New Center for Manufacturing Sciences
The Wright State University Center for Manufacturing Sciences, which was announced in September, builds on the rich history of manufacturing in Ohio by creating an exciting environment for students and seasoned manufacturers in which to work and learn together.
The center (CMS) will focus on knowledge-based manufacturing and best practices, which enable students and manufacturers to connect through co-op and internship programs as well as web-based interactions.
Larry R. Dosser, founder and chairman emeritus of Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc., was named as the center’s senior fellow for technology advancement.
Lake Campus launches food science program
Courtney Simons is heading up the new food science program at Wright State University’s Lake Campus. A native of Jamaica, Simons has led a career in food processing that’s taken him from Jamaica to India to North Dakota and now Ohio.
The mission of food science—which involves chemistry, physics, biology, math, and engineering—is to ensure that food is nutritious, of high quality, and safe to eat. It is also aimed at minimizing waste and finding ways to make the most efficient use of ingredients.
Courses being offered this spring include food processing, food safety, food laws and regulations, and an introductory overview of food science.
Top college for teacher education
Wright State was named a top college for teacher education by a national organization that has become a leader in providing educational information to libraries, high schools, and career centers across the country.
The online College Database ranked Wright State No. 7 among 52 four-year Ohio college campuses for “Top Colleges in Ohio: Shaping the Next Generation.”
The San Francisco–based College Database set out to find the post-secondary institutions in each state with the highest number of graduates in 2012 in the fields of education and teaching.
Wright State awarded 591 education degrees, eclipsing schools such as Miami University, the University of Dayton, and Xavier University.
Ashley named VP for enrollment management
A higher education veteran with 40 years of experience, Mary Ellen Ashley was named vice president for enrollment management. Ashley is already playing a leading role in strengthening enrollments and marketing the university to prospective students.
Ashley most recently served as executive vice president of enrollment management and student services, planning and strategic initiatives, and chief operating officer of the Lawrence Campus for Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts.
Prior to Northern Essex, Ashley served as associate vice president, student affairs and services at the University of Cincinnati, and dean, residential learning, wellness, and student services at California State University Monterey Bay.
Mickey-Boggs named associate VP for human resources and chief human resources officer
Shari Mickey-Boggs’ 20-plus years of experience in the human resources field, extensive background in higher education institutions, and engaging leadership style were among many reasons why she was named associate vice president for human resources and chief human resources officer.
Among many strengths, Mickey-Boggs is adept at developing human resources as a strategic business partner through initiatives such as performance management evaluation and redesign, employee communication and engagement, and improvement of benefits and wellness programs.
Previously at Xavier University, she had served as senior associate vice president and chief human resources officer since 2007. She also brings 12 years of experience from The Ohio State University.
Business students take professional pledge
Believed to be the first of its kind in the area, Wright State’s Raj Soin College of Business conducted a Business Professional Pledge similar to those taken by CFA Charter holders, law students, medical students, and others. More than 200 students participated in the event.
Students stood in front of faculty, staff, and peers to pledge their commitment to the college’s student professional code. For many students the moment served as an impactful new beginning to their college careers. At the same time, representatives from local businesses also pledged their support for business education and students in the business college.
Webb named director of Disability Services
Thomas Webb, a veteran disability services advocate focused on equal opportunity for all students, is the new director of the Office of Disability Services (ODS).
As director at Wright State, Webb assumes the responsibility of sustaining and advancing high-quality programs and services that support the individual needs and overall success of Wright State’s students. His experience and background have positioned him well to work with ODS staff and the community to continue setting national standards of excellence in the area of access and accommodation.
Webb came to Wright State from the University of Delaware, where he served as director of the Office of Disability Support Services. He also served two years in Washington, D.C., as a Kennedy Disability Policy Fellow, which included working with the 110th Congress on multiple policy issues including negotiating and drafting the Americans with Disabilities Act of 2008.
Rinzler Student Sports Complex honored
Wright State University’s Rinzler Student Sports Complex received top honors in an annual publication citing the best architectural design on school and college campuses. The complex received the Sports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities Citation in the 2013 American School and University Architectural Portfolio, which celebrates the best in education design. The citation is the highest award presented in the Sports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities category. The Rinzler complex was one of 145 projects featured in the portfolio and the November issue of American School and University.