Kentucky State and Central State to play 31st Circle City Classic®

INDIANAPOLIS – Central State University Marauders will compete against rival Kentucky State University Thorobreds in the 31st Circle City Classic® on October 4, 2014.

“We are thrilled to have these two teams and their strong bases of alumni to participate in Classic this year,” said Tanya Bell, President & CEO. “We will rally together this year in the name of football, culture, music and tradition during the first weekend of October.”

The theme for this year’s Classic is “Buy One. Send One.,” which reflects the purpose that Classic serves as a fundraiser to send Indiana students to college. “A ticket purchase will help pay for a student to attend college,” Bell said. Since 1984, more than 3 million dollars in scholarships have been awarded to Indiana youth.

The Circle City Classic® game this year will feature the anticipated Battle of the Bands, one of the highlights of HBCU classics.

Kentucky State’s Marching Thorobreds Band is under the direction of Robert Griffin, Director of Bands. The Thorobreds Marching Band has performed in several classics and has participated in the Honda All-Star Battle of the Bands.

Kentucky State Athletic Director Denisha Hendricks said, “We are so excited to be returning to the Circle City Classic.® This will be a great experience for our student-athletes and the entire KSU family.”

Central State’s 150-member Invincible Marching Marauders is under the direction of Ramon Key, Director of Bands. The band has been featured in the movie “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” and has appeared at the Honda Battle of the Bands Showcase in Atlanta, GA, several football classics, and NFL performances.

“The Circle City Classic® gives Central State University and Kentucky State University the opportunity to showcase the talent of our students, as well as to promote academic achievement of two universities in the Midwest. The opportunity to participate in the Circle City Classic® is not just about the outcome of the game, but the quality academic experience  the two universities provide the communities, alumni and fans. Most importantly, it is about the quality collegiate experience for the students,” said Jahan Culbreath, Director of Athletics for Central State University.

Tickets for Circle City Classic® officially go on sale Monday, April 21, 2014. Tickets are available by calling the IBE Box Office at 317.925.2702, the Lucas Oil Stadium Ticket Office at 317.262.3389, online at or at any Ticket Master outlet.



Central State University Receives Registered Trademark


Central State University has officially registered and trademarked the University’s three tenets -- Service…Protocol…Civility®. The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the registered trademark as an affirmation of the University’s on-going commitment to excellence and achievement. The tenets represent the University’s commitment to academic excellence and the development of our students as innovative leaders for the future. Service is defined as commitment to the institution and the greater community; Protocol is defined as adherence to and value of best practices for accomplishing goals; and Civility is defined as demonstration of respect for one another, our past, present, and future. “Our students, alumni, faculty and staff are aligned with these dynamic tenets. They represent our strong sense of tradition and pride,” said President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond. The tenets will be used in University communications, branding and overall institutional positioning. Use of the Central State University’s trademarks in print, multimedia, advertising, promotional material, or on clothing or other merchandise requires the express permission of Central State University. Usage requirements are applicable to all CSU staff, students, faculty, partners, manufacturers, customers, creative agencies, consultants, professional writers, and editors. CSU reserves the right in its sole discretion to terminate or modify permission to display the Central State University trademarks by any person or organization.


Celebrate Central State Becoming an 1890 Land-Grant Institution

Members of the Ohio Delegation and Central State University President Applaud, Celebrate Central State Becoming an 1890 Land-Grant Institution

Washington, DC –– Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Congressman Michael Turner (OH-10), Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-3) and Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, President of Central State University, released the following statements to recognize the designation of Central State University as an 1890 land-grant institution in the Conference Report to H.R. 2642 – Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013:

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge: “I am pleased Central State University has finally been granted federal land-grant status.  This historic institution will be pivotal in Ohio’s agricultural research and will now receive appropriate funding to support and expand its education initiatives.  Central State is well-suited to carry out the land grant mission, which will greatly benefit all Ohioans for years to come.”

Senator Sherrod Brown

“This designation is nearly 125 years in the making and long overdue.  As one of the nation’s oldest Historically Black Universities, Central State University can play an important role in promoting agriculture research and education through the country.  Central State University designation as an 1890 land-grant university means increased opportunities for partnerships with Ohio’s agriculture industry and increased potential for its graduates to obtain jobs in Ohio’s leading industry.”

Congressman Mike Turner:

“As Ohio’s only public Historically Black College and University, Central State University’s designation is long overdue.  I want to thank my colleague Rep. Marcia Fudge for working with me to ensure that CSU and its students have the opportunity to benefit from these important programs and expand upon their proud history of agricultural education.”

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty:

"As the only alumna in history from Central State University to serve in Congress, I was honored to work with CBC Chairwoman Fudge and other colleagues to bring CSU across the finish line to join other HBCUs as an 1890 land grant university. This will afford faculty and students an enriched opportunity to not only showcase its great Water Resources Management Program but to partner with Ohio's other land grant university -- The Ohio State University."

Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, President of Central State University:

“Congressman Mike Turner’s tireless efforts on behalf of Central State led directly to this designation, and we at the University are extremely grateful for his efforts. Sincere appreciation is extended to Congresswoman Marcia Fudge and her staff, whose efforts were pivotal in garnering support among members of Congress across the country.  As Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Representative Fudge clearly understands the important role that Central State University plays in affording educational opportunities for Ohio students, especially underserved populations.  In addition, we are so proud of Congresswoman Joyce Beatty not only for her stellar representation as an alumna, but also because of her tenacity and leadership toward the uplift of all Ohio citizens.  Furthermore, Central State University, the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students are immensely grateful for Senator Sherrod Brown’s leadership, the perseverance and his dedication in support of CSU receiving land-grant status.”

A land-grant college or university is an institution designated by Congress to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890; Central State University falls under the latter.  The Morrill Acts provided federal land sold by the state to fund agricultural studies at public colleges and universities.




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