To our Alumni and Friends:
As Cleveland State University nears its 50th anniversary, we’re starting the celebration with a bang – a $10 million gift from Don and Pamela Washkewicz and the Parker Hannifin Foundation that will catapult CSU to the forefront of engineering education, research and innovation. Don, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from CSU in 1972, is the chairman, chief executive officer and president of Parker Hannifin Corporation, one of CSU’s staunchest partners. In recognition of this transformative gift we have renamed our engineering college the Washkewicz College of Engineering.
We are grateful beyond words to Don, Pam and Parker. We also are grateful beyond words for all of our donors. You deserve much of the credit for what CSU is today – a respected institution that provides educational excellence and serves as an anchor institution in a great city.
Your support enables us to continually enhance our academic program and facilities, giving students the education, extracurricular activities and campus experience they want and deserve. Your support provides scholarships and other financial assistance; without you, many of our students would be unable to pursue their dream of a college education and earn that diploma that leads to successful careers and lives. Your support helps us attract the best and brightest faculty and researchers to our campus. And your support helps us build a thriving neighborhood in the heart of the city, positioning CSU as a key player in the resurgence of Cleveland.
Your investment in CSU is an investment in our city and Northeast Ohio. You are helping us educate the workforce and leaders who will do great things for Cleveland and this region in the years ahead.
CSU – past, present and future – is greatly enhanced by your legacy of giving. Thank you. I deeply appreciate your commitment and look forward to your continuing support and your participation in our 50th anniversary celebration.
Ronald M. Berkman
President, Cleveland State University