Five Poets to Read Selections on Nature
for "Poetry in the Garden"


The Baker-Nord Center for Humanities at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Botanical Garden invite the public to "Poetry in the Garden" on Saturday, Oct. 3, beginning at 2 p.m.

Five locally and nationally renowned poets will read selections from their works that express their experiences with the natural world.

The free event is set in locations throughout the idyllic gardens in autumn colors at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Read more.

Campus News

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

Tau Beta Pi announces its Sixth Annual Pi Mile Run, which will begin at 10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 11. Participants have the option to run 3.14 miles or walk one mile around campus. Registration ($10 in advance, $15 on race day) includes an event T-shirt and a chance to win prizes. Proceeds will be donated to Engineers Without Borders. More information and entry forms are available online.

For Faculty and Staff

The deadline for submitting tuition waiver applications for the fall 2009 semester is Wednesday, Sept. 30. A completed waiver application is required to receive tuition benefits available to employees, as well as spouses/equivalents and dependents (refer to the tuition benefits summary for more information). Application forms are available online and in the Benefits Administration Office, Crawford Hall, Room 224. Completed applications can be submitted in person (Crawford Hall, Room 224), by campus mail (Benefits Administration, LOC 7047) or by e-mail to Call Benefits Administration at 368-6781 with questions.

Campus Safety Awareness Month continues with a special luncheon, "Safe@Case," from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room. "Safe@Case" is an opportunity for employees to hear about important safety topics on campus. Lunch will be served. Register online. Read more about the program.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Getting and Using Useful Feedback from Students" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The session will focus on the kinds of questions that might be appropriate and the many mechanisms available to get feedback on how a course is going. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by e-mail to UCITE.

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. 

Students are invited to learn about short-term study abroad opportunities for winter, spring and summer break. Destinations include Costa Rica, Paris, Amsterdam, Salamanca, Buenos Aires and Barcelona. These are three-credit courses open to all undergraduate and graduate students. An information session will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, in Thwing Center's Meeting Room A. In addition, individual appointments can be made by contacting Michelle L. Champoir, Department of Bioethics.

Students interested in learning about the possible formation of an Alpha Psi Lambda chapter—a Latino fraternity open to both men and women— are invited to an information session at 6 p.m. this evening in the Thwing Center 1914 Lounge. Members of the Ohio State University chapter will give a presentation and share their experiences. Contact Omar Gutierrez for information.



Eldred Theater opens its 2009-10 drama series with The Heidi Chronicles, a Tony Award-winning play by Wendy Wasserstein. The play chronicles the changing roles of women in the 20th century, and one woman's attempt to navigate it all. Performances are October 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees October 4 and 11 at 2:30 p.m. Go online for ticket prices and information.

The Oscar D. Ratnoff Symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, October 2, at the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. The symposium honors the contributions and achievements of hematologist Oscar Ratnoff, former faculty member in the Department of Medicine. Those working in hematology, oncology, pathology and cardiology, as well as other interested researchers, should RSVP to Kelly Sliter at 368-1177.

The Cleveland Foundation and the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) invite campus members to explore Cuba through the work of its artists at a special lecture by Helmo Hernandez, president of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. The foundation was established to protect and promote contemporary Cuban artists and culture. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the Aitken Auditorium, CIA. RSVP to

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 29, 2009

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Case in the News

Anemic subsidies for health insurance

90.3 WCPN, September 29, 2009
When Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus unveiled his healthcare reform bill earlier this month the hope was that it would attract bipartisan support. It did bring Republicans and Democrats together—in opposing it. Joseph White, chair of the political science department at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Many in Northeast Ohio now closer to poverty, census data shows

The Plain Dealer, September 29, 2009
Poverty did not grow in Northeast Ohio last year, but the specter of poverty spread. Thousands of people found themselves pulled ever closer to a desperate edge. Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Studies examine how living conditions impact reproductive health

Science Daily, September 28, 2009
Life is all about tradeoffs and recently published research by Virginia J. Vitzthum, a senior scientist at Indiana University's Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, has shown that during periods of intense labor and low food intake, rates of early pregnancy loss can more than double. Cynthia Beall, professor of anthropology, anatomy and global health at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Device extracts soil oxygen in low gravity

United Press International, September 29, 2009
NASA and Case Western Reserve University scientists say they're developing a device that can extract oxygen from lunar low-gravity soil.

Badin grad shining at Case

Hamilton Journal-News, September 29, 2009
Tricia McCutchan continues to be a volleyball force at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Call for board engagement

Inside Higher Ed, September 29, 2009
College governing boards need to get more involved in the accrediting process at the institutions they serve, helping to preserve a longstanding system of self regulation and peer review that is not without its critics, two major advocacy organizations said today.