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CHAMPIONS Monte and Usha Ahuja call $10 million gift “a great investment”

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Barbara Chudzik




Jo-Ann Dontenville-Ranallo




Chic Photographique Brian Hart Tony Morrison William Rieter, ’88 Rob Wetzler

PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE Dr. Ronald M. Berkman builds his leadership team  1

Our Colleges  10

Record-Setting Gift $10 million supports scholarships, endowed chair  2

FACULTY EMERITUS SPOTLIGHT John Holm, political science  2 8


Ronald M. Berkman Provost

Geoffrey S. Mearns

Team Members Top academicians, administrators join CSU  6

Vice President for University Advancement/ Executive Director, CSU Foundation

Arts Campus Theatre and dance move to PlayHouseSquare  14

Berinthia R. LeVine

Doctor’s Orders CSU, NEOMED train urban physicians  19

Assistant Vice President, Marketing and STUDENT RECRUITMENT

Rob A. Spademan

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Class Notes  2 9

Distinguished Alumni Awards Nine graduates to be honored  2 6

Director, Alumni Affairs

Carolyn Champion-Sloan

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Monte and Usha Ahuja invest in CSU. See page 2. Right:

Radiance, CSU Realizing the Promise, raises scholarship funds. See page 16.

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president'S PERSPECTIVE Dear Friends, This issue of the alumni magazine is devoted to recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of the University and the new professional team who are poised to accelerate the advancement and mission of the University. As a University community we celebrate the commitment, passion and generosity of Monte Ahuja and his family. Every year at commencement, speakers intone the need for graduates to remember the role that CSU played in giving them the tools to be successful and to appreciate the need for our alumni to contribute to the University’s mission through service, affinity and financial assistance. Monte Ahuja has contributed in all of these areas since he graduated from CSU in 1975. The story in this issue illustrates a continuing passion for advancing the University and providing an opportunity for generations of students. I believe that CSU is now poised to advance in research, teaching and service at an unparalleled rate even in these difficult economic times. During the last two years we have created a foundation by charting a strategic course and recruiting leadership with experience, energy and creativity to realize our goal. I am particularly proud and excited about the team of exceptional individuals who have chosen Cleveland State University for the next phase of their accomplished careers. We not only selected them; they selected CSU. And that says a lot — about the University, its students, its future and the city of Cleveland. The talented men and women who have joined my administration are Geoffrey Mearns, provost; Stephanie McHenry, vice president for business affairs and finance; Carmen Brown, vice president for enrollment services; Berinthia R. LeVine, vice president for advancement; and John Parry, director of athletics.

On the academic side, we have welcomed three new deans — Meredith Bond, College of Sciences and Health Professions; Craig Boise, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; and Sajit Zachariah, College of Education and Human Services. The candidate pool was exceptionally strong for all these searches. I’m convinced we selected the best of the best. All our new senior leaders were hired following national searches, are exceptionally qualified for the jobs they are doing, and are excellent “fits” within our CSU culture. They also represent a good mix of persons who are indigenous to this area and those who come from universities that CSU considers aspirational. I am very grateful to the faculty, staff, students and community members who were integral to the search process. They invested a great amount of time and energy in identifying and advancing the best candidates. They also represented CSU in the best possible light to the candidates — a critical element in our success in finding great people. Of course, the ultimate beneficiaries of our leadership team will be our students. The knowledge, skills and expertise that these academicians and administrators bring will have a longterm impact on all aspects of the CSU experience. Hiring exceptional team members was just the beginning. Now, as president, it’s my job to build a cohesive team that works collaboratively. Already I see people with new energy and new vision seeking ways to collaborate with each other. They are bringing fresh ideas and perspectives to our campus. Each of these senior leaders will make contributions in their own areas, I am sure. They also will raise the bar on our expectations and accomplishments. Working together, we will make an already great Cleveland State University even better.

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$10 million gift sets record


President Ronald M. Berkman thanks Monte Ahuja for his gift.

Philanthropist. Entrepreneur. Business and civic leader. Husband, father, grandfather. Cleveland State University alumnus Monte Ahuja is all this and more.

And while he doesn’t like to label himself, he does admit to being a man of passion. “Transtar (his former company), Cleveland State and University Hospitals are passions in my life. So are golf and my family, especially my two grandchildren. When I am passionate about something, I am fully committed,” he says. Ahuja recently demonstrated his passion and appreciation for Cleveland State with a $10 million commitment to fund scholarships and an endowed professorship. It is the largest gift in the University’s 47-year history. In gratitude, the board of trustees unanimously voted to name the College of Business the Monte Ahuja College of Business. The majority of the funds will be earmarked for scholarships in business, with a portion for scholarships in engineering. The gift also will fund the Monte Ahuja Endowed Chair of Global Business, which underscores the college’s focus on global business and will help recruit a leading scholar in the field. “Monte Ahuja has been an extraordinary champion of Cleveland State for many years, supporting the University through generous financial contributions and hard work as a trustee,” said President Ronald M. Berkman. “This gift will play a significant role in advancing the University’s mission of access by providing essential scholarships for a great many students.” Ahuja says his gift supports President Berkman’s leadership and the University’s focus on engaged learning and student success.

“CSU has a very special meaning in my life, and I feel extremely fortunate and privileged to be able to give back,” he says.

Born and raised in Punjab, India, Ahuja was one of nine children in a middle-class family that stressed the importance of education. All nine siblings attended college despite the financial hardship, to the pleasure of their stay-at-home mom and government executive/accountant dad. “My father was particularly keen on education and adamant that I become an engineer, which at that time in India was considered the best professional career,” recalls Ahuja. He dutifully attended Punjab Engineering College, earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1967. After working for a year, he set his sights on furthering his education and career in America. “I got information on schools from the U.S. Embassy, applied to several colleges, and was admitted to three. I chose Ohio State on the advice of a friend’s brother who lived in Dayton,” he says. “I arrived in Columbus in December 1968. My father was very concerned with his oldest son going so far away, but he supported my ambition and did everything he could to help me succeed.”

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two and three times a week, even in the summer, while working a full-time job that had a lot of responsibility and required a fair amount of travel. Life was a real challenge. But I was so obsessed with getting it done, I finished in two and a half years.” Ahuja graduated from CSU with a master’s of business administration in 1975. To this day, the family joke is that he pursued a second master’s degree to “match” his wife’s Ph.D.


I am very blessed and proud of my family. They are (l-r) my daughter Ritu, my precious grandchildren, Raina and Rohan, my wife Usha, and my daughter and son-in-law, Manisha and Neil Sethi. My grandchildren are my joy and my motivation to stay young and healthy.

Ahuja e arned his mas ter ’s degree in mechanical engineering from OSU in 1970. While there, he fell in love with a fellow student, Usha Sachdeva, who was pursuing her doctorate in mathematics. They married in 1972, returning to India for the wedding ceremony. “In the beginning, we had a commuter marriage because our careers took us to different places,” he says. “Usha worked in Baltimore, while I worked as an engineer for Lempco Industries in Maple Heights. Eventually we decided to make Cleveland our home.”

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t Lempco, while gaining experience in the transmission parts industry, Ahuja began thinking of a career change from engineering to business management. And CSU beckoned. “Not many schools offered the opportunity to get an MBA while working full time,” he says. “CSU had an accessible evening program. But going through the MBA program was definitely the hardest time of my life. “Since my degrees were not in business, I was required to take 90 credit hours of undergraduate and graduate courses. It was hard to keep up. I attended classes from 6 to 10 p.m.


or one of his final classes at CSU, an entrepreneurship course, Ahuja developed a business plan for a hypothetical company. The plan earned him an “A” in the class and within months, became the model for his very successful Transtar Industries Inc. “I was encouraged to follow through with my plan by my professor, Dr. Jeffrey Susbauer, who introduced me to one of his students at the local bank branch. I obtained a small bank loan, sought out an old acquaintance in the industry who became a partner, and Transtar (Delta at that time) was launched within a couple of months as a two-man operation in a small warehouse in Bedford,” says Ahuja. From its humble beginnings, Transtar grew to be the leading worldwide distributor of quality transmission parts to the motor vehicle repair industry. Now headquartered in Walton Hills, the firm has 1,700 employees at 97 locations in the United States and in distribution centers globally. “Our first year was profitable and that was very encouraging. Then we began to grow rapidly,” says Ahuja. “The key to Transtar’s success was always having a business plan to keep us focused on the future. At first I would do a plan for two or three years, then for five years. The plans were ambitious, but achievable, and dealt with every aspect of the business — finance, people, product, market. It took a lot of hard work and perseverance but we always did achieve or exceed our business plan. Transtar became known as the company with the structure and foresight to respond to and take advantage of changes in the industry.” Thirty years after founding Transtar, Ahuja sold his majority control in 2005 but remained actively involved as chairman and chief executive officer until 2009. He sold his remaining interest in December 2010. Ahuja is now the chairman and CEO of MURA Holdings, LLC in Beachwood, a private investment company. The acronym MURA (for Monte, daughter Manisha, Usha, and daughter Ritu Ahuja) embodies the family’s commitment to philanthropy and leaving a lasting legacy in the community.


fter graduating from CSU, Ahuja reconnected with the University a few years later when he established an endowment for a Distinguished Indian Scholars program. That reconnection was cemented in 1991 when he was appointed by then Gov. George Voinovich to a nine-year term on the University’s board of trustees. A year later, he became board chairman — a post he would hold for six years to become the first alumnus and longest-serving chairman in CSU history. “Henry Goodman (then chairman) threw me a bombshell when he asked me to accept the chairmanship after one year,” recalls Ahuja. “I was flabbergasted and felt unprepared for such responsibility. But as a board member I had gotten engaged very quickly. It was a difficult time in CSU’s history and I was excited by the challenge.” The University’s growth under Ahuja’s tenure included the hiring of former President Claire Van Ummersen and the development of the College of Business and the Law Library in what was called the 17th-18th Street Block Project. It was the University’s most ambitious expansion at the time, paving the way for many of the new campus developments completed in recent years. In addition to his service as a trustee, Ahuja also spent some time as a member of the CSU Foundation board of directors. And his wife taught mathematics at the University. The couple established endowed scholarships in business and engineering and in 2000, donated $2 million to benefit the College of Business.


“CSU plays a phenomenal role in the education of this community and in keeping its graduates here,” he notes. “The future of this region and this country is education. And private philanthropy is needed to create excellence and support students. “The scholarships that this gift provides will help many students realize their dreams. The endowed professorship will grow the globalization component of CSU’s business education. “I truly believe in CSU and have given a lot of my time, and hopefully talent, to this great institution. I am fortunate to be in the position to also give financially.”

In doing my MBA and starting my business, my wife, Usha, played a key role, always supporting and encouraging me. In philanthropy, she is 100 percent with me in supporting our family mission.

Today, 64-year-old Ahuja divides his time between homes in As a student, Ahuja never imagined the day when the College Hunting Valley and Naples, Florida, with annual trips back to India to visit family. His honors are numerous, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the CSU Distinguished Alumni Award, and an honorary Doctor of Business degree from CSU. His entrepreneurial saga is even used as a case study in business classes. But he modestly says that he never envisioned his life being so successful. “I’ve exceeded far beyond my imagination. And without Cleveland State, I would not be where I am today. My MBA provided the foundation for a business career that transformed my life. Like thousands of other students, I found at CSU an accessible, practical education. That’s something I will never forget. CSU will always have a very special place in my life,” he says. Ahuja and his family feel “grateful and privileged” to give back. Their $10 million gift is “a great investment,” he adds.

of Business would bear his name. He says he is humbled by the honor and deeply appreciative. He sees the future as an opportunity to continue his philanthropic and civic activities, including serving on the boards of BioEnterprise and University Hospitals, where he is co-chairing a billion dollar fund-raising campaign. He’ll also continue to hit the links and welcome a third grandchild in October. Reflecting on what he calls a “wonderful life, filled with love and happiness,” this self-made man believes success requires a combination of traits. “Education is critically important. You also need motivation, ambition, commitment, talent, hard work, tenacity, a tolerance for risk-taking and a practical plan to build upon. There’s also the element of fate. I owe much of my success to fate and to the greatness of this country.” 





ight senior administrators — all standouts in their respective fields — have joined the CSU leadership team. Here’s a look at the men and women who are working with President Ronald M. Berkman to bring the University to a new level of achievement.

Geoffrey Mearns, Provost — Following a distinguished

18-year career as a lawyer in both the public and private sectors, Mearns joined CSU in 2005 as dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Last year, he accepted an appointment by President Berkman as interim provost. Six months later, “interim” was stripped away and he officially became the University’s chief academic officer and an integral member of the new administrative team. A graduate of Shaker Heights High School, Yale University and the University of Virginia, Mearns was a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice for nine years and led its Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, and also served as special assistant to the U.S. attorney general.


After returning to Cleveland in the late 90s, he spent seven years in private practice, first as a partner for Thompson Hine LLP and then as a partner at Baker Hostetler LLP.


Carmen A. Brown, Vice President for Enrollment Services — Brown brings 30 years of experience in enrollment management to her role as the University’s head of student recruitment, retention and graduation. She will work to continue improving CSU’s outreach efforts, the academic competitiveness of incoming freshmen, programs related to career transition, and service deliverables to all students. She also will play a key role in growing the partnerships that CSU has established with other area colleges to ensure smooth transferability and high academic standards. In addi-



tion, she will work with all stakeholders in support of critically important efforts to improve student retention and increase the graduation rate at CSU. Brown came to CSU from the University of New Mexico, where she served as vice president for enrollment management since 2008. She also served as assistant vice president for enrollment management at Florida International Univer-

ern Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management as director of annual giving and alumni relations. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Weatherhead.

“With her outstanding success as a fundraiser, Berinthia will bring a new level of philanthropic support to our University.”


Stephanie’s favorite writer is toni morrison, who she discovered while studying at Dartmouth.

sity (FIU), as well as director of admissions for 27 years. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at FIU.

Stephanie McHenry, Vice President for Business Affairs and Finance – With an economics degree

“With her strong interpersonal skills and student-focused energy, Carmen will develop innovative ways to help our students achieve their goals.”

from Dartmouth College, McHenry began her career with ShoreBank in Chicago. In 2004 she was named president of ShoreBank’s Cleveland region; last year, she became regional president of Urban Partnership Bank when it acquired the assets of ShoreBank. In 2007, McHenry was appointed to fill a vacancy on CSU’s board of trustees. A year later, she was elected treasurer of the board and chair of the financial affairs committee, where she acquired comprehensive knowledge of the University’s operating and capital budgets and services. In 2009, McHenry was reappointed to a full nine-year term as a trustee; she relinquished that position this spring to accept the vice presidency.

B e r i n t h i a R . L eV i n e , V i c e P r e s i d e n t f o r Advancement/Executive Director of the CSU Foundation — LeVine brings a strong background in advancement to the University at a time when philanthropic support for scholarships is a top priority. For the past 15 years, she has served in leadership positions at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, most recently as vice president, executive office, working with the president. Recruited to the Federation, LeVine contributed to the significant growth of its endowment. Additionally, she oversaw a comprehensive capital, endowment and programmatic fundraising campaign that has raised or leveraged more than $179 million community-wide to date. LeVine’s career also includes three years at Montefiore Home/ Montefiore Foundation in Beachwood, and eight years at Case West-


Berinthia enjoys ballroom dancing and country music.

Geoff enjoys vacationing on the coast of Maine with his wife and five children.

Carmen is an art enthusiast who is known for her support of up-and-coming artists.


“Stephanie’s experience in the community and her expertise in finance will be invaluable to the University.” John Parry, Director of Athletics — After proving himself to be a creative and effective leader as CSU’s interim athletic director for the past year, Parry won the permanent position. continued on page 8




Parry served as athletic director for Butler University in Indianapolis from 1990 to 2006. During his tenure, Butler was recognized for all-sports excellence five times by the Horizon League. He also served as director of athletics at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Parry earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brown and was a student-athlete himself, playing varsity football, basketball and lacrosse. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Craig is a classical pianist, a sailor and scuba diver, and weekend motorcyclist.

John completed the Columbus marathon in 1999.

Meredith grew up in Sydney, Australia, where she spent her summers riding the waves. ENT SID PR E R K MAN BE


She was a respected heart researcher at the Cleveland Clinic for 16 years, served on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University, and has held various roles with the National Institutes of Health. She has been widely published and was an Established Investigator for the American Heart Association for five years. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Zac is an avid racquetball player.

“CSU prides itself on developing first-class athletes who excel academically, and John has worked well to advance that vision.”

“Meredith is well-positioned to elevate CSU’s sponsored research profile and role in Northeast Ohio's largest industry – health care.”

Cr aig M. Boise, Dean, Clevel and-Marshall College of Law — Boise returns to Cleveland as the law

Sajit Zachariah, Dean, College of Education and Human Services — Dr. Zachariah has spent most of

school’s 14th dean and first African-American dean. Most recently, he served as professor of law and director of the Graduate Tax Program at DePaul University in Chicago. Prior to that, he was an associate law professor at Case Western Reserve University. He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago and a master of laws in taxation from New York University. Prior to beginning his academic career, Boise practiced law for over eight years at various firms including Cleary Gottlieb and Akin Gump in New York and Thompson Hine in Cleveland.

his career at The University of Akron. Since 1991, he has progressed steadily through Akron’s College of Education — from instructor to assistant and associate professor, full professor, and assistant and associate dean. He also has consulted for the Akron public schools. His recent research on building student competencies through university partnerships with K-12 schools will directly benefit both CSU’s Campus International School and its broader vision to support and serve the evolving educational needs of Northeast Ohio. Dr. Zachariah earned a doctorate and master’s degree in educational administration from Akron, a master’s degree in economics from Akron and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Loyola College.

“Craig brings an intellectual approach to law that clearly stands out among his peers.” Meredith Bond, Dean, College of Sciences and Health Professions — A prominent cardiovascular researcher, Dr. Bond chaired the highly ranked Department of Physiology at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine for the past eight years.


“Sajit’s expertise will further advance the engagement between CSU, its students and our community.” 





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More than 1,300 freshmen left high school and parents behind as they celebrated their first day at Cleveland State. A daylong welcome program was designed to help the Class of 2015 build their college experience on a foundation for success. Freshmen met President Ronald M. Berkman at a new student convocation, learned college survival skills, met their academic deans and faculty, found their classrooms, and more. Capping the day was a Hawaiian-themed tiki-frosh party with fireworks, food, music, contests, iPad giveaways, and other surprises from CSU and downtown Cleveland businesses. î‚ž CSU PERSPECTIVE 9

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Sciences and Health Professions

measuring the mechanical properties of the primary cilium; and testing the hypothesis that variations of the properties of the flow will induce varied cellular responses. He and his team are using innovative methods, including laser tweezers which he built while working at NASA earlier in his career, to apply a mechanical force to the primary cilium. They’re also using a novel two-sided tissue culture flow chamber and a state-of-the-art automated microscope. “ We ’ r e u s i n g a p h y s i c s - b a s e d approach to collect data, but the findings can be used to answer many important biological questions. Information gained during the course of this project will stimulate new therapeutic approaches to the treatment of polycystic kidney disease,” says Dr. Resnick. For information on Dr. Resnick’s research, visit TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COLLEGE, VISIT WWW.CSUOHIO.EDU/SCIENCES

A $330,000 grant from the National Institutes of H e al t h ( NIH ) is funding interdisciplinary research in physics, physiology and molecular biology that may someday impact the lives and health of persons suffering from polycystic kidney or liver disease, cystic fibrosis, hypertension, and more. Andrew Resnick, assistant professor of physics, was awarded the three-year grant by the NIH’s Digestive and Kidney COLLEGE OF Disease Institute. The funds support undergraduate and graduate students working in his lab on groundbreaking Two doctoral students in biology have research focusing on how cells sense been recognized for their research by the and respond to their environment. national scientific community. The young Working with mouse cells, Dr. Resnick women are working on related projand his team are researching the ciliary ects under the supervision of Barsanjit hypothesis, which states that cells posMazumder, associate professor in CSU’s sessing a primary cilium can sense and Center for Gene Regulation in Health and respond to the rate of fluid flow. Most Disease. cells in the human body possess a priDarshana Poddar was one of only four mary cilium, a few-microns-long hairnational recipients of the Future of Scilike projection from the cell body. It is ence award from the highly prestigious EE MOBILE APP THAT PUTS CLEVELAND HISTORY AT YOUR believed that defective cilia play a sigKeystone Conference on ImmunoregulaTHE CENTERnificant FOR HISTORY +toryDIGITAL rolePUBLIC in kidney disease and other Networks. TheHUMANITIES other winners were illnesses. from Duke University, Cornell University ERSITY, CLEVELAND HISTORICAL LETS YOU EXPLORE THE Dr. Resnick’s experiments are examand Dartmouth College. NTS THAT HAVE SHAPED THE CITY’S HISTORY. LEARN ABOUT ining environmental factors targeting “The genetically engineered mouse D, MAP-BASED, MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATIONS, USE SOCIAL the primary cilium, specifically fluid flow; generated by Darshana shows tremen-

Graduate Studies


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dous potential to serve as a novel animal model to facilitate the discovery of new generations of anti-inflammatory drugs,” says Dr. Mazumder. Priyanka Das was awarded a $46,000 research grant from the American Heart Association. The grant was based on a highly stringent national peer review. “Identifying how ribosomal protein L13a works to control inflammation will help scientists develop a new generation of drugs for a number of diseases, including osteoarthritis and atherosclerosis,” says Dr. Mazumder. Both women hold master’s degrees from the University of Calcutta — Das in human medical physiology and Poddar in biochemistry. After earning their doctoral degrees at Cleveland State, both plan to pursue careers in scientific research. To learn more about the College, visit


Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Cutting-edge history? What may seem like an ox ymoron is ac tually an apt description of Cleveland Historical and



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CSU 360, two projects which bring the history of the city and the campus to mobile phones. Cleveland Historical, a free phone a p p d e v e l o p e d by C SU’s C enter for Public Histor y and Digital Humanities, allows users to explore the people, places and moments that have shaped the city. With over 170 location-based stories and more to come, each site features a brief narrative text, an oral history, photos, and more. It’s a great and interactive way to learn about the city and experience curated historical tours of Northeast Ohio. More than 1,600 users downloaded Cleveland Historical in its first three months. Community organizations are planning to use the app for tours, and teachers are exploring its classroom use. And it received the top prize in the Ohio Mobile Apps Development contest sponsored by eTech Ohio. CSU 360, developed by University Marketing with assistance from the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities, allows access to videos about CSU, its history and the city of Cleveland from the comfort of a mobile smart phone. Sixteen videos can be seen by scanning QR codes on signs that are strategically placed in locations across campus. While interac tive signs on Fenn Tower, Stilwell Hall, Woodling Gym and other buildings link to historical videos, other signs link to videos that provide a more current look at fun things to do on and off campus. Each video is narrated by a CSU student with the exception of a welcome video narrated by President Ronald M. Berkman.

Cleveland Historical and CSU 360 build upon work that the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities has been doing for a decade — transforming how history is taught, learned and studied. “Through the Center, we seek to curate the city as a living museum,” says Mark Tebeau, associate professor of history. “At the same time, smart phones and mobile technologies have changed how we access information, posing new challenges for teaching and learning history and building community.” For information on Cleveland Historical, use the QR code pictured here or visit To learn more about the College, visit

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Education and Human Services Earning a mathematics and/or science degree in four years, instead of the five years usually required. Plus simultaneously earning a license to teach math or science in grades seven through 12. That’s what CSUTeach offers students, and its first year was a resounding success. Started in fall 2010 to help fill the critical need for math and science teachers, CSUTeach streamlines curriculum requirements for degree and licensure and provides classroom teaching experience from the very first semester.

Students can enter the program at any point in their college education. And their first two classes are free. Nearly 10 0 student s enrolled in the first year. Those who complete the program will graduate with a degree in math, physics, chemistry, biology or earth science and be qualified to teach their chosen content area in grades seven through 12. CSUTeach emphasizes preparation to teach in urban, high-needs classrooms. Students are guided by master and mentor teachers in the Cleveland schools and, from their first semester, go into Cleveland classrooms to gain firsthand experience with lesson planning, instructional strategies and working with students. Program co-director Joanne Goodell, associate professor of teacher education, notes that CSUTeach not only helps meet the need for teachers, it also offers those already working in math and science the opportunity to expand their career in a new direction. CSU is the only university in Ohio and one of just 22 nationwide to be part of UTeach, which is funded by the National Math and Science Initiative. For information, visit http://csunew. To learn more about the College, visit


Urban Affairs

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This summer, School of Nursing faculty, students and alumni participated in a medical mission to the Lamay Clinic, located high in the mountains of Cusco, Peru. The monthlong trip was arranged in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic and Case Medical School. Participants provided care to patients of all ages, ran clinics to screen for various health problems, and held classes for patients and staff in Peru. In the evenings, the nurses attended lectures with physicians and medical students. The team collected and brought with them more than 24,000 children’s multivitamins, 6,000 tablets of Vitamin A, and hundreds of pairs of eyeglasses and bottles of skin lotion to distribute to those in need. CSU faculty members Dr. Joan Niederriter, Janet Bessas, Barbara Cavender and Karen Pace were engaged in this service experience with nursing students Catherine Althouse, Sarah Cavender, Anna Niederriter and James Ward, recent graduates Sohini Kadylak and Alison Ohlinger, and alumni Katerine Moner and Antoinette Kramer. Assistant Professor Joan Thoman received the Circle of Hospitals Award from the American Diabetes Association in recognition of her outstanding work in implementing and maintaining the Diabetes Self-Management Skills Training Program at St. Vincent Charity Hospital. She also initiated a multidisciplinary Diabetes Resource Team to address both inpatient and outpatient needs, created a community health workers program for the center, and was key in facilitating the hospital’s affiliation with the Joslin Dia-

betes Center, a teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School. To learn more about the SCHOOL, visit

E nga ged in exce llence Cleveland State University continues to set the bar for achievement.



During World Trade Week ceremonies in Washington, D.C., the Monte Ahuja College of Business received the Presidential “E” Award for Exports, the highest recognition any American organization can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of United States exports. Through its Global Business Center, the Ahuja College delivers international business-focused academic programs,

applied research, extensive collaboration with private and public partners, and superior training programs. One such program, GlobalTarget, is an innovative, yearlong mentorship in collaboration with the Cleveland U.S. Export Assistance Center, which aids Northeast Ohio companies seeking to export, and facilitates programming that is both responsive and forward-thinking to meet the business challenges of today and tomorrow. To learn more about the College, visit



A six-member student team took top honors at the 11th-annual Ohio Contractors Association Statewide Construction Estimating Competition. Teams from nine Ohio universities participated in the bidding competition held in Columbus. Their task — crunch-

ing the numbers for an $11 million Ohio Department of Transportation project. Teams received a complete set of plans and specifications, a partially completed bid worksheet, and labor and equipment rates. They then estimated the project cost, answered construction management questions, and gave a 30-minute presentation to a panel of judges comprised of industry leaders in heavy highway construction. The CSU team was selected on the basis of correctness of answers, organization of the bid and their overall presentation. “The Cleveland State team came within 0.1 percent of the actual bid amount for the $11 million project. If this was a real-life bid, this project would be ours to build,” said Norbert Delatte, professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering. Helping the CSU team prepare for the competition were faculty advisor Dr. Delatte; Matt Blesi, BSCE ’05, estimator at Great Lakes Construction Company; George Palko, BSCE ’88 and MBA ’93, president of Great Lakes Construction; and Jack Hiller, owner and operator of Stable Construction Company. The Cleveland State team was comprised of students Heather Duer, Matt Winters, Andrew Schiraldi, Maria Hatzigeorgiou, Kevin Egan and Ryan O’Hearn. To learn more about the College, visit



The lawyers of tomorrow are excelling today, bringing national recognition to Cleveland-Marshall as students demon-

strate their knowledge and skills in various competitions. Kevin Preslan won the 2010 International Fiscal Association USA Branch Student Writing Competition for his paper, “Turnabout is Fair Play: The U.S. Response to Mexico’s Request for Bank Account Information.” Caryn Gross and Michael Tangry took second place in the 10th-annual Law Student Tax Challenge, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Forum of the American Bar Association’s Taxation section. A record 95 teams from 55 law schools entered the competition. ClevelandMarshall, a first-time participant, was among just six semi-finalists invited to the prestigious national competition in Boca Raton, Fla. Brandon Cox and Theophilus Hudson won first place in the National Black Law Students Association’s Midwest Regional Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition held in Chicago. The pair represented the Midwest region at the national championship in Houston, where they placed among the top four teams in the country. And finally, Cleveland-Marshall’s Moot Court Team finished in the top eight at the 61st-annual National Moot Court Competition in New York City. The prestigious contest drew 180 teams. Students Michael Jagunic, Kevin Marchaza and Samantha Vajskop represented Cleveland-Marshall at the competition, which is sponsored by the New York City Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Committee and the American College of Trial Lawyers. To learn more about the College, visit 



“The arts campus will bring about a new era of possibilities for our students while helping to revitalize Cleveland’s economy and quality of life.” President Ronald M. Berkman


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“The move to the Allen is an amazing opportunity. Creating and performing on these stages will directly prepare us for our careers in the theater world.” Amy Schwabauer, senior theater major

With the imminent relocation of its theater, dance and art programs to PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland State is creating an arts campus sure to beckon students and audiences. Like the just-completed Euclid Commons residence halls and the soon to be started Campus Village (see page 18), the arts campus will help create a residential neighborhood in the heart of the city while adding a new component to the already bustling downtown entertainment district. The arts campus is centered around two historic structures — the Allen Theatre and the Middough Building. ALLEN THEATRE Its yearlong, multi-million dollar renovation now complete, the Allen Theatre is the new performance home for both the Cleveland Play House and CSU theater and dance. The University/Play House/PlayhouseSquare (Power of Three) partnership is creating an arts education collaborative unlike any other in the nation, offering a year-round schedule of professional and college productions expected to bring an additional 150,000 audience members to downtown Cleveland each year. The Power of Three collaboration raised $25 million for the conversion of the historic theater that opened in 1921 and has hosted movies, theater and vaudeville. After selling its facilities and moving from its long-time home at 8500 Euclid Avenue, the Play House kicks off its fall season in the Allen. CSU’s first performances will be in early 2012. The new Allen is actually three state-of-the-art venues in one — a 500-seat main stage proscenium theater, a 350-seat second stage with flexible seating arrangements, and a 150seat laboratory theater. Much of its ornate interior and other historic elements have been preserved. The relocation under one roof brings together the strengths of America’s first regional theater, the nation’s second-largest performing arts complex, and Cleveland’s only metropolitan university. Students will have the opportunity to engage with professionals in all aspects of theater and dance education and hone their skills through internships. In fact, CSU will be the only undergraduate program in the nation to work side-by-side with a professional theater company.

Middough Building Nearly next door to the Allen Theatre, the Middough Building on East 13th Street has been repurposed as the administrative headquarters for the Cleveland Play House and CSU theater, dance and art. The building, which at one time housed a racquetball court, has been fully renovated. Some features, including floor-to-ceiling windows, have been preserved. The second and fifth floors will house faculty offices, dance and art studios, rehearsal spaces, prop and costume shops, and provide classroom space for some 500 students daily. The Play House has already moved its offices; CSU will follow in late December/early January. Moving theater and art from antiquated buildings on Chester Avenue will free up space needed for Campus Village. 

“I appreciate how CSU continually stays relevant and connected to the community. I am so excited to see this happen and be a small part of the University’s next chapter.” Lisa M. Hunt, ’09, graduate student, dance minor


The inaugural Radiance, CSU Realizing the Promise, more than lived up to its name, raising $377,000 for student scholarships. The event drew rave reviews from close to 400 guests who gathered for a reception and short program that were part of Commencement Weekend’s celebration of students and scholarship. From a specially designed green and white walkway lining the floor to radiant green stars on the ballroom ceiling, the Student Center was transformed into a site where the transformative power of CSU on student lives was recognized. “All of my dreams have become a reality,” said tearyeyed Melanie McDowell, who holds an Honors Program full scholarship. Just 17 years old and already in her junior year at CSU, she plans to earn degrees in both nursing and Spanish and become a certified registered nurse anesthetist. “Without donors like you, I don’t know where I would be or if I could even afford to think this big. In five to 10 years, I plan to be sitting where you are, giving a small piece of my earnings to change the life of a deserving student,” she said as the crowd gave her a standing ovation. President Ronald M. Berkman noted that CSU is realizing the promise by helping students realize their dreams and aspirations. The success of Radiance, made possible by support from the corporate community and private donors, will enable CSU to award more scholarships to more students, providing more opportunities to change lives through higher education.

Honorary degree recipients (l-r) Judge Lillian Burke and Edna Shalala.

For information on becoming a 2012 Radiance sponsor, call 216-875-9855.


President Ronald M. Berkman and student Melanie McDowell Radiance co-chairs (l-r) Tom Adler, a CSU trustee, and Tim Cosgrove, a member of the csu foundation

Radiance scholarships in the amount of $500 and $1,000 will be awarded to undergraduate students with financial need who are making significant progress toward their degree in a timely fashion. Some 330 students are expected to be eligible this year. Radiance also included recognition of five individuals who received honorary degrees at spring commencement, and a performance by the CSU Chorale. Ronald Weinberg, a member of the CSU board of trustees for 10 years and chairman for the past four years, received the President’s Medal in recognition of his service and leadership. Next year’s Radiance, CSU Realizing the Promise, will be Friday, May 11.  2011 Radiance Sponsors Platinum Level ($25,000) Cleveland Clinic Forest City Enterprises MetroHealth University Hospitals Terri & Ronald E. Weinberg

Gold Level ($10,000) Joanie & Tom Adler Cohen & Company Huntington Bank Jennie & Trevor Jones KeyBank Kohrman Jackson & Krantz Lubrizol Corporation David & Inez Myers Foundation Parker Hannifin

SILVER Level ($5,000) American Greetings Baker Hostetler RICHARD A. Barone The Brewer-Garrett Company Collection Auto Group mary & Bill Conway Fifth Third Bank

Jones Day Judy & Mort Levin Polly & Steve Percy Judy & Rob Rawson RPM Squire Sanders Thompson Hine

Bronze Level ($2,500) Anthony S. Bakale Patsy & Ronald M. Berkman Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP Rita & Peter Carfagna Glenmede Global Spectrum Ellen & Bruce Mavec Dolly & Steve Minter Nordson

Copper Level ($1,000) Alcon Entertainment Jane & Paul Bishop Joanne & Craig Black Richard L. Bowen Chartwells Cleveland State University Alumni Association Kimberly & Timothy Cosgrove Cuyahoga Community College

TRUSTEE and PreSIDent’s Medal recipient Ron Weinberg and his wife, Terri

Paul DiCorleto Zenobia & Julian Earls Tom Embrescia Natalie & Mort Epstein Sally & Tom Florkiewicz flourish, inc John Flower Mareyjoyce Green Norman C. Harbert Njeri Nuru-Holm & John Holm Neeraj & Bill Julka Joanne & Steve Kirk Cheryl & Joe Levanduski Christine & Jim Mastandrea Nancy W. McCann Stacey L. McKinley Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle Jennifer & Geoffrey S. Mearns Marge & Dan Moore Amanda & Steve Morris Kathy & Bill O’Neill


Ostendorf Morris The Plain Dealer Edna Shalala Rob A. Spademan Bridget Sukys university commons/A Paran Community Erika & George Walker Anthony Yen



Campus Village, a multi-phase expansion of CSU’s north side on Chester Avenue between East 21st and East 24th steets, begins soon. As part of President Ronald M. Berkman’s vision to create a vibrant neighborhood around campus, CSU has contracted with Polaris Real Estate Equities for one of the largest downtown apartment development projects in recent years. CSU has leased 6.8 acres of University-owned land to Polaris to build one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom, market-rate apartments for some 600 residents. The housing is designed to appeal to faculty, staff, graduate students and other professionals who work or want to live downtown. Polaris will also manage the apartments. In total, Campus Village will offer 308 housing units in nine buildings — six three-story apartments, two four-story apartments, and one four-story apartment/retail building. There also will be a parking garage, outdoor pool, clubhouse, cyber café, and more. With groundbreaking imminent, construction will begin on the block between East 21st and 22nd streets. Three buildings should be ready for occupancy by summer 2012. The remainder of the project will be phased in and completed by August 2013. Phase two of Euclid Commons is now open, boosting CSU’s capacity for housing its growing resident student population.


The L-shaped building adds 240 more beds to CSU’s inventory. Like the units that opened a year ago, phase two offers four-student suites with four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a common space. With natural daylight throughout, the building provides views from every major interior space. The building also houses the University’s Marketing and Parking offices on the ground floor. Euclid Commons is located at East 24th Street between Euclid and Prospect avenues, across the street from Fenn Tower. Both residence halls are filled to capacity, housing more than 1,150 students in comfortable, attractive units designed to enhance campus life. CSU’s police department has a new home. The Campus Safety Center not only provides vastly improved facilities and technology, it gives a greater visibility and a campus presence to the safety forces. With its bright blue glass and steel exterior, the center is a striking presence at East 18th Street and Chester Avenue. The former Baker’s Union Building was completely gutted and renovated to meet the needs of a 24/7, modern safety operation. Features include a bullet-resistant glass reception area, state-of-the-art dispatch center where 900 cameras on campus are monitored, enhanced radio and communication systems, records and evidence rooms, an interview room with one-way mirror where everything is recorded on audio and video, two holding cells, a field equipment room, an armory for guns and ammunition, a fitness center, locker rooms, and more. The Campus Safety Center is home to a full- and part-time staff of 58 police officers, 15 security officers, eight dispatchers and three staff. 

Doctor’s Orders NE W Part n e rsh i p T ra i n s U rba n P h y s ic i a n s

Cleveland State takes a giant step into the field of medical education this fall with phase one of an urban primary care initiative. In partnership with the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), CSU will address a serious national problem — how best to provide health care to populations that are economically disadvantaged or medically underserved. The CSU/NEOMED partnership will recruit a diverse group of future physicians through two unique programs — a post-baccalaureate/M.D. and a baccalaureate/M.D. Both programs are focused on improving the health of urban settings, with a primary focus on Greater Cleveland, as well as meeting the health care needs of urban underserved areas and diversifying the health care work force. And both programs provide early assurance to medical school as long as requirements are met. The post-baccalaureate/M.D. program started this fall. It targets individuals who already have bachelor’s degrees and are willing to make a commitment to primary care and other needed specialties in urban settings. These students, many of them adults looking for a career change, will complete their pre-medical science requirements and courses in urban health at CSU. If they successfully complete their program, they will move on to NEOMED for four years to complete their medical degree.

The baccalaureate/M.D. program begins in fall 2012 and targets incoming CSU freshmen from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds who want to study health professions. These students will be admitted to the joint program as juniors and will move on to medical school as long as they meet requirements, including completing their undergraduate degree. To help promising students prepare, CSU has been working with several Cleveland high schools to provide academic enrichment in science and math, as well as support in communication, problem-solving, and work behaviors that are needed to succeed in college, medical school and professional practice. The urban primary care initiative received support in the current state budget when NEOMED funding was increased with dollars specifically targeted to allow up to 35 CSU students per year in the program. CSU also received a $250,000 planning grant from the Cleveland Foundation which required, and received, letters from the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth Medical Center and St. Vincent Charity Hospital indicating their support for the program. NEO M E D w a s f o r merly known as NEOUCOM, the Northeastern

Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. Headquartered in Rootstown, Ohio, it will have a campus presence beginning in 2012 with at least two floors of classroom space in a leased building at 1836 Euclid Avenue. Mark Penn, special assistant to the president and vice provost for health affairs at CSU and special advisor to the president at NEOMED, is the primary care physician charged with implementing the college-to-medical school program. He is working with hospitals, foundations, businesses and community organizations to ensure its success. “There is a great need for primary care physicians in inner-city neighborhoods,” Dr. Penn said. “We are creating a program that will attract outstanding talent, provide them with a uniquely tailored education, and create incentives for graduates to practice in our urban underserved areas.” 


Scholarships for freshmen CSU WINS reaccreditation Following a rigorous evaluation, Cleveland State again won full, 10-year accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. In addition, CSU’s 300-page self-study was named the best comprehensive study among universities that were accredited this year. Last fall, a team of nine consultant-evaluators from universities throughout the Midwest spent two and a half days touring campus facilities, interviewing students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and community members, poring through the selfstudy, and verifying their findings. “The evaluation team saw an academic, student, alumni and civic community aligned with the mission of CSU and a campus community excited about our accomplishments and future direction,” said President Ronald M. Berkman. “Passion for the University and its mission is one of the factors that differentiated CSU from the many institutions that were visited in this accreditation cycle. We should all feel very good about this national recognition.”

Close to 900 students were awarded scholarships in CSU’s expanded Freshman Scholars program, a 35 percent increase over last year. Now in its second year, the program is for new freshmen with a 3.0 GPA and an ACT score of at least 23. The program offers $3,000 scholarships, renewable up to four years. Building on its success, the program was expanded this year by adding $2,100 for freshmen who agreed to live in the University’s residence halls. The scholarships are renewable for four years for a total of $20,400. In addition, students may apply for other scholarships, grants or loans. See for more information. The program was designed to increase the academic competiveness of incoming freshmen, while growing the University’s residential population. Since 2006, CSU has invested nearly $90 million in renovations and new construction for student housing.

NCA universities must be reaccredited every 10 years. The thorough review process allows schools to identify strengths, challenges and opportunities for improving the quality of their educational program and services.

make room on the Trophy Shelf Eight outstanding students shared their engaged learning stories. Then CSU asked a group of renowned artists from around the world to illustrate and interpret their words. The result? A unique poster series that won Best of Show in the annual ADDY Awards competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation, Cleveland chapter.

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The award was one of 21 ADDYs for outstanding creative work presented to CSU’s Department of University Marketing and its creative partner, flourish inc., a full-service marketing, media and design agenc y in downtown


Cleveland. Other projects winning recognition were CSU’s overall marketing campaign, ENGAGE newsletter and new student “admit kit.” After their outstanding showing at the ADDYs, CSU and flourish went on to receive 12 more awards in the International Creativity Awards Competition and the American Institute of Graphic Arts 2011 Cleveland Design Exhibition. These awards recognized the poster campaign, admit kit, design of the web site, a ClevelandMarshall College of Law booklet, the new Wolstein Center Wayfinding system, and the CSU Welcome Center. “For a university to be at the top of these competitions is very uncommon,” said Rob Spademan, assistant vice president for marketing and student recruitment. “With a modest budget, our Marketing Department and flourish effectively promoted the University with a new creative approach that is now receiving recognition on a national level.”

newsBRIEFS OPEN HOUSE welcomes community More than 1,500 people learned about CSU and explored the campus at the University’s first-ever open house. Guests included students who are planning to attend CSU, high school students looking at college options, and their families. In addition, alumni, donors, business and civic leaders, and folks simply curious about Cleveland’s university also participated. Activities included sample lectures, individual open houses in each of CSU’s colleges, a fair highlighting departments and services, campus and residence hall tours, and information sessions on a variety of topics from academic advising and career planning to financial aid. The Saturday open house was structured for maximum flexibility, with some guests staying all day while others took part in activities of their choice. “Open house showcased CSU to the community, reinforced to admitted students that they made the right decision by choosing CSU, and got prospective students thinking about CSU,” said Rob Spademan, assistant vice president for marketing and student recruitment. “The tremendous response and positive feedback exceeded our expectations. Open house will now be an annual spring event.”

PRESIDENTIAL lecture series The inaugural program in CSU’s Presidential Lecture Series brought a capacity audience of students, faculty and alumni to the Monte Ahuja College of Business. In fact, the lecture by Glenn M. Renwick, president and chief executive officer of The Progressive Corporation, was broadcast to an overflow crowd via flat screen televisions at other sites throughout the building. Renwick’s topic was contemporary business issues. The lecture series is designed to engage students with opinion leaders and top executives in a variety of fields. Events are open to the public. The next Presidential Lecture, on September 23, will feature scholar José de la Torre.

first technology spinoff ENGAGES TEXAS INSTRUMENTS Industrial automation technology developed by Zhiqiang Gao, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been licensed by Texas Instruments (TI). LineStream Technologies, a company founded to commercialize technology developed at CSU, signed the licensing agreement with TI for SpinTAC tuning and control technology. Deploying SpinTAC will provide TI’s motor control customers with performance advantages and superior tools expected to dramatically improve efficiency and reduce energy by as much as 50 percent. Customers will include manufacturers of motor-controlled products ranging from washing machines to medical equipment. Dr. Gao, director of the Center for Advanced Control Technologies in the Fenn College of Engineering, has been working on the innovative technology for more than 10 years. SpinTAC features control functionality that drastically simplifies the design process and sustains desired performance across varying speeds and dynamics. “I am proud and excited to see the successful commercialization of LineStream’s SpinTAC technology, which puts into practice a concept known as active disturbance rejection control,” said Dr. Gao. “It is quite fitting to see this game-changing innovation for industrial and motor-controlled products come from a region that led the industrial revolution.”


VOINOVICH joins csu RESEARCHER wins NIH funds Faculty member Bibo Li received a $1.78 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study African sleeping sickness — a sometimes fatal parasitic disease similar to malaria that has become an endemic in certain regions of sub-Saharan Africa. Research by Dr. Li, assistant professor of biological, geological and environmental sciences, has been featured on the cover of the prestigious science journal, Cell . Since then, she has made groundbreaking discoveries in sleeping sickness and is widely considered one of the leading researchers into its treatment and cure.

Former U.S. Senator George Voinovich has joined the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs as a consultant and advisor on major research projects. Voinovich served as a senator representing Ohio from 1999 through 2010. He also served as the 65th governor of the state from 1991 to 1998 and as mayor of Cleveland from 1979 to 1989. A Cleveland native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Ohio University in 1958 and a law degree in 1961 from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. He received honorary doctor of laws degrees from OU in 1981 and from CSU in 2004. In addition to his new position at CSU, he is serving as a consultant and advisor at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University.

It is estimated that as many as 70,000 people are currently infected, with many more cases unreported in underdeveloped regions of Africa.

IN TRIBUTE to the public service

Dr. Li’s research is housed under CSU’s Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease. In the past year, the NIH has granted the CSU center more than $5 million for studies on such topics as the treatment of heart attacks, strokes and other inflammatory diseases.

Congratulations to Joseph D. Roman, the 2011 recipient of the In Tribute to the Public Service Award presented by CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. “In Tribute honors individuals who demonstrate exemplary leadership in public life and contribute significantly to the betterment of the community. Joe Roman personifies what this award is all about,” said Dean Ned Hill. As president and chief executive officer of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Roman is helping to spur economic vitality in Northeast Ohio through job creation, physical development, work force development and education, and business retention, expansion and attraction.

Actress Rosie Perez was the keynote speaker for the Creative Voices Summit and Arts Education Day luncheon presented by CSU’s Center for Arts and Innovation in partnership with Ideastream. More than 350 arts advocates participated in the annual event, which celebrated creativity in Cleveland and explored the arts in education and politics. Students from the Cleveland School of the Arts and CSU’s Campus International School performed.


Roman previously served as executive director of Cleveland Tomorrow, which merged with the Greater Cleveland Growth Association and the Greater Cleveland Roundtable to form the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Proceeds from In Tribute support scholarships for students attending the Levin College who aspire to careers in public service.



Nine faculty members have been inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The honor recognizes their success in patenting technology and helping to establish CSU as a research university. Congratulations to: Barbara A. Br yant, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research; Mounir B. Ibrahim, Majid Rashidi, Orhan Talu, Taysir H. Nayfeh and Zhiqiang Gao, all from the Fenn College of Engineering; and Baochuan Guo, Mekki Bayachou and Michael Kalafatis, all from the College of Sciences and Health Professions.

The NAI honors academic invention; recognizes and encourages university inventors who have a patent issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; enhances the visibility of university technology and academic innovation; encourages the disclosure of intellectual property; educates and mentors innovative students; and translates the inventions of its members to benefit society.


Building on Cleveland’s rich history of Polish culture, Cleveland State University and the University of Warsaw in Poland have formed a partnership to develop student and faculty exchanges and joint research initiatives, and also establish a Visiting Polish Scholar Program in CSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Funds are being raised for an endowment that would bring a visiting scholar from Poland to CSU for one semester every two years. He or she would teach courses in Polish history, culture, art, music, or literature, and also interact with the numerous Polish-American organizations in the Northeast Ohio region and give regular community lectures. For information, call 216-875-9838.

former viking HALL NOW AOFPRO BUSINESS FAME inducts nine Congratulations to Norris Cole, chosen by the Chicago Bulls as the 28th pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft. He was quickly traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves and then to the Miami Heat, where he will team with LeBron James. Cole is the first Viking to be selected in the NBA Draft since 1986. At CSU he holds the record in games played (140), consecutive games played (140) and minutes played (4,114). He ranks second in career victories (90), third in scoring (1,978), free throws made (479) and field goals attempted (1,554) and fourth in free throws attempted (587) and field goals made (677). This year he was one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard, and a finalist for the John Wooden Award, given to the top player in the nation.

student-athletes excel academically A record 154 student-athletes, representing 18 states, 12 countries and all 17 intercollegiate sports at CSU, were recognized for their academic accomplishments at the 21st annual John Konstantinos Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon.

3.93 GPA! The athlete-scholars maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better. The women’s swimming and soccer teams led the way with 18 student-athletes honored. Men’s swimming had 16 honorees while baseball had 15 and volleyball and softball each had 12. Women’s cross country had all nine of its student-athletes recognized. The Best of the Best Team Award, given to the sport having the highest team grade point average, went to women’s cross country with 3.63.


athletics HALL OF FAME Congratulations to the 36th class of inductees into the Cleveland State Athletics Hall of Fame. They are (r-l) Henk Markgraaff (men’s swimming, 1997-2000), Keith Lillash (baseball, 1998-2001), Audra Cook (women’s basketball, 1997-2000), and Bill Clarke (men’s soccer and tennis coach, 1967-72), who passed away in 1997 and was represented at the induction ceremony by his daughter, Erin. In addition, former administrator Bob Malaga received an honorary achievement award for his 25 years of service to CSU athletics.

CSU WINS KUDOS People are talking about CSU. From Facebook to Twitter, the chat ter is positive. And that extends to the news media, as well.

The Plain Dealer gave CSU’s expanded Freshman Scholars program (see page 20) a glowing editorial which read, in part, “Having more students live on campus would give a boost to an increasingly attractive neighborhood on the eastern edge of downtown Cleveland. Providing good students extra money to be a part of it makes the proposition even sweeter.” The Plain Dealer also praised the new Welcome Center, noting that “CSU revamped everything, including the presentation materials and a video that highlights the university from A to Z. The new building has expansive views of campus and is engaging prospective students with iPads, a photo booth, and a wall of cards that suggest careers based on their interests.” Both the The Plain Dealer and Cool Cleveland , an email newsletter, saluted CSU for building a dynamic campus neighborhood. Praising “a lively stretch of Euclid Avenue that feels like a true college community,” the PD noted that CSU’s “willingness to breathe new life into its corner of downtown is important to Greater Cleveland’s future.”

Cool Cleveland noted, “Cleveland State University has slowly but surely been undergoing a dramatic expansion that is turning its once-staid environs into a traditional, urban-style campus with a lively, neighborhood feel. “And because its expansion involves bringing in significant numbers of students, staff and others to actually live downtown, it can be argued that what CSU is doing with its transformation is as important in revitalizing Cleveland’s core as are the higher-profile projects.” 



Alumni young and old returned to campus to share memories and create new ones at Reunion Weekend. T h e c e l e br a t i o n , in e a r l y J un e , included c ampus tours, evening receptions, and a Fenn Tower brunch at which the classes of 1961 (50th anniversary), 1986 (25th annivers a r y), 2 0 01 ( 10 t h a n n i v e r s a r y) and 2006 (fifth anniversary) were honored. If you missed the fun, an All-Alumni Reunion will be held in October as part of CSU’s Homecoming Week. Visit or watch your mail or email for details. 



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Distinguished Alumni Awards


ine outstanding graduates will be honored at the 21st-annual Distinguished Alumni Awards, sponsored by the University and its Alumni Association. Congratulations to: Richard P. Stovsky (George B. Davis Award), Linda M. KanE (Monte Ahuja College of Business), Dr. Aaron T. Ellington (College of Education and Human Services), Joseph A. Williams (Fenn College of Engineering), Ian N. Friedman (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law), Maria Keckan (College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences), Dr. Beth Sersig (College of Sciences and Health Professions), Madeline A. Cain (Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs) and Dr. Nancy M. Albert (School of Nursing). The awards ceremony will be held Friday, Oct. 21, at the InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center, 9801 Carnegie Ave. The evening includes a reception and wine pull at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards presentation at 7 p.m. Free valet parking will be available. Tickets are $75 each with proceeds benefiting scholarships and alumni programs. For reservations, call 216-687-2078 by October 14.

GEORGE B. DAVIS AWARD FOR SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY — Recognizes a graduate’s generous dedication to the growth and advancement of Cleveland State University. Alumnus Davis, for whom the award is named, received a BBA in 1941 and an MBA in 1981.

Richard P. Stovsky, JD ’83, is the U.S. private company services leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Stovsky has provided exceptional service to the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law — as a member of both the National Ad v i s o r y C o u n c i l a n d D e v e l o p m e n t


Council, former member of the Visiting Committee, five-time co-chair of the annual fund, and a generous donor. He co-chaired the 2010/11 United Way of Greater Cleveland campaign and serves on the boards of directors for United Way and other organizations. He lives in Chagrin Falls.

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Linda M. Kane, BBA ’79, is the senior vice president, chief accounting and administrative officer of Forest City Enterprises, Inc. A member of the Visiting Committee of the Monte Ahuja College of Business, she recently established the Linda M. Kane Endowed Scholarship for business students. She is a member of the 2009 inaugural class of inductees into the College of Business Hall of Fame. She lives in Bay Village. Dr. Aaron T. Ellington, BA ’94 and Ph.D. ’08, practices clinical psychology at Behavioral Health Services of Greater Cleveland. He also is the director of the Dual Diagnosis Adolescent Treatment Program at University Hospitals and an adjunct faculty member at CSU. Dr. Ellington helped design CSU’s chemical dependency certificate program, the first in Ohio to receive master’slevel accreditation from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. He is the principal instructor for the program. In addition, he has made University Hospitals a site for CSU’s Counseling Psychology Doctoral Practicum. He lives in Akron.

Joseph A. Williams, BSME ’70, began working at URS Corporation while a student in CSU’s co-operative education program. Today he is the firm’s vice president and director of engineering. An avid Viking basketball fan and passionate ambassador for his college, Williams served as a Visiting Committee member for seven years, and has participated in the Alumni Speaker Series. He lives in Solon. Ian N. Fr iedman, JD ’97, is the founding partner of Ian N. Friedman & Associates LLC, a firm comprised entirely of Cleveland-Marshall graduates. Friedman successfully spearheaded the movement for open discovery in criminal cases. The new rules are transforming the way criminal law is practiced in Ohio. An adjunct faculty member in the College of Law, he is presidentelect of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, a volunteer in its Mentor Program, and a frequent author and lecturer on matters pertaining to the criminal justice system. He lives in Orange.

Maria Keckan, BA ’79, is president and co-owner (with her husband) of Cinecraft Productions, Inc., the oldest video production house between New York City and Los Angeles. 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 Department in CSU’s School of Communication. She has received 18 national and international awards for writing, producing and directing. She lives in Cleveland.

Dr. Beth Sersig, BS ’79 and MS ’80, went on to receive a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1984. She is a physician in CWRU’s Health Service and an adjunct clinical instructor in CWRU’s Department of Family Medicine. At CSU, Dr. Sersig was the first winner of the biology department’s Doretta Thielker Award as top graduating senior. She and her husband, Dr. Christopher Brandt, recently established the Sersig/Brandt Family Endowed Scholarship for students studying a health-related field. Dr. Sersig lives in Cleveland Heights. Madeline A. Cain, MPA ’85, runs her own public policy and government affairs consulting business, helping nonprofit health and human services organizations develop legislative advocacy strategies. Cain was the first woman mayor of Lakewood, Ohio, where she still lives. She also has served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, legislative affairs consultant for Adoption Network Cleveland, and instructor for both graduate and undergraduate courses at CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. Dr. Nancy M. Albert, BSN ’85, went on to earn a master’s degree, Ph.D. and three national certifications in nursing. Employed by the Cleveland Clinic since 1990, she currently holds two positions — director of nursing research and innovation in the Nursing Institute and clinical nurse specialist in the George M. and Linda H. Kaufman Center for Heart Failure. Dr. Albert is deeply involved in research related to her expertise, heart failure. She has published extensively and has received many honors for her contributions to health care. She lives in Chesterland. 


Reflect on Your CSU Career – I joined CSU as an assistant professor of political science in April 1968. I retired in June 2005 as a professor of political science and director of international programs for the University. During the intervening 37 years I enjoyed the challenge of a number of professional roles. I was a faculty leader, a scholar publishing on diverse topics, a field researcher (primarily in Botswana) exploring African politics, a teacher for student generations from the 60s to the first decade of this century, and an administrator promoting international studies and research within all CSU colleges. I worked with many colleagues as we transformed the curriculum, won outside funding including many Fulbright grants, and developed opportunities for our students to study all over the world. I was never bored! Proudest CSU Achievements – Substantially enhancing the University’s international visibility and reputation. We significantly increased our international enrollment, the number of students who participate in study abroad experiences, and our faculty Fulbright Scholars, while also developing bachelor degree programs in international business and international relations. I’m also proud that I never gave my students an objective test. They were all essay tests. Teaching is about getting students to think and write their ideas down in a compelling way. Current Involvement with CSU – I support my wife, Dr. Njeri Nuru-Holm, in her leadership of CSU’s Division of Institutional Diversity. I also contribute to the John Holm Study Abroad Opportunity Fund, which Njeri and I established some years ago, and mentor the fund’s scholarship recipients. I recently included CSU in my estate plan by establishing a bequest that will continue to support our scholarship after my death. NON-CSU ACHIEVEMENTS – Since retiring I have worked at the University of Botswana to develop an Office of International Education, similar to the one I headed at CSU. By the end of my last contract in December 2009, UB annually had more than 100 visiting international students from Europe and North America, 500 degree-seeking students from other African countries, 75 active partnerships with universities around the world, and other international connections providing staffing and resources. For me, it was most stimulating to work within the context of a developing country university promoting change rather than studying the process from outside. Last year I was invited to write several essays for the Chronicle of Higher Education reflecting on my experience. IMPORTANCE OF CSU IN MY LIFE – CSU has been a primary source of opportunity throughout my career. It has allowed me to be creative, experience the social and intellectual transformation of our nation, develop close friendships, and serve our community, all while earning a decent income. ADVICE TO TODAY’S STUDENTS – The most important value of a university education is learning to analyze one’s environment and express the resulting ideas in a compelling writing style. All else is secondary. HOW I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED – As a colleague, teacher, and friend who raised issues which most others avoided. My goal has always been to upset assumptions, excite and challenge people, and get them to look at the world in new ways.  28 WWW.CSUOHIO.EDU

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recognition of his pioneering contributions to geomorphic reclamation.

William Zelenka, BSME ’52, is retired and lives in Granada Hills, Calif., with his wife of 58 years. He is the volunteer president/treasurer of the American Czech Association.


J o a n C o r d e k W e i l e r , B A ’8 2, li v e s i n University Heights and is an arts volunteer at the Jewish Family Service Association and a drop -in center run by Ohio Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services.

Carrie Gallo, MBA ’90, was named to the newly created position of director of ancillary ser vices at Summa Western Reser ve Hospital. She has been with the Summa Health System since 1991.

Linda Lehmann Masek, MA ’83, lives in Northfield and is an English teacher at the International Cultural Center in Twinsburg. She recently published her third novel, Soul Dance, and has had ar ticles published in Writers’ Journal and Bend of the River magazine.

Paul Kubek, BA ’90 and MA ’93, is the director of communications for the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University. He and two researchers at Rutgers University School of Social Work recently co -authored On Being and Having a Case Manager: A Relational Approach to Recovery in Mental Health.

1970s Allan Pintner, MA ’72, received the Industry Statesman Award from the National Affordable Housing Management Association. He is vice president emeritus of Millennia Housing Management, Ltd., a member of the executive committee of the Ohio Apartment Association, and chairman of the board of design and construction review in Brecksville, where he lives. Charles Jamison, BA ’75, was named the Nutrition Physiology Company’s dairy technical services manager for the eastern United States. A doctor of veterinary medicine, he is promoting usage of the company’s direct-fed microbial product for high-performance dairy herds. Eugene Baxendale, BSIE ’77, joined Project and Construction Services, Inc. as vice president of business development. Gene received CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Maria Franklin, BSEd ’77 and MAEd ’81, retired af ter 20 years as a middle school teacher in the Lorain system. For the past six years, she has been the internet sales manager for new and pre-owned vehicles at Sunnyside Honda. She lives in Brooklyn. Thomas Riccio, BA ’78, is a professor of performance studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. Michelle Garvey, BA ’79, has been with the Cleveland Heights Police Department for 23 years and was recently promoted to captain. She lives in Chardon. Gary Zwick, JD ’79, received the Distin guished Estate Planner Award from the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland. He is a partner at Walter & Haverfield in Cleveland.

1980s Sandra Jean Littlefield Ahlgren, BS ’81, lives in Jamestown, N.Y., where she is the senior housing consultant for Heritage Ministries, assisting independent seniors transition to retirement communities. Nicholas Bugosh, BS ’81, received the New Mexico Earth Science Achievement Award in

Michael Fortunato, BA ’84, is the senior aerospace science instructor for Air Force Junior ROTC at John Marshall High School. The retired U.S. Air Force major lives in Bay Village. Joseph Levanduski, BBA ’84, was named chief financial officer of A. Schulman Inc. in Akron. Sunny Klein Lurie, MEd ’84, is the founder and chief executive of ficer of Fast Focus Careers, providing a strategic approach to career development and job search. She lives in Shaker Heights. C h a r l e s P . M c C o n n e l l , M B A ’8 4, w as nominated by President Barack Obama to fill the key administrative post of assistant s e c r e t a r y f o r f o s s i l e n e r g y i n t h e U.S . Department of Energy (DOE). He joined the DOE this year as chief operating officer in the Office of Fossil Energy and was formerly vice president of carbon management at Battelle Energy Technology. Stephen Anthony, JD ’87, was named head of the Cleveland division of the FBI. Rev. Neal Buckon, BA ’89, was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Buckon had been serving as military chaplain in Korea. C a s s a n d r a H a r r i s - W i l l i a m s , MEd ’89, recently received a Ph.D. in counseling and human development services from Kent State University. The University Heights resident is an interim academic coordinator at Cuyahoga Community College. J a n i s W i r t , BBA ’89 and MBA ’92, was appointed to the Cuyahoga County Housing Trust Fund board. She is a realtor with Keller Williams Realty.

Jim Lukas, BS ’90 and JD/MA ’96, is the city manager of Brunswick, Ohio. Joyce Needham, MEd ’93, is principal of St. Christopher School in Rocky River. The school was designated a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School in recognition of its high level of student achievement. K a r y n N i e d e t z k i N e w t o n , B A ’9 3 , i s manager of development operations in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reser ve Universit y. She is working on a master’s degree in world literature. Daniel B. Peoples, BA ’93, is a senior vice president and principal at Leadership Capital Group, where he heads the expanded energy and aerospace practice. He lives in Elkridge, Md. Donald F. Ronyak Jr., MLRHR ’93, is the recruitment manager for the Department of Safety in Denver, Colo. Kathleen McGervey, BSCE ’94, was elected to the Ohio Board of Education. Henry W. Young Jr., BA ’94 and MACTM ’00, was granted tenure at Cuyahoga Community College, where he is an assistant professor of speech communication and honors program coordinator at the metropolitan campus. He also is a doctoral student in conflict analysis and resolution at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Lee Belardo, JD ’95, was appointed chair of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Commission on Professionalism for a one-year term. Tom Griffin, BBA ’95, received his Ph.D. in urban education from Cleveland State. He is a marketing instructor at Maple Heights High School.

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John D. Schriner, MEd ’95, earned his Ph.D. in interpersonal communication at Ohio University. He is the director of admissions and an assistant professor of social medicine at OU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. He lives in Athens, Ohio. S t e v e A l i c , B A ’9 6, i s t h e d i r e c t o r o f communications for USA Football and serves in a communications capacity for the 40 Days for Life Campaign and The Gabriel Project. He lives in Carmel, Ind. D a n T i b e r , B SIE ’9 6, is t he dir e c tor of manufacturing at US Endoscopy. He lives in Chardon. Robert S. Jamieson, BA ’96 and MPA ’98, lives in Mayfield Heights and is the service director for University Heights. Bridget Lambright, BA ’96 and MEd ’98, w a s a m o n g 10 n a t i o n a l w i n n e r s o f t h e inaugural Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award. The South Euclid resident teaches English at the Cleveland School of Science & Medicine on the John Hay campus. Miata Hunter, BA ’96 and School Principal Certification ’10, was featured in the cover stor y about first-time homeowners in the August/September issue Shaker Life m a ga zin e. S h e c h air s t h e m at h em at ic s department at Shaker Heights Middle School. Brenda L. Ellis, MEd ’98, is a computer engineer with NASA and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland. M i l d r e d G o n z a l e z , BA ’98, has been a p r o b a t io n of f i c e r f o r t h e L o r ain C o u n t y Domestic Relations Court for 12 years. She serves on the board of directors for Lorain County Children Services and for El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Inc. Cynthia D. Peeples, BBA ’98, graduated w i t h a m a s t e r ’s d e g r e e i n i n f o r m a t i o n technology from Capella University. Iken S. Sans, BSCE ’98, graduated from The University of Akron School of Law with a JD degree. Paul Weisinger, BBA ’98, was elected to the Ohio Society of CPAs’ Executive Board. He also was named a Rising Star by the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a senior manager with Walthall, Drake & Wallace LLP.


BS ’70, in November 2010; Robert Golden, BBA ’71, in August 2010; Martin Despins, JD ’72, in January 2011; Harold Fried, MEd ’72, in September 2010; David Fuller, BBA ’72, in April 2010; John Piccirillo, BS ’72, in December 2010; Donald Thrall, MEd ’72, in May 2011; Lillian Gustincic Braun, BA ’73, in January 2011; James Erdman Jr., BBA ’73, in December 2010; Richard Louth, JD ’73, in May 2011; Robert Malinowski, BA ’73, in December 2010; William Mang, BA ’73, in May 2010; James Payne, BBA ’73, in February 2011; Larry Peterson, BBA ’73, in November 2010; Ralph Abbott, BA ’75, in November 2010; Theodore Bender, MEd ’75, in September 2010; Nancy Isakovic, BEd ’75, in November 2010; Joseph Robison, JD ’75, in January 2011; John Aikens, BBA ’76, in April 2011; Richard Day, MBA ’76, in December 2010; Paul Grau, JD ’76, in May 2011; Jeffrey Greiner, MA ’76, in November 2010; Allen Lowenkamp, BSCE ’76, in September 2010; Ray Horne, BBA ’76 and MBA ’82, in January 2009; Rito Collazo Jr., BA ’76 and MEd ’94, in December 2009; Sharon Adams, BS ’77, in December 2010; James Andrews, MBA ’77, in December 2010; Loretta Roth, BA ’77, in July 2010; Mercedes Spotts, MSUS ’77 and JD ’80, in February 2011; Mona Bergold, BA ’78, in November 2010; Annie Easley, BA ’78, in June 2011; Dora Henry, BA ’78, in March 2011; Edward Horvath, BS ’78, in December 2010; Frances Rebman, MEd ’78, in June 2011; Christopher Pasiadis, BA ’78 and JD ’85, in April 2011; James Chresos, BA ’79, in October 2009; George Foster, BBA ’79, in December 2010; Janet Arneson, MS ’80, in June 2011; Jean Bencivengo Peters, BBA ’81, in June 2011; Richard Stone, MBA ’81, in June 2011; Catherine Harper, MSUS ’82, in March 2011; Mirko Champa, BSME ’83, in December 2010; Betty Klaric, JD ’84, in February 2011; Stanley Tytko, Ph.D. ’84, in April 2011; Charles “Chip” Henry, JD ’85, in May 2011; Virginia Winkelman, MSUS ’85 and MBA ’89, in January 2011; Martha Tessaro, BS ’86, in December 2010; Barbara Ann Nyegran, BA ’88, in November 2010; Deborah McMillan, JD ’89, in September 2010; Debbie Garrett, BS ’89 and BBA ’89, in January 2011; James Guy, JD ’93, in January 2010; Edward Hutchison, JD ’93, in May 2011; Roseline Intrater, MA ’93 and MEd ’93, in November 2010; David Danszczak, BA ’94, in December 2010; Michael Rothgery, BA ’96, in August 2010; Jessie Duckworth, BA ’00, in January 2011; Queah Habern, BA ’00, in March 2011; Pamela Malik, MSCIS ’00, in June 2011; Brock Brzygot, MSUS ’01, in June 2011; Barbara Green, BA ’01, in March 2011; Marcel Gerard Craciun, BA ’03, in November 2010; Diane Gerlach, BA ’03, in May 2011; Stanley Smith, MA ’03, in May 2011; Julia Kunes, BA ’04, in May 2011; Kristin Brown Al-Rousan, MEd ’07, in January 2011; Saint Anthony Crawford IV, MEd ’07, in December 2010; Steven Weaver, BA ’10, in February 2011. 


Sarah J. Moore, JD ’95, joined the Cleveland office of Roetzel & Andress, LPA as a partner.

Grace Oldenkamp, BA ’37, in June 2011; Ruth Sheldon, BA ’38, in June 2011; Austin Showman, BA ’39, in August 2010; Stuart Haynsworth, BBA ’41, in June 2011; Francis Shockey, BSME ’41, in Februar y 2010; Richard Anderson, BS ’42, in February 2011; Manny Spero, BBA ’42, in January 2011; Albert Moliff, BBA ’43, in May 2010; Michael Sipko, BSME ’4 3, in May 2011; Arthur Tabbert, BBA ’43, in February 2010; Carolyn Mason, BA ’44, in November 2010; Edwin Istvan, BS ’46, in February 2010; Edward Kain, JD ’46, in February 2010; Sam Close, BSME ’47, in April 2007; Allen Henke, BBA ’48, in March 2011; Kenneth Hughes, BBA ’48, in May 2011; Joseph Bauer, BBA ’49, in February 2011; George Hancock, BSEE ’49, in December 2010; Edward James Sr., BBA ’49, in December 2010; Frank Kreiner, BSCE ’49, in February 2011; Richard Maurer, BSEE ’49, in November 2010; Jack McGaw, BSME ’50, in March 2011; Richard Palenschat, BBA ’50, in January 2011; Max Price, BA ’50, in March 2011; Donald Harvey, LLB ’52, in June 2011; Chester Kapp, BS ’52, in January 2010; Franklin Melena, BS ’52 in December 2010; Richard Neu, BSCE ’52, in January 2011; Robert Rhoades, JD ’52, in March 2009; Seymour Brown, JD ’53, in December 2010; Fred Kunc, BBA ’53, in April 2011; Kenneth Soderlund, BA ’53, in June 2010; John Foytik, BBA ’54, in January 2011; Richard Patton, JD ’54, in July 2011; Sanford Pevaroff, LLM ’54, in July 2010; Eleanore Spence, BBA ’55, in January 2011; Peter Gaughan, BBA ’56, in October 2010; John Higgins, JD ’56, in June 2011; Lewis Peck, BBA ’56, in February 2011; Carol Taylor Vogler, AAS ’56, in September 2009; Daniel Rachek, BS ’58, in July 2010; Aaron Jacobson, JD ’59, in December 2010; Marvin Kelner, JD ’59, in January 2011; Jay Metzger, BBA ’59, in May 2010; Jean Podolny, BBA ’59, in December 2010; Walter Riemenschneider, JD ’59, in November 2010; Edward Thellmann, BS ’59, in January 2011; Bernard Champa, BSME ’60, in December 2010; Mary Lou Frank, BSEd ’60, in April 2011; Jane Parker, AAS ’60, in January 2011; Phillip Taylor, JD ’60, in August 2010; Edward Peters, BS ’61, in January 2010; Paul Sanislo, JD ’61, in June 2011; Albert Corsi, JD ’62, in June 2011; Bill Davis, BSEE ’62, in November 2010; Otto Galba, JD ’63, in March 2011; Thomas Gray, JD ’63, in April 2011; Francis Sweeney Sr., JD ’63, in April 2011; Melvin Weinstein, JD ’63, in November 2010; George Lutjen, JD ’64, in January 2010; Frank Stringer, JD ’64, in December 2010; James Webb, BSME ’64, in November 2010; Max Berry, JD ’65, in April 2011; Joseph Ozimek, BBA ’65, in October 2010; Joseph Chmielewski, JD ’65 and BBA ’71, in December 2010; Donald Bolton, JD ’67, in January 2011; Harry Lesko, BBA ’69, in February 2011; Robert Hussey II, JD ’70, in May 2011; John “Jack” Hyland, JD ’70, in December 2010; Michael Murray, JD ’70, in March 2011; Richard Puzder, BA ’70, in December 2010; Ronald Ziegler,

Michael Oatman, BA ’04 and MFA ’08, received the 2011 Cleveland Ar ts Prize/ Emerging Artist Award. He is only the second person in the 100-year history of Karamu House to hold the title of playwright-in-residence.

Phuoc Thai, MSEE ’99, was honored by the NASA Space Flight Awareness Program for his leadership in providing software safety and assurance suppor t to several space flight programs. He works in the Program and Project Assurance Division in the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate and lives in Strongsville.

Alexius Tomaszewski, MBA ’06, lives in Copley and is the vice president and program manager for university banking with PNC.

Ilah Adkins, BA ’99 and JD ’03, is vice president and legal counsel at Charter One Bank, as well as president of the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. Christopher Viland, BA ’99 and JD ’04, is the chief of police in Solon, Ohio.

2000s Sean P. Brennan, MEd ’00, was elected president of Parma City Council after serving as Ward 2 councilman for seven years. S h a r o n E . G r e g o r , MSUS ’0 0, h a d h er s e c o n d b o o k , R o c k e f e l l e r ’s C l e v e l a n d, published. She lives in East Cleveland. Miranda Johnson-Parries, BA ’00, is the director of student affairs and career services for The Art Institute of Virginia Beach. John Keller, BA ’01, is the director of alumni regional activities and education for the Oberlin College Alumni Association. Mike Neumann, BA ’03, is the chairman, p resident and chief execu tive of f icer of TRITON International Inc., a veteran-owned small business that provides IT ser vices and solutions to all levels of government. The Virginia resident served in the U.S. Army National Guard for nine years as a military intelligence officer. Jennifer Boresz, BA ’04, has worked as a reporter for CBS television affiliates in Toledo and Erie. Recently she played the role of a reporter in the movie Unstoppable. DJ Kruzer, BA ’04, started KSD Studios, a recording studio in North Ridgeville, while also working as the production manager at Church on the Rise in Westlake.

J. Scott Muscatello, MUPDD ’07, lives in Cleveland and works for the city of Euclid as zoning coordinator for the Planning and Zoning Commission and secretary for the Architectural Review Board. Mirela Qirjazi, MFA ’09, a certified public account ant who works as a controller, was featured in an American Society of Women Accountants’ special report on the opportunities and challenges women face in the accounting and finance industries. Peter St. John, MA ’10, serves as a U.S. Army aviation platoon leader at Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, Ga. LeeDaun Williams, JD ’10, is a family law attorney with Zoller Biacsi Co., LPA. 

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Jocelyn Chang, MA ’02, in November 2010. A harpist, Ms. Chang was a member of the music faculty for 26 years. George Coulman in January 2011. Professor Emeritus Coulman retired in 1996 af ter 20 years at CSU. He served as dean of the Fenn College of Engineering from 1989 to 1996. Phillip Emerson in February 2011. Associate Professor Emeritus Emerson taught psychology and retired in 1994 after 18 years at CSU. Hal Estis in February 2011. Mr. Estis was an assistant basketball coach for two years. James Flynn in Februar y 2011. Dr. Flynn was a business faculty member for 33 years and chaired the operations and supply chain management department for eight years. Glenda Rink, BA ’05, in February 2011. In her 21-year career at CSU, Ms. Rink served as a secretary in the mechanical engineering d ep ar t m ent an d t h e C enter fo r Te a c hin g Excellence. J a n e P e a s e in M a r c h 2 011. M s. P e as e organized the women’s basketball team and was its first coach. She also was the first woman inducted into the CSU Athletic Hall of Fame. The associate professor emerita retired in 1992 after 16 years. Jill Black in April 2011. A faculty member since 1994, Dr. Black was an associate professor and coordinator of the community health education graduate program. David Evett in May 2011. Professor Emeritus Evett taught English for 31 years. He retired in 2001. President Emeritus John A. Flower in May 2011. Dr. Flower joined CSU in 1973 and served as vice president for academic affairs and the University’s first provost. He was named CSU’s fourth president in 1988 and served four years. A world-renowned pianist, he also held the title of professor emeritus of music. Edith Seiple in May 2011. In her 20 -year career, Ms. Seiple served as coordinator of community programs in the Visitors Bureau. Joseph W. Cole in June 2011. Dr. Cole was the director of career services and organized the first Viking golf team. He retired in 1981 but continued as a lecturer in the marketing department until the age of 90. B e r n a r d S t u p l i n s k i i n J u n e 2 01 1 . M r. Stuplinski served on the CSU board of trustees from 1974 to 1983. Mary Heiser in July 2011. Associate Professor Emerita Heiser taught French and linguistics at CSU for 21 years. 

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Jennifer McCafferty Case, BA ’99, and her husband, Douglas, run their own business and donate all proceeds to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. The Brunswick resident has been cancer-free since 2008.


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