18th Jan2014

Penda James – Wilberforce University 1996

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Penda James a proud HBCU Alumnus of Wilberforce University (c/o ’96) and Author of “Free to Fly: Wisdom for the Seasons in a Woman’s Life” and “Girl, Pray for Me: Moving Toward Unpluckable Faith” spends time with us to share her HBCU Experience!

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CEO of InSCRIBEd Inspiration LLC, Penda James, proud graduate of Wilberforce University (Class of 1996) | Image Credit: Amazon.com

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

Dayton, Ohio. My father used to make my siblings and I watch the Lou Rawls parade of stars every year. I am the oldest, but we all have experienced black colleges.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

My father wouldn’t have it any other way for my first experience away from home. I applied to PWIs but the money was at Wilberforce and that was the decision maker.

How did you decide to become a student at Wilberforce University?

I had a lot of mentors who guided me toward Wilberforce. I wanted a small college experience and the fact that it was close to home also helped.

I chose Wilberforce over the other schools I had applied to because of the financial support.

What professors at Wilberforce 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?

Dr. Clayton Grisby and Dr. Johnson were my favorite professors.

Dr. Grisby would push me to think outside of the box and try new things.

Dr. Johnson has now since passed on but his class was the hardest class I took at WU. We used to carry big dictionaries to class with us.

He gave me the courage to really pursue my passion which was training and development. Although it was a counseling class, I was able to understand how as a trainer I could create an impact with my writing – something my father also had told me.

I was finishing my Master’s thesis when I heard he passed and that was motivation to finish my second degree.

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

My HBCU gave me a phenomenal experience in growing up. I had a lot of painful experiences there because I was finding my way as a woman. Most people do grow through pain but a lot mine was because I didn’t count the cost before I made a lot of decisions. I do now.

Some of my closest friends came from Wilberforce and when I speak of my school, it is truly where I call home.

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

Even though WU is an HBCU and there were not a lot of non white students, the standard of the professors who groomed us was no less than excellent. As I mentioned before, Dr. Johnson had us carrying dictionaries to class because he wanted us to expand our vocabulary.

Dr. Grisby took us off the yard to visit the jail, stepping out of our comfort zones. Dr. Shittu made us write and rewrite until she was satisfied with our work. Dr. Brailey encouraged us to find our word and stand on it. All of these things are necessary to have in a diverse workplace.

I have worked for Allegheny County for the past 6 years and it is a requirement that I be able to connect with people who are different from me in many capacities. Wilberforce taught me to know myself and not be swayed by other’s opinions of me.

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

As a graduate of an HBCU, I was exposed to many things that are now passions for me: writing, domestic violence awareness, women’s issues, suicide prevention and others. At Wilberforce I learned how to study what I loved and give back because I have an obligation to do so with the rich legacy that Wilberforce awarded me.

Where were the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boyfriend?

I hear it was the Fountain. I didn’t have a boo on the yard.

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

Late nights to Taco Bell, Burger King and Perkins. At that time I ate everything with chicken and cheese!

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

“You shoulda been a Bulldog.”

Who was your College crush?

I can’t tell you. 🙂

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I never got over my nervousness about going to college. I had too many people expecting greatness out of me if I failed. I put a lot of pressure on myself at that time.

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

Rehabilitation Services and Child Development. My mentor was a Juvenile Probation officer and he eventually became a Warden in a jail, I thought that was my path but my senior year when Dr. Grisby took us to the jail I changed my mind! It was too late to change it. I should have been a journalism major.

What was your proudest moment @ Wilberforce University?

I am extremely shy so competing in the Ms. Wilberforce Pageant was one of them. Another is Graduation Day May 1996 when I pinned my grandmother with my yellow rose. I had fought so hard to fulfill my dream because she wasn’t able to go to college and she supported me.

What was your saddest moment @ Wilberforce University?

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When a student was killed on campus by her paramour. I didn’t see it happen but that impacted me greatly. I often think about it and work currently with a non profit that brings awareness to domestic violence of all sorts. www.nomoreblows.org.

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

I did not pledge at Wilberforce.

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

I was involved with Black Women United, and I am one of the CoFounders. Female Rites of Passage, Women Holding Interest in Professionalism, Alpha Omega, New Voices in Praise, Forensic Force Debate Club, and various honor societies.

I edited The Mirror Newspaper and I was in plays and spoken word events. I was fortunate to present a play at Wilberforce, Wake Up: How can You Sleep at a Time Like This? I worked at the African American Museum also.

Where was the “yard” located?

Wilberforce, OH.

What and where were the historical places on campus?

The Fountain, Shorter Hall, The Lower Lecture Hall, Askew Hall.

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

We were in the middle of cornfields (literally!). I would often hear stories of the KKK having meetings near us with burning crosses but I never saw any.

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.)

Almost every first I had at Wilberforce: Broken heart, road trip where some friends and I were chased by the KKK in Wooster, Ohio, too many to name.

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

Thank you for allowing me to stand on your shoulders. Because you shared your experiences with me I take the responsibility to pass our lessons on to those coming after me. I will not look back and I will not let you down.

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

Before you make any decision count the cost, get support and ask 3 people you trust for advice. Always follow your heart and your passions, the money will come because you are good at what you do.

What situation in your life made you feel like you had arrived into woman or manhood?

When I was a senior in college, paying my own bills and working two jobs to pay for school while a student.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

A combination of Dr. Johnson’s class and working on the Mirror Newspaper ignited a fire for coaching and training. I have always been a writer, but I love coaching writers too.

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

I was athletic in high school because I loved playing volleyball.

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

Visit the school, find someone at the school who you can talk to and shadow, chose a major that will keep you interested in your passion. Consider taking courses at your local community college to save money.

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

I learned from Wilberforce that I have a rich history so if I encounter racism I allow myself to feel that pain and then I confront it either by speaking with a manager or writing a letter. There have been times when I have had to exit situations when racism presented itself. I don’t make a scene, but I document what happened immediately.

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

We only get one life to live and I seek to please God, give back and learn as much as I can while I am here.

Questions about Wilberforce? Need help writing your college essay? Reach out to Penda!

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23rd Nov2013

Monique Arrington – Wilberforce University December 2000

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Get ready for a mesmerizing journey on why Monique Arrington has chosen Wilberforce University and how she grew as a person academically and personally during her tenure there. Take heed!

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Monique Arrington, a proud graduate of Wilberforce University (c/o December 2000) | Image Credit: Monique Arrington

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

I first learned about HBCUs from my parents. My parents graduated from Wilberforce University in Ohio.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose to attend a HBCU over a PWI honestly because I wanted to experience life like the television show “Different World”.

How did you decide to become a student at Wilberforce University ?

First,I wanted to attend Alcorn State, Hampton University, or Howard University after attending several college tours and doing research I felt it would be nice to continue the family legacy and attend Wilberforce University.

What professors at Wilberforce 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. Eugenia Shittu
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I have had several inspirational professors that have pushed me to the limits. The two most influential are Dr. Eugenia Shittu and James Arthur Williams.

Dr. Shittu was a woman of excellence with high expectations. Dr. Shittu challenged us and now I do not have any problems writing long extensive papers!

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Dr James Arthur Williams | Image Credit: udayton.edu

James Arthur Williams was a man that made me realize a special type of discipline when it comes down to choral music. Mr. Williams pushed me into a realm of learning to be humble, courageous, and determined.

I am grateful for the things that they’ve taught me while at Wilberforce because it has made me the educator that I am today.

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

It hasn’t been easy, there have been a lot of ups and downs but I believe that’s what makes you a stronger and more focused person. I have met so many wonderful people whom I have grown to love.

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

Wilberforce University prepared me for the diverse workplace by making sure we had exposure, experience, and highly educated in the field we were studying.

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

Wilberforce University prepared me for the workplace by making sure I was are aware of time management.

Wilberforce taught me the meaning of the saying “When you are early you are on time” and “When are on time you are late”.

While at Wilberforce University  we were required to complete two Cooperative Education experiences that equipped me with the hands on training to learn the career before being faced with challenges of the field of Social Work.

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

Well there are a lot of nice places in the area. Depends on the type of relationship!!!

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

In the town which was 15min from the campus driving there was a Burger King,Perkins, Chinese Place, McDonalds, and Lee’s Famous Recipe.

If none of those options were available we cooked in the room.

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

You should’ve been a Bulldog….

Who was your College crush?

This question will not be answered…but he knows!!!

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I overcame my nervousness by becoming involved in different activities. Wilberforce also had a great Big Brother / Big Sister program that assisted in allowing new people to get acquainted to the life changing experience.

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

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I was a Music Major who took a Psychology course and fell in love with the fact it was something new and exciting. I love Music but had done that my whole life and wanted a challenge. So I changed my Major to Psychology, and still was able to sing!

What was your proudest moment @ Wilberforce University?

My proudest moment at Wilberforce University would definitely be traveling with  the Wilberforce University Choir on various tours. I remember being on the Today Show, Vibe, touring the East and West Coasts. I also remember eating lunch with Phylicia Rashad on one of our tours. I will never forget when we arrived in Los Angeles the Alumni Association joined us in singing the Alma Mater and it echoed through the Airport! These memories will never be forgotten especially the once in a lifetime voyage to Egypt.

What was your saddest moment @ Wilberforce University?

The saddest moment at Wilberforce University was knowing my best friend wasn’t returning to school. The reality of Freshmen week when the President states look to your right and left the people next to you will not be the same on graduation day was a reality. It hurt but I finished thank God.

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

I was a soloist for the Wilberforce University Chorus. We had so many memorable travels from New York, California, and Cairo Egypt just to name a few.

Where was the “yard” located?

Wilberforce,Ohio

What and where were the historical places on campus?

Wilberforce University is known for being the First, Future, and Finest! My favorite historical place is on the lands of the original campus is none other than the African American History Museum.

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

I really do not remember any.

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.)

I had several first but I do not think they are appropriate for this interview.

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

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“I have won awards for my educational teaching style…” Monique Arrington | Image Credit: Monique Arrington

I would speak to my sister Takisha A. Davis who motivated me to do better. I would tell her thanks for showing how to persevere no matter the circumstances. I would tell her because of her I am now a successful Educator, Administrator and better woman. I have won awards for my educational teaching style and will graduate this year with my Masters of Education in Educational Leadership.

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

I would tell the youth coming after me to first enjoy yourself . Then I would tell them to learn who they really are set to be.

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

The situation in my life on campus of knowing I had stepped into womanhood was when I realized that I was no longer a student living with mom and dad . I was on a campus with educated pupils from all over the world making decisions that can impact my future.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I was working as a Case Manager and began to get fed up with the treatment of people in need not receiving their services from the agency. I took a chance on applying for a job at a school.

I was hired as a Kindergarten teacher in 2001. I loved it I was able to see students transform into scholars. It was then I knew my passion is to make every child learn as much as possible.

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

I was in the Marching Band, Chorus, and all the musical events at the school.

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

I would tell them to read the information about the school before applying for the school. It is very important to attend the school that has your career interests.

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

When faced with adversities I usually do not respond in a negative or aggressive manner. I know Education is the one thing a person can never take away from you.

Knowledge is the key to dealing and overcoming obstacles with racism.

Questions about completing your college application? Want more insight into Wilberforce University? Respectfully reach out to Monique!

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20th Nov2013

Tracie Christian – Central State University 1996

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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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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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17th Nov2013

Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent – Wilberforce University 1996

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Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent takes us on a great journey that gives insight into her HBCU Experience at Wilberforce University, her favorite professors, why she chose an HBCU and much, much more.

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Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent proud HBCU Alumnus of Wilberforce University | Image Credit: Tyffani Monford Dent

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

I am from Lima, Ohio. My older sister, Angela attended Central State University and my aunt Emma attended Kentucky State.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

After experiencing the stress of attending a rural school with very few Black students, I wanted the opportunity to be in an environment where being Black was celebrated and Black achievement was an expectation.

How did you decide to become a student at Wilberforce University?

Initially, I wanted to attend a different HBCU but, due to the distance from home, my father strongly suggested I choose a school closer to home. I liked the fact that Wilberforce was small, had a strong religious foundation, as well as a long history of academic excellence.

What professors at Wilberforce 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?

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Dr. Muriel Brailey, who did not teach my major, but taught me the importance of speaking my mind.

Dr. Johnson who made me realize all of the possibilities a degree in psychology offered. I ended up attending (and graduating) from the same doctoral program that he had.

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

At Wilberforce University, I grew socially and academically. It provided the opportunity to be surrounded by other Black people who recognized the importance of education, had goals, and were supportive of me achieving my own.

Some of my Wilberforce classmates have become more like family than even some of my blood relatives. Our connection has remained even though we have not been in school together for almost 20 years.

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

Wilberforce University required participation in cooperative education practicums. I was able to gain exposure to various areas of my chosen field including work at the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor Michigan and Middletown Regional Hospital on the psychiatric unit.

Such access to administrators and mental health professionals while being an undergraduate was not common. I learned about professionalism, the importance of resume-building, and networking—thanks in large part to the mandatory cooperative education program.

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

Coming from a small, rural predominantly White hometown, to an HBCU, I learned the importance of being able to interact with all groups of people. Again, my cooperative education practica placed me in work environments that were very diverse.

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

Ummmm

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

My favorite restaurant was Red Lobster—because of the cheddar bay biscuits 😉

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

“You should have been a bulldog” and “I saw G-O, go, Bulldogs go–and shake that thang”.

I actually was the captain of the Wilberforce cheerleading squad at one point.

Who was your College crush?

Ummm. He knew. He definitely knew.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I was not nervous about going to college. In high school, I was a part of a summer program at Bowling Green State University where I was on campus all summer working in the Computer Science Department

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

My major was psychology. I chose my major in the 8th grade after watching the movie “Sybil”. How the mind works fascinated me.

What was your proudest moment @ Wilberforce University?

Other than graduating? When I became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.–Beta Chapter.

What was your saddest moment @ Wilberforce University?

Leaving Wilberforce

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

I pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I was impressed by their community service, academics, the sorority’s illustrious history, and I must admit, they were fly 😉

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

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Editor-literary magazine; Secretary-Senior Class; RA-2nd Floor Askew Hall; Sigma Omega Honor Society; Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society; Wilberforce University Cheerleader; wrote, directed, and produced plays that were shown on campus.

Where was the “yard” located?

In front of the Student Union

What and where were the historical places on campus?

The Fountain; The Barn; Shorter Hall

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

Not of which I am aware

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.)

1. First Love
2. First road trip—to Ball State with my sands and then another to Clark Atlanta with them as well
3. First debt lol

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.”

Cannot recall one

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

I think about the situation, look at the skills and supports that I have to assist in managing it, and then make a plan to overcome it

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

Do not “cut and paste”. Think about what makes that particular college a good choice for you. Choose a college based upon your wants/needs—not your friends’. Have someone read your essays before you submit them.

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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.

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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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