Arts earn an Ohio Center of Excellence and an endorsement by Tom Hanks
In October, Wright State University’s Center for Collaborative Education, Leadership, and Innovation in the Arts (CELIA) was named an Ohio Center of Excellence. CELIA is Wright State’s seventh Ohio Center of Excellence, joining centers in human-centered innovation, neuroscience, disaster readiness, product reliability, micro air vehicles, and knowledge-enabled computing.
The announcement was punctuated by a message from Academy Award–winning actor Tom Hanks. Hanks gave a glowing endorsement of Wright State’s arts programs in a video message that appeared in local television commercials and movie theaters during the holidays.
“Wright State is training the artists of tomorrow. I know because I’ve worked with some of Wright State’s alumni, and they’re among the best in their fields,” Hanks said. “Wright State not only has one of the most outstanding arts programs in Ohio, but one of the best in the entire nation.”
Third year as Military Friendly School
Military Advanced Education, as well as G.I. Jobs, a premier magazine for military personnel who are transitioning into civilian life, gave Wright State University the designation of Military Friendly School for the third consecutive year.
The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. Wright State helps support nearly 700 military students on campus.
Wright State offers resources to help military-connected students transition to campus. The university awards educational credits for military training and experience and has designed courses open only to veterans and military students. It also delivers high-quality career services to best put military experience to work and helps veterans connect with other students through campus events, housing options, and student clubs.
Top 10 in community service
In September, Washington Magazine released its national rankings of 258 universities. In their community service participation and hours served category, Wright State ranked eighth in the nation, prompting the Huffington Post to name Wright State to its “Top 10 Colleges That Give Back to Communities.” The Post specifically cited Wright State’s We Serve U program as the primary reason for the ranking.
The group’s effort to raise school supplies for Dayton’s Westwood Elementary School in the fall was mentioned in the news article. Since then, We Serve U has helped collect donations for Blue Star Mothers to send to troops overseas and volunteered at the 2012 Science Olympiad Invitational hosted by Wright State in January.
We Serve U’s spring quarter 2012 project is Wright State’s Relay for Life fundraiser.
Wright State to lead $11.4 million aerospace initiative
In July, the Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) was named to lead an $11.4 million initiative to bolster Ohio’s aerospace and defense workforce.
The initiative includes the creation of the Wright State Defense Aerospace Graduate Studies Institute, designed to work with other schools across Ohio’s university system to build an aerospace curriculum. The university and WSRI joined a coalition of industry partners who pledged to create 250 jobs for aerospace and defense.
First Wright brothers day
For the first time, the Wright State community channeled its collective, inner Orville and Wilbur Wright in a day of commemoration to the brothers’ achievements and inspiration. The first annual event was held on Oct. 5, the anniversary of Wilbur’s 40-minute flight at Huffman Prairie in 1905.
Organized by the Wright State Marketing Club, the event took place in the Student Union and featured historical artifacts and modern-day, cutting-edge technology.
A series of exhibits and activities featuring a Wright Flyer simulator and several examples of current innovative Wright State projects were on display in the Atrium.
The event was kicked off by Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of Wilbur and Orville Wright, who read an executive resolution from Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The proclamation declared Oct. 5 Wright Brothers Day across Ohio.
Former Wright State educator named president at Bowling Green
In July, Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D., former dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Wright State University, was named president of Bowling Green State University. Mazey had been provost and vice president for academic affairs at Auburn University before she was hired as BGSU’s 11th president.
Mazey served for seven years as dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Wright State University. She was founding director of the Center for Urban and Public Affairs at Wright State and served in that capacity for 11 years, from 1983 to 1994. During that time, she was the university’s representative to the Ohio Board of Regents’ Urban University Advisory Committee. In addition, she served as chair of the Department of Urban Affairs and Geography and led the creation of a Master of Public Administration Program. From 1993 to 1996, Mazey held the title of Distinguished Professor of Professional Service at Wright State.
2012 Adventure Summit, Alumni Reunion Weekend, and Parents & Family Weekend converged on campus
For three days in February, campus was quite a bit busier than usual as three of Wright State’s biggest annual and semi-annual events converged on one weekend. After a year off, the Adventure Summit was back with perennial favorites like the Bouldering Competition at the Wright State Climbing Wall and new activities like the Canoe Battleship Competition at the Wright State Natatorium. Alumni Reunion Weekend featured a fun-filled Blast from the Past party prior to a men’s basketball game and, as always, the College Outstanding Alumni Awards luncheon. Parents & Family Weekend kept things light with a Double Dare Game Show event, Monte Carlo Night, and Breakfast with Wright State President David R. Hopkins, where Bobbi Warrington, a single mother from Wellston, Ohio, was named Parent of the Year.
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