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June/July 2009

President Berkman Receives Malone Award

CSU's new president, Dr. Ronald M. Berkman, was recently presented with the 2009 Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award for exceptional leadership in furthering international education in public higher education. Sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A-P-L-U), President Berkman, who became president of CSU this month, was honored at the Commission on International Programs Summer Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Read more here.

Dr. Michael Schwartz Honored at Gala

It was standing room only at the Allen Theatre in PlayhouseSquare for a very special tribute to former Cleveland State University President Michael Schwartz. Some 1,000 community and business leaders, faculty, staff, students and friends honored Dr. Schwartz and his wife Joanne, and celebrated the many achievements of his eight-year presidency. The fun-filled tribute featured a series of short films and guest speakers highlighting Dr. Schwartz’s enormous impact on the University’s academics, campus life, students, and physical campus, as well as CSU’s impact on the city of Cleveland. Click here to view photos of the event.

Ned Hill Named Dean of Levin College of Urban Affairs

Wind TurbineThe Cleveland State University Board of Trustees recently appointed Edward W. (Ned) Hill, Ph.D., as Dean of Cleveland State’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. Dr. Hill had been Interim Dean of the College since October 2007. In addition, he had been CSU’s Vice President for Economic Development since July 2005, a position he relinquished in order to devote his full attention to the activities of the Levin College. Dr. Hill joined the University in the Levin College in 1985 and has been a Professor and Distinguished Scholar of Economic Development since September 2001. He will remain in the classroom and continue to teach both undergraduate and graduate classes. He was awarded Cleveland State University’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Research in 1998 and a merit award for research in 2002. Click here for more.

James McLoughlin to Step Down as Dean of College of Education and Human Services

James "Jay" McLoughlin has announced that academic year 2009-2010 will be his 15th and final year as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services. Dean McLoughlin has served in this role since 1995 with the exception of a year and a half when he served as the University’s Interim Provost. When he retires in June 2010, the College’s new building - its first “home of its own” in 40 years - will be complete and occupied, the College’s seven-year cycle NCATE accreditation will be completed, and recent strategies will be in place to stabilize enrollment in the College. Click here for more.

CSU Identifies Centers of Excellence Focused on Health and Sustainable Communities

Cleveland State University has identified and submitted to the Ohio Board of Regents three Centers of Excellence, developed in response to the University System of Ohio Strategic Plan for Higher Education, which required all institutions to identify their distinctive strengths within the University System. “Our Centers of Excellence respond directly to the state’s economic priorities and societal needs, will advance the state’s economic prosperity and quality of life, and provide strong mission differentiation for CSU within the University System of Ohio," said CSU Provost Mary Jane Saunders. Click here for more information.

Free Service for CSU Alumni Coming Soon!

Beginning in August, the CSU Alumni Association will be providing Advantage Zone as a free service to all alumni.

Advantage Zone is a members-only web site that will provide CSU alumni exclusive discounts on products and services from Northeast Ohio merchants that are not readily available in the marketplace.

This partnership between the Alumni Association and Advantage Zone has been formed to provide top rate discounts to members while supporting merchants in Northeast Ohio.

In addition to having access to Advantage Zone’s member web site, if you or someone you know is an entrepreneur and interested in becoming a merchant with Advantage Zone, please contact us at or call 216.739.0652, ext. 305 and ask for an Advantage Zone representative.

Stay tuned for more information in the near future on how to register and start saving!

Financial Tips Courtesy of the Alumni Association

Given the current economic climate throughout the country, here are 10 tips from Azim Nakhooda, Chief Investment Officer at the Cedar Brook Financial Group, that may prove helpful.

  • Work with a professional financial advisor. The wealth management world is too complex to navigate alone.
  • Do not make financial decisions “from the headlines”. Research further as the media has a different agenda than giving sound financial advice.
  • Negotiate. Everything is negotiable.
  • Seek out INDEPENDENT financial advice. Advisors who sell their own products have conflicts of interest that need to be addressed.
  • Cash is king. In this economy, err on the side of liquidity and safety.
  • Buy low. Sell high. This will never change.
  • Have GLOBAL exposure in your portfolio. The world is changing and there are multiple opportunities overseas.
  • Go beyond stocks, bonds and cash. Opportunities also exist in areas such as real estate, hedging, commodities, etc.
  • Maximize pre-tax savings. Taxes are the biggest risk to your dollar and 401Ks, IRAs, etc. are your easiest hedge against taxes.
  • Balance your checkbook; it’s the most basic aspect of personal finance.

We Are Beaming With Viking Pride In...

Tom Kotula, '06 BSME, and Jon Hauserman (current CSU senior studying mechanical engineering), who converted a small sailboat into a solar-powered row boat and are now in the process of sailing down the eastern seaboard, stopping at major cities to help with the construction of homes for Habitat for Humanity. The duo's journey will end in Key West, Florida, having rowed some 2,000 miles. Track Jon and Tom's progress at

Heather Terry, ’99, '06 MPA, who recently accepted a full-time position with Cleveland Saves serving as its Program Director.

Special Discount for CSU Alumni

The Cleveland Wine School has extended a 20% discount off selected classes (Wine Tasting 101, Varietals I-V) to CSU alumni. Call 216.687.2078 for more information.

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

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

Upcoming Events

Visit the complete alumni events calendar here.

CSU Black Alumni Organization Summer Party
Gibbs Restaurant & Lounge, 3560 Mayfield Road (in Severance Town Center to the right of Bally's)
Friday, July 31, 5:00 p.m.

CSU Day at Cedar Point
Special admission price for alumni: $30 adults (a savings of $13.99 from the regular admission price), $16.99 seniors and children. Buy your tickets today online at, and enter the special CSU password, Maverick0234, to receive the discount.
Saturday, August 1; park opens at 10:00 a.m.

Fandemonium: Dinner, Reverse Raffle & Casino Night
benefiting the CSU Women's Athletic Fund

Joseph E. Cole Center
Friday, August 21, 6:00 p.m.

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