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Case Western Reserve University Hosts Dozens of Budding Artists


Dozens of young actors, dancers, musicians, photographers and visual artists will be on campus through July 30 as part of the ArtWorks program, sponsored by Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio.

ArtWorks is the only arts-based job training program for Northeast Ohio high school students. The program is designed to provide training in the arts while developing skills for the workplace. ArtWorks apprentices--who are sophomore, junior and senior high school students--create visual and performing art while earning an hourly wage.

Case Western Reserve University is offering several services to the ArtWorks apprentices. For instance, they will use computer labs to do Internet research and type their artist statements and resumes. The apprentices also will utilize resources at Kelvin Smith Library to research works of art. And in July, up to 100 apprentices will tour the campus, courtesy of the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

“It is not unusual to see local high school students exploring and utilizing the vast resources and services on our campus each day. We enjoy creating opportunities that enable community organizations to visit the campus of Case Western Reserve University, particularly organizations that service young people. Hosting young people at Case helps us plant a seed and sends a subliminal message to envision themselves as a successful college student in the future,” said Latisha James, director of the Center for Community Partnerships.

The ArtWorks apprentices will showcase their artistic skills via performances and exhibitions that are open to the entire community. Learn more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve University has signed an agreement with CDI Corporation to provide call center support for the university for a period of three years, beginning August 1. In addition, CDI will manage the content of, a self-help Web site. Also beginning Aug. 1, the Bellflower and Sears walk-in centers and the telephone services office will be staffed by Case Western Reserve employees. The university anticipates that the new call center vendor, in conjunction with the university employees at the walk-in centers and on the ITS staff, will together provide excellent customer service to the campus. Any questions concerning the Help Desk transition should be sent to

The Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation recently shortened its name to the Great Lakes Energy Institute. The campus community is encouraged to use the new name when referring to the institute. Go online for more information about  the Great Lakes Energy Institute.

For Faculty and Staff

Case Western Reserve University recently launched a faculty and staff campaign to encourage support of the Annual Fund. Contributions will support general operations in the current fiscal year, enhancing the lives of students and supporting faculty research and facilities maintenance and improvement. Faculty and staff may also choose to designate their gift to the school of their choice or any number of university funds. Check the Annual Fund giving page for other options. Gifts can be made online, by calling the Office of the Annual Fund at 368-5288 or e-mailing at, or filling out an automatic payroll deduction form available online. A gift of any amount is welcome.

For Students

The Graduate Student Senate, after its May 7 vote, elected its executive committee for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Congratulations to the following officers: President Samantha Schartman, Vice President Tim Franke, Information Officer Quentin Jamieson, Secretary Feng Li Laughlin and Treasurer Patrick Laughlin. Nine additional school executives and Graduate Student Senate committee chairs also were elected. A full list of the newly elected executive committee can be viewed here.

The Graduate Student Senate is a forum of graduate students whose focus is to meet, discuss and take action on academic, social and professional affairs.

The Graduate Student Senate actively represents students' individual and collective interests by pledging to lobby faculty and university administrators on their behalf. Become a leader today and join Graduate Student Senate. All graduate students can join, and no experience is necessary. Contact or visit the website.


An American Red Cross blood drive is set for Wednesday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Thwing Ballroom in the Thwing Student Center. All donors will receive a free t-shirt. Donors can make appointments at by entering sponsor code "CaseWestern." The Red Cross asks you to consider donating at this time of critical need.

Join students and faculty for the CWRU Summer Session BBQ on Wednesday, June 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will take place outside Crawford or inside Tomlinson, depending on weather. A $7.75 ticket inclues meal, beverage and front row seating to great music performers. Meals include entree, salads, dessert and beverage. CaseCharge, CaseCash, and Cash are accepted. Contact with questions or comments.

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.

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jamesswain.jpgJames Swain, assistant professor of nutrition and director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, recently received both the Research Dietitian Award and the Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award from the Ohio Dietetic Association. The Research Dietitian Award recognizes the commitment and contributions of practitioners to the field of dietetics through research. The Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award recognizes a faculty member with leadership activities, innovative teaching skills, techniques and mentoring, as well as community service, scientific and professional presentations and publications.

Vanessa Hildebrand, visiting lecturer in anthropology, is the recipient of the 2009 Richard A. Bloom Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship (SAGES) program. She was nominated by her students.

carolynhodges.jpgCarolyn Hodges, instructor of nutrition, received the Ohio Dietetic Association's Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award. The honor recognizes dietitians 35 years of age or younger who have made significant contributions to the dietetic profession, including active participation in associations and professional activities, and who promote optimal health and nutritional status of the population.

Lourdes Ramirez was awarded the 2009 Graduate Student Presentation Award from the Midwest Art History Society for her paper "Francisco de Zurbaran: Nazareth in the New World." The paper was based on her project for ARTH 495, Methodologies of Art History, and focuses on The Holy House of Nazareth, a painting by Zurburan.

Allison Paetz, a music education major, received the Case Western Reserve University Women's Club 2008-09 Award for Exemplary Intellectual Contributions in First Seminar. The award is given to students in the SAGES program.

Katherine Hagen was the winner of the 2009 Outstanding Capstone Project from the Executive Board of the Case Western Reserve University Women's Club. Her capstone was entitled "Analysis of Viola Vibrato Waveforms." Hagen is a double degree student majoring at Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

June 19, 2009

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Case in the News

NCSC students engineer solar ovens for cooks in Africa

Mansfield News Journal, June 19, 2009

CollegeNow students at North Central State College spent their last day in class completing solar-powered cookers they designed - 50 of which are headed to Malawi this month to assist families. The CollegeNow engineering program involves Pioneer Career and Technology Center, North Central College Prep and North Central State College. One of the participating students, Valoryn Whitelock, will study mechanical engineering at Case Western Reserve University this fall.

Entrepreneurs hope to beat economic odds

The Vancouver Sun, June 19, 2009

Statistics show that small and entrepreneurial businesses are suffering at record rates in the recession. But struggling as they may be, many entrepreneurs say they prefer working on their own, launching a small business or promoting an original idea. Scott Shane, the A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Is There Hope When The Streets Are Your Home?, June 18, 2009

An in-depth look at who street kids are and how they became homeless at such a young age explores the potential dangers they face on the streets and the possibilities they could have in the future. Among the success stories is a young man who was homeless before going to college. He eventually earned a masters degree from Case Western Reserve University and is back on the streets, this time helping those whose lives he knows all too well.

Higher Ed News

Is Higher Education the Next Big Bubble?, June 19, 2009

As the recession swells the demand for higher education, you’d think universities and colleges would be fretting about overcrowding. But many, especially private institutions, have exactly the opposite concern, i.e., that cash-strapped Americans will soon turn their backs on a four year degree and flock to community colleges.

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