Staff members in the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods program do more than just work together. They take turns tending to a community garden and get together regularly over lunch to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
The result is a close-knit bond and an ongoing commitment to helping neighborhood residents learn more about healthy food options.
The staff members grow squash, cantaloupe, zucchini, tomatoes, sweet corn and other fruits and veggies on a plot at Vel’s Purple Oasis Garden. Located in University Circle near Case Western Reserve’s BioEnterprise Building, the garden is the realization of a dream held by Vel Scott and her late husband, Don. Owners of the legendary party center Vel’s, they were longtime residents of the community. They broke ground at the Oasis in early 2008 as a way to get neighborhood residents to spend time together and to promote a healthy lifestyle.
“I lived in the community for many years,” said Scott, whose family has owned the land where the garden is located for more than 20 years. “I enjoy putting something into the ground and watching it grow. When I’m not here planting something I’m soaking up the good energy.”
David Pearl, co-convener of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition and a PRC staff member, said the garden fits in with the center’s mission. “The core project for the research center relates to healthier food options,” said Pearl. The PRC program is part of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
The group hopes to plant more crops next season. In addition, staff members will begin bringing food waste to the garden for composting. The materials will come from the BioEdibles Cafe run by Kim's Catering Service in the BioEnterprise Building. Read more.
With the Labor Day holiday over, Kelvin Smith Library 24/7 service is now in effect for faculty, staff, and students with current CWRU ID cards. Operating seven days a week during fall and spring semesters, KSL offers nearly 100 hours a week of staffed library services, supplemented by additional online reference services each day. Its 24/7 services also supplement valuable study time and space, and afford a safe, secure environment for those who are in KSL. Official institutional IDs are required to remain in the building during 24/7 (Visitors are asked to return during the regular business hours). When classes are not in session, 24/7 takes a break, too: fall break in October and for Thanksgiving in November. Get more information or to check “Today’s Desk Hours," go online.
A scholarship conference is being held Sept. 18 at Nord Hall on the Case Western Reserve University campus for high school and college students and parents. Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the United Negro College Fund, the conference will feature a parent workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; student workshops from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and a scholarship vendor's fair from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The event is free and lunch will be provided. Registration is required. Register online by Sept. 13. Call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 216.368.2904.
Do you want to make a difference in the Cleveland community? Attend the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning Community Service Fair 12:30-2 p.m. Friday and meet he volunteer coordinators of more than 50 organizations including local nonprofits, area hospitals and student service groups. From the Cleveland Clinic to Habitat for Humanity, there are many ways to get connected to the Cleveland community. Come to the Thwing Ballroom for free pizza and “break out of the bubble” this fall. For information, go online.
Students, especially those in engineering, physics, chemistry or the Weatherhead School of Management, are invited to compete for a $9,000 prize. Saint-Gobain, the oldest and one of France’s leading corporations with activities in more than 57 countries, has sponsored a Student Design Competition on campus. Come to an informal information session at 6 p.m. on Monday (Sept. 13) in The Spot. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. Food will be provided. Contact Maria Marzano.
Emma Sepulveda, PhD, will speak 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Clark 309 on A National Museum of American Latinos: A Project Long Overdue. A native of Argentina, Sepulva spent most of her life in Chile before Augusto Pinochet seized power in Chile in 1973 and she emigrated to the United States to complete her education. She is a foundation professor and director of the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, and was recently appointed by the Obama administration to the National Commission for the Creation of the National Museum of The American Latino in Washington, D.C.