June 30, 2013


Vikings explore the world

As a best-in-class urban university, Cleveland State University is nationally recognized. But our reach is truly international.

Just ask Mu'id Ghani, Marcella Johnson, Shannon Johnson, Samantha Kash or Monica Ward. These five CSU students are studying abroad this summer as recipients of Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Gilman Scholarship Program provides study-abroad opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding.

The scholarships are named after retired New York Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman, who hit the nail on the head when he said: "Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator, in the international community."

Please join me in congratulating Mu'id (who is studying in Costa Rica), Marcella (Germany), Shannon (China), Samantha (Jordan) and Monica (Morocco). They're proud examples of how CSU's emphasis on Engaged Learning will take you places – perhaps even around the world. You can read more below about these global CSU ambassadors.

In keeping with the international theme, another tip of the Viking helmet goes to the CSU engineering team that built an award-winning school and hurricane shelter in Belize. I invite you to click on the link below to learn more about this wonderful achievement – yet another example of the University’s positive impact far beyond Cleveland. You’ll also get the scoop on Captain America’s recent visit to campus and other dispatches from CSU.

All told, this has been an exciting summer so far at Cleveland State University. I hope all of you are enjoying an exciting summer, too.

Ronald M. Berkman

Cleveland State University


CSU students awarded prestigious Gilman Scholarships

Five outstanding Cleveland State University students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad this summer.

CSU’s Belize Project Wins Top Prize in National Competition

A dual-use school and hurricane shelter in Belize, designed and built by an engineering team from Cleveland State University, won a $25,000 prize from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.

Cleveland Trombone Seminar Brings Musicians from Across U.S. to CSU

The second annual Cleveland Trombone Seminar brought 34 young trombonists from 11 states to Cleveland State University in June for nine days of intensive music lessons, clinics and performances.

Lights! Camera! Action! Captain America visits CSU

The crew of Captain America: The Winter Soldier set up shop at Cleveland State University in late May to shoot scenes for the upcoming superhero film.

Deconstructing the CSU Seal

You see it everywhere you turn around here: the official Cleveland State University seal. Did you ever wonder what all those different elements that make up the seal symbolize?


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