KSL Announces New Initiatives to Boost Library’s Research, Learning, Social Environment

Kelvin Smith Library

If you thought the university library was a sleepy, traditional place, think again.

The staff at the Kelvin Smith Library has been busy this semester developing a number of initiatives and pilot programs designed to improve the research, learning and social environment for students and faculty.

“These facility changes, along with the student design competition, should elevate KSL as a campus locus of intellectual and social interaction,” says Arnold Hirshon, associate provost and university librarian. “We will soon launch our strategic planning process. The aim is that collectively all of these initiatives will result in wider engagement by the campus community. Through our pilot projects and the student competition, we will also create a low-cost ‘live laboratory’ that will provide practical information to inform our strategic directions while those discussions are still in the formative stages.”

Among the library’s plans is a student competition to redesign the library’s first floor, a full-service café that will open early next year, a dedicated research space for faculty and graduate students and limited-access faculty study space. Read more.

Campus News

The GSS Mentoring Program provides skilled emeritus faculty and peers who can support graduate students' academic careers.  If you are interested in having a mentor, please send an email to gssmentoring@gmail.com.  We provide one-on-one and small group mentoring. The Graduate Student Senate's Mentoring Committee provides two guidebooks, the Faculty Guidebook and its companion, The Mentee Guidebook, which are displayed on the GSS Mentoring webpage.  The campus community is encouraged to read both resources for gaining more insight on how important mentoring is at CWRU. We can email you the guidebooks (email axd84@case.edu) or you can download the guidebooks from our webpage.

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Members of the university community are responsible for checking the legal status of any downloading service and any media they may share through peer-to-peer technology. Illegally downloading and sharing copyrighted material—music, movies, books and other media—over the Internet can result in criminal and civil penalties, including thousands of dollars in fines per song. In addition, it’s a violation of the university’s acceptable use policy for technology and can result in suspension and/or ending of campus computing privileges as well as termination or expulsion. Details on Case Western Reserve’s technology resources, security measures and the acceptable use policy are available online.

For Faculty and Staff

December's Wellness Seminar, Healthy Holidays and Setting Realistic and Achievable New Year's Resolutions, is at noon Thursday in Nord Hall Room 310. Holidays are a time associated with great food and overindulgence. With more than 65 percent of adults overweight, this time is often followed by the guilt of those pleasures and determination to change for the New Year. Join Case Western Reserve University's Carolyn Hodges, MS, RD, LD to discuss healthy holiday food choices and Ben Parks, NSCA-CPT, as he discusses healthy holiday activities to help battle the extra calories. Both will also share tips on how to set realistic and achievable New Year's resolutions for 2011.  Register here.

For Students

The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning is currently recruiting up to six first-year undergraduate students to participate as CCEL Fellows during spring semester. Fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations where they spend four to six hour per week in an internshiplike capacity. They also participate in seminars to increase their leadership skills and understanding of Cleveland and community issues. Students receive a stipend of $9.20 per hour for their fellowship, which can be either a Work-Study position or a campus job. Applications can be completed online by Dec. 1.

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At the WISER Graduate Student Lunch, Kathleen Buse will discuss Why They Stay … Career Longevity of Women Engineers, her research examining the reasons why women persist in (rather than leave) their careers in STEM. Join WISER 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Nord 310. Please make reservations online. More information is available online.

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The Case Western Reserve University Bookstore is holding the Ultimate Hoodie Sale from Nov. 29 to Dec. 19, 25 percent off. If it has a hood, it’s on sale. More information is available online


The Cache, boutique-style resale shop holiday bazaar, is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Covenant, next to Thwing. It features one-of-a-kind gifts, jewelry, decorations, clothes, books and more. Sale will be followed by caroling performed by the Case Western Reserve University Orchestra and Concert Choir at 4 p.m. and reception with home-baked cookies at 5. Contact Eileen Viz, director of Student-Community Ministries, at 216.421.0482 ext. 237.

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Case Early Music Singers

Department of Music presents Case Early Music SingersLove & Death: the Anguish of the Seconda Prattica at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Harkness Chapel. Monteverdi described his new style of composition, where the text is “mistress” of the music and justifies breaking the “old” rules of counterpoint, La Seconda Prattica. He cites antecedents in composers such as Cipriano de Rore, Alfonso Fontanelli, and Carlo Gesualdo. EMS will explore this daring, sometimes dissonant and frequently chromatic repertoire in a short program of madrigals and sacred works in the new style.

This event is free and open to the public. More information is available online.

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Quire Cleveland  — the region's new professional chamber choir — announces its third season in 2010-2011. With concerts in December and April, the ensemble will perform choral masterworks from the 15th through the 19th centuries.  Performances for Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds will take place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave. Tickets are available through Quire Cleveland’s website and at the door. For more information, visit the website or call 216.223.8854.  Sing Praises: German Music for Quire will take place at 7:30 p.m. on April 13 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 1007 Superior Ave. This concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, contact Greg Heislman, director of music, Cathedral of St. John, at 216.771.6666. Ross W. Duffin, who heads the nationally renowned Historical Performance Practice Program at Case Western Reserve University, is Quire Cleveland's director.

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Culture, Creativity and Design invites you to an information session for the upcoming Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grants. Learn more about the Culture, Creativity and Design Alliance. Learn more about the proposal process. Find out if your idea might fit, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at Clark 206. More information is available online.

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You are invited to a traditional Advent Lessons and Carols service at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Amasa Stone Chapel. Come and prepare for Christmas as you listen to the story and hear the carols that speak of this season of peace and hope and love.  Music will be provided by CIM students. Hot Cocoa and cookies will be served afterward. A free-will donation will be taken for UPCaM students when they go to Laos over the holiday break on a work mission trip. The offering will go to a middle school in Laos to help build walls at the rural school and provide desks for students from 20 villages. The service is open to all faculty, staff and students and is sponsored by United Campus Ministries @CWRU. Contact the Rev. Donna Hughes with any 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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Clare Rimnac, Wilbert J. Austin Professor and associate dean at the Case School of Engineering, was recently named the Patrick J. Kelly Visiting Professor at the Mayo Clinic Department of Orthopedic Surgery. She is the first woman to hold this honor.

Nov. 29, 2010

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In the News

Health risk? TSA airport scanners and radiation exposure

WKYC.com, Nov. 24, 2010
James O'Donnell, a professor of radiology at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and the director of University Hospitals Division of Nuclear Medicine, says people are exposed to higher levels of radiation every day than what you'd get in an airport scanner.

Top dogs strut stuff

Ohio.com, Nov. 29, 2010
Patricia Princehouse, a Chardon resident and Case Western Reserve University lecturer in philosophy and evolutionary biology, estimated that there are only about 500 Pyrenean shepherds in the country. Princehouse, who also breeds dogs, is credited with helping to get the breed recognized by the American Kennel Club last year. Several Pyrenean shepherds were at the Agathon Kennel Club show at the Summit County Fairgrounds on Sunday.

Entrepreneurs think differently

Smallbiztrends.com, Nov. 29, 2010
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes that while many travelers saw trouble with the new enhanced TSA scanners, Jeff Buske saw a business opportunity. Buske invented a new kind of underwear.

Higher Ed News

Master's in English: Will Mow Lawns
Chronicle of Higher Ed, Nov. 28, 2010
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