More than 500 Campus Volunteers to Help Out Cleveland for Case for Community Day


A 560-volunteer corps from Case Western Reserve University will hit the streets of Cleveland for the university's traditional day of service, Case for Community Day, Friday, September 25. This year, the campus broke a record in filling all the volunteer slots at 60 project locations in less than a week.

Among the 60 project sites is a campus neighbor—the Abington Arms Apartments, 11501 Mayfield Road. Residents will open their doors for an opportunity to receive help with some fall cleaning.

The 152-suite, 13-story apartment complex has benefited from volunteer efforts since the service day's inception in 2002.

Susan Persing, property manager, says the number of resident requests for volunteer help continues to grow each year. This year 40 residents have requested help.

"When the volunteers finish, our residents have a real feel-good feeling about their newly cleaned apartments," says Persing. Read more.

Campus News

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to register for and participate in the Inaugural Homecoming 5K Race taking place Saturday, October 24. The first 100 participants to register will receive a race T-shirt at check in. The race is sponsored by Bon Appétit Management Company and the University Homecoming Committee. All proceeds will benefit a grant for an undergraduate student to be awarded at the annual Undergraduate Honors Assembly in April. Named after double alumna Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the award will benefit an undergraduate, underrepresented student for significant contributions to campus life, scholarship and community service.

Case Police and Security Services will hold Advanced Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) classes for women who have completed the four-week basic class. The classes start on September 23 and continue on September 30 and October 7 at Veale Center. The classes begin at 5:30 p.m. and will end at approximately 8 p.m. Women who have completed the pre-requisite course and who would like to hone their skills and move up to a different level are invited to participate. Class size is limited. Call Karen Gregor at 368-6811 to register.

Women in Leadership Week continues through September 17. Activities include workshops, panel discussions and networking events.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Getting Students to Read Better" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, September 17, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by e-mail to UCITE.

The Department of Human Resources is launching the LEAD (Learn, Empower, Achieve and Develop) Certificate Program for supervisors. This program will provide supervisors opportunities to gain new skills and enhance those assets that support the university's strategic vision, as well as that of their management center or school. A LEAD information session will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, September 16, in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room. Contact Erica Merritt to RSVP or for questions.

For Students


The Case School of Engineering offers its undergraduates a chance to take part in an exchange with undergraduate engineering students at Waseda University, in Tokyo. The exchange provides students an opportunity to learn about each others' culture, language, how their labs are run, research, business practices and more. Students from Waseda and the School of Engineering recently celebrated with a dinner, posters and stories about their stays. Learn more.

An "Interactive Workshop on Leadership Styles" will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Wade Commons Fireside Lounge. Jennifer Voros, assistant director of student outreach, University Alumni Relations, will discuss the various leadership styles to help students and new professionals become acclimated. The interactive session will include food and a chance to win a gift card.


Campus activities related to the Fifth Annual Constitution Day will take place Thursday, September 17. This year's topic is "The Death Penalty and the Constitution." A discussion featuring Michael Benzaby, visiting associate professor at the School of Law; Jonathan Entin, associate dean and professor of law and political science; and Shannon French, director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, begins at noon in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Later in the day, the School of Law's Frank J. Battisti Memorial Lecture will feature Sister Helen Prejean, a nationally recognized opponent of the death penalty. Her talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Ford auditorium.

The Weatherhead School of Management is sponsoring a free online workshop, "Coaching with Compassion," from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, September 24. Richard E. Boyatzis, professor of organizational behavior, will lead the session. The program will be followed by an online open house about the Master of Science in Positive Organization program with Harlow Cohen.

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.

September 15, 2009

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Case in the News

Doctor: Actor Patrick Swayze defied the odds in many ways

FOX News, September 13, 2009
Patrick Swayze, who was diagnosed in January 2008 with pancreatic cancer, defied the odds in many ways—living for more than a year-and-a-half with this extremely deadly form of cancer. Jeffrey Hardacre, assistant professor of surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Ask an expert: How do you preserve nutrients in fruits and vegetables

The Plain Dealer, September 9, 2009
Jane Korsberg, a registered dietitian and senior instructor in the Department of Nutrition at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, answers a reader's question about preserving nutrients in fruits and vegetables.

A revealing term

National Review Online, September 14, 2009
Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, writes a column about Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Three genes liked to Lou Gehrig's disease

United Press International, September 14, 2009
Michigan Technological University researchers say they have linked three genes to the most common type of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Xiaofeng Zhu, associate professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Light switch for bladder control

Technology Review, September 14, 2009
A startup out of Case Western Reserve University plans to commercialize molecular "light switches," a genetic technology that has rapidly taken root in the research world. The technology involves injecting small snips of DNA into living animals to allow specific neurons to be controlled with light. LucCell will focus first on developing therapies to restore bladder control in paralyzed people.

Bon Appétit Management Company's healthcare plan: Eat more local fruits and vegetables

Reuters, September 15, 2009
Bon Appétit Management Company's Eat Local Challenge aims to solve the healthcare crisis through flavor. Chefs at the sustainable food service company's more than 400 university, corporate, and specialty venue cafes know that the best way to ensure diners make healthier choices is to first appeal to their palates. David Apthorpe, executive chef at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

5 major research universities endorse open-access journals

Chronicle of Higher Education, September 14, 2009
In an effort to support alternatives to traditional scholarly publishing, five major research universities announced their joint commitment to open-access journals on Monday.