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November 21, 2013

Fenn College of Engineering plans name change after receiving $10 million donation

By John Cuturic

Cleveland State University recently received a $10 million gift from The Parker Hannifin Foundation and Donald and Pamela Washkewicz.

"We tremendously grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Washkewicz and the Parker Hannifin Foundation for their exceptional generosity," Berkman said in an email.

The university announced the donation in an email two days ago, on Nov. 19. Donald Washkewicz, a Cleveland State graduate, is Chairman of the Board, CEO and president of Parker Hannifin.

To recognize the $10 million donation, the Cleveland State board of trustees voted to rename the Fenn College of Engineering at Cleveland State. They're going to change the name to the the Washkewicz College of Engineering.Stillwell Hall, the engineering building, will change its name to Fenn Hall.

In the email release, the president's office said that they intend to use the money from the donation for renovations and improvements to Stillwell Hall (soon to be Fenn Hall).
Among other things, the University will build a new entrance, add classroom space and open two new laboratories in the College of Engineering.

The release also said that the gift will allow Cleveland State to award more scholarships.