Professional Development Funding Opportunities
Student Affairs Professional Development Grants
On behalf of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Student Affairs Staff Development Committee is excited to announce a new professional development funding program for divisional employees. The goal of this program is to provide monetary support to Student Affairs staff who wish to pursue professional development, but are unable to do so due to budgetary restrictions within their departments.
The Funding Form is currently available on the Staff Development Committee's website (via the VPSA's website). All applications will be considered; however, preference will be given to those who have been unable to engage in any professional development opportunities within the past two years, have a significant financial need due to lack of departmentmal or external funding options, and can demonstrate how this opportunity will benefit their professional development, their department and/or the University in general.
OCPA - Worthington, OH | January 21-22, 2016
Ohio's Conference for Student Affairs
Double Tree Hotel & Conference Center, Worthington, OH
Conference Website: http://myocpa.org/index.php/annual-conference
NASPA - Indianapolis, IN | March 12-16, 2016
Indiana Convention Center
Early Registration Fee: $430.00 | Earlybird Registration Date: January 15, 2016
Regular Registration: $480.00 | January 16 - February 12, 2016
Conference Website: http://conference2016.naspa.org/
SOCHE ED Conference - Dayton, OH | April 15, 2016
The SOCHE ED conference will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Dayton Art Institute. Major topics will include: (1) implicit biases and microagressions; (2) big data in understanding student experience; (3) civic collaborations on campus and in communities; (4) museum tour; and (5) more! For further details, visit www.socheed.org. The Office of the Provost provides financial support to pay the registration fee for Wright State employees to attend SOCHE events. When registering, select PAY BY INVOICE, and complete the information as follows:
Name: Regina Klotz
Events Around Campus
Salsa Samba Night
Thursday, February 25, 2016, 7 - 10 p.m., Student Union Atrium
Celebrate Latino culture with the Office of Latino Affairs as they offer a night filled with food and live music along with free salsa and samba dance lessons. Contact the Office of Latino Affairs for further information.
Presidential Lecture Series
The remaining two speakers in the Presidential Lecture Series visit Wright State during the spring semester. For further details, visit the Presidential Lecture Series website.
Amy Purdy | Model, Paralympic bronze medalist, model, actress, dancer
Friday, February 12, 2016
- 5:30 p.m. Public Reception, Endeavor Room, Student Union
- 7 p.m. Lecture, Apollo Room, Student Union
Co-sponsored with Adventure Summit and Office of Disability Services
Maysoon Zayid | Actress, professional standup comedian, and writer
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
- 5:30 p.m. Public Reception Pathfinder Lounge, Student Union
- 7 p.m. Lecture, Apollo Room, Student Union
Co-sponsored with Honors Institute and Office of Disability Services
Staff Development Committee Events for Spring 2016
Brown Bag Lunch: First Amendment Panel Discussion
Wednesday, January 6, 2016, noon-1 p.m., 163 Student Union Discovery Room
This session is targeted towards Student Affairs staff in order to offer insight into the challenges involving the exercise of first amendment rights on our campus.
- Why are the quad gods (and others not affiliated with the university) even allowed on our campus?
- Are they permitted to say things that are offensive to certain individuals or groups?
- How far can they go with their offensive remarks before we can make them leave?
- What are the roles of University Law Enforcement Officers when the quad god is speaking in a public forum?
- Can people who are exercising their free speech rights in a public form be allowed to cause or threaten to cause harm or injury to persons or property?
- What is BIRT? Is it available for staff members to use to report “Quad God” behavior or student behaviors?
These and other questions will be addressed at this broad-ranging panel discussion. Mark your calendars for this informative training opportunity. We hope to see you there!
This event is offered as a collaboration between the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT), Student Affairs Diversity Committee (SADC) and the Student Affairs Staff Development Committee.
Student Affairs Basketball Outing
Monday, January 18, 2016 - Men's Basketball vs. Detroit, 7 p.m., Nutter Center
Staff in the Division of Student Affairs may request tickets for themselves and immediate family members by emailing Sue Rader no later than Thursday, January 7. Attendees will also receive a $5.00 voucher for use at concession stands. Tickets will be available for pickup January 12-15 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Athletics Administration Office (Nutter Center third floor, just inside the Berry Room Entrance).
Brown Bag Lunch: An LGBTQA Affairs Spectrum Session - Supporting Transgender Students
with Petey Peterson, Director of LGBTQA Affairs
Thursday, January 28, 2016, noon-1 p.m., 163 Student Union Discovery Room
Spectrum Sessions are presentations designed to be customizable for a range of audiences and topics. Spectrum Sessions are developed to give different audiences a brevity of skills and knowledge within a short amount of time. Petey Peterson will be our guest speaker and will share ideas and information about how we can support Transgender Students & develop additional skills necessary to support LGBTQA+ students, faculty & staff at Wright State University.
Welcome . . .
Emma Hovarter has been named Ticket Sales and Service Associate in the Athletics Department, replacing Micki Ford, who moved to Northern Kentucky University.
David Wyncoop has been named Marketing Program Director in the Athletics Department, replacing Brandon Hays, who moved to Northern Kentucky University.
Destinee Biesemeyer has been named Coordinator for Health Promotion, Counseling & Wellness Services.
Congratulations . . .
Sue Rader, Accountant, has moved to the Athletics Department and is no longer at the Nutter Center.
Dr. Kim Gilliam is moving to the Boonshoft School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs and Admissions and will no longer be at the Career Center.
Farewell . . .
Dr. Roderick Perry has been named Director of Athletics at IUPUI (Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis).
Micki Ford has moved to Northern Kentucky University.
Brandon Hays has moved to Northern Kentucky University.
Kudos and Congratulations!
Announcing the birth of Howard Paige Webb, first child of ODS Director Thomas Webb and his wife, Becca Webb. Howard was born on December 2, 2015; he weighed 6.14 lbs. and was 22 inches. Congratulations to the Webbs!
Congratulations to Chris Taylor, Director of Community Standards & Student Conduct, who received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University on December 11, 2015. Taylor’s dissertation was titled “Bros Like Me: Adherence to Male Role Norms in Fraternity Men.”
2015 Employee Recognition – Years of Service
Congratulations to these Division of Student Affairs employees who are achieving service year milestones! We appreciate you and value your committment to Wright State University and the students we serve!
- John Cox
- Robert Grant
- David Ratliff
- Joann Black
- Ronald Heyart
- Cheryl Stuart
- Debra Wilburn
- Christopher Bethel
- Jason Bickford
- Valerie Clark
- Joseph Dick
- Jesse Noble
- Roderick Perry
- Amy Anslinger
- Lisa Burke
- Daniela Burnworth
- Patrick Ferguson
- Deana Jones
- Dena Neal
- Susan See
- Jason Stormer
WSU's Kim Demmings Named to Top 50 Watch List
Congratulations to Wright State Raiders’ Senior Guard, Kim Demmings, who made the Top 50 Watch List on Thursday, December 10, 2015 and is now in the running for the Naismith Trophy recognizing the top College Basketball Players of the Year. According to the article on Raiders.com, “the early season watch list will be reduced to the midseason 30 on February 11, with the 10 semifinalists named on March 2. The four finalists will then be announced on March 20 with the winner to be announced on April 3 during the Women's Final Four in Indianapolis.”
In November, Demmings broke the Wright State Women’s Basketball scoring record of 2,055 career points. As of December 2015, she was second in Division I, leading the nation in attempted field goals, and third in the nation in successful field goals. Demmings was named Horizon League Player of the Week on November 23rd and November 30th; and High-Major Player of the Week by College Sports Madness on November 23rd.
For more detailed stats on Demmings and to find out more about the Naismith Trophy, see the complete article on Raiders.com, Thursday, December 10, 2015: “Demmings Named to Naismith Watch List” http://www.wsuraiders.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27000&ATCLID=210574710
Nutter Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary
On December 2nd, Wright State University’s Nutter Center held a 25th Anniversary open house celebration on the arena floor. The evening included presentations from Senator Chris Widener, State Representative Rick Perales, and Paul Newman, Jr. and Sr. from the Fairborn Chamber of Commerce. Nutter Center Director, Jim Brown, served as MC and recognized the Nutter Center’s full time staff. Wright State University President, David Hopkins, and Ervin Nutter’s son, Bob Nutter, also spoke. The Open House celebration also included event photos from the past 25 years, a highlight video with construction footage and video from the ground breaking press conference, a photo booth, and a magician.
Jack Pence Crowned Winner of Dessert Wars
In September 2015, members of the Division of Student Affairs participated in the first annual Dessert Wars competition. Fourteen contestants entered deliciously decadent dishes, and the entire division was invited to taste all of the desserts and cast a vote for their favorite. After a pleasant hour of tasting and deliberating, the winner was announced. Jack Pence’s “Rowdy’s Pumpkin Patch Pizzazz” was the named the winner. Said Jack, “It was great to hit the ‘pause button’ during the week and gather and share the company of the rest of the SA Division.”
Wright State Wins Hunger Cup
The Rowdy 500 food drive joined forces with the first Hunger Cup competition this fall. Rowdy 500 typically sets the goal of collecting 500 donations for the Friendship Food Pantry. By participating in the Hunger Cup, Wright State battled the University of Dayton in a contest to collect the most meals for donation. The results of the competition were measured by the number of meals collected, with $1.00 having the ability to provide a meal for a family of four and 1.2 pounds of food providing one individual meal. In the end, the University of Dayton was able to donate 2,845 meals, while Wright State donated 6,877 meals, making WSU the winner of the first Hunger Cup! The award was presented to the Friendship Food Pantry, the donation location for all food items collected at Wright State.
The Friendship Food Pantry is located in 134 Allyn Hall and is open to any Wright State student who is currently enrolled in classes. Any such student can utilize the resources of the food pantry once per month, unless a special circumstance allows additional provisions. For hours and additional information, contact Carine Verlin at (937) 775-2495.
1st Annual Student Affairs October Walk
On crisp cool Friday, October 2nd, 2015, a group of Student Affairs staff met at the Student Union Recreation Desk to embark on the 1st Annual Student Affairs October Walk. Sharing lively conversation and laughter with colleagues, employees enjoyed the brisk one-mile walk around campus. Participants donated 8.2 pounds of food to the Wright State University Friendship Food Pantry. Consequently, the healthy turnout for the October Walk provided wonderful health benefits of fresh air and friendship for the participating employees AND nutritious health benefits for the Friendship Food Pantry as well! Everyone had such a good time, that plans are in the works to schedule similar walks in the future – perhaps with a different route, some trail mix snacks, surprises, and other various enhancements.
Venture to the Adventure Summit
After eating too much over the holiday season and just in time to beat the sluggish winter doldrums, Wright State University’s Adventure Summit is coming to the Student Union this February 12 -13, 2016! Participate in instructional sessions, demos, fitness sessions, and an indoor triathlon presented by Up and Running. Wander through the Expo Area listening to live acoustic music, test your skills on the Climbing Wall, enjoy a canoe battleship and student’s pool party Friday night, and join the beer tasting Saturday night! Friday night at 7 pm in the Apollo Room, Presidential Lecture Series speaker, model, actress, dancer, and Paralympics bronze medalist, Amy Purdy, will speak on “Living Beyond Limits.” Saturday, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m., featured speaker, Luke “Strider” Jordan, will present “A Thru-Hike of the North Country Trail.” You won’t want to miss this winter fitness event! For more information and a schedule of events: http://theadventuresummit.com/
Division of Student Affairs Gives Thanks
The Staff Development Committee hosted a Thanksgiving Potluck on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. This event took the place of the Progressive Lunch from years past. Members of the division donated non-perishable food items and gift cards to the Wright State Friendship Food Pantry to be used to fill Thanksgiving baskets for Wright State students in need. A total of $135.00 in checks and gift cards was donated, as well as 80 pounds of food. Thanks to all who so generously gave. Staff also took the opportunity to write thank-you cards to remind themselves of the things for which they were thankful and to write notes of appreciation to others. To top off the festivities, staff enjoyed a bountiful feast of comfort foods and a plethora of desserts. The banner displayed below depicts the many things for which the Division of Student Affairs is thankful.
Police Department New Staff
Joshua Rayburn joined the University Police Department in September 2014. He comes to Wright State from the Fairborn Police Department. Joshua and his wife reside in Fairborn.
Tara Lynn Armstrong-Wilson
Tara Lynn Armstrong-Wilson began her employment with the WSUPD on February 9, 2015. Tara, a native of Xenia, Ohio; Tara and her husband Jason enjoy their two daughters Allison and Abigail. Prior to her employment with the WSUPD, Tara was employed as a full-time leasing agent for Samaritan Properties (The Highlands) in Fairborn, Ohio. Prior to working at The Highlands, she was a dispatcher with Waste Management in Fairborn, Ohio for 14 years. We are happy she has decided to at WSUPD.
Rebecca A. Auman
Rebecca Auman started employment with the WSUPD on February 23, 2015. Rebecca, a native of Dayton, Ohio; Rebecca is our newest Communications Center Operator. Prior to her employment with WSUPD, Rebecca served the City of Huber Heights Police Department as a full-time Communications Officer for over 3 years. In 2010, she received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Mercer University in Macon, GA. While she was a student at Mercer University, she served as a Resident Assistant during her tenure. We are happy she has decided to work at WSUPD.
Counseling and Wellness Services New Staff
Sarah Jannelle Colwell
Sarah began her internship at Counseling and Wellness Services over the summer and hails from California. She is passionate about working with individuals as they transition into adulthood and has a special interest in creating outreaches that promote social justice, healthy sexual behaviors and consent, and self-care practices. Sarah is working as the liaison to the Veteran and Military Center this year and is enjoying the collaborative process of coming up with programing for our veteran students.
Rebecca Clarke has joined Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS) as a Psychology Intern for the 2015-2016 school year. Rebecca has spent the majority of her educational career with WSU earning a bachelors in Psychology in 2010. Rebecca joins CWS following completion of coursework at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. Rebecca is excited to spend the next year at CWS participating in a range of mental health, wellness, and prevention services on campus.