Thrity Umrigar to Receive
Cleveland Arts Prize
Since her first novel, Bombay Time, landed on bookshelves in 2001, Thrity Umrigar has received critical acclaim for her vivid portrayal of the diverse relationships, cultures and lifestyles related to India. Four books and one memoir later, Umrigar will be a recipient of a 2009 Cleveland Arts Prize on Thursday, June 25.
According to its Web site, the Cleveland Arts Prize "identifies, selects and publicly honors those creative artists whose original work has made Northeast Ohio a more exciting place to live, and whose accomplishments have set a standard of excellence to which other artists can aspire."
Umrigar, associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University, will receive the Mid Career Award. Prior to joining the ranks of academia in 2002—where she has taught courses in fiction and non-fiction, journalism, creative writing, and African-American and 20th century literature—she spent 17 years as a reporter. Umrigar said she made the transition to teaching and writing novels because she was interested in new challenges. Read more.
There will be an American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, in Thwing Center's ballroom. There is a critical blood shortage during the summer months. Donors can make an appointment online by entering sponsor code "CaseWestern." Free T-shirts will be given to all donors.
The summer barbecue season continues Wednesday, June 24, with a Jamaican theme and music by Walkin' Cane. There will be different menus and musical styles from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Crawford Deck every Wednesday through July 8. The events are open to the public. Each barbecue event costs $7.75 per person, and includes a full menu, beverage and dessert, as well as a front row seat to the entertainment. CaseCharge, CaseCash and cash accepted. Go online for more information.
The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is co-sponsoring the "Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Education Program: Great Lakes Shipping Education Chest" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, at the Cleveland Lakefront State Park headquarters. The session is for K-8 educators, and will include tools to deliver an educational program about commerce on the Great Lakes. Learn more.
For Faculty and Staff
The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Identifying and Selecting Course Goals" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, June 25, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The discussion will center on how the most important step in planning a course is to boil down content goals into three major ideas or concepts. The session will help professors identify the three major conceptual categories. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by email to UCITE.
The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is co-sponsoring Friday Family Fun Night at Cleveland Lakefront State Park from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 26. This free family event engages participants of all ages in hands-on science focusing on Robert Ballard's "Immersion Presents: Ocean Exploration" program. Participants will compass their navigational skills, create tools of an explorer, participate in a scavenger hunt, and simulate a remote search for a shipwreck. Reservations are requested by calling (216) 881-8141 x3001.
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