121 Fitness, Human Resources Encourage Better Health with Sponsored Programs

Woman eating appleBy now, you’ve heard about—and hopefully signed up for—the CWRU Spring Activity & Walking Challenge, which starts April 6. But 121 Fitness and the Department of Human Resources are doing more than simply challenging you to get fit—they’re giving you the tools to do it, through programs like the Get “Fit For Life” Challenge, the CWRU Employee Wellness Program and the soon-to-launch Weight Watchers Discount Program.

“Case Western Reserve University is committed to providing our employees with resources to make healthy decisions,” said Carolyn Gregory, vice president of human resources. “As part of this commitment, we want to make it easy for our employees to have access to a variety of wellness activities and programs.”

The Get “Fit for Life” Challenge is about to enter its third round, beginning April 4. Read more about the new programs.

Campus News

Relay for Life logoRelay for Life will kick off the event April 15-16 with a Survivor’s Lap. If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver and would like to take part, call the American Cancer Society at 888.227.6446, ext. 1201 or visit www.RelayForLife.org/cwru. All survivors receive a free Relay For Life T-shirt and can enjoy a special dinner after the opening lap. For more information, contact Relay@case.edu.

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Volunteers are needed for the Science is Fun! family day on campus, to be held April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals who enjoy science and working with the public are encouraged to volunteer. Call 216.368.5075 or email kmk21@case.edu for more information.

For Faculty and Staff

Stressed womanWomen faculty: Are you stressed out? Join Francoise Adan, director of the Mood and Mindfulness Clinic, in an interactive mini-workshop on stress management, held April 5 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Spartan Room at Thwing Center. Learn techniques and practical tools to help you manage stress and restore balance in five minutes. The Faculty Leadership Development Institute of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will sponsor the workshop. RSVP to Susan Freimark.

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Additionally, Adan will offer the next session of meditation classes beginning April 4 at noon on the 13th floor conference room in the Walker Building. All Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals employees and their families can receive discounted registration by calling 216.844.2400.

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CWRU Habitat for Humanity is searching for a new faculty adviser, effective the end of spring semester. No tool knowledge is required, and time commitment is self-determined—from signing two papers a semester to participating in workdays on weekends with students. Good characteristics include: interest in Habitat for Humanity, willing/able to put in time during the school year and tenured/tenure-track positions (preferable, but not mandatory). For more information, email chapter president Lauren Nicholson.

For Students

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center has partnered with Share the Vision and the Residence Hall Association for the fourth event in a semester-long lunch series, “LGBTQ Allies in Faith.”  On Friday, April 1, Joan Ishibashi, reverend at the Western Reserve Association United Church of Christ, will discuss her congregation of the Unitarian faith and the LGBT community. Join the discussion from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the LGBT Center. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Elisabeth Roccoforte.

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The Elena and Miles Zaremski Law-Medicine Forum, presented by the Law-Medicine Center, will host “An Inside Look at Medical Humor and the World of Syndicated Cartooning.” John McPherson, syndicated cartoonist of “Close to Home,” will speak at the event April 5 from noon to 1 p.m. in Moot Courtroom A59.

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Undergraduate Studies is hosting an information session on Friday, April 1 at 12:30 p.m. in Sears Hall 374 on “Planning Ahead for Law School and Beyond.” Francie Fields and Sarah Beznoska from the Career Services Office at Case Western Reserve University School of Law will be the speakers. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to terri.mester@case.edu.

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Students for Dialogue and TASO-Cleveland will host a bake sale to benefit the victims of the natural disasters in Japan today until 2 p.m. in Biomedical Research Building Atrium.

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The Undergraduate Student Government and Student Leadership Journey Council will host the Celebrity Bake Sale, a fundraiser to support Relay for Life, on Friday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the quad. Individuals can buy raffle tickets to win baked goods supplied by campus celebrities, including Glenn Nicholls, VP of Student Affairs; Colleen Barker-Williamson, director of Student Activities and Leadership; Julie Amon, assistant dean for first-year students; chemistry instructors Michael Kenney and Rekha Srinivasan; and more.


Jacqueline Lipton
Jaqueline Lipton

Jacqueline Lipton, School of Law professor and associate dean, will present a Public Affairs Discussion Group on “Privacy and Online Social Networks.” The event, held April 1 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Crawford Hall Room 9 (Inamori Center for International Ethics), will cover what “reasonable expectations of privacy” are in the world of Facebook and other social networks.

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The next interdisciplinary lecture in the Schubert Center’s Girlhood Series will be “Entering the 21st Century: Best Practices for Girls with Eating Disorders,” sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Alumni Association. The event will be held April 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Thwing Center’s 1914 Lounge. Find more information online.

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The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center presents “Enhancing Arab and Muslim Engagement and Outreach” with Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio The event will be held April 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in Moot Courtroom A59. Lunch will be provided.

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Tickets are being sold to the community for Taste of Peru 2011, a benefit for the Lamay Clinic Project, a global mission trip to Peru that is sponsored by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic. Tickets for the event, which will be held April 9 at 6 p.m., are $40 and $20 for students.

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Jeremy Bendik-Keymer
Jeremy Bendik-Keymer

The campus community is invited to celebrate the appointment of Jeremy Bendik-Keymer as the Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics. The ceremony will be held April 4 at 4 p.m. at The Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building, with a reception to follow. Respond by today to Jennie Szegedy by email or at 216.368.0565.

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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Case Western Reserve University’s Entrepreneurship Education Consortium, the Case Entrepreneurs Club and the Case Coulter Translational Research Partnership hosted the ideaLabs business concept competition earlier this month. Taking home top prizes were Paige Cramer’s team for the graduate category and Austin Schmidt and Solomon Alkhasov for the undergraduate category.

Cramer’s team won first place for their RexiGen business concept surrounding a recently developed drug compound that could cure Alzheimer’s disease. Schmidt and Alkhasov’s Affinity Algorithms business concept was for specialized arbitrage evaluation. Schmidt and Alkhasov will compete in the regional ideaLabs competition at University of Akron tonight for a grand prize of $5,000. Read more.

March 31, 2011

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In the News

Best of Cleveland 2011

Cleveland Scene, March 30, 2011
In the magazine’s annual “Best of” awards, Case Western Reserve University won the award for top university or college in the area. “World-class education in a setting straight out of a collegiate fairytale? It’s no wonder Case tops all challengers when it comes to area institutions of higher learning. Internationally renowned for its programs ranging from medicine to business to law, Case preps its students for prosperity and immerses them along the way in a setting steeped in cultural riches,” the editors wrote.

Clevelanders Can Poke Fun, Too

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 30, 2011
After the Cavaliers’ win on Tuesday, undergraduate student Austin Schmidt launched a website that earned kudos from a Crain’s editor. Schmidt’s site, Heat Panic Meter, allows visitors to rate the level of panic of the Miami Heat.

Parents of Twins Slightly More Likely to Divorce

Reuters Health, March 31, 2011
Parents of twins are slightly—just 1 percent—more likely to divorce than parents without twins, a new study found. Elizabeth Damato, associate professor in Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, was not involved in the study but said stress and lack of sleep may be even worse in parents of twins, and that those factors may contribute to higher divorce rates.

Higher Ed News

To Drink or to Study?

Inside Higher Ed, March 30, 2011
Time spent studying and alcohol consumption are the two most significant predictors of a student’s grade point average—even more so than actually attending class, according to a recent study. The study showed that students who drink and also volunteer or participate in other activities are less likely than those who drink and don’t engage in other activities to experience negative consequences from drinking. “They're not drinking less, they're just drinking smarter,” the author of the study said.