CSU recruiting tour makes stop up north

WILBERFORCE — The CSU Admission’s Recruiting Tour, an annual event to share the benefits of the Central State University student life and educational opportunities, recently made a trip north.

Central State University President Dr. Jack Thomas and officials of the admissions office went to Detroit to award scholarships totaling more than $200,000 to 50 students currently attending the Detroit Public Schools’ Renaissance High School and Cass Technical High School. Ten other students with a grade point average of at least 3.8 received Presidential Excellence Scholarships from Central State University Honors College.

Thomas, a recognized international scholar and higher education administrator, knows the importance of a friendly, accommodating atmosphere for students, the university said in a release. He said in the Aug. 18, 2021 issue of CEO Magazine, “I take great pride in having a direct connection with the students. And part of our grand element as a Historically Black College and University is this unified family atmosphere and environment. You can come to CSU and you’re not just a number. We get to know our students. A differentiating factor is our ability to connect and make time to truly serve our students holistically. And we know that it takes a higher level of intimacy and connection to really provide that support.”

As Ohio’s only public HBCU, officials said the university promotes ethnic diversity among the students, faculty, and staff. The university has maintained accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1949 and was designated as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution in 2014.

Ten residence halls house more than 1,300 students in supportive, on-campus communities.

Central State develops leaders who want to make society better and students are guided by the tenets of Academic Excellence, which drive the preparation of CSU graduates for leadership and global service, the school said in a release.

“I had a goal of changing the world,” said Chenae Roker, a junior in the CSU College of Education. “I think the best way to do that is to be a teacher. I always had great teachers growing up. All of my teachers inspired me to do great things. My professors have taught me a lot. With the support system I have now, I wouldn’t change anything.”