If you're having trouble viewing this email click here.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

“It wasn’t until I had a focus — a clear vision of what I wanted to do — that I started seeing success.”

Rich Paul shared this bit of self-reflection when he addressed our graduates last month during Cleveland State University’s Fall Commencement, where he received an honorary degree. Mr. Paul is the founder of Cleveland-based Klutch Sports Group, one of the top sports management agencies in the nation. Looking on during the ceremony were two of his clients from the Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James and J.R. Smith.

Of course, the true superstars at the Wolstein Center were the ones in caps and gowns — more than 900 of them in all. This was the largest graduating class we’ve ever had at Fall Commencement. Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

With spring semester underway, allow me to bring a few more noteworthy items to your attention . . . .

Student Veterans Have a New Home

Our nationally recognized Veteran Student Success Program has moved into a larger home on campus, but its mission remains the same: to provide a full range of support services for veterans and members of the serving military, as well as their families.

Previously located in Rhodes West, the VSSP now can be found at 2254 Euclid Avenue, in the space previously occupied by our Office of Civic Engagement.

CSU is incredibly proud of our long history of serving those who served — and serve — in the military. VSSP Coordinator Robert Shields and his staff are set to build upon this legacy in their new location, where our student veterans will be able to avail themselves of an expanded study space and computer lab, extensive tutoring resources and a robust mentoring program. Also in the works: yoga sessions geared specifically toward student veterans.

Stay tuned for details on an open house — as soon as the moving boxes are unpacked and the fresh coat of paint dries!

Internet of Things: the ‘In’ Thing at CSU and CWRU

CSU and Case Western Reserve University are teaming up to provide innovative educational, research and economic/workforce development opportunities related to the “internet of things” (IoT), the vast and ever-expanding network of devices (encompassing smart cars, smart lighting, smart appliances, etc.) that are interconnected via the internet.

We’re grateful to the Cleveland Foundation for a planning grant to fund this unique regional collaboration to the tune of $200,000 over six months, as part of its Digital Excellence Initiative.

Led by professors Nigamanth Sridhar of CSU and Kenneth Loparo of CWRU, the joint effort will seek to create a model of public-private higher education collaboration around education, research and training; conduct a feasibility study to test the model with an industry partner; and host an IoT symposium to engage additional stakeholders from the public and private sectors.

Dean Tracey Lind of Trinity Cathedral Steps Down

I first met the Very Rev. Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Cathedral, not long after I arrived at CSU. To my delight, I discovered that we had much in common, not the least of which was a strong desire to harness the energy between our respective institutions to help revitalize the Campus District.

After 17 years at the cathedral, Dean Lind is stepping down at the end of this month as she battles frontotemporal degeneration. She wrote about her decision in a moving letter on the cathedral’s website.

CSU has a wonderful neighbor in Trinity Cathedral, where Dean Lind has nurtured a faith community that exudes a remarkable spirit of openness. In addition to overseeing the development of Trinity Commons, she also has served the broader community as a founding co-chair of the Greater Cleveland Congregations and through her work with the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Steering Committee, the ACLU, Campus District Inc. and numerous other organizations.

Godspeed, Dean Lind. Your many friends at CSU will keep you in our thoughts.

New Year, New You

If any of your new year’s resolutions involve making healthy choices, CSU is here to help with numerous options. Students can learn more about our Lunch and Learn series and other Student Wellness programs here. For faculty and staff, VikeHealth & Well-Being and our Journey to Wellness programs offer many opportunities to pursue a healthy lifestyle. And for the entire campus community, the CSU Rec Center remains the best place downtown to break a sweat. Here’s to a healthy 2017!

By way of closing, I hope all of us will take a page from Rich Paul’s playbook. If we focus on making this another great semester at CSU, success is sure to follow.


Ronald M. Berkman

Cleveland State University

© 2017 Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2215 PH: 216.687.2000