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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.
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.