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October 2008

Vikefest: A CSU Homecoming Celebration

Mark your calendar for Monday through Friday, Oct. 13-17, for Vikefest, a series of events offering something for everyone. Vikefest highlights include:

State of the University Address/Convocation
Join President Michael Schwartz as he delivers his State of the University address on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at noon in Waetjen Auditorium in the Music and Communication Building, 2001 Euclid Ave. All alumni are welcome.


Alumni Cabaret and Casino
Join fellow alumni and friends on Friday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 8 pm at the Wolstein Center for bingo, blackjack, craps, roulette, a money wheel, prizes, and live music by alumni bands Fleshcoat featuring Dr. E and the Megan Constantine Project.

Admission to the cabaret and casino is FREE; parking in designated CSU lots also is FREE. If you’re hungry, tickets to a sports buffet are just $10 for adults or two for $15 and include an event t-shirt. VISA and MasterCard accepted. You must have a free Viking Madness ticket to enter the Wolstein Center. Call 216.687.2078 for tickets and information.

Viking Madness
Friday, Oct. 17 marks the start of the basketball season. Meet the teams, watch them practice, and enjoy a variety of other entertainment throughout the evening at the Wolstein Center, beginning at 6 pm. Remember, you must have a free ticket to enter. Call 216.687.2078.
Check out the complete Vikefest schedule of events at

Alumni Association Events Calendar

Prizes can be yours when you participate in Alumni Association activities! Just register for and attend one or more of the events and/or programs listed on the 2008-09 calendar. First and second prize drawings will be held during the Holiday Hoops Basketball game for participation in events between now and December 23, and third and fourth prize drawings will be held at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner for participation in events between January 3 and June 5, 2009.

1st Prize: $400 value; certificate for a Continuing Education class of your choice
2nd Prize: $200 value; certificates to the CSU Bookstore
3rd Prize: $150 value; a CSU Viking Pride basket
4th Prize: $100 value; certificates to the CSU Bookstore

Upcoming events include: a performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world-famous Rockettes on Saturday, Dec. 20; Holiday Hoops with the Vikings taking on Kent State on Tuesday, Dec. 23; alumni night as the Cavs take on the Boston Celtics at the Q on Friday, Jan. 9; Mahalia: A Gospel Musical at the Cleveland Play House on Saturday, Jan. 31; the Lake Erie Monsters vs. the Houston Aeros hockey game at the Q on Saturday, April 4, and much more.

Check out the calendar at and reserve your seat now for all events by calling 216.687.2078 or emailing

Congratulations to New Directors, Officers and Board Members

Tony Bakale, BBA ’82, is the newly elected president of the CSU Alumni Association and will serve a two-year term. Bakale, a certified public accountant with Cohen & Company, hopes to continue the strategic plan approved by the board in 2007 and establish a special meeting place on campus where alumni can gather to celebrate CSU, increase professional networking, and assist in achieving the goals of the University.

Also elected at the Alumni Association’s annual meeting last month were:
New officers David L. Balint, BBA ’69, treasurer; David Sobochan, BBA ’00, president-elect; and Howard Thompson, MPA ’92, secretary.

New directors Christy Spoa, BBA ’56, Carol A. Lindley, BA ’07, David W. Petro, MBA ’91, Allison M. Flowers, BS ’01, and Brian R. Fiedler, BA ’05.

Reelected board members Jane F. Dugan, BA ’73 and MEd ’79, John C. Frohlich, BBA ’80, and Stacey L. Vaselaney, BA ’89.

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Nursing Scholarships Funded

CSU’s School of Nursing is among the first institutions in the nation to receive funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. The $200,000 award will fund scholarships for 20 students in CSU’s Accelerated BSN Nursing tract. This national initiative will help alleviate the nation’s nursing shortage by dramatically expanding the pipeline of students in accelerated nursing programs.

Congratulations, Rainmakers

Colette Taddy Hart, director of outreach and business programs in the Fenn College of Business, will receive a Rainmaker Award from Northern Ohio Live on November 14. This prestigious award is given to women in Northeast Ohio who have a significant impact on their organization and community, and who also mentor and advance other young professional women. Business student Kirsty McKechnie will be recognized as a “Rainmaker of Tomorrow.” Congratulations to both!

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Remembering Fenn College

Do you have fond memories of your days at Fenn College? Relive those happy times by browsing through more than 400 Fenn photos at, one of the CSU Library’s Special Collections.

Cultural Crossings Lecture

Héctor Cantú, award-winning journalist, cartoonist and TV producer, will discuss “The Funnies and Race: Why is Everyone So Touchy About Stereotypes?” on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 6 pm in Mather Mansion, 2605 Euclid Ave., room 301. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Cantú is co-creator/writer of the nationally syndicated newspaper comic strip Baldo, which appears in 200 daily and Sunday newspapers. For more information, visit

People’s Art Show Call for Entries

CSU’s 18th People’s Art Show takes place Friday, Oct. 24 through Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Art Gallery. The opening night reception is from 5 to 8 pm.

The People's Art Show is a free, unjuried, uncensored exhibition celebrating creativity, diversity, and imagination. The exhibition is open to everyone, and all entries will be exhibited.

To enter, bring one or two works of any size, in any medium, and of any subject matter to the CSU Art Gallery on Friday, Oct. 10 or Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 am to 4 pm. The Art Gallery is located at the corner of East 23rd Street and Chester Avenue.

For information, call 216.687.2103 or visit

Scholars and Artists Reception

Help us celebrate the creativity of our faculty, emeriti and staff at CSU’s 20th Annual Scholars and Artists Reception, hosted by the Friends of the CSU Library on Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Special Collections area of the library in Rhodes Tower. Books, scholarly papers, art, music, web sites, and other works published in the past year will be on display. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Raj Javalgi of the Nance College of Business. He’ll discuss “Entrepreneurship Education in a Changing Global Marketplace." 

Moses Cleaveland Scholarship Dinner

CSU’s seventh annual Moses Cleaveland Black-Tie Scholarship Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 22 will honor major financial supporters who have made commitments of $100,000 or more to the Moses Cleaveland Scholarship Fund or other University initiatives over the past year.

In addition, the President’s Medal will be awarded to Natalie Epstein and Lainie Hadden, who hold leadership positions in numerous organizations.

Join us at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square, for a reception and silent auction at 7 pm, dinner at 8 pm, and the recognition of philanthropists and presentation of the President’s Medal. The silent auction, supporting student scholarships, will feature eight original drawings of the Moses Cleaveland statue on Public Square by CSU Professor of Art George Mauersberger and a fused glass work by the Streets of Manhattan, local artists.

Individual tickets are $250 ($175 tax deductible contribution). For details, visit

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