January 13, 2017

Dear Students:

Happy New Year! I hope you had a pleasant and restorative winter break.

Although we find ourselves already on the first page of a new calendar, let’s take a moment to reflect on all the wonderful things that happened in 2016 at Cleveland State University. We welcomed the largest freshman class in our history, hired more than 70 new faculty and found our hometown swept up in the excitement of a Cavs championship and the Republican National Convention, among other unforgettable moments. If you haven’t checked out our year-in-review Storify and our 2016 highlight video, I encourage you to do so.

We have much to look forward to in the coming weeks and months, too:

  • I’m happy to announce that the President’s Lunch series will continue this semester, allowing students to share what’s on their minds — as well as a meal — with me. Stay tuned for dates and details on the next invitation lottery. In the meantime, remember: Any student who wishes to reach me can do so via email at Hi.President.Berkman@csuohio.edu.
  • If you’re looking for a way to beat the winter doldrums, it’s hard to beat Viking athletics. The new CSU lacrosse team launches its inaugural season by hosting the University of Michigan at 7 p.m. Saturday, February 4, under the Krenzler Field dome, and our basketball, fencing, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and wrestling teams are in action, too. For complete schedules, visit csuvikings.com.
  • The steel frame is rising for our 100,000-square-foot addition to the Washkewicz College of Engineering, which will include simulation labs, teaching labs and the Dan T. Moore MakerSpace. Construction is on track to be completed by December.
  • Preparations are well underway for the first AHA! Festival, presented by CSU in partnership with Playhouse Square. Running from Wednesday, June 7, through Friday, June 9, this unique celebration of the arts and the humanities will include appearances by award-winning authors Jon Meacham (American Lion) and Isabel Wilkerson (The Warmth of Other Suns), actress Yvette Nicole Brown (“The Odd Couple”) and dancer Karina Smirnoff (“Dancing with the Stars”), among other events.

On a more immediate note, the first day of spring semester is Saturday, January 14.

CSU will be closed Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Cuyahoga Community College and CSU will present the 26th annual celebration brunch in honor of Dr. King from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, at Tri-C’s Jerry Sue Thornton Center, 2500 E. 22nd St., Cleveland. “Future Leaders — Dreaming Forward” is the theme of this year’s program, which will showcase the visions of student leaders from Tri-C and CSU. Admission is free, but reservations are required. To RSVP, call 216.987.4805 or email mlkbrunch@tri-c.edu.

Here’s wishing you all the best in the year ahead. It’s sure to be another one to remember here at Cleveland State University, thanks to all of you!


Ronald M. Berkman

Cleveland State University

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