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2014/15 Highlights in Graduate Education

The College of Graduate Studies recognizes graduate students, faculty and graduate programs for all of their accomplishments in 2014/15. Submit graduate news and updates to

Monte Ahuja College of Business

  • The Monte Ahuja College of Business launched new graduate study options in Entrepreneurship and Business Analytics.  Students may select from an MBA with a Concentration in Entrepreneurship, an interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship along with two Graduate Certificates in Business Analytics.
  • The College of Business brought TEDx to campus in the fall. The October TEDx event placed Cleveland State University among the more than 4,300 TEDx events that have been organized around the globe in over 1,200 cities and 133 countries.
  • The Mobile Accelerated Master of Business Administration (MAMBA) has been ranked number 44 in the nation and number 1 in Ohio on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of Best Online Graduate MBA Programs.
  • Doctor of Business Administration students recently accepted job offers: Becky Clemons joins The School of Business and Economics at Indiana University East as Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Operations Management.  Bradford Eichhorn joins University of Memphis, Fogelman College of Business & Economics.  Aslihan G Korkmaz joins Dominican University of California, Barowsky School of Business.

College of Education and Human Services

  • Urban Education students received awards at the Educational Research Exchange Conference at CSU on April 3: Urban Education doctoral student Liza Gilblom and co-author Hilla Sang, Kent State doctoral student, won the Outstanding Educational Research Paper and Presentation Award for their paper Gender Differences in the Perceptions and Experiences of Digital Abuse among College-Aged Millenials. Edward J. Magiste, Ph.D. Urban Education, and Derek T. Menzies, a CSU graduate, won the Meritorious Educational Research Paper and Presentation Award for their paper “Understanding the Implications of the Counselor and Social Worker Data in Ohio."
  • Anthony Adkisson, doctoral student in Urban Education, was recently named as a Crain's Cleveland Business top 10 in "who to watch in nonprofits."
  • Jesse Bach, doctoral candidate in Urban Education, was the only graduate student among 13 speakers selected for the fall 2014 CSU TEDx.
  • Lindsey Hobson, M.Ed, Adult Learning and Development, received the prestigious Fulbright Award, 2015/16 to support her research with Chinese students.
  • Adult Learning and Development alums Chip Heginbotham, Senior Manager of Organization Development at Oracle, and Murray Winland, Global Learning and Quality Management at eBay, returned to the College of Education and Human Services to host “Adult Education: Practice in the 21st Century,” a program held in celebration of CSU’s 50th anniversary.
  • New Master of Education in Health Professions Education, MEHPE, has been launched and is now accepting applications for the fall 2015 cohort.
  • The Mayor of Cleveland, Mayor Frank G. Jackson, addressed Urban Education doctoral students on education issues in Cleveland in Julka Hall on April 20.

Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

  • The College of Urban Affairs is home to the highest ranked programs at Cleveland State. Recognized as one of the premier colleges of Urban Affairs, the Levin College is ranked 2nd in the nation for the graduate specialty in City Management and Urban Policy by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Master’s team took first-place in the 2015 AICP* Student Project Award from the American Planning Association. The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs group was recognized in the category of Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues.  The Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development team included:  Juleian Curtis, Nikki Glazer, Dion Harris, Dean Ibsen, Kyle Krewson, Andrew Lang, Shiqi Lu, Darrick Matthews, Michael Mears, Matthew Moss, Caylen Payne, Scott Schirg, Steve Sump, and Ann Thompson, along with Faculty Advisors: Dr. Wendy Kellogg, Associate Dean of the Levin College, and Mr. Jim Kastelic, College Fellow.  The project, entitled "Irishtown Greenway: A Strategic Plan for the Flats West Bank," was led by Dr. Wendy Kellogg, Associate Dean of the Levin College, and Jim Kastelic, College Fellow and planning professional. The Trust for Public Land was the external client for the studio project.  The award was presented at the April APA/AICP Meeting in Seattle.

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

  • Dr. Richard Perloff, Applied Communication Theory and Methodology, was the recipient of the University of Amsterdam's School of Communication Research McQuail Award, an international-juried award for the best article advancing communication theory published in a peer review journal the previous year, 2014.
  • Associate Professor of Communication, Dr. Robert Whitbred was the lead author of Article of the Year Award given by the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association for a piece titled "From microactions to macrostructure and back: A structurational approach to the evolution of organizational networks."
  • The School of Communication at Cleveland State University is ranked as above average by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship for its accumulated research accomplishments.
  • Deanna Sirkot, Master of Music student, and Sarah Carey, Master of Education student in Adult Learning and Development (and CSU Dance Company Graduate Assistant), performed in the CSU’s fall 2014 TEDx presentation “Cooking up some Music and Dance” in collaboration with Professors Dr. Eric Ziolek and Lynn Deering.
  • Amiyra Alveranga,  M.A., History presented her research “Doble Cara a Doble Moral: Conflicting Realties of Black Cuban Domestic and International Race Politics" at the Tenth Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies held at Florida International University in February 2015. 
  • December graduate Janet Purdy, M.A. History, will attend Pennsylvania State University for Ph.D. studies in Art History.
  • History majors working in the community this summer: Joseph Skonce, M.A., History, will fulfill an internship at the National WWII a Museum in New Orleans. Emily Splain, M.A., History, will be interning at the Intermuseum Conservation Association, and Danielle Rose, M.A., History, will intern at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.
  • Taylor Buss, MSW student received the “Best Student Research Poster” award at the NASW-Ohio Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio in November 2014.  Poster title is “Effects on the Surviving Self: Pediatric Cancer Survivorship and Self Identity.” (Pictured on cover page: Taylor Buss and Dr. Cathleen Lewandowski, Director & Professor, Social Work.)
  • Dr. Larry Foster, Professor of Social Work, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Works – Ohio. The award was presented at the 5th annual Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare, March 27, 2015, held at Cleveland State University.
  • The M.A. in Speech Pathology is the only Ohio institution on the fall 2014 list of leading speech-language pathology graduate programs, ranked alongside the likes of Columbia University, Northeastern University and Purdue University. Programs were rated by more than 70,000 students in 1,600-plus graduate programs nationwide, whose evaluations considered factors such as academic competitiveness, career support and financial aid.

School of Nursing

Dr. Cheryl Delgado, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Dr. Linda Wolf, Associate Professor of Nursing, had articles published in scholarly journals and peer reviewed textbooks.
      Wolf, L.; Warner Stidham, A.; Ross, R. Predictors of stress and coping strategies of US accelerated vs. generic baccalaureate nursing students: An embedded mixed methods study. Nurse Education Today, Spring 2015.
      Ross, R; Wolf, L.; Chaing-Hanisko, L.; Takeo, K.; Chaleoykitti, S. Depression and its Predictors among Nursing. Students in Four Countries: USA, Thailand, Taiwan and Japan. The Journal of the Royal Thai Army Nurses. Fall 2014.   
      Delgado, C. and Wolf, L. (2016) Fundamentals of Nursing, Active Learning for Collaborative Practice. Stress and Coping, Chapter 32. Elsevier.

College of Sciences & Health Professions

  • Rachel Gaines, graduate student of the Sports Management program in the Dept. of Health & Human Performance, presented at the 2014 Sport Management Association of Australia & New Zealand (SMAANZ) Annual Conference in Melbourne, Australia in November and at the Society of Health & Physical Educators (SHAPE) America 2015 National Convention at Seattle in March.
  • Dr. Amir M. Poreh, Associate Professor of Psychology, presented in two international lecture forums:  Norwegian Neuropsychological Society Annual Conference in Oslo, Norway and at the Neurologisches Rehabilitationszentrum in Leipzig, Germany.
  • Founded in partnership with Cleveland business leaders, the Diversity Management Program is the nation’s only master’s degree in the U.S. that combines cultural competence and leadership development.

Washkewicz College of Engineering

A team of Cleveland State University students earned first place in the 2014 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChe) Student Design Competition, a prestigious national contest judged by professional engineers where students devise a solution to a chemical engineering design challenge.  Team members Zakaria Benmerzouga, Jeremy Miller and Andrew Zak took the top prize for devising an alternate method for manufacturing an influenza vaccine.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students Thomas Vanik and Ankur Thakkar placed 3rd in the American Bar Association (ABA) Law Student Tax Challenge.  The team of third-year J.D. students, competing in the largest and most prestigious tax competition in the United States, was also recognized for “Best Written Submission” in the January competition.

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