Spring is in the air here at Cleveland State University – finally! – along with the excitement that comes as we approach the culmination of another memorable academic year.CSU will confer degrees to 1,700 graduates at Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 11, at the Wolstein Center. To best accommodate the Class of 2013 and their guests, the exercises will be divided into two ceremonies, by academic division.
For the Fenn College of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the College of Sciences and Health Professions, the morning ceremony begins with the procession of graduates at 9:30 a.m.
For the Monte Ahuja College of Business Administration, the College of Education and Human Services, the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and the School of Nursing, the afternoon ceremony begins with the procession of graduates at 2 p.m.
I wish all faculty to share this rite of passage with our students.
Congratulations to the Class of 2013!
CSU Salutes Outstanding Clevelanders
During Spring Commencement, Cleveland State University will confer honorary degrees upon three prominent Clevelanders with ties to CSU: Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, choreographer Dianne McIntyre and Dr. Lewis E. Patterson, professor emeritus of CSU's College of Education and Human Services.
Mayor Jackson received his law degree from CSU's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He also earned his undergraduate and master's degrees at CSU. In 2006, he became the 56th mayor of Cleveland, presiding over an administration that has made great strides in education, public safety, city operations, neighborhood revitalization and the regional economy. Prior to that, he was an assistant city prosecutor and served 16 years on Cleveland City Council, including three years as council president. Mayor Jackson will receive an honorary doctorate of laws during our afternoon ceremony.
Ms. McIntyre is a celebrated choreographer, performer and educator. Born and raised in Cleveland, she moved to New York City in 1970, where she launched the groundbreaking dance and music ensemble Sounds in Motion. Her choreography has graced stages from Broadway to London's West End, as well as the occasional film project. Ms. McIntyre moved back to Cleveland in 2003. Four years later, she won a Guggenheim Fellowship. One of her most recent works, "Why I Dance," originated as a choreographic study with a CSU dancer. Ms. McIntyre will receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts during our morning ceremony.
Dr. Patterson came to CSU in 1972. Deeply respected and widely admired by students and colleagues alike, he taught counseling theory, career development, adult development and psychopharmacology, in addition to supervising community mental-health agencies and schools. Dr. Patterson was a founding co-director and later director of doctoral studies in CSU's College of Education. He also was associate dean and interim dean of the College of Education, as well as chair of the department now known as Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning. Dr. Patterson retired in 1996, although he has remained active in CSU affairs and served as president of the Retired Faculty Association. He and his wife, Janice (a proud CSU associate herself), have established a scholarship to support students in the doctor of philosophy in urban education program at CSU's College of Education and Human Services. Dr. Patterson will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters during our afternoon ceremony.
I commend Mayor Jackson, Ms. McIntyre and Dr. Patterson for their outstanding contributions to society. CSU is extremely proud to salute these distinguished members of the community at Spring Commencement.
Radiance Shines to Benefit Scholarships
On the eve of commencement exercises, Cleveland State University once again is set to throw a great party for a great cause.
Radiance: CSU Realizing the Promise will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10, in the Student Center. Cocktails will be complemented with hors d'oeuvres and dessert, and the brief program will include musical entertainment.
This is the third installment of the University's annual signature event in support of student scholarships. Over the past two years, Radiance raised nearly $882,000, providing scholarships to more than 300 undergraduate students in good academic standing who were at risk for dropping out of school because of financial issues.
As part of the festivities, I will have the pleasure of presenting the President's Medal to a particularly radiant couple: Trevor and Jennie Jones.
Trevor Jones is a highly accomplished engineer and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Over the course of his extraordinary career, he founded biomedical startup companies such as Biomec and Electrosonics Medical. In addition to serving as chairman of Fortune 500 companies, he also has served as chairman of the CSU Wright Center and as vice chairman of the CSU Board of Trustees.
Jennie Jones, a renowned photographer with an eye for capturing Cleveland's urban beauty, donated 22,000 images to CSU's Michael Schwartz Library. Her striking work has been showcased in several books and in a recent exhibition at the Galleries at CSU. She served as president of the local chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers and was a director on the organization's national board.
These longtime CSU supporters and wonderful friends of the University are most deserving of CSU's most prestigious nonacademic honor.
If you haven't already made plans to attend Radiance, I strongly encourage you not to miss this very special evening. For tickets and sponsorship information, please visit www.csuohio.edu/radiance or call 216-523-7207.
Freshman Applications Soar on Heels of Successful Open House
Interest in Cleveland State University is surging. As I write this, CSU has received well over 6,000 freshman applications for the upcoming fall semester – a record number. This represents a 21-percent increase in applications over last year.
I am pleased to report that our third annual Spring Open House also drew a big crowd. On Saturday, April 6, more than 1,850 prospective students and their families as well as alumni and other members of the community came to CSU, where they were immersed in the many exciting things happening on campus.
Each academic division hosted well-attended informational sessions, and a bustling Campus Fair in the Student Center Ballroom connected visitors with representatives from dozens of CSU departments. Attendees also took in in special presentations on topics ranging from choosing a major to financial aid to CSU's sustainability efforts. Tours of the Arts Campus and of our Fenn Tower and Euclid Commons residence halls proved especially popular, too.Congratulations to the 300-plus faculty, staff and students whose planning and hard work made this event such a tremendous success.
Rascal House Ready to Make a Fresh Start
The Rascal House has been a Cleveland State University landmark since 1980, when Rascal House founder and CEO Mike Frangos first opened his popular pizzeria. Since then, CSU and the Rascal House have enjoyed a wonderful relationship. Countless slices of great pizza later, that relationship is now set enter a new phase.
I am happy to announce that the University and the Rascal House have reached an agreement to relocate the restaurant to the newly renovated Union Building at 1836 Euclid Avenue, just down the street from the Rascal House's current location.
The new restaurant will feature a state-of-the-art kitchen and upgraded customer amenities, including high-speed wi-fi. The Union Building also will house the corporate headquarters of the Rascal House chain, which operates five locations in Northeast Ohio.
This move provides additional space for CSU's Center for Health Innovation, set to open in 2015. The iconic building will be designed to foster collaboration through innovation, with "collaboraties" and other shared facilities for our nursing and health-sciences programs. It also will be the home of the Academic Campus of NEOMED at CSU.
Kudos to the Rascal House for being an excellent partner all these years. It's one of the longest-standing supporters of CSU athletics, and it has donated thousands of dollars to CSU scholarships. The Rascal House also has provided employment opportunities for many CSU students.
We look forward to keeping this successful partnership going – not to mention more great pizza – when the new and improved Rascal House opens in the Union Building later this year.
I want to thank all of you – students, faculty and staff – for your ongoing dedication to Cleveland State University. Together, we are creating an urban university that is the best in its class, and others continue to take notice. All of us can take pride in the fact that CSU consistently is ranked among America's best colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Closer to home, CSU recently was named Best Local University for the second consecutive year in Scene Magazine's Best of Cleveland poll.
Here's wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable summer.
Ronald M. BerkmanPresident, Cleveland State University
|Cleveland State University | 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-2214 | 216.687.2000|