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A memorial to Steve Kanner (MUPDD '15) was dedicated at Noble Elementary School in Cleveland Heights. Steve passed away unexpectedly in 2015, shortly after his graduation. ( 

Kevin Schmotzer (MUPDD alum) was named Cleveland's first LGBTQ + Liaison. Kevin is the Executive of Small Business Development in the City’s Economic Development Department.

Associate Professor Rosie Tighe has been elected to the Governing Board of the Urban Affairs Association.

The Society for American City and Regional Planning History's National Conference on Planning History will be held in Cleveland on October 26-29, 2017. Levin College is a sponsor. Professor Stephanie Ryberg-Webster is the Co-Chair of the local host committee.

The City of Cleveland renamed the one-block stretch of East 18th Street from Euclid Avenue to Chester Avenue as Norman Krumholz Way ih honor of Levin College Professor Norman Krumholz. The College held a celebration for the professor on June 15th.

Chris Ronayne (MUPD alum) was profiled in this story on the CSU Alumni Association website: Homegrown leader has a vision and passion for CLE. 

Dr. Stephanie Ryberg-Webster's work was highlighted by the CSU Office of Research's Featured Researcher Video Series in August 2016. Dr. Ryberg-Webster is an Associate Professor in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and the Director of the Master of Urban Planning and Development program. Her research explores the role of historic preservation in older urban communities such as Cleveland and the effects that preservation decisions have on urban planning, community development, and economic revitalization. Legacy cities often have to make difficult decisions regarding existing buildings which no longer serve their original purpose due to changes in population levels, shifting economic conditions, and neglected updates and maintenance. Prof. Ryberg-Webster is bringing her research into public policy discussions through her publications, collaboration with local partners such as the Cleveland Restoration Society, and engaged learning projects in her classes. The video can be found at:

Professor Dennis Keating was the keynote speaker at Levin College Forum, "The Arts as a Catalyst for Neighborhood Revitalization in Cleveland," held on June 7. 

In May 2016, students in the MUPD capstone studio presented a plan for the Cedar Lee district in Cleveland Heights. The presentation was held at the Cedar Lee Theatre with more than 125 in attendance. Read more here:

At the May 2016 commencement ceremony, Norm Krumholz  received Cleveland State University's Distinguished Emeritus Faculty Honorary Degree, honors causa. This award was presented jointly by the university’s faculty and the Board of Trustees. There is no higher honor from the university. The award recognizes Norm’s “outstanding contribution as a faculty member, scholar, expert and leader in urban equity planning and public policy.” Norm has served the Levin College, Cleveland State University, and the world beyond our campus in fundamental ways for decades.  His career is a powerful example of how the Levin College helps improve the quality of life for urban residents by informing and improving urban governance in all of its forms.

Professor Alan Weinstein presented at three sessions during the American Planning Association's (APA) National Planning Conference in Phoenix, April 2-5. On Sunday, April 3, he presented “Recent Changes to FCC Rules Governing Local Government Telecommunications Regulations” as part of an Alfred Bettman Law Symposium session titled "Federal Regulations Affecting Land-Use Decisions" that he organized. That same day he also presented “The Effect of Reed v. Town of Gilbert on First Amendment Rulings in the Lower Courts” as part of a session titled "Local Sign Regulation" organized by the Arizona Chapter of the APA. On Monday, April 4, he presented "What Can (and Should) Local Governments Do About Racial and Income Segregation in Housing," as part of an Alfred Bettman Law Symposium session titled “Planning as if ‘Black Lives Matter,’ ” that he organized.

Kessa Turnbull (MUPD alum) is now the Tree Commissioner for the City of South Euclid, Ohio.

In March 2016, the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees granted tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor to the MUPD Program Director, Dr. Stephanie Ryberg-Webster.