20th Nov2013

Tracie Christian – Central State University 1996

by Staff

We hope you are ready to enjoy a great story. Accomplished author, Tracie Christian shares her HBCU Experience during her tenure at the one and only Central State University. 

Tracie currently Executive Produces & Co-Hosts (w/Thomas “Sir Swift” Wilson) The Back on the B Cyde weekly radio show airing SATURDAYS on www.7mileradio.com/radio

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Accomplished Author and HBCU Alum, Tracie Christian of Central State University c/o 1996 | Image Credit: Tracie Christian

Where are you from? How did you first hear about HBCUs?

I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. While attending Pershing High School, the people to first introduced me to HBCUs back in the day were my high school marching band director, Thomas Lattimore and my high school assistant principal, Ida Badger. Mrs. Badger is a Central State alum.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Our high school marching band visited Central State University to perform at their Homecoming in 1989. Before, during and well after our band’s performance, I was awe-struck and instantly smitten with CSU.

I was hooked from that moment on. To be fair to my mother, who wasn’t too excited about my going away to school at first, I applied to Wayne State and Central. Wayne said no, however Central said come on down and it was a wrap from then on! It worked the way it was supposed to.

How did you decide to become a student at Central State University ?

Well the choice was simple. Wayne State would only accept me through a probationary summer program and I really did not want to attend there.

Central State admitted me for the Fall 1991 semester without any stipulations and that was where I really wanted to be. Therefore, the choice was made and I was Marauder bound.

What professors at Central State University left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

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Dr. John “Turk ” Logan Jr. | Image Credit: LinkedIn.com

Gloria Wingard, My English Professor was the first to encourage me to embrace my love for writing. She saw the raw talent and helped me to personally cultivate it. I still use basic techiniques she taught me to this day. The same is true for Elois McGuire (Speech Professor), Turk Logan (Former WCSU Station Manager), and the list goes on and on.

What is the story of your “experience” to date at Central State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

Central State University introduced me to my “Adult Self”, while nurturing my educational, personal and professional development in “Young Adult” phasse. Taught me perseverance, ambition, self confidence and humility.

Plus I met my husband there. I even dedicated my first fiction book trilogy series, The Black College Sabbatical to Central State University! That’s how Great it is at Central State!

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

Cultural Diversity is everywhere at Central State from the Professors to Faculty and they never shy away from sharing their experiences in the world. They encourage you to explore different cultures, traditions and practices.

How did your HBCU help you to transition into your careers workforce?

I had to do independent studies and internships. I was prepared for battle when I left Central State.

Where were the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

The Sunken Garden is scenic, romantic and intimate. Behind The Robeson Auditorium (on the hill) it’s secluded and quiet. By the old Bell Tower. It’s off in the cut and quiet as well.

What were the best restaurants on and near campus? Which dishes did you enjoy the most?

When I was attending Central State, The Grill was the hang out spot and had the best soft chocolate chip cookies on the planet. I used to crave a Marauder Burger at least twice a week.

What were the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

“I’M SO GLAD I GO TO CSU! SINGING GLORY HALLALUAH, I GO TO CSU!” & “SHAKE THAT THANG!”

Who was your College crush?

I married my college crush, Michael “Flav” Favors. We got together in 1994 and we married in 1999. In 2014, we will celebrate 15 years married and 20 years together. We were Student Ambassador partners at Central State ’94-95 school year.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I simply applied with encouragement from my grandmother, Virginia L. Chrisian

What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

I was a Radio/TV Communication major at first, but allowing my insecurities to get the best of me, I later changed my major to Speech Communications. I love to talk and see the reaction of my audience.

What was your proudest moment @ Central State University?

My proudest moment at Central State University happened in 2009, when my Literary Partner, Adra Young (also a CSU alum) and I returned for Homecoming to dedicate copies of our individual books series to The Hallie Q. Brown Library, offer two self publishing workshops to students in Wesley Hall and had a Book Signing at the CSU Bookstore.

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Our books, The Black College Sabbatical (Fall & Winter Quarters) & The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues (Volumes 1 & 2) were also archived at the school Library with the History of the University.

What was your saddest moment @ Central State University?

When I left Central had to be the saddest moment. It was during my senior year. After discovering an extra requirement for graduation that would have made me finishing in the summer of 1996.

I had to make the difficult decision to go back to Detroit to deliver my 1st and only daughter who was also due to arrive in late summer 1996. It’s a great thing that CSU considers you alumni after 2 years in accordance with their beginning as a junior college. I joined the Detroit CSU Alumni Association and the rest is history.

What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

When I really had the desire to pledge a sorority I didn’t have the grades and the discipline to do it. When I got myself together and had the grades and the discipline I found out I was expecting and no longer had the desire.

How were you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

I was a Resident Assistant (RA)in the freshman dorm, a On-Air Radio Personality for WCSU and a Student Ambassador.

Where was the “yard” located?

The Campus

What and where were the historical places on campus?

The Bell Tower, The Sunken Garden, Banneker & Wesley Halls

Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

Not that I know of.

How many “firsts” did you have at college ? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

All of that, I had my first road trips, first long distance relationship, first “F” and first 3.0 and I met my longest lasting love at Cetnral.

If you could speak to those family members that have risen but that live forever through you, what words would you speak?

Grandma,

Thank you for sending me away to college but especially to Central State. It was the exerience that made me the woman I am today. I met friends that I love like family and will forever hold dearin my heart for my entire lifetime!

If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

Remember to LOVE, TRUST & RESPECT Central State Uinverity Always! For God, For Cenral, For STATE!

What situation in your life made you feel like you had arrived into womanhood?

When I went back to campus for the 1st time in 12 years in 2008. I was a young adult when I left but a grown woman when went back.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

Frustrated on my job I simply started writing poetry and that led to me writing my first novels about my experiences and love for hbcus.

What sports and/or extra curricular activities did you do in High School? And why?

No sports. I was Captain of the Pom-Pom Girls w/ the Marching Band because I could dance. I was also in the Choir and Dance Company

What advice would you give high school students filling out college applications for the first time?

Explore the vast opportunities at historically black university and colleges to make a more informed, well researched decision and to find the school that best fits your needs and goals.

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

I acknowledge it personally and rise above it. I do not respond to it.

Whats your take on life (in the philosophical sense)?

You will only get out of Life what you put into it. If you Fail to plan, you can plan to fail therefore always pick yourself, do the best you can and turn your issues into options!

Questions about Central State? Questions about completing your college application? Contact Tracie!

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14th Nov2013

HBCU Alumni speak on why they chose Central State University

by Staff

Why did you choose Central State University?

” I wanted to attend an HBCU and stay in Ohio; so, I chose Central State. However, I never knew how much that small school would have a big influence over the rest of my life. It nurtured me into greatness and for that, I will always be thankful!” ~ Lisa Pyt Sims

“MY FAMILY AND MY TEACHERS ATTENDED CENTRAL STATE AND WILBERFORCE..I WENT AND MY SON WENT IT IS A FAMILY THING…AND DO I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! YES………” ~ Teri Whitley

“Because friends were attending CSU and I wanted to surround myself with familiar peeps!” ~ Pamela Phillips

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14th Aug2013

Desholion Curtis – Central State University ’15

by Staff

Love for music is love for life. Desholion Curtis, c/o ’16 spends a moment with us to share his Central State University experience and give advice to the youth of the next generation.

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Desholion Curtis, a great mind at a great university! | Image Credit: Desholion Curtis

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs back in the day?

I’m from the great windy city of Chicago, IL. I was introduced to HBCUs by my college & career coach in high school through an HBCU tour.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU over a pwi because of the sense of family, belonging, and history of heritage that a pwi just doesn’t have.

How did you decide to become a student at Central State University?

I decided to become a student at Central State University while touring it as a sophomore in high school. As soon as I saw the Sunken Garden and the Clock Tower I knew it was the school & home away from home for me!

What professors at  Central State University are leaving the most impression upon you as a person and student? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

My former voice professor/ academic adviser Prof. Lee Hoffman, & former fine arts department chair/ chorus director William H. Caldwell.

These people pushed me to see myself as they saw me, a future professional in my field which is music and education.

They inspired me to push past what I thought was holding me back as a student & person in order to succeed. Words can’t even express my gratitude.

What is the story of your “experience” to date at  Central State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My first week as a freshman, also known as ‘Pirate Week‘.

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“Pirate Week” at Central State University | Image Credit: centralstate.edu

During that time we learn about our university: from the oldest building to the current university president. Learning all of that opened my eyes to how important HBCUs really were.

How does your HBCU help you to transition into your careers workforce?

Central State University is helping me transition into the workforce by guiding me in understanding the world of music, education, & professionalism.

How does your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

Central State University is helping prepare me for a diverse workplace by many programs, such as work study, Student Support Services, etc.

Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

Lol. I’d have to say the Sunken Garden. It’s Beautiful.

What are the best restaurants on and near the campus? Which dishes do you enjoy the most?

BWW, BK, Subway, Etc. I enjoy the Cafe! lol

What are the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

Shake That Thang!, Pump it Up, Beat K-State, etc.

Who is your College crush?

lol. Less than a hand full.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

By just accepting my true freedom.

What is your major? and Why did you choose it?

I’m proud to say that my major is Music Education with a Concentration in Voice. I chose this major because music is a universal language & it’s my passion along with teaching.

What to date has been your proudest moment @  Central State University?

My first day as a Marauder of Central State University.

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Desholion Curtis proudly wearing his CSU Marauder Gear | Image Credit: Desholion Curtis

What to date has been your saddest moment @  Central State University?

Whenever a close friend says they aren’t returning.

What are you pledging? And why? And if not, why not?

I won’t say the name :-), but I’ll tell why I want to pledge it. I want to become a member of the organization because it isn’t a victim of stereotypes. I also see the true brotherhood among members on campus. Some of the greatest men that I know are members of this organization.

How are you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

I’m a proud member of the B.O.S.S. Bros step team and the Central State University Chorus. I am also the founder of the Peacock Club.

Where is the “yard” located?

Wilberforce, OH

What and where are the historical places on campus?

Galloway Tower, also Known as the Clock Tower located near the cafe.

Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

Not that I know of.

How many “firsts” have you had at college ? What are they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

Quite a few. They were my first recital, concert, D9 step show, college dorm life, and Many more!

Describe a situation from your life where this proverb came to life or occurred “The person who grew up without correction will find his mouth slipping instead of his foot.”

I considered myself a great singer, but when I got to CSU I was in awe at the training that other singers and musicians had. Needless to say, I’ve been correcting ever since.

What is your process when you are going through a hardship that you have never faced before?

I start it all with prayer and patience.

What advice would you give high school students filling out college applications for the first time?

Make sure that you chose the correct school for your own gain and success, also I’d tell them to get in the habit of hard work.

Questions about Central State? Getting the most out of the campus life? Ask Desholion!!

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05th Aug2013

DeAngelo Scurry – Central State University ’15

by Staff

Thanks to a combination of the epic film “Drumline”, great band directors affiliated with HBCUs, and a move to Atlanta, Georgia; DeAngelo Scurry is able to share with us his HBCU Experience at Central State University.

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DeAngelo Scurry | Image Credit: DeAngelo Scurry

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs back in the day?

I was born and raised in Detroit, MI.

After my freshman year of college, my family moved all the way south to Atlanta, GA. My freshman year of high school was when the movie “Drumline” was released, and instantly I had joined my high school marching band. My band directors where from Southern University and Jackson State University and they always spoke so high of not just their institutions, but all HBCUs.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU over a pwi more so because of the culture aspect. There’s so much history behind us as black that isn’t being taught in a pwi. Also being at a HBCU, the staff is more hands on which is something that I really do appreciate.

How did you decide to become a student at Central State University?

My senior year of high school, Central State University had what they call “College Preview Day”. That’s when you get to meet most of the students, see different organizations on campus, and get to see the campus life overall. Central State University was the first school to respond with my acceptance. Also, the university was offering me scholarship opportunities at the time.

What professors at Central State University are leaving the most impression upon you as a person and student? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

Professor Gormley is leaving the most impression on me overall. He has inspired me to take part in the campus newspaper, The Golden Torch. He doesn’t only work for the university,but he also does work at the Dayton Daily Newspaper. Professor Gormley’s dedication and ambition inspires me so much.

What is the story of your “experience” to date at Central State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

We broke apart from our mother school, Wilberforce University, in 1950 and gained our accreditation in 1951. Were one of the two HBCUs in Ohio, and the only public.

Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

Depending on the time of the day, you’d go to either the Sunken Garden or the McPherson Stadium.

What are the best restaurants on and near the campus? Which dishes do you enjoy the most?

The best place to go to on campus to eat is the Grill 155; its a burger style eatery. The off campus hot spot would be Buffalo Wild Wings.

What are the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

“Its Marauder land”

“We are Central #1”

Who is your College crush?

I met my college crush during Pirate Week (Freshman Week).It was weird at first because he seemed to be everything that I was looking for. Going into our junior year, him and I are still happily together. Only difficult thing about dating in college is coming across someone who’s 12 hrs away.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

It took me a whole semester to get over my nervousness, especially with my family being 3.5 hrs away. I joined several organizations and I met people different people that broke me out of my shell.

What is your major? and Why did you choose it?

My major is Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Media. My dad works in a recording studio and he’d always let me come in and learn the sound board. Til this day I still find the editing aspect fun.

What to date has been your proudest moment @ Central State University?

My proudest moment to date is having the chance to be a first generation student.

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DeAngelo Scurry of Central State University proudly representing his HBCU! | Image Credit: DeAngelo Scurry

What to date has been your saddest moment @ Central State University?

My saddest moments was watching my closest friends graduate.

What are you pledging? And why? And if not, why not?

I’m not interested in the “pledge life”, no reason specifically.

How are you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

This upcoming school year I will be the Campus Tours Coordinator for the tours program. Also, I’m the treasurer for Evolution T. Modeling Troupe. This past year I was a stuntman/cheerleader for the university as well.

Where is the “yard” located?

The yard is located in the heart of the campus; everything surrounding the Sunken Garden.

What and where are the historical places on campus?

Our clock tower is one historical piece for the university. Also, the Tawawa Springs was a place where people came to bathe because they believed it had healing minerals in the water.

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Tawawa Springs Historical Marker | Image Credit: minerva5.wordpress.com/

Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

There’s a route right next to our campus that leads to Crybaby Bridge. The bridge was for runaway slaves to cross over. It being 2013, the bridge still has old racist graffiti. The scary thing about visiting the bridge is because of the vulgar writing and the area being owned by the Klu Klux Klan.

How many “firsts” have you had at college ? What are they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

I had got my first job working at Kids Footlocker. And I had the chance to take a road trip to D.C. for 5 days with my friends new years.

What is your process when you are going through a hardship that you have never faced before?

Since the 3 of my friends are all older than me, I know they have some experience in life over me. We’d all sit and have a “pow wow”.

Questions about Central State University? Need help with the application? Contact DeAngelo!

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02nd Aug2013

Tevin Cameron – Central State Univ. ’14

by Staff

Tevin Cameron spends a moment with us to share his HBCU Experience at Central State University.

He tells us how he arrived at the halls of CSU, his favorite professor, and all the experiences he has had thanks to pursuing an higher education after high school at an HBCU.

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Tevin Cameron – Image Credit: Tevin Cameron

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I always wanted to attend a HBCU. I couldn’t see myself attending any other type of university. There’s an experience here that you can’t get anywhere else.

What city are you from? Who introduced you to the greatness of HBCUs?

I’m from Mansfield, OH. I’m not sure when I was first introduced to HBCUs.

I was very young when I learned about them, so it was more a matter of finding one that best fit me.

How did you decide to become a student at Central State University?

Felt Like Home

Feel free to elaborate… I’ve known that Central State University was the school I wanted to attend since my sophomore year in high school.

I was a member of an organization called the Black Culture Club and with that organization I was able to take a tour of our campus. I knew immediately that this was the school that I wanted to attend.

Most universities boast about having a family-oriented campus, but CSU really does have it. From the moment you walk on the yard you get a sense of how close-knit CSU is. The staff here really embrace you and treated me like I was a member of their own family.

They showed me that they were not only interested in recruiting me as a student but were invested in my success!

 

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Staff at Central State advising a student | Image Credit: centralstate.edu

Which professors are leaving the most impression upon your academic and personal life? What do they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

I would have to say that it was Dr. Carol Bargeron. (recipient of an award with the Tom Joyner Foundation)

She was one of my history professors. I hate history, but she had a way of making the class interesting and interactive.

When the term ended I felt like I had not only learned a lot but had enjoyed just being in her class.

What is the story of your “HBCU experience”?

I’ve had a lot of great experiences here on campus. One of them would be the trips to Atlanta. I was able to travel to Atlanta with the University for recruitment purposes, often for the Battle of The Band.

I had the chance to speak at different high schools to persuade them to consider attending Central State. Those trips were a lot of fun and they were all monetarily covered by the University.

I would also have to say the 2008 Presidential Election was an amazing experience as well. The campus threw a watch party in the ballroom and the entire campus joined together after they announced President Obama as the new president.

Not only was it a lot of fun but you could feel a huge sense of unity throughout the campus. Student, Administration, and the faculty all join together that evening.

What is your major? and Why did you choose it?

My major is psychology. I’ve always been interested in learning about the human mind, how people think, and what causes people to act they way that they do. I also enjoy helping people.

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Central State Alum ’09, Jazmyne Byrd was a psychology major as well | Image Credit: MyHBCUInterview

Where is the “yard” located?

Central State is located in Wilberforce, OH. It’s a small town outside of Dayton.

Where are the historical places on campus? Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

There’s a few historical sites on our campus but the one that stands out the most to me is the clock tower.

In 1974, a series of 12 tornados touch down throughout this area. The largest was an F-5 and at that time was the largest tornado to hit the United States.

The tornado destroyed over 70% of our campus, and one of the only things that remained standing was the clock tower.

The clock tower gives us a great sense of pride. It’s a symbol of CSU’s strength and I wish more people knew about it.

After the tornado hit, CSU students actual rebuilt the campus themselves and the class of 1974 still managed to hold graduation that same year.

There’s an old wooden bridge behind our campus called Cry-Baby Bridge. I’m not sure if the stories about it are true but every year the upperclassmen take the freshmen there in the middle of the night and tell the story of the female slave and her unborn child who were killed there.

What are the best restaurants on and near campus? Favorite dishes?

I’m actually a fan of Applebees and there is one located close to campus, but if I had to pick somewhere on campus it would be the grill.

It is more of a fast-food dining facility that’s open in the evening. The cafe is popular too, but it’s more so because of the social atmosphere.

How many “firsts” have you had at college ? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

I’ve had a lot of “firsts”. I wont get into everything that I’ve been able to do here, but I believe that’s what college is about.

It’s more than just furthering your education. It’s about gaining different experiences and trying new things.

These things help you grow into a better person. I’ve been able to travel to places that I may never have had the opportunity to.

I’ve met and networked with people from all over the county. Although going to an HBCU is about being in the classroom, it’s equally about the opportunities outside the classroom as well.

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Tevin (far right) with the president of Central State University, Cynthia Jackson-Hammond and his friend | Image Credit: Tevin Cameron

How are you positively active on your college campus? What about in high school?

The first organization I joined on campus was the Campus Tour Guides and for 2 year I served as the Tours Coordinator.

This organization has given me the opportunity to speak with high school students about my experience at Central and the importance of going to college. I am also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Inc..

In this organization I do a lot of community service as well as mentor many of the younger male students on my campus.

If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

“Think of a goal, set it, and achieve it.”

Take the time to think about what you want to do with your life, rather it be long-term or short-term.

Set a goal for yourself, write it down somewhere visible so that you can be reminded of it often.

Make that goal a priority and then follow the steps to achieve it. Anything you set your mind to do is possible.

You can do or be whoever you want. It’s all about believing in yourself.

Questions about Central State? Want to learn the inner workings of being a psychology major? Respectfully reach out to Tevin!

Email: Tevcam7[AT]gmail.com

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Image Credit: Tevin Cameron

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03rd Jul2013

Cydni Brown – Central State University ’16

by Staff

Thanks to a rich HBCU family legacy and ever-present atmosphere of HBCU advocacy, Cydni Brown proudly shares with us her extraordinary and motivating HBCU Experience thus far at Central State University.

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I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. My grandma was a strong advocate about me attending a HBCU. But a lot of my family members played a role in me attending an HBCU.

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At an HBCU, I earn a higher education and gain a sense of identity and heritage, and experience a nurturing atmosphere. It is such a historical significance, importance, and value that HBCU’s carry.

And I knew I wanted to be a part of that. I wanted to be a part of succeeding with my peers. That is why I choose an HBCU!

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I have been coming up to Central State University since I was a little girl. My granddaddy, who is a Centralian and the President of the Cincinnati Alumni Chapter, took me to Centrals track meets.

My aunt, who is also a Centralian, took me to the football and basketball games when she was a cheerleader.

I spent my summers at Central States basketball camps. It was no doubt that I was destined to attend Central State due to my family legacy.

I also received a academic scholarship. And most importantly Central just felt like home.

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Dr. Hassan was my English professor who continues to push me in everything I do. He always assigns me a different topic from my other classmates.

But the challenge is to logically express my points, use a quote in each paragraph, use all aspects in a given situation in a twenty page paper. He says the reason he is so hard on me is because I am going to be somebody whether I like it or not.

And I am his “homie” from Cincinnati so he expects nothing but the best from me. He continues to try and convince me to change my major to English. He even talked to my academic advisor about changing my major.

But I cannot help but love Dr. Hassan, he left the most impression upon me as a person and as a student.

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The story of my experience at my HBCU is leadership, transformation, and growth. I am constantly growing and transforming into the best CSU woman I know how to be.

Central State constantly reminds me that I am a student first and to step out of my comfort zone and try new things.

It has definitely been a learning experience of not only who I am but who I am becoming as a woman, and how Central is preparing me for my future as a successful business woman.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?[/dropshadowbox]

The spots to go if you wanted to cuddle with your boyfriend or girlfriend would be at the movie nights or at the stadium.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What are the best restaurants on and near the campus? Which dishes do you enjoy the most?[/dropshadowbox]

I enjoy the stuffed shells at the Mercer Café on campus.

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Mercer Cafe – Home to delicious food | Image Credit: Central State University Dining Services Facebook Page 

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What are the chants heard most often at the sporting events?[/dropshadowbox]

OOOOOOOHHHHH OOOOOOOHHH OOOOOOOOOHHH OOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH IT’S MARAUDER LAND (IT’S MARAUDER LAAAAND) IT’S MARAUDER LAAAAND (IT’S MARAUDER LAND) IT’S MARAUDER LAND (IT’S MARAUDER LAAAAAAND) IT’S MARAUDER LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNND!!!!!!

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”350px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]Who is your College crush?[/dropshadowbox]

Oh gosh, I do not have a college crush now, but my college crush was a senior football player when I was a freshmen.

I know what you are thinking he was about to graduate, but he was still handsome with a nice smile. He graduated and I was too shy to tell him even though it was probably obvious. (embarrassed.)

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?[/dropshadowbox]

I was never really nervous. I was more excited to start a new chapter in my life.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What is your major? and Why did you choose it?[/dropshadowbox]

I am a Business Administrations major. I chose this major because I always wanted something I can call my own.

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Dr. Charles H. Showell,
Dean of the College of Business | Image Credit: Central State University 

At first I wanted to open up my own restaurant. But now as I start to get into my main courses, I have been exploring all of the aspects of my major.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What to date has been your proudest moment @ Central State University?[/dropshadowbox]

My proudest moment at my HBCU has been making the Dean’s list, which I plan to continue doing. So far so good!

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What to date has been your saddest moment @ Central State University?[/dropshadowbox]

I have not had a sad moment at my HBCU.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What are you pledging? And why? And if not, why not?[/dropshadowbox]

If I choose to pledge then you will just have to wait and see 😉

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]How are you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)[/dropshadowbox]

I am positively active on campus by getting involved in organizations. I am the Multicultural Affairs Senator of the Student Government Association 2013-2014 academic school year. I am a member of the Student Activities Committee. I am also a member of Destined for Greatness.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]Where is the “yard” located?[/dropshadowbox]

The yard is located at Wilberforce, Ohio.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What and where are the historical places on campus?[/dropshadowbox]

One historical place on campus is the Galloway/Alumni Tower. But the students call it the clock tower. In 1974 we had a massive Tornado that wiped out a lot of our buildings.

But what I love about the Galloway Tower the most is every hour “The National Negro Hymn” and “Our Alma Mater” is played. And there are not many institutions with a clock tower. That’s what makes my HBCU unique.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?[/dropshadowbox]

None that I am aware of.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]How many “firsts” have you had at college ? What are they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)[/dropshadowbox]

I have a few first experiences. I had my first Dean’s list ceremony. I received my first scholarship. I received my first SGA position. I went to my first off campus party.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]Describe a situation from your life where this proverb came to life or occurred “The person who grew up without correction will find his mouth slipping instead of his foot.”[/dropshadowbox]

I have not had a situation in my life that this proverb occurred, thank God, and I hope it stays that way. I for the most part try to think before I speak to avoid those situations.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What is your process when you are going through a hardship that you have never faced before?[/dropshadowbox]

When I am going through a hardship that I have never faced before, my process most likely starts with calling my grandma. Grandma gives the best advice. Then I pray on it and read a inspirational quote.

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25th Jun2013

Precious Denham – Central State University ’14

by Staff

Future educator to the inner city youth, Precious Denham shares with us how Central State University became her college of choice.

In addition, she speaks about her favourite professors, why she chose an HBCU over a pwi, and much more.

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs back in the day?

I am originally from East Chicago, Indiana but I was raised in Suffolk, Virginia.

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Mayor of East Chicago, Indiana, Anthony Copeland | Image Credit: eastchicago.com

Nobody in my family went to college before me, so I didn’t know what an HBCU was until one year prior to me attending Central State University.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

When I finally understood the rich history HBCU’s carried, I wanted to be a part of that.

I believed that if I was a part of the legacy, I would gain the proper knowledge to create my own working legacy.

How did you decide to become a student at Central State University?

When I went on a tour to Central State University, I could tell how family oriented everyone was. What really sold me was the dedication from the professors. Watching them teach and give individual help to the students led me to believe they cared about the student succeeding.

What professors at Central State University are leaving the most impression upon you as a person and student? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

Dr. Latson.

She goes beyond what she really has to just to ensure that we are secure in the knowledge we gain. She is always making herself available to the students. As a future educator, this simple thing spoke volumes for me.

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Dr. Hazel Latson, Department Chair of the College of Professional Education | Image Credit: centralstate.edu

It raised the standard for me to always question myself to say “Did I do enough for my student? Was this something that they could carry on in life? Was I enough?”

What is the story of your “experience” to date at Central State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

The story of my experience at my HBCU is Leadership transformation and Revolutionary Enthusiasm. So many times we forget the essence of who we are as students. Central State constantly reminds me that the leader I am being transformed into is preparing me for my future as an educator.

Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

The spots to go to cuddle with your boyfriend or girlfriend is at the movie nights or maybe your room after all your work is completed of course. (smiles.)

What are the best restaurants on and near the campus? Which dishes do you enjoy the most?

The best restaurant on campus is the grill. They have amazing chicken and turkey wraps.

What are the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

OHHHHHHHHHH OOOOOHHHHHH OOOOHHHHH OOOOOOOHHHHHH ….IT’S MARAUDER LAND (IT’S MARAUDER LAND) IT’S MARAUDER LAAAAAND…..

Who is your College crush?

My College crush was a football player from my freshmen year. I never knew his name, I just knew that he looked good and he had a nice smile.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I was never really nervous about coming to school. I was always excited more than anything.

What is your major? and Why did you choose it?

My major is Middle Childhood Education Language Arts and Social Studies. I choose this major because I understand the importance of a good educator in inner cities. We are an essential for the next generation.

What to date has been your proudest moment @ Central State University?

My proudest moment at my HBCU was when I was selected as Ms. College of Education for the 2013-2014 Academic School year.

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Ms. Denham being rightfully celebrated on the Central State University facebook page | Image Credit: Facebook

What to date has been your saddest moment @ Central State University?

My saddest moment at my HBCU was knowing that one of my peers had lost her life.

What are you pledging? And why? And if not, why not?

I wouldn’t dare say! (smiles)

How are you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

I am positively active on campus as I am a proud member of Destined for Greatness and active secretary, I am a member of the NAACP,and I serve as Ms.College of Education for the 2013-2014 academic school year

Where is the “yard” located?

Our yard is located in Wilberforce, Ohio.

What and where are the historical places on campus?

The clock tower is my favorite historical place on campus. It’s proper name is Galloway Hall but students will refer to as the clock tower. In April of 1974 we had a massive tornado that destroyed over 70 percent of our campus and the tower was left standing.

Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

I don’t know of any really.

How many “firsts” have you had at college ? What are they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

I actually have a lot of first experiences. My favorite is when I got to travel to Alabama for a game. Although we lost, our school had so much spirit. It was freshmen year and I enjoyed watching it.

What is your process when you are going through a hardship that you have never faced before?

When I am going through a process that I have never faced before, I pray about it, I try to remain calm but depending on what it is I may get frustrated. I try and see what I can do to make the situation better before I completely give up.

We thank you Precious for sharing your time and wisdom with us!

Anyone interested in learning more about Central State or Middle Childhood Education Language Arts and Social Studies respectfully reach out to Ms. Denham!

Facebook | Email:  precious_denham[AT]yahoo.com

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