Case Western Reserve University Launches Inaugural Community Report

Case Western Reserve University has
published a community report, "Sincerely."

Case Western Reserve University is proud to launch its inaugural community report. Titled Sincerely, the report highlights signature civic engagement programs and demonstrates how Case Western Reserve faculty, staff and students served the needs of the community in the 2009-10 academic year.

Readers will learn more about the university’s core programming areas in health, academics, social service, economic and community development and diversity. In addition, the report will share powerful data such as:

• More than 425,000 hours of volunteer service invested in 2009-10;
• More than $400,000 charitable dollars raised for Greater Cleveland community;
• More than $8 million invested with minority and women-owned businesses in the community; and
• Local and national awards earned as a champion in the community.

To receive a copy of the report, please contact Maureen Kendel at 368.1723 or access the report online.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve researchers now have access to ARTstor Digital Image Library, a vast storehouse of more than 1 million digital images. Originally created with the support from the A.W. Mellon Foundation to digitize varied image collections, ARTstor Digital Image Library is now an independent resource with more than 1 million images from leading museums, photo archives, scholars, artists' estates and other noted contributors. Case researchers now have access to collections as wide-ranging in disciplines as are their image sources, such as the National  Gallery of Art historical archives, Yale, Magnum Photos, Huntington Archive of Asian Art, the Bodleian Library, MoMA and others. The images are a powerful way to enhance anthropology, politics, American studies, ancient and modern cultures. Read more about this collaborative purchase by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Kelvin Smith Library, on the KSL NewsBlog.

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Case Western Reserve University has been named one of the “Best Values in Private Colleges” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Ranked No. 45 on the list, Case Western Reserve is the highest-ranked private college or university in Ohio. The University of Dayton was next at No. 60. Kiplinger editors said they weighted their rankings on quality first, then looked at tuition and other costs.

For Faculty and Staff

Contrary to the myth of the professor teaching the same course year after year, a recent study finds that almost all faculty members change their course curriculum from year to year. Some changes may be considered minor, involving some readings, but more than one-third of all faculty adopt a significant new pedagogical innovation in at least one course from year to year. Changing the curriculum presents problems. At the next UCITE session, we will have an informal discussion of the challenges of changing the curriculum, both at the level of individual courses and at higher levels of degree programs. Join us for this discussion at noon Thursday in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen building. Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided at this session. To help us estimate the amount to order, please let us know if you plan to attend the session by email. More information is available online.

For Students

Come to this information session if you’re interested in hearing more about a course that combines learning about Chile’s business and environmental issues with a spring break trip to Chile–MGMT 458: International Institute, Sustainability. The meeting will be 5:30-6 p.m. next Tuesday at the Weatherhead School of Management, Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 3. Another session will be Dec. 9. In this course you will learn about industrial and environmental issues in Chile’s mining sector, as well as the history, culture, and business environment in Chile. The course is built around a visit to Chile during spring break, March 4-13, 2011, that will take you to the capital, Santiago, and to the ruggedly beautiful mining area of the Atacama Desert. You will meet with executives from local companies and visit mining sites to discuss sustainability-related issues in addition to exploring the capital city. More information is available online.

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The Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity is hosting Opportunities in Chemistry.  This event will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in Clapp 108. A panel of three professionals from medical, industry, and academic professions will take part in an open Q&A session with students regarding possibilities after graduation. All majors are welcome. Lunch will be provided.


Case Western Reserve University Dance presents: MaDaCol, the lively dance ensemble featuring undergraduate dancers and members of the community with choreography by Christopher Bell, Kristy Clement, and Ying Xu, at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Mather Dance Center. Tickets are $5 available at the door. More information is available online.

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Jeffrey Henderson, the William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of Greek Language and Literature at Boston University, will give two talks sponsored by the Department of Classics on Friday. Henderson, one of the world's experts on the ancient Greek comic playwright Aristophanes, will lead an informal discussion with students on Aristophanes and his theater from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. during the Community Hour in Guilford Hall Lounge. Later that afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Clark Hall 206, Henderson will give a lecture on the topic Aristophanes's FROGS on the Portrayal of the Ordinary in Fifth-Century Drama.

Henderson's visit comes the day before the Department of Classics's seventh annual City Dionysia in which area high school students write adaptations of ancient Greek drama and stage them in a competition with other high school students in Strosacker Auditorium. The City Dionysia will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. For further information, visit the website or contact Professor Timothy Wutrich at 368.6026 or by email. The lectures and the City Dionysia are free and open to the public.

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Come and taste the free food prepared by students from different countries at the Taste of Weatherhead III at the Peter B. Lewis Building Lower Level from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Enjoy the international food festival. Experience and get to know cultures of different countries. More information is available online.

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Come to the second annual Poetry and Art program, The Universal Language of Poetry and Art – Celebrating Culture from Around the World, sponsored by the Share the Vision Committee and the Undergraduate Programming Board, begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Thwing Atrium. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to share a piece of their culture.  Come prepared to read a poem or share a piece of artwork–or simply to enjoy the coffee house atmosphere and the special international desserts and coffees.

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All students, faculty and staff are invited to Ending Slavery in Ohio Town Hall Meeting: A Discussion about Human Trafficking, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations Room 115. Students can also join the Advocacy 101 Training at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, 6-6:20 p.m. in Room 105. For more information, contact Debby Jacobson or call 368.6014.  This event is co-sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers-Ohio Chapter, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences,  Renee Jones Empowerment Center and Ohio Abolitionist Coalition.

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The Department of Mathematics presents an imaging seminar, Edge preserving (staircase avoiding) variational models for image denoising,  with professor Stacy Levin, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science,  Duquesne University, 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Department of Mathematics Seminar Room, Yost 300.


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.

Jenifer Neils, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History, has been selected from 100 nominees as the 2011/2012 Martha Sharp Joukowsky Lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America to present 13 lectures throughout the United States and Canada. She gave an invited lecture on the Parthenon at the University of Wisconsin on Oct. 21 and read her paper, The Dokimas Painter at Morgantina, at the conference, Griechische Vasenbilder als Medium des Kulturtransfers, at the Bayerische Akademie in Munich, Germany on Sept. 10. She continues as vice president of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Nov. 16, 2010

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In the News

Strickland spares child killer

Warren Tribune Chronicle, Nov. 16
Michael Benza, who is now a visiting associate professor at Case Western Reserve University Law School, said Gov. Ted Strickland correctly used his power to grant clemency to Sidney Cornwell Jr., who shot a 3-year-old girl to death in 1996.

Case Western Reserve students, faculty tackle offensive language

Plain Dealer, Nov. 16, 2010
“We were interested in sort of the social norms of our campus in how language is used,” said Mayo M. Bulloch, director of educational enhancement programs at Case Western Reserve University, discussing an online poll that drew 355 responses.

Political, legal deadlock means no trial soon for 9/11 plotter

Westlaw News & Insight, Nov. 15
President Barack Obama has by and large followed the policies of his predecessor in the war on terror even though he made public pronouncements to the contrary at the outset of his presidency, said Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University. “As a practical matter, Obama's policies are quite consistent with Bush,” Adler said.

Case Western Reserve University lands $12.5 million federal grant, Nov. 16, 2010
Case Western Reserve University has received a $12.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund a seven-year study of child obesity in Cleveland's urban youth through partnerships with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the YMCA of Greater Cleveland.

Higher Ed News

Yesterday's Student Flash Mob Is Today's College-Sponsored Dance Mob

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Nov. 14, 2010
What began as relatively spontaneous public outbursts has evolved into a slick marketing tool for colleges. Flash mobs are now officially sponsored dance mobs, complete with university presidents getting in on the act.