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  • Collection: CSU at 50

Sally Florkiewicz is a native to the Cleveland Area. She grew up at Gracemont and graduated from West Geauga High School. After high school she enrolled at Ohio University where she got a degree in education and first became active in politics. After college she returned to Cleveland and taught school. In 1998 she was appointed by Governor George…

This interview was conducted as part of Cleveland State University's 50th Anniversary Commemoration Effort. William Shepard is a native to the Cleveland area, having been born and raised in the city's eastern suburb of Lorain and is currently the Director of Operations and Technical Support at the university. He initially enrolled as an education…

This interview was conducted as part of Cleveland State University's 50th Anniversary Commemoration effort. Becker is a native Clevelander and is currently CSU's archivist. Becker enrolled at CSU in the fall of 1969, majoring in history. Following graduation he received a scholarship and received his M.A. in History from CWRU in 1974. He later…

William R. Bennett, previously the Financial Aid Director at Cleveland State University (CSU), discusses his position and how things have changed for African Americans in North East Ohio. He begins by talking about his experiences at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. He recalls that those days, days of segregation, no one confronted the…

Tom Hopkins, a Senior Vice President at Sherwin Williams, shares his memories of going to Cleveland State (CSU) as a graduate in psychology. He talks about how the professors at CSU gave him direction when he was feeling lost, and ultimately they helped him achieve his job at Sherwin Williams. Hopkins mentions his beginnings and how he got to CSU,…

William W. Taft discusses his involvement with the creation of Cleveland State University (CSU). He was one of the Republican sponsors of the bill that established the university. Alongside prominent figures like James Nance, Taft became an original board member. He discusses his recollections of both the bill and the board, but he also mentions…

James and Delia Lanese, both graduates of Cleveland State University (CSU), talk about their experiences inside and outside of the school. He graduated in 1971 and she got her degree in 1970. Both pursued careers in education, Delia became a teacher and Jim eventually became an administrator and adjunct college professor, stopping to work on…

John J. Boyle, III, longtime Clevelander, discusses his work at Cleveland State University (CSU). His long career at CSU includes being involved as a student, serving on the board of trustees, and as a vice president under President Michael Schwartz. He talks about parking issues around the campus, and how he has worked at resolving them. He also…

This interview was conducted as part of the CSU 50th Anniversary Commemmoration. Gerald Fuerst is a Cleveland native who attended Cathedral Latin and later CRWU for both his bachelor's and law degrees. He served as a representative in the Ohio legislature from 1962-1966 and was one of the co-sponsors of the CSU Bill. Later he served as the Cuyahoga…

Dr. Evan Morse owns and operates the Warrensville Animal Center in Warrensville Hts., Ohio, which he opened in June 1972. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, from a young age Morse had a strong interest in animals of all types. He attended Maggie L. Walker High School in Richmond, the University of Virginia and went on to study veterinary…

Marguerite Jost Hrabak, originally a student at Fenn College, graduated from Cleveland State University (CSU) in 1974. Always good with her hands from a young age, Hrabak began at Fenn in 1947 working towards an engineering degree. She discusses how it was being on of two women in a sea of men. She mentions how she left school to raise a family,…

This interview was conducted as part of the CSU 50th Anniversary Commemmoration Project. Dr. Michael Schwartz served as President of Cleveland State from 2002-2009. Schwartz is originally from Chicago, IL and attended the University of Illinois where he earned his B.A, M.A, and PhD. After the completion of his PhD Schwartz entered academia, working…

This interview was conducted as part of Cleveland State University's 50th Anniversary Commemoration effort. Bill Napier is currently the Secretary to the Board of Trustees at CSU. Napier is a native of Cleveland, Tennessee. Napier came to Ohio initially as a graduate student at Ohio State University and was hired on as President Harold Enarson's…

In this brief interview, Maria Agosto discusses coming to Cleveland State University (CSU) and pursuing a degree in Urban Affairs. She mentions how happy she is with the transformation of Euclid Avenue, and she is very impressed with the progress that CSU seems to be making. She continues by talking about other renovations within Downtown…

In this brief interview, Debbie Lowe discusses making friends at Cleveland State University (CSU). She talks about being a part of the biology program and how that allowed her to make lifelong best friends. She also talks about her first class, which was in a quansett hut. She described that classroom as austere and cold during the winter. She…

This interview was conducted during the Homecoming event at Cleveland State University. Anthony Szpak attended Fenn College from 1959-1964. In the interview he describes Fenn's campus, his experiences during his co-op and some of his accomplishments since his graduation.

Diann G. Scaravilli, an actor by training, talks about her background in the performing arts, her roles in fundraising and event planning, and her association with Cleveland State. She gives her educational history, which took her out of the state of Ohio, and her romantic interests that brought her back. She mentions being on the Board of Trustees…

Terry Pluto is long-time sports writer for both The Akron Beacon Journal and The Plain Dealer. Along with reporting on sports as a columnist Pluto has also authored twenty-three books and is widely considered one of the greatest sports writers of all time. A native Clevelander, Pluto graduated from Benedictine High School before enrolling at Hiram…

Matt Ghaffari was a Greco-Roman wrestler for the United States national team. He was an alternate on for the Los Angeles and Seoul Games and competed for the US at the Barcelona and Atlanta games, winning the silver medal at the 1996 games in Atlanta. Born in Tehran, Iran, Ghaffari immigrated to the US with his family in 1976. Ghaffari earned an…

This interview was conducted as part of Cleveland State University's 50th Anniversary Commemoration effort. A native of Cleveland's west side, Falcone- Hall is currently the director of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Following high school Falcone-Hall initially attended Eastern Michigan University before transferring to CSU in the fall of…