Mandel School Professor Testifies Before
U.S. House Subcommittee on Foreclosure Crisis

Claudia Coulton, co-director of Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, in testimony Monday before a congressional committee suggested steps to ease to nation's foreclosure crisis.

She referred to data the Center has gathered in Cleveland to track the housing crisis over the past decade, as she appeared before the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Congressional Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich.

"The foreclosures have spawned a surge of related problems," she told the committee, meeting at the Carl B. Stokes U. S. Federal Courthouse.

Among those problems are overwhelmed courts, vacant and vandalized properties, and confusion about who owns and is responsible for the foreclosed property, and sales to out-of-state owners who become delinquent taxpayers. The end result is a further devaluing of the overall housing base in the areas hardest hit by the crisis.

Coulton calls for interventions at every stage of the foreclosure process, from loans to maintaining vacant properties. Read more.

Campus News

Habitat for Humanity is selling holiday cards. The hand-drawn cards will support Case Western Reserve's chapter of Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. Each card reads "Happy Holidays!" and "a donation has been made in your name to CWRU Habitat for Humanity." The group is requesting a donation of at least $10 per card. The cards include envelopes and space for a personal message. Contact the group via e-mail at to purchase cards. They will be delivered to campus offices and departments before the end of the fall semester.

The United Nations Global Compact, Fairmount Minerals and the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value will present a webinar panel discussion on "Leveraging UN Global Compact Membership" at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9. Speakers include Gavin Power, deputy director of the United Nations Global Compact, and Chuck Fowler, CEO of Fairmount Minerals. More details are available online.

Undergraduate Student Government, Thwing Center and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership are co-sponsoring a baby products toiletries drive in conjunction with the Giving Tree Program to help needy families during the holidays. Suggested donations include diapers, baby wipes, baby powder and baby oil. Donations can be placed in marked purple containers in Thwing Center through Dec. 9. All donations will be given to the Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Association.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Mandel School. The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. To register, contact the admissions office at 368-2280. Go online for more details.


Submissions for presentations are being accepted through January 15 for Research ShowCASE 2010, which will take place Thursday, April 15, at the Veale Convocation Center. The campus community is invited to join fellow faculty, staff and students in presenting their latest research and scholarship. This year's graduate and post-doctoral poster competition will be more selective than in prior years, and include more cash prizes. Due to the earlier deadline of January 15, submission abstracts should be sent in before the holiday break. Refer to the Research ShowCASE Web site for details.

For Faculty and Staff

Benefits-eligible faculty and staff may be able to participate in the Temporary and Back-up Child Care and Child Care Support During Travel initiatives. Learn more.

For Students

Thwing Study Over will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight tonight. This university tradition, presented by the Thwing Study Over Committee, will feature free food, arts and crafts, Greek service hours, massages and other activities. Go online to sign up for a massage and check out the food vendors. Contact Christian Wargo with questions.


Students are invited to apply to become a resident assistant or graduate assistant in the Office of Housing, Residence Life and Greek Life for 2010-2011. Resident assistant applications are due January 13, 2010. Gain skills that are transferable to any career: communication skills, working on teams, leadership skills and time management. Members create a positive, inclusive living community in the residence halls. Applications and more information are available online. There also is one confirmed mid-year RA position for the spring 2010 term. Term dates are January 6 through May 7, 2010. Separate Mid-Year RA Applications have a first consideration deadline of December 15. Students can apply for both the mid-year RA and the 2010-2011 RA positions, but must complete both applications. Also, graduate students are invited to review job descriptions for 2010-2011 opportunities. Each position has specific job requirements and responsibilities. Graduate assistant applications are due February 12, 2010. Applications and more information is available online.


Students who are staying in Cleveland during winter break are invited to participate in the Case Ven, which includes skiing or visiting trendy Cleveland spots and restaurants at a discounted cost. Additional information and program fee details are available online.

Bon Appétit Management Company is seeking participants to take the annual Campus Dining Online Survey today through Tuesday, Dec. 8. The survey allows students—as well as the campus community—the chance to provide feedback about food and dining experiences on campus. Participants will have an opportunity to win prizes, including Starbucks gift cards, RockBand2 and iPods. Participants can access the survey by following a special link or on the Bon Appétit Web site.


The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) invites the campus community to attend its seminar series presentation at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15, in Frohring Auditorium (105 Biomedical Research Building). The featured speakers are Michael Kattan, chair of Quantitative Health Sciences at the Cleveland Clinic, and J. Sunil Rao, professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve. They will discuss the progress being made in the Translational Methodologies Working Group.

The campus community is invited to enjoy a break during finals with "The Phantasmagorical Contraptions of Dr. A. P. Pliance," a Victorian comedy performed by The Confused Greenies. The event will be followed by an ice cream sundae social. The free performance and social begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, and on Friday, Dec. 11 in Nord Hall 410.

In cooperation with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Astronomical Society, the Department of Astronomy continues the 2009-10 Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture Series. Renowned astronomers from across the country give free lectures at the Natural History Museum. The third speaker in the series, Julio Navarro, University of Victoria, British Columbia-Canada, will discuss "A Cosmological Revolution-Notes from the Field," beginning at 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10. Light refreshments will be served. More information is available online.

"You Had Me at Hello: How to Connect with Anyone in Three Seconds," sponsored by the American Marketing Association, will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Cleveland. Participants will learn the secrets to turning every business networking event into an opportunity. Cost and additional details available online.

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.

After 40 years of student health nursing, Connie Crihfield (NUR '86, '90) recently retired from University Health Services.

During her career, she has applied her nursing skills as an ambulatory care staff nurse, an infirmary nurse and a nurse practitioner in the Lakewood, Ohio, Cleveland and Chicago areas. She received numerous awards throughout her career, including the Edward Hitchcock Award given by the American College Health Association (ACHA) , the Office of Student Affairs Outstanding Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership Initiative and Service, and the Ruth E. Boynton Award for Outstanding service to the ACHA.

December 7, 2009

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Case in the News

Film composer was product of Cleveland's thriving music-publishing scene

The Plain Dealer, Dec. 6, 2009
What's up doc? Bugs and company had a hand in leading a cartoon-loving musician to Cleveland. Daniel Goldmark, associate professor of musicology at Case Western Reserve University, came to town in 2005 partly to explore Cleveland's thriving music-publishing scene in the early 20th century. The chief inspiration—and mystery—in Goldmark's cartoon-drenched adventure is John Stepan Zamecnik, a Cleveland-born composer who wrote hundreds of songs and dance pieces that were released as sheet music by the Sam Fox Publishing Co.

Nursing schools 'Go Global' to improve community health, Dec. 4, 2009
When it comes to health, the distance and boundaries between countries and continents have become almost irrelevant. Communicable diseases spread rapidly with international travel. Some health issues, such as hypertension and obesity, occur frequently in many places. Meanwhile, the aging population is a worldwide phenomenon, regardless of a nation's economic status. Elizabeth Madigan, head of the WHO Collaborating Center at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, comments.

Celebrity endorsements are as basic as free enterprise gets

The Plain Dealer, Dec. 6, 2009
Celebrity endorsements are as basic as free enterprise gets. Can an athlete or entertainer bring in buyers? Walter Sokira, senior marketing lecturer at Case Western Reserve University comments.

Group recognizes fast-growing firms in Northeast Ohio

Akron Beacon Journal, Dec. 5, 2009
Several area companies are celebrating their inclusion in this year's Weatherhead 100, a 22-year-old annual effort to identify the fastest-growing enterprises in Northeast Ohio. The program is sponsored by Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

Dr. Robert J. White: Why is all quiet on the stem cell front?, Dec. 2, 2009
Robert J. White, professor of neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, writes an opinion piece about the use of stem cells in research.

Experts: More men killing their families

Columbus Dispatch, Dec. 5, 2009
Murder-suicides involving men who kill their families, and then themselves, appear to be increasing. Phillip Resnick, a psychiatry professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments, comments in a story about men who murder their families.

Higher Ed News

College loans as development aid

The New York Times, Dec. 5, 2009
Three months ago, Kushal Chakrabarti says, the organization he co-founded, was pioneering student loans in the developing world. It uses a model similar to that of, a nonprofit organization that funnels loans to individual borrowers through microfinance institutions. The method is to solicit individual lenders for money that will back loans to young adults seeking college educations.