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May 1, 2014

CSU names spring 2014 valedictorians

By Emily Scharf


For each commencement ceremony at Cleveland State University, a valedictorian is selected from each of the university’s colleges. Each valedictorian demonstrates exceptional academic qualifications and must have a grade point average of at least 3.8 to be considered.

A committee comprised of representatives from each college make up the university’s valedictorian committee, who then select the co-valedictorians to represent Cleveland State at each of the two spring graduation ceremonies — both morning and afternoon.

Stephanie Massey-Cole, who will receive her Bachelor of Science in Education has been selected as a valedictorian for the morning ceremony.

Massey-Cole said it is a great testament to Cleveland State’s diversity that a non-traditional student like herself, who is in her 40’s, to be chosen as a co-valedictorian.

“I feel extremely honored,” Massey-Cole said.

Relations and Political Science major Anna Meyer and Nursing major Steven Stefanwicz have been selected for the afternoon ceremony.

“It is humbling to know that out of so many talented and unique individuals, I was chosen to represent not only Cleveland State University and the School of Nursing, but the entire graduating class,” Stefanowicz said.

Customarily, the Registrar’s office sends each college a list of students who are eligible for valedictorian. An internal committee comprised of faculty and staff then review all of the student applications for valedictorian. The committee then reviews the applications and makes a suggestion to the Dean’s office, who chooses the co-valedictorians.

The School of Nursing submitted the name of Steven Stefanowicz to the committee for the Spring commencement ceremony.

Vida B. Lock, Dean of The School of Nursing, said the school is pleased that Stefanowicz was selected as Cleveland States’s co-valedictorian.

“Aside from his fantastic GPA, Steve has been very active in the Student Nurse Association and has served as an officer,” Lock said, adding that he also works at the Cleveland Clinic in a critical care unit and has participated in many other volunteer/service activities.

The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs has chosen James Aspery as the college’s spring valedictorian.

“Aspery was selected based on his exemplary academic record and his leadership contributions with numerous groups, organizations and causes on and off campus,” said Ned Hill, dean of the Levin College.

The College of Sciences and Health Professions have chosen Arielle Bowers as the school’s valedictorian based on her strong research background, according to Dean Meredith Bond.

Bowers is a student in the Psychology department and is currently completing her honors thesis with Dr. Chris France. Bond said Bowers has been accepted into the school’s Clinical M.A. program for fall 2014 in the Department of Psychology. She is a McNair Scholar and a first generation student.

The valedictorian for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) will be Anna P. Meyer, according to Associate Dean of CLASS Joyce Mastboom. Meyer is a double major in International Relations and Political Science, and has a 3.9 GPA.

“In addition to an excellent GPA, Anna stood out because of her extensive involvement locally in the community and internationally,” Mastboom said.

As student president of the Argentine Tango Club, Meyer revived the organization and found a new place for them to practice by approaching Trinity Cathedral and obtaining space in return for cleaning it up.

“Clearly, Anna exemplifies engaged learning,” Mastboom said.
Meyer has been chosen to represent Cleveland State as co-valedictorian for the afternoon commencement ceremony to take place on Saturday, May 10.