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On the Road with CSUAA

It was fun in the sun – five times over – when the Alumni Association traveled to Texas, Florida and Arizona to engage with graduates at special events.

Our first trip was to Dallas/Fort Worth for an alumni reception at the elegant Dallas Country Club. It’s been many years since CSU visited the Lone Star state. Alumni and friends turned out in force to hear an update from President Ronald M. Berkman. Thanks to alumnus Ron Unkefer, BBA ’66, for serving as our host.

In February, Florida was our destination, with events in The Villages, Sarasota and Fort Myers. Food and drink were on the menu and camaraderie was in the air as guests attended classes, socialized and got the latest CSU updates.

Our visit began at The Villages, where Law Dean Lee Fisher and Nursing Dean Timothy Gaspar presented informative lectures, followed by a reception. Then it was on to Sarasota and a lively alumni reception.

The trip concluded with CSU2U, our annual Alumni College, in Fort Myers. This unforgettable day showcased three faculty members — Dean Fisher, Associate Professor Katherine Judge and Professor Mark Souther — who presented six fascinating classes on a variety of contemporary topics. Alumni College concluded with a reception and remarks by President Berkman.

A month later, we left cold and snowy Cleveland to catch the Cleveland Indians — and some rays — in Arizona. Alumni who now live in the southwest, along with some northern snowbirds, joined us for two events.

First up — a reception at the Orange Sky Lounge in Scottsdale. Two days later, alumni celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at a reception and spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark. Despite the Cleveland cheers coming from our section, the Tribe lost to the Cincinnati Reds, 7 to 3.

“Alumni engagement makes our University strong. We always look forward to out-of-state trips to see alumni who have become good friends and reconnect with alumni who have not been part of our Viking network for a while,” said Brian Breittholz, assistant vice president of alumni relations.

Homecoming 2017

Mark your calendar for October 2-8 – CSU’s 2017 Homecoming celebration! Again this year, Homecoming will include our famous people-powered parade, the Distinguished Alumni Awards, the Golden Apple Awards, reunions, open houses, social events, athletic games and more. Homecoming is a great way to reconnect with friends and former classmates.
We hope to see you.


Behind-the-scenes visits to well-known (and little-known) Cleveland sites . . . fun-filled family outings . . . world tours . . . the CSU Alumni Association’s calendar of events has something for everyone.

Passport Cleveland – These adventures always sell out! The winter/spring series included Historic Places of Worship, a Corporate Art Tour, visits to the Thirsty Dog and Cleveland Public Library’s downtown headquarters, and baseball past and present with a visit to League Park and seats at the Indians home opener. Still to come: a walking tour of bridges in The Flats (June 23).

Viking Days for Viking Families – Gather the kids, and the grandparents too, and join us for rowing on the Cuyahoga River on June 16, an Indians game on July 7, and other family friendly events.

Viking Travelers – An Oceania Cruise through the Mediterranean, October 7-17, is just one of the upcoming trips offered through Viking Travelers, a partnership between the Alumni Association and professional travel experts.

These journeys provide a richer experience than solo or traditional group travel. Culture, history, education, sightseeing – all are part of the adventure shared with fellow Vikings.

The 2018 trips have been selected and will be announced soon. Check for updates.

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