SAC Basket Raffle Proceeds Benefit
Two Agencies that Help Children and Families


Two nonprofit organizations will have a brighter holiday season thanks to the Case Western Reserve University community.

Staff Advisory Council's Community Service Committee raised thousands of dollars for two local charities. The committee's Ninth Annual Basket Raffle fundraiser benefited the Bellflower Center for Prevention of Child Abuse and the MetroHealth Friends of Mothers & Infants.

"Everyone on the committee came up with ideas," said Bonnie Copes, who works in the Case School of Engineering. She is a Community Service Committee co-chair, along with Mary Lou Smith, who works in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Every year, different organizations are selected to receive the proceeds from the raffle. Read more.

Campus News

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations and the Treu-Mart Fund announce that nominations are being accepted for the Treu-Mart Youth Development Fellowship Program. The fellowship is a professional development program designed for adults who work with middle-school-aged youths during out-of-school time. The fellowship curriculum is based on resilience and positive youth development, supports participants in the continued development of their planning skills, and builds on the strengths of the Fellows. The nomination form is available online. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, Dec. 11. There is no charge to either an agency or a Fellow to participate.

Campus members who took tags with gift requests from children through the Giving Tree program should return gifts by Wednesday, Dec. 9. Contact Arlet Wright or Suzanne Leach for information.

For Faculty and Staff

Case Western Reserve's Employee Wellness Program aims to promote healthy lifestyles to help enhance a positive, successful, supportive, energetic and healthy workplace. The next session, "Healthy Holidays," will take place noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, in Nord Hall 310. Register online.

For Students

The Observer is seeking a student to deliver newspapers on Friday mornings during the spring semester. Those interested should be free from approximately 9 a.m. to noon. This is a paid position. A car is required. If interested, send an e-mail to

1-2-1 Fitness Center invites students to join now for $50 and pay no dues until February 2010. Students will save $77, and can start enjoying the center, voted Cleveland's Best Gym, today. Membership includes free group exercise classes, lockers, towel service, 28,000 sq. ft. of top exercise equipment, new showers, saunas and more. This offer ends Dec. 31. Go online or call 368-1121 for details.



The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will focus on the topic of "Deafness and Imbalance: Advances in Treatments and Understanding Using Zebrafish." The speakers are Brian McDermott, otolaryngology, Case Western Reserve, and Cliff Megerian, director of otology and neurotology, University Hospitals. The talk begins at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14, at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

Case VOX, (Voices for Planned Parenthood) will host a Pro-Choice Clergy Panel event and discussion at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Thwing Center ballroom. Clergy members from a variety of religious organizations will talk about being religious and pro-choice, and the doctrines which support these beliefs. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by Case Cooperation Circle. Contact Sarah Robinson for more information. For more information on each of the events please contact Sarah Robinson.

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.

The Jonathan M. Ault Mock Trial Team won 10 of the 12 rounds they competed in at the recent Case Classic Mock Trial Competition, held at the Justice Center. The group competed with teams from Cleveland Marshall and Akron, Toledo and Cincinnati universities. The students are coached by Yuri R. Linetsky, visiting assistant professor of law, along with Kristy Wedell and Mike Pascoe, adjunct professors. Read more.


The Case Western Reserve Residence Hall Association (RHA) was recently recognized for its leadership training program, "iTrain 2009: Learning the Lyrics." RHA received the Student Award for Leadership Training at the Central Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (CAACURH) annual conference, and will be the regional entry for CAACURH in this category at the national conference in June 2010. RHA is an undergraduate student organization dedicated to promoting community through programming, advocacy and leadership development.

In Memoriam

Burton P. Siegel, who taught for more than 40 years in the periodontal program at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, recently died. A practicing periodontist in Cleveland for more than 50 years, he was an alumnus of Adelbert College. Siegel was a past president of the Greater Cleveland Dental Society and a board member of the Ohio Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, the English-Speaking Union or the Opera League.

December 8, 2009

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Case in the News

Registered nurses in high demand as well-paying field continues to grow

The Plain Dealer, Dec. 8, 2009
What's the prescription to recession-proof your employability? Get a nursing degree. Case Western Reserve University this year received a large federal grant for student loans that covers tuition and obligates students to pay back only 15 percent if they take nursing-educator courses and work as a nurse faculty member for four years.

All things political

Wisconsin Public Radio, Dec. 7, 2009
Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, discusses President Obama's Afghanistan war policy, health care reform legislation in Congress, and the political impact of the President's economy initiatives.

When startups don't create jobs

BusinessWeek, Dec. 4, 2009
Unfortunately the basic approach of many policymakers to stimulating start-up companies is flawed. They think that simply creating more companies regardless of business type creates more high-growth businesses. Some compelling data indicate that it doesn't, says Scott Shane is the A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University.

NIH awards grant for cicatricial alopecia study

Modern Medicine, Dec. 1, 2009
The National Institutes of Health has awarded Pratima Karnik, assistant professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University, a five-year, $1.77 million grant to continue research on linking a defect in lipid processing to alopecia. The research was also reported by the Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation.

A bridge plan too far

Cleveland Scene, Dec. 2, 2009
One in four Cleveland households will see no benefit from the proposed new Innerbelt bridge because they don't have cars. And, as research from some transportation advocates has found, the situation is even worse in the neighborhoods on either side of the proposed span. On the Tremont side, according to NEO CANDO (a census database maintained by Case Western Reserve University), nearly 30 percent of households don't have cars.

Kindle to get audible menus, bigger font, Dec. 4, 2009
The federation of the blind, which is based in Baltimore, teamed up with another advocacy group, the American Council of the Blind, to sue Arizona State in an attempt to block it from using the Kindle as a way to distribute electronic textbooks because the devices can't be used by blind students. The story references Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Ivy League's budget cuts minimize the pain

Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 6, 2009
It was an unusual position for the history department at Harvard University to be in: It had invited some of the nation's most promising prospective graduate students to the campus with the goal of persuading them to enroll this fall. But this time the department couldn't afford to offer the candidates its usual star treatment.