Engineering students build bike

A group of senior engineering students from Cleveland State University recently competed in the NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge in Colorado April 11th and 12th. The team built a hydraulic-powered bike for their senior design class project. The tricycle, capable of reaching speeds of 40 miles per hour on hydraulic power alone, captured top prizes at the event. Engineering students in senior design undertake projects to utilize the skills they learn in the engineering program.

 

Interview with Nick Camino

As the Cleveland Indians’ season gets underway, Cleveland Stater reporters Chad Wright and Kevin McGhee sat down with Cleveland State University and Cleveland Stater alumnus Nick Camino to discuss his tenure and memories from his time at Cleveland State, the Indians’ performance thus far and his move from WTAM 1100 to WKYC Channel 3.

 

Camino accomplished a multitude of things at Cleveland State, including serving as the editor of The Cauldron and sports editor of The Cleveland Stater. He graduated from Cleveland State with honors and a degree in journalism. A lifelong Clevelander, Camino spent 12 years at WTAM, beginning his career there in high school as an intern. The former host of “The Nick Camino Show” on WTAM, he made his move to WKYC on April 1 and serves as a weekend sports anchor and reporter.

Speech and hearing program seeks reaccreditation

The Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) will be making a site visit this month as part of Cleveland State University’s Speech-Language Pathology reaccreditation process.

The CAA, which is part of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), uses a peer review process to evaluate programs based on on-campus clinic facilities, faculty, administration, curriculum, student progress and financial stability.

“We have been preparing for reaccreditation for a couple of years,” Dr. Myrita Wilhite, Director of the Speech and Hearing Program, said. “We have prepared evidence for each of the six standards. The site visitors will come to campus to triangulate the data that has been reported and to report their finding to the CAA.”

If CAA finds the program to be in full compliance with all standards, the program will receive an accreditation that lasts eight years. During the eight-year period, the school must submit annual reports to the CAA.

During the visit, the program will host a public meeting where alumni, students and other stakeholders can interact with the site visit team. According to Wilhite, this is an important part of the process.

“(The meeting) is as important as the reviewing of our documents to determine if we are in compliance with the accreditation standards,” Wilhite said. “The people of the community are valuable and will make a strong impression on our site visitors.”

The site visit team will be looking for members of the community to comment on their experiences in the graduate program. This includes current students, alumni, employers of alumni and any other members of the community who can speak about the quality of the program.

As a graduate of the program, Wilhite personally attested to the effects that the program has had on her life and career.

Wilhite, a first-generation college student who grew up in the “projects” of downtown Cleveland, applied to six graduate programs after graduating from the University of Cincinnati, where she had earned significant financial aid and scholarships.

Though she was accepted into all six programs, Wilhite could not afford to attend any of the schools without financial aid. Fortunately, Cleveland State offered her a graduate assistantship with a stipend.

“I owe Cleveland State University a great debt of gratitude,” Wilhite said. “I work hard every single day to guarantee that this program survives for the next generation of young, bright people who want a career in communication sciences and disorders but may not have the financial resources to relocate for their dream.”

Stories like Wilhite’s will be a factor in the site visit team’s evaluation of the program. The public meeting with the CAA site visit team will be held Monday, Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. at Parker Hannifin Hall in rooms 103 and 104.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students participate in CSU blood drive

The Cleveland State University Health Center partnered with the non-profit organization Vitalant to put on a blood drive in the Berkman Hall auditorium Jan. 22 through Jan. 23.

According to Chika Morkah, graduate student worker at the health center, blood drives at Cleveland State have been held for about 15 years and are typically well attended. The latest drive was no exception.

Though the event was in the second week of the semester, the blood drive drew higher numbers than the drive held late last semester. Spreading awareness for the event was not an issue despite the short time students were back in school.

“As long as the school is in session, students will come out and donate blood,” Morkah said.

Students who participated in the blood drive received Viking Outfitters and Chipotle gift cards as an incentive to donate blood. Vitalant also offers scholarships for students who donate blood for more than a year in their blood drives. Other incentives, like water bottles, are also given out to increase the number of donors who attend the event.

Cleveland State hosts multiple drives annually, some sponsored by Vitalant and others sponsored by the American Red Cross. The health center has been hosting blood drives since 2004.

The sponsor organizations fund and provide staff for the blood drives. It is up to the health center and Cleveland State to promote and host the events.

The auditorium at Berkman Hall is an ideal space for the event, according to Morkah, allowing space for equipment as well as participants.

Before participating in the drive, students must complete paper work and meet general standards, such as being in good health and weighing more than 110 pounds to participate in a blood drive.

Sign up for the drive was available in the student center one week before the event. Students could also sign-up online with an access code printed on promotional materials associated with the event.

The goals of the blood drives are “Giving back to the community and creating awareness for blood donation.” Morkah said, “At the same time, we want to educate college students about blood donation.”

The health center and the American Red Cross will host the next blood drive Feb. 22 and 23. Vitalant will host another drive April 8 and 9. Both drives will have similar incentive and sign-up procedures.

 

Tapingo

Life as a college student can be stressful. Between classes, work and trying to maintain a social life, students rarely have time to breathe. Many students complain that they hardly have time to have lunch.

Students at Cleveland State University have a resource, that few know about, to help solve this problem: Tapingo, a smart phone app that allows students to order food.

Tapingo can save students valuable time. The user orders, and pays for, food from a phone and a receipt is printed at restaurants on campus, like Papa John’s and GrillNation.

This allows workers at the restaurants to make and set the student’s food aside.

The student then arrives and picks up their food at the register. Tapingo allows students to skip lines at food vendors on campus by simply tapping and going.

“Oh, my gosh, that would save me so much time,” said Jason Downie, a CSU engineering student, from the back of the line at Papa John’s.

Of course, he wasn’t alone. All 12 people in line at Papa John’s did not know about the app. When they learned how easy the app was to install and use, the students all expressed interest in downloading the app.

The app is easy to find on any device’s app store. Simply enter “Tapingo” in the search bar and it will appear in the results.

The next step is to create an account. This requires an email address and a password.

The app will use the location services on your device to determine what participating restaurants are near you. It will also ask what university you attend so that your student account can be linked to the account and dining dollars can be used as a payment method.

Using the app becomes easier the more often it is used. The app will save orders that you commonly make at certain restaurants and you begin to get a feel for how long each restaurant takes to fill orders. The app will send email and SMS alerts to inform you that your food should be done. However, these notifications are set for the time that the restaurant estimates your food “should” be done, not necessarily when your order is done.

Other payment methods such as credit cards can also be used to pay in the app. An option to pay with cash is also available for students to use if they do not have dining dollars on their student account.

Students are not the only ones who benefit from Tapingo. Employees also benefit from expediting the ordering process. This helps ensure that the customers receive the order that they want in a faster fashion, making their job easier.

If Tapingo was expanded to include more restaurants near campus, the app could be even more useful. Places like Café ah Roma and Rascal House on Cleveland State’s campus could start incorporating Tapingo so that students could order ahead in more locations. This would benefit restaurants and students alike as it would save students time and improve the consumer experience for businesses.

Tapingo is a simple way for students to save time in their busy schedules. It allows students to skip waiting in line for their food. This makes their meal plans more accessible and user-friendly.

For restaurants and their employees, Tapingo creates an easier work environment and a better experience for their patrons, making business more profitable. Overall, Tapingo is a beneficial application for college students and the restaurants that serve them.

 

Cleveland craft beer scene

Craft breweries have been popping up all over Cleveland in the past few years and the city has come up with a way to incentivize visiting these various breweries.

“We get people in here all the time with the passports,” said my waiter at the Butcher and the Brewer downtown last week.

Some 30 breweries and restaurants will stamp the Cleveland bar passport. All the passport holder needs to do is bring the passport and make a purchase at the venue.

Eight stamps entitle the holder to a Cleveland bottle opener. Stamps from all 30 venues receive a hat and are entered in a contest to win a weekend Cleveland giveaway.

“It’s a fun way to enjoy the different breweries available to us here in Cleveland,” Nate Cleer, avid beer enthusiast, said. “Columbus has a similar promotion and people really enjoy it.”

Cleer also mentioned an app, called Untappd, that he uses to keep track of his craft beer consumption. Untappd is a free app that allows users to rate their beers in the form of “check-ins.” The app then gives beer recommendations based on how they rate other beers.

“Untappd is great, you can see what your friends are drinking and where the best places to find craft beer are,” Cleer said.

Venues can become “verified” by Untappd which allows users to view the different beers they may have on tap at a given time. Users are also able to set up notifications to let them know when a venue changes the beers they have on tap.

“Branching out and trying new craft beers and breweries can be intimidating,” Cleer said. “Promotions like the beer passport and having an app like Untappd makes it easier to enjoy the new trend.”

Vento earns Horizon League honor

Cleveland State University soccer player McKenna Vento earned Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week honors for the week of Sept. 17 through Sept. 24. Vento, a senior midfielder, received the accolade thanks to her two-goal performance in the Sept. 17 match against IUPUI.

The goals may have won her player of the week, but Vento’s focus at Cleveland State has been setting others up to score. Her 11 assists as a Viking tie Vento for second in program history, trailing all-time leader Vickie Havas by eight.

“Coming into the season, I really wanted to get the record for most assists,” Vento said.

Despite besting her career season high for goals roughly halfway through the season, Vento does not believe that her role on the team has changed.

“As a center midfielder, your job is to create and set up others to score,” Vento said. “Over the past two years I have become more of an offensive threat by getting in spots to also score goals.”

Despite her focus on assists, Vento has become a force scoring the ball. Her five goals on the season tie her with two other players for the most in the Horizon League this season.

Vento said she believes an adjustment inspired by her coaches has been key to her success scoring goals this season.

“From last season to this season, my coaches preached the saying ‘shoot low and away,’ which is a technique I’ve practiced a lot,” Vento said.

The goals that Vento has scored in her career have tended to come at key times in the game. Half of Vento’s goals this year were game winners. In fact, seven out of Vento’s 11 goals as a Viking were decided the contest. Despite evidence to the contrary, Vento does not believe she has a knack for these clutch goals.

“Honestly, I think it’s just a coincidence,” Vento said. “It does help that I’m usually on the field in important moments of the game when we are searching for a goal.”

Vento and the Vikings (7-4-1) will host Horizon League opponent Green Bay University Saturday, Oct. 6.