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

September 2015

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Homecoming 2015: join the celebration!

We promise more fun than you can shake a selfie stick at. We're rolling out the red carpet for you and your families with eight days of great events and fond memories. Get the latest details and register today!

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We're GREEN with pride

We're so excited to unveil the CSU Alumni Association's brand new website. Sleek, highly functional, wildly attractive. We think you'll love it. Check it out today, and stay tuned throughout the next month for special social media contests to celebrate our new digital home!

U.S. News and World Report ranks CSU among best universities in the nation

Of nearly 1,600 four-year colleges and universities, CSU is again one of only 280 institutions across the country listed within the "Best National Universities" rankings. Read more.

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Celebrating the freshman 15

CSU welcomes its largest-ever freshman class, with more than 1,850 first-year students enrolled this fall. Freshmen enrollment has doubled over the last five years and increased nearly 15% over last year. Learn more.

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In Memoriam

We mourn the passing of Congressman Louis Stokes '53, a great statesman and friend of CSU. In recent years, he was a tireless champion of the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health, a trailblazing joint venture that is preparing primary-care physicians to meet the unique healthcare needs of underserved urban neighborhoods. Read more about his distinguished 30-year public career of service and advocacy for CSU.

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Mather Mansion: your new Alumni House

Welcome home! Thanks to a just-finished, fantastic renovation, this historic gem is now transformed into the CSU Alumni Association headquarters. Drop in and visit your beautiful alumni lounge on the second floor. Enjoy coffee, host events and re-connect with friends. Can't wait to see you. Check out our photo gallery by CSU student photographer David Goodwater.

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Meet CSU's Fascinating Alumni

Highlighting just a few of CSU's 120,000 graduates across the globe, our fascinating alumni are wonderful examples of how a CSU education impacts lives and how CSU alumni impact the world. This month: Meet forensic scientist and author Elizabeth Becka.

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TedxCleveland State Returns

Friday, October 16, 3:00 p.m.
"Made You Look – Beyond Perception"
An extraordinary lineup of creative boundary breakers discussing their passions and success.

  From the Executive Director

Brian's Corner:

There's No Place Like Home
"Just click your heels three times, and repeat after me, 'there's no place like home...there's no place like home...there's no place like home." Read more.

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Homecoming 2015 Highlights

Sunday, Sept. 20
1:10 p.m.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame Progressive Field

Thursday, Sept. 24
5:45 p.m.
Parade of the Decades

6:30-9:00 p.m.
VikeFest Celebration

Friday, Sept. 25
5:30 p.m.
25th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards

Saturday, Sept. 26
9:00 a.m.
Signature Class/Lecture
"DAWN Mission to Asteroid Vesta and Ceres"
Research Astronomer Jay Reynolds

10:00 a.m.
Center for Innovation in Medical Professions Tour

10:10 a.m.
Signature Class/Lecture
Social Media Today: How It's Changing Journalism and Media

11:30 a.m.
All-Alumni Reunion and Awards Brunch

Complete Homecoming guide

Top Headlines

Dr. Valentin Börner leads groundbreaking research into chromosome break repair

Author, poet and alumna Mary Weems named Cleveland Arts Prize winner

Two outstanding faculty receive Crain's 40 under 40 awards

Cultural Crossings presents acclaimed author Luis Alberto Urrea, Oct. 9

Campus International School unveils graffiti art

Passport Cleveland
Upstairs and Downstairs at Stan Hywet

Friday, Oct. 9
10:30 a.m.- Noon
From the opulence of the Manor House to the living and working quarters of the domestic staff, get a true "upstairs/downstairs" look into this historic estate.

Passport Cleveland
The Ghosts Of Cleveland's Past and Present — A Haunted Walking Tour

Tuesday, Oct. 27
7:00 p.m.
Prepare to be frightened on this Ghosts and Graveyards walking tour into Cleveland's grisly, ghastly past. Join us...if you dare.

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CSU's first homecoming

CSU's first homecoming included a student rally, a homecoming that started on the Mall and went down Euclid Avenue to Fenn Tower with Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes as Grand Marshall, and a formal dance in Fenn Tower's Panel Hall, November 6, 1965.

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