An eclectic mix of events keeping alumni connected to CSU


An eclectic mix of events keeping alumni connected to CSU

2015-2016 Events

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Total Attendees

Viking Alums Attended 145 Events During the School Year

An eclectic mix of events made this year one of the most successful in alumni history.

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In September 2015, we wrapped up CSU’s 50th anniversary year in style with a Homecoming week that drew nearly 1,500 alumni, friends and students to 20 events, including lectures, tours, reunions, celebrations, athletic events and a parade. New this past year: VikeFest, a celebration outside of Mather Mansion with fair booths, food trucks, music, prizes and lots of fun for some 1,000 students, alumni and friends of CSU.

As part of Homecoming 2015, we profiled 55 Fascinating Alumni, including Kelly Falcone-Hall (BA ’92, MA ’95), president and CEO of the Western Reserve Historical Society; the late Tim Russert (JD ’76), political journalist; and Eric (BA ’05) and Amy (BA ’01) Swinderman, independent filmmakers.

Capping off Homecoming 2015 was the 25th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards gala, a spectacular event at which we honored 10 Distinguished Alumni in front of 519 guests. Timothy J. Cosgrove (BA ’73, JD ’78) won the George B. Davis Award in recognition of his selfless service to the University.

Over the course of the year, we presented a series of 12 Passport Cleveland tours of local cultural, sports and entertainment venues that drew more than 500 alumni and friends. This award-winning program brought Northeast Ohio alumni and friends to venues as diverse as the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Stan Hywet Hall, and a wholesale jewelry production company where guest were able to make pieces. We launched a new series of seven kid-friendly Viking Days for Viking Families outings that drew 220 participants for events ranging from a Lake Erie cruise on the Goodtime III to a Cleveland Indians ballgame.

In November, we brought in Richey Piiparinen, senior research associate in CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, for a presentation titled “Is Cleveland the City of the Future? Mapping Migration in The Land of 216.” Alumni and friends of the University were delighted to have the opportunity to hear directly from a man who is quoted in local and national media regularly for his work on urbanism, culture and social trends.

We hosted two Exclusively Yours events. “An Evening Soiree with Angelin Chang” featured this Grammy-winning faculty member on piano. “A Conversation with Diane Downing: What the Republican Convention Means to Cleveland” featured this CSU Foundation Board member who is a Huntington Bank executive “on loan” to run the 2016 Host Committee behind the Republican National Convention.

In April we co-hosted Be Amazing… The Second Annual Women’s Leadership Symposium along with the Division of Student Life and Ohio University. More than 800 registrants heard moving and passionate keynotes talks by Rachel Talton, a CSU grad, marketing professional and motivational speaker; and Nancy Frates, the mom behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  After the keynotes, participants heard from 12 insightful presenters in nine breakout sessions; 40 smart, creative and connected panelists on seven different panels; and representatives of some 50 different organizations at Expo tables. Topics ranged from planning for retirement, to succeeding in the arts, to the challenges of corporate leadership.

The Women’s Leadership Symposium doubled in size from its inaugural year in 2015, and had to be moved to Cleveland Public Hall to accommodate all 800-plus participants. Read more about the presenters and their ideas here.

We hosted more than 500 Cleveland-area alumni and friends for other lectures, panel discussions and receptions. And we organized out-of-state alumni receptions in The Villages, Florida; Fort Myers, Florida; Phoenix; and Chicago; inspiring more than 300 alumni and guests to participate.

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