- Central State University and The Ohio State University Enter into a Historic Partnership to Serve Ohio on Agricultural and Natural Sciences Issues
Two Iconic Americans Help Celebrate
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 10 am on Friday, Oct. 9. The state-of-the-art Student Center has 85,000 square feet and has amenities that include a 568-seat cafeteria, a convenience store and bookstore, administrative offices and other student-centered services.
Mr. Johnson, who is chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE), has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity as a former NBA player for the Los Angeles Lakers into the business world. His unprecedented partnership with Starbucks, as the only franchisee in the history of the company, and his alliance with Sony to develop Magic Johnson Theaters have served as catalysts for redevelopment in urban communities.
For over 30 years, Mr. Johnson has developed MJE into a conglomerate that is comprised of multiple business entities and partnerships. Currently, he is a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a Major League Baseball Franchise and the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA in partnership with Guggenheim Sports and Entertainment. Mr. Johnson has controlling interests in EquiTrust, a $14 billion financial services company; ASPiRE, an African-American television network; and SodexoMAGIC, a food service and facilities management company that is the food service provider for the new student center. Mr. Johnson has also invested in Magic Airport Holdings and Yucaipa-Johnson, a $500 million dollar private equity fund.
Pro Bowl MVP Mr. James “Shack” Harris made history when he opened the 1969 football season as the starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills after being drafted by the Bills in the eighth round. After playing on several other teams, Mr. Harris joined the front office of NFL organizations including the New York Jets, the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Mr. Harris’ post football career includes recognition by Sports Illustrated for two consecutive years (2003 and 2004) as one of the “Top-50 Most Influential Minorities in sports”; and by Black Enterprise in 2005 as “One of the most Powerful African Americans in sports.” In February 2007, William Rhoden featured Mr. Harris as a member of the Field Generals in ESPN's "Third and a Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of the Black Quarterback.” Also Samuel Freedman featured Mr. Harris in his book Breaking The Line: The season in black college football that transformed the sport and changed the course of civil rights. In 2010, this pioneer and fellow quarterback and Super Bowl MVP, Doug Williams established the Black College Football Hall of Fame, created to preserve the legacy of HBCUs by honoring its greatest players, coaches and contributors. Mr. Harris will be the keynote speaker at the Athletic Hall of Fame Luncheon held on Friday afternoon.
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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:
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’s first-time Freshman Class this Fall is the largest Fall Semester new freshmen class in the past three years. This year’s class of 519 students is a 29 percent increase over Fall 2014, when the first-time freshman class numbered 402.
Total enrollment is up 3 percent over last Fall. Central State’s Fall 2015 total enrollment is 1,804 students. The University’s Fall 2014 enrollment was 1,751.
Dr. Stephanie Krah, CSU’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, attributed the high number of new freshmen to increased efforts by the Central State’s Admissions Office to follow up with applicants to communicate next steps.
“ I think students had information from us sooner in order to make next step decisions if they wanted to attend Central State,” Dr. Krah said. In addition the staff added some Spring recruiting visits and worked closer with high school counselors to help students get the necessary documents in to complete their applications.
New Buildings Planned and 55 Jobs Created
Central State University has received an additional $1.625M in state match funding, positioning the University to qualify for federal resources earmarked for 1890 Land-Grant Institutions. This brings the total to $3.825M.
Today, the Ohio Controlling Board voted unanimously to approve the award at the request of Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey.
State Rep. Alicia Reece, D-Cincinnati, said, "It is no secret that increasing funding for Central State University is a key part of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Action agenda. I am pleased that after several meetings with the administration and visits to the campus, we were able to come together and provide CSU with $1.6 million in order to leverage up to $5.1 million in matching funds for its land-grant status.”
In February 2014, Central State University became an 1890 Land-Grant Institution, joining 18 other historically black colleges and universities which provide leadership on issues of health disparity, nutritious food sources and environmental stewardship. The funding will enable Central State to create a statewide agricultural research and extension network that will serve farmers and the urban core on issues related to sustainable agriculture, nutrition and water resources.
The extension and research initiatives are expected to cost up to $10M and generate 55 jobs for the state’s economy. The Research Program at Central State University, funded by the state of Ohio and the federal government, expands Central State’s capacity as a research institution and complements the existing research being done through the University’s International Center for Water Resources Management and the College of Science and Engineering.
Central State University President, Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond said, “Central State University is pleased to have the support of Governor Kasich, Chancellor Carey and so many others at the state and federal level. The Controlling Board’s decision further demonstrates the importance of Central State University’s contributions in the future to the agricultural and economic growth of Ohio.”
Through a partnership with The Ohio State University, Ohio’s 1862 Land-Grant institution, Central State will work toward collaborative grants and establish co-location extension offices. Central State’s Cooperative Extension Program will augment the statewide extension services currently provided by Ohio State University and provide services to additional communities. These programs build on the University’s agricultural past and ensure that CSU is a significant resource for Ohio’s citizens by addressing issues that affect rural and urban families.
CSU’s Cooperative Extension Program will put personnel in 10 Ohio counties with additional field specialists on campus and available on a statewide basis. The University will also reestablish the CSU Farm – 500 acres of crop and forestland. Extension services related to soil and water quality and Geographic Information Systems will become available to farmers all over the region.
Potential infrastructure initiatives, which will be funded by state and federal allocations, include two new facilities and the renovation of a third, expanding the campus:
New Programs Planned for 2016
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.
“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.
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