Campus Community Encouraged to Complete Community Service Survey

Are you a volunteer? Whether it's tutoring a child in math, visiting the elderly in nursing homes or serving on the board of an organization, faculty, staff and students regularly demonstrate a giving spirit.

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Case Western Reserve University's Center for Community Partnerships wants to make sure all of those hours spent serving others' needs are counted. That's why Center Director Latisha James is asking members of the university community to complete a brief Community Service Survey.

"We hope to have a more accurate gauge on the type of programs, investment of volunteer service and partners to assess the positive impact the university has in the community at large," James explained. "The more we know about people's interests and activities, the more effective we can be in assisting both the campus and community organizations that seek our assistance."

The inventory also provides a powerful opportunity to quantify just how engaged Case Western Reserve is in the lives of greater Clevelanders. The Center conducted its first inventory in 2007, and learned that university constituents contribute about 400,000 hours of volunteer service each year through nearly 600 community partnerships. Now the Center wants to update its results.

"I encourage members of the campus community to complete this survey," said President Barbara R. Snyder. "Understanding more about how we are engaged in the community allows us to be more strategic in our outreach efforts and better, leverage our resources."

The survey also offers an opportunity to raise public awareness. Since 2007 CWRU has received recognition from the Saviors of our Cities Best Neighbor Colleges and Universities, President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and the Pillar Awards.

"Most people volunteer out of a sense of commitment to an organization or cause rather than a desire for acclaim," James said. "Still it is good for all of us to see that people appreciate our efforts"

The survey deadline is March 1 and should take about 15 minutes to complete.

Learn more about the university's community programs and partnerships.

Campus News

Baker-Nord Center presents "From Stills to Motion" by Photographer Linda Butler

Three years ago, Linda Butler left a 25-year career as a black-and-white photographer to create videos that advocate for living more gently on our planet. She will introduce these videos in a free, public talk sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University and the Ohio Arts Council. Her lecture begins at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, in Clark Hall 309.

Linda Butler landscape

Butler, who currently resides outside of Cleveland, will speak about her recent transition from making stills to creating videos on global warming.

This event is part of the Baker-Nord Center's programs on its annual theme, "Cultures of Green: Nature and Environment." Responding to this theme, Butler will discuss how she seeks to make the science of global warming comprehensible by featuring people who are transforming their lives to live more sustainably.

For information, visit or call 216-368-8961.

Parking Changes

Starting this month, permit holders must use their CWRU ID cards to enter Lot 1A after-hours. Those who hold assignments for other Case parking lots may park in Lot 1A weekdays from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and 24 hours on Saturdays on Sundays. People who currently have Case parking permits in other parking lots may also use their campus ID cards to access Lots 46 and 55 after hours. Students and employees may purchase night/weekend permits on a monthly basis. The permits are available at Access Services and cost $27.50 per month.

Roses for Haiti

Purchase Roses for Valentine's Day and help MBA students raise money for the Haiti relief effort. Order roses by Feb. 11 for delivery to your Valentine's dorm room on Sunday, Feb. 14. Red Roses are available for $39/dozen—all profits will be donated to the Red Cross for Haiti Relief. For more information and to order your roses, email

For Faculty and Staff

Most researchers are surprised to learn that they omit a significant minority group from their research: persons with disabilities. The SMART Center of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing will host its first FIND (Full INclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Research) Lab workshop, Avoiding Unintended Bias: Approaches to Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Research, 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Thwing Center ballroom. The program is free; light refreshments will be available. Contact Heather C. Terry at to register or for information. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center and the Cleveland Sight Center. The SMART Center and FIND Lab are federally funded by grants from the National Institute for Nursing Research, NIH.

For Students

Join Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack and members of his leadership team from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Strosacker Auditorium to learn about exciting new initiatives that will enhance the student learning and life experiences at Case Western Reserve. These initiatives are in support of the University's Strategic Plan. Topics to be presented include undergraduate student advising, leadership programs for graduate students, and a major expansion of international programs, new activities in Information Technology and Student Affairs and new investments in interdisciplinary alliances. Tuition rates for next year also will be discussed, and Vice President for Student Affairs Glenn Nicholls will discuss new room and board rates, followed by a Q&A session. Light refreshments will be served.


The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) will host a seminar series presentation, "Persistence and Intensification Bias: A National Study of Evidence-Based Physician Decisions for Growth Hormone Therapy," on Feb. 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Frohring Auditorium (105 Biomedical Research Building) at the School of Medicine. Featured speakers are: J.B. Silvers, Ph.D., Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Management and chair of the Department of Banking and Finance; and Leona Cuttler, M.D., William T. Dahms Professor of Pediatrics, CWRU director of the Center for Child Health & Policy at Rainbow, and chief, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, RB&C. This seminar will also be broadcast live at

Today is the last day to RSVP for Flora Stone Mather Center for Women Black History Month Luncheon; the deadline was extended through the end of today. The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will once again welcome a performance by Women in History, a non-profit organization established to educate through dramatic monologues. This year we will meet Eliza Bryant, a local humanitarian and founder of the Cleveland Home for Aged Colored People and the namesake of the Eliza Bryant Village. A free catered lunch will be provided, however RSVP by today if you plan on attending. To RSVP, email or 368-0985.

The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will focus on the topic of "Developing Latent Fingerprints: The Real CSI." The talk will begin at 7 p.m. tonight at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

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.

"Affirmative Action: Why Are We Still Talking about It?" is a Share the Vision Open Forum that takes place on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 4:30 p.m. in Thwing Center ballroom. A panel discussion will explore the origins of affirmative action and why it is still needed. Robert Lawry, an emeritus professor at the Law School, will moderate a discussion with panelists Rick Bischoff, vice president of enrollment management; Marilyn Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity; Jonathan Entin, law school faculty member; and student panelists.

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Karl Rishe, coordinator of First Year Residence Education, received the Gerald L. Saddlemire Mentor Award from the Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA). The award was presented at the joint conference of OCPA and the Ohio Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

February 8, 2010

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Case in the News

Gifts To State Schools Stay Strong

90.3 WCPN, Feb. 8, 2010
A national survey says charitable contributions to colleges and universities fell 11.9 percent in 2009. That is the biggest drop since the collection of data began, 40 years ago. Researchers at the Council for Aid to Education said gifts to private schools suffered more sharply than public schools. Yale University saw giving decline nearly 27%, the worst number in the country. But many Ohio schools fared far better. At Case Western Reserve University, Vice President Bruce Loessin says new cash increased for the second year in a row, 5.25% over fiscal 2008.

New material absorbs, conserves oil

Science Centric, Feb. 7, 2010
An ultra-lightweight sponge made of clay and a bit of high-grade plastic draws oil out of contaminated water but leaves the water behind. And, lab tests show that oil absorbed can be squeezed back out for use. Case Western Reserve University researchers who made the material, called an aerogel, believe it will effectively clean up spills of all kinds of oils and solvents on factory floors and roadways, rivers and oceans.

New York Academy of Medicine Names 11 Nurse Fellows , Feb. 8, 2010
On Nov. 17, 11 nurses were named fellows of the New York Academy of Medicine. To include more RNs, Academy President Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, initiated the formation of a Nursing Special Interest Group to explore ways to assure the nursing perspective and expertise is engaged in NYAM's education, research, community engagement and policy leadership. Stephen Marrone, RN, EdD, director of nursing at North Shore University Hospital and clinical associate professor of nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University was among the named fellows.

UC near pinnacle of cancer therapy, Feb. 7, 2010
The University of Cincinnati is upping its profile when it comes to fighting cancer. In a few weeks, UC will add the ability to test experimental therapies to its cancer research and treatment lineup. Until now, Case Western Reserve University, in cooperation with the Cleveland Clinic, and Ohio State University were the only two sites offering cancer trials in Ohio.

Natalie Epstein: Chagrin Solon Sun 'Person of the Week'

Sun Star Courier, Feb. 7, 2010
The 2009 recipient of the Gries Family Award for Community Leadership from the Jewish Community Federation was Pepper Pike resident Natalie Epstein. She co-chaired a major capital campaign for the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and served as a member of the college's visiting committee.

Higher Ed News

Nimble Companies, Growing Enrollments

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 7, 2010
At a time when American public higher education is cutting budgets, laying off people, and turning away students, the rise of for-profit universities has been meteoric. Enrollment in the country's nearly 3,000 career colleges has grown far faster than in the rest of higher educationÑby an average of 9 percent per year over the past 30 years, compared with only 1.5 percent per year for all institutions, according to an industry analyst.