The Innerlink Newsletter


Letter from the Dean

Confessions of Faith in Early England

The New Poetry Center
Meet Bonnie Raquet
Film School
Fulbright Hungary
CLASS Scholars
Changes to Black Studies
Archie Rand
RNC Review
Department of English
2016 Gathering

CLASS Updates

Dr. Gregory Sadlek,
Dr. Joyce Mastboom,
Associate Dean
Dr. Eric Ziolek,
Associate Dean
Samantha Baskind
Brenda Driscoll
Caryl Pagel
Bonnie Raquet '73
Gregory Sadlek
Paul Wolansky








Letter from the Dean

Greg SadlekUniversities have been around since the eleventh century, but while they may in some respects change more slowly than other kinds of institutions, they do change, and the pace of that change at CSU has quickened. Moreover, while we in CLASS do our best to plan change rationally, inevitably we must deal with changes that cannot be foreseen in a Strategic Plan.

Indeed, planned change in CLASS is guided by our Strategic Plan. Several issues ago, I wrote about the ratification of the college's new plan for 2015 to 2020, which is posted on the college's website. We are now a year into the plan, and each summer we review our strategic plan to evaluate the progress we have made toward our goals. I am happy to report that we made substantial steps forward over the academic year 2015-16. More

Confessions of Faith in Early England

by Brooke Conti

CampaignAs seventeenth-century England wrestled with the aftereffects of the Reformation, the personal frequently conflicted with the political. In speeches, political pamphlets, and other works of religious controversy, writers from the reign of James I to that of James II unexpectedly erupt into autobiography. John Milton famously interrupts his arguments against episcopacy with autobiographical accounts of his poetic hopes and dreams, while John Donne's attempts to describe his conversion from Catholicism wind up obscuring rather than explaining. Similar moments appear in the works of Thomas Browne, John Bunyan, and the two King Jameses themselves. More

The New Poetry Center

CampaignThis fall, for the first time in its 50+ year history the nationally renowned CSU Poetry Center—an independent non-profit press which publishes contemporary poetry and prose—will have its own dedicated community and work space, open to students and the public. The Poetry Center is now located on the 4th floor of the Michael Schwartz Library, adjacent to the new Confucius Center, in the space formerly known as the Hutchinson Poetry Room. You are invited to stop by, borrow a book, meet the student staff, and learn more about volunteer opportunities, author events, and literary publishing. More

Meet Bonnie Raquet 2016 CLASS Distinguished

CampaignWhy did you choose CSU for your degree?

My love of history was born around my family's dining room table, where it was a frequent topic of conversation, and during several extended family vacations from our home in Wisconsin through the East Coast and the Deep South. I decided to major in history as an undergrad and wanting to be a history teacher simply followed. In the 1970's, it seemed that there would be more opportunities with a graduate degree so I applied to the masters program at CSU in the Department of History—this decision came with wanting to continue toward teaching at the college level. More

CSU CLASS Film School

CampaignUp until recently, the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit stood at $20 million. According to a CSU study conducted in 2015, that tax credit program brought 31 new film projects to Ohio with budgets of about $117 million in total. Out of this figure, approximately $83.2 million was spent on film projects in Northeast Ohio. However, the Ohio state legislature just this past spring increased the film industry tax credit program to $40 million. This increase will doubtlessly help grow the already significant presence of the film industry in Northeast Ohio. And next year Ivan Schwarz, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, will try to convince the legislature to raise the tax credit to $75 million. More

CLASS Fulbright Hungary

CampaignThis fall the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) will welcome Dr. Péter Müller, a Fulbright Scholar from the University of Pécs in Hungary. Dr. Müller is the third such Hungarian Fulbright scholar to visit CSU in the past three years. His visit is part of a strong partnership that CLASS has developed with the Fulbright Office in Budapest, Hungary, the goal of which is to build up Hungarian Studies for the sake of the large Cleveland Hungarian-American community, which in the past has offered considerable financial support for this effort. More

CLASS Scholars Spring 2016

CampaignLana E. Sims
CLASS Valedictorian
Major: Spanish
Major: International Relations

Lana Erin Sims graduated in spring 2016 with a double major in Spanish and International Relations. She completed her degrees with a cumulative GPA of 3.99. More

For more information on the CLASS Outstanding Scholars, click here.

Changes to Black Studies

Remembering Dr. Michael Williams

CampaignWith the untimely death of Dr. Michael Williams on July 12, 2016, CSU's Black Studies Program suffered a terrible loss. The program, which is housed in offices located on the first floor of the Main Classroom Building, is comprised of a B.A. program in Black Studies, a variety of community outreach activities (including those of the Jazz Heritage Orchestra), and the Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center. The program is a significant focal point for CSU's engagement with the local African American community. Dr. Williams, who was hired as an Assistant Professor of Social Work in 1985, became Interim Director of Black Studies in 2000 and was appointed Director in 2004. More

Archie Rand with Leslie A. Golomb and
Barbara Broff Goldman

CampaignArchie Rand:
Sixty Paintings from the Bible

Archie Rand:
The Book of Judith

Leslie A. Golomb and Barbara Broff Goldman:
To Speak Her Heart

From September 1 to October 8, three special exhibitions on Jewish themes will be hanging at the Galleries at CSU. The principal show, Archie Rand: Sixty Paintings from the Bible, painted in 1992, features all sixty canvases from internationally celebrated artist Archie Rand's pivotal series, not seen together in its entirety since a 1992 exhibition at New York's Arthur Roger Gallery. More

RNC Week Review

CampaignThe week of the Republican National Convention (July 18 — 21, 2016) was an exciting time here in Cleveland and at Cleveland State University (CSU). During the RNC, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences participated in two events: "Get out the Vote" and a TEDx Salon. More



New Economics Support

Alumnus Mark DelPrincipe, who holds both a BA in Economics as well as a BS in Mathematics from CSU, and who is a longtime supporter of the Economics department has generously created the Mark DelPrincipe Economics Department Support Fund. This new fund has two areas of focus: providing student scholarship support as well as resources for faculty research, professional development
and scholarship.

Dialing for (Scholarship) Dollars

The College is proud to announce that—due to increasing support from alumni and friends through CSU's Annual Fund Call Center—it will now be offering four new annual scholarships to CLASS students. These new scholarships are being funded entirely through the gifts that alumni and friends pledge to the Annual Fund student callers who phone alumni in the evening hours, as well as from CSU's new Giving Day promotion held each spring.

CampaignJohn D. Holm Study Abroad Opportunity Scholarship Supports Students

Students in the College now have priority to seek support for international study from the John D. Holm Study Abroad Opportunity Scholarship fund. The Holm Scholarship has been available university-wide to CSU students since its creation in 1997 to celebrate the marriage of Dr. John D. Holm and Dr. Njeri Nuru-Holm. Dr. Holm is Professor Emeritus in the Political Science Department and retired from the University as Director for the Center of International Studies and Programs. Dr. Nuru-Holm retired from CSU in 2012 as Vice President of Institutional Diversity.

Edward F. Rybka Memorial Fund for Polish and Jewish Understanding established

The College is proud to announce that it is now the home for the Edward F. Rybka Memorial Fund for Polish and Jewish Understanding. This new fund will provide programming that will include a combination of academic and community-oriented presentations, lectures, events and activities that promote dialogue and intercultural understanding, with a focus on the diverse cultural, social, religious, and political dimensions of Polish/Jewish relations in historical and contemporary contexts. "Ed was a frequent guest at CSU Polish Studies events," Paul Wolansky, Senior Director of University Advancement remarked. "He will be remembered for his jovial nature and gentle sense of humor, along with his commitment to building bridges between these two communities with an often complex history."

For more information on scholarships, click here.

Department of English 2016 Homecoming Gathering

Campaign Tuesday, September 27 at 6:00 pm
Share Your Words
A Reunion of English Department Students and Faculty

Join us for the first-ever English Department reunion during Homecoming Week at CSU. We'll gather at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, September 27 in the beautiful Mather Mansion ballroom for an evening of refreshments, conversation, and music. Enjoy a reception with us, share your stories, and listen to an exclusive performance by Small Batch, a folk/rock/bluegrass band led by Cleveland Scene award winner and CSU English graduate Brendan O'Malley.

Admission is free, but please RSVP by 9.21.2016 to the English Department by calling 216.687.3951 or online at

We hope to see you there!


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