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Second Act

Thinking of a new career, starting a business, or finding that meaningful volunteer role? Second Act, a new educational series sponsored by the CSU Alumni Association, explores lifestyle, health, finance and volunteerism issues to help you navigate and find your place in the changing seasons of life.

The program kicked off with Mike Benz sharing what it takes to recreate yourself and get the most out of your second act. After nearly two decades as president and CEO of United Way of Greater Cleveland, Benz retired and is making the most of his second act as an executive advisor at Ciuni & Panichi, Inc.

The second Second Act program featured Kathie Judge, professor of adult development and aging at Cleveland State. Dr. Judge shared her research on healthy and successful aging and discussed what can be done to avoid physical, mental and emotional issues associated with aging.

Dr. Judge has worked as a research scientist at the Margaret Blenkner Research Institute of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in Cleveland. In 2012, she received the Researcher of the Year award from the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education.

Second Act is designed for alumni who are “boomers and beyond” – retirees and those nearing retirement. We welcome suggestions on topics and speakers that would make your second act more meaningful. Send your ideas to and check out future programs at

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On the Road Again

The CSU Alumni Association is on the road again, reconnecting with graduates near and far.  Read more >>

Join Us for Adventures

Behind-the-scenes visits to well-known (and little-known) Cleveland family tours...the CSU Alumni Association’s calendar of events has something for everyone. Read more >>

Stay Connected Through Books

Do you love to read? Consider joining the CSU Alumni Book Club — a virtual book club with discussion groups organized online through the group’s website.

Every two months, the book club offers alumni two titles — one with a professional development focus and the other with an emphasis on lifelong learning. Each period, book club members connect through a private online forum where they discuss the current book and network with each other. This fall, members have been reading Talent is Overrated by Geoff Calvin and Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.

Joining the book club is free for alumni —  just get a copy of the book to enjoy. To sign up and learn more, visit Sign up today! >>

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