Dancing with the Douglas
Position: Forward and Guard
Major: Sports Marketing / Communications
Hometown: Houston, TX
He’s a dancing machine - hip hop, salsa, tango and more!
Oldest of 8 brothers and sisters
Who inspires him: my pastor. When you need a new starting point, or when you get stuck in life, he helps.
Fave spot on campus: Viking Marketplace, for the unlimited food, especially bacon burgers
Sebastian’s high school team was 5th in the nation when CSU came calling.
Well Rounded, Oui
Major: Pre-Physical Therapy
Hometown: Montreal, Canada
Hobbies: I’m a movie freak.
Ludovic speaks French, learned English six years ago and speaks two African languages. He also loves Japanese food and croissants. He has traveled to Italy, Germany and Paris as part of the b-ball Team Canada.
My Favorite Things
Major: Sports Management
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Fave class: Accounting
Fave food: Chipotle burrito bowl
Fave place on campus: Bar Uno
Fave famous person: Michael Jordan
Fave quote: “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan
Fave quote 2: “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali
Game Day Do’s and Don’ts
Major: Sports Management
Hometown: Springfield Gardens, NY
Day of game: No naps
Day of and before game: No fast food
Has to put her right foot game sock on first
A big DO for Cori is her love of food – fave food is empanadas, fave restaurant is BBQ’s for the sticky wings and fave place to eat on campus is Quiznos for the prime rib peppercorn sandwich.
Long on Song
Hometown: Detroit, MI
A powerful dunker, CSU was there when Devon made his first dunk at 16. He chose CSU over VCU, West Virginia, University of Detroit, Texas Southern and Central Michigan.
Devon loves hip hop music and uses the software program “Protocol” to create his own compositions on his computer.
Meet Peter Bode, Class of 2012
Major: Environmental Science, College of Sciences and Health Professions
New job: Watershed Coordinator, Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization
The Cuyahoga River. Once a burning, infamous symbol of neglect and pollution, the “crooked river” is now a national symbol of rebirth. Today, an exciting array of new programs is restoring much of the river's industrial channel to more natural, wildlife-friendly habitat. Who knew? Viking Pride caught up with CSU grad Peter Bode, himself a symbol of the new generation of clean water warriors, and asked him about his new job.
Hello Peter! So, what does a watershed coordinator do?
My duties range from managing bioengineering projects to helping watershed groups write their Balanced Growth Plans and Watershed Action Plans. I manage our ReLeaf program which reforests urban areas with a focus on waterways and stream health. I'm also in charge of raising funds through grant writing, GIS analysis, and serving as a consultant for any questions. I get to work through the economic impacts of environmental improvements while tying in the social aspect.
Tell us 3 things you love about your job.
(1) Using all the skills I developed before CSU as well as everything I learned at CSU. (2) Being an integral part of the re-naturalization of the Cuyahoga River. (3) The respect that came with joining such an important group as the CRCPO.
Did you know?
What are some recent projects and future plans to protect/restore the river?
Besides the ReLeaf Program, I'm working on the 'Habitats for Hard Places' Project that is creating fish habitat through the Cuyahoga Shipping Channel and distressed sections. We're planting grasses, wildflowers and trees and sculpting natural river banks.
Favorite moment so far? Least favorite?
My favorite moment so far was being the host organization of a Dinner Cruise on the Goodtime III, recognizing lifetime achievement champions of the Cuyahoga. Least favorite: putting together 100 folders for a symposium I was organizing, tedious but necessary.
How did CSU prepare you?
CSU was the key turning point in my career. I was able to join a research team analyzing vacant lots in Cleveland, their probability of restoration to a naturalistic state and how that would benefit us. I also had the honor of being elected President of the Student Environmental Movement, raising over $70,000 for projects. I worked with the facilities team to create a more sustainable campus. I also had the perfect degree program for this position. I would not be able to accomplish near as much without the help of fabulous faculty (led by Dr. Julie Wolin in Biology) and the Dean in the College of Sciences and Health Professions who have been more than supportive.
Do you run into any other CSU grads as part of your work?
I run into CSU grads in almost every organization that I deal with! There is a sense of pride and comradeship between all alumni in my industry.
How else is the environment part of your life?
It's in every aspect. I ran a blog on renewable energy, helped form numerous urban gardens (I used to be a landscape designer), founded a grassroots volunteer organization focused on environmental stewardship at the residential level, served on the Rocky River Watershed Council Board of Trustees, and have numerous other affiliations with environmental efforts.
1. Stop using 'one time use' containers. Especially plastic water and soda bottles.
2. Get away from toxic drain cleaners and 'micro-bead face wash' to cut down the amount of plastic in our drinking water and fish habitats!
3. Look into rain barrels, rain gardens, pervious pavers or any type of stormwater retention system to help suppress the amount of water introduced into our system during storms.
4. When landscaping, plant native! There is such a beautiful variety of native Ohio plants and it helps our ecosystems regulate to their native function.
5. Get some friends together, call your local Watershed Group, and schedule a weekend stream cleanup! They are a lot of fun and help clear the habitat to create a more naturalistic form for the river.
6. Go to your local parks, beaches, wetlands, or whatever and ENJOY the greatest region in the Great Lakes basin! We have so many interesting features, it would be a crime not to. This helps you understand why 1-5 are so important to the Cuyahoga.
From Libby Plevrakis-Tamas '10, “Though he had a flat sense of humor during my marketing classes, Jim D’Orozio always made himself available for questions, sharing of ideas, and provided a sense that he wanted us to succeed. Dr. Rama Jayanti provided case studies with current products which allowed us to be creative, feel comfortable and confident. She also made herself available at various times for students."
Which members of our faculty/staff most influenced you? In what ways? Share here.
"I have lots of good memories from the Cage! Before they turned it into a computer lab, there was a lounge with lots of couches and a big TV (usually tuned to Maury) where those of us who had a HUGE gap between classes would study, hang out, and even sleep! With a full schedule of morning and evening classes those in-between nap times were essential for me! When the computer lab went in... well it was nice for computing but there was no longer anywhere to catch a power nap in between classes.
"One of the best things about the UC was that you could stand at the railing on any level and see what was going on on the first floor. There were often lots of performances and activities going on!"
from Erica Larson '07