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March. 23, 2015

Students urged to attend forums

By Ashli Speed

In commemoration of its 50th anniversary, Cleveland State University launched a series of panel discussions.

Since February, the 50th Anniversary Presidential Forums have featured CEOs and professionals from all over Cleveland.

Spring semester forums have boasted attendance of more than 300 people.

The first forum of the spring semester, “Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century Education and Health,” featuring a panel made up of the CEOs of the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and the MetroHealth System, attracted more than 400 people.
Of the 400, only about 40 were Cleveland State students.

Those in charge of the panels have been working to increase student attendance.
Panelists from March 17
Julian Earls, head of the 50th Anniversary steering committee and Barbara Smith from the Office of Special Events, called on student leaders to find out ways to increase student attendance.

Earls and Smith hosted a luncheon for student leaders to get their feedback on how to increase student attendance.

“We solicited ideas from students and panel members,” Earls said. “These panels are for the students and we wanted to make sure they were coming.”

Casey Kim, junior biology pre-med major and member of the Student Alumni Association executive board, was one of the students in attendance at the luncheon.

“I suggested that spots be reserved for students so that they don’t miss the opportunity to register for the forums,” she said.

Kim and other students were instrumental in assuring student attendance for the forums that followed the luncheon.

For the March 4 event that was sponsored by the College of Business and the College of Engineering, Kim and other students set out to make sure their peers would show up.

“I took the lead on recruiting engineering students,” Kim said.

Kim made announcements in her classes, and reached out to the leaders of student engineering groups.
Other students did the same, some sending out emails to their classmates.

“The students really helped,” Earls said. “We knew other students would be more receptive if the information came from their peers.”

Of the 300 people in attendance at the March 4 forum, 60 were students.

There are three Presidential Forums left before the end of the year. Registration is required and can be done at or by calling 216-687-5045.