The Innerlink Newsletter


The Innerlink Newsletter — Spring 2018

A publication from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Letter from the Dean

Motherhood and Meaning

Marjorie B. Shorrock
AHA! Festival
Life and Death in the British Mainland Colonies,
Poetry Center News
The Story of Us!
Women's Night
Jilin University
Jean Smith Conrad Memorial Scholarship

CLASS Updates

Dr. Gregory Sadlek,
Dr. Cheryl Bracken,
Associate Dean
Dr. Joyce Mastboom,
Associate Dean
Brenda Driscoll
Thomas Humphrey
Connie Kopec
Caryl Pagel








Letter from the Dean

Greg Sadlek As many of you are aware, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) was created in 2004, when the old College of Arts and Sciences was split into the College of Sciences and Health Professions and CLASS. Since I arrived at CSU in 2005, my constant goal has been not only to help create a unified image for the college but also to help get the word out regarding all the wonderful things our faculty, staff, and students accomplish every year. This goal, in fact, was incorporated into the second major division of our 2015 Strategic Plan, entitled "College Branding, Visibility, and Success Stories." The Plan calls for creating a "distinctive identity" for the college and making the college more visible. Indeed, the CLASS Edge Lounge, which opened in the spring of 2016 and was featured in The Innerlink at that time, was a major step in this direction. The Lounge gives the college a visible presence on a major campus thoroughfare and links campus visitors to our Liberal Arts Edge website, which contains resources for understanding the value of a Liberal Arts education. This year, we have taken another big step forward. The ad campaign created and donated by alumnus Mark Lantz and his team at Factory Detroit, Inc. seeks to highlight through short interviews, posters, and social media contacts, some of the fascinating, community-oriented work being done in CLASS, specifically in our Criminology Research Center, our MA in Global Interactions Program, and in our Center for Public History and Digital Humanities. What unifies CLASS? Mr. Lantz replies, "People. CLASS is all about studying, inspiring and celebrating people," and he adds, "That's a powerful story Northeast Ohio needs to know." Through his ad campaign, Mr. Lantz has risen to that challenge, and for that we are profoundly grateful. More

Motherhood and Meaning in Medieval Sculpture: Representations from France, C.1100-1500

by Marian Bleeke

innerlink What can medieval sculptural representations of women tell us about medieval women's experiences of motherhood? Presumably the work of male sculptors, working for clerical patrons, these sculptures are unlikely to have been shaped by women's maternal experiences during their production. Once produced, however, their beholders would have included women who were mothers and potential mothers, thus opening a space between the sculptures' intended meanings and other meanings liable to be produced by these women as they brought their own interests and concerns to these works of art. More

Marjorie B. Shorrock Study Abroad Endowment Fund

innerlink The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the establishment of the Marjorie B. Shorrock Study Abroad Endowment Fund. This new fund will support CSU students who wish to enroll and to participate in an education abroad program to enhance their academic experience.

Through the Marjorie B. Shorrock Study Abroad Endowment Fund, students will receive scholarships to participate in course-related trips, including faculty-led programs, experientially-based learning opportunities, and international internships. They may also participate in longer-term academic residencies abroad or in CLASS summer study abroad programs. Scholarship support will make it possible for students to have transformative academic experiences by participating in any approved international program. More

AHA! Festival

innerlink Cleveland State University and Playhouse Square will celebrate the worlds of books, theater, music, art, dance and ideas in downtown Cleveland on June 7, 8, and 9 at the second annual Arts and Humanities Alive! (AHA!) Festival. Visitors can have their own AHA! moments during the multidisciplinary Fest which features a free all-day book fair, bestselling authors, two hit stage productions and internationally known artists. Tickets are on sale now! AHA! is made possible thanks to a generous gift from former Clevelanders Myra and Darwin Smith.

For the full schedule of events and ticket information, please visit

Life and Death in the British Mainland Colonies, 1585-1776

innerlink The Cleveland Humanities Festival (CHF) was held this past March and April 2018. This year's CHF explored the roles of health, health care, and medicine in culture and society from a variety of perspectives in history, literature, and the arts.

On March 27, Cleveland State University's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences hosted a lecture as part of the 2018 CHF. This lecture was free and open to the public. More

Poetry Center News

innerlink In partnership with the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards—an 80+ year-old Cleveland organization that honors literature exploring issues of equity, social justice, religious identity, immigration, and race—the Cleveland State University Poetry Center has created a two-year post-graduate fellowship that offers an emerging creative writer time to work toward a first or second book and an opportunity to gain experience in editing, publishing, literary programming, and outreach in collaboration with CSU Poetry Center staff. More

CLASS Associate Deans

innerlink Eric Ziolek, Associate Dean for Faculty, Retired
Dr. Eric Ziolek is a composer and pianist who has taught at Grand Valley State University and the University of Iowa, where he was also Musical Director of the Center for New Music. Ziolek joined the faculty at Cleveland State University in 1992. In January 2018, he retired as the Associate Dean for Faculty, but also served as a professor and former Chair of the Department of Music. More

innerlink Cheryl Bracken, Associate Dean for Faculty
Dr. Cheryl Bracken (Ph.D., Temple University) has been at Cleveland State University for 18 years. She is a Professor in the School of Communication. Her program of research focuses on the psychological processing of media. Dr. Bracken has an extensive record of service to CSU on numerous College and University Committees including Faculty Senate, the CLASS PRC, and the Contract Implementation Committee. Dr. Bracken has also served as the Interim Program Director of the Women's and Gender Studies program. She has extensive knowledge of the CSU-AAUP agreement as she served on the past two AAUP contract negotiation teams. More

Mark Lantz telling "The Story of Us!"

innerlink The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Cleveland State University has a great story to tell. Mark Lantz (BA '87, MA '90) founder of the advertising firm Factory Detroit Inc., will help tell that story. Lantz aims to highlight the reach and breadth of the college's mission in our region: "CLASS brings together such a diverse array of people and subjects, sometimes it's hard to understand what ties it all together. But the answer is simple: People. CLASS is all about studying, inspiring and celebrating people. That's a powerful story Northeast Ohio needs to know."

Mark is a member of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) Visiting Committee. In spring of 2017 he initiated a discussion with the Committee about how to raise CLASS' profile in the world of higher education through advertising and storytelling. The Committee consulted with CLASS Dean Dr. Gregory Sadlek and CSU marketing staff, and they decided to start a pilot program for a marketing campaign for the college. Mark and his team interviewed several CLASS faculty members and produced three videos showcasing some of CLASS' signature programs. More

Women's Night Discussion

innerlink On Saturday, March 3 the Cleveland State Department of Theatre and Dance along with the Women's and Gender Studies program hosted a Women's Studies Night in correspondence with the production of Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World. The sold-out show on Women's Studies night drew students and faculty from Cleveland State University, University of Akron, Kent State University, and Youngstown State University. More

Jilin University Partnership

innerlink During the academic year 2012-13, Professor Ronglan Zhu of the English Division of the Department of Foreign Languages at Jilin University in Changchun, China, was a Visiting Professor at Cleveland State University. This visit was the beginning of a very fruitful partnership between the CSU College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Department of Foreign Languages at Jilin. Since Professor Zhu's visit, Dean Gregory Sadlek has visited Jilin University twice, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, establishing a formal partnership, and hosted numerous visitors from Jilin on our campus. In AY 2014-15, for example, Professor Ying Tang spent a year on our campus. Moreover, in the summer of 2016, an entire delegation of Jilin English professors happily spent several weeks visiting Cleveland and CSU. More

Jean Smith Conrad Memorial Scholarship

innerlink The Jean Smith Conrad Memorial Scholarship in Theatre was established by Robert Conrad to honor the memory of his wife. Elizabeth Stewart is the first recipient of the award, which she received in both her junior and senior year at CSU.

From Robert Conrad
How and why did you get engaged with Cleveland State University? I was invited to join the Visiting Committee some years ago, and because WCLV wants to be involved in many arts and culture related organizations, I reciprocated. In turn, I was able to interest Dean Gregory Sadlek in joining the Cleveland Play House board, which I serve on as well. More

From Elizabeth Stewart
Why CSU? I chose CSU because of its fantastic theatre department which is training me to be a true professional. More


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