Dennis Andersh to expand growing applied research efforts at Wright State

Dennis J. Andersh, a nationally renowned senior executive in management and research, joined Wright State University to spearhead the growth of its use-inspired and applied research portfolio.

Andersh will grow the Wright State Research Institute and its collaborative research activities with Wright State faculty and students through its Applied Research Corporation, as well as through partnerships with the community and state that support both the university’s priorities and regional economic development. Read more.


Hazel Rountree steps into role as university ombudsperson

In a move that signals an even greater commitment to faculty, staff, and students at Wright State, educator/administrator/lawyer Hazel Rountree is settling in as the university’s newly created ombudsperson.

Rountree’s appointment is aligned with Wright State’s new Strategic Plan. It will bolster a campus effort to strengthen the university by giving faculty, staff, and students more freedom, support, and encouragement to offer innovative ideas, through exploring new ways of doing things and by expanding opportunities for professional development. Read more.

Professor Damaris Serrano wins national literary award from Panama

Spanish professor Damaris Serrano, Ph.D., received the most prestigious literary award from her native Panama for an essay she wrote on two development projects instrumental to 19th and 20th century Latin America.

Serrano won The Ricardo Miró Prize for literary essay in the 71st El Premio Nacional Ricardo Miró (Ricardo Miró National Literature Contest) for her essay Panamá: (re)cuentos de la la nación en diaspora (Panama: retelling history/stories of a nation in diaspora). Read more.


Wright State partners with Saudi university to create medical school modeled on Boonshoft School of Medicine

Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine is expanding its global reach under a recent agreement that enables a new medical school in Saudi Arabia to get started in an innovative way, bringing the best of Wright State’s medical education expertise to a new set of students.

Under this unique agreement, Unaizah College of Medicine of Qassim University, Saudi Arabia, will deliver a concurrent educational experience for its students, parallel with the Boonshoft School of Medicine’s medical education program. Learn more.

Food for Thought: Lake Campus  launches food science program

Courtney Simons, Ph.D., is heading up the new food science program at Wright State University’s Lake Campus. A native of Jamaica, Simons’ career in food processing has taken him from Jamaica to India to North Dakota and now Ohio.

The mission of food science—which involves chemistry, physics, biology, math, and engineering—is to ensure that food is nutritious, of high quality and safe to eat. It is also aimed at minimizing waste and finding ways to make the most efficient use of ingredients.

Courses being offered this spring include food processing, food safety, food laws and regulations, and an introductory overview of food science. Read more.


Student helps establish special needs flag corps

Morgan Ruppert, a Wright State graduate student, is assistant director of the Miami Valley Adaptive Color Guard. Ohio’s first and only special needs color guard includes children, teenagers, and young adults affected by developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, spina bifida, autism, and growth disorders.

Ruppert found her true calling through working with the color guard. A substitute teacher primarily in special education classes, Ruppert spent the summer of 2013 working at a camp for special needs children. Ruppert enrolled in the Intervention Specialist graduate program at Wright State’s College of Education and Human Services this fall because of the university’s dedication to campus accessibility and its excellent faculty. Read more.

Campus Life

First Raiderthon dance marathon raises over $50,000 for sick kids

More than 600 Wright State students, staff, and faculty danced for over 15 hours to raise over $50,389 for Dayton Children’s Hospital. The first Raiderthon held at Wright State began Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Student Union Apollo Room at 10 a.m. and continued until 1 a.m. the next morning. The event included live bands, disc jockeys, techno music, line dancing, belly dancing, zumba, a gymnastics performance, a fashion show, a performance by the Wright State Emerald Jazz Dance Team, and a chemistry demonstration. Read more.

Rinzler Student Sports Complex honored by architecture magazine

Wright State University’s Rinzler Student Sports Complex received top honors in an annual publication citing the best architectural design on school and college campuses.
The complex received the Sports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities Citation in the 2013 American School and University Architectural Portfolio, which celebrates the best in education design. The citation is the highest award presented in the Sports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities category.

The Rinzler complex was one of 145 projects featured in the portfolio and the November issue of American School and University. Read more.


Wright State University hires new director for National Center for Medical Readiness

Wright State University hired Rufus Smith, a retired Brigadier General from the Ohio National Guard, to lead the National Center for Medical Readiness (NCMR) at Calamityville, the university’s medical preparedness and disaster training program.

Smith gained experience in strategic planning and in building teams during his tenure with the Ohio Army National Guard, and most recently served as Commanding General of the Army’s 174th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from 2006 until his retirement in 2012. He is also experienced in civilian-military responses to disasters through leading the deployment of Ohio Guard forces to Hurricane Katrina and flood emergencies, a knowledge base important to NCMR as it prepares military and civilian medical responders to work in similar environments. Read more.