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November 2008

President Seeks Your InputPresident_Schwartz

During President Michael Schwartz's final State of the University address last month, he proposed two bold initiatives: starting a football team and changing CSU's name to the University of Cleveland.

Both issues will be studied carefully and the president is seeking opinions from all constituencies before final decisions are made. To read more about these proposals and the State of the University, click here. To share your input, email

Presidential Search

The nationwide search for CSU's next president is underway. The search committee welcomes your thoughts on the qualities needed in the man or woman who will take your alma mater into the years ahead and build on the successes of President Schwartz. Read a letter from search committee chairman Ron Weinberg here. President Schwartz will step down on July 1 after eight years in office.

Moses Cleaveland Scholarship Dinner

It’s almost here -- CSU’s annual Moses Cleaveland Black-Tie Scholarship Dinner. The seventh-annual event takes place Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square, and includes 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 George Mauersberger, CSU professor of art, and a fused glass work by the Streets of Manhattan, local artists.

The event honors 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. The President’s Medal will be awarded to Natalie Epstein and Lainie Hadden, who hold leadership positions in numerous organizations.

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

Buildings Dedicated

Parker HannifinTwo campus jewels -- Parker Hannifin Hall and Parker Hannifin Administration Center -– were formally dedicated this week.

The event recognized a 2005 donation of $4 million from the Parker Hannifin Foundation to Cleveland State, of which $3 million was directed toward an endowment fund for undergraduate and graduate student scholarships in CSU’s Fenn College of Engineering and $1 million was directed toward building improvements. In recognition of the investment, the two new buildings were named in honor of Parker Hannifin Corporation. The $4 million gift is the largest corporate endowment the University has ever received and the largest gift ever made by the Parker Hannifin Foundation.

“We are proud to partner with Cleveland State and other universities to provide educational opportunities for the leaders of tomorrow,” said Don Washkewicz, PH chairman, CEO and president and a 1972 graduate of CSU’s Fenn College of Engineering. Read more here.

Ground is Broken

Student CenterThe digging has been underway for a while, but CSU recently held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new Student Center that will replace the former University Center. The magnificent building will open in the spring of 2010.

The unique 138,000-square-foot structure will be the main entrance to the social and academic centers of the University as well as a home away from home for students. In addition, it will house the campus bookstore, a pub, dining facilities, computer lounges, game room, offices for student life and student organizations, and conference spaces on three stories around a central, four-story atrium.

Early Childhood Mental Health Certification Program

CSU, in conjunction with Berea Children's Home and Family Services, has established a certificate program in Early Childhood Mental Health. Classes begin in January.

The first program of its kind in Ohio, this 16-credit-hour class prepares graduate students and professionals from a variety of disciplines to work with young children, their parents and caregivers to promote healthy development of young children who are at-risk for mental health problems. Read more here; then call 216.687.5291 if you're interested in enrolling.

Go Vikings!man_vike

woman_vikeBuilding on the excitement of last season, the Viking men and women are both favored to win their divisions this year. Catch all the action with season tickets or purchase tickets for select games here.

The first exhibition games are Sunday, Nov. 9 against Lake Erie for the women and Monday, Nov. 10 against John Carroll for the men.




On the Town with the Alumni Association

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.Rockette

Join us for lunch and a performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world-famous Rockettes on Saturday, Dec. 20; 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 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 a prize valued from $400 to $100. 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.

People's Art Show


Enjoy more than 500 works by more than 300 artists at the 18th People’s Art Show at the Art Gallery through Thursday, Dec. 4. The gallery is at 2307 Chester Ave.; hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from noon to 4 pm. The People's Art Show is a free, unjuried, uncensored exhibition celebrating creativity, diversity, and imagination. Read more here.

Fall Career Fair

Need a job? Thinking of a career change? The Career Services Center will sponsor its 21st annual Midwest Regional Fall Career Fair on Friday, Nov. 7, from 9 am to 2 pm in Woodling Gymnasium, 2451 Euclid Ave.

The Career Fair offers students, alumni and professionals the opportunity to meet with hundreds of employers from a variety of fields, including top corporations, small businesses, government agencies, school systems, hospitals, and social services agencies.

Admission is free; bring your resume; business attire is recommended. For information, visit or call 216.687.2233.

Fall Visit Day

Know someone who’s considering attending CSU? Perhaps your son, daughter, niece, nephew or their friends? Invite them to attend Fall Visit Day on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 8:30 am to 2 pm. They’ll tour the campus, and learn about the academic program, student services, financial aid and more. There’s even free parking and lunch! For details, call 216.687.5411 or visit

All That Jazz

Benny Golson, internationally famous jazz legend and tenor saxophonist, will present a special concert with the Jazz Heritage Orchestra on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7 pm in Waetjen Auditorium in the Music and Communication Building, 2001 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $25 or $15 for students with ID and may be purchased at

Golson is a musical giant in the world of jazz. A composer, arranger, lyricist and producer, he played in the bands of Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey. The Jazz Heritage Orchestra is a professional, 17-piece, not-for-profit performance/education group in residence in Cleveland State’s Black Studies Program. The orchestra is composed of outstanding jazz performers who are also highly competent music educators.

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

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