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Homecoming Memories

A people-powered parade, golden apples, a harvest picnic, reunions, dedications, awards . . . Homecoming 2019 was packed with activities that brought alumni and their families back to campus.

Highlights included the parade from Krenzler Field down Euclid Avenue to the front lawn of Mather Mansion. Grand Marshals President Harlan Sands and basketball coach Dennis Gates led the way. The parade featured representatives from numerous student organizations and culminated in a lively VikeFest celebration of food, music and fun.

The first-ever Viking Harvest Picnic attracted hundreds of alumni families on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Hosted by President Sands and his wife, Lynn, the picnic featured hayrides, tasty autumn treats, face-painting and other activities for the kids, fall beers for the adults, music, games and more.

At the 50th reunion brunch, members of the class of 1969 browsed through yearbooks and memorabilia and reminisced with former classmates. For some, it was the first trip back to campus since they graduated. Alumni received a commemorative 50th year medallion and enjoyed a campus tour which included a visit to the new School of Film & Media Arts.

Other special events included the Distinguished Alumni Awards, the Golden Apple Awards honoring faculty and staff nominated by alums for their support of student success and the renovated swimming and diving locker room dedication honoring longtime coach Wally Morton.

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On the Road

In October, we visited New York City, bringing with us President Harlan Sands. A native of New York state, this “homecoming” was the president’s first official visit with Big Apple alums. An enthusiastic group from the tri-state area was on hand for the reception. Read more >>

A Message From the President

If there is anything we have learned in 2020, it is about the resilience and strength of our CSU family – and our Cleveland community. Read more >>

Community Roots

Sam McNulty, BA urban studies ’97, owns and operates very successful bar/restaurants in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland – ranging from a nano brewery where experimental beers are concocted to Market Garden Brewery, a full brewpub with close to 500 seats. His properties also include McNulty’s Bier Market, Bar Cento and Speakeasy. Read more >>

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 14 and join us for CSU’s sixth-annual Women’s Leadership Symposium! 

The 2020 symposium will be held at the InterContinental Hotel near the Cleveland Clinic campus. Once again, the program will feature inspiring keynote speakers, panelists and presenters to empower alumni (women and men!) to be the best they can be. 

Keynote speakers will be Lisa Goich and Justice Melody Stewart. Goich is an award-winning author and copywriter, blogger, journalist, former stand-up comedian and talk radio host. Alumna Stewart made history when she was sworn into Ohio’s Supreme Court as the first African-American woman and the first black Democrat elected to the state’s highest court.

If you’ve attended past programs, you know how educational and enlightening this day can be. If you’ve never attended, now is the time.

Information on the Women’s Leadership Symposium will be posted at We hope to see you. 

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