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Viking Pride : Monthly News and Views for CSU Alumni and Friends

January 2016 - Happy New Year!

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Welcome new alumni! More than 1,000 grads joined Alumni Association at December ceremony

"We're delighted to welcome these recent graduates to our alumni community and we look forward to keeping in touch with them as they pursue their careers and their dreams," said Brian Breittholz, assistant vice president, alumni relations, and executive director, CSU Alumni Association.

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Cleveland State University 2015:
The Year in Review

What a year! During 2015, CSU earned national recognition for its student-success initiatives, welcomed its largest freshman class ever, opened the Center for Innovation in Medical Professions and the Mandel Honors College...and more! Enjoy this year-end roundup of engaging highlights from the home of engaged learning. Photo of Tim Russert

CSU's Fascinating Alumni

Veteran journalist Tim Russert sorely missed, especially in a presidential election year

In the hubbub of this presidential primary season, one trusted voice is missing. The late Tim Russert, veteran journalist, former NBC News Washington Bureau chief, long-time host of NBC's "Meet the Press," and 1976 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, made a career of reporting on and moderating some of the most compelling and important political dialogues of his time.

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Jewish Federation building razed for apartment construction

"Welcome to Construction State University," a cheeky CSU Admissions tour guide was overheard saying to prospective students on a recent walk through campus. He was referring to the latest building project in the neighborhood: the demolition of the former headquarters of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland at East 18th Street and Euclid Avenue. The building was torn down in December to clear the lot for an 11-story apartment building to be marketed by its private developer to CSU students.

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Keeping resolutions: Veteran fitness expert offers five easy tips for a healthy 2016

The annual post-New Year's Day crowds at local gyms are already beginning to disappear. But it's not too late embrace a simple fitness plan, says Dr. Kenneth Sparks, associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance. Dr. Sparks, author of The Runners Book of Training Secrets (Rodale Press, 1996), is a former all-American in track and world-class middle-distance runner. He's also a much-loved presence at CSU.

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Physical is therapy for determined nontraditional student

Champion powerlifter and pre-physical therapy student Ken Bray started his powerlifting career at about the age many of his peers started seriously going to pot. At 40 he joined a gym. Six years "and 43 pounds of muscle later," Bray reports he now holds three national, one American and four Ohio records in powerlifting. Even more inspiring, after successful prostate cancer surgery in December, he plans to use his growing notoriety to draw more attention to the importance of early detection and the treatment of the disease. He's also motivated to jump back into powerlifting and finish his degree.

  From the Executive Director

Brian's Corner:

I never thought I'd say I longed for the days of December, but this winter I certainly do. Read more.

Top Headlines

Online MBA advances to top 20 in U.S. News & World Report national rankings

CSU Professor Chris Mallett draws on firsthand experience to help young people at risk

Cloud research by Dr. Thijs Heus of CSU could improve accuracy of weather and climate predictions

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Alumni Association claims three CASE V district awards

Be proud of your Alumni Association, Vikes! We came home from the CASE District V convention earlier this winter with three awards in recognition of our efforts to engage alumni in meaningful ways. Read more

Get ready for the third annual CSU Giving Day, Feb. 24

Video spots featuring alumni, faculty, students and our very own Magnus; fierce competition between colleges; nail-biting count-downs...CSU Giving Day is coming. This online-based fundraising event encourages alumni, friends and students to support their favorite college, school or program, all in a 24-hour period. Last year, we collectively raised $36,500 from 380 donors. Our goal this year is to engage more than 425 alumni, students and friends and to promote a friendly competition among the colleges to secure the most donors on this day. Stay tuned for details, and may the best college win!

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Viking days for Viking families

MOCA Cleveland

Saturday, January 30

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Viking days for Viking families

Great Lakes Science Center

Saturday, February 13

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The Villages Reception

Wednesday, February 17

CSU2U: Fort Myers, FL

Friday, February 19

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Alumni Reception at the Galleries at CSU

Saturday, February 27

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Before there was Euclid Commons, there was Viking Hall. We've heard a few stories, like the time a group of students had a pool party with an inflatable pool in one of the rooms, but we want to hear more. Send your Viking Hall adventures to and we'll share the some of the best.

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