Student-Centered Resources, Facilities, and Activities
Serving the diverse needs of graduate students and faculty, the University Libraries are integral to the research and instructional programs of Wright State University. Besides the traditional collections and services, the libraries use the latest technology to provide access to information. The on-line library system provides information about local library collections and, through OhioLINK, provides access to the major academic collections throughout the state of Ohio. Computer work-stations, located in the reference areas of both libraries, provide access to numerous electronic journal indexes, research databases, and Internet resources in a wide range of subject areas. Reference librarians are available seven days a week to help students and faculty in the use of collections and on-line resources. Both libraries also offer group instruction sessions on various topics every quarter. Through a variety of cooperative agreements, Wright State users can borrow materials directly from many academic libraries in the local and statewide area.
The Paul Laurence Dunbar Library
The Dunbar Library collections, among the largest in the Dayton area, include over 688,000 bound volumes, 1.3 million microforms, 425,000 U.S. and Ohio documents, 3,800 current periodical subscriptions, and 31,000 musical scores and sound recordings. The library building is open 90 hours per week. The facilities include study tables and carrels for group and individual study, current periodicals/microforms/media reading & viewing rooms, and photocopiers on each floor. Staff at the information desk on the second floor assist users with brief factual or directional questions, while professional librarians provide in-depth assistance at the research consultation office. Staff in the Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) on the second floor offer instruction on various multimedia tools for use on class assignments and in future employment.
Special collections of note include one of the world's largest depositories of information about the Wright brothers. More than 6,000 items include manuscripts, records, and books, as well as 4,000 photographs made from the Wrights' own negatives. Other materials and collections relating to local and regional history draw researchers from afar. A collection of materials relating to the history and culture of African Americans is maintained in a reading room on the second floor.
Other services include library orientation tours, classroom instructional sessions and demonstrations, course reserves, and interlibrary loan for materials unavailable locally or through the OhioLINK system.
The Fordham Health Sciences Library
The Fordham Library, located in the Medical Sciences building, serves as the primary library for the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Professional Psychology, and for graduate students in the biomedical sciences. The collections number over 130,000 volumes and 1,100 current serial subscriptions.
A unique cooperative relationship among the area's hospital libraries and the Fordham Health Sciences Library promotes sharing and non-duplication of library materials as well as reciprocal library services for students and professionals in the health care fields. Seven of the hospital libraries participate in OhioLINK; over 108,000 volumes in these affiliated libraries complement the university collections.
Special collections in the Fordham Library include the McFarland Collection in aerospace medicine and human factors engineering, the Aerospace Medical Association Archives, and the Wright State health sciences programs archives. The Thelma Fordham Pruett Rare Book Room houses American eighteenth- and nineteenth-century medical books.
Wright State students also have hundreds of additional classes available to them through the university's membership in the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE), a consortium that includes many colleges and universities in the area. Full-time students at Wright State may cross-register for credit at SOCHE member schools at Wright State's tuition rates as long as class space is available, they have their advisor's consent, and the course isn't available at Wright State. They must also meet the course and host college prerequisites.
The consortium also offers cooperative library privileges to students at all member institutions. These library holdings total more than a million volumes.
The Center for Teaching and Learning
The Center for Teaching and Learning provides comprehensive development and instructional support services for students and faculty. The center conducts numerous workshops for the professional development of faculty and teaching assistants in areas including improving instructional skills and developing an appreciation of, and the ability to apply, both traditional and evolving technologies to the instructional process. Distributed learning encourages faculty to engage in new modes of instruction for students far removed from traditional campus classrooms. Additionally, the center provides a wide variety of support services to the entire campus community.
The center's production services include a full range of photographic services, graphic design and production, audio and video services, multimedia and web development. The center's technical service units provide for the selection, delivery, setup, and operation of media and computer equipment in classrooms and for other campus activities and events.
For more information, see the center's Web site at http://www.wright.edu/ctl/.
Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS)
CaTS provides service and support for university telephones, campus networking, Internet access, and administrative and student computing resources. WSU students are encouraged to use these resources to enhance their learning experience. CaTS maintains computer labs (most open 24 hours) with computers networked to international resources, laser printers, and numerous software applications to complement students' classroom activities. The computers in these labs not only provide desktop applications, but also provide access to larger computer platforms, such as our UNIX system, the University Libraries databases, and other Internet resources. WSU has a strong commitment to providing accessibility to all of its students. In support of this commitment, a variety of adaptive technologies is available to provide computer access to students with physical disabilities.
All students should obtain a CaTS CAMPUS account. This account provides students with the account name and password necessary to access the Internet, email, CaTS lab machines, personal and class disk space on network file servers, and other computing resources. With a CAMPUS account and a Web browser, students can access the Internet from home using the CaTS modem banks. Student accounts remain active only as long as they are enrolled in classes. Account owners are responsible for any improper or illegal activities that occur on their accounts. These activities include, but are not limited to, harassment of others through electronic communication and the use of university resources for business purposes. Therefore, account owners should not share their passwords with anyone for any reason. Misuse of resources can result in the loss of account privileges and charges filed with the appropriate university offices. CAMPUS accounts can be picked up at the Help Desk in 025 Library Annex. The CaTS Help Desk is the single point of contact for university computing questions, problems, and requests. Analysts are available to help seven days a week. Problems not resolved on the phone are logged into a tracking system and dispatched to the appropriate support groups for resolution. When contacting the Help Desk, if you receive the queue message indicating that all analysts are busy, please stay online. A message is sent to the analysts letting them know you are waiting.
All student residence areas are connected to the Internet and Wright State's campus network. Every room is equipped with one network port for each student, so they don't have to share. Residence network connections provide fast and easy access to campus electronic mail, the ability to run an Internet browser to surf the Web, and much more. All of this can be done without leaving their room or tying up their phone line. Please call the Help Desk to set up an appointment, or look for Wired Week/Day postings.
WINGS (Wright Information, News and Group Services) - http://wings.wright.edu
WINGS is a portal, meaning that it consists of Web pages that act as a starting point for using the Web or Web-based services such as email, calendars, message boards, channels, and chat. WINGS provides Web-based single sign on access to various WSU systems and allows users to completely customize layout options to best suit their needs.
For more information, contact the CaTS
Help Desk at (937) 775-4827, or send e-mail
Bolinga Cultural Resources Center
The Bolinga Cultural Resources Center opened on January 15, 1971, as a tribute to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The word bolinga means love in Lingala, an African language, and the center promotes cultural pluralism on campus through programs, lectures, and seminars. The center's programs consist of a minority scholars speakers series, community speakers series, and film series. Moreover, it has two important resources: the African American Collection, comprising over 3,000 books and periodicals relating to the African American experience (located in the university's main library), and the Peer Supportive Services Program, a program of advising, mentoring, and tutoring services.
Asian/Hispanic/Native American Center
The Asian/Hispanic/Native American Center was created in October 1997 to support the academic, social, and cultural needs of Asian, Hispanic, and Native American students, faculty, and staff at the university. It also serves as an informational resource center regarding the Asian, Hispanic, Native American experience and creates an appreciation and understanding of the diverse Asian, Hispanic, and Native American cultures represented within the community. The center's programs consist of guest speakers, workshops, film series, and celebrations of the Hispanic, Native American, and Asian Heritage Months.
The Women's Center serves as an information clearinghouse on women's issues and services, fostering greater ties between women at Wright State and women in the community. The center promotes gender equity through educational programs and activities that honor the roles, contributions, and experiences of all women. The center also provides resource support for the Women's Studies program and accommodates meetings, workshops, and other small group gatherings that address the concerns and interests of women on campus.
The University Center for International Education Office offers assistance to more than 650 international students from 70 countries around the world with immigration and cultural adjustment issues. It also coordinates an international exchange program for student interested in studying abroad. Short term programs are offered each summer and winter. Quarter or year-long study abroad opportunities are offered in Australia, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
E344 Student Union
Voice: (937) 775-2976
Fax: (937) 775-2453