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Cleveland State’s newly re-branded 1964 Society poses at Relay for Life 2015

September 14, 2015

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By Reese Shebel

The 1964 Society, formerly known as the Student Alumni Association, debuts as a new organization complete with a new president, a new look and plans for a lot of new members.

Elected at the end of last spring semester, President Geraldine Klohs explains that the goal of the 1964 Society is to forge relationships between students and alumni through networking programs and events and to strengthen lifelong loyalty to Cleveland State.

“We work closely with the Alumni Affairs Office and the Special Events Office to create opportunities for students to have fun, build leadership skills, get involved on campus, create friendships and most importantly, network with alumni,” Klohs said.

Over the summer, the executive board attended Case ASAP, a conference for student advancement programs in Washington D.C. The 1964 Society board was able to attend a selection of sessions out of the 70 offered. Many of the sessions consisted of presentations by students and faculty, which gave them the opportunity to network with close to 1,000 students from universities across the country that belonged to organizations with a similar mission.

“We learned a lot about retention and keeping members happy, how to plan philanthropy-related events and how to organize and keep track of all the responsibilities that come with running a student organization,” Klohs said. “We are hoping to implement a lot of the ideas on member appreciation and recruitment this upcoming year.”

The organization’s big debut was a red-carpet-themed launch party, complete with a mock cocktail bar, Hollywood décor and live entertainment. Its purpose was to promote the new branding and to have students talking about the new organization.

Klohs even created a chair position on the executive board this semester to solely focus on planning the big launch.

“There are a lot of logistics to be taken care of to pull an event like this off,” Klohs said. “Because it was still very early in the semester, it took [event coordinator] Trang’s full commitment and the support of all board members to bring this event to life.”

Klohs’ biggest goal for the organization is to involve more students.

“We are hoping to recruit students at the beginning of their college careers for our organization as well as enhance the experience current members have,” Klohs said. “It is important to me that everyone identifies with the organization and is proud to be part of the 1964 Society.”

To join the 1964 Society, contact the recruitment manager Rachael Chrzanowski at 1964recruitment@gmail.com or visit http://csu1964society.weebly.com

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