Thanks to Case for Community Day volunteers

Molly Berger, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences.

After a box lunch of sandwiches, fruit and cookies provided by Bon Appétit, hundreds of Case Western Reserve University volunteers mobilized to help the Greater Cleveland community for the eighth annual Case for Community Day on Friday.

In the send-off to help 50 local organizations, President Barbara R. Snyder thanked the corps of staff, students and faculty for their contributions.

Projects varied from mustering muscle power in landscape projects to creative designs of painting caps for cancer patients and making blankets for babies.  Others lined up to donate blood to the American Red Cross or drop off school supplies for local children. See video.
Latisha James, Director for the Center for Community Partnerships, said, “Each year, the campus enthusiasm to volunteer for Case for Community Day gains momentum. Many participants return to campus inspired by their ability to make a positive difference in the community. To everyone who volunteered – THANK YOU!”

Campus News

Case Western Reserve University has teamed up with Town Hall of Cleveland as the academic sponsor of the longtime speakers series. The first speaker in the 2010-2011 lineup is energy activist and billionaire T. Boone Pickens, who will talk about “Ending America’s Dependence on OPEC Oil,” at 6 p.m. Monday at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square. The university has 200 free tickets available for students on a first come, first served basis. For tickets, students must bring an ID to the Office of Student Affairs, Adelbert Hall 110, by noon the day of the event. Limit four tickets per person. Contact Doreen Thibodeau at 368.2020 for more information.


Don't miss the opportunity to get "Fit for Life" this fall.  Whether your goal is weight loss, toning or just getting active, this program is designed for your success with four options to choose from: As part of the University's Wellness initiative, the Department of Human Resources is offering discounted program rates for benefits-eligible faculty and staff participants. The first 20 eligible employees to register in each program tier will receive a 50 percent discount. Registration will open 10 a.m. Monday. Go online for program details, pricing and registration information.  Space is limited.  This program is open to the public; invite your friends and family to get “Fit for Life” with you.

Homecoming events start next week.

The Homecoming and Alumni Weekend fourth annual Office/ Residence Hall Decorating Contest is coming soon. All campus departments and residence halls are invited to show some Spartan Spirit by decorating in blue and white. All participants should email Colleen Barker-Williamson by Friday to register. The winning prize is a pizza party for up to 25 people at the Jolly Scholar.  Decorations should be displayed next Monday through Oct. 4. Judging will take place on Sept. 29 and the winner will be announced at Spirit Fest on Oct. 1. Visit online to see other exciting events for 2010 Homecoming Week and Alumni Weekend. 

For Faculty and Staff

Case Western Reserve University has so many library resources that even active faculty members who have been here for decades are pleasantly surprised at the new resources they keep discovering. These resources are not only in the form of books, journals, and audio/video materials, but also in terms of the expertise among its staff that can be tapped into to help advance our research and teaching agendas.

Join us for a discussion at noon Thursday in the Herrick Room on the ground floor of the Allen building. During this UCITE session we will learn more from our own reference librarians about all the services that are available to faculty, as well as ways to best use those services. Come explore some hidden gems, new resources, and the tools every faculty member should be aware of as provided by the Kelvin Smith Library and the other Case Libraries.

Pizza lunch and sodas and water will be provided at the session.  To help us estimate the amount to order, please let us know if you plan to attend by email. You can see also a list of our upcoming events by on the website.

For Students

Do you plan to volunteer regularly at a community agency, hospital or school this academic year?  The Civic Engagement Scholars is a pilot program designed by the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning to promote student involvement in the Cleveland community through significant and meaningful service.  Students in this program commit to completing 50 community service hours and attending six Civic Engagement Scholars workshops during the academic year.  Community service hours can be completed individually or through a Greek or student organization as long as at least 30 of the hours are with one local nonprofit or school.  Upon completion of the program requirements, President Barbara R. Snyder will present all Scholars with a certificate of distinguished service at a ceremony in April. Applications for the program are online until Thursday and more information can be found on the website.


The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host an Alumni Reunion Reception 5:30- 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the in the Mandel School's third floor atrium. The reunion is an opportunity to contact your favorite classmates and get together for the Mandel School's evening reception kicking off the university's Alumni Reunion Weekend 2010. Join Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore for appetizers, wine and conversation. Guests can park free in the Mandel School garage for the reunion event only. Learn more online for all CWRU alumni reunion activities. Send email to Pamela Carson for details.


The university’s international planning committee invites all students, faculty and staff to come to the forum to give your opinion and input about how Case Western Reserve University can become a more international university 11:30-1 p.m. Thursday at Thwing Center, 1914. Provide your input into the international planning process. Tell us what you think. What can Case Western Reserve University do better? What should be our priorities? Introduction will be by Provost W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III. Your input is not only welcome but invited. Bring your lunch. Cookies and beverages provided. There will be periodic sessions throughout the semester.  For more information contact the Office of International Affairs 368-2397. Email any comments or questions.


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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The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Board of Directors Monday announced the recipients of NATOA’s 2010 Community Broadband Awards.

Community Broadband Visionary of the Year goes to Lev Gonick, CIO of Case-Western Reserve University. Gonick is the founder of the OneCommunity network and the visionary behind the Case-Western Beta Block—a public interest FTTP initiative intended to demonstrate how bandwidth and civic-minded applications can be transformative in the lives of Americans in need.

The NATOA honors are awarded to exceptional leaders and innovative programs that champion community interests and broadband deployment in local communities nationwide. Recipients will receive their awards at NATOA’s 30th annual Conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

For more information on the award recipients, the NATOA Community Broadband Awards, and NATOA’s efforts to bring about a national broadband strategy that recognizes the vital and integral role of local governments, visit the website.

Sept. 21 , 2010

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In the News

‘Blocking’ out thoughts of work takes up too much energy

Daily Mail, Sept. 21, 2010
Daniela Calvetti, professor of cognitive science and professor and chair of mathematics, is co-author of a study that has shown that just as thinking burns energy–so does blocking a thought. Calvetti, co-author of the brain study at Case Western Reserve, said: “Maybe this explains why it is so tiring to relax and think about nothing.”

Louisville police investigation of Marlowe ‘shoddy,’ experts say

Louisville, Ky., Courier-Journal, Sept. 19, 2010
Law professor Lewis Katz was quoted in a front-page article in Sunday's Courier-Journal regarding the police investigation of Louisville Detective Crystal Marlowe’s conduct. Katz, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University, said metro police Sgt. Pete  McCartney's disparaging remarks about Assistant Public Defender Leslie Smith were not only unjustified but also represented an effort to steer the inquiry away from an objective assessment of Marlowe's conduct. “It falls under the category of circling the wagons, protecting the officer,” Katz said.

Cordray v. Fisher on the Constitutionality of ObamaCare

The Volokh Conspiracy,  Sept. 17, 2010
Law professor Jonathan Adler writes about last week’s Constitution Day program at Case Western Reserve University, calling it “a debate on the constitutionality of health care reform between Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher.  Indiana is among the states that have challenged the constitutionality of the program; Ohio is not.”

Obama Appoints Three Indian-Americans to Advisory Commission

Daily News & Analysis India, Sept. 17, 2010
President Barack Obama has appointed three eminent Indian-Americans to key administration posts as members of his advisory panel on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. Alumnus Amardeep Singh is featured in Daily News & Analysis India for his appointment to a key administration post. Singh holds a BA from Rutgers University and a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Multimedia Moment

Mark E. Coticchia, vice president for Research and Technology Management at Case Western Reserve University, was a participant at the Senior Research Officers (SRO) Media Roundtable at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Friday. An mp3 download is available for 10 days (may require additional software/subscription).

Higher Ed News

Losing HOPE

Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 21, 2010
A popular scholarship for Georgians is going broke, and state officials say they’ll have to cut participation or reduce benefits if it is to survive. Since its introduction in 1993, the Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally Scholarship program has seen an explosion of participation. But HOPE’s reserves are being drained and will be completely tapped by the close of the 2013 fiscal year, according to projections.