FEBRUARY 12, 2018

Levin News, produced by and for the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, is designed to share news about opportunities, events, programs and activities, grants, publications, and other interesting news of interest about Levin College faculty, staff, students and alumni. To submit information for inclusion in the publication, please forward to inkplusllc.levin@gmail.com.


This year's One Community Reads selection, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Dr. Matthew Desmond, "will transform our understanding of poverty and the centrality of home," notes the One Community Reads website. Upcoming One Community Reads library discussions will  be led by Levin's Roland Anglin (2/20), Megan Hatch (2/22) and in March by Rosie Tighe (3/7), Roland Anglin (3/8), Thomas Hilde (3/10). For more programming information on One Community Reads, click here

Interested in learning more about the book? Levin Professor Dennis Keating reviewed "Evicted" last year in the Journal of Urban Affairs. That review can be found here



Graduates who are impacting their communities, the world and Cleveland State University in unique and creative ways were recently honored at the second Alumni Recognition Awards. The event also saluted CSU's third class of Fascinating Alumni. "Our alumni - some 126,000 strong - are the foundation of this University and our greatest ambassadors. They bring distinction to CSU and we are proud to honor them," said Brian Breittholz, assistant vice president for alumni affairs and executive director of the CSU Alumni Association. 

In remarks to gathered guests, Levin grads Chris Alvarado, executive director - Slavic Village Development Corporation, and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams were lauded for their work in and for the community: 

Our first honoree for Outstanding Public Service is Chris Alvarado, who has greatly impacted quality of life in Cleveland. As executive director of Slavic Village Development, Chris has worked for nearly four years to revitalize the Broadway neighborhood through rehabilitation of existing housing, storefronts and buildings; construction of new homes; provision of housing services and community programs, and more.

He also is the board president of Bike Cleveland and board secretary of Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute, which helps adults who have been incarcerated build new lives in the hospitality industry. Chris earned an MA in urban planning, design and development from Levin in 1999. As a Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellow through the U.S. government's German Marshall Fund, he worked with Cleveland's Department of Community Development to transform vacant land into useable assets. 

Next, we can all feel safer because our next honoree, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin WilliamsChief Williams attended CSU during the 1980s. But he earned a BA in public safety management in 2015, using CSU's Prior Learning Experience program to gain college credit for his years in law enforcement. 

Chief Williams was appointed to the Division of Police in 1986, the same year he graduated from the Police Academy. His stellar service to the City of Cleveland and its residents includes nine years in the SWAT Unit with two years as SWAT supervisor. He was supervisor of both the Vice Unit and the Fugitive Unit, Police Liaison to the US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force, Commander of the Third District, and Deputy Chief of Field Operations.

He became Chief of Police in February 2014 and is probably the most highly visible and accessible person to ever hold the top spot. During the Republican Convention and other high visibility events, he is on the scene - talking to residents, updating the news media and keeping the peace with his calm and reassuring presence.  

Congratulations to Chris and Chief Williams from the entire Levin family!

At the recent Alumni Recognition Recognition event: Police Chief Calvin Williams; Rachel Singer, Assistant Dean for Student Services; Dr. Roland V. Anglin, Dean - Levin College; Chris Alvarado, Executive Director, Slavic Village Development Corporation; and Christina Znidarsic, Associate Director at Chagrin River Watershed Partners (CSU alum and wife of Chris Alvarado). 

The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at Levin College recently facilitated a four-day LeanOhio Boot Camp. The LeanOhio Boot Camp is an intensive professional development program that focuses on tools that foster a more efficient and effective public sector. The Boot Camp features a group simulation designed to illustrate quality improvement opportunities within the work place. Each day of the program is designed to learn and practice the steps of quality improvement and allows the participants to "fix" a broken process. Upon completion of the Boot Camp, participants are equipped with the tools necessary to facilitate a quality improvement initiative back in their places of employment. For more information about LeanOhio Boot Camp, click here
This recent LeanOhio Boot Camp cohort included 23 employees from local city and county health departments. Organizations included: Ashtabula County, Cuyahoga County, Geauga County, Holmes County, Lake County, Medina County, Portage County,  Trumbull County, Tuscarawas County, City of Ashtabula,  City of Canton, City  of Conneaut, City of Kent, and the City of Youngstown. To learn more about the Boot Camp Program. click here

Congrats to Levin MPUD alum Esther West on her new job -- cooperative development specialist -- with the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

Levin grad Lilah Zautner is profiled in the February issue of What's Happening in Cleveland's Neighborhoods ("City Life: Meet Your Neighbors") published online by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. She works at the Cuyahoga County Land Bank. To read the profile, click here

Appliances, gadgets, vehicles, and other devices that can exchange data are part the network known as the "Internet of Things." Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University have partnered in hopes of making the city a destination for IoT technology innovators - and the Cleveland Foundation just gave them $1.75 million to make it happen. 

Levin Professor Nick Zingale was recently featured in an ideastream video along with Cleveland Foundation Program Director Shilpa Kedar, and Case Western Reserve University's Kenneth Loparo discussing the project. To view the video, click here

Dr. Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning & Program Director, Master of Urban Planning & Development, recently participated in an invitation-only symposium, "Urban Heritage and Data in the 21st Century," in New York City. The symposium was part of the Urban Heritage, Sustainability, and Social Inclusion Initiative, a collaborative project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, The Earth Institute - Center for Sustainable Urban Development, and The American Assembly. Funded by the New York Community Trust, the symposium took place at the offices of the World Monuments Fund and featured 25 participants from New York and around the country. Dr. Ryberg-Webster's talk, "The possibilities and perils of data-driven preservation research," reflected upon her multi-year study of federal historic rehabilitation tax credits. The research presented at the symposium, including Dr. Ryberg-Webster's, will be included in a forthcoming book published by Columbia University Press. 

A recent news story from ideastream asks the question "Could Proposed Redistricting Plan Result In Gerrymandering?" Levin College Professor Mark Salling weighs in on the issue at the story here

Fran Stewart, a Levin College PhD alumna, has published "STEM and the Local Economy: Do Regions Reap the Benefits of a STEM-Educated Workforce?" For more on the book, click here

The department of Criminology, Anthropology, and Sociology at Cleveland State University is offering a three-week faculty-led study abroad program to Thailand this coming summer. This class, Developing Societies in a Changing World, will offer a unique schedule with three weeks of in class teaching on CSU's main campus (summer session II) followed by three weeks of experiential learning in the beautiful country of Thailand. 

If a upperclassman who has already taken SOC 210 wishes to join this program they will be required to enroll in SOC 496 Independent Study. 

To learn more about the program, click here

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