Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations Announces Recipients of 2009 Nonprofit Awards


Recipients of the 2009 Leadership in Nonprofit Management Award and Organization Innovation Award, presented by the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University, fill special niches in social services and cultural arts in the Cleveland nonprofit scene.

This year's recipient of the Leadership Award is Stephen H. Hoffman, president of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, for his contributions and service as a leader of Cleveland's prestigious philanthropic and social service organization. The Organization Award will go to the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) for its innovative work as a community organization, including notable achievements in audience participation and drawing national attention.

Hoffman and CIFF will receive the honors at the Mandel Center's annual Nonprofit Awards event on Tuesday, September 29, at the Ballroom at Park Lane Villa in Cleveland. Members of the community are invited to attend the reception, which will feature keynote speaker Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector—a national leadership forum for America's nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. During her talk, Aviv will explore the cascading effects of the recession on the nonprofit community at the local, regional and national levels. Read more.

Campus News

The campus community should be aware that the sidewalk on Adelbert Road at the southwest corner of Adelbert and Euclid Avenue is closed for sewer work through next week. Please follow signs and avoid the area.

Sigma Psi Sorority and Case Western Reserve's Habitat for Humanity chapter will host a Community Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, August 29, on Freiberger Field. For a $5 registration fee benefiting Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, people can sell their household goods and other items. Sellers will be allowed to keep all of the money they make from the sale. Those interested in selling goods should contact; include your name, organization, phone number, space needs, and a list of items for sale. Send an e-mail to with other questions.

For Faculty and Staff

James E. Zull continues his series on the human brain on Tuesday, July 28, with a talk on "The Role of Images in Learning." The series focuses on the fact that the mind is the creation of the physical brain and hence any changes in our ways of thinking must correspond, in some way, to actual physical changes in the brain. The sessions meet each Tuesday at noon in the Herrick Room, located in the Allen Memorial Library Building, through August 4. The series is sponsored by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE). Pizza and sodas will be provided. RSVP to UCITE by e-mail at

For Students

The Graduate Student Senate is co-sponsoring a workshop, "Financial Planning and Money Management," from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 28, in Nord 410. Andrew Connors of Fairport Asset Management will lead the discussion. The session is open to all graduate and professional students. Free pizza and beverages will be available. RSVP to


Refer to the University Circle Inc. calendar for a list of events and activities taking place in the community.

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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The Case School of Engineering and the School of Medicine recently announced the appointment of Zheng-Rong Lu as the M. Frank and Margaret Domiter Rudy Professor of Biomedical Engineering. His research focuses on nanomaterials for drug delivery and imaging, and examines ways to develop safe, effective new imaging agents and drug delivery systems to use in diagnostic cancer imaging and chemotherapy. Lu has more than 90 peer-reviewed publications, five book chapters, and over 70 abstracts for conferences.


Deidre Gruning, administrative director for Foundations of Clinical Medicine, is the recipient of the Joan Harris Staff Recognition Award for 2008-2009. The School of Medicine annually awards this honor to a non-faculty employee who demonstrates excellence in job performance; significant achievements in leadership; a humanistic approach to work; and exemplary service to the school.

The Case Western Reserve Jessup International Law Moot Court team, which won the Best Oralist and Best Brief Awards at the national round of competition in February, was awarded the Dillard Award as one of the Top 10 briefs in the world. Read more.

July 24, 2009

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve receives $3.7M federal grant

Crain's Cleveland Business, July 23, 2009
Case Western Reserve University has received a $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to find out if abnormalities in the autonomic nervous system cause painful bladder syndrome.

White coats

Cleveland Magazine, August 2009
Into a medical system on the brink of change, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine recently graduated an Army man with a family, an activist for equal health care and a rebel in green sneakers. A series of stories followed the group from their first year of medical school to their graduation.

Top Midwestern colleges in the U.S. by salary potential, July 24, 2009
Case Western Reserve University is in the Top 10 of Midwestern colleges that pay its graduates back in terms of salary potential after graduation.

Diabetes research funding doesn't match scale of the problem

90.3 WCPN, July 22, 2009
The Ohio Family Survey by Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital found in Cuyahoga County 1/3 of adults and 1/5 of adolescents are obese and obesity is a strong predictor of who will develop diabetes. Rose Gubitosi-Klug, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

The 'unfathomable' arrest of a black scholar, July 22, 2009
The recent arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr., one of the nation's most prominent African-American scholars, has stirred outrage and debate. jimi izrael, who will teach a SAGES class this fall at Case Western Reserve University, is quoted.

The Cleveland Play House and Cleveland Clinic sign purchase agreement

Broadway World, July 22, 2009
The Cleveland Play House has agreed to sell its complex to the Cleveland Clinic. According to experts, the Cleveland Play House, Cleveland State University and PlayhouseSquare partnership will benefit the Northeast Ohio community in a number of ways, including Play House artists supporting theatre education programs at Cleveland School of the Arts, Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

'Grants for Grads' program will give money to help recent college graduates buy homes, entice them to stay in Ohio

The Plain Dealer, July 23, 2009
State officials are hoping to entice recent college graduates to stay in Ohio or move back by offering money to help purchase houses. The "Grants for Grads" program will help with down payments or closing costs and are for graduates who have recently received at least a two-year associate degree.