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

April 2016

Women's Leadership Conference

Women’s Leadership Conference draws, connects, inspires more than 800

Be Amazing … The Second Annual Women’s Leadership Symposium on April 13 was, well, amazing. More than 800 people attended the day-long event which featured two truly memorable keynotes speakers; 12 insightful presenters in nine breakout sessions; 40 smart, creative and connected panelists on seven different panels; and representatives of some 50 different organizations at Expo tables. It was a great day for inspiration, ideas, and networking across generations. We thank our colleagues and co-sponsors at the Ohio University Alumni Association and we promise to provide fuller coverage in next month’s Viking Pride.

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Hats off to CSU volunteers, especially Dave Guinther

April is National Volunteer Month and CSU has so many terrific alumni volunteers to thank. Some of you mentor students, others come in to give talks, others serve on Visiting Committees or the Alumni Board. To all of you who give of your time: thank you. To all who are interested in finding a meaningful volunteer opportunity, we welcome you! Start an alumni chapter; get involved with the Young Alumni Council; become a CSU alumni volunteer at the Republican National Convention when we open our city to thousands of guests. Click here to get started.

We highlight at least one alumni volunteer in each issue of Viking Pride. This month read about the efforts of volunteer extraordinaire Dave Guinther, BSEE ’69, one of the grads who helped revitalize CSU’s Robert F. Busbey Natatorium. Read more...

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Internationally acclaimed CSU Poetry Center is a point of pride

April is National Poetry Month, a great time to celebrate one of the University’s internationally acclaimed assets: the CSU Poetry Center. Center Director Caryl Pagel gives us an overview of the center as a publishing house, extols the value of reading and writing poetry (it’s been shown to expand intelligence, memory and empathy), and invites alumni and friends to a public poetry reading scheduled for April 29.

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CSU's Fascinating Alumni

Earth Day is April 22: We salute Peter Bode, BS ’12, Cuyahoga River Restoration

In honor of Earth Day, we share a profile of Peter Bode, BS ’12, who works for Cuyahoga River Restoration, an organization devoted to the restoration and protection of the Cuyahoga River, nearshore Lake Erie, and select Lake Erie tributary watersheds. Bode is one of the grads profiled in the Fascinating Alumni book published in celebration of CSU’s 50th Anniversary year. 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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Radiance – CSU Realizing the Promise is May 13

Radiance – CSU Realizing the Promise is Cleveland State University's signature event in support of student scholarships. Since its inception in 2011, Radiance has raised more than $3.7 million in support of scholarships, helping 1,186 students stay in school and on track to graduation. Click here to read up on our sixth-annual Radiance – which is set for May 13, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Glasscock Ballroom in the CSU Student Center – and consider registering to join us. Photo of smiling male student

Roland V. Anglin, Ph.D., appointed dean of Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

After a national search, CSU has appointed Rutgers University Associate Research Professor Roland V. Anglin, Ph.D., the new dean of CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. Dr. Anglin is a widely recognized and highly respected authority on community economic development, with more than 25 years of experience spanning the academic, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Photo of students in front of Mather Hall


U.K. research project gave senior Lauren Schaeffer a head start on international business career

Senior Lauren Schaeffer chose an International Business major, at least in part, because she loves to travel and experience different cultures. A study abroad market research class gave her a head start on the career she will soon launch.

For the sake of students, donors respond to Engage: The Campaign for Cleveland State

Engage: The Campaign for Cleveland State University is all about student success. Alumni and other donors have stepped up to ensure student success through gifts to fund a renovated engineering lab, improved health and wellness services for students, scholarships and so much more. Our Engage website features four new stories of donor generosity and foresight.

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

A readership survey developed by CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, will soon be emailed to a random sampling of Cleveland State magazine readers, as we gather valuable feedback about our magazine and your expectations. The survey is hosted by CASE on a secure server and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. If you are randomly chosen, please share your thoughts with us!

  From the Executive Director

Brian's Corner:

When you take the time to sit down and actually converse with someone, it’s amazing what you can conceptualize, mobilize around, and accomplish. Read more.

Top Headlines From the Executive Director

Ohio Legislative Leaders and CSU Announce new School of Film, Television and Interactive Media

From the Executive Director

Children gain mobility at CSU's GoBabyGo program

History prof featured in ESPN 30 for 30 episode, airing May 14

CSU to host climate change conference

Junior Philipp Sikatzki earned All-America status in NCAA Swimming Championships.

CSU’s Operation STEM Receives National Award of Excellence

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Get the Old Gang Together!

From the Executive Director

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 Bird’s eye view of campus

Take a one-minute-and-21-second flight over the CSU campus to see how it looks to the sea gulls.

CSU grad programs ranked among the best in nation

The 2017 edition of the US News Best Graduate Schools guide features over a dozen CSU programs in a wide variety of disciplines from law and public affairs to physical therapy and nursing.

5 Under 35 event a big success

Seven young alumni shared their best advice with current CSU students when they served on the Young Alumni Council’s first 5 Under 35 panel on April 7. Read more...

CSU Athletics honors 166 student-athletes

A total of 166 student-athletes, representing all 16 intercollegiate sports sponsored at CSU, were recognized for their academic accomplishments at the 26th annual John Konstantinos Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon.

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Behind the Scenes at the West Side Market

April 22
West Side Market

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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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Coppers, Mobsters and Robbers at Lakeview Cemetery

May 21
Lakeview Cemetery

Jersey Boys.

Jersey Boys

September 20-25
State Theatre
Exclusive Pre-Sale Access with Code: CLETIX.

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