Make sure to visit VikesConnect for lots of other student organization activities & events throughout the week!

Good Monday Morning, Vikings! We hope you had a fantastic weekend. Lots of exciting things going on this week, including SGA elections, PRISUM speaker series, Start Up Vikes, and so much more! Don't forget, Thursday April 8 is Reading Day, so there's no classes.

And on Thursday, April 8, CSU's LGBTQ+ Student Services & the Mareyjoyce Green Women's Center will be hosting a virtual LIVE Q&A with Laverne Cox!
Details are below.

We hope you all have a fantastic week! Go Vikings!!

Crowdfunding for Café Ah-Roma
Monday, April 5
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM 
Café Ah-Roma
2230 Euclid Avenue

As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week and to support for one of our local businesses during the pandemic, all CSU graduate students in a graduate degree-seeking program (Master or PhD) or CM Law students receive a $3 credit towards any item on the menu at Café Ah-Roma downtown! In addition, the first 150 CSU undergraduate students are eligible as well.

To receive the $3 credit, make sure to mention you are a CSU student, sign in at the counter and show your Viking ID card. Limit one credit of $3 per person.

Please stop by to support a local business and enjoy a treat courtesy of GPSA!

C-Word Consent
Monday, April 5
11:00 AM -12:30 PM
Online

The C-Word Consent attempts to break down the barriers we have about discussing consent and sexual assault so we can have those important and necessary conversations. The program is presented by two professional comedians from Los Angeles or Chicago that use humor to engage students in a sometimes uncomfortable conversation.

The goal is to have you leave knowing more than when they came as well as leaving with practical tools to combat campus sexual assault – this isn't a lecture, it's a conversation. By engaging in a conversation we can start making the topic less taboo and more mainstream – as it should be!


SNAP College Student Eligibility Webinar
Monday, April 5
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Online

Don't think you qualify for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)? Think again! With new protocol in place, you might qualify! The Greater Cleveland Food Bank will be joining LUV! to present a webinar and answer questions about the new SNAP Eligibility for College Students.



Hosted by Lift Up Vikes!
This Week's Student Organization Meetings
Below is this week's listing of student organization meetings. Click on the meeting name for more information.
Tuesday, April 6 @ 12:00 PM

Tuesday, April 6 @ 6:00 PM

Tuesday, April 6 @ 8:00 PM

Thursday, April 8 @ 11:15 AM

Thursday, April 8 @ 3:00 PM
Friday, April 9 @ 1:30 PM

Sunday, April 11 @ 10:00 AM

Sunday, April 11 @ 4:30 PM

Sunday, April 11 @ 8:00 PM
Student Organization Advisor Needed: Upsilon Delta Mu Multicultural Fraternity is currently seeking a CSU faculty or staff member interested in filling the role of advisor for their organization. Their current advisor will be retiring this May, and to continue to be a recognized organization, they need an advisor. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact their president, Patricia Carter, at p.c.carter@vikes.csuohio.edu
SGA Elections
Tuesday April 6 - Thursday, April 8
VikesConnect

Student Government Association (SGA) election is being held online this week starting Tuesday, April 6 at midnight and will run until Thursday, April 8 at 11:59 p.m. The CSU Board of Elections (BOE) has created the SGA ballot for you to vote via VikesConnect.

You will need to log into VikesConnect using your CSU ID number and password. The list of candidates is on the BOE page in VikesConnect.

The link to vote is: http://bit.ly/CSUSGA

Make sure your voice is heard and vote!!

Instagram Trivia Tuesday
Tuesday, April 6
Student Life Instagram

Follow Student Life's Instagram account (@clestatestudentlife) and join us for Trivia Tuesday! Those who answer correctly are entered for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. The more answers you get correct, the more chances you have to win! Winners will be notified Wednesday via Instagram Direct Message.


This week's theme is World Health Day!
PRISUM Speaker Series:
Microaggressions toward LGBTQ+ Individuals 
Tuesday, April 6
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
Online

This presentation will discuss some commonplace indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative attitudes toward LGBTQ+ individuals. Experiences within counseling relationships and the misgendering of Trans* individuals will be highlighted. Affirming and supportive counter interventions will be discussed. Part of the PRISUM Speaker Series.


For more information about the PRISUM Speaker Series, visit:

Lift Up Vikes! Food Pantry
Wednesday, April 7 & Thursday, April 8
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Berkman Hall 122

CSU students can come into the space and select their own options of products! To help speed up the check in process when you get to the pantry, please click here and fill out this one-time contact form. This will decrease the amount of time in pantry to better support social-distancing and the safety of our guests and student staff. Again, you only need to fill the contact form out ONCE this semester. The contact form can be filled out right before you arrive or weeks in advance! 

To help with social distancing, students are encouraged to sign up for a time to come to the pantry. They are experiencing long lines and congregating of students which isn't sustainable at this time. Sign-ups will be open Mondays, a week in advance from their open weeks. Please sign up here: https://signup.com/go/esNCATy 

Walk-In Wednesday
Wednesday, April 7
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Online

Drop-in between 9AM and 5PM on Zoom! Receive quick, valuable feedback from their staff in a 1-on-1 setting. Ask our Career Services staff any career-related questions you have.




Coffee Talks Series
Wednesday, April 7
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Online

Some of the best convos happen over a cup-a-joe! The Rec Center's Coffee Talks series continues and is dedicated to sparking conversation and connecting you with people who share your interests in a laid-back, conversational [virtual] setting.

This Coffee Talk features guest speaker, Roger Klee, a lecturer for CSU's College of Business, who will talk about tips and tricks for investing as a young adult and professional. Questions: Michael Nozak m.nozak@vikes.csuohio.edu


PRISUM Speaker Series:
Snapshot of LGBTQ+ Youth: Mental and Physical Health
Wednesday, April 7
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
Online

Have you been wanting to know more about LGBTQ+ youth? Are you wanting to be a better advocate for youth in helping them to feel protected, safe, and valid for who they are? Join Kristen Pepera, MEd, LPCCS. and Lisa Pepera, MEd, LPCC-S, to learn and talk about LGBTQ+ youth, disparities and risks within their community, and how to be a better advocate for them. Part of the PRISUM Speaker Series.


For more information about the PRISUM Speaker Series, visit:

Reading Day - Thursday, April 8
A reminder that Thursday, April 8th has been designated as a reading day by the university. On this day, CSU will not hold in-person or remote classes. 
Career Conversations:
Professional Etiquette
Thursday, April 8
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Online

Gain a better understanding of what will make you stand out to get the internship or job. Learn some tips to help you be more successful in your first job or internship. Be aware of things to do and not to do your first day of work to ensure your job will be a success. Be empowered to know what to expect entering the work force during a pandemic either working remotely or in-person.

Featuring a panel of employers who will be prepared to tell their stories, answer questions and share advice. Meet with panelists from CleveMed, MTD Products, and the Cleveland Clinic as they discuss Professional Etiquette!


Current Events Coffee Hour
Thursday, April 8
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 
Online

Join the Political Science Club for their first Current Events Coffee Hour this Thursday at 11:30 am! They will be having a casual conversation about major current events in the national/global community. All majors are welcome!

Networking Seminar with Dr. Micah Green
Thursday, April 8
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
Online

Attention all International students!

Looking to land a job or applying for an advanced degree here in the US?
Sign up now for this Special Networking seminar. Exclusively for International students.

Presenter Dr. Micah Green (engineering professor at Texas A&M) will talk about "What is networking here in the US? From how does it look like, to follow-ups, including practical dos and do-nots for international students."

Virtual Q&A with Laverne Cox
Thursday, April 8th 
7:00 PM

In honor of Trans Day of Visibility and Women's History Month, Cleveland State University LGBTQ+ Student Services Center and Mareyjoyce Green Women's Center present... a virtual live Q&A with Laverne Cox! CSU students, faculty, and staff are invited to register for this very special event at www.tinyurl.com/csulaverne.
Laverne Cox
Award-Winning Transgender Actress, Producer & Equal Rights Advocate

With various ‘firsts’ in her already impressive career, Laverne Cox is a four-time Emmy-nominated actress, Emmy-winning producer, and a prominent equal rights advocate and public speaker.

Laverne's groundbreaking role of Sophia Burset in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series "Orange is The New Black" brought her to the attention of diverse audiences all over the world. This role led to Laverne becoming the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for a Primetime acting Emmy and made her the first Trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television series. Laverne is continuing to expand her presence on both the big and small screens with diverse and groundbreaking roles.

Hosted by CSU LGBTQ+ Student Services Center and
Stay Connected Info Table
Friday, April 9
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
Student Center Inner Link

Come and meet GPSA and SGA representatives as they provide updates around campus and connecting to students to help them throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They'll also have giveaways when you visit!

Startup Vikes Is Virtual This Year!
Friday, April 9 - Saturday, April 17
Online

Startup Vikes is CSU’s premier entrepreneurship immersion experience in which student teams pitch ideas, learn the Lean Launch Pad (LLP) methodology and build minimum viable products or services.

Supported by a team of mentors, workshop presenters and judges, students are purposefully introduced to the Northeast Ohio entrepreneurship ecosystem. For eight years, Startup Vikes has helped to launch 26 companies.

This year, they are going virtual and splitting the time that they used to spend in one weekend, over eight days (April 9 - 17) so as not to fatigue students with even MORE screen time.

Learn more and register here: https://startupvikes.com/

Meditation Workshops
Friday, April 9:
Noon - 12:15 PM
Saturday, April 10:
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Online

SKY Campus Happiness' meditation workshops offer evidence-based breathwork techniques that energize, refresh, and de-stress students along with a live, guided meditation facilitated by highly trained individuals. Click on each day below for the Zoom links:


Minecraft Server: CSU Rec Edition!

Do you dare to explore the Nether? Join the CSU Minecraft Server! They have built in quest and a whole Minecraft realm available! You can register and join for FREE through the CSU Rec Discord! Participate in the built in Scavenger Hunt for a chance at winning a prize!

CSU Rec Discord: https://discord.gg/pYK8SRRC
News You Can Use
RESIDENCE LIFE NOW ACCEPTING HOUSING APPLICATIONS!

Let us be your home away from home for the 2021 – 2022 Academic Year! Living on campus provides students the opportunity to live, study, work and play in a safe, on-campus environment.

With two state-of-the-art residential complexes to choose from we have a place everyone can call home!


Check out our virtual tours of Euclid Commons and Fenn Tower!
What’s New in SGA?
There is still time to join the SGA email campaign to thank President Sands, Provost Zhu, and the other leaders who made P/F grading available for this year!! Click the link on their VikesConnect page to join them! Also, be sure to keep an eye out for more information from the Office of the Registrar on how to select flexible grading for Spring 2021!

Nominations for the textbook hero awards will be open until April 15th!! If one of your current or former professors utilizes open education resources for teaching, nominate them to receive this year's award by clicking here.

Last Monday, SGA released a statement on the recent uptick in anti-AAPI violence. Special thanks to College of Engineering Senator Emily Zhao for her help in drafting the statement and helping to express our organization's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Finally, this week is elections for next year's SGA Executive Board, Senators and Judicial Board. Voting is easy and takes just a few moments. The link to the election is: http://bit.ly/CSUSGA. Make sure your voice is heard and vote!!

Apply to be a Resident Assistant

Interested in becoming a Resident Assistant for the 2021 - 2022 academic year?! If you would like to apply to be an RA, you can log into your Hire A Vike account and enter 4524955 in the job search bar to see the position.
Join TASC for the Success Skills Bonus Session: Every Step Counts! Take the First Step to Prepare for Next Year Today. This session will take place on Monday, April 12th, 2021 from 3:30pm-4:30pm, and this will take place over zoom.

This Success Skills Session focuses on what you can do to make a smooth transition between your first and second year here at Cleveland State University. They hope to see you there! Click Here For Zoom Link.

For more information, please visit:

CSU Students Needed for On-Campus Survey

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association would like your opinion about if CSU should expand American Sign Language offerings by introducing a minor or certificate.

They welcome undergraduate students of all majors to share their thoughts in their 2 minute survey. Click here to take the survey.

Those who fill out the survey are also eligible to win a $10 Amazon gift card.
Cleveland State University Student Affairs is now accepting nominations for the
48th Annual Awards & Recognition Ceremony 
Every year, CSU Student Affairs recognizes students, faculty and staff for their achievements over the past academic year. All nominations must be submitted by Monday April 12, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Click here to visit their website for more information about each award and links to the nomination forms.

  • Excellence in Programming
  • Proudest Viking
  • Graduate Student of the Year
  • Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year
  • Peggy Kirschner Outstanding Student Leader
  • Diane Dillard Student Organization of the Year
Practice Digital Wellness with BetterYou

Finding balance and focusing on your wellness is hard, especially with the constant distraction and interruption in your pocket coming from your cell phone.

That’s why CSU has partnered with BetterYou – a digital coach that helps support your goals across all areas of wellness.

BetterYou helps people spend their time on the things that matter most. You set goals that are important to you in the areas of physical, social, educational, and mental wellness, and BetterYou runs in the background, providing gentle nudges and rewards along the way that positively influence behaviors.

Students can visit https://register.betteryou.ai/ and sign up with their CSU email.
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