University Marketing and Communications
Steps up to Wellness Challenge

University Marketing and Communications has joined the challenge.

The divisions of Admin­istration and Finance are beating a path to better fitness this month as they launch a 10,000 Step Challenge, but the friendly contest has an interloper.

University Marketing and Communications is joining the wellness competition, which calls on participants to walk 10,000 steps a day–the number experts say is necessary for optimal health.

“When our office learned about the challenge, everyone got into the competitive spirit,” says University Marketing and Communications Associate Vice President Glenn Bieler. “We’re thrilled Administration and Finance let us join the fun.”

University Marketing and Communications kicked off the competition Monday morning with a brisk walk around the West Campus quad just before the department’s weekly team meeting. Bieler says he’s encouraging walking meetings and hopes to boost step counts with “no-email Wednesdays,” an interdepartmental initiative to encourage more face-to-face interaction.

“We’re looking forward to the wellness benefits–and bragging rights – that we expect to come with winning this competition,” Bieler adds.

The contest between University Marketing and Communications, Finance and Administration runs through Nov. 30. The opportunity to participate in the wellness initiative will be extended to the entire campus community in early 2011, says Carolyn Gregory, vice president of human resources.

Campus News

The new issue of Think: The Magazine of Case Western Reserve University is on campus and online. Delve into groundbreaking research that has the potential to rewrite the book on lead poisoning; read a conversation with alum and computer programming icon Don Knuth; and find out how new laws about unpaid internships are affecting students and employers alike. Keep up with the latest news and research all year long—bookmark the Think website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hunk, Hustler, Hard-Ass: Masculinity in the Media is an event being put on by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at 7 p.m. Thursday in the 1914 Lounge on the second floor of Thwing Center. Hunk, Hustler, Hard-Ass: Masculinity in the Media will feature a lecture and presentation by Matthew Ezzell, who will present an examination of media portrayals of men and their role in society.  His presentation of images from men’s magazines, advertisements, and video games will illustrate what it means to be a man in our culture and how that affects views and treatment of women and men. Ezzell, PhD, is an assistant professor of sociology at James Madison University.  More information is online.

For Faculty and Staff

Join us for a book experience, hosted by Student Affairs and the Interfaith Center.  A closed group will meet on Nov. 16, Nov. 30 and Dec. 14 this semester for a pilot project.  The group will begin at 2 p.m. and finish by 4 p.m. and will be held in the Village @ 115’s clock tower. Faculty/staff must register for this pilot project by Nov. 12 to Mel Morgan; only the first 15 people will be able to participate. The basis for the project is to reconnect who you are with what you do.  We will be using Parker Palmer’s book Hidden Wholeness as a discussion point, but this will be a more experienced based group and not a traditional “book club.” Please send questions to either co-facilitator: Mel Morgan or Tony Vento.  

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The 2010 Benefits Fair is scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday in the Thwing Ballroom, and the 2011 Open Enrollment will be Monday through Nov. 30. Mark your calendar for the fair where you can speak with benefits staff and Benelect insurance carriers, make your 2011 Benelect selections, get your  flu shot and enter the annual SAC basket raffle. Significant changes are coming to Benelect for 2011. More information is available online.  

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Open Enrollment for the Postdoctoral Benefits Program (PBP) will be from Thursday through Dec. 4, with changes made during Open Enrollment effective Jan. 1. During the Open Enrollment period you may make changes to your benefits coverage. To make changes to your current enrollment, you will need to first print the Open Enrollment Instructions online. Representatives from Garnett-Powers and Associates will be here to present benefits information sessions on Thursday.  For more information regarding Open Enrollment, please plan on attending one of the sessions on campus, or contact Garnett-Powers & Associates Customer Service at 1.888.441.3719, or email.  The sessions Thursday are 10-11 a.m. at the Biomedical Research Building, Room 105, and 3-4 p.m. at the School of Nursing 250.

For Students

Thinking about applying for graduate school but have some questions? You’re not the only one. You are invited to attend an Open House sponsored by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Case Western Reserve University to get some answers Thursday. Registration and welcome breakfast begin at 10 a.m. Events include lab tours, lunch with graduate students, campus tours, Recknagel Research Symposium put on by first-year graduate students, and more. For more information or to reserve a place for for this event, email Jean Davis or call 368.2084. More information is available online.  

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Interested in studying abroad? Be the first to participate in the College of Arts and Sciences' new partnership with Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors of all majors and interests. Funding for travel is available, as well as internship and SAGES Capstone possibilities. Two information sessions will be held at 11:45 a.m. next Tuesday in Crawford Hall 720 (lunch provided), and at 6:30 p.m. in Fribley Commons. For more information or with any questions, contact Associate Dean Jill Korbin.


Kerry Cronin, director of the Lonergan Institute at Boston College, will speak on the topic Sex and the Soul in a Hook-Up Culture–a frank discussion of the highs and lows of hooking up: what it's all about, why it's the dominant form of “romantic” interaction on college campuses, and why it doesn't always get us what we really want. Hear Cronin's engaging presentation, ask your own questions about sex and dating, and explore possibilities for more fulfilling relationships 12:30 p.m. Saturday at The Spot at Leutner Commons, including a free light lunch. Contact or for more information.  Sponsored by Newman Catholic Campus Ministry, and cosponsored by the Muslim Campus Outreach and the United Protestant Campus Ministries (UPCaM). All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

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The second faculty lecture in  The Power of Diversity Lecture Series presented by The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and sponsored by Key Bank will take place at 3 p.m. next Tuesday. The campus community and the public are invited to  see Sue Hinze, associate professor of sociology and director of Women and Gender Studies, present a lecture titled: “The Power of Diversity or the Diversity of Power? Reflections on Diversity, Power and Privilege.” The lecture will be at the Alumni House. Make reservations via email. For more information contact Liz Roccoforte or visit the website. The lecture is free. Light refreshments will be served.

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The Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Clinic Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) is pleased to announce a Comparative Effectiveness Research Symposium to be held 1-5 p.m. Nov. 19 in Frohring Auditorium (BRB 105). The workshop is for researchers and other participants who are interested in learning about Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). There is no fee for the symposium and lunch will be provided prior to the symposium; however, registration is required for the symposium and lunch. Space is limited and will be given on first come, first serve basis. Registration ends no later than Nov. 10. Contact Karen Toil for registration information or call 368.7551.


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.

Et al.

Sharona Hoffman

Sharona Hoffman, professor of law, was an invited speaker at Yale Law School on Oct. 29. 

She was a panelist at the Privacy and Innovation Symposium, sponsored by the Yale Law School Information Society Project.  Her thought piece, Privacy and E-Health Innovation, was published in conference proceedings and is available online.

To view her articles on SSRN, visit the website.

Nov. 3, 2010

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Weathervane Playhouse stages O’Neill's ‘Journey’

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Higher Ed News

No Curveballs for Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 3, 2010
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