May 29, 2013


A truly radiant time at CSU

Our third annual Radiance: CSU Realizing the Promise gala lived up to its name. On Friday, May 10, 500 guests joined us for a wonderful scholarship fund-raiser at Cleveland State University's Student Center, which was aglow with excitement. I'm extremely pleased to report that we surpassed our goal and raised $764,000 for CSU scholarships.

As part of the festivities, I had the pleasure of presenting the President's Medal to Trevor and Jennie Jones, who have been great friends of the University for many years. Trevor, a distinguished engineer, is a former vice chairman of the CSU Board of Trustees. Jennie is an outstanding photographer whose remarkable images of Cleveland have found a home in CSU's Michael Schwartz Library.

Radiance also featured the world premiere of an inspiring new video about CSU students pursuing their aspirations. See it for yourself in the story below, along with other shining examples of Engaged Learning in action here at CSU. Also featured in the stories below, CSU athletics have just captured the Horizon League's McCafferty Trophy for the first time in five years. This is the conference's all-sports award. Congratulations on this significant achievement.

Following Radiance, members of one of the largest graduating classes in CSU history – with a total of more than 2,100 students – packed the Wolstein Center for Spring Commencement. Honorary degrees were conferred upon Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, choreographer Dianne McIntyre and retired CSU professor Dr. Lewis Patterson.

During my commencement address, I spoke to our graduates about the significant return on their investment in higher education. College graduates are more likely to get a job than students with no high school diploma, a high school diploma or a community college degree. On average, a college graduate will earn $2.3 million over the course of a working life, which is $1 million more than the lifetime earnings of someone with only a high school diploma, according to Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce.

Nonetheless, outstanding graduates such as CSU valedictorians Justine Keenan and Kelly Zaleski remind us that the return on an investment in higher education can't be measured in dollars alone. Justine, a double major in linguistics and French, has taught English to Bhutanese and Burmese refugees in Cleveland. Kelly, a nursing major, has made medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic, where she helped set up medical clinics in rural villages.

Higher education makes a profound difference in the lives of our students. And CSU students are making a profound difference in the lives of others, in our hometown and around the world.

I can't think of a greater return on investment than that.

Ronald M. Berkman

Cleveland State University


Radiance sets a record for CSU scholarships

Cleveland State University's third annual Radiance: CSU Realizing the Promise gala was the most successful yet, raising $764,000 for CSU scholarships. A highlight of the evening was the premiere of a cool new video that celebrates how CSU inspires students and helps them achieve their dreams.

CSU's championship seasons add up to another Horizon League McCafferty Trophy

Cleveland State University has won the McCafferty Trophy, awarded annually to the top overall sports program in the Horizon League. The honor comes on the heels of an outstanding 2012-2013 campaign for the Vikings.

Bootsy Collins puts the 'fun' in 'funk' at CSU's Campus International School

Legendary funk musician Bootsy Collins recently paid a visit to Cleveland State University's Campus International School and donated several instruments to the school's music program. To show their appreciation, a choir of students serenaded Collins with a selection of his funky hits.

CSU standout Niki Zmij runs with the wind

Niki Zmij is generating quite a buzz. This MBA student at Cleveland State University's Monte Ahuja College of Business Administration also happens to be CEO of Amplified Wind Solutions, an up-and-coming clean-tech company.

CSU presents a field day for creative types

Actress Anna Deavere Smith (left) and radio personalities Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich will be the special guests at the Creative Voices Summit & Arts Education Day Luncheon on Tuesday, June 11, presented by Cleveland State University's Center for Arts and Innovation.


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