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CSU launches $100 million campaign to support student success








CSU adds dollars, creates jobs in Northeast Ohio






Prestigious honor recognizes CSU’s engagement with community



CSU ranks in top 20 percent for research and development



Highlights from CSU’s 50th anniversary celebration



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PRESIDENT BERKMAN What a year this has been! A 50th anniversary celebration, numerous high profile national recognitions of our University, and the launch of a $100 million fundraising campaign to take Cleveland State and its students into the next half-century and beyond. Is it any wonder that we’re energized and excited? This issue of Cleveland State highlights memorable moments in a truly phenomenal year. The celebration of Cleveland State University’s 50th anniversary was all that we hoped for – and more. Thousands of alumni, family and friends filling downtown streets for a Homecoming Parade of the Decades and block party . . . six Presidential Forums that drew capacity audiences to meet and hear thought-leaders in health care, business, education and government . . . and numerous other events celebrated CSU’s Proud Past, Unlimited Future in grand style. At the same time, the national news media and prestigious organizations were taking note of CSU. The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business and CNN applauded our money-saving initiatives to keep students on track to graduation in a timely manner. U.S. News & World Report and Forbes ranked CSU among the best colleges and universities in the nation. The Brookings Institution noted that CSU graduates benefit from a “value-added” boost to salaries. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded CSU its highly coveted Community Engagement Classification in recognition of the University’s vital connection to the city and region. And the National Science Foundation ranked CSU in the top 20 percent of universities for research and development. So many laudable achievements! I am so proud of what we have accomplished together. Now we are looking to the future with the launch of a $100 million fundraising campaign to support student success and expand the many initiatives we already have in place to help our students stay in school, graduate and use their knowledge and skills to succeed in their careers and in their lives. ENGAGE: The Campaign for Cleveland State University is focused on need-based and merit scholarships for undergraduate and

graduate students across all fields of study, as well as for student-athletes, and on expanding and strengthening workforce and career preparedness initiatives, such as coops and internships, for emerging graduates. Simply put, the campaign will provide muchneeded private dollars to help teach, mentor and impact the lives of students who are the future of Northeast Ohio. CSU is fortunate to have Don Washkewicz, chairman of Parker Hannifin Corporation, and Monte Ahuja, chairman and chief executive officer of MURA Holdings LLC, as co-chairs of the campaign. Both Don and Monte are proud CSU alumni who credit their education for their successful careers. Both are generous philanthropists who have made transformational gifts to the University. In fact, Don and his wife, Pam, made an additional $5 million commitment to the campaign (over and above their previous $10 million) and we couldn’t be more appreciative. The time is right for this campaign. CSU is recognized and respected – locally, nationally and internationally – for engaged learning, faculty who excel at teaching and research, and partnerships that are driving Northeast Ohio’s economy and quality of life. Belief in Cleveland State as the university that educates the leaders and workforce of tomorrow has never been stronger. We invite you to share in our commitment to student success and we look forward to your support for ENGAGE: The Campaign for Cleveland State University.

Ronald M. Berkman PRESIDENT



CSU has launched a $100 million fundraising campaign, ENGAGE: The Campaign for Cleveland State University, to support student success and expand the many initiatives already in place to help students stay in school, graduate and use their knowledge and skills to succeed in their careers and in their lives.




of CSU graduates stay in Northeast Ohio and boost the local economy

$1 million more Lifetime earnings of college graduates over high school graduates

Need-based and merit scholarships, and support for mentoring, experiential learning, internships and other initiatives to prepare students for success in the workforce and in their careers are a key focus of the fundraising. The campaign is the first-ever fundraising effort of its kind for the University. Co-chairs are Monte Ahuja, chairman and chief executive officer of MURA Holdings LLC, and Don Washkewicz, chairman of Parker Hannifin Corporation. Both are proud CSU alumni who credit their education for their successful careers. Ahuja, MBA ’75, served on the CSU board of trustees from 1991 to 2000, including six years as chairman. In 2011, he and his wife, Usha, made a $10 million gift to CSU. The University renamed the Monte Ahuja College of Business in his honor. “Cleveland State University and education are passions in my life and I am privileged to give back to the school that gave me so much. Private support through this campaign will help many students in Northeast Ohio succeed,” he said. At the launch of ENGAGE: The Campaign for Cleveland State University, Washkewicz, BSME ‘72, announced that he and his wife, Pam, were making an additional $5 million commitment. (See story on page 4.) In 2014, the couple and the Parker Hannifin Foundation made a combined $10 million gift to CSU. The University renamed the Washkewicz College of Engineering in his honor. “This gift conveys our strong belief in CSU and its future,” he said. “We look forward to partnering with CSU to further advance the quality of education in Northeast Ohio well into the future.” President Ronald M. Berkman calls ENGAGE: The Campaign for Cleveland State University “a great way to launch CSU’s next 50 years.”


First-time, full-time freshmen who rely on financial assistance to help pay for college

51% 29%

Falling state support

CSU’s student body of nearly 18,000 includes those who are the first in their family to attend college as well as later-career professionals. The last three years have seen the largest freshman classes and the highest GPA and ACT scores in the institution’s history. This success has come despite two decades of eroding financial support for public higher education, both nationally and in Ohio. “Many students who do not complete their CSU degree are academically sound, proficient in their studies, and positioned for success. However, many simply cannot afford to finish,” notes Dr. Berkman. CSU has introduced initiatives to address these issues and has been recognized for innovation in student support by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN, Inside Higher Education and other media. Initiatives include a graduation plan that rebates two percent of tuition costs plus book expenses; an online degree audit program to monitor progress; multi-semester registration; and undergraduate curriculum conversion from four- to threecredit-hour courses to provide more flexibility and a streamlined path to graduation. (See story on page 15.) ENGAGE: The Campaign for Cleveland State University will provide scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students across all fields of study, as well as student-athletes, and will expand and strengthen workforce and career preparedness for emerging graduates.

“Many students who do not complete their CSU degree are academically sound, proficient in their studies, and positioned for success. However, many simply cannot afford to finish.” — President Berkman

All gifts and pledges made to the University since July 1, 2013 are being counted toward the $100 million goal. All forthcoming gifts will count as well.

“Since its founding in 1964, CSU has championed an educational environment and experience committed to access, opportunity and excellence,” notes President Berkman.

“We are asking everyone to engage in ENGAGE: The Campaign for Cleveland State University,” said Dr. Berkman. “Why? Because for many, a scholarship means the difference between being able to apply to college or not, and once enrolled, being able to graduate. Because private support allows students to focus more on their studies and career preparation, and less on how to pay for college. And because private gifts support the strengthening of Northeast Ohio’s workforce and tomorrow’s leaders.”

“As CSU moves into its next 50 years, the campaign will help ensure the continued success of CSU students and provide a pipeline of graduates who are committed to using their education for the betterment of Northeast Ohio.” To learn more and support ENGAGE: The Campaign for Cleveland State University, visit

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Washkewicz additional $5 million boosts campaign and engineering

Pam and Don Washkewicz

For the second time in as many years, alumnus Don Washkewicz and his wife, Pam, have made a transformative gift to the CSU College that bears his name, its engineering program and its students. The couple announced their latest gift of $5 million at the launch of ENGAGE: The Campaign for Cleveland State University. In 2014, the couple also made a $5 million gift, matched by an additional $5 million from the Parker Hannifin Foundation for a total of $10 million in support of engineering scholarships and major infrastructure improvements to Fenn Hall, including new laboratories. Washkewicz is the chairman of Parker Hannifin, the Clevelandheadquartered global leader in motion and control technologies. Last year, the Washkewicz College of Engineering was named in his honor. “This gift conveys our strong belief in CSU and its future,” said Washkewicz in announcing his latest “investment in CSU and in Northeast Ohio. We are very proud to contribute again and we are confident that CSU alumni and the community will join us in responding strongly to this opportunity to build on the University's momentum.” President Ronald M. Berkman added, “We are extraordinarily grateful to the Washkewicz family for propelling this campaign forward and supporting our mission to be a model for public, urban universities.” Washkewicz followed in the footsteps of his father, uncle and brother when he enrolled at CSU. He earned a bachelor of mechanical engineering degree in 1972 and joined Parker that same year.


While leading Parker’s growth into a multi-billion dollar global technology company, he fostered the Parker/CSU partnership that includes a $1.5 million commitment to establish the Parker Hannifin Human Motion and Control Laboratory in the Washkewicz College of Engineering and to fund an endowed chair in human motion and control; 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; lead sponsorships for Radiance, CSU Realizing the Promise, and much more. “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,” he said. “Pam and I eagerly anticipate the impact that CSU 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.”

Providing education and hope for foster youth

Frank and Barbara Sullivan, Daryl and Jenniffer Deckard

A combined gift of $2.3 million from Frank and Barbara Sullivan and Jenniffer and Daryl Deckard will provide high school seniors aging out of foster care with scholarships and support to attend Cleveland State. With the Sullivan-Deckard Scholars Opportunity program, a model for programs nationwide, CSU becomes one of few universities to offer support to foster youth who, at age 18, “age out” of the system and must fend for themselves. The first cohort of 10 foster students, newly graduated from 10 area high schools, moved into campus housing this summer and is already enrolled in an intensive Transition to College workshop to prepare for university life. Sullivan-Deckard Scholars will benefit from a comprehensive support system, including scholarships for tuition, books and living expenses; on-campus employment; year-round housing and meals; academic tutoring, advising and mentoring; and engagement with faculty, staff, student peers and community volunteers. “The innovative and progressive Sullivan-Deckard Scholars Opportunity program is for highly motivated students and designed to promote academic success, personal growth and degree completion,” said Charleyse Pratt, assistant vice president for inclusion and multicultural engagement. Many in foster care experience an abrupt end in services upon turning 18 years old, when they are considered fully independent adults. National studies have estimated that fewer than half of these young adults apply to college, and less than 10 percent of those who apply graduate with a degree. “Through the generosity of the Sullivans and Deckards, and in collaboration with our community partners, we are creating an avenue of

access that will allow deserving students to thrive within the University community,” said President Ronald M. Berkman. Thanking the two couples for their trust in CSU, the president noted, “We are building something few universities have done – a system and structure to give these students, who face tremendous challenges, the best chance for success.” Barbara Sullivan serves on the board of directors for Fill This House, an organization that provides household goods to newly emancipated young adults. Frank Sullivan is chairman and chief executive officer of RPM International, Inc., a Medina, Ohio-based holdings company for manufacturers of industrial and consumer building materials. “I have met many bright and hardworking young people within the foster care system who dream of earning a college education and building a better future,” said Barbara Sullivan. “Our intent is to help provide a pathway to success.” Jenniffer Deckard is chief executive officer of Chesterland, Ohiobased Fairmount Santrol, which provides materials used in oil and gas exploration. Daryl Deckard is general manager of Black Lab, LLC, a Fairmount subsidiary that manufactures custom-blended industrial and commercial products. “Having opened our hearts and our home as foster parents, we feel privileged to partner with the Sullivans and CSU in this holistic approach,” said Jenniffer Deckard.



(Front row, l-r) Head coach Brian Etzkin; Rick Chiricosta, chairman, president and CEO, Medical Mutual of Ohio; President Berkman; associate head coach Frank Polito; with members of CSU’s tennis teams

Medical Mutual gift transforms tennis courts

A $1.4 million gift from Cleveland-based Medical Mutual of Ohio will enable CSU to create an all-season tennis facility for use by the men’s and women’s varsity tennis teams, the University community and the public. In recognition of this generous gift, the new facility will be named the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion. The funds will transform CSU’s six existing tennis courts through installation of a new, permanent dome, along with mechanical systems to provide heat, air and insulation for year-round play. “With Medical Mutual we have a partner in promoting the health of our University and community. This gift will allow us to provide another avenue for wellness while adding an amenity to downtown Cleveland,” said President Ronald M. Berkman. The upgraded tennis courts will be the only indoor facility of its kind in downtown Cleveland and will enable varsity teams to relocate practices and competitions to campus. “CSU will be the only school in the Horizon League to have an oncampus, indoor tennis facility, which will provide a competitive edge


for our varsity teams. The upgrades will improve our ability to train student-athletes and will provide a significant boost to our recruitment of top Ohio, U.S. and international tennis prospects,” added John Parry, director of athletics. Medical Mutual, the largest health insurer headquartered in Ohio, has previously partnered with CSU to support internship and scholarship programs. “Our company promotes the vital link between physical activity and the lifelong maintenance of good health, and we recognize Cleveland State’s shared commitment to this through its strong intercollegiate athletics and campus-wide wellness programs,” said Rick Chiricosta, Medical Mutual chairman, president and CEO.

GE supports STEM scholars

Anthony Knight, Lloyd Trotter, President Berkman, Peter Buca, Maryrose Sylvester

Alumni whose careers led them to leadership roles with General Electric are now helping the next generation through a $500,000 gift towards scholarships for CSU students pursuing science, technology, engineering or math degrees. GE Lighting and GE Transportation established the GE Scholars program, which will award five full-tuition scholarships each year for 10 years, beginning this fall. The program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, with preference given to Cleveland Metropolitan School graduates, including those in the MC2STEM High School on CSU’s campus. Students can apply to renew the scholarship, with preference given to those who complete an internship or co-op with GE. “We are so excited and proud to announce our commitment to Cleveland State University through the GE Scholars Program,” said Maryrose Sylvester, MBA ’93, president and CEO of East Clevelandbased GE Lighting, which currently employs more than 75 CSU graduates. “We are looking forward to CSU continuing to provide the diverse talent pipeline that GE needs to succeed in the 21st century.”

Russell Stokes, BBA ‘96, senior vice president and CEO of GE Transportation in Chicago, added, “We expect that some of the next great inventors will be the students right here in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and we want to give them every opportunity to reach their potential by establishing the GE Scholars program at CSU.” Lloyd Trotter, BBA ’72, a former vice chairman of GE and former president of the Industrial Business units, said GE employees and executive team members have served as tutors, role models and mentors for youth in Northeast Ohio for decades and the company supports educational development. “We are very appreciative of GE's investment in our students. GE Scholars will benefit greatly from financial support, as well as invaluable connections to career opportunities and mentors in high-demand fields,” added President Ronald M. Berkman.



Percy endowed professorship created

President Berkman, Polly and Steve Percy

A $500,000 gift from Steve and Polly Percy to the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will create a named professorship to support scholarly work in environmental or energy law. The Steven W. Percy Endowed Professorship, law’s fifth endowed professorship, will be held by a member of the faculty, based on exemplary research, scholarship and commitment to teaching. Long-time supporters of C M LAW, the Percys are now members of the President’s Cabinet donor recognition society for lifetime gifts to CSU of more than $1 million. Alumnus Percy, JD ’79, is the former chairman and CEO of BP America, Inc. He joined the Standard Oil Company, predecessor to BP America, in 1976 and spent significant time working in London, where he served as group treasurer of The British Petroleum Company and chief executive of BP Finance International. Prior to his promotion to chairman and CEO of BP America in 1996, he served as president of BP Oil’s U.S. Division and executive vice president of BP America. He is a member and past chair of Cleveland-Marshall’s National Advisory Council and is past chair of the CSU Foundation board of directors. During the 2012-13 academic year, he served as interim dean of CSU’s Monte Ahuja College of Business.


“We are extremely grateful for Steve and Polly’s generous support of the law school over the years. Steve has had an outstanding career as a businessman in multiple roles, and we are proud to name this professorship after an alumnus who serves as an example of the unlimited opportunities accessible to our graduates,” said Dean Craig Boise. Since retiring from BP, Percy has held positions as the head of Phillips Petroleum Refining, Marketing and Transportation Company, and has conducted workshops on corporate governance for the AHC Group, a strategic consultant in the areas of environment, energy and materials. He served as a member of President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development as co-chair of the Climate Change Task Force, and is active with several organizations pertaining to environmental and economic research.

Betty and Alan Ruben

Estate planning includes CSU Alan Ruben was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 1976, alongside the legendary Bob Feller. But the CSU professor emeritus of law does not rest on his laurels as a champion fencer who captained both the 1972 U.S. Olympic and 1971 Pan-American fencing teams. He would prefer to be remembered as someone who made an impact on the lives of his students and the institutions that influenced his life and career.

Court of Arbitration to settle disputes against American companies by foreign countries.

To that end, he and his wife have made a $500,000 commitment in their wills to create the Alan Miles Ruben and Betty Willis Ruben Endowed Professorship in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. It is one of the largest faculty gifts ever to CSU.

His wife enjoyed her own distinguished career, retiring after 18 years as a Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court judge, including the position of administrative judge. Her career also includes working on mental health issues as a member of President John Kennedy’s White House staff, and serving as executive director of the Consumer Advisory Council in the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

“I’ve spent a good portion of my life at Cleveland-Marshall. I have great affection for the law school and my colleagues and I look back at my career with pleasure. I’m delighted to be able to give something back,” he says. Professor Ruben joined C M LAW in 1970 and retired in 2003. During those 33 years, he taught courses on corporations, partnerships, securities law, professional ethics and labor arbitration. In 1993-94, he was a Fulbright Scholar, teaching in Shanghai at Fudan University, referred to as China’s Yale where every American president since Richard Nixon has made a major foreign policy address. When his Fulbright term expired, he was named an Advisory Professor of Law – only the fifth foreigner so honored in its 100 years – a position that brought him back to Fudan to teach three additional times. Although “retired,” he still teaches an occasional class at C M LAW and regularly works out of his first floor office in the law building. He also has kept busy as the editor of the sixth edition of How Arbitration Works, as an arbitrator appointed by the American Arbitration Association and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to settle union/management disputes, and as a member of a tribunal appointed by the International

The couple, who celebrated their 50th anniversary in May, are generous philanthropists, supporting their respective high schools, colleges and other causes. In 2004, they established the Judge Betty Willis Ruben Scholarship at CSU. The endowed fund provides scholarships to CSU undergraduates majoring in any discipline who are graduates of the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools. When doing their estate planning, they knew that supporting CSU through a will commitment to establish an endowed professorship in law was the right decision for them. The Ruben Endowed Professorship, they hope, will further boost C M LAW’s already excellent reputation.



CSU DRIVES NORTHEAST OHIO’S ECONOMY Cleveland State not only graduates talented students who fill leadership and workforce positions throughout Northeast Ohio, the University also significantly boosts the local economy. 10 // CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE // CSUOHIO.EDU

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CSU OPERATIONS – FY 2013 Figures include University spending, student spending and visitor spending


6,739 JOBS










ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CAPITAL EXPENDITURES – FY 2009 TO FY 2013 Figures include investments in campus facilities, including new construction and renovations EMPLOYMENT IMPACT

1,945 JOBS





The Economic Impact of Cleveland State University reveals that CSU pours $679 million into the economy and accounts for 6,739 jobs. In addition, capital spending on construction from 2009 to 2013 was responsible for another 1,945 jobs and $286 million in total output impact, a measure of goods and services produced. The study, authored by Candi Clouse, Ziona Austrian and Serena Alexander in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs’ Center for Economic Development, quantified the economic impact from spending by the University, students and visitors to CSU during fiscal year 2013. The methodology was designed to isolate the added economic benefit of CSU to the five-county study region.






“CSU is a community anchor that is playing a lead role in Cleveland’s renaissance.” — President Berkman

“Cleveland State has a profound effect on Northeast Ohio’s economy and provides an outstanding return on investment for both students and the state of Ohio,” says President Ronald M. Berkman. “The University prepares graduates for careers, is a major employer providing wellpaying jobs, purchases a significant amount of locally produced goods and services, and is the largest landowner in downtown Cleveland.

“One of the benefits CSU brings to the community that was not quantified is the multiplying effect recent physical improvements have had on downtown and the campus community. The significant influx of new residents has generated new demand for housing, retail and other services in the downtown area, and the increased street-level activity around campus provides a major boost to the city’s image,” notes Dr. Austrian.

“CSU is a community anchor that is playing a lead role in Cleveland’s renaissance and in driving the economy,” he adds.

Adds Clouse, “The study illustrates that CSU is generating significant economic activity by attracting undergraduate and graduate students to Greater Cleveland as well as providing a high-quality, affordable option for local residents pursuing a bachelor’s degree.”

Currently, less than 30 percent of revenue generated by CSU comes from state appropriations, while tuition at CSU ranks among the lowest among Ohio's public universities. From the $65 million CSU received in 2013 in state funding, the University generated $308 million in household income for Northeast Ohio, a fivefold return.

To read a summary of the Economic Impact report, visit impact-report.



CSU RANKS THIRD IN OHIO FOR VALUE-ADDED A report from the influential Brookings Institution lists Cleveland State University in the top three among Ohio’s four-year public universities that give graduates the largest boost to career earnings. According to the report issued by the think tank’s Metropolitan Policy Group, CSU graduates have mid-career salaries that are more than $10,000 higher than those of demographically similar graduates from other colleges and universities – the third highest percentage boost in a grouping of Ohio’s four-year public universities, following only the University of Cincinnati and Miami University. Brookings researchers found that students from similar backgrounds to those at CSU are typically expected to earn $65,137 at their career midpoint, while the median salary of CSU graduates at career midpoint was $75,600. The methodology draws on national data related to demographics, job placement, salaries and loan repayment rates. “Simply put, this means CSU is among the leaders in the state in boosting the future earnings potential of its graduates, and we do it while being accessible and affordable. The results of the Brookings report affirm the

quality of our programs and provide further evidence that seeking a CSU degree is a great investment,” said President Ronald M. Berkman. In two additional categories, Occupational Earning Power and Loan Repayment Rate, CSU also scored in the top three for value-added among Ohio’s four-year public universities. The measures looked at average salaries and loan repayment rates of CSU’s graduates and again compared those to predicted values based on demographic factors. In Occupational Earning Power, CSU scored second behind only the University of Cincinnati and in Loan Repayment Rate, CSU scored third behind Wright State University and The Ohio State University. “Cleveland State University is focused on guiding our students toward career success, so we are very pleased that this report from the highly respected Brookings Institution illustrates that CSU graduates are enjoying outstanding returns on their investment,” added President Berkman. The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Group used a unique methodology intended to provide college applicants with a resource for evaluating choices based on value-added to career earnings, a different approach from rankings that heavily weight subjective reputation and admissions selectivity in their methodology. The Washington-based organization is consistently ranked as the most influential and most trusted think tank in the nation.




...for value-added to mid-career earnings of the typical graduate, which researchers predicted using demographic data. CSU graduates have the third largest percentage increase above predictions, behind only the University of Cincinnati and Miami University.

...for value-added to occupational earnings power, behind only the University of Cincinnati. Researchers compared college graduates’ job placement and salary data to demographic predictions. The average salary for CSU alumni was $2,500 more than predicted, reflecting strong placement into higher-paying career fields.



...for value-added to loan repayment rate, behind only Wright State University and The Ohio State University. This is an indicator of CSU’s positive influence on graduates’ ability to pay off their investment in higher education.


»» Investing more than $500 million to modernize the 85-acre campus in a manner that has enhanced the surrounding neighborhoods and spurred significant private investment;

Cleveland State University is honored to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This prestigious national honor is highly sought after by higher education institutions as an indicator of close connectivity to the public and private sectors in the region surrounding an institution.

»» Integrating the Department of Theatre and Dance with professional performing-arts venues Playhouse Square and Cleveland Play House through the CSU Arts Campus;

CSU is one of 83 first-time recipients of the Community Engagement Classification, selected from more than 130 applicants. “We are very honored to earn this classification, which provides an affirmation of our efforts to offer a highly relevant and valuable experience to our students while serving the needs of the community,” said President Ronald M. Berkman. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center based in Stanford, CA. In awarding the community engagement classification, the foundation looks at “the partnership of university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.”

»» Creating an educational access continuum with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District through Campus International School and MC2STEM High School, both housed on CSU’s campus; »» Launching the Central Neighborhood Alliance to enable faculty to support grassroots initiatives in the nearby Central community and to encourage youth there to visit the CSU campus; »» Connecting the classroom to the workplace by networking with more employers than any other public university in Ohio and helping students secure more than 3,000 placements at area workplaces. CSU is one of 361 institutions nationwide to be recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for exceptional levels of community-supporting activity and will maintain the Community Engagement Classification through 2025. As part of its commitment to community partnerships, the University has launched the Cleveland Engagement Project, a web portal that showcases and facilitates collaborations between students, faculty and staff with the community. For details, visit

In its application, CSU highlighted a range of community-enhancing efforts, including: »» Establishing a partnership with Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) to create a medical school program focusing on urban health; »» Working with private industry, as evidenced by a collaboration with Parker Hannifin in the Human Motion and Control Lab at CSU;

Dr. Hwang, founder, president and CEO of H Technologies Group, established the award through a gift to the Foundation to help inspire faculty to ever-increasing levels of excellence. Each year, one awardee is chosen from the men and women honored by the University’s Distinguished Faculty Program.

Distinguished faculty and staff

FACULTY AND STAFF HONORED Joanne E. Goodell, professor of teacher education, received the Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award for Faculty Excellence at the President’s Convocation. Funded by CSU Foundation board member Jennie S. Hwang, the award is the highest honor for CSU faculty members and recognizes individuals for exceptional achievements in teaching, research and service.

Dr. Goodell, who joined CSU in 1999 and served as president of the Faculty Senate for the past three years, also received a Distinguished Faculty Award for Service. She recently was named a 2015-16 ACE Fellow by the American Council on Education. The ACE Fellows program prepares emerging leaders for senior positions in college and university administration. Also honored with CSU Distinguished Faculty Awards were: Michael J. Geither, associate professor of English (service), Mekki Bayachou, professor of chemistry (teaching), Jill Rudd, professor of communication (teaching), Samantha Baskind, professor of art history (research), and Aimin Zhou, professor of chemistry (research). Distinguished Staff Awards were presented to Susan M. Altmeyer, digital content law librarian, and Barbara Durfey, administrative secretary in psychology.



RESEARCH ADVANCES CONTINUE Cleveland State continues to advance its reputation as a research university, leaping nine places to No. 174 in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Higher Education Research and Development (R&D) Survey. This marks the third consecutive year that CSU ranks among the top 20 percent of universities in the United States for research and development. CSU had overall R&D expenditures of $67.4 million for fiscal year 2013, the most recent year surveyed by the NSF. Moreover, in sharp contrast to the flat national trend, CSU’s R&D expenditures increased by more than 10 percent between 2012 and 2013 and by a whopping 371 percent from 2009 to 2013. Adjusted for inflation, higher education R&D increased by less than onehalf percent in 2013, according to the NSF. “CSU's steady growth in research expenditures can be attributed to the efforts of our faculty and students, and reflects the University's growing commitment to research and scholarship. Strong productivity has also allowed CSU to increase its share of competitive dollars while the trend in research expenditures across the nation is flat,” said Jerzy Sawicki, vice president for research.

Over the past five years, CSU has enjoyed a steady rise in the national R&D rankings – moving from No. 261 in 2009, No. 220 in 2010, No. 193 in 2011 and No. 183 in 2012 to the current No. 174. Among all public and private universities in Ohio, the NSF currently ranks CSU at No. 7 in total R&D expenditures, well ahead of many other institutions, including Ohio University, Wright State University, Miami University, Kent State University and Bowling Green State University. “All of us can take pride in these outstanding scholarly achievements, which are a testament to the talent and commitment of our faculty and students,” notes President Ronald M. Berkman. The NSF’s Higher Education Research and Development Survey is the primary source of information on R&D expenditures at higher education institutions. According to the survey, universities spent some $62 billion on R&D in fiscal year 2013, the same as the previous year. As part of CSU’s 50th anniversary celebration, the Office of Research compiled a timeline of significant research and scholarly accomplishments. To view the timeline, visit

PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITS CAMPUS President Barack Obama shared a light moment with (l-r) mechanical engineering majors Donald Jackson, Chris Brabenec and Nate Palsa during a visit to MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network), located on campus.

Photo by Joshua Gunter / Northeast Ohio Media Group


The president inquired about the students’ future plans and “was a really cool guy who seemed genuinely interested in what we were doing,” said Brabenec. Obama was in town to address the City Club of Cleveland about manufacturing and middle-class economics.

STUDENT SUCCESS INITIATIVES MAKE NATIONAL HEADLINES CNN, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business are all applauding CSU’s money-saving initiatives to keep students on track to graduation in a timely four years. Growing awareness of CSU by national news outlets is helping to position the University as a leader and innovator on issues facing higher education. Here’s a brief look at some of the national kudos.

President Ronald M. Berkman appeared on CNN Newsroom to discuss college affordability and share Cleveland State’s successful initiatives to reduce costs for students. CSU’s Graduation Incentive Plan provides students with a two percent tuition rebate and $200 stipend for textbooks if they complete 30 credits per year in good academic standing. “In one year, we’ve seen an increase of 14 percent in students taking 30 credit hours, which will allow them to graduate in four years,” he said. With college graduates expected to earn $1 million more during their lifetime than nongraduates, “college provides a tremendous return on investment, both financially and in style of living, as well as a wonderful dividend for our nation,” he added.

The Washington Post interviewed President Berkman as part of its story showcasing the University's efforts to support students in their path to graduation. The article appeared online and in print as the cover of the newspaper's Sunday business section. The Post noted that barely half of the nation’s college students earn degrees within six years and that spending an extra year or two in class has pushed student debt to an estimated $1 trillion.

The newspaper detailed CSU’s multi-faceted efforts to tackle this issue, including the Graduation Incentive Plan, streamlining the course catalogue, offering more sections of in-demand classes, encouraging students to secure needed classes through multi-semester registration, capping credit hours needed for a bachelor’s degree at 120, and strengthening academic advising.

Students who don’t graduate in four years can weigh on a school’s reputation and a student’s wallet, the WSJ noted, while “at Cleveland State University, administrators are trying to minimize students’ scheduling mistakes.”

In a Wall Street Journal interview, President Berkman discussed CSU’s conversion to a dominant three-credit-hour curriculum and its successful implementation of multi-term registration. The CSU student success story was featured in the weekend edition of the newspaper.

The news outlet noted that in the 2013-14 school year, Cleveland State spent about $1.2 million handing out tuition rebates and textbook credits to more than 2,000 students while not receiving any additional funding from the state.

The article cited data from Complete College America that found that full-time students complete four-year degrees with an average of 134 credit hours – far above the minimum of 120 credit hours required by the majority of undergraduate degree programs.

Bloomberg Business credited CSU’s student success initiatives for “almost immediately” bringing about a dramatic increase in graduation rates.

Given its success, President Berkman, who believes financial incentives are the best way to encourage students to take full course loads, plans to continue the initiative.




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Cleveland State is ranked among the best colleges and universities in the nation in two separate higher education surveys conducted by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes.

and more than 250 online courses each semester. The same instructors who teach oncampus classes also teach the online courses.

For its 2015 Best Colleges report, U.S. News assessed nearly 1,600 four-year colleges and universities. CSU is one of only 280 institutions across the country to be listed in the “national universities” rankings.

The Mobile Accelerated Master of Business Administration (MAMBA) at the Monte Ahuja College of Business is ranked No. 44 in the nation and No. 1 in Ohio on U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 list of the Best Online Graduate MBA Programs. This marks the first Top 50 national ranking for the program, which enables students to earn an MBA within one year by completing all classes and tests online.

The rankings are based on such factors as retention and graduation rates, student selectivity, faculty resources and assessments by academic peers and high school guidance counselors. CSU ranks among the 650 colleges and universities in Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges 2014 report. The rankings are based on academic success, student satisfaction, graduation rate and post-graduate success.

Cleveland State is 12th in the nation on 2015 Best Online Colleges rankings published by Affordable Colleges Foundation (ACF), a leading resource for information about online learning and college affordability. CSU was the topranked university in Ohio on the ACF list. Institutions were evaluated for cost, quality and other metrics, including depth and breadth of online degree options, student-faculty ratio and job placement for graduates. Fewer than 90 schools made the final cut. CSU’s eLearning initiative enables students to take individual courses or academic degree offerings and certificate programs online. The University offers 15 online degree programs

LACROSSE COMES TO CSU CSU will establish a varsity men’s lacrosse program and begin recruiting athletes to compete in the spring season of the 2016-17 academic year. The University also will continue to fund wrestling, reversing an earlier decision to defund the program when lacrosse is added. Lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport in the nation among high school athletes, and the CSU team will be the second NCAA Division I program in Ohio, joining The Ohio State University.


Rankings were based on such factors as student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials/training and student services/technology. MAMBA was the first fully mobile, one-year MBA accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The Downtown Cleveland Alliance presented President Ronald M. Berkman with the Ruth Ratner Miller Award in recognition of his efforts to advance and enhance downtown Cleveland. The award is given in memory of the respected Cleveland booster and former member of the CSU board of trustees. Under the president’s leadership, CSU has become a premier urban public institution and an anchor in a thriving Campus District neighborhood. Community and business partnerships create pathways for students to remain in Cleveland after graduation.

"The addition of lacrosse brings to CSU a spectator sport that will build on the activities and excitement happening across the campus. We anticipate that students and the community will be attracted to Krenzler Field for a unique opportunity to see high-level competition," says John Parry, director of athletics. To ensure wrestling’s future, CSU will raise student fees $1 per credit hour, or about $15 a semester. Students voted, 975-650, in favor of a nonbinding referendum to raise fees $4-6 per credit hour to pay for wrestling and a women's sport. The University will look at adding or expanding a women's sport once men's lacrosse is up and running. It also is working with the community to find external funding support for wrestling.

CSU PARTNERS WITH ISRAELI UNIVERSITIES Cleveland State University has formalized agreements with the University of Haifa and Tel Aviv University to develop collaborative learning opportunities. Both relationships were initiated during a May 2014 trip to Israel when President Ronald M. Berkman accompanied Executive MBA students on an international study tour. President Berkman and University of Haifa Rector David Faraggi, on a visit to Cleveland, signed a memorandum of understanding calling for each university to designate programs that will connect students and faculty across the two institutions. The University of Haifa is the largest comprehensive research university in Israel’s northern region.

Tel Aviv University Rector Aron Shai, President Joseph Klafter and President Berkman

“CSU and the University of Haifa share many similarities as urban universities with diverse students and a commitment to providing a global experience,” said President Berkman. “Our students and faculty will gain access to a university deeply rooted in Israel’s innovation-driven economy and we offer access to exceptional resources in business, urban affairs, natural sciences, health care and biotechnology.,” On a visit to Israel this spring, President Berkman and Tel Aviv University President Joseph Klafter signed a memorandum of understanding calling for mutually beneficial educational and research activities, including student and faculty exchange programs and joint degree and research programs. Tel Aviv University is the largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning in Israel, with more than 30,000 students.

University of Haifa Rector David Faraggi and President Berkman

Among the joint offerings being explored is a program that would bring Israeli hospital leaders to Cleveland to complete a curriculum that would incorporate faculty from CSU, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and Cleveland Clinic’s Samson Global Leadership Academy, as well as site visits to Cleveland Clinic hospitals.

RIDE THE RTA/CSU BUS Magnus was first in line to hop aboard one of the new 60-foot, CSU-branded buses connecting campus to Cleveland’s West Side and West Shore communities. But he’s leaving the driving to Regional Transit Authority (RTA) professionals. In service since November, 16 new Cleveland State buses follow a route along Clifton Boulevard, which has undergone streetscape enhancements. Nineteen new bus stations, designated transit lanes and increased travel speeds mean riders wait no more than 10 minutes for a bus at any stop. The Cleveland State Line replaces RTA’s old 55 routes. Buses feature CSU logos inside and out, as well as specially designed CSU seat back covers. CSU branding is prominently displayed at 32 new bus stations or stops on Clifton Boulevard, as well as at more than 240 stops and shelters along the route. “This new transportation option provides a fast, comfortable and convenient way to get to campus, while serving the larger transportation needs of West Shore commuters,” said President Ronald M. Berkman at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by RTA officials, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers.


Recently retired Dean Ned Hill, Robert Madison


Diane Dillard-Mitchell



Former CSU Chief of Police Lester Mitchell devoted his life to upholding the law and protecting others. Since his death, his widow has been working to protect the public from drunk drivers through the passage of Mitch’s Law.

Trailblazing Cleveland architect Robert P. Madison is the 2015 recipient of CSU’s In Tribute to the Public Service award, presented annually by the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Diane Dillard-Mitchell, former dean of student life, has been joined by family and friends in her campaign against drinking and driving. The Committee for Mitch’s Law is seeking legislative changes to keep people safe on the roads while also targeting high school students with presentations focused on education, prevention and intervention.

Nearly 200 well-wishers came out on a frigid winter evening to honor 91-year-old Madison, who has a portfolio of landmark buildings to his credit.

Mitchell, who served the CSU Police Department with distinction for 28 years, died February 2, 2014, after being struck by an intoxicated driver as he changed a flat tire during a snowstorm. In October, he was fondly remembered by hundreds of friends, colleagues and family members at a celebration of life featuring a ceremonial piper and color guard unit from the Cleveland Police Department. A memorial bench in his honor, located outside the Campus Safety Building on Chester Avenue, was unveiled during the ceremony.

“I am honored beyond belief,” he said. “I rejoice in being here.” The great-grandson of slaves, Madison was the first African American to receive an architectural degree in Ohio. In 1954, he founded Robert P. Madison International, the first black-owned architectural firm in the Midwest. He was the local architect of record for many landmark Cleveland buildings, including First Energy Stadium and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. He also designed CSU’s Science and Research Building. Levin College’s In Tribute event raises funds to support scholarships for students who aspire to careers in public service.

Mitchell served as police chief from 2000 until his retirement in 2006. He joined the department as a patrol officer in 1979 and held a number of positions during his tenure. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from CSU. For information on Mitch’s Law, visit For information on purchasing a CSU bench, call 216-687-3557.

CORPORATE COMMITMENT DISCUSSED Appearing at a Levin College Forum, Marc Stefanski discussed Third Federal Savings & Loan’s key role in the revitalization of Cleveland’s historic Slavic Village neighborhood. Stefanski is chairman and CEO of Slavic Village-based Third Federal; his parents founded the firm in 1938. “We have a genuine concern for the communities and the customers we serve. Corporations need to make money, but there’s more to it. There’s a commitment to society, to the associates who work for the company and to neighborhoods,” he said. Slavic Village received national attention as a community disproportionately affected by the foreclosure crisis associated with the Great Recession, but in recent years, a consortium of neighborhood organizations, along with companies like Third Federal, have begun to reverse the trend.


Marc Stefanski

Allie Dumski, who graduated in May; donor Daria Roebuck

SCHOLARSHIPS SUPPORT UNLIMITED FUTURE Many of Cleveland State’s 50th anniversary events celebrated the theme “Proud Past, Unlimited Future.” And “Unlimited Future” was front and center during the annual Scholarship Luncheon which brought together students who have received scholarships and benefactors who make those scholarships possible. “It is you, our donors, who ensure a bright, unlimited future for this University and our students,” said

President Ronald M. Berkman. “Scholarships and financial aid are not luxuries; they are life blood for our students. It is a tragedy when they don’t have enough money to cross the finish line. You recognize the importance of scholarships and your investment in our students is also an investment in the future of our city and region.” Featured speaker was alumna Daria Roebuck, BBA ’80. The recently retired vice president for human resources at ERICO

International Corporation is paying forward the financial help she received by funding the Daria Roebuck Fund in Management and Labor Relations, which provides two $5,000 scholarships each year. The event also featured a panel of students discussing their goals, aspirations and importance of scholarships in their lives. CSU has more than 300 endowed scholarships and during the past year, raised $10.4 million for scholarships.



Thanks to everyone who supported CSU’s second-annual Giving Day. With 380 donors giving $36,507, we easily surpassed last year’s $23,500 from 272 donors. Giving Day is a national, online-based fundraising event that encourages alumni and friends to support their school during a 24-hour period.


EVENT RAISES MORE THAN $1 MILLION FOR SCHOLARSHIPS For the second consecutive year, generous donors helped Radiance: CSU Realizing the Promise achieve more than $1 million for scholarships. “You are giving our students a treasure – the opportunity to graduate from college and succeed in life,” President Ronald M. Berkman told a record-setting crowd of some 450 attendees at the fifth-annual Radiance event. Albert B. Ratner receiving the President’s Medal

With its sweeping views of downtown, the Student Center’s Glasscock Family Foundation Ballroom provided the perfect venue as President Berkman declared, “CSU and Cleveland are one” and guests looked out at a huge sign proclaiming “Your gift means more than you know.” The Glasscock Family Foundation was the presenting sponsor of this year’s Radiance. As part of the festivities, President Berkman awarded the President’s Medal, the University’s most prestigious nonacademic honor, to Albert B. Ratner, co-chairman emeritus of the board of Forest City Enterprises, Inc.

“It was hard but hard is worthwhile. That’s why CSU is worthwhile. CSU changes lives. That’s why it’s so important.” — Albert B. Ratner, President’s Medal recipient

Albert and Audrey Ratner

In video remarks, Gov. John Kasich lauded his close friend Ratner as “an incredible man who is passionate about Cleveland and its people and a humanitarian who has made the world a better place.” The president praised Ratner and his family, including late sister Ruth Ratner Miller and


brother-in-law Sam Miller (both former members of the CSU board of trustees) for their impact on education, medicine, and countless other initiatives. As the audience gave him a standing ovation, Ratner accepted the award, saying, “I do not recognize the person you are talking about. I am just doing the best I can, for as long as I can. That’s all any of us can do.” In 1951, while working days at the family business, Ratner attended one semester of night classes at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He said the experience impacted his life and career. “It was hard but hard is worthwhile. That’s why CSU is worthwhile. CSU changes lives. That’s why it’s so important,” he said. The program also included remarks by student Samuel Sanya, who is majoring in engineering, and CSU trustee Thomas Adler and CSU Foundation director Timothy J. Cosgrove, who have co-chaired Radiance since its inception in 2011. In five years, Radiance has generated nearly $4 million to fund scholarships for students in good academic standing who are at risk for dropping out of school because of financial issues. Building on that success, Radiance concluded with the launch of ENGAGE: The Campaign for Cleveland State University, a $100 million initiative in support of student success. (See story on page 2.)

Timothy J. Cosgrove, student Samuel Sanya, Thomas Adler

Monte Ahuja, Don Washkewicz, President Berkman

THANK YOU TO OUR 2015 RADIANCE SPONSORS PRESENTING The Glasscock Family Foundation RECEPTION Joanie & Tom Adler Parker Hannifin PLATINUM Usha & Monte Ahuja Meredith Bond & Toni Scarpa Karen Krause Cleveland Clinic Forest City Enterprises PNC TITANIUM Joanne & Steve Kirk Richard L. Bowen + Associates, Inc. Pepsi GOLD Richard A. Barone Denise & Matt Hlavin Judy & Mort Levin Tamar & Milton Maltz Audrey & Albert Ratner Judy & Bob Rawson Pam & Don Washkewicz Terri & Ron Weinberg

Tamar and Milton Maltz

Bernie Moreno Companies Cohen & Co. GE Lighting KeyBank The Lubrizol Corporation Medical Mutual The MetroHealth System Nebraska Book Nordson Corporation Pearne & Gordon, LLP University Hospitals

Guy Brown Express Huntington National Bank Jones Day Northeast Ohio Medical University Ohio CAT Playhouse Square PwC Progressive Squire Patton Boggs Wyse Advertising Xerox

SILVER Kathy & Tony Bakale Ronald M. Berkman Linda Kane Cheryl & Joe Levanduski Nancy W. McCann Barbara & Abraham Miller Polly & Steve Percy Richard W. Pogue Andrew F. Puzder Daria Roebuck Bill Weber

BRONZE The Bennett Family Kim & Timothy Cosgrove Janis & Paul DiCorleto Gina & David Gunning Stacie & Jeff Halpern Jessica Hart & Matt Dolan Marsha & Tom Hopkins Berinthia & Mark LeVine Christine & Jim Mastandrea Dolly & Steven Minter Marge & Dan Moore Raymond M. Murphy Bill Napier Enid & David Rosenberg Joanne & Michael Schwartz Marla & Joseph Shafran Rob Spademan

American Greetings AT&T Baker Hostetler Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Indians

Larry Glasscock, President Berkman, student Kyle Parker

The Accurate Group American Campus Communities Calfee The Cleveland Foundation The Cleveland Orchestra Compass Group Deloitte Dominion Donley's Dwellworks Ernst & Young Fifth Third Bank GCA Services Group Glenmede Gross Builders Hartland & Co. Legacy Asset Management The Lerner Foundation Morgan Stanley Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects The Sherwin-Williams Company The Superlative Group Thompson Hine US Bank

Jay Stokes and the Honorable Louis Stokes




It began with some 5,000 revelers showing their Viking Pride at a parade and block party. It ended with the announcement of a $100 million fundraising campaign to ensure student success for the next 50 years and beyond. (See page 2.) In between, CSU honored distinguished alumni, celebrated women’s leadership, and hosted thought-provoking presidential forums on a variety of timely topics. We condensed 50 years of history into one stunning coffee-table book, and even ate specially made Green Turns Gold ice cream. Here’s a look at some memorable moments from Cleveland State’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.

November 6, 1965 CSU’s first Homecoming Parade 22 // CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE // CSUOHIO.EDU

Grand Marshals Wally Morton, President Berkman and Norris Cole Alumni Association President Howard Thompson, David McFarland, ‘64 alumnus

DJ Lo-Key and Svet perform

Grand Marshal Norris Cole

BLOCK PARTY, PARADE OF THE DECADES AND HOMECOMING A jubilant crowd of nearly 5,000 students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends packed campus on a warm and sunny September evening for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Among the other attractions were food trucks, a beer garden, entertainment and family-friendly activities. At dusk, fireworks burst over the University, colorfully punctuating an unforgettable evening.

Revelers lined Euclid Avenue for the parade, led by grand marshal Norris Cole, the former Vikings basketball standout who went on to win two NBA championships with the Miami Heat. Marching alongside him through a blizzard of green and gold confetti were honorary grand marshals President Ronald M. Berkman and Wally Morton, who coached CSU’s swimming and diving teams from 1974 to 2014.

The next day, Homecoming offered something for everyone, from reunions and sporting events to special lectures and “backstage pass” tours.

The parade, which stepped off from the Student Center plaza, featured some 1,000 students and graduates spanning a half-century of CSU history, including representatives from student organizations, athletic teams, sororities and fraternities.

Of special interest was the All-Alumni Luncheon, where members of the Classes of ’64, ’89, ’04 and ’09 celebrated their milestone 50th, 25th, 10th and 5th anniversaries. Several alumni traveled from California for the event, including engineering graduate David McFarland, professor emeritus of sociology at UCLA. Despite being wheelchair-bound, he was determined to come back to campus for his reunion. More photos on page 24

In honor of the occasion, Mitchell’s Ice Cream unveiled its Green Turns Gold flavor (toasted pistachio ice cream with a ribbon of caramel), which had partygoers standing in a long line for a free sample. CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE // CSUOHIO.EDU // 23

‘43 alumnus Alice Ladanyi

State Rep. Mike Duffey, chair of the Ohio House Subcommittee on Higher Education, presents a House resolution honoring CSU on its 50th anniversary to President Berkman and Julian Earls, CSU executive-inresidence who chaired the 50th celebration.


Terminal Tower was green in honor of CSU

2014 DAA recipients and past honorees

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS Wolstein Center was transformed into an elegant venue with sparkling chandeliers, spectacular floral arrangements and shimmering green and gold draperies as CSU honored nine outstanding graduates for their service, leadership and career achievements.

Washkewicz College of Engineering Kenneth P. Jayjack, BSIE ’82, vice president, global supply, American Greetings Corporation

A capacity crowd of 400 alumni, friends and past award recipients was on hand for the reception, dinner and salute to the winners who enjoyed the special distinction of being recognized during CSU’s 50th year celebration.

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Richard Janus, MA ’77, senior managing director/chief investment officer, convertible securities, Victory Capital Management

CONGRATULATIONS TO 2014 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI: George B. Davis Award for Service to the University Anthony S. Bakale, BBA ’82, partner, Cohen & Company Monte Ahuja College of Business Andrew Jackson, BBA ’82, president/chief executive officer, AJ Automotive Group and Elsons International College of Education and Human Services Murray Winland, MEd ’93, director, global customer experience learning/quality management, EBay

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Elizabeth Pugh, JD ’78, general counsel, U.S. Library of Congress

College of Sciences and Health Professions Paul J. Gemperline, BS ’78/Ph.D.’82, Graduate School dean, East Carolina University Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs Sam McNulty, BAUS ’97, restaurateur School of Nursing Cynthia Struk, BSN ’83, president, home care, hospice and palliative services, Summa Health System.

COMMEMORATIVE BOOK AVAILABLE The celebration may be finished but you can continue to look back over CSU’s first five decades through the commemorative book, Cleveland State University: 50 Years. The hardcover edition, authored by CSU alumna and Associate Professor Regennia Williams, begins in the final days of Fenn College and journeys through the tenures of six University presidents. The book captures in words and photos the people, places and events that comprise CSU’s storied history, from Fat Glenn’s to the 1986 men’s basketball Sweet Sixteen appearance to the campus transformation and much more. This keepsake is a perfect gift for every member of the Cleveland State family. The book, which retails for $24.95, is available at Viking Outfitters bookstore, located on the first floor of the Student Center at 2121 Euclid Avenue, or online at




“Be Amazing” was the theme. And more than 400 powerful women – and a handful of men – helped make CSU’s firstever Women’s Leadership Symposium an amazing success. Enthusiastic participants took advantage of the opportunity to network with peers, mentor up-and-coming leaders, learn from success stories shared by two alumnae panels, and be inspired by keynote speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Connie Schultz. Stephanie McHenry, CSU’s vice president for business affairs and finance, summed up the event by saying, “The idea to talk about women’s leadership hit a solid note in the community. Women of all ages, races and places in life poured into the room and I heard ideas that sounded very familiar and some that were new and brilliant on attitude and outlook, strength and confidence, sharing and giving, surviving and thriving, and self-judging.”

Six Presidential Forums drew capacity audiences for interactive and inspiring discussions with nationally known thought-leaders on such topics as health care, education, business and leadership. The series began with two historic panels – comprised of past and current CSU leadership – to reflect on Public Higher Education in the 21st Century. Panelists were President Ronald M. Berkman, President Emeritus Michael Schwartz and President Emerita Claire Van Ummersen, and Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Rawson and past chairmen Michael Climaco, Tim Cosgrove and Ron Weinberg. In a wide-ranging discussion, the three presidents agreed that running a university is a highly rewarding 24/7 job. The panels were moderated by news anchors Russ Mitchell of WKYC TV and Leon Bibb of WEWS TV. The second panel, Meeting the Challenges of 21st Century Education and Health, brought together the leaders of Northeast Ohio’s top health-care systems – Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Delos M. “Toby” Cosgrove, University Hospitals CEO Thomas F. Zenty III and MetroHealth System President and CEO Akram Boutros. President Berkman moderated the thought-provoking and lively exchange. The discussion touched on a wide range of topics, including the Affordable Care Act, the need for better end-of-life care and the changing dynamics of the health-care workforce.

Young alumnae/student panel

The third forum, From Laboratory to Wall Street: How Hopes and Dreams Enter the Marketplace, tapped the insights of CSU alumni Lloyd Trotter, BBA ’72, of GenNx360Capital Partners, Maryrose Sylvester, MBA ’93, of GE Lighting and Peter Buca, BSIE ’88, of Parker Hannifin, as well as Anthony Knight of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy at the Association of American Colleges & Universities, was the keynote speaker at the fourth forum, Preparing a 21st Century Workforce Through the Liberal Arts.

Keynote speaker Connie Schultz

Alumnae panel


Following her remarks, a panel of prominent alumni from CSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences weighed in on the value of a liberal arts degree. Panelists were Kelly Falcone-Hall, BA ’92, president/CEO, Western Reserve Historical Society; Deforia Lane, Ph.D. ’81, director of music therapy, University Hospitals; Thomas O’Toole, BA ’79/MA ’87, senior vice president, United Airlines; and Doug Piwinski, BA ’88, senior vice president, TOMS Shoes. Building a STEMM Pipeline from School to the Workplace, forum number five, was a stimulating discussion about how best to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

Claire Van Ummersen, Michael Schwartz, President Berkman

Kelly Falcone-Hall, Deforia Lane, Provost Deirdre Mageean, Thomas O’Toole, Doug Piwinski, Caryn McTighe Musil

President Berkman, Akram Boutros, Toby Cosgrove, Thomas Zenty

Kirsten Ellenbogen, Eric Gordon, Jaime Irick, David Perse

Former Dean Joseph Mazzola, Maryrose Sylvester, Anthony Knight, Peter Buca, Lloyd Trotter

Stephen Benjamin, Frank Jackson, Karen Freeman-Wilson, Tony Yarber

Panelists were Eric Gordon, Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO; Kirsten Ellenbogen, president/CEO, Great Lakes Science Center; Jaime Irick, vice president/general manager, North America Professional Solutions at GE Lighting; and David Perse, president/CEO, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. The Presidential Forums concluded with Reflections on 50 Years of African-American Mayoral Leadership in the U.S. with emphasis on the legacy of Cleveland’s Carl Stokes, CSU alumnus and the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city. Stokes’ brother, alumnus and former Congressman Louis Stokes, was scheduled to deliver the keynote address but was in Washington, D.C., at the invitation of President Barack Obama, for the swearing-in ceremony of Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Richard Stradling, co-authors of Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland. The second half of the program featured current African-American mayors Frank Jackson of Cleveland (a three-time CSU alumnus); Stephen Benjamin of Columbia, S.C.; Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Ind.; and Tony Yarber of Jackson, Miss. Videos of all the Presidential Forums can be viewed at forums.html.

His fellow panelists shared remembrances of the former Cleveland mayor and reflected on history’s tendency to repeat itself. Panelists were CSU Professor Norman Krumholz, who served as city planning director under Stokes; architect Robert Madison, a member of the Stokes administration’s Urban Renewal Task Force; and brothers David and


SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CREATES FIRST ALUMNI CORPORATE CHAPTER The Alumni Association has proudly launched its first corporate chapter – at Sherwin-Williams downtown Cleveland headquarters. S-W, the largest producer of paints and coatings in the United States and one of the largest in the world, employs some 560 CSU graduates in Cleveland, more than 800 in Ohio, and 3,000 nationwide.


At a kickoff breakfast, Tom Hopkins, vice president for human resources, stressed the importance of the relationship between Sherwin-Williams and Cleveland State. Hopkins, a 1982 master’s degree graduate of the College of Sciences and Health Professions,

is deeply engaged as the chair of that College's visiting committee and as a member of the CSU Foundation board of directors. Hopkins and all CSU alumni/employees at the kickoff received a commemorative gift – customized Sherwin-Williams/CSU paint cans, stir sticks, painter’s caps and CSU paint color swatches.

UPCOMING EVENT 2015 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS Cleveland State University’s 50th anniversary Green Turns Gold celebration has concluded. Now we’re celebrating silver – the 25th anniversary of CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Awards. This year’s gala event will salute 10 outstanding graduates for their service, leadership and career achievements. Part of Homecoming, the awards dinner will be held Friday, Sept. 25 at the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center, 2000 Prospect Ave. Tickets are $125 each. The evening includes a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards program at 6:45 p.m. Valet parking is included. For reservations, call 216-687-5045. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SILVER ANNIVERSARY AWARDEES: George B. Davis Award for Service to the University Timothy J. Cosgrove, BS ’83 and JD ’87 Partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Wayne Zachary, BA ’73 Chief executive officer, Starship Health Technology

Washkewicz College of Engineering Anthony Colnar, BSME ’42 Retired NASA engineer

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Michael Gibbons, JD ’81 Senior managing director Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Co.

College of Education and Human Services Peter Lilienthal, MEd ’70 Founder/chief executive officer Management Communications Systems

Monte Ahuja College of Business Daria Roebuck, BBA ’80 Retired vice president of human resources ERICO International Corporation

School of Nursing Brant Russel, BSN ‘98 Vice president, clinical support services Summa Health Systems

College of Sciences and Health Professions Jo Manette Nousak, BA ’75 Audiologist/researcher National Intrepid Center of Excellence


Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs Floun’say Caver, MPA ’00 Director, Hayden District, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Athletics Bruno Biasiotta, BBA ’85 Chief executive officer, Phillips Lighting

We hope you can join us in celebrating these outstanding graduates and the 25th year of our awards program.

UPCOMING EVENT HOMECOMING 2015 GET YOUR GREEN ON Last year, our Green Turns Gold Homecoming was an unforgettable celebration. Let’s make Homecoming 2015 just as great! SUNDAY, SEPT. 20 Viking Family Day at Progressive Field, Indians vs. White Sox 1:10 p.m. MONDAY, SEPT. 21 Golden Apple Awards Luncheon honoring faculty and staff Noon – 1:30 p.m., Fenn Tower Reception for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 year Reunion Classes 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Student Center TUESDAY, SEPT. 22 Breakfast for faculty/staff alumni 8:30 – 10 a.m., Elements Get Your Green On Downtown Pep Rally Noon – 1:15 p.m., Tower City THURSDAY, SEPT. 24 Grand Marshal Luncheon Noon, Fenn Tower Student/Alumni Parade 6 p.m. Vikefest 6:30 – 9 p.m. FRIDAY, SEPT. 25 25th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards 5:30 p.m., Wolstein Center (See story on page 28.) SATURDAY MORNING, SEPT. 26 Lectures, campus tours,​group reunion activities, alumni reunion brunch (30+ year classes and groups) Details are being finalized and additional activities are being planned. Check alumni for the latest schedule!

Plan your own CSU reunion and we’ll help. You bring your fellow Vikings … we’ll bring all you need for a memorable reunion. Call 216-523-7173 for info.


ON THE ROAD AGAIN Here . . . there . . . everywhere. Your CSU Alumni Association has been on the road, hosting special events to keep graduates connected with their alma mater. Thanks to everyone who participated – hope you had a great time!

VIRGINIA We packed a plane for a spirited two-day trip to cheer the Vikings in a basketball match-up against the University of Virginia Cavaliers. The journey also included visits to Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, and Ash Lawn-Highland, home of James Madison. FLORIDA ALUMNI NEWS

Bonita Springs was the locale for the first-ever CSU2U – an educational experience for alumni and friends. Guests were spellbound as Professor Antonie van den Bogert presented “The Art, Science and Engineering of Human Motion.” Dr. van den Bogert holds the Parker Hannifin Endowed Chair in Human Motion and Control in the Washkewicz College of Engineering; his research is focused on prosthetics and orthotics that replicate the movement of healthy human limbs. In his presentation, “Business Analytics and Big Data,” Professor Joseph Mazzola provided insight into this emerging field and how it is affecting strategic competition in all industries. Dr. Mazzola is the former dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business.

ARIZONA Vikings from Ohio, Arizona and California converged on the city of Goodyear, spring training home of the Cleveland Indians, to cheer the Tribe in a pre-season game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fun in the sun during the brutal winter made the trip that much more enjoyable for Clevelanders!

COLUMBUS The Museum Gallery, beneath the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse, provided a beautiful setting for alumni to meet and network with legislators, CSU deans, and students who are learning about state government though the Levin College Columbus Seminar. This annual program enables students to meet senior officials from all three branches of government, the Supreme Court, an independent agency, the media, and non-governmental organizations. For upcoming Alumni Association events, visit or watch your email. 30 // CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE // CSUOHIO.EDU

TRAVEL NEAR AND FAR WITH CSUAA Whether you want to experience the wonders of Cleveland or the world, you can do it through two unique programs hosted by your CSU Alumni Association – Passport Cleveland and Viking Travelers. Join fellow alumni and join in the fun on these upcoming events.

UPCOMING EVENTS PASSPORT CLEVELAND DELICIOUSLY CLEVELAND: MITCHELL’S ICE CREAM SOCIAL & TOUR Thursday, July 30, 6:30 p.m. $10 alumni/staff/students $12 guests Visit the Ohio City headquarters of the company that created CSU’s special 50th anniversary ice cream flavor. BACK IN BEREA: THE BROWNS TRAINING CAMP August, date and time TBD Price TBD

Get ready for football with this behind-the-scenes look at training camp.

OLD MONEY, NEW RICHES: LUNCHTIME BANK TOUR Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1 – 3 p.m. $10 alumni/staff/students $12 guests Tour the Society Bank on Public Square and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, including its Money Museum (sorry, no free samples). For details, visit



Marvel at the charming capitals of the Baltic as you cruise from Denmark to Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden aboard Oceania Cruises' elegant and intimate Marina.

History comes to life as you sail to Greece, Italy, Monaco, France and Spain aboard Oceania Cruises' newest ship, Riviera.

ITALIAN RIVIERA October 3 – 11 From $3,040 per person Walk along Sestri Levante’s streets, discover the charms of Santa Margherita, Portofino and Genoa, visit picturesque Portovenere and more.

ATOLLS & ISLANDS OF FRENCH POLYNESIA, OCEANIA CRUISE March 25 – April 4, 2016 From $4,299 per person Savor the tropical islands and atolls of Moorea, Bora Bora, Rangiroa and more aboard Oceania Cruises' Marina. For Viking Travelers details, call 216-523-7289. CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE // CSUOHIO.EDU // 31

1960s Robert Szaniszlo, BBA ’60, is a 19-year volunteer with the Cleveland Sight Center Blind Golf program. He is retired and lives in Cleveland Heights. Michael B. Beerman, BBA ’67, retired as a staff nurse at University Hospitals’ Case Medical Center and now lives in Albuquerque, N.M.



1970s Annette Butler, JD ’70, is the assistant director of law for the city of Cleveland, as well as an attorney with the Butler Law Firm.



Clifton Newman, BA ’73 and JD ’76, is an at-large circuit court judge in South Carolina.

Jim Kranjc, BBA ’82, was appointed to the Director’s Advisory Group for the Illinois Department of Revenue. He is a principal with Ryan, a leading global tax services firm.

2 Charles Hart, BS ’76, is an associate professor of environmental health sciences at Kent State University.


David Kyle, BS ’78, has been the official photographer for the Cleveland Cavaliers since 1991. He also has completed more than 700 photo assignments for Sports Illustrated. The former Viking basketball player is a member of the CSU Athletic Hall of Fame and lives in Strongsville. Tim McNeill, BBA ’78, was recognized with Crain’s Cleveland Business’ CFO of the Year Award. He is the chief financial officer at Bettcher Industries, Inc.



John Rusnaczyk, BBA ’81, was recognized with Crain’s Cleveland Business’ CFO of the Year Award. He is the senior vice president and chief financial officer at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Keith L. Vencel, BA ’81, is a senior talent acquisition consultant with Vanderbilt University and Medical Center.

Peter Peca Jr., JD ’77, is a senior district judge for the state of Texas and lives in El Paso.


Darrell Dell’Andrea, BA ’81, was promoted to assistant vice president of compliance in the retirement solutions division of Pacific Life Insurance Co. He lives in Irvine, CA and has been with the firm since 1996.

1 James Lowe, JD ’72, achieved recertification as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is an attorney with Lowe, Eklund, Wakefield Co., LPA.

Lauma Lagzdins Zusevics, BA ’76, was installed as the first woman archbishop of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad, which has congregations in 15 countries and is headquartered in Milwaukee.


James T. Deiotte, BBA ’80 and MBA ’84, is a senior partner with Ernst & Young. As the tax managing partner for sub-Sahara Africa, he leads 900 professional staff in more than 30 countries. He lives in Johannesburg.

Gene Mack, BSIE ’79, is a senior buyer and contract specialist for HDI Landing Gear USA. He lives in Willoughby. Carolyn Sloan Smith, MMusic ’79, is retired but continues to provide private voice and piano lessons to more than 25 students. She lives in Cleveland Heights.

1980s Kevin Hinkel, JD ’80, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the field of real estate. The Westlake resident is the managing partner of Kadish, Hinkel and Weibel law firm in Cleveland. 3

Robert McGee, JD ’80, competed in the Taekwondo World Championships in Little Rock, Ark., and won five gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the 60-plus category. His latest novel, Annie and the Senator: A Story of Vigilante Justice, is an Amazon best-seller. 4

Noah Powers, JD ’80, received the Robert “Sonny” Hill Humanitarian Award in recognition of his community service. He is a former councilman and mayor of Middletown, Ohio, where he resides, and is currently a judge on the Butler County Common Pleas Court. Etta Wells, BA ’80, is a mental health supervisor at the Benjamin Rose Institute. She lives in Berea.


Kurt R. Fretthold, MBA ’82, is the director of budget and fiscal planning at Mount Ida College. He lives in Boston.

5 Glenn Morrical, MBA ’82, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2015 and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015. He is an attorney with Tucker Ellis LLP.

Gregory T. Holtz, MSUS ’83, was named Visiting Associate Clinical Professor at Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Fla., and is directing the Estate Planning and General Practice Clinic. In addition, Holtz was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award for the 20th Judicial Circuit. 6 Christine Kriha Kastner, BA ’83, lives in Lyndhurst and is the author of two books, Looking for the Maneki-Neko Love Hotel and Soldiering On, Finding My Homes – Memoir of an Army Brat. 7 Linda Lehmann Masek, MA ’83, lives in Northfield and has written six books, including The Serpent-Sea, Kitty Tales and Horses Hooves, and Holiday Tales Anthology. 8 Robert Hanna, MBA ’83 and JD ’86, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2015 and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015. He is an attorney with Tucker Ellis LLP.

Greg Cielec, MEd ’84, authored his latest novel, A Poem on a Bar Room Wall. Louise Demirjian, certificate ’84, lives in Bay Village and is an occupational therapist with Every Moment Counts. Douglas Gaines, BSCE ’84, retired as a sales clerk for Harbor Freight Tools. He lives in Brook Park. Gabrielle Love, BA ’84, is the chief foundation and government relations executive at Girl Scouts USA. Gary Cornell, BS ’85, received the Award of Excellence from ASTM International’s Plastics Committee. He is a quality and standards manager at Q-Lab Corp. in Westlake. Christopher Davis, MBA ’85, is a portfolio manager with the investment advisors group of 1st Source Bank in South Bend, Ind. Duncan Maitland, BS ’85 and MS ’89, received the 2015 Innovation Award from Texas A&M System Technology Commercialization in recognition of his research on cardiovascular disease with a focus

on stroke. The Stewart & Stevenson Professor in Engineering in the department of biomedical engineering at Texas A&M University, Dr. Maitland is the school’s Engineering Experiment Station’s assistant agency director for commercialization and entrepreneurship. Jim Carnovale, BBA ’86, was recognized with Crain’s Cleveland Business’ CFO of the Year Award. He is the senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer at Judson Services, Inc. Mark Lantz, BA ’87 and MA ’90, is founder and partner of Factory Detroit Inc., an agency specializing in advertising, marketing strategy, and branding. He was one of the creators of the “Pure Michigan” tourism campaign while he was chief strategy officer at McCann Erickson in Detroit. 9 Ivan Cugel, BBA ’88, joined Wells Fargo as a financial advisor after 20 years with KeyBank. He lives in University Heights.

Michele Morgan, BA ’88, lives in Dallas and is the senior instructional designer for Tektronix Communications. Thomas S. Tyler, JD ’88, was sworn in at a ceremony at Health and Human Services headquarters in Washington, D.C. as an Administrative Law Judge for Medicare Appeals, presiding in Cleveland. 10 Ann Caresani, BBA ’88, MBA ’93 and JD ’94, is an attorney with Tucker Ellis LLP.

Paula Pietch, BSEd ’89, retired from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction as an assistant school principal. She lives in LaGrange, Ohio. Mark Sunyak, BSCE ’89 and MPA ’94, has joined RWA, Inc. as a senior project manager. The Naples, Florida-based firm provides land use planning, civil engineering, survey and mapping services.

12 Teresa Metcalf Beasley, JD ’92, was recognized in Crain’s Cleveland Business’ 2014 Women of Note. She is a partner with Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, as well as law director for the city of Warrensville Heights.

Thomas J. Gaffney, BBA ’92, owns American Tax & Accounting Service in Southington, Ohio and recently opened a second office in Donalds, S.C. Lisa Black, BS ’93, is a best-selling author of a series of mystery novels about a fictional Cleveland forensic scientist. Black, also known as Elizabeth Becka Lansky, is a former forensic scientist in the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office. She now resides in Cape Coral, Fla., where she is a latent print examiner for that city’s police department. Terrence Deis, MBA ’93, is the newly named president of Saint Joseph London Hospital in Kentucky. He is the former president and CEO of UH Parma Medical Center. William A. McKinney, BA ’93, is founder and executive director of the Innovative Solutions Collective in Philadelphia. The ISC is comprised of organizations committed to working towards transformative solutions and exhibiting the ability to design and execute strategies to address old and new problems.


13 Maryrose Sylvester, BBA ’93, was recognized in Crain’s Cleveland Business’ 2014 Women of Note. She is president and chief executive officer of GE Lighting.

Philip Pempin, MEd ’93 and education administration certificate ’97, received a contract extension to serve as superintendent of the Vermilion, Ohio schools through July 2019. He has been the district’s top administrator since 2008.

Dean DePiero, JD ’94, was appointed law director of Aurora, Ohio. He is an attorney with McDonald Hopkins.

Daniel Corn, BA ’90, works in the legal department at BTG Pactual, a global financial firm in New York City.

Robert Horvath, MBA ’94, lives in Euclid and is a senior tax analyst with Sifco Industries, Inc.

Claudia Motiu, BA ’90 and MA ’92, has been the manager of adjunct services at the western campus of Cuyahoga Community College for three years. She also supervised Tri-C’s evening/weekend program for two years.

14 Lauren O’Neil Falcone, MPA ’95, received the American Institute of Certified Planners certification. She has been with Poggemeyer Design Group, Inc. for 20 years.

Krsnanandini Dasi, BSEd ’91, is a certified family life educator/ senior minister at the Dasi-Ziyad Family Institute. She is the co-author of Heart and Soul Connection: A Devotional Guide to Marriage, Service and Love and the author of A Concise Guide to Spiritual Living: The Booklet of 8s. Drew Hocevar, MEd ’91, is retiring after 35 years as a special education teacher in the Cleveland schools. He played one of Santa Claus’ elves in the holiday classic A Christmas Story. 11 David Ritchie, BA ’91, was named director of international initiatives at the Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Ga. Dr. Ritchie, who is also a professor of law and philosophy, has been a member of the Mercer faculty since 2005.

Adam J. Banks, BA ’92, is associate professor of writing, rhetoric and digital media at the University of Kentucky.


Jim Robey, MPA ’93 and Ph.D. ’97, works for Southwest Michigan First as the managing director of economic development for the city of Marshall.


Brian Cassidy, BBA ’90 and MBA ’11, is a support practice manager for Microsoft Corporation. He lives in Aurora.



Rhonda McLean, MBA ’95, is associate director of health services at Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. Lisa Ryan, BBA ’95 and MBA ’98, is a keynote speaker, author and founder of Grategy. She teaches corporations, associations and non-profits the power of gratitude in the workplace and helps them realize how employee productivity, customer retention and growth affect the bottom line.


Christopher Hendryx, BA ’96, was promoted to director of oracle business process improvement at Sherwin-Williams. A member of the Visiting Committee for CSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, he is part of a task force working to expand internship opportunities for liberal arts majors. Lonny Rivera, BSEd ’96, was named associate superintendent of the Ohio Department of Education. Since June 2013 he has been superintendent of Oregon, Ohio schools.



Michael Ryan, JD ’96, is a Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court judge and author of the autobiography The Least Likely: From the Housing Projects to the Courthouse. Frank Baxter, BSEd ’97, is a social studies teacher, assistant athletic director and head wrestling coach at Fairmount High School in Kittering, Ohio. Freddie Collier, BAUS ’97, is the director of planning for the city of Cleveland.



Wayne Zachary, BA ’97, is chief executive officer at Starship Health Technologies in Pennsylvania. Sara Donnersbach, JD/MBA ’98, is a partner with Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA. She was recently invited to join the Strongsville Education Foundation Board. 15

Guy Graf, BSEd ’98, is a residential program specialist working with violent sexual predators at the Arizona State Hospital in Phoenix. He is planning to move to China.



Joseph A. Salem Jr., BA ’98, is associate dean for Learning, Undergraduate Services and Commonwealth Campus Libraries for the University Libraries at Penn State. He recently defended his dissertation and was awarded a doctorate in evaluation and measurement from Kent State University. Randell McShepard, MSUS ’98, is the first African American president of The Union Club in Cleveland. He is vice president of public affairs for RPM International.


Victor Leandry, MA ’99, is the executive director of El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Inc. in Lorain, Ohio.



Jill E. MacNiven, BBA ’99, is a special education teacher at Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky. She lives in Pewee Valley, Ky.

2000s Ray Cooney, BA ’00, was named editor of The Commercial Review, a daily newspaper in Portland, Ind. He has been with the paper since 2001 and has served as sports editor and managing editor.



Kevin Keating, MA ’00, was named by Cleveland Magazine as one of the Most Interesting People of 2015. A lecturer in CSU’s English Department, he received a 2014 Creative Workforce Fellowship in literature from the Community Partnership for Arts & Culture for his novel The Natural Order of Things. The novel was a finalist for the 2013 L.A. Times Book Prize, the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. His second novel, The Captive Condition, will be released in July. Frank Gofoth, MSIE ’00 and DEng ’06, is an associate professor at Georgia Southern University. 16 Radhika Reddy, MBA ’01, was recognized in Crain’s Cleveland Business’ 2014 Women of Note. She is founder and partner of Ariel Ventures LLC and also serves on the board of directors of the CSU Foundation.

Andratesha M. Fritzgerald, BA ’01 and MEd ’02, is director of federal programs for the East Cleveland schools. Louella Smith, BS ’01 and BSN ’03, retired as a registered nurse from Marymount Hospital. 17 Thomas E. Green, JD ’02, is serving a twoyear term as chair of the board of directors of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Green is an attorney and shareholder at Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC, in Akron. The Boston Heights resident also serves as president of the Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and is a graduate of Leadership Akron.


Steve Stahl, certificate ’02, is a wellness coordinator and physical education teacher at St. Joseph Elementary School in Avon Lake, the head men’s cross country coach in Rocky River, a certified USATF track coach and official, and consultant and private track coach for students and adults with Coach Up. He lives in Bay Village. Sheila Wright, BA ’02 and JD ’08, is director of community affairs for the Good Community Foundation. She was the executive director of the NAACP’s Cleveland branch for two years. 18 Kristy Becka, BA ’03, studied sustainable approaches to human-wildlife coexistence at the Maasai Mara National Reserve in the South Rift Valley of Kenya. An employee of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, she took the graduate course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program.

Jennifer Dieterich Erhardt, BSN ’03, earned a master’s of science in nursing, concentration adult-gero nurse practitioner, from Kent State University and passed her certification boards. She lives in Fairview Park. Ann Marie Gynn, MA ’03, was named the International Association of Business Communicators – Cleveland 2014 Communicator of the Year for her efforts as director of marketing and communication for the 2014 Gay Games. She is a member of the CSU Alumni Association board of directors. Bette Lou Higgins, MEd ’03, has created a PBS documentary, Trail Magic, which tells the story of Ohioan Emma Gatewood – the first woman to solo thruhike the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail in 1955 at the age of 67. She hiked the trail two more times, as well as the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail. Higgins is the artistic director of Eden Valley Enterprises in Elyria. Michael Dever, MPA ’04, is the public works director for Cuyahoga County. He oversees the department that manages county construction projects and maintains buildings, sewers, road and bridges. 19 Mason P. Goodman, MPA ’05, is a special agent with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Federal Investigative Services. The Twinsburg resident is an official blogger for the Northeast Ohio Parent website and writes his own blog for expectant and new fathers. 20 Jeffrey J. Moyle, BA ’05, has rejoined the Cleveland office of Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management.

John Thomas, JD ’05, is an attorney with Schraff & King in Willoughby Hills and received the Ohio Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys Under 40 for District 18. 21 Megan Kilbane, BA ’06, was appointed to the new position of assistant dean for oncology, strategic development and chief of staff for the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and the National Center for Regenerative Medicine. For the past 15 years she has been affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. 22 Elizabeth Meinke, BA ’06, received the H.F. Group Preservation Award from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. The award is presented to students who demonstrate outstanding scholarship and an interest in library preservation. Meinke received her master of library and information science degree in 2014 with a specialization in museum studies. She is a scholarly resources and special collections librarian with Case Western Reserve University.

Seyed “Sean” Tavakoli, BS ’06, was named to the President’s Club at Rentokil North America as a top performing commercial sales representative. He lives in San Jose, Cal.

24 Ariane Kirkpatrick, BAUS ’10, was recognized in Crain’s Cleveland Business’ 2014 Women of Note. She is the founder and president of AKA Construction Management Team.

Kathleen Kulik, BA ’06 and MEd ‘15, was promoted to manager of alumni affairs at CSU. In addition to her work with the Student Alumni Association and the Presidential Student Ambassadors, she is involved with the Viking Travel program, association membership, and alumni and student mentor programs.

Matthew Seaman, MA ’10, is a collections and exhibitions coordinator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. He is the co-founder of Cleveland Emerging Museum Professionals, which offers professional development and career guidance to newcomers in the field of museum studies.

Jay P. Gardner, MA ’07, is a development manager at CSU, focusing on fundraising for three colleges – Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Urban Affairs and Education and Human Services.

Eden Kovacik, BS ’11, joined Ciuni and Panichi, Inc. as a staff accountant in the tax department.

Kevin M. Ray, BAUS ’07, was one of just 10 librarians in the nation to receive the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian award for outstanding service and commitment to changing lives through education. He is a children’s librarian with Cleveland Public Library. Antoine D. Moss, MPA ’07 and Ph.D. ’11, was named one of Cleveland's Top 25 Under 35 Movers & Shakers and was featured in a Forbes article on millennials. The author and career coach is the youngest African American to earn a doctorate from Levin College’s Urban Studies and Public Affairs program. 23 Harry Cornett, BA ’09, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2015 and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015. He is an attorney with Tucker Ellis LLP.

Michelle Epps, MA ’09, is the community engagement manager at SPACES, a nonprofit arts organization. She is the co-founder of Cleveland Emerging Museum Professionals, which offers professional development and career guidance to newcomers in the field of museum studies. Greg Baron, BAUS ’10, was promoted to director of real estate development with the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization. He started with the group as a summer intern. Vera Goldman, BBA ’10, was promoted to senior accounting manager at Pierre’s Ice Cream Company. She lives in Wickliffe. James E. Harvey, Ph.D. ’10, received the Outstanding Advocate Award from the National Association of School Psychologists at its 2015 convention. The retired manager of psychological services for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District now lives in South Carolina and has a long history of professional and legislative advocacy.





Brandon Simmons, BA ’11, is a multimedia journalist for WKYC-TV. Adriana Cuevas, BA ’12, is the courts and county reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. Oleg Kaderly, BBA ’12, is a buyer in the global supply chain management area of Steris Corporation. The Concord, Ohio resident is working on his MBA in project/systems management. Michael Samulak, MEd ’12, is an educator, youth minister and author of the children’s book A Wonderful Day. Marie Schenkel, EMBA ’12, is the new finance director for Campbell County in Kentucky. A CPA, she is the former finance officer for the Cleveland HeightsUniversity Heights School District. 25 Sean W. Triskett, JD ’12, is an associate attorney at Burns White in Pittsburgh. 26 Olga Nagdaseva, BBA ’12 and MBA ’14, received a 25 Under 35 Movers and Shakers Award from the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. The award is presented to influential young leaders for their business achievements, civic engagement and philanthropy. She is a test technician, international quality assurance, for Hyland Software, Inc.


Neal F. Burk, MAcct ’13, received the Elijah Watt Sells award from the American Institute of CPAs in recognition of excellence on the CPA exam. Of 91,384 individuals who took the exam in 2014, just 60 received the award. Burk is employed with EY in Cleveland. Sean Joseph, MEd ’13, finished sixth among some 950 competitors in the Arnold 5K Pump and Run in Columbus. It was his third time and best finish in the competition. The Lyndhurst resident teaches social studies and strength and conditioning at Kirtland High School. 27 Kristen Mott, BA ’13, received two Excellence in Journalism Awards – for breaking news and food writing – from The Press Club of Cleveland. She is a staff reporter for the Cleveland Jewish News.

This summer, Krista Freeman, BS ’11, is off to Germany on a National Science Foundation-sponsored trip to participate in the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. She is one of 672 young scientists from nearly 90 countries selected to attend lectures, master classes and discussions with 70 Nobel Laureates from the fields of physics, medicine and chemistry. Freeman, who graduated as University valedictorian with a bachelor’s degree in physics and a minor in mathematics, is pursuing a Ph.D. in physics at Carnegie Mellon University, where she performs research on physical virology. The former president of the CSU Chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) credits CSU’s Honors College and physics department for paving her way to success. She has stayed connected with CSU by helping out with SPS-organized monthly physics outreach lessons for K-6 students at Campus International School. Freeman is chair-elect of the American Physical Society’s Forum on Graduate Student Affairs, a national post, and was the subject of a Women in STEM profile on the official NSF blog.



IN MEMORIAM ALUMNI Joseph Pekar, BS ’39, in June 2014 Joel Garver, JD ’41, in June 2014 Felicia Peters Pollock, BBA ’41, in September 2014 Frank Magyar, BS ’42, in October 2014 John McFerren, BBA ’42, in December 2014 Betty Jane Ballasch, BA ’43, in December 2014 Robert Gaines, JD ’47, in August 2014 Vincent Vodicka, BS ’48, in July 2014 Joseph Lesko, BS ’50, in December 2014 Joseph McManamon, JD ’50, in December 2014 Joseph Steve Csonka, BS ’51, in January 2015 Petras, BBA ’50, in August 2014 Edna Shalala, JD ’52, in December 2014 Richard Cox, JD ’53, in March 2014 James Gallas, AB ’53, in November 2014 David Levine, JD ’53, in October 2014 Elizabeth Ciccati Aranyi, Nursing ’54, in November 2014 Mary Kimpton Ensinger, Nursing ’55, in December 2014 Clarence Gaines, JD ’55, in June 2014 Benjamin Jeremiah, BS ’55, in January 2015 Harry Altman, BBA ’56, in December 2014 Carolyn Crum Boyle, Nursing ’56, in March 2014 Barbara Marson Jones, Nursing ’56, in July 2014 Fredrick Wahl, BSME ’56, in May 2014 George Hicks, JD ’57, in March 2015 Eugene Tonry, JD ’57, in January 2015 William Pike, JD ’58, in October 2014 Donald Guarnieri, JD ’60, in August 2014 Louis Toth, BS ’60, in June 2014 Hans Veit, JD ’60, in April 2014 John Donohoe, JD ’61, in October 2014 John Mackin, JD ’61, in August 2014 Arthur Fitzgerald, JD ’62, in August 2014 James McGarry Jr., JD ’63, in July 2014 Pieter Hoets, JD ’64, in August 2014 Edward Schober, BA ’66, in March 2014 Robert Bennett, BBA ’67, in December 2014 David Shaller, JD ’67, in January 2015 Marianne Blaschke, MEd ’68, in July 2014 Jerome Jankura, BS ’68, in November 2014 Alan Bugaj, BA ’69, in May 2014 Wayne Crookshanks, BBA ’69, in August 2014 Doyle Mutti, BBA ’69, in October 2014 John Paciorek BS ’70, in February 2014 Keith Lupton, BS ’71, in December 2014 Suzanne Pollitz, MA ’71, in October 2014 Douglas Gonda, JD ’72, in January 2014 Thomas Greenwald, BBA ’72, in November 2014 Eileen Bizjack, BEd ’73, in March 2015 Anthony

IN MEMORIAM CSU DEATHS Richard Epaves in August 2014. A professor emeritus of accounting, Dr. Epaves retired in 1988 after 26 years at CSU. Judy Stahlman in October 2014. An associate professor of teacher education, Dr. Stahlman was a faculty member since 1987 and played a key role in the development of CSU’s master’s degree program leading to early childhood intervention specialist licensure. Thomas W. Hungerford in November 2014. Dr. Hungerford joined CSU in 1980 as professor and chair of mathematics and was the author of Algebra, a book widely respected in the mathematical community. The professor emeritus retired in 2001. Sidney Kraus in November 2014. Dr. Kraus joined CSU in 1972 as chairman and professor of communication and retired in 2003. He served as president of the Faculty Senate from 1992 to 1996. The professor emeritus was sought after by the news media for his keen political observations and commentary. William Compton, BSEE ’41, in February 2015. A former member of the CSU Foundation board of directors and generous benefactor, Mr. Compton was


Heyworth, MBA ’73, in January 2015 Fred Cermak, BA ’74, in October 2014 James Craddock, BS ’74, in July 2014 James Krusinski, BBA ’74, in March 2015 Judith Adelaar, BA ’75, in January 2015 Deborah Lewis Hiller, JD ’75, in September 2014 James Nozar, MBA ’75, in July 2014 Edward Quattro, MEd ’75, in October 2014 Hans Dollhausen, MBA ’76, in October 2014 Eugene McBride, BBA ’76, in July 2014 Frank Mocilnikar, BS ’76, in January 2015 James Piet, BBA ’76, in February 2015 Eric Schultz BA ’76, in September 2014 George Ata, BBA ’77, in July 2014 Edward Heffernan, JD ’77, in June 2014 Juliet Jakse, BA ’77, in November 2014 Jeffrey Bernard, JD ’78, in January 2015 Leuarn Dunlap, BA ’78, in August 2014 Dennis Eichenberg, BS ’78, in February 2014 Albert Hayes, BEd ’78, in March 2015 Obuseh Erogu Iweriebor, MS ’79, in September 2014 Adele White, BA ’79, in July 2014 Margaret Bulzan, BA ’80, in November 2014 John Chandler, JD ’81, in March 2015 Martin Lynch, BS ’81, in February 2015 Mary Ann Koral, MEd ’82, in July 2014 Elaine Koskie, MBA ’82, in October 2014 Timothy Cudnik, BS ’83, in February 2015 Maribeth Edgley, BA ’83, in July 2014 Carol Rogers Hilliard, JD ’84, in January 2015 Ferolyn Powell, BS ’84, in March 2015 Susan Wahl, BS ’84, in August 2014 Susan Warner, BBA ’85, in September 2014 Brenda Luciani, BS ’86, in July 2014 Dorothy Deppisch, MEd ’87, in February 2013 Christopher Zehe, BAUS ’88, in February 2014 Donna Garner, MA ’89, in July 2014 David Lincheck, BS ’89, in July 2014 Patricia Cliffe, BA ’90, in January 2014 Mae Ferguson, BS ’90, in February 2015 Patrick Havens, BS ’90, in November 2014 Denise Weingart, BS ’90, in March 2014 Paul Larson, BA ’91, in December 2014 Stephen Sutton, JD ’91, in July 2014 Roger Hinson, MS ’94, in December 2013 Thomas Diffenbacher, BBA ’96, in January 2015 Rosemary Costigan, BA ’97, in February 2015 Harold Jones, BA ’97, in October 2014 Laura Courry-Zhao, JD ’98, in July 2014 Kathleen Spirakus, Education certificates ’99 and ’02, in January 2015 Ernest Willaman, MSIE ’00, in August 2014 Katie Anne Kessler, MA ’02, in August 2014 Margaret Massengale, Education certificate ’02, in March 2015 Steven Owen, BBA ’08, in March 2015 Gregory Zigmont, BSEE ’11, in November 2014.

among the first group of graduates to receive CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1990. He received an honorary doctor of science degree in 1997. An alumni lounge in Fenn Hall (formerly Stilwell Hall) is named in his honor. Marvin Pasch in February 2015. Dr. Pasch joined CSU in 1973 and as chair of Curriculum and Foundations for several years was instrumental in developing the College of Education and Human Services’ teacher education program. Hans Segal in March 2015. Dr. Segal joined CSU in 1964 and was instrumental in growing the fledgling political science department. The associate professor emeritus retired in 1994 but continued to teach for six more years. Floyd Adams in April 2015. Associate Professor Emeritus Adams joined CSU in 1965 and served as chair of Curriculum and Foundations in the mid-1970s. A master teacher who was very popular with students, he retired in 1993 but continued to teach in CSU’s Continuing Education program. Richard McArdle in April 2015. Dr. McArdle joined CSU in 1969 as dean of the College of Education and Human Services, a position he held for nearly 20 years. During his distinguished tenure, he also held a number of senior administrative positions, including vice provost for strategic planning and acting provost. Professor Emeritus McArdle retired in 2001 but continued to teach education classes part time for another seven years.

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