Cleveland State University
A Message from the President

March 9, 2012

Finishing Strong

This has proven to be an exciting and busy year. Last month we officially dedicated the new Arts Campus at PlayhouseSquare, and construction on the North Campus is well under way. As the weather warms and we head toward commencement, our attention turns to the class of 2016, which will be matriculating into CSU this fall.

The strength of this University rests on the success of our students, and maintaining a competitive and robust freshman class each year will continue to drive that success. We have several new recruiting efforts underway, including the Spring Open House on March 31 and Campaign 1500, a new drive aimed at making our next freshman class the largest and most competitive in Cleveland State history. I encourage everyone to contribute to these efforts in any way possible.

Our campus continues to be in a constant state of change, and while the long-term outlook is strong, the dynamics pose many challenges along the way. I want to thank everyone for your hard work, patience and commitment through these changes as we work to make Cleveland State one of the best urban Universities in the nation.

CSU First to Offer Multi-Semester Registration

When class registration opens on March 26, CSU will become the first state university in Ohio to offer multi-term registration. Degree seeking students will be able to register for fall, spring and summer semesters simultaneously, and increase their ability to plan ahead when charting the course to their degree.

The billing schedule will remain the same, and students are not required to register for more than one term at a time. This new option provides students with an additional level of control over their schedule and allows them to lock in future required classes.

The move is just part of an ongoing effort by the University to enhance student success. These efforts include the newly enhanced All-in-1 student services center, which provides a central location to answer questions, resolve support issues and empower students to manage their academic life.

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John and Annie Glenn Bestowed with Honorary Degrees

Drs. John & Annie GlennCSU was honored last Friday to host a special tribute to Senator John Glenn and the 50th anniversary of the first American to orbit Earth. More than 3,000 people attended the event at the Wolstein Center, Celebrating John Glenn's Legacy: 50 years of Americans in Orbit.

The event included Senator Glenn and his wife Annie, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and a host of NASA astronauts, public officials, invited guests, students and members of the public chosen from an online lottery.

Before the program, Cleveland State bestowed honorary doctorate degrees to the Senator and Annie Glenn for their extraordinary public service and contributions to science, technology and humanities. These degrees were approved by the CSU Faculty and Board of Trustees in 2007 but were never conferred.

As a native Ohioan, a Marine, an Astronaut and a U.S. Senator, John Glenn has become an indelible symbol of courage and strength by overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds. He is unquestionably a great American hero, and I am proud that the University has granted him a Doctor of Science.

Annie Glenn, in her own right, has led a life of exemplary community service based on her enduring interest in programs for children, the elderly and the physically challenged. The University is pleased to have granted Annie Glenn a Doctor of Humane Letters.

Please join me in welcoming these two extraordinary people to the CSU family.

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CSU's First Shuttle Service Arrives

Viking LoopThey are circling the campus, and CSU riders are discovering a expedient new way to navigate the University. Last week, Cleveland State's new Viking Loop was launched. The free bus service addresses the University's ever-growing footprint, including the new Arts Campus in PlayhouseSquare and adds a new level of convenience to accessing the University.

CSU has contracted three new busses, which were named Hop, Skip and Jump.

Hop, Skip and Jump, each can accommodate 22 riders. The shuttles run weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and are accessible at seven different stops every 10 minutes. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this new service.

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A Spring Tradition Continues

RadianceIt's hard to believe spring is near, but as we approach commencement we are preparing for the second annual Radiance Fundraising Event — CSU Realizing the Promise.

The fundraising event is Cleveland State's signature event in support of student scholarships. Last year's inaugural event raised $377,000 for scholarships that were awarded to more than 100 students, which allowed them to remain in school.

This year's Radiance promises to be another spectacular celebration. Philanthropist and alumnus Don Washkewicz, BSME '72, will be honored with the President's Medal. Mr. Washkewicz is the chairman, chief executive officer and president of Parker Hannifin Corporation. Our goal for this year is $500,000, and I look to your help to support this important cause.

The event will be Friday, May 11 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

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