New Employee Wellness Challenge Kicks Off

Woman stretchingWith warm weather just around the corner in Cleveland—and it will be here soon enough—it's time to get moving. The Office of Human Resources and 121 Fitness are joining forces to present a new employee wellness challenge. Based off last fall’s successful 10,000 Steps Challenge, this year’s CWRU Spring Activity & Walking Challenge invites all employees to get active this spring in any kind of exercise.

From April 6 to May 6, employees can log on to MyStart! to begin tracking their daily activities, from walking and running to dancing and yoga. There’s even a way to calculate energy expended in everyday activities like vacuuming and gardening. This program focuses more on the time spent exercising and being active, rather than the actual amount of steps walked. Participants can receive a free pedometer—pick it up at 121 Fitness Center—but it is not required with this new program.

There will be a competition aspect to the challenge: Employees can sign up in teams of four or five or as individuals. Prizes will be awarded to the individual and team with the most activity and the school/college or university-general office with the highest percentage of participation. Additionally, there will be raffle prizes for employees averaging at least 30 minutes of activity each day, explained Bryn Mota, director of 121 Fitness Center. Read more.

Campus News

CWRU iPhone case

The Weatherhead Synergy Team is selling iPhone 4G cases printed with the Case Western Reserve University logo, with proceeds benefiting the Japan Earthquake Relief initiative. To purchase, stop by the Case Western Reserve University Bookstore, check it out on Facebook or contact

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There will be an interruption of services for SmartCART users from 10 p.m. March 25 to no later than noon on March 27 to allow Information Technology Services (ITS) and the SmartCART vendor to conduct scheduled maintenance and implement an update of the system. Users attempting to reach the SmartCART online ordering system while it is down will see a maintenance announcement asking them to try again later.

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IBZ, International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences, is a leading interdisciplinary reference tool for international academic literature. IBZ indexes the intersections of many subject areas in more than 3 million articles and now includes abstracts. Details and an opportunity for questions and comments about it are available on the KSL NewsBlog.

For Faculty and Staff

Erica Merritt from the Office of Human Resources will lead Powerful Presentations, an interactive workshop to show how to create and deliver informative, engaging and well-designed presentations. During the workshop, held in Crawford Hall Room 209 on March 30 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., attendees will see examples of effective and ineffective presentations and develop more competence and confidence to deliver powerful presentations. Note: This is not a computer workshop. Register here.

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Mouth with bracesThe Orthodontic Department at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine seeks 250 youths between the ages of 10 and 16 who need braces. The dental school will provide high-quality care by licensed dentists under the supervision of experienced orthodontists. All cases will begin this fall. To schedule a free exam and to learn more about the program and extended payment plans, call 216.368.1259 or email

For Students

CWRU students are invited to take the 121 Fitness Center “Countdown to Graduation” six-week fitness challenge, starting March 28. The program has three tiers for your success and includes full access to 121 Fitness, a health risk assessment, more than 55 free group exercise classes, free parking, free locker and towel service and more. For more information and registration click here, call 368.1121 or stop in for a tour.

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What gets your creativity flowing? All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to enter to win $3,500 in cash prizes and help design think[box]—an innovative home for out-of-the-box thinkers with hands-on education, design, development, product commercialization and entrepreneurial activities in the former Lincoln Storage facility. To enter, explain how the wide range of think[box] activities should be allocated and how the space should be decorated, including types of furniture, equipment and “creature comforts” to make think[box] the ideal space for innovation. Entry deadline is March 28. Designs are due April 25. Click to enter and see contest rules.

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The annual Walk In My Shoes program will look at what it’s like to be a member of the international student population at Case Western Reserve University. Walk In My Shoes is an annual program put on by Juniper Residential College to help faculty, staff and students understand what it is like to be a part of a particular social identity on campus. Visit Thwing Atrium March 25 at 12:30 p.m. to get a glimpse of what these students may go through on a daily basis.


The Canada-United States Law Institute presents the Henry T. King Jr. Annual Conference on “Energy Security and Climate Change: A Canada-U.S. Common Approach?” The event, which is open to the public for a fee and free for students who pre-register, will be held April 14-16 in Moot Courtroom A59. Registration is required by today.

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JugglingOn Saturday, March 26, the Case Juggling Club will present its annual show, the Case Juggling Spectacular, filled with mind-boggling tricks, devious plots, suspense, excitement, dangerous stunts and jokes, good and bad. Come by and support the performance in the Thwing Ballroom from 8 to 9 p.m. Find more information on Facebook.

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The Case Center for Inquiry is sponsoring a talk by John W. Loftus called “The Christian Delusion.” Loftus has three master’s degrees in the Philosophy of Religion and is a graduate of the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The talk with Loftus, a former preacher-turned-atheist, author and prominent blogger, will take place Saturday, March 26 at 6 p.m. in Wickenden 322.

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Aging ConferenceAging 2.0: Technology, Trends, and Transitions is the title of the 19th Annual Florence Cellar Conference, to be held April 8 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. Presented by the University Center on Aging and Health, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and CWRU's Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center, this daylong conference will examine health care technology designed to help older adults continue to live independently, public policy and ethical issues relating to these technological advances, and emerging trends in technology and their relevance to an aging population. For more info or to register, go online.

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The Case Western Reserve University Jazz Ensembles Concert featuring guest artist Russell Schmidt will be held March 30 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Harkness Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

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.

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Bo Sterk
Bo Sterk

Robert “Bo” Sterk, Art Studio lecturer, was just named Beekeeper of the Year by The State of Florida and the University of Florida’s Bee College. He has consulted and taught apiculture/bee biology in the Eastern Caribbean for the past 10 years, with his biggest challenge and undertaking being rural agricultural development with apiculture in Haiti. A lecture will be planned for later in the month at the Art Studio.

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Case Western Reserve University’s Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) recently was identified as a key organization in the push to make locally produced food available to all people in Greater Cleveland. The study, known as the Northeast Ohio Local Food Assessment and Plan, was conducted throughout 2010. The final report is an economic development strategy for the region based on the production, processing and distribution of local food. Through its core project, FreshLink, the PRCHN is addressing access to nutrition in areas known as “food deserts,” where fast food outlets and convenience stores are plentiful but fresh and healthy options are not.

March 25, 2011

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In the News

It's Humans vs. Zombies on Case Western Reserve University Campus

The Plain Dealer, March 23, 2011
Humans vs. Zombies fired up on campus Wednesday, with about 150 students playing the 10-day game. “This school has a reputation of people sitting in their rooms doing chemistry homework so to see someone running around campus at full speed is good,” said faculty adviser Brad Ricca. The article outlines the rules and also includes an action-packed video and photo gallery.

In Elizabeth Taylor, a Remarkable Blend of Beauty and Tenacity

Christian Science Monitor, March 23, 2011
Elizabeth Taylor died of congestive heart failure Wednesday in Los Angeles. “Taylor was always hampered by—shall we say—those who were overwhelmed by her remarkable beauty,” said Louis Giannetti, emeritus professor of film. “She was actually quite a wonderful natural actress, with the natural ability from a very early age to tap into deep, and very real emotions.”

A Closer Look at Sleep Apnea: NetWellness

The Plain Dealer, March 23, 2011
Sleep apnea, a breathing disorder in which abnormal pauses in breathing or shallow breaths occur during sleep, affects about 18 million Americans—although it is an under-recognized condition. There are three classifications of sleep apnea, with different symptoms and treatments, writes School of Medicine Associate Professor Dennis Auckley.

Are Federal Policies Toward Small Business Contracting Succeeding?

Small Business Trends, March 22, 2011
Elected officials want federal bureaucracy to contract more with small businesses, so Congress established new policies, and the Small Business Administration is monitoring federal agencies to make sure they are meeting certain target numbers. But these efforts aren’t necessarily getting the federal government to contract more with small businesses, writes Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies.

Higher Ed News

Online Tools Help College Freshman Find Stolen Laptop

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 23, 2011
It’s well known that laptops are among the most commonly stolen items on college campuses. But, as one college freshman at Bentley University learned, there are ways to track activity on stolen computers—including watching videos of the thief dancing, uploaded by the thief to YouTube from the stolen Mac.