CSU comes up short to Kentucky State in Circle City Classic

10/5/2014 | Football | Box Score

Taking on SIAC rival Kentucky State in the 31st Circle City Classic, Central State's comeback attempt fell short as the Marauders lost to the Thorobreds, 31-24 on Saturday.

After a turnover on Central State's first possession, Kentucky State opened the scoring on a 1 yard touchdown run by quarterback Adam Robinson. Cade Berryman converted a 20 yard field goal at 13:44 of the second half to give KSU a 10-0 edge. Marauder quarterback Michael Wilson led Central State on a 3 play 42 yard drive to cut the score to 10-7. Kentucky State running back Josh Lockett scored his 1st of two touchdowns on a 56 yard run to extend the Thorobreds lead back to 10. John Adams converted a Central State field goal as time expired in the first half.

Kentucky State opened the 3rd quarter with a 8:20 minute touchdown drive capped off by a Lockett touchdown and scored again at the end of the quarter to take a 31-10 lead. Central State went on to score the next 14 points with a touchdowns from receiver Christopher Murray and Wilson to cut the KSU lead back down to 7.

With 1:14 left in regulation, Central State had the ball with a chance to take the lead. Wilson completed a 15 yard pass to Murray and a 19 yard pass to tight end Zach Thomas. With 16 seconds remaining, Wilson's 17 yard scramble was wiped away by a holding call, backing Central State up to the KSU 37 yard line. With just 6 seconds remaining, Wilson's pass down the field was broken up by Kentucky State as the Maruaders fell 31-24.

With the loss, Central State falls to 1-4 overall with a 1-2 record in the SIAC. Kentucky State improves to 2-4 with a 1-1 mark in the SIAC.

Kentucky State Josh Lockett and Central State's Artrell McMillan were named the Circle City Most Valuable Players. Lockett ran for 265 yards and 2 touchdowns. McMillan led the Marauder defense with 11 tackles and 1 sack.

TOP PHOTO:  Dr. James Hammond, Central State President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, Coach Cedric Pearl and Athletic Director Jahan Culbreath at Lucas Oil Stadium prior to the 31st Circle City Classic in Indianapolis, IN.

About the Circle City Classic

The Circle City Classic is an annual American football game featuring two historically black colleges/universities (HBCUs) held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The game was held from 1983 to 2007 in the RCA Dome, and was moved to the new Lucas Oil Stadium for the 2008 game. The event was established in 1983 and takes place the first weekend in October. In addition to the weekend's primary attraction, there is also a parade and concert related to the Classic.

For tickets and general information for Saturday's 31st Annual Circle City Classic, visit - http://www.circlecityclassic.com/

The rivalry between Kentucky State and Central State dates back to the first meeting in 1947.
Central State honored Reverend Charles Williams by wearing the initials "REV" on back of helmets in honor of the 10th anniversary of his passing. Williams was the founder of the Circle City Classic.

The Marauders lead the all-time series, 35-19-1. The only tie came in in 57' with a score of 13-13.
KSU has now won the last 7 meetings between the two programs.

(Photo taken by Phil Taylor/PhotoTaylorSports.com)

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Lady Marauders Basketball Team Donates School Supplies to Students at Central Middle School

Understanding the importance of giving back to the community, the CSU women’s basketball team recently donated a 50-gallon bin full of school supplies to students at the Central Middle School in Xenia.

"We are pleased to be participating with the Xenia School District through our school supply donation program," said Head Coach Sheba Harris. “Part of the mission of our program is to develop future leaders who will make a difference through community service. By collecting these supplies, our players are learning the importance of giving back to benefit others."

"These items with provide a direct benefit to the students at the Central Middle School. It's exciting to see the students receive these supplies. We hope our donations will help to enhance this year's school experience for each recipient,” said Senior Iniquia Snell.

The Lady Marauders will continue throughout the year to give back to the community with a volunteerism program that includes a pen pal exchange, Reading is Knowledge program and the Xenia fish pantry.

Marauder Zone Fridays

U.S. Air Force awards Central State $516,000 for training

Central State was recently awarded $516,000 for training from the U.S. Air Force through Clarkson Aerospace of Houston, Texas for a 4-year period from 2014-2017, under the Research Collaboration Program of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

The award enables collaborative research partnerships between AFRL , academia and industry, in areas including, but not limited to materials and manufacturing and aerospace sensors that engage a diverse pool of domestic businesses that employ scientists and engineers in technical areas required to develop critical war-fighting technologies for the nation's air, space and cyberspace forces through specific AFRL core technical competencies.

Central State University has been working with Clarkson Aerospace and Universal Technologies Corporation for many years on AFRL initiatives under their Minority Leaders Program (MLP).

According to the College of Science and Engineering Dean Dr. Subramania Sritharan, Central State has been very successful in training students through this program and placing them at AFRL locations for defense research work in three critical areas: (1) material testing/characterization, microelectronics/MEMS packaging and additive manufacturing;(2) advanced battery manufacturing technologies; and (3) hyper spectral imaging technologies for advanced sensors; a continuation offer of the MLP.

“The funding allows students to engage in research on campus, with the companies engaged in research and production for AFRL and in the different research laboratories within AFRL,” Sritharan said.  “Students are selected from the Departments of Environmental Engineering, Water Resources Management (hyper spectral imaging, Manufacturing Engineering (advanced battery manufacturing) and Mathematics & Computer Science (hyper spectral imaging).

“Faculty experts from these departments will engage in leading the research in collaboration with scientists from other institutions and AFRL. The students are expected to carry out research on campus during the academic terms and at the different directorates of the AFRL. The students are paid for the research work during the academic term and during summer. Students learn the use of advanced scientific instrumentation, computer modelling and research techniques,” he said.

The first allocation of $75,000 is being used in the areas of material research and for studies to improve the Lithium ion battery manufacturing technologies.  The remainder of the allocation, approximately $250,000, will be received based on the progress made.

As an Ohio Center of Excellence for Emerging Technologies, the advancement of this Center depends on the ability of the Center to be critical partner for advancing technologies and training the necessary work force in cutting-edge research.

“In addition, the College of Science and Engineering was awarded $3.9 million by the Department of Defense (DoD) to establish the Center of Excellence in STEM and STEM Education

(STEM-X-ED), Sritharan said.  “The objective of the Center is to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers needed in the defense industry.  This objective is achieved through improving STEM learning, enhancing research skills and through internship training in the defense industry. The grant from the Research Collaboration Program of AFRL enables Central State to fulfill the requirement of training the students through internships.

“Central State is unique amongst the minority institutions in having research capabilities in core technical competencies expected by AFRL. The participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM areas and particularly in defense industry is very low.  The effort AFRL and DoD provide to support the university help improve this situation, 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.