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

September 2014

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Wow, what a weekend

Thousands celebrate our proud past and unlimited future
The hip hop violinist. The convivial beer garden. That audacious Parade of the Decades. More than 5,000 strong, we Vikings proved we love a great block party, reunion, and all around good time as we celebrated our historic 50th Anniversary and Homecoming weekend. Viking spirit never flagged, from the rousing sporting events to the great food, historic exhibits, tours and much more. Relive the fun and capture those memories with our photo and video highlights. Got a favorite moment? Tell us on Facebook.

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And the response to our Green to Gold 50th ice cream...

"Amazing." "Terrific." "Yummy!" If you missed Mitchell's specially-made toasted pistachio/golden caramel ice cream, don't fret – watch for our red carpet Ice Cream Premiere Parties coming soon. Hearty thanks to Pete and Mike Mitchell and their team for this sensational treat that makes our 50th extra special!

Nine join ranks of CSU's Distinguished Alumni

They help run eBay, the Library of Congress, restaurants, small businesses, global firms and more. The annual Distinguished Alumni Awards kicked off our 50th weekend at a sparkling gala, honoring nine outstanding graduates for their service, leadership and career achievements. Get to know them better.

What's next? TEDx

A CSU first, TEDx comes to campus on October 24. From entrepreneurs to stand-up comics, 13 dynamic speakers will share “The Right to Dream” with inspiring stories about the four stages of creativity: Preparation, Incubation, Illumination and Verification. Register now.

A banner year of giving

Thousands of students benefited from your generosity over the last year. For the first time, CSU raised $20.3 million, surpassing the 2005 year high of $14.8 million! Read on for more amazing facts.

Four grads honored in Crain’s 2014 Women of Note

Four of the 15 women honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business are CSU grads! Teresa Metcalf Beasley (Law ’92), Ariane B. Kirkpatrick (Urban ’10), Radhika Reddy (Business ’01) and Maryrose Sylvester (Business ’93), we salute you.

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  From the Executive Director

Brian's Corner:
Wheels Up

Like many of you, this summer I took some time away from work to relax and recharge the batteries. I was scheduled to take a flight out of Hopkins that was cancelled, rescheduled, cancelled again, and then rebooked. There’s no relaxing or recharging nowadays with air travel. Read more.

Top Headlines

From being ranked among the best in the country to leading the way in sports, CSU rocked the summer with much notable news. Check out a few recent headlines:

CSU Ranked Among Best Universities in Nation by U.S. News and Forbes

CSU Among Top 25 Programs in U.S. for Health Sciences Degree

CSU Again Honored Among Northeast Ohio’s Best Places to Work

CSU Wins Horizon League Men's All-Sports Trophy

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Viking Travelers offers 10 new trips in 2015

Beginning in April, join fellow alums on breathtaking tours of the Mediterranean coast, Holland, Alaska's Inside Passage and more. Book early for these popular adventures and gain substantial discounts!
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Ghosts and graveyards await at next Passport Cleveland Tour

Boo! Eek! It's ghoulish fun at our Haunted Cleveland tour on October 28. Register now.

At Home in Africa: Design, Beauty and Pleasing Irregularity in Domestic Settings
Through October 4
The Galleries at CSU

An exhibition of inspirational and creative design, pattern and form found in a wide variety of traditional handcrafted objects from African homes of the past 130 years, covering over 70 ethnic groups from 30 countries.

Fall Visit Day
Saturday, November 1
It is an exciting time to be a Cleveland State Viking! Join us and find out why CSU is consistently selected as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report!

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November 30, 1963 Trustees erect CSU sign
Fenn College Trustee Chair Harry Burmester, CSU Trustee Chair James Nance, Fenn College President G. Brooks Earnest, and CSU Trustee Edward Sloan unveil the sign announcing The Cleveland State University on the mall between Fenn Tower and Foster Hall.

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