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CAMPUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL CSU and Cleveland schools collaborate on an innovative model for urban education.  6

Our Colleges  2

MEET GEOFFREY MEARNS From federal prosecutor to provost, he welcomes career challenges.  8

News Briefs  16


Dr. Ronald M. Berkman Provost

Geoffrey S. Mearns Interim Vice President for University Advancement/ Executive Director, CSU Foundation

Steven A. Minter Assistant Vice President, Marketing and STUDENT RECRUITMENT

Rob A. Spademan Director, Alumni Affairs

Carolyn Champion-Sloan

WELCOME CENTER New facility engages students from their first visit.  11

FACULTY EMERITUS SPOTLIGHT Reuben Silver, Theatre  13

Alumni Q&A Carolyn Kaufman, financial advisor to the NBA Players Association  2 2 Class Notes  26

TRIAL COURTROOM Cleveland-Marshall boasts a fully functioning courtroom.  12 EXTREME MAKEOVER Graduate student and family get a new home on national television.  14 VIKTOR SCHRECKENGOST Famed designer's archives reside at CSU.  2 4

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C le vela nd-M a rsha l l C ol lege of L aw was selected to receive the f irst-ever Diversity Matters Award from the Law School Admission Council. Of the 214 law schools in the United States, 10 were chosen as finalists but only CSU took the top honor. Cleveland-Marshall was chosen for its programs that educate high school and early college students about law school preparation and careers in law. The programs include workshops for local high school students in Cleveland and surrounding suburbs, outreach to community college students and a partnership with Central State University, Ohio’s first and only historically black public college. “It is an honor to be recognized on a national level for the school’s hard work in diversifying our student body,” said Interim Dean Phyllis Crocker. “Minorities have been underrepresented in this profession for too long, and I am grateful to the Law School Admission Council for raising awareness about this important issue.” A recent study at Columbia University found that racial diversity has lagged nationally at U.S. law schools for more than a decade, and that diversity in the profession of law ranks second to last among other major professions nationwide. Several years ago, Cleveland-Marshall set out to help reverse that trend by initiating programs that would attract more qualified diverse students to its school. For the past four years, applicant diversity has risen by about 10 percent per year.


Other f ina lists for the award included: Arizona State University College of Law; Chapman University School of Law; University of California Davis School of Law; Hofstra University School of Law; Nova Southeastern Law Center; Phoenix School of Law; Texas Wesleyan Universit y School of Law; Wake Forest University School of Law and Wayne State University Law School. To learn more about the College, visit


Business Administration The Nance College of Business Administration received an Ohio Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Award for helping local companies, such as Hyland Software and Vita-Mix, increase their global exports. Among this year’s 20 recipients, CSU was named the Nonprofit Exporter of the Year. Through the College’s Global Business Center, CSU created the GlobalTarget program designed to help local businesses expand into international markets. This year, the state recognized

CSU for its efforts in assisting more than 35 companies in Northeast Ohio increase global exports. “This has been an extremely successful program not just for CSU but for the participating businesses and for the regional economy that benefits from this activity,” said Dean Robert Scherer. “We are pleased to share this recognition with our partner organizations, FedEx and U.S. Commercial Services, and the program mentors who help make it a success.” GlobalTarget is an innovative program that leverages the talent of experienced international business practitioners from companies such as Bird Tech nolog ies , E R ICO, Fi rst K n ig ht , I N DUS Internationa l and Swa gelok . Armed with applied research and other r e s ou rc e s , memb er c omp a n ie s a r e expanding into various markets including Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, India and Korea. Since 1986, the Ohio governor has presented the award to companies of all sizes that have excelled in exporting and organizations that have helped Ohio companies achieve international success. Recipients include small, medium, and large manufacturers and service providers, as well as universities and nonprofit organizations with innovative international programs. To learn more about the College, visit


Urban Affairs

Jeffrey L. Brudney, the Albert A. Levin Chair of Urban Studies and Public Service, is the only American invited to participate in a prestigious United Nations

study on global volunteerism. Dr. Brudney, a renowned expert on volunteerism, was asked to serve on the Technical Advisory Board of the United Nations Volunteers Programme for the f irst-ever State of the World ’s Volunteerism Report. The comprehensive report is intended to shift conventional think ing about volunteerism and its role in addressing major worldwide challenges. “It is both an honor and an opportunity to bring the Cleveland and United St at e s v ie w of volu nt e er i sm t o t he world and bring the world view back to Cleveland and Levin College,” says Dr. Brudney. The advisory board of international representatives will provide an outline and structure for organizing the report’s contents and will oversee writing and production. Given his ex per tise, it’s likely Dr. Brudney will be asked to write a chapter. The report is expected to take about 14 months to complete. While Americans might think of volunteerism in terms of mentoring youth or helping out in a hospital, school, library or recreational facility, the world view includes helping victims ravaged by war, genocide and disease, and doing what’s needed to sustain lives in difficult environments. “The report will provide a global perspective of what volunteerism is, why it

exists, what it accomplishes, and how to preserve and sustain it,” says Dr. Brudney. He hopes it also will motivate and inspire more people around the world to volunteer. “Those who are impacted by volunteers really benefit from the assistance. And those who volunteer benefit as well — they feel better, live longer, and have more energy and greater self-esteem,” he says. “In addition, volunteers give hope to the world. They are a resource that makes the world better.” The UN invitation follows another signif icant honor. In 2008, Dr. Brudney was one of just two U.S. researchers invited to the White House to hear President George Bush’s vision for volunteerism. The two recognitions are “more than any academician might reasonably expect. I’m very fortunate,” he says. To learn more about the College, visit


Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Alan S. Rosenbaum was among more than 90 internationally renowned scholars and intellectuals invited to Yale

University for a three-day conference examining anti-Semitism in the world today. Titled “Global Anti-Semitism: A Crisis of Modernity,” the conference was the inaugural event of Yale’s new International Association for the Study of AntiSemitism. Dr. Rosenbaum was part of a panel on social theory and contemporary antiSemitism. His delivered paper, “Philosophical Reflections on Global Anti-Semitism,” will be published by Yale. A member of t he Depa r t ment of Ph i lo s ophy f a c u lt y s i nc e 19 75 , D r. Rosenbaum ca lled the internationa l gathering remarkable and said he was tremendously honored to represent CSU. Given the growing upsurge of antiSemitism globally, the historic conference could not have been more timely, he added. “In the 1970s and 1980s, people who would talk about the rise of anti-Semitism were typically labeled alarmists,” he said. “But as memory recedes and as Holocaust survivors and Nazi war criminals pass away, what we find happening is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in a very dangerous form. “ This is the f irst time that an Iv y League university has ever directly sponsored a conference on anti-Semitism, which demonstrates how serious a problem this is,” he adds. “I argue, as do so many others, that we’re now moving from persecutory anti-Semitism to the looming prospect of a genocidal anti-Semitism. It’s very, very disturbing.” To learn more about the College, visit



Sciences and Health Professions Sailen Barik has been recruited to serve as the first director of the College’s Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease (GRHD).

GRHD now constitutes a significant hub of cutting-edge biological research in Cleveland, with faculty collectively attracting more than $9 million of external funding since 2000 from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, American Heart Association, U.S. Department of Defense, and the prestigious Human Frontier Science Program. “My goals are to promote wider recognition of GRHD, solicit private donat ions, a nd ex pa nd cu r rent resea rch activities. The potential of GRHD is enormous,” says Dr. Barik. The d i re c t or br i n g s a we a lt h of expertise to his new job. After receiving postdoctoral training at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Dr. Barik joined the faculty of the Cleveland Clinic in 1989, followed by the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in


1994, where he became a full professor in 2003. His research spans cardiopulmonary infection and inf lammation, with emphasis on host-pathogen interactions and RNA interference (RNAi). His research group pioneered the intranasal delivery of RNAi, featured on PBS’ NOVA, and later advanced to the first successful clinical trial of antiviral RNAi. Published in more than 100 papers, his research has been continuously f unded since 1994 by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and Burroughs-Wellcome Foundation. His research group recently received a highly selective Michael J. Fox Foundation therapeutic development grant for Parkinson’s Disease. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COLLEGE, VISIT WWW.CSUOHIO.EDU/SCIENCES


Graduate Studies Professor Cr ysta l Wey man has been named interim dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Dr. Weyman has been a faculty mem-

ber of the College of Sciences and Health Professions since 1998, and has been associate chair and co-graduate program director in the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Science since 2004 and 2008, respectively. In addition, she has served as acting director for the Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease and is an adjunct staff member in the Department of Cell Biology at the Cleveland Clinic. Her Ph.D. is in medicinal chemistry from Purdue University. She has been and continues to be actively involved in graduate education and research. During her 13 years at CSU, five doctoral students and three master’s students earned their degrees working in her laboratory. Currently, she is mentoring four doctoral students and one master’s student. She also has mentored 19 undergraduate students. As interim dean of Northeast Ohio’s largest school of graduate and professional programs, Dr. Weyman is continuing her commitment to graduate education and the graduate students of CSU. Her goal is to continue CSU’s upward trajectory as a premier choice for graduate education in Cleveland, the nation and the world. To learn more about the College, visit


Engineering When it comes to enrollment growth, the Fenn College of Engineering is setting the pace. Over the past five years, the College’s new undergraduate enrollment skyrocketed 119 percent, the highest rate of growth within the University.

In fact, the College has one of the fastest-growing undergraduate programs in the nation, when compared to data from the American Society of Engineering Education. Graduate student enrollment also grew by 51 percent over f ive years. In addition, retention of new full-time students increased 10 percent, the number of honors engineering students almost doubled, and the grade point average of newly admitted freshmen grew from 3.35 to 3.55. Research grants increased sharply, facilities were renovated to the tune of $1.5 million, and seven new academic programs were added over the past three years. Dean Bahman Ghorashi attributes the transformation to many factors, but says Fenn Academy deserves much of the credit. What started as a partnership between Fenn College, one high school and one corporate sponsor to interest students in engineering has grown to 36 high schools (with four more in the process of signing up) and 10 corporations. Through Fenn Academy, pre-engineering programs are offered at member high schools and Fenn Scholars receive college scholarships supported by corporate partners. Although program participants are not required to attend CSU, many of them choose to enroll here. A nother Col lege brag point is its cooperative education program, one of just two accredited programs in Ohio. Recently restructured with new courses, industry mentors, assigned adv isors, more faculty involvement and a rigorous work/school schedule, co-op is now “an educational experience, not just a job,” says Dr. Ghorashi.

This summer, Fenn will unveil a new international program in which students will travel to Germany for co-op experiences with German companies. To learn more about the College, visit


Education and Human Services CSU is now one of only two universities in Ohio with a Ph.D. in counseling psychology accredited by the Americ a n Ps ycholog ic a l A ssociat ion (APA). Counseling psycholog y, a specia l ization w ith in the College of Education and Human Services’ urban education Ph.D. prog ra m, recently received A PA accreditation. “This accreditation will make our program competitive with some of the most respected universities in the nation, while providing the local community with best-in-class psychologists,” says Dick Hurwitz, interim dean. CSU’s doctoral degree is one of the few counseling psycholog y programs in the nation that focuses on educating psychologists to meet the mental health needs of diverse urban populations. Students complete core and research seminars in an interdisciplinary cohort with educators, nurses and adult development professionals. The prog ram uses the diverse urban community as its research and practice laboratories. CSU’s counseling psychology Ph.D. sequence tra ins psycholog ists w it h

comprehensive knowledge and therapeutic skills for entry into the practice of psychology; the necessary knowledge and skills for competent practice and research in a multicultural urban society; and research skills to contribute to the scientific knowledge base of psychology. For information on the program, visit w w phd/cou nsel i ng-psycholog y or ca l l 216.687.4697. To learn more about the College, visit 


A CSU and Cleveland Metropolitan School District Collaboration

CAMPUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Two large stuffed giraffes are positioned just inside the front door. There are no desks for students or teachers. And Mandarin Chinese is on the daily lesson plan. The newly launched Campus International School (CIS) is a far cry from a traditional neighborhood school. A collaboration between Cleveland State and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, CIS has already been recognized by the New York Times as an innovative model for urban education. Housed in leased space at the former First United Methodist Church at East 30th Street and Euclid Avenue, just blocks from the CSU campus, CIS was championed by President Ronald Berkman and won enthusiastic support from Cleveland schools former CEO Eugene Sanders and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. The school opened this fall with 112 youngsters in kindergarten through second grade. Third grade classes will be added in fall 2011; eventually the school will offer classes through grade 12. Campus International will incorporate programs from the International Baccalaureate (IB) — a Swiss-based education program renowned for its academic rigor, international curriculum and high standards. IB schools develop intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills for students to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. At CIS, the entire third floor is the classroom for first and second graders while the second floor is the kindergarten classroom. Individual rooms are learning centers named for local landmarks like the Great Lakes Science Center and West Side Market and for CSU’s Colleges. It’s one way of introducing students to what’s around them and helping them become global citizens. With just 20 students per class, youngsters move from room to room and floor to floor, learning Chinese, literacy, math, social studies, science, music, media, art and physical education. They sit at round tables or on the carpeted floor in rooms painted bright orange, green and blue. Hallways and stairwells are adorned with student artwork. Some 70 percent of students are from Cleveland; the remainder live in suburbs from Solon to Westlake to Wickliffe. Some 70 percent are African American, with other ethnicities represented as well. The boy/girl split is about 50/50. With open enrollment, the student body represents a wide range of academic ability. The curriculum is customized to meet individual needs. CIS has seven full-time teachers for its six classes and physical education. There also are part-time teachers for art, media and music. All came from the Cleveland schools. But they don’t sit in one room, at a desk, in front of 20 students.


“Everything is shared — space, resources, teachers. Every student has every teacher and our teachers know the strengths and weaknesses of each student,” notes Ronald Abate, CSU associate professor of teacher education who is on sabbatical this year to serve as the liaison between CIS and CSU. “In traditional schools, teachers can get isolated. Here, teachers collaborate. Every subject is taught in every learning center. Students explore and interact as they learn. It’s a dynamic environment.” In keeping with the international curriculum, every CIS student has a passport that looks like the real thing. As a country or culture is studied, the passport is stamped. And students actually travel — with weekly trips to the CSU campus for recreational or educational experiences. CIS not only provides a unique learning environment for its young students, it also provides access to a teaching environment for CSU education students. Similar to a teaching hospital, CSU students are using the campus school as a hands-on training facility to enhance their classroom experience. “The entire University community has been extremely supportive of the school,” says Dr. Abate. “From computer and technology assistance to speech and hearing students testing our kindergarten students to the Confucius Institute providing funding for our Mandarin teacher, the support and interest from CSU have been outstanding.” Parental support and involvement have been exemplary as well. “Campus International affords parents a fabulous educational choice for their children. It’s a viable alternative for those who might otherwise choose a private school or leave the city,” says principal Julie Beers. In fact, some parents are signing up their unborn children. Other schools in the Cleveland district will benefit from CIS as well, through the sharing of best practices developed in the innovative environment. “This school will set a new urban standard in education,” says President Berkman. “CIS provides the city with a unique, high-end education at no additional cost to parents. It also provides the University with a venue to produce new, best-in-class teachers of the future.” For Mayor Jackson, CIS is a step toward reversing the flow of urban sprawl and drawing new families back into the city. “This school represents a viable new option for younger families who want to live downtown,” Jackson says. “The first step of redeveloping any urban core begins with education, and this project sends a clear message that we are committed to bettering the community with students who will compete globally.” For information, contact the Campus International School at 216.431.2225. 



Geoffrey Mearns has a philosophy — if you do interesting things well, there will always be other interesting opportunities available to you. He’s proof that his theory works. Following a distinguished 18-year career as a lawyer in both the public and private sectors, Mearns switched gears in 2005 to join CSU as dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. This year, he changed his professional focus again and accepted an appointment by President Ronald Berkman as the University’s interim provost. Six months later, “interim” was stripped away when he was named provost, the University’s chief academic officer. Like law, academia has proven to be both rewarding and challenging. And he’s found the two fields to be more than a bit similar. “Trial lawyers are advocates. As provost, I am an advocate for our academic mission and our deans and faculty. Lawyers analyze problems and find solutions. I am using my analytical skills to implement creative solutions to the challenges facing the University,” he says. Mearns, whose father was a long-time law professor at Case Western Reserve University, graduated from Shaker Heights High School and received his undergraduate degree in English from Yale University. He taught high school English in New Jersey for three years before attending the University of Virginia, where he received his law degree in 1987. “I didn’t grow up wanting to be a lawyer but I always knew it would be a possible career,” he remembers. “There were nine children in my family — five of us attended law school.” After clerking for a U.S. Court of Appeals judge in Louisville, Ky., Mearns moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. and began a distinguished nine-year career as a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice. As chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, he was responsible for investigating, prosecuting and supervising cases against members and associates of organized-crime families charged with racketeering, murder, extortion, bribery and obstruction of justice. “If you are prosecuting organized crime in Brooklyn, you have a target-rich area,” he jokes. Among his most notorious cases: prosecuting Tommy Gambino, whose father Carlo ran the largest organized crime family in the nation, and prosecuting a juror who took a bribe in the first trial of John Gotti. Mearns also served as special assistant to the U.S. attorney general, where he participated in the prosecution of Terry Nichols, one of two men convicted for bombing the Oklahoma City Federal Building.


Working for the Justice Department “was a very formative period,” he recalls. “Our investigations were complex, lengthy, and required organizational skills and managing a team of investigators and lawyers. I learned to work well in stressful situations and to keep a level head, skills that still serve me well today.” In the late 90s, Mearns decided it was time for new challenges and experiences. He returned to Cleveland and gave up public service for the private practice of law, serving as a partner for Thompson Hine and then for Baker Hostetler over the course of seven years. “I was doing criminal defense work and complex civil litigation. One day I got an email asking if I would be interested in becoming a candidate for the deanship of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law,” he recalls. “My first reaction was, ‘You have the wrong person. You must be looking for my father.’ “Academia had never occurred to me but I had thought about someday getting back into public service. I was intrigued by the opportunities that CSU presented, and applied for the deanship, knowing it was a long shot.” Mearns became law dean in July 2005. Over the next five years, the law school significantly improved the quality and performance of its students. In fact, CSU law graduates now rank among the state’s highest for bar passage rates. Mearns helped to create the new Center for Health Law and Policy, design a nearly $9 million law school renovation, and raise more than $5 million for scholarships and other law initiatives over four years. “We accomplished these things together at the law school,” he says. “From day one, I was welcomed by faculty, staff, students and alumni and we worked together as a team.” Earlier this year, Mearns accepted President Berkman’s invitation to step into the interim provost post. Six months later, the permanent job was his. “I really enjoyed being law dean and wanted to finish some of the initiatives we had started,” he says. “Being a dean might be the best job on campus. You influence what goes on in your college, you are reasonably close to the daily action, and you see and talk to students and faculty. “But I wanted to assist the president in a transition period. Once I was interim provost, I gained a greater appreciation for the impact I could have across the University in support of the president and his aspirations for CSU.”

As provost, Mearns sees himself as the middle man between the administration and CSU’s deans and faculty. “The president sets the agenda for the University; the deans set the agenda for their colleges. I’m at the intersection. University and college objectives must align. My job is to work in collegial partnership and to assist the president, deans and faculty achieve strategic priorities.” Those priorities include: improving undergraduate student success; enhancing healthoriented programs and research productivity/ impact; continuing academic excellence despite cuts in state funding; and interacting with all constituencies to achieve a vibrant campus life. Mearns is working hard to avoid the ivory tower syndrome that often isolates administrators. He is teaching a law class this semester, looks for opportunities to engage with students, and holds meetings at campus locations other than his office. “Casual, unplanned encounters are most important for keeping in touch with what’s really happening on campus,” he says. Mearns and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of five children, ages 19 through 12. His family is the reason he returned to Cleveland following his Justice Department days. “I like the quality of life and the people. Cleveland is a great place to live and it’s where I wanted to raise my children,” he says. “My career is proof that you never know what’s coming next. But right now, I feel great pride and commitment for Cleveland State University. I am privileged to serve as provost and look forward to working with the president and our very capable faculty and staff to do great things for the University and the Cleveland community.” 


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E u c l id C o m m o n s is op en ! Th e ca m pu s’ ne w es t re si de nc e hall, at East 24 th Street betw een E u cl id a n d P ro sp e ct a ve n u e s, ho us es C S U ’s gr ow in g st ud en t p o p u la ti o n a n d e n h a n ce s th e quality of life downtown. Phase on e is filled to ca pa city, with three four-story build in gs pr ov id in g 32 5 ad di ti on al be ds , pr im ar ily in un it s fe at ur in g fo ur si ng le be dr oo m s, a ki tc he n an d a com m on sp ace. Phase tw o, an L-shaped build ing with 275 m ore be ds , is un de r co ns tr uc ti on an d will open this fall. Eu clid C om m on s is ju st pa rt of C SU’s plan to boost dow nt ow n living. With it s opening, the Viking Hall residenc e hall has clos ed.

Th e D ep ar tm en t of H ea lt h S ci en ce s is no w th e S c h o o l of Health Sc iences, refle ct ing th e gr ow th of he al th pr og ra m s, th e es ta blis hm en t of th e C en te r for Gene Regu lation in Healt h an d D is ea se , an d pa rt ne rs hi ps w it h th e C le ve la nd C lin ic , th e N or th e as te rn O hi o U ni ve rs it ie s C ol leges of Med icine and Phar macy, a n d o th e rs . H e a lt h S ci e n ce s re m ai ns pa rt of th e C ol le g e of Sciences and Health Profes sions. n g is e n t o f N ur si T h e D e p a rt m hool pe nd en t S c no w an in de C SU’s g, reflec ting of Nur sin th and to urban heal commitment ac ti th e he al th pr to pr ep ar in g and ly and regional tioners in dem erly sing was form nationally. Nur olle ge t within th e C a de partm en ices. Se d Human rv of Education an Th e D ra m at ic A rt s P ro gr am an d th e Dan ce Pro gram are now th e Departme nt of The a t r e a n d Da n c e w it h in th e C o lle ge of Li be ra l A rt s an d S oc ia l S ci en ce s. D an ce w as fo rm er ly pa rt of th e C olle ge of Ed uc at io n and Human Se rvices. The m erger rais es th e pr of ile of both dr am a and dance, in creases oppo rt unities for collabo ration and dive rse productions, and enhances C SU ’s co m m it m en t to th e pe rf or m in g arts. 

Welcome Center sets tone for CSU experience Where do prospective students first experience CSU? At the campus’ new Welcome Center, located on the first floor of Euclid Commons with entry directly off Euclid Avenue. According to Rob Spademan, assistant vice president for marketing and student recruitment, the Welcome Center is designed to “give prospective students a ‘wow’ experience and convince them that CSU is where they want to enroll.” Both informative and fun, the center features a photo booth where visitors get a souvenir strip of three photos with the encouraging words “picture yourself at CSU.” There’s the Engage Wall, where visitors browse academic majors and select from 140 take-home flashcards detailing the courses needed and career possibilities for each major. There’s even a Heritage Wall to explore the CSU of yesterday, today and tomorrow, featuring the original Fat Glenn’s sign, vintage clothing, yearbooks and photos. With its cheery shades of green décor and upbeat background music composed by CSU web designer Eric Antonik, the Welcome Center sets the tone for a lively and engaged CSU experience. Upon check-in, prospective students are given a CSU lapel pin and an iPad to play with, tuned to a Facebook page urging the Class of 2015 to “think CSU graduate.”

They then enter a theater for a presentation on CSU and its engaged learning experience. Afterward, there is a student-led campus tour. When considering CSU, prospective students and their families are asked to consider five factors: academic reputation, campus experience, the advantages of the downtown Cleveland location for internships and cooperative education experiences, campus dynamics and growth, and economic value. The message is hitting home with those who have visited the Welcome Center since its opening this fall. “CSU is doing something pretty special and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Spademan. “The Welcome Center is setting the tone for emotional engagement with CSU which we expect will translate into higher student enrollments.” Campus tours and the CSU introductory experience are available Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and at 10 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month. To sign up, visit 



Reflect on your years at CSU – I was hired as a full professor in 1976, and acquired tenure a few years later. For 17 years, as head of the Theatre Arts area, I worked closely with the Communication Department to increase both the number of theatre majors and the quality of performances. I retired in 1993 but contact with students has remained an important part of my life. Watching the growth of former students as they pursue their professional interests is a bonus for retired teachers.

Trial courtrooM is a winner From the judge’s bench to the witness stand to the jury box, it looks like a real courtroom. But the new trial courtroom at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is a simulation-based environment — a state-of-the-art, technology-enhanced courtroom to provide real-life learning and practice for both law students and legal professionals. Cleveland-Marshall is one of only a few law schools in the nation with a fully functioning courtroom, and the only one in Ohio. Construction began last May with the courtroom scheduled to open this spring. The total construction budget is $1 million; the law school has secured more than half of the cost in donor gifts and commitments. With 2,400 square feet, the courtroom includes a judge’s bench and private chambers, witness stand, counsel tables, jury box and deliberation room, court reporter station, bailiff/information technology manager station, and a gallery for the public. Electronic litigation presentation technology is utilized throughout, while digital recording capabilities allow activities to be viewed in real time, locally or in remote locations, and to be digitally recorded for future use. Interim Dean Phyllis L. Crocker notes that the courtroom provides students with “engaged, practical learning and access to tools that will prepare them to readily enter the legal profession.” In addition, the trial courtroom will serve as an educational and community resource for professional development for lawyers, judges and support professionals who work in courtrooms. The law school will lease the facility for mock trials, training exercises and other uses by the legal community. Many components, including the plaintiff ’s table, gallery benches, witness stand, bailiff station, court reporter station, main podium and judicial portraits, have already been named by alumni, area law firms and consulting companies through their financial support. “This trial courtroom distinguishes Cleveland-Marshall as a national leader in legal education,” said Dean Crocker. “We are grateful for the strong support this project has received.” To learn more about named funding opportunities still available, call 216.687.2286, email nicolette.plottner@law. or visit 

CURRENT INVOLVEMENT WITH CSU – I am a member of the Retired Faculty Association, and continue to be actively interested in the ongoing growth of the arts areas. My wife and I are particularly gratified at the recent establishment of the Reuben and Dorothy Silver Endowed Scholarship by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Department of Theatre and Dance. We are honored that this scholarship in our names will serve the needs of theatre students. Dorothy and I were also pleased to contribute the bulk of our personal theatre library to CSU for use by students.

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Professor Emeritus Theatre

NON-CSU ACHIEVEMENTS – The 21 years I spent as director of Karamu Theatre were a vital part of my life experience. My Ph.D. dissertation, on the history of Karamu Theatre (1915-1961) and its rise to prominence as an African-American theatre, has proven to be substantially helpful to theatre researchers and historians. Over the years, I have also held other posts which enriched my life, including serving as president of the Ohio Community Theatre Association, as well as the National Theatre Conference (of which I am still a member), holding a State Department post as Theatre Specialist in the West Indies, and performing throughout the nation and Europe as an actor, often with my wife. Last but certainly not least, Dorothy and I have co-parented three wonderful sons. IMPORTANCE OF CSU IN MY LIFE – Working at CSU always made me feel more connected to my community. It also brought back happy memories of Wayne University (now Wayne State University in Detroit), where I received my B.A. Like CSU, Wayne was a vital institution, full of eager and ambitious students, often the first to attend college in their families, taking full advantage of their opportunity to mature professionally and as human beings, possessing a very strong work ethic that rarely failed them in their pursuit of education. At CSU, I sensed that same urgency on the part of students to seriously pursue educational goals.  ADVICE TO TODAY’S STUDENTS – What you learn today will undoubtedly enrich your future, though that may not be apparent to you now. So work hard while you are in this phase of your life. It is often only after graduation that you begin to realize how valuable your opportunity to study and grow has been.  HOW I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED – As a decent human being, who always tried to do my best to understand and support the people with whom I have worked and lived. To contribute to the Reuben and Dorothy Silver Endowed Scholarship in Theatre, call 216.875.9838 or visit  Photo courtesy of The Plain Dealer and Lisa DeJong



Extreme Makeover: Home Edition gave them a new place to live. Cleveland State University is giving them a new lease on life.



CSU has awarded scholarships to three members of the Anderson family of Maple Heights, featured on a December episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Dad Andre Anderson received a scholarship to complete his master’s degree in CSU’s School of Social Work, where he is currently enrolled. Sons Jaison, 14, and Jahzion, 7, will receive full four-year scholarships to CSU when they graduate from high school. The awards were provided by an anonymous donor and announced by President Ronald Berkman during the show. “The scholarships were a complete surprise. We are very grateful,” says Anderson. The announcement that the Andersons had been selected for a new home was made during a pep rally at CSU’s Wolstein Center. Extreme Makeover chose the family because of the way they are meeting life’s challenges.

A nd re A nderson ha s had Ty pe 1 diabetes since the age of eight and lost all vision in 2006. Three months later, he enrolled at CSU to become a social worker in order to help others who have experienced some of the hardships that come with the loss of vision. He earned his bachelor’s degree last year. Jasmine Anderson has had Ty pe 2 diabetes since the age of 13. In 2007, she lost vision in her left eye and the majority of vision in the right eye. Son Jaison has been hearing impaired since infancy and started learning sign language at four months old. The family’s cramped and structurally dangerous former home had a damp basement, mold, crumbling porch, roof with missing parts, broken windows, loose w iring , holes in the f loor, and cracked, uneven pavement. Their new 3,500-square-foot, fourbedroom, English Tudor residence is a “smart” home, equipped with features designed specif ically for the family’s needs — including doors with fingerprint readers as part of the locking mechanism.

The extreme makeover, led by Marous Brothers Construction, took 96 hours of round-theclock demolition and rebuilding. Hundreds of volunteers participated. Marous projects on the CSU campus include the conversion of Krenzler Field to a year-round facility and the new Euclid Commons residence hall. Living in their new home has been a dream come true for the Andersons. “The home is well designed, spacious and user friendly for the blind and hearing impaired,” says Anderson. “It was a labor of love. So many people wanted to volunteer, they crashed the show’s website. People who live in the Cleveland area have big hearts.” Determined to create a more user-friendly environment for the disabled, the Andersons run a business called Disability Awareness Center from their home. Their services include presentations at schools and businesses, counseling, and connecting others with resources to help them live more independent lives. Anderson, who hopes to graduate from CSU in 2011, plans to use his master’s degree to incorporate a counseling program at the center. “I’m getting a great education at CSU and look forward to giving back to the community that has helped my family so much,” he says.  CSU PERSPECTIVE 15


The enrollment figures represent a 13 percent increase in new undergraduates and a 19 percent increase in new graduate students. In addition, minority student enrollment increased 12.8 percent. First-year students entered CSU as the most academically competitive class in the University’s history, with average ACT scores exceeding the national average of 21 for the first time and the mean high school grade point reaching 3.12. A record 45 percent of incoming freshmen received a competitive institutional scholarship while 55 percent received a federal Pell needbased grant. “I am very pleased that we are attracting a greater number of competitively prepared students as our standards continue to rise,” said President Ronald Berkman. “I am also pleased that we are continuing our mission as an urban university to provide so many of our students with need-based grants.”

Obama on campus President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited CSU two days before the November election to energize voters.

The president noted that the record fall 2010 enrollment speaks to a broader goal — elevating CSU to best-in-class for American urban universities.

U.S. NEWS NAMES CSU one of the best Cleveland State University again has been named one of America’s best colleges by U.S. News & World Report ’s annual college ranking.

U.S. News chose CSU as part of its National Universities category, among schools that offer a full range of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The recognition underscores CSU’s commitment to providing a high-quality education to students who otherwise might not have the opportunity. Many factors are used to determine the America’s Best Colleges list. Since 2000, applications for first-year students at CSU have increased 89 percent while enrollment grew 17 percent. Academic indicators for first-year students have increased, resulting in improved ACT scores, high school GPAs and class rankings. First-year retention rates also have improved while the University became


significantly more selective in admitting new freshmen. Other criteria include helping students toward career fulfillment, which speaks to CSU’s New Pathway Program, a scholarship-based co-operative education and internship program that prepares CSU students for jobs with local employers. Other enhancements to the CSU mission over the past year include the formation of a new division of Enrollment Services and Student Affairs, designed to proactively help students with academic success, ensure graduation and guide them to career fulfillment. In addition, the University received a $6 million donation for student scholarships and expanded its unique program to assist returning veterans’ transition to University life.

second in nation for FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS Besting such prestigious universities as Harvard and Stanford, Cleveland State produced six Fulbright Scholars for the 2010-11 academic year, the second most in the nation. Tying with CSU in second place were George Washington University, the University of Florida, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Washington University in St. Louis. Tied in third place with five Fulbrights were Harvard University and Stanford University. The only school surpassing CSU’s achievement was the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with eight Fulbrights. With more than 40 Fulbright Scholars over the past decade, CSU has consistently been among the nation’s leaders for this international benchmark of faculty excellence. The Fulbright program gives faculty scholars the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, build relationships with foreign universities, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. This year’s awardees and the countries in which they will conduct their Fulbright experience are: Maria Angelova (Turkey), Joshua Bagaka’s (Kenya) and Mike Loovis (Finland), all from the College of Education and Human Services; Mike Lin (Taiwan) and Victor Matos (Costa Rica) from the College of Business Administration; and Robert Wei (Turkey) from the College of Sciences and Health Professions. In addition, recent graduate Mai-Kim Dang was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Ethiopia to conduct research in film and digital media. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding among the people of the United States and other countries. Fulbright Program participants are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential.

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NIH AWARDS $3 million Two faculty members in the College of Sciences and Health Professions have received grants totaling $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to research and develop new anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant drugs. Barsanjit Mazumder received $1.75 million to continue research on his discovery of a new mechanism that controls inflammation. Further research from this grant will help develop a new generation of drugs that could safely block the progression of inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and arthritis. Dr. Mazumder is an associate professor of biological, geological and environmental sciences.

Barsanjit Mazumder

Cleveland State’s fall enrollment reached an 18-year high with 17,323 students, while setting new academic standards for firstyear students.

Xue-Long Sun

ENROLLMENT hits 18-year high

Xue-Long Sun received $1.25 million to develop anticoagulants that are safer for stroke and heart attack victims. Anticoagulants have been identified as one of the top five drug types associated with patient safety incidents in the United States. Dr. Sun’s development will work toward reducing dangers associated with the drugs, such as excessive bleeding. Dr. Sun is an associate professor of chemistry. “These researchers are conducting important work that could eventually help reduce mortality rates among some of the deadliest diseases known to man,” said George Walker, CSU’s vice president for research and graduate studies. “I’m pleased that the NIH recognizes the significance of this work and has provided the resources needed to move forward.” The NIH includes 27 institutes and centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research.


newsBRIEFS national accreditation for CHILD CARE CENTER BUSINESS HALL OF FAME inducts nine COACH NAMED to wrestling hall of fame

JULKAS receive president's medal Bill and Neeraj Julka have been awarded the President’s Medal, Cleveland State’s highest non-academic honor, in recognition of their passion for education and their recent $6 million gift in support of scholarships. The President’s Medal was presented at the dedication ceremony for Julka Hall, home of CSU’s College of Education and Human Services and School of Nursing. President Ronald Berkman called the couple’s scholarship “a transformational gift,” noting that 60 to 70 percent of CSU students are financially challenged. The Julkas’ $6 million commitment will support scholarships for Cleveland Metropolitan School District graduates who attend CSU to study teaching, nursing, engineering and computer science. It is the largest single scholarship gift in the University’s history. Both say education provided the foundation for their successful careers. After earning his master’s degree in industrial engineering from CSU, Bill Julka founded Smart Solutions Inc., a leading technology provider that does business in all 50 states and 20 countries. Neeraj Julka is a retired family physician. “Every student deserves a quality education; lack of funding should not get in the way,” says Julka. “With a CSU education, students can fulfill their dreams and ambitions.”

CSU’s Child Development Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) — the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. Only about eight percent of preschools and early childhood programs in the nation hold NAEYC accreditation. The center went through a rigorous selfstudy process, measuring its program and services against 10 NAEYC program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. “This accreditation lets families know that children in our program are receiving the best care and early learning experiences possible,” said Kelly Kulon, director. The Child Development Center is managed by the YMCA of Greater Cleveland and located on the CSU campus.

Dick Bonacci, who won 296 dual matches, coached eight All-Americans and sent wrestlers to 34 consecutive NCAA championships during his CSU coaching tenure, was named to the inaugural class of the Ohio chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. “I’ve been fortunate to be inducted into five o t h e r h a ll s o f f a m e but none have been national. It all goes back to the kids who wrestled for me. Without them, I wouldn’t be here,” said the coach.

Seven alumni and two faculty members have been inducted into the College of Business Hall of Fame. Honorees were recognized for their career success, leadership skills and commitment to education. Congratulations to the Class of 2010 inductees: Cynthia Brogan, BBA ’83, treasurer and vice president, Sherwin-Williams Company; Julian Earls, executive-in-residence, Nance College; Larry Enterline, MBA ’88, retired president and CEO, COMSYS IT Partners, Inc.; José Feliciano, EMBA ’84, partner, Baker Hostetler, LLP; Larry Glasscock, BBA ’70, retired chairman, president and CEO, Wellpoint, Inc.; Donald Golden, CSU associate professor emeritus; Alex Machaskee, BBA ’72, president and CEO, Alex Machaskee & Associates; Mitchell Saltz, BBA ’74, retired president and CEO, Smith & Wesson Holding Company; and Ron Unkefer, BBA ’66, president and CEO, First Venture Capital Partners.

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT awards Two new campus buildings received 2010 Downtown Development Awards from the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

When Bonacci arrived at Fenn College in 1962, he revived a wrestling program that had been dormant for almost 30 years. Through hard work and determination, he guided the Foxes through the change to Cleveland State and turned the wrestling program into the most successful in the athletic department.

CSU’s Student Center and Julka Hall were recognized as notable real estate projects that have helped shape and improve downtown’s neighborhood.

In his 36 seasons at CSU, he compiled a 296-177-9 record that featured 31 winning seasons. The Vikings posted winning records in a school-record 19 consecutive seasons from 1964-65 through 1980-81.

The awards were presented at the Alliance’s annual event celebrating the advancement and enhancement of downtown Cleveland. STUDENT CENTER




DENNIS LAFFERTY is executive-in-residence Dennis M. Lafferty has joined C SU ' s D i v is io n of Un i ver si t y Advancement as an Executivein-Residence. A well-known and respected civic leader, he brings to CSU outstanding professional experience. For the past 23 years, Lafferty has been with the Cleveland office of Jones Day — as executive assistant to the managing partner and office administrator. Prior to that, he served for 14 years as vice president for government and community affairs for the Greater Cleveland Growth Association. “I could not be more pleased that this outstanding individual has chosen Cleveland State University for the next phase of his distinguished career,” said President Ronald Berkman. “Dennis is a champion for the city of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. He is a keenly intelligent, visionary leader who has focused his energy and skills on such diverse projects as expanding Cleveland Hopkins Airport to securing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. He brings outstanding credentials and accomplishments to our University and will be an invaluable team member.” As executive-in-residence, Lafferty is responsible for developing new partnerships between the University and various stakeholders and for fostering relationships between CSU and the business community, particularly through the New Pathway Program, an initiative that provides scholarships, internships and cooperative education experiences for students while meeting the employment needs of partner companies.

MENTOR a student The CSU Alumni Association is seeking volunteers for its n ew m entoring program , designed to help students succeed academically and in life and encourage them to become active alumni following graduation. Students are matched to mentors whose backgrounds and careers parallel the students’ academic majors. Mentors and mentees are expected to communicate at least monthly — in person or by email or phone. Two events are held on or near campus each semester to engage mentors and mentees. “Mentors may offer such services as resume review, job shadowing or informational interviews or simply provide students with encouragement to succeed,” notes David Sobochan, BBA ’00, president of the CSU Alumni Association. “The professional and personal experiences of our alumni can provide valuable information and career insight for our students.” Program guidelines and an online application can be found at or you can call the Alumni Affairs Office at 216.687.2078 for information.

Alumni Reunion Memories From Zumba dancing at the CSU Recreation Center to a program and reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Alumni Week 2010 was a series of special events with something for everyone. The week, dubbed “Celebrating Legacy – Creating History,” was capped off with a Fenn Tower reunion brunch at which the classes of 1960 (50th anniversary) and 1985 (25th anniversary) were honored, 1958 alumna Carol Doskocil received the Women of Fenn Award, and nearly $16,000 was raised toward the endowment goal of $25,000 for the Women of Fenn Legacy Scholarship. The 2011 All-Alumni Reunion will be June 3-5. Save the date and watch your mail or email for details. Call 216.687.2078 to volunteer to help plan a great event. 



1 Three cakes celebrated the Fenn Fox and CSU Magnus mascots, and the classes of 1960 (50th anniversary) and 1985 (25th anniversary). 2 A candle-lighting ceremony at the close of the reunion brunch honored deceased Fenn and CSU alumni.


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CSU open house You’re invited . . . to Cleveland State’s first University Open House on Saturday, April 2. This special all-day event will showcase CSU to the community, alumni, donors, admitted and prospective students and their families, and everyone who wants to learn more about Cleveland’s university.

4 Class of 1985 5 Alumni gather with family and friends to enjoy the reunion brunch and a video. 6 Carol A. Doskocil, ’58, received the Women of Fenn Award. 7 (l-r) Patricia Goebel Kilbane, ’64, and Gina Petrells, ’85, discuss the Women of Fenn Endowed Scholarship project.


Activities will include an opportunity to meet the deans and learn about CSU’s individual colleges, sample lectures, campus tours, and more. Breakout sessions will focus on such topics as financial planning for college, maximizing financial aid, evaluating award letters, returning to school, selecting a major and more. Mark your calendar, plan to attend, and watch for details at 



alumni Q&A 

Why did you choose CSU? I was a single mother of a sixyear-old son, a magna cum laude graduate of Dyke College (now Myers University) with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and was teaching accounting at Dyke. I wanted to continue my education and CSU had a good reputation and offered night classes for its new MBA program. I graduated in 1973 with a master’s in business administration that prepared me well for my career. WHAT ARE SOME CAREER HIGHLIGHTS? After graduating, I continued to teach and co-chair the Accounting Department at Dyke. I also taught accounting at CSU for six years. I got my CPA and CFP certifications and joined KPMG, one of the leading public accounting firms, where I did tax work. In 1984, I established Kaufman & Company Financial Planning, Inc. In 1999, I joined Prim Capital Corporation, where I am currently a principal as well as the president and CEO of Prim Advisors, Inc.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR JOB? Prim provides diversified financial services for individuals and businesses with high net worth, including the NBA Players Association. From November through February, I am on the road, visiting the NBA cities for each team’s annual meeting that is required for all players. The meeting is an educational session and dialogue, not lecture, on how to handle finances. Many players come from a level of poverty and start their careers making huge sums of money. Their first inclination is to satisfy deferred gratification and buy houses and cars. Many soon get that out of their systems and start looking toward providing for their families and their futures. Their careers are compressed so financial planning is a critical event for them.

WHAT ELSE KEEPS YOU BUSY? I am one of only three indi-

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viduals to currently serve as dean of the residency program sponsored by the national Financial Planning Association and colleges around the country for financial planners who show great potential. Our fall program at the University of California-Arrowhead provided 35 top students with one week of case study-oriented education and feedback. Besides serving as dean, I also was one of five mentors to the students.

HAVE ANY INTERESTING ANECDOTES? I love teaching and have presented more than 500 financial planning seminars across the country. Seeing students “get it” is very rewarding. Although I haven’t taught at CSU in years, I recently received a beautiful f lorist’s bouquet from a former CSU student. The card said, “My career has gone extremely well and I give you the credit. You inspired me to keep going.” WHAT ARE YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENTS? I’m proud that I help people reach their goals and change their lives. My client relationships are very rewarding. Taking the worry away from financial issues for my clients is why I keep going. PERSONAL INFO? I couldn’t be more proud of my son and friend, David. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy. Following graduation, he was first interested in the astronaut program and was tutored by Alan Shepard. He finally decided to become a Navy SEAL and was the officer in charge of amphibious assaults in Desert Storm. He went on to graduate from Harvard Medical School, was one of three doctors matched for a residency at Stanford University Medical Center, and became the associate director of the reconstructive/plastic surgery unit at Stanford’s Kaiser facility specializing in burn cases. He now is in private practice in California, providing reconstructive and plastic surgery to cancer patients and others. I also have a stepson, three grandchildren and have been married for 20 years to Van Carter, special counsel focusing in the Asian and foreign markets for Kelley Drye, a legal firm.

IMPORTANCE OF CSU IN YOUR LIFE? My life was a balancing act back then – teaching, going to school, being a single mother – much like CSU students today. Getting my MBA was a challenge and took perseverance but I did it and am a stronger person because of the experience. Today, Prim Capital offers internships to students and I always advise them to focus on what they want to do in life, get the best educational match possible for that goal, and move forward with dedication and passion. Education is one of life’s greatest investments and achievements. No one can ever take that education away from you. 



© 2000 Karen OlLis Toula



a r c h i v e s at c s u b o o s t d i s t r i c t o f d e s i g n He designed printing presses and pedal cars, electric clocks and bicycles, cereal boxes and cookware, light fixtures and paint swatches, lawn chairs and lawn mowers. Still, Viktor Schreckengost is hardly a household name. But Vik fans, and there are many, believe the man known as the “American DaVinci” is the key to Cleveland’s future as a hot spot for industrial design. And Cleveland State is at the forefront. Three years ago, CSU and the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) began working in earnest to promote a District of Design in downtown Cleveland. Recently, the life’s work of Schreckengost was donated to


CSU’s Michael Schwartz Library for preservation and study by future generations. Edward “Ned” Hill, dean of CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, calls the archival material “the foundation of the design culture that will move this area forward.” Schreckengost, a Cleveland artist, educator and pioneer of modern American industrial design, passed away in 2008 at the age of 101. A year earlier, he received the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush during a White House ceremony.

The Schreckengost Collection, dating back to the 1920s, includes correspondence, drawings, blueprints and contracts from his career with various companies and projects, including Murray Bicycle, General Electric, Harris-Seybold, Salem China and the U.S. Navy. The materials were presented to CSU by Gene Schreckengost, the artist’s widow, and American DaVinci LLC, an organization dedicated to preserving his name and body of work. Schreckengost combined artistic and functional brilliance in his designs. His most famous works include the first cab-over-engine truck for Cleveland’s White Motor Company, and the Art Deco-inspired Jazz Bowl for Eleanor Roosevelt. At an archives’ dedication ceremony, East 17th Street was renamed Viktor Schreckengost Way. “Vik lived a life of meaningful innovation and built entire product categories and industries through the power of his mind and the gift of his art,” says Dr. Hill. “His archives are a living gift to Northeast Ohio.” Dan Cuffaro, chair of the design environment and head of industrial design at CIA, adds, “It is rare that one individual’s comprehensive body of work is compiled into a single collection like the Schreckengost archives. Our hope is that this archives at CSU will have a profound impact on the creative community and be the first step in perpetuating Viktor’s legacy and bringing his ideas to a wider audience.” Cuffaro is a former student of Schreckengost, who founded the first industrial design program in the nation at the Cleveland Institute of Art and taught thousands of students during his 70-year career there. Both Dr. Hill and Cuffaro see Schreckengost as the key to helping Cleveland rebound, revive and renew. “His work is not a static collection; it is a constant source of inspiration,” says Dr. Hill. “His legacy of creativity provides the DNA to build an economy based on design,” adds Cuffaro. In fact, CIA students are working to preserve and promote that legacy by designing a Viktor line of products that they hope will someday be available at local retail outlets. Students are so into Schreckengost, they now say “that’s Vik” instead of “that’s awesome” or “that’s cool,” reports Cuffaro. The Schreckengost archives will be digitized and shared with a worldwide audience through the library’s Cleveland Memory website. Selected items will be on view in the library’s Special Collections area. “Cleveland State is privileged to be the steward of these archives,” said Glenda Thornton, director of the Michael Schwartz Library. “We look forward to sharing them.” 

The District of Design is an effort by CSU and CIA to create a “Milan of the Midwest” by developing the area around the University, PlayhouseSquare and Euclid Avenue into a collection of wholesale consumer product showrooms and design studios displaying locally designed and made products. Why Cleveland? The region is home to more than 40 consumer product brands, some recognized nationally like MTD, Hoover, Moen, Step2 and Royal Appliance. The downtown district already has more than 100 designrelated businesses employing more than 1,400 people, as well as available live/work spaces and warehouses. And nearly half of all industrial design programs in the nation are within a 300-mile radius of Cleveland. In addition, the industrial design program at CIA is considered one of the best in the nation, training some of the most sought-after talent in the industry. Most, however, graduate and accept jobs outside Northeast Ohio. “By fostering a design culture, drawing on regional assets and capitalizing on increasing design awareness, the region can position itself as a long-term leader in design and innovation, resulting in top-line revenue growth that will strengthen the regional economy,” says Ned Hill, dean of CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. Key to making the Design District a reality are consumer product companies willing to invest $100,000 to $200,000 in downtown showrooms and storefronts, and property owners willing to rent prime space to them. Most recently, the fledgling District of Design held a two-day showcase of works by more than 30 Amish furniture craftsmen to show buyers the potential when design and manufacturing work together. 


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Thomas J. Grady, BA ’64, is a judge with Ohio’s Second District Court of Appeals and was elected to serve a three-year term as a representative to the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association. J o h n L o n s a k , B A ’6 8, retire d as dire c tor of the Rocky River Public Library. Before that, he served as executive director of the Cuyahoga Count y Public Librar y System. He is also past president of the Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System.


Sandra Stranscak, BA ’71, retired after 36 years with the Cleveland Clinic in three distinct roles. The Lyndhurst resident ser ved as a nurse recruiter, referring physician liaison, and senior director of alumni relations representing nearly 10,000 Clinic -trained physicians and scientists in every state and 70 countries. Dennis Congos, BA ’72, is a learning skills specialist at the University of Central Florida and has written a book, Starting Out in C ollege: Proven Str ategie s for Ac ademic Success. Michael Steirer, MEd ’72, teaches English at Lorain County Community College as an adjunct faculty member. The Medina resident recently visited New Zealand. Thomas Garvey, BBA ’73 and MBA ’78, was named director of the accounting MBA program at Baldwin-Wallace College. He lives in Westlake. Maghan Keita, MA ’75, was elected vice chair of the board of trustees of The College Board, whose programs include the SAT and Advanced Placement. Dr. Keita has been a faculty member at Villanova University since 1988, and is a professor of history and director of the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies. William Reniff, BS ’76, was named vice president for finance and administration at Baldwin-Wallace College. He lives in Mentor. Tom Szabo, BSMET ’77, was appointed to the state’s Coastal Resources Advisory Board. The Lake County photographer runs his own business, A Thomas Image. Patrick Perotti, BA ’77 and JD ’82, was named one of the top 75 plaintiff trial lawyers in the countr y in a sur vey of defense attorneys. He is a par tner with Dworken & Bernstein Co. L.P.A.


1980s Patrick Rice, BBA ’81, was elected president of the Society of Nor thern Ohio Professional Photographers. He lives in North Olmsted. Carter Strang, JD ’84, was named vice president of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Justice for All Volunteer of the Year for his work with the association’s award -winning 3Rs program as chair and coauthor of its curriculum. He was also honored for creating and coordinating the association’s Green Initiative and for initiating and overseeing his law firm’s par tnership with John Hay High School’s Early College Program. Strang is a partner at Tucker Ellis & West LLP, and president of the Federal Bar Association, Nor thern District of Ohio Chapter. Jeffrey Guzi, BBA ’86, was promoted to human resources specialist–retirement benefits for the Idaho National Guard at Gowen Field. He lives in Boise. Charles “Chip” Hautala, BS ’86, lives in Mantua and is the chief information officer and chief financial of ficer for FD Johnson Company in Solon. Dario Muzina, BA ’87, is the director of advancement for the College of Business Ad minis t r at io n an d G r a d u ate S c ho ol of Management at Kent State University. Jane Manderscheid, MS ’8 8, moved to San Diego and works for the Naval Air Systems Command in Nor th Island, Calif. While in Cleveland, she worked for the NASA Glenn Research Center for 26 years.

1990s Steve Vargo, JD ’90, placed third in his age group in cycling in the 2010 Colavita-Zipp nine-race time trial series held in Ohio and Indiana. He is retired and lives in Columbus. Patrick Reynolds, BA ’90, is vice president of the board for the May Dugan Multi-Service Center in Cleveland. Kenneth Mather, BA ’91, is assistant commissioner of media and public relations for the Mid-American Conference. Dave Petro, MBA ’91, is senior vice president and national sales manager for First American Equit y Loan Ser vices. A mem ber of the CSU Alumni Association board of directors and proud Viking, he recently visited the Viking Museum in Norway. Elaine Richardson, BA ’91 and MA ’93, released a jazz CD titled Elevated. A fac ulty member at The Ohio State University and recipient of CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007, she performs under the name Dr. E. Kristin Cardinale, BA ’92 and MEd ’94, has written the book The 9-to-5 Cure: Work on Your Own Terms and Reinvent Your Life. Sherry Sefcik Ellis, B.Music ’93, was named 2010 VIP by the Cambridge, Ohio Who’s Who. The Loveland resident serves on the board of directors for the Ohio String Teachers Association, is co-writing music for a movie called Gold Score, and recently published her second book, That Mama is a Grouch. Arthur Elkins Jr., JD ’93, is the inspector general for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He was nominated for the post by President Barack Obama. Karyn Niedetzki Newton, BA ’93, is the manager of development operations at Case Western Reserve University.

Patricia Divoky, MBA ’88, was named director of the Summit County Department of Job and Family Services after serving as interim director for 10 months. The former CSU adjunct faculty member has worked for Summit County since 2002.

Terrence Deis, BBA ’93, is the president a n d C EO o f P a r m a C o m m u n i t y G e n e r a l Hospital.

Stacey Vaselaney, BA ’89, has opened her own firm, SLV Public Relations. She is a member of the CSU Alumni Association’s board of directors.

Michelle A. Miller, MA ’95, graduated with her Ph.D. in education from The University of Akron.

Todd Canter, MBA ’95, lives in Hong Kong and is the CEO of LaSalle Investment Management Securities for the Asia Pacific region.

Kenneth Renfro, BBA ’96, joined the Pepper Pike office of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney as a financial advisor. He lives in Chardon.

Kathleen Morris Bakshi, BA ’96, is a local ar tist who was recently commissioned by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to paint a guitar for its Cleveland Rocks auction. Her Moondog guitar graced the cover of the auction catalog and sold for more than $1,500. Gwendolyn L. Davis Jackson, BSEE ’97, is president and CEO of Handmaiden by Gwen J., which designs specialty handbags. Her collection has been featured in Savoir-Faire and BFLY. She lives in Cleveland. Dana Rae Cooper, BBA 98, is the general manager at Fairmount Water Solutions. William Guentzler, BA ’99, is the artistic director for the Cleveland International Film Festival. Heather Clayton Terry, BA ’99 and MPA ’06, joined Case Western Reserve University as the project manager for the Self-Management Advancement through Research and Translation Center funded by the National Institutes of Health. She lives in Cleveland Heights.

2000s Andy Curtiss, MBA ’01, was named director of customer ser vice for the Swagelok Company in Solon. Helen Curak, BA ’01, is the marketing coordinator at the Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital. B e n j a m i n T . B y k o w s k i , B A ’02, is t he director of technolog y for Optiem LLC, a digital marketing agency. Carla Jenkins, MBA ’02, was a 2010 Who’s Who in Black Washington, D.C. honoree. She lives in the nation’s capital and is an economist with the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Amelia Bacic Tulevski, BA ’02 and MACTM ’04, is the founder of Saint Gregor y Palamas Outreach and the author of two books, The Way Everlasting and Virtual Predators. Pamela Kurt, MPA/JD ’03, opened her own law firm, Kur t & Vermilya Law Inc. in Willoughby, and was inducted into Lakeland Community College’s Hall of Fame. J. Brandon Davis, BA ’03, is a sponsor and advisor for STEMout, a nonprofit organization that encourages students to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career paths.

Frank Branstrom, BSME ’34, in October 2010; William Mohr, BSIE ’40, in October 2010; Edmond Sobey, BSCE ’40 and BSME ’43, in July 2010; Irwin Haiman, JD ’41, in April 2010; Leonard Grasser, BS ’41, in October 2009; Ernest Farkas Sr., BSEE ’42, in July 20 09; Robert McGranahan, BBA ’43, in June 2010; David Sokoloff, BSME ’43, in February 2010; John Marker, BBA ’47, in July 2010; George Felty, BSCE ’48, in July 2010; Edward Haddad, BSCE ’48, in November 2010; Dor Hesselgrave, BSME ’48, in September 2009; Robert LePage, BSCE ’48, in September 2010; Albert Schaefer, BSEE ’48, in September 2009; Elmer Jeske, BBA ’49, in July 2010; Theodore Patrick, BBA ’49, in July 2009; Kimiko Shiozawa, BBA ’49, in Januar y 2010; Max Luehrs, BSME ’50, in June 2010; Clyde Maurer, BS ’50, in August 2009; Joan Schmidt, BA ’50, in July 2010; Robert Stevens, BBA ’50, in April 2010; Charles Trautman, BSCE ’50, in January 2009; Elias Friedman, BBA ’51, in August 2010; Oren Powell, BSME ’51, in August 2010; Robert Sterk, BS ’51, in April 2009; Frank Tepley, BBA ’51, in January 2010; Stanley Tolliver, JD ’51, in January 2011; Oliver Thompson, JD ’52, in May 2010; Joseph Zingales, JD ’52, in June 2010; Alfred Baumeister, BS ’53, in May 2010; Gordon Canning Jr., JD ’53, in August 2010; William Dorer Sr., JD ’53, in August 2010; Maynard Malamed, JD ’53, in June 2010; Robert Wachsman, BBA ’53, in July 2010; John Webb, BSCE ’53, in February 2010; Richard Wills, BS ’53, in July 2010; Richard Berndt, BBA ’54, in January 2010; Hyman Goldberg, JD ’54, in September 2010; Richard Winn, BSME ’54, in August 2010; Edward McCormack, BS ’55, in April 2010; Ronald Blaha, BS ’57, in January 2010; Gregory Moldovan, B BA ’57, in N ovem b er 2010; James Conway, JD ’58, in September 2010; Charles Dahlberg, BS ’58, in September 2009; Arthur Molzan, BSME ’58, in April 2010; Miriam Kline, BS ’58 and BA ’79, in May 2010; Anthony Rahija, BBA ’59, in January 2010; David Beach, BBA ’61, in January 2009; Raymond Palascak, BBA ’62, in October 2010; Dominic Delsander, JD ’64, in August 2010; Edward Vizdos, BBA ’66, in April 2009; Emma Huff, BS ’68, in December 2009; John J. Oster,

BBA ’68, in November 2010; Clark Riedel, BBA ’68, in June 2010; Robert Zashin, JD ’68, in October 2010; Ronald Davis, BBA ’69 and MBA ’75, in October 2010; Stephen Bisadek, BA ’70, in September 2010; Darrell Markijohn, BS ’70, in July 2010; Roy Kaufman, JD ’71, in August 2010; Debra Klimczak Connors-Gogel, BSEd ’74, in May 2010; Joseph Andry, BBA ’74 and BS ’98, in July 2010; Jerry Mitchell, MSEd ’75, in September 2010; Teresa Nelson, BA ’75, in September 2010; Merle Rhodes, MA ’75, in June 2010; Charles Schaffer, BBA ’75, in June 2010; James Terry, JD ’75, in August 2009; Harrell Colvin, BS ’76, in May 2010; John Graham, BS ’76, in May 2010; E.Z. Niedziejko, BBA ’76, in April 2010; Joseph Slisz, BSEd ’76, in August 2010; Fredrick Hutchison, MBA ’77, in August 2010; Donna Joseph, MSEd ’77, in January 2009; Peter Weihsmann, MSME ’77, in October 2010; Lois Gilkey, MSEd ’78, in July 2010; James Handelman, JD ’78, in November 2009; Ursula Huebner Wachholz, BSEd ’79, in September 2010; William Wallis, MSUS ’79 and MBA ’84, in January 2010; Joan Jackson Burkett, MS ’80, in May 2010; James King, MSEd ’80, in June 2010; Ruth Persch, BA ’80, in October 2010; Margaret Jane Miller Call, BSEd ’81, in May 2010; Annette Hofstetter, MSUS ’81, in September 2010; Mark Anderson, BS ’82, in June 2010; Lynda Scheer Burke, MS ’84, in September 2010; Albert Dorenkott, BBA ’84, in January 2009; Gary Jablonski, BSME ’ 84, in July 2010; Jimmy Lamar Davis, BS ’84 and MSUS ’94, in July 2010; Jennifer Johnson, BA ’85 and JD ’92, in Januar y 2010; Margaret Wilt, MSEd ’86, in October 2010; Sheree Rochie, BBA ’89, in September 2009; Jodie Ann Moroco, BA ’91 and MA ’92, in July 2009; Noemi Pagan, BS ’97, in June 2010; Blanche Stewart Ryder, JD ’98, in August 2010; Mark Savage, JD ’98, in June 2010; Frank Barnett, BA ’99, in October 2010; Clara Rudolph, MSEd ’01, in November 2010; Blair Richards, JD ’04, in July 2010; Pauline Bunkley McCadden, BA ’05, in August 2010; Chad Earl, BA ’05 and MS ’07, in September 2010; Margaret Berkopec, MSEd ’06 and MSEd ’09, in September 2010. 

Michael Marks, BBA ’03, lives in Lakewood and works for American Greetings.




Benjamin Gleisser, BA ’77 and MA ’90, is the author of Compassionate Messenger: True Stories from a Psychic Medium. The Toronto resident taught English at CSU from 20002007.

Emil Stefancic in April 2010. An Associate of the University, Mr. Knox joined Fenn College in 1941 as a librarian and retired in 1983 as associate director of libraries. Lindsey Frick, BME ’07, was appointed to the board of directors of STEMout, a nonprofit organization that encourages students to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career paths.

Rackesh (Rocky) Patel, MBA ’04, is a product development specialist at Pepsico International. He lives in Keller, Texas. William Olson, MS ’04, published the novel Right on Time.

Danielle Baksa, BS Nursing ’08, lives in Lakewood and is a registered nurse in the intensive care unit of MetroHealth Medical Center.

Michael Jolic, BA ’05, graduated from The University of Akron School of Law with a JD. Jessica Marie Sutherland, BA ’06, graduated from the University of Southern California with a master’s of fine art in writing for screen and television from the School of Cinematic Arts.

David G. Bostwick Sr., BA ’08 and MA ’09, passed his licensed indep endent social worker exam and is a counselor at the Lorain County Jail. Brian Pallante, BA ’09, was appointed to the board of directors of STEMout, a nonprofit organization that encourages students to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career paths.

Gigi Traore, BA ’06, received the New Leaders Council “40 Under 40” Leadership Award for entrepreneurship. She is the executive director and founder of Power Network, a nonprofit organization that promotes leadership development, civic engagement and policy study with students of color on college campuses throughout Ohio.

Francis X. Bova III, BA ’09, is a site editor at in Chicago.  In the summer issue of Perspective, Rebecca Hornack, BA ’96, was mistakenly included in the In Memoriam section. Ms. Hornack is alive and well and living in Scottsdale, A Z . Perspective regrets the error.

Kenyon Stewart Boltz, BA ’06, is the co-author of The Unanswered Dreams of a Dead Man. Jeffrey Hoyt, BA ’06 and MBA ’08, is a contracting officer at the NASA Glenn Research Center.

David Goshien in May 2010. Professor Emeritus Goshien founded the ClevelandMarshall Visiting Scholar Progr am and taught at the law school for more than 30 years. He retired in 2009.

Gannon Quinn, BA ’0 6 and JD ’0 9, was appointed to the Richmond Heights School Board.

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Katie Jagusch, BME ’07, is the founder and president of STEMout, a nonprofit organization that encourages students to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career paths.

Kerro Knox in April 2010. Dr. Knox taught at CSU for 16 years and was a professor emeritus of chemistry.

David Balint, BBA ’69, in June 2010. A generous donor and long-time member of the CSU Alumni Association board of directors, Mr. Balint was serving as treasurer at the time of his death. Frank Aquila, JD ’89, in June 2010. Dr. Aquila taught for 25 years in the College of Education and Human Services and earned a law degree at Cleveland-Marshall while a faculty member. A professor emeritus, he continued teaching until his death. Janice Aitken, BA ’86, MA ’90 and JD ’96, in July 2010. Professor Aitken taught legal writing at Cleveland-Marshall for seven years and coached the moot court team. M a x e e n S t o n e F l o w e r in S ep tem b er 2010. Mrs. Flower was the wife of Dr. John Flower, president emeritus of CSU. Alvin “Buddy” Krenzler in September 2010. A retired federal judge and strong CSU activist and supporter, Mr. Krenzler received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Cleveland-Marshall in 1994. Barbara “Babs” Glickman in December 2010. The wife of former CSU trustee Carl Glickman received the President's Medal in 2005 in recognition of her service to the University. Glickman-Miller Hall, home of Levin College, was named in her honor. Edward Keshock in December 2010. A faculty member for 20 years, Dr. Keshock chaired the mechanical engineering department and was Ohio's long-time honorary consul to Slovakia. 


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