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Christina Lincoln (MUPDD, '12) was recently named an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

In July of 2018, Christina Lincoln (MUPDD, '12) brought the Legacy City Preservation conference to Buffalo, a convening that began in Cleveland in 2014. Community advocates from across the country shared their ideas and innovative approaches to historic preservation in terms of equity, diversity, and sustainability. We discussed engaging underserved communities and how preservation of our built environment differs across communities. It is critical that we have these conversations among cities that are experiencing the same challenges. There is no reason to operate in a silo when there are lessons to be learned from each other that may prevent mistakes in the future. With the recent renaissance that many of our Legacy Cities are seeing, is it still necessary that we have this dialogue? The discussion of how we can use our history and historic assets to rid our cities of racism, inequity, and environmental impacts and how to make our cities more economically and culturally diverse should never cease.

Crain's 2018 40 under 40 list includes three MUPDD alumni:

1. Tiffany Graham Charkowsky, MUPDD 2005, LAND Studio. 
2. Ian Andrews, MUPDD 2009, Lakewood Alive.
3. Sean McDermott, MUPDD 2005, Cleveland Metroparks.

Beginning in January 2019, Dr. Tom Hilde will serve on the American Planning Association's Ohio Chapter Board as a representative of the Levin College of Urban Affairs' MUPD program.

Dr. Stephanie Ryberg-Webster was appointed to an at-large seat on the Executive Committee of the Cleveland Section of the APA. Her term starts in January 2019.

On November 16, Dr. Stephanie Ryberg-Webster participated in an invited research summit held in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic Preservation's PastForward conference in San Francisco. Dr. Ryberg-Webster serves as a research advisor to the Affordability and Risk of Displacement in Historically African American Neighborhoods, a project led by the Trust's Research and Policy Lab.

A memorial to Steve Kanner (MUPDD '15) was dedicated at Noble Elementary School in Cleveland Heights. Steve passed away unexpectedly in 2015, shortly after his graduation. ( 

Kevin Schmotzer (MUPDD alum) was named Cleveland's first LGBTQ + Liaison. Kevin is the Executive of Small Business Development in the City’s Economic Development Department.

Associate Professor Rosie Tighe has been elected to the Governing Board of the Urban Affairs Association.

The Society for American City and Regional Planning History's National Conference on Planning History will be held in Cleveland on October 26-29, 2017. Levin College is a sponsor. Professor Stephanie Ryberg-Webster is the Co-Chair of the local host committee.

The City of Cleveland renamed the one-block stretch of East 18th Street from Euclid Avenue to Chester Avenue as Norman Krumholz Way in honor of Levin College Professor Norman Krumholz. The College held a celebration for the professor on June 15th.

Chris Ronayne (MUPD alum) was profiled in this story on the CSU Alumni Association website: Homegrown leader has a vision and passion for CLE. 

Dr. Stephanie Ryberg-Webster's work was highlighted by the CSU Office of Research's Featured Researcher Video Series in August 2016. Dr. Ryberg-Webster is an Associate Professor in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. Her research explores the role of historic preservation in older urban communities such as Cleveland and the effects that preservation decisions have on urban planning, community development, and economic revitalization. Legacy cities often have to make difficult decisions regarding existing buildings which no longer serve their original purpose due to changes in population levels, shifting economic conditions, and neglected updates and maintenance. Prof. Ryberg-Webster is bringing her research into public policy discussions through her publications, collaboration with local partners such as the Cleveland Restoration Society, and engaged learning projects in her classes. The video can be found at:

Professor Dennis Keating was the keynote speaker at Levin College Forum, "The Arts as a Catalyst for Neighborhood Revitalization in Cleveland," held on June 7. 
In May 2016, students in the MUPD capstone studio presented a plan for the Cedar Lee district in Cleveland Heights. The presentation was held at the Cedar Lee Theatre with more than 125 in attendance. Read more here:
At the May 2016 commencement ceremony, Norm Krumholz  received Cleveland State University's Distinguished Emeritus Faculty Honorary Degree, honors causa. This award was presented jointly by the university’s faculty and the Board of Trustees. There is no higher honor from the university. The award recognizes Norm’s “outstanding contribution as a faculty member, scholar, expert and leader in urban equity planning and public policy.” Norm has served the Levin College, Cleveland State University, and the world beyond our campus in fundamental ways for decades.  His career is a powerful example of how the Levin College helps improve the quality of life for urban residents by informing and improving urban governance in all of its forms.
Professor Alan Weinstein presented at three sessions during the American Planning Association's (APA) National Planning Conference in Phoenix, April 2-5. On Sunday, April 3, he presented “Recent Changes to FCC Rules Governing Local Government Telecommunications Regulations” as part of an Alfred Bettman Law Symposium session titled "Federal Regulations Affecting Land-Use Decisions" that he organized. That same day he also presented “The Effect of Reed v. Town of Gilbert on First Amendment Rulings in the Lower Courts” as part of a session titled "Local Sign Regulation" organized by the Arizona Chapter of the APA. On Monday, April 4, he presented "What Can (and Should) Local Governments Do About Racial and Income Segregation in Housing," as part of an Alfred Bettman Law Symposium session titled “Planning as if ‘Black Lives Matter,’ ” that he organized.

Kessa Turnbull (MUPD alum) is now the Tree Commissioner for the City of South Euclid, Ohio.
In March 2016, the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees granted tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor to the MUPD Program Director, Dr. Stephanie Ryberg-Webster.