Web Content Developer Earns
Community Outreach Grant

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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 Case Daily series. Today, learn about the Case Cares About Cleveland project being coordinated by Maria Dimengo, a Web content developer at the university. Read more.

Campus News

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Photo submissions are being accepted for the 2009-2010 Coming of Age Birthday Card, a Case Western Reserve University tradition. When students turn 21, they receive a birthday card signed by the president of the university and the vice president for student affairs recognizing this milestone birthday. Photos should reflect a major campus event, a significant place, or something that clearly represents the student experience. Entries are due by midnight, Tuesday, April 7. The Student Life Committee of the Undergraduate Student Government will select the photo(s) that best personify the criteria. Winners are scheduled to be announced in Case Daily and The Observer. Contact the Office of Student Affairs at 368-2020 with questions. Complete details and submission guidelines are available online.

The School of Dental Medicine is conducting a survey about its student operated dental clinic. The campus community is invited to take the survey.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting two upcoming information sessions. The first meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m.,  Wednesday, March 25, while the second meeting is from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 25. Both sessions at the school. The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The sessions will focus on the master’s program, field education and financial aid. Contact the admissions office at 368-2280 to register.

The Center for Global Child Health at Case Western Reserve University and Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital has partnered with Rotary International to offer a two and a half day forum on "Caring for the World's Children: A Forum on the Challenges of Child Mortality and Initiatives to Increase Child Survival" April 2-4 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. This forum will present some major challenges of child mortality in the developing world and share some successful initiatives to increase child survival overall. Most of the speakers are Case Western Reserve faculty and long-time colleagues from the Center for Global Child Health. Pamela Davis, dean of the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, is scheduled to attend the opening program on Thursday, April 2. Complete details, prices and registration information is available online.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Making Life Easier with ePortfolios" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 26, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. Wendy Shapiro, senior academic technology officer and director of Instructional Technology and Academic Computing (ITAC), and Mace Mentch, assessment specialist and manager of learning technologies in ITAC, will demonstrate an ePortfolio system that the university is trying out with a view to possible widespread adoption. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

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The Commencement Office will host Grad Fair 2009 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, and Thursday, March 26, at the University Bookstore in Thwing Center. This is Case Western Reserve University's official "one stop shop" for all graduation information, services and products. The event promises "no hassle for your tassel" to members of the class of 2009 while they save time, money, and begin their commencement celebration. Learn more.

The "How to Make a Poster" Seminar for Intersections: SOURCE Symposium and Poster Session will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 26, in Nord 400. Learn more.

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The Summer Information Fair will be held through 4 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, at the SAGES Café. Students are invited to stop by to learn about summer courses, enter a raffle for a $100 gift card to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and take home fun prizes and gifts. Go online for more information.

Events

Case Western Reserve University continues Unity Week 2009 with a variety of activities and programs. Go online for a schedule of events.

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The campus community is invited to save the date of Saturday, April 25, to attend the dedication of the memorial to Ignacio "Doc Oc" Ocasio, a Case Western Reserve faculty member who died suddenly in May 2005. Immediately following his death,  students, alumni, faculty and staff initiated a fund to commemorate his life. Artist Joseph Kinkel has created a bronze statue of Ocasio that will be dedicated at 9:30 a.m. at the opening ceremony of the 2009 Hudson Relays, on the steps of Adelbert Hall. For many years, Ocasio held a prominent position for the relays as the freshmen team coach. Contact Joe Gutowski in the Office of Student Activities & Leadership for more information.

A symposium, "Leading the Way in Social Responsibility and Sustainability" will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Researchers and educators from Case Western Reserve, as well as business and nonprofit leaders, will participate in several sessions. Seating is limited. To check for availability, contact Marilyn Chorman at 368-3638. Sponsored by the Executive Doctor of Management Program, the Center for Business as an Agent for World Benefit, the Weatherhead School of Management, and the Mandel Center.

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In honor of Vergil Week, a Vergilian Footrace will be held beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 4, on the Coach Bill Sudeck Track. The five-kilometer race will benefit the university's Classics Student Scholarship Fund. A map of the race course is available online. The registration fee is $20. All pre-registered participants will receive a T-shirt with the Vergil Week logo (state your size when ordering). To register, send a check for $20 made payable to the Case Western Reserve University/Classics Department Scholarship Fund, Vergilian Footrace, Department of Classics, Case Western Reserve University, Mather House 314, 11201 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44106. Pre-registered payment must be received by noon, Friday March 27. Contact Professor Timothy Wutrich by e-mail or phone at 368-6026 for details.

Autobahn, the Cleveland Play House production featuring students from the Master of Fine Arts in Acting program, continues through Saturday, March 28. The production's guest director is Screen Actors Guild President and theater alumnus Alan Rosenberg (ADL '72). Learn more.

The Department of Family Medicine invites the campus community to "Patient Centered Medical Home: A Foundation for Health Care Delivery Reform" from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, in the Biomedical Research Building's Frohring Auditorium. The speaker is Michael K. Magill of the University of Utah. A light breakfast will be served. 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

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. Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

March 24, 2009

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Year of Darwin

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Case Western Reserve University continues its yearlong series of events celebrating Charles Darwin's life, work and the diverse ways in which evolutionary theory has impacted research on April 1 with Mark Stoneking and John van Wyhe. Learn more.

Case in the News

Case Western Reserve to install wind turbine at its Squire Valleevue Farm

WKYC.com, March 23, 2009
The latest in Case Western Reserve University's research efforts will be blowin' in the wind...literally. The wind turbine it will install at its Squire Valleevue Farm will generate up to 50 kilowatts of power, and the university estimates that it will generate up to 80 percent of the 389-acre farm's electrical power.

Courts unlikely to strike down AIG tax law, legal experts say

Bloomberg, March 20, 2009
Jonathan Adler, professor of law and director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, comments on Congress's effort to tax employee bonuses at American International Group Inc. and other companies receiving federal bailout funds.

Some believe faith can be found almost anywhere

Voice of America, March 23, 2009
Dozens of unusual roadside religious artifacts—from giant crosses to a biblical miniature-golf course—have caught the eye of Timothy Beal, Florence Harkness Professor of Religion at Case Western Reserve University. His latest book is Roadside Religion.

You can deduct some health-care costs from your taxes

The Plain Dealer, March 23, 2009
You can write off laser eye surgery, dentures, even acupuncture. But forget over-the-counter medicine. We're talking taxes, of course. Timing can be important when it comes to health deductions, too, says Erik Jensen, who teaches tax law at Case Western Reserve University.

DNA testing available for colon cancer

WKYC.com, March 23, 2009
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and if you are unable or squeamish about getting a colonoscopy there's a new way to get tested. University Hospitals and EXACT Sciences Corporation have teamed up to launch a new program for a stool-based DNA screening. A cancer genetics specialist, along with a research team at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, discovered a certain type of DNA change that occurs in colon cancer and they found a way to test for it.

Higher Ed News

Competing with publics on price

Inside Higher Ed, March 24, 2009
With each passing day, as the economy turns down and Americans' financial uncertainty ramps up, the competitive environment for higher-priced colleges grows tougher.