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Cleveland Foundation Grant Supports Medical Partnership

The NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health received its largest-ever show of support – a generous $5.5 million grant from the Cleveland Foundation.

This was the Foundation's third grant in support of the Partnership – a groundbreaking initiative that recruits and trains medical students who reflect the socio-economic background and cultural makeup of their communities to address and eliminate health disparities. In 2010, the Foundation provided a one-year planning grant of $250,000, followed by a $1.5 million start-up grant in 2011 to bring total support to $7.25 million.

With a shortage of primary care physicians practicing in urban areas, the Partnership for Urban Health is creating a new workforce of caregivers for underserved communities by targeting students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend and successfully complete medical school. Currently, there are 105 students engaged in the six-year program. The goal of the Partnership is to graduate 175 medical students in the next five years .

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Don and Pam Washkewicz
Additional $5 Million Gift Boosts Engineering

For the second time in as many years, alumnus Don Washkewicz and his wife, Pam, have made a transformational gift to the CSU College that bears his name, its engineering program and its students. Their latest gift of $5 million was announced at the kickoff of ENGAGE: The Campaign for Cleveland State University.

In 2014 the couple and the Parker Hannifin Foundation donated a combined $10 million in support of engineering scholarships and major structural improvements to Fenn Hall, including new laboratories.

Washkewicz, BSME '72, is chairman of Parker Hannifin Corporation and co-chair of ENGAGE: The Campaign for Cleveland State University.

"An investment in CSU is an investment in Northeast Ohio," he says. "We are very proud to contribute again and we are confident that CSU alumni and the community will join us in responding strongly to this opportunity to build on the University's momentum."

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KeyBank Foundation Creates Scholars Program

A $1 million grant from the KeyBank Foundation will fund the KeyBank Foundation Scholars Program, a series of initiatives to help students who graduated from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) complete their CSU degree in a timely manner.

The Scholars Program will include a seven-week summer academic program to help freshmen successfully transition into college; CSU student peer instructors; cohort and peer relationship-building activities; engagement with academic advisors; guidance in securing on-campus employment and scholarship opportunities; and instructional support for coursework.

Some 150 CMSD graduates enroll at CSU as freshmen each year. The KeyBank Foundation Scholars Program will begin in the 2016-17 academic year and be open to incoming freshmen and current students who came to CSU from CMSD.

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Percys Create Endowed Professorship

A $500,000 gift from Steve and Polly Percy to the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will create a named professorship to support scholarly work in environmental or energy law. The Steven W. Percy Endowed Professorship, law's fifth endowed professorship, will be held by a member of the faculty appointed by the dean, based on exemplary research, scholarship, and commitment to teaching.

Long-time supporters of C|M|LAW, the Percys are now members of the President's Cabinet donor recognition society for lifetime gifts to CSU of more than $1 million. Alumnus Percy, JD '79, is the former chairman and CEO of BP America, Inc.

He currently serves on the Leadership Cabinet for ENGAGE: The Campaign for Cleveland State University and is a member and past chair of both the CSU Foundation Board of Directors and Cleveland-Marshall's National Advisory Council. During the 2012-13 academic year he served as interim dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business.

Since retiring from BP, he has headed Phillips Petroleum's Refining, Marketing and Transportation Company, and conducted workshops on corporate governance for the AHC Group, a strategic consultant in the areas of environment, energy and materials. He served as a member of President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development as Co-Chair of the Climate Change Task Force, and is active with several organizations pertaining to environmental and economic research.

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GE Funds STEM Scholarships

CSU alumni who hold executive positions with General Electric are helping the next generation of leaders through the GE Scholars Program. The program, and a $500,000 gift from GE Lighting and GE Transportation, will provide five full-tuition scholarships each year for 10 years for students pursuing a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) major at CSU.

The scholarship will be open to sophomores, juniors and seniors with preference given to graduates of MC²STEM High School, located on the CSU campus, as well as to CMSD graduates majoring in STEM programs. Renewal preference will be given to students who complete an internship or co-op with GE.

CSU alumni who helped facilitate the GE gift include Maryrose Sylvester, MBA '93, president and CEO of East Cleveland-based GE Lighting, which employs more than 75 CSU graduates; Russell Stokes, BBA '96, senior vice president and CEO of GE Transportation in Chicago, Ill.; and Lloyd Trotter, BBA '72, former vice chairman of GE and president of the Industrial Business units of GE.

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Estate Planning Includes CSU

Alan Ruben was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 1976, alongside the legendary Bob Feller. But the CSU professor emeritus of law doesn't rest on his laurels as a champion fencer who captained both the 1972 U.S. Olympic and 1971 Pan-American fencing teams.

He'd prefer to be remembered as someone who made an impact on the lives of his students and the institutions that influenced his life and career.

To that end, he and his wife, Judge Betty Willis Ruben, have made a $500,000 commitment in their wills to create the Alan Miles Ruben and Betty Willis Ruben Endowed Professorship in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. It's one of the largest faculty gifts ever to CSU.

Professor Ruben joined C|M|LAW in 1970 and "retired" in 2003. He still teaches an occasional class at C|M|LAW and regularly works out of his first floor office in the law building.

Judge Ruben enjoyed her own distinguished career, retiring after 18 years as a Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court judge, including the position of administrative judge. Her career also includes working on mental health issues as a member of President John Kennedy's White House staff, and serving as Executive Director of the Consumer Advisory Council in the President's Council of Economic Advisers.

In 2004, the couple established the Judge Betty Willis Ruben Scholarship to assist CSU undergraduates majoring in any discipline who are graduates of the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools.

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