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

November 2015 - Happy Thanksgiving!

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There's no place like home for the holidays

It took all of a week for us to settle back in at Mather Mansion. Everything about it says home to us. So, for the holidays we're hosting an Open House on Wednesday, December 9. It's the first of what we hope will be many more holiday gatherings in the years ahead. We'll have great food, music and you'll have a chance to view the beautiful restoration of this historic home. That evening we'll be accepting food and clothing donations for the Lift Up Vikes! Student Resource Center & Food Pantry. RSVP TODAY

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How am I thankful? Let me count the ways

Alumna Lisa Ryan has built a successful business around selling the power of gratitude to companies across the county. Turns out it can do wonders for the bottom line. This month, she shares how we can see the silver lining, take the good with the bad and let the sun shine in. Read more Photo of Randell McShepard

CSU's Fascinating Alumni

"The lessons I learned at CSU – I'm still using them today."

Randell McShepard's time at Cleveland State taught him to challenge convention and dig deep. It's likely what saw him create one of the most influential think tanks in the region and grounded what is now decades in multinational business and local public service. Read more

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Pair this with your holiday turkey and thank us later

Though the weather in Cleveland has been rather spring-like, our minds have been thinking of the great feast that awaits us next week, and we were itching to bring a new dish to the table. Something out of the ordinary. Something with a flavor all its own. We reached out to alumna Natasha Pogrebinsky, owner of Bear restaurant in New York City, and she sent us a recipe you'll just have to try. Read more

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The smiles say it all

More than 60 volunteers created specially modified toy cars and playground equipment for children with significant mobility impairments during the GoBabyGo Workshop in the new Center for Innovation in Medical Professions at Cleveland State University. Read more.

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Treading where LeBron has trod

A new era in Viking basketball is only weeks away, thanks to a exciting new partnership between Cleveland State and Quicken Loans Arena. Men's and women's basketball will soon hit the hardwood at The Q for a series of games this season, the first of which will be a December 5th double-header. We, naturally, want to...PACK. THE. HOUSE. Get your tickets TODAY.

  From the Executive Director

Brian's Corner:

Cables and Generators and Protesters, Oh My!
There I was, in 1992, in the heart of mid town Manhattan, standing outside of Madison Square Garden, mouth dropped wide open in awe of what was before my eyes. Read more.

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Meet Geraldine

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She just couldn't escape the pull of CSU all the way from Germany. Read more

Viking Night Out

Thursday, Nov 19
5:30 p.m.
Share a laugh, and a draft, as you connect with fellow Vikings!

Passport Cleveland
The Cleveland Botanical Garden

Friday, December 4
10:15 a.m.
Begin your holiday celebration by getting back to nature.

Holiday Hoops 2015

Saturday, December 12
11:30 a.m.
Celebrate the season with your CSU Vikings at Quicken Loans Arena! Come early for the refreshements, the cheerleaders and pep band, and the inside scoop on the team from one of our coaches. Then take your seat and cheer for your team as the Vikings battle top MAC contender Ohio University on the hardwood.

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It was a fairly routine day of work for us in the CSU Alumni Association. We were busy dreaming up new ways to engage our alumni base, when in walked Sterling McMillan, great-grandson of Samuel Mather. The "Mather" of our beloved Mather Mansion. He couldn't stay long, but promised to return with stories to share.

What Say You? Did you get a kick out of one of our stories? Perhaps you even have a story idea. Don't be shy. Send 'em in. We'd love to hear from you.


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