Gift Supports Lift Up Vikes!
Thank you to Chuck and Char Fowler for their generous $1 million gift in support of Lift Up Vikes! Their gift will be used in two ways -- to renovate space in Ronald Berkman Hall and relocate Lift Up Vikes! there, and to create an emergency fund to assist CSU students. 

Relocation of Lift Up Vikes! from the CSU Recreation Center to centrally located Berkman Hall will more than triple the size of the pantry and resource center which connects students with on- and off-campus services to assist them in overcoming financial emergencies, meeting basic needs, learning about personal finance and more. The year-round emergency fund will assist students with unforeseen expenses that could lead to them dropping out of school. Read more >>
Radiance Breaks Records
Thank you to everyone who supported  Radiance  2019 . A record $2,080,510 was raised, surpassing our $1.75 million goal.

Since being introduced in 2011,  Radiance  has raised nearly $10 million for scholarships and student success initiatives. 

At the May 8 event, the President’s Medal, CSU’s most prestigious non-academic recognition, was awarded to Barbara and Frank Sullivan and Jenniffer and Daryl Deckard. Through their philanthropy, the Sullivans and Deckards have been instrumental in CSU’s nationally recognized efforts to improve educational opportunity for young adults aging out of the foster care system.
A combined gift from the couples established the Sullivan-Deckard Scholars Opportunity Program, which provides high school seniors aging out of foster care with full tuition, year-round room, board and work-study scholarships, and a comprehensive support system to succeed at CSU.

An additional gift from the Sullivans created the Pratt Center – Fostering Success and Leadership, which provides support services for current CSU students who have exited foster care.

Sullivan-Deckard Scholar MaryAnn Dowdell shared a powerful message about the impact of philanthropy and how it has altered the course of her life.

From Crain's Cleveland Business: University President Harlan Sands is Outlining Ambitious Plan for Cleveland State
Harlan Sands has big plans for  Cleveland State University .

He wants to see the university grow and strengthen its relationships with businesses and organizations in the city.

Cleveland State is the city's public research institution, and its campus is the city. That's a competitive advantage, and one the university intends to maximize in the coming years, said Sands, who officially took on the role of president at Cleveland State on June 1, 2018.

"The unique mission of the institution is inextricably tied to the success of the city," Sands said. Read more >>
Giving Day
CSU’s sixth-annual Giving Day was a huge success.

Nearly 2,000 donors made gifts totaling $305,000 during the 24-hour online campaign.

Student scholarships received the most support -- nearly $85,000. Fans of CSU's newest sport, lacrosse, supported leadership development for team members with gifts totaling $49,000. And more than $42,000 was received for Annual and Deans' Discretionary Funds to support the most pressing needs on campus.

We are deeply grateful for this strong show of support for CSU and student success.
Scholarship Luncheon
Several hundred donors and students were on hand for CSU’s Scholarship Luncheon .

The annual event is an opportunity to thank donors for their generous support for scholarships and to congratulate students who receive those awards.

President Harlan M. Sands, alumnus donor Ted Laufik, who established a scholarship in the Monte Ahuja College of Business, and student Amanda Pacanovsky, who holds a Radiance scholarship, shared their thoughts on the importance of scholarships. See photos here >>
Why We Give
Meredith Bond , dean of CSU’s College of Sciences and Health Professions (COSHP), is an only child whose parents raised her to believe she could be whatever she wanted to be. To honor the memory of Jean and Ken Bond, she and her husband, Toni Scarpa , established a scholarship to support COSHP students. Dean Bond and Dr. Scarpa, retired director of the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review, are among CSU’s most generous and consistent donors.

Read our interview with Dean Bond and Dr. Scarpa and learn what inspires their generosity.
Scholarship Honors Faculty Member
Family, friends and colleagues of the late Pamela K. Rutar have established a scholarship fund in her memory. The fund will provide scholarships to students pursuing a bachelor of nursing degree.

Rutar was the associate dean of research and collaborative partnerships for CSU’s School of Nursing. She passed away in May 2018 after a brief illness. 

During her nearly decade-long tenure at CSU, she was devoted to nursing education and to helping prepare the next generation of innovative and caring health care professionals to work in the Cleveland community and beyond. 
Steve Minter receives Distinguished Friend of Education Award
Cleveland State University’s Steve Minter is the 2019 recipient of the Distinguished Friend of Education Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

He is one of just six individuals honored for extraordinary service in education and advancement.

Minter is an Executive-in-Residence in CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs as well as a Fellow at Levin’s Center for Nonprofit Policy & Practice. He has advised three presidents and facilitated collaborations between the University, business and civic communities. Read more here>>
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