CSU Perspective - Spring/Summer 2008

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President to Step Down; A Championship Season; The Great Debate; Construction Zone

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  • Summer 2008

  • C S U P E R S P E C T I V E 1

    ENGAGE NOWEditOr/ChiEf WritErBarbara Chudzik

    CONtributOrSMary Grodek, 86Nancy Carlucci Smith

    dESiGNJo-Ann Dontenville-Ranallo

    PhOtOGrAPhyWilliam Rieter, 88

    PrESidENtDr. Michael Schwartz

    PrOvOStDr. Mary Jane Saunders

    viCE PrESidENt fOr uNivErSity AdvANCEmENt/ ExECutivE dirECtOr, CSu fOuNdAtiONPeter K. Anagnostos

    ASSiStANt viCE PrESidENt, uNivErSity mArkEtiNGRob A. Spademan

    dirECtOr, PubLiC AffAirS ANd mEdiA rELAtiONSBrian Johnston

    dirECtOr, ALumNi AffAirSCarolyn Champion-Sloan

    Perspective, a publication for alumni and friends of Cleveland State University, is produced by the Division of University Advancement. Perspective offices are located in Mather Mansion, 2121 Euclid Ave., MM 303, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214. The telephone number is 216-687-2290; the fax number is 216-687-9229. Third-class postage is paid at Cleveland, Ohio.

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    CONTENTS summer08

    f E A t u r E S

    President to Step downAfter eight years of outstanding leadership at CSU, Michael Schwartz will return to his first love teaching. 2

    A Championship SeasonViking athletic teams win five titles and the McCafferty all-sports trophy. 4 the Great debateHosting the presidential candidates provides campus with a real-life lesson in politics. 14

    Construction ZoneCSU creates a living/learning center in downtown Cleveland. 20

    d E P A r t m E N t S

    Our Colleges 6

    Alumni ProfileElizabeth Pugh, Library of Congress 12Alumni Q&AMichael Oatman, Karamu House 18

    News briefs 23

    Class Notes 26

    On the cover: Viking student-athletes (clockwise from top) Amy Benz, volleyball; Brittany Korth, women's basketball; Ryan Hamning, men's tennis; Amanda Macenko, softball; and Doug Barber, men's golf. Athletic Director Lee Reed is center. See story on page four.


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    nding competition for scarce resources and creating centers of excellence to drive regional and state econo-mies forward these are the bottom-line goals of Ohios new 10-year strategic plan for higher education. And Cleveland State University President Michael Schwartz couldnt agree more. Differentiated missions, centers of excellence thats

    exactly right. Thats how you develop a university system and address the challenges facing Ohio, he says. These initiatives are driving our University as we more closely align with and address key issues facing Greater Cleveland.

    Cleveland States long-standing commitment to meet-ing regional needs is well known. And more than a year ago, strengthening of that commitment began when the president charged deans and faculty with redefining their priorities around the regions priorities. In addition, the University con-ducted a thorough review of academic programs in light of the regions needs.

    The recent push by Gov. Ted Strickland and higher educa-tion Chancellor Eric Fingerhut for a University System of Ohio has been an opportunity for Cleveland State to further define and design where we want to go in the future, notes Provost Mary Jane Saunders. In looking at our strengths and the needs of this area its very obvious: CSU transforms the people who trans-

    form the economy. As the University System of Ohio takes shape, CSU will

    focus on meeting local and regional needs by strengthening programs in three academic centers of excellence health-care and biomedical research; business and civic leadership; and the arts. Fundraising efforts will focus exclusively on programs and activities within these clusters that address regional priorities or the priorities of employers who hire CSU graduates.

    We wil l continue to impact the economy and qual-it y of l i fe i n t h i s re g ion by e duc at i n g t e a cher s a nd administrators for local schools, highly trained science professionals and a skilled work force for this areas health care industry, and business professionals whose presence will help Cleveland retain its status as a center of major and new-growth companies, says Dr. Schwartz.

    We also will continue to impact the lives of our students by providing an engaged learning experience that produces well-rounded graduates who are steeped in the tradition of the liberal arts and are prepared to enter the work force and engage in the civic fabric of our city.

    Cleveland s f uture is intimately t ied to Cleveland States future, he adds. The state of Cleveland depends on Cleveland State.

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    resident Michael Schwartz has announced that he will relinquish the top post at CSU at the end of the 2008-09 academic year. Dr. Schwartz will step down as president effective July 1, 2009. After a one-year sabbatical, he will return to CSU to teach.

    The Universitys board of trustees will begin a nation-wide search for his replacement and a new president is expected to be in place by July 2009. The process will involve the naming of a search committee to assist the board of trustees.

    I feel that the advancement of CSU and the accomplish-ments of its faculty, staff and students have far exceeded my expectations. I believe that I will leave the University better than it was when I arrived, and every president should be able to say that. Now is the time for new vision, new energy, new ideas, and new skills, said Dr. Schwartz.

    I am confident that the management team that is cur-rently in place is the best I have ever had the privilege of work-ing with, and they will continue to carry on the growth and quality enhancement of CSU with vigor through a seamless transition of leadership. It is with pride that I leave the leader-ship of this great institution in their capable hands.

    In announcing his impending move, the president noted that he will be leaving after 17 years as the president of two Ohio pub-lic institutions Cleveland State and Kent State University.

    I began my professional life 46 years ago as a professor, and I intend to complete my professional life as one. I look at this as an opportunity for me to return to the classroom to once again do what I love so very much working with stu-dents who crave knowledge in their quest for better lives.

    I look forward to not leaving Cleveland State University,

    Pbut to remaining on this campus that I love in a way that will give me fulfillment and enjoyment and, hopefully, provide a positive impact upon another generation of college students.

    Ronald Weinberg, chairman of the Universitys board of trustees, described President Schwartz as a leader with vision, not only for the University but for our metropolitan community as a whole. He has made CSU a catalyst in the economic and intellectual development of Cleveland. Not only has he anchored the campus through the $250 million building program he launched, but he made the University a f lagship for the region.

    It was a coincidence that I joined the board at about the same time that he became president, and I cant help but note that President Schwartz has revitalized the University in so many respects, continued Weinberg.

    He restructured it to become an eff iciently running enterprise; he reengineered student services to make the processes far more user friendly to students; and maybe most important of all he enhanced the stature of a CSU degree by leading what has come to be known as the renaissance of the University.

    In addit ion, President Schwartz has signif icantly increased scholarship support for deserving and outstanding students, made possible by the fact that the Universitys fund-raising has reached an all-time high.

    Currently he is targeting areas of special distinctive-ness for CSU in years ahead while maintaining strength in the other vital areas. The benefits of these initiatives will be remembered by the University many years after his tenure as president. It is really a golden era for CSU, added Weinberg.

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    Great Years

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