Issue: Fall 2015

From the President’s Desk

Welcome to this issue of Wright State University Magazine. As a new academic year gets under way, we eagerly await the transition from the hot, humid, and—uncharacteristically for Ohio—rainy days of summer to the crisp air of fall. But this … Continue reading

Mayor Whaley

When she was 11, Nan Whaley shared a paper route with her 9-year-old brother, David, in her family’s Indianapolis suburban neighborhood. While her brother worked to save money to buy video games, Whaley would get excited about the newspaper delivery process … Continue reading

Following His Heart

Shortly after he was elected to the city council in Beavercreek, Ohio, Brian Jarvis started using vacation time from his full-time job to focus on his responsibilities with the city. “After a while that made it clear to me where … Continue reading

All-Star Advocates

A politician, an academic, an athlete, and a comedian walk into a room. It may sound like the start of a joke, but it’s actually the speaker schedule for this year’s Presidential Lecture Series. Each speaker will help Wright State … 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

Carnegie Classification

Walking through a Dayton neighborhood on a sunny day, Philip Ferrari and Elyse Giardullo were giving back to the community they love, while enhancing their research and leadership skills. They were the ideal pair to lead a team of 16 … 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

Social Star

She has 3.8 million followers on Vine, 373,000 on Instagram, and 128,000 on Twitter. Her six-second Vines have been viewed more than 2 billion times, while her longer videos on YouTube have more than 3.1 million views. Online she’s known … 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

Scoring star Lynch has Raiders talking title

Eric Lynch learned early that he might be particularly gifted at soccer—very early. “The first time I played competitive soccer was in a rec league when I was 4 years old,” Lynch recalled. “I can’t say I was in love … Continue reading