Central State University to host 10th Anniversary Celebration and Land-Grant Open House

By Land-Grant Communications
Posted Apr 18 2024
a large group of people sits under a tent at the 2023 land-grant open house at central state university

The Central State University Land-Grant Program will host an Open House to raise awareness about its mission and activities and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Land-Grant designation!

Central State University’s Land-Grant Program extends a warm invitation to the community to attend the 2024 10th Anniversary Celebration and second annual Land-Grant Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26. 

Join us for a day of celebration and inspiration and discover how we shape the future of education, research, and community impact at CSU.  

“This is a significant milestone for Central State University,” said Dr. Morakinyo A.O. Kuti, vice president of Research and Economic Development director of the 1890 Land-Grant Program, and recently named 10th President of CSU.

“Central State received its designation in 2014, 125 years after its initial application. This funding is instrumental in allowing research and community engagement that impact individuals, the community, and the world. We invite the public to learn about these impacts and to meet the staff who are doing the work and providing the services.”   

The event will showcase CSU research and Extension programs. A complimentary luncheon featuring Dr. Manjit Misra, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the United States Department of Agriculture’s extramural funding agency in the Research, Education, and Economics Mission Area, will take place from 12-1:30 p.m. 

Misra is a world-renowned scientist who has revolutionized food security by applying engineering principles to seeds — the cornerstone of our food supply. His interdisciplinary and collaborative leadership approach has significantly impacted the state, national, and international levels.

Event highlights

  • Showcasing transformation: Witness the remarkable efforts of CSU’s Extension staff as they positively impact the lives of Ohioans.

  • Innovative research: Explore how our dedicated researchers are generating knowledge to address pressing societal challenges. 
  • Tree planting: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will plant a tree at our Seed to Bloom Botanical and Community Garden. 
  • Leadership in food and agriculture: Learn how CSU students are shaping the future as the next generation of leaders and professionals in the food and agriculture industry. 
  • Interactive displays: Gain insights into CSU’s Land-Grant initiatives and collaborative efforts. 
  • Research lab tours: Explore innovative research facilities and meet our esteemed faculty and students. 
  • Extension demonstrations: Discover the impactful work of CSU’s Extension team in Ohio. 
  • Campus Exploration: Uncover how Central State is driving advancements in food and agriculture, influencing local communities, and leaving a lasting mark globally. 

During the event, visitors will also be able to witness the progress of our state-of-the-art Research and Demonstration Complex, which will feature research facilities, a farm shop, cold storage building, demonstration plots, and greenhouses, and visit the innovative Seed to Bloom Botanical and Community Garden

The event is free and open to the public. Visit Land-Grant 10th Anniversary Celebration and Open House on Eventbrite to register. 

For more information, email landgrantcommunications@centralstate.edu or call 937-376-6276. To learn more about Central State University, visit centralstate.edu.

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