The campus community was invited to attend the 21st Annual Scholars and Artists Reception on November 12, 2009 where former Cleveland State University president Dr. Michael Schwartz was the guest of honor. The annual event, sponsored by the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library, celebrates the creativity of CSU faculty, emeriti and staff for their recently published books, scholarly papers, art, music, web sites, and other works. This year, almost 80 honorees were represented by 173 submissions of work.
The highlight of the well-attended event was the honored guest himself, Dr. Michael Schwartz, President Emeritus of Cleveland State University. This event was in celebration of the University Library's recent name change to the the Michael Schwartz Library and to recognize Dr. Schwartz's long support of the Library as the "heart of the University."
Attendees to the reception were treated to a peek at the portrait of Dr. Schwartz by Rob Hartshorn, which will hang at a place of honor within the library, as well as a rendering of how the new sign for the Michael Schwartz Library will appear once it is installed across the top of the library doors in the lobby of Rhodes Tower.
During the event, Tony Bakale, President of the CSU Alumni Association, presented Dr. Schwartz with a gift, a painting by CSU Alumna Gail Laba, Class of '85 depicting the CSU campus. Other speakers included Mary Jane Saunders, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Michael Wells, President of the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library, and Glenda Thornton, Director of the Michael Schwartz Library. The reception was sponsored by Cleveland State University Advancement.