President Lyndon Johnson was in the White House, the Beatles dominated the Top 40 and Clint Eastwood's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was a box-office smash. That was the scene in 1966, long before many of you were born, when Cleveland State University had last hosted a Homecoming Parade.
I am thrilled that this long-lost Viking tradition made a tremendous comeback last month, and that thousands of you turned out to help celebrate our most successful CSU Homecoming yet. As Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and I led the University's first Homecoming Parade in 46 years down Prospect Avenue, you could feel the energy of our students.
CSU has a proud history in Cleveland, and this latest chapter promises to be a real page-turner, propelled by forward momentum. Here are some other recent developments worth noting:
Parker Hannifin Fellowships Set to Study Human Motion and Control
Parker Hannifin is a global leader in motion and control technologies and systems. Its latest partnership with Cleveland State will enrich the education of graduate students by enabling them to collaborate with Fenn College of Engineering faculty and Parker Hannifin engineers on new developments in human motion and control, from the discovery phase through commercialization.
It is my hope that this exciting fellowship program will lead to significant advances, and for that, we have Parker Hannifin to thank.
Tobacco Ban Takes Shape
In the meantime, consider these findings from New York City: Those who live there can expect to live to be 80.6 years old, three years older than the national average. A recent study in the British medical journal The Lancet largely attributes the city's sharp life-expectancy increase to a crackdown on unhealthy behaviors, including a ban on smoking in public spaces.
Cleveland State remains committed to supporting healthy habits. For those who are trying to quit smoking or otherwise cease using tobacco, resources are available at little or no cost through our Health and Wellness Services Clinic, the Impact Solutions Employee Assistance Program, the Medical Mutual of Ohio and the Kaiser Permanente health plans and the VikeHealth & Well-Being Program.
Making Moves into Historic Union Building
In other words: The freshly renovated Union Building at 1836 Euclid Avenue is ready for business. This latest addition to our ever-evolving Cleveland State University campus is more than a century old. CSU will move several offices, including those of University Advancement, Treasury Services and Enrollment Services.
Also housed in the new digs are the academic campus of NEOMED at CSU, our partnership with Northeast Ohio Medical University, as well as Health and Wellness Services.
Built in 1905, the building had been mostly vacant in recent years. Liberty Development of Westlake bought the property in 2010 and fixed it up to the tune of $18 million, including $3.3 million in historic-preservation tax credits. Among the upgrades are new windows and a new HVAC system.
Basketball Is Back
Like many of you, I am excited about the 2012-13 season. The CSU men's and women's teams got down to business with a doubleheader Friday, November 9, at the Wolstein Center. The festivities included a salute to the late John McLendon, the trailblazing basketball coach who led the Vikings in the late 1960s.
More home games at the Wolstein Center are right around the corner for both teams. The men's team takes on Old Dominion at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 17. The women's team faces Virginia Commonwealth at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Good luck to men's coach Gary Waters, women's coach Kate Peterson Abiad and their respective squads. See you at a game soon – click here for complete team schedules.
Men's Soccer and Women's Volleyball Keep Winning
The women's volleyball team finished their regular season with a 21-6 record. They were 13-1 in league play. The next game for coach Chuck Voss and his squad is a semifinal appearance at 4 p.m. Saturday, November 17, as part of the Horizon League Championship, which CSU is hosting.
Congratulations to the men's soccer team and the women's volleyball team for making this a November to remember for Vikings fans. You'll find updates on both teams here.
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season will soon be upon us, but not before we pause to give thanks. I am deeply grateful for all the students, faculty, staff, alumni, benefactors and other members of our Cleveland State family whose contributions to the University – great and small, tangible and intangible – never cease to inspire me. I wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving.
Ronald M. Berkman
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