Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Welcome back! I hope all of you had an enjoyable winter break. We find ourselves propelled into the new year by the momentum of an especially memorable 2015 here at Cleveland State University, where we earned national recognition for our commitment to student success, welcomed the largest freshman class in CSU history and celebrated the openings of the Center for Innovation in Medical Professions and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors College.

Those are just a few highlights. For more, I encourage you to check out the 2015 Year at CSU in Review.

What will the year ahead bring? There already is much exciting news to share:

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thanks to all who joined us yesterday for the 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Event. Co-presented by CSU and Cuyahoga Community College, this celebration of the legacy of Dr. King brought together community members to hear the next generation of local leaders share their visions for affecting positive change through community engagement, forward thinking and social activism. It was a stirring way to start the new semester – and proof that Dr. King's powerful dream continues to challenge and to inspire.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Online MBA No. 20 in Nation and No. 1 in Ohio

The kudos just keep coming for the Online Accelerated Master of Business Administration at CSU's Monte Ahuja College of Business – and the latest news is most impressive.

This innovative offering has climbed to No. 20 in the nation on U.S. News & World Report's 2016 list of the Best Online MBA Programs, up from No. 44 last year. The program is ranked No. 1 in Ohio.

Congratulations to Ahuja College of Business Interim Dean Richard Reed and the entire Online MBA team on this tremendous recognition.

A Tennis Facility Grows at CSU

With a fresh coat of snow falling as I write this, it's never too early to start thinking about spring. In fact, we've already had a wonderful new piece of "greenery" pop up on campus.

Have you noticed the new green dome on the corner of Chester Avenue and East 21st Street? Perhaps a better question would be: How can you miss it?

The soon-to-be-completed Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion is the new home of CSU's men's and women's tennis teams. Made possible by the generous support of Cleveland-based Medical Mutual of Ohio, this top-notch, all-season tennis facility – the only one of its kind on the campus of a Horizon League school – also will be open to the CSU community, as well as the community at large.

Construction crews are putting finishing touches on the pavilion, which will open for the spring season.

A New Chapter for School of Nursing Dean Vida Lock

It's a time for new beginnings, and that includes new responsibilities for a mainstay of our campus community: School of Nursing Dean Vida Lock.

As of this month, Dean Lock is working with Dr. Edgar Jackson, co-director of NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health, to lead interprofessional education efforts, coordinate operations of the Center for Innovation in Medical Professions and integrate our health professions programs with the NEOMED-CSU Partnership.

Under the outstanding leadership of Dean Lock since 2008, the School of Nursing has doubled enrollment, unveiled a suite of state-of-the-art classrooms and simulation labs and earned continuing accreditation from both the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Catch Vikings Basketball at The Q

We kicked off an exciting partnership at Quicken Loans Arena with our men's and women's basketball programs in December.

As part of this partnership, our men's and women's basketball teams are playing a total of seven games this season at the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Up next at The Q: the men's team takes on Youngstown State University at 1 p.m. Sunday, January 24. Click here for the full schedule of remaining CSU games at The Q, along with ticket information.

I hope to see you at The Q. Go Vikings!

As we begin another semester, I wish you a successful and exciting new year.


Ronald M. Berkman

Cleveland State University


If you are having trouble viewing this email, click here.

© 2016 Cleveland State University    2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2215    216.687.2000