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Fall 2011 Cleveland State Univer sity College of Liber al Ar ts and Social Sciences

CLASS Events Saturday, October 15 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm CSU Art Gallery, Main Gallery

Material and Metaphor Contemporary sculpture exhibition curated by Irina Koukhanova, Associate Professor of Art, focusing on the material aspects of contemporary sculpture. Featured artists include: Joseph Leroux, Max Stolkin, Allison Lacher, Kyoung Ae Cho, and Evan Blackwell. Saturday, October 15 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm CSU Art Gallery, Gallery C

Spirit of Spontaneity: New Works by Hector Castellanos-Lara Hispanic Awareness Month exhibition sponsored by the University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Thursday, October 6 – Sunday, October 16 CSU Factory Theatre

“No Exit” Written By Jean Paul Sartre; Adapted from the French by Paul Bowles; Directed by Scott Spence. Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30 pm

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CSU Orchestra Victor Liva, conductor Thursday, October 13 at 8:00 pm

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Concert: Jenny Lin, piano Cleveland Contemporary Players Artist in Residency Series, Andrew Rindfleisch, music director, A recital of avant-garde concert works for solo piano and electronic sound with music by Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Timothy Beyer.

Monday, October 17 at 7:30 pm Drinko Recital Hall

CSU Jazz Combos Bill Ransom, director Tuesday, October 18 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm Main Classroom, Room 134

History Goes to Hollywood – Film TBA History Department movie screening followed by a discussion about the complications of putting history on the big screen. Saturday, October 22 from 2:00 – 2:45 pm Student Center, Rooms 313 & 315

“Besieged by Acropolis: Perceptions of Decline and the Modern Rise of University Circle” Mark Souther, Professor of History Saturday, October 22 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm Student Center, Rooms 313 & 315

“Making Sense of Cleveland’s Past: Recent research in the archaeology of Cleveland” by students from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Meet some of our archaeology students who will show you what they’ve found from Cleveland’s past. Saturday, October 22 from 2:45 – 3:15 pm Student Center, Rooms 313 & 315

Meet Dr. Gregory Sadlek, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Coffee and Cookies Saturday, October 22 from 3:15 – 4:00 pm Student Center, Rooms 313 & 315

“Busted!! A Pictorial History of Women Philosophers” Mary Ellen Waithe, Professor of Philosophy

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College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Table of Contents

Dr. Gregory Sadlek, Dean Dr. Joyce Mastboom, Associate Dean Dr. William Morgan, Associate Dean


Keeping up with CLASS and Shakers, Mormons, and Religious Worlds by Stephen C. Taysom

Creative Director


Letter from the Dean

Lesley Lang



Jody Milkie



Maria Kechan, ‘79 Robert Kleidman Jane McCrone Kay Shames Stephen Taysom Michael Williams

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Featured Alumnus, Congratulations to Maria Keckan, BA ’79 Communication

White House Forum on First Suburbs, Inclusion, Sustainability, and Economic Growth by Robert Kleidman


Black Studies Program


Center for Arts and Innovation


CLASS Alumni Updates


Meet Natasha Hamad and Campus Tour

Keeping up with

Shakers, Mormons, and Religious Worlds


Conflicting Visions, Contested Boundaries by Stephen C. Taysom

New Full Time Tenure Track Faculty Linda Francis Sociology and Criminology Andres Peralta Art Soo-Yeon Kim Communication Shelley Rose History

New Visiting Assistant Professors Haimanti Banerjee Economics Sara Loss English Michael Baumgartner Music


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George Tsagaris Social Work

This book looks at how two very important American religious communities, the Mormons and the Shakers, attempted to draw and maintain boundaries with the broader American culture during the nineteenth century. Very often, scholars have categorized both groups as being in “high tension” with the American society, but this book challenges that. In this study, the Mormons and the Shakers emerge as groups that cultivated very different kinds of tension with culture of which they were a part. The Mormons proved to be more successful at reformulating boundaries during periods of crisis, whereas the Shakers were not, because of their privilege adherence to boundary maintenance practices, even when those practices threatened the survival of the group. This is especially true of Mormon polygamy and Shaker celibacy. Ultimately, the book attempts to further nuance the discussion of “high tension” groups in American history by looking closely at the boundary maintenance strategies of two of the bestknown examples of such groups.

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Letter from the Dean Community outreach is essential to the mission of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. In this issue, we highlight three particularly impressive examples of our engagement with the Greater Cleveland community. First, we highlight Sociology Professor Rob Kleidman’s interactions with the White House Forum on First Suburbs, those older suburbs located closest to the central city core of large metropolitan areas, suburbs that house 40% of the nation’s metropolitan populations. Last summer, not only did Dr. Kleidman attend the White House Forum with 170 other civic leaders from across the nation, but he also helped organize a local follow-up gathering in South Euclid, demonstrating his commitment to helping Cleveland’s inner-ring suburbs meet the fiscal, social, and environmental challenges that they are now facing. We all have a stake in their continuing success. Second, we highlight the work of our Black Studies Program and the Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center. The Black Studies Program, of course, is more than just a community outreach office. The new B.A. in Black Studies is a forward-looking interdisciplinary major that clearly enriches the college’s curriculum and helps the college promote diversity. However, under the leadership of Director Michael Williams, the program is also our conduit to the local African American community, and, through the Howard Mims Center, the program is able to showcase the many contributions of the African and African American cultures to American history and society. It does this through lectures, presentations, radio shows, jazz concerts, and, most recently, an art exhibit of African American art, the Jelliffe Collection, which is being displayed for us by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Since CSU does not have space for a permanent display, this is a great and rare opportunity to view the collection. Third, we feature the contributions of the Center for Arts and Innovation, a cross-disciplinary center, under the leadership of Director Katie Shames. Housed in our Department of Music, the Center promotes the arts and arts education in the Greater Cleveland area. Moreover, the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium is also located within the Center, and this organization coordinates the arts education efforts of over 60 regional arts organizations. Building future audiences for Cleveland’s remarkably rich arts scene is a critical need for our community, and we are proud that Cleveland State’s Center for Arts and Innovation is at the forefront of that effort. In addition, this issue introduces you to Maria Keckan, President of Cinecraft Productions and a 1979 graduate of our School of Communication. Ms. Keckan’s achievements in building a highly successful video production company have earned her our Outstanding Alumna Award for 2011. She will be honored at a CSU banquet on October 21st. We also introduce you to the work of Dr. Stephen C. Taysom, one of our outstanding new faculty in the Department of Religious Studies. Dr. Taysom’s fascinating new study of the Shakers and Mormons has just been published by Indiana University Press. This year we are inaugurating an exciting new tradition: the CSU Homecoming week, which will take place this year from October 15th through October 22nd. I hope that you will review the list of CLASS homecoming events printed on the second page of The Innerlink. Among the events, I will be hosting a coffee and cookies reception on the 22nd between presentations given by Dr. Mark Souther and Dr. Mary Ellen Waithe. I hope you will consider joining us for this exciting week of activities! Best wishes,

Gregory Sadlek

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

The Innerlink | Fall 2011

Featured Alumnus Congratulations to Maria Keckan, ’79 BA Communication

Where you are now... When did you graduate and what is your degree field? I graduated in 1979 with a Major in Mass Media Communications. I was a little older than the traditional student – I was 25 years old with a toddler at home when I enrolled. What is your current occupation? I am a video producer/director. Most days though I am involved in administration and operation of the company my husband and I own: Cinecraft Productions, Inc. What do you enjoy most about your job? I love that we have a company that provides jobs for many people and free lance work for others. I enjoy being able to provide an atmosphere where people can serve clients, take home a decent wage, and grow personally and professionally. I also love working with my husband and son. What was your first job? My first job was at age 10 – working in my father’s store. My first job out of college was with Fairview General Hospital, as writer and producer of nursing-education videos. What are your interests? Ethics. Micro-expression training. Languages. Reading. Quilting. God. Dogs.

Maria Keckan is president of Cinecraft Productions, Inc., a company she co-owns with her husband. Cinecraft is the oldest video production house between New York and Los Angeles, offering video, film, multimedia, graphics and e-learning for corporate communications. Its customer base includes many Fortune 1000 companies. Keckan has participated in the CSU Executive Forum series and is currently establishing a student internship program between Cinecraft and the Film and Digital Media program in the School of Communication.

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What is your most valuable possession? Mental and physical health (though some might argue about the mental part). What do you value most in others? HONESTY. What is a little known fact about you? I am intrigued by the study of ethical decision making and the way people reveal their emotions when they are lying, fearful, angry, disdainful, or hiding something. I have taken classes in micro-expressions.

Back to your college days... What was your favorite class? Film History and Analysis. What is the importance of CSU in your life? It made all the difference in upgrading my life and my wages from those of a waitress/mom to a professional producer and then business-owner. What advice do you have for students? Don’t procrastinate. If you put off doing what’s hard you will miss deadlines, not deliver your best work, and get incompletes. If you study hard, take copious notes in class, ask questions in class, ask for help from your professors, and complete your term papers well before they are due – you’ve just made school life a little easier and prepared yourself for life after graduation. A successful person shows up, is dependable, is respectful, and knows how to delay gratification. What was the best thing about Cleveland State for you? It was affordable and I received an excellent education.

Up till now and into the future... What are your goals? My goals include continued business growth, to become more widely recognized in ethics and honesty training, to learn a fourth language, to earn enough to travel to somewhere warm in the winter months every year, and to stay fit and mentally alert until I’m at least 105 years old. Or maybe 106.

White House Forum on First Suburbs, Inclusion, Sustainability, and Economic Growth by Robert


On July 18, as part of a delegation of ten people from Northeast Ohio, I attended the White House Forum on First Suburbs, Inclusion, Sustainability, and Economic Growth. Co-chaired by Georgine Welo, Mayor of South Euclid and a leader in the Northeast Ohio First Suburbs Consortium (FSC), the Forum brought together local leaders, policy experts, and key Federal officials including Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood for a full day of discussions, relationship-building, and planning. Meeting in the White House South Court Auditorium, 170 local government, business, labor, religious, educational, and civic leaders from 22 metropolitan regions across the country discussed the strengths and assets as well as the fiscal, social, and environmental issues facing first suburbs - older communities adjacent to or near central cities. These communities house 40% of the nation’s metropolitan populations, are often the most diverse and walkable communities in a region, but are facing loss of population, resegregation, growing poverty, overburdened schools, and crumbling infrastructure. Presenters at the forum argued that federal and state policy typically fails to help stabilize and rebuild these communities. The meeting was organized by Building ONE America (BOA), a community-organizing network building coalitions of suburban leaders in a growing number of states including Ohio, to help reshape these state and federal policies. I have studied and worked with the BOA organizers since the organization was founded in 2009 and, before that, through their work with other local and national organizing networks. Working closely with Mayor Welo and her staff, I helped organize the fifteenperson Ohio delegation to the White House Forum that included the mayors of Lakewood, Shaker Heights, Richfield, Bay Village, and Willowick and suburbs of Columbus and Cincinnati. The range of these communities reflect BOA’s work to build a coalition including not just first suburbs but also newer, more outer suburbs experiencing stress caused by regional patterns of sprawl and socioeconomic polarization the flight of wealth into a few communities in each region. The Forum provided an opportunity for suburban leaders to identify common problems and policy solutions. Major presentations by policy experts David Rusk, Myron Orfield, and john powell (Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University) focused on regional dynamics, racial disparities, and policy solutions in transportation, housing and other areas. In a very lively session,

Secretary LaHood had an extended dialogue with the local leaders, many of whom suggested changes in federal policy to better address the needs of first suburbs. There were also several panel discussions, including one featuring Lakewood Mayor Mike Summers, whose background in manufacturing informed his remarks on economic development in first suburbs. Briefer remarks were offered by Cecilia Munoz, the White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Michael Strautmanis, Deputy Assistant to the President, Pete Rouse, Senior Advisor to the President, and Jon Carson, White House Director of Public Engagement. Mike Kruglik, BOA Executive Director, had a brief meeting after the Forum with President Obama, continuing a relationship formed when Kruglik helped train and mentor Obama as a community organizer in Chicago. With the support of CSU’s Department of Sociology and Criminology and Colleges of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Urban Affairs, I also helped organize a forum held the following week in South Euclid, bringing together an invited group of leaders from many Eastern suburbs. The College was represented by Associate Dean William Morgan. Participants watched The New Metropolis, a film about economic issues and racial inclusion in first suburbs, and heard from a panel of local and regional leaders about these issues in their communities. Mayors Welo and Summers reported on the White House Forum, and local leaders enthusiastically committed to bringing delegations from their communities to a larger regional meeting to be held in the Spring of 2012 that will include participation by leading Federal officials. In October, Mayor Summers and Mayor Deborah Sutherland of Bay Village will host a meeting of leaders from the Western suburbs to continue building toward the spring event and, eventually, toward an effective coalition of leaders from first suburbs and other communities. Through its support of efforts like the BOA forums, CSU continues its leadership in addressing issues of opportunity, diversity, equity, and sustainability in Ohio’s metropolitan regions. “South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo, co-chairing the White House Forum on First Suburbs.”

Black Studies Program These are exciting times for the Black Studies Program. The launching of a long awaited major, the soon releasing of a new Jazz Heritage Orchestra CD featuring jazz great Benny Golson, the outstanding presentation of the Jelliffe Art Collection at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and the offering of upgraded academic and cultural programming are just a few of the myriad of things occurring in the program. The events listed, along with other developments, are significant positive indicators that the Black Studies Program is making critical strides toward accomplishing its goal of becoming a premier Black Studies Program.

Cleveland State University Black Studies Program is the only African/African American/Pan African/Black Studies program/department in the country that has its own weekly radio program. “Images” Community Radio Forum is the longest continuously running African American radio program in Cuyahoga County. The radio program has been aired twice a week for the past thirty-five years. “Images” has expanded to the Internet both in the video and audio formats. One can listen to the program on Sunday mornings at 10 am on WERE 1490 or Wednesdays at 12:30 pm on WCSB 83.9 FM.

The introduction of the interdisciplinary Black Studies major is an important milestone in the CSU Black Studies Program history. The new major, along with the existing minor, provides a solid academic program foundation. The major greatly enhances the Black Studies Program’s ability to produce scholars for this important field of academic study. The major also allows the Black Studies Program to have a viable voice in the current and future development of Black Studies as a field of study.

Black Studies, through the Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center, provides a variety of cultural programs and events. These events and programs are designed to facilitate student, faculty, staff and community understanding of African American cultural expressions. Many of the events engage participants in a direct engaged learning experience. For example, the recent “Soul of Cleveland” tour assisted participants’ knowledge of historical African American sites/locations. A second example is the showcase displays and exhibitions. Black Studies has enjoyed a positive public response to its display case presentations. Displays, ranging from Black Music Month to the current W.O. Walker exhibition, have served to inform and educate their many viewers.

A distinguishing feature of the major is its interdisciplinary format. While the unique interdisciplinary model poses challenges, it also affords students a rich learning experience. With more than 80 courses, in four different colleges to chose from, Black Studies majors can tailor their educational experience based upon their particular interests and career aspirations. Black Studies Program majors’ learning is further enhanced by a required two-semester capstone course experience. While there is much excitement concerning the academic developments, there is an equal enthusiasm for what is occurring on the cultural side of the program. The Jazz Heritage Orchestra is in the process of completing its second CD. The soonto-be-released jazz CD entitled “Bouncing with Benny” is another Black Studies Program milestone. Legendary jazz great Benny Golson not only performed with the Jazz Heritage Orchestra but also agreed to record his first ever big-band CD with the band. Black Studies owns the exclusive rights to this historic CD. This CD adds to the growing positive reputation of the Jazz Heritage Orchestra, which has performed with such notables as Clark Terry, Maya Angelou, Nancy Wilson and Vanessa Ruben. The Black Studies Program is proud of its collaboration with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. This collaboration has resulted in the outstanding “Hardship to Hope” art exhibition. The exhibition, known as the Jelliffe Collection, features the works of African American artists of the Depression and World War II era. The Jelliffe Collection is one of the art collections owned by the Black Studies Program. The “Hardship to Hope” exhibition can be viewed at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage from September 13, 2011 to January 3, 2012.

The items highlighted are just a small sampling of the things occurring in the Black Studies Program. A more complete listing can be found in our Fall 2011 Events listing brochure. One can call our office at 687-3655 or visit us in Main Classroom 137 for additional information. It is through the efforts of the Black Studies staff, faculty, work-study students, Community Advisory Board and Curriculum Committee that the program is taking important steps to achieve its stated goals and objectives. Each of the cited groups continues to give their best efforts, time and talent to assist the Program to become a signature Black Studies Program. The collaborative efforts with CSU faculty, staff, administration, students and community partners also play a pivotal role in the Black Studies Program becoming recognized as a quality program both on a local and national level. On behalf of the Black Studies staff, Director Michael Williams extends an open invitation to you to become involved with the Black Studies program. Your thoughts, suggestions and solutions are welcome. Come join us as we build a Black Studies Program that CSU and the community can take great pride in.


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The Center is also coordinating a new partnership with the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation’s William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage lecture series. CSU students have exclusive access to the broad array of internationally renowned authors who come to Cleveland for the series. In addition to their public appearances at Playhouse Square, each author spends part of the day on the CSU campus meeting with students. Prominent authors thus far have included Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout, Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York and frequent PBS contributor, and Jeanette Walls, whose memoir, The Glass Castle, spent over 3 years on the New York Times bestsellers list. More information about upcoming appearances can be found on the CSU site at CAI is the genesis for the newly formed Cleveland Arts Education Consortium (CAEC) whose mission is to promote and strengthen arts education in Northeast Ohio and advocate on behalf of arts learning for people of all ages and circumstances. Now in-residence at Cleveland State University’s Department of Music, under the direction of CAI, Manager Judith Ryder and an Executive Committee comprised of leading arts professionals throughout the community, CAEC’s membership includes over 60 regional arts and culture organizations who meet regularly to network, learn and work on issues of common concern. The Consortium was recently hired by the Cleveland Foundation to produce a live, on-line resource guide, called Smart Culture Source for parents and teachers seeking meaningful arts and humanities out-of-school opportunities for young people. More information is available on the Consortium’s web page at

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Our Students are Our Priority — and We’re Proud of Them! Meet Natasha Hamad — Natasha is a senior and will graduate this December with a double major in both Criminology and Sociology and then begin graduate school in the spring. Currently she is working with Drs. Kent and Regoeczi in the Criminology Research Center conducting research including police car ride-alongs with the Westlake Police Department. Last year, Natasha mentored another student in the CLASS pilot program. Hamada notes her experiences with classes at CSU have been fantastic, “The faculty in the Department of Sociology and Criminology are experts in their fields and I have very high respect for them.”

i n m u l A CLASS Updates Congratulations to Jane Dugan (’73 BA and ’79 MA English) who was recognized with the 2011 Engaged Service Award for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Jane, an Administrative Secretary for the Department of English, was nominated by William Breeze, the Director of the First Year Writing Program. Thomas J. Yablonsky (’77 BA Political Science), whose passion has made a significant difference in Northeast Ohio, was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business as a Difference Maker. Yablonsky is Executive Vice President, Downtown Cleveland Alliance and Executive Director, Historic Warehouse District and Historic Gateway Neighborhood group. He also serves as a board member of the Ohio Canal Corridor nonprofit group, which he helped found 25 years ago. Rita C. McMahon (’80 BA Sociology), City Manager, City of Painesville, Ohio was included in the Inside Business article, “Team NEO: Regionalism & Cross-border Collaboration” (July, 2011). Linda Dooley Johanek (’91 BA Social Work) to C.E.O., Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center, Cleveland, Ohio. Michael Bartelme (’93 BA Communication) to Production Artist, Adcom Communications Inc., an integrated full-service marketing communications company, Cleveland, Ohio.

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Matt Hlavin (’98 BA Communication), President and CEO of Thogus Products of Ohio, participated in TEDxCLE 2011. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. TEDxCLE was organized by Clevelanders in an effort to bring Cleveland innovation, development, and positive change to the world. View Hlavin’s presentation here: talks/2011/matt_hlavin.html. Nichole L. Foote (’03 BA Sociology) is Senior Client Relations Specialist, Human Arc, a service leader for hospitals and health plans. Jay Philip Gardner (‘07 MA Communication) to Director of Development and Communication, Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center, Cleveland, Ohio. Daniel J. Cvelbar (’10 Social Studies) is a Social Studies teacher, Harvey High School, City of Painesville. He was profiled in The News-Herald “New teacher likes challenge of the field.” Cleveland Public Theatre’s Springboard series will feature readings by four playwrights with CSU connections – Thomas Warden Hayes (’11 MFA, playwriting), Keri Gornik (MFA student, fiction), Claire May (MFA student, playwriting), Monica Morgan (undergraduate English major). Springboard features staged readings of new scripts by local writers and work that is under consideration for future production.

Congratulations to Michael Oatman on being awarded the 2011 Cleveland Arts Prize Emerging Artist Award. He received a BA degree in English in ’04 and a Master of Fine Arts in ’08. Currently, Oatman is Playwright-in-Residence at Karamu House. His comedy, You Got Nerve, opened Karamu’s season this year. The following is an excerpt from the Cleveland Arts Prize website, “Although he had been writing for many years, it wasn’t until he enrolled in the MFA program at Cleveland State University that he began to pursue playwriting seriously, at the instigation of Michael Geither, one of his professors. ‘I entered the program as a bad novelist,’ Michael quips. ‘But Mike asked me to submit something to the CSU Playwriting Festival, and that was how I started.’ ” More at:

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Campus Tours “If there were a prize in Northeast Ohio for the mostimproved college or university campus, Cleveland State University would win it hands down.” - The Plain Dealer, Oct. 17, 2010 In appreciation of your continued support of Cleveland State and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you are invited for a personal tour of CSU’s campus to witness the transformation that has taken place in recent years. With a new student center, 1,200 students living on campus and a flourishing Euclid Corridor, CSU’s campus is becoming the center of vibrant downtown neighborhood. Tours are being held on the following days in October starting at 11:00 a.m. followed by lunch.

Thursday, October 20th Monday, October 24th Please RSVP to Marianne Gaydos at 216.875.9838 or by October 18. Directions and parking information will be provided upon RSVP. Family, co-workers and fellow CSU alumni are welcomed to join you.

Your investment pays dividends Every year thousands of Cleveland State students benefit from the kindness of donors who provide access to higher education through their generous support. As a statesubsidized public institution, Cleveland State University faces significant funding challenges. The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is determined to provide the best possible education to our students. You can help by making a gift in support of scholarships, research, equipment, and more. For additional information, contact Marianne C. Gaydos, Director, College Development and Alumni Relations, at 216.875.9838 or

2307 Chester Avenue: The Last Exhibition October 28, to December 10, 2011 As the last exhibition in the current gallery space at 2307 Chester Avenue, the Art Gallery presents a retrospective exhibition celebrating the students who studied at this location over the past 30 years with an Invitational Alumni Exhibition curated by Tim Knapp, Assistant Gallery Director (’96 Art) and an Alumni Advisory Committee. Linda Ayala ’03 Art Yvonne Bakale ’05 Art Peter Billington ’94 Art Deanna Clemente ‘02 Art Dan Corrigan ’07 Art Joan Deveney ’70 Education Beth Dubber ’99 Art Joseph Filak ’07 Art Keith Graham ’90 Art Jeanne Grossetti ’98 Art & Anthro, ’08 History Linda Herman ’08 Art Jeanetta Ho non-degree alumna Paul Jacklitch ’83 Art Jennifer Jones-O’Neil ’04 Art Misha Kligman, ‘00 Art George Kocar ’77 Art

Isabel Kopp ’86 Art Chris Kulcsar ’06 Art Michael Kuschnir ’03 Art Thomas Grafton Lee ’08 Art Tiffany Mielcarek ’04 Art Michael Nakoneczny ’79 Art Deborah Pinter ’04 Education Russ Revock ’86 Art Bobbie Roach Dimitra Pasalis ’85 Art Dante Rodriguez ’03 Art Catherine Rozmarynowycz ’00 Art Anna Tararova ’09 Art Tobin Troyer ’87 Art Kelly Urquhart ’05 Art Peter Wells ’95 Art

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What’s new with you? Let us know what you’ve been doing! We want to know how our CLASS graduates are doing. Are you getting new jobs or promotions? Are you having your own art show, performing live or receiving awards? We would also like to know who is continuing their education. Let us know what Master’s or Doctorate programs you have been accepted into.

The Innerlink Fall 2011  

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Newsletter

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