How many blueberries are on a bush? You can find out by voting in the 2011 Communities Take Root competition, sponsored by Edy’s Fruit Bars. More importantly, your vote could help Case Western Reserve University’s Farm Food Program plant an orchard of blueberry bushes at its Hunting Valley farms, which, in turn, could supply the berries to the Bon Appétit kitchens on campus.
In order for the orchard to become a reality, the university must be among the top 20 vote-getting organizations (of the 120 invited to compete) in the online contest, open April 15-Aug. 31.
Your vote counts, but only once a day during the competition. Read more about the contest and the work being done on the farms.
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The Spartan Hall of Fame will induct seven new members at its Hall of Fame Banquet and Fundraiser April 30. Over the next few days, The Daily will provide a look at the inductees’ accomplishments.
Mike Karchut (CIT ’66, LAW ’74) was one of the most outstanding Olympic weightlifters in the United States in the 1960s and ’70s. While a student, he was the 1963 Teenage National Champion at 148.75 lbs., the 1965 Junior National Champion at 165.5 lbs., and the 1966 YMCA National Champion at 165.5 lbs.
Following graduation, he competed in 21 consecutive senior national championships with eight first-place finishes and four second-place showings. Karchut also was a member of the 1972 and 1980 United States Olympic teams in addition to the 1971 Pan American team. From 1968 to 1978, Karchut set nine American records and competed with five world championship teams.
Today is Bon Appétit Management Company’s fourth annual Low Carbon Diet Day, where the university community is invited to learn about low-impact eating. Students can enjoy low-carbon meals at lunch today at Fribley Dining and Leutner Commons; all others can check it out at BRB Café and Tomlinson Marketplace. To learn more about climate-friendly eating, check out the Low Carbon Diet Calculator.
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There’s a new space in Kelvin Smith Library for anyone who needs a quiet space to study or work: the Special Collections Reading Room, located on the second floor. This space provides another option for you to get some work done during the week, as a busy semester peaks along with the personal need for some quiet time. Read more about room policy and hours for this newest open space at your library, on the KSL NewsBlog.
The Employee Wellness Program offers a free Yoga Muscle course tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. at 121 Fitness Center. No experience is required, and all levels are welcome. Register online.
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Retirement plan participants can learn more about the upcoming Vanguard investment fund lineup changes by joining a webinar today from noon to 1 p.m. (register here). Vanguard representatives also will be on campus leading additional information meetings on Tuesday, April 26 (no registration required).
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This month’s Women Inspiring Lunchtime Discussions (WILD) Wednesday session, sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, will cover “Gardening in a Nutshell.” The event, held April 20 from noon to 1 p.m. on the quad at Nord Hall, will discuss the basics of gardening, tips for success and how to grow your own garden. The rain site will be Tomlinson Hall.
On Sunday, April 17, the African American Society will host the Rep Your Org Basketball Game, where one person from a campus organization represents his/her group on a team. Individuals who don’t play are encouraged to support other organizations. Tickets are $1 and concessions will be available. For more information, contact Brittany Radford. To register, go online.
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The Tau Beta Pi Bookswap Dollar Sale, to be held April 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Nord Hall 310, will feature more than 1,000 books available for $1. The sale will feature general interest books as well as older editions of textbooks that are ideal for personal reference. Cash, check and Case Cash will be accepted. Find more information online.
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The Victory Lap: CWRU Senior Week 2011 will be May 5-12. Visit the Facebook page for information about the week and to check out all of the events, valued at about $300. Early bird ticket sales ($110) are available at tickets.case.edu. Questions? Email the committee at email@example.com.
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The Graduate Professional Council will host a Japan Relief Fundraiser tonight at Jolly Scholar from 5 p.m. to close. All are invited, and there will be a graduate student happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. A $5 donation gets individuals half off their appetizer; a $10 donation gets them half off their food bill; and Jolly Scholar will make a donation for every drink purchase.
The fourth annual CollabTech Summit will be held at Case Western Reserve University May 5 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Thwing Center. The theme for this gathering of educators, administrators and community professionals is “Building a Culture of Collaboration through Education and Technology.” The summit will begin with an opening panel on higher education and technology and will feature seminars on 21st century learning strategies, learning in a hyper-connected world and more. The keynote address will be given by Dr. David Weinberger on the topic “Unsettling Knowledge: Knowing in the Networked Age.” Register for the CollabTech Summit online. For more information, please go to case.edu/collabtech or contact Wendy Shapiro.
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A popular culture panel featuring a science fiction writer, a punk-movie maker, a commentator and a games designer will be held April 22 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Guilford House Parlor. Filmmaker Robert Banks, New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima, Cleveland Institute of Art Assistant Professor and game designer Knut Hybinette, and Plain Dealer pop culture, fashion and lifestyle writer Andrea Simakis will discuss attendee questions on popular culture. Anyone is invited to attend the discussion. Students are encouraged to submit their questions for the panelists to Susan Dumbrys; the student with the best question will win the first two books of Williams Chima’s Seven Realms novels.
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Tonight from 6 to 8 p.m., Mistletoe College Council will host a program about Testicular Cancer Awareness at the grills by Clarke Tower. There will be free food and a chance to learn how to give a monthly self-examination.
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Case Concert Choir & University Singers will host their Unity Concert April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Harkness Chapel. The event, which is free and open to the public, features music from around the world.
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The Case African Students Association will host its 2011 cultural show, “Mission Africa: One Love,” on Saturday, April 16, in Carlton Commons. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and the events of the show, which include African dancing, poetry readings, and a fashion show, will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the show ($6 for undergraduate students; $8 for all others). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or any questions.
Over the past two weeks, three Case Western Reserve University athletes have been named University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week. On April 4, the UAA office named senior third baseman Chad Mullins Athlete of the Week, after he posted a batting average of 0.765 with a homerun and 11 RBIs during a 5-0 week for the Spartans.
The next week, baseball sophomore pitcher Jamie Hora and softball junior designated player/first baseman Lauren Wolz were selected.
Hora earned the award for the second time this season after posting a 2-0 record with a 0.64 ERA during a 3-1 week for the Spartans. Wolz, the first Spartan softball player to earn the award this season, batted .478 with four homeruns and 10 RBI during a 6-0 week for the Spartans.