Cleveland State University News Cleveland State University News en CSU Board of Trustees Meeting, Thursday, September 17 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The Cleveland State University Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 8 am. The meeting will be held via Zoom.</p><p>To join the meeting, please click the following link: <a target="_blank" href=""></a>. </p><p>To join via audio only, please dial 312-626-6799; meeting ID: 96767214627#.</p></div></div></div> Fri, 11 Sep 2020 19:25:41 +0000 6001031 23038 at CSU’s Washkewicz Hall Earns LEED Gold Certification <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><h6 align="center"><span><span><span><i><span><span>College of Engineering home is 6<sup>th</sup> CSU building to earn LEED</span></span></i><span><span> certification </span></span></span></span></span>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​<br /><img alt="Cleveland State University LEED-certified Washkewicz Hall building" height="390" width="1000" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="2" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" title="" />​​​​​​​</h6><p><span><span><span><strong><span>CLEVELAND, Ohio (September 4, 2020) –</span> </strong><span>Cleveland State University’s Washkewicz Hall, home to the College of Engineering, </span><span>was recently</span><span> awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Washkewicz Hall, completed in 2017, is now the sixth building on CSU’s campus to receive LEED certification, the most widely used green building rating system in the world, and the second to receive Gold.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>“Washkewicz Hall’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “LEED was created to make the world a better place and revolutionize our buildings and communities by providing everyone with access to healthy, green and high performing buildings. Cleveland State’s most recent certification is a prime example of how the innovative work of project teams can create local solutions that contribute to making a global difference.”</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Washkewicz Hall’s sustainable features include:</span></span></span></span></p><ul><li><span><span><span><span>Site utilization that optimizes green space to reduce stormwater runoff</span></span></span></span></li><li><span><span><span><span>Low-flow toilets and faucets that reduce water consumption by 30 percent</span></span></span></span></li><li><span><span><span><span>Energy-efficient mechanical systems </span></span></span></span></li><li><span><span><span><span>70 percent of electricity from renewable sources</span></span></span></span></li><li><span><span><span><span>25 percent recycled steel in building materials</span></span></span></span></li><li><span><span><span><span>Light-colored roof material to reflect heat and maintain a cooler temperature within the building </span></span></span></span></li><li><span><span><span><span>Materials, paints, flooring and wall materials contain no- or low-VOCs for improved indoor air quality</span></span></span></span></li></ul><p><span><span><span><span>“The team set out with the goal of achieving LEED Gold certification, so knowing that the process of design and construction reached that ambitious target is very exciting,” said Jennifer McMillin, </span><span>CSU d</span><span>irector of </span><span>s</span><span>ustainabilit</span><span>y. </span><span>“As an institution of higher education, CSU has an opportunity to educate students about environmental sustainability both in the classroom and in the campus environment. Designing and operating green buildings is one of our opportunities to demonstrate our commitment to energy and water conservation.”</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>LEED certified buildings at CSU include Julka Hall (LEED Gold), Center for Innovation in Medical Professions (LEED Silver), Euclid Commons (LEED Silver), the CSU Student Center (LEED Silver) and the CSU Recreation Center (LEED Certified). For more information about the University’s sustainability efforts, visit </span><a href=""><span></span></a><span>.</span></span></span></span>​​​​​​​</p><p align="center"><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><b><span><span>About Cleveland State University</span></span></b></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span><span>Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With nearly 16,000 students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2019 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Find more information at </span></span><a target="_blank" href=""><span><span></span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></p></div></div></div> Fri, 04 Sep 2020 14:56:33 +0000 6001031 23021 at CSU Communication Professor Earns Award for Opinion Pieces <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><h6 align="center"><em><span><span><span><span><span>Best in Ohio Essay Writing award presented to Richard M. Perloff, Ph.D</span></span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></em></h6><p><span><span><span><b><span>CLEVELAND, Ohio (September 2, 2020) –</span></b><span>  Richard M. Perloff, Ph.D., Cleveland State University professor of communication and political science, has earned statewide recognition from the Press Club of Cleveland for three essays he wrote. The Press Club praised Dr. Perloff’s opinion pieces, which were published in <i>The Plain Dealer</i> in 2019, and presented him a Best in Ohio Essay Writing award at its recent All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards event.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Dr. Perloff is a long-time member of the communication faculty at CSU. His award-winning essays were titled: “Despite the naysaying, school busing worked”; “In an everything-goes online world, we need old-fashioned, bootstrap journalists more than ever”; and “The border wall stalemate is nothing compared to Brexit crisis, and what it reveals about western democracies’ populist revolts.” Of the latter essay, the Press Club awards judges called the piece “…so thought-provoking and well stated. Challenges the reader in unexpected, searing ways.” </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>“What I find most gratifying about the pieces that I write is the ability to take people outside their own issues in their own lives and into the issues that we face as a country,” said Dr. Perloff. “And academics like me get the chance to do that—to make people think outside the box and to open people’s eyes to what was once obscured from their view. I am honored to be given this award primarily because it is an award for getting people to <i>think</i>.”</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Dr. Perloff’s essays can be found here:</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><a href=""><span></span></a></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><a href=""><span></span></a></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><a href=""><span></span></a></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>A complete listing of all winners from the Press Club awards event can be found here: </span><a href=""><span></span></a><span>.</span></span></span></span></p><p align="center"><br /><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><b><span><span><span>About Cleveland State University </span></span></span></b><br /><span><span><span>Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With nearly 16,000 students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2020 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Find more information at </span></span></span><a href=""><span><span><span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p> </p></div></div></div> Wed, 02 Sep 2020 21:44:49 +0000 6001031 23019 at CSU Research Team Awarded Three-Year, $1 Million Grant from National Science Foundation <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><h6 align="center"><em><span><span><span><span><span>Grant to be utilized for academic excellence and gender equity initiative</span></span></span></span></span></em></h6><p><span><span><span><b><span>CLEVELAND, Ohio (September 2, 2020) –</span></b><span> A team of researchers from Cleveland State University has been awarded a three-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program for a project titled “Achieving Excellence and Equity through Academic Leadership Development.” </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>The grant will help continue CSU’s ongoing efforts to achieve gender equity among faculty, particularly STEM faculty. The project will draw on successful national models, both from academia and business, for evidence-based practices that positively impact gender equity and can be adapted to CSU’s specific needs.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>The principal investigators for the project are Michael Horvath, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychology, Cheryl Bracken, Ph.D., interim vice provost for faculty affairs and professor in the School of Communication, Lili Dong, Ph.D., associate professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and  Joanne Goodell, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Teacher Education. In addition to the principal investigators, the project team includes Toufik Aidja, associate lecturer in Engineering Technology. </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>The project, which will begin in November 2020, will focus on</span><span><span><span><span> professional </span></span></span></span><span>development opportunities for department chairs to enhance their knowledge and the skills they need to foster gender equity. A new cohort of department chairs will join the project each January over the three-year grant period, with the research team providing ongoing</span> <span>support as chairs make plans to implement new practices.  In total, chairs in more than 16 departments across five of CSU’s schools and colleges will take part.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>“This grant will enable us to refine and extend proven techniques while adapting them to the CSU environment with the goal of achieving gender equity among our STEM faculty,” said Horvath. “We have a well-rounded team of faculty, administrators and staff from across the university who will work together on this project. Each of us is drawing from our discipline-specific expertise as well as our experience with diversity, equity and inclusion We also plan to expand our team to include other subject-matter experts both internal and external to CSU.”</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>While the project focuses on STEM faculty, the researchers believe the work will have benefit across the university and will also address how gender intersects with other aspects of identity, including age and national origin.</span></span></span></span></p><p align="center"><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><b><span><span><span>About NSF’s ADVANCE program</span></span></span></b><br /><span><span><span>The objective of the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM fields. ADVANCE encourages institutions of higher education and the broader STEM community to address various aspects of STEM academic culture and institutional structure that may differentially affect women faculty and academic administrators. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><b><span><span><span>About Cleveland State University </span></span></span></b><br /><span><span><span>Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With nearly 16,000 students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2020 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Find more information at </span></span></span><a href=""><span><span><span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div></div></div> Wed, 02 Sep 2020 18:40:43 +0000 6001031 23018 at CSU Board of Trustees Committee Meetings - September 1 and 3 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The Financial Affairs Committee of the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 8 am. The meeting will be held via Zoom. To join the meeting, please click the following link: <a href=""></a>. To join via audio only, please dial: 929-436-2866; meeting ID: 99838749539#.</p><p>The Academic Affairs and Student Success Committee of the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 8 am. The meeting will be held via Zoom. To join the meeting, please click the following link: <a href=""></a>. To join via audio only, please dial: 929-436-2866; meeting ID: 93490206343#.</p></div></div></div> Fri, 28 Aug 2020 19:45:39 +0000 6001031 23009 at Cleveland State University and University of Akron to Explore Creating Unified Law School <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong><span><span><span><span>To see frequently asked questions about the potential unified law school, visit <a target="_blank" href=""></a>.</span></span></span></span></strong></p><h6 class="MsoNoSpacing"><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>Innovative Partnership Would Invest in Students and the Community</span></span></span></span></span></span></em>​​​​​​​</h6><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span><b><span>CLEVELAND-AKRON, OH (August 27, 2020) –  </span></b><span>Cleveland State University (CSU) and the University of Akron (UA) today announced the formation of a Joint Exploratory Working Group to consider a strategic partnership between the </span><a href=""><span>Cleveland-Marshall College of Law</span></a><span> and </span><a href=""><span>The University of Akron School of Law</span></a><span>. The Working Group will be co-chaired by CSU Cleveland-Marshall Dean Lee Fisher and Akron Law Dean C.J. Peters and will include representatives of the faculty, staff, alumni and students of both law schools, as well as representatives from both legal communities. It will determine the feasibility, timeline and key components of investing in a new operating model that would create new synergies and opportunities for legal education. Recommendations will be shared with the university presidents later this fall. If appropriate, the plan would go to the American Bar Association (ABA) and the state for final approval in 2021. Both university presidents and UA and CSU Boards of Trustees support the formation of the Joint Exploratory Working Group. </span></span></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span><span>A joint operating model would potentially create the largest law school in Ohio and one of the largest public law schools in the country. UA and CSU would jointly own and operate the newly organized law school, making it the only law school in the United States to be part of two different urban public research universities. </span></span></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span><span>Both university presidents appreciate the weight of the undertaking and applaud the innovative spirit of the committee’s purpose. </span></span></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span><span>“The opportunity to work together on something truly special and unique that builds upon our respective track records of academic excellence and student engagement is real,” said Harlan Sands, president of Cleveland State University. “Our collective ability to meet the changing needs and expectations of our legal and business communities in Northeast Ohio is greater if we work together.”</span></span></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span><span>UA President Gary L. Miller agrees. “We have an exciting opportunity to think about how we might redesign legal education through a creative partnership of two outstanding law schools. We hope to leverage the great variation in circumstances in the Cleveland-Akron-Canton urban corridor.“</span></span></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span><span>The physical proximity of the two campuses would allow students to take in-person courses at both locations; students also could choose from many online offerings. The combined faculty would bring enormous depth and breadth to the school’s curriculum and scholarly output and its capacity to serve the Northeast Ohio community through clinics, educational programming, pro bono work and legal expertise would be unmatched.</span></span></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span><span>The two law schools announced earlier they would cross-register eight courses for the fall 2020 semester as an opportunity to leverage the curricular strengths of both law schools and to expand curricular opportunities for law students.  </span></span></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span><span>Both schools have been long recognized for excellence in legal education.</span></span></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span><span><span>CSU Cleveland-Marshall, founded in 1897, was the first law school in Ohio to admit women and one of the first to admit African Americans. CSU Cleveland-Marshall is the highest ranked public law school in Northern Ohio. In the most recent national rankings, CSU Cleveland-Marshall had the second largest ranking increase of any law school in the nation. There has been a 40% increase in enrollment since 2016. The School is home to the nationally recognized </span></span><a href=""><span><span>Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection</span></span></a><span><span>, </span></span><a href=""><span><span>Center for Health Law and Policy</span></span></a><span><span>, </span></span><a href=""><span><span>Criminal Justice Center</span></span></a><span><span>, and </span></span><a href=""><span><span>Global Space Law Center</span></span></a><span><span>.  In 2019, CSU Cleveland-Marshall enrolled 403 J.D. students.</span></span></span></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span><span><span>Akron Law boasts the highest first-time pass rate among Ohio public law schools on the most recent Ohio bar exams, and its trial advocacy teams have won four national championships and 19 regional titles. The School, which will celebrate its centennial in 2021, is home to the </span></span><a href=""><span><span>Center for Constitutional Law</span></span></a><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span><span> and the </span></span></span></span><a href=""><span><span>Miller Becker Center for Professional Responsibility</span></span></a><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span><span>, and </span></span></span></span><span><span>its </span></span><a href=""><span><span>Intellectual Property (IP) Law program</span></span></a><span><span> is one of the top IP programs in the country. The School also hosts a nationally recognized </span></span><a href=""><span><span>Reentry Clinic</span></span></a><span><span>, a </span></span><a href=""><span><span>small business (SEED) clinic</span></span></a><span><span>, and a </span></span><a href=""><span><span>Trademark Clinic</span></span></a><span><span> in which law students prosecute trademark applications. In 2019, Akron Law enrolled 416 J.D. students.</span></span></span></span>​​​​​​​</p></div></div></div> Thu, 27 Aug 2020 18:58:19 +0000 6001031 23006 at CSU Hires 50 Student Ambassadors to Promote Safe Protocols on Campus <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img alt="Cleveland State University Student Safety Ambassadors practicing physical distancing" height="390" width="1000" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="2" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" title="" />​​​​​​​​​​​​​​<span><span><b>CLEVELAND, OH (August 25, 2020) –</b> Cleveland State University launched a new student ambassador program in partnership with “Safe Campus CSU,” the university’s campaign to promote health and safety while on campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 50 students have been hired and trained to uphold safety guidelines, while working to promote a community standard among fellow students, faculty and staff.</span></span></p><p><span><span>“We have chosen a ‘peer approach’ with the Student Safety Ambassador (SSA) program because peer influence is one of the biggest factors in choosing, changing and normalizing the behavior of students on a college campus,” explained Denise Keary, CSU Health and Wellness Coordinator. “By role-modeling, encouraging and supporting our new safety protocols, our hope is to influence these new standards of behavior in order to keep CSU safe and open.”</span></span></p><p><span><span>The student ambassadors lead by example, displaying how to correctly wear a mask and practice proper physical distancing on campus. They also assist with building entry and exit circulation, reinforce hygiene by directing students, faculty and staff to  hand sanitizer stations across campus and distribute safety supplies, including masks and thermometers.</span></span></p><p><span><span>"Let's be on each other’s side and fight this pandemic together,” said student ambassador Rushi Prajapati, a graduate student in computer and information studies. “Even if we each try to help two or three people, in addition to wearing face masks and using sanitizer often, we will achieve the goal of overcoming this pandemic more quickly.”</span></span></p><p><span><span>Keary and the team at Health and Wellness trained the SSAs along with other campus partners including Anthony Traska, Chief of the University Police Department; Dr. Shannon Greybar Milliken, Vice Provost of Student Affairs &amp; Dean of Students; and Alison Martin Scoufield, Associate Dean of Students, Community Standards &amp; Advocacy. A large portion of the training focused on reviewing and acting out bystander intervention, de-escalation techniques, ways of role modeling and how to deal with resistance of safety measures.</span></span></p><p><span><span><span>“Qualities of our SSAs include a passion for keeping CSU safe, a call to do something ‘bigger than themselves,’ positive energy and the belief that they can institute change,” shared Keary.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span>CSU hopes to foster positive reinforcement of state and federal regulations concerning COVID-19, with students at the heart of this campaign. The ambassadors will continue to promote on-campus safety measures throughout the fall semester .</span></span></p></div></div></div> Wed, 26 Aug 2020 20:38:50 +0000 6001031 23005 at Arlindo Ahmetaj appointed to CSU Board of Trustees as student trustee <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong>CLEVELAND (August 25, 2020) – </strong><span><span><span>Arlindo Ahmetaj, a first-year Masters of Business Administration student at CSU’s Monte Ahuja College of Business, has been appointed by Governor Mike DeWine to a two-year term to serve as a student trustee on the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees.  </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>Ahmetaj, a native of Albania, completed his Bachelor’s degree in May 2019, at Cleveland State, graduating cum laude with a major in business economics and a double minor in finance and health care management. In his MBA studies, Ahmetaj intends to pursue a concentration in informatics, a branch of computer science.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>“I am humbled and grateful for this opportunity to serve Cleveland State as a student trustee,” said Ahmetaj. “It is a huge honor to be able to give back to CSU, which has already done so much for me in advancing my education and helping me prepare for a fulfilling career.”</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>Ahmetaj moved to Cleveland in May of 2015 and began his undergraduate studies at CSU in January 2016. During his undergraduate years, Ahmetaj served as treasurer of the Student Government Association and also as treasurer and then president of the Tau Sigma national honor society. He currently works as a staff accountant for the City of Cleveland.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>In his free time, Ahmetaj closely follows European football, a sport he participated in as a goalkeeper growing up in Albania. He and his wife, Kristina, are proud parents of a son, Arvin, who was born during Ahmetaj’s first undergraduate semester at CSU.</span></span></span></p><p class="rtecenter"><span><span><span># # #</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><b>About Cleveland State University </b></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span>Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With nearly 16,000 students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2020 as one of America’s best universities by <em>U.S. News &amp; World Report</em>. Find more information at <a href=""><span><span></span></span></a>. </span></span></span>​​​​​​​</p></div></div></div> Tue, 25 Aug 2020 14:27:45 +0000 6001819 22997 at Dr. Mark Salling Reports on Efforts to Promote Voting by Mail <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span><span><span>Dr. Mark Salling from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs published a report concerning how to ensure a strong voter turnout among young and old voters in Cuyahoga County amidst the fall 2020 election and the COVID-19.</span></span></span>​​​​​​​</p><p><span><span><span>In his report, Dr. Salling shares that while a statewide analysis would be more definitive, data from Cuyahoga County suggests that efforts to promote voting by mail could possibly help establish high rates of voter turn-out among both young and old voters, while also reducing the risks to health from COVID-19.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>The “Focus on Facts” report explained that voting by mail has been a well-established practice in the State of Ohio for many years, before the onset of the COVID-19. In Cuyahoga County's Fall 2016 election, more than 193,000 voters chose the vote by mail option.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>The report includes figures and graphics that examine comparisons and contrasts between age groups and their choices to vote in person or by mail during the 2016 election. Historically, younger voters have much lower voter turn-out rates than those older. Concerns about COVID-19 risks could further reduce their participation rates.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>Read the report <a href="">here</a>.</span></span></span></p></div></div></div> Mon, 24 Aug 2020 20:58:17 +0000 6001031 22996 at CSU Administration and Faculty Union Reach Tentative Agreement to Extend Collective Bargaining Agreements <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong>CLEVELAND (August 24, 2020)</strong> – Cleveland State University (CSU) administration, the American Association of University Professors CSU chapter (AAUP-CSU), and AAUP-CSU-Law School (LS) chapter are pleased to announce that the parties have a tentative agreement to extend the current Collective Bargaining Agreements, which expired August 15, 2020.</p><p>The tentative agreement was reached after multiple sessions of engaged, candid, and professional discussions. The CSU-AAUP and CSU-AAUP-LS chapters will present the tentative agreement to their membership for ratification. Upon ratification by the union membership, the CSU administration will present the tentative agreement to the Board of Trustees for approval.</p><p>The parties believe that constructive dialog, mutual understanding, transparency, and collective efforts are essential for CSU to emerge from the current pandemic in a stronger, more sustainable position and plan to continue further interactions in that spirit.</p><p class="rtecenter">###</p><p><strong>About Cleveland State University</strong><br />Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With nearly 16,000 students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2020 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Find more information at <a href=""></a>.</p></div></div></div> Mon, 24 Aug 2020 19:31:09 +0000 6001819 22995 at Dr. Clonan-Roy Contributes Insightful Research to New Study “Ready to Lead” <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span><span><span><span>Dr. </span><span><span>Katie Clonan-Roy, assistant professor of Curriculum and Foundations in the College of Education and Human Services, contributed insightful research for a recently released national study called “Ready to Lead,” examining  factors of leadership in Girls of Color.</span></span></span></span></span>​​​​​​​</p><p><span><span><span><span><span>The study, released in partnership with Girls Leadership, an organization dedicated to t</span></span><span><span>eaching girls how to exercise the power of their voice, explores personal, societal, and structural factors that deeply impact Black and Latinx girls’ leadership identity, aspiration, and skill development.</span></span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span><span>“While we have made many positive steps forward in supporting girls’ education and development, serious and systemic barriers remain and impact the trajectories of Girls of Color in our society,” shared Dr. Clonan-Roy. “Research shows that Black and Latinx girls, specifically, possess specific leadership competencies, and yet these competencies are not often recognized or nurtured in schools and other social spaces.” </span></span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>The study identifies three key findings:  Black and Latinx girls are ready to lead; families and communities develop leaders; and bias remains a key barrier to leadership. </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Dr. Clonon-Roy hopes “Ready to Lead” encourages policymakers to shift the lens of their focus away from data that centers on the experiences of white, cisgender, and often middle-class girls, and instead lead discussions, conduct research, and develop policy with the strengths of, needs of, and support systems for girls of color as drivers for their work.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>“<span>This research, ‘Ready to Lead’, is incredibly necessary because it illuminates the strengths of Black and Latinx girls, related to leadership, and the barriers they face in exercising leadership skills,” Dr Clonan-Roy explained. “It is our aim, that by recognizing and understanding these strengths and barriers, we can support Black and Latinx girls in activating their potential, and dismantle barriers that hinder their leadership.”</span></span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Dr. Clonan-Roy <span>and close colleague, Dr. Charlotte Jacobs of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education,</span> recently founded the </span><a href="">EnGenderED Research Collaborative</a> <span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span><span>to anchor their long-lasting collaboration and dedication to studying</span></span></span></span> <span>intersectional educational inequities. The collaborative partners with scholars, practitioners, and activists to study how gender influences the daily lives of young people in schools and communities.  Dr. Jacobs also served as cabinet member, contributing to the “Ready to Lead” study.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span><span>Read the report and learn more about Girls Leadership </span></span><a href=""><span><span>here</span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></p></div></div></div> Mon, 24 Aug 2020 19:13:51 +0000 6001031 22994 at HORIZON LEAGUE POSTPONES FALL ATHLETIC SEASON <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>CLEVELAND, Ohio – Guided by its core value of student-athlete well-being and considering further developments in the outbreak of COVID-19, Cleveland State University, in conjunction with the Horizon League, has postponed fall competition for the fall season.</p><p>Cleveland State fall sports which have been impacted by the postponement, include cross country, volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer. Non-championship season sports, which include men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis, have also been cancelled.</p><p>A decision on whether fall sport competition can take place in the spring will be determined by the Board and Council at a later date. Individual institutions will make decisions regarding training, practice and recruiting in accordance with NCAA regulations, state and institutional guidelines.</p><p>The voting members of the Horizon League Board of Directors are comprised of the 12 member institutions’ chief executive officers. The Council consists of the 12 member institutions' athletic directors, chairpersons of the Senior Woman's Administrators and Faculty Athletic Representatives and a student-athlete.</p><p>For more information, go to</p><p><strong>Statement from CSU Director of Athletics Scott Garrett:</strong><br />“While we share in the immense disappointment felt by our coaches, staff, and student-athletes in cross country, volleyball, and men’s and women’s soccer, we do hope to be able to deliver them competitive opportunities in the spring, pending review of upcoming NCAA eligibility and championship decisions in the next couple of weeks, as well as continued guidance from medical experts. Our staff will welcome CSU student-athletes across all 18 sport programs back to campus for the start of the academic year on August 24 and we will turn our focus to supporting each of them in their academic pursuits, while creating a path for a safe return to training and practice across our winter sports later this semester.”</p><p><strong>About Cleveland State University</strong><br />Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With 17,000-plus students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2020 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Find more information at <a href=""></a>.</p><p class="rtecenter">###</p></div></div></div> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 21:21:55 +0000 6001819 22964 at Dr. Kenneth B. Kahn Joins CSU as Dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong>Cleveland, OH – August 11, 2020</strong> – Cleveland State University this week welcomed Kenneth B. Kahn, Ph.D., as the new dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business. Dr. Kahn is widely recognized as an experienced academic administrator, scholar and researcher on innovation and innovation management. He officially joined the CSU team on August 10. </p><p>“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kahn, a proven leader and nationally recognized scholar,” said Jianping Zhu, Ph.D., CSU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “He brings a wealth of experience both as an administrator and as a researcher. We are confident his expertise, scholarship and insight will continue to foster growth and student success for the Monte Ahuja College of Business.” </p><p>“I’m pleased to join CSU and very honored to serve as Dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business,” said Dr. Kahn. “Just as CSU strives to be a beacon institution for Northeast Ohio, the Ahuja College of Business aims to be an exemplar for business education, scholarship and research. I look forward to working with our amazing faculty, staff, and students, plus collaborating with the Northeast Ohio business community, to educate the leaders of tomorrow.”</p><p>Dr. Kahn previously served as the senior associate dean of the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). While at VCU, he also was the full-time director of the VCU da Vinci Center, focusing on interdisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives across the university. Prior to VCU, he held leadership and faculty positions at Purdue University, University of Tennessee and Georgia Tech. In 2012, the Journal of Product Innovation Management recognized Dr. Kahn as one of the top ten innovation management scholars in the world.</p><p>Dr. Kahn earned a Ph.D. in Marketing and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech.</p><p><strong>About Cleveland State University </strong><br />Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With 17,000-plus students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2020 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Find more information at <a href=""></a>. <br /> </p></div></div></div> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:43:33 +0000 6002238 22963 at CSU President Harlan Sands appointed to NCAA Division I Board of Directors <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span><span><b>CLEVELAND, Ohio – August 7, 2020 – </b>Cleveland State University President Harlan M. Sands has been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Board of Directors representing the Horizon League. His four-year term begins this month.</span></span></p><p><span><span>He joins a board that consists of 20 university presidents, CEOs and chancellors as well as one director of athletics, one senior female administrator, one faculty athletics representative and one student-athlete. Collectively, the board provides strategic direction and oversight for the Division I collegiate model.  The Division I Board of Directors reports to the NCAA Board of Governors and oversees committees that include the Division I Council, Committee on Infractions, Infractions Appeals, Presidential Forum and Committee on Academics.</span></span></p><p><span><span>“It is an honor to have been chosen to serve on the Division I board, and a privilege to represent the Horizon League,” said President Sands. “At CSU, we are strong believers in the value Division I athletics provides in enhancing the experience of our student-athletes and instilling pride across campus and among our alumni. I look forward to working with fellow board members and staff leadership to advance the NCAA’s mission.”</span></span></p><p><span><span>“We’re very pleased to have President Sands representing the Horizon League on the NCAA Board of Directors,” said Jonathan B. LeCrone, Horizon League Commissioner. “Since arriving at Cleveland State University, he has been an excellent addition to our league’s Board of Directors, working on behalf of CSU and the Horizon League’s student-athletes. He brings a wealth of experience in higher education and we know he will represent CSU and the Horizon League well.” </span></span></p><p><span><span>Scott Garrett, CSU Director of Athletics, added “Our coaches, staff and student-athletes are fortunate to have President Sands’ enthusiastic support for our mission of delivering a transformational student-athlete experience at CSU. The Horizon League could not have nominated a better leader to help play a part in the future of the NCAA during this critical time and we look forward to assisting him in this capacity.”</span></span>​​​​​​​</p><p><span><span><b>About Cleveland State University </b></span></span></p><p><span><span>Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With 17,000-plus students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2020 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Find more information at <a href=""></a>. </span></span></p></div></div></div> Fri, 07 Aug 2020 17:10:22 +0000 6001031 22954 at Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs Announces Accredited Program <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span><span><span>The Center for Public &amp; Nonprofit Management at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs received word June 4 that their Ohio Certified Public Manager Program is now fully accredited. This accreditation means the Ohio CPM program can grant eligible candidates with nationally-recognized CPM credentials.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>"The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs has earned a national reputation as a thought leader in public sector management and leadership,” explained Rob Ziol, Director of the Center for Public &amp; Nonprofit Management at Levin College. “The program fosters innovation, efficiency, and effectiveness - especially during these challenging times."</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>The Certified Public Manager Program is a nationally certified development program for state and local government leaders. Through the program, leaders are equipped with ways to enact positive organizational change through public service. There is a focus on generating value for the public through innovative practices, experiential learning, and personal and professional growth.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>The Certified Public Manager Consortium Executive Council of the Board of Directors unanimously voted to accredit the Ohio CPM Program.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>“Every person interviewed indicated that this program is well needed and fills educational and leadership gaps,” reported Mary DeLorenzo, overseer of the CPM Program in New Mexico.  “Kudos for creating an atmosphere for collaborative growth and learning even among seasoned public servants.”</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>Cleveland State’s Public Management Academy is a one-year, comprehensive program. Participants engage in customized workshops to hone their supervisory and management skills and submit a final capstone project for review. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>Learn more about the accredited CPM Program <a href="">here</a>.</span></span></span></p></div></div></div> Mon, 03 Aug 2020 19:04:35 +0000 2510390 22950 at Promoting Safe Measures at Cleveland State University <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><h6><img alt="Cleveland State University President Sands and Provost Zhu with students outside wearing masks" height="390" width="1000" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="1" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" title="" />​​​​​​​<span><span><span>Cleveland State University has committed to creating a safe environment for students, faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, promoting practices to maintain the health and wellness of those on campus with a new campaign called “Safe Campus CSU.” </span></span></span>​​​​​​​</h6><p><span><span><span>Last week, CSU President Harlan Sands met up with students and university mascot, Magnus,  for a “Safe Campus CSU” photoshoot.  The “Viking” team posed to demonstrate proper social distancing and how to mask-up on campus. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>“I'm proud to lead by example, not just for my own health, but for my friends, classmates, and others who are, or are living with, people at higher risk for a severe case,” shared Connor Mahon. “We all want to be on the other side of this pandemic as soon as possible, and wearing a mask is such an easy action that will help us get there.”</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>The photos captured will be used to set standards and spread important messages of health and safety throughout the CSU community. Additionally, the photos will be published with CSU’s “Mask-Up Campaign,” which promotes masks and their importance through social media posts and encouragement from all departments of the CSU community.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>President Sands tasked the students who participated in the photoshoot with being student ambassadors for the “Safe Campus CSU” campaign, challenging them to uphold safety standards among their peers. “Safe Campus CSU” includes a revamp across campus: hand washing and sanitizing stations, banners and signage reinforcing social distancing and mask usage, protective barriers and limited capacity warnings.  </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>Cleveland State will continue to create measures that are in the best interest of students, faculty and staff during the pandemic, as well as uphold a commitment to the greatest standards on campus while working together as a Viking community.</span></span></span></p><p class="BasicParagraph"><span><span><span><span><b><span>About Cleveland State University </span></b></span></span></span></span></p><p class="BasicParagraph"><span><span><span><span><span>Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With 17,000-plus students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2020 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Find more information at </span><a href=""><span></span></a><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></p><p class="BasicParagraph" align="center"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>### </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div></div></div> Thu, 30 Jul 2020 19:16:20 +0000 6001031 22942 at CSU Board of Trustees Reviews Plans for Fall Semester, President’s Performance <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span><span><span>CLEVELAND (July 28, 2020) –</span> <span>Cleveland State University’s Board of Trustees met today to review and discuss CSU’s fall semester repopulation plan, receive an update on “CSU 2.0”, the University plan to reimagine its future, evaluate President Sands’ performance, and set goals and objectives for the coming year.  In unanimously passing a resolution in support of President Sands’ performance and approving his goals for FY21, the trustees voiced strong approval and confidence in the President and his leadership team and praised the way CSU has approached the current pandemic crisis. </span></span></span>​​​​​​​</p><p><span><span><span><span>The Trustees expressed confidence in the University’s plan to repopulate campus beginning Aug. 24, commending the administration for its data-driven approach to providing a safe teaching and learning environment. It also expressed public support for the way President Sands and the leadership team have<span> advanced a spirit of collaboration and partnership at CSU, working closely with faculty, staff and students to transition teaching and learning to remote delivery, establish thorough campus repopulation protocols, and promote shared approaches to campus health and safety and financial challenges. </span></span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>In providing the president’s annual evaluation, the Board cited his firm leadership both before and during the pandemic crisis and his demonstrated ability to build partnerships, recruit talent, forge relationships, and advance CSU’s standing locally, nationally, and globally. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>“Harlan Sands has done a tremendous job in his first two years. He was the right leader for CSU before the pandemic, and now there is no one our trustees would rather have leading us during an especially challenging time,” said David Gunning, chair of the CSU Board of Trustees. “His experience, keen insight and ability to collaborate across our university and community has kept CSU on an upward trajectory.”</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Overall enrollments and progression rates at CSU are stronger than ever, with the largest fall freshmen class in history last year, an increase in graduate enrollments this year, and increases in retention and graduation rates across the board for all student groups. </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Under Sands leadership, CSU strengthened its financial statement and balance sheet, implemented new recruitment and marketing strategies, established three new enrollment partnership pipelines with Cuyahoga Community College, Lorain County Community College, and Lakeland Community College, established a ground-breaking Living Learning Community for CMSD students (through a partnership with Parker Hannifin), and secured additional multi-million dollar gifts from several major contributors including <span>The NRP Group and The Millennia Companies, Lee and Ageleke Zapis, and The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. During this past year, overall fundraising increased 2.5% to </span><span>$8.3M, and </span><span>annual Giving Day </span><span>contributions to CSU increased over 50% with more than $460,000 raised from 2,500 plus donors, setting new records in both giving and donor totals. </span></span></span></span></span></p><p class="BasicParagraph"><span><span><span><span><b><span>About Cleveland State University </span></b></span></span></span></span></p><p class="BasicParagraph"><span><span><span><span><span>Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With 17,000-plus students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2020 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Find more information at </span><a href=""><span></span></a><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></p><p class="BasicParagraph" align="center"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>### </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div></div></div> Tue, 28 Jul 2020 17:16:59 +0000 6001031 22934 at Cleveland Orchestra Cellist Provides Positive Distraction for Children <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span><span><span><span>Alan Harrell, CSU professor and Cleveland Orchestra cellist, uses his musical talents to keep children educated and entertained during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a series of Facebook Live videos titled “Classical Kiddos with Alan,” Harrell teaches children the many wonders of music while weaving it into recognizable parts of children’s everyday lives.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>“With so many parents being at home teaching their own children school lessons, I figured these livestreams would offer parents a break from education while also opening children’s eyes to new experiences,” Harrell says. “Being in the middle of a pandemic, it became a way that I could provide positive distractions for kids.”</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Harrell began his project in mid-March, when Ohio’s shelter in place order first went into effect. With the CSU campus clearing out for the semester and the Cleveland Orchestra season cut short, he wanted to find a way to use his musical prowess for some sort of good. “Classical Kiddos with Alan” began as weekly 30-minute livestreams on Facebook Live and quickly gained interest from his fellow musicians. </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Since then, Harrell has been joined by fellow Cleveland Orchestra members: percussionist Marc Damoulakis, trombonist Shachar Israel, violinist Amy Lee and flutist Jessica Sindell. Together, they teach children about the imagery that different instruments and play-styles can provide </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>In June, Harrell introduced “Sebastian the Social-Distancing Swan” to his audience. This six-part video series is released weekly as new chapters in what Harrell calls his “musical storybook.” Harrell and his orchestra-mates narrate short stories, paired with classical melodies, to portray the personalities of different animal characters as they navigate topics such as social distancing—or “swan distancing” as the first chapter says.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>“Classical Kiddos with Alan” is currently ongoing, with posts added weekly on Facebook  </span><a href=""><span></span></a><span> and YouTube  </span><a href=""><span></span></a><span>.</span></span></span></span></p></div></div></div> Mon, 27 Jul 2020 14:16:52 +0000 2510390 22931 at Special Board Meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees – July 28, 2020 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong>Special Board Meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees – July 28, 2020</strong></p><p>The Cleveland State University Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to receive updates relative to COVID-19 pandemic matters and consider other business per the agenda below. </p><p>The meeting will be held via Zoom. To join the meeting, please click the following link: <a href=""></a>. To join the meeting via audio only, please dial 929-436-2866, meeting ID 97767628760.</p><p><img alt="CSU logo" height="69" width="400" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="4" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" title="" />​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​</p><h6>BOARD OF TRUSTEES - SPECIAL MEETING</h6><p><strong>July 28, 2020<br />8:00 a.m. via Zoom<br />AGENDA OF BUSINESS</strong></p><p><strong>I. CALL TO ORDER/NOTICE OF QUORUM</strong><br />​​​​​​​David H. Gunning II, Chair<br />A. Minutes of the May 21, 2020 Board Meeting</p><p><strong>II. REPORT OF THE CHAIR </strong><br />Mr. Gunning<br />B. Recognition of Faculty Trustee Bill Bowen<br />Board Resolution <br /><br /><strong>III. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT </strong><br />Harlan M. Sands, President </p><p><strong>IV. REPORT OF THE CSU FOUNDATION </strong><br />Thomas E. Hopkins, Chair, <br />CSU Foundation </p><p>C. FY20 Fundraising Reports through June 30, 2020 Julie M. Rehm, Vice President<br />    University Advancement</p><p><strong>V. CONSENT AGENDA   Mr. Gunning</strong><br />D. Approval of New Degree Program </p><ul><li>BS in Healthcare Management  </li></ul><p>E. Approval of Faculty Personnel Policy Revisions </p><ul><li>3344-11-02 Definitions</li><li>3344-11-07 Chair Dean Evaluations</li><li>3344-13-03 Graduation, convocation and assembly committee</li><li>3344-16-07 Retirement </li><li>​​​​​​​3344-21-02 Policy on academic misconduct</li></ul><p>F. Approval of Wyse Advertising Contract </p><p>G. Dean Tenure Approval </p><ul><li>Dr. Kenneth Kahn, Dean, Monte Ahuja College of Business</li></ul><p>H. Faculty Tenure Approval</p><ul><li>Dr. Tawanda M. Greer-Medley, College of Education and Human Services</li></ul><p>I. Approval of Bi-Polar Ionization – Air Cleaning Technology                                                                                                                                 </p><p><strong>VI. EXECUTIVE SESSION</strong>  <br />Mr. Gunning</p><p><strong>VII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS</strong><br />Mr. Gunning</p><p><strong>VIII. NEW BUSINESS</strong><br />Mr. Gunning<br />J. Approval of FY21 Presidential Goals </p><p><strong>IX. ADJOURNMENT </strong><br />​​​​​​​Mr. Gunning</p><p><strong>Next meeting to be held Thursday, September 17, 2020</strong></p><p># # #</p><p> </p><p> </p></div></div></div> Fri, 24 Jul 2020 19:51:54 +0000 6002238 22930 at Cleveland State Commissions Five Task Forces to Develop Recommendations for “CSU 2.0” <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong>CLEVELAND – July 20, 2020</strong> – CSU President Harlan M. Sands today announced the creation of five distinct Task Forces – one each for Academics, Administration, Diversity/Inclusion, Athletics, and Growth/Innovation – to reimagine the university’s future and put it on a path to become “CSU 2.0.” Members of the Task Forces include an interdisciplinary cross-section of faculty, staff and students, as well as distinguished advisors from the community and academia. </p><p>President Sands’ full message to the campus community follows:</p><p><strong>CSU 2.0 – Reimagining Our Future<br />​​​​​​​</strong><br />To our campus community:</p><p>Now that we have taken major strides together on a plan to repopulate our campus this fall, and made some difficult initial decisions to stabilize our campus financials, it is time to move ahead with our process to come up with a thoughtful, actionable plan that will help us emerge from this pandemic a stronger and more focused institution – an institution that is true to our beliefs and core values, and fully ready to meet the future needs of our students, our city, and the region. </p><p>If there is one thing we’ve learned these past few months, it is that our CSU community will pull together in a time of great need to deliver on our “Engaged Learning” promise. Faced with a world-wide public health crisis, we demonstrated our ability to stay connected, successfully moving our coursework online, our workforce to home offices, and our many support services to virtual networks. Now, armed with what we have learned about our new environment, ourselves, and the changing needs of our society around us, we are ready to apply this knowledge to our future – a reimagined future – as part of our “CSU 2.0” initiative.</p><p>Over the past weeks, following up on the work of our initial CSU 2.0 Task Force, we have been in dialogue with a wide cross-section of University trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and students, all of whom are ready, willing, and excited to participate in the next phase of our process.<br /> <br />Today we are commissioning 5 distinct Task Forces – one each for Academics, Administration, Diversity/Inclusion, Athletics, and Growth/Innovation – to prioritize and hone in on more specific recommendations that will further refine our future strategic priorities, teaching and learning pedagogies, alignment of resources, and investments. Over the next four months, these teams will work collectively and independently to reimagine the CSU of today and make recommendations that will put us on a path to the CSU we will be tomorrow. <br /> <br />For Academics, Provost Zhu has already been working with faculty senate leadership to set up a process to review the alignment of our colleges, school and departments to identify efficiencies, assess faculty workloads and incentives, examine course scheduling and class size protocols, and maximize multidisciplinary connectivity. This work will roll up to the Academic Task Force, to be chaired jointly by Provost Zhu and new Faculty Senate President Bob Krebs. Both will be assisted by former Northeastern University President Richard Freeland, who led Northeastern through a 10-year period of growth, innovation, and faculty partnership. Campus membership includes: <a href="">list here</a>.</p><p>To review campus-wide administrative support functions, I have asked Michael Biehl, our Senior VP for Finance and Administration, and Jeanell Hughes, our Chief Talent Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer to lead our effort. The Administration Task Force will conduct an assessment of organizational structure and campus support services and recommend a set of reforms and changes to improve performance/service, and reduce costs. Campus membership includes: <a href="">list here</a>.<br /> <br />Dr. Ronnie Dunn, CSU’s Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Peggy Zone Fisher, CEO of The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio will co-lead the Diversity &amp; Inclusion Task Force, which will work closely with the already-established President’s Diversity Council. This group is charged with recommending those actions that will most impact how we conduct ourselves across campus, how we advance, support and promote our diverse faculty and staff and effectively increase their ranks, and how we support and educate our students. </p><p>The Growth and Innovation Task Force will be led by Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Health Care Strategy Dr. Forrest Faison. This group will examine how to best identify opportunities where CSU can invest and grow. Initially, they will focus on strategic growth initiatives in research, engineering, and the sciences, health education to support Cleveland and the region as a health destination and technology hub, adult learning and online opportunities, and workforce needs. Campus membership includes: <a href="">list here</a>.</p><p>Finally, a review of Athletics will be directed by Athletic Director Scott Garrett with the assistance of former University of Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden, a recent contributor and trusted advisor to CSU Athletics who has a strong track record of success. Campus membership includes: <a href="">list here</a>.<br /> <br />To ensure that our 5 Task Forces are working in unison and cross-pollinating ideas, I will engage regularly and directly with Task Force leadership. I also expect our Task Forces to freely reach out for subject matter expertise and other advice within our CSU and larger constituent communities, as needed. As I have stressed from the outset, this is meant to be an inclusive and iterative exercise, and we will continue to engage as deeply and widely as we can to ensure no voice goes unheard. </p><p>As our work moves forward, we will keep you informed through our bi-weekly live Town Halls, a soon-to-be-activated CSU 2.0 web page, and communications through our established faculty, staff, and student groups. </p><p>I have asked for each Task Force to make final recommendations by November 16.</p><p>Moving forward, I am confident we will come out of this stronger and even more ready to serve our students, partner with our community, and build our future together. </p><p>Harlan M. Sands <br />President<br />Cleveland State University</p><p><br /><strong>About Cleveland State University </strong><br />Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With 17,000-plus students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen iin 2020 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Find more information at <a href=" "> </a></p><p> </p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Jul 2020 16:45:12 +0000 6002238 22919 at CSU Statement in Support of Governor Mike DeWine’s ReStart Ohio Higher Education Plan <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span><span><b><span><span><span>CLEVELAND – July 9, 2020</span></span></span></b><span><span><span> – Following Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s unveiling of his Restart Ohio plan for higher education earlier today, Cleveland State University issued the following statement of support:</span></span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span><span>Cleveland State University joins with other Ohio colleges and universities across the state in applauding the unwavering leadership Governor Mike DeWine has shown throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, he further demonstrated that leadership in announcing a thorough and well-reasoned set of guidelines to assist Ohio’s institutions of higher education in repopulating their campuses in the safest way possible this fall.</span></span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Governor and his staff and advisors have consistently sought input from higher education in developing these guidelines and have listened to our hopes and concerns for the return to in-person teaching and learning on our campuses. He recognizes the significant challenges involved in returning to on-campus operations in a way that is as safe as possible for students, faculty and staff, and has been steadfast in advocating for additional federal funding to help make that possible.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span><b><span><span>About Cleveland State University </span></span></b></span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With 17,000-plus students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2020 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Find more information at <a href=""></a>. </span></span></span></span></span></span>​​​​​​​</p><p align="center"><span><span><span><span><span><span># # #</span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div></div></div> Thu, 09 Jul 2020 19:44:23 +0000 6001031 22905 at Aliyah Bolden Addresses Health Disparities Through Community Outreach Programs <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span><span><span><span><span>Cleveland State College of Sciences and Health Professions senior Aliyah Bolden has used her knowledge from CSU and several community outreach programs to help address health disparities in her local community. </span></span></span></span></span>​​​​​​​</p><p><span><span><span><span><span>“The programs have been very eye-opening. I grew up on the west side and saw how the opioid epidemic was affecting my community,” explained Bolden. “After seeing its effects, I wanted to learn more about the misuse of drugs and apply that awareness to my everyday life.”</span></span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span><span>Bolden is a member of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) scholars program, which helps health professions students gain additional knowledge and experience in underserved settings. She quickly became a mentor for other undergraduates in the Urban Health Fellows Program, helping to further the program’s goals encouraging students to think critically about community needs, health disparities between communities, and public health issues.</span></span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span><span>In addition to being an AHEC scholar and CSU pre-med student, Bolden has earned an EMT Certificate from Tri-C and recently received national and state certification. She served on Promote Educate and Prevent (PEP), a program that focuses on mental health and substance abuse disorders. PEP educates adults and children on how to correctly take prescriptions, store medicine safely and properly dispose of unused prescriptions. </span></span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span><span>Bolden completed the TINAD (This Is Not About Drugs) course offered by the PEP Program, which focuses on drugs and mental health, and is primarily geared towards youth audiences like middle school students. She also serves on the National Society of Leadership and Success executive board as the organization’s President, an experience she says has contributed to her personal growth and willingness to actively engage with surrounding communities.</span></span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span><span>“Knowing more about the opioid crisis and how it impacts underserved communities is beneficial to anyone including family, friends, and even health professionals,” Bolden said. “It is important to see the epidemic from the user’s perspective and learn how to talk with people who are susceptible to addiction or thinking about starting a prescription.”</span></span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Aliyah Bolden is pursuing a health sciences major with minors in biology and sociology with a pre-med track. CSUs’ partnerships with programs like AHEC provide students with opportunities to practice what they learn In real-life situations. </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Read about Aliyah Bolden’s first-person account of advocating in her community </span><a target="_blank" href=""><span>here</span></a><span>.</span></span></span></span></p></div></div></div> Thu, 02 Jul 2020 16:51:27 +0000 2510390 22899 at Cleveland State prepares for in-person + online learning this fall <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img alt="Harlan M. Sands" height="390" width="1000" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="3" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" title="" />​​​​​​​</p><p>Cleveland State University President Harlan Sands was interviewed by WKYC Channel 3 reporter Mark Naymik about CSU’S plans for 2020 Fall Semester. The two walked CSU’s 85-acre campus during the interview as President Sands outlined aspects of the university’s plans, including reconfiguring classroom spaces to allow for social distancing, requiring face masks while on campus, as well as additional safety measures that will allow CSU to offer more than half of Fall 2020 classes on campus.</p><p>You can view the segment <a href="">here</a> on WKYC’s website.  More information on CSU’s plans for Fall Semester can be found <a href="">here</a>.</p><p>​​​​​​​</p></div></div></div> Thu, 02 Jul 2020 15:56:39 +0000 6002238 22897 at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland State University Receive $1.2 Million NIH Award to Recruit Underrepresented Minority Ph.D. Students <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><h6><img alt="Ph.D. student in science research lab" height="390" width="1000" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="1" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" title="" />​​​​​​​Research team aims to increase number of minority scientists in Cleveland area</h6><p><strong>July 2, 2020, CLEVELAND:</strong> At a time when the national conversation is focused on narrowing the gap of racial equity, two of Cleveland’s anchor institutions have been awarded grant funding that will help them turn words into action.</p><p><a href="">Cleveland State University</a> and <a href="">Cleveland Clinic</a> Lerner Research Institute received a five-year, $1.2 million T32 training award from the National Institutes of Health to recruit underrepresented minority Ph.D. students and students underrepresented in the science and technology workforce. </p><p>The two institutions will recruit the students into their biomedical research programs, building a pipeline of minority scientists in the Cleveland area. </p><p>The grant is a collaborative initiative involving the joint graduate school programs of the two institutions. Meredith Bond, Ph.D., of Cleveland State, and Christine Moravec, Ph.D., of Lerner Research Institute, are co-principal investigators on the grant, titled “CD-Cavs: Cross-Disciplinary Cardiovascular Sciences Training to Diversify the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Workforce.”</p><p>“This is a new and exciting chapter for our institutions which have partnered for 50 years to train Ph.D. students for careers in biomedical sciences,” said Cleveland State University President Harlan Sands. “These students will benefit from the unique pairing of an urban university recognized for cutting-edge research and a world-renowned academic medical center to deliver an experience consistent with our mission of advancing both them and the larger research community.”</p><p>The grant comes amidst the backdrop of a broad national call for diversity and inclusion and underscores the role universities and hospitals have in doing more than just moving the conversation forward. </p><p>“At Cleveland Clinic inclusion is one of our core values. A program like this serves as an example of how we can infuse much- needed diversity into our research community,” said Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Tom Mihaljevic, M.D. “By bringing together individuals with different experiences and perspectives, we can capitalize on the diversity of thought that can lead to innovative approaches to address complex scientific questions. Along with our academic partner, we can work towards building a more robust scientific workforce reflective of the community at large and address long-standing structural racism that leads to healthcare disparities.”</p><p>According to the National Science Foundation, African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans make up about 31% of the U.S. population but only represent 13% of those receiving doctorate degrees in science and engineering. </p><p>“Historically, there has been a lack of diversity in the scientific workforce, yet studies have shown that diversity increases creativity, promotes higher quality problem-solving and enhances innovation,” said Moravec, cardiovascular research scientist and director of Research Education and Training at Lerner Research Institute. “This grant will enable our institutions to work together to broaden the diversity, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives of those entering STEM fields and the biomedical research workforce.”</p><p>“This program is unique because students will benefit from the diverse student culture at Cleveland State while training in labs at CSU and at the top U.S hospital in the nation for cardiovascular care. The successful outcome of this grant will be 15 to 20 Ph.D. candidates from under-represented backgrounds, sharing the resources of both CSU and Cleveland Clinic, and joining the ranks of STEM professionals,” said Bond, Dean of the College of Sciences and Health Professions at Cleveland State. “Recruiting more diversity into STEM careers is essential to achieve not only equity, but also optimal outcomes and successes in biomedical/bioengineering research.”</p><p>The grant will support the recruitment, education and laboratory training of five Ph.D. students per year over the next 5 years. The trainees will be part of longstanding joint Ph.D. programs between Lerner Research Institute and Cleveland State. The students will complete advanced coursework for their Ph.D. at Cleveland State and will complete their dissertation research in a cardiovascular research lab at one of the two locations. Their individual advisory committees will include faculty from both organizations. Each student will have a clinician mentor in addition to a laboratory-based mentor, facilitating their education in the clinical manifestations of diseases they will study in the laboratory and their integration of laboratory findings into clinical care.</p><p>In addition to a wealth of seminars and career development opportunities available to all trainees in the joint Ph.D. programs, additional enrichment activities will be designed for this group of students. They will receive mentoring and professional development based on their individual backgrounds and needs and will participate in regular discussion groups with other trainees from under-represented backgrounds, discussing challenges and opportunities. <br /> </p><p><strong>About Cleveland Clinic</strong><br /><a href="">Cleveland Clinic</a> is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many <a href="">medical breakthroughs</a>, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News &amp; World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 67,554 employees worldwide are more than 4,520 salaried physicians and researchers, and 17,000 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,026-bed health system that includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 18 hospitals, more than 220 outpatient facilities, and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2019, there were 9.8 million total outpatient visits, 309,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 255,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at <a href=""></a>. Follow us at <a href=""></a> and <a href=""></a>. News and resources available at <a href=""></a>.</p><p><br /><strong>About Cleveland State University</strong><br />Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With 17,000-plus students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2019 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Find more information at <a href=""></a>.</p><p><br /> </p></div></div></div> Thu, 02 Jul 2020 15:34:36 +0000 6002238 22896 at America Reads Tutoring Program Continues Virtually in Pandemic <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span><span><span><span>CLEVELAND (Jun 26, 2020) – Despite restrictions the COVID-19 pandemic has caused, Cleveland State University’s Office of Civic Engagement—in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library—innovates new avenues to connect with students, kindergarten through eighth grade. </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Before the pandemic, the Office of Civic Engagement employed more than 70 CSU students who tutored elementary and middle school children at various Cleveland Public Library branches, through the CSU program <i>America Reads</i>. Due to social distancing and subsequent physical closure of libraries, the program had to adapt.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Anita Ruf-Young, of Cleveland State’s Office of Civic Engagement, and Aaron Mason, of the Cleveland Public Library, took <i>America Reads</i> online, setting up virtual sessions on Zoom, a video-conferencing platform. Since much of the program’s spring semester was cut short, Ruf-Young and Mason asked Cleveland State students working in the program if they would be willing to tutor in the summer—to which they received an overwhelming positive response, officially extending the program through July 31.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>“I think this is a case of thriving despite circumstances,” Anita Ruf-Young says. “It’s difficult times like these that force you to get creative. And knowing that the undergraduate tutors that we have are just as dedicated to this cause as we are makes it all the more reassuring.”</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Training and onboarding for undergraduates tutoring via Zoom this summer began June 1, and the program launched June 8.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>“Cleveland Public Library's longstanding partnership with Cleveland State University demonstrates the university's commitment to the betterment of our community,” says Aaron Mason, Director of Community Engagement at the Cleveland Public Library. “During this time of significant challenges, Anita Ruf-Young has used her creativity and resourcefulness to the benefit of CPL's <i>America Reads</i> tutoring program. We are thankful for her leadership and, most importantly, the undergraduate tutors participating in this program.”</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span>During the 2019–2020 school year, <i>America Reads</i> and Viking Corps student employees from all majors collectively spent 6,156 hours of service, engaging with 8,302 students in the Greater Cleveland community. The program seeks to educate children through the undergraduates’ tutoring and enrich CSU undergraduates by engaging with their community. For more information about America Reads and how to become involved, please visit</span></span><span><span> <a href=""><span></span></a></span></span><span><span>.</span></span></p></div></div></div> Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:57:45 +0000 2510390 22894 at Ronnie Dunn testifies before Ohio Senate Committee on racism as a public health crisis <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Dr. Ronnie Dunn, interim chief diversity officer and associate professor of urban studies at Cleveland State University, provided testimony on June 24 before the Ohio Senate Health, Human Services &amp; Medicaid Committee in support of SCR14, which would declare racism a public health crisis in Ohio. Similar legislation was already passed by the City of Cleveland.<br /><br />Dunn, who serves on the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board and the Ohio Minority Health Strike Force, drew attention in his testimony to disparities in average life expectancy between blacks and whites in Cuyahoga County. He further noted higher rates of low birth weight in African Americans babies, higher infant mortality rates and greater susceptibility to COVID-19 because of an increased prevalence of underlying health conditions that make blacks vulnerable. <br /><br />He said these negative outcomes are a legacy of discriminatory policies and practices, including redlining. "These exclusionary practices coupled with disinvestment in black and brown communities perpetuate overcrowding and deterioration of housing stock that contribute to high levels of lead exposure, segregated and underfunded schools, high dropout rates, and high unemployment and crime rates," Dunn said. <br /><br />Dunn said he is cautiously optimistic about improvement in racial disparities. He noted that the COVID-19 health crisis created a captive audience to watch news of the murder of George Floyd. "This video struck whites in a way that others haven't,” Dunn said. “Families and children were watching, and parents had to explain to their children the situation in a way that hasn't happened before."<br /><br />Dunn has been on the faculty at CSU since 2004 and is a graduate of the University’s Ph.D. program in urban studies. In addition to serving on the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, he also provided written testimony to President Barack Obama’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing. His most recent book, <em>Boycotts, Busing, &amp; Beyond: The History &amp; Implications of School Desegregation in the Urban North</em>, was published by Kendall-Hunt Publishing in 2016.<br />​​​​​​​<br /><strong>About Cleveland State University</strong><br />Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With 17,000-plus students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2019 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Find more information at <a href=""></a>.</p></div></div></div> Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:27:02 +0000 6002238 22893 at CSU Announces Plans for Return to Campus Fall Semester 2020 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><h6 class="BasicParagraph" align="center"><em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Data-driven plan supports full semester of hybrid learning</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>More than 50% of fall schedule to be offered on campus</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></em></h6><p><span><span><span><span>CLEVELAND (June 23, 2020) – </span></span><span><span>CSU announced today its plans to resume in-person classes at the start of the fall semester. The announcement was made by President Harlan Sands in a campus-wide communication today to the university community.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Designed to offer a robust college experience, the plan includes maximizing the number of in-person classroom experiences that can be safely delivered, providing managed usage of faculty and staff offices to support the increased on-campus presence, residential living options, on-site access to most support services and a phased approach for resuming athletics programs.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>The CSU approach is predicated on an intensive, comprehensive “healthy campus” action plan that will require the entire on-campus community to commit to stringent guidelines and safety protocols. The plan includes wearing appropriate face coverings at all times, maintaining safe physical distances, frequent hand washing, daily health monitoring, robust testing of symptomatic students and employees, intensive contact tracing, de-densifying classroom space and resident halls, control of high foot-traffic flow, and advanced disinfecting practices. </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>“To be successful, we must take care and do this together,” President Sands said. “All of us have a responsibility to adjust to these necessary changes and commit to embracing a culture that keeps our Viking community safe.” </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span><span>Academics</span></span></b></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>The CSU academic calendar will start as scheduled this fall. Classes will begin Monday, August 24, and continue through Friday, December 4. Final exams will take place December 7-12. The university will track progression of the pandemic and is prepared to adjust the fall calendar as necessary to keep campus safe. </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>CSU will adopt a hybrid approach for remote teaching and learning that optimizes use of campus spaces to allow for the largest number of in-person classes. Sands said the leadership planning group engaged in extensive data analysis to assess the university’s ability to effectively minimize its campus footprint and to ensure decisions were data-driven and based upon the latest science in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the students and workforce. The group also gave consideration to the views of as many constituencies as possible, including students, faculty, professional staff, parents and other stakeholders.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>“Based on our extensive study of CSU classroom capacity, our current fall schedule and safety protocols, our current intent is to offer over 50% of our fall schedule on campus, totaling more than 1,300 classes,” Sands said. “That includes over 400 classes for degree or licensure requirements, over 450 first-year classes, and more than 500 classes that faculty believe should be delivered in person for best learning outcomes. To maintain proper physical distancing, almost all on-campus classes will have fewer than 30 students in attendance in each class section.”</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Regarding teaching and learning, CSU will continue to work with its faculty and staff to ensure it protects their health and well-being while on campus. This will include accommodations, as appropriate, for employees at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 due to health conditions. CSU will also present flexibility for students who may at higher risk through additional online sections and remote teaching and learning options for classes held on-campus.  </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span><span>Phased return </span></span></b></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Over the next two months, CSU will work toward transitioning support services and ensuring appropriate staffing levels and resources are available to support the increased on-campus presence. As CSU’s academic mission is its number one priority, all on-campus events will be restricted and group meeting size will be limited. To limit the campus footprint, all support services and administrative functions that can effectively be delivered remotely will remain in place for the fall semester. </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span><span>Testing</span></span></b></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Cleveland State is working with health care leaders and public health officials to develop a COVID-19 testing protocol for symptomatic individuals.  CSU’s follow-up plan will also include symptom tracking and contact tracing. Dedicated quarantine areas will be established for on-campus residents or those who cannot quarantine at home if required.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span><span>On-campus housing</span></span></b></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>A full residential experience will be offered this fall, with strict de-densification guidelines that provide for social and physical distancing and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols. For fall semester, all students will be assigned individual, private bedrooms in Euclid Commons or Fenn Tower. <span>Priority will be given to students with a course or courses on campus in fall, students whose scholarship is tied to living on campus, and returning students who have already applied for on-campus housing. Students will be expected to fulfill responsibilities and expectations for keeping their rooms clean and safe, as well as mitigation of risk, especially in common areas, hallways and bathrooms. </span>Move-in will be staggered to help us best adhere to physical distancing protocols. Dining and retail options for students will be adjusted as necessary to ensure healthy behaviors.  </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span><span>Campus safety </span></span></b></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>To accommodate an increased on-campus presence, the university is restructuring classrooms and other spaces to allow for appropriate physical distancing, including relocating some classes and other activities to larger spaces and staggering days and times to allow for smaller group sizes. All students, staff, faculty, vendors and visitors will be required to take an online health assessment every day before coming to campus and will be required  to wear masks at all times while on campus. Students, faculty and staff will be asked to demonstrate their commitment to a safe on-campus community through a social contract that commits all community member to behaving responsibly. </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>To further decrease physical spread of the virus, handwashing and hand sanitizing stations will be located across campus, and cleaning cycles will be intensified so that classrooms, common areas and high-touch surfaces can be appropriately sanitized. Use of plexiglas shields in areas with high potential for person-to-person contact will be prevalent. Additionally, CSU will provide directional signage to control foot-traffic flow through buildings and on campus pathways, invest in signage and educational materials that clearly spell out protocols and safety directives, and employ student “Safety Ambassadors” to help educate others on safety procedures and promote positive physical distancing behaviors across the campus.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span><span>Athletics</span></span></b></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Beginning July 15, CSU Athletics will employ a phased approach to resuming team activities beginning with four fall team sports: men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, and cross country. The initial cohort of approximately 85 student athletes will complete an extended pre-participation physical exam by the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center staff and will be closely monitored as training progresses.  </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>“It’s critical we create a culture where safety is top of mind,” said Sands. “It’s up to us to keep ourselves and others safe.<span> This will only work if we each do our part.”</span></span></span></span></span>​​​​​​​</p><p class="BasicParagraph"><span><span><span><span><b><span><span><span>About Cleveland State University </span></span></span></b></span></span></span></span></p><p class="BasicParagraph"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With 17,000-plus students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2020 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Find more information at <a href=""></a>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p class="BasicParagraph" align="center"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>### </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div></div></div> Mon, 22 Jun 2020 20:03:31 +0000 6001031 22888 at Student and Alumnae Named Top 20 by Crain’s Cleveland Business <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span><span><span>Cleveland State University alumnae, as well as a student, have been named the top 20 in their twenties by Crain’s Cleveland Business, a trusted Northeast Ohio source for business news and information. The list acknowledges the accomplishments, leadership, advocates, and entrepreneurship of young people from the greater Cleveland area.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>2015 Cleveland Marshall College of Law graduate, Brenden Kelley, is an attorney and director of marketing and business development at Wuliger &amp; Wuliger LLC. His time at Wuliger &amp; Wuliger started in high school as part of his senior project and progressed through college to his full-time role at the firm.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>Kelley spends most of his professional time with commercial litigation. The Cleveland Heights native has been most recently tasked leading the marketing and business development efforts at the firm. He gives back to CSU through his time on the board of visitors at the Cleveland Marshall College of Law.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>Concord native, Sydney Martis, is the manager of research at Team NEO, a business development organization focused on economic growth and job creation throughout Northeast Ohio. Martis earned her master’s in urban planning and development at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Martis gathers information on skills employers are looking for and how to train and educate for those jobs. She is currently managing the “Aligning Opportunities” report which looks at the region’s workforce needs while additionally piloting programs that connect people with qualified skills and transportation needs to local jobs in the region.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>Master of Public Administration student, Patrick Mohorcic, is currently serving as director of workforce development at the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. During his time at the College of Wooster for his undergraduate, Mohorcic worked with the student organization, Men Working For Change, which advocates and raises awareness about sexual assault on campus.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>Mohorcic has created two successful programs for Lake County including “Career Bound,” a job and internship fair for students home for the holidays. His other program seeks to connect people from low-income neighborhoods to jobs in Lake County.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span>Learn more about the Crain’s top 20 in their twenties </span></span><span><span><a href="">here</a></span></span><span><span>.</span></span></p></div></div></div> Mon, 22 Jun 2020 14:50:39 +0000 2510390 22882 at Center for Economic Development Assesses Impact of COVID-19 on the Economy <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span><span><span>The Center for Economic Development has released a new research brief that examines the state of the economy in the U.S. and Northeast Ohio pre-pandemic and provides an analysis of the immediate impacts of the social distancing measures and mandated closures that occurred as the COVID-19 pandemic spread. This new evidence shows that the Northeast Ohio economy was headed for an economic slowdown even before the COVID-19 pandemic emerged.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>“The economic repercussions of COVID-19 effects all people, businesses, governments and organizations, and will have long-lasting effects on our community,” Dr. Iryna Demko, one of the authors of the report shared. “While the actual impact will not be known for some time, it is my hope this research will provide policymakers with better data to address the real challenges we are already facing.”</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>With the Governor’s stay-at-home order, many businesses were forced to close, causing a spike in initial unemployment claims from workers who were furloughed or laid off. In Northeast Ohio alone, over 1 million people have filed first-time unemployment claims since mid-March, with the most affected industries being auto manufacturing, entertainment and arts, accommodation, and food services. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>Additionally, with low revenue and high unemployment, there has been a significant decline in consumer spending, with the Index of Consumer Spending dropping 18 points in April alone. This decline is particularly concerning given that consumer spending accounts for the majority of GDP growth in the U.S. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>The brief argues that as the economy gradually reopens, the workplace will look different due to continued social distancing measures, including masks, temperature checks, and frequent sanitizing. These changes may reduce the use of certain services due to safety concerns or lead to some industries, such as concerts and sporting events, taking much longer to reopen fully. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>“Overall, the culmination of these impacts may cause a larger and longer slowdown, resulting in a lengthy recovery,” Demko adds.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>This research was conducted with support from the George Gund Foundation and the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The brief, <i>From Economic Slowdown to Recession</i>, was released by CSU’s Center for Economic Development earlier this month.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>Learn more about the research brief </span><a href=";context=urban_facpub">here</a><span>.</span></span></span></p></div></div></div> Mon, 22 Jun 2020 13:37:56 +0000 2510390 22881 at Special Executive Committee Meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees – June 22, 2020 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The Executive Committee of the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. The committee will adjourn into executive session to consider personnel-related matters, including the employment and compensation of public employees. The meeting will be held via ZOOM.</p><p>To join the meeting, please click the following link: <a target="_blank" href=""></a></p><p>To join via audio only, please dial: 929-436-2866; meeting ID: 92583897220#</p></div></div></div> Fri, 19 Jun 2020 16:40:14 +0000 6001031 22878 at CSU Team Leads Smart City Catalog Project <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span><span><span><span>Ph.D. student Cait Kennedy and assistant professor Dr. Obed Pasha from CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs have led a project supported by the Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland State University, and the IoT Collaborative called the “Smart Cities Catalog Project.”</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>The goal of the project is to gather information on smart city projects and publish the results online so public sector organizations can better work together to solve community problems. “Smart cities” initiatives are projects that use advanced technology to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability, and equity of public services. </span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>The catalog provides opportunities for public service organizations to pursue funding opportunities together and increase the visibility of their smart cities projects.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>“The catalog project responds to a specific need shared by public sector leaders and helps bring organizations closer to improve the quality of life in communities across the country, as well as here in the Greater Cleveland area,” explained Pasha.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>The team began by conducting orientation interviews with public sector leaders in Greater Cleveland to understand the existing landscape, the needs that can be addressed by the catalog, and the opportunities for the initiatives to grow. From there, the catalog idea was presented to a public sector advisory committee, after which the team began to build out the catalog.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>“The interviews with the public sector leaders were great because I not only got to build a network, but I was able to see how public service organizations have different purposes but deploy similar technologies for similar end goals,” said Kennedy.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>The future of the project will go beyond its adoptions to evaluate its impacts and if they are effective for the purposes intended. Additionally, there will be research to see the drivers of innovation and how to create an environment where innovation is accepted and accelerated.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Projects housed in the catalog come from regional public and nonprofit organizations. For examples, CWRU’s project, alpha</span><span><span>-Satellite, aims at providing real-time COVID-19 risk assessment to assist individuals and communities with actionable strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19.</span></span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Similarly,, a project started at CSU, allows hospitals to quickly and easily register and update their inventory of ventilators both in use, and available for use, on a daily basis. This project will help mitigate the threats of COVID-19.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><span>Explore the Smart Cities Catalog Project and the catalog itself </span><a href="">here</a><span>.</span></span></span></span></p></div></div></div> Thu, 18 Jun 2020 19:54:49 +0000 6001031 22877 at Levin Profile - Maximilian Upton <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img alt="Max Upton" height="299" width="367" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="1" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" title="" />​​​​​​​</p><p><strong>Degrees:</strong> </p><ul><li>Masters of Public Administration, Levin College - Cleveland State University</li><li>​​​​​​​B.A., Urban Studies, Levin College - Cleveland State University</li></ul><p><strong>Where are you currently residing?</strong> <br />Sandusky, Ohio <br /> <br /><strong>Where are you from?</strong> <br />Lorain, Ohio <br /> <br /><strong>Current Employment: </strong><br />Position Title/ Place of Employment: Development Coordinator at PIRHL Development </p><p><strong>Job Duties:</strong><br />My job duties include assisting the Development Project Managers in the execution of real estate development projects, from financial closing, to design and development, to substantial completion. I work within several different deal structures market rate, 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), and 9% LIHTC deals. Currently I am working on four development projects that total over 1,000 housing units with total development costs in excess of $65 million dollars. <br /> <br /><strong>Volunteer Experience: </strong> <br />I serve on the Executive Committee of the Erie County Democratic Party. I also volunteer at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Ohio with my certified therapy dog Byner. </p><p><strong>Why did you decide to attend Levin?  </strong><br />I decided to attend Levin because I was interested in Metropolitan Rust Belt cities, and much of the scholarship coming out of the school was related to those issues. As a kid growing up in shadows of the smoke stacks in Lorain, Ohio, I saw the effects of globalization on industry and wanted to learn how cities adapted and what leaders could do to affect that change. So, naturally, Levin was a great fit. <br /> <br /><strong>What's your favorite Levin memory?  </strong><br />I would have to say the Columbus Seminar class of 2014. One of our assignments was to research correspondence from the Voinovich archives relative to a public policy matter of the times, and present the findings to the Governor himself. That is one of the things that I loved about Levin—the  unparalleled access to decision makers. Presenting to the Governor was one of the highlights of my education. <br /> <br /><strong>What piece of advice do you have for current Levin graduate students? </strong> <br />Find your passion. The MPA curriculum at Levin really allows students to explore themselves and find what they are passionate about. For me, I was always curious about how places changed over time and the means by which places reinvent themselves. This led me down the educational path of economic development, and now to my career in the real estate development industry. <br /> <br /><strong>What’s one thing someone would be surprised to learn about you? </strong> <br />I love the Phantom of the Opera and Newsies the musical. <br /> <br /><strong>What issues are you passionate about/what inspires you?</strong> <br />I am passionate about affecting change in communities through my work in real estate development, as well as my work organizing in local political races. I think that we are at a point in time where no less than the future of the republic is at stake, and I work tirelessly to elect people that respect the institutions of government. I am also passionate about my work in developing high quality affordable housing. One of the things that I learned at Levin is how much housing affects the well-being of people, families, and communities. Through the work that I do every day, we are able to develop safe, affordable communities, and that has an impact on the lives of the families that live in our communities. <br /> <br /><strong>Who is your hero and why?  </strong><br />I have many heroes—one of which is Barack Obama; he is the man that inspired me to pursue a career in contributing to the public good. Not only did he influence my career, he conducted himself and executed the Office of the Presidency with dignity and grace in the face of covert and overt racism and obstructionism. </p></div></div></div> Thu, 18 Jun 2020 19:48:59 +0000 6001031 22876 at CSU Celebrates Juneteenth <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span><span><span>Juneteenth, which dates back to 1865, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. It marks the day, on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, when slaves in Texas, the last stronghold of slavery in the Union, finally received the news that the Civil War had ended and that they were free.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>Often celebrated with group gatherings that include traditional food, music and singing, Juneteenth is an opportunity to acknowledge the African American spirit and pay tribute to the many contributions which African-Americans have made that have enriched our society and the world. To learn more about the history and tradition of Juneteenth, visit the website, or click <a href="">here</a> to go to the history page of the site.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>In addition, Cleveland’s Karamu House, America’s oldest African American producing theatre, will stream “Freedom on Juneteenth,” an evening of music, spoken work, dance and conversation this Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m. For information about the event and how to stream it, visit <a href=""></a> </span></span></span>​​​​​​​</p></div></div></div> Thu, 18 Jun 2020 19:33:50 +0000 6001031 22874 at Thirty-Year-Old Manuscript Finally Sees the Light of Day as Published E-book <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p class="MsoNormal"><span>CLEVELAND (Jun 16, 2020) – Bill Barrow, Head of Special Collections at Cleveland State University’s Michael Schwartz Library, has played a key role in the publishing of a work on the history and impact of Cleveland’s University Circle that was thirty years in the making. Written by Dr. Darwin Stapleton, the former Executive Director of the Rockefeller Archive Center in New York, <i>The History of University Circle in Cleveland: Community, Philanthropy, and Planning</i> details the 200-year history of Cleveland’s hub of medicine, education and culture.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the early 1990’s, Barrow attended the Western Reserve Study Symposium when Dr. Stapleton was giving a seminar. In it, Dr. Stapleton mentioned an unpublished manuscript he had written on the history of University Circle. Years later, Barrow remembered that an unpublished manuscript on University Circle was out there and contacted Stapleton, asking if he would be willing to revise and publish the work, to which Stapleton graciously agreed. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>“There just aren’t enough good books on University Circle in the world,” Barrow says. “If we hadn’t found Dr. Stapleton’s work, who knows if it would have seen the light of day.”</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Detailing the district’s bicentennial history,<i> </i>Stapleton’s book charts University Circle’s role in the establishment of Cleveland, its status as Cleveland’s center of philanthropy and its storied planning process. From its start as a small but diverse suburb of Cleveland to the bustling, charismatic uptown community that it has become, the book encompasses the many changes that a neighborhood as old as this one has undergone. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Published in 2020, <i>The History of University Circle in Cleveland: Community, Philanthropy, and Planning</i> is available to the public as an e-book on the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library’s Pressbooks website: </span><a href=""><span></span></a><span>, under Barbara Loomis. This book is also part of the Cleveland Memory Project, an online database of historical texts and images regarding the Greater Cleveland area.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span>About Cleveland State University</span></b><span></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With 17,000-plus students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2019 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Find more information at </span><a target="_blank" href=""><span></span></a><span>.</span></p><p class="BasicParagraph" align="center"><b><span>###</span></b></p></div></div></div> Tue, 16 Jun 2020 20:25:24 +0000 6001031 22872 at CSU Student Team Wins First Place in Fluid Power Vehicle Competition <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img alt="Fluid-Powered Vehicle" height="407" width="650" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="1" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" title="" />​​​​​​​</p><p>A team of students from Cleveland State University’s Washkewicz College of Engineering placed first in the 2020 Fluid Power Vehicle Competition presented by the National Fluid Power Association. The team, led by Ellen Rea, along with team members Jake Landry, Angela Rodriguez, Sarah Smith, and Naik Yusufi, won for their design of a fluid-powered bicycle. The team was advised by assistant professor Bogdan Kozul.  </p><p>Design and construction of the fluid-powered bicycle started in the fall of 2020. The team decided to start with a new design, in contrast to the prior year’s vehicle, for which another CSU team had won first place in the 2019 competition. </p><p>The new design included a custom carbon fiber frame, integrated hydraulic reservoir and a new hydraulic circuit featuring intuitive rider controls and regenerative braking. It was a dramatic change from the prior year’s vehicle.</p><p>“We were able to integrate many component mounts into the hydraulic reservoir, so we didn’t require a bunch of separate brackets,” explained Rea, who is also a spring class of 2020 university valedictorian. “Through doing that, we got rid of some weight and also made everything more streamlined.”</p><p>As for future plans for the vehicle, that decision is up to next year’s design team. The bicycle will be used as a learning piece for the future team, but will also to be taken to trade shows. Sponsoring companies have also used the bicycle to demonstrate their support for colleges and universities. </p><p>“This was an outstanding group of kids to work with and I enjoyed every minute of it. Every student had a unique characteristic, that when put together, they could hit a home run on any project,” said Kozul.</p><p>Watch the vehicle in action <a href=";">here</a>. </p></div></div></div> Mon, 08 Jun 2020 17:00:46 +0000 6002238 22847 at CSU Announces New “2-for-1 Tuition Promise” for Incoming Freshmen <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><h6 class="BasicParagraph"><em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Also Introduces Incentive Program for Returning Students </span></span></span></span></span></span></span>​​​​​​​</em></h6><p><span><span><span>CLEVELAND (June 1, 2020) –</span> <span>CSU announced today several creative new student support programs that will help current and future students succeed. CSU’s renewed commitment to student success, especially in a time of economic stress for families and students across Ohio, demonstrates its continuing focus on providing pathways for upward mobility and creating a talent pipeline for our community.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>The <b>“2</b></span><b><i><span>-for-1 Tuition Promise” for Incoming Freshmen</span></i></b><span> will provide all students </span><span>who enroll at CSU as new freshmen and successfully complete Fall Semester 2020 with a GPA of 2.75 or better, to enroll in Spring Semester 2021 tuition free, after other financial aid has been applied.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>The initiative is designed to provide additional financial support and encouragement at a time when many families are struggling, and also to incentivize students to pursue their college dreams now.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>“We are acutely aware that this is no ordinary time, and the financial, emotional and health-related pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are putting significant additional stress on high school seniors and their families,” said Cleveland State President Harlan Sands. “Our 2-for-1 Tuition Promise is specifically designed to make the entire college-going process easier, while reducing the financial burden for families and incentivizing students to succeed.”</span></span></span></p><p class="CxSpMiddle"><span>“This is not a typical year for any of us,” Sands added. “Our aim is to ensure that a transition to CSU includes a strong financial incentive for these students and families, especially during this time of uncertainty.”</span></p><p class="CxSpMiddle"><span>For more information on the 2-for-1 Tuition Promise, including eligibility information, visit <a target="_blank" title="" href=""></a>. </span></p><p class="BasicParagraph"><strong><em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Investing in the Success of All CSU Students</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></em></strong></p><p><span><span><span><span>In addition to the 2-for-1 promise for freshmen, CSU continues to make investments in the success of continuing students and graduate students. In 2020, CSU will launch several new initiatives alongside existing programs to ensure access to higher education is affordable:</span></span></span></span></p><ul><li><span><span><span><span>Degree-seeking undergraduate students returning to CSU for the Fall 2020 semester and enrolled for at least 12 credits and earning a 3.0 GPA or higher, will receive a $150 Campus Bookstore credit for Spring Semester 2021.</span></span></span></span></li><li><span><span><span><span>Non-Ohio residents interested in earning a graduate degree will pay in-state tuition at CSU if they have earned a bachelor’s degree from an Ohio college or university.</span></span></span></span></li><li><span><span><span><span>CSU considers military service members on active duty, as well as their spouses and dependents, as Ohio residents for the purposes of qualifying for in-state tuition.</span></span></span></span></li><li><span><span><span><span>CSU will invest an additional $2 million in need-based financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic year.</span></span></span></span></li><li><span><span><span><span>CSU invests over $11 million anually in scholarhips and grants for returning students, including Radiance Scholarships for students within 60 credits of graduating. Thanks to the generosity of CSU’s large donor base, the Radiance program has raised nearly $10 million since 2011 to keep upper level students on track to graduation.</span></span></span></span></li><li><span><span><span><span>Through the Federal CARES Act and private donations, CSU has already awarded over $4.1 million in <a href="">Lift Up Vikes Grants</a> to continuing undergraduate, graduate and law school students.</span></span></span></span></li></ul><p>President Sands discussed the new 2-for-1 Tuition Promise with Fox 8 News on Friday, June 5. Click <a target="_blank" href="">here</a> for the interview.</p><p class="BasicParagraph"><span><span><span><span><b><span>About Cleveland State University </span></b></span></span></span></span></p><p class="BasicParagraph"><span><span><span><span><span>Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With 17,000-plus students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2020 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Find more information at <a href=""></a>. </span></span></span></span></span></p><p class="BasicParagraph" align="center"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>### </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div></div></div> Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:22:41 +0000 6001031 22841 at CSU Campus Sustains Damage from Protests <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><h6>Employees and Students Safe</h6><p>Cleveland State University’s campus sustained damage overnight Saturday from protests that spread throughout much of downtown. None of the students or staff on campus were injured and CSU Police were present to ensure their safety.</p><p>Four CSU buildings along Euclid Avenue sustained minimal damage, including broken windows and graffiti. CSU Facilities Services employees were on site Sunday morning to assess the damage and make needed repairs.</p><p>Until further notice, only designated essential employees should be on campus. Any students, faculty or staff on campus or in other areas of downtown are reminded to adhere to the City of Cleveland’s curfew, from noon Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday, and to shelter in place during that time. Any members of the CSU community downtown who have imminent concerns for their safety should call 911 or contact CSU Police at 216-687-2020.</p><p>“The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is our most important priority,” said Cleveland State President Harlan Sands, who visited the campus this morning.</p><p>Cleveland State University is a public urban research university with an enrollment of more than 15,000 students and 1,200 faculty and staff.</p><p class="rtecenter">###</p></div></div></div> Sun, 31 May 2020 15:13:07 +0000 6000933 22837 at School of Film & Media Arts Presents Interactive Online Summer Course for Young Students <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Cleveland State University’s School of Film &amp; Media Arts is presenting a four-week interactive online course this summer for students aged 13-18, teaching skills in film analysis, story development, screenwriting, production and post-production. As part of the course, students will also create an original short film that will be screened at an online film festival, to be held on Friday, August 7.</p><p>Each week, an expert instructor from the School of Film &amp; Media Arts will deliver video lectures on a variety of film topics and an array of industry luminaries will also provide pointers and advice to the students through special video messages. </p><p>Students will be given fun assignments to spark their creativity to then present their work via Zoom at the end of each week. Online camp counselors will also be available to the guide the students through the creative process.</p><p>Students will learn the fundamentals of film analysis as well as break down its elements during a mid-week instructor-led discussion. Special guests will also join the program including CEO Evan Miller and Production Coordinator Mike Wendt from the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.</p><p>This is a structured month-long course with daily interactions and weekly deliverables. Classes will be held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and students are required to supply their own technology for the course.</p><p>It is made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis. It will be taught by FMA adjunct instructor Michael Suglio, creator and director of the “Short. Sweet. Film Fest.”</p><p>Suglio is a Cleveland native who earned a Master of Business Administration from Case Western University’ School of Management. He has produced and directed a feature film and several short films and music videos and serves on the Board of Directors of Independent Pictures, which hosts the Ohio Independent Film Festival.</p><p>Find more information about the course <a href="">here</a>.<br /> </p></div></div></div> Tue, 26 May 2020 13:59:14 +0000 6000933 22820 at CSU Announces Short-term Measures, Additional Investments in Faculty & Students <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span><span><span>Cleveland State University has announced a series of actions to address the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fiscal year 2020 and 2021 budgets, and to position the university to succeed and grow in a new, post-COVID environment.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>“To create a stronger CSU that best prepares us for post-COVID higher education realities, we need to take both immediate action and plan for additional, near-term changes that reinforces our commitment to engaged learning and service to our students as our highest priorities,” said CSU President Harlan Sands. “At times like these, we also need to continue to invest in ourselves in ways that advance our shared future. We are doing that today.”</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>CSU’s finances are being impacted by reductions in state funding, significantly reduced campus operations since early March, anticipated enrollment declines in fall 2020 and additional operating expenses from the pandemic response and shifting more than 2,000 courses to online teaching and learning. Fiscal year 2020 losses already exceed $8 million, and projected deficits for fiscal year 2021 could exceed $37 million. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>“The CSU Board of Trustees fully supports the recommendations made by President Sands, and looks forward to working with him as he executes the plans laid out. We are confident that CSU will continue to be the anchor and beacon institution Cleveland needs to achieve our common goals,” said CSU Board of Trustees Chairman David Gunning. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>Actions that will be implemented immediately include:</span></span></span></p><ul><li class="CxSpMiddle"><b><span>4-week staff furlough. </span></b><span>Furloughed employees will continue to receive all CSU-provided benefits in addition to being eligible for unemployment insurance benefits and Federal CARES Act support.</span></li><li class="CxSpMiddle"><b><span>Temporary, stratified administrative salary reductions. </span></b><span>For a period of six months, pay reductions will be implemented, as follows:</span><ul><li class="CxSpMiddle"><span>President – 12.5%</span></li><li class="CxSpMiddle"><span>Salaries of $200,000 or greater – 10% </span></li><li class="CxSpMiddle"><span>Salaries of $150,000 - $199,999 – 8%</span></li><li class="CxSpMiddle"><span>Salaries less than $150,000 – 6%</span></li></ul></li><li class="CxSpMiddle"><b><span>Hiring freeze.</span></b><span> Recruitment efforts will be suspended for approximately 70 currently open staff positions.</span></li><li class="CxSpMiddle"><b><span>Reduced discretionary spending. </span></b><span>Non-critical spending from discretionary accounts such as supplies and travel will be heavily restricted.</span></li></ul><p><span><span><span>In addition to these immediate measures, <b>CSU has created four areas for comprehensive review and study</b> to identify further opportunities for growth, savings and improved efficiency. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>While CSU’s finances are being directly impacted by the pandemic, the University is also taking measures to preserve its financial viability and invest in the future. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>“Even in these challenging times, making strategic investments is critical to our long-term growth and success,” said President Sands. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span>CSU reaffirmed its commitment to hire up to 30 additional facult</span></b><span>y in areas of growth such as computer science, information technology, health care and biomedical research, and introduced <b>a new student recruitment and progression initiative called “the CSU 2-for-1 Tuition Promise”</b>, where all incoming freshman will receive full funding for spring 2021 tuition after successful completion of the fall semester. Full details on the 2-for-1 Tuition Promise will be coming soon.  </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span>Details of these actions were shared with the CSU campus community in a message from President Sands today, following yesterday's meeting of the university’s Board of Trustees.</span></span></span></p><p class="rtecenter"><span><span><span>​​​​​​​###</span></span></span></p></div></div></div> Fri, 22 May 2020 01:17:17 +0000 6000933 22817 at CSU Announces Initial Reopening of Research Labs <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The following message has been sent to the campus community by CSU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Jianping Zhu.</p><p>"As we look ahead to the expiration of Governor DeWine’s stay at home order later this month, we have continued an extensive and detailed planning process on how we will conduct a phased repopulation of our campus. Foremost in this effort is the safety and health of the entire CSU community.<br />The initial phase of repopulation will focus on giving our approximately 20 research scientists, their post-docs and graduate students the opportunity to return to their labs, beginning on May 30.</p><p>At my request, a multidisciplinary workgroup of researchers, led by Dr. Valentin Boerner, developed a detailed reopening plan for the research labs that meets all CDC and state guidelines and minimizes risk as much as possible. That plan was reviewed by our Pandemic Response Team and then integrated into the larger campus repopulation plan being developed, so that services required to support the labs are also in place.</p><p>Elements of the plan include the following:</p><ul><li>No undergraduates will be in the labs</li><li>All personnel will wear face masks</li><li>Social distancing will be maintained at all times</li><li>Frequent handwashing and surface cleaning will be done throughout the day</li><li>Spot checks will be conducted to ensure compliance with safety measures</li><li>In addition, to further support our researchers in these extraordinary times, we are working with our legislative team, elected officials and grant funders to explore avenues to help ensure grant continuation and renewal, as well as other options to compensate for lost resources from the pandemic and ensure continuity and completion of current research projects.</li></ul><p>As Cleveland’s only urban public research university, CSU’s commitment to research is central to our role as an anchor and beacon institution for Northeast Ohio. This initial reopening of our research labs, in a carefully planned manner and with safety and health foremost, sets us on a path to continue that commitment."</p><p class="rtecenter">###</p></div></div></div> Thu, 21 May 2020 18:31:05 +0000 6000933 22814 at 47th Annual Student Affairs Awards <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><h6 class="BasicParagraph">Division recognizes student champions for 2019-20​​​​​​​</h6><p><span><span><span>Cleveland State University’s Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs has announced their annual student champion and leadership awards. These honors highlight the tremendous efforts undertaken by our student community to promote a safe and prosperous campus for all. The winners are:</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span><span>CARE Team</span></span></b></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Name</span></i><span>: <strong>CARE Student Champion</strong></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Description</span></i><span>: The CARE Student Champion Award is given to a student who provides support to CSU students, is an incredible advocate, goes above and beyond to connect students to resources, and demonstrates a self-less commitment to providing CARE.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Recipient</span></i><span>: <strong>Noah Marsh</strong> is a graduate student in Social Work, graduating May 2020. He was selected for recognition because even when his program adapted his required hours, he wanted to stay working with CARE. He no longer ‘needed’ his hours to graduate but did not want to leave his students without support, wanted to continue collaborating with other members of CARE, and volunteered to keep meeting with students without getting course credit. He’s an incredibly selfless other-centered person who pushes himself to do whatever he reasonably can for students assigned to his caseload. He has worked with CARE since Fall 2019 and has been flexible with a great deal of transition including switching supervisors, moving to remote CARE, and finishing his MSW. He is from Fairview Park, Ohio and has a Bachelor of Social Work, also from CSU.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span><span>Health and Wellness Services</span></span></b></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Name</span></i><span>: <strong>Peer Education Leadership Award</strong></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Description</span></i><span>: The Peer Education Leadership Award is given to a student or students who not only personify the characteristics, integrity and passion of a Peer Educator but commits to leading their team members on a journey of positive, productive campus culture change that focuses on health and safety issues.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Recipients</span></i><span>: </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><strong>Anil Lalwani</strong>, Doctoral Candidate, Adult, Continuing and Higher Education, 2020</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><strong>Joanne Wazni</strong>, Biology, Pre Med, Spring 2020</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><strong>Amjad Alqahtani</strong>, Health Sciences, Spring 2020</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span>Lift Up Vikes! Resource Center &amp; Food Pantry</span></b></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Name</span></i><span>: <strong>The Lift Up the Mission Award</strong></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Recipient</span></i><span>: <strong>Samantha Sternad</strong>, who just finished her senior year, has worked at Lift Up Vikes! Resource Center &amp; Food Pantry her entire four years as an undergraduate. She started at Lift Up Vikes! when it was just a few years old and has been a VERY valuable member of the team as the Center grew and changed. She knows operations forward and backward and has stepped-up to help time and again when we needed her to go above and beyond her normal duties. Sam's commitment to the mission of providing food and other basic resources to students in a convenient and dignified manner is a testament to her character. She's amazing!</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span><span>LGBTQ+ Student Services</span></span></b></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Name</span></i><span>: <strong>LGBTQ+ Service Award</strong></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Description</span></i><span>: The LGBTQ+ Service Award is given to a student who is a role model within the community, is dedicated to supporting CSU students, promotes inclusiveness, and demonstrates a commitment to advocacy and the work of fostering community. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Recipient</span></i><span>: <strong>Sam Motes</strong> is an employee in the LGBTQ+ Student Services office and is a trusted friend and “go-to” support for her peers, both on and off the clock. Sam provides support to students by being an empathetic non-judgmental listener, and by creating and maintaining safe spaces on campus. Sam serves on a ‘campus climate’ committee alongside other student leaders and Student Affairs staff and leads the Queer Student Alliance (QSA) student organization, serving as president since January 2019. Sam will be graduating in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span><span>Residence Life</span></span></b></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Name</span></i><span>: <strong>Resident Assistant (RA) Of the Year</strong></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Recipient</span></i><span>: <strong>Taylor McCarthy</strong> </span><span>was nominated by his peers for putting residents first, having creative and helpful ideas, and for spreading kindness to everyone around them. She is “outstandingly polite” to everyone and she works hard to create new ideas for her residents. She consistently checks in with other student employees to see if they need anything, and she is always willing to lend a helping hand. The Department of Residence Life is proud to present Taylor McCarthy as our RA of The Year.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Name</span></i><span>: <strong>Community Desk Assistant (CDA) of the Year</strong></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Recipient</span></i><span>: <strong>Sean Riehl</strong> has worked for CSU Residence Life for many years. His hard work and dedication to his role were recognized by both his peers and professional staff. This individual was nominated by their peers. Sean worked to advocate on behalf of his coworkers' concerns regarding some processes in his role and offered ideas and solutions on how to improve the desk. Despite having some staffing turn over, this individual remained a helpful support to his peers and professional staff. He is willing to help pick up shifts, train new CDAs, and offer wisdom to those who may need it. We are appreciative of all his hard work and passion for the role, and the Department of Residence Life is pleased to honor Sean Riehl as our CDA of the Year.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span><span>TRIO/ Student Support Services</span></span></b></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Name</span></i><span>: <strong>TRIO Exemplary Student Award</strong></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Description</span></i><span>: The TRIO Exemplary Student Award is given in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and exemplary service and commitment to the TRIO Student Support Services Program. The Exemplary Student Award is to be given to an individual who exhibits scholarship in academic endeavors (above 3.0 GPA), leadership in campus activities and organizations, a history of community service, and service to the University.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Recipient</span></i><span>: <strong>Claire Gaglione</strong> is an impressive young woman.  A senior majoring in Psychology with career aspirations of becoming a Forensic Psychologist, Claire has exhibited a wonderful personality and “go get it” attitude which is truly impressive.  Having excelled in the classroom with a 3.79 GPA and involved in so many clubs and organizations on campus, it’s been a pleasure in watching her max out her experience on-campus at Cleveland State and abroad.  I mentioned in a recommendation letter I recently wrote for Claire that it’s her belief in wanting to help others which really shines through.  In fact, her desire to become a social activist and help to revise and reshape prison reform is a platform which will guide her humanitarian efforts moving forward in graduate school and into her career pathway for the foreseeable future.  Her likeability, spontaneity, leadership and willingness to assist students and staff in and outside of TRIO is so welcoming.  Several times Claire has been asked to present or help another student last minute and she has taken up the charge EVERY SINGLE TIME.  You cannot ask much more from a student who already has so much on her plate to begin with.  She can make you think critically and laugh all at the same time, which is refreshing in a mentor/mentee relationship.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Name</span></i><span>: <strong>TRIO Scholastic Achievement Award</strong></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Description</span></i><span>: TRIO Scholastic Achievement Award is given to a Junior TRIO/Student Support Services Student with the highest cumulative GPA in his or her class and is recognized for his or her outstanding academic achievement and commitment to excellence.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Recipients</span></i><span>:</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><strong>Austin Lawrence</strong> is a Philosophy major with a minor in English at Cleveland State University. He expects to graduate in May '21. In Spring of 2019 his paper that dissected the form of Robert Lowell's poetry was selected for the Plain Dealer Excellence in Writing Award. He spent the summer of 2019 working with local non-profit Literary Cleveland aiding the organization in preparing and hosting the Cleveland Inkubator; a full day of free activities at the Cleveland Public Library for the local writing community. As a result of his efforts, he was able to secure a permanent position at Literary Cleveland as a Communications Associate. Currently, he is working on publishing an academic philosophy paper that focuses on the experience of the self and the problem of continued identity. After graduation, Austin's intent is to attend graduate school for Philosophy, ultimately pursuing a PhD.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><strong>Sandra Haswani</strong> has been a dedicated TRIO student since she started Cleveland State University. Over the years, she has even been a TRIO tutor, helping her fellow TRIO students understand various courses, while balancing her own course load and studying for the MCAT. She has carried out a REEL project involving the roles of H3V in Trypanosoma brucei under the guidance of Dr. O’Connor on detecting the presence of Acenaphthene and Benzo[a]pyrene in sparklers, as well as carried out research in summer 2018 in the BGES department under the guidance of Dr. Hee-sook Kim and Dr. Bibo Li. In addition, she presented her summer research poster at the CSU research day in Fall 2018. She presented her summer and REEL research poster in the research day of the College of Science and Health Professions in Spring 2019. She has attended the McNair National Conference for Undergraduate Research at University of Maryland in March 2018 and 2019. A few scholarships that she has been awarded include the Zonta Club of Cleveland Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement and Accomplishments and the MC Samuel Miller-CSU endowed scholarship for the year 2018/2019. Her current accomplishments include starting a new organization called The Golden-Z club at CSU and she has recently received the “McNair Scholar of the year award for year 2020”. After she graduates this Spring 2020 semester, her future plans include traveling to see family and she will be starting medical school at NEOMED in July 2020.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><strong>Isaac Aidja</strong>, a Biology major with 3.98 GPA, is an exceptional student and has been on the Dean’s list and the president’s list for 5 consecutive semesters. His passion for Biology and Chemistry is evident in his teaching and he is a highly sought-after tutor amongst our TRIO students. With an aspiration to become a family physician, he dedicates his drive and motivation to excel in college to his family, particularly, his oldest sister, who is in the medical profession.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Name</span></i><span>: <strong>TRIO Spirit Award</strong></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Description</span></i><span>: The TRIO/SSS Spirit Award is to be given to an individual who is in good academic standing and exhibits participation in TRIO/Student Support Services, involvement in all aspects of the TRIO program, including taking full advantage of the TRIO program, and tutoring and peer mentoring.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Recipients</span></i><span>: <strong>Hannah Tackett</strong> is bound for greatness, and I realized that after just one advisor/advisee meeting. She walked in with a big smile, a well laid out four-year plan, and a list of questions; and to be honest she was more prepared for the meeting than I ever could have been. She was and continues to one of the most organized and goal-oriented people I had ever met. Not only is she utilizing her organizational skills and work ethic to excel in the classroom, but she also helping other students build upon their skillsets through her role as a TRIO success coach. Hannah has been an amazing asset to our TRIO team, often going above and beyond her responsibilities to help make sure that we are providing outstanding service and memorable experiences to the students that we serve. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span><span>Veteran &amp; Military Resource Center  </span></span></b></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Name</span></i><span>: <strong>Student Veteran of the Year Award</strong></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Description</span></i><span>: The Student Veteran of the Year is a current CSU student who is currently or has served in the United States Armed Forces and is now continuing their education at Cleveland State.  This student will have demonstrated the value of having veterans on our campus by consistently contributing to the classroom and greater campus community while holding a high academic standard.  </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Recipient</span></i><span>: <strong>Michael Steven Zitkewicz</strong> </span><span>who is a US Army veteran and is still serving in the National Guard. Michael is a student in the Mandel Honors College at CSU pursuing a major in Health Science- Physician Assistant track (or Pre-Med). His current Cum GPA is 3.8, and he anticipates Spring 2021 graduation. Michael demonstrates the value that our Viking Vets bring to Cleveland State University campus.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span>KeyBank Scholars Program</span></b></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Name</span></i><span>: </span><strong><span>KeyBank Scholars Engaged Leader Award</span></strong></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Description</span></i><span>: In recognition of the student’s outstanding commitment to education and engagement in the KeyBank Scholars Program, as well as demonstrated leadership while completing their degree at Cleveland State University.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Recipients</span></i><span>: </span><span>I am extremely proud to nominate <strong>Jasline Rosario </strong>for her exceptional character and leadership for the KeyBank Scholars Engaged Leader Award.  Beyond her participation in the KeyBank program, Jasline is the Founder and President of an on-campus group called “Her Temple”.  I participated in this group and was completely blown away by her maturity, ability to cultivate community, and desire to empower women. Furthermore, she recently has been elected as President for Cleveland State’s Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS). </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><strong>Abdullahi Mohamed</strong> is being nominated for the KeyBank Scholars Engaged Leader Award, as he has been engaged since he transferred to Cleveland State University. I was impressed with the student’s enthusiasm when he approached me on his first semester to ask for all the ways he could contribute to the program and help other transfer students transition to the University successfully, such as becoming a Peer Mentor in the future. Abdullahi has demonstrated his dedication by being an active member in the program, while working and holding his academic performance at a high standard.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span><span>Graduation Success Coaching</span></span></b></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Name</span></i><span>: <strong>Graduation Coaches Award of Excellence</strong></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Description</span></i><span>: The Graduation Coaches Award of Excellence recognizes and celebrates outstanding students going above and beyond for their academic achievement and who have demonstrated exceptional character throughout their college journey. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Recipients</span></i><span>: <strong>Ashley Callaway</strong> is deserving of this award because of her tenacious spirit to encourage fellow students to never lose sight of their goals. Ashley’s remarkable commitment to her studies and/or campus engagement is notable beyond measures. Ashley has always maintained a positive attitude and high performance level throughout her time here at CSU and as a result has inspired many students to pursue their goals in the same phenomenal way. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><strong>Malik Carpenter</strong> is deserving of this award for his true dedication to not only excel within his academics but to also encourage and assist his fellow students in the same achievements. Malik’s work ethic is noteworthy and unprecedented in addition to his enthusiasm to always share a smile to any and every one. Through the face of adversity, Malik has exemplified resiliency and cultivated notable character each step of the way.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span><b><span><span>Wolstein Center Event Services</span></span></b></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Name</span></i><span>: <strong>Event Services Students of the Year</strong></span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Description</span></i><span>: This award recognizes a student for achieving success and going above and beyond in the Event Services Division of the Wolstein Center. Students that have been recognized either by their supervisor, guests or doing exceptional work are all eligible for this award. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><i><span>Award Recipients</span></i><span>: <strong>Sierra Rivera</strong> started with us just after the semester started in the fall. She showed so much promise and dedication to learning and doing a great job that she was quickly noticed by the supervisor staff&gt; In addition she received guest comment cards at almost every event she worked. Shortly after the end of the fall semester she was promoted to a student gate supervisor position. She was doing an excellent job and growing into a terrific supervisor. We look forward to her return to the Wolstein Center when we are able to continue our events and continuing to work with her and her student supervisor position. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span><span><strong>Sarah Capri</strong> is going into her last semester at CSU and has received this recognition before but is deserving again. Sarah has been with us at the Wolstein Center since she was a freshman. Over the years Sarah has done such a great job that her jobs and responsibilities have expanded and grown. She was among the first students to get the opportunity to become an event service student supervisor. She has done such a good job in the program that we will continue to rotate students through giving them the opportunity to get real life supervisor experience and improving their resumes. Beyond that Sarah also assumed responsibilities in the office and assisting the Event Service Manager. Recently she has also been given the chance to do some work in the marketing division and as always performing terrifically.</span></span></span></p><p class="rtecenter"><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></p></div></div></div> Thu, 21 May 2020 16:27:54 +0000 6000933 22813 at Cleveland State Places Second in OWEA Student Design Competition <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>At the beginning of 2020, two teams from Cleveland State University competed against fellow engineers from Case Western Reserve and Kent State University in the Ohio Water Environmental Association Student Design Competition. One of CSU’s teams, titled “Changing Tides,” placed second in the competition.</p><p>Teams in the competition were presented with a problem by Doug Dietzel, environmental manager for the City of Lorain. CSU’s teams were tasked with finding a solution to the continual flooding problem in Martin Run, located in Lorain County.</p><p>“I feel I have developed a better understanding of just how complex real world problems can be especially when the public is being affected by the problem first-hand,” said team member Sam Harbol.</p><p>Team Changing Tides, a joint team from the Environmental Science and Environmental Studies programs, created a plan to address the flooding that included policy initiatives that promote stormwater sensitive urban development as well as physical interventions to reduce backups at the mouth of the run, to ensure consistent flow.</p><p>After the competition, Doug Dietzel asked Team Changing Tides for their report so he can present it to the City of Lorain. Additionally, the team was invited to attend a statewide meeting in September.</p><p>“It afforded me a rare opportunity where I was able apply what I learned in class and through my personal research to a project in real time,” added team member Martin Maratani.</p></div></div></div> Tue, 19 May 2020 14:16:35 +0000 6002238 22811 at The Relationship Between Paid Sick Leave and Sleep <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><h6>Dr. Cyleste Collins Leads Study on the Relationship Between Paid Sick Leave and Sleep</h6><p>Dr. Cyleste Collins, an assistant professor in Cleveland State University’s School of Social Work, led a study analyzing the relationship between sleep quality and access to paid sick leave. Findings show that there is a relationship between the two, but that it is a part of a larger set of occupational variables that have an impact on sleep.</p><p>“Lack of paid sick leave is related to sleep in specific ways and if we take that further, it becomes a barrier to people’s sleep,” said Collins. “Having a well-rested workforce is very important for productivity, performance and overall health."</p><p>The study found that people without paid sick leave reported having significantly more trouble staying asleep and feeling rested than those with paid sick leave after controlling for a range of demographic, work, and other variables related to sleep. They also tended to report having more trouble feeling rested. This, Collins said, is a social justice issue, because those who have less access to paid sick leave tend to also be those most affected by health disparities.</p><p>“Past research has found paid sick leave, or the absence of it, is linked to health consequences, financial worries and psychological distress,” Collins added. “This is important for organizations to consider because it can cost more in the end to have a work force without paid sick leave that is unrested, unhealthy and distressed.”</p><p>Collins’ findings were published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine earlier this month. The paper, “<a href="">Paid Sick Leave and Sleep: An Analysis of U.S. Adult Workers</a>,” was coauthored by LeeAnn DeRigne, associate professor in the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler</p><p>School of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University, Rong Bai, a Ph.D. student in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and Patricia Stoddard Dare, professor of social work at CSU.</p><p>###</p></div></div></div> Tue, 19 May 2020 14:08:55 +0000 6002238 22810 at Gia Paulovich Wins a Gold Award at the Cleveland Addy Awards <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Cleveland State University student Gia Paulovich won a Gold Award in the Integrated Brand Content Campaign category at the 2020 Addy Awards, presented by the Cleveland Chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Her award-winning project was created in her Integrated Design Strategies class.</p><p>Paulovich created HUMN, a gender-inclusive period care product, along with developing a packaging suite and marketing campaign for the brand. The idea came out of a class project which called on students to propose a new direct-to-consumer specialized online retailer and create a visual identity and basic group of communication elements to promote a product and brand for the retailer. </p><p>Paulovich will next present HUMN at the national Addy Awards and hopes to use the experience to further her skills and reach her broader goal of promoting community wellness through design.</p><p>In addition to her project, Paulovich created a website through Creative Babes Cleveland called <a href=""></a>. The website seeks to advertise and market local business owners and manufacturers in attempt to urge Cleveland communities to shop local.</p><p>She is also part of the CSU research team that developed <a href=""></a>, a free website to help those in the community affected by opioids. The site allows drug treatment providers to list the number of open treatment slots daily. The site is fully searchable and quickly and efficiently matches substance users with the best available treatment services.</p><p>“I am committed to using my design skills to help make my community a better place,” Paulovich adds.</p></div></div></div> Thu, 14 May 2020 00:40:08 +0000 6002238 22800 at CSU: Leading Today, Preparing for Tomorrow <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><h6>An Op-Ed by CSU President Harlan Sands</h6><p><em>An <a href="">edited version</a> of this piece was published by on May 10.</em></p><p>Cleveland State University’s campus would normally be bustling right now with students completing spring semester work and 2,200 graduating seniors preparing to walk across the stage. Instead, our campus is uncharacteristically quiet with teaching and learning moved to virtual classrooms through the summer. These are far from normal times. </p><p>But appearances can be deceiving. While campus might appear quiet on the surface, we are working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure we are meeting our students’ needs today, while looking ahead so we are prepared to welcome them back to campus when the time is right in a way that ensures their safety. That’s a tall order but collaborating with our city and state leaders and other university presidents across Ohio, we are confident we will come up with a plan to get it done. </p><p>All of us at CSU have a strong stake in the future of Cleveland and our region. And there is no time more important than now to define a post coronavirus “CSU 2.0” -– that will expand our ability to provide the high quality, affordable and engaged learning experience that produces degrees that lead to jobs in Cleveland and in Northeast Ohio. </p><p>To do this effectively, we are focused on three things: </p><ul><li>Delivering now on our promise to get faculty, staff and students through to the other side of the Coronavirus “vortex” </li><li>Charting a course forward that repopulates our campus in a way that safeguards the health of our CSU community while protecting and building public trust </li><li>Planning now to realign our resources with CSU’s most critical strategic priorities </li></ul><p>We are well on our way to making good on our commitment to getting students through this spring. We were very deliberate in our move to remote teaching and learning so that we could (1) partner with faculty in a way that ensured they had what they needed to continue their commitment to excellence in teaching, (2) ensured no student was left behind by providing laptops, internet access and support services to those who could not afford these things (with great community support from the Federal Reserve and others), (3) distributed thousands of dollars in grants to needy students and their families even before the CARES Act was passed, then augmented our program with $6 million in CARES funding, and (4) increased our online mental health and student support services, created group chat rooms to connect students, provided webinars on budgeting and time management, and delivered additional outreach to students. </p><p>We are taking a leadership role across the state and our region in establishing protocols to repopulate our campus. CSU is leading a working group comprised of representatives from all 14 state universities to work through scenarios to open our respective campuses. Our goal: develop a unified and coordinated approach to resuming campus operations across Ohio so that students and families can have confidence that we have done all in our power to ensure campuses are safe and ready before anyone returns. Although there are still many unknowns, we know we must prepare now if we are to successfully repopulate our campus in a way that minimizes exposure. </p><p>We will use this opportunity to redefine ourselves in light of economic realities. Ohio has yet to see the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our state-funded institutions. We are no exception. Given current expectations, and expected enrollment patterns, it is possible we will be facing financial challenges that go beyond what we faced in 2008. In response, we have commissioned an initial “CSU 2.0” Task Force to identify and prioritize options and help set a course for additional dialogue and critical action plans. At the same time, I along with our senior leadership team are convening conversations across campus to ensure we best define and protect our academic core and build upon our clinical, internship and co-op experiences that are critical to our unique learning environment. This is a time of great change in higher education, and our ability to focus on what we do best - provide a high-quality educational experience at value that leads to productive careers in Northeast Ohio - will define our future. </p><p>Even though it may feel like our world is on pause, I can assure you that we are not at rest. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we are resilient and determined to come out of this stronger and even more ready to bring CSU and our broader community forward together.</p><p><em>Harlan Sands is the President of Cleveland State University.</em><br /> </p></div></div></div> Mon, 11 May 2020 13:36:24 +0000 6000933 22797 at Ronnie Dunn Named to the Ohio Minority Health Strike Force <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Dr. Ronnie Dunn, interim chief diversity officer and associate professor of urban studies at Cleveland State University, has been appointed to the Ohio Minority Health Strike Force. The group has been created by the State of Ohio to assess the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on African Americans and other people of color and make recommendations on how to prevent further spread of the disease in these communities. In Ohio, African Americans make up 13 percent of the population, however 24.1 percent of COVID-19 patients in the state are African American.</p><p>“We must recognize that there are many Ohioans who have an increased risk of being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and we must do everything we can to protect all Ohioans from this pandemic,” said Governor Mike DeWine in a statement announcing the Strike Force.</p><p>“The increased rate of infection in the African American community is a symptom of the broader disparities in health care access and other structural inequities faced by minorities locally and nationally,” Dunn added. “It is my hope this Strike Force can present comprehensive reforms which will serve as a model for addressing broader inequalities in our health care and socioeconomic systems.”<br /> <br />Ronnie Dunn has been on the faculty at CSU since 2004 and is a graduate of the University’s Ph.D. program in urban studies. He also serves on the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board and provided written testimony to President Barack Obama’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing. His most recent book, Boycotts, Busing, &amp; Beyond: The History &amp; Implications of School Desegregation in the Urban North, was published by Kendall-Hunt Publishing in 2016.</p><p class="rtecenter">###</p></div></div></div> Thu, 07 May 2020 18:48:16 +0000 6000933 22793 at School of Nursing Faculty and Students Assist in Community Response to COVID-19 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, it has had a different type of impact on faculty and students within Cleveland State University’s School of Nursing. Assistant Clinical Professor Mary Hasenstaub, APRN, DNP and Ph.D. student Raquel Rodriguez have found themselves having to balance being a professor or student with service as a front-line health care worker in hospitals and clinics in the area.</p><p>Dr. Hasenstaub is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner working in a federally qualified health center. Before the pandemic, she saw between 15-20 patients a day who were experiencing both acute and chronic medical conditions like diabetes or heart disease, along with handling pediatrics and the facility’s Immigration Immunization Clinic. With the development of COVID-19, her workplace quickly converted patients to telehealth to limit incoming traffic while in-person appointments have been more spread out to limit the amount of contact with other patients.</p><p>“We have been strictly following both CDC and Board of Health guidelines,” said <br />Dr. Hasenstaub. “We have made the decision to order a respiratory panel to test patients for potential COVID-19 infection to not overload the rest of the system. If results appear negative, then we recommend further testing and provide follow-ups throughout the process.”</p><p>Dr. Hasenstaub noted that this pandemic needs to be taken seriously considering the amount of unknown aspects of the disease and that many don’t understand the science behind the virus. As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, she has learned that it is important to continue moving forward and to take actions based on the best possible information available, while doing everything one can to keep themselves and their patients safe. As a professor, Dr. Hasenstaub explained how important it is to assist individuals that are underserved or are health illiterate in better understanding what is happening and what they can do to contribute to community health. </p><p>“Take the opportunity to donate or reach out to those who need help,” she added. “You don’t have to do a lot. We can all do something small to help each other.”</p><p>Like Dr. Hasenstaub, Raquel Rodriguez has been working on the frontlines in a local ICU where she attends to COVID-19 patients. She graduated from CSU with a bachelor’s in nursing in 2005 and a master’s in nursing education in 2008. In addition to her doctoral studies and work as a nurse, Ms. Rodriguez serves as a clinical experience coordinator for the School of Nursing, where she assists with clinical placements and processes for undergraduate students and clinical instructors.</p><p>Before COVID-19, Ms. Rodriguez was a staff nurse in a cardiovascular surgery unit in which she took care of surgical and intensive care patients. Now, her unit is for patients who are suspected to be positive for COVID-19 or for those who have already tested positive.</p><p>“Before the pandemic, we could check in on our patients when they needed us, and spend as much time with them as they needed to talk about their status and situation,” Ms. Rodriguez shared. “Now, we have to communicate as much as we can to the patients in a limited amount of time and tell them we will not be able to return to their room unless it fits into the specific time frame allowed.”</p><p>Ms. Rodriguez explained that though the time with patients has been reduced, they can still check their vital signs from outside the room and make sure that there haven’t been significant changes to their health since the last visit. The patients and nurses can also communicate via a call bell, and if the patient needs anything, a list is made to be brought to the room at the next assigned time.</p><p>“Nothing is textbook, we are going by the moment,” said Ms. Rodriguez. “Everything we have been taught has changed, we are just learning as we go.”</p><p class="rtecenter">###</p></div></div></div> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 14:26:47 +0000 6000933 22785 at Student Serves as Public Guide at the Cleveland Museum of Art <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Cleveland State University student Marisa DeMaria has had the opportunity to experience Engaged Learning first hand, connecting her studies to real-world opportunities while feeding her passion for art.</p><p>By day, DeMaria is a communication management major and art history minor at CSU. After class and on the weekends she serves as a senior student guide at the Cleveland Museum of Art.</p><p>The student guide program is a paid internship in which students are trained to give tours and teach incoming guides about the process of art engagement and interacting with the public in a fun yet beneficial way. </p><p>DeMaria seeks to give interesting and engaging tours that put a twist to the visitor’s overall museum experience. Specifically, guides engage the visitors in “slow-looking activities.” She explained that slow-looking allows visitors to think deeper and further understand the piece of artwork that they are looking at. It also helps museum patrons feel welcomed to engage with the art, regardless of knowledge or experience.</p><p>In addition to her regular duties, DeMaria has participated in a number of outreach activities through the Museum. This includes speaking on the Student Guide program and its benefits at a number of public events and even getting the opportunity to give a tour at Harvard University’s museum</p><p>DeMaria is currently completing her second-full semester at CSU after transferring from Cuyahoga Community College through the Mandel Honors College as a Mandel Continuing Scholar. While at Tri-C, She participated in a summer seminar where the director of CMA’s Student Guide program, Key Jo Lee, visited with students and provided applications for the pilot year of the effort. DeMaria has been with the program ever since, and would recommend it as a great way to gain experience and provide a benefit to the community.</p><p>“I’ve learned better questions to ask, better ways to listen and better ways to affirm people while communicating with them,” she adds.</p><p>Looking towards the future, Demaria plans to pursue certifications in arts management and community development, and would like to work in a museum or cultural institution where she can encourage visitors to explore and feel welcomed, while helping to further build her community through art.</p><p class="rtecenter">###</p></div></div></div> Wed, 29 Apr 2020 18:35:42 +0000 6000933 22784 at Dr. Bimpe Adedipe Leads CSU’s Efforts to Transition Nursing Education to the Virtual World <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>As COVID-19 continues to impact cities and countries around the world, faculty and staff of numerous colleges and universities have been making huge strides in transitioning to a remote learning environment. Dr. Bimpe Adedipe, the undergraduate program director of Cleveland State University’s School of Nursing, has been working non-stop to guarantee that students can continue to receive an engaging and high-quality education though they are not present in a classroom.</p><p>Dr. Adedipe, a clinical assistant professor of nursing who has been at CSU since 2013, is responsible for ensuring that all undergraduate course operations run smoothly, while still allowing the voices of faculty staff and students to be heard. Following the decision to transition the University to remote operations, Dr. Adedipe and her team put together a comprehensive plan to move course work for over 400 undergraduate nursing students online, while also ensuring individuals continued to have access to needed advising, tutoring and laboratory resources.</p><p>“Many nursing courses are extremely hands-on, including numerous clinical and Nursing Resource Lab (NRL) exercises, which are required for state licensure and to meet the Ohio Board of Nursing requirement for accreditation,” Dr. Adedipe says. “We worked with the Nursing School leadership and faculty to review several clinical software packages available on the market and quickly decide on the best program that will evaluate student learning effectively and ensure that faculty have the technical tools needed to make the transition possible.”</p><p>As part of this effort, the School of Nursing introduced a virtual simulator software, vSim, which gives nursing students the ability to move forward with clinicals through an alternate delivery method. The purpose of using the vSim software is to ensure that students continue to receive quality education even though they are not physically receiving face-to-face clinical instruction. Through simulations, the students move through pre-briefing information on a patient, where they discuss the assignments for the virtual clinical day, followed by a written care plan, which helps students to identify patient needs, interpret information and identify appropriate nursing actions. At the end of every vSim exercise, the clinical faculty holds a debriefing session followed by a reflective discussion of the exercise and areas needing improvement.  </p><p>The simulator gives students the chance to make a connection between what is learned in the classroom and the NRL, and practice those skills learned in a simulated clinical environment, all from the comfort of their homes. Also, students have access to an educational Electronic Health Record (EHR Go) platform, which is a software that is designed to encourage students to become proficient in health technology and documentation. The EHR Go includes 600+ customizable patient cases and activities built around the diverse and realistic human stories that healthcare professionals and students would normally encounter in the clinical area. The EHR Go has proven very useful for all nursing clinical courses and NRL exercises. </p><p>“Through this transition, it has been critical for students, faculty and NRL staff to communicate with each other via Zoom meetings to make alternate delivery as smooth as possible and address any challenges as soon as they arise,” Dr. Adedipe adds. “I would like to particularly thank the School of Nursing faculty and the NRL staff who all worked tirelessly to develop a new schedule that was accommodative to students and could effectively substitute for in-person learning in a very short time.”</p><p>Though there is still a lot more to learn, the feedback that Dr. Adedipe and her team have received shows that their transition to alternative delivery is working well for students and faculty. Moving forward, she hopes to continue to tweak operations to better meet needs and address problems as they arise. She will also work to incorporate elements of the programs they have developed through remote learning into in-class courses once CSU returns to campus.</p><p>“A lot of the methods we are now using will support in-class education and provide more value to our students,” Dr. Adedipe says. “That is a clear positive outcome of this effort.”</p><p class="rtecenter">###</p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 19:31:11 +0000 6000933 22765 at CSU Announces Additional $6 Million in Direct Aid to Students <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><h6>Funds will support Lift Up Vikes! emergency grant program</h6><p>Beginning Monday, Cleveland State University will award an additional $6 million in need-based emergency grants to help CSU students manage financial challenges occurring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of up to $2,500 will be available through our Lift Up Vikes! program, an existing student support initiative which provides emergency grants to CSU students. Funding for this additional distribution will come from both recently-allocated Federal CARES Act resources and our generous donors. These grants can be used for expenses such as housing, food, course materials, technology and childcare. </p><p>“Getting funds to our students quickly and efficiently is our highest priority,” said CSU President Harlan M. Sands. “And helping students reduce financial obstacles is critical if we are to keep students on a pathway to graduate.”</p><p>Emergency grants will be available to students through the CSU Office of Financial Aid. Eligibility will depend on student circumstances. Fully-automated grant applications will be available beginning Monday, April 27, directions and updates will be posted to <a target="_blank" href=""></a>. </p><p>The CSU Lift Up Vikes! program has been providing emergency grants since its establishment in 2019, and new contibutions from a variety of donors and supporters since the outbreak of COVID-19 have increased availability of funding. Students can apply through <a href="">CampusNet</a>.</p><p class="rtecenter">###</p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 18:59:05 +0000 6000933 22762 at