Spotlight: Tutoring Programs Connect Students to Cleveland Community

William Griffith
William Griffith

When Pittsburgh native William Griffith arrived for his first year at Case Western Reserve University, one of the first things he did was ride the bus around—exploring the University Circle neighborhoods and Cleveland suburbs that were part of his extended campus home.

“Some people go to college and spend the whole four years without leaving campus—and that’s a waste,” he says.

As a way to get to know his new community, he started volunteering as a tutor through the university’s Project STEP-UP program. What he found was a way to revisit favorite subjects, be part of a vibrant community and build lasting connections with his students. “It’s the most satisfying job I’ve ever had,” he says.

Project STEP-UP sends university students like Griffith to schools, libraries and churches around Greater Cleveland to tutor and mentor students from across the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Read more.

Campus News

So you think you’re pretty smart? Prove it. Members of the campus community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, anyone with a Case ID—can flex their intellectual muscle in a new contest. The competition, which launches today on the Think news site, will feature weekly multiple-choice questions on subjects ranging from religion to rocket science. A leaderboard will update throughout the semester, with the winner getting an end-of-semester article in The Daily and, more important, some serious bragging rights. Join the competition and bookmark the page to play every week—that is, if you think you’ve got what it takes.

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The Department of Religious Studies and its faculty moved from Mather House to the second floor (north end) of Tomlinson Hall, in suite 243.

For Faculty and Staff

The next UCITE session will be on Leading Successful Discussion Classes, including preparation, formats and goals. The discussion will be held Jan. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Herrick Room, on the ground floor of the Allen Building. Pizza and soda will be provided. Email if attending.

For Students

On Jan. 27, SOURCE will host All About the IRB, a seminar to prepare for summer undergraduate research projects. The seminar will begin at noon. RSVP online

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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host an information session Jan. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. to learn about the social work master’s program, field education and financial aid. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the Mandel School. To register, contact the Admissions Office at 216.368.2280. For more information, visit the school’s website

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The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is seeking nominations for the 2011 John A. Yankey Student Community Service Award, which will be awarded to a current Mandel Center student who is an active volunteer. A $1,000 prize accompanies the award. For more information, call Nicole Rothstein at 216.368.5367 or visit the website. The deadline to apply is Feb. 17.

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The deadline to enter the Résumé Smash Competition is Jan. 20 at midnight. Enter to win prizes and two invitations to meet employers before the Get Experienced! Internship and Career Fair even begins. Résumé Smash is open to sophomores, juniors and graduate students with a graduation date of May 2012 to August 2013 who are affiliated with the CWRU Career Center. For more information, contact Jennifer Price Davis.


Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week events are still taking place around campus.

Stephanie Liscio
Rev. Otis Moss Jr.

Today, Rev. Otis Moss Jr., pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, will speak at noon at Kelvin Smith Library in O'Neill Reading Room. Rev. Moss was a personal friend of Martin Luther King Jr., has been active in voting rights throughout the decades and worked with the King Center in Atlanta and Operation PUSH in Chicago. Today's scheduled speaker, Rev. Courtney Clayton Jenkins, will be unable to speak due to a family death.

Here’s what’s scheduled for tomorrow:

  • Join students, staff and faculty for Food for the Soul: Celebrating Poetry and Soul Food at Thwing Center at 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership, Thwing Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, attendees can share selections from great writers and enjoy soul food from local African-American businesses.
  • Enjoy a Brown Bag Lunch Book Discussion featuring Donald T. Phillips’ Martin Luther King Jr. on Leadership: Inspiration and Wisdom for Challenging Times. The event is sponsored by and held at Kelvin Smith Library from noon to 1 p.m. Complimentary books will be given.
  • The CWRU School of the Americas (SOA) Watch Delegation and the Interreligious Council will discuss the annual protest at the SOA, how CWRU students and staff are involved and what they hope to accomplish at SOA Watch Dinner: Echoes of MLK, Linking Latin America, North America and Case Western Reserve. The dinner will be held at Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • The African American Society presents Let Us Dream Together at 1914 Lounge in Thwing Center at 7:30 p.m. Attendees will discuss how to aid educational reform.
Ongoing events: the Free at Last: A History of the Abolition of Slavery in America display, sponsored by and held at Kelvin Smith Library, and the I Have a Dream display, sponsored by Office of Student Activities and Leadership, at Thwing Center Atrium.

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The School of Dental Medicine hosts Prophy Day Jan. 22, offering free oral exams, x-rays and teeth cleanings to individuals over 18 with some natural teeth. Prophy Day runs 8:30 a.m.-noon at Case Dental Clinic (2124 Cornell Road); no appointment is necessary. For more information, call 216.368.0214 or 216.368.0746 (please do not leave a message)..

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The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center Symposium, cosponsored by the Libra Institute and made possible in part by the Humanities Council, will be “Katyn: Justice Delayed or Justice Denied?” with a keynote by Stephen Rapp, United States ambassador-at-large for war crimes. It will take place Feb. 4, 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m., and Feb. 5, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in Moot Courtroom A59. Lunch is provided for all registered attendees. The event is free and open to the public; lawyers attending to earn 6.5 hours of CLE credit have a $200 fee.

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The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) general body meeting will take place tonight at 7 p.m. in Thwing Center Ballroom. New members and guests are welcome.

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.

William Bauer
William Bauer

Department of Music Associate Professor William Bauer's article, "Your Personal Learning Network: Professional Development on Demand" was published in the most recent edition of the Music Educators Journal (MEJ), the flagship journal of MENC: The National Association for Music Education, subscribed to by more than 75,000 music educators from around the world.

Jan. 19, 2011

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In the News

Extinct Woolly Mammoth Coming Back to Life?

WKYC, Jan. 18, 2011
Researchers in Japan want to clone a woolly mammoth within five years—but Darin Croft, assistant professor of anatomy, thinks the chances are pretty slim. "I don't know about one-in-a-million, but they're pretty long."

Is Genomics Medicine’s Holy Grail?

Daily Record, Jan. 16, 2011
Though the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 bans discrimination by employers and health insurers based on genetic test results, it includes a loophole that’s often overlooked, said Maxwell Mehlman, Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and Director of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Eaton Lawsuit Thrown Out Over Attorney Misdeeds

The Plain Dealer, Jan. 17, 2011
A Mississippi judge threw out a trade-secrets case filed by Eaton Corp., saying its lawyers hired an outside attorney who tried to improperly influence the case. The case was dismissed with prejudice, which is a rare but not unheard of action in civil court, said Robert P. Lawry, director of the Center for Professional Ethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Higher Ed News

Appeals Court Upholds Race-Conscious Admissions at U. of Texas

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 18, 2011
A federal appeals court upheld University of Texas at Austin's race-conscious admissions policy, ruling that the policy complies with guidelines for colleges set by the U.S. Supreme Court.