Homecoming 2014 Events Calendar

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Signature Events Distinguished Alumni Awards Thursday, September 18

The Parade of the Decades Friday, September 19

"At Home in Africa" Friday, September 19 - Saturday, September 20

Homecoming Headquarters & Check-in Saturday, September 20

Homecoming Signature Lecture: "In the Year of '64" Saturday, September 20

All Alumni Luncheon Saturday, September 20

Viking Fair Saturday, September 20

Homecoming Signature Lecture: "Cleveland's Brain Gain" Saturday, September 20
Wed 9.17 4 p.m. Golden Apple Recognition Reception
Fenn Tower 303; By Invitation

The Young Alumni Council will honor outstanding faculty/staff nominated by graduates of the last decade.
Thur 9.18 9 - 10:30 a.m. Homecoming Kick-off for Faculty and Staff CSU Alumni
Elements Bistro, AC

The CSU Alumni Association invites all faculty and staff alumni to kick-off Homecoming with complimentary coffee and donuts – and a lot of good cheer.
5:30 p.m. 24th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards
Wolstein Center; Business Attire
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Experience the marquee alumni event of the year when CSU and the Alumni Association honor this year's class of distinguished alumni. This is always one of the highlights of the year. Previous recipients since the award's creation will also be recognized. You won't want to miss this spectacular event. Tickets available at 216.687.5045 through Thursday, September 4. Reception and dinner included.
Fri 9.19 5:45 a.m. - 9 p.m. Work Out at the Rec or Just Tour...for Free
Recreation Center

Alumni and family members are invited to take advantage of CSU's state-of-the-art recreation center. Amenities include two lap pools, basketball courts, weight rooms, cardio, circuit training, an indoor track, and so much more. Work out for free or just stop by to tour the building. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult/ID's required.
8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Flashback Friday
Looping slide show of CSU over 50 years
9 a.m. Golf Outing for CSU Swimming Alumni
Hinkley Hills Golf Course
$65 per golfer

Post-outing gathering at Peak Performance, 1 Eagle Valley Dr., Broadview Heights
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10 a.m. - 8 p.m. "At Home in Africa"
The Galleries at CSU, 1307 Euclid Ave.
Sponsored by CLASS

An incredible exhibition of 300+ objects that features the inspirational and creative design, pattern and form found in a wide variety of traditional handcrafted objects from African homes, covering 70 ethnic groups from 30 countries spanning 130 years.
Noon Grand Marshalls/VIP Luncheon
Fenn Tower 303

Join students, faculty and staff in welcoming this year's parade Grand Marshalls and other dignitaries featured throughout Homecoming and in the Homecoming Parade. (By Invitation)
3 - 5 p.m. Mandel Honors College Alumni Gathering

CSU Honors alumni and guests are invited to reconnect with other Honors alums, meet current students, and learn about the exciting plans ahead with the renaming of the program to the Mandel Honors College.
4 - 10 p.m. 50th Block Party Celebration
Main Stage - East 18th St and Euclid Avenue
Rain Location - Inside Wolstein Center
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You're invited to participate in the biggest celebration CSU has seen. Bring the whole family and enjoy the parade, live music, food (and more food), fireworks, fair booths, games, and so much more. All alumni (and families) are invited. You won't want to miss this grand occasion as CSU kicks-off the 50 year commemoration.
5:30 - 7 p.m. Law Alumni Reception
Law School Garden
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Come back to campus and join us as we welcome the Cleveland-Marshall community and celebrate CSU's Homecoming and stay for CSU's 50th Anniversary Block Party Celebration.
6:00 p.m. The Parade of the Decades featuring alumni in the first-ever People Powered Homecoming Parade
Parade Participants meet at Plaza behind the Student Center by 5:30 p.m.
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Don't sit on the sidewalk watching another parade go by-this is your chance to star in the parade. All alumni (and family members) are invited to march in CSU's first ever "Parade of the Decades." Enjoy being at the center of attention in this 100% people powered parade marching with classmates and with current students. The parade begins by assembling behind the student center and ends right in the middle of the fun on 18th street. Free t-shirt provided for registered participants.
7 p.m. Women's Soccer v. Eastern Kentucky
Krenzler Field

Cheer on the Vikings as they take on the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky.
9 p.m. Harvest Ball & Concert
Plaza behind the Student Center/ Rain location-inside the Student Center

A truly memorable event for CSU students and alumni as they enjoy music, fun, dancing and friendship all while witnessing the crowning of this year's Homecoming King and Queen.
Sat 9.20 7:30 a.m. CSU Swimming Alumni Splash Bash
Robert F. Busbey Natatorium
Contact: Dan Cox at 216.470.9291 with questions. Download registration form
8:30 - 3 p.m. Homecoming Headquarters & Check-In
Student Center Rear Atrium

Officially check-in at the Homecoming Headquarters. Pick up the final schedule of activities, your Homecoming Badge, and a variety of novelties welcoming you to campus. The Headquarters remains open until 3 p.m.
8:30 a.m. #GetYourGreenOn
CSU Bookstore: Student Center Atrium

Check out the new fall clothing and gift line at the CSU Bookstore: 30% off discounts on gear for Alumni
8:30 a.m. FREE Professionalism and the Law Continuing Legal Education (In Partnership with Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association)
Law School Moot Court Room

Professor Steven Lazarus - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Jim Sammon '94, President of Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association - Sammon & Bolmeyer Co., LPA
Niki Z. Schwartz - Schwartz Downey & Co., L.P.A

3.0 hours of Ohio CLE Credit (including 2.5 hours of Professional Conduct)

Registration required. Click here
8:30 - 10 a.m. Washkewicz College of Engineering - State of the College Alumni Breakfast Program & Tours
Fenn Hall (formerly Stilwell Hall)
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Over a complimentary hot breakfast, all College of Engineering alumni, friends, former/current faculty members and students are invited to attend the "State of the College" remarks from Dean Anette Karlsson, which will also details upcoming building renovations. Reminisce with friends, tour labs and enjoy demonstrations.
8:30 - 10 a.m. Viking Fair for Alumni and Friends
Student Center Atrium

Check out different displays from CSU's colleges, reconnect with favorite faculty members on hand, checkout the archive display while learning more about CSU today, and congregate over coffee and donuts with old friends. This is a great central one-stop-shop Homecoming gathering place you won't want to miss.
9 a.m - 6 p.m. Work Out at the Rec or Tour...for Free
Recreation Center

Alumni and family members are invited to take advantage of CSU's state-of-the-art recreation center. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult/ID's required.
9 a.m - Noon CSU's 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Student Center Rear Atrium

Be a part of Cleveland State's History while sharing your own favorite memories and recollections. Let the memories roll.
9 - 10 a.m. Alumni Association Ambassador Gathering & Association Update
Student Center 313/315;
Current and former CSU alumni volunteers and interested alumni can learn about the Alumni Association today and discuss opportunities moving forward for the new CSU Alumni Ambassador program.
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. College Admissions Today - Everything You Wanted to Know but Feared Asking
Main Classroom 102
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College admission today is dramatically different from previous generations'. Learn about the common practices used today, with some special insight into the CSU process. This session is perfect for all alumni who have students nearing the college admission.
10 - 4 p.m. Campus Tours
Welcome Center--Euclid & 24th

Walk the campus and learn, from students, about the CSU experience today. Tours leave on the hour at the Welcome Center (Euclid and 24th)
10 - 11:15 a.m. Homecoming Signature Lecture: "In the Year of '64"
Drinko Hall, Music/Communication Building
Presented by: Dr. Norman Krumholz and Dr. Dennis Keating
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
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1964 was such an momentous year in our history. Whether it was local politics, the war on poverty, civil rights legislation, the introduction of the great society, the beginnings of the Vietnam War, or the Cleveland Browns winning a championship...1964 was one of the most eventful in history. Alumni and friends are invited to this tag-teamed lecture where so many of the important issues of our time evolved from...in the year of '64.

Dr. Dennis Keating is a Levin College Distinguished Professor. He holds a joint appointment in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and serves as the director of the Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development Program. Dr. Norman Krumholz is a Professor in the Levin College and served as Cleveland's Planning Director from 1969-1979. Krumholz and Keating co-authored "Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods."
10:30 - 12:15 p.m. "At Home in Africa"
The Galleries at CSU, 1307 Euclid Ave.
Sponsored by CLASS

An incredible exhibition of 300+ objects that features the inspirational and creative design, pattern and form found in a wide variety of traditional handcrafted objects from African homes, covering 70 ethnic groups from 30 countries spanning 130 years.
10:30 a.m. Backstage Pass/Tour
School of Nursing
Student Center 313/315

Learn about today's CSU nursing program with Dean Vida Lock. View construction of the new Center for Innovation in Health Professions, and labs used by nursing students.
11 a.m. - 6p.m. Sparx City Hop

11 a.m. College of Education and Human Services Doctoral Student Reunion
Julka Hall Atrium
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Perspectives: CSU's Doctoral Education Program 1987 – 2014

Join us for this special Urban Education Ph.D. reunion panel and event featuring a look back as well as a look forward at this dynamic program.

Panelists will include two former Directors of Doctoral Studies, Emeriti professors, Dr. Lewis Patterson, one of the founders of the program and Dr. Carl F. Rak, who served as Director until 2005. Also featured are program alumni, Dr. Elise Geither (2010), Associate Director of Spoken English Programs at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Jeremy Genovese (2000), CSU doctoral faculty in the department of Curriculum, and current doctoral students, Natale Badillo and Mamta Roy. Natale is the founder of the Doctoral Student Organization and both students are former DSO officers.

Alumna Dr. Lisa Meeks, 2014, will also announce the creation of the new Urban Education Ph.D. Recovery Fund, an alumni-supported effort with the CSU Foundation. Nate Jones, Lisa's partner, will close our program with a special acoustic performance of his song "What Goes Up,"which was written shortly after the precipitous event that spurred the creation of the Recovery Fund.

Join us immediately after the Reunion event at the All Alumni Luncheon in the Student Center at Noon (separate registration required).
11 a.m. Backstage Passes & Tour
Chemistry/Science Building
SI 341

Join Chair David Ball and chemistry faculty on the 3rd floor of the Science Building to learn about today's academic programs and research. Explore recently remodeled labs and take a hard-hat tour of Chemistry's future Instrumentation Lab.
11:30 a.m. - Noon Selfies with Magnus
Student Center Ballroom Foyer

Paste on that smile and pair up with Magnus for a selfie to remember. #CLEstate50
Noon Women's Viking Alumnae Softball Game
Viking Field
Noon All Alumni Luncheon
Student Center Ballroom
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Whether you graduated in '14 or long before '64, you're invited to join us for lunch hosted by the CSU Alumni Association. Along with University updates, alumni from our special milestone reunions ('09, '04, '89, '64) and group/departmental will be recognized. $15 p/p.
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Viking Fair for Alumni and Friends
Student Center Front Atrium

Following lunch, enjoy delicious desserts, while checking out the various displays from the colleges and different departments/ organizations, and student groups on campus. Free food and live entertainment from the Pop Tarts. It's not too late for you to gather up your old club/team and join in the fun by sponsoring a group reunion during the fair. Contact Kathleen at k.kulik@csuohio.edu to reserve your table now.
2 p.m. Women's Alumnae Soccer Match
Krenzler Field
2 p.m. Coach Waters' Alumni v. Alumni Basketball Game
Woodling Gym

All former men's basketball players are encouraged to join Coach Gary Waters while proving they still have game. Please RSVP to assistant coach Jermaine Kimbrough at j.kimbrough@csuohio.edu or call 216.687.4817.
2 - 3 p.m. "Today's Strategies to Advance your Career: An Alumni Career Workshop"
Presented by Dr. Sunny Lurie, Founder and CEO of Fast Focus Careers, Main Classroom 102
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Whether you're new to the workforce or a seasoned pro, this session will provide you with unique insights and concrete suggestions to advance your career. Limited space.
2 - 3 p.m. Homecoming Signature Lecture: "Cleveland's Brain Gain"
Drinko Hall, Music/Communication Building
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While many cities are losing their educated populations, Cleveland is on the reverse trajectory, increasing the number of college-educated residents by 23 percent from 2006-2012. Come prepared to learn more about the transformation underway with more youthful, educated workers moving downtown.

Presented by: Richey Piiparinen, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Population Dynamics at CSU.
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
2 - 3 p.m. Backstage Passes & Tours
Health Sciences

Meet at the Student Center 313/315

Discover behind-the-scenes way we operate in delivering a first-rate education to students today, preparing them for the careers of tomorrow.

Learn about CSU's degree programs in Health Sciences and view construction of the new health sciences building where students training to be future physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, physcial therapists, pharmacists and speech and hearing professionals will soon train together.
Speech and Hearing
Meet at the Student Center 313/315

Learn about CSU's degree programs in health professions. View construction of the new Center for Innovation in Health Professions and visit the current Speech and Hearing Clinic in the Main Classroom for the "last time."
"The Synergy of an Intergenerational Nursing Workforce"
Julka Hall, Room 235

Presented by: Corinne A. Wheeler, Associate Dean
Nursing contact hour will be provided.
2 - 3:30 p.m. Police Department Open House
1840 Chester Avenue

Stop in at your leisure to informally meet some of CSU's finest and check out the facilities.
2:30 p.m. Young Alumni Council Meet and Greet
Main Classroom 103

Alumni age 35 and under who graduated in the last decade are invited to this gathering to provide insights into new initiatives under consideration for young alumni.
3 - 4:30 p.m. PlayhouseSquare...Behind the Curtain
State Theatre Lobby

Experience one of Cleveland's gems, PlayhouseSquare, through a private behind-the-scences tour as a Homecoming participant. Tour the lobbies, auditoriums and back-stages.
4 p.m. Great Greek Gathering
Burgers 2 Beer, 1938 Euclid Ave.

All CSU Fraternity/Sorority Alumni and current students are invited to the annual Homecoming gathering. Reconnect with old friends while making new ones. Burgers 2 Beer offers a wide variety of delicious edibles ranging from a burger served on glazed donuts to one topped with Corned-Beef Hash. Along with a wide selection of beverages, and an outdoor patio, we can't go wrong.
5 p.m. CSU Swimming Roast honoring Legendary Coach Wally Morton
Fenn Tower 303
Reception at 5:00 p.m./Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Contact: Jim Lamastra at jimswim99@icloud.com with questions. $50 and $25 guests. Register here
6 - 10:30 p.m. Sigma Phi Epsilon/Lambda Tau Delta "85/50" Reception
Elements Bistro; By Invitation
Contact Dave Huiett '66 at 440.777.2317 or daveh1901@aol.com
Sun 9.21 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni/Student Renaissance of Brotherhood
Parker Hannifin Hall; By Invitation
Contact Dave Huiett '66 at 440.777.2317 or daveh1901@aol.com

Stay for the Weekend

Enjoy all the festivities of the weekend, while also taking advantage of the many shows, restaurants, and entertainment options within walking distance by staying downtown. Special group rates have been secured at the

  1. Hampton Inn Cleveland-Downtown (1460 E. Ninth St.). Reserve your room under the Cleveland State University rate by calling 1.800.HAMPTON or visiting here.