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March 2009

Vikings to Face Wake Forest in NCAA Tournament First Round

Your 2009 Horizon League Champion Vikes, will open the NCAA Tournament as the 13th seed in the Midwest Region and will play on Friday, March 20, against fourth-seeded Wake Forest at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla. Click here for Plain Dealer coverage of Sunday's selection party. Visit CSU Athletics online for the most up-to-date information about game and ticket information.

Be on the lookout for details about CSU's official watch parties here in Cleveland and Miami.

CSU on NPR: In Search of Answers, Professor Turns to Clickers

When assistant CSU professor Conor McLennan asks his students a question, they don't raise their hands. Rather, his students answer with the click of a keypad, a growing phenomenon that is sweeping through classrooms across the country. McLennan was recently featured on NPR's "All Things Considered."

Law School Dean Featured in The American Lawyer

In 1999, Geoffrey Mearns, now dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, battled to overturn the wrongful murder conviction for a 13-year-old boy from New Philadelphia, Ohio, who had been forced to confess to the stabbing death of a 5-year-old girl. Read here as The American Lawyer, the nation's leading monthly magazine for lawyers, recounts the chilling story.

CSU Students, City Leaders to be Honored at Historic Event

Approximately 50 engineering students will pledge to pursue excellence and receive a coveted steel ring on Friday, March 27. Find out more here.

The 'Luxury' of CSU's Music Composition Resource Center

"Along with a bold curriculum and opportunities for students to hear their music performed and recorded by noted guest artists, [the composition program at Cleveland State University] includes a Music Composition Resource Center unlike any in the nation," said the Plain Dealer's Donald Rosenberg. Read more about the lauded program here.

Plain Dealer Chronicles Life of Cherished Late CSU Faculty Member

The late Sheila Schwartz, a beloved CSU facutly member, was honored just a few weeks ago in a celebration of her posthumous first novel. The Plain Dealer's Joanna Connors offered this fitting tribute to the life of a woman who touched so many.

Vikings Are, Indeed, Everywhere. Even Egypt.

Alumni in EgyptHave pictures from your wedding or pictures of a future Viking? The Viking Nation is everywhere, and we want to see where you've been. Pictured in this month's photo is Chris Cowen, '95 BS, in Egypt. 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

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

'Magical Realism'

Author Susan PetroneIf you hear Susan Petrone (MA '97) tell it, Don Quixote stalked her to write her new novel. And of all places, in The Netherlands. She'd wound up there working for an international peace organization and read Miguel de Cervantes' famed swashbuckling tale for the first time. After that, it seemed Quixote was following her wherever she went. Click here to read more.

Distinguished Alumni Awards Correction

Carol Emerling, '55 JD, is the 2009 recipient of the CSU Distinguished Alumni Award from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Ms. Emerling formerly served as Attorney-in-Charge of the Defender's Office of Northern Ohio, Regional Director of both the Cleveland and Los Angeles Office of the Federal Trade Commission, Member of the Ohio Supreme Court Committee that wrote the Rules of Criminal Procedure for the State of Ohio, Chairman of the Cleveland Federal Executive Board, Recipient of the Federal Trade Commission Distinguished Service Award, Corporate Secretary for 19 years of major international pharmaceutical company Wyeth (former name: American Home Products Corporation), and Board Chair for 4 years of the Global Health Council. She is currently retired and a member of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's National Advisory Council. Ms. Emerling will receive the award at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday, June 5 at the InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center in Cleveland. $65 per ticket. More details to follow. Sponsorships available. Call 216.687.2078.

What's Your Perception of CSU?

In the coming months, you'll have the opportunity to participate in an attitudinal survey that will help the University gauge alumni perceptions. There are great things happening here at CSU, and with your feedback, we will be able to channel our efforts in the most effective ways to stay at the forefront of higher education in the Greater Cleveland area and country. Be on the lookout for details soon.

On the Town with the Alumni Association

Monsters There are so many great ways to have fun in Cleveland! And your Alumni Association has planned special outings that are guaranteed fun for the entire family.

Receive a seasonal gift when you join us as the Lake Erie Monsters take on the Houston Aeros at the Q on Saturday, April 4.

Check out the alumni calendar of events here and reserve your seats now for these and other great outings by calling 216.687.2078 or emailing

Register for and attend one or more events and you could win prizes valued from $100 to $200. Prize drawings will be held at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on June 5 for participation in events between Jan. 3 and June 5, 2009.

Upcoming Events

Pairing Fine Wine with a Fine Financial Future
Thursday, March 19, 6:00 p.m.

Adult Learning and Development Alumni/Internship Event
Wednesday, March 25, 5:00 p.m.

Wing Ding! Fundraiser for SHS Scholarship Program
Thursday, March 26, 6:00 p.m.
"I am a student myself," says SHS Coordinator Kelly Kish. "I work full time, attend school full time, and have loans that I am scared to look at, but the fact of the matter is that the majority of us are in that same boat." Click here to read more of what she had to say about SHS and the upcoming fundraiser.

Design a Life Conference: A Community of Ideas
Friday, April 17, 8:45 a.m.

Business Innovation Continuum Celebration
Friday, April 17, 4:00 p.m.

Professional Development Seminars
Thursday, April 23, 5:00 p.m.

Jazz It Up
Friday, April 24, 6:00 p.m.

Do-Gooder Day
Saturday, April 25

Engaged Learning in Action

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