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Colleagues,We have received the final report from the consultants retained by the University to explore the College's name. For your review we have posted the report -- it is a Power Point file -- on our web site so that you can have a copy or read it. There are two versions of the same report give its size. Please go to these links to secure a copy and to view the entire report:http://urban.csuohio.edu/news/name_report.pdfhttp://urban.csuohio.edu/news/name.htmlI have met with the consultants and with President Schwartz to review the findings. President Schwartz wanted additional time to review the information and may request additional information or another meeting after he has had time to read the entire report.The consultants' findings and recommendations are quite clear and instructive.Based on the almost 400 responses to the survey and the focus group meetings, they concluded that if the college was to start today as a new institution a name different from our current one would appear to be more reflective of our structure and would have more acceptance. However, to the issue of changing the name at this time, they observe our various constituencies find as much value, identity, and comfort in the current name as in any new or changed/expanded or contracted name.As a result, their recommendation is that there may well be a time when a different name would enjoy greater acceptance and potentially yield more value to the college and university; but that time is not now.I think you will find the consultants have done a commendable job and produced a first-rate piece of market research. There should be opportunities at today's faculty meeting and at other meetings for us to discuss the report and its implications for marketing to students, and I look forward to your comments and reactions. I am not sure we need to appoint a committee to review the data and suggest a course of action as I think the consultant's conclusions and recommendations deserve our careful attention and consideration. However, please let me know if you think a different approach, course of action, or conclusion should be reached after you have read the report and if you would like us to consider the issue of a different name in greater depth and detail.MarkMark S. RosentraubDean and ProfessorMaxine Goodman Levin College of Urban AffairsCleveland State University
I would prefer the term planning be incorporated into the name. It is a major function of the school.
University Awarded $2 MillionU.S. Department of Education Title III Grant - A Model for Engaged Student LearningA Cleveland State University Title III proposal, for building undergraduate student Learning Communities has been recognized with the award of a federal grant valued at $1,996,479 over a five-year period beginning October 1, 2006. According to Interim Provost Mary Jane Saunders, “This timely award comes at a point in the institution’s development when several recent campus initiatives have converged to move the University community in the direction of having greater expectations for themselves and their students.” In recent years CSU has taken the lead in raising academic standards, focusing on student success, and reinvigorating its general education offerings. The new Title III award provides much needed resources for forming Learning Communities that follow the spirit of current campus proposals for course clustering leading to General Education reform and President Schwartz’s focus on Student Success.Learning Communities consist of intentionally paired clusters of courses that are linked during a given semester around interdisciplinary themes, and enroll a common cohort of students. The Title III grant resources will be used develop and link course sequences that differentiate CSU’s lower division courses as being superior in content, pedagogically distinctive, and delivered in a fashion that is inspired by the unique resources located in the city of Cleveland. According to Vice Provost Gitanjali Kaul, the principal investigator of this grant, “On a commuter campus such as ours it is essential that we create a sense of community and engagement among faculty, students, and staff around common, rich, and intellectually compelling experiences. This is what leads to student success and retention.” While faculty participating in the program will select the themes for Learning Communities, examples could include introductory, undergraduate courses clustered around Global Environment, Urban Planning, Cleveland area Performing Arts, Great Lakes, Cleveland’s Historical Monuments, and other topics that touch on contemporary notions of ethics, justice, faith, values, knowledge and reason. The first set of Learning Communities will be launched in Fall 2007.The Title III award consists of three major initiatives and some related programs that will be implemented over the five-year period. They are:Initiative One: Learning Communities to Increase Student Persistence and SuccessBased on the premise that students who study, attend class, work and socialize with other students of like interests achieve greater academic success, two new thematically based learning community cohorts of 132 students will be launched each year. The learning communities will involve students in lower division courses in English, Mathematics, Social Science and Natural Science. The program will promote faculty engagement with beginning students, and will advance the students’ understanding of issues that cross subject boundaries and create opportunities for them to explore diverse perspectives.Initiative Two: Individualized Student AdvisingTo validate the premise that personal advising from experts in their field of academic pursuit benefits students more than centralized group or “one size fits all” advising programs, the University will develop and implement a program of structured individualized academic advising for the students participating in the learning communities. The new advising model will encompass aspects of the overall education of the student in areas typically not addressed by collegiate advising programs such as financial planning for educational expenses.Initiative Three: Resources for Faculty DevelopmentThe successful implementation of learning communities, as measured by student success rates to be established early in the program, requires that faculty investigate and develop discipline-based best practices and pedagogically distinct course content for cohorts of students. As a new concept to most college students, learning communities also present a new concept to the majority of faculty. To facilitate this initiative, the grant will provide the following: release-time, stipends, summer seminars, and other professional development opportunities for participating faculty members.Additional highlights of the program include: * Six new “smart” classrooms with state-of-the-art hardware/software installations to facilitate the effectiveness of learning communities * $310,000 or 15.5 percent of total grant funds to be earmarked as matched contribution towards Cleveland State’s endowment for future scholarships * A student data warehouse to provide query and analysis capability for targeted intervention and tracking of at-risk students. * First-year program activities to include the establishment of major program milestones, schedules, and determination of indicators of success. For further information, contact Dr. Gitanjali Kaul, Cleveland State University’s Vice Provost for Planning, Assessment and Information Resource Management at 216-523-7402.
Students, Faculty and StaffWe are proud to announce that Cleveland State has recently completed a new university strategic plan that has been titled "Vision Unlimited". You are encouraged to review this plan by going to the University Strategic Planning Committee web site www.csuohio.edu/uspc and clicking on Vision Unlimited.This plan is the result of a collaborative process between academic and administrative staff developed in a bottom-up, grass roots approach. Input and feedback was captured across all levels of the university, and other stakeholders. The committee of five faculty, five administrative members and one student worked well together and reached all goals and strategies in this plan by consensus.Vision Unlimited Goals and Strategies have been ratified by both the Faculty Senate and Administration and enjoys the support of the Board of Trustees. We thank everyone involved for their input to this critical plan and for your future support for this continuous strategic planning process.Michael Schwartz
The 17th People's Art Show - Opening ReceptionFriday, November 3rd. 5-8pm in the Art Gallery (2307 Chester Ave.)Join us Friday evening for the opening of CSU Art Gallery's most popular show, featuring over 400 works of art by nearly 300 artists. The exhibition includes painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and more. A great place to find unique holiday gifts!The show runs through December 14th. Gallery hours are M-F 10am - 5pm, and Saturday Noon - 4pm.For further information visit www.csuohio.edu/art/gallery or call 216-687-2103.
QuoteStudents, Faculty and StaffWe are proud to announce that Cleveland State has recently completed a new university strategic plan that has been titled "Vision Unlimited". You are encouraged to review this plan by going to the University Strategic Planning Committee web site www.csuohio.edu/uspc and clicking on Vision Unlimited.This plan is the result of a collaborative process between academic and administrative staff developed in a bottom-up, grass roots approach. Input and feedback was captured across all levels of the university, and other stakeholders. The committee of five faculty, five administrative members and one student worked well together and reached all goals and strategies in this plan by consensus.Vision Unlimited Goals and Strategies have been ratified by both the Faculty Senate and Administration and enjoys the support of the Board of Trustees. We thank everyone involved for their input to this critical plan and for your future support for this continuous strategic planning process.Michael Schwartz
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban AffairsRobert Simons, Ph.D.Announces the Fall 2006 REAL ESTATE MARKET ANALYSIS COMPETITION Please join us to evaluate and recognize the top five market analysis case studies from Masters and Ph.D. candidates chosen from 40 students in theReal Estate Development Process/ Market Analysis class (PDD 610/710) As in past years, the winners are announced immediately following the presentations. Monday, December 18, 20063:30 – 5:30 p.m.Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban AffairsBonda Community Board Room, 254Cleveland State University1717 Euclid AvenueRegistration: 3:00 p.m.Program: 3:30-5:30 p.m.Networking Reception with refreshments to follow program The panel of judges includes:David O’Neill, Colliers OMKen Lurie, Rysar PropertiesPeter Rubin, Coral Corp.Mitchell Schneider, First Interstate Properties, Inc. Program is Free!Please RSVP by December firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.687.5258 Free Parking is available in the East 17th, garage between Chester and Euclid Avenues(Mention this event)
A bit of trivia..Which two UrbanOhioans tied for first place in last year's competition?
Cleveland State Pianist Wins Grammy AwardAngelin Chang, internationally acclaimed concert pianist and an assistant professor of piano at Cleveland State University, has won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra.Angelin ChangShe was the only North American among the five musicians nominated in this category. The 49th annual Grammy Award winners were announced on February 11 in a live telecast from Los Angeles.Dr. Chang won for her piano solo performance of Olivier Messiaen’s “Oiseaux Exotiques” (Exotic Birds) with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, conducted by John McLaughlin Williams, who also won the Grammy. The piece, from the sixth volume of the Symphony’s “Music That Dares to Explore” series, was performed in Cleveland State’s Waetjen Auditorium and was recorded and engineered by Cleveland State audio engineer David Yost, using the Music Department's recording control room, personnel, and equipment.The Grammy nominating committee told conductor Williams that the recording quality was one of the best ever submitted in the classical category.Dr. Chang has been head of keyboard studies and a faculty member at Cleveland State since 2001. She also is the coordinator for chamber music. At the time of the recording, the world-renown Cleveland Chamber Symphony had been in residence at Cleveland State University for 24 years.Even before receiving the coveted Grammy nomination, Dr. Chang's rendition of “Oiseaux Exotiques” won wide critical acclaim. The Gramophone (U.K.) noted her “alternately prismatic and pointed artistry” and found it “invariably excellent.” State Magazine characterized her performance as “dazzlingly pyrotechnic,” and the Plain Dealer called her a “vibrant soloist [who] managed the death-defying writing with equal dash and subtlety.”Dr. Chang studied with Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen in Paris and was awarded First Prizes in both piano and chamber music during the same year from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (Paris Conservatoire). While earning her Doctor of Musical Arts from Peabody Institute-Johns Hopkins University, she wrote her dissertation on Messiaen.Recognized for her sense of poetry and technical brilliance, she performs in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. Her concert tours have included the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Severance Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Beijing Concert Hall, and the South African Broadcasting Corporation.As the first Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center, she participated in developing and launching the Arts for Everyone initiative. She has performed at the U.S. Department of State, for the United Nations Women’s Organization and before the Royal Family of Nepal. An active chamber musician, she performs regularly with the legendary violist Joseph de Pasquale, the de Pasquale String Quartet, and with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra.She earned her Premier Prix-Piano and Premier Prix-Musique de Chambre from the Paris Conservatoire, Master of Music and Distinguished Performer Certificate from Indiana University, BA in French and Bachelor of Music from Ball State University, and highest honors upon graduation from the Interlochen Arts Academy.She serves as the North America representative for the Festival Afro-Asiatique Mondial des Oeuvres de Solidarité (FAMOUS), and president of the Panafrican Music and Arts Festival/Piano Division. She is a member of the board of trustees for the Great Lakes Theater Festival, co-president of the Ohio Music Teachers Association Northeast District, and state coordinator for the Music Teachers National Association Young Artists Competition and Chamber Music Competition.
Cleveland State Selects Mary Jane Saunders as ProvostCleveland State University has selected Mary Jane Saunders, Ph.D., as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. She has been serving as Interim Provost since July 2006. The appointment was approved by the University's Board of Trustees today and is effective immediately.The provost is the University’s chief academic officer and has broad responsibilities for the planning, development, and administration of the full array of the University’s academic programs and research.“Cleveland State University is a terrific institution with wonderful and talented faculty, staff and students. I’m honored to be selected as Provost, and I’m looking forward to working with CSU’s internal and external communities to continue to build this fine university,” said Dr. Saunders.The yearlong, nationwide search attracted a pool of 58 applicants, including five finalists who each went through an exhaustive interview process with various constituent groups on campus. A search committee comprised of faculty, students, staff and administrators recommended Dr. Saunders to President Michael Schwartz, who agreed with the selection.“I could not be happier that Dr. Saunders has accepted our offer to continue serving this University and its students as provost and senior vice president,” said President Schwartz. “She has done an outstanding job as both Interim Provost and Founding Dean of our College of Science and has won the respect and admiration of her colleagues with her high energy, innovative ideas and genuine passion for moving this great University forward. I look forward to working with her to continue, expand and create programs that promote academic excellence and further position Cleveland State University as a major resource within the Northeast Ohio region.”Dr. Saunders joined the University in January 2003 as a Professor and Director of the newly created Biomedical and Health Institute, a University-wide initiative to enhance and integrate the areas of biomedical and health sciences to promote research and education, address critical issues, and foster regional economic development through the sciences.When the University created a College of Science in 2004 by splitting its former College of Arts and Sciences into two units, Dr. Saunders was named Interim Dean, and then Founding Dean in January 2005 following a national search. The second largest college with over 2,000 students enrolled, the College of Science has close to 100 full-time faculty in seven academic departments.A tenured professor in the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, her scientific expertise is in the area of cell and molecular biology.Dr. Saunders holds a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts and came to Cleveland State from the University of South Florida, where she directed the Institute for Biomolecular Science for eight years. She also served as a program officer and deputy division director at the National Science Foundation.“Mary Jane Saunders is an outstanding scientist who has provided stellar service to the University over the past four years,” added President Schwartz. “We are pleased to name her to this key academic leadership position and have great expectations for the direction that she will give to our excellent academic programs.”
SUMMARY OF ACTIONSMarch 16, 2007Major Actions Taken on Behalf of the Board of Trustees: 1. Approved promotions to the rank of Professor and the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure and the award of tenure at the rank of Associate Professor, effective at the beginning of the 2007-2008 academic year to the 27 faculty members recommended. 2. Approved the promotion of Kathyanne W. Dobda to the rank of Librarian, effective July 1, 2007. 3. Approved the granting of Professional Leaves of Absence for the Academic Year 2007-2008 to the 37 faculty members recommended. 4. Approved the creation of a Fenn College of Engineering Financial Stability Task Force to develop a plan to achieve financial stability within five years, requiring the President and Provost to meet with the Dean of the College and appropriate members of the faculty on an ongoing basis to evaluate and implement the plan and to report the progress toward achieving the goals on an annual basis. 5. Resolved that the Center for eLearning publish a formal eLearning strategy with 1 to 5 year enrollment targets, program descriptions, organization plan, market analysis, and report progress toward goals on a quarterly basis. 6. Resolved that the President develop one to five year enrollment benchmarks identified for Undergraduate Enrollment, Graduate Enrollment and Student Retention and report quarterly the progress toward meeting the goals. 7. Approved the proposed allocation of $267,908 of the Cleveland-Marshall Fund to Cleveland State University to be used for the purpose of education and program enrichment at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. 8. Accepted, with thanks, the Gifts totaling $3,695,632 and the Sponsored Programs funds totaling $27,657,835 received by the Cleveland State University Foundation and Cleveland State University during the period October 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006, and directed the President to use those Gifts and Sponsored Programs funds subject to their terms and conditions. 9. Approved FY2007 salary increases of a total of 3%, including across the board, merit, market, step and equity adjustments, for non-bargaining faculty and staff. 10. Approved contracts with Heery International for construction manager services for the Student Center and for the College of Education building projects. 11. Authorized amending the contract with CBLH Design for additional architectural work in Viking Hall to accommodate additional cooking and dining spaces for the relocation of the catering kitchen from University Center to Viking Hall when the existing facilities in University Center are closed next fall. 12. Passed limited authority to refinance the 2003A and 2004 bonds upon the approval of the officers of the Board. 13. Resolved that Honorary Degrees be offered and awarded to Stephen F. Kirk, Dr. Nicholas Rescher and Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones for the May 12, 2007 Commencement ceremonies. 14. Passed a resolution recognizing and congratulating Dr. Angelin Chang, an internationally acclaimed concert pianist and assistant professor of piano at CSU, for her accomplishments outside the classroom as a 2007 Grammy Award winner for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra, and as the only North American among the five musicians nominated in this category. 15. Ratified the President’s appointment of Dr. Mary Jane Saunders as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective March 16, 2007, with enthusiasm and congratulations. 16. Adopted the EDGE guidelines established by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services to provide assistance to economically and socially disadvantaged enterprises in public contracting, and directed the University administration to strive to meet the objectives of the EDGE program and meet or exceed the goal of five percent in University contracts, reporting compliance to the Board of Trustees on an annual basis.
From: Cleveland Department of Public HealthTamara McBride, Cleveland Department of Public Health(216) 664-3921 or (216) 857-7472Andrea V. Taylor, City of Cleveland(216) 664-4171 or (216) 857-7998For Immediate ReleaseMarch 28, 2007Cleveland State University, President Michael Schwartz Honored as Healthy Business ChampionsHealthy Cleveland Business Council salutes university’s wellness programCLEVELAND — On Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 12:00 noon, the Cleveland Department of Public Health’s Steps to a Healthier Cleveland program will recognize Cleveland State University for being a local leader in worksite wellness and will present University President Michael Schwartz with the Healthy Cleveland Business Council CHAMPION Award. The presentations will be made as part of the university’s all-day Wellfest, an event focused on the health and wellness of students, staff and faculty.The Healthy Cleveland Business Council is a Steps to a Healthier Cleveland initiative that provides resources, training and networking opportunities for Cleveland-area employers that are committed to improving the health of their employees.Cleveland State University is being recognized as a Healthy Cleveland Business Council CHAMPION for its efforts to integrate all university health programming through a new Campus Wellness Collaborative, bringing together the expertise and resources of many university partners including Human Resources; the Recreation Center; Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Health and Wellness Services; Student Life; and Counseling and Testing. The CHAMPION award celebrates the Collaborative’s goal to enhance the quality of campus life by facilitating and promoting wellness education, activities and services both on campus and in the community.For more information about Cleveland State University’s Wellfest, visit http://www.csuohio.edu/oncampus/03-07-07/wellness.html. For more information about Steps to a Healthier Cleveland or its Healthy Cleveland Business Council, visit www.clevelandhealth.org/steps.About Steps to a Healthier Cleveland:Steps to a Healthier Cleveland is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of Steps to a HealthierUS, a national program focusing on the prevention of diabetes, obesity, and asthma and addressing related risk factors—poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and tobacco use and exposure. For more information about Steps to a Healthier Cleveland, please visit www.clevelandhealth.org or call 216-664-STEP (7837)About Steps to a HealthierUS Cooperative Agreement:Steps to a HealthierUS Cooperative Agreement is a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program advancing the HealthierUS goal to help Americans live longer, better, and healthier lives. Through funding of community-based interventions, this program aims to reduce the burden of diabetes, obesity, and asthma, and address three related risk behaviors—poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and tobacco use and exposure. For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov/steps.
SUMMARY OF ACTIONSApril 20, 2007Major Actions Taken on Behalf of the Board of Trustees: 1. Approved the new three-year collective bargaining agreement between CSU and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) – CSU Chapter for the period August 16, 2006 through August 15, 2009. 2. Approved the extension of salary and benefit increases contained in the AAUP successor agreement to eligible non-bargaining unit 12-month administrative faculty and 9-month faculty, including law faculty and special status law faculty. 3. Approved the extension of the terms of the “pattern settlement” contained in the AAUP successor agreement to eligible non-bargaining unit professional staff. 4. Approved the extension of the terms of the “pattern settlement” contained in the successor agreement to eligible non-bargaining unit classified staff. 5. Authorized the Administration to seek outside counsel and to enter into contract negotiations for energy conservation measures for implementation of the Basic Science and Science Research buildings’ Fume Hood Renovation Project with Brewer Garrett/URS for designing, building and financing the project subject to the final approval of the Officers of the Board of Trustees. 6. Approved the granting of an honorary degree to Tim Russert at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Commencement ceremony on May 19, 2007. 7. Recognized Student Trustee Teresa M. Obrero for her active, dedicated and enthusiastic participation on the Board of Trustees, and expressed its deep appreciation for her contribution to and support of Cleveland State University as she graduates, offering its best wishes as she pursues graduate school. 8. Passed a resolution in memory and recognition of the distinguished faculty and promising students who lost their lives in the tragedy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, extending its condolences to the families who lost loved ones and offering support to the entire Virginia Tech community as it tries to move forward in honor and memory of those lost.
New Dining Services provider selectedAfter an extensive search, CSU is proud to announce that it is entering into an agreement with Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services to provide all dining,catering and vending services on campus. Chartwells is part of the Compass Group, the largest dining services provider in the world. The new contract is for five years with the option to extend the contract for three two year extensions based on performance.Here is a summary of immediate changes you will see on campus as Chartwells begins service on July 1, 2007.Transitional Locations and Hours of Operations (Summer, 2007) University Center Convenience Store will be open over the summer from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. The location will offer Outtakes Food to Go brand featuring fresh made sandwiches, wraps, salads, parfaits and much more. The Upper Deck Food Court will close for the summer in preparation for a grand re-opening in August.The Viking Marketplace in Viking Hall will open on July 9th for all you care to eat dining. Lunch will be served from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday during the summer term.The special summer transitional price for this great all you care to eat meal in the Marketplace will be $4.99. All other retail operations will be closed.CateringThe Catering Department will continue to provide catering service to the University throughout the summer. Menus that have been ordered will be honored by the Chartwell's catering team as will current and customary pricing for those menus. The phone number for the Catering department is x3805.VendingVending Services for snacks, hot beverages and cold food will be supported by the Cuyahoga Group for Chartwells. Beginning July 1, the University will begin replacing old vending machines in existing locations with new machines supplied by Chartwells. Our goal is to have all the machines replaced by the end of July. Pepsi will continue to be our carbonated beverage provider and VikingCash will be accepted in select vending locations.Chartwells has many new concepts and programs in the planning stages for Fall, 2007. Watch the Campus Mailbag or click on www.csuohio.edu/dining for future announcements. If you have any questions or concerns about the transition, feel free to call Campus Support Services at x3673.Additional information about Chartwells can be found at www.eatlearnlive.com and www.dineoncampus.com. Additional information about Compass Group can be found at www.cgnad.com.