Central State to host event to help families apply for financial aid

WILBERFORCE, Oh - Central State University will be the Greene County site for the statewide college financial aid event “College Goal Sunday.”


The free event will be held from 2 pm- 4pm on Sunday Feb. 8 in Room 114 in the Joshua I. Smith Center for Education & Natural Sciences. Parents and students can get help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the federal application that is required in order for a student to receive federal financial aid, including the Federal Pell Grant and student loans, as well as need-based state grants. Studies show that a student is 50% more likely to attend college when they complete the FAFSA.

While walk-ins are welcome, registration for the event is encouraged. To register, go to www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org. For more information call 937-376-6571.

The event is presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents. OASFAA is a non-profit, professional organization for individuals actively engaged in the administration of financial aid within the State of Ohio for higher education.

Central State University Chorus to Perform at Ohio Governor’s Inauguration

Central State University Chorus to Perform at Ohio Governor’s Inauguration

WILBERFORCE, Oh - The Grammy- nominated Central State University Chorus will perform at Ohio Governor John Kasich’s inauguration on Monday, January 12.

Jeremy Winston, Assistant Professor of Music & Chorus Director, said the 50-member choir will close the ceremony with two musical selections. “We are honored to participate in the celebration of Governor John Kasich’s inauguration,” Winston said. “I believe the Central State University Chorus is one of Ohio’s gems musically...We have continued to represent Ohio both nationally and internationally.”

The Chorus is the only choir participating in the Governor’s ceremony at the Southern Theatre on Monday.  More than 900 people are expected to attend.

Doug Preisse, chairman of A New Day Committee, which is planning the inauguration, said, “The Central State University Chorus is one of the most highly acclaimed choral groups in Ohio and we are thrilled to have them participate in this historic event.”

“We look forward to their performance and have no doubt that these students will serve as excellent representatives of their university and our great state,” Preisse said.

The Chorus, which is comprised of students who are freshmen through seniors, has performed at the White House and abroad at the Vatican, throughout China and more recently, across Europe where they performed for sold-out audiences including in Prague, Czech Republic with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.  The Chorus appears on several Telarc International CD recordings: The Best of Erich Kunzel, Gershwin Centennial Edition, Play Ball, Blue Monday, Porgy and Bess, and Amen: A Gospel Celebration which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1994.


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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."

Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond:
“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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