Cleveland State University is made great by the dedicated faculty and staff who impact our students daily through Engaged Learning and leadership by example. Many were recognized on October 5 at the annual CSU Golden Apple Awards ceremony in the Student Center Atrium. Sponsored by the university’s Young Alumni Council (YAC), the Golden Apple Awards are given to faculty and staff who have made positive impressions on alumni who have graduated in recent years. The awards were presented as a part of the 2021 homecoming festivities. The awards were announced publicly last week.
“This event illustrates just how much of an impact all of you have,” said President Harlan Sands, addressing the audience. “It is a statement of who we are and how strong our brand is. When we say that we are changing lives every day when you get a CSU degree, it changes the whole trajectory of not just your life, but your whole family’s life. And that is because of you.”
YAC leaders Enas Enzerra and Joseph Bianchini echoed those sentiments before introducing Sands – praising the drive and commitment of the winners, sharing comments echoed on the alumni-penned nomination forms and encouraging all faculty, staff, students and alumni present to stay engaged.
Anne-Marie Connors, associate vice president for Alumni Relations and executive director of the Alumni Association, thanked alumni for “taking the time to recognize the impact that special faculty and staff have had on their lives” and thanked the YAC for planning the event. At the conclusion of Connors’ remarks, the award winners were called to receive award certificates and Golden Apple lapel pins.
About CSU’s Young Alumni Association
A constituent committee of CSU’s Alumni Association, YAC advances the association of more than 120,000 members by creating and supporting programs and services that specifically benefit recent graduates and current students.
Since 2014, the annual YAC-sponsored awards have aimed to recognize outstanding contributions of faculty and staff through the process of alumni nominations. Membership is available to alumni who are 35 years old or younger, have received their degree in the last ten years and “desire to serve CSU through volunteerism and philanthropy.” Interested CSU alumni can learn more by visiting the Young Alumni Council FAQ.
2021 Golden Apple Award Winners
Meredith Bond, Ph.D. - College of Sciences and Health Professions
Alexander Borisov, Ph.D. - Physics Department
Chung Sun, Ph.D. - Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Aleksandar Drobac - Enrollment Services Processing
Ashley Fisher - School of Nursing
Melanie Gagich, Ph.D. - English Department
Lydia Grebenyova, Ph.D. - Department of Criminology, Anthropology and Sociology
Michael Hammonds, Ph.D. - School of Health Sciences
Frederick Hampton, Ed.D. - Counseling, Administration, Supervision & Adult Learning
Thijs Heus, Ph.D. - Physics Department
Benjamin Hoffman, Ph.D. - Accounting Department
Holly Holsinger, MFA - Department of Theatre and Dance
Dana Hubbard, Ph.D. - Department of Criminology, Anthropology and Sociology
Stephanie Kent, Ph.D. - Department of Criminology, Anthropology and Sociology
Irina Koukhanova, MFA - Department of Art and Design
Emily Kullman, Ph.D. - Department of Health and Human Performance, Education and Exercise Science
Jeffrey Lewis, Ph.D. - Political Science Department
Barbara Modney, Ph.D. - Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences
Daniel Munther, Ph.D. - Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Meghan Novisky, Ph.D. - Department of Criminology, Anthropology and Sociology
Edward O'Donnell, CPA - Accounting Department
Josiah Owusu-Danquah, Ph.D. - Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Richard Perloff, Ph.D. - School of Communication
Francis Roncagli, DBA - Finance Department
Tobili Sam-Yellowe, Ph.D. - Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences
Justin Simmerer - Department of Mathematics/Statistics
Patricia Stoddard Dare, Ph.D. - School of Social Work
Nicole Strah - formerly of the Physics Department (current doctoral student)
Bin Su, Ph.D. - Chemistry Department
Barbara Szigeti, MA - College of Sciences and Health Professions Advising Center
Elizabeth Thomas, Ph.D. - School of Communication
Phillip Wanyerka, Ph.D. - Department of Criminology, Anthropology and Sociology
Ilya Yaroslavsky, Ph.D. - Psychology Department
Kuzey Yilmaz, Ph.D. - Economics Department
Congratulations and deep respect to all the 2021 honorees!