Local Organizations Grateful for University Volunteers

Case for Community Day 2008

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.

Register online for a Case for Community Day service project. Read more.


Campus News

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will hold its third annual Dollars for Scholars Garage Sale and Grilled Lunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 23 in the first floor student lounge. Faculty and staff members are cleaning out their closets, basements and attics, and donating gently used items such as toys, kitchen gadgets, home decorative items, children's clothing, glassware, entertainment units–even a tuxedo. Shoppers who stop by between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. can buy a hot dog or veggie burger, chips and a soda for $3.

All proceeds benefit scholarships for Mandel School students. 

The next selection for the campus book club is Three Cups of Tea, written by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. The club will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on Sept. 14 in Adelbert Hall, M1. Contact Susan Benedict for details.

For Faculty and Staff

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 robin.kramer@case.edu or by phone at 368.5942.

For Students

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.

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.

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Joseph Nadeau

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.

Aug. 20, 2010

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Multimedia moment

Video: renovated Leutner Commons

Case Western Reserve University’s main residential dining hall, Leutner Commons, “wows” students with its $7 million transformation.

In the News

Out of fashion: Green lawns

USAToday, Aug. 17, 2010
An environmental historian at Case Western Reserve University comments on the environmental impact of keeping lawns green during dry, hot spells of summer. "It's essentially like pushing a boulder up a hill," notes Ted Steinberg, professor of history an environmental historian at Case Western Reserve University and author of American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn.

Elizabeth Royte of 'Bottlemania' will urge CWRU to test the waters

The Plain Dealer, Aug. 19, 2010
Elizabeth Royte, author of  Bottlemania, will give a keynote address Wednesday for Case Western Reserve University, kicking off the academic year and a nine-month campus focus on water. Incoming students were assigned Bottlemania as the university's common read. The address is at 4:30 p.m. at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Admission is free, but ticket is required. Call 216-231-1111.

CWRU: Sun powers 'Big Belly' compactors on campus

WKYC.com, Aug. 19, 2010
Solar-powered trash compactors call “Big Belly” recently deployed around campus at Case Western Reserve are making the smelly job of collecting trash less time-consuming and at the same time more eco-friendly A solar panel powers a 12-volt battery, which runs the compactor. Now workers empty to compactors about once a month, instead of emptying standard trash cans every day. "We are reducing the amount of garbage bags that we use, which is a savings," said Gene Matthews, director of Facilities Services at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Abandoning an Experiment

Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 20, 2010
Rice University has abandoned its experiment with an all-digital model of scholarly publishing. University officials acted against the recommendations of an outside review team that had urged Rice to support the publishing operations. Some supporters are in discussions about raising private funding to continue the press as a scholarly publishing outfit that might not be attached to any single university. The project was launched in 2006.