Case for Community Day Reflections


Some of the volunteers who signed up for the Seventh Annual Case for Community Day were new to the initiative. Others had participated every year since its inception.

But those both new and experienced with the university-wide day of community service seemed eager to reach out and connect with neighbors and organizations in need.

Read more about their efforts.

Campus News

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will host an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, October 1, at its building. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. Refreshments will be served. Call 368-6025 or go online for details.

The Department of Biochemistry recently updated and redesigned its Web site. The campus community is invited to visit the new site and bookmark the page.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of the Provost is making available up to $200,000 during fiscal year 2009-2010 to support its initiative in Advanced Research Computing. These funds are intended to supplement external funding obtained by faculty researchers who invest in Advanced Research Computing, including the central High Performance Computing (HPC) Resource, operated as a core facility by Information Technology Services. Up to a 100 percent match may be obtained for hardware acquisition, software licensing and other expenditures related to use and support of the core facility. Applications are reviewed by the Advisory Committee on Research Computing. For more information on this program, go online or contact Roger Bielefeld, director of Advanced Research Computing.

For Students

All students are invited to attend the Student State of the University Address at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Ford Auditorium. President Barbara R. Snyder will address campus issues and answer questions. A reception will follow the address. 


The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning's Case SERVES program offers students flexible, weekly opportunities to volunteer at a variety of local nonprofit agencies. Students can participate as their schedules permit. Transportation is provided. Go online or contact Angela Lowery for information.

All students are invited to submit their original poetry, prose and photography to the Case Reserve Review, a literary magazine. Submit items via e-mail to by Wednesday, Sept. 30.



The Global Medical Initiative (GMI) will host its "Sixth Annual Acapella 4 Africa Benefit Concert," beginning at 8 p.m., Thursday, October 1, at The Spot. The concert will feature Speakeasy, Case in Point, Dhamakapella, the Men's Glee Club, the Women's Glee Club and Solstice. GMI will raise funds to send a shipment of medical supplies to underserved regions of the world. The concert is free, but donations are welcome. Refreshments will be available.

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity announces the first lecture in the inaugural Inclusion and Diversity Faculty Lecture Series, "Creating an Inclusive Faculty Climate at Case Western Reserve University: Improving the Recruitment, Advancement, Retention and Leadership of Women and Underrepresented Minority Faculty." Diana Bilimoria, professor of organizational behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, will lead the talk from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Alumni House. The series is designed to give greater visibility to the important scholarship and research that faculty are engaged in, and to increase dialogue about the relevance of diversity and inclusion both on and off campus. Free, open to all faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Liz Roccoforte for information and to RSVP.

SatCo (Saturday College) offers fun, non-credit courses open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as community members. This year's offerings on October 3 and 4 will include everything from white water rafting, to contemporary dance and jewelry making to crocheting. Most classes are free. The registration deadline is today. Go online for registration.


The campus community, alumni and friends are invited to a reception and open house from 4 to 5:30 p.m., September 29, at The Swagelok Center to celebrate the addition of three state-of-the-art instruments. President Barbara R. Snyder will speak at the event. Cocktails and appetizers will be served. Contact Maria Marzano with questions or to RSVP.

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 28, 2009

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Case in the News

Fear of change paralyzes health-care reform

The Columbus Dispatch, September 28, 2009
During last year's presidential campaign, polls showed that most Americans wanted the new president to reform the nation's health-care system. But now that President Barack Obama has put health-care reform at the center of the nation's discussion, many Americans say that they don't want to change the health system. What happened? It's the fear of change, experts say. Eva Kahana, director of the elderly-care research center at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

'Shock and disgust' the overwhelming reaction among caregivers to West Boca Alzheimer's death case

Palm Beach Post, September 26, 2009
A suburban Boca Raton couple charged with first-degree murder in the alleged starvation death of the woman's 89-year-old mother with Alzheimer's. Peter Whitehouse, a Case Western Reserve University neurologist and author, consulted by prosecutors, said the trial came at a critical time as the number of elderly soar and with them the number of Alzheimer's and dementia cases.

Key process for space outpost proved on 'vomit comet' ride

New York Times, September 26, 2009
Flying high over the Gulf of Mexico, researchers from NASA and Case Western Reserve University found a key to unlocking oxygen from the surface of the moon. The scientists are designing and testing components of an oxygen generator that would extract the element from silicon dioxide and metal oxides in the ground. Katie Fromwiller, a senior civil engineering student, and Julie Kleinhenz, assistant research professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, spent two days flying in high arcs off the Texas coast last month.

Arts festival lights up lower level of the Detroit-Superior Bridge

The Plain Dealer, September 26, 2009
The very idea of having an arts festival on an abandoned bridge could be called bizarre. But when the lower level of the Detroit-Superior Bridge in Cleveland bloomed with color and sound Friday, the first night of the Bridge Project, it seemed perfectly natural. "36 Views of a Bridge" by Alexander Boxerbaum showed short films taken at various Cleveland locations that related to the concept of bridges. He is a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Case Western Reserve University.

Case Western Reserve prof wins grant to study method for teaching autistic kids

Crain's Cleveland Business, September 25, 2009
A Case Western Reserve University professor has received a $780,000 grant to study a teaching method for autistic children. The three-year grant from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development will enable Gerald Mahoney, director of the Center on Interventions for Children and Families, to evaluate the effectiveness of a development intervention program for autistic children under age three.

Higher Ed News

The next admissions challenge: Evaluating online education

Chronicle of Higher Education, September 27, 2009
Online education is spreading rapidly among secondary schools, a trend that raises many questions for admissions officials.