News of the Week is a weekly publication designed to share news about learning opportunities, events, programs, grants, publications, and interesting activities of Levin College of Urban Affairs faculty, staff, students and alumni. For job opportunities, click here to go to the Levin College Job Portal. To submit information for inclusion in News of the Week, please forward to Editor Kim St. John-Stevenson at



Levin College Professor Joe Mead was quoted in this article about the homeless count in Youngstown and the debate over criminalization of homelessness there. Professor Mead also had a paper published this week in the Journal of Planning Literature. To access the work, click here.


Levin College grad Steve Litt writes in the Plain Dealer that "the number of jobs nearly doubled along Euclid Avenue following completion of the bus rapid transit HealthLine in 2008, according a new study released by the Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University. The Center's Richey Piiparinen is quoted in the article. To read the entire article, click here


Levin grad Tristan Rader, who 
finished his MPA at Levin in 2015, wrote a piece for the Lakewood Observer on taking a stand to save health care. To read the article, click here


Lisa Thomas, Ph.D., Urban Studies and Public Affairs and Director of Levin's Center for Leadership Development, was asked this week by RTA's Operations Department to give a motivational talk for the Operations Department, which was holding a staff retreat. Dr. Thomas was asked speak on the topic of Leadership in the Public Sector. Knowing that the Operations Department faces the challenges of getting buses and trains ready each day and of the pending budget cuts plus the closure of Public Square to buses. Dr. Thomas' job was to remind them of the nobility of public sector work. Raising awareness of the accomplishment of providing 47 million rides a year and reminding them of the privilege of working for the citizenry, her goal was to build their self-confidence. Members of the audience included Operations Director and Levin College alum Floun'say Caver, PhD., and graduates of both Leadership Academy and Public Transit Management Academy.


Levin College's Jeffrey Bowen wrote the feature piece in the current edition of Cool Cleveland, honoring renowned Master Drummer & Teacher Bessemer Taylor, who passed away on January 16th. To read the article, click here.   

Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, 
Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Professor of Environmental Studies at Levin College has a column published is this week's Crain's Cleveland Business. To read the column, click hereShe also penned a Letter to the Editor in

Also, at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in January, Professor Robertson was elected Secretary of the Section on Natural Resources and Energy, and also elected to the Executive Committee of the Section on Environmental Law.


Deborah Neale, an active emerita member of the College's Visiting Committee, has created The Neale Foundation Fund for Urban Affairs. This new endowed Fund will support student participation in the annual "Columbus Seminar" held each March during CSU's spring break. The Fund's intent is to support student needs including tuition, fees, lodging or other University approved costs for participating in this experiential education program.

The Columbus Seminar gives Levin students direct "real-world" experiences with the institutions and leaders of Ohio's state government. Students meet with senior officials drawn from all three branches of government as well as other independent agencies, media outlets, and non-governmental organizations. Additionally, students meet with legislative leaders and observe oral arguments at the Supreme Court.

"Through her own career as a corporate leader, lobbyist and community volunteer, Debbie recognized the powerful impact the Columbus Seminar has on our students and wanted to help," noted Paul Wolansky, Senior Director of CSU's University Advancement. "Some students have a difficult time finding the resources to cover the $500 fee to participate in the program. This new, permanent endowed fund will guarantee there will be consistent support in perpetuity to enable our best and brightest to have this opportunity. We are very grateful for this wonderful gift."

Ms. Neale has served on many civic, cultural and charitable boards and is a past Board President of the March of Dimes and the Cleveland Area Alzheimer's Association, where she provides pro-bono advocacy. She is listed in Who's Who in American Women and is the elected Mayor of Lakeline Village, a member of the Lake County Coastal Planning Committee.

If you would like to add to the Neale Foundation endowed Fund or make your own gift to support the Columbus Seminar program, please contact Paul Wolansky at 216-875-9838.


Levin College of Urban Affairs welcomed seven new faculty members to the Levin College family this year. Each draws from a unique background in research, teaching and service, and joins a diverse group of engaged urban planning professionals.  News of the Week spoke to each about what attracted them to Levin College:

"I was drawn to Levin's dedication to supporting research on urban problems and solutions to those problems. I love that this support involves welcoming scholars from various disciplines and training students to understand urban issues broadly, from different perspectives." 

- Meghan Rubado, Assistant Professor, Urban Studies 



The Cleveland Foundation, the world's first community foundation, is now accepting applications for the Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship program! Now entering its second year, this opportunity offers emerging young leaders from across the country the skills and networks needed to create the community they envision and jumpstart a career in public service.
The Foundation is doing a national search for a diverse group of talented young people. Students that have earned an undergraduate degree across a broad range of majors between spring 2015 and spring 2017 are encouraged to apply. Applications close February 22, 2017. Prospective applicants can learn more here or email


Attention Levin College Faculty, Staff and Students: Levin College maintains a site license for Qualtrics Online Survey Software. The software is easy to use and provides basic reporting (tables, charts, etc.) on survey results. Please contact Sharon Bliss or Ellen Cyran if you would like to create an online survey. They can set up access so you can build your survey. Note: Only current faculty, staff, and students can use Qualtrics under the College account.


Levin College of Urban Affairs is ranked among the top schools of Public Affairs and ranked highly in the specializations of City Management and Urban Policy and Nonprofit Management by U.S. News and World Report. See these links for details:
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