Case Western Reserve University Recognized For Community Engagement


Case Western Reserve University has recently been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The selection is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government for the university's commitment to service and civic engagement in the community.

"We are honored to receive this distinct honor," President Barbara R. Snyder said. "It recognizes the tremendous efforts of our faculty, staff and students to make a difference across greater Cleveland."

The Center for Community Partnerships is updating the university's inventory of community outreach programs and partners by asking the campus to complete a brief survey. All campus departments, organizations and individuals engaged in any type of community service are encouraged to take the survey. Read more.

Campus News

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) invites students and faculty to stop by the WRC open house from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, in Bellflower Hall (Room 104). Attendees can mingle with other students, faculty and WRC staff while enjoying beverages, snacks, games and prizes. No RSVP necessary. Go online for more details.


RePlay for Kids is hosting its next toy repair and modification workshop from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Nord Hall, Room 310. The toys will benefit local children with disabilities. Most of the repairs involve testing and fixing broken wires or other simple repairs. Send an e-mail or call Bill Memberg at (330) 721-8281 for information.

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, both days in Thwing Center's ballroom. Donors can schedule an appointment online by entering sponsor code "CaseWestern."

In honor of Valentine's Day, 1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering a massage class for couples from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, and a "Yoga and Chocolate" class from 4 to 5:15 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15. Gift certificates are available. In addition, Valentine's Day is a free guest day. Go online or call 368-1121 for information.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources will host "Make Meetings Work" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room. Participants will learn how to make meetings more productive. Register online.

For Students


The Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life is accepting applications for 2009-2010 graduate staff positions. Go online to review job descriptions and requirements. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 13.

The Case V-Day Campaign will host a teach-in on issues facing women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Students are invited to bring a lunch and learn about the history of political violence in the DRC and how that violence is manifested in the lives of women and children.

Discussions, the undergraduate research journal, has extended the deadline for its spring issue to Thursday, Feb. 12. The journal publishes undergraduate research from any field.

Engineering, science and technology students are invited to apply online for the Kauffman-Singapore Scholars Program at Nanyang Technological University. Students will focus on taking innovative ideas and turning them into businesses with growth potential and strong appeal for the rapidly expanding Asian Marketplace May through October. Candidates must be on schedule to earn a bachelor's degree this spring or already have a degree. Applications are due Tuesday, Feb. 10.



The Institute for Global Security Law and Policy presents "The Code of the Warrior" from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the School of Law Moot Courtroom (A59). The keynote speaker is Shannon French, Inamori Professor in Ethics and director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve . She will speak on the topic related to her book, The Code of the Warrior: Exploring Warrior Values, Past and Present. She is associate editor of the International Journal of Military Ethics and associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Global Justice. The talk is free and open to the public, and will be Webcast live and available for viewing on demand after the event.

The campus community is invited to the "Masquerade Dance and Carnevale" hosted by The Confused Greenies and La Dolce Vita beginning at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, in Thwing ballroom. The Confused Greenies will headline the night with a performance of a new original comedy, and additional performances from students and other groups will follow. La Dolce Vita, the university's Italian club, will provide food and culture to pay homage to Carnevale, an Italian tradition. Masks and costumes are encouraged. The performances will be followed by dancing. Free.

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.

Data Center Renovations

As part of the renovations to the Case Western Reserve data centers, Information Technology Services will institute Fiber Backbone Panel Relocations in Crawford Data Center. The final phases of the data center renovation project involve moving individual data servers, which may result in periodic planned outages for some information technology services. Server and application administrators will alert affected users. 

Services affected by the moves during the next several days include:

Tuesday, February 10

  • ITS Teamtrack Systems / Offline
  • LDAP / Should remain online
  • Pinnacle Phone Billing Systems / Offline

Wednesday, February 11

  • E-mail (Delivery) / Should remain online
  • Veritas Clustering / Limited functionality on Clustered Systems

Thursday, February 12

  • FTP Services via Benbecula / Being decommissioned
  • / Offline

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

February 9, 2009

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Case in the News

RTA gives discounts to college students, but not all

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 7, 2009
For $25 a semester, Case Western Reserve University students are entitled to unlimited rides on an RTA bus or rapid. through the U-Pass program.

Case Western Reserve designated for humanities challenge grant

Crain's Cleveland Business, Feb. 6, 2009
Case Western Reserve University's Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities has been designated for a $650,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for research and programs that will support humanities across the entire campus.

Stories from the heart: One woman's experience with heart disease, Feb. 6, 2009
Forty-one million American women suffer from heart disease and this year it will kill nearly 500,000 women. In an effort to put a human face on the subject of heart disease among women, researchers at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University asked community members to write essays to share their "Untold Stories of the Heart."

Angels need luck to succeed

Akron Beacon Journal, Feb. 8, 2009
Google, Starbucks, Amazon and the Body Shop all got their start with the help of angel investors—wealthy individuals with lots of disposable income, high-risk tolerance and a desire to be part of the next big thing. But those wildly successful endeavors have contributed to unrealistic expectations for new investors and entrepreneurs, says Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University.

Lev Gonick: From digital campus to connected community to broadband nation

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, Feb. 9, 2009
Lev Gonick, vice president for information technology services and chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University, is the February guest columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Higher Ed News

Gordon Gee's call for 'reinvention' of higher ed

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 9, 2009
Noting that the United States created land-grant colleges in the middle of the Civil War, E. Gordon Gee told his fellow college presidents Sunday evening that the current economic crisis is no reason not to consider bold and far-reaching reforms of the institutions.