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September 2008


CSU Student is National Texting Champion to Nathan Schwartz, a CSU junior who won $50,000, a trip to New York and the title of national texting champion in a competition sponsored by LG Electronics. Schwartz, no relation to President Michael Schwartz, is a member of the CSU wrestling team who sends about 100 text messages a day. In a field of 12 finalists, he won by correctly typing the following message in 60 seconds: “Does everybody here know the alphabet? Let’s text. Here it goes . . . AbcDeFghiJKlmNoPQrStuvWXy&Z! Now I know my A-B-C’s, next time won’t you text with me?”

Show CSU Pride When You Drive; Support Student Scholarships your University pride and benefit student scholarships by lending your support to a drive to establish a special license plate bearing our new Viking logo. The University is petitioning the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to produce the new Cleveland State plate. For the program to move forward, the Bureau requires signatures from at least 150 people who endorse the idea and are willing to purchase the plates when they become available. Personalized plates, with initials, names or messages, are also available upon request and approval of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

The cost of the distinctive Cleveland State plates will be your annual renewal fee plus an additional $35. But $25 of the added charge comes directly back to the University and will be used to support student scholarships. Petition forms are available by calling 216.523.7279 or e-mailing Or you can stop by University Marketing in Mather Mansion Room 304 to sign a petition between 8 am and 5 pm on business days.

Alumni Association Annual Meeting

All graduates of Cleveland State University automatically become members of the CSU Alumni Association. As members, all alumni are invited to the annual meeting of the CSU Alumni Association on Wednesday, September 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the ballroom of Mather Mansion, 2605 Euclid Avenue. The agenda includes the installation of new and returning board directors and a strategic planning update. Refreshments will be served; free parking will be available in Garage EG, just north of Mather Mansion. Enter the garage by going east on Chester Avenue, just past East 24th Street. Email or call 216.687.2078 for reservations.

Vikefest: A CSU Homecoming Celebration

Vikefest is a week of celebration with athletic, social, alumni, development and educational events to engage the entire campus community. Scheduled events include:

Friday, Oct. 17 -- Alumni Cabaret featuring casino games, live bands, refreshments and a cash bar, 6-8:30 pm, Wolstein Center. Tickets are $10 per person and $15 per couple; VISA and MasterCard accepted. Call 216.687.2078 for tickets and information.

Other activities on Friday include Viking Madness, a series of fun events surrounding the start of Viking basketball practice, and a Vikefest concert, both at Wolstein Center.

Saturday, Oct. 18 -- Vikefest Family Fun Day, 11am–3 pm, Fenn Tower.

Dr. Ralph Mawdsley Named to Endowed Chair

Dr. Ralph Mawdsley has been named the Roslyn Z. Wolf Endowed Chair in Urban School Leadership in CSU’s College of Education and Human Services. The late Ambassador Milton A. Wolf and his family established this endowment in memory of their late wife and mother Roslyn Z. Wolf, a member of the CSU board of trustees from 1990 to 1999.

Dr. Mawdsley, a professor of school administration, has an international reputation in school law and extraordinary accomplishments in research, teaching, and service. He has over 400 publications, including 80 solicited book chapters and 22 books. He has been awarded CSU’s highest faculty honors: an Outstanding Teaching Award and the Dr. Jennie Hwang Award for Faculty Excellence, both in 2003.

On the international stage, he was named a 2005 Fulbright Scholar and was appointed Visiting Professor of Law and Education at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. In 2007, he was appointed a Visiting Professor of Education Law at North-West University, Vaal Triangle, South Africa. Also in 2007, he was selected by the faculties of law and education at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia to be a Sir Alan Sewell Visiting Scholar and was appointed Visiting Professor of Education and Law.

As the Roslyn Z. Wolf Endowed Chair, Dr. Mawdsley will focus attention on challenging topics such as mobility, diversity, poverty, assessment and accountability, and the achievement gap. Through publications and conferences, he will convene international scholars in Cleveland to address these issues with school and community leaders. More

JAZZ at the Rockefeller Greenhouse

The sixth annual JAZZ at the Rockefeller Greenhouse will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the City of Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park Greenhouse, 750 East 88th St. The free concert, from 1–4:30 pm, will feature the Jazz Heritage Orchestra Quintet. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held Sunday, Sept. 7. The Jazz Heritage Orchestra is a professional, 17-piece, not-for-profit performance/education group that is officially in residence in Cleveland State University’s Black Studies program. The orchestra is composed of outstanding jazz performers who are also highly competent music educators. For details, call 216.664.3103 or Click Here

Hispanic Awareness Month

CSU’s 19th annual Hispanic Awareness Month celebration takes place September 15 through October 15. Join us for art exhibits, lectures, musical programs and more, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. For details, Click Here

Urban Art Exhibit

Mark your calendar for Cleveland in Black and White, A Retrospective on the Shoreline, at the Thomas F. Campbell Ph.D. Gallery at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. The exhibit opens with a reception on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 5:30-7:30 pm. The Flats and the Lake Erie shoreline continue to change dramatically. For the last 25 years, these areas so unique to Cleveland have been a part of the photographic oeuvre of Jennie Jones. Known for her color portraits of Cleveland, Jones prefers black and white silver gelatin for her studies of the Flats, the Cuyahoga River, Whiskey Island and the lakefront. Images of the Huletts included in this exhibition have never been shown before.

Graduate Programs Information Session

Increase your professional success with a graduate degree from Cleveland State! With more than 150 programs, we are Cleveland’s graduate school. Learn more about our many master, doctoral, professional, certificate and licensure programs, and meet with faculty, advisors and financial aid representatives on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 am at the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center, 2000 Prospect Ave. Free parking will be available in Lot D on Prospect, just west of the Innerbelt. For details, Click Here or call 216.687.5599.

Stretch Your Entertainment Dollar at CSU

Sporting events, art exhibits, plays, musical performances, dance, poetry -– you can find it all at Cleveland State. So the next time you’re looking for great family entertainment at a very affordable price (or even for free!), check out what’s happening at Cleveland State. The websites are:

Update Your Profile

Keep in touch with your Alumni Association so we can keep in touch with you! To update your alumni profile or email, Click Here .

Playhouse Square Tickets Online

As a CSU alumnus, you can order Playhouse Square tickets for select shows at a discount. Download order form. More

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CSUAA is Proud to Partner with Corporations to Build a Stronger Association

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