Nov 24, 2014


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As Thanksgiving nears, I want to express gratitude for your dedication to Cleveland State University.
I am very proud of our collective efforts that are being widely recognized.

TEDxClevelandStateUniversity Commits Will Support Central Neighborhood

Led by the Monte Ahuja College of Business and Office of Civic Engagement, CSU recently launched TEDxClevelandStateUniversity Commits, a community engagement program in Cleveland's Central neighborhood that will offer two full scholarships to high school seniors and opportunities for neighborhood youth to visit campus. The program was inspired by the talk from Basheer Jones at last month's TEDxClevelandStateUniversity, which focused on the importance of exposing all our young people to education. The initiative has earned praise from The Plain Dealer.

Central borders CSU's campus, yet only 6 percent of residents there have a college degree. Our goal is for every student in kindergarten through 12th grade from the Central neighborhood to visit campus at least once over the next year to fuel their aspiration to attend college.

To help us accomplish our goal, we need your support. Please consider events and activities that you have planned between now and the end of the summer. If they can include young people from Central, please contact Julian Rogers in the Office of Civic Engagement to coordinate the opportunity.

Chemical Engineers Take First Place in National Design Competition

CSU graduates Zakaria Benmerzouga, Jeremy Miller, and Andrew Zak won the top prize at the 2014 National American Institute of Chemical Engineers Student Design Competition for devising an alternate method for manufacturing the influenza vaccine. The competition invited submissions from chemical engineering programs around the country.

All three students graduated in May 2014 with bachelor's degrees in chemical engineering. Zakaria and Andrew are currently pursuing master's degrees in chemical engineering at CSU, and Jeremy is now working as a process engineer at Saint-Gobain Crystals in Hiram, Ohio.

Center for Economic Development Receives Kauffman Foundation Grant

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation recently awarded a $74,250 grant to the Center for Economic Development at the Levin College of Urban Affairs. The grant will fund research on high-growth businesses in Ohio, which will inform economic development groups on how to best support entrepreneurs throughout the state.

Speech Language Pathology Program Nationally Recognized

CSU was named among the top 10 schools in the nation for students pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology. This ranking is a testament to the quality of our faculty and curriculum and recognition of the access our students have to clinical experiences through the CSU Speech and Hearing Clinic.

Next 50th Anniversary CSU Presidential Forum is February 3

We have much to be proud of as we continue our yearlong 50th anniversary celebration. I hope that all of you will continue to participate in our series of Presidential Forums. The first forum on November 13 featured past presidents Dr. Claire Van Ummersen and Dr. Michael Schwartz and myself, along with current and past members of the Board of Trustees, in a dialogue regarding the past, present, and future of Cleveland State University. If you missed the event, I encourage you to view it online. Our next forum is set for Tuesday, February 3, 2015, and will focus on the current and future state of health care.


Please enjoy a safe, restful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.


Ronald M. Berkman

Cleveland State University


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