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Don and Pam Washkewicz

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Don and Pam Washkewicz

Thanks to a $10 million gift from Don and Pam Washkewicz and the Parker Hannifin Foundation, engineering at Cleveland State will be transformed into a powerhouse of innovation and opportunity for students and faculty. Their gift, equaling the largest ever in University history and by far the largest for the engineering program, will place CSU at the forefront of engineering education and research.

In honor of the transformative gift, the CSU Board of Trustees voted to rename Fenn College the Washkewicz College of Engineering, and to rename the engineering building Fenn Hall.

Alumnus Washkewicz, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, is chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of Parker Hannifin Corporation.

This gift will facilitate major improvements to Fenn Hall, including two unique spaces – a Learning Incubator for Undergraduate Education and a Laboratory for Research and Innovation. It also will provide scholarships and foster an academic environment that promotes innovation, discovery, entrepreneurship and industry collaboration.

Students will work on their own innovations and learn the economic, social, environmental and international context of engineering. Interdisciplinary research will flourish in the College’s biomedical, chemical, environmental, materials, robotics, mechanical and computer engineering programs. Even students in the arts, business and sciences will be encouraged to become involved in design and innovation.

Through their generosity, Don, Pam and the Foundation are helping to ensure that CSU graduates are ready for the jobs and leadership positions of tomorrow.

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Timothy J. McGinty

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Timothy J. McGinty

By establishing the Stokes Family Scholarship in Public Service, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, JD ’81, and his wife Ellen are providing scholarship support for Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students.

At the same time, they’re seeking to recruit talented, diverse students to C|M|LAW and increase diversity in the County Prosecutor’s Office.

With their generous gift, they also are honoring Cleveland’s Stokes Family, particularly C|M|LAW alumni Louis Stokes, ’53, a 30-year member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the late Carl Stokes, ’56, former mayor of Cleveland.

Students who are awarded the Stokes Family Scholarship in Public Service will receive preference for part-time positions with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office as legal interns, with an opportunity for possible employment as assistant county prosecutors when they graduate.

McGinty served as a judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for 18 years before being elected the county’s top prosecutor in 2012.

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Daria Roebuck

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Daria Roebuck

Daria Roebuck earned a bachelor’s degree from the Monte Ahuja College of Business in 1980 and credits her CSU education for her career success. Now vice president of human resources for ERICO, Inc., she is responsible for talent acquisition, employee relations and organizational development in 30 countries for the Solon, Ohio-based firm. ERICO manufactures engineered products for the electrical, mechanical, commercial, industrial, rail and utility markets.

To show her appreciation to CSU, Roebuck established the Daria Roebuck Scholarship Fund in Management and Labor Relations which provides two $5,000 scholarships annually to students in the College of Business’ management/labor relations and human resources programs. She also is a member of the College’s Visiting Committee.

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W. Benoy Joseph

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W. Benoy Joseph

When 35-year faculty member and administrator W. Benoy Joseph retired in June 2013, his wife Suzanne and sons Rajiv and Dinesh, MMus ’04, honored his distinguished career by establishing an endowed scholarship in his name.

The W. Benoy Joseph Endowed Scholarship in Music and Theatre will support a student studying music in odd-numbered years and one studying theatre in even-numbered years, with preference given to students with an pinterest in arts promotion.

Throughout his career, Dr. Joseph served CSU, the Monte Ahuja College of Business and its students as professor and chair of marketing and associate dean. This endowed scholarship ensures his continuing impact on the educational excellence provided to CSU students.

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Steven Latourette

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Steven Latourette

Steven C. LaTourette, JD ’79, retired from the U.S. House of Representatives after 18 years of service to Northeast Ohio. But he’s still in the nation’s capital, as president of the newly created McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies.

A former member of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s National Advisory Council, he established the Steven C. LaTourette Graduate Public Interest Endowed Fellowship for C|M|LAW graduates who are working in the public or government sector. The fund supports the professional development of civic leaders.

LaTourette was the 2013 recipient of the In Tribute to the Public Service award from CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.

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Dunya Abrahim

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Dunya Abrahim

Thanks to a $10 million gift from Don and Pam Washkewicz and the Parker Hannifin Foundation, engineering at Cleveland State will be transformed into a powerhouse of innovation and opportunity for students and faculty. Their gift, equaling the largest ever in University history and by far the largest for the engineering program, will place CSU at the forefront of engineering education and research.

In honor of the transformative gift, the CSU Board of Trustees voted to rename Fenn College the Washkewicz College of Engineering, and to rename the engineering building Fenn Hall.

Alumnus Washkewicz, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, is chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of Parker Hannifin Corporation.

This gift will facilitate major improvements to Fenn Hall, including two unique spaces – a Learning Incubator for Undergraduate Education and a Laboratory for Research and Innovation. It also will provide scholarships and foster an academic environment that promotes innovation, discovery, entrepreneurship and industry collaboration.

Students will work on their own innovations and learn the economic, social, environmental and international context of engineering. Interdisciplinary research will flourish in the College’s biomedical, chemical, environmental, materials, robotics, mechanical and computer engineering programs. Even students in the arts, business and sciences will be encouraged to become involved in design and innovation.

Through their generosity, Don, Pam and the Foundation are helping to ensure that CSU graduates are ready for the jobs and leadership positions of tomorrow.

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Sam Scharfeld

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Sam Scharfeld

By establishing the Stokes Family Scholarship in Public Service, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, JD ’81, and his wife Ellen are providing scholarship support for Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students.

At the same time, they’re seeking to recruit talented, diverse students to C|M|LAW and increase diversity in the County Prosecutor’s Office.

With their generous gift, they also are honoring Cleveland’s Stokes Family, particularly C|M|LAW alumni Louis Stokes, ’53, a 30-year member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the late Carl Stokes, ’56, former mayor of Cleveland.

Students who are awarded the Stokes Family Scholarship in Public Service will receive preference for part-time positions with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office as legal interns, with an opportunity for possible employment as assistant county prosecutors when they graduate.

McGinty served as a judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for 18 years before being elected the county’s top prosecutor in 2012.

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Shannon Yarbrough

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Shannon Yarbrough

Daria Roebuck earned a bachelor’s degree from the Monte Ahuja College of Business in 1980 and credits her CSU education for her career success. Now vice president of human resources for ERICO, Inc., she is responsible for talent acquisition, employee relations and organizational development in 30 countries for the Solon, Ohio-based firm. ERICO manufactures engineered products for the electrical, mechanical, commercial, industrial, rail and utility markets.

To show her appreciation to CSU, Roebuck established the Daria Roebuck Scholarship Fund in Management and Labor Relations which provides two $5,000 scholarships annually to students in the College of Business’ management/labor relations and human resources programs. She also is a member of the College’s Visiting Committee.

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Lee Ann Jackson

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Lee Ann Jackson

When 35-year faculty member and administrator W. Benoy Joseph retired in June 2013, his wife Suzanne and sons Rajiv and Dinesh, MMus ’04, honored his distinguished career by establishing an endowed scholarship in his name.

The W. Benoy Joseph Endowed Scholarship in Music and Theatre will support a student studying music in odd-numbered years and one studying theatre in even-numbered years, with preference given to students with an pinterest in arts promotion.

Throughout his career, Dr. Joseph served CSU, the Monte Ahuja College of Business and its students as professor and chair of marketing and associate dean. This endowed scholarship ensures his continuing impact on the educational excellence provided to CSU students.

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