Smart Business Network and Medical Mutual, the award honors businesses and individuals dedicated to making Northeast Ohio a better place to live. The Pillar Award embraces a broad definition of community service, including charitable giving, volunteerism, pro bono work and other forms of giving back.

The university—along with other award winners—will be honored at a ceremony this evening. Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder will officially accept the award on behalf of the university. In addition, winners are featured in the December issue of Smart Business Cleveland and Smart Business Akron/Canton, on newsstands now. Read more.

Campus News


Students, faculty and staff are invited to submit entries for the 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest. The essay prompt is "By What Human Injustice Are You So Moved that You Would be Willing to Sacrifice Your Time, Energy and Other Resources in Order to Make a Difference? How Would You Engage the Community in Your Efforts? Please Share Your 'Untold' Story." Essays will be judged on originality, relevance to the prompt, creativity, clarity, organization and overall effect. The prizes for first, second and third place are $300, $200 and $100, respectively. The submission deadline is December 15, 2008. Essays should be forwarded to Erica Merritt, Human Resources Department, Crawford 213 (LOC 7047) or by e-mail to

Chaplain Julia Brown of the Department of Biology is accepting donations for distribution to the Community Women's Shelter during the holiday season. Donations can be in the form of toiletries, gloves, scarves and hats. Send e-mail to Julia Brown for more information.

For Faculty and Staff


Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost W. A. "Bud" Baeslack will host a Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, December 12, in Adelbert Hall. There will be holiday refreshments and musical selections from the Cleveland Institute of Music. RSVP to Jane Howarth Vogelsberger.

The employee relations staff will host a supervisory briefing session from 2-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 16 and 9-10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 18, both sessions in Frohring Auditorium. The forum will cover updates to FMLA, leave of absence, paid parental leave and affirmative action policies. All supervisory staff are expected to attend one of these sessions.

The Staff Advisory Council's December meeting has been rescheduled from December 12 to 10 a.m., Friday, December 19, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall.

For Students

Students are invited to purchase 1-2-1 Fitness Center "Spartan Shape Up" memberships in December and save $25. These undergraduate student fitness center memberships are valid January 1 through May 17, 2009. Receive full access to 1-2-1 Fitness Center and its amenities, including over 40 group exercise classes per week. The offer expires December 31. Go online or call 368-1121 for more information.



The Center for Global Health and Diseases is hosting a seminar featuring John Vulule, director of the Kisumu, Kenya Medical Research Institute's Center for Global Health & Research, from 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, December 16, at the Wolstein Research Building, Room 4-136. He will speak on the topic "Trends in Entomological Research at the Center for Global Health Research, Kisumu, Kenya Medical Research Institute." Vulule is co-investigator on Assistant Professor Ann Moormann's research project, "T cell immunity and endemic Burkitt's lymphoma," and on Center for Global Health and Diseases Director James Kazura's project, "Human Immunity to MSP-1 in Western Kenya." In addition, he continues to collaborate with alumnus Chandy John on highland malaria studies. Call 368-4818 for additional information.

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 11, 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

Wind power means jobs for Northeast Ohio, December 10, 2008
At Cardinal Fasteners, creating jobs from the wind turbine business is more than just an idea blowing in the wind. The company is one of only a few that supply huge bolts and fasteners for wind turbines, and president John Grabner says business is booming. David Matthiesen, former astronaut and materials science professor at Case Western Reserve University, says wind power equals jobs for the Cleveland area.

Ohio technical college wins area growth award, December 9, 2008
Ohio Technical College, a premier provider of specialized technical training in a wide variety of transportation fields, has been recognized as one of the fastest growing Northeast Ohio companies by being presented with a 2008 Weatherhead Award from Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE).

University Circle condos designed by Studio Techne for Donald Gest embody fresh concepts

The Plain Dealer, December 9, 2008
The economic crisis that hit the nation in September has stymied big real estate projects in Cleveland. On a much smaller scale, however, developer Donald Gest is cruising ahead with plans for two buildings containing eight apartment flats in University Circle. Gest's project will feature two separate, four-unit condominium buildings on the east side of East 118th Street, opposite a new park and a large parking garage that marks the eastern edge of the Case Western Reserve University campus.

Higher Ed News

College degree vital, top educators say

USA TODAY, December 10, 2008
A group of college presidents and other top education officials says the USA's "economic, democratic and social health" could worsen over the next several decades if more Americans don't earn a college degree. The group is pushing to increase the percentage of young people who earn a degree from 40 to 55 percent by 2025.