Author Archives: Jim Hannah

About Jim Hannah

Born in San Diego, Calif., and raised in Troy, OH. Graduated in journalism from Ohio State University. Worked at the Rome Daily American in Italy, the Indianapolis Star and The Associated Press, where I spent 30 years working in Columbus, Dayton and Washington D.C. Currently assistant director of public relations at Wright State University. Married, with three children.

Going Places

Sleeping in the Sahara Desert, teaching in China, and witnessing political violence in Jerusalem were just stops along the way for Tasha Fox, a Wright State University M.B.A. student who turned her undergraduate career into a priceless lesson in world geography … Continue reading

Hanks for the Memories

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Tom Hanks of Forrest Gump/Saving Private Ryan fame was on campus, and excitement was at a fever pitch. Nearly 2,000 students, faculty, and staff had amassed outside Wright State University’s Tom Hanks Center for Motion Pictures on April 19 to catch … Continue reading

Circuit Judge

Watch Video: He’s a Wright State University electrical engineering student, a ham radio operator, and the founder of his own electronics company. But it’s Jeremy Hong’s digital sunglasses, whose colorful LED lights gyrate to dance music, that really get your … Continue reading

Vanishing Act

The shadows are growing long in Longtown, Ohio. Connor Keiser cracks open the blinds inside the Bethel Long Wesleyan Church, sending weak shafts of light into the sanctuary. He then settles into a pew, opens a photo album, and brings the … Continue reading

Presidential Prestige

The national spotlight will shine brightly this fall on Wright State University, which will become the center of the universe in American politics when it hosts the first presidential debate. “The first one is special,” said Donna Schlagheck, retired head … Continue reading

Stage of Excitement

As the Wright State University Nutter Center celebrates 25 years of operation, Executive Director Jim Brown needs only one word to describe the facility’s impact on the region—“huge.” “What is the Nutter Center? We’re everything,” Brown says. For the past quarter … Continue reading

Marriage Medicine

Getting married young, long separations, high job stress. It’s no wonder that many military marriages go off the rails. And the pressures that fracture these relationships sometimes lead to alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and even suicide. A team of Wright … Continue reading

Lake Dwellers

When he first reported for work at Wright State University’s Lake Campus, Jay Albayyari’s first order of business was to meet the faculty and staff—individually. So he walked around, introduced himself, and spent up to an hour with each one—all 100. … Continue reading

Gene Queen

Skin cancer, esophageal cancer, and endo-metriosis are all on Madhavi Kadakia’s hit list. The Wright State University researcher has been using high technology and her expertise in genetics to help diagnose and treat these sometimes deadly diseases. Kadakia, Ph.D., professor … Continue reading

English Expression

The first students came from Chile. They were planning to apply for Wright State’s MBA program, but first needed to master English. So in 1995, the university launched the LEAP Intensive English Program. Founded by associate English professor Chris Hall … Continue reading