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FALL 2007/WINTER 2008

On the Cutting Edge Alumni-run company seeks CSU expertise for engineering marvel


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Dr. Mary Jane Saunders Vice President for University Advancement/ Executive Director, CSU Foundation

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2 B On the Cutting Edge — CSU Plays Key Role in Engineering Marvel

4 B Creating New Knowledge — Undergraduates Hone Research Skills

6 B In The Driver’s Seat — University Transportation Center Offers Virtual Reality Ride

14 B His Passion is Showing — Alumnus Tim Cosgrove Shares his Love for Cleveland State

17 B Distinguished Alumni Awards

20 B It’s Magic — Alumnus Rick Smith Jr. Holds World Record 22 B Celebrating Masumi Hayashi — Four Exhibits Honor Late Artist


88 B News Briefs

31 B Class Notes

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On the cover: Associate Professor Majid Rashidi (front center) and Fenn College of Engineering alumni/Robbins Company of Solon executives. See page two.

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On the Cutting Edge Cleveland State engineering faculty and alumni are at the cutting edge of technology. Literally. The combined efforts of Majid Rashidi, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Solon-based The Robbins Company, which employs six engineering alumni in top positions, will result in the production of multiple units of a gigantic tunnel boring machine (TBM) that will be exported to China. “These days, it seems all we hear about is the American recall of unsafe products made in China,” notes Dr. Rashidi. “This is a unique twist — China has ordered a large quantity of highquality, locally manufactured TBMs. And Cleveland State is proud to be very much involved.” With more than 50 years of experience, Robbins is the world’s foremost developer and manufacturer of advanced, underground construction machinery. Its hard rock tunnel boring machines have been used worldwide to build the Channel Tunnel (Chunnel) between England and France, a four-lane highway through the heart of the Himalayas, a subway tunnel in Hong Kong, and much more. The tunnel boring machines have even been featured on the Discovery Channel. “TBMs really are engineering marvels,” says Dr. Rashidi. “They


can cut through granite, they automatically cement bodies of water, and they have conveyor belts that remove debris as work progresses forward.” So Dr. Rashidi was very much interested when he received a call in early summer from former student Gary Thomas, ’90, now chief drive-train design engineer at Robbins. “He told me Robbins had received a large order from China for TBMs but before they could be built, there was a two-year wait for bearings from Robbins’ supplier in Europe. And the cost per bearing would be $400,000,” Dr. Rashidi recalls. “Given my background in mechanical engineering and bearing design, Gary wondered whether I could design a large TBM bearing and maybe save Robbins some time and money. I was honored that Robbins would turn to Cleveland State and the Fenn College of Engineering and agreed to help — thinking that I probably needed to design a bearing about four feet in diameter,” he continues. Dr. Rashidi soon discovered that the TBMs

would be cutting holes with a 40-foot-wide diameter and that he needed to design a bearing with an 18-foot-wide diameter. “The challenge was larger than I expected,” he jokes. But by the end of August, he had designed a giant, three-axes, roller bearing that met Robbins’ critical need.

“To produce even a simple bearing often involves several companies because very advanced forging, metalworking, grinding and surface finishing are involved,” says Dr. Rashidi. So Robbins is working with other American firms to manufacture multiple units of the bearing,

and in the process, is creating jobs and spurring economic development. When the bearings are complete, Robbins will build the TBMs. Dr. Rashidi couldn’t be happier about CSU’s role in designing a major component of this engineering marvel. And he’s equally as proud that Robbins recognizes and values CSU’s role in providing welltrained graduates for the work force. “Some Robbins engineers graduated from CSU more than 30 years ago; others are recent graduates,” he notes. “Robbins knows that our graduates are knowledgeable and skilled. And having our alumni turn to us for assistance with this international project shows that Cleveland State is a world-class school.” B




Associate Professor Majid Rashidi (A) and Fenn College of Engineering mechanical engineering alumni/Robbins Company executives Dennis Ofiara, ’77, chief engineer (B), Thomas Fuerst, ’91, sales manager (C), Gary Thomas, ’90, chief drive-train design engineer (D), Michael J. Cugini, ’03, product manager, SBLI Division (E), Steve Hadzinski, ’92, senior manufacturing specialist (F), and Michael T. Kolenich, ’02, project manager (G).

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Creating new knowledge Working at a summer job to earn money for college is typical for most students. But there was no flipping burgers or waiting on customers for a select group of Cleveland State undergraduates this summer. They had a unique opportunity to work alongside faculty members on research projects in a wide variety of fields, including science, engineering, robotics, communication, history, psychology, marketing and much more. They learned while they earned a stipend — developing new skills, expanding their knowledge, and enjoying a mentoring faculty relationship usually reserved for graduate students. The University’s first-ever Undergraduate Research Program was such a success it will be repeated next summer. The program was made possible by a $500,000 grant from the office of Provost Mary Jane Saunders. “Many undergraduates only know the teaching side of faculty. Exposing them to what faculty do outside the classroom in their labs and studios and in the field — conducting experiments, testing theories and hypotheses, uncovering new knowledge, breaking new ground — is a tremendous learning opportunity. Enabling them to conduct research with faculty is an unparalleled learning opportunity not readily available to undergraduates at most colleges and universities,” said Dr. Saunders. During the summer-long program, 50 faculty members mentored 150 students representing


all six of CSU’s undergraduate colleges, as well as the honors program. Some students worked one-on-one with faculty; for other projects, several students worked with a faculty member or student teams worked with faculty teams. All agreed the program offered the opportunity of a lifetime. Jinani Slaibi, a senior majoring in biology who plans to attend medical school, worked with three other students and Assistant Professor Girish Shukla on targeting androgen receptor by miRNAs in prostate cancer, a leading cause of death among men. “Finding a molecular approach for blocking the formation of cancer cells could be much more effective than surgery or radiation and would save money as well,” he said. Richard S. Obratil, a junior majoring in civil engineering, worked with Professor Paul Bosela on using steel slag, an industrial byproduct, as a replacement for both fine and course aggregate in conventional concrete mixtures. Six electrical and computer engineering majors worked with a graduate student and Associate Professor Dan Simon on robotic swarms. Students built eight robots, programmed them to work cooperatively, and explored their behavior through various experiments. Practical applications for using robotic swarms include searching for survivors in a disaster area, patrolling a building to guard against intruders, exploring uncharted territory, and monitoring

the movements of enemy troops. In an interdisciplinary project, Bryan Vyhnalek, a senior physics major, worked with Assistant Professor Ulrich Zurcher and Professor Miron Kaufman in the health science lab of Assistant Professor Paul Sung on applying concepts of statistical physics to quantify the complexity of time series from the electric activity of back muscles.

More than 70 projects were funded, with appreciative students eager to discuss their research methods and present their findings to fellow students, faculty and staff during the first annual Undergraduate Research Symposium held on campus in August.

Their goal? To develop diagnostic tools for low back pain. Six communication students and three communication faculty members researched mission statements — how to effectively communicate an organization’s statement and how it affects job satisfaction. Their methods included sharing CSU’s mission statement with a target audience

in two ways — on paper and in video form with President Michael Schwartz reading the statement. Eight undergraduates majoring in marketing, management and international business joined five MBA students and Professor Thomas Whipple on a trip to England to do market research for four companies. Six students of Associate Professor Robert Wheeler worked at the Western Reserve Historical Society, processing a massive backlog of manuscript collections. Subject areas included Cleveland women in World War II, women’s clubs from 1860 to 1950, and development of the Western Reserve. “Everything we worked on relates to Cleveland. Future generations of researchers will benefit from having these collections accessible,” said Alicia Pavelecky, a junior majoring in English. Ryan Richard, a senior chemistry major, worked with Professor David Ball on using computerbased computational chemistry methods to explore the thermodynamic properties of new, potential, high-energy fuels and explosives. This very productive young man has had four papers published, with three more accepted for publication and another under review for publication. Six communication students worked with Professor Kim Neuendorf on the effects of a laugh track on an audience. Their research tool? Four episodes of the Andy Griffith Show, with and without laugh tracks.

Alicia Romano, a senior majoring in communication and women’s studies, and Assistant Professor Dana Hubbard researched women substance abusers and eating disorders. Their hypothesis: Women with low body satisfaction often use drugs and eating disorders to control and escape their environments. Ellauna Evans, a senior majoring in communication management, and Assistant Professor Katheryn Maguire studied social support systems during wartime deployment. Interview transcripts of seven wives whose husbands were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan between 2003 and 2005 were examined to explore the degree to which social support systems were helpful or harmful. “Through Students’ Eyes” brought together eight education majors and 20 students at Euclid High School who were given digital cameras and through photos and writing, documented their relationships to school. The project attempted to bridge the gap between future teachers and their future students and give urban teachers a better understanding of their students’ experiences, thereby helping them engage with their students and promote their academic success. Advisors for this project were Associate Professor Kristien Marquez-Zenkov and Jim Harmon of Euclid High School. For more information on the undergraduate research program, visit B Illustration by Melody Oakes


You’re behind the wheel of your Ford Focus, driving the speed limit on a city street. Suddenly the sunny sky turns dark, you’re in a blinding rainstorm and the truck in front of you screeches to a halt. Or you’re cruising down the highway but just ahead, lake-effect snow is turning the asphalt into a black ice skating rink. There’s little you can do as you feel your car sliding perilously close to the median. Relax that white-knuckle grip on the wheel. You’re not really on the road, you’re in the Fenn College of Engineering’s new driving simulation lab.

In the driver’s seat


The state-of-the-art facility is part of Cleveland State’s federally designated University Transportation Center (UTC), which is focused exclusively on issues of highway work zone safety. Nancy Grugle, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, was behind the creation of the driving simulation lab which is being used to model driving habits in simulated work zones. The centerpiece of the lab is a DriveSafety DS-600c research driving simulator — a Ford Focus cut in half width-wise, facing projection screens. Drivers sit behind the wheel and can motor by and through work zones in virtual reality. Researchers are able to track driver reaction to various conditions and situations as part of the UTC’s mission to find ways of improving work zone safety across the country. The simulator may also be used by faculty in other Cleveland State departments, including health sciences and psychology, for non-UTC research and training projects. Dr. Grugle notes that the DS-600c is more than just a production-quality Ford Focus automobile cab. There’s a standard-size steering wheel, gas/brake

pedals with appropriate force feedback, a speedometer, a gearshift, a radio, rear-view and side mirrors, and a motion platform that provides realistic vehicle vibrations from pavement surfaces such as rumble strips and curbs. High-fidelity graphics and a 180degree field of view allow for realistic peripheral vision. The simulator can also be equipped with eye-tracking and physiological measurement devices to extend its capabilities. “This system provides a unique opportunity to put drivers in hazardous driving conditions without putting them or construction zone workers in danger. We can test how effective work zone safety improvements will be before putting them on the road and possibly putting drivers and workers at risk,” says Dr. Grugle. In 2006, Cleveland State was named a University Transportation Center, a designation that brought $2 million in federal funding with a four-year grant for research, curriculum development, outreach training, safety programs, scholarships and more. The $2 million grant is the largest among federal earmarks ever received by the University. U.S. Rep. Steven C.

LaTourette championed Cleveland State’s UTC designation. An alumnus, he graduated from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1979. With its exclusive focus on work zone safety, the UTC has strong support from the U.S. Department of Transportation, industry organizations, highway construction companies and labor unions. It is the only UTC in Ohio dedicated to studying work zone safety and protecting highway workers. Housed in the Fenn College’s Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, the UTC will be a key player in helping the heavy highway construction industry increase safety without sacrificing efficiency within construction work zones across the nation, and will be a vital regional source of transportation engineering talent for the heavy highway industry. The College is using the federal funds to establish a safety curriculum for students and training and safety programs for highway construction personnel, to create a summer intern program that pairs students with local industry mentors involved in work zone safety, and for student scholarships and assistantships. B To learn more, visit www.



CSU Excels on Bar Exam — Cleveland State law students who took the Ohio bar exam for the first time this summer achieved a 90 percent passage rate — the second highest pass rate among all nine Ohio law schools. The results of the July 2007 Ohio bar exam showed that of 122 students who graduated from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and took the exam, 110 passed on the first try. Cleveland State tied for second place with The Ohio State University. Cleveland State’s passage rate was ahead of The University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University, which ranked eighth and ninth, respectively. Cleveland State also surpassed the University of Cincinnati and University of Toledo. Ohio Northern University ranked first with a 95 percent passage rate among 37 students who took the exam. The 90 percent passage rate is Cleveland State’s best showing since July 1996, when the score needed for passage was substantially lower. The score was raised a year later. The College of Law adopted a comprehensive bar passage plan aimed at improving graduates’ performance on the Ohio bar. The College strengthened the qualifications and reduced the size of its incoming classes; increased the rigor of its academic program; provided more substantial academic support to students; hired a bar coordinator; and taught students to more thoroughly prepare for the exam.




As a result, the College’s bar passage rate has steadily improved over the last three years. In 2006, the passage rate among first-time takers was 84 percent. Student Wins Nation’s Sole “FBI” Scholarship — Michael Bukys, a doctoral chemistry student in the College of Science, has been awarded the prestigious J. Edgar Hoover Foundation Scientific Scholarship to advance law enforcement. The $25,000 scholarship is nationally competitive and awarded each year to just one student from an exclusive pool of candidates. This year, only 10 universities from across the nation were invited to apply. Candidates must major in a scientific field that has relevance to modern criminal investigation. A top student in Cleveland State’s doctoral chemistry program with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Bukys is pursuing a Ph.D. with a specialization in molecular medicine. His advanced research on blood coagulation and thrombosis may result in the synthesis of potential molecules that could be used for advancing the treatment of heart disease and stroke. This work may have benefits for forensic science as well. Bukys has three first-author manuscripts already published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and is second author on three manuscripts that will be submitted soon. In 2005, he received a two-year fellowship from Cleveland State and the Cleveland

Michael Bukys

Clinic. This summer, he presented his research at the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis meeting in Switzerland. As an undergraduate student at Cleveland State, he maintained a grade point average of 3.87 with a double major in biology and chemistry. The Hoover scholarship recognizes the essential role that science plays in the work of law enforcement professionals, and the need to support students who are pursuing degrees relevant to the field. The scholarship honors Hoover for his 48 years of leadership as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. President Schwartz is Top Civic Leader — Cleveland State President Michael Schwartz has proven to be a leader with vision, not only for the University but for the entire Northeast Ohio region. His forward-thinking and many accomplishments over the past six years brought him a top recognition in Northern Ohio Live’s 27th annual Awards of Achievement. President Schwartz was the 2007 winner in the civic leadership


Michael Schwartz

category. A black-tie ceremony honoring all winners and finalists was held in September at the State Theater in Playhouse Square. NOL said Dr. Schwartz’s “visionary leadership, combined with a down-to-earth personality and sense of humor, have endeared him far beyond the campus community and to all of Northeast Ohio.” Calling Cleveland State “one of Cleveland’s major downtown focal points,” the magazine said the campus “has been revitalized under Dr. Schwartz’s leadership.” It also praised him for showing “an unfaltering commitment to the education of tomorrow’s leaders.” The magazine cited the numerous accomplishments of his presidency, including academic enrichment with a focus on faculty research and outstanding teaching; Building Blocks for the Future, the $200-plus million master plan that is changing the face of the campus and downtown Cleveland; extended campuses in Westlake and Solon that make education more convenient to students; establishment of an honors program; heightened admissions criteria for incoming students; and enhanced student service and technology initiatives.



Center for Health Equity Wins Nearly $1 Million — The Center for Health Equity at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs has been awarded a $943,079 grant from the National Institutes of Health. The center will implement the research training and education core of a larger $6 million EXPORT grant to study and address health disparities in Cleveland awarded to a collaborative involving MetroHealth Medical Center, University Hospitals’ Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, and the Cleveland Department of Public Health. Health disparities are race, gender, or income-related differences in diseases, health outcomes, or access to healthcare. NIH EXPORT grants provide funding for the establishment of centers of excellence to address and ultimately eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. As lead on the research training and education component, the Center for Health Equity will partner with Cuyahoga Community College and Case Western Reserve University to develop a collaborative program of recruitment, education, and retention designed to expand the work force of health providers, researchers, and faculty working to reduce health disparities. University Awarded $600,000 in STEM Scholarships — The National Science Foundation thinks that Cleveland State can have a significant impact on increasing the number of students

who major in and graduate with a STEM degree — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — and it is backing this belief with a $600,000 award. Cleveland State is one of four Ohio recipients of a Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics grant award. Over the next five years, 48 students majoring in STEM disciplines will receive up to $10,000 in needbased financial support, starting their sophomore year. These University Scholars in STEM will also benefit from a 12-member learning community, where they will be provided with far-reaching support, including faculty, peer and industry/community mentors; STEM-related field trips; options for summer research or internships; and intensive advising at both the department and University levels. The scholarships will help provide Northeast Ohio students with skills that are relevant to the changing global, high-tech community. New Trustees Join Board — Stephanie McHenry and Robert H. (Bob) Rawson Jr. have been appointed to the Cleveland State board of trustees by Gov. Ted Strickland. McHenry, president of ShoreBank Cleveland since 2004, is the former senior director of minority business development for the Greater Cleveland Growth Association and former executive director of the Northern Ohio


Stephanie McHenry


Robert Rawson

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Minority Business Council. She was named to “40 Under 40” lists in both Crain’s Cleveland Business and Kaleidoscope magazine. Rawson is partnerin-charge of the Cleveland office of Jones Day. He chairs both the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, a consortium of 26 educational institutions working to increase their impact in the region, and the National Civic League, which helps communities and local governments operate more successfully and efficiently. He is a past chairman of the Cleveland Initiative for Education, which marshals private resources in support of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. McHenry replaces trustee Vir K. Sondhi, who has relocated to Florida. Rawson replaces Timothy J. Cosgrove, whose term expired. Advancement, Marketing Execs Named — Two highly respected individuals are now sharing their considerable talents with Cleveland State — Peter K. Anagnostos as vice president for University advancement and executive director of the CSU Foundation, Inc. and Rob Spademan as assistant vice president for marketing and public affairs. Anagnostos comes to Cleveland State from Hawken School, where he served since 2003, most recently as assistant head for development and




external relations. Prior to being recruited to Hawken, he was vice president of development at John Carroll University. He also has served in development roles at the American Red Cross, Greater Cleveland; University Hospitals of Cleveland; and Harvard Medical School. Spademan is a governor of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) and a former president of the AAFCleveland. In 2006, he was Rob Spademan inducted into the Cleveland Advertising Hall of Fame. His career includes serving as director of marketing services at Rockwell Automation, director of corporate communications and vice president of marketing at Marconi Medical Systems, and director of marketing and sales at Summit Business Media. He has been an adjunct faculty member in CSU’s School of Communication since 2003. Two Faculty are Fulbright Scholars — Cleveland State professors are helping to advance the engineering profession in Nepal and assisting tsunami victims in Sri Lanka as Fulbright Scholars for the 2007-08 academic year. They are Rama S.R. Gorla, professor of mechanical engineering in the

Fenn College of Engineering, and Murali D. Nair, professor of social work in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Dr. Gorla is at Kathmandu University in Nepal, a young university that has begun adding graduate programs in mechanical, electrical and computer engineering, and wants to apply research in these areas to local needs. Dr. Gorla is working with faculty who teach undergraduate courses and is teaching one course in graduatelevel mechanical engineering. He also will initiate research at the doctoral level. At the University of Ruhuna in Matara, Sri Lanka, Dr. Nair is teaching and conducting research in the areas of micro enterprise, grant writing, service learning and community development. He also is studying traditional healing practices and the longevity of centenarians. In addition, he is researching the social vulnerability of tsunami victims in the Matara area and their natural support systems and coping capacity. His goal is to minimize future tsunami vulnerability in the southern coastal areas of Sri Lanka. To do this, he will document the traditional belief systems of the local people toward respecting the coastal environment. He also will explore the possibility of starting micro enterprise training for tsunami survivors who may not have any skills in fishing and other related trades. The study is cosponsored by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security.


The highly competitive Fulbright Scholar program is run by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a private foundation, and sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright awards recognize faculty members’ globally important teaching, research and service and provide an excellent opportunity for faculty to further their areas of expertise or pursue new directions in research. Cleveland State has had a total of 54 Fulbright Scholar awards. Tops in Ohio Again — Cleveland State is again the only public or private university or college in the state with three student recipients of Graduate/Professional Fellowships from the Ohio Board of Regents. Elizabeth Ross, Saundra Holmes and Zekarias Bekele each receive a maximum of $3,500 per year for two years of graduate or professional study at a state college or university. All have chosen to remain at Cleveland State for their master’s degree — Ross in sociology, Holmes in social work and Bekele in electrical engineering. The OBOR fellowship program is designed to identify Ohio’s most promising young scholars and keep them in the state educational system. Since the program began 20 years ago, Cleveland State students have received more than $425,000 in scholarships. While most schools have one recipient and a few have two, Cleveland



State quite consistently has had three students selected for scholarships, evidence of the University’s outstanding academic program. Krumholz Wins Lifetime Achievement Award — Congratulations to faculty member Norman Krumholz, who received the 2007 Cleveland Arts Prize for his nationally recognized impact on urban planning and design. A professor in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Krumholz has long been the social conscience of urban planning for Northeast Ohio and the nation. His equity planning on behalf of the poor and working class has become a national model for planners who are struggling to retain their industrial and economic base while making their neighborhoods more livable. Krumholz served as planning director of the city of Cleveland for 10 years under former mayors Carl Stokes, Ralph Perk and Dennis Kucinich. He has published in many professional journals and has written or edited five books. He is a former president of the

American Planning Association and American Institute of Certified Planners. In 2004, the Levin College established the Professor Norman Krumholz Scholarship in honor of his 25 years with the University. Pollie Award — You Should Run for Office, a DVD produced by the Ohio Center for the Advancement of Women in Public Service in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, received a 2007 Pollie Award from the American Association of Political Consultants. The DVD won the silver in the Television: Best Non-Broadcast Video category. The Pollie Awards honor political and public affairs excellence in 13 categories; this year’s awards recognized achievement not only in the United States but around the world. You Should Run for Office focuses on the careers of former and current members of the legislature while documenting the opportunities and challenges of becoming a public servant through the election process. Participants in the video include Eric Fingerhut, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio General Assembly members Barbara Boyd and Vern Sikes, and co-chair of the Republican National Committee JoAnn Davidson. The video was produced to encourage more women and members of minority groups to participate in the election process. Since term limits were enacted in Ohio in 1992, the number of women

Norman Krumholz



and minority candidates elected to the Ohio General Assembly has been reduced. The Ohio Center for the Advancement of Women in Public Service, directed by former State Sen. Grace Drake, promotes career advancement of women in public service within the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government at the national, state and local levels. Entrepreneur Boot Camp — To help combat “brain drain” in Northeast Ohio, seven local colleges and universities have joined together to form the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium. Their first project, Entrepreneurship Immersion for Undergraduates, was an intensive, one-week boot camp for selected students. Cleveland State hosted the event, in which students immersed themselves in workshops on such topics as developing a business idea and exploring innovation and creativity. They also networked with prominent Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs who made presentations. Faculty from all seven universities and local entrepreneurs served as instructors. The event included a competition for best practical business concept. Tuition, room, board, admission fees, textbooks and a stipend were provided for the 35 students chosen for the first Entrepreneurship Immersion. The Burton D. Morgan Foundation in Hudson provided a $50,000 grant to fund the experience. The Northeast Ohio region needs an infusion of young, smart




entrepreneurs who will remain in the area to help form new enterprises and boost the economy by creating fresh jobs. Collaborating to help answer this need are Cleveland State, The University of Akron, Ashland University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Case Western Reserve University, John Carroll University and Kent State University. A New Chapter — Helping youngsters discover the joy of reading and master the reading skills necessary for academic success are the goals of the Cleveland Schools Book Fund. And now, this very important fund is under the management and administration of the Cleveland State University Foundation and College of Education and Human Services. Since its establishment by retired businessman Stephen C. Morris in 2003, the fund has placed more than 118,000 storybooks into 71 elementary schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Some 20,000 prekindergarten through third grade students have benefited. With support from private and corporate donors, the goal is to provide 150 new, professionally selected books for all pre-K through grade three classrooms in all 82 Cleveland elementary schools. The College of Education and Human Services works with the school district to manage the project and select, purchase and distribute the books. The CSU Foundation administers the fund and solicits donations. For information

on supporting the Book Fund, call 216-687-5513 or email d.baggs@ Meeting Educational Needs — Cleveland State continues to modify and expand its curriculum with such new offerings as: ­• An evening MBA program in Brunswick at Designer Showcases, Inc. in the Industrial Park complex. Students with a bachelor’s degree in business can complete their MBA in just 15 months; those whose bachelor’s degree is in a non-business discipline can earn an MBA is just over two years. This is the latest Nance College of Business Administration off-campus offering targeting busy professionals. • A Master’s Degree in Health Sciences, in conjunction with Cuyahoga Community College, that allows students to meet a new state requirement that physician assistants have a master’s degree. Students who complete the 27-month program will earn a master’s degree from CSU and a certificate from Tri-C’s physician assistant program. • A Master of Education with Specialization in Organizational Leadership, an 18-month program for school leaders who seek principal licensure. Course work is delivered for part-time study during intensive weekend sessions and using online components. • A Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership, an interdisciplinary program to prepare students for management positions in the rapidly growing nonprofit organization field. Cur-


riculum foci include fundraising, human resources, proposal evaluation and applied management. • 4+1 programs in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering which enable students to earn both bachelor and master degrees in five years. Child Development Center Welcomes Youngsters — It’s never too early to start thinking about college. Children who may someday be CSU students are getting a very early preview of campus through Cleveland State’s new Child Development Center. Located in the Recreation Center building, the state-licensed center is managed by the YMCA of Greater Cleveland. It is open primarily to children of Cleveland State students, faculty and staff, but will accept children from the community as limited space allows. The new facility is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and provides care for children from six weeks to age five in four bright and cheerful classrooms for infants, toddlers, preschool and pre-kindergarten. In 2008, a fifth classroom will accept



kindergarten-aged youngsters. There is also a fenced-in playground for outdoor activities. Cleveland State’s College of Education and Human Services will collaborate closely with the center, placing teachers-in-training there for observation, field experience and hands-on learning. The center offers safe, nurturing, high-quality child care and provides experiences to enhance their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. For information, call 216-802-3330. CSU Co-Sponsors Town Hall Series ­— Seven informative and engaging speakers are sharing their insights with local audiences as part of the 2007-08 Town Hall of Cleveland speaker series, co-sponsored by Cleveland State. Guests this fall have included historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, law professor Khaled Abou El Fadl, and former educator Jaime Escalante. The series continues with economist-author-actor Ben Stein on December 10, author/journalist Charles C. Mann on February 11, Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer on February 25, and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson on March 3. All presentations are held on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. at the Ohio Theater in Playhouse Square. Tickets are $45 for a single program and $25 for students. For details, visit www.townhall Town Hall of Cleveland, established in 1931, is the nation’s longest, consecutively running speaker series.

Personalized Campus Benches — The president, several vice presidents and the board of trustees have purchased campus benches. So have alumni and friends of the University. Have you? More and more CSU benches are popping up across campus as donors seek to pay a unique and lasting tribute to someone special. The green steel benches are 72 inches wide and feature the seal of Cleveland State University along with a personalized, lasercut plaque “in memory of” or “in honor of” adhered to the top of the bench frame. The benches are strategically placed on campus to enhance the image of the University and to help create a welcoming environment for students and visitors. The cost of each bench is $1,000 and is payable to the CSU Foundation. The gift is tax deductible as permitted by law. For information or to donate an engraved campus bench, call 216-687-3557. New Athletic Logos — Meet Peering Viking, the primary new logo for Cleveland State Athletics. The new mark has been incorporated into uniforms and other apparel worn by student-athletes and can be seen on the basketball floor in the Wolstein Center. Athletic spirit marks and logos have been updated to reflect a more modernlooking image that better represents today’s student-athletes. B


Passionate and proud of it On the wall of his Kirtland home, Tim Cosgrove’s Cleveland State graduation diploma and a photo of his cherished parents share a single picture frame. He also still has his 1979 acceptance letter from CSU. They’re reminders of just how much the University has meant to him over the past 28 years. It’s a relationship that will continue, he says, “for as long as the University will have me.” Cosgrove, a partner with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, completed a 10-year term on the University’s board of trustees in June. His service included two years as treasurer and four years as board chairman. He recently was appointed a director on the Cleveland State University Foundation. But his affection for CSU began long ago. Born and raised in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood, Cosgrove has worked since the age of 11. While sweeping floors at Freeway House of Flowers,


he became acquainted with a customer who was a Bratenahl Board of Education member and soon became a mentor to young Tim, encouraging him to attend Bratenahl High School as a tuition student. “My boss at the flower shop said, ‘If that’s what you want, I’ll give you enough work to pay your tuition.’ She did, and that decision changed the course of my life,” he says. As a 10th grader at Bratenahl, Cosgrove took a class trip to the Cleveland State campus. No one he knew had ever attended college or even thought about the possibility; in fact, his father had only a ninth grade education. But Cosgrove was smitten. “From that first visit, I really liked the campus and made up my mind that I would attend Cleveland State,” he recalls. “The day my acceptance letter arrived, I was the talk of all the Westropp Avenue front porches. I was going to college! It’s hard for

others to appreciate how that feels. But for someone like me, the first in his family to go to college, it’s a proud moment. I’ve kept my acceptance letter as a reminder of that important day in my life and of the incredibly important work this University does.” A full-time student, Cosgrove majored in political science and worked his way through college by waiting tables at Stouffer’s Inn on the Square and tending bar at The Shire in University Center. Eventually, he landed a job in community relations/neighborhood development at Cleveland City Hall, which began a 14-year working relationship with George Voinovich. Like many CSU students today, he commuted to campus from home but did reside for a while in the TKE fraternity house. Despite a social life that included memorable parties in Fenn Tower, The Shire and Fat Glenn’s, Cosgrove was focused on getting an education. “I had my share of fun but I got good grades and was always grateful that CSU was there for me,” he says. He graduated in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree. “Cleveland State gave me educational opportunities I would not have had. The professors were terrific and had an enormous impact on my life and my love of learning,” he says. “One of the greatest moments of my life was having my parents in Woodling Gym to see me graduate.” Cosgrove continued his education by immediately enrolling in CSU’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. After four years of night classes, still working at City Hall and waiting tables, he earned his law degree in 1987 and passed the Ohio bar exam on his first try. A public service junkie, he continued to work with Voinovich, as executive assistant to the mayor and later, as director of policy and legislation when Voinovich became governor. He joined Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in 1993, and became a partner in 2001.

Even while living in Columbus, Cosgrove stayed connected to Cleveland State, serving on the Alumni Association board of directors. In 1997, he was appointed to the Cleveland State University board of trustees. His 10 years of service have been “the highlight of my professional experiences,” he says. “It was an honor to serve and although tough at times, it was never a disappointment. Being a trustee is an awesome responsibility and very rewarding.” Cosgrove believes the board’s most important responsibility is hiring the right leadership for the University. It struck gold with President Michael Schwartz. “He has created a new Cleveland State by providing much-needed administrative stability, a sense of vision and direction for the future, energy, a renewed commitment to academic excellence, and a passion for the University and our students,” says Cosgrove. “He’s the finest president in the history of Cleveland State. And with Mike at the helm, being chairman of the board of trustees was the greatest volunteer job in Cleveland.” Dr. Schwartz is quick to return the compliment. “Tim Cosgrove’s commitment to Cleveland State began early in his student life. He recognized the University as an opportunity to change his life in many important ways. And, in fact, the University did exactly that for him. All that he has given back to the University in terms of his time and energy and real psychological investment has been by way of saying ‘thank you.’ And for its part, the University couldn’t be more pleased. He is the perfect model of the outcome of a Cleveland State University education,” said the president. Cosgrove is proud that Fenn Tower was saved from the wrecking ball during his tenure. “We are a young institution with roots in a much older institution. Fenn Tower is a symbol of our past and important to who we are as an institution,” he says.


Tim and Kim Cosgrove with Michaela, Ian and Dawson.

Other accomplishments during his years as a trustee include reorganization of the board of trustees around the University’s objectives, the implementation of admission standards and the honors program (“that was huge”), more aggressive recruitment of the best and brightest students, the master plan that is changing the face of both campus and downtown Cleveland, and a renewed focus on academic excellence. “Cities like Cleveland deserve great public universities,” he says. “In the last 10 years, Cleveland State has moved in that direction. We have done an enormous amount to create a great university in a great city.” Most rewarding, however, is the new spirit that he sees on campus. “At the end of the day, that’s what makes me proud,” he says. “We’ve got a lot of good, enthusiastic, hard-working people on campus who are dedicated to giving our students a great educational experience and advancing Cleveland State. There’s been a remarkable turnaround in team spirit.”


Confident and optimistic about Cleveland State’s future, Cosgrove readily admits there are challenges ahead. These include the nationwide decline in high school students which will heighten competition among colleges, and the need for CSU to continue forming meaningful and constructive community partnerships that enhance its mission and growing role as a key player in the region. Of course, maintaining sound fiscal health and raising scholarship funds are never-ending challenges. To that end, Cosgrove is delighted with his appointment to the CSU Foundation, a private, nonprofit corporation that serves as an independent, taxexempt organization to solicit, receive, and distribute gifts to the University in accordance with the wishes of the donors. Although he favors term limits and the “fresh blood and new perspectives” that new board members bring, leaving the board of trustees was bittersweet for Cosgrove. At a farewell luncheon where colleagues toasted him with Diet Coke, his beverage of choice, he was lauded and presented with a commemorative CSU desk lamp and inscribed CSU bench, which will be installed on the College of Law grounds. “You can’t know what it means to me to have served on this board and as chairman,” he said, choking back tears and surrounded by wife Kim, daughter Michaela, and sons Ian and Dawson — three future CSU graduates, he hopes. “Everything I have in life is because of my education. It’s difficult to overstate what a special place Cleveland State is,” he continued. “Cleveland State changes students’ lives — it really does. And the people that are part of Cleveland State — trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, all of us — are part of a very special place.” B

Balloons, flowers, ferns, trellises and special flooring transformed Cleveland State’s Recreation Center into “party central” for the 17thannual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner. A sold-out crowd of 400 guests could hardly believe they were gathered on a basketball court to salute the achievements of eight outstanding graduates. Honorees received a handsome plaque and many called the recognition by their alma mater and the CSU Alumni Association a highlight of their life. “Cleveland State University has awarded more than 100,000 degrees and since this program began, 119 outstanding alumni have been honored,” said President Michael Schwartz. “Tonight we recognize eight more individuals for their career excellence, commitment to community service and dedication to hard work and achievement.” This year’s Distinguished Alumni are: Charles R. Emrick Jr. (George B. Davis Award), Christopher W. Vasil (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law), Lisa SuarezCaraballo (College of Education and Human Services), Eugene P. Baxendale (Fenn College of Engineering), Dr. Elaine Richardson (College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences), Anthony J. Coyne (Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs), Stephen F. Kirk (Nance College of Business Administration), and Dr. Danielle N. Ripich (College of Science). The evening included a video salute to each honoree, a silent auction, a gourmet dinner and music by Fleshcoat. Alumni Association President James

Honorees’ achievements are source of pride

Brazytis, ’94 BA, delivered greetings and WEWS-TV reporter/anchor Alicia Booth served as emcee. All attendees received a CSU tote bag. The DAA program is among several Alumni Association events that have helped raise more than $200,000 in scholarship funds for students. 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.

earned an LL.B. from the College of Law in 1958. He is a senior partner of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP (retired) and a business advisor. He divides his time between Westlake and Naples, Fla. A life member of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Emrick has served on the College of Law’s Visiting Committee and Campaign Steering Committee and is now a member of its Development Council. Emrick attended the DAA event despite ill health but did not give an acceptance speech, opting to let his video presentation speak for him. “I worked during the day and attended night law school for four years,” he recalled. “When I joined Calfee, Halter & Griswold in 1966, two lawyers were

Charles R. Emrick Jr.


from Cleveland-Marshall. Today, that number is more than 30. “Cleveland-Marshall is highly regarded, as evidenced by the fact that prestigious law firms interview there. The caliber of students is outstanding.” Christopher W. Vasil earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in 1970 and a JD from the College of Law in 1975. He lives in Alexandria, Va. Vasil has been a key staff member of the United States Supreme Court for 25 years; since 2002 he has served as chief deputy clerk. “I feel privileged to have attended Cleveland State and am deeply moved by this award,” he said. “I chose Cleveland State for economic reasons and convenience Alumni Weekend included a and while there, I found teachers Spring Reunion Celebration who inspired me and encouraged that brought several generame to do things I didn’t know I tions of graduates together to could do. They made a big differreminisce about fun, friendence in my life.” ships and education.

Following a tour of refurbished Fenn Tower, guests enjoyed brunch in Panel Hall, where 11 members of the Class of 1957 received a commemorative, 50-year gold medallion festooned with a green and red ribbon. Also recognized were members of the classes of ’32, ’37, ’42, ’47, ’52, ’62 and ’67. Alumni Rita Shambach, ’63, and Connie Renker, ’64, shared progress on Women of Fenn, an oral history and archival display project, while Provost Mary Jane Saunders brought alumni up to date on the University today. Then everyone boarded Lolly the Trolley for a trip down memory lane and into the future. Guests visited the University Library Archives with its Fenn College memorabilia and saw firsthand other buildings under construction or recently completed. 18

holds a 1992 bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Science and a 2002 master’s degree from the College of Education and Human Services. She is a bilingual mathematics teacher at Luis Munoz Marin Middle School in Cleveland and lives in Columbia Station. The Distinguished Alumni Award is the most recent of many recognitions for Suarez-Caraballo, including designation as a NASA Educator Astronaut Teacher, a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, and a Best Buy Teach Award recognizing the creative use of technology to make learning fun. “I can’t believe I’m receiving this honor,” she said. “My students are my inspiration — sixth, seventh and eighth grade, bilingual students who are creative and intelligent.

Lisa Suarez-Caraballo

“My philosophy is to empower kids to do more and be more. They need to understand that to be successful, they must finish high school and attend college or technical school.” Like herself, “Cleveland State has a special dedication to urban education and to Cleveland schools,” she noted. “Cleveland State has helped a lot of teachers in Cleveland help a lot of kids reach their potential.” Eugene P. Baxendale received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the Fenn College of Engineering in 1977 and is now a member of its Visiting Committee. He has been president and chief executive officer of the Osborn Engineering Company since 2002, after first serving as vice president and director of business development. He lives in North Royalton. Baxendale is proof that persistence pays — he took 10 years of night classes to achieve his undergraduate degree and a master of business administration from Baldwin-Wallace College. “I was one of eight kids and we didn’t have a lot of money so CSU was the obvious choice for college. But for a long time, I was almost embarrassed to say my degree was from CSU — not because of the education but because of the perception of the University,” he admitted. “Now I want to shout it out — I’m a graduate of Cleveland State! Attending CSU was an outstanding experience. I got a terrific education that helped me succeed in my career. The professors were dedicated, they brought real-world experiences to the classroom, and they were really interested in helping students learn.”

holds two degrees in English from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences — a bachelor’s degree in 1991 and a master’s degree in 1993. She earned a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University in 1996 and this fall, joined the faculty of The Ohio State University after teaching at Pennsylvania State University since 1998. She said she attended Cleveland State “because it was a household name and I wanted to be affiliated with something good.” A tearful Dr. Richardson dedicated her award to her parents, family, friends, professors at Cleveland State and “everyone who’s helped me achieve success.”

Elaine Richardson

Anthony J. Coyne received a master’s degree in urban affairs from the Levin College in 1984 and a JD from the College of Law in 1987. He is a partner and vice president of Mansour, Gavin, Gerlack & Manos Co., LPA and lives in Cleveland. Coyne has melded his urban and law degrees to become a leading land use and eminent domain attorney, specializing in municipal planning and zoning law. “I got a fine education and my two degrees opened a lot of doors for me,” said the housing and neighborhood activist and chair of the Cleveland Planning Commission. “My grandfather was a self-taught immigrant from Ireland who encouraged me to get an education. I went to school to help me succeed in life,” he said. Stephen F. Kirk took six years to earn his master of

business administration degree from the Nance College of Business Administration in 1979. He lives in Chagrin Falls and is senior vice president of the Lubrizol Corporation and president of Lubrizol Additives. He is a member of the College of Business Visiting Committee. “This is a great honor. I am grateful to CSU for a superb education — I would not be where I am today without it,” he said. Kirk proudly noted that Lubrizol employs more graduates from Cleveland State than from any other university in the world. “Lubrizol and other companies are counting on Cleveland State to prepare the work force of the future. To be competitive locally and globally, we need high-quality, well-trained graduates,” he said. holds three degrees in speech pathology — bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1977 and 1978 from the College of Science and a Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1982. The distinguished educator and researcher is the president of the University of New England and lives in Maine. “I feel very blessed and I count Cleveland State among my blessings,” she said. “CSU was there when I needed it — without it, I would not have been able to go back to school. “CSU taught me to be a scholar and it opened my eyes to diversity. I love CSU — it’s good for students and for Cleveland.” B

Danielle N. Ripich

Meet your representatives on the Cleveland State University Alumni Association! Executive officers for 2007-08 are: President James Brazytis, ’94 BA, senior program manager at Liggett-Stashower Public Relations; Past President Sam Thomas III, Esq., ’73 BBA and ’96 JD, attorney; Vice President Anthony Bakale, ’82 BBA, vice president and certified public accountant at Cohen & Company; Secretary Jane Dugan, ’73 BA and ’79 MA, secretary in the English Department at Cleveland State; Treasurer Dave Modica, ’77 BBA, Sarbanes Oxley manager at the Eaton Corporation; and Executive Director Carolyn Champion-Sloan, director of alumni affairs at Cleveland State. Newly elected board directors for 2007-10 are: David L. Balint, CPCM, C.P.M., ’69 BBA, manager of trade compliance for ITT Corporation, Aerospace/ Communications Division; Judith Carey, ’84 BEd and ’93 MPA, chief development officer for the Cleveland Sight Center; J. Brandon Davis, ’02 BA and MBA candidate, University of Findlay, manager of business for Washington Group International, Inc.; Myrna Goodson-White, ’80 BA, retired director of Parker Hannifin Corporation’s office of corporate equal employment opportunity; Neal Hutchison, ’71 BBA, president of Accurate Instrument Service Co., Inc.; Anthony “Tony” R. Santana, ’96 BA, senior account executive for PR Newswire; Cheryl Seredy, ’87 BA, senior account executive for Dix & Eaton; Dave Sobochan, ’00 BA, certified public accountant with Cohen & Company; and Janis Wirt, ’89 BS and ’92 MBA, real estate professional with Keller Williams of Greater Cleveland. Share your leadership expertise and skills as a member of the Alumni Association board of directors. Board candidates must be willing to serve a three-year term, support Association events and activities, and financially support the Association and the University. If you’re interested, call the Alumni Affairs Office at 216-687-2078.


Rick Smith Jr., a former Viking baseball player, graduated from Cleveland State in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He’s used his marketing savvy and pitching arm to become a world record-holder and top magician.


A Conversation with Rick Smith Jr. Claim to Fame: On March 21, 2002, I broke the Guinness Book world record by throwing a standard Bicycle playing card 216 feet, 4 inches at 92 miles per hour. The record was set at CSU’s Wolstein Center. Playing baseball at CSU is where I first started throwing cards. I was on the team for four years as a pitcher and we used to have sock wars in the locker room — you rolled up your sock and threw it across the room. One day I threw a playing card instead of a sock. I gave one of my teammates a bad paper cut, but the guys thought it was cool — they’d never seen anything like it. They’re the ones who looked into the Guinness world record and before long, I was in the Wolstein Center, setting my own world record by throwing a card 15 feet further than the previous record of 201 feet held by magician Jim Karol. Jim and I talk once in a while and are still trying to figure out a way to challenge each other with card throwing since we are the only two people in the world to throw a card over 200 feet. Perks of Fame: The media interest has been unbelievable! The day after I broke the record, I made the front page of the Plain Dealer, the News Herald and the Sun Messenger. Associated Press carried a story which brought phone calls from all over the world, including London’s BBC and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I’ve appeared on Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Last Call with Carson Daly, Steve Harvey’s Big Time, the Wayne Brady Show, Attack of the Show, I’ve Got A Secret, Master of Champions (where I took first place, again throwing cards), and the Ellen Degeneres Show. This fall, I appeared on Sports Science with NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson and NFL quarterback Josh McCown. I’ve also got a possible upcoming appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. Job Title: Professional magician/illusionist/close-up artist. I travel all over the country with my girlfriend (my lovely assistant), performing at schools, trade shows, corporate events, kids’ birthday parties and more. I’ve performed for Sherwin-Williams, Hyland Software, Avery Dennison and many other top companies. I recently did a show at the Allen Theater in

Playhouse Square for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. Last November, I traveled to Central America with St. Basil Church in Brecksville and did magic shows for orphanages throughout Honduras. Traveling can be crazy but it’s a great way to see the world for free! Performing magic is my job and career but it never gets old! I also run my own web-based talent agency, Cleveland Entertainers Co., which is a referral service for local talent. But because my magic career is so busy, this is only a side business. Importance of CSU in My Life: My marketing degree definitely helps me market myself and go out and get those corporate shows. I think I am doing fairly well since I perform 400 to 600 shows per year! I also designed my website. Since graduating, I have been hired four times to do shows for CSU. What I like about CSU: CSU was great for me because it was so close to home. The education was great — I really got to know some of my business marketing teachers and have kept in contact since graduation four years ago. The baseball program was great as well. Being an NCAA school, you see how sports should be — tons of practices and keeping fit! Personal: I have a great family. My parents are very supportive of my career choice — they love having me do tricks when their friends are around! My brother thinks my career is cool. He graduated from CSU this summer with a degree in marketing — he had straight A’s all through college so I think he’s pretty cool! I have a great girlfriend who understands the long hours since she works with me. I grew up in Lyndhurst and just purchased a home in Broadview Heights. Professional Goals: I just started working with a financial backer. My goal is to make millions and one day soon, get my own show in Vegas or on a cruise ship and become one of the lead corporate entertainers in America. B For more information on the magic of Rick Smith, visit or call 440-821-9549.



Masumi She was murdered a year ago and Ohio was robbed of one of its brightest artistic stars. Now, in the same way that local and national art communities united to mourn the loss of Cleveland State professor and photographer Masumi Hayashi, four premier art venues have come together to celebrate and reflect upon her exceptional career. Hayashi, a professor of art at CSU for 24 years, was killed in her home on August 17, 2006 by a neighbor who also killed sculptor John Jackson, another resident in the Cleveland West Side building. The tragedy shattered the many communities of

The four local exhibits honoring Masumi Hayashi are: Akron Art Museum, Bidwell Gallery - Masumi Hayashi, Meditations: Two Pilgrimages. Through January 27, Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays, gallery talk on Sunday, Jan.13 at 2 p.m., Cleveland State University Art Gallery - Masumi Hayashi, Meditations: The Memorial Exhibition. Through December 15, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, noon-4 p.m., The catalog for this exhibition is generously underwritten by gifts from The George Gund Foundation and the Cleveland State University College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. 22

Hayashi which she was a part: her neighborhood, fellow artists, the University and the international art scene. Now, the Akron Art Museum, Cleveland State University Art Gallery, MOCA Cleveland and SPACES are paying a joint tribute this fall to her rare gifts and artistic vision. Under the title Masumi Hayashi, Meditations, each is mounting an exhibition at about the same time over three months through January 27, 2008. Each presents an overview of Hayashi’s oeuvre and development as an artist: her rare early works and some of her last images; her depictions of the American

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Cleveland) - Masumi Hayashi, Meditations: Remembering Injustice. Through December 30, SPACES - Masumi Hayashi, Meditations: Heartland. Through January 4, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.,

internment camps for Japanese Americans; her stark reconstructions of industrial Cleveland sites; and her spiritual journey as a Fulbright Scholar to document temples and ancestral worship sites in Asia. A full color catalog of her work is available in conjunction with the exhibits. Hayashi was internationally known for her powerful, signature photographic collages. Each collage is composed of up to 100 smaller, separate shots that she reassembled to reveal a complete 360-degree view. “Assembling her collages, Masumi overlaid and staggered the edges of the prints. By fragmenting time and space, this process suggests that our understanding of reality depends on our perspective. And perspective can change, especially over time,” said Barbara Tannenbaum, director of curatorial affairs at the Akron Art Museum. According to fellow faculty member George Mauersberger, associate professor of art, Hayashi was dedicated to educating people about prejudice. “She did this with her art, going back to photograph the sites of the internment camps,” he said. “She also photographed prisons, toxic waste dumps, and other not-beautiful venues. Her work was recognized as significant in part because of the awful beauty that she found in places that most people would rather not look at. She had a belief in the transformative power of art.” Hayashi was born in the World War II Gila River internment camp for Japanese Americans in 1945 and raised in the Watts area of Los Angeles. She exhibited widely in the United States and abroad. Her works are found in many public collections, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House in Rochester, and Victoria and Albert Museum in London. B


Moses Cleaveland Philanthropic Support Recognized A just-received $1 million anonymous gift gave guests an extra reason to cheer at this year’s Moses Cleaveland Black-Tie Scholarship Dinner. More than 350 people attended the sixthannual event at the InterContinental Hotel to salute President’s Medal recipient Art J. Falco and 10 philanthropists whose gifts of $100,000 or more totaled more than $1.5 million over the last 12 months. The $1 million bonus gift announced that evening pushed the year’s total past the $2.5 million mark. Guests enjoyed a musical performance by Angelin Chang, associate professor of piano and 2007 Grammy Award recipient, a rousing musical salute to Falco by student performers, and a personal account of the importance of scholarships from honors student Alicia Pavelecky. “A scholarship allows me to focus completely on studying hard and getting my degree. I would rather be at Cleveland State than anywhere else in the world. I am receiving a superior education; CSU has some of the best teachers and programs,” said Pavelecky, who will be the first in her immediate family to get a college degree. She plans to become a high school English teacher and to someday get a master’s degree and Ph.D. at Cleveland State. Falco received the President’s Medal, the most prestigious non-academic recognition that the University can confer. He is the president and chief executive officer of Playhouse Square Foundation, Playhouse Square Development Corporation and PSF Management Company. This year’s honored donors are: • The Cleveland Foundation for grants of over $300,000. The Fenn Educational Fund at the Cleveland Foundation contributed over $100,000 to the Career Services Center for Biohealth Care and Internship Plus. Two grants of $100,000 each support the University’s Executive-in-Residence program. • Realtor Paul J. Everson for the Paul J. Everson Scholarship for students enrolled in real estate finance. He also included a $100,000 provision in his estate plan for the Everson Scholarship. • The Fund for Our Economic Future for $100,000 to the Dashboard of Economic Indicators research led by the Center for Economic Development at the Max-


ine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. • The George Gund Foundation for a $248,000 commitment to the Cleveland Schools Book Fund which has placed more than 118,000 storybooks into 71 elementary schools, benefiting some 20,000 children. • Richard T. Watson for a $100,000 commitment to the Book Fund. He is the managing partner of Spieth, Bell, McCurdy & Newell Co., LPA, a Cleveland law firm. • The Cleveland office of Jones Day for $100,000 to the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Endowed Scholarship Fund in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. This includes $75,000 from the firm and an additional $25,000 from College of Law alumni and other attorneys at the firm. • KeyBank for $150,000 to establish a Student Managed Investment Fund in the Nance College of Business Administration. The fund will start with $300,000 made up of the $150,000 grant by KeyBank, a $100,000 grant by the CSU Foundation, and $50,000 from the Nance College. All proceeds from the fund will be reinvested or redirected for scholarship support within the College. • The David and Inez Myers Foundation for $100,000 for Honors Program scholarships and $300,000 to assist the University as it prepares for its first comprehensive fundraising campaign. • SportsTime Ohio for $115,000 to the Athletics Department which made possible the regional telecast of six Viking basketball games, including the first-ever live television broadcast of a women’s game. The gift also benefited communication students who produced for television the weekly Viking Basketball Report. • An anonymous Fenn College alumnus from the Class of 1943 for designating CSU as the beneficiary of his IRA. The total anticipated gift will exceed $100,000 and will be used for scholarships. The Moses Cleaveland Scholarship Fund was established to attract the best and brightest students to Cleveland State. Permanently endowed, named funds have been created with minimum gift commitments of $100,000 from individuals and organizations that recognize the vital importance of private support for higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students. B

Event co-chairs Jenny and Glenn Brown (A), CSU Foundation director Tim Cosgrove, trustee Sally Florkiewicz, and board of trustees community member Trevor O. Jones (B), student performers salute Art J. Falco (C).

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Honors student Alicia Pavelecky (D), CSU Foundation director Richard Barone, President's Medal recipient Art J. Falco, and President Michael Schwartz (E), Grammy Awardwinning faculty member Angelin Chang (F), CSU's Percussion Ensemble (G).



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Building Boom $200-plus Million Investment Creates New Campus

If you haven’t seen Cleveland State lately, you’re in for a surprise. Building Blocks for the Future, a $200-plus million master plan, continues to change the face of campus and downtown Cleveland. Parker Hannifin Administration Center at East 24th Street and Euclid Avenue opened this spring; a full-service restaurant on the first floor is slated to begin lunch service in December. The restaurant, called Elements, may also be open for dinner when theater and sporting events are scheduled. Next door, the former Howe Mansion has been renovated and expanded as Parker Hannifin Hall, home for the College of Graduate Studies and sponsored programs and research activities. The building features seven gas-burning fireplaces and connects to the Administration Center via a courtyard. Both buildings were named in recognition of a $4 million gift from the Parker Hannifin Corporation. Across Euclid Avenue, improvements to the Main Classroom Building include a new stair and elevator tower entrance on Chester Avenue, a new four-story atrium providing spectacular views of the city, and a new, albeit temporary, plaza-level home for studentoriented administrative functions — the first step in a multi-year project that will involve the demolition of University Center and the creation of a Student Center. When the Main Classroom plaza opens in December, University Center will close. Demolition will begin in May and is expected to last three months. Construction


of a new Student Center is slated to begin in spring 2008 and take two years to complete. When the Student Center opens in spring 2010, it will house student life, student government and organizations, a first-floor bookstore, dining facilities and more. At the western end of campus, renovations to the ClevelandMarshall College of Law will be completed in December. Changes include a new Euclid Avenue entrance, new offices for legal clinics and student organizations, and four new classrooms. A $5 million gift from Iris S. Wolstein is helping to fund the College of Law project. Ground will be broken in

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spring 2008 for a College of Education and Human Services building on the north side of Euclid Avenue between Fenn Tower and Mather Mansion. This first-ever home for the College should be open by fall 2009. The University is working with the Regional Transit Authority to build a transit center/parking garage at East 21st Street and Prospect Avenue, adjacent to the Wolstein Center. A parking lot now on the site will close in spring 2008; parking capacity there will double to 600 spaces when the garage and transit center for RTA buses are complete in fall 2009. “Fenn Tower, the Recreation Center and the Parker Hannifin buildings have already transformed

the eastern end of campus,” says Jack Boyle, vice president for business and finance. “By spring 2010, when all our major projects are done, Cleveland State will be the gem of downtown Cleveland.” B

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North and south views of the planned Student Center (A), new Chester Avenue entrance to the Main Classroom building (B), Parker Hannifin Administration Center (C), west and east views of the planned College of Education and Human Services building (D).

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Buildings win kudos Cleveland State’s historic Fenn Tower and new Recreation Center have garnered seven national and regional awards for excellence in architecture, preservation, restoration and engineering. Both buildings were completed in August 2006 and are cornerstones of the University’s campus master plan. The 110,000-squarefoot, $30 million Recreation Center has received awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies, the American Institute of Architects Cleveland, the Cleveland Engineering Society and the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association. Fenn Tower, restored to its 1929 Art Deco splendor and now luxurious student housing, has received awards from the American Institute of Architects Cleveland, the Cleveland Engineering Society, and the Cleveland Restoration Society: Trustees Award for Preservation Achievement.

• D

“We’re delighted that Fenn Tower and the Recreation Center have attained such positive recognition from these prestigious institutions,” said Jack Boyle, vice president for business affairs and finance. “These two buildings are central to our ongoing plans for a more vibrant, student-oriented campus and revitalized downtown neighborhood. “In addition, they are critical for attracting and retaining our best and brightest students. Students who live and play on campus become more engaged with their University and are more likely to persist toward their degrees.” B


I NGEN U I TY From wind energy to the arts, ingenuity happens all year, every day, at Cleveland State. It was fitting, therefore, for the University to be a major sponsor of this year’s


Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology, showcasing CSU’s programs, research and campus. For four days in July, more than 70,000 people, including many families, flocked

to the innovative downtown festival, which brought together a multitude of arts and cultural groups, nationally known artists and performers, and technology firms and innovators, all to

FEST demonstrate the region’s impressive resources and to encourage its growth. Hundreds of thousands more saw and heard about the festival and CSU’s role through media coverage.

2 0 07

The University showed off its research expertise through more than two dozen fun, interactive exhibits in Glickman-Miller Hall and Monte Ahuja Hall. The fun spilled into a CSU

tent on Euclid Avenue and onto the University Center Plaza as the performance site for the opening night “Samba for 1,000 Drums.” Here are some photo highlights of IngenuityFest 2007. B


Investing in Intellectual Capital Cleveland State University is a major contributor to the success of Northeast Ohio. And donors, recognizing the value of Cleveland’s metropolitan university, are responding in kind. For Fiscal Year 2007 (July 1, 2006 through June 20, 2007), gifts from alumni, individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations totaled more than $8.1 million. This surpasses the previous fiscal year total by more than $1.4 million. Despite a challenging economic climate, donors are supporting student scholarships, faculty research, and program initiatives because they recognize and appreciate what Cleveland State is

doing and the strategic direction in which it is heading. At the heart of CSU’s development efforts is the Cleveland State University Foundation, which raises private funds for the University and manages its endowment, valued at $43.8 million as of June 30, 2007. While the endowment has grown in recent years, thanks to new gifts and effective management, it still remains relatively small for an institution of Cleveland State’s size and quality. And while state leadership has begun treating higher education with the respect and dollars it deserves, all colleges and universities in Ohio still face an uphill battle for adequate funding.

Therefore, private support — in the form of annual, capital, special project, scholarship, fellowship and endowment gifts — remains critical. Cleveland State’s value to Northeast Ohio is immeasurable. And its impact on students is life-changing. Gifts by generous donors are an investment in intellectual capital that will help the University reach even higher levels of academic excellence. There are many ways to support the exceptional instruction, research, scholarship and creativity that flourish at CSU. To learn more, visit, phone the Development Office at 216-687-5513 or email giving@ B

HOW TO GIVE ONLINE — Use the secure online site at to make a gift to Cleveland State University using your MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express card. BY MAIL — Checks made payable to the CSU Foundation may be sent to: Cleveland State University 2121 Euclid Avenue MM 209 Cleveland, OH 44115-2214. Please include a completed donation form which can be downloaded and printed at PLANNED GIVING — To discuss planned giving options or gifts of appreciated stock, call 216-523-7288.

CSU Foundation donors in FY 2007


Gifts, bequests and pledge payments received through June 2007


’60s ’60s

Thomas Scanlon, JD ’63, was

recognized by the ClevelandMarshall Law Alumni Association for his contributions to the community and his profession. He is a founding partner of the Cleveland law firm of Collins & Scanlon. John Nussrallah, BBA ’69, was

named senior vice president, transportation business, for Thomas Group Inc. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

’70s ’70s

Myron “Mike” Filarski, BA ’71,

joined KeyBank NA as president of KeyBank Mortgage, a division of Key’s Community Bank. Most recently he was senior vice president of mortgage lending at Fifth Third Bank. Louis Tripodi, MEd ’72, retired

after 34 years as a faculty member at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Edward Macek, BBA ’72,

joined BBK, an international business advisory firm, as a director. He formerly was the chief financial officer at Drivesol Worldwide Inc. Lynn T. Dostal, BBA ’72 and

MBA ’73, moved to Homosassa, Fla. last year and is a special education teacher at Crystal River Middle School. James Mitchell Brown, JD ’73,

of Attorney Consultant Inc. in Cleveland, volunteered with Legal Services in New Orleans, helping to restructure the procedures for signing up for Social Security disability and processing claims. Gilbert B. Chapman II, MS ’73,

graduated from the University of Windsor this summer with a Ph.D. in physics. He lives in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Howard E. Rose, JD ’74, is an immigration judge in Houston, Texas, after 25 years as a federal prosecutor. He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Thomas M. O’Brien, JD ’75,

retired after 25 years as a prosecutor and five years of private law practice. He now lives in Pinehurst, N.C., and is an assistant marketing director for Comfort Keepers, an at-home care company. Gary A. Ebert, JD ’75, was

named an Ohio Super Lawyer in 2006 and 2007. He is the managing administrative partner of Seeley, Savidge & Ebert and has been the law director of Bay Village for 21 years. Patricia Pearson Hubbard, BA

’75, marked 10 years as director of the 4H Youth Development Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension. She also is an adjunct professor at the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University. Terry Wilk, BBA ’75, joined

Henry Medical Center in Georgia as vice president and chief information officer. Monte Ahuja, MBA ’75, and

his family received the Samuel Mather Award from University Hospitals in recognition of a $30 million donation. The award was presented on the same day the hospital broke ground for the Ahuja Medical Center, a 600-bed hospital being built in Beachwood. Ahuja is the chairman and chief executive officer of Transtar Industries, Inc. Joseph Obleton, BA ’76, is a

learning skills counselor at Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill.



Dennis P. Maille, BSCE ’76,

Paul Gemperline, BS ’78 and

was named a principal of Thorson Baker & Associates, an engineering services firm based in Richfield, Ohio.

Ph.D. ’82, is the associate vice chancellor for research and graduate studies at East Carolina University, as well as an Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of chemistry.

Maria Boss, BA ’77, stepped

down as president and chief executive officer of Cleveland Scholarship Programs but continues to serve the organization as a consultant. Paul Bures, BSIE ’77, has authored a book about oil independence and global warming titled America: The Oil Hostage. He lives in North Royalton and is the owner of ES&L Properties. Fred Cash, BSCE ’77, was

appointed by Gov. Ted Strickland to a four-year term on the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission. The Richmond Heights resident is also serving his second term on the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District’s board of supervisors. He has been with CT Consultants Inc. for over 21 years as project manager and project engineer in the municipal service division. His wife, Janice, is a 1979 master’s of education graduate. Terry Pluto, BA ’77, rejoined

the sports staff of The Plain Dealer after 22 years with the Akron Beacon Journal. The author and nationally known columnist, named Ohio Sportswriter of the Year eight times, covered the Indians for the PD from 1979 to 1984.

Carmen Nazario, BA ’78 and

MPA ’06, lives in Rocky River and is a supervising U.S. probation officer. Adina Bloom Lewkowicz,

BA ’79, authored Teaching Emotional Intelligence: Strategies and Activities for Helping Students Make Effective Choices. Craig Cox, BME ’79, is the vice

president of manufacturing at Patio Enclosures Inc., as well as a member of the firm’s board of directors. Harold Covert, MBA ’79, was

appointed to the Harmonic Inc. board of directors as chair of the audit committee. He is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Openwave Systems.

’80s ’80s

Robert A. Steele, MBA ’80,

was elected to the Kellogg Company board of directors. For more than 30 years, Steele has worked for Procter & Gamble, where he is the vice chairman of global health and well-being. Gregory F. Clifford, JD ’80, is

the chief magistrate of Cleveland Municipal Court. Timothy P. Cannon, JD ’80,

was appointed by Gov. Ted Strickland to serve as a judge on the 11th District Court of Appeals for a term ending in January 2009. The Painesville Township resident is a partner in Cannon, Stern and Aveni Co. L.P.A.



Keith L. Vencel, BA ’81, is a

human resources professional and faculty practitioner with the University of Phoenix, Northern California campus. He has been recognized for helping a large healthcare network in Northern California change its recruiting process from paper-based resumes to electronic candidate profiles, thereby streamlining the hiring process from weeks to days. Edward Leigh, BA ’81, is

a motivational speaker and author of Trauma to Triumph: Finding Strength Throughout the Cancer Experience. Keith Wyche, BBA ’81, was

featured in Diversity MBA’s July 2007 list of Top 50 Under 50 African American MBA corporate executives. He is the president of North American operations for Pitney Bowes Management Services. Raymond C. Wilson, BBA ’81

and MAFIS ’85, was appointed controller and treasurer of Toyota Financial Savings Bank in Henderson, Nev. Gary S. Austin, MBA ’82,

joined Beach First National Bank as executive vice president and chief financial officer of both the bank and its holding company, Beach First National Bancshares Inc. He lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Randy D. Rinicella, MBA ’82

and JD ’85, joined Houstonbased HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. as senior vice president and general counsel. Most recently he was general counsel and secretary of Dresser-Rand Group Inc. Barbara J. Rowland Hise, MEd

’83, retired after 27 years as director of strings in the Shaker Heights Public Schools and nearly 32 years of teaching strings and music in Shaker




Heights, Connecticut and Illinois.

Harry J. Kelm, BSME ’85 and

the senior inclusion director at JumpStart, responsible for matters related to diversity.

MSME ’93, was named business unit manager for Hyson Products in Brecksville. He has held various positions with the firm, including director of sales and marketing and acting business unit manager.

Fay Brownlee Miller, MEd ’85,

Michael Grady, BBA ’85 and

Carl J. Grassi, JD ’84, is president of Cleveland-based McDonald Hopkins LLC. He has been with the law firm since 1992. Charlene Jones, MBA ’84, is

was selected for inclusion in the 11th edition of Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Educators 2006-07. This was her fifth nomination since 1990. Recently retired after 30 years in the classroom, Miller taught elementary school in both Cleveland and Shaker Heights. Carol Fishell Bennis, BA ’85,

was named chief executive officer of Beet Street Inc. in Fort Collins, Colo. Beet Street is an economic development initiative to launch a formal cultural arts district in northern Colorado. Bennis’ husband, Joe, is a Cleveland State graduate (MA ’81 and MBA ’85). John Schoeniger, BSEd ’85,

was named loan fund manager at ShoreBank Enterprise Detroit. He formerly was vice president of residential real estate lending for ShoreBank in Cleveland. Sheryl Hoffman, BA ’85, was

selected as the new director of SPACES, a nonprofit art gallery for emerging talent in Cleveland. A sculptor, she had been director of Art House Inc. on Cleveland’s near west side. Tim Angbrandt, MBA ’85, is the

marketing manager at Tuthill Coupling Group, a global manufacturer and distributor. He lives in Brunswick.

MBA ’94, was inducted into the Alpha Delta Chi Fraternity Hall of Fame. Gloria Freire, MPA ’86, pro-

vides management consulting services to small nonprofits and female-owned small businesses as president and owner of GMF Consulting. She also is president of the board of trustees of the Cuyahoga County Public Library System. Dr. Friere’s 50-plus year career in social work includes service as a Cleveland State faculty member. William Haney, BA ’86, was

inducted into the Alpha Delta Chi Fraternity Hall of Fame. Mark Spain, BA ’86,

co-anchors the CBS 6 p.m. news and the Fox 10 p.m. news in Jacksonville, Fla. Lucinda Einhouse, MBA ’86, is

president and chief executive officer of the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood. She formerly was director of development at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Michael Dolan, BS ’86, was

named executive director of the Ohio Lottery Commission by Gov. Ted Strickland. For the past 10 years, he represented the West Park area as a member of Cleveland City Council. Regennia Williams, BA Urban

Studies ’86 and MPA ’90, received the Mentor of the Year award from the Ohio Board of Regents-STARS (Student Achievement in Research

and Scholarship Program). Dr. Williams is an associate professor of history at CSU. William C. Engle, BA ’86 and

BSCE ’94, was promoted to senior project manager in the structural engineering department of Thorson Baker & Associates, an engineering services firm based in Richfield, Ohio. Michael Nagy, BA ’86 and MBA ’95, is the superintendent of public works — the top city administrator — in Fort Morgan, Colo. He formerly was the city manager of Marine City, Mich. Pamela George-Merill, MPA

’87, is executive director of the Shaker Square Area Development Corporation. Frank LaManna, BBA ’87, is the chief operating officer of Thompson Hine LLP. He formerly was the executive director and chief financial officer of Calfee, Halter & Griswold. Donn W. Trautner, MEd ’87,

is the principal of Our Savior Lutheran School in Austin, Texas. Lisa Hagerty, BBA ’88, was

promoted to senior managing director at Dix & Eaton. She has been with the firm since 1996. Sharon Scott,

MEd ’88, was appointed to the Willoughby-Eastlake School Board. She has taught for the Lake County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities at Broadmoor School in Mentor for 20 years. Thomas Mach, MA ’89, was

promoted to professor of history at Cedarville University, where he has been a faculty member since 2000. Dr. Mach lives in Xenia, Ohio.


Mark Haney, BBA ’89, was

inducted into the Alpha Delta Chi Fraternity Hall of Fame. Sean Gallagher, JD ’89, was

recognized by the ClevelandMarshall Law Alumni Association for his contributions to the community and his profession. He is an Eighth Ohio District Court of Appeals judge. Debbie Ann Burney Taylor, MA

’89, is director of the Women in Engineering Office at the University of Michigan. The Ann Arbor resident received a 2007 SWIMPY “Dream” grant from Case Western Reserve University for a project that will culminate in a jazz-related picture book.

’90s ’90s

Cynthia Moore-Hardy, MBA

’90, was named a Crain’s Cleveland Business Woman of Note for 2007. She is the president and chief executive officer of Lake Hospital System and received a CSU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. Cynthia Salim, BA ’90, is the

co-owner of RV Spa, a new business in Lorain County that offers storage and service for motor homes. She is an officer of the Erie Shores Allegro Club, which promotes the RV lifestyle. Salim lives in Carlisle Township, Ohio. Bernard L. Buckner, MPA ’90,

was appointed as the first executive director of Cleveland State’s newly created Department of Campus Safety, which combines the police, fire, safety and security, and envi-

ronmental health and safety departments into one unit. James L. Harrold, BSCE ’91,

was promoted to senior project manager in the structural engineering department of Thorson Baker & Associates, an engineering services firm based in Richfield, Ohio. Craig Fultin, MBA ’91 and DBA

’96, joined Cuyahoga Community College as executive vice president for finance and business services. He formerly was the mayor of Lorain, Ohio. Timothy H. Warneka, MEd ’92, is the author of The Way of Leading People: Unlocking Your Integral Leadership Skills with the Tao Te Ching. Timothy R. McNichols, BA ’92, is the pub-

lisher for Gainesville, Floridabased Naylor Publications but continues to live in Cleveland. He works with associations and organizations throughout the county to deliver communications tools to their members and industry supporters. Howard Thompson, MPA ’92,

was elected to the Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce. He is president of the Levin College of Urban Affairs Alumni Organization. Lou Tisler, BBA ’92 and MBA

’94, was named to Gov. Ted Strickland’s Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce. The Rocky River resident is executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland.



Christine Faranda, BBA ’92

Ann Billetz, MS ’94 and Ph.D.

and JD ’96, was named a rising star in the 2007 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. She is an associate in the Cleveland office of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP and lives in Lakewood.

’98, was granted tenure at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she has been an assistant professor of biology since 2002.

Anne Ferlito, MEd ’93, was

one of 44 teachers nationwide to receive a 2006 Disney Teacher Award recognizing creativity, innovative teaching methods and the ability to inspire students. She teaches second grade at Moreland Hills School in Pepper Pike. Laurel Dinallo Conrad,

MUPDD ’93, is director of business development for the Karen Skunta Design Company. Win Weizer, BA ’93 and MPA

’97, was appointed to the University Heights City Council. Allen Guisinger, BS ’93 and

MS ’97, received his MBA from John Carroll University this summer. He lives in Newburgh Heights and works for Saint Gobain Crystals. Kirstin S. Toth, MPA ’94, is a

project officer with the GAR Foundation in Akron. Cindy Petkac, MUPDD ’94,

is a community philanthropy officer for the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation. Scott C. Walker, JD ’94, joined

the Columbus office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey as litigation senior attorney. The former editor of the ClevelandMarshall Law Review was named a 2007 rising star by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine. He lives in Pickering.

Lori K. Long, BBA ’95,

authored her first book, a career-planning guide titled The Parent’s Guide to Family Friendly Work. Long lives in Cleveland and is the president of LK Consulting LLC, a human resource management consulting firm. Ed Bell, MBA ’95, was promoted to president of Jet Star Inc. in Zionsville, Ind. He formerly served as vice president of operations and marketing. Paul Gomez Farrell, MS ’95 and Ph.D. ’04, is the director of work force development for the Denver, Colo. Office of Economic Development. Antoine Williams, MEd ’96,

retired from Ford Motor Company after 30 years as an education and training coordinator. Now a project leader and faculty member for Baker College in Flint, Mich., he manages the school’s on-site degree programs at auto manufacturing facilities in Ohio. He lives in Bedford Heights. Akia Foster-Churn, BA ’96,

is the senior program officer with the Girl Scouts of Lake Erie Council. Daisy Alford-Smith, Ph.D. ’96,

is the chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio. Anthony Zielinski, MACTM

’97, was elected treasurer of the city of Parma in 2005, after serving six years on City Council.





Bennie Neal, MEd ’97, teaches

Danielle Pitcock, JD ’98,

Michael J. Kearns, MBA ’00, is

social studies and literacy in East Cleveland. The ordained deacon at Fidelity Baptist Church is listed in Who’s Who of American Educators.

joined Sikora Law LLC as an associate.

chancellor of Mohave Community College, after serving as vice chancellor for instruction. He was in private dental practice for 24 years before joining MCC as founding director of the dental hygiene program.

Linda Seber, BS ’98, and Laura Seber, BS ’99, were crowned

moted from senior manager to executive director at Ernst & Young LLP’s Phoenix office.

queens of the 2007 Twins Day festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. The identical twins are both physical therapists — Linda with Jaworski Physical Therapy in Elyria and Laura with EMH Center for Health and Fitness in Avon. They live in Sheffield Village.

Marcia Lynn Thomas McCoy,

Beth Schulhof Spyke,

BA urban studies ’98, is a political/ government relations consultant living in Cleveland.

MPA ’99, is the scholar and curriculum coordinator for the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program at the Cleveland Clinic.

Jeff Bogan, JD ’97, was pro-

Jeffrey Morris, BSCE ’98, was

promoted to senior project manager in the structural engineering department of Thorson Baker & Associates, an engineering services firm based in Richfield, Ohio. Steve Bloom, BA ’98, is

the acting director of the Tremont West Development Corporation. Bonnie Erica Horton, MPA ’98,

is a grants management analyst for the Atlanta, Ga. police department. Gary Norton, MPA ’98, was

named one of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People by Cleveland Magazine. Chad E. Dasher, BA ’98, is

executive director of the Westown Community Development Corporation. Adrienne Zurub, MA ’98, is the

author of Notes From the Mothership-The Naked Invisibles. Paul Weisinger, BBA ’98,

was promoted to manager at Walthall, Drake & Wallace LLP. The Westlake resident joined the accounting firm in 1999.


Carolyn Smith, MPA ’99, was

selected to attend the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2007 Leadership Training course. She is a coordinating consultant with the city of Cleveland’s Storefront Renovation Program and an active member of the Cleveland Restoration Society. Christopher Kastner, MBA ’99,

was appointed vice president of operations at Sybron Dental Specialty Products. He lives in southern California.

’00s ’00s

Frank L. Gallucci III, JD ’00,

was named in Northern Ohio Live’s 2007 Ohio Rising Stars Super Lawyers. He is a founding partner of Plevin & Gallucci Co, L.P.A. in Cleveland. Joni Ledinsky, BIE ’00, is a

production manager at USG Interiors Inc. in Westlake. The firm recently won the highest Star rating for safety from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

R.A. Washington, BA ’00,

is the public programs and outreach manager at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. Sharon E. Gregor, MS urban

studies ’00, wrote and published Forest Hill: The Rockefeller Estate. She lives in East Cleveland. Erik Janas, MPA ’01, is an

Julie A. Terry, BA ’02, received a law degree from Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law this summer. Judy Mansour-Thomas, MA

’03, is executive director of the Greater Cleveland Poets’ and Writers’ League. Kathy Berta, BA urban stud-

ies ’03, received a law degree from The University of Akron School of Law this spring. Emma Petrie Barcelona, MS

urban studies ’03, is a grants administrator for the Lakewood Division of Community Development. James Greene, BA ’04, is man-

ager of cartography/GIS/data analysis for the city of Cleveland’s Department of Community Development.

executive assistant, focusing on intergovernmental affairs and regional development for Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman.

Timothy Thomas O’Brien,

Kevin Hyland, JD ’01, joined

assistant professor in the College of Public Policy, Department of Public Administration, at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Boykin Management Company as general counsel. Karin Scholz Jenson, JD ’02,

was elected to the board of directors of the Community College of Aurora Foundation. She is a litigation associate in the Denver office of Baker & Hostetler and formerly was a reporter and editor at The Plain Dealer. Anastasia Valdes, MUPDD

’02, is a GIS technician with Stewart International in San Antonio, Texas. Leon Mason, BA ’02, is the

director of the South Lorain Lincoln Community Center. Mason received dual degrees in Spanish and international relations. Martin Keane, JD ’02, represents Ward 21 on Cleveland City Council. He is a former assistant county prosecutor.

BA ’04, is a consultant with Accenture LLP in Charlotte, N.C. Renee Nank, Ph.D. ’04, is an

Gerry Lyons, MBA ’04, joined

ScanSource Inc. as vice president-corporate controller. He lives in Greenville, S.C. Brian Straka, BA ’05, is the Black River watershed coordinator and an environmental planner for the Lorain County Community Development Department. Wayne Kehoe, MPA ’05, has

written his first book, Cleveland’s University Circle. He is the education coordinator for the Steamship William G. Mather Museum, a unit of the Great Lakes Science Center. Aminah Smith, BA ’05, served a National Orientation Directors Association summer internship at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is a graduate assistant in CSU’s College of Education and Human Services.




Stephanie D. Ashford, BA ’05,

John L. Strok, BA ’06, is a GIS

In Memoriam

Cleveland State Deaths

is a financial analyst with the city of Cleveland.

coordinator for the Cuyahoga County Auditor’s Office.

Walter Schmidt, BBA ’42, in

Ron Haybron in April 2007. An asso-

May 2007

Felicia Adams, MPA ’05, is a

Matthew Schron, MBA ’06,

volunteer manager at Eliza Bryant Village.

was promoted to general manager of the metalworking division of Jergens Industrial Supply. For the past 14 years, he has been the firm’s product manager.

ciate professor emeritus of physics, Dr. Haybron retired in 2004. During his 36 years with the University, he served as ombudsman, special projects assistant to the provost, and assistant dean of the former College of Arts and Sciences. For many years, he wrote a science column for The Plain Dealer.

Mason P. Goodman, MPA ’05,

is a federal investigator/special agent for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Adam M. Freck, MUPDD ’05,

is an associate with S.B. Friedman & Company in Chicago. Karen Herpel, MUPDD ’05, is

a manager of education and training for MAGNET. Jonathan Oswick, MS urban

studies ’05, is a project manager for Rysar Properties. Nicole Stika, MPA ’06, is the senior manager for education programs for the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE)/ Greater Cleveland Partnership. Rob Kratz, Master of Music ’06,

is the principal percussionist with the Battle Creek Symphony and teaches music at the Community Music School, a program of the Music Center of South Central Michigan. Mark McDermott, MUPDD ’06,

is vice president and central region director for Enterprise Community Partners. Eric R. Tolle, BA ’06, is a plan-

ner for the county of Fresno, Calif. John Brennan, Ph.D ’06, is

a program manager in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. Lenaia Burbank, MPA ’06, is

the membership and group tours coordinator for the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Heather Clayton, MPA ’06, is

an assistant at the Cleveland Public Library. Kevin Smith, MUPDD ’06,

is an associate with Allegro Realty Advisors.

Dawn Hanis Kulikowski,

Master of Music ’06, is the orchestra director for the Avon Lake city schools. She and her husband, Joseph, Bachelor of Music ’99, live in Parma.

Roger Reed, BSCE ’47, in

January 2004 Robert E. Sweeney, JD ’51,

in June 2007 Harry Butler, JD ’52, in

November 2007 Arnold Roth, JD ’54, in

November 2007 JD ’58, in May 2007

An associate professor of communication, Dr. Dobos taught at Cleveland State from 1986 to 1999.

Roger Hyde, BSCE ’59, in

Charles (Chas) Smith, Bachelor of

John T. Patton, BBA ’55 and

Christopher Bongornor,

April 2007

MUPDD ’07, is an associate planner with the Department of Planning and Development at University Circle, Inc.

Russell F. Neff, BSME ’61, in

Danielle P. Graham, BA ’07, is

a billing manager for the city of Cleveland. Tonia L. Martin, BA urban

services administration ’07, is a legal assistant in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals. Bradley Shawhan, MPA ’07,

is a Cleveland Metroparks manager. Elizabeth A. Stein, MPA ’07, is

a department director for the Cleveland Clinic. Erin Aleman, MUPDD ’07,

was awarded the 2007 Phillip D. Peters Regional Planning Fellowship to work with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Vincent M. Tenaglia, MPA ’07,

is a management analyst with the city of Largo, Fla. Diambu Smith, MPA ’07, is a

business development officer with the city of Cleveland’s Department of Economic Development. B

Jean Dobos, MA ’82, in August 2007.

in September 2006

Music ’91 and Master of Music ’93, in October 2007. The music lecturer taught the popular “Roots of Rock and Soul” course and authored From Woodstock to the Moon: The Cultural Evolution of Rock Music and The Soul of Sunrise: Grassroots Music in America.

Richard Jordan, BBA ’67, in

Preston H. White, BS ’82 and MA ’00,

July 2007

in October 2007. The coordinator of the Library Computer Learning Center was integral in establishing and maintaining the Adaptive Technology Lab for students with disabilities and the Library Computer Learning Center for training students in computer software use.

April 2007 Dennis H. Sherman, JD ’66, in

March 2007 Anthony R. Beccia, BSEE ’67,

Allen E. Grotke, JD ’73, in

August 2007 Donald E. Wilson, BSCE ’75

and MSCE ’82, in April 2007 Michael Robert Parker, BA

’80, in May 2007 Lisa Lynn Maxim Gleske, BBA

’81, in August 2007 James T. Bobrowski, BSEE ’82,

in January 2005 Reid M. Robbins, MS ’82, in

January 2007 Walid Chahine, BSEE ’85, in

June 2007 Edward Corrigan, BBA ’86 and JD ’89, in November 2007 Antonio DiStefano, BA ’92, in

July 2007 Abdul Qahhar Shahid, MUPDD

’98, in November 2007 Christopher Manos, BBA ’06,

in June 2007 Andrea Szaboics, BSEd ’06, in

July 2007

David Metz in October 2007. The professor emeritus of audiology joined CSU in 1967 and retired in 1994. He cofounded and chaired the speech and hearing department, served as associate dean of the former College of Arts and Sciences, and directed the Heath Career Opportunities program. Bill Shorrock in November 2007. A

professor emeritus of history, Dr. Shorrock continued to teach part time after retiring in 2005. During his 36 years with CSU, he chaired the history department, and served as special assistant to the interim vice president for academic and student affairs, associate provost, and vice provost for academic affairs and faculty relations. An active member of the Retired Faculty Association, he was the current president of Cleveland State’s Friends of the Library and an executive committee member of the French Colonial Historical Society, an international organization. B


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2007 Tuesday, December 18

Holiday Hoops – CSU vs. Ohio State Tickets: $35 — Buffet, Prizes, More 5 p.m. Viking Mania Tip-off Party 7 p.m. Game at Quicken Loans Arena


Thursday, January 3

Basketball Doubleheader vs. Loyola Tickets: $15 5 p.m. CSU Women’s game 7:30 p.m. CSU Men’s game Wolstein Center

Thursday, March 13

Scavenger Hunt 6 p.m. Dave & Busters, Westlake, Ohio

Friday, June 13

Distinguished Alumni Awards Tickets: $65 6 p.m. Reception 7 p.m. Dinner/Awards Windows on the River

Friday, June 13 & Saturday, June 14

Fenn Legacy Celebration — All Fenn graduates invited 85th Anniversary of Cooperative Education 20th Anniversary of the LINK Program Campus locations

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CSU Perspective - Fall/Winter 2007  

On the Cutting Edge, Creating New Knowledge, In The Driver’s Seat, His Passion is Showing, It’s Magic; Celebrating Masumi Hayashi

CSU Perspective - Fall/Winter 2007  

On the Cutting Edge, Creating New Knowledge, In The Driver’s Seat, His Passion is Showing, It’s Magic; Celebrating Masumi Hayashi