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Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebrate 28 Years

12 Cleveland State graduates to be honored

Cleveland State University’s Distinguished Alumni Awards program will celebrate its 28th anniversary on Friday, September 28, by honoring 12 outstanding graduates for their service, leadership and career achievements.

The culmination of Homecoming Week, the awards ceremony will be held at the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center, 2000 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland. Tickets are $125. The evening includes a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards program at 6:30 p.m. Valet parking is included. For reservations, call 216-687-2078 or visit

This year’s honorees are:

GEORGE B. DAVIS AWARD FOR SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY – Thomas Hopkins, Master of Arts 1982, corporate officer and senior vice president, human resources (retired), Sherwin-Williams Co.

Monte Ahuja College of Business – Randolph Kelly, Bachelor of Business Administration 1979, senior partner (retired), PwC

College of Education and Human Services – Frank Fecser, Bachelor of Education 1973 and Master of Education 1977, chief executive officer (retired), Positive Education Program

Washkewicz College of Engineering – John Hubbard, Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical  Engineering 1970 and Master of Business Administration 1973, founding partner and chairman of the board, Thermal Processing Holdings Inc. and chief executive officer (retired) Bodycote, plc

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences – Dee Perry, Bachelor of Arts 1981, radio and television broadcaster and host (retired), ideastream/WCPN FM 90.3

School of Nursing -- Kathleen Hackett, Master of Science in Nursing 2017, pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner program coordinator, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital

College of Sciences and Health Professions - Maria Karasarides, Doctor of Philosophy in Biology 2000, executive director, ImmunoOncology, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs – Calvin Williams, Bachelor of Arts 2015, Cleveland chief of police

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law - Sunny Nixon, Bachelor of Arts 2000 and Juris Doctorate 2011, chief administrative officer and senior counsel, The Unify Project

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors College – Joshua Rothhaas, Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies 2009, founder and director, Project Ember

Athletics – Norris Cole, Bachelor of Science 2011, professional basketball player

College of Graduate Studies - Virginia Konchan, Master of Fine Arts 2009, poet and author