Central State to hold Agricultural Enrichment Summer Camp for Middle School Students

Central State University will hold a free two-week summer camp focused on gardening, nutrition and exercise.

Seed to Bloom teaches participants about healthy foods and plant life through outdoor learning explorations and classroom and laboratory activities. The half-day camp is for rising 6th and 7th graders and is a part of the University’s Land-Grant initiatives.  It will take place June 8 through June 19.

As an 1890 Land-Grant Institution, Central State provides scientific research and outreach initiatives that eliminate disparities and enhance community wellness. The Land-Grant designation enables the University to expand its focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics (STEAM).

The camp is sponsored in part by the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service with assistance by the Wilberforce Chapter of the Links, Inc.

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CSU to Hold a Community Wellness Day

Central State University will host a number of free activities on April 23 to promote community wellness and healthy living.

Community Wellness Day will be held at the CSU main campus in Wilberforce Ohio. The day will start with line dancing at 11 am in the Norman E. Ward Sr. University Center Ballroom. A community one-mile walk/run will be held at noon at McPherson Memorial Stadium and a Spin Class will occur at 2 pm in Walker Gymnasium. All activities are free and open to the public.

The events are part of the University’s celebration of the 125th anniversary of the second Morrill Act, which was the legislation that established Central State University and other universities as Land-Grant Schools. Last year, Central State received its federal designation as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution.  Land-Grant community programming and scientific research will be focused on promoting health, preventing disease and eliminating disparities in rural and urban communities.

“As a Land-Grant Institution, our mission is to conduct research and lead initiatives that promote the overall health of the communities we serve,” said Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, President of Central State University. “This event corresponds with efforts to better serve community needs.”

Kettering Health Network and Greene Memorial Hospital are partnering with the University to provide health information and screenings at the Wellness event.  The walk begins at noon. Participants are asked to arrive at 11 am. Walkers/runners can either walk on the track at the Stadium or use a scenic route around campus.


CSU Trustee named one of Savoy Magazine’s 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers

Congratulations to Central State University Trustee Mark Hatcher, who has been named one of Savoy Magazine's 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers. Hatcher is a partner with the law firm Baker & Hostetler, LLP in Columbus, Ohio. He specializes in corporate and commercial law transactions, healthcare transactions, and regulatory compliance.

He has been named one of Ohio’s Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” and recognized in Who’s Who in Black Columbus where he received the renowned Emerging Leaders Award.

Trustee Hatcher was appointed to the CSU Board of Trustees in December, 2014 by Governor John Kasich. Savoy Magazine is an African-American lifestyle magazine, which focuses on fashion, business, technology, and style.

For more information on the award, please go to: http://www.bakerlaw.com/shownews.aspx?show=149851


Central State University Team Prepares to Compete in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Wilberforce, Oh. – Four Central State University students will challenge the best and brightest HBCU students at the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship next week.

The competition is an academic competition that showcases the academic prowess of students from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  The National Championship Tournament will be held March 21-25 in Torrance, California.

CSU’s team is comprised of:

• James Rodney White, a History Major
• Alexis Dominique Henry, a Psychology Major
• Romario Shaquille McKenzie, a Business Administration/Marketing Major
• Amira Renee Mitchell, a Music Education Major

Dr. Obiwu Iwuanyanwu, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities, is the team’s coach.

The teams compete for the title of “National Champion” and a $50,000 institutional grant from Honda. The Honda All-Star Challenge is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States.  Since 1989, the program has awarded more than $7.5 million in grants to participating HBCUs.


CSU's International Center for Water Resources Management Participates in Ohio Research Project Concerning Algal Blooms on Lake Erie

Central State University’s International Center for Water Resources Management participated in a statewide research project to create a forecasting model to predict the arrival and toxicity of algal blooms on Lake Erie.

Dr. KrishnaKumar Nedunuri, who is director of the Center and Chair of the Water Resources Management Department, and Dr. Subramania Sritharan, Dean of the College of Science & Engineering, were invited by the Ohio Board of Regents to work with three other colleges to examine Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms (HAB) and lake water quality. It was one of five key areas that were the focus of research projects announced Tuesday by the Board of Regents. The series of research projects will use a dedicated $2 million in research funds to address water quality and algal bloom toxicity in the state.

A group of more than 60 university researchers convened by Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey produced recommendations and a proposal on how to best utilize and invest the funds. The other research projects focused on drinking water testing and detection; agricultural land use practices, sources of enrichment, water quality, and engineered systems; human health and toxicity; and economics and policy reform.

The researchers represented a number of University System of Ohio campuses. Dr. Nedunuri said the Lake Erie group consisted of researchers and faculty from Ohio State University, the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University. Dr. Ramani Kandiah, CSU associate professor of environmental engineering, and Dr. Xiaofang Wei, CSU associate professor of geology, also participated.

Dr. Nedunuri said the Lake Erie group wanted “to see how best the model we have to use is able to predict the onset of the bloom – how soon, how late it will happen and at what level.” Their work included ground measurement and also measurement from satellite to make the model more robust, he said.


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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