Central State sacks SIAC opponent Stillman to remain undefeated at home


Facing the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's top ranked offense in Stillman, Central State's defensive unit held the Tigers in check in a 41-14 victory on Saturday.

The Marauder defense set the tone on the first play from scrimmage when Dashad Tucker intercepted a Joshua Straughman pass leading to a John Adams field goal, giving the Marauders an early 3-0 lead. Senior quarterback Michael Wilson scored his 6th rushing touchdown by evading three Tiger defenders to take it in from 7 yards out with 9 minutes remaing in the second quarter.

"Mike has been making plays with his feet all season," CSU Head Football Coach Cedric Pearl said. "Since taking on the starting role, he has been our play maker on offense."

CSU leading rusher Isaiah Grooms ran for a score with 1:55 remaining in the 1st half, capping off a 11 play, 65 yard drive to give the Marauders a 17-0.

Midway through the 3rd quarter, Tucker found the ball in his hands again, recovering a Stillman fumble to set up another John Adams field goal from 41 yards out.

Down 20-0, Stillman found the end zone on the next drive when Straughman converted on a 64 yard pass to Hudson Cain. The 13 point margin would be the closest Stillman would get as the Marauders scored the next 21 points with touchdowns from Grooms, Moses Vine and Zach Thomas to build an seemingly insurmountable lead at 41-7 with 7:00 left in the game.

Stillman, which averaged nearly 478 yards per game, was held to just 267 yards of total offense. Led by Wilson's arm and legs, the CSU offense totaled 433 yards.

Wilson finished with 173 yards and a touchdown through the air and picked up another 87 yards on the ground. Moses Vine led all rushers with 97 yards. Sophomore tight end Zach Thomas finished with a game-high 82 receiving yards. The Marauder defense was led by Artrell McMillan's 5.5 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Joseph Blount finished with 6 tackles followed by 5 from Kevin Carter.

Central State, who had never beaten Stillman prior to Saturday (0-4), forced 3 turnovers and sacked Straughman 6 times on the afternoon.

With the victory, the Marauders improve to 3-5 overall with a 2-3 mark in the SIAC West Division and remain perfect at home (3-0). Stillman fell to 4-4 overall and are now at 3-2 in the division.

The Marauders return to action next Saturday when they host Tuskegee. The game is scheduled for 1:30 pm kickoff at McPherson Memorial Stadium.



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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.