February 7, 2017

CSU Board faces athletic facility issues

The condition of the athletic facilities of the university came to the attention of the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees when it met Monday, Jan. 30.

Athletics Subcommittee Chair David H. Gunning II reported the Wolstein Center, Woodling Gym, and the Krenzler and softball fields are all in need of major repairs.

He noted that the Wolstein Center is losing money every year, but still needs upgrades to the scoreboard, the locker room and painting. He added that the weight room in the Wolstein is too small and the building has too much capacity even for events such as men’s basketball.

Woodling Gymnasium is in need of new bleachers because there are no parts available for repairs, according to Gunning. Its locker rooms also needs updated and the bathrooms need major facelifts as well as some painting to the gym.

Gunning talked about a possible relocation of Krenzler Field closer to E. 24th St. and the highway noting that in its present location, it has inadequate locker rooms and the new men’s lacrosse team does not have a full-time locker room of its own.

He explained that Cleveland State’s softball fields need upgrades for its benches, which are not actual “dugouts,” and because it has no spectator area, concession stand area, or press box. Gunning also said the university will need a new athletic director, as the current director, John Parry will retire at the end of spring term.

No decisions were made on any of the athletic facilities issues. Members of the board said they will need to discuss it all in the future.

Members from the Student Government Association (SGA) shared their plans for the spring 2017 semester, including a student council on diversity. Aeisha Kangan, the speaker of the senate for SGA, said students can use a multi-faith space room in Trinity Commons for prayer or any need.

SGA members also discussed a freshman mentorship and retention plan to keep students from dropping out or transferring. In this plan, a SGA member would serve as a mentor to groups of freshman to give them guidance and support in their first year at Cleveland State. The SGA only presented its plans to the board and did not confirm them.

In his report to the board, Cleveland State President Ronald Berkman said the new engineering building is coming along in construction with $40 million in donations from entities such as the Parker Hannifin Foundation and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).

Berkman also said partnerships are developing for Cleveland State’s new film school, which may be housed in Playhouse Square.

He said more than 1,000 majors will be enrolled in digital film and broadcasting in four years.

Berkman also noted that law school enrollment at Cleveland State has been dropping and is half of what it was four years ago.

One of the final presentations came from Jessica Colombi, executive director of Career Services, who presented her plans for an internship certification program, which will start in the fall through Career Services.

The next board of trustees meeting will be Thursday, March 30 when the board will discuss the focus of future student enrollments.


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