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April 2009

CSU, Cleveland Play House Pursue Partnership to Become Resident Theater Companies in Allen Theater at PlayhouseSquare

CSU, Cleveland PlayHouse to Jointly Occupy Allen Theater at PlayhouseSquare.

CSU and The Cleveland Play House announced today the initial stages of a new, exciting, emerging partnership that would see them both occupying a newly renovated Allen Theater at PlayhouseSquare as resident theater companies. "This is a very deliberate effort on our part to partner and collaborate academically with a well-known regional theater – The Cleveland Play House – and reflects our wider interest in collaborating with local organizations in general for the good of our students and the region as a whole," said President Michael Schwartz. He expects enrollment in CSU's Dramatic Arts Program will quadruple. Click here for coverage in The Plain Dealer. Click here to listen to an interview on WCPN with all of the major players in this partnership, including CSU's Peter Anagnostos, Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the CSU Foundation.

University Unveils Ambitious Expansion Plan

Master Plan Includes Ambitious Campus Housing ExpansionOfficials at the University are looking to triple on-campus housing, a move that could be realized in as little as three years, according to Jack Boyle, CSU's vice president for business affairs and finance. The development plan joins a number of construction projects already underway. Both the new student center and the new home for the College of Education and Human Services are slated to open next year. There's a lot happening here at CSU. Click here to read more about the master plan.

A Special Tribute to Michael Schwartz: June 23

We Say Goodbye to President Schwartz Join us in a celebration of Michael Schwartz's eight years as President of Cleveland State University. As Dr. Schwartz retires from the presidency and prepares to return to the classroom, his many friends, colleagues and admirers will salute this outstanding educator and CSU's numerous achievements under his dynamic leadership. The celebration will include a reception, special tributes by guest speakers, and lots of surprises! Stay tuned for details.

Make Your Voice Heard, We Promise to Listen

In about a week, you'll have the opportunity to make a direct impact on the future of Cleveland State University and to make your voice heard. CSU is doing a number of great things, but we need your input to tell us what you'd like to see, what we should change and what we should keep. Believe us, we value the opinions of our alumni and when we ask for your input, we promise to listen. Keep an eye on your inbox next week.

Artistic Living

Sing a song. Paint a picture. Do a dance. They're more than just hobbies, according to the College of Science. A growing body of literature suggests that creative, artistic activities can have dramatic effects on your quality of life, so the College, along with a number of wellness and arts organizations, have teamed to help you design a life.

College of Urban Affairs Takes on Foreclosure

Through the haze of debilitating housing crises and foreclosures that have wracked the nation, it appears officials at the Levin College of Urban Affairs see the flickering of light, a sign that all is not lost and that, particularly here in Cuyahoga County, there is hope. It will take time to rebuild, they say, but there is a future beyond foreclosure for our communities and residents.

We Are Beaming With Viking Pride In...

Ron Ledin Recently Inducted into Engineering Hall of FameRonald R. Ledin, BME '68, Fenn College of Engineering. He was recently inducted into the Cleveland Engineering Society's Design and Construction Hall of Fame, which honors individuals for their oustanding achievements in the fields of construction, builidng or architecture. Ledin has been owner of Middough, Inc., a top architecture, engineering and management company, since 1974 and has been president and CEO since 1978. He's also served as general manager, project director, project manager, technology manager and engineer. CSU honored him in 2003 as an Outstanding Engineering Alumnus and in 2004 as a Distinguished Alumnus.

Mareyjoyce Green Will Have Room Named In Her HonorMareyjoyce Green. At some point during your time here at CSU, you may have had the privilege of coming into contact with Green, Director of the Women's Comprehensive Center, in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). Green retired at the end of the 2008, but received a special surprise during a recent celebration of her years of service. The room, which houses the center in the Main Classroom building, will be named after her. CLASS Dean Greg Sadlek called it "a lasting tribute to her many accomplishments for women at CSU." Gifts are still being collected in honor of Green. Contact Marianne Gaydos at 216.875.9838 or for more information.

Kevin Bennema Recently Promoted as COO of Chicago-based CompanyKeven Bennema, MBA '99, Nance College of Business Administration. He was recently promoted to Chief Operation Officer of the Chicago-based company Senior Lifestyle Corporation. Bennema was previously the senior vice president of operations and has more than 16 years of experience in the senior housing industry, starting as a caregiver. Prior to joining Senior Lifestyle in 2007, Bennema was vice president of operations development with California-based Summerville Senior Living. During his career, Bennema has overseen operations of more than 95 senior living communities across the country, including assisted and independent living centers, as well as communities focusing on care for dementia and memory loss.

Kermit Lind, Urban Development Law Clinic Professor, who recently appeared in the New York Times article "In Foreclosures, a Rise in Banks Walking Away."

The Nance College of Business Administration's Society for Human Resource Management. A team of students recently competed in the 2009 Ohio Human Resource Games held at The University of Akron and placed first in the state, advancing to regionals. Read more here.

Change the World...One Day at a Time

Change the World...One Day at a TimeAs a group of CSU students realized recently during a spring break trip to rebuild homes in hurricane-ravaged areas of New Orleans, community service and volunteerism are lives and communities. The CSU community will soon have the opportunity to experience that power collectively when students, alumni, faculty and staff rally around the simple premise that, yes, you can change the world. And it happens only one day at a time. Read more here.

Inspired Leadership Begins Here...

Inspired Leadership Begins Here at Center for Educational LeadershipThe Center for Educational Leadership in the College of Education and Human Services offers innovative principal licensure and leadership development programs for inspired educational leaders. Programs are offered in a cohort model and delivered online and on weekends to accommodate the working professional. Cohorts will begin in the fall for the Master of Education in Organizational Leadership, the Inspired Leaders Principal Licensure Program, and the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP). Visit the Centerís website for additional information at

Ohio Educational Credit Union

The Ohio Educational Credit Union (OECU) has been serving the financial needs of many CSU staff, faculty and alumni for more than 25 years. OECU is a non-profit, full-service financial cooperative established in 1933. All CSU alumni, staff and students are eligible to join OECU. Members can take advantage of many exceptional benefits. OECU is proud to be a 2009 sponsor of the CSU Alumni Association and we hope that youíll consider OECU for any of your future financial needs. Congratulations to Carolyn Champion-Sloan, director of Alumni Affairs at Cleveland State University, who has been a member of OECU since 1996. For a listing of OECU branches located in and around Northeast Ohio or further information, visit

Vikings Are Everywhere

Viking are Everwhere.  Send us your pictures.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

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

Upcoming Events

Design A Life Conference: A Community of Ideas
Friday, April 17, 8:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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

Annual CSU Black Alumni Reunion
Howard A. Mims Cultural Center, 1899 E. 22 St., MC137. RSVP at
Friday, April 17, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Leading With Style
Wednesday, April 22, 5:00 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, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

21st Annual Curtis Wilson Scholarship Fund Dinner
Saturday, April 25, 5:30 p.m.

In Tribute to the Public Service: A Salute to Judy and Bob Rawson

Thursday, May 7, 5:30 p.m.

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