August 22, 2016

Dear Students:

I hope you had an enjoyable summer! The past few months were certainly unforgettable in Cleveland, between an NBA championship for the Cavaliers and a Republican National Convention that found our community basking in the international spotlight.

Like the city we've been proud to call home for more than half a century, Cleveland State University is also riding a wave of forward momentum.

Allow me to extend a special welcome to our incoming freshman class – the largest in CSU history! I encourage all students to check out the full slate of fun activities planned for CSU's Week of Welcome, August 27-September 3.

Student success remains our top priority at CSU, where we've earned national recognition for innovative initiatives such as multi-term registration, demand-driven enrollment and an adjusted tuition band that lets you take up to six three-credit-hour courses at the same cost as four courses. These tools are designed to help you save time and save money while earning your degree, and our emphasis on Engaged Learning will provide the hands-on experience you'll need to succeed in your chosen career.

As another academic year begins, here are just a few other highlights that CSU students can look forward to:

  • This fall, we'll break ground for a 100,000-square-foot addition to the Washkewicz College of Engineering, complete with research labs, simulation labs, teaching labs and the Dan T. Moore MakerSpace.
  • Spring will bring the debut of our newest NCAA Division I varsity sport – men's lacrosse – although you can get a sneak preview during a team scrimmage at 4 p.m. Thursday, September 29, on Krenzler Field, as part of our Homecoming festivities.
  • For next summer, CSU is planning a new arts festival, in partnership with Playhouse Square, Cleveland Playhouse and the Cleveland International Film Festival.

While you're marking your calendars, you'll also want to check out the schedule of University holidays for 2016-2017. Have a look at the list here.

I'm also pleased to announce the continuation of the President's Lunch series that we launched in the spring. At these lunches, I look forward to hosting students who will have an opportunity to be heard, to ask questions and to share the issues that matter most to them. A lottery will be held to determine which students receive a lunch invitation. Stay tuned for details.

What a great time to be in Cleveland. What a great time to be a student at Cleveland State University. I wish you much success in all your endeavors.


Ronald M. Berkman

Cleveland State University


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