Serving up accessibility

New technology promises a better dining experience for students with disabilities

A grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation could revolutionize how Wright State University students with disabilities eat their meals. Continue reading

The Birth of Wright State

Snippets from the early years

Ohio Gov. James Rhodes’s efforts in the early 1960s to place public higher education facilities within 30 miles of every Ohioan led to the birth of Wright State University. At the time, Dayton was a high-technology center with a special … Continue reading

Proud to Wear the Green and Gold

By Susan (Barr) Gayle

My grandfather was born “on campus” on June 29, 1895, in the original Rockafield House, which his parents rented from Mr. Rockafield. My grandfather owned land on both sides of Airway Road (now Colonel Glenn Highway), mostly on the south … Continue reading

Difference Makers

Significant contributions to Wright State and humanity

In 1970, Wright State was one of the first schools to create an Office of Disability Services. That was three years before Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act required any university receiving federal money to make its programs accessible to persons … Continue reading

Opportunities in the Forest

By Gary Leroy

“Trees, lots of trees.” That was my first impression of Wright State University. On a Sunday afternoon in the spring of 1973, my mother took me for a ride to see the little university I had only heard about from … Continue reading

It’s Hard to Beat a Life in the Academy

By Mary Kenton

As I often say, I was on campus the first day Wright State held classes, but I did not become a student myself until 1969. I didn’t want to quit my quite good day job at Dayton Power and Light … Continue reading

What’s In A Name?

Campus buildings, and who they were named for

Allyn Hall Stanley Charles Allyn Former NCR President     Boonshoft School of Medicine Oscar Boonshoft Engineer, philanthropist   Brehm Laboratory John E. Brehm Original wright state landowner   Matthew O. Diggs III Laboratory for Life Science Research Matthew O. Diggs … Continue reading

Rowdy Raider and Wright State Athletics

Mascot history; shocking the Spartans; bowling team on a roll

Rowdy Raider hasn’t always been the gray and white wolf we know today. The Wright State mascot has gone through several iterations since the university started playing varsity basketball in 1970. A 1971 student contest determined that Wright State’s colors … Continue reading

Brick and Mortar: The Campus(es)

Lake Campus, Alumni Tower, and the NEC Building

The Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) organized the first courses for what would eventually become the Wright State University–Lake Campus in 1962. Classes were initially held in a local high school, but as interest in the college continued to build, … Continue reading

Under the Spotlight

The performing arts and guest speakers

To Phish fans, the band’s concert at Wright State University’s Nutter Center on December 7, 1997, is legendary. Many of the band’s most loyal followers believe that Phish played one of the greatest first sets in their 34-year career on … Continue reading