Party on the Quad to Take Place July 30

Go grab your Hawaiian shirt from the back of the closet and get ready to party.

The annual Party on the Quad will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on July 30. This year's theme is "Aloha: Summer Luau 2010."

Staff members, faculty and students are invited to attend the festivities, which will include food, prizes, music and contests. Campus members also will have a chance to win door prizes. A university ID is required for admittance.

"We want to get the campus community together to recognize their efforts and to show our appreciation," said Kathryn Willson, an employee relations specialist. "And we are so grateful for Bon Appétit's continued support of this event."

Many of this year's activities will be related to the overall theme. Side dishes will primarily consist of Hawaiian fare, and party goers will have an opportunity to enter a Hawaiian trivia contest. There also will be a limbo contest and a DJ.

Campus members can register online for the contests.

Party on the Quad is sponsored by the Department of Human Resources and the Staff Advisory Council. Bon Appétit Management Company will provide the food.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve is the host site for the Community Resource Fair, scheduled to take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on July 28 in Thwing Center. Sixty community organizations and vendors are scheduled to participate in the event, which is designed to increase awareness of resources and services provided by the City of Cleveland, community organizations and local businesses. Read more.

There may be brief services outages in the Kelvin Smith Library Data Center between 3 and 6 a.m. on Aug. 1. During this maintenance window, Information Technology Services (ITS) will perform maintenance on the network infrastructure to improve the performance and reliability of ITS services. ITS does not anticipate any individual outage lasting more than than five minutes. The work will not disrupt Internet connectivity. Additional questions should be directed by phone to the ITS Help Desk at 368.HELP (4357) or online.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of the Provost announces that Fulbright Canada has a number of chair opportunities for American scholars to conduct research for a semester at one of Canada's leading research universities or research centers. The application deadline for the 2011-2012 academic year is Aug. 2.

For Students


The School of Graduate Studies, Kelvin Smith Library and the Graduate Student Senate Professional Development committee are sponsoring a workshop, Is There a PhD in Your Future? Beginning the Dissertation: A Practical Workshop for Doctoral Students. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 in Nord Hall 310. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Attendees will have a chance to win a dissertation completion care package. Register online by Aug. 2.

The Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life has one resident assistant opening for the 2010-2011 academic year. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Contact Jamie Elwell for an application or questions.


The third annual meeting of the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative (GLWC) is being held on the campus of Case Western Reserve Sept. 19-21. Register before July 30 to get the early bird rate of $200. The GLWC's meeting will bring together representatives of U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, state/provincial and local governments, the wind industry, electric utilities, nonprofit organizations, academia and other interested stakeholders to discuss issues related to the sustainable development of wind energy in the Great Lakes region. This year's host is Case Western Reserve's Great Lakes Energy Institute.

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.

Usha Stiefel

Usha Stiefel, assistant professor in the School of Medicine and chief of the infectious diseases section at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, is a recipient of the 2010 Junior Faculty Professional Development Award from the Women Faculty of the School of Medicine (WFSOM). The award recognizes outstanding potential for a promising career in academic medicine, and funds are provided to enhance the professional development of the recipient.

July 26, 2010

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