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Sept. 16. 2014

Distinguished Alumni Awards kicks off 50th celebrations

By Nicole Drake

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, a group of alumni will be recognized for their individual accomplishments in their respective fields and contributions to Cleveland State University.

Cleveland State will honor nine outstanding graduates, as well as past award recipients, for their service, leadership and career achievements.

The award service will start with the George B. Davis Award for service to the university. This award recognizes a graduate’s continuous dedication to the growth and advancement of Cleveland State.

Davis, whom the award is named after, received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1941 and a Master’s degree in Business Administration in 1981.

The next series of awards will be categorized by college—Monte Ahuja College of Business, College of Education and Human Services, Washkewicz College of Engineering, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Sciences and Health Professions, School of Nursing and Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.

The award ceremony will be held Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Wolstein Center.
The evening includes a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards program at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s honorees are: Anthony S. Bakale, Andrew Jackson, Murray Winland, Kenneth P. Jayjack, Elizabeth Pugh, Richard Janus, Paul J. Gemperline, Sam McNulty and Cynthia Struk.Anthony Bakale

Anothony S. Bakale will be receiving the George B. Davis Award for service to the university.

“It’s a fantastic honor; I’m very excited,” Bakale said.

Anthony served on the Accounting Department Advisory Committee in the Monte Ahuja College of Business for 28 years and chaired the group for three years.

He said that he recalls Cleveland State being mostly a commuter college and, over the years, growing and booming into something vastly accommodating.

“There wasn’t much housing on campus, I think the only housing was Fenn Tower at the time,” Bakale said.

Since graduating from Cleveland State in 1982, he mentioned his steady involvement in the accounting department in 1984 and 1985.

He held officer positions for six years as vice president, present and past president.
“I’ve spent a lot of time at CSU, it’s really a great asset.

It’s fun watching the school grow and being a part of it is very exciting,” Bakale said.
Anothony Bakale is currently a partner with Cohen & Company, one of the country’s largest certified public accountant firms.

He spoke of his appreciation for the city as well as the campus downtown.
“Our office is located in downtown Cleveland right there on 14th and Euclid,” Bakale said.