Campus Community Can Reap Benefits of Volunteering During Case for Community Day

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Put a price tag on the benefits of volunteering, and it might read contented, happy, and $20 and more per hour.

Faculty, staff, and students can share in those benefits when they give back to the Cleveland community during the all-campus service day called Case for Community Day on Friday, September 25. Registration opens Wednesday, August 26.

Angela Schluchter, the student service coordinator in the university's Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL), spent three years in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica before coming to the university. She lived and worked in a small village of 500 people. She taught English and computer classes and helped parents and the local school board establish community computer center.

She has seen the "empowering" experience that volunteering can have in supporting people who are trying to make a positive difference. Read more.

Campus News

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The Case Men's Glee Club is seeking a new director. As the oldest a cappella ensemble on campus, the glee club performs choral arrangements interspersed with traditional barbershop-style music, contemporary pieces, and commercial melodies. The Men's Glee Club sings at a wide variety of events. Rehearsals begin in September. Interested graduate students, faculty, and staff should contact Stephen Trompak.

Access Services will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, August 22. In addition, the department will remain open until 6 p.m. August 24-26.

For Faculty and Staff

Employees are invited to take advantage of free retirement counseling from the experts at TIAA-CREF and Vanguard. Representatives are on campus monthly to meet with employees for individual sessions. Review the schedule of upcoming counseling dates.

For Students

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Prior to Welcome Days 2009, first-year students had an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities through Case Ventures. Final participation totals and volunteer staff leaders were Case Eats!, 11 students, Lisa Dunnigan; Case Explores!, 14 students, Jeff Verespej and John Gest; Case Leads!, 22 students, Christina Mastrangelo; Case Serves!, 10 students, Angela Schluchter; Case Spelunks!, 15 students, Liz Woyczynski; Case Treks!, 29 students, Shelli Snyder; and Case Gets WISER!, nine students, Mary Rouse and Katie Hanna. Students still have an opportunity to do something fun this weekend: Activities for Welcome Days continue through Sunday, August 23.

The Entrepreneurial Biotechnology Master's Degree Program will host an open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, August 27, in Hovorka Atrium. Meet faculty, students, and alumni while learning about the innovative Entrepreneurial Biotechnology program.

All students who need parking: To speed up the permit process, go online to reserve and purchase parking. The deadline is August 24. In the "Edit personal information" section, students must have all fields filled out.

Church of the Covenant is hosting a "Welcome Bash for Students" from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Sunday, August 23, on the lawn of the church next to Thwing Center and Mather House. The event will feature food, beverages, and music from a steel band. Rain site: inside the church.

Events

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The Office of University Alumni Relations invites alumni and friends to a traditional football tailgate prior to the Spartans vs. Kenyon game on Saturday, September 5. The party begins at 10 a.m. at the Alumni House. For $15, attendees will receive food, refreshments, a ticket to the game, and family fun. Children ages two and under can attend for free. The game begins at noon. Register online or by phone at 368-6280. Football alumni who register will be honored during a halftime ceremony, with special recognition going to players from the years 1966-1972.

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.

Et al

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The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, led by Vice President Marilyn Sanders Mobley, welcomes new Diversity Program Manager Liz Roccoforte. She will oversee programs, education, and initiatives for faculty, staff, and students. These activities will encourage engaged dialogue to expand the concept of diversity and promote an inclusive campus community. Roccoforte also will be responsible for working with the Supplier Diversity Initiative Council.

She comes to Case Western Reserve from The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, where she was the program director of adult and professional development. Prior to that, she worked at the University of Cincinnati as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender campus coordinator and as a women's studies instructor.

Roccoforte is available for consultation and facilitation of diversity and inclusion education and programs for the entire campus community. She can be reached by phone at 368-3206 or by e-mail at liz.roccoforte@case.edu.

Linda Ehrlich of the College Scholars Program invited filmmaker/sculptor Juan Luis Buñuel to campus for two days of talks and film screenings. This was the start of a dialogue which culminated in Ehrlich's three-part article on Buñuel documentaries, which recently appeared in the journal Senses of Cinema.

August 21, 2009

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Case in the News

Ohio schools rank high on latest 'Best Colleges' ranking list

WKYC.com, August 20, 2009
The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2010 report is out and Ohio did very well in the rankings. While Harvard University and Princeton University were ranked #1 and #2, respectively, Ohio schools also made the list, including Case Western Reserve University at number #41.

Case Western Reserve prof receives grant for study of prenatal cocaine exposure

Crain's Cleveland Business, August 19, 2009
Sonia Minnes, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, has received a nearly $5 million grant to study 400 teens who were prenatally exposed to cocaine.

Back to school: The economy and stressed kids

WKYC.com, August 16, 2009
As children head back to school, many families have dealt with unemployment, wage cuts or having to move. Elizabeth Short, professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University, offers insight.

Ohio bill would require culture classes for physicians, health care professionals

MedCity News, August 19, 2009
Nurses, physicians, pharmacists and most other health-care professionals would be required to take cultural competency training under new legislation introduced recently in the Ohio Senate. Ash Sehgal, director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Sustainability Summit sparks commitment from leaders to promote a new way of life

The Plain Dealer, August 18, 2009
Taylor Companies president and chief executive Jeffrey Baldassari (LAW '88) has turned his waste products into revenue. He was one of a number of local executives who told their success stories at the recent Sustainable Cleveland 2019. David Cooperrider of Case Western Reserve University led the attendees in coming up with sustainability ideas.

Lady Knights Soccer Club: Team members contribute to local food bank

Brunswick Sun, August 19, 2009
The Lady Knights Soccer Club collected more than 700 food and pantry items which were donated to a local Medina County food bank during their recent soccer camp. The campus was directed by Dan Palmer, coach of the men's soccer team at Case Western Reserve University. Current and former Case Western Reserve soccer players assisted him during the camp.

Higher Ed News

H1N1 scenarios

Inside Higher Ed, August 21, 2009
The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services on Thursday released their most detailed guidance yet on how colleges should prevent H1N1 outbreaks and what options should be considered if they take place despite such efforts.