Stories

What is your Wright State story?

What part does Wright State University play in your life story?

Was it the setting of your coming of age? Was it an active player in your biggest discovery?

If you are reading this, your life has probably been touched by Wright State University in some way.


A Collection of Stories from the Wright State Community

Dawana "Dee" Thomas

Alumnus

Wright State taught me about diversity. I remember being one of the only African Americans in some of my classes—that opened my eyes to a world I now know how to embrace. I learned leadership. I went from working on campus to a H.S. principal that serves 2,000 students.

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

Alumnus

Wright State allowed me to experience life on my own for the first time, and helped to shape where I am today. Student life and recreation inspired me to continue with a career within college athletics and recreation. Go Raiders!

James J. Brinkman

Alumnus, 1969

In April of 1964, I was discharged from the U.S. Army and was trying to decide what to do with the rest of my life. A new university was opening in Dayton in the fall of 1964 and the rest is history.

Bob Mitterholzer

Alumnus, 1976

I remember the first day of college, business class with Robert Wagley, good times at the Rathskeller, and meeting new friends.

Trudy (Rieker) Cordero

Alumna

Summer 1970: My first class. My degree took 5 years—first generation graduate! Campus memories: dandelions flashing school colors, geese honking overhead, noisy peacocks next door, and no restaurants or buses. I was in the first tennis club and tennis team. I married in 1974 at the chapel.

Nan-c Moss

Alumna, Staff

Many of my life’s experiences are bound to Wright State. As a student, I developed lifelong friendships. As an alumna, I’ve networked with others who share my passion for public service. As an employee, I get to engage with people who liberally invest time, talent, and treasure in our students.

Bruce Cromer

Alumnus, Faculty

A union stage actor, I’ve been in over 160 professional theatre productions since graduation. I met my wife at Wright State; we now have three grown sons from a 35-year marriage. A Wright State theatre professor since 1987, I continue to act in leading roles across the country.

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Barathkumar Mohanarangan

Student

I am from a country called the Indian sub-continent. I came to the land of opportunity, with lots of dreams. Wright State welcomed me to the family with open arms. This place got me involved by inspiring me and helping me follow my passion. Thank you all for the experience.

Veda Galigekere

Alumni

I joined WSU in 2005 and graduated in 2012 Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering. I loved my stay at WSU, it is one of the the best days of my USA life. I developed immensely as a researcher and a professional equipped to tackle the present day engineering challenges.

Karin DuChesne

Staff

I grew up on Col. Glenn & attended the Grand opening ox roast on campus. Watched the University grow, watched the horses in the riding stable, the "Woodstock" on the hill. Bungee jumping over the lake at the Nutter Center

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