view of hallway in art building

President Ronald M. Berkman presented deserving faculty and staff members with awards during the Fall
Convocation on Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Waetjen Auditorium. Eight CSU employees earned recognition.

October 26, 2015


President honors achievements
in State of University address

By Becky Raspe

Cleveland State University President Ronald M. Berkman outlined the university’s strengths and recognized individual contributions to it during the President’s Convocation Ceremony on Oct. 8 in the Waetjen Auditorium at the Music and Communication Building.

Berkman recognized contributions in seven areas, including service, teaching, research, and professional and classified staffing.

Those recognized include Jorge E. Gatica, graduate professor in the Washkewicz College of Engineering for the Distinguished Faculty Award of Service.

Brian E. Harper, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Service and Holly A. Holsinger, associate professor in the College of Liberal Arts of Social Sciences received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching.

Christopher L. Sagers, professor in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and Daniel J. Simon, professor in the Washkewsicz College of Engineering received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research.

Abubahkar Nasara, director and lecturer in the Colleges of Educational Technologies and Education and Human Services received the Distinguished Service Award for Professional Staff.
Lisa Marie Sample, administrative secretary at the Monte Ahuja College of Business received the Distinguished Service Award for Classified Staff.
The Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award for Faculty Excellence was also awarded and recieved by Professor Gatica.

In the State of the University address, Berkman described Cleveland State as a mixture of “Cleveland old and Cleveland new, ” referring to how the campus has blended traditional architecture like Trinity Cathedral and the new Center of Innovations in Medical Professions building together to make an unique urban area.
Berkman said Cleveland State’s freshman class this semester is not only the largest class to ever be accepted to Cleveland State with more than 1,850 students — but also that the university received more than 10,000 applications, the most in its history.

Also, Berkman mentioned that most of the applicants marked that they were an underserved nationality in terms of education on their applications, making this also one of the most diverse freshman classes in Cleveland State history.

“Though we don’t have a football team and can’t be number one in football because of this,” Berkman said, “we are number one in something else.”

President Ronald Berkman presented Professor Christopher Sager with the Distinguished Faculty Award on Oct. 8.


Berkman said that, according to the National Science Foundation, Cleveland State is number one in the country in terms of research, which is up 298 percent, #1 in research funded by federal spending, which is up 600 percent and #12 in corporate sponsored research, which is up 400 percent in recent years.
“I think that’s better than being number one in football,” he said.

Berkman noted Cleveland State was listed in USA Today’s list of Top 280 Best National Universities, which were taken from 1,600 universities nationwide. Berkman also boasted that the university’s graduation rate has increased by 48 percent.

In light of these accomplishments, Berkman closed his State of the University address with the comment, “For me, now more than ever, it’s a great time to be a Viking!

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