President Jackson-Hammond Garners $2M in Federal Funding for STEAM initiatives

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The funding supports three major projects: 1) scholarships for eligible undergraduate students engaged in agriculture/engineering science disciplines; 2) pre-college outreach pipeline programs to support the goal of producing students with integrated knowledge and experiences; and 3) participation of students, faculty and staff at conferences and experiential learning events that support agricultural sustainability, natural resources conservation and agricultural production. In addition to academic support, students will be able to engage in USDA/NRCS federal internships and contribute to the replenishment of the workforce in those agencies.

The funding will also support a more robust recruitment of middle and high school students to the University’s Seed to Bloom program to provide innovative teaching and learning activities that lead to increase interest in STEAM disciplines.  Additionally, a summer residential program specifically for high school pre-college students is being designed to encourage and engender interest in Agricultural innovations.

Faculty and staff from across various disciplines are engaging in program development and the Office of Sponsored Program serves as the monitoring office for the grant.





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U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer full-tuition scholarships at Central State University

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its USDA/1890 National Scholars Program, is offering four-year full-tuition scholarships at Central State University.

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program will provide full tuition, possible employment, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to four years to selected students pursuing a bachelor's degree in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines. The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors.

The deadline for application is Monday, April 11, 2016. Applications are available at CentralState.edu.  For eligibility requirements and more information, go to http://www.outreach.usda.gov/education/1890/index.htm

As an 1890 Land-Grant University, Central State provides liberal arts and STEMA curriculum leading to professional careers and advanced studies.



Civility in Action – Marauders Score On and Off the Field

Central State University’s Marauder Football Team has gotten some great praise for their off -the -field behavior.

Lamar H Murphy Jr., from Springfield, Va., met some of the players the weekend of Sept. 12 while staying at the Doubletree Hotel in Atlanta, Ga.  In a letter that he wrote to CSU President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, he said,  “I had occasion to be in the vicinity of, speak with and casually interact with some of the young men and coaches during their stay prior to the game with Clark-Atlanta. I was most impressed with their kindness, good humor and demeanor.“

“As a senior citizen with a limp, I often find myself invisible to many young people, but your student athletes offered help, urged me to board the elevator before them and were happy to chat with me about the team,” Mr. Murphy wrote.

He was so impressed, Mr. Murphy said, “My compliments to you and your university regarding the fine young men on your football team who represent the school and the athletic department.”

In the note was a donation to the University’s General Fund that he coined a “token of delight for having met them.”

Click to see the original letter.

 



U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer full-tuition scholarships at Central State University

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its USDA/1890 National Scholars Program, is offering four-year full-tuition scholarships at Central State University.

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program will provide full tuition, possible employment, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to four years to selected students pursuing a bachelor's degree in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines. The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors.

The deadline for application is Monday, April 11, 2016. Applications are available at CentralState.edu.  For eligibility requirements and more information, go to http://www.outreach.usda.gov/education/1890/index.htm

As an 1890 Land-Grant University, Central State provides liberal arts and STEMA curriculum leading to professional careers and advanced studies.

 


 


Central State University Ranked Among Most Affordable Selective Small Colleges for a Psychology Degree

Central State University has been named the sixth most affordable selective small college for students to receive a psychology degree in the United States.

The ranking is by Best Psychology Degrees, an online resource for gathering up-to-date information about psychology degree programs. The ranking was created using information from the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database.

The online site ranked the 50 most affordable selective small colleges. Colleges were required to have an admissions rate of 40 percent or less (an indicator of selectivity) and have a student population of fewer than 3,000 students. The top 50 accredited programs were selected and ranked based on their average net price.

"Central State University embraces change; but one thing that has not changed is its continuing commitment to providing an excellent, affordable education to residents of Ohio and beyond," said Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, CSU President. "This ranking illustrates our commitment to offering quality, affordable academic programs in an environment that nurtures student success."

CSU offers a bachelor's in psychology with a universal curriculum to develop a variety of professional skills valuable to interpersonal communication and human resources development across occupations. Graduates can find pre-professional jobs working in psychiatric programs, daycare, child welfare, management, or the court system. They can also pursue advanced studies to become licensed psychologists. The full article is at: http://www.bestpsychologydegrees.com/top/affordable-selective-small-colleges-for-a-psychology-degree/




Central State University Student Accepted into the Peace Corps


A Central State University student has been accepted into the Peace Corps.

 

Senior Kyree Rollins will spend two years in Togo serving as a health extension volunteer working in community health and malaria prevention. His job will be to assist the Health Ministry on issues of maternal, neonatal and child health and HIV and AIDS. He will join about 25 other volunteers working in primarily rural areas of the West African country. He starts this summer.

 

Rollins said when he heard about his assignment, “I knew it was the perfect fit.” He has had an interest in public health since growing up as a teen in Washington, D.C. While in D.C., he was a peer educator with Metro TeenAIDS, a non-profit organization that promotes safe sex.

 

Rollins, who speaks French, said his high school French teacher is the one who got him interested in studying abroad. He said he is excited about the assignment because he “wants to be able to teach people what I learn there.”









Central State University’s College of Business Receives ACBSP Accreditation

Central State University’s College of Business has received its first ever 10-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The accreditation covers all degrees offered in the College – Accounting, Economics and Business Administration. The Business Administration major currently has eight concentrations, including a new concentration in Agribusiness.

Notification of the recognition completed the average three to four year process in a record two years.

Dr. Fidelis Ikem, Dean of the College of Business, praised his students, faculty, staff and Business Advisory Council for their “diligence and cooperation in the effort put forth leading to the accreditation status.”  He said that the College of Business “will continue to focus on preparing students through quality academic programs.

The accreditation acknowledges the University’s commitment to teaching excellence and quality improvement. Dr. Charles Wesley Ford, Jr., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs noted that, “The ACBSP accreditation recognition affirms the quality of the business program and the commitment of CSU’s highly qualified faculty.”

Acknowledgements are in order to the Office of the President, administration, faculty, staff, advisory board and students for their support and participation in achieving this accreditation.

An active Business Advisory Council provides internships and guidance to assist students prepare for full-time careers. Internships from major corporations include KeyBank, Walmart, Honda, Verizon, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo.

Central State University, Ohio's 1890 Land-Grant institution is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The accreditation body, ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. 



Central State University Expands its International Recruitment Efforts by Signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Leadership Institute USA


Central State University has entered into a partnership with the African Leadership Institute USA that will yield faculty and student exchanges and the international recruitment of Nigerian students.  On Wednesday, the University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ALIUSA to formalize an agreement to work together. Iyorwuese Hagher, executive director of the African Leadership Institute and former Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, said the agreement comes at a time when global education is very competitive and “Africans are thirsty to get a western education.”

“For Central State to open its doors for the greater recruitment of Nigerian students…This is the future, this is the hope, this is the planting of a seed that will give birth to a big forest.”

Ambassador Hagher said that currently six Nigerian faculty members are working to come to Central State to do research. The MOU states that the African Leadership Institute will identify and help recruit qualified Nigerian students to attend CSU fulltime.

Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, president of Central State, said, “ Today is the day of a new beginning, a new creation between Central State University and our brothers and sisters in Nigeria.”

The African Leadership Institute USA is a multifaceted “think tank” that focuses on critical analyses of issues, policies and practices impacting the African continent. It has offices in Dayton and in Nigeria.

Last month, Central State signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commonwealth of The Bahamas’ Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to expand opportunities for Bahamian students to attend the University.

 



Two Central State Students are working with Air Force researchers to find different commercial markets for military technologies

 

CSU Senior Darius Lang and Senior Kristy Rochon presented their research at the 2015 Commercialization Catalyst event in Dayton to show scientists, engineers and venture capitalists different uses for technologies. Both Lang and Rochon worked on a project using chemiluminescence dye to make the writings from a wax crayon glow in the dark. Rochon has also been working on a medical application for a microfiber woven fabric that helps with fluid transfer. The projects are part of the Air Force Research Lab’s effort to find business applications. The hope is that venture capitalists will fund the next phase of research.




 


 


Central State University Employee Wins National Alumni Award


Central State University’s Director of Sponsored Programs and Research is among the inaugural recipients of the 1890 Universities Career Exemplar Award given by a national association for land-grant universities. Morakinyo Kuti is an alumnus of Central State. He was chosen because he was instrumental in the development of the $4.7 million Center of Excellence in STEM and STEM Education proposal funded by U.S. Department of Defense in 2010. The Exemplar Award, given by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), recognizes distinguished alumni of the 19 historically black land-grant universities who have achieved excellence in navigating their career pathway and providing mentorship to other traditionally underrepresented students pursuing similar career pathways. The awardees were nominated by their alma maters and evaluated on their commitment to their institution, individual achievement, civic engagement and impact in providing access, opportunities and mentorship to current students and new alumni. “The award truly belongs to the hundreds of students who took advantage of the opportunities that CSU provided to them. I am just a symbol of their hard work and perseverance,” Kuti said. “My Central State University education is a major reason for my success, therefore I truly appreciate the privilege to enable other students to fulfill their dreams as well.”


 


CSU strengthens relationship with the Bahamas


WILBERFORCE, OH. – Central State University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commonwealth of The Bahamas’ Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to expand opportunities for Bahamian students to attend the University.

The four-year agreement provides 10 four-year scholarships each year to students from the public schools in the Bahamas. The first students will enroll Fall of 2016. The Ministry of Education financed the majority of the scholarships, said Jahan Culbreath, Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Athletics. “We are anticipating to have more than 10 students a year,” he said.

This week, Central State representatives met with 2,300 students in 11 different schools in Nassau and Freeport to talk about the scholarship opportunity. The partnership is established to encourage Bahamian students to major in areas of study that are nationally in demand but are not readily available in the Bahamas, such as, but not limited to: Fine and Performing Arts, Water Resource Management, Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Engineering.

Dr. Stephanie Krah, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, said it is the University’s goal to build a variety of partnerships with The Bahamas. Last year, Central State University’s football team played in The Bahamas.

 

CSU Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement & Athletics Jahan Culbreath and The Honourable Jerome K. Fitzgerald, the Minister of Education, Science and Technology for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, sign a Memorandum of Understanding expanding opportunities for Bahamian students to attend CSU starting in Fall 2016.

 

 

 








Central State University Hosts Event Focused on Improving Ohio’s Water Quality

Ohio Chancellor John Carey and researchers from several state universities met at Central State University on Friday and spoke about the collaborative research effort to improve the toxic algae issues at Lake Erie and elsewhere in Ohio. 

At the event, representatives from The Ohio State University, the University of Toledo and Central State University provided updates on research each University is involved in and talked about the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Central State Kicks Off its Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Prevention Campaign


Central State kicked off its Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Prevention campaign in an effort to educate and bring awareness to students.
On Friday, October 16, Central State held its first event of the campaign, “No Means Know!” Dr. Stephanie Krah, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, said, “the purpose of this event was to bring awareness to students about sexual assault and domestic violence.”

Nine community organizations attended the event. They were the Ohio Domestic Violence Network; Greene County Family Violence Prevention Center; Ohio Prosecutor’s Office-Greene County Victim Witness; Buckeye Health Plan; Artemis Center; YWCA of Greater Dayton; Greene County Combined Health District; Life Connection of Ohio and the Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton.

Students who attended also had the opportunity to sign the “No means Know” banner. Krah said, “This banner signifies that our students are committed to becoming more knowledgeable on Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence prevention on our campus.”

On Oct. 20, the Ohio Department of Higher Education launched a statewide initiative designed to help all of Ohio’s Colleges and Universities prevent and better respond to incidents of sexual violence. The Changing Campus Culture Report calls for campuses to adopt five recommendations.

Central State is now in the process of planning different educational initiatives for the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Prevention campaign. There will be monthly workshops and educational programs for students to participate in. Central State will also hold two Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Prevention events in Spring 2016, including a “Take Back the Night” event.





Central State University Celebrates Its International Students

Students from five countries helped to raise their country’s flags during Central State University’s second annual Celebration of International Students ceremony.

About 50 people attended the ceremony, which included remarks from Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless and Dr. Arthur E. Thomas, Central State President Emeritus. “Truly nothing is more important, nothing is more vital than bringing our people from all over the world together,” Dr. Thomas said.

Flags from Brazil, Egypt, France, Nigeria and Senegal were added to the walkway between the Charles H. Wesley Arts & Science Building and the Lionel H. Newsom Administration Building. The Wilberforce (OH) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated co-hosted the event. “I hope our students who are here internationally feel the love  (we have) for you,” said Central State President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond. She told the international students that they may be on campus to learn, but “our students are here to learn from you as well. It is a two-way street.”



Central State University Student Center Grand Opening

 



More than 300 people attended the opening of Central State University’s new Student Center today. The rush of excitement was for the new building but also for the University’s special guest Mr. Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who helped cut the ribbon and who pledged his support for the University's $30M Capital Campaign. The $33.5M facility features many amenities including a 500-plus seat dining area. Mr. Johnson said, “I am so proud to be a part of this.”

 

 

 

 

 

 



CSU Fall Career and Internship Fair Draws More than 60 Employers

Central State University held its Fall Career and Internship Fair on October 14.

Karla Harper, Interim Director Career Services, said, “the career and internship fair is an opportunity for students to access both internships and employment." She also said that the number of students who participate remain consistent for the fall and spring career and internship fairs.

More than 60 businesses and organizations from Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri attended to recruit students and CSU alumni. Erika Gilles, a recruiter for Wright State University Graduate program, said that she felt that students were taking advantage of what the event had to offer. "I've already spoken to about 6 or 7 students within the first hour. I'm excited to be here."

Daniel Valentine, who is a graduating senior, said that he came to see what career internship and school opportunities were available. Sophomore Dexter Heath said he was able to make a lot of connections with different employers. He attends the career and internship fairs almost every time they are held.

Central State will begin looking for businesses to participate in the Spring Career and Internship fair in January. For more information, please contact Karla Harper at kHarper@centralstate.edu or call at (937) 376-6383.





Central State University Receives Nearly $600,000 to Create an Ag-STEM Institute

Central State University will create an Ag-STEM Institute to prepare youth and college students for careers in agriculture.

Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announced an award of $599,997 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund the program. The funds are from the Department of Agriculture’s 1890 Capacity Building Grants Program.

“The agricultural research and education fostered at 1890 land-grant institutions supports farming and production nationwide,” Brown said. “These federal resources will help Central State University continue its long tradition of providing Ohio students with a quality education that allows graduates to obtain jobs in one of Ohio’s leading industries.”

As an 1890 Land-Grant University, Central State University is expanding its highly regarded STEM curriculum to include teaching, research and extension initiatives in the area of sustainable agriculture.

The goals of the Ag-STEM Institute are to:

  • Increase the recruitment and retention of African Americans and minorities into Agriculture-related STEM majors
    at Central State
  • Develop a pipeline of minority graduate workforce with the appropriate technical and professional skills to fulfill the employment requirement for USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture and related Agriculture businesses in the nation.
  • Enhance Ag-STEM career awareness and interests for Youth in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

 


 


Cleveland.com Reports that Central State University is the Least Expensive Public College in Ohio


Central State University is the least expensive public college in Ohio, according to a report today on Cleveland.com. The distinction is based on an analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard.

The updated College Scorecard allows students to search and compare colleges and universities based on a number of factors such as location, size and degrees or programs. Each college or university also has other information listed including financial aid, typical total debt and the percent of the student body receiving federal loans.

The average annual net cost, at Central State, after an in-state student receives all federal, state and college aid, is $11,172. The scorecard does not rank colleges, but the media outlet did.

 


 


Central State University Receives more than $4M for Agricultural Research, Extension and Education

New Programs Planned for 2016

Central State University received $4.4M from the state of Ohio for agriculture research and extension initiatives as part of the FY2016-FY2017 budget bill signed by Ohio Governor John Kasich.

It is the first major support by the state of Ohio of the University’s Land-Grant initiatives. 
These funds are part of a state match requirement resulting from Central State University's (CSU) designation as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution and will fuel the capacity expansion of agriculture and agricultural related research ($1.85M each year) and extension services ($350K each year).  The University will continue to build on its highly regarded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programming by adding academic degrees, concentrations and certificate programs in agriculture.  


Also aligning with the Land Grant mission, the University has launched a new Department of Agriculture within the College of Science & Engineering that will offer a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture (Fall 2016).  Students selecting this major will have the added benefit of participating in meaningful research, with qualified faculty, that will serve Ohio and have national and international implications.

Separate funding will enable the College of Education to establish a new School of Agricultural Education and Food Science. Bachelor of Science degrees will be offered in Agricultural Education and in Extension Education. Additionally, a new certificate program focused on preparing students for Future Farmers of America (FFA) certification is under development. These programs are designed to increase the talent pool of agriculture educators and industry specialists and are planned for Fall, 2016.

“Central State University is excited about integrating the Land Grant mission with our mission and appreciates the support from the state,” said Dr. Charles Wesley Ford, Jr., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  “It is because of President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond’s leadership and others who have supported Central State University that the University is in the position to impact the lives of people in Ohio.”

Central State University received its historic federal designation as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution on February 7, 2014.





Central State Awarded a Multi-Year Grant to Support Former Foster Youth Enrolled at CSU


This Fall, former foster care youth who are enrolled as students at Central State University will benefit from a mentoring program that will help them academically, socially and emotionally.

The Emerging Scholars Program is a result of Central State receiving a $60,000 grant from Ohio Reach, a coalition working to improve higher-education outcomes for former foster youth. CSU, an 1890 Land-Grant Institution, is one of four universities to receive a multi-year grant to create a mentoring program to help former foster youth succeed in college.



Students in the program will get peer-to-peer mentors and faculty-staff mentors, said Dr. Stephanie Krah, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. In addition, they will participate in workshops, study tables and cultural immersion activities.

“We want to make sure we are feeding them holistically” from admission through graduation, she said.

Twenty-five students will start the program this Fall. William Murray, IV,

Director of Ohio Reach, praised the CSU staff for investing in a population that for a long time has struggled at the college level. Ohio Reach improves post-secondary outcomes for foster care youth and alumni through leadership, empowerment, advocacy, research and networking.