- Cleveland State secured commitments of $1 million from the George Gund Foundation, $1 million from the Parker Hannifin Corporation, and $300,000 from the state of Ohio for renovation of the Allen Theatre in PlayhouseSquare. In partnership with PlayhouseSquare and the Cleveland Play House, CSU is creating a downtown Cleveland arts education collaborative unlike any other in the nation. The renovated Allen will house CSU’s theater and dance programs and will offer a year-round schedule of professional and college productions expected to bring an additional 100,000-plus audience members downtown each year.
The Allen renovation will create a state-of-the-art venue with a 550-seat main stage proscenium theater on the first floor and a 300-seat second stage in the balcony. There also will be classrooms, rehearsal space, dance space with a sprung floor, ample space for wardrobe, props and set construction and a 175-seat black box theater.
- The Joseph and Martha Peek Estate awarded CSU $1.5 million for student scholarships. Both Joseph and Martha Peek were immigrants to the United States, coming to this country from Czechoslovakia after World War II. Mr. Peek was an engineer and Mrs. Peek was a homemaker. Upon the death of their only daughter, CSU became the beneficiary of the Joseph and Martha Peek Trust.
- With a record-setting attendance of more than 500 people, CSU’s 2008 Moses Cleaveland gala raised $250,000 for student scholarships and recognized 19 leadership donors who individually committed at least $100,000 and together more than $7.6 million over the past year. Thanks to generous alumni and friends, deserving students have the opportunity to change their lives through higher education.
- A salute to Dr. Michael Schwartz and his wife Joanne drew some 1,000 community and business leaders, faculty, staff, students and friends to the Allen Theatre to celebrate the many achievements of his eight-year presidency. In a fitting tribute to former president, more than $200,000 was donated to the event and a student scholarship fund bearing his name.
- CSU’s School of Nursing in the College of
Education and Human Services was among the first institutions in the nation to receive funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. The $200,000 award funds scholarships of $10,000 each for 20 students in CSU’s Accelerated BSN Nursing tract, a 15-month program offered in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for students who already hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. The scholarships will help alleviate the nation’s nursing shortage by dramatically expanding the pipeline of students in accelerated nursing programs.
- A $100,000 gift from the Wal-Mart Foundation saluted Cleveland State University for SERV - Supportive Education for the Returning Veteran - a program to assist military veterans with their transition from soldier to civilian to student. CSU was one of only 10 colleges and universities nationwide to be recognized for its successful veterans’ educational program.
- Two Environmental Science students took the lead in creating a 7,000-square-foot roof top garden on the CSU Recreation Center, raising more than $100,000 from foundations, alumni, faculty, staff, students, friends and matching funds. The garden will serve as a learning tool for CSU students, the community and area schools, providing engaged learning on such topics as green building, urban planning, environmental protection, and sustainability.
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