IN THIS ISSUE: June 4th Lakefront Trail Connection - Campus District Public Meeting, New $100 Million CSU Campaign, Superior Arts District Planning, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center on the Rise, Ward 5 Parade and Festival.
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May 26, 2015


The June 4th public meeting is the final stage of the planning process for the Lakefront and Neighborhood Trail Connector Study initiated by Campus District Inc, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, Historic Warehouse District and Cleveland City Planning with a grant from NOACA's Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative. The meeting will give the community an opportunity to see and comment on the recommended trail and bike routes and conceptual designs. Please join in the conversation on June 4th at 6pm at Ariel International Center, 1163 East 40th Street. For more information, contact Bobbi Reichtell@ 216.650.6945 or at
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Join the Planning Underway in the
Superior Arts Neighborhood

Campus District is working with Kent State CUDC to create an action plan/guidebook on how we can make the Superior Arts neighborhood even better. The plan/guide book will provide concepts and how-to directions for creating spaces and completing projects that residents want to see and help make happen. To ensure many perspectives and ideas, the Campus District and KSU CUDC are  holding three sessions on specific topics over the coming weeks. This is a chance for all stakeholders to imagine and take steps together towards creating the community they want.  You’re welcome to bring sketches, pictures, or inklings of an idea! This work is being supported by a grant from the Cleveland Foundation.

Can’t make the meeting? Send thoughts, ideas or questions to: Kaela Geschke,CDI community organizer at

Campaign for CSU Launched with $100 Million Goal and Major Gift

Pictured above left to right are  Donald Washkewicz, CSU President Dr. Ronald Berkman, and Monte Ahuja at the Radiance Benefit after the announcement of their major gifts to the $100 million campaign.
Cleveland State University announced it will embark on a $100 million comprehensive campaign, "Engage: The Campaign for Cleveland State University," that will significantly increase available funds for needed scholarships and programs that help students succeed. The plan, which was unveiled recently at CSU's signature annual fundraiser, Radiance, is the first-ever fundraising effort of its kind for the University.

The campaign received a significant boost with an announcement at the event from CSU alumnus and Parker Hannifin Chairman Donald Washkewicz that he and his wife, Pamela, have donated $5 million. This is the second major gift since 2014 from the Washkewicz family.

“Cleveland State University is an essential institution that has a special obligation to deliver higher education excellence while maintaining affordability," said CSU President Ronald M. Berkman. "We are extraordinarily grateful to the Washkewicz family for propelling this campaign forward and supporting our mission to be a model for public, urban universities." 

In 2014, Mr. and Mrs. Washkewicz and the Parker Hannifin Foundation donated a combined $10 million. In recognition of the transformational gift, the College of Engineering was renamed in the family's honor. The most recent gift will also be directed to enhancing engineering education at CSU.

"An investment in CSU is an investment in Northeast Ohio," said Mr. Washkewicz." We are very proud to contribute again and we are confident that CSU alumni and the community will join us in responding strongly to this opportunity to build on the University's momentum."

The campaign will be co-chaired by Mr. Washkewicz and Monte Ahuja, both of whom have deep ties to the Northeast Ohio business and civic communities.

Mr. Ahuja is Chairman and CEO of MURA Holdings LLC and served on the CSU Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2000, including six years as chairman. In 2011, he and his wife Usha donated $10 million to CSU. The University renamed the Monte Ahuja College of Business in his honor.

"Cleveland State University is a passion in my life and I am honored to co-chair this campaign with my fellow alumnus Don Washkewicz," said Mr. Ahuja. "This campaign will help ensure the continued success of CSU students and provide a pipeline of graduates who are committed to using their education for the betterment of Northeast Ohio..

CSU has launched a website with additional information about the campaign at

CSU Rated 3rd in Ohio in New
Brookings Institution Ranking

A new report from the influential Brookings Institution lists Cleveland State University in the top three among Ohio's four-year public universities that give graduates the largest boost to career earnings.

According to the report, CSU graduates have mid-career salaries that are more than $10,000 higher than those of demographically similar graduates from other colleges and universities ­– the third highest percentage boost in a grouping of Ohio's four-year public universities, following only the University of Cincinnati and Miami University.

"The results of the Brookings report affirm the quality of our programs and provide further evidence that seeking a CSU degree is a great investment," said CSU President Ronald M. Berkman. "These measurements account for CSU's ability to deliver a transformative experience that is accessible and affordable."

Read the full article at

Join the Superior Gatherings 

Join us next Tuesday June 16th at 6PM
St. Peter Rectory, Superior Ave. and E 17th. 
Dinner Provided!

 Contact Kaela to RSVP or if you would like to know more: or 216-287-4535
Thanks to the Cleveland Office of Sustainability and Cleveland City Planning,  Superior Ave. between East 18th and East 30th is projected to be striped for bike lanes on 
May 27th & 28th! This is part of the City's Bikeway Master Plan. Get ready for a fresh looking street and bike lanes!  Also coming this year: East 22nd between Euclid and Orange and Community College between East 40th St and East 22nd St.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is Regaining its Health

By Timothy McGaw, reposted from Crain's Cleveland Business 
Shortly after Dr. David Perse’s took over as president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in the spring of 2011, the 150-year-old hospital stomached a multimillion-dollar loss in a single month.

“That gave me pause,” said Perse, the former president of the Clinic’s Lutheran Hospital, about St. Vincent’s troubles. “But I’m a one-foot-in-front-of-the-other kind of guy. … It’s daunting, but I think everything’s fixable. You just have to fix it.”

And begun to fix it he has. Since his arrival, the hospital has inched its way back into the black after finishing 2011 — before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization — with a $10 million loss.

It was a difficult haul, as the hospital slashed programs and eliminated 101 full-time-equivalent employees over the last four years. But now that the books are in order, the hospital has pumped significant resources into its core programs — orthopedics and behavior health, most notably — and the hospital’s patient volume is on the rise.
Read the full article in Crain's Cleveland

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Cuyahoga Land Bank Implements New

Program for Recent Grads

The Cuyahoga Land Bank's Programs Department has been spreading the word at Cleveland State University about the new BRAIN program. BRAIN stands for Buying and Retaining Academic Investment Now.  The goal of the new program is to afford Cuyahoga County’s current and recent college graduates the opportunity to become local homeowners.  Students and recent graduates who take advantage of this program can purchase a newly renovated home at a discount of fifteen percent of the purchase price and an additional five percent of the purchase price will be used to assist the buyer with closing costs.

Dennis Roberts, the Cuyahoga Land Bank’s, Director of Programs and Property Management, presented the benefits of the program during his wealth creation discussion at the Smart Thinking workshop that was conducted at CSU's campus this spring.  Roberts outlined how students purchasing a home through BRAIN will have a home with instant equity; thereby positioning themselves to create greater financial stability for themselves in the future.

There were more than twenty students that attended the workshop.  The Cuyahoga Land Bank held the Smart Thinking workshop in partnership with CSU student organization, Cleveland State Transfer Connection (CSTC), and long-time community leader in housing, Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS).  CSTC president and Cuyahoga Land Bank fellow April Waltonen opened up the session welcoming and what steps are needed to prepare for home ownership.  Vatreisha Nyemba, Compliance and Monitoring Manager at the Cuyahoga Land Bank, reviewed the eligibility requirements and further details about the actual BRAIN initiative.

Based on the student response and ongoing inquiries as a result of campus outreach efforts and the first of several planned Smart Thinking workshops, the BRAIN program is off to a great start towards matching eligible students with a new home to call their own.

The Cuyahoga Land Bank’s outreach to students not only brings the BRAIN attendees and sharing about the mission and goals of CSTC that assist students transferring to CSU.  Elizabeth Sanchez, Senior Housing Specialist for NHS, presented the students with valuable information on how to become financially ready to apply for a bank opportunity directly to those students who may be ready to purchase, but also provides an avenue for all students to gain valuable information for the future on how to prepare to purchase a home.

The BRAIN program seeks to further the Cuyahoga Land Bank’s mission to return vacant and abandoned properties throughout Cuyahoga County back to productive reuse by providing affordable housing options for students and recent graduates so that they can make Cuyahoga County their home. For further information on the BRAIN program, available homes and specific eligibility criteria please contact the Cuyahoga Land Bank at 216-698-8853 and view our website

Missing Person

Last seen in Central Neighborhood.Suspected victim of human trafficking. 

Upcoming Events in and Around the Campus District

The artists of Tower Press currently have an ongoing exhibition at Red Space Gallery, inside the Hotcards world headquarters at E.24th St. and Superior Ave., Downtown Cleveland. The exhibition features recent work from 16 artists with studios at Tower Press.  

Ward 7 Club Meeting 

Thursday June 11th 6PM
Fidelity Baptist Church 
8402 Wade Park Ave. 
Coucilman TJ Dow urges residents to attend meetings to learn what's happening in Ward 7 and engage with him and fellow residents. 

CAVS Host Fan Fest for Playoffs! 

The FREE Cavs Fan Fest & Watch Party presented by FirstMerit Bank, located outside The Q on E. 6th Street and Gateway Plaza, will feature all kinds of fun for fans of all ages at every home playoff game. Open 2½ hours before tipoff, fans can enjoy interactive games, food trucks and live entertainment. Once the game begins, fans in attendance can catch all the action on two giant screens located on the Plaza. 
Get the Full Schedule and Fan Guide Here

Walnut Wednesday's Back in Action 

Annual Community Health Fair 

The R.E.A.L. Men Fellowship of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church invite you to the Annual Community Health Fair:

Saturday, May 30th  2-5PM
Friendly Inn Settlement  2386 Unwin Rd. 

FREE Refreshments, Facepainting and Health Screenings for: Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Sick Cell, Lead, HIV

Contact Brother R.L. Jones for more information:

Free Summer Concert Series in front of PlayhouseSquare

Thursday, June 4th 5PM: Revolution Brass Band
Check out the Summer Lineup Here


Open through June 3rd

Ever wonder how Cleveland looks to an outsider? Antonia Cruz, the Spring 2015 Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion artist-in-residence, has made images of her time in Northeast Ohio.

By manipulating collected imagery to create new work, Cruz forms a detailed study in the analysis of anatomic shape and the separation of the parts of the body from the whole. The concepts of identity, body and memory focus on the object of reflection as the photographic images are captured, compiled, classified and deconstructed to create new systems.

Visit the Facebook Page for More Info.

Tri-C Open House

CSU’s Creative Voices Summit and Arts Education Day to Feature Keynote Speaker Shirley Jones

The Center for Arts and Innovation at CSU presents the 2015 Creative Voices Summit and Arts Education Day Luncheon on Tuesday, June 11, at the Idea Center and Playhouse Square in Cleveland.This annual celebration of the arts in education brings together Cleveland’s leading cultural organizations. The event is divided into two dynamic sessions:
Part I: Creative Voices Summit
Theme:  â€œMusic and the Brain,” An interactive, entertaining performance based presentation from renowned neuroscientist Dr. Lawrence Sherman. Produced in partnership with ideastream.
Time:   10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where:  Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre, Playhouse Square's Idea Center
Admission:  Free
Part II: Arts Education Day Luncheon
Keynote: ShirleyJones, Actress and Singer, "How the Arts Have Shaped My Life and Career." Program includes performances from Northeast Ohio high school performing arts students
Time: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where:  State Theatre Stage at Playhouse Square
Admission: $30; includes lunch.
Register online at or by calling 216.687.5018. 

Free Tenant Landlord Training 

Joseph's Home:
Perseverance in Hope 

Perseverance in Hope: The 2015 Joseph's Home Benefit Luncheon
Friday, June 26 from 11:30am-1pm at Windows on the River.

This event celebrates the remarkable healing and achievements of the acutely ill homeless men who have stabilized their health and transformed their lives at Joseph's Home. Funds raised through the luncheon and silent auction will be used to provide meals, shelter and other care for the residents of Joseph's Home. Sam Rutigliano, head coach of the “Kardiac Kids” Cleveland Browns, will be the keynote speaker. Kevin Kelley, president of Cleveland City Council, will be the emcee. The Special Honoree is the CSA Dream Team, a committee of Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine whose compassion, vision and hard work led to the founding of Joseph's Home 15 years ago.
Click here for more information, tickets, or to sponsor the event!

Sterling Library Upcoming Programs


Ongoing Programs
  • Free Tutoring in All Subjects: 
    •  Math  Science  History  Language Arts  Homework Help K-8
    • FREE one-on-one and/or group tutoring and homework help offered in partnership with Cleveland State University's America Reads tutoring services.
  • Kids Café:
    •  FREE healthy, nutritious bagged meals for kids thanks to a partnership with the Cleveland Food Bank.  
    • Monday - Friday:  3:30 - 4:30 p.m.​
  • Growing Readers
    • Help to grow your child's early reading skills!  Children ages 3-5 are invited for stories, songs and rhymes that will help them become better readers later in life.
    • Fridays:  10:00 a.m.
  • Make-It and Take-It Mondays
    • Tired of playing computer games?  Use your imagination to create a craft or find a new recipe to try.
    • Mondays:  4:30 p.m.
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