July 20, 2024
CSU President, Ken Styron

President’s Message | May 2021

Dear students and alumni,

You’ve heard the old saying, “The only constant in life is change.” No matter what you call it—progress, innovation, revision, transformation, metamorphosis—change is inevitable. Things change. People change. And in times like these, change is a welcomed entity.

As we near the end of the spring season, let’s take a moment to pause and consider the change that has occurred within a year. Last May, confusion and fear set the stage for many Americans. Today, there is an end in sight. I am thankful for all of you—alumni, students, faculty members—who have been fighting this virus for a year, and who continue to fight today. You are true heroes.

It is for this reason and countless others that we established our inaugural Outstanding EMS Professional Award, to recognize those who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety of their citizens and communities. The winner of this year’s debut award is alumnus Lt. Patrick Carey of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lt. Carey began his EMS career in 1994. Today, he is an EMS instructor for Pennsylvania and a state evaluator for paramedic and emergency medical technicians. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in emergency services management from CSU.

Also worth recognizing are our outstanding safety professionals. This week, nominations are open to recognize the men and women who keep our places of work safe and healthy. Know someone who is tops in the occupational safety and health?

Speaking of recognition, I would like to take a moment to thank members of our Office of Financial Aid who launched an initiative to help local high school students fill out their college financial aid documents, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is what service is all about.

Service and scholarship go hand-in-hand, and this year, we have been blessed with many deserving scholarship recipients, including Nyasha Guion, Cynthia Sato and Brandon Hansen. Interested in applying for a scholarship yourself? Now is the time. Visit to see which scholarships are available for you.

We are incredibly blessed with you, our students and alumni, and each other. Thank you for your commitment to CSU.

Ken Styron

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