Local Organizations Grateful for University Volunteers
During Case Western Reserve University’s annual Case for Community Day, hundreds of volunteers are dispatched around the Greater University Circle area for a half-day of service.
Administrators from organizations such as the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation say the volunteers do more than just spruce up grounds or organize paperwork. Their help provides a boost to local neighborhoods.
“All of us at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens can't thank CWRU enough for the generously helping us maintain this historic monument in Rockefeller Park,” said Bill Jones, a vice president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation. Since 2008, Case for Community Day volunteers have weeded plant beds, removed fallen branches, planted annuals and perennials, and picked up trash in the various cultural gardens near University Circle.
“The quality of the volunteers’ work has been wonderful,” said Wyonette Cheairs, a housing and program specialist for FRDC. “The volunteers are very energetic and eager to make a difference in the neighborhood.”
Students, faculty and staff can continue making a difference in the local community by volunteering for the 2010 Case for Community Day. This year’s event, scheduled for Sept. 17, will feature 50 on- and off-campus service projects. Learn more.
Both Jones and Cheairs say Case for Community Day volunteers can gain more than just the satisfaction of helping neighborhood organizations.
Online voting is now open to fill Staff Advisory Council positions in the following schools: the College of Arts and Sciences; the Case School of Engineering; the School of Law; the School of Medicine; and the Weatherhead School of Management. Staff members should have received an email with the appropriate links to their school’s nominee list, as well as to the Filer Survey that includes the appropriate ballot. Voting continues through 5 p.m. on Aug. 25. Staff members from the five voting schools who didn’t receive an email should contact the SAC Elections Committee Chair via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 368.5942.
Church of the Covenant is hosting a Welcome Bash from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Aug. 22 on its lawn, located next to Thwing Center. The event will feature hot dogs, watermelon and iced tea, as well as music from a steel band. Free. Make reservations by email to Eileen Vizcaino.
The second annual Murdough Family Center for Psoriasis Clinical Symposium is taking place Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the George S. Dively Building. Space is limited and registration is required. The theme is Psoriasis Multidisciplinary Care in the Emerging Health Care Environment. The speakers are Case Western Reserve professors Kevin D. Cooper, Neil J. Korman and Thomas McCormick. Go online for more information and registration.
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Noted geneticist Joseph Nadeau of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has received a 2010 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer Award. One of 17 awardees to receive this prestigious distinction, Nadeau will investigate transgenerational genetic effects, in which the biological features and disease risk of an individual have been found to depend as much on the genetics of ancestral generations as on their own inherited genes.
His discovery of this unexpected mode of inheritance challenges the most fundamental premise of most studies where an individual’s genes, environmental exposures and life experiences are customarily thought to determine their health status. “This NIH Director’s Pioneer Award is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study this new mode of inheritance,” said Nadeau, the James H. Jewel Professor and Chair of Genetics Department. The five-year grant is supported by an award of $3.9 million.
Case Western Reserve University’s main residential dining hall, Leutner Commons, “wows” students with its $7 million transformation.