Give Kids a Smile Day Helps 375 Cleveland Students

Student brushing teeth
Approximately 375 children from Michael R. White and Scranton Elementary Schools in Cleveland visited the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine for the 2011 Give Kids a Smile Day on Friday, Feb. 4. Above, fourth-year dental student Michael Semidey shows proper brushing technique to a Scranton Elementary student. In the past five years, the partnership between the dental school and the Greater Cleveland Dental Society has seen nearly 2,200 underserved children and provided over $509,000 in free dental care. Photo by Susan Griffith.

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Environmental Ethicist to Speak on Climate Policy at Baker-Nord Event

Stephen Gardiner
Stephen Gardiner. Photo courtesy
of University of Washington.

What does great literature have to teach us about today’s global problems such as climate change?

During a tour for his new book, A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change, environmental ethicist Stephen Gardiner will visit Case Western Reserve University to give the inaugural Issa Lecture as part of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities’ yearlong exploration of globalism.

Considered one of the distinctive voices in contemporary ethical debates about climate change, Gardiner will address the topic, “Climate Policy and Wise Literature in a Perfect Moral Storm,” on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. in 309 Clark Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Read more.

Campus News

Manor HouseSearching for somewhere to host your next meeting or retreat, wedding or social gathering? The Manor House at Squire Valleevue Farm, located just 10 miles from campus in Hunting Valley, is the perfect venue. Reservations are open to faculty, staff, students and alumni and can be booked up to one year in advance. Contact Kimberly Deininger, Manor House events coordinator, today to discuss your upcoming event. For complete rental information, visit the farm's website.

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The Weatherhead Tax Assistance Program prepares tax returns free of charge for low-income workers throughout Cleveland. Last year, program volunteers provided tax services to more than 8,000 clients who received $9.1 million in refunds, and saved an estimated $2 million in preparation fees. Don't stress out over taxes—let them do the work for you! Client spots are first come, first served. Tax sites are open from 12-4pm (in PBL 201) on Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 18, 25; and April 1. To be a client, email Beth Johnston and Di Huang at or go online for more information.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty members interested in serving on faculty senate standing committees starting in 2011-2012 should fill out the Faculty Interest Survey by Feb. 15. Questions can be directed to Professor Susan Tullai-McGuinness, chair of the Faculty Senate Nominating Committee, or Liz Woyczynski, secretary of the university faculty.

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Managing Conflict Across Differences for Supervisors is a two-part workshop held Feb. 8 and 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to examine conflict behaviors at the interpersonal, group and organizational level. The goal of the practice-focused workshop, facilitated by Shirley Mosley and Erica Merritt of human resources, is to acquire a deeper understanding of conflict and to manage it when it occurs. Participants must attend both sessions, located in Crawford Hall Room 209. Register online.

For Students

For the first time, Case Western Reserve University is on the Peace Corps’ list of top small-sized colleges and universities nationwide producing Peace Corps volunteers. The Peace Corps will hold an information session Feb. 9 at 4:30 p.m. in Sears Library Building Room 354. During the session, a representative will talk about the application process and benefits of service, including financial assistance for graduate school, full health and dental coverage, increased job skills and employment potential and more.

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Graduate students are invited to attend GRADLINK, a graduate student support group on Feb. 8 from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Spartan Room at Thwing Center. Come eat pizza and share your thoughts and experiences about being a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University. The group, sponsored by University Counseling Services and facilitated by Pamela Nilsson, is held the second Tuesday of every month. Contact Dr. Nilsson for more information at 216.368.0642 or


Relay for Life logoSpring semester begins the drive for the 2011 CWRU Relay For Life. Mark your calendars for two important dates for this annual community celebration: Power of Purple Day on Friday, Feb. 25, on which everyone is encouraged to wear purple and white, and the actual Relay For Life April 15-16 at the Bill Sudak Track & Field in the North Residential Village. An important reminder for administrative and college departments: Students are not the only participants who create teams. The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine annually creates five teams for the Relay, and the 2011 Planning Team is challenging every administrative division and college to beat that count! To learn more about registering a team, go online or contact the RFL planning team adviser, Colleen Barker-Williamson.

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The Case Western Reserve University community is invited to a reception welcoming Arnold Hirshon, associate provost and university librarian, on Thursday, Feb. 24 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Kelvin Smith Library Café, which is scheduled for opening on March 14.

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The Staff Advisory Council will hold a bake sale Monday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. until the bakery runs out. Bake sales will be held in Biomedical Research Building Atrium, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Lobby and Crawford Hall-Sages Café. As a special Valentine’s Day treat in Sages and the BRB Starbucks, if you buy a baked good you receive a discount on a drink that day. Proceeds benefit the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund (SEEF). To donate bakery, contact the individual closest to your campus office for the exact drop-off locations: Crawford Hall: Theresa Grigger, 216.368.5887; BRB: Shannon Swiatkowski, 216.368.1490; Mandel School: Kathy Dowdell, 216.368.2264.

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The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity presents The Power of Diversity Lecture Series with a session on Promoting Diversity in Academia: The Importance of Mentoring by LaShanda T. Korley, Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering. It will be held Feb. 9 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Case Western Reserve University Alumni House and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by Key Bank. Email to RSVP or get more information online.

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.

Eric Duerr
Eric Duerr

Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball senior Eric Duerr and women’s basketball junior Erin Hollinger have been selected to the Capital One Academic All-District IV First Team. They both are now eligible for Academic All-American voting.

Erin Hollinger
Erin Hollinger

Duerr, who was a third-team Academic All-American last season, is averaging 7.4 points and 5.7 rebounds from the center position with a team-best 23 blocked shots. Hollinger leads the University Athletic Association in scoring at 16.4 points per game and in blocked shots with 35. Last season, Hollinger was named Academic All-America in both basketball and track & field. She also is a two-time All-UAA selection for basketball and an All-American high jumper for the Spartan track & field team.

Feb. 7, 2011

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In the News

How to Keep a Relationship Alive
ABC News, Feb. 4, 2011
Couples know making a relationship work can be challenging, especially after the initial infatuation wears off. Sheryl Kingsberg, chief of the division of behavioral medicine in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, explained the importance of working hard at a relationship.

The Severances: One Family's Cultural Legacy to Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 5, 2011
A new book out, The Severances: An American Odyssey, From Puritan Massachusetts to Ohio's Western Reserve, and Beyond, tells details of the Severance family's life and generosity. "They absorbed music and art like sponges, and they used their wherewithal to make culture accessible to the people," said John Grabowski, Krieger-Mueller Associate Professor of Applied History, who wrote the forward to the book.

Cleveland: Demonstration in 'Solidarity' with Egyptians

WKYC, Feb. 4, 2011
About 50 people gathered downtown in Public Square to show their support for Egyptian demonstrators. First-year student Yssna Soliman, who is of Egyptian heritage, was among the local demonstrators. "I'm concerned because Mubarak says he will leave in September, but he will not leave," she said.

Rep. Lorraine Fende on Point that Abortion at 8 1/2 Months is Legal
PolitiFact Ohio, Feb. 4, 2011
Rep. Lorraine Fende introduced a ban on abortions when a woman is 22 weeks pregnant with a viable fetus and said in an interview that women can get abortions at 8.5 months pregnant without reason. Jessie Hill, professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, said abortions like that don’t happen in Ohio for no reason. "It’s just one of those things that’s unheard of," she said.

Higher Ed News

Colleges Are Top Draw for America's Richest Donors

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 7, 2011
Almost half of the $5 million or more gifts made last year went to institutions of higher education, but overall, wealthy donors cut back on charitable giving in 2010, according to a report by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.