Wright State University became an independent institution in 1967 and spent the next 50 years growing into an innovative leader in affordable and accessible education. In 2017, we celebrate the first 50 years and set the course for the next half century.
Trudy (Rieker) Cordero
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.
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.
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.