$ 500,000 Federal Grant to Help Central State Turn Campus Power Plant into Student Service Center – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

WILBERFORCE – Central State University has received a $ 500,000 grant from the Federal Department of the Interior to help it transform its historic campus powerhouse into the Frank Murphy Student Success Center, a career service center.

The grant agreement, signed in June, will fund part of the plant’s planned $ 3 million conversion.

“The Frank Murphy Student Success Center will give new life to an old building,” said Dr. Morakinyo Kuti, director of CSU’s Office of Sponsored Programs and Research and its Center for Academic Research and Innovation.

CSU Facilities Director Milt Thompson will oversee the project, which will provide classrooms and meeting spaces as well as technology spaces to support university programs and events, as well as other multi-functional and multi-purpose equipment, a said Kuti.

The center will also include tutoring rooms, data centers, individual study tiles and other unique spaces. The center is part of the university’s master plan and is part of the campus’s larger vision for the next five years.

The Federal Support Grant, which is part of $ 7.7 million in grants to 18 projects in 12 states for the preservation of historic structures on the campuses of historically Black colleges and universities, is administered by the National Park Service through from its historical preservation fund. program.

Grants support the physical preservation of National Register sites on HBCU campuses to include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures, and artefacts. Eligible costs include preconservation studies, architectural plans and specifications, reports on historic structures, and repair and rehabilitation of historic properties in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for archeology and historic preservation.

“These grants help us honor the legacy of the HBCUs by meeting our country’s higher education needs,” said David Vela, deputy director of the National Park Service. “Funding provided this year will help preserve 18 historic properties on HBCU campuses in 12 states, many of which are listed in the National Registry. “

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