Assignment: Capturing History in Words, Sounds and Pictures

CWRU Multimedia class
Emily Hoffman documents the Wii action at Eliza Bryant Village.
Photos by Susan Griffith.

Ludel Dennis is one heck of a bowler.

Not one bowler in their red Eliza Bryant Village Wii Bowlers shirts has yet to match her perfect 300 score, but they keep trying on Thursday afternoons.

And Jim Sheeler’s multimedia journalism students are there to catch the action with their Flip video cameras, as they sit in on practice in the television room at the retirement village on Wade Park.

Sheeler’s students—Molly Drake, Emily Hoffman and Jonathan Monreal—have spent class time capturing the life stories and activities of these residents who live in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood. They plan to create a Web-based repository of these stories, audiotapes and images. Read more about the stories and people they met.

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School of Medicine Names New Program Executive Director

School of Medicine Dean Pamela B. Davis named Amy R. Sheon executive director of the Urban Health Initiative. Sheon, who is currently senior policy analyst at Altarum Institute in Ann Arbor, Mich., will join Case Western Reserve University on June 1.

In her new position, Sheon will provide the strategic leadership for a comprehensive Urban Health Initiative—a long-term commitment from the university to enhance the health of, and access to quality care for, members of the Northeast Ohio community. The initiative will include health education, population-based health services and community-based research. Read more about her role and responsibilities.

Campus News

In celebration of Get Active America Week, 121 Fitness will be free to all guests May 2-8. This includes more than 50 group exercise classes, fitness contests, health screenings and all other amenities. Visit for more information.

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Bon Appétit Management Co. will introduce the Simple 600 program at Biomedical Research Building Café on May 3. Simple 600 offers a customizable way to enjoy nutritious meals for 600 calories or less. Each week, the Simple 600 station features a different regional cuisine; stop by May 3 for free samples.

For Faculty and Staff

Ohio Supercomputer Center is hosting a one-day workshop on “Optimizing MATLAB Code for Performance: Serial Best Practices and Parallel Computing.”  The event, conducted in partnership with The Mathworks Inc., will be held May 4 in Columbus. The sessions will focus on how to optimize code to boost the execution speed of applications, common pitfalls in writing MATLAB code, and how to solve data-intensive programs using multicore processors and computer clusters. The workshop is free, although registration is required. More information is available online.

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The Spartan Sports Camp will be held June 13-Aug. 5 for children ages 6 to 12. Faculty and staff members interested in more information for their children can contact Marcus Macalla at 216.368.0548.

For Students

CWRU art show
Photo by Susan Griffith.

A crowd gathers to look at photos from ARTS 220, Photography Studio I, at the Student Art Show, which runs through April 29 at the Art Studio. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.



Circle Neighbors, a free lecture series sponsored by institutions in University Circle, will be held in the Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall May 11 for a 10:30 a.m. program on “Immigration and Why it Matters to University Circle.” University Circle Inc. President Chris Ronayne will introduce the co-authors of Immigration, Inc.: Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (and How They will Save the American Worker), Richard T. Herman, principal and founder of Richard T. Herman & Associates LLC, and Robert L. Smith, The Plain Dealer demographics reporter. For reservations, call 216.707.2527 or visit and click the RSVP button. The program will be simulcast in CMA Lecture Hall to accommodate any overflow.

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Cleveland Institute of Art’s BFA Thesis Exhibition, which features the work of some Case Western Reserve University students, is the professional debut of about 80 artists and designers working in various disciplines. The exhibitions are open to the public on May 5 (7-9 p.m.), May 6 (7-11 p.m.) and May 7 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) at the Joseph McCullough Center, located at 11610 Euclid Ave. (across the street from Mi Pueblo).

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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Emmitt Jolly
Emmitt Jolly

Kaleidoscope Magazine named Emmitt Jolly, assistant professor of biology, a member of the 40/40 Club Class of 2011. The 40/40 Club recognizes 40 African-American individuals under the age of 40 for their positive contributions to the greater Cleveland area.

April 28, 2011

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In the News

Signs of Lost Times: Northeast Ohio Cityscape is Full of Old, Painted Signs and Advertisements

The Plain Dealer, April 27, 2011
As faded old business signs around the city show Cleveland's history, they also can serve as a lesson for the future. John Grabowski, Krieger-Mueller Associate Professor of Applied History and historian and vice president for collections at Western Reserve Historical Society, plans to host a tour this summer for two-year college professors to show how to use physical landscapes in teaching. "We want them to look at structures and see that in one single place you can see all of these layers of history through the names on the signs and the types of architecture," he said.

Today’s Workplace Needs Mindful Leaders

Financial Post, April 27, 2011
Mindfulness is a key characteristic in leadership and in workplace culture. Good leaders can gain resonance with the people around them through self-awareness and relationship management, said Richard Boyatzis, professor of organizational behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management. These two characteristics are connected to mindfulness.

Mother Worried About Baby's Genetics

Savannah Morning News, April 25, 2011
Sylvia Rimm, clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, answers a mother's questions about how to try to prevent her son developing a learning disorder, and another regarding how to deal with less verbally gifted children.

Higher Ed News

College Costs and Selectivity May Influence Health and Behavior Choices

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 26, 2011
A recent study shows that 17-year-olds who live in states with community colleges that have higher costs are more likely to smoke or have sex, while another study found that people who attend selective colleges were less likely to smoke, be obese or eat fast food than those who attend less-selective colleges.