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January 2010

CSU Alum Honored By President Obama

Sally Pellegrin Even cancer couldn't keep Sally Pellegrin, BS '74, MA '93, away from her students. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in August '08 and during her 3-month treatment, she'd visit them at Clara E. Westropp Elementary School on Cleveland's West Side almost every week. It was tough on her to be away. Her passion is to give her students, who are often from economically disadvantaged homes, a glimpse into world outside their own. And President Obama took notice recently, awarding her the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Read more here.

Net Result

Katie Calhoon"My life would be totally different had I not ventured into the city to attend Cleveland State," said Katie Calhoon, BA '06, a Mansfield, Ohio native. By all accounts, she's certainly lived an exciting one for the past several years in Cleveland and at Cleveland State. Now she's embarking on what is probably one of the finest moments of her life as she looks to open her own business. And to think she initially wasn't even interested in coming to "the big city." Read more here.

Other Top University News

Professor with student CSU Teaching Program Recognized by National Math and Science Initiative, UTeach Institute
The University was recently invited to become part of the UTeach Institute, a program which provides the direction and leadership needed to expand math and science teacher preparation at universities nationwide. American universities continue to put forth students ready to teach, but many critical subjects such as math and science are experiencing dramatic shortages throughout the country. CSU is among the foremost leaders in teacher education, specifically in the areas of math and science. Read more here.

Boost Your Career in 2010

College of Business Offers HR Professional Development
HR professionals can find educational advancement opportunities through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) programs offered by the Outreach and Business Centers at the Nance College of Business. SHRM Learning successfully prepares individuals for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exams. SHRM Essentials is a key program designed to give a broad overview of the human resource function, and is targeted at supervisors and front line managers who have the responsibility for interviewing and training employees, staffing specialists, benefits specialists, and other HR professionals involved in specialized functions. For more information, click here or call Marie Herlevi at 216.523.7278.

Seven Simple Strategies For Power Networkers, Elevate Your Elevator Speech and more...
Click here for tips from Phil Stella of Effective Training & Communication, Inc. about polishing your professional image. Stella was a recent presenter in CSU's Alumni Association Speaker Series workshop "Taking the Pain Out of Workplace Communications."

Expand Your Online Network: the CSU Alumni Association is now on LinkedIn
Join the Cleveland State Alumni (Official Group) and become a group member for one of the official alumni chapters including:

Black Alumni Organization (BAO) • Business Alumni Chapter • Communication Alumni Chapter • Diversity Management Alumni Chapter • Education Alumni Chapter • Engineering Alumni Chapter • Greek Alumni Council • HCAP Alumni Chapter • International Alumni Chapter • MBA Alumni Chapter • Urban Alumni Chapter • Varsity C - Athletics Alumni Chapter

With LinkedIn you can search job postings, start a discussion, network with other Vikings in the professional community and more. Don’t have a LinkedIn profile? Watch the Grad Guide video or attend the webinar "LinkedIn 101: The basics of LinkedIn" to learn how to launch a profile and get connected.

Exclusive Alumni Benefits

Discount on Prescription Medications, Imaging Service and Labs
Your free card provides access to savings up to 75% on Prescription Medication and up to 50% on the usual and customary price of lab and imaging services. Take control of your healthcare costs today! Free for All, Inc. is dedicated to helping you control your healthcare costs. Click here to access your discount card.

Burdened with Healthcare Issues?
Health Proponent can help and is now a benefit for our alumni. Click here to learn more.

Advantage Zone
Northeast Ohio alumni now have access to an exclusive discount program. Click here for more.

Vikings Are Everywhere

Vikings Are Everywhere

Have pictures from your wedding or pictures of a future Viking? The Viking Nation is everywhere, and we want to see where you've been.

Send Alumni Affairs pictures of yourself or a group of fellow Vikings in different places around the world. Also submit pictures of your days at CSU and tell us your Viking memories. Please submit all photographs with the city, state and/or country in which they are taken to

*Alumni Affairs has the right to edit all submitted material. There is no guarantee that submissions will be used.

Featured Events

Visit the complete alumni events calendar here for event details.

About Town East - Cleveland: the Milan of the Midwest
Thursday, January 21
Acacia Country Club
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
$15 for CSU alumni, $20 for non-CSU alumni

Young Alumni Green & White Society Celebration
Friday, January 29
Velvet Dog
6:00 p.m.

Ain't Misbehavin'
Tuesday, February 16
The Cleveland Play House/Bolton Theatre
5:30 Reception/7:00 p.m. Play
$55 (includes donation to scholarships)
RSVP by calling 216.687.2078
On the Road: Cleveland Indians Spring Training
Cleveland Indians vs. the Milwaukee Brewers and Kansas City Royals
Friday, March 6, 1:05 p.m., Mountain Time (MT) (Brewers)
Saturday, March 7, 1:05 p.m. MT (Royals)
Goodyear Ballpark (Goodyear, Arizona)

Let's play ball! Soak up some sun and get a sneak peak at the 2010 Cleveland Indians by joining the CSU Alumni Association for two games at Goodyear Park, the Tribe's spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. For tickets and information, call 216.687.2078 or email; MasterCard and Visa accepted. Purchase your game tickets(s) by Friday, February 20 and you'll be entered in a drawing for $50 in Indians fun money to spend at the ballpark.

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