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Berkman discusses plans


BY Ashley Ammond

October 17, 2011

Homecoming week concluded Saturday afternoon with the first annual president’s luncheon, which featured alumni, married couples who met at Cleveland State and students who are in charge of General Fee organizations.

The luncheon was the last of the homecoming events for CSU, and President Ronald M. Berkman hopes to make this a lasting tradition. While Berkman’s mission was to thank his guests and make them feel welcome in the student center ballroom, his underlying goal was to discuss some of the recent issues and successes at CSU.

The Campus International School, which hosts students from Kindergarten to second grade, was the first topic on his agenda for the afternoon. CSU has added two more Kindergarten classes, in addition to the two that were previously in place.

“What happened was, in order to accommodate more families, more kids, we opened up two additional classes. We were very fortunate that two things have happened, very good leadership and an innovative international learning background,” Berkman said.

He praised the faculty on embracing the idea of adding more classes and was proud to provide an opportunity to the students.
Berkman also discussed the issue of turning away more than 700 nursing students within the last year.

“What are the economic engines that drive this city,” Berkman asked. “How can we better the university to produce room for [more nursing students].”

In the efforts to bring up and resolve issues that are currently taking place on CSU’s campus, students were able to ask their own questions, as well as see what the president had to add on such topics.

“President Berkman definitely showed interest in important topics on campus, like the nursing program and even the engineering department,” senior Josh Malek said. “It was nice to hear he knew of these problems, and wants to make the effort to make them better.”

The luncheon may have been a first for faculty, alumni and students, but it won’t be the last. The homecoming committee wanted to change the tradition, make it better. Concluding the week with an event that gives people the opportunity to ask questions and hear an update made an impact among those in attendance, especially the students.

“I think it’s a great idea, it’s a great way to celebrate accomplishments. It also lets the alumni know what’s going, and ends the week in a nice setting bringing together current and past CSU students,” Malek said.