Engaged Learning Stories

LeeAnn Westfall
Environmental Science 2010

I have been involved in the rooftop garden project since 2007. This was a bigger project than I had ever imagined. I was able to apply what I learned in the classroom which led to learning even more! This project has changed my life. Engaging in something that I am so passionate about has created a whole new drive in my career development. I have now developed my own consulting business using what I have learned through the rooftop garden project. I cannot express enough how grateful I am to CSU for allowing me to engage in something that was completely student driven. This University has developed a young professional out of me...something I was not prepared to do before the rooftop garden. I now feel equipped to walk out these doors come graduation, and take on the world with confidence, class and education! Thank you, CSU.

Max Rogan
Environmental Science

To me, engaged learning was merely a catchy slogan when it was first introduced. It was not until I began exploring research opportunities, became involved in student organizations, and felt motivated to pursue my own campus improvement project that I fully understood what the phrase was meant to convey.

I quickly learned that supportive professors, administration, and like-minded students are quick to offer support and any assistance that they can provide. CSU's staff is genuinely enthusiastic about student initiatives and students who are willing to take the steps necessary to improve our campus and our city. I am amazed anew each time I encounter this unique attitude that predominates at CSU. My definition of engaged learning has evolved to mean that CSU is ripe with opportunities and with staff who are more than happy to guide, consult, and work with students to solve real world problems by applying the education accumulated in the classroom.

The vending machine miser project which was suggested by CSU's Director of Utilities, Constantin Draganoiu, again speaks to the approachablility of the administration and their focus on engaged learning. While Mr. Draganoiu provided our initial guidance, he also put us in touch with other supportive staff, without whom the project would have been a Herculean task. While the project is in its infancy, we think that miser implementation will benefit all parties involved: Pepsi, Cleveland State University, and the students. Miser implementation will cut operational costs, prolong the life of Pepsi's vending machines, bring a cutting edge sustainable technology to our campus, serve as a visible sign of our university's commitment to energy efficiency, and hopefully will allow the money saved to be utilized for the benefit of students.