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Samir Ridha, dental director at The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, is well aware of the monetary value of the 11,000 free dental services he and his team provide every year. But for people suffering and struggling to decide between visiting the dentist to fix an aching tooth or paying a utility bill, the real value transcends the dollar figure.
“Helping someone find relief in the darkest moment is absolutely priceless,” he says.
Volunteers—including the 215 dentists, hygienists, technicians and students who donate their time and talent—are essential, he says, not just to the dental department, but to the operation of the clinic as a whole as it provides free health care to more than 10,000 patients per year, including preventive, acute and chronic medical, dental, behavioral health and HIV services. The university and clinic enjoy a rich partnership that extends back more than two decades, involving Case Western Reserve volunteers in nearly every aspect of care the clinic provides—from relationships with the dental and medical schools and the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences to the thousands of hours volunteered by students and staff outside of specific curricula. Read more.
There will be a planned outage of service for Blackboard and the Student Information System (SIS) between 3 and 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, to allow Information Technology Services (ITS) to perform configuration changes to enhance the systems. During this time, access to Blackboard and SIS will be intermittent. If you have additional questions about this outage contact the ITS Help Desk at 216.368.HELP (4357) or go to help.case.edu.
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The Relay for Life entertainment committee is looking for performers for this year's relay April 15-16. The committee is looking for energized undergraduate, graduate, faculty and staff performers. If you or a group are interested in performing, email Jake Kenney and Emily Moore. The committee is also looking for DJs for the event; cash prizes will be given to the top two DJs. To apply, fill out the application by Feb. 28.
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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.
The deadline to nominate yourself or a fellow faculty member for a Glennan Fellowship has been extended until Feb. 18. The program identifies and rewards promising junior faculty and facilitates their growth as teachers and scholars. Fellowships will be awarded based on evidence of promise for a balanced career in teaching and scholarship, as well as on the proposals submitted by nominees. Glennan Fellows must be regular tenure-track faculty members who are not yet tenured. For more information, visit the UCITE website.
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Female staff members are invited to attend WILD Wednesdays, presented by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. Women Inspiring Lunchtime Discussions (WILD) Wednesdays are brown-bag lunchtime discussions created, inspired and led by women staff at the university. The discussions will take place once a month in various locations throughout campus. This month, Aarti Pyati will lead a discussion on managing stress and creating a good work/life balance. It will be held Feb. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Spartan Room at Thwing Center.
The Student Life Committee of the Undergraduate Student Government and the University Office of Student Affairs are soliciting photographs for the 2011-12 Coming of Age Birthday Cards. Photos should reflect seasonal images of places and events at Case Western Reserve University. Special consideration will be given to photos that illustrate one or more of the following: diversity of campus culture; architecture; weather; something iconic about the university (such as a major campus event); a significant place; or something that represents the student experience at Case Western Reserve University. All qualifying photos must be taken on campus and/or at the University Farm. Photos must be submitted online by Feb. 25. For more information and to submit, click here.
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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon to learn about entering the master’s program as well as field education and financial aid. To register, contact the Admissions Office at 216.368.2280. For details, go to the school’s website.
The annual Provost Pizza Night will take place during the women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader games Friday, Feb. 18, at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively, versus Emory University. All fans in attendance receive free pizza, courtesy of Provost W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III. In addition, the women’s team will wear pink uniforms, made possible through the generosity of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and the Case Association of Student-Athletes will serve pink lemonade, both as part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Pink Zone initiative.
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Common Pleas Court Judge and School of Law alumnus Richard J. McMonagle will speak on “Law in the New Millennium” Friday, Feb. 18 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in Sears Building 356. Lunch will be provided; the event is free and open to the public. RSVP to Terri Mester.
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A Share the Vision Open Forum “Do Case Students Feel Overwhelmed?” will be held in Nord Hall 400 on Friday, Feb. 18 at 12:30 p.m. Members of the panel will include Tom Geaghan from University Institutional Research, Glenn Nicholls, vice president for student affairs, Edie Zimmerman from University Counseling Services and Minh-Tri Nguyen from Undergraduate Student Government. Free pizza will be provided. Find more information online.
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The Northeast Ohio Regional Science Olympiad, a competition for middle and high school students, will be held on campus Saturday, Feb. 26, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is looking for volunteer event captains to prepare each competitive event in advance and volunteers to facilitate events throughout the day of competitions. All Olympiad volunteers are invited to a pre-event appreciation dinner on Feb. 25, will receive lunch on the day of the event and will receive a Science Olympiad T-shirt. To volunteer, call 216.368.5075 or 216.368.5257 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com no later than Feb. 21.
Two Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine faculty members received local awards recently. Molly Yohann, assistant professor of radiology at, received Beaumont School's 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, which is given to women who exemplify the school's mission, which is to educate women for life, leadership and service. Additionally, Karen Horowitz Kahn, associate professor of medicine in the division of clinical and molecular endocrinology, was named the Sun Press Person of the Week. She also recently earned the 2010 Leadership Development Award by the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland for her work with the association and with Camp Ho Mita Koda, a camp for children with diabetes.
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