Certain benefits listed below are available to all Wright State retirees. Others are available only to members of the WSU Retirees Association. To learn more, scroll down or view the WSURA brochure (PDF) briefly outlining membership benefits.
All retirees also are eligible for most of the benefits offered to members of the WSU Alumni Association, including discounted educational travel and tours to exotic destinations to learn about culture, art, history and much more. WSURA members also are eligible for additional benefits available to Alumni Association Gold Members.
The Wright1 Card is needed to access a number of Wright State benefits and services, including the Student Union Fitness Center, University Libraries and University Bookstore discounts. The card can also be used at local participating restaurants for a discount ranging from 5 percent to 20 percent, depending on the merchant. The Wright1 Retiree Card is available for free at the Wright1 Card Center (238 Student Union).
Retiree visitors to the main campus may park in Visitor Lot 2, adjacent to the Student Union. If the lot is filled or if you wish to park in another lot, the attendant will give you a visitor permit for lot 9, 10, 11, 15, or 20.
Another alternative is to make a request via email, to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours in advance of your visit.
Instructional Fee Waiver
Eligibility for the instructional fee waiver is determined by the status of the employee on the first day of the applicable term.
Retirees, including those on disability retirement, who have ten years of Wright State University service and who were eligible for the instructional fee waiver at the time of retirement and their spouses and dependents are eligible for the fee waiver.
Retirees are not subject to the limit of a maximum of eight hours per quarter. However retirees receiving fee remission for undergraduate and/or graduate courses shall pay a portion of the fees as stipulated by the Board of Trustees.
On a space-available basis, eligible Ohio residents, age 60 or older, may enroll in university courses on a tuition free basis if they wish to participate on a noncredit (audit) basis. Such students who wish to earn academic credit for the tuition-free courses must demonstrate financial need; these students should contact the Office of the Registrar for details and let the Office know they are inquiring about the aid for this particular program (60 years or older).
This program is subject to change by action of the State of Ohio or the university.
Student Union Fitness Center
Retirees Association members may use the University Fitness Center, located in the lower level of the Student Union. It features a wide variety of options available to fit anyone's recreational and exercise needs, including state-of-the-art equipment and enough space to accommodate all kinds of different activities. Members of the WSU Retirees Association may use these facilities without charge by writing to the WSURA office via U.S. Mail, and requesting access to the center. The office will add your name to the approved list, which is then sent to the university. Once registered, all you will have to do to use the facilities is to show your WSU Wright 1 card upon arrival. There is no fee for the daily use of a locker. However, an assigned locker is available on an annual basis ($74.73), by semester ($37.39), or monthly ($6.49). You provide a lock and towel.
Purchase of Computer Hardware and Software
Retirees may have an opportunity to purchase software and hardware at a university discount, depending on various contractual arrangements in effect with different vendors. Please contact the Help Desk at (937) 775-4827 or email@example.com, for information.
Retirees Association Publications
WSURA publishes a newsletter for members, The Extension, four times annually. This publication lists the upcoming activities of the organization and other areas of the university, chronicles past activities and accomplishments and, as space permits includes articles of interest about travel, scholarship recipients, etc. Its purpose is to provide an ongoing link between the retiree and the university.
A Directory of WSURA members is published in alternate years. This provides a good contact list for other members. This directory is only available to members of WSURA. It is not made available to outside organizations.
The WSURA website is overseen by the Communications Committee. Its purpose is to chronicle current and past accomplishments and activities of the organization and to share news about the university and other news of interest to Wright State retirees.
WSURA also distributes an e-newsletter monthly during the academic year. It features news about the university, the association and your fellow retirees and lists the names of retirees who have died. Contact the Association at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask to have your current email address added to the mailing list.
Various campus publications are available online.
These publications are in the University Archives:
WSURA provides a vigorous and varied calendar of activities for its members and their significant others. Retirees are also eligible to participate in many events sponsored by the Alumni Association. Members are apprised of these activities through The Extension, this website and frequent email reminders. Popular activities include dining in/dining out experiences, day trips, lectures by campus figures, and discussions (the Socrates Café series provides a vehicle to discuss current social/political issues). WSURA members also are eligible to participate in activities open to Gold Members of the Wright State Alumni Association.
The WSURA Board has three liaison representatives to other campus entities. These members provide an ongoing link to the Athletic Council, the Friends of the Libraries and the University Center for International Education (UCIE). Up-to-date information on the athletic programs, workshops and other opportunities through the Friends, and interactions with visiting professors and research associates through the UCIE expand the visibility of WSURA and extend the possibilities for continued involvement in university life. Currently, WSURA is in working with the Alumni Association to plan expanded interaction with that organization.
Retirees are offered a 20 percent discount on WSU clothing and gift items, school supplies and general reading books by showing the cashier their Wright1 Card.
Athletics and Student Performances
Retirees are encouraged to support our students by attending intercollegiate sports events and music/drama/dance performances. Retirees enjoy offered the same ticketing arrangements and prices available to current full-time faculty/staff. In addition, WSU Retirees Association members have access to the Alumni Zone at men's basketball games, which includes deeply dicounted bevderages and free refreshments.
Retirees have library privileges. All retirees are encouraged to join the Friends of the Libraries. The Wright1 Card will work as a library card at any of the WSU Libraries.
Wright.edu Email Account and Online Directory Listing
Wright State University provides access to certain computing resources for eligible retirees of the university. This access is NOT automatic upon retirement, and retirees must request access.
To be eligible, retirees must have emeritus status (faculty only); or must have retired under one of the university-sponsored retirement programs (e.g., ARP or one of the state of Ohio systems) and must have had at least 10 years of direct employment at Wright State (e.g., paid directly by Wright State, not a third-party).
In order to receive continued access to a WSU email account and directory listing, retirees must request this access upon retirement. Initial access is for five years, with an option to renew for an additional five years. To request or extend this access, sign in with your w123abc Wright State logon and password and complete the following form:
For more information, contact the Help Desk at email@example.com or (937) 775-4827.
Retirees may attend workshops offered by CaTS and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) on a space available basis for the same fee (if any) charged current faculty and staff.
Once retired, individuals are encouraged to continue active participation in the university community and may attend all appropriate public meetings on a non-voting basis. Individuals with continued active involvement with students or administration may wish to request listing in the university directory and other informational sources.