Central State is one of two historically black universities in Greene County.
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Central State University in Greene County has announced it’s getting a $1 million gift from an alum, entrepreneur and media figure Josh Smith. On the same day the gift was announced, at least 17 people were laid off from the school.
The university has been in negotiations with labor unions for a while about the need to make cuts, and Central State spokeswoman Gayle Barge says seventeen people got letters on Tuesday—secretaries, facilities workers and mail people, many of them members of the AFSCME union.
The version of the Farm Bill passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday includes a long-sought land-grant designation for Central State University in southwest Ohio. The status would provide new opportunities for the school.
Land-grants allow colleges or universities to apply for special federal funding in a number of areas of study - in Central State’s case, agriculture.
Two local communities have been recognized for their work to preserve local landmarks. The Ohio Historical Society has honored Jamestown and Wilberforce for their efforts to rehab and preserve two local landmarks.
Sixteen honorees from 14 communities throughout the state were recognized recently in two categories for their achievement in historic preservation.
A Preservation Merit Award was given to the Jamestown Area Historical Society, the Greene County Commissioners and the Silvercreek Township Trustees for their work in rehabbing the Jamestown Opera House.
In the Chicago public schools, and urban school districts across the nation, if you’re a black male the odds are against your going on to college. If you do, there’s a good chance you won’t complete your degree. The college graduation rate for African American males who graduate from Chicago Public Schools is a little more than 20 percent. WYSO Community Voices Producer Amy Harper takes a look at the forces affecting the life of one young man who is trying to beat the odds.
Following President Obama’s designation of five new national monuments last week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has been on a five state tour of those sights. Yesterday’s stop - The Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Wilberforce, Ohio.