Climate Action Plan Nears Completion; Eco-Friendly Projects in the Works

Green worldAfter nearly six months of work from more than 100 faculty, staff and students, the university’s Climate Action Plan is in the final stages of development and is on schedule to be submitted to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in May.

The Climate Action Plan is a comprehensive “road map” that will guide Case Western Reserve University’s efforts to carbon neutrality. The plan sets out guidelines through 2050, but it can’t—and won’t—remain a static document. “New technologies will become available, new curriculum will become available, and it will absolutely need to be updated,” said Eugene Matthews, director of facilities services. “It won’t become a tome that will sit on a shelf and never change.”

In 2008, President Barbara R. Snyder signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, a national initiative of higher education leaders to promote sustainability on campuses across the country. Now, more than 675 leaders from colleges and universities have signed the pledge. Read more.

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USG President to Meet with White House Staff

Minh-Tri Nguyen
Minh-Tri Nguyen

On Tuesday, Feb. 22, Undergraduate Student Government President Minh-Tri Nguyen will meet with White House staff at Cleveland State University in conjunction with President Barack Obama’s visit to CSU. Nguyen will participate in a roundtable discussion with approximately 15 other young adults from various backgrounds, including students, veterans and entrepreneurs. This invitation was extended on behalf of the White House Office of Public Engagement, and Kalpen Modi, youth liaison for the president, will facilitate the roundtable.

A part of the president’s commitment to making the White House more accessible, the roundtable is designed as an opportunity for the White House Office of Public Engagement to share some of President Obama’s priorities for young people, and also listen to the issues and challenges that young leaders have been facing and solving in their own communities.

Campus News

Kocar drawingThe Mandel School of Applied Social Science's the Gallery @ MSASS will feature local artists Grace Vibbert and George Kocar (his work is pictured at left) until March 10.

 

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Registration for the Celebration of Student Writing closes March 1. The Celebration of Student Writing, which will be held April 15 from noon to 2:45 p.m. in Adelbert Gymnasium, is a universitywide showcase of student writing projects, held in conjunction with the Intersections Symposium and Poster Session. The celebration encourages students to show their research and writing in formats other than word-processed letters and lines on the printed page. For more information, click here.

For Faculty and Staff

Women Faculty Connect is a monthly luncheon in which all women faculty can join their colleagues to chat, relax and network. The next luncheon will be held Thursday, Feb. 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Meeting Room B of Thwing Center. The luncheon is sponsored by the Faculty Leadership Development Center of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. To reserve a lunch, contact Susan Freimark. Space is limited.

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CWRU Employee Wellness invites faculty/staff members to “Zumba to a Healthy Heart” with two free activity classes at 121 Fitness Center during American Heart Month. Full access to showers, towels, lockers and sauna facilities are included. Register online for the Feb. 23 session, noon-1 p.m., or the Feb. 24 session, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

For Students

The 16 students who traveled to Bangladesh over winter break will present information on their travels in a discussion sponsored by LINK (Local InterNational Konnections). Students also can learn about joining the next trip to Bangladesh or other study abroad programs. The presentation will take place Feb. 23 from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in Mandel School of Applied Social Science Room 320 BC. Cookies and drinks will be provided by LINK.

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Phi Mu is hosting its 5th annual three-on-three basketball tournament benefiting Rainbow Babies Hospital through Children's Miracle Network on Feb. 26 from noon to 5 p.m. in Veale Center. The donation is $35 for one team and $60 for two teams. Additionally, there will be activities, raffles and a halftime show. Registration will take place every day this week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Nord Hall.

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The Graduate Student Senate is seeking nominations from graduate students for the John S. Diekhoff Awards, which recognize four exceptional graduate faculty members—two as teachers and two as mentors. For more information, including how to nominate, click here.

Events

Arnold Hirshon
Arnold Hirshon

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 to open March 14.

 

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Mark Stefanski
Mark Stefanski

Marc A. Stefanski, chairman and CEO of Third Federal Savings and Loan, will be on campus tomorrow for a discussion on “Ethics and the Global Economy,” including how business decisions—both local and global—affect cities like Cleveland. He will also tackle the notion of “easy money” and promote long-term, strategic decision making. This lecture will be held at 4 p.m. in the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Inamori Center’s website.

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All students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the second annual Engineer's Week trivia contest, taking place at the Jolly Scholar tomorrow night. Free food and drinks start at 7:30 p.m., with trivia starting at 8 p.m. There will be cash prizes for the winning teams courtesy of the Case Alumni Association ($150 to the first place team). For more details on trivia night or other E-Week related events, go to eweek.case.edu.

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For the past six years, Lynn Singer, deputy provost and vice president for academic programs and professor in the School of Medicine, Pat Crago, associate dean of the Case School of Engineering, and Jeff Janata, associate professor of psychiatry, have represented Case Western Reserve University in the Reaching Heights Spelling Bee, using the team name UPPER CASE and winning the Bee in 2008. Last year, Alison Hall, professor in the Department of Neurosciences, and Walter Lambrecht, professor of physics, were representatives. Proceeds from the competition go into the Reaching Heights schools through grants. Everyone is invited to cheer them on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at Cleveland Heights High School. For more information, go online or donate here with the description that funds are for the UPPER CASE Spelling Bee Team.

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.

George Dent
George Dent

School of Law Professor George Dent Jr. participated in a press conference at The Ohio State University to announce a new study by the Center for Equal Opportunity showing significant racial discrimination in admissions by Ohio State and Miami Universities.

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Jon Groetzinger
Jon Groetzinger

Ethikos, a publication that examines ethical and compliance issues in business, featured School of Law Professor Jon Groetzinger Jr., as he discussed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Feb. 21, 2011

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In the News

Goody: A Defining Oscar Moment is Possible, but Not Likely
The Arizona Republic, Feb. 18, 2011
In some years, the Oscars have a barrier-breaking moment, such as when Halle Berry became the first African-American female to win Best Actress, but this year the winners might say more about who we are culturally. “The King's Speech is a traditional underdog-triumphs-over-his-adversaries-and-disabilities” movie, said Louis Giannetti, professor emeritus of film. “But its only novel element is that the hero is not a nobody, but a king.”

U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on 0-15 Losing Streak

Cincinnati Enquirer, Feb. 19, 2011
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati is one of the country's most powerful appeals courts, but the Supreme Court has overturned its last 15 decisions. School of Law Professor Jonathan Adler said relationships among the judges on the circuit court could lead to mistakes being made on cases because the judges can't talk out their issues before writing their opinions.

Some Genes Like It Hot

Science News, Feb. 19, 2011
Changes in genetics may depend on where you live, researchers including Center for Global Health & Diseases Professor Peter Zimmerman and S. Idell Pyle Professor of Anthropology Cynthia Beall have found. A version of a gene that produces protein found in sweat glands is more common in people who live in hot, sunny locations.

Higher Ed News

MSU Study Identifies Factors That Can Lead To Dropping Out
The Huffington Post, Feb. 18, 2011
According to a new report out of Michigan State University, certain critical factors—such as depression or loss of financial aid—strongly influence whether a student will complete college or not, while others, including a family member’s death or losing a job necessary to pay tuition, were not as crucial.