Central State celebrates 127 years

By Tameka Calicutt Special Correspondent

March 7, 2014

WILBERFORCE — Students, visiting alumni, special guests and school officials gathered in Central State University’s Robeson Hall Auditorium to celebrate 127 years of Academic Excellence, Service and Leadership on Tuesday, March 4.

During this annual Charter Day Convocation, Central State University President Cynthia Jackson Hammond and keynote speaker Dr. Loren Alves, a 1975 graduate of CSU, reiterated that this occasion was not only the ending of history made, but the beginning of things to come.

From this idea emerged the theme for the school’s Charter Day Convocation Honoring Our Past, Setting the Course for our Future.

During the convocation not only did the University celebrate 127 years of academics, but also the beginning to their endeavors as a newly selected Land Grant Institution. A title that many of the speakers recognized as long over due.

With this land grant, Central State will be able to advance opportunities for sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics.This grant will also help create more opportunities for the students and economic development.

During this ceremony, seven Central State Alumni were honored and inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame: Tyrone Edward Dickerson 1965 founder of Tyrone Dickerson CPA Firm in Richmond, Va.; Caleb Brown Jr. (1970) Founding member of the Cincinnati Black Lawyers Foundation and the first African American appointed to the Cincinnati Board of Park Commissioner were he served as President for 12 years; Jeffery J. Mims Jr. (1973) teacher, educator and coach in the Dayton School District who is committed to “Developing a Champion School District and improving the quality of life through education; Dennis L. Wells Sr. (1975) Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Banking Examiner; Dr. Dennis Weatherby (1982) Chemist and inventor of lemon-scented Cascade product, Associate Provost for Student Success at Northern Kentucky (1959-2007).

Even though deceased the university still found it important to celebrate his astounding legacy of: Terri Cope-Walton ’96 News Director for WRTV Indianapolis and an Award winning Journalist, Dr. David Fred McBagonluri ’96 Vice President of New Product Development at Joerns Healthcare Arlington Texas. He holds 21 issued US Patents with 29 pending.

All of these honorees hold a plethora of academic accomplishments and were giving trophies as memorabilia for their success.

Central State ended this ceremony with the Schools Alma Mater as proud fist blazed the air reciting “For God, For Central, For State!” Wishing all the guest and students blessings to come.