CWRU Student, Alum Create Festival Celebrating
the Season

Brite Winter Cleveland
Attendees gather by the bonfire at last year's festival.
Photography by Lindsay Bruner.

After a week of temperatures hovering in the single digits, it might seem odd to celebrate winter—but that’s precisely what members of the Case Western Reserve University community are setting out to do with the second Brite Winter festival Feb. 19. The free, public event, to be held in Hart Crane Memorial and Rivergate Parks in The Flats from 5 to 10 p.m., is the brainchild of biomedical engineering PhD student Jimmy Harris and Case Western Reserve alumna Emily Hornack (GRS ’10).

Hornack and Harris had both been tossing around the idea of a winter festival and put it into effect last year. “For me, winter—and having four seasons—is one of the things that makes Northeast Ohio so great,” Hornack explained. “I wanted to do something that helped people realize that.” Thus, they developed Brite Winter, which boasts the tagline, “Celebrate, don’t hibernate!”

Brite Winter will feature nearly a dozen live music acts, artwork from local artists, light displays, a giant skeeball game, kinetic light drums, snow mini golf, a giant claw game and ski-bike racing. Additionally, there will be bonfires to keep attendees warm, as well as hot food and beverages from restaurants, coffee shops and food trucks. 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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Kelvin Smith Library invites the university community to the new art gallery, featuring photos from university historian Richard Baznik and University Archives. Stop in to the new KSL space on the first floor to see the inaugural exhibit and learn more about the university’s history. Details are available on the KSL NewsBlog.

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The University Bookstore is offering a 25 percent discount on all Adidas campus apparel Feb. 14-27.

For Faculty and Staff

CWRU Employee Wellness will host a free cooking demonstration Feb. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in Nord Hall 310. A Bon Appetit chef will show participants how to prepare healthy, delicious pizzas. Register here.

For Students

Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society, is hosting a “capsule” writing contest for all Case Western Reserve University undergraduates. Three forms of capsule (very short) selections of any form and on any topic are accepted: poems 10 lines or fewer (any form/topic); fiction less than 500 words; or nonfiction less than 500 words. The top three entries will be selected for recognition at a reading event to coincide with Writing Week. Submit to by April 1.

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United Protestant Campus Ministries is taking a spring break work/mission trip to Rosebud Reservation in Mission, S.D. Students will give back to families in need, repair homes and stock the food pantry. The trip will be $350/person. Contact Rev. Donna Hughes or Ebony Speakes with questions.


George D. Callard
George D. Callard

The Center for Law, Technology & the Arts presents “From the Couch to the Web: Developments in the Multichannel Video Programming Distribution Industry & Current Legal Issues.” The featured speaker will be George D. Callard, VP of business and legal affairs for NBC Universal. The lecture will be held Thursday, Feb. 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Moot Courtroom A59. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

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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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Peter Gleick
Peter Gleick

Peter Gleick, one of the world’s foremost experts on water, will speak at Case Western Reserve University Feb. 16 at 4:30 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium. His talk, “Peak Water: New Thinking about World Water Problems and Solutions,” will be followed by a book signing.


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.

The Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Congress elected new officers. The women and men will be represented, respectively, by Colleen Hosler and Chris Linderwell, presidents; Candace Martin and Parth Korthari, vice presidents of administration; Jen Peugh and Logan Hubbard, VPs of membership; Kaitlin Seibert and Brian Wiseman, vice presidents of programming; Emily Lawson and Michael Dzuricky, VPs of service; Nilushi Karunamun and Summit Pandat, VPs of finance; Kate Clancy and Nathan McKinley, VPs of communications; Disha Haque and Graham Reeves, members-at-large; and Meredith Collier and Ryan Shoup, Greek Community Educational Consultants.

Feb. 14, 2011

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In the News

Ohio Medicaid Reductions Could Make Hospitals Sick

Crain's Cleveland Business, Feb. 14, 2011
To reduce the deficit, Gov. John Kasich and state lawmakers are considering cuts to Medicaid. Downfalls of this is would be job layoffs and the loss of construction projects, said J.B. Silvers, John R. Mannix Medical Mutual of Ohio Professor of Health Care Finance.

Ray Lugo thinks NASA Glenn and Cleveland are cool: My Cleveland
The Plain Dealer, Feb. 13, 2011
Ramon "Ray" Lugo III, director of the NASA Glenn Research Center, sees the work done at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic as propelling Cleveland into becoming "the medical Silicon Valley and the alternative-energy Silicon Valley."

Off the Shelf- Episode 18:The Rise and Fall of the Bible with Tim Beal
Off the Shelf, Feb. 10, 2011
William Claspy, humanities librarian and coordinator of library instruction, interviewed Timothy Beal, Florence Harkness Professor of Religion, in a podcast about his new book, The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book.

Higher Ed News

House Republicans' Spending Bill for Remainder of 2011 Would Cut Pell Grant by 15 Percent

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 14, 2011
A spending bill introduced by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives would cut $100 billion from the president's budget request—including millions of dollars from federal support for research and student financial aid.