University’s Sustainability Efforts Make the Grade


The Big Belly compactors are a visible part of
Case Western Reserve's sustainability effort.

From local produce in its dining halls to solar trash compactors across campus, Case Western Reserve University is working hard toward a sustainable and–eventually–climate-neutral campus.

 Last week, the campus community got a little feedback on all the university’s efforts when the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card was released. Case Western Reserve’s sustainability grade improved from a B- to a B+. 

“On paper, a grade increase from B- to B+ may seem incremental, however the university is engrossed in a detailed Climate Action Plan process — taking stock and developing sustainability efforts across all campus divisions,” says Linda Robson, the university's sustainability coordinator.

Robson is helping to lead the Climate Action Plan process that scored the university big points on the report card. The university’s Climate Action Plan, due to be released next year, will recommend policies and practices to reduce the institution’s environmental footprint. The effort stems from President Barbara R. Snyder’s 2008 signing of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.

To help the campus achieve its sustainability goals, the university is urging individuals to take the Accenture Eco Challenge. The brief online survey helps individuals assess their climate footprint and identify ways to reduce energy consumption. Read more.

Campus News

Starting today, an 80-foot lift will be stationed outside Adelbert Hall to allow workers to repair masonry surrounding the building’s two chimneys. The work is necessary to eliminate leaks affecting the interior of the fourth-floor stairwells. The repairs may require the closure of the east side entrance to Adelbert Hall–that is, the doors facing Adelbert Road (the workers will not know for certain until the crane is on site). Those requiring handicapped access should contact Tom Bondra at 216.368.2583 or 216.406.0536 before seeking to enter the building. The work is expected to be complete by Tuesday.

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Now through Nov. 30 The Bookstore, in partnership with Oak Hall Cap and Gowns, offers 10 percent off custom-made regalia. Come in anytime for your personalized fitting. Owning your regalia has some advantages: no more dealing with ordering, picking up, and returning regalia year after year; perfect fit to your regalia; andtax deduction for the purchase price. For more information and a catalog, contact your bookstore at 368.2650.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity announces a new program for Case Western Reserve University’s faculty and staff. Train the Champion will allow faculty and staff members an opportunity to explore issues pertaining to diversity at Case Western Reserve in a safe environment.  More information regarding the program can be found here: Train the Champion. Applications are due by Nov. 30.  Please contact Tenille N. Kaus, manager of Faculty Diversity and Development, for more information or go online.

For Students

The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning’s Saturday of Service will take place on Nov. 13.  Saturdays of Service are one-day service events designed to encourage students to get involved in the Cleveland community. This fall, CCEL is  partnering with Greek Life to coordinate both on-campus and off-campus service opportunities. Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to register online to volunteer for one of many different projects.  Transportation is provided.  Register by next Thursday and make your Saturday count.

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An alternative spring break might include teaching English in
Nicaragua .

Do you want to experience a different part of the world this spring break?  The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning is offering an Alternative Spring Break opportunity to Nicaragua from March 5-13, 2011.  Spend the week working on a variety of projects that may include teaching English, facilitating sports activities with children and constructing a new home for a local family. Participants will also have a chance to visit the colonial cities of Granada and Leon. The admission process for this trip is rolling until all spots are filled.  The final deadline for applications is Dec. 1.  More information is available online or contact Angela Lowery


Case Western Reserve University has teamed up with Town Hall of Cleveland as the academic sponsor of the longtime speakers series. The next speaker in the 2010-2011 lineup is author and businesswoman Mireille Guiliano, who will talk about “Business Sense and Sensibility,” at 6 p.m. Monday at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square. The Case Western Reserve community can purchase tickets at special prices: $17.50 for adults and $30 for students. Call 216.241.1919 for tickets and reference code THCWRU110810

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The Department of Music presents University Singers, Case University Circle Orchestra and Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra Concert: The Baroque Masters including a presentation of Vivaldi’s Gloria at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Harkness Chapel. Event is free and open to the public. Free and Open to the Public. At 7 p.m. Sunday at the Harkness Chapel, the Department of Music present CWRU Flute Studio Recital, free and open to the public. At 7:30 p.m. Monday, the Department of Music presents Fall Jazz Ensemble Concert at Harkness Chapel. There will be a jazz clinic 4-6 p.m. Monday at Denison Rehearsal Hall. Both the clinic and concert are free and open to the public. More information is available online.

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Lessons in Child Welfare Reform from Cuyahoga County and Beyond: The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Family to Family Initiative, with David Crampton, PhD, associate professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, will be presented at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 115. Register online.

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The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is holding an Open House next Thursday 5:30-7 p.m. As the first of four open houses spotlighting graduate education coursework offered at the center, this session will focus on Financial Accounting and Management for nonprofits with Barbara Clemenson, adjunct Instructor, Mandel Center Academic and Career adviser.  The open house will also provide attendees with general information on Mandel Center graduate programs. Go online for more information and to make reservations.

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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host a session on Transforming Stress: Combat Strategies at the Burnout Battlefront from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday at the Mandel School, Room 320. Mark Gorkin, known at the “Stress Doc,” will be the guest speaker. He will help participants learn to channel stress and frustration into safe sharing, personal-professional rejuvenation, and cooperative/creative action while building a more productive and supportive team-community. Two continuing education units (CEU) are available. Learn more online. Send email to Pamela Carson for details.


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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Victor Groza

Victor Groza, PhD, Grace F. Brody Professor  of Parent-Child Studies, has been awarded honorary membership to the Association of Schools of Social Work in Romania for work he did in Romania from 1991 to 2005, including helping newly developed schools of social work and several other projects in Romania.

More information is available online.

Nov. 5, 2010

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In the News

Study Looks at People Who Stay in Neighborhoods Hard-hit
by Foreclosure

Plain Dealer, Nov. 5, 2010
Researchers are launching a study examining the health and emotional impact of foreclosure on residents who were left behind. “They love the neighborhood and love the areas–many grew up there. But the radical transformation makes them feel insecure,’ said principal investigator Daryl Thornton, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve Research Center for Reducing Health Disparities.

Hard-working Nuns

Plain Dealer, Nov. 5, 2010
A survey of 164 nuns in Cuyahoga County, conducted by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, shows nearly all of them work in more than one ministry, while 13 percent work in more than four ministries.

Soccer helps Case Western student kick cancer, Nov. 4, 2010
WEWS-TV profiled Case Western Reserve University soccer player Anna Kennedy, who has fought through a diagnosis with Hodgkin’s disease, and subsequent chemotherapy sessions, to play soccer this fall.

Division III QB Joey Baum: True Student-Athlete Who Gives Back

NCAAFB Fanhouse, Nov. 3, 2010
Pat McManamon writes a profile of Case Western Reserve senior quarterback Joey Baum, who combines majors in political science and international studies with a minor in economics, and every other Monday distributes food and clothing to the homeless in a program he developed and started at Case Western Reserve.

Higher Ed News

The Rise of 'Edupunk'

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 5, 2010
In a notable acknowledgment of the tail wagging the dog, several panelists alluded at a New York conference to the possibility that if colleges don't change the way they do business, then students will change the way colleges do business. “We're still trying to fit the Web into our educational paradigm. … I just don't think that's going to work,” said Mary Spilde, president of Lane Community College, in Eugene, Ore.