March 22, 2016


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Talk about finishing strong.

After traversing 1,000 miles of Alaskan wilderness in record time, Dallas Seavey won his fourth Iditarod last week, running alongside his team of sled dogs in the home stretch before he triumphantly crossed the finish line.

At Cleveland State University, we're committed to helping students finish strong, too.

Our new Last Mile program is designed to do just that. This lifeline initiative will provide assistance with tuition expenses and student fees for seniors in danger of dropping out because of expiring financial aid. Students who have no more than two semesters remaining to earn their degree are eligible.

The program builds upon the success of our Radiance Scholars program, which over the past five years has raised more than $3.7 million in support of CSU scholarships and helped nearly 1,200 CSU students remain in school and on track to graduation.

I am grateful to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities for their generous $50,000 pilot grant to fund the Last Mile program.

It's just another example of how we're always ready to go the extra mile for student success at CSU, where our highest priority remains helping students graduate on time, at reasonable cost and fully prepared to realize their career aspirations.


Welcome Back...

It was truly a pleasure to have Norris Cole and Kailey Klein back on campus last month for a very special occasion at the Wolstein Center, where CSU retired the jersey numbers (No. 30 and No. 23, respectively) of these legendary Vikings basketball alumni.

Norris, now a standout with the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans, played in a record-setting 140 consecutive games for our men's program and propelled the Vikings into the NCAA tournament. After graduating in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in health sciences, he went on to win two NBA championships with the Miami Heat. (His old pal LeBron James even showed up for our salute to Norris.)

Kailey is the all-time leading scorer (2,140 points) in the history of our women's program and led the Vikings to two NCAA Championship appearances. She graduated cum laude in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in finance, serving her well in her current role as a compliance officer with the Chicago brokerage firm Rosenthal Collins Group.

Congratulations, Norris and Kailey, and thanks for all the great highlight-reel memories. Go Vikings!


...and Welcome Aboard

Following an extensive national search, we've appointed a new dean to lead the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs: Roland V. Anglin, Ph.D.

Dr. Anglin comes to us with a deep background in community economic development and more than 25 years of experience spanning the academic, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, he distinguished himself as director of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University-Newark, where he managed the Newark City of Learning Collaborative, an initiative to increase higher education attainment rates in Newark, N.J.

He previously served as executive director of the Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, senior vice president of the Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation and deputy director of the Ford Foundation's Community and Resource Development Unit.

His appointment is effective July 1, 2016. On behalf of our entire campus community, welcome to CSU, Dr. Anglin!


Building a Better Talent Pipeline

CSU and the Greater Cleveland Partnership teamed up to present the 2016 Cleveland Internship Summit, whose theme was "Developing the Talent Pipeline."

The Student Center was packed last month for the event, which drew 250 attendees – educators and business leaders alike – for illuminating panel discussions featuring executives from Sherwin-Williams, NASA, JumpStart, Ernst & Young, the Cleveland Indians, Bernie Moreno Companies and other Northeast Ohio businesses, as well as a thought-provoking keynote address by Harvard economist Ronald Ferguson, Ph.D.

Dr. Ferguson, a Cleveland native, emphasized the win-win nature of internships. Students gain invaluable experience. Businesses acquire new talent with fresh ideas.

It was impossible not to come away from the summit excited by the possibilities for a more streamlined talent pipeline in Greater Cleveland – a pipeline that will flow straight through the home of Engaged Learning, of course.


You Ought to Be in Pictures

If you're looking to feast on the cultural richness of our hometown, look no further than the 40th annual Cleveland International Film Festival. It runs from Wednesday, March 30, through Sunday, April 10, at Tower City Cinemas and select neighborhood screening locations.

CSU is a proud sponsor of the festival, and we've lined up numerous opportunities for you to get in on the fun, including free screenings for students, faculty and staff with a valid Viking Card. CSU also will host a free series of interactive panel discussions Saturday, April 9, featuring visiting filmmakers.

See you at the movies!


Don't forget that Spring Open House is Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tell a family member. Tell a friend. Tell a neighbor. Invite them to experience for themselves everything that CSU has to offer and to discover how our best-in-class urban university is reinventing higher education through Engaged Learning.

On a final note, as we approach the home stretch of spring semester, remember: Finish strong!

Sincerely,

Ronald M. Berkman

President
Cleveland State University

 

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