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Editor/Chief Writer

Barbara Chudzik Contributors

Mary Grodek, ’86 Nancy Carlucci Smith Design

Jo-Ann Dontenville-Ranallo Photography

William Rieter, ’88 President

Dr. Michael Schwartz Provost

Help grow Cleveland State’s enrollment to 18,000 students by becoming a member of the newly created Number Ones Club. Alumni who recruit just one new, full-time CSU student automatically become members and will receive an official Number Ones Club lapel pin and recognition at CSU’s annual Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet. When your admitted student enrolls, you’ll receive a free guest pass for CSU’s Recreation Center, along with two tickets to a Vikings men's basketball game at the Wolstein Center. Plus, you can waive the $30 application fee for up to three prospective new students who apply to CSU using your name! As an alumnus, Cleveland State is your number one University! Share the experience with prospective students by visiting, printing copies of the Student Referral Form, and completing the required information. Give the form to the students you are referring and tell them to put it on top of their CSU application. It’s that simple!

Engage now and become a member of the Number Ones Club!

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

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President to Step Down After eight years of outstanding leadership at CSU, Michael Schwartz will return to his first love — teaching.  2

Our Colleges  6

A Championship Season Viking athletic teams win five titles and the McCafferty all-sports trophy.  4

Alumni Q&A Michael Oatman, Karamu House  18

The Great Debate Hosting the presidential candidates provides campus with a real-life lesson in politics.  14

Alumni Profile Elizabeth Pugh, Library of Congress  12

News Briefs  23 Class Notes  26

Construction Zone CSU creates a living/learning center in downtown Cleveland.  20

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20 On the cover: Viking student-athletes (clockwise from top) Amy Benz, volleyball; Brittany Korth, women's basketball; Ryan Hamning, men's tennis; Amanda Macenko, softball; and Doug Barber, men's golf. Athletic Director Lee Reed is center. See story on page four.

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President to Step Down After 8 Great Years


resident Michael Schwartz has announced that he will relinquish the top post at CSU at the end of the 2008-09 academic year. Dr. Schwartz will step down as president effective July 1, 2009. After a one-year sabbatical, he will return to CSU to teach. The University’s board of trustees will begin a nationwide search for his replacement and a new president is expected to be in place by July 2009. The process will involve the naming of a search committee to assist the board of trustees. “I feel that the advancement of CSU and the accomplishments of its faculty, staff and students have far exceeded my expectations. I believe that I will leave the University better than it was when I arrived, and every president should be able to say that. Now is the time for new vision, new energy, new ideas, and new skills,” said Dr. Schwartz. “I am confident that the management team that is currently in place is the best I have ever had the privilege of working with, and they will continue to carry on the growth and quality enhancement of CSU with vigor through a seamless transition of leadership. It is with pride that I leave the leadership of this great institution in their capable hands.” In announcing his impending move, the president noted that he will be leaving after 17 years as the president of two Ohio public institutions — Cleveland State and Kent State University. “I began my professional life 46 years ago as a professor, and I intend to complete my professional life as one. I look at this as an opportunity for me to return to the classroom to once again do what I love so very much — working with students who crave knowledge in their quest for better lives. “I look forward to not leaving Cleveland State University,


but to remaining on this campus that I love in a way that will give me fulfillment and enjoyment and, hopefully, provide a positive impact upon another generation of college students.” Ronald Weinberg, chairman of the University’s board of trustees, described President Schwartz as “a leader with vision, not only for the University but for our metropolitan community as a whole. He has made CSU a catalyst in the economic and intellectual development of Cleveland. Not only has he anchored the campus through the $250 million building program he launched, but he made the University a flagship for the region. “It was a coincidence that I joined the board at about the same time that he became president, and I can’t help but note that President Schwartz has revitalized the University in so many respects,” continued Weinberg. “He restructured it to become an efficiently running enterprise; he reengineered student services to make the processes far more user friendly to students; and maybe most important of all he enhanced the stature of a CSU degree by leading what has come to be known as the renaissance of the University. “In addition, President Schwar tz has sig nif icantly increased scholarship support for deserving and outstanding students, made possible by the fact that the University’s fundraising has reached an all-time high. “Currently he is targeting areas of special distinctiveness for CSU in years ahead while maintaining strength in the other vital areas. The benefits of these initiatives will be remembered by the University many years after his tenure as president. It is really a golden era for CSU,” added Weinberg. 


The state of Cleveland depends on Cleveland State


nding competition for scarce resources and creating centers of excellence to drive regional and state economies forward — these are the bottom-line goals of Ohio’s new 10-year strategic plan for higher education. And Cleveland State University President Michael Schwartz couldn’t agree more. “Differentiated missions, centers of excellence — that’s exactly right. That’s how you develop a university system and address the challenges facing Ohio,” he says. “These initiatives are driving our University as we more closely align with and address key issues facing Greater Cleveland.” Cleveland State’s long-standing commitment to meeting regional needs is well known. And more than a year ago, strengthening of that commitment began when the president charged deans and faculty with redefining their priorities around the region’s priorities. In addition, the University conducted a thorough review of academic programs in light of the region’s needs. The recent push by Gov. Ted Strickland and higher education Chancellor Eric Fingerhut for a University System of Ohio has been an opportunity for Cleveland State to further “define and design where we want to go in the future,” notes Provost Mary Jane Saunders. “In looking at our strengths and the needs of this area it’s very obvious: CSU transforms the people who trans-

form the economy.” As the University System of Ohio takes shape, CSU will focus on meeting local and regional needs by strengthening programs in three academic centers of excellence — healthcare and biomedical research; business and civic leadership; and the arts. Fundraising efforts will focus exclusively on programs and activities within these clusters that address regional priorities or the priorities of employers who hire CSU graduates. “We will continue to impact the economy and qualit y of l i fe i n t h i s re g ion b y e duc a t i n g t e a cher s a nd administrators for local schools, highly trained science professionals and a skilled work force for this area’s health care industry, and business professionals whose presence will help Cleveland retain its status as a center of major and newgrowth companies,” says Dr. Schwartz. “We also will continue to impact the lives of our students by providing an engaged learning experience that produces well-rounded graduates who are steeped in the tradition of the liberal arts and are prepared to enter the work force and engage in the civic fabric of our city. “Cleveland ’s f uture is intimately tied to Cleveland State’s future,” he adds. “The state of Cleveland depends on Cleveland State.” 


A Championship Season


on g r a t u l ations, Viking Athletics! T h e 2 0 0 7- 0 8 season saw five team championships which brought CSU its first-ever James J . M c C a f f e r t y Tr o p h y, awarded annually to the Horizon League’s all-sports champion. The trophy, na med in honor of the Horizon League’s first commissioner, is based on points awarded to schools for their performance in 19 league championships. The Vikings finished the season as the top men’s athletic program in the league and third in women’s sports. The outstanding season has sparked a new sense of excitement for the Vikings. Women’s basketball and volleyball and men’s tennis won their first-ever Horizon League Championships and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time. Men’s golf won its second Horizon League Championship in three years and advanced to the NCAA Regionals. Softball won the Horizon League regular season title and finished second in the tournament for the third time in four years. Men’s basketball finished second in both the regular season and in the Horizon League Tournament Conference and played in the N IT Tournament for the first time in 20 years. Men’s swimming finished second in the Horizon League.

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Tw o w r e s t l e r s qua lif ied for the NCA A Wrestling Championships, continuing CSU’s streak to 43 years. Basketball Coach Gary Waters was named the Horizon Leag ue Co-Coach of the Year. Players and coaches of the women’s ba sketba l l and volleyball teams were honored in Columbus where they met the governor and state leaders. Both the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives passed resolutions recognizing the teams’ achievements. Student-athletes also excel off the field with a cumulative grade point average of over 3.1 and an NCAA graduation rate of 83 percent. In addition, they volunteered more than 1,500 hours to the community this academic year, for such organizations as Coats for Kids, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, the Cleveland Food Bank, and United Way Services. Over the past five years, CSU has hosted the NCA A men’s basketball tournament (first and second rounds), the NCA A women’s basketball regional, the men’s golf regional, the NCA A fencing midwest regional, and cohosted the women’s basketball final four. There’s never been a more exciting time to be part of Vik ing Athletics! For information about the upcoming season, tickets and supporting the athletic program, visit 

Athletic Director Lee Reed (center) with CSU's champion and post-season coaches (l-r): Brian Etzkin, tennis; Gary Waters, men's basketball; Kate Peterson Abiad, women's basketball; Steve Weir, men's golf; Angie Nicholson, softball; and Chuck Voss, volleyball.

Building a Championship Program When Lee Reed came to Cleveland State in August 2002, he vowed to turn the athletic program around. “CSU athletics will be a force to be reckoned with in the Horizon League. That’s where it starts,” he promised. “It won’t be easy. It won’t happen overnight.” But it has happened. The Vikings won five team championships in 2007-08 — women’s basketball, volleyball and softball, and men’s tennis and golf. Two teams — men’s basketball and men’s swimming — finished second. For the first time, CSU took home the James J. McCafferty Trophy as Horizon League all-sports champion. Reed couldn’t be happier. “This year is the most successful in CSU history,” he says. “To win the McCafferty All-Sports Trophy is an example of what happens when talented and committed student-athletes, coaches and staff work toward common goals. Our unwavering commitment to academic and competitive excellence has paid off and I look forward to continuing to work with our department to build on the tremendous success of this year.”

Proud as he is of his teams, he’s even prouder of his student-athletes. “I continue to marvel at the academic and athletic achievements of our student-athletes. They represent the best-of-thebest in Ohio; their cumulative GPA of 3.1, along with their athletic accomplishments, prove we can excel on the playing fields without sacrificing achievement in the classroom. And, in their spare time, they serve Northeast Ohio through many hours of community engagement.” Reed, the fourth athletic director in CSU history, was a Viking basketball player from 1979-83 and served as team captain during his final year. He is among CSU’s career leaders in assists (eighth place with 339). He says he’s eager to continue moving University athletics to the next level. “Providing our coaches and staff with the resources they need to be competitive and convincing businesses and the general public to support our teams and attend athletic events are critically important,” he says. “Fortunately, we’re now giving fans a reason to support our Vikings.” 


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ENGAGED IN DISCOVERY Across the University, CSU faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research with real-world implications. Two examples are Nigamanth Sridhar in the Fenn College of Engineering and Anton Komar in the College of Science.



Nigamanth Sridhar is designing innovative methodologies and tools for building software that w ill link w ireless sensors so they can “speak ” to each other, collaborate on a problem, and carry out a decision. His work is so cutting-edge, the National Science Foundation bestowed its highly prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award on him, a long w ith $ 450,0 0 0 to f u r ther his research. The award is a f irst for a CSU faculty member and recognizes resea rchers/educators most l i kely to become leaders in science in this century. Dr. Sridhar’s software w ill be so user-friendly, non-computer programmers will easily be able to design sensor


networks on their own; for example, a civil engineer trying to predict a killer tsunami. “Most countries can’t afford the current system for tracking tsunamis,” says the assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. “It costs millions of dollars and requires a lot of expensive computer equipment mounted on buoys. But with this vision, you could throw a thousand sensors into the ocean, hook a few nodes up to a computer via satellite, and it would cost a fraction of what it does today.” Closer to home, Dr. Sridhar is working with Cleveland State’s University Transportation Center to reduce accidents in highway work zones. His software will allow a sensor network to track how accidents happen, leading to better ways to keep both motorists and highway workers safe. He’s also designing an urban sensor network to detect biohazards, chemical spills or terrorist acts, allowing city planners to better evacuate people and reroute traffic to safety. Dr. Sridhar’s work contributes to the Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering, a partnership led by Cleveland State between industry, higher education and government that’s f unded by almost $24 million in state Third Frontier funds. The nearly 40 partners of the Wright Center are pushing sensors beyond today’s boundaries, and Dr. Sridhar’s sensor network research is helping make their vision a reality. To learn more about the Fenn College of Engineering, visit www.



A nt on K om a r (a b ov e lef t) , w ho s e research recently appeared in the prestigious journal Science, seeks to better understand the role that ribosomes play in the synthesis of proteins and their folding, with the goal of improving the diagnosis of disease. Dr. Komar explains that each cell in the human body contains numerous little super-highways called messenger RNAs (mRNAs), upon which tiny particles — ribosomes — cruise along, pausing here, speeding up there, until each one finally stops, reaching its journey’s end in the synthesis of protein. But what happens if the journey is disrupted, if ribosomes speed up or slow down in the wrong place or at the wrong time? The answer: plenty. “C h a n g i n g r a t e s of mo v e me nt along messenger RNA can cause disease because it affects the protein’s 3-D structure and function," says the associ-

ate professor of biology. “Each ribosome ‘pause’ along the mRNA seems to have an effect on how protein acquires this structure. “We need to know more about the effect these different pause sites have on the ‘folding’ of proteins into precise shapes, which then head off to perform some vital function in the body.” Mess with this protein folding and the result could be Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson’s disease, certain types of cancers and type II diabetes. “Better knowledge of protein synthesis and folding can help us predict who will develop these diseases. We’ll also be able to create a more personalized approach to treatment — which drugs work for you, how much medication you need, and so on,” says Dr. Komar. To learn more about the College of Science, visit sciences/

ENGAGED IN EXCELLENCE Cleveland State University continues to set the bar for excellence with a number two ranking in U.S. News and World Report for a Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs program specialty, a 95 percent bar passage rate for Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, and Confucius Institute designation for the College of Education and Human Services. GOODMAN LEVIN MAXINE COLLEGE OF

Urban Affairs

Once again, U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs’ Master of Public Administration program second in

the nation in the area of city management and urban policy. The rankings are part of the publication’s 2008-09 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” The Levin College has attained this prestigious ranking for the past 10 years. Overall, the College is ranked 45th among the nation’s 269 public affairs schools. “This ranking, based on a survey of more than 500 deans, department chairs, and program directors of the 269 public policy schools in America, clearly establishes our Levin College as a critical resource for Cleveland and urban America,” says Interim Dean Edward (Ned) Hill.

“We are committed to academic excellence, to developing leadership in the search for solutions to urban problems, and to enhancing the understanding of urban policy and public affairs in a global society. “This national ranking reflects the importance of the ongoing investment by the state of Ohio in the Levin College through the Urban University Program,” he adds. “Since 1979, the UUP has provided a base of support that the College has leveraged to enable us to work with state and local partners to find solutions to critical public policy and city management challenges.” Rankings are based on objective measures such as test scores and faculty resources, and on the national reputations established through research and public services. Deans and faculty members are asked to rate each school with which they are familiar on a scale of one (marginal) to five (distinguished). The statistical measures that account for the bulk of a school’s ranking are collected, with rare exception, from each school’s peers. To learn more about the Levin College, visit


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three years, due to a comprehensive plan aimed at bolstering graduates’ performance. The College strengthened its admissions qualifications and reduced the size of its incoming classes; increased the rigor of its academic program; hired a bar coordinator; provides more substantial academic support to students; and teaches students to prepare more thoroughly for the exam. To learn more about the College of Law, visit www.


Education and Human Services Cleveland State law students who took the Ohio bar exam for the first time in February 2008 achieved a 95 percent passage rate, improving on the outstanding results of the July 2007 exam when 90 percent passed on the first try. For the February exam, the combined passage rate for all CSU law graduates, including first-time takers and those taking the bar exam for at least the second time, was 72 percent — the highest combined passage rate for any Ohio law school. In Februar y, 35 of 37 ClevelandMarsha ll College of Law g raduates passed the exam on the first try. Last July, 110 of 122 graduates passed on the first try, the second-highest passage rate among all nine Ohio law schools. “We’re extremely proud of our law graduates and recognize how hard they worked to achieve such spectacular results,” says Dean Geoffrey S. Mearns. “First-time passage on the bar exam is an important mark of excellence.” The C ol lege’s ba r pa ssa ge rat e has steadily improved over the past


Global education took on new meaning when China declared Cleveland State a Confucius Institute, a designation that entitles the University to receive Chinese money for use in training Chinese language teachers. CSU is the second Confucius Institute in the state of Ohio and 43rd in the nation.

Ambassador to the United States Zhou Wenzhong made the historic announcement during a speech at the City Club of Cleveland. In April, a delegation of dignitaries traveled from China to Cleveland for an opening ceremony. Cleveland State’s initial grant from the Chinese government is for $100,000, but the University can apply for additional funds in the future. T he I n s t it ut e ’s go a l s fo c u s on preparing teachers, finding them jobs, creating an international school, conducting student and teacher exchanges with China, and helping companies do business with China. In cooperation with the Nance College of Business Administration, the Institute will offer professional development and technical assistance to Ohio companies doing business in China and assist Chinese businesses interested in relocating to Ohio. Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing, CSU’s partner in the Institute, will sup-

port workshops in Chinese language, culture and business practices to assist families or individuals relocating to China for business. T he C o l le g e of E du c a t ion a nd Human Ser v ices is already work ing with the Cleveland, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights-University Heights school systems and other organizations on development of an International Academy to attract foreign personnel to Northeast Ohio. As envisioned, it would be a full-f ledged school stressing Chinese and perhaps other languages and serving children of families from other countries, as well as Americans. The Confucius Institute builds on a series of initiatives with China undertaken by the College of Education and Hu ma n Ser v ices over the pa st few years, including an international conference in Shanghai and agreements to offer joint undergraduate/graduate degree programs with a number of Chinese universities. The initiative has won support from local leaders, including businessman Anthony Yen, who was instrumental in shaping CSU’s proposal to house the Institute. “More than 2,500 years ago, Conf uciu s spoke to t he i mpor t a nce of engag ing students directly in their own learning process,” says Lih-Ching Chen Wang, associate professor of curriculum and foundations and Institute director. “Our Confucius Institute is an excellent match for CSU’s own engaged learning initiative.” To learn more about the College of Education and Human Services, visit www.

ENGAGED IN THE REAL WORLD Cleveland State students benefit from hands-on learning experiences, from managing real money in the College of Business Administration to working with theater professionals in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. COLLEGE OF

Business Administration Using real money to learn about investments and portfolio management — that’s engaged learning. And it’s what some students in t he Na nc e C ol le ge of Business Administration are doing, thanks to KeyBank’s Key Foundation.

The foundation has awarded $150,000 to the College to create the KeyBank Student Managed Investment Fu nd (SM I F). The C levela nd State University Foundation will match Key’s funding, bringing the total initial investment to $300,000. The fund will become self-sustaining. SM I Fs a re recog n i zed for t hei r value in teaching students, especially finance majors, about critical aspects of investment analysis, investment decision-making and portfolio management. Students will invest the money in stocks, bonds and mutual funds, based on their own research and evaluation of risk and return. “We’re most grateful to Key for this wonderful opportunity for our students. The fund is an excellent teaching tool to prepare them for careers in finance a nd related f ields ,” says Dean Rober t Scherer. “This experience has the potential to make a great impact on the economic vitality of our region.” Adds Margot Copeland, director of corporate diversity a n d p h i l a nt h r o p y for Key Cor p, “ This program is a perfect fit for our charitable g i v i n g s t r a t e g y of promoting economic self-suff iciency t h r ou g h f i n a nc i a l education and work

(l-r) Dean Liwei Dong of Capital University of Economics and Business; Lih-Ching Chen Wang, director of CSU's Confucius Institute and associate professor of educational technology; President Michael Schwartz


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force development. We are proud to partner with the Nance College of Business, to help continue its fine tradition of training the business leaders of tomorrow.” Students w ill prepare quarterly reports that will include the fund’s current holdings, major buy/sell decisions, performance for the quarter relative to the benchmark (S&P 500 Index), measures of risk and return, and more. An advisory board will include representatives from the College, CSU Foundation, KeyBank, and the investment industry. Business administration, finance and accounting are among the top 15 majors chosen by minority and women st udents at Clevela nd State at the undergraduate and graduate levels. To learn more about the College of Business, visit business/


Liberal Arts and Social Sciences As the new director of CSU’s Dramatic Arts Program, Michael Mauldin spent almost four whole minutes on campus before realizing he had a golden opportunity. “The Factory Theater was empty all summer!” says Dr. Mauldin. He hatched a plan to fix that — pronto. The airconditioned Factory is now f illed to the catwalks with professional-quality summer theater, kicking off its first season last June with a month of rotating repertory — the Tony Award-winning musical The Robber Bridegroom and the brooding Booth by Ohio playwright Austin Pendleton.


For each play, Dr. Mauldin brought in professional guest actors with Broadway, f ilm, TV and other credits who performed alongside student and local actors. Houses were full, press was favorable and Dr. Mauldin realized his experiment filled a void in the Cleveland theater scene while providing students with an incredibly engaged learning experience. For its second season, CSU Summer Stages, as it is now called, offers a new cast of professional actors and a bold new repertory of three plays. From July 10 through August 10, audiences can enjoy a rock musical version of Two Gentlemen of Verona; the lyrical and sensual tale of an Appalachian witchboy in Dark of the Moon; and Rough Crossing, Tom

Stoppard’s farce about two authors and two actors trying to finish a play before the ship they’re on arrives in New York. CSU Summer Stages tickets are just $15 or $10 for seniors and groups of 10 or more. For details, visit www.csuohio. edu/theater To learn more about the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, visit 

Cleveland State at Playhouse Square? The University and the Playhouse Square Foundation are exploring partnership opportunities, including converting the Allen Theater into a new home for CSU’s Dramatic Arts Program. The state of Ohio’s 2009 capital budget includes $350,000 for phase one of a performance arts center.

Rough Crossing, one of the Summer Stages productions

Branding campaign captures CSU essence


ngaged learning: just two words but they’re telling the world about Cleveland State University through a new branding campaign that has been embraced by the campus community and target audiences. “Engaged learning has always been here; we’re just giving it a voice,” says Rob Spademan, assistant vice president for University marketing. “Every day, students experience engaged learning opportunities made possible by Cleveland State’s unique location in the heart of the city, its more than 250 partnerships with world-class health facilities, businesses, educational institutions and arts and civic organizations, and its faculty research that is providing solutions to real-world challenges. “Engaged learning is aspirational but it’s something our students, faculty and staff can relate to because they live it every day,” he adds. “Engaged learning is our brand promise, but it’s really our purpose as a University.” This spring, CSU officially adopted engaged learning as its marketing position and in cooperation with flourish, a downtown advertising agency that doesn't capitalize its name, launched internal and external campaigns to spread the word.

Engaged learning decals and posters popped up on doors and bulletin boards across campus. Students, faculty and staff received engaged learning shirts at a launch party. An interactive web site featuring videos, photos and personal engaged learning stories submitted by students, faculty and staff went live. The engaged learning logo now appears on all communication materials and ads. New internet, print, television and radio ads — including inserts in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and even a CSU YouTube channel — are positioning Cleveland State with prospective students and news media. In June, a totally redesigned University website was unveiled, with a retooled look incorporating engaged learning, and the introduction of CSU’s first intranet site. “Engaged learning is a natural for CSU; it sets us apart from the rest,” says Spademan. To learn more about engaged learning and read firsthand stories, visit 


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Elizabeth Pugh, JD ’78 General Counsel Library of Congress


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you do in life, keep your eyes open to the possibilities, get involved, and follow your heart. 

s an attorney, Elizabeth Pugh is seldom at a loss for words. But receiving an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at Cleveland State’s spring commencement left the Library of Congress general counsel honored, thrilled, and yes, speechless. “This was my first-ever honorary degree,” says the 1978 graduate of CSU’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. “It was particularly meaningful because Cleveland State made a terrific education available to me. It was, and still is, affordable for students. I learned how to think and analyze facts in ways that I still use today. Cleveland State really did help prepare me for the career that I’ve had.” And what a distinguished career it’s been. Following graduation, Pugh settled in Washington, D.C., as an attorney with both the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Education, before taking on positions of increasing responsibility with the U.S. Department of Justice as a litigator and manager. In 1995, she became general counsel of the National Archives and Records Administration, where she played a significant role in the resolution of a case that resulted in the opening of tape recordings made by former President Richard Nixon. Ten years ago, she was appointed to her present position as general counsel of the Library of Congress. She’s only the second person to hold the prestigious post. With three buildings on Capitol Hill, 600 miles of shelves, 23 reading rooms, a website with 614 million hits annually, a collection of more than 135 million items, and some 10,000 new items arriving every day, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. It’s also home of the U.S. Copyright Office, the largest library in the world, and serves as the research arm of Congress. Pugh and her staff of 15 concentrate their efforts on legal matters related to the library’s extensive collections (both traditional and digital), human resource/ethics issues, and financial issues. “My job involves doing a little bit of everything and every day is different,” she says. “It’s a very diverse law practice! One day I’m negotiating with a German prince for a $10 million map; the next day I’m working on a contract with Disney to allow filming of National Treasure 2 in our facility.” The Hollywood blockbuster includes 14 minutes of film shot in the

Library of Congress and while Pugh didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to watch star Nicolas Cage in action, she did attend the star-studded premiere. “I’m having way too much fun to retire,” says Pugh. “I’ve loved every job I’ve ever had but at the Library of Congress, I feel like I’ve achieved my original career goal of working in higher education as a general counsel to a college or university. “Of course, the Library of Congress isn’t a college or university but it sure feels like one. It’s so diverse! There are scholars and members of the general public doing research. We have seminars, poetry readings, films, concerts, educational programs and special exhibits. It’s truly the nation’s library.” Throughout her career, Pugh has made it a point to give back to her community and help others. She mentors young attorneys, hires interns, and serves as a role model for young women through her participation on the Women’s Advisory Board of the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital. She’s also stayed involved with Cleveland-Marshall, serving on its National Advisory Committee, hosting and attending events, and supporting the College’s annual fund. As a lifelong civil servant, Pugh regrets that many law graduates opt for high-salaried careers in private practice as a way of paying off their enormous student debt. In fact, she has championed efforts to have student loans forgiven for those making a commitment to public service. A docent with the Library of Congress, Pugh finds time to host tours for dignitaries and other special visitors, including alumni. Since May, as a volunteer interpreter for the National Zoo, she spends weekends at the Kids’ Farm, acquainting children ages three to eight with cows, pigs, donkeys, goats and alpacas, and teaching them about crops and planting. “I love the zoo, animals and children so much, my face hurts from smiling,” she says of her latest endeavor. “I believe we can all make contributions that are just as important and meaningful as monetary gifts.” This accomplished alumna advises everyone to follow their passion. “Especially with a law degree, there are so many opportunities,” she says. “But no matter what you do in life, keep your eyes open to the possibilities, get involved, and follow your heart.” Just like she has. 


The Great Debate he eyes and ears of the nation — and the world — were on Cleveland State University as it hosted the Ohio Democratic presidential debate between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton. More than 500 reporters from 10 countries covered the 90-minute debate for print and broadcast media outlets. Held at the Wolstein Center and hosted by the late Tim Russert (JD ’76, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; see page 25 for memorial tribute), and Brian Williams, both of NBC News, the debate was the most-watched broadcast in the 11-year history of MSNBC with 7.8 million viewers, and the number one cable program of the night among total viewers and adults ages 25-54. The Cleveland NBC affiliate, WKYC TV-3, drew more viewers that night than Fox’s American Idol. In addition, a pre-debate program showcased the University and two editions of both the NBC Evening News and Hardball with Chris Matthews were broadcast from the Wolstein Center, adding to the national exposure. Despite a snowstorm that pummeled the city all day and evening, the debate was the hottest ticket in town. More than 20,000 ticket requests were received, including 5,000 from


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Washington Week at CSU The debate wasn't CSU's only political hot ticket. Public television’s Washington Week also broadcast from campus. The longest-running public af fairs program on PBS, Washington Week features a group of journalists participating in a roundtable discussion of major news events. At CSU, moderator and managing editor Gwen Ifill was joined by panelists from TIME magazine, the Wall Street Journal, National Journal and Slate magazine for a lively and in-depth analysis of the debate, the candidates, and the issues facing Ohio. Washington Week , as well as a special Washington Week EXTRA: Northeast Ohio Edition , were taped before a capacity audience in Waetjen Auditorium and aired nationwide later that same evening — just one more indication of CSU’s growing national reputation.

• A total of 535 media personnel representing more than a dozen states and 10 countries (Africa, Australia, Bulgaria, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Macedonia, and the United States) were in attendance, with every major national and international news organization represented. • High profile media interest has continued since the debate, with the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, GQ and others contacting CSU for stories. • CSU figured prominently in a post-debate cover story on Chris Matthews in the April 13 New York Times Magazine. • More than 2,400 stories have appeared in print with mention of the debate and CSU. • More than 200 videos appeared on the popular YouTube medium within a week after the debate, and more than 375,000 people from around the world tuned in to view. • Saturday Night Live parodied the debate, starting the March 1 show with “Live from the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University” and then repeating the episode three weeks later. • Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood aired behind-the-scenes debate action.

students. Ticket lotteries were held and an enthusiastic audience of nearly 1,600 was on hand. The University won praise from the candidates, their staffs, the Ohio Democratic Party, the media and others for pulling together the resources to make such a successful event happen with just two weeks notice. “Cleveland State was privileged and honored to host the final debate before the Ohio primary,” said President Michael Schwartz. “Hundreds of our students had the opportunity to experience history firsthand by attending the debate or serving as volunteers. Faculty and staff also worked hard behind the scenes, and generous supporters made the debate possible. “The debate had a powerful economic impact on Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, and a positive impact on the reputation of the city and the University that is immeasurable. “Decision 2008 exemplifies the engaged learning that goes on every day on our campus and sets CSU apart from other schools,” he continued. “It showed Cleveland State in the best possible light to the nation and the world. You can’t put a dollar value on that kind of positive exposure.” To read more, visit 


recent RESEARCH  STEM Funding Cleveland State and its par tners have been awarded nearly $10 million in the first two rounds of funding for a new program designed to help make Ohio a global leader in the new economy and STEM education.


Cleveland State is the lead institution for Student Success in Mathematics, which seeks to strengthen the mathematics preparation of entering college students, and the Choose Ohio First Engaged Scholarship Program in Bioscience and Healthcare, which seeks to attract and graduate more than 430 STEM students in a five-year period, ensuring that Northeast Ohio's globally recognized health employers — The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals Health System and The MetroHealth System — have a highly skilled work force in the bioscience fields.

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CSU a leader in STEM education


leveland State University is committed to developing a work force able to support a new global, knowledgebased economy that is driven by innovation, particularly in the fields of Science, Technolog y, Eng ineering and Mathematics (STEM). A s repor ted i n t he w idely rea d Ri sin g A bove th e Gath er ing Stor m , low-w a ge employers such a s Wa lM a r t a nd Mc D on a ld ’s c r e a t e d 4 4 p erc ent of t he ne w job s i n re c ent years compared to only 29 percent of new jobs from high-wage employers. More students g raduate w ith exercise spor ts majors t ha n elect r ica l engineering degrees. Cleveland State takes this problem seriously and works diligently to help reduce these alarming trends. Throughout the University, faculty work to not only strengthen the number of students in STEM majors, but also to strengthen the skills of STEM K-12 teachers. Here are just two examples of what CSU is doing to ensure a talented and plentiful supply of STEM-educated citizens.

Linking Engineering to the K-12 Curriculum “Many organizations throughout Ohio are working hard to improve STEM education at the K-12 levels. Unfortunately, there are too many instances where the ‘E’ is left out,” says Stephen Duffy,


Cleveland State is a partner institution for Building the Nursing Work Force in Northeastern Ohio, which addresses a clearly identified need and seeks to attract and graduate nursing students who will complete the necessary advanced doctoral degrees that are required for faculty nursing positions, and Improving STEM Teacher Preparation: A Long Term Investment, which focuses on investing in quality education for K-12 STEM education teachers.

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professor of civil and environmental engineering. Passionate about making the “E” more v isible, Dr. Duff y and his colleagues have actively engaged the K-12 community to help define how engineering can be presented in schools. Working with teachers and administrators throughout the region, he learned that the biggest hurdle to helping K-12 st udents env ision thei r f ut u res a s engineers is the lack of understanding about what engineering is. Dr. Duff y has developed several proposals to integ rate eng ineering

concepts into the classroom. One recent success was through a $100,000 grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Garrett Morgan Program to fund a pre-engineering program at the Shaker Heights school district. This grant provides instruments and equipment for teachers to involve high school students in hands-on experiments that bring together mathematics and science in an intriguing, exciting way. It also introduces engineering to students as young as the third grade. These students meet practicing engineers and tour engineering facilities.

Another tactic is a three-day summer professional development program for 15 teachers to introduce them to the world of engineering and what it could mean for their classrooms.

Bringing Science to the K-3 Classroom Scott Sowell has developed a fresh way to generate excitement in science for kindergarten through third grade students, and the children aren’t the only ones having fun. Dr. Sowell, assistant professor of teacher education, worked with David Ball, professor of chemistry, on a pro-

gram that combines three strengths of the region: Cleveland State, the Great Lakes Science Center and elementary school teachers. Funded by the Ohio Board of Regents’ Improving Teacher Quality Program, their initiative seeks to demystify science from a lofty system of knowledge to something that everyone takes part in and is affected by every day of their life. If teachers get excited about science and gain confidence in their ability to investigate, their students will benefit, Dr. Sowell believes. And during a two-week program at the Great Lakes Science Center, teachers had the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that showed them just how much fun science can be. Dr. Sowell will visit their classrooms throughout the year to help them funnel the fun they had into fun and inspiration for their students. 



alumni Q&A 

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pon earning his bachelor’s degree in English from Cleveland State in 2004, M ichael Oatman joined the f irst class of the new Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing (NEOMFA). The only program of its kind, NEOMFA is a unique alliance between The University of Akron, CSU, Kent State University and Youngstown State University to meet the needs of the region’s flourishing writing and publishing community. Oatman graduates from the program this summer and took a few minutes to talk with Perspective.

What is Your Occupation?

»» I'm the playwright-in-residence at Karamu House, the oldest African American theater in the United States.

What do You Enjoy Most about Your Job?

»» Working with young people and being able to create art every day.

What was Your First Job?

»» Busboy in a soul food restau-

rant. I was fired because I would not get


into a rat-filled dumpster and “ jump” the garbage down.

What are Your Interests?

»» Wr it i n g , phot og raphy a nd


What is Your Most Valuable Possession?

»» My 80-gig hard drive. I carry it everywhere. It has everything of worth that I have ever written on it.

What is the Importance of CSU in Your Life?

»» CSU gave a poorly educated kid with learning difficulties a second chance at the brass ring. Without CSU, I would be dishing out fries or digging ditches. What was Your Favorite Class?

»» Nea l Cha nd ler’s nonf iction class. The participants in that class were the bomb, and Neal is a gentle, good man who rocks.

What is Your Advice to Today's Students?

»» Hustle. Don’t wait to be told where you belong and do not wait to be given an opportunity — take it.

What Do You Value Most in Others?

»» Being nice, kindness.

What is the Best Thing About Cleveland?

»» Its small-town feel and bigcity amenities.

What are Your Proudest Achievements?

»» I w a s t he f i rst A f r ic a n A merican to be the sole ed itor of b ot h t he C a u l d ron a nd t he Vindicator at CSU. What are Your Goals?

»» To be the greatest playwright to come out of Cleveland or the greatest playwright in Karamu history. But since Langston Hughes used to hold my job, that may be fanciful thinking on my part.

What is a Little-Known Fact About You?

»» I started my career as a writer by publishing poetry under a female pseudonym. 


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Welcome to the Neighborhood Living/learning center boosts downtown development


ome 10,000 people live in downtown Cleveland, mostly in the Warehouse District and Gateway sector. But Cleveland State’s $250 million-plus master plan is creating a residential campus and a new downtown neighborhood that’s attracting both students and prospective city dwellers. “Our Building Blocks for the Future master plan is crucial to transforming downtown Cleveland into a series of neighborhoods,” says Jack Boyle, vice president for business affairs and finance. “We’re giving this entire area an extreme makeover and creating a vibrant living and learning community in

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the heart of the city, which is making CSU more attractive to prospective students. “Add to this the campus portion of the Euclid Corridor, which is complete, and an abundance of private sector retail, housing and commercial development that is complementing what we’re doing, boosting the economy, and creating a buzz. The Cleveland State campus and its surrounding environs are poised to be the next vital, thriving downtown destination for living, dining, shopping and enjoying leisure time.” That means the backhoes, front-end loaders, cranes and other heavy-duty construction equipment that have dotted the CSU landscape for four years will be around for a while longer. “Cleveland State is a city of 20,000 people,” Boyle notes.

“From day one, our master plan has been a visionary tool for rethinking the University’s role in the city of Cleveland and how campus design and development can help stimulate private investment in downtown and bring a better sense of community to the campus environment. “More housing, retail outlets and green space, more activity along Euclid and Chester avenues — that’s been the plan all along to help connect Cleveland State to the city and revitalize this sector of downtown.” A number of projects have already been completed. Others are in various stages of progress, with several more ready to leap off the drawing boards. See the updates on page 22 or better yet, visit Cleveland State and see the transformation for yourself!

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• Student Recreation Center — A state-of-the-art facility offering a wide variety of amenities; connects to Woodling Gymnasium. • Fenn Tower — An art deco masterpiece restored to its 1929 splendor as apartment-style housing for 438 students. • Parker Hannifin Administration Center — A new building housing the University’s senior administrative team. Elements Bistro on Euclid, a full-service restaurant, is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and special evening events. • Parker Hannifin Hall — Renovated and expanded Howe Mansion, now home for the College of Graduate Studies and sponsored programs and research activities. An outdoor plaza links the two PH buildings, named in recognition of a $4 million gift from the Parker Hannifin Corporation. • Krenzler Field — A removable, air-supported dome and all-purpose playing surface converted a soccer field into a year-round facility. • University Plaza — Trees, benches, new lighting, heated walkways and a fountain make this a favorite outdoor campus gathering spot. • Main Classroom Building — Some 60,000 square feet of unused space has been built out into a glass-lined, plaza-level home for student-oriented administrative functions. There’s also a new stair and elevator tower entrance on Chester Avenue and a three-story atrium.



• Student Union — The demolition of concrete-block University Center is underway. By spring 2010, Euclid Avenue between East 21st and 22nd streets will house a spectacular new gateway to campus — a Student Union designed by award-winning New York architect Charles Gwathmey of Gwathmey-Siegel & Associates. The $55 million, 138,000-square-foot building will be open and airy, yet cozy and warm, with lots of student gathering places. Housing all student functions, a bookstore, dining facilities, a pub and more, the Student Union will be the new focal point of campus. • College of Education and Human Services — Ground will be broken this July for a new building on the north side of Euclid Avenue between Fenn Tower and Mather Mansion. This firstever home for the College will be open in early 2010. For progress reports on campus construction, visit


The $36 million, 97,000-square-foot building will feature a predominately glass exterior and will serve as the entryway to the campus from the east. • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law— Renovations, including a new Euclid Avenue entrance, new offices for legal clinics and student organizations, and four new classrooms, will be completed by December. A $5 million gift from Iris S. Wolstein is helping to fund this project.



• Parking Garage/ Transit Center — CSU and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority are partnering to build this facility at East 21st Street and Prospect Avenue, adjacent to the Wolstein Center. A 288-space parking lot now on the site will close this summer; parking capacity will more than double to 612 spaces when the garage and transit center for RTA buses are complete in fall 2009. • Residence Hall — CSU is partnering with American Campus Communities of Austin, Texas on plans for a 600-bed residence hall on a new East 24th Street linking Euclid and Prospect avenues. ACC manages Fenn Tower and Viking Hall, CSU’s original residence hall, and will manage the new residence hall as well. Early plans call for a complex of four buildings linked with enclosed walkways and shared common areas. The project will include a new home for the University Admissions Office and a parking garage. It will be built in two phases around the present bookstore, with three buildings ready for occupancy in fall 2010, and the final building in fall 2011. When this project is completed, Viking Hall will be demolished. • Varsity Village— This new student residential community will encircle a new $4 million baseball field to be built on Chester Avenue on 18 acres of land that now holds about 2,000 parking spaces in surface lots. 

For progress reports on campus construction, visit Varsity Village

Congratulations, Distinguished Alumni Eight outstanding graduates were honored for their service, leadership and career achievements at the 18th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner. Congratulations to this year’s stellar honorees: Anand “Bill” Julka, master of industrial engineering ’74, Fenn College of Engineering; founder and president of Smart Solutions Inc., a regional leader in systems integration. Ellis Z. Yan, bachelor of accounting ’82, Nance College of Business Administration; founder, president and chief executive officer of Technical Consumer Products Inc., one of the world’s largest privately owned manufacturers of energyefficient lighting products. Dr. Christine S. Moravec, Ph.D. in regulatory biology ’88, College of Science; research scientist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Kaufman Center for Heart Failure, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Robert A. Cutietta, bachelor of education ’75, College of Education and Human Services, and master of music ’78, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; dean and professor of music at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Dr. Roshanak Hakimzadeh, master of electrical and computer engineering ’87, Fenn College of Engineering; chief of the Photovoltaic and Power Technologies Branch at NASA Glenn Research Center. Gregory L. Brown, bachelor of political science ’91, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and master of urban affairs ’04, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs; executive director and president of the Center for Community Solutions. Georgia A. Froelich, bachelor of political science ’80,

(l-r) Gregory L. Brown, James A. Harmon, Dr. Christine S. Moravec, Ellis Z. Yan, Dr. Roshanak Hakimzadeh, Georgia A. Froelich, Dr. Robert A. Cutietta, Anand "Bill" Julka

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and JD ’84, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; senior vice president and senior fiduciary officer for Sterling Trust, a premium wealth management service company. James A. Harmon, master of curriculum and instruction ’01, College of Education and Human Services; English teacher at Euclid High School. For more information, visit

Moses Cleaveland Scholarship Event All alumni and friends are invited t o t he s e v ent h a n nu a l Mo s e s Cleaveland Black-Tie Scholarship Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel on Public Square. The evening includes a reception at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m., followed by recognition of leadership donors and the presentation of the President’s Medal to civic activists Natalie Epstein and Lainie Hadden. The Moses Cleaveland Scholarship Fund was estab-

lished to attract the best and brightest students to Cleveland State. Permanently endowed, named funds have been created with minimum gift commitments of $100,000 from individuals and organizations that recognize the vital importance of private support for higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students. Co-chairs of the 2008 event are Ronald Weinberg, chairman and CEO of Hawk Corporation and chair of the CSU board of trustees, and his wife, Terri Bell. For reser vations and sponsorship information, call 216-687-5522 or visit



New Slovenian Studies Program

(l-r) Zvone Žigon, Consul General, Republic of Slovenia; Mojca Kucler Dolinar, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Republic of Slovenia; Gregory M. Sadlek, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

More tha n 50,0 0 0 people of Slovenian descent live in northeast Ohio, the largest group outside of Slovenia. This fall, CSU w ill launch a new Slovenian Studies Program in partnership with Bowling Green and Kent State universities and Lakeland Community College. “This is a great example of ongoing efforts to globalize

our curriculum and develop joint programs with our higher education neighbors,” said Greg Sadlek, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. “We’ll have many new opportunities to engage the Slovenian community with courses, lectures and seminars, faculty and student exchanges, research and other programming.” Zvone Žigon, consul general of the Republic of Slovenia in Cleveland, is an enthusiastic supporter of the program and was key to its development. Courses in Slovenian culture, history and language will rotate among the four colleges, which will work closely with the University of Nova Gorica in Slovenia. For information, call 216-687-3660.

Unlike millions of movie fans, Peter Dunham has no need to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He’s already plenty familiar with said skull; in fact, the associate professor of anthropology teaches about it in his course, Ancient Mysteries. As part of his doctoral studies in 1987, Dr. Dunham excavated at Lubaantun, a Maya ruin in southern Belize — the same place where, 50 years before, the famous skull on which the movie is based was allegedly found. Dr. Dunham says “allegedly” because the skull is most likely a fake manufactured in Germany in the late 1800s,

made of quartz found in Brazil, not Belize. And archaeologists have found no other similar examples of crystal work attributed to the Maya or Aztec people. Still, people around the world believe that the skull has mystical powers. Dr. Dunham knows more than most the power that such artifacts, real or not, can excite. For nine years, the National Geographic Society provided major support for his worldrenowned archaeology work in Belize, where he and teams of CSU students discovered several ancient Maya ruins and such long-lost treasures as an altar in a cave and a bowl in the shape of an oscillated turkey.

Real-Life Adventurer

Celebrating 10 Years of Success Ask people what diversity means to them, and chances are they’ll say race or gender. Lisa Gaynier, however, knows better. She can recite a mind-boggling array of human differences: Age. Religion. Ethnicity. Personality. Physical ability. Economic class. And more. As director of CSU’s Diversity Management Program, Gaynier teaches organizations how to unite these differences for the benefit of employees, customers and the community. Those that do, she says, quickly learn how to respond to and meet the needs of a diverse, global marketplace, increasing productivity, creativity


and the bottom line. Now celebrating its 10th year as the only program of its kind in the nation, the Diversity Management Program has provided critical leadership development for nearly 200 graduates. They include executives of corporations like KeyBank, Eaton and Parker Hannifin; Cleveland Metroparks law enforcement officers; and managers of nonprofit and social services agencies. Graduates may earn either a master’s degree or graduate certificate. The next session begins in August. Students attend class just three days a month and complete the program in 18 months. For information, call 216-687-2550.

Athletics Hall of Fame Miller, a 1981 graduCongratulations to the 33rd ate with a degree in hiscla ss of i nductees i nto t he tor y, led the baseba l l C le v e l a nd St a t e A t h le t ic s team in slugging perHall of Fame: Alice Khol, Amy centa ge, r u ns scored Kyler, Tim Miller and Tenille and stolen bases, and Whiteside. set CSU career records K hol compiled a 115-187 for runs scored, doubles, record in 11 seasons as women’s triples, stolen bases and basketball coach before hang- Tim Miller, Amy Kyler, Tenille Whiteside and Alice Khol attempts. ing up her whistle in 1991 to Whiteside teamed with Kyler in 1997 to lead the become associate athletic director. She retired in 2007. Vikings to the NCA A Championship. She holds the Ky ler i s t he mo s t dom i n a nt pit c her i n C S U school career record for batting average while ranking softball history, with school career records for wins, second in hits, at-bats, runs scored, RBIs and doubles. winning percentage, ERAs, innings pitched, strikeouts She graduated in 1988 with a degree in marketing. and appearances. A volleyball standout as well, she graduated cum laude in 1997 with a degree in social work and psychology.

In Memoriam: Tim Russert Cleveland State University joins the nation and the world in mourning the untimely death of alumnus Tim Russert, who graduated from the ClevelandMarshall College of Law, with honors, in 1976. Sadly, his June 13th passing coincided w ith the University’s annual Distinguished Alumni celebration. Russert, who enjoyed visiting campus to teach a class or chat with students and faculty, last returned in February as moderator of the Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate hosted by the University in the Wolstein Center. (See story on pages 14-15.) He also provided debate commentary on two editions of the NBC Evening News, also broadcast from the Wolstein Center. One of the law school’s most distinguished graduates, Russert was named an Outstanding Alumnus in 2004 and received an honorary doctor of laws degree at commence-

ment 2007, where he delivered the keynote address. He served on the College of Law’s National Advisory Council and for many years, co-chaired the annual fund drive. A member of the NBC News staff since 1984, he served as managing editor and moderator of Meet the Press, political analyst for NBC Nightly News and the Today show, senior vice president and Washington bureau chief of NBC News, anchor of the Tim Russert Show on CNBC and contributing anchor for MSNBC. “Tim was a renowned broadcast journalist who used his keen mind, inquisitive nature and political savvy to inform the world by presenting diverse points of view with balance and clarity and holding the powerful accountable for their decisions and actions,” said President Michael Schwartz. “His courageous and conscientious journalism brought him many prestigious awards and he always would attribute his success to his education, particularly the legal and analytical skills he honed on our campus.” Law Dean Geoffrey Mearns called Russert a role model. “May we all honor his memory by living life with honor, integrity and compassion,” he said. 


Timothy Hottel, BS ’69, is an executive associate dean at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

1970s Bill Francis, BBA ’74, joined Info Trust Group Inc. as chief financial officer. He lives in Louisville, Colo. Annette Merritt Cummings, BA ’77, is vice president and national director of diversity services for Bernard Hodes Group. She lives in Columbia, S.C. and Shaker Heights. David Chaikin, BBA ’78, was elected to the board of trustees of the Minnesota chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He also received the Sylvie Volunteer All Star Award in recognition of his service. Chaikin was diagnosed with MS in 1992. He recently retired from a 25-year career in the electronics industry and lives in Eden Prairie, Minn. Greg Victoroff, JD ’79, was recognized for his contributions to the arts with an Artistic License Award from California Lawyers for the Arts. He is a partner with Rohde & Victoroff in Los Angeles. Janis Purdy, BA ’79 and MS urban studies ’80, was appointed to a four-year term on the board of trustees of the Higher Learning Commission. Nicholas J. Lizanich, BEE ’79 and MSIE ’81, rejoined First Energy in Akron as vice president of asset oversight for the energy delivery business. He lives in Richfield.

Donald Julian Reaves, BA ’76, was installed as chancellor of Winston — Salem State University in North Carolina, a 17-campus university system. Previously, he was vice president for administration and chief financial officer at the University of Chicago. His wife, Deborah Ross Reaves, earned an MA in 1976 at CSU.



Patrick Rice, BBA ’81, was reelected to his third term as president of the Society of Northern Ohio Professional Photographers. The North Olmsted resident is president of Rice Photography Inc. Keith L. Vencel, BA ’81, was named to the 2007 edition of Who’s Who in Human Resources by HR and Safety magazine. He is the founder and president of Human Capital Optimization and a faculty member with the University of Phoenix, Northern California Campus. Keith Wyche, BBA ’81, was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. International Board of Renaissance Leaders, established by Morehouse College in Atlanta. The president of U.S. operations for Pitney Bowes Management Services Inc. has been recognized by the National Urban League, and Diversity MBA, Black Enterprise and Ebony magazines. He serves on the board of directors of both the Executive Leadership Council, comprised of the nation’s top African American senior corporate leaders, and the National Black MBA Association. He recently authored Good is Not Enough: And Other Unwritten Rules for Minority Professionals. Dorothy Link Hazel, MEd ’82, completed six years on the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors. She also has served for almost 10 years on the West Creek Preservation Committee Board of Trustees. The Parma resident is a former teacher in the Olmsted Falls and Parma school systems. David Wilson, MM ’82, released his ninth album, Nobody Does it Better, a collection of love songs from the 1960s and 1970s. The violinist is a former soloist for Henry Mancini.

Concetta (Toni) Rash, MEd ’84, is an award-winning wildlife artist whose work was recently featured in an exhibit at Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen Nature Center. She retired as a guidance counselor at Euclid High School in 2000. Carter Strang, JD ’84, chairs the Cleveland Bar Association’s 3Rs Program, which assists students in the Cleveland Metropolitan and East Cleveland school districts with the social studies portion of the Ohio Graduation Test, as well as with career counseling. A partner with Tucker Ellis & West LLP, Strang is a member of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Visiting Committee, a

life member of the C-M Alumni Association, and a member of its board of directors. He mentors law students and created and funds the annual Joel Finer Criminal Procedure Award. Barb Hoogenboom, BS ’85, completed her doctor of education degree at Eastern Michigan University. She has been an associate professor of physical therapy at Grand Valley State University in Michigan for eight years and recently published Musculoskeletal Interventions: Techniques for Rehabilitation. Joe Borsuk, BA ’87, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Borsuk Design, a marketing communications and graphic design agency. The Parma resident is an active member of the CSU Alumni Association. Randall D. Roberts, BSCE ’87, recently completed a tour of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Commander Roberts was in charge of the Baghdad area office. Annie Hoffman Goodrich, BA ’88, lives in Canton, Ga., and is president of Blondie Productions, LLC. She and her husband, Bob, a 14-time Emmy Award-winning producer with ABC Sports, recently co-founded Sportscast Stars Training to help sports broadcasters succeed.

 1990s Marlene B. Anielski, MBA ’90, is serving her third consecutive term as mayor of Walton Hills, Ohio. She was a member of the Levin College of Urban Affairs’ Northeast Ohio Certified Public Manager Program cohort that received the George C. Askew Award. This national award recognizes management practices that exemplify the philosophy of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers in the completion of an exceptional curriculum project. Fred Wheatt, JD ’90, received the Charles Walton Diversity Advocate Award from the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. A trombonist, he founded the Wheatt Foundation which promotes the performing arts through education. He also is the founder, conductor, arranger and composer for Melting Pot, an inspirational music orchestra. Antoinette Burch Morton, EMBA ’91, was promoted to manager of public education at the LifeBanc Organ and Tissue Procurement Organization in Cleveland. She lives in Macedonia.

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Lauren Steiner, JD ’91, has launched Grants Plus LLC, a grant writing and development consulting firm for nonprofit organizations. Albert M. Wetula, BBA ’91, is a partner with the D’Amore Tatman Group LLC, certified public accountants and business consultants. He lives in North Royalton. Cassandra E. McConnell, BA ’91 and JD/ MPA ’02, is director of consumer and community affairs at the Office of Thrift Supervision in Washington, D.C. She lives in Laurel, Md. Douglas Rohde, MS ’92, was certified by the American Board of Criminalistics and promoted to Fellow in the Toxicology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is a senior forensic chemist/ toxicologist at the Lake County Crime Laboratory and lives in Wickliffe. Frederick A. Frisco, BA ’92 and MEd ’01, is the founder and president of Re-Education Services Inc., which serves special needs children in four Northeast Ohio counties with campuses in Mentor and Perry. Phyllis Folan, BA ’93, is an educational advocate with the Ohio Protection and Advocacy Association, assisting families of children with special needs in obtaining appropriate educational services. She lives in Cleveland. Christopher J. Dawson, MA ’94, is the author of Steel Remembered: Photos from the LTV Steel Collection. Dawson is the former curator of urban and industrial history at the Western Reserve Historical Society and was instrumental in saving the LTV Steel collection.

clothing and prom attire for students in need. Chad (Chandler) Gibbs, BA ’99, was promoted to first assistant golf professional at Marco Island Country Club in Florida. He lives in Naples. Bill Guentzler, BA ’99, was chosen as one of Cleveland Magazine’s Most Interesting People of 2008. He is the artistic director of the Cleveland International Film Festival.

Bruce Kafer, BSN ’99 and MSN ’05, was the producer and consultant for a short film, Native America: Diversity Within Diversity, which won the Aurora and SAIGE awards for independent films. Now a doctoral student in nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Kafer is the American Indian/Latino outreach coordinator in the Comprehensive Homeless Center of the VA Medical Center in Brecksville.

2000s Mary Meyer-Smith, BSN ’00, is a part-time adjunct faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College’s metropolitan campus. She teaches obstetric clinical nursing. Gary Norman, JD ’00, was selected as a German Marshall Fund Fellow and will travel to Brussels and Berlin in October 2008. The program introduces a new generation of leaders to European institutions, people and politics. Norman, who is blind, works for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Medicare Medicaid Services in Washington, D.C. Carolyn A. Kean, MBA ’01, received the Employee Excellence Award for Management at the American Red Cross 2008 annual national convention in recognition of her 30 years of exemplary service.

Dan Lawrence, MBA ’98, joined Coventry Healthcare of Scottsdale, Ariz., as a senior business consultant and recently received his project management certification.

Ramon Adams, BA ’03, is a clinical trials coordinator at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He lives in Cleveland.

Kimberly Vernette Taylor, MEd ’98 and ’04, is the president and founder of two organizations. Young Men with a Purpose is a vocational and entrepreneurship program for young men at risk. All Good Closet collects school supplies and uniforms, winter

Bill Ragan, BS ’04, is the author of Lag: A Look at Circadian Desynchronization.

John Pritchard, MBA ’99, is the publisher of the Journal of Healthcare Contracting.

Allan Jones, MBA ’97, lives in Holly, Mich., and is a program manager for Arvinmeritor. He recently wrote a novel titled A Scholar’s Vice.

LaToya M. Smith, BBA ’98, is the regional risk and administration manager at Fifth Third Bank in Euclid. The Macedonia resident was accepted into Kaleidoscope magazine’s Forty/Forty Class of 2008.

dent Center at the University of WisconsinMadison. He recently was appointed regional chair of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in Higher Education IV East African-American Knowledge Community (AAKC) and regional board member. He also serves on the AAKC executive steering committee.

Larry Rokas, BBA ’03, was promoted to human resources manager at the Garick Corporation. Gina Vernaci, MS urban studies ’03, received the League of American Theatres and Producers’ annual Samuel J. L’Hommedieu Award for Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management. She is vice president of theatricals at the Playhouse Square Foundation. Charles Holmes-Hope, MEd ’04, is the assistant director of the Multicultural Stu-

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Twelve Cleveland-Marshall College of Law alumni,


nominated by Dean Geoffrey S. Mearns (back row, fourth from left), were sworn in before the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, allowing them to argue cases before the highest court in the land. Congratulations to: (back row, l-r) Steven M. Auvil, JD ’93, chair of the intellectual property practice group at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan and Arnoff in Cleveland; Terrence G. Linnert, JD ’75, executive vice president of administration and general counsel of Goodrich in Charlotte, N.C.; Robert N. Schmidt, JD ’80, president of Cleveland Medical Devices and chairman of Orbital Research, both in Cleveland; F. Scott Wilson, JD ’81, vice president and general counsel at Pratt & Whitney in Hartford, Conn.; Brendan J. Sheehan, JD ’93, assistant prosecutor for Cuyahoga County; Frank L. Gallucci III, JD ’00, personal injury lawyer with Plevin & Gallucci in Cleveland; Howard D. Mishkind, JD ’80, medical malpractice lawyer with Becker & Mishkind in Cleveland; (front row, l-r) Melody J. Stewart, JD ’88, Eighth District Court of Appeals of Ohio judge; Ian N. Friedman, JD ’97, principal with Ian Friedman & Associates in Cleveland; Holly J. Wilson, JD ’81, tax attorney in the Department of Revenue Services in Hartford, Conn.; Stacey McKinley, JD ’97, associate director of gift planning at the Cleveland Clinic; and Michelle J. Sheehan, JD ’93, civil litigation/insurance/employment lawyer with Reminger & Reminger in Cleveland.

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Katharyne Marcus Starinsky, MUPDD ’04, and Kate Breton, MPA ’06, were awarded Cleveland Executive Fellowships. Funded by the Cleveland Foundation as part of the Cleveland Leadership Center, the program develops tomorrow’s leaders. Heather C. Clayton, MPA ’06, is the Francis H. Beam Jr. Fellow at Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland.

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Jennifer Stonebrook, BA ’07, is director of referrals and admissions at the Hospice of the Western Reserve. The Mentor resident is continuing her studies in George Washington University’s End of Life Care master’s program. 

Franklyn Roesch in August 2007. An associate professor emeritus of engineering, he joined CSU in 1963 and retired in 1984.

James Skellenger, BA ’57, in February 2008. Dr. Skellenger was the coordinator of arts and sciences at Fenn College from 1956 to 1959.

Anna Marie Curran McMahon, BA ’78 and MA ’81, in January 2008. She taught English in CSU’s Writing Lab, First College and Department of English for 25 years. Audrey Pitt Enarson in January 2008. From 1966 to 1972, she was the First Lady of Cleveland State as wife of President Harold Enarson. William Chisholm in January 2008. A professor emeritus of English and linguistics, he joined CSU in 1969 and retired in


Vivek Rao, MBA ’07, joined Safeco Insurance as director of information technology. He lives in Renton, Wash.

1998. He was the editor of Dictionaries, the journal of the Dictionary Society of North America, as well as the pronunciation editor of the 1970 Webster’s New World Dictionary.

Paul Jalics in September 2007. A professor emeritus of computer and information science, he joined CSU in 1976 and retired in 2007.

Paul Irwin, MPA ’06, recently returned from a 10-month assignment as an international volunteer for Kenya Family Charities in Nairobi. He wrote funding proposals, helped develop a strategic plan for the organization, and presented staff seminars. Traci Nickerson, BA ’07, had her senior practicum film, Benjamin, selected for presentation at this year’s Hollywood Black Film Festival. Last November the film was shown at the African American Women in Cinema Festival in New York City, where she received a citation. She is working on American Gangster, a television documentary, and has directed a music video.

Carroll Sierk in May 2007. He was affiliated with the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law for 29 years and served as associate dean.

Clyde Bratton in March 2008. An associate professor emeritus of physics, Dr. Bratton joined CSU in 1967 and retired in 2002. Angie Langford in May 2008. She was a secretary in the Fenn College of Engineering for 18 years, the last seven in mechanical engineering. Claire L. Felbinger in May 2008. She served as director of the Levin College of Urban Affairs' Master of Public Administration program from 1988 to 1998 and was the founding editor of Public Works Management and Policy.

Milton Friedberg, BSEE/BSME ’40, in February 2008 William F. Bland, BSCE ’40, in June 2008 Richard Mackay, BSCE ’51, in October 2007 Michael Shatten, JD ’52, in April 2007 Ben S. Pace, BBA ’57, in December 2004 Walter Fricker, BSME ’58, in May 2007 Donald L. Mokren, BS ’65, in June 2007


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Richard Jordan, BBA ’67, in July 2007 Mark Immelt, JD ’74, in November 2007 Sharon Benz, MEd ’76, in April 2007 Paul Clark, JD ’77, in October 2007 Robert Isbell, JD ’78, in June 2007 Susan S. Grane, MEd ’84, in October 2003 Derek Owens, BA ’95, in March 2008 Michael Fultz, JD ’04, in December 2007

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