Central State University will honor nine alumni during its 128th Charter Day Activities

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The 2015 Alumni Achievement Hall of Fame inductees include Xenia Mayor Marsha J. Bayless and former State Rep. Roland Winburn, D-Dayton/HarrisonTwp.,  The full list of honorees are as follows:

2015 Achievement Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Marsha J. Bayless ’73-Xenia, OH
  • Richard R. Boykin ’90-Oak Park, IL
  • John Benjamin Brown, Jr. ’62-Greensboro, NC
  • Edwin R. Clay ’69-Reynoldsburg, OH
  • Sandi Lynn ’68-Park Forest, IL
  • Dr. Delors Edgar Magee, Jr. ’59-Jackson, MS
  • Willie A. Terrell, Jr. ’73-Dayton, OH
  • Ethel M. Washington ’69-Plainfield, NJ
  • Roland Winburn ’71-Dayton, OH

The Convocation is open to the public.



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.



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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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