Doctoral Project Finds Poetry
Transcends Life's Burdens


Caregivers of family members with dementia put their pens to paper, wrote poetry and found it beneficial in helping them cope.

Many of the participants in a pilot poetry intervention project, conducted by doctoral student Lori Kidd from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, had not written a single poem since grade school.

Kidd enjoys writing and reading poetry and finds it's a cathartic way to express feelings. That inspired the quest to try this intervention. But it took her 11 months to find people for the study.

"Many people heard the word poetry and were frightened off, saying they couldn't write," she says. Read more.

Campus News

Access Services will soon have new business hours. Beginning Thursday, October 1, the department will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Here & Near, the 12th edition of the continuing Campus Markings contest, is now accepting entries. Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the University in Society, the contest is open to all members of the campus community. Prizes are awarded to those who most accurately and promptly identify the campus locations pictured. This edition offers views of on-campus and neighboring sites. Visit the ISUS gallery on the 4th floor of the Sears Library Building or online. Entries are due by October 20.

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. Classes begin September 23 and continue on September 30 and October 7 at Veale Center, from 5:30 to approximately 8 p.m. Women who have completed the pre-requisite course and who would like to move up to a different level are invited to participate. Call Karen Gregor at 368-6811 to register.

For Faculty and Staff

The dining privilege on Interdepartmental Charge Cards (IDC) has been phased out. IDC holders will be contacted to update information on existing IDC cards. Departments should consult the Meal and Entertainment policy for appropriate use of departmental funds and the Procurement and Distribution Procurement Card site for information. Several dining locations on campus will now accept credit cards to support this transition.

For Students


"WIL-Power: A Summit for Women in Leadership," is a three-day institute held during fall break (October 17-19) for women with junior or senior standing. The program is dedicated to the accomplishment of participants beyond their Case Western Reserve undergraduate experience. The summit will provide participants with an understanding of women as leaders and the development of leadership skills that will foster a positive transition into the workplace. The cost is $25, which includes transportation, food, lodging and other associated costs. Women from all majors are encouraged to attend. Register online by Friday, October 2.


Faculty, students and staff are invited to attend an informal talk beginning at noon, Wednesday, October 7, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. Attendees will be able to hear Cheryl Toman, associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, speak about her Fulbright experience in Lebanon. A light lunch will be provided. RSVP by September 28 to Lois Langell by e-mail or by phone at 368 4342.

The opening reception for the Case Art Studio Faculty Exhibition 2009 will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 25, at the Art Studio Gallery. The exhibit will feature faculty works in ceramics, textile, painting, drawing, printmaking, enamel, photography, assemblage, architecture and mixed media. The exhibit continues through October 16. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

As part of National Recovery Month, the university's Prevention and Recovery Services will attend the Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers Recovery Night game beginning at 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 22, at Progressive Field. All are invited to attend. Tickets are $12. Call (216) 752-9292 for details.


Author and garden writer Jamaica Kincaid launches this year's humanities theme of Culture of Green: Nature and the Environment—a discussion probing humanity's relationship to nature—presented by the Baker-Nord Center for Humanities at Case Western Reserve. Kincaid will give the annual Anisfield-Wolf/SAGES Lecture at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 22, in Amasa Stone Chapel. The free event is presented by the humanities center, the Cleveland Public Library and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards®. Online registration is encouraged. Read more.

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 21, 2009

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Media Moment

Case Western Reserve University is a sponsor of the Chautauqua Summer Institute. Several faculty members spent the summer conducting interviews with radio station WJTN. The next in the series features Peter Haas, Abba Hillel Silver Professor of Jewish Studies and chair of the Department of Religious Studies. Listen to the mp3 file.

Case in the News

Court makes case for interns

The News-Herald, September 20, 2009
According to the Ohio Supreme Court, a legal intern—defined as a third-year law student—may represent any person who qualifies for legal services at a law school clinic and more. Judy Lipton, co-director of the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and Jonathan Entin, professor of law and political science, comment.

CWRU Weatherhead School program staying on course

Crain's Cleveland Business, September 21, 2009
Albert Weatherhead is happy about the current direction of Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, now under the leadership of Mohan Reddy.

Cleveland-area dance companies ready to begin, with some programs still to be finalized

The Plain Dealer, September 20, 2009
The shaky economy is especially hard on smaller arts organizations without the cash flow or endowments to keep them stable. Mather Dance Series, Case Western Reserve University's dance department program, will present an assortment of programs this season.

50th anniversary exhibition to put Cleveland Arts Prize and its artists on a pedestal

The Plain Dealer, September 17, 2009
Cleveland's art scene pulses with life, but unlike New York, Chicago or Santa Fe, the city doesn't have a central gallery district. The Cleveland Arts Prize wants to make the search for quality easier this fall. Christopher Pekoc, who works as a lecturer in drawing at Case Western Reserve University and a previous recipient of the prize, comments.

Higher Ed News

American graduate programs with overseas partners are on the rise

Chronicle of Higher Education, September 20, 2009
At the annual meeting of the European Association for International Education last week, many educators focused on the booming field of international joint-degree and dual-degree programs.