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The Lion King Alumni Event Receives Roar of Approval

It was an evening of fun, culture and a little Broadway magic. On August. 1, CSU alumni, faculty and staff gathered in the Euclid Commons Courtyard to kick off the College of Education Alumni Committees summer social event. Under an overcast sky, more than 45 guests, including alums from several other colleges, mingled over a barbecue picnic. Attendees also tried their luck at a raffle, which offered up goodies like CSU swag bags and designer Coach clutches.

Later that evening, guests soaked up some theatrical culture at the mane event , a captivating performance of Disneys The Lion King at the State Theatre.

Guests included Dean Sajit Zachariah, Brian Breittholz, vice president of Alumni Affairs and Paul Wolansky, director of University Advancement. CEHS alums in attendance included David Sacco, (74 and 86) winner of the 2003 Outstanding Alumni Award and grads Kathy Leftridge (12) and Celeste Bozeman (08).

In his opening remarks, Dean Zachariah discussed exciting changes taking place in the College of Education & Human Services, including an expected increase in enrollment. He also noted the significance of events like the alumni committees summer picnic and the impact they have on current COEHS students.

These events help students who work part time and try to make both ends meet in terms of paying their tuition, so we thank participants for supporting that cause, said Zachariah.

Bozeman, a graduate of the community agency counseling program, appreciated the deans message, as she recalls juggling three jobs while attending school full time. Currently a school-based therapist at Applewood Centers Inc., the alumna believes her positive classroom experiences at CSU prepared her for a successful career.

I had the opportunity to work with a well-oiled, instrumental and dynamic team of instructors, including Dr. Elliot Ingersoll and Dr. Anne Bauer, during my graduate program, says Bozeman. Every classroom experience left an unforgettable and positive impact on my life and future career choices.

Dorann Block-Taylor, president of the College of Education Alumni Committee, says the event received a great response from attendees who look forward to participating in future outings

The event was very well-attended and gave us the opportunity to meet new, potential alumni committee members, says Block-Taylor. It was an entertaining evening and attendees really enjoyed The Lion King performance. Even if they had seen it years ago, guests noticed it was somehow different. It was wonderful.

Bozeman agrees. The Lion King show was a breathtaking and refreshing piece of entertainment, she says. It was truly a treat.

Block-Taylor says the committee, which is comprised of fellow members Evelyn Finley, treasurer and Debra Williams, secretary, is currently working on plans for holiday events. Stay tuned for a calendar of events to be featured in an upcoming issue.