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June 27, 2013

Huntington branch opens in Main Classroom

By Alexandra Murray

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Huntington National Bank has opened a brand new branch in Cleveland State’s Main Classroom building. The decision to allow Huntington to occupy the former home of the Information Services and Technology Department was made by Cleveland State trustees on Nov. 29, 2012 giving them 10-year occupancy on the University’s vast campus.

This is not the first time Huntington has come to Cleveland State’s campus. The original branch was opened on Oct. 28, 1999 and was located in the basement of the University Center. It was short-lived however, as the location did not generate much foot traffic.

After thirty days of construction the second branch was officially opened on Monday, June 24, in Main Classroom. “I’m pretty excited and so is Huntington,” said Ramahn Weaver, a banker for the branch. “It’s an exciting time for us. It’s high energy and a new environment.”

Fellow co-workers also shared the feeling of excitement about the company’s decision to come to Cleveland State. They explained that one of the reasons for this expansion is to reach young adults before they start making financial decisions in their life.Huntingtonstaff
Huntington isn’t the only one celebrating their return to Cleveland State’s campus.

Students like Diana Astron are ecstatic about the exclusive on-campus branch. “I’m happy Huntington has an actual branch on campus, because I don’t have to walk down the street anymore,” Astron said.

As a result of the alliance, the bank has offered three Cleveland State students internships every year in order to provide them with the tools needed to be successful during their careers.

Cleveland State alumni also get to partake in the benefits of this business venture. One such beneficiary of this alliance is Samuel Wright III, branch manager and assistant vice president of the Huntington National Bank, said that he and a few other co-workers are former students of Cleveland State, and that being able to work at the university brings back old memories.

While Cleveland State alumni celebrate a return back to the place they got their first start, some students think that the Cleveland State trustees could have put something more useful to the student body in the Main Classroom location. “They should have put in a Chase, Chipotle or GNC,” said Cleveland State student Akeem Whittaker. “Something else that added more diversity to an already diverse campus.”
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Regardless of the opposing views of students, Huntington will continue to welcome any student who chooses to open an account with their new modernized establishment.

The bank is also offering students the option to link their Viking card to a Huntington checking account, which will give members access to cash through ATMs and pin-based debit card purchases. For more information on how to link your Viking card to your Huntington account visit www.huntington.com vikingcard or stop in at the branch on campus.