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

June 2015

We hope you enjoyed this second year of Viking Pride. We'll take a short hiatus and return in September. Have a wonderful summer!

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CSU launches $100 million fundraising campaign

Engage: The Campaign for Cleveland State University will significantly increase available funds for needed scholarships and programs that help students succeed. It is the first-ever fundraising effort of its kind for the University. The campaign kickoff came at Radiance, CSU's signature event in support of student scholarships, and was coupled with the annoucement of a $5 million gift from CSU alumnus Donald Washkewicz and his wife, Pam.

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393 women. 6 men. 1 amazing event. First Women's Leadership Symposium connects alumni across the region

We dreamed big, but never imagined the level of enthusiastic response. Keynote speaker Connie Schultz said, "Sometimes the best definition of Be Amazing is that we don't give up, and that's enough. It's more than enough." We think it's amazing she said that. Read more from the viewpoint of CSU's Stephanie McHenry, CFO and VP for Business Affairs & Finance. And view photos from the event.

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Homecoming 2015: You'll have the time of your life

Clear your calendar for the end of September (the BIG weekend starts September 24) and make plans to be there. Want to plan a reunion? You're ambitious, aren't you? We love it, and we're here to help. Call Emily at 216.687.2078. See you in September. Sorry you have to wait all summer. Check out the schedule so far.

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Flying Circus of Physics video series debuts

World-famous Professor Jearl Walker will plunge his hand into a saucepan of molten lead if it means he'll excite his students to the wonders of physics. Now, a new CSU video series will follow him as he, in pure Jearl Walkerian fashion, proves that indeed, "physics is everywhere." Watch the first episode.

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'Today was an awesome day!'

That's what @ObandoVivian tweeted as she reflected on Commencement 2015. It's a sentiment we're sure the other 2,301 members of the Class of 2015 would echo. We're so proud of you all. Welcome to the alumni family! Relive the excitement of #CLEstate15.

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It really does pay to be a Viking

A new report from the influential Brookings Institution lists Cleveland State University in the top three among Ohio's four-year public universities that give graduates the largest boost to career earnings. Read more.

  From the Executive Director

Brian's Corner:

It's that special time of the year when flowers blossom, the grey skies turn powder blue, and students across the country walk down that aisle and flip their tassels as they transition from student to graduate. Read more.

Top Headlines

CSU lowers tuition for Online RN to BSN program

Vision of CSU students breathes new life into waterfront neighborhood

Actress Shirley Jones Is Keynote Speaker at CSU Arts Summit on June 11

Book examines golden era of downtown Cleveland department stores

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Passport Cleveland: Mitchell's Ice Cream Social and Tour

Thursday, July 30, 6:30 p.m.
Known throughout the region for their delicious ice creams (handcrafted with local grass-fed dairy and fresh seasonal ingredients), experience why Mitchell's is a hometown favorite. Register today.

Cleveland State University: 50 Years

Relive those memories in this beautiful commemorative book with over 100 photographs from the CSU archives and 5 decades of history. Get your copy today!

The Alumni Card advantage

Stay engaged and connected! Your new card provides exclusive access to the Library and Rec Center, discounts to Liberty Mutual and Playhouse Square, Viking travel packages and more. Order now.

Viking Days for Viking Families
Goodtime III

Sunday, June 28, 3:30 p.m
We've planned a few outings that won't break the bank and that we're sure you and your kids will love. Our first family-friendly outing will be aboard the Goodtime III for a two-hour narrated tour of Lake Erie and the Cuyahogo River.

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Meet the Woodling of Woodling Gym and the Busbey of Busbey Natatorium

When CSU dedicated the Physical Education Building in 1973, the gymnasium was named for Homer Woodling (right), former athletic director of Fenn College and CSU. Here former CSU Athletic Director Robert Busbey (left) shows him the plaque.

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