Team spirit powers Case for Community Day

Beautification is a big part of Case for Community Day.

The Spartan men’s basketball team knows the meaning of teamwork to score on the court.  They will put their muscle power into action by sprucing up the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center facility and playground in East Cleveland during the eighth annual Case for Community Day from noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 17.

“Since 2004, our entire basketball team has participated in Case for Community Day,” said Sean McDonnell, the men’s basketball coach. 

Keeping the tradition alive each year, McDonnell tries to find a project that the players can do as a team.

The basketball players aren’t alone. Teams around campus from biomedical engineering, Graduate Student Senate, the law school students and faculty to University Marketing and Communications (UMC) plan to volunteer.

According to Katie Arthurs from the Class of 2011, it’s one way for students to connect with the school’s hometown.  During the annual campus day of service, the group will help Providence House, which cares for infants and toddlers.

“We think that Case for Community Day is an amazing opportunity to attain our organization’s goal, while working hand-in-hand with the entire university,” Arthurs said.

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Campus News

Case Western Reserve has established a new program for international students. Faculty, staff and local alumni are invited to participate in the International Friendship Family Program. This is not a home stay program. Instead, friendship families get together with their assigned international student at least every other month for a home-cooked meal, events on campus or an outing in Cleveland. Families should complete the request form by Sept. 7. Friendship families will be introduced to their international students in September. Completed applications and questions can be sent by email to

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council is creating an ad hoc committee tentatively called Climate and Work Environment Committee. The purpose of this ad hoc committee will be to communicate information and address changes that will affect staff due to the Climate Action Plan that is being implemented on campus. Anyone interested in being part of this committee may contact Kathleen Dowdell for more information.

The Case Western Reserve Administrative Professional Series (CAPS) has classes on a variety of topics related to financial management.  Classes are always being added. Check out the program online. The classes are free of charge.  Register online.

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a bon voyage party for Bob Knight, associate dean of finance and administration for the Case School of Engineering. Knight, who has worked at Case Western Reserve for many years, has accepted a position with New York University. The reception in his honor will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today in the Nord Hall atrium.

For Students

Many study abroad opportunities are available to students over winter, spring and summer breaks.  All are three-credit courses open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Early application is strongly suggested.  Information meetings will be held at Thwing 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. on Sept. 16 and 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Sept. 17.

Programs offered through the Department of Bioethics include the following: Winter break in San Jose, Costa Rica (includes an optional week of service learning through the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning before the course) and spring break courses in Paris, Amsterdam, Salamanca and Buenos Aires.  Go online for more information or contact Michelle L. Champoir, director of International Education Programs for the Department of Bioethics, at 216-368-5377 or by email.

Programs offered through the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences include the following: Winter break in Bangladesh (register for fall course); Spring break in Guatemala, Turkey, Sub-Saharan Africa,The Netherlands and Ecuador (May).  With the exception of  Netherlands, all are approved as global and cultural diversity electives.  Go online for more information or contact Deborah Jacobson, director of International Education Programs for the Mandel School, at 368-6014 or by email for details.


The Department of Biochemistry and the School of Medicine will present the Richard Hanson Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday at the Wolstein Research Building. In celebration of Hanson's 30 years of teaching and research, a symposium is being held in his honor. The event also will initiate a biochemistry graduate student endowment campaign in honor of Hanson. A light breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m.; a light lunch also will be provided. The symposium will feature several guest speakers from Case Western Reserve, the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins University and other institutions. Contact Kurt Fretthold for additional information.

The School of Law will host Lawfare! from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the Moot Courtroom (A59). This is the first major academic symposium dedicated to exploring the concept of “lawfare.” Traditionally “lawfare” was defined as “a strategy of using—or misusing—law as a substitute for traditional military means to achieve an operational objective.” But lately, commentators and governments have applied the concept to International Criminal Tribunals, the defense counsel’s tactics challenging the detention of al Qaida suspects in Guantanamo Bay and, as indicated in the quote above, to the controversial Goldstone Commission Report. Free, open to the public. Go online for a complete lists of speakers. Co-sponsored by the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence & Institute for Global Security Law and Policy and American Society of International Law American Bar Association, International Education Committee International Association of Penal Law, American National Section International Law Association, American Branch Public International Law and Policy Group and Made possible by a generous grant from the Wolf Family Foundation. The event will be webcast live.

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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Tim Shuckerow

Tim Shuckerow, director of Art Education and the Art Studio, served as the 2009 Annual Conference Speakers’ chair for the Ohio Art Education Association.

His SmART in the City program, funded by the Cleveland Foundation’s “Freedom to Make It II” grant, completed its third year of classes in art, theater, music and dance for 45 fifth- and sixth-graders in Cleveland.


In Memoriam

Hermann “Bud” Menges Jr., MD, died on Aug. 26. As an alumnus, clinical professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University for 45 years (now emeritus), and an active member in the School of Medicine community, Dr. Menges was a legend in the Cleveland medical community for his insight and wisdom, compassion and good humor. Menges was a member of the School of Medicine Committee for the Advancement of Academic Medicine. The Hermann Menges, MD, Professorship in Internal Medicine was established in 2007 and is currently held by Fabio Cominelli, MD, PhD, Chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Plymouth Church, Shaker Heights. Calling hours are 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Brown-Forward Funeral Home.

Aug. 31, 2010

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