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

March 2016

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CSU's Fascinating Alumni

Guentzler is the man behind the Cleveland International Film Festival

The much anticipated 40th Cleveland International Film Festival kicks off later this month at Tower City Cinemas, presenting 193 feature films and 213 short films representing 72 countries during its 12-day run. The man behind all this acclaimed programming, Artistic Director William Guentzler, thanks CSU for nurturing his love of film back when he was a student here.

Nominations for the next round of Fascinating Alumni are due July 1, 2016. Self-nominations are allowed. Send your nomination to Fascinating Alumni will be recognized at the Distinguished Alumni Awards gala on Sept. 30. Fascinating means more than just financially successful. We're looking for grads who went on to interesting careers, unique achievements and purposeful lives.

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Inspiration for the Soul: CSU, Ohio University sponsor Women's Leadership Symposium April 13

Cleveland State University and Ohio University will host a day-long Women's Leadership Symposium April 13, featuring panel discussions and breakout sessions led by smart, interesting women; a career fair; and keynote addresses by Nancy Frates, the woman behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and CSU grad Rachel Talton, chief transformation officer of Flourish Leadership and the Flourish Conference for Women in Leadership. Join us for the morning, the afternoon, or all day. Registration required.
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New adventures for Nursing School Dean Vida Lock

A mainstay in the School of Nursing, Dr. Vida Lock is assuming a new role at CSU. We caught up with her for a look back on her 38-year career at CSU, and a look forward at new opportunities.

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Fast motion Innerlink video brings back a rush of memories… especially for grads who stuck the stickers

March winds and April showers are no problem for us at CSU, thanks to the Innerlink, the beloved network of hallways and bridges that enables us to walk the length of campus without stepping outdoors. Ever wonder who the poor schmucks were that had to stick those hundreds and hundreds of little green stickers along the bottoms of so many walls to demarcate the Innerlink? Through the miracle of Facebook, we found out it was Jesse Morgan (BA '09) with assistance from Ben Sabol (BA '05). Morgan was an intern in University Marketing where Sabol was then a Marketing Communications Representative. They've both moved on – Morgan to the Defense Finance Accounting Service and Sabol to Lubrizol Corporation – but we owe them a debt of gratitude… especially when March winds howl! Watch a quick video.

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Readership survey to be emailed to random sample of Cleveland State readers

What do you like to read about in Cleveland State magazine? Would you like to see more alumni profiles? More stories about faculty research? How would you rate the writing, photography and layout?

A new readership survey developed by CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, will soon enable a random sampling of Cleveland State readers to answer those questions, and several others, as we gather valuable feedback about our magazine and your expectations. A link to the survey – which is hosted by CASE on a secure server – will be emailed to a random sample of Cleveland State readers in the coming weeks. The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete. If you are randomly chosen, please share your thoughts with us!
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Floridians extend warm welcome to CSU in two enriching events

With great camaraderie, perfect weather, lovely locations, interesting topics and tasty refreshments, our two recent Florida events were each a smashing success. On Feb. 17, CSU Foundation Board of Directors member Daria Roebuck (BBA '80) hosted alumni and friends at a reception at the Palmer Legends Country Club in The Villages, Florida. On Feb. 19, we were on Florida's Gulf Coast for a day of CSU faculty lectures followed by a reception, all in beautiful Ft. Myers. We're grateful to the faculty members who taught workshops and all the alumni and friends who turned out. Special thanks go to Roebuck, a great champion of her alma mater and steadfast volunteer. Click here to watch a video interview with Roebuck produced when she received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015. View photos of the Florida events.

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Smashing success: Giving Day inspires 584 donors to give $55,615 in 24 hours

Vikings really stepped up for CSU's third annual Giving Day on Feb. 24, when 584 of you contributed $55,615 in just 24 hours. That's an impressive increase over last year, when 380 donors contributed $36,500. You responded to hourly challenges, liked and shared Giving Day on social media, put up with a whole series of emails, and saw more than a dozen videos of alumni, faculty and students, all pulling for student success. We couldn't be more grateful.

  From the Executive Director

Brian's Corner:

What do you get when you put 500 intelligent, talented women in one room? You guessed amazing experience! Read more.

Top Headlines No sick leave? No good

A study by faculty members from CSU and Florida Atlantic University finds troubling outcomes for those without paid sick leave. Patricia Stoddard-Dare, associate professor of social work, and Linda Quinn, college associate lecturer in the department of Mathematics, were two of the co-authors of the study, published in the March issue of Health Affairs.

CSU researchers identify key cellular protection against inflammation

CSU researchers had their National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding renewed for a second time, for 15 years of continuous NIH funding. This renewal is a $1.45M grant on the topic of inflammation and atherosclerosis.

Immigrants as innovators

Professor Emeritus and former chair of Economics Vijay Mathur penned a timely opinion piece for Huffington Post about immigrants as assets for innovation.

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Get the Old Gang Together!

Were you on a sports team? In a fraternity or sorority? Did you write for The Cauldron? How about getting your old gang together for a reunion? Wouldn't it be great if your reunion coincided with Homecoming, the week of September 26, when we'll be painting the town green anyway with so many fun activities? The Alumni Affairs office can help. Drop us a note at, tell us about the group you'd like to reconvene and we'll help you make it happen.

A Banner Year: Annual Report now available

Fiscal Year 2015 was another banner year for fundraising by the CSU Foundation, thanks to generous alumni who are helping CSU achieve new levels of excellence. Your investment truly pays dividends! By helping students succeed, you are increasing the value and prestige of your own CSU degree! View our recently released Foundation Annual Report, including donor honor rolls.

Young alums hosted miraculous talk on personal brand building

What is your strategic personal brand? That's what Katherine Miracle, president of Miracle Resources, asked a gathering a dozens of recent grads when the Young Alumni Council (YAC) hosted Miracle for a Lunch & Learn presentation in February. If you missed the presentation, view the full video, produced by CSU's Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning. Miracle has terrific, practical advice for young professionals, and a free app to boot. YAC's next Lunch & Learn event will be a 5 Under 35 presentation with five panelists talking about life after graduation from CSU. That event is set for Thursday, April 7, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Student Center ballroom. RSVP to or 216-687-2078. Membership in the YAC is open to alumni who are 35 years old or younger and want to serve CSU through volunteerism and philanthropy.

Banking Industry & Workforce Symposium

Ever consider a career in banking? Banking professionals – including at least four CSU alumni – will talk about workforce needs and niche areas at a two-day Banking Industry & Workforce Symposium, March 29 and March 31, sponsored by The Monte Ahuja College of Business. Learn more

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Art Scavenger Hunt

Friday, March 18, 6:30 p.m.
Cleveland Museum of Art
In partnership with the Harvard Alumni Club of Northeast Ohio

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Cirque du Soliel: OVO

April 27 - May 1
Wolstein Center
CSU alumni get $10 off select tickets.

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