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PRESIDENT BERKMAN Cleveland is cool – and I’m not the only one who thinks so. In my recent Huffington Post blog, I pointed out that Forbes included Cleveland among the 15 U.S. cities with emerging downtowns, The New York Post said “Cleveland is seeing a revival,” and Fortune Magazine went so far as to call Cleveland a “new Brooklyn,” comparing three of our trendiest neighborhoods to Williamsburg. Even the most ardent naysayers no longer deny there’s a renaissance emanating from downtown. This is a city that is reinventing and reimaging for the future. And as an urban university in the heart of the city, Cleveland State is an active and engaged partner in this transformation. The University partners with a distinct purpose: to strengthen our city and our communities, and, in doing so, create unparalleled opportunities for our students. One of our strongest partners is the Parker Hannifin Corporation, headed by alumnus Don Washkewicz. Recently Don, his wife Pam, and the Parker Hannifin Foundation gave $10 million to CSU for student scholarships and improvements to Fenn Hall (formerly Stilwell Hall), including two innovative labs that will help transform the education we provide for the engineers of tomorrow. (See story on page 10.) This generous gift comes just a year after a $1.5 million gift to fund the Parker Hannifin Human Motion and Control Lab, where three of our engineering faculty are collaborating with Parker engineers on assistive technology and developing a prosthetic leg that will react in the same way as muscles in a normal limb. (See story on page 17.)

physicians in the communities they will one day serve. Through this partnership, Cleveland State students have a direct pathway to medical school beginning as early as their undergraduate sophomore year. (See story on page 14.) These are just two of the many partnerships that are helping to create a brighter future for Northeast Ohio. Now, more than ever before, urban institutions like Cleveland State must turn outward. We must be worthy partners and good neighbors in order to provide essential learning opportunities to our students. I believe this is what defines Cleveland State University – our ability to work with and engage with our city. We are an urban university that is in and of the thriving city of Cleveland. It is impossible to point to where the University ends and the city begins – and that’s how we want it to be.

Ronald M. Berkman PRESIDENT

We’re also extremely proud of our innovative Partnership for Urban Health, a collaborative effort between Cleveland State and Northeast Ohio Medical University to address critical healthcare needs within our urban communities by better training future



PHONE APP PROVIDES SECURITY Cleveland State has launched a new cutting-edge smartphone app that can identify a user’s location and notify campus police of a potential threat with the single touch of a button. CSU is the first campus in the nation to implement the new system, developed by 911Cellular of Beachwood. “As one of the safest universities in Ohio, we regularly look to stay ahead of emerging new technologies, and this is a big step forward,” said Stephanie McHenry, vice president for business affairs and finance. “This provides us with an added layer of security for our students, faculty and staff.”      CSU’s app, which has been branded Viking Shield, is integrated into the campus police computer system. When an alert is signaled, the user’s phone automatically transmits its location to campus police, allowing dispatchers to send help immediately.


The technology is the by-product of law enforcement professionals, students, IT specialists and educators working together to address a variety of safety issues facing schools and universities. The app offers a variety of other benefits, including the ability to send texts, photos and video of suspicious activity directly to police. Dispatchers can forward vital information back to their officers in the field, and in extreme conditions, the app can message all of its users with campus-wide safety instructions.  With the user’s permission, the app can even store critical medical information, such as blood type, allergies and medications, to assist first responders. Viking Shield can be downloaded onto Apple and Android devices and is provided to students, faculty and staff at no cost.



Do you have fond memories of gathering with friends to enjoy a pizza at Rascal House? You can hold onto those memories forever by purchasing a brick from the campus landmark. In the process, you’ll support student scholarships.

More than 20 CSU graduate programs are featured in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Grad Schools.

To make way for CSU’s new health sciences building now under construction, the eatery moved down the street to the Union Building at 1836 Euclid Ave. As its home since 1980 was being razed, 500 original bricks were salvaged and cleaned. The bricks are available for $100 each and come with a certificate of authenticity. Proceeds benefit Radiance: CSU Realizing the Promise, which awards scholarships to students at risk for dropping out of school because of financial challenges. Take advantage of this opportunity to own a piece of CSU history while helping to build a foundation for student success. To purchase a brick, visit And to view a time-lapse video of the Rascal House demolition, visit The new Rascal House includes state-of-the-art commercial equipment and customer amenities such as power outlets for laptops and highspeed Wi-Fi. It serves as the new corporate headquarters for the fiverestaurant chain and catering business.

The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs is again No. 2 in the nation for the specialty of City Management and Urban Policy and No. 12 for the specialty of Nonprofit Management. The Levin College is ranked No. 42 overall for Public Affairs. The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law ranks No. 115 among law schools, up four places from last year’s ranking. Over the past two years, C M LAW has risen an impressive 20 points in the rankings, even as law schools across the country face unprecedented challenges. Cleveland-Marshall is No. 56 for part-time law students. The Mobile Accelerated MBA, launched by the Monte Ahuja College of Business in 2012, is ranked No. 51 among the best online graduate business programs. The program moved up six notches after debuting at number 57 in 2013. Highly ranked graduate programs offered by CSU’s School of Health Sciences include Occupational Therapy (No. 58), Physical Therapy (No. 99), Physician Assistant (No. 108) and Speech and Hearing (No. 204). And for its graduate programs, CSU’s College of Education and Human Services climbed to No. 135, up 37 places from last year’s ranking. Also appearing in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Grad Schools are other CSU graduate programs at the Monte Ahuja College of Business, the College of Sciences and Health Professions, the Washkewicz College of Engineering, the School of Nursing and the School of Social Work.

NASA ADMINISTRATOR IS EXECUTIVE-IN-RESIDENCE Woodrow Whitlow, Jr., who retired from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) after 34 years in key leadership and scientific research positions, has joined the Washkewicz College of Engineering as an executive-in-residence. He will coordinate with the dean, faculty and staff in their efforts to grow CSU’s engineering program, including the number of women and minorities who qualify for admission and joint programs with other universities, colleges and community colleges. He also is supporting the College’s efforts to offer new programs in advanced manufacturing and is providing guidance to student engineering groups such as the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the National Society of Black Engineers.

He serves on the Engineering Dean’s Diversity Council, the advisory board for the MC2STEM High School and the board of directors of Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio. Most recently, Dr. Whitlow was associate administrator for mission support at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he was credited with realigning the agency’s workforce and infrastructure. He also was deputy director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for two years. From 2005 to 2010, he was director of the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Under his leadership, the center increased its statewide annual economic impact to $1.2 billion while conducting integral aeronautics and spaceflight research. He also served as the center’s director of research and technology for five years. Dr. Whitlow started his NASA career in 1979 as a research scientist at the Langley Research Center in Virginia. His many awards include the NASA Distinguished Service Honor Medal and the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive.



KOMAR LEADS GENE RESEARCH Professor Anton A. Komar has been appointed director of CSU’s Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease (GRHD), one of the top gene-research centers in the nation. A founding member of GRHD, he has extensively studied the intricate processes by which genes direct production of proteins, which in turn can influence everything from birth defects to predisposition for illnesses. With $11 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the American Heart Association and other sources, GRHD is dedicated to enhancing the understanding of molecular mechanisms that control health and disease, as well as identifying therapeutic targets. This cutting-edge research has implications for diagnosing and treating many common diseases, including cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, neurological disease and cancer. GRHD’s faculty members – representing physics, chemistry, and biological, geological and environmental sciences – are involved in collaborations that include the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, and other leading national and international institutions. Dr. Komar also serves as director of CSU’s Cellular and Molecular Medicine Specialization Program, which links the resources of CSU and the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute across three disciplines: regulatory biology, clinical-bioanalytical chemistry and applied biomedical engineering. It is the only such program at a public university in Northeast Ohio. He earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology from Moscow State University and worked in France, Germany and Switzerland before joining CSU in 2005. He is a co-founder and chief scientific officer of DAPCEL Inc., a research biotechnology company based in Cleveland.

RESEARCH IMPACTS CANCER PATIENT TREATMENT Anthony Berdis, assistant professor of chemistry and a member of CSU’s Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease, received the University’s first-ever Faculty Innovation Fund award for his proposal “Diagnostic Kits to Quantify ProMutagenic Replication in Hyperproliferative Diseases.” The award will help him use his patented technology to develop a diagnostic kit that can be commercialized for use in hospitals and labs to improve patient care during chemotherapy. In addition, the award will enable him to collect preliminary data needed to apply for external funding. Dr. Berdis’ current work builds on more than a decade of research on hyperproliferative diseases such as cancer, in which cells replicate uncontrollably. He hopes diagnostic kits will advance patient treatment by providing oncologists with essential information to make clinical decisions more quickly than is now possible. Using diagnostic technology, the kits would enable oncologists to test and administer the best drug treatments to improve patient outcomes. The selection committee reviewing his proposal consisted of faculty and members of CSU’s Office of Research and Technology Transfer, as well as representatives of the Ohio Third Frontier-funded Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering, JumpStart, Case Western Reserve University and the former director of the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review.

A $50,000 gift from alumnus John C. Vitullo will fund pilot and innovative research projects by GRHD faculty members and help advance their work to the stage of applying for national funding. Dr. Vitullo, who earned a Ph. D. in regulatory biology in 1984, is the chairman of the board and co-founder of Omega Laboratories, Inc., one of only six hair drug-testing laboratories in the world. He was a 2013 recipient of CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award and recently completed a three-year term on the College of Sciences and Health Professions Visiting Committee.


ASPIRING NUCLEAR PHYSICIST WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Marie Blatnik, an Honors Program student majoring in physics and electrical engineering, is the sole recipient of this year’s National Student Exchange (NSE) Bette Worley Student Achievement Award. Named after the NSE president, the prestigious award recognizes up to three students annually who demonstrate outstanding participation in the exchange program which enables them to study for a single term or academic year at one of nearly 200 NSE member colleges and universities.

After learning about the NSE through CSU’s Center for International Services and Programs, Blatnik chose to further her nuclear physics studies during the 2012-13 academic year at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. While there, she earned no less than an A-minus in four upper division physics courses and conducted physics research. The former Viking fencer even found time to join Stony Brook’s fencing club. Blatnik’s research involved the detection of Cherenkov photons and assisting with particle detector upgrades at nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory. The detectors are used to track the subatomic mess created when the lab’s huge accelerator smashes together the nuclei of atoms. This demolition derby at nearly the speed of light creates a plasma of subatomic particles.

Her research team even got to test its detector at the Stanford Linear Accelerator in California. “Making the largest machines in the world to probe the tiniest parts of the universe is really awesome,” says Blatnik. She credits her research with giving her valuable tools essential to her nuclear physics career. “This experience allowed me to realize my dreams. I met nuclear physicists; I worked with them; I learned from them,” she says. Blatnik’s work at Stony Brook and Brookhaven led her to continue her research at Fermilab, outside Chicago, the top laboratory in the nation for the study of particle physics. Although she won't graduate until 2015, “I feel like I’ve had the opportunity to go out and see my future,” she says.



VIKING EXPEDITIONS CHART SERVICE JOURNEYS “Doing good one trip at a time” is its motto. And that’s exactly what Viking Expeditions (VE) does. A student-led organization dedicated to service, VE is also one of the largest and fastest growing organizations on campus with some 400 members. Throughout the academic year, VE volunteers provide hours of service to local agencies such as the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, MedWish and the Ronald McDonald House. But what really gets students excited are service trips to various parts of the country that take place during semester breaks, as well as VE’s annual international trip. These trips focus on such issues as environment/conservation, hunger, sustainable food, urban youth, disaster relief, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, and more. Two trips took place over winter break. A 12-person team left immediately after finals for South Central Los Angeles, where they worked in the Watts neighborhood, doing home repair for the poor. A second team of 15 students traveled to Pensacola, Fla. to work on an oyster-reef restoration project which protects ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. During their one-week stay, volunteers built oyster reefs, recycled shells for shoreline stabilization, helped clean up the shoreline, and more. During spring break, 14 students spent a week in Virginia, working on housing projects for low and moderate income families. Volunteers provided the labor for dry walling, room additions, roof and window repair, flooring, and painting. They also had the opportunity to work with the local food bank, thrift store, and domestic violence shelters. Also during spring break, VE sponsored a sold-out trip to Antigua, Guatemala, where 10 students worked with fair trade farmers and artisans to explore the impact of fair trade policies and complete projects that benefit local communities. “Viking Expeditions provides students with opportunities to expand their world view through leadership and service to the local and global community,” says President Meredith Horrigan, a senior majoring in journalism and promotional communications. “Instead of the stereotypical semester break trip, our students spend a whole week or more in service to others. It’s a great part of CSU’s engaged learning experience.” 6 // CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE // CSUOHIO.EDU

FIRST LADY SHOUT-OUT Former CSU student Royale Nicholson was mentioned in remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama during her visit to China. Obama was discussing the importance of study abroad and cross-cultural understanding. While visiting the Stanford Center at Peking University, Obama called attention to Nicholson, who now attends New York University’s program in Shanghai. “Like me, Royale is a first-generation college student,” said Obama. “Her mother worked two full-time jobs while her father worked nights to support their family.” As a student at Cleveland’s Early College High School, Nicholson took several classes at CSU, including four semesters of Chinese language classes. During that time, she won a Chinese speech and talent competition organized by the Confucius Institute at CSU and took third place in the junior group in the Chinese Bridge East USA Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students held in New York last March. Her success led her to apply to New York University’s Shanghai campus, where she received a full scholarship.

FOLLOW PRESIDENT ON TWITTER Want to keep up with President Ronald M. Berkman 24/7? Just log onto Since launching a Twitter account last fall, the president has sent nearly 700 tweets on topics as diverse as getting his flu shot at the CSU Health & Wellness Center to encouraging fans to attend Viking sports events to reminding students about the Big Switch, the four- to three-credit-hour conversion of most undergraduate classes that takes place fall semester. “Students think it’s great that the president is using Twitter,” says Allison Dumski, president of the Student Government Association. “His tweets are one more way to keep up with what’s happening on campus.”

SPRING OPEN HOUSE DRAWS CROWDS Even the threat of a spring snowstorm did not stop more than 1,500 people from attending the fourth-annual Spring Open House. More than 600 students and 900 guests spent the day exploring what CSU has to offer by attending information sessions, visiting with over 65 organizations, taking campus and residence hall tours, and more.

A new feature of the 2014 Spring Open House, the Next Steps Station, was bustling with activity as more than 90 students worked with admissions and registrar staff to complete an application for admission, accept their admission to CSU, sign up for orientation and receive a transfer-credit evaluation – all right on the spot.



CIVIL RIGHTS CHAMPION VISITS CSU Coming straight to Cleveland from South Africa, where he was part of the U.S. delegation at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, revered civil rights leader John Lewis delivered the commencement address at CSU’s fall graduation. Lewis, who has represented Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1987, received an honorary doctor of laws degree. During his weekend visit, he also participated in a Presidential Dialogue, sharing his insights and life experiences with students. Provost Deirdre Mageean, John Lewis


At the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, Lewis was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He is the only surviving speaker

from the 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. Lewis organized sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters in Nashville, participated in Freedom Rides to challenge segregation at bus terminals in the South, and led more than 600 protesters across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., in a historic march for voting rights. He was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2011.

CO-OP PROGRAM IS 90 Happy anniversary to the Washkewicz College of Engineering’s Cooperative Education program, celebrating 90 years of success. More than 100 guests, including industry partners, faculty, staff, alumni and students, marked the occasion at a program and reception in Fenn Tower. Since its start in the former Fenn College, countless students have participated in co-op, gaining hands-on experience to jump-start their careers. Co-op is a structured academic program that provides engineering students with the tools they need for successful careers by integrating classroom studies with paid, reallife work experiences.

GRANTS SUPPORT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Cleveland State is redefining the way urban universities engage with their communities. Under President Ronald M. Berkman, CSU has intensified its commitment to engaging in strategic partnerships for the greater good of the city, the region and the University. And now, Civic Engagement grants, made possible through a generous gift from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, have been awarded to 20 faculty members representing an array of disciplines and to four student organizations. The grants, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, support collaborations between CSU and external partners that mutually benefit community well-being, student learning and academic scholarship. “Strategic partnerships and collaborations – and the opportunities they present – are an integral part of CSU’s engaged learning experience and the key to helping our city and region thrive,” says President Berkman. “I’m proud to say that we had an interdisciplinary mix of 110 applicants for these grants – a clear demonstration of the campus-wide interest in community engagement.” Byron White, vice president for University engagement and chief diversity officer, adds that “CSU is fortunate to have faculty and student leaders who truly embody our passion for engaged learning. They do so by creatively connecting classroom, campus and community. “These Civic Engagement grants will affirm some of their best work and enhance it, and encourage other faculty and students to embrace and appreciate the benefits of engaged learning for student success and community enhancement. Through the efforts of our grant recipients, the whole city wins.”

Students make a five-year commitment, receiving up to a full year of practical engineering experience while alternating semesters of work and study. While on the job, they meet with a faculty mentor and document how their classroom knowledge relates to their work. By the time they graduate, students have completed a minimum of three semesters of co-op. More often than not, they’ve fit in so well that they are offered full-time positions by their co-op employer. Through the years, industry partners have included NASA, Rockwell Automation, Lubrizol, MTD, First Energy, Sherwin Williams, Lincoln Electric, ODOT, and others. In honor of the anniversary, a new scholarship to support co-op students has been established. “Our goal is to raise $25,000 to endow the fund, creating a permanent legacy to the co-op program and giving more students the opportunity to participate,” said Paul Pawlaczyk, director of advancement in the College of Engineering. Visit to support the 90th Anniversary Co-op Scholarship Fund.



As a Garfield Heights High School student imagining his future, Don Washkewicz was directed toward three career choices by his parents – doctor, lawyer or engineer. They then gave him three school choices – Cleveland State, Cleveland State or Cleveland State. So no surprise, he followed in the footsteps of his father, uncle and brother and enrolled at Cleveland State’s Fenn College of Engineering. It was the beginning of a personal and professional partnership with CSU that most recently culminated in a $10 million gift to the College of Engineering from Washkewicz, his wife Pam, and the Parker Hannifin Foundation.


The transformative gift equals the largest-ever gift in University history and is the largest ever for engineering. To show its appreciation, CSU renamed the College of Engineering as the Washkewicz College of Engineering. “As a young man, much like my fellow students, I couldn’t see far beyond just getting through classes, graduating and starting my career,” says Washkewicz. “I certainly could not have envisioned the level of success life has brought to me, let alone dream that one day the College that I attended would be named after me and my name placed on the building. “Pam and I and the Parker Foundation are pleased to give back to the school that gave me and so many others such a tremendous start. I am honored to have my name associated with the College but even more so I am excited to be investing in the legacy of the future. My involvement with the University connects my passions for education and engineering, and I am incredibly proud to be a part of this community and to help enhance the education and lives of future leaders at CSU.” Since 2004, Washkewicz has been the chairman, chief executive officer and president of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the Cleveland-headquartered global leader in motion and control technologies. He has been with the firm since 1972, the same year he graduated from CSU with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Putting his education to good use, he joined Parker as an engineer in the hose products division, where he received several patents for new hose and fitting designs and was also involved in the development of trade secrets. He quickly moved up the corporate ladder, serving as manager of research and development, divisional general manager where he grew a small operation to a work force of 400 people and $100 million in sales, vice president of the fluid connectors group, and president of the worldwide hydraulics group. He was named president of Parker Hannifin

Corporation, a Fortune 200 company, in 2000 and chief executive officer in 2001. Washkewicz, a registered professional engineer licensed in the state of Ohio, also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University. He credits his education for his success. “I have very fond memories of my student days at CSU. My experience and education provided the strong foundation upon which I have built my career,” he says. While leading Parker’s growth into a multi-billion dollar global technology company, he has fostered the Parker/ CSU partnership. As an engaged alumnus and champion for CSU, he has been instrumental in Parker sharing its success with Cleveland State and engaging the firm in ensuring educational excellence for future generations of engineers. “As a company, Parker has a long history of supporting higher education, but has forged a particularly strong bond with CSU,” he proudly notes. Parker’s unparalleled generosity includes: »» A $1.5 million commitment to establish the Parker Hannifin Human Motion and Control Laboratory in the College of Engineering, and to fund an endowed chair in human motion and control. This joint research – focused on developing prosthetics and orthotics that replicate movement of healthy human limbs in order to improve mobility for those who suffer from impairments – is particularly exciting to Washkewicz because “it will help mankind.” »» A $4 million gift – $3 million for engineering scholarships and $1 million for two campus buildings, Parker Hannifin Administration Center and Parker Hannifin Hall; »» A $1 million leadership gift in support of the Allen Theatre renovation as part of CSU’s Arts Campus;

“Pam and I and the Parker Foundation are pleased to give back to the school that gave me and so many others such a tremendous start.” »» Lead sponsorships for Radiance: CSU Realizing the Promise, the University’s annual event in support of student scholarships; »» Financial support for cancer research by CSU faculty member Michael Kalafatis, professor of chemistry; »» A motion and control lab in the College of Engineering that has been regularly maintained and upgraded so students learn by using the most advanced technology; and much more. In addition, the firm regularly recruits and hires graduates (some 100 alumni are currently employed) and provides internships for students. The latest gift – $5 million from Washkewicz and his wife and $5 million from the Parker Hannifin Foundation – will provide for scholarships as well as major infrastructure improvements to the 1920s-era Fenn Hall (formerly Stilwell Hall), which houses the engineering program. Proposed renovations include enhancing classroom space, mobility, student and faculty gathering areas and offices, and creating a new entrance from Chester Avenue and East 24th Street. The hallmarks of the transformation will be two unique laboratory spaces – a Learning Incubator for Undergraduate Education and a Laboratory for Research and Innovation. Continued on page 12


Pam, Don and Tiffany Washkewicz

a successful career and to propel his company into a global enterprise. Both he and Parker are committed to educating future generations of engineers whose careers will be vital to Northeast Ohio’s growth and prosperity. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of Don, Pam and Parker and their belief in CSU.” Continued from page 11 Primarily but not exclusively focused on undergraduate education, the new Learning Incubator will provide interdisciplinary, hands-on education beyond the classroom. In addition to taking the required fundamental engineering lab courses and working on design projects that span four years of study, students will have the ability to work on their own innovations. Students from other disciplines, such as the arts, business and science, will be encouraged to become involved in design and innovation. The Laboratory for Research and Innovation will provide engineering faculty, their students and collaborators with state-of-the-art space for interdisciplinary engineering research and innovation. The facility will accommodate many types of research – from rooms equipped for “wet-lab” research in such areas as biomedical, chemical, environmental and materials-related research to spaces for applications such as robotics and control, mechanical testing and computer simulations. “Pam and I and our entire family are delighted to provide this gift to Cleveland State and its

engineering program,” says Washkewicz. “My experience at CSU was so rewarding and I am forever grateful to the University and the people who helped me. At Parker, we have enjoyed a close relationship with the CSU engineering program that has yielded many new opportunities and enabled us to hire many very talented people. My hope is that the additional support we are providing will enable the CSU engineering program to do even more to make engineering a core driver of job growth and economic opportunity in the region.”

Washkewicz and his wife have been married 37 years and are the parents of three children, with a grandchild due in May. Their philanthropy also supports the identification and commercialization of world-class treatments for cancer and other chronic diseases.

According to President Ronald M. Berkman, “This generous gift will allow us to provide additional scholarships and to foster and jump-start the creation of an academic environment that promotes innovation, discovery and entrepreneurship, and facilitates collaboration with industry. By reinventing our program, we will graduate students who are ready for the future.

“Students need to know they can accomplish anything they want to,” he says. “They are getting the best education possible at CSU. Add persistence, hard work and a little bit of luck and you have the combination for success.”

“Don epitomizes the typical CSU student, the value of hard work, and the great things that come from a CSU education,” adds President Berkman. “He used his CSU education to build

Cleveland State is a Washkewicz family tradition. Father Stan and Uncle Ted attended the College of Engineering and were professional engineers. Uncle Ted also earned a law degree. In 1969, brother Stanford graduated summa cum laude with an engineering degree. Sister Karen graduated with English and communication degrees. Sister Nancy also received an education degree. Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law have degrees in law, English, communication and psychology. And most recently daughter Tiffany attended CSU in preparation for medical degree studies.


Washkewicz received CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002, an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree in 2004, and the President’s Medal in 2011. He also holds the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Through his professional and philanthropic achievements, he hopes he is a role model.

He and his wife believe education is the key to America’s future and say they feel privileged to be making a difference. “Pam and I have the good fortune to provide the same opportunity that I had to students who will benefit from attending CSU,” he says. “We eagerly anticipate the impact these scholarships and the College of Engineering will have on the lives of future leaders in our community, and we look forward to the opportunity to partner with CSU to further advance the quality of education in Northeast Ohio well into the future. “I am honored to be a Cleveland State alumnus and to play a role in the success of this great University.”

Happy Anniversary, CSU! To mark this milestone, CSU is compiling a 50th Anniversary Alumni Directory. And we’re hoping all alumni will take a few minutes to update their information on file so the directory can be as accurate and complete as possible. Alumni should have received information about the directory from Publishing Concepts (PCI), the vendor that the Alumni Association is partnering with for this project. To verify your information, please call PCI toll free at 1.866.277.1993. The directory, a great memento of CSU’s first 50 years, is also a great way to connect with old friends and fellow graduates. It will be available in late fall.

Do you know of alumni with interesting stories to tell? We’re looking for 50 Fascinating Alumni to highlight online and in print throughout our anniversary year. We’re also looking for photos from 1964-65. You can help. Submit alumni names with a brief recap of their impactful stories or send your fun photos to

Break out the party hats and horns! Cleveland State University marks its 50th anniversary in 2014 and planning is now underway for a great celebration.

pictures with a life-size cutout of the Hot in Cleveland star, recorded special video messages to her, and spread the word by using the hashtag #CSUHotForBetty.

Activities will commence this fall with a block party on Friday, Sept. 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. Euclid Avenue will be closed to traffic and from Euclid Commons to Levin College, the campus core will be transformed into a promenade of entertainment, food, historical displays and fun.

A 50th anniversary committee, chaired by Julian Earls, executive-in-residence at the Monte Ahuja College of Business, co-chaired by President Ronald M. Berkman and President Emeritus Michael Schwartz, and comprised of University trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, students and civic leaders, is planning the festivities. And they want to hear from you.

The celebration continues through June 2015, concluding with the fifth-annual Radiance: CSU Realizing the Promise event in support of student scholarships, the ribbon-cutting to open the new health sciences building and a closing party. An interactive web site, available soon, will feature a guest book where alumni and friends can post CSU remembrances and upload photos. Throughout the 50th year, a variety of activities honoring CSU’s rich heritage and focusing on its bright future will be sponsored by the University, its Colleges and the Alumni Association. Plans include a speaker’s series, a commemorative coffee table book, special graduation medallions, an oral history project, a 50-book reading challenge, and more.

What types of events would be of greatest interest to you? How can CSU make this celebration as meaningful as possible? Email your ideas and suggestions to You’re invited to the party. Watch your email and visit for updates and join us in celebrating 50 years of Cleveland State University.

For alumni who are no longer in the Cleveland area, the Alumni Association will take the party on the road, hosting receptions and special events in five to 10 cities across the nation. Television icon Betty White has even been invited to join the celebration. In a social media campaign dubbed “Hot for Betty,” dozens of CSU students posed for


HEALTH SCIENCES TO FOSTER INNOVA Despite the cold and snowy winter, ground has been broken and construction of a new health sciences building at the heart of the CSU campus is well underway. Set to open in June 2015 on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 22nd Street, the $45 million, 100,000-square-foot facility will be the home for a new interprofessional model for health-care education and research.

With white hard hats and green and silver shovels in place, President Ronald M. Berkman was joined Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Jay Gershen, president of Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), and Robert Rawson, Jr., chair of the CSU board of trustees, for the groundbreaking. Calling it “one of the most special moments of my presidency,” Dr. Berkman noted that “anytime we open a building, we open a new set of opportunities for students. “Partnering with NEOMED on this facility will give Cleveland the only public medical school presence in the nation. This represents a promise to help students prepare for a new way of delivering health care, because our nation is going to deliver health care in a new way,” he added. Noting the “incredible journey from idea to groundbreaking,” the president said the facility will provide health-care education that will enable students to find jobs that will keep them in Cleveland.



Robert Rawson, Jr., CSU board of trustees; President Ronald M. Berkman; Jay Gershen, NEOMED; Mayor Frank Jackson

“In a city renowned for world-class health care, our collaborative approach to health-care education will lead to new efficiencies that ensure better health, better care and lower health-care costs,” he added. Despite growing evidence that patients benefit from streamlined health care delivered by tight-knit teams of professionals, most institutions continue to train these professionals separately, with no emphasis on team skills or a mutual understanding of different professional roles. In marked contrast to this norm, the health sciences building at CSU will foster a forwardthinking culture of collaboration. By design, interdisciplinary team learning will occur in flexible classroom spaces and teaching clinics, where future physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals will interact with each other and with community clients.

In addition to housing CSU programs offered by the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences, the building will house the Cleveland cohort of programs within NEOMED’s College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and College of Graduate Studies. The facility also will serve as the home of the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health, a trailblazing collaboration dedicated to training physicians and other health professionals to deliver primary care services to address the unique health-care needs of metropolitan communities (see box). NEOMED’s Gershen noted that “growing needs for health professionals that deliver primary care services have created a great demand for a more diverse health-care workforce with interdisciplinary skills to care for underserved

The NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health encourages economically disadvantaged students from Greater Cleveland to complete undergraduate coursework at CSU, enroll in the College of Medicine at NEOMED to earn a doctor of medicine degree, and return after residency to work in medically underserved communities in Northeast Ohio. The partnership admitted its second class in August 2013, with 35 premedical students. The Partnership for Urban Health will also recruit and train students from the other health professions.

populations, especially within America’s cities. Meeting this demand will be central to the mission of the new health sciences facility.” The health sciences building was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli of New Haven, Conn., a leading international architectural firm whose credits include the World Financial Center in New York City, Malaysia’s Petronas Towers and the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong, as well as Cleveland’s Key Tower and several Cleveland Clinic buildings. The Cleveland architectural office of Stantec is assisting with the project. However, said Trustee Rawson, “the real architects are Ron Berkman and Jay Gershen who worked together in an extraordinary way to conceive this and make it a reality. This building and the programming that will happen here will make an extraordinary contribution to this community.”

The health sciences building will include: • Collaborative learning spaces • An Innovation Center • A speech and hearing clinic with observation and testing labs • Nursing simulation labs • An occupational therapy/physical therapy training room • NEOMED standardized patient exam rooms, pharmacy simulation lab and classrooms • Distance-learning classrooms • Quiet study areas, lounges and café • A large central atrium for gatherings and events • Faculty and administrative offices


CSU’s Office of Research administers a number of internal funding programs that are designed to encourage research and scholarship, and to support the efforts of faculty researchers working to secure external funding. Cleveland State ranks among the top 200 universities in the United States for research and development, according to the NSF. Here’s a brief look at some of what’s happening.





Cleveland State faculty research and scholarship are thriving, as evidenced by the 2012 expenditure report recently released by the National Science Foundation (NSF). From 2005 to 2012, the University grew its federally financed expenditures from $12 million to $42 million. In the same period, the University grew its overall expenditures from $22 million to $61 million.


Three Washkewicz College of Engineering faculty were awarded a $1.5 million grant from the NSF for a four-year project to develop a prosthetic leg that emulates able-bodied gait and utilizes a groundbreaking energy-regeneration system. The device promises to dramatically improve the quality of life for people with transfemoral (above-knee) amputations. With current prostheses, these amputees typically walk with a stiff-legged gait, which quickly can lead to other health issues, including degenerative joint disease. Innovative energy-regeneration technology will allow the new prosthesis to operate for significantly longer intervals than current prostheses, which require frequent battery charges. Award recipients Dan Simon, Hanz Richter and Antonie van den Bogert bring unique expertise to the project. Dr. Simon, professor of electrical and computer engineering, specializes in microprocessor design and optimization. Dr. Richter, associate professor of mechanical engineering, specializes in mechanical systems and controls. Dr. van den Bogert, the Parker Hannifin Endowed Chair in CSU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, is a leading authority on biomechanics and gait analysis. The team is conducting their research in the new Parker Hannifin Human Motion and Control Laboratory at CSU. Prosthesis testing will employ robot technology; human trials will be conducted at the Cleveland VA Medical Center.

An interdisciplinary faculty team was awarded a $1 million NSF grant to train high school educators to teach a new standardized advanced placement course in computer science. The Computing in Secondary Schools (CISS) program is part of a joint effort by the NSF and the U.S. Department of Education to train 10,000 computer science teachers in 10,000 high schools across the United States. Led by Nigamanth Sridhar, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, the CSU team includes Karla Hamlen, assistant professor of educational research; Santosh Misra, professor of computer and information science; and Debbie Jackson, associate professor of STEM teacher education. The team also includes Beth Simon of the University of California, San Diego. The CISS team will provide professional development to teachers across Ohio via the Ohio STEM Learning Network, helping them hone the skills required to teach the new AP Computer Science Principles course which Dr. Simon helped design. The first cohort of teachers will attend an introductory workshop this summer, and will receive follow-up support throughout the year. The project also will create an online course on computer science education. The CISS program was developed by the Washkewicz College of Engineering, College of Education and Human Services and Monte Ahuja College of Business, as well as CSU’s Office of Research.

Want an in-depth look at what faculty are doing? Tune in to CSU’s new Featured Researcher Video Series. Created by the Office of Research, the videos “shine a spotlight on the outstanding researchers at CSU who are making exciting advances in a wide variety of fields," says Jerzy Sawicki, vice president for research. To date, six faculty members have been highlighted – Bibo Li, associate professor of biological, geological and environment sciences, who is studying a parasite that causes sleeping sickness in humans; Dan Simon, Ton van den Bogert and Hanz Richter, who are developing a prosthetic leg; Mark Souther, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at CSU, who specializes in urban decline and revitalization and perceptions of metropolitan change; Rachel Carnell, professor of English, an expert in the political history of the British novel; Ben Clark, assistant professor of urban studies, who specializes in public policy, public management, and public budgeting/finance; and Peter Bubenik, associate professor of mathemetics, whose specialty is topology. A new installment is posted monthly at To learn more about the initiatives and programs in the Office of Research, read the newsletter at html, “like” the Facebook page, or follow on Twitter (@CSUResearch).


PRESIDENTIAL NOD TO STEM HIGH SCHOOL AT CSU President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address included a shout-out to Cleveland’s MC2STEM High School, whose new classrooms on the Cleveland State campus were created through a partnership between the University, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and the KeyBank Foundation. During a portion of the speech dedicated to education, the White House’s official “enhanced livestream” of the address flashed a slide stating that America needs more schools like MC2STEM which is preparing students with science, technology, engineering, math, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills needed for the new economy.

Eric Gordon, CMSD; astronaut Stephanie Wilson; President Ronald M. Berkman; Margot Copeland, KeyBank Foundation; and MC2STEM students

The MC2STEM slide highlighted the school’s workshops with NASA tutors, mentoring with GE Lighting engineers, and demanding internships with local businesses.

“To have a high school on a college campus is truly groundbreaking,” he adds. “These students are now part of the fabric of CSU and are fully embedded in our culture.”

“This recognition is a testament to the power of the unique partnership among CSU, CMSD and the KeyBank Foundation. We are working together to strengthen our young people’s college readiness through enhanced STEM programming and, in so doing, setting a national example,” says President Ronald M. Berkman.

The grand opening of the high school capped more than two years of intensive collaboration among KeyBank Foundation, CMSD and CSU. The premise for the partnership was to enable students to navigate a college campus and to gain support for application and acceptance to college.

Officials from CSU, CMSD and KeyBank Foundation celebrated their STEM partnership at a standing-room-only grand opening of the high school in Rhodes Tower West. Juniors and seniors attending the STEM high school participated in a program that featured a laser-assisted ribbon-cutting ceremony and a showcase of students’ work. Guests included Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and high-ranking officials from KeyBank, CMSD and CSU, as well as astronaut Stephanie Wilson, the second African-American female to travel into space. The KeyBank Classrooms for STEM Education are home to 140 MC2STEM juniors and seniors. Built with a $1.25 million donation from the KeyBank Foundation, the facilities include renovated classrooms and a state-of-the-art fabrication laboratory where students use the latest technology to create three-dimensional objects based on their own designs. “Our expectation is that many of these students will choose to pursue higher education and we hope it will be at CSU,” says Dr. Berkman. “It is critically important for these students to be well prepared in high school in order for them to be successful in their college careers.


“Attending MC2STEM High School kept me challenged and focused and helped me win a scholarship to CSU. Having the school on campus is a great idea.” —Jessica Hammock CSU sophomore, member of MC2STEM’s first graduating class “Even some of the most motivated and prepared students feel reluctant to apply to college, simply because they cannot envision themselves on a college campus,” said KeyBank Foundation's Chair Margot Copeland. “In forming the partnership, we felt strongly that housing MC2STEM High School on CSU’s campus would give students a taste of college life and help them better see themselves succeeding in a higher education environment.”


550+ Radiance Scholars

3.0 Average GPA

51% First-generation Students


Tom Adler, Radiance co-chair; Jennie and Trevor Jones, 2013 honorees

Minority Students

In just three years, Radiance: CSU Realizing the Promise has raised more than $1.6 million, providing scholarships to more than 550 students. It’s also grown into an eagerly anticipated spring social event.

This year’s honoree, Eric Gordon


A success since its start in 2011, Radiance continues to grow every year. Thanks to generous corporate and individual support, last year’s event raised a record $782,000 for student scholarships which are awarded to undergraduate students, mostly juniors and seniors, who are in good academic standing but at risk for dropping out of school due to financial issues. Radiance scholarships help them stay in school and on track to graduation.

“These scholarships are more than just dollars. They are truly life-changing.” The fourth-annual Radiance on Friday, May 9 was another spectacular celebration that brought hundreds of donors to CSU’s Student Center. Eric Gordon, chief executive officer of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, was awarded CSU’s most prestigious non-academic honor – the President’s Medal – in recognition of the strong CSU/CMSD partnership.

“These scholarships are more than just dollars. They are truly life-changing,” says President Ronald M. Berkman. See the next issue of Cleveland State for complete coverage of this year’s event.

Students Majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)

23% Seniors 77% Juniors

47% Men 53% Women


FEDERAL, STATE OFFICIALS REPRESENT CSU’S BEST INTERESTS They sit on both sides of the legislative aisle as well as the bench, and represent various political philosophies. But they’re united when it comes to serving the best interests of Cleveland State University. Currently 20 alumni or former students hold elected office at the state and federal levels. The prestigious roster includes a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, three of seven Ohio Supreme Court judges (including the Chief Justice), six members of the Ohio Senate, and 10 members of the Ohio House of Representatives.

“CSU provides a great foundation upon which students can build a solid future.” —Rep. Marcia Fudge U.S. House of Representatives In fact, CSU has the third-highest number of members in the General Assembly among all Ohio state universities. “When working on issues important to Cleveland State at the federal or state levels, one of the first places we turn is to our former students serving in the Congress or the General Assembly,” says President Ronald M. Berkman.

dedicated elected officials,” adds William Napier, senior advisor to the president. Having graduates and former students in Columbus and Washington, D.C. who are aware and working on behalf of CSU’s needs has benefitted not only the University and its students, but the entire Northeast Ohio region. “Rep. Marcia Fudge, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, is an outstanding ambassador for CSU,” says Dr. Napier. “She has been an outspoken advocate for Pell Grants, which many of our students depend on to finance their education. She has brought prominent federal officials to campus to meet with students and even delivered her State of the 11th Congressional District address at CSU.” President Berkman notes, “When CSU was seeking support at the Statehouse for our partnership with Northeast Ohio Medical University, our alumni and friends in the General Assembly

“When you add in local officials – three-time alumnus Mayor Frank Jackson, many members of Cleveland City Council, and numerous justices throughout Northeast Ohio, it’s clear that CSU has done very well in educating 20 // CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE // CSUOHIO.EDU

“I knew CSU was where I could learn the skills I needed to be a successful businesswoman and elected official. I am proud to represent my alma mater in the Ohio General Assembly and look forward to watching the University continue to progress as a leading academic institution in Ohio and the nation.” —State Sen. Shirley Smith

definitely led the way. They got language and funding included in the state budget to support 35 medical students each year in the CSU/ NEOMED program. This will train a substantial number of primary care physicians to serve urban areas, especially in Northeast Ohio.”

“I enrolled in CSU’s Executive MBA program to get a more thorough academic understanding of business practices and how to grow and sustain our economy. I am confident my degree will lead to further success in my career and the uplifting of our community.” —State Rep. Sandra Williams



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U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-11) Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor Justice Terrence O’Donnell Justice William M. O’Neill

Sen. Bill Beagle (R-5) Sen. William Coley (R-4) Sen. Thomas Patton (R-24) Sen. Michael Skindell (D-23) Sen. Shirley Smith (D-21) Sen. Nina Turner (D-25)

Rep. Marlene Anielski (R-6) Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-13) Rep. Nan Baker (R-16) Rep. Nick Celebrezze (D-15) Rep. Michael Foley (D-14)

Rep. Matt Lynch (R-76) Rep. Matt Lundy (D-55) Rep. John Rogers (D-60) Rep. Sandra Williams (D-11) Rep. Ronald Young (R-61)

Legislators also helped secure for CSU $14.6 million in the current state capital budget. The total includes $12.7 million for much-needed improvements to labs and classrooms in Fenn Hall (formerly Stilwell Hall), home of the Washkewicz College of Engineering. In addition, CSU-connected state legislators have been instrumental in helping the University secure nearly $800,000 for internships and cooperative education, as well as ongoing funding for the Ohio Center for the Advancement of Women in Public Service in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. They also led the effort to approve CSU’s purchase of

the Rascal House property, site of the new health sciences building now under construction. “Through the years, CSU has been fortunate to have an extraordinarily large number of alumni and former students elected to Congress, the General Assembly and the Ohio Supreme Court,” says President Berkman. “They recognize and value the importance of CSU as an urban university, the engaged learning experience that it provides, and its key role in educating the workforce and business and civic leaders who will take this region into the future. They work hard on our behalf and we are extremely grateful.”

“I’m very glad I have been able to use my law degree in public service. My career path has been challenging and rewarding and I owe it to the foundation I received at C M LAW.” —Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor Ohio Supreme Court



ENGAGEMENT: SPECIAL EVENTS STRENGTHEN CONNECTION TO ALUMNI, DONORS, FRIENDS When it comes to connecting with alumni, donors and friends, the CSU Foundation, Division of University Advancement and Alumni Affairs Office have been busier than ever. Road trips, sports events, receptions and more provided opportunities for engagement over the past several months. Thanks to all who attended. We hope you had fun! DEAN’S CIRCLE



Alumni and friends who made gifts of $1,000 or more to the University over the past year were honored for their leadership and philanthropy at CSU’s inaugural Dean’s Circle reception.

Nearly 400 students showed their appreciation to donors at CSU’s second-annual Tomorrow Made Possible (TMP) event.

Cheers to those who help make CSU great! The CSU Foundation recently said a special thank you to some special friends.

Sponsored by the Student Alumni Association (SAA) as part of national Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day, TMP promotes awareness and appreciation for the impact of philanthropy. Over the course of three hours, a steady stream of students stopped by TMP to write thank-you notes which were sent to donors, and enjoy food, music and giveaways.

A reception to thank sponsors who generously supported 2013’s Radiance: CSU Realizing the Promise was followed by an exciting basketball game in which the Vikings topped the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 86-76.

Held at The Galleries at CSU, the event was an opportunity to thank donors who are the bedrock of fundraising – individuals that CSU can count on year after year to provide gifts that have immediate impact, grow the endowment and most importantly, support students. Following brief remarks by Provost Deirdre Mageean and Berinthia LeVine, vice president for University advancement, guests viewed works of art throughout the galleries.

“TMP helps students understand that philanthropy bridges the gap between tuition revenue and the true cost of running a university,” says Kathleen Kulik, SAA advisor. “Writing a thank-you note personalizes the concept of philanthropy for our students. And the notes truly are appreciated by our donors.”

A few weeks later, Board Appreciation Night recognized volunteers who serve on the CSU board of trustees, Foundation board of directors, Alumni Association board of directors and College visiting committees. The reception was capped by heart-pounding action on the hardwood as the Vikings locked up the No. 2 seed in the Horizon League Championship with a 70-69 overtime win over the Youngstown State Raiders.

Over the past year, more than 340 volunteers (75 percent of whom were alumni) gave more than 6,500 hours of service to CSU.




Basketball fever was in the air when alumni and friends filled charter jets – twice – to catch the Vikings in action at Lexington, Ky. and Green Bay, Wisc. Both sold-out trips were hosted by President Ronald M. Berkman and his wife, Patsy.

It was fun in the sun for alumni and friends who joined CSU and the Cleveland Indians at spring training in Goodyear, Az.

In November, CSU’s first-ever charter trip travelled to the University of Kentucky to watch the Vikings take on the Kentucky Wildcats in a sold-out game at Rupp Arena. While the Vikes didn’t win, they came close (68-61), played hard and represented CSU in the best possible light. And team members appreciated the home town cheers.

Nearly 90 Tribe fans enjoyed a pre-game patio party at Goodyear Ballpark, and then watched the Indians take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in pre-season play. While Cleveland lost, 4-2, it was still a great time for all. To add to the fun, President Ronald M. Berkman threw out the first pitch.

The two-day trip also included a dinner, pre-game reception, behind-the-scenes tour of Lexington’s thoroughbred horse farms, and a visit to awardwinning Buffalo Trace Bourbon Distillery. In March, a second charter trip took fans to Resch Center at the University of Wisconsin to support the Vikings in the Horizon League Tournament semi-final game. After a pre-game dinner, the Cleveland contingent cheered the home team in a valiant effort against Wright State but ultimately the Vikings came up short, 68-63. “It was great to have so many alumni and friends flying with CSU in support of our high-flying Vikings,” said President Berkman. “Viking pride was in the air.”



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MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM HELPS YOUTH SUCCEED Comfortable school cafeterias where students have enough time to enjoy nutritious meals with friends . . . refreshing recess periods where they can enjoy physical activities and social interaction . . . even a weekly yoga pose or some deep breathing.


Efficient and effective activities that can be easily incorporated into the school day to help youngsters enjoy school and feel calmer and better about themselves are at the heart of Every Moment Counts: Promoting Mental Health Throughout the Day. A three-year project funded by the Office of Exceptional Children, Ohio Department of Education, and developed by Professor Susan Bazyk and a team of 13 hand-picked occupational therapists, Every Moment Counts is designed to help children become mentally healthy in order to succeed in school, at home and in the community.

“When the principal says hi or a lunch supervisor smiles, children feel good. . . . We’re helping kids be happy.”

Already underway in a number of Cleveland and suburban schools, the project emphasizes the inclusion of students with disabilities and mental health challenges during all aspects of the school day and after-school activities. Programing is embedded in natural contexts such as classrooms, cafeteria and playground, rather than in isolated therapy rooms. Creating a Comfortable Cafeteria, for example, emphasizes more than eating a healthy lunch. It also encourages students to have meaningful conversations, sit with someone new, try new foods and use good manners – and in the process, enjoy their lunch break more. Using school occupational therapists as change agents, the program is designed to assist all school personnel – from lunch and recess supervisors to the principal – in proactively addressing the mental health needs of students. “When the principal says hi or a lunch supervisor smiles, children feel good. This program helps create an environment that promotes positive interactions throughout the school day. We’re helping kids be happy,” says Dr. Bazyk. “Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. Positive mental health is associated with feeling good emotionally and doing well functionally in everyday life and is just as important as physical health,” she adds. “This program creates supportive environments, reduces stigma and discrimination, and supports the social and emotional learning of all students.” Already some 150 occupational therapists have completed a sixmonth professional development process to help them implement interdisciplinary programs focusing on mental health promotion, prevention and intervention in their schools. And CSU occupational therapy students have been involved in implementation of the cafeteria and recess programs. This summer, a program website will go live, allowing the dissemination of model program toolkits and resource materials to schools and families throughout Ohio and beyond.



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For just $200 per month, recent graduates looking to start careers as legal entrepreneurs can lease state-of-the-art, newly constructed office space situated in what was previously a section of the law library. Practitioners may lease their space for two years as they seek to establish their own private law practices. “We offer students the resources to explore solo practice as a viable, chosen career path early in their law school education, and we are now able to provide them with affordable office space close to the courts and our law library once they graduate,” says Dean Craig Boise. “While our graduates have a thorough understanding of the law, they might not have the background necessary for starting their own business. We believe the programming and resources the incubator offers will bridge that educational gap.”

Alumnus Kenneth B. Liffman; President Ronald M. Berkman; Dean Craig M. Boise; Gregory S. Scott, president, C M LAW Alumni Association; Darrell Clay, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

INCUBATOR HELPS GRADS START LEGAL CAREERS Ohio’s first law school-based solo practice incubator – one of approximately 10 in the nation – has opened its doors at C M LAW.


In addition to office space, tenants have access to a board room and low-cost business services. Through a partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, reduced-cost health and liability insurance and vendor discounts also are available. Beyond monetary advantages, tenants benefit from substantial guidance in the practical management of their firms and the handling of their cases. The school’s Solo Practice Advisory Council will host frequent presentations and workshops by local lawyers, service providers and others. And incubator coordinator Ashley Jones, who graduated from the law school in 2011 and is now a criminal defense attorney in solo practice, serves as a resource for guidance and troubleshooting.

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DOCTORAL STUDENTS TAKE ON NATIONAL ROLE Two doctoral students are bringing national attention to CSU’s Counseling Psychology program as the only two student members of the Society of Counseling Psychology’s (SCP) executive board. Brittan Davis and Sneha Pitre, who will graduate in 2016, represent the interests of their fellow CSU students and some 2,100 students in approximately 70 American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited doctoral counseling psychology programs across the nation. They sit on the board as part of their responsibilities as co-chairs of Student Affiliates of Seventeen (SAS), a national student membership organization currently housed at CSU. In a competitive process, the University was selected as the host institution for SAS for the 20132016 term.

“We are honored and humbled to serve our peers in a national leadership role, work alongside some of the most intelligent and accomplished scholars in our field, and promote scholarship and professional development,” says Davis. As SAS co-chairs, the duo lead an executive board comprised of fellow CSU students who are responsible for three annual newsletters that are circulated throughout SCP membership, a website, awards, programming at the APA convention and other conferences, and more. CSU's initiatives as SAS host institution center around multicultural competence, research and scholarship, ethical practice/professional development and advocacy/community action. “Developing mentoring programs for students of marginalized groups, providing programming focused on the enhancement of research and multicultural competencies at national conferences, forming research collaborations, developing research awards for students who exemplify a strong commitment to multiculturalism and social justice, and encouraging community action initiatives through SAS programming are just a few of the goals we have planned for CSU's term as SAS host institution,” says Pitre.




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Unfortunately, “most severely troubled teens in our juvenile justice facilities have had to deal with multiple problems, often including impoverished families, beatings and other traumas, and hidden learning disabilities and mental health issues that lead to school failure,” he says. Changing the pathway from troubled family life to school failure to incarceration is at the core of Dr. Mallett’s advocacy efforts. A consultant whose expertise is nationally tapped by juvenile courts, children’s service agencies and school districts, his research has brought together judges, attorneys, social workers, educators, mental health professionals and public policy makers to work together to facilitate changes in the social service and juvenile justice systems. In fact, his research “Socio-Historical Analysis of Juvenile Offenders on Death Row” was submitted by the Child Welfare League of America in its amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court and helped influence the court’s decision to rule the death penalty for youth as unconstitutional.

AT-RISK YOUTH NEED HELP, NOT JAIL Christopher A. Mallett is a social worker, attorney (C M LAW ’03), prolific researcher, and an associate professor who teaches undergraduate and graduate-level classes and directs CSU’s bachelor of social work program. He combines all these skills with a healthy dose of passion as an advocate for at-risk adolescents, primarily teens of color, and for keeping them out of the juvenile justice system. His scholarship focuses on teens with disabilities and their involvement with juvenile courts – specifically, the impact that mental health disorders, substance abuse, special education disabilities and trauma/maltreatment victimization have on delinquency and crime. “If I can help one young person avoid detention or incarceration, I have succeeded,” he says. Catching problems early, finding rehabilitative alternatives, and not giving up on troubled youngsters are essential for keeping them out of the juvenile justice system, he adds.


“If I can help one young person avoid detention or incarceration, I have succeeded.”

Dr. Mallet is the author of a textbook and more than 40 research papers, training briefs and book chapters. In 2012 he was the recipient of CSU’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and the Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award which recognizes one faculty member annually for exceptional outcomes in teaching, research and service.


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ENGINEERS HELP PATIENTS BREATHE EASIER An estimated 12.7 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In many cases, patients need supplementary medical oxygen for the rest of their lives and until recently, equipment for oxygen therapy was heavy, bulky and difficult to use. So researchers at Invacare Corporation and CSU have teamed up to transform the future of oxygen therapy. Researchers at CSU and Invacare were introduced through the College of Engineering’s R&D Institute. Since then, Professor Orhan Talu and Associate Professor Sridhar Ungarala, both of the Chemical and Biomedical Engineering department, along with several of their students, have been helping to advance Invacare’s next generation of oxygen products. By addressing the technical challenges that many oxygen users face today, these teams are looking forward to delivering on Invacare’s brand promise for millions of COPD patients – Making Life’s Experiences Possible™. Invacare Corporation, headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, is the global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative home and long-term care

medical products that promote recovery and active lifestyles. Dr. Talu is an internationally recognized expert in all aspects of adsorption – the adhesion of atoms, ions or molecules from a gas, liquid or dissolved solid to a surface. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Energy and NASA, as well as the corporate community. Dr. Ungarala is a researcher in process systems engineering with expertise in process modeling, dynamic simulation, process control and data analysis using Bayesian statistics. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy and the state of Ohio, as well as the corporate community.


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The award was presented as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP), which works with community partners to foster the economic empowerment of disenfranchised communities. Also honored with a Community Leadership Award was Third Federal Savings & Loan.


“With all of the bad news about people losing their homes to foreclosure, it is easy to lose sight of the good work that is being done to help them stay in their homes. Our job has been to tell the story of how ESOP and the other organizations involved in the Cuyahoga County Foreclosure Prevention Program have helped more than 4,500 homeowners. The centerpiece of this program is face-to-face foreclosure prevention counseling resulting in a loan modification, which has proven to be effective in keeping people in their homes. Housing stability benefits homeowners, neighborhoods, cities and the entire county,” said Kathryn W. Hexter, director of CSU’s Center for Community Planning and Development.

Levin College’s Center for Community Planning and Development is a recipient of the Above & Beyond award in recognition of its commitment to researching and documenting the work being done to help stem the tide of foreclosures in Cuyahoga County.

Working in partnership with public, private and nonprofit organizations, local governments and development and planning professionals, the Center is dedicated to strengthening the practice of planning and community development through independent research, technical assistance and civic education and engagement.

Marc Stefanski, president, Third Federal; Kathryn Hexter, Levin College; Roslyn Quarto, ESOP



PROJECT CREATE ENHANCES TEACHER SKILLS With a national discussion of teacher preparation standards underway, the College of Education and Human Services is leading the reform effort in Ohio.


Through the Curriculum Redesign Effort to Advance Teacher Education (Project CREATE) CSU is redesigning its licensing programs to improve early childhood, middle childhood, and special education teacher education. The change employs a clinical-based model of education not unlike that used by the medical profession. In line with CSU’s focus on engaged learning and community partnerships, Project CREATE will provide students with 700 hours of on-the-job training through five field experiences (up from three) in schools serving high-need, diverse communities. Through integration of theory and practice and increased teacher support, Project CREATE will prepare high quality and effective teachers equipped to help all students achieve to their greatest potential. The faculty-led, two-year curriculum redesign involved all relevant stakeholders, including University faculty, administrators and field supervisors, P-12 teachers and district-level administrators.


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“We are confident that Project CREATE will better prepare teachers for the demands of the 21st century classroom.” “Project CREATE’s enhanced focus on clinical preparation will involve significantly more interaction with schools as candidates spend more time gaining experience under the active mentorship of University faculty and top classroom teachers. Content and pedagogy courses will be more directly related to classroom instruction,” says Associate Professor Tachelle Banks. “We are confident that Project CREATE will better prepare teachers for the demands of the 21st century classroom.” Freshmen will enter Project CREATE teacher preparation programs in fall 2014.

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STUDENT NURSES CARE FOR HOMELESS As the cold and snowy winter gripped Cleveland, School of Nursing students provided warm-hearted care and compassion to residents of the 2100 Lakeside Men’s Shelter. Members of three student organizations – the Nurses Christian Fellowship, Minority Association of Nursing Students and Student Nurse Association – treated more than 120 clients at the homeless shelter during the three-hour visit. Under the guidance of faculty members Joan Thoman and Cathy Winkler, the nursing students checked blood pressures and blood glucose levels and also bathed the men’s feet and provided assessments, foot care instructions, and when needed, referrals to podiatrists. In addition, each client received a new pair of socks donated by the School of Nursing and a pair of new boots donated by an anonymous corporate donor in Eastlake, Ohio. As part of their required clinical rotations and volunteer service learning activities, School of Nursing students regularly visit senior centers, homeless shelters, adult day centers, school-based agencies, unwed mothers' shelters, and community mental health centers to provide care and practice their skills.


The experience at 2100 Lakeside was so successful and appreciated by residents, the School of Nursing hopes to expand its visits to monthly. The largest homeless shelter in Ohio, serving an average of 515 men each day, 2100 Lakeside is operated by the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry. In addition to providing men in transition and in crisis with a bed and meals, the center offers services to increase resident self-sufficiency and target employment, treatment and/or alternative housing needs.


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STUDENTS WIN MUSEUM FELLOWSHIPS The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Cleveland’s University Circle area is the classroom for four CSU students selected for a new fellowship program funded by a grant from the Ohio Board of Regents. The students are spending 12 months at MOCA as part-time junior staff members in the areas of Visitor Services and Business Operations, Finance and Administration, Public Programs and Community Outreach, and Design and Marketing. In line with CSU’s brand of engaged learning, the fellowship program encourages students to explore the range of potential career choices that exist within their field of study in a museum setting, and to bring their studies to life through experiential learning. The program is managed by the Monte Ahuja College of Business, which works with CSU’s Career Services Center and faculty across campus to recruit and pre-screen students for final selection by MOCA. The fellowship program provides MOCA with an infusion of fresh ideas and energy and serves as a catalyst for fostering inspiration, innovation and ultimately, a new generation of skilled professionals. The fellows are: Alex Binder, who will earn a bachelor of fine arts with a graphic design concentration this May; Ling Chen, a senior finance major; Elizabeth Culp, a graduate student in history and museum studies; and Laura Klasa, a senior majoring in studio art with a concentration in photography.


PASSPORT TO CLEVELAND Discover some of the places that make the city unique through Passport to Cleveland.


Hosted by the CSU Alumni Association in partnership with Discover My Cleveland, this series of four adventures provides a behind-the-scenes look at four area hot spots – with an added CSU twist.

The Passport to Cleveland series includes: 1 WEST SIDE MARKET AFTER HOURS

Wednesday, May 14, 5:30 – 9 p.m. Cost per CSU alumnus, staff or student

over age 21: $65 General Admission cost per person over age 21: $75 Cost for those under age 21: $55



Take a guided tour of the 101-year-old landmark, followed by dinner and a slide show at the Market Garden Brewery, owned by alumnus Sam McNulty, BA ’97. 2 CLEVELAND FROM ABOVE & BELOW



Saturday, June 7, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Cost per CSU alumnus, staff or student: $20 General Admission cost per person: $24 See Cleveland from two very different perspectives – the tunnels under the Soldiers & Sailors Monument and the Terminal Tower observation deck. The monument’s executive director is alumnus Tim Daley, BA ’90. This trip also will visit the Old Stone Church.

CORPORATE BREAKFASTS More than 80 percent of CSU graduates stay in Northeast Ohio, using their knowledge and skills to succeed in their careers while bolstering the region’s workforce, leadership ranks and economic growth.


Sunday, July 13, 1 – 6 p.m.

Cost per CSU alumnus, staff or student: $45 General Admission cost per person: $50 A bus trip to areas of the city where farmto-table has taken root. Visit tiny plots to multi-acre farms with alumnus Randy McShepard, MSUS ’98, co-founder of Rid-All Green Partnership. 4 BEERS & BREWERIES

Tuesday, August 19, 6 – 10 p.m.

Cost per CSU alumnus, staff or student: $70 General Admission cost per person: $80 A guided bus tour to three local microbreweries with samplings at each stop. For reservations or details about Passport to Cleveland events, call Discover My Cleveland at 216-369-9399, email discovermycleveland@ or visit

The 90-minute breakfasts are held on site and employers handle all the logistics, including providing food and inviting CSU alumni employees. The program format includes a five-minute CSU video, brief remarks by administrators, deans, faculty or alumni, and networking.

To help them stay engaged with their alma mater, CSU inaugurated an Alumni Corporate Breakfast series at area employers with large alumni populations. Over the past year, breakfasts were held at Sherwin-Williams, Eaton and Forest City.

“The breakfasts are an informal and fun way for our alumni to learn what’s happening at CSU and for the University to expand its alumni connections,” notes Brian Breittholz, Alumni Association executive director. “They are a great way to boost alumni pride, camaraderie and engagement.”

The events were so successful, the program will be expanded to monthly breakfasts with other employers.

Area employers interested in scheduling an Alumni Corporate Breakfast should contact the Alumni Affairs Office at 216-687-2078.


VIKING TRADITIONS BOOK A new Viking Traditions Book is helping students create CSU memories that will last a lifetime.

TRAVEL THE WORLD Sail away. Or fly away. Either way, CSU is embarking on world-class travel experiences for alumni and friends beginning with nearly a dozen trips in 2014 and 2015.

A joint project of the Student Alumni Association (SAA) and the Student Government Association, Viking Traditions is a 32-page scrapbook with 75 suggested activities for student engagement, both on campus and around the city. The wide-ranging activities include attending sports, theater and concert events, visiting museums and restaurants, and utilizing CSU services.

“These are exciting trips to destinations most folks only dream of,” says Brian Breittholz, Alumni Association executive director. “One of the greatest benefits of group travel is that all the logistics are worked out for you. You get to enjoy a trip without worrying about how to get from Point A to B.”

As they work their way through the to-do list, students are encouraged to document their progress in the scrapbook – for instance, by posting photos of themselves or saving ticket stubs. When students complete 50 of the 75 suggestions, they receive a special cord to wear at graduation and are honored as a “True Viking.”

The trips will be provided through travel experts who have years of success with the college alumni market. The CSU Alumni Association will actively market these trips as ways to further engage alumni and friends.

The books were distributed during Homecoming weekend and have been well received by students who are using them as a guide to enhancing their campus experience.

“Most of the trips have an educational component to them,” notes Breittholz. “Whether alums are touring an historic site or mingling with local villagers, these trips offer richer experiences than traditional travel.”

“The SAA wants students to be involved and engaged, and to have a physical remembrance of their time at CSU,” says Arit Umana, a senior Honors student and chair of SAA’s Pride and Traditions committee. “CSU should not be a place that you pass through – it should be a place where you create lifelong memories.”

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2014 TRIPS • Cuban Discovery, Oct. 17 – 25 • Greek Isles Odyssey, Oct. 21 – 29

• Alaskan Glory, July 14 – 24

2015 TRIPS

• Historic Interlude (Greece, Italy, France and Spain), October 4 – 12

• Waterways of Holland and Belgium, Spring • Ireland (Galway, Killarney, Mallow and Dublin), Spring • Mediterranean Marvels, April 24 – May 3

• Baltic Marvels, August 13 – 23 • Italian Riviera, Fall

• Spain (Valencia and Barcelona), Fall • Danube Passage with Prague, Fall


Hundreds of alumni returned to campus for Homecoming 2013, rekindling warm memories and friendships (despite cold and rainy weather) and strengthening their ties to CSU. Weekend highlights included: • The Distinguished Alumni Awards, which brought more than 500 guests to the Wolstein Center to honor 11 outstanding graduates (see story on page 33); • The President’s Luncheon, a sold-out event that sparked Viking pride as President Ronald M. Berkman shared CSU success stories; • A reunion brunch honoring the Classes of 1963, 1988, 2003 and 2008, and mini-reunions for alumni from communication, economics, and philosophy and comparative religion; • The announcement of the new endowed Women of Fenn scholarship and introduction of its first recipient;


• A Viketoberfest with family-friendly activities, from pumpkin painting to a live owls display to music and dancing, in outdoor tents; • The second-annual homecoming parade featuring grand marshals Mark Shapiro, president of the Cleveland Indians, and President Berkman; • The first-ever Krenzler Bowl flag football game; • Crowning of the homecoming king and queen; • A tailgate party, Viking Madness and concert.

Homecoming 2014 will be part of CSU’s 50th anniversary kickoff. A number of activities will take place the week of Sept.15, culminating in a Euclid Avenue block party on Friday evening, Sept. 19, an alumni reunion lunch on Saturday, Sept. 20, a Parade of the Decades, and more. Watch your email and for details.


2013 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD HONOREES Kabir Singh, MBA ’97, president, Sigma Vibracoustic Pvt. Ltd. and Sigma-FreudenbergNOK Pvt. Ltd. in New Delhi; Martin Sweeney, BA ’88, Cleveland City Councilman; Louis Stokes, JD ’53 and honorary doctor of laws ’89, dean of the Ohio delegation in the U.S. Congress and retired senior counsel, Squire Sanders (US) LLP;

CSU’s 23rd annual Distinguished Alumni Awards program included two special recognitions – the President’s Award for International Achievement to Kabir Singh, MBA ’97, and the President’s Award for Community Service to Martin J. Sweeney, BA ’88. They joined nine other outstanding graduates who were honored for their service, leadership and career achievements: Louis Stokes, Joseph C. Krysh, Dr. Robert A. Mengerink, Rebecca A. Bompiedi, Teresa K. Demchak, Thomas F. O’Toole, John C. Vitullo, Nickie J. Antonio and Susan L. Collier. Speaking before a capacity audience in a lavishly decorated Wolstein Center, Singh, Sweeney and Stokes expressed heartfelt comments echoed by the other recipients in videos that captured their CSU memories. “It seems like only yesterday that I arrived in the United States as a student with big dreams and aspirations, yet it is 16 years since I graduated,” said Singh, whose family business, Sigma Group, comprises six companies (one in Troy, Mich.; the others in the New Delhi, India area) that manufacture and market automotive components. “I am truly humbled and proud. I owe a lot to this University for giving me the knowledge and skills to build our business.” Sweeney, a Cleveland City Councilman and former Council president, praised CSU’s success under President Ronald M. Berkman.

Joseph C. Krysh, BBA ’80 and MBA ’81, founder and managing partner, Regency Business Partners;

“The academics, sports, physical development of the campus and opportunities to succeed are making students want to attend CSU, graduate and stay in Cleveland. CSU is reversing brain drain,” he said.

Dr. Robert A. Mengerink, MEd ’74, superintendent, Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County;

Stokes, a revered national leader, rose from a childhood in Cleveland’s Outhwaite Projects to serving for 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. “Growing up in poverty I had no chance of college,” he said. But thanks to the GI Bill, he was able to earn an undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University and a 1953 law degree from CSU. “I attended Cleveland-Marshall College of Law from 6 to 10 p.m., five nights a week for four years. I am proud to be a graduate and part of this distinguished group of alumni being honored,” he said to a prolonged standing ovation. Program emcee Diann Burns, BA ’79, was presented with her CSU diploma 34 years after her graduation. She was unable to attend her commencement ceremony because she was already working.

Rebecca A. Bompiedi, BS ’84 and MS ’90, senior vice president for business transformation, Philips Lighting Americas; Teresa K. Demchak, BA ’70 and JD ’76, retired managing partner, Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian (now Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho); Thomas F. O’Toole, BA ’79 and MA ’87, senior vice president of marketing/loyalty, president of MileagePlus, United Airlines; John C. Vitullo, Ph.D.’84, chairman of the board and co-founder, Omega Laboratories, Inc.; Nickie J. Antonio, BSEd ’80 and MBA ’92, member, Ohio House of Representatives; Susan L. Collier, BA ’76 and BSN ’86, vice president of nursing/chief nursing officer, Hillcrest Hospital.

The 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards will be held Friday evening, Oct. 10 at the Wolstein Center. As part of CSU’s 50th year celebration, all former award recipients will be invited back to campus and recognized as part of the program. Watch your email and alumni for details.


Coach Wally Morton has been the driving force behind the Champions Campaign to raise funds for swimming and diving scholarships, as well as enhancements to Busbey Natatorium. Since 1973, the natatorium has been considered one of the elite swimming facilities in the nation, enjoying a rich history of championships and outstanding swimmers. Much-needed enhancements will ensure continued success for CSU’s swimming and diving program.

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After 39 seasons in which he brought local, regional and national prominence to the University’s swimming and diving programs, Wally Morton is testing new waters – retirement. He is stepping down as CSU’s head swimming and diving coach after guiding the men’s and women’s teams to a combined 20 conference titles, 46 winning seasons and 385 wins – making the Viking Hall of Famer the winningest coach in CSU’s history. “It’s time to give someone else the opportunity I was given,” he says. “From the day I arrived at Cleveland State, I have considered it an honor and a privilege to coach, serve as the aquatics director and teach.” Morton, a swimmer on championship teams during his student days at Miami University, joined CSU in 1974 as director of aquatics, assistant swimming and diving coach, and physical education faculty member. Seven years later, he became head coach of the men's program and in 2007-08, took on head coaching duties for the women's program as well. Through the years his teams have won 14 Penn-Ohio Championships, two Midwestern Collegiate Conference titles and two Horizon League championships. Morton himself has won nine Coach of the Year awards. Hundreds of pool, school and league record times have been set, with Viking swimmers currently holding 11 league records on the men’s side and six on the women’s side. His men’s teams have scored 307 victories, with 29 seasons (15 consecutive seasons) with a .500 record or better. Both his 1996-97 and 2009-10 squads share a record 14 wins and he has guided the men to double-digit wins in each of the last 12 seasons. He has led five CSU men swimmers and one diver to the NCAA Championships. Under his guidance over the last seven seasons, the women’s team has seen 70 wins, including four consecutive winning seasons and a school record 15 wins in 2010-11. For the past two years, the women’s team was the Horizon League Championship runner-up. 34 // CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE // CSUOHIO.EDU

In the diving well, Morton has teamed with coach Rich Karban for more than 20 years to turn the CSU diving program into the best in the Horizon League. “As a coach, I stress education first, then swimming. I want my team members to be good people, make an honest effort, and do the best they can,” he says.

FUN FACT! As a high school swimmer, Wally Morton was part of a 10-man relay team that set a world’s record of 26 hours for swimming 50 miles at the Dover, Ohio YMCA. During his time at CSU, Morton has successfully recruited a host of international student-athletes and three swimmers have qualified for the Olympic Trials. Some 33 national and international events have been held at Robert F. Busbey Natatorium and three Olympic teams have trained there. Morton strongly believes that a winner never quits and a quitter never wins. When asked the secret of winning championships, his answer is simple. “If you win each day with consistent preparation, work ethic, and expectation for excellence, the results will take care of themselves,” he says. As new opportunities come his way, Morton will still be involved with CSU – coaching until his successor is in place and serving as an administrator in athletics. And as always, he’ll be cheering for the teams. “I’ve loved what I’ve done for a living,” he says. “Instead of wearing a suit and tie to work, I got to put on my bathing suit and walk around in my bare feet. That’s a pretty good deal.”

Thanks to generous donors to the Champions Campaign, Busbey Natatorium now has: • A new scoreboard with video and graphic capability – technology that will allow CSU to continue hosting national and regional meets. • A new record board to recognize the achievements of outstanding student-athletes. • Championship banners – 20 green and white banners recognizing Viking victories from 1974 to 2013 now hang from the rafters. The final phase of the Champions Campaign will honor the heritage of CSU swimming and diving – in the pool area and online – with historical photos, rosters, high-impact graphics, interactive kiosks and more. The CSU Swimming and Diving Heritage Committee is seeking photos and memorabilia to complete this phase. Visit if you have items to donate. Your support will help ensure that Busbey Natatorium remains one of the most competitive and successful aquatic facilities in the nation, that the Department of Athletics continues to attract outstanding student-athletes by providing them with an outstanding facility, and that the Cleveland State University Swimming and Diving legacy continues for generations to come. To make a tax deductible gift to Swimming and Diving, visit


Pieter Pelser, Kevin Parrish, Nickole Kennedy, Grace Luginbuhl

Four new members have been inducted into the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame: Nickole Kennedy (volleyball, 2003-05), Grace Luginbuhl (softball, 2003-06), Kevin Parrish (baseball, 1986-89) and Pieter Pelser (swimming, 2003-06). In 2005, Kennedy was the Horizon League Player of the Year. She finished her senior year with 417 kills, while hitting .318 to help CSU to an 11-3 league record, the first winning league season in school history. A two-time first team All-Horizon League selection, she is among the CSU career leaders in block assists (6th/332), points per set (7th/3.53), hitting percentage (8th/.272), total blocks (8th/351) and kills per set (9th/2.99). As a junior in 2005, Luginbuhl was a first team all-league selection as both a pitcher and designated player. She was the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year in 2005 and 2006. Also in 2006, she became CSU’s first female student-athlete to receive the Horizon League's highest honor, the Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor, given to the individual who demonstrates achievement in academics, athletics and community service. Luginbuhl holds the school record for career relief appearances (67) and saves (6). Parrish, a top pitcher, holds the CSU career record with 27 complete games and shares the record with 22 wins. He compiled a career

record of 22-17 with a 3.27 earned run average, appeared in 48 career games with 36 starts, struck out 181 batters, and ranks fourth in school history in innings pitched with 257. Parrish, who did not allow a home run in 69 innings pitched as a senior in 1989, was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1987. A four-time league champion in the 200 backstroke and three-time league champion in the 100 backstroke, Pelser set the school record in the 200 back in each of his four years at CSU. His record time of 1:47.72 set in 2006 was broken only last season. He also set the 100 back school record five times, including a time of 48.58 that held until last year. Pelser was a member of CSU’s 400 medley relay team that won league titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VIKINGS FOR A GREAT SEASON OF BASKETBALL! The men’s team finished 21-12, capping their season with a game against Wright State in the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament (where they were the No. 2 seed) and a game against Ohio University in the Tournament. The women's team finished 14-16, capping their season with a game against the University of Illinois at Chicago in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament. Next season is sure to be just as exciting. And as a bonus, CSU is co-hosting the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Regional Tournament. Show your Viking pride and be part of the action! FOR TICKET INFORMATION, CALL 216.687.4848


1960s Tom Gaghan, BBA ’67, is the executive director of the Cleveland Furniture Bank.

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1 C. Ellen Connally, JD ’70 and MA ’97, was appointed to the Ohio Historical Society board by Gov. John Kasich. She also serves on the CSU Foundation board of directors.

Bill Eucker, BBA ’71, retired in December 2013 as a park supervisor in Cary, N.C. Dennis Congos, BA ’72, retired in May 2013 as a learning skills specialist and academic advisor at the University of Central Florida. He received the 2013 Commitment to Excellence award from the American College Personnel Association.


2 Harvey Firestone, MA ’73, is retired and living in Florida. The announcer for the Ghoulardi television show in the 1960s and former Coast Guard officer is an author who has written everything from joke books to books on achieving goals and speech/language.

Bill Goebel, BBA ’75, accepted a two-year assignment as president of the Boy Scouts of America in North Carolina. The Eagle Scout lives in Greensboro, and is the CEO of MPACT Solutions. 3


4 Robert Cutietta, BEd ’75 and MMusic ’78, joined the board of directors for Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit provider of musical instruments, music lessons and teacher training to public schools. The dean of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music received CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008.

Catherine Dickman Ragland, MSUS ’76, lives in Pittsboro, N.C., where she is the retired director of the Women’s Center in Chapel Hill. She is the former head of public information for Cuyahoga County and former executive director of Friends of Shaker Square. Bruce Riley, BA ’76, has been a systems analyst in the information technology department of Invacare Corporation in Elyria for 30 years. He lives in Sheffield Lake.



5 Catherine Koppelman, BSN ’78, was appointed patient experience officer for University Hospitals. She has been with UH since 2007 and will continue to serve as chief nursing officer for both Case Medical Center and the UH system. Koppelman received CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.

Thomas H. Craft, BBA ’79, has been certified as an Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. In addition, he is a member of the President’s Cabinet of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation/Sagemark Consulting, a designation reserved for top industry performers.


1980s 6 Robert McGee, JD ’80, competed in the age 6099 category of the Taekwondo National Championships in Florida. He competed in all eight events and won eight gold medals. He then competed in the 2014 national championships in California and won three gold and five silver medals.

Linda Lehmann Masek, MA ’83, penned her fifth book, Kitty Tails and Horses Hooves: A Spiritual Journey. She lives in Northfield. 7 Linda Heuman, BBA ’84, won three gold medals for swimming in the National Senior Olympics held in Cleveland last summer. She works for Huntington Bank. 8 Sunny Klein Lurie, MEd ’84, is the founder and CEO of Fast Focus Careers in Beachwood and the author of Jolt Your Career from Here to There: 8 Breakthrough Strategies for Career-Change Success. 9 Leonard DiCosimo, BMusic ’87, was elected to his fourth term as president of the Cleveland Federation of Musicians, representing the musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra, Playhouse Square Foundation and several other professional arts organizations in Northeast Ohio. This year, he also was appointed director of music ministries for Pilgrim Congregational Church in Tremont.

Wendy Haddad Scheuring, BA ’88, is the co-owner of Mark and Wendy Write – Henderson Enterprises, a ghostwriting and editing firm. Kathleen Malec, MPA ’89, lives in Mentor and is a current or former member of boards at Lakeland Community College, United Way, Ursuline College, University Hospitals, Richmond Heights and Bedford hospitals, and Immaculate Conception Church.





Steve Vargo, JD ’90, finished second in his age group for the 2013 season of the Eastern Ohio Time Trial Series and third for his age group in the event held in September. He is retired and lives in Columbus.

The film Made in Cleveland, released last summer, was a project of 1031 Films, a production company led by Eric Swinderman, BA ’00, Amy Tankersley Swinderman, BA ’01, and Mark Pengryn, MA ’07. All were students in CSU’s film communication studies program.

Nick Puin, MMusic ’94, retired in 2011 from the Maple Heights Schools as band director. He now is a substitute teacher for the Strongsville and Berea schools, as well as a professional drummer, composer and arranger. He lives in Strongsville. Lori Carlsen DeMonia, BBA ’95, is the author of an award-winning children’s book, Leah’s Voice. The book has been honored by the New York Book Festival, Autism Speaks, Savvy Kids magazine, and the Sibling Support Project, among others. Lisa Ryan, BBA ’95 and MBA ’98, was a finalist for Keynote Speaker of the Year in the annual Connectors Choice Awards presented by Cleveland Business Connects magazine. She is a motivational speaker and author. Bennie F. Neal, MEd ’97, lives in South Euclid and is a curriculum specialist at Shaw High School in East Cleveland. Justin Sochor, BA ’97, was named head diving coach at The Ohio State University. He is a former member of CSU’s diving team. 10

Dean M. Rooney, JD ’98 and BA ’01, is a partner in the Cleveland law firm Kadish, Hinkel & Weibel. He was named a 2014 Ohio Super Lawyer.

Demetrius Lambert-Falconer, MEd ’02, is manager of outreach for the Cleveland Metroparks. She also performs Underground Railroad reenactments as a member of Women in History Ohio.





11 Dominic Cacolici, BSME ’02, is a new associate at TLC Engineering for Architecture in Tampa, Fla.

Advice from Carla Jenkins, MBA ’02, was included in Careeranista: The Women’s Guide to Success After College. Lena Andrade, BA ’03, is the events and development manager for Susan G. Komen Massachusetts. She also owns Z-Spot, the first Zumba-only studio in Boston. Hal Garling, BA ’04 and MA ’09, is the public affairs manager for Charter One in Chicago. Laura Kurlander, BA ’05, is a home health aide for Comfort Keepers in Brecksville. 12 Patricia Sheridan McGinty, BEd ’06 and MEd ‘10, was awarded the Ohio Department of Education’s Master Teacher Designation for the 2012-13 school year. She teaches kindergarten at St. Mark’s School in Cleveland.

Johnathan A. Easton, MBA ’07, is a professional surveyor and project manager for John Chance Land Surveys in Pennsylvania. The Canfield, Ohio resident supervises field staff and provides for the surveying needs of well drillers in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.


Dianna Lynn Neal, MEd ’07, has been a teacher in the Cleveland Heights/University Heights school system for five years. Tristan Hearn, BS ’07 and MS ’08, received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Kent State University in 2012. He is a research engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center. Antoine D. Moss, MPA ’07 and Ph.D. ’11, was named one of Northeast Ohio’s Top 25 Under the Age of 35 Movers and Shakers by the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. He is employed by the NASA Glenn Research Center. Corey Rubin, BMusic ’13, was commissioned by Duxbury High School in Massachusetts to compose an original piece for the school’s chorus, string ensemble and wind ensemble. After the Dazzle of Day had its world premiere at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Rubin was tapped for the commission by fellow alumnus Robert Judge, BMusic ’11, director of choruses for the Duxbury Public Schools. Judge conducted the high school Chamber Singers in the Carnegie Hall performance; a New Jersey Symphony Orchestra conductor led the musical performance. Rubin is pursuing a master’s degree in music composition at Indiana University. In his spare time, he writes crossword puzzles, which have been published in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.


Karen McCollough, BS ’08 and MS ’13, graduated from Capella University in December 2013 with a master’s degree in mental health counseling and has passed the national counseling examination. 13 Dan Langshaw, BA ’09, was named one of Northeast Ohio’s Top 25 Under the Age of 35 Movers and Shakers by the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. Langshaw, 28, is the Ward 3 City Councilman in North Royalton. At age 23 he became the youngest person ever elected to the North Royalton School Board.

Brittany D. Neal, BEd ’09, is a Title I teacher with the Village Preparatory School in Cleveland. She lives in South Euclid. Joseph E. Neal, BA ’11, has been a corrections officer at the Grafton Institutional Facility for two years. He lives in Cleveland. Andrew Slimak, BBA ’13, is an account manager at Slate Rock Safety, LLC.




Frederick Broz, BS ’41, in January 2012 Alvin E. Wandersleben, BS ’42, in November 2013 Sylvia Klein Adler, JD ’43, in November 2013 Florence Sattler, BBA ’44, in August 2013 Victor J. Turk, BS ’44, in October 2013 Theodore Will, BS ’47, in August 2013 Edward J. Jayjack, BSME ’49, in August 2013 Nelson J. Cummings, BBA ’50, in December 2013 Gordon H. Kirk, BBA ’50, in July 2013 Zenn Z. Zenon, BS ’51, in July 2013 Joseph E. Sotak, JD ’52, in October 2013 Edward Allen, BS ’53, in August 2013 George Kappos, BS ’53, in August 2013 Barbara Stapleton, JD ’53, in September 2013 Raymond R. Amari, JD ’54, in February 2013 Frank A. Kender, JD ’54, in July 2013 Theodore M. Pinney, BBA ’55, in February 2013 Raymond J. Champa, BSME ’56, in October 2013 Robert A. Schulz, BME ’56, in September 2013 Margaret Woodling Art, BA ’57, in February 2013 Patrick G. Lazzaro, JD ’57, in July 2013 Warren E. Fleischner, JD ’58, in September 2013 Armand M. Michelson, JD ’58, in January 2012 Anthony Gretzmier, BBA ’59, in August 2013 John Alan Williamson, JD ’61, in July 2013 C. Daniel Nash, JD ’63, in November 2013 Gerald I. Arnson, JD ’65, in July 2013 Kenneth M. Kauppila, BS ’67, in December 2013 John C. McFarland, BBA ’68, in July 2013 James M. Ranta, BSEE ’68, in October 2013 Alonzo A. Snipes, Jr., JD ’68, in July 2013 Timothy A. Taylor, JD ’68, in November 2013 Jerome E. Apple, JD ’70, in July 2013 Michael M. deShetler, BBA ’70, in October 2013 John F. Kirwan, JD ’70, in September 2013 David J. Richards, JD ‘71, in August 2013 William Eppich, BBA ’72, in March

John Fircz, MEd ’72, in October 2013 Rev. James A. Quinn, JD 2012 ’72, in October 2013 Valentino P. Trubiani, BA ’73, in December 2013 Wayne E. Juby, BBA ’73 and MBA ’76, in August 2013 Alan Hooker, BA ’74, in September 2013 Glen Haponek, BSME ’75, in July 2013 Norman S. Kurlander, BA ’75, in May 2013 Nona Burney, MSUS ‘75, JD ‘81 and Ph.D. ‘97, in March 2014 Delice Ferretti, BS ’77, in August 2013 Lynn Stewart McMicheaux, BS ’77, in February 2014 Willie G. Robinson Jr., BBA ’77, in August 2013 Robert S. Woodward, BA ’77, in June 2013 Dorothy Gates, MEd ’78, in November 2012 James F. Murray, BBA ’78, in September 2013 Robert E. Roach, BA ’78, in September 2013 Edward C. Powers, JD ’80, in October 2013 Lawrence A. McFarland, BS ’81, in January 2012 Martin Skutnik, BEd ’81, in September 2013 Robert J. Marn, BBA ’82, in July 2013 Robert F. Cartwright, MS ’83, in December 2013 Joan Marie King, JD ’83, in January 2014 Charles P. Alusheff, JD ’85, in November 2013 David W. Jones, JD ’85, in September 2013 Bernard Husock, JD ’86, in December 2013 William J. Miltz, MBA ’86, in August 2013 W. Gregg Kuzik, BS ’87, MA ’94 and MCIS ’98, in May 2013 Richard J. Brant, BA ’88, in August 2013 Patrick Rhoa, JD ’90, in August 2013 William White, JD ’90, in March 2013 Karen Semersky, MA ’92, in October 2013 Valinda S. Moran, BBA ’98, in July 2013 Annabelle King, Education Certificate ’99, in May 2011 Claire A. Cloud, JD ’03, in October 2013 Jodi L. Jackson, BEd ’03, in August 2013 Joshua Ferron, BA ’09, in July 2013 Ryan A. DeBarr, BA ’12, in October 2013 Joshua P. Kanary, MSW ’13, in April 2013.


Bruce F. Turnbull in September 2013. Professor Emeritus Turnbull taught chemistry for 22 years. He retired in 1985.

Lester D. Mitchell, MPA ’92, in February 2014. Mitchell retired in 2007 after a 28-year career with the CSU Police Department. Starting as a patrol officer, he steadily moved up the ranks, serving as detective, supervisor of the detective bureau, police commander, deputy chief, assistant chief and chief of police. A campus bench and memorial garden in Chief Mitchell’s honor will be dedicated this fall. Gifts, payable to the Landscape Enhancement Fund, may be sent to the Division of University Advancement, 1836 Euclid Ave., UN 501, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214.

Richard Dickerman in October 2013. Associate Professor Emeritus Dickerman taught biology and also served as director of undergraduate admissions and records. He retired in 1993 after 26 years at CSU.

Carol Takacs in March 2014. Professor Emerita Takacs taught curriculum and foundations for 25 years and served as acting interim department chair for a year. Following her retirement in 1995, she taught part time for six years.

Donald Sykes in July 2013. He was a carpenter at CSU for 19 years until his retirement in 1989. William R. Martin in August 2013. Professor Emeritus Martin was a faculty member in the music department for 27 years until his retirement in 1993. He taught music history.

Richard Bingham in December 2013. Professor Emeritus Bingham taught public administration and urban studies for 15 years and also was a senior research scholar in the Urban Center. Following his retirement in 2003, he taught part time for four years.


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Cleveland State Magazine - Spring 2004  
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