Unconventional Internship Helps Student Grow Local Arts Scene

Rachel Hunt
Junior Rachel Hunt shows guests artwork at a Ctownartparty
event last year.

When junior art history/English major Rachel Hunt started her internship search, she went the traditional route, checking out the art museums in the area and waiting to hear back. But when things didn’t pan out, she didn’t agonize over what could have been. Instead, she got innovative and developed her own for-credit internship: She would ramp up her work at Ctownartparty, a local arts promotion and production company that helps innovative Clevelanders get their work showcased. Her first major project of the internship? This Friday, she and partner Ryan Hobson will present Office Art, an exhibition showcasing approximately 20 artists’ works as part of the Tremont Art Walk.

The event will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. in the SCK Design Inc. office space (2221 Professor Ave.), a second-floor office above Lago, and also in a third-floor gallery. But even though its theme is Office Art due to its location, don’t expect bland, stuffy portraits. “I think it’s perfect for people to buy it and hang it up for their office at work, though,” Hunt said.

The artistic range at this exhibition will vary from paintings and photographs to quilt displays and jewelry, she said. Read more.

Campus News

On your mark, get set, think…fast. A new question of the week launches today on the Think news site. Members of the campus community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, anyone with a Case ID—can flex their intellectual muscle in this semester-long contest. The competition features weekly multiple-choice questions on subjects ranging from religion to rocket science. The winner gets 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.

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There will be a planned outage of service for the Student Information System (SIS) between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Feb. 9 to allow Information Technology Services (ITS) to perform configuration changes on the system. During this time access to SIS will be intermittent. If you have additional questions, contact the ITS Help Desk 216.368.HELP (4357) or go to help.case.edu.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Human Resources presents Delegation: An Essential Key to Supervisor Effectiveness, a half-day seminar on Thursday, Feb. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Crawford Hall Room 209. Participants will learn to match the delegated task with the appropriate staff person and how to monitor without micromanaging. To register, click here.

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Researchers and faculty are invited to attend the Drug Discovery & Development Seminar Feb. 10 from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. in Wolstein Auditorium. Ruben Papoian, director of the Cincinnati Drug Development Center, will present information on the program, which provides opportunities to develop high-throughput screening for target identification validation as well as structure/function evaluations and compound screening. Registration is not required. For more information, call Stephanie Weidenbecher at 216.368.6191.

For Students

Students are invited to meet Provost W. A. “Bud” Baeslack III and members of his leadership team Friday, Feb. 11 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium to learn about new initiatives to enhance student learning and life experiences on campus. During the event, they also will review proposed tuition rates and room and board fees for undergraduates in 2011-2012 and discuss improvements in student advising, international programs, the library, information technology and more. There will be ample time for student questions and comments. Refreshments will be provided.

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The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence is accepting nominations in the annual essay contest to identify a Case Western Reserve University faculty member who has shown ethical leadership as a mentor. Current graduate, professional or post-doctoral students are encouraged to write an essay of no more than 500 words to nominate a faculty member to receive the third annual Inamori Award for Excellence in Mentoring. The winning essayist will win $250 and the nominated mentor receives a gift certificate to a local restaurant, gets his or her name engraved on a plaque for Excellence in Mentoring and is honored at a reception. Submit all essays by March 1 to Gail Papay or deliver to the Inamori International Center. For more information and essay guidelines, go online.


The Department of Political Science and The Northeast Ohio University Consortium for Middle East Studies present The Arab Uprisings of 2011, a roundtable discussion on the events happening in the Middle East. Panelists will be Zeinab Abul-Magd from the Department of History at Oberlin College, Pete Moore from the political science department at Case Western Reserve University, Joshua Stacher from Kent State University’s political science department, and Neda A Zawahri from Cleveland State University’s political science department. The public event will be held in Nord Hall Room 400 on Wednesday, Feb. 9 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

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Female students, staff and faculty are invited to a two-hour Self-defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange (SAFE) workshop Feb. 10. The event is facilitated by Case Western Reserve University Police and cosponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. RSVP online. Contact keh30@case.edu or jeffrey.daberko@case.edu with questions.

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The Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at the Weatherhead School of Management and the Campus Sustainability Alliance are bringing Simon Fineman, group chief executive of wood product provider Timbmet, to campus Feb. 17 to present “From Bulls to Berries: A Trader Grows Greener.” He will discuss his commitment to sustainable forestry practices and his new venture, LaHave Forests in Nova Scotia, Canada. The event will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Dively Building Room 202.

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Sunday Science, a free, hands-on science event at Cleveland Lakefront State Park Headquarters, will be held Feb. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is a collaboration of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education, Cleveland Lakefront State Park and Cuyahoga County Public Library. Reservations are encouraged. Call 216.881.8141 ext. 3001 for more information and to RSVP.

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.

Case Western Reserve University men’s soccer juniors Vinny Bell and Niro Wimalasena as well as women's soccer junior Kristina Vaci and freshman Leah Levey were named to the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association All-Ohio team. Bell earned first-team honors, Vaci took a spot on the second team and Wimalasena and Levy each were selected to the third team. Read more.

Feb. 8, 2011

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In the News

Here's Help Understanding Health Care Reform
The Plain Dealer, Feb. 7, 2011
To help people better understand the new health care law, a columnist talked to J.B. Silvers, John R. Mannix Medical Mutual of Ohio Professor of Health Care Finance, to get a clear view of how it will affect everyone.

Heart Attack Predictor
wsoctv.com, Feb. 6, 2011
Daniel Simon, Herman K. Hellerstein Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine, said that despite the known risk factors for coronary artery disease, there is no way to determine who will have a heart attack, as people with significant risk factors sometimes have no issues while others with very few risk factors may end up with coronary artery blockages. In about half of people with coronary artery disease, the first symptom is a heart attack.

Are Venture Capitalists and Business Angels Biased Against Female Entrepreneurs?
Small Business Trends, Feb. 7, 2011
A recent paper presents solid evidence that investors are biased against female entrepreneurs. The researchers created fake companies and provided identical information except for the gender of the founding team, and they found very lopsided results, wrote Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies.

Higher Ed News

Tragedy at a Party

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 7, 2011
After a shooting over the weekend at Youngstown State University killed one and injured 11 others, campus security groups say this draws attention to the danger of fraternity parties that take place outside of the official fraternity house. Another shooting occurred months ago at an off-campus fraternity party at Seton Hall University, killing one and injuring several others.