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Division of Student Affairs Newsletter


The Student Affairs Staff Development Committee is proud to provide you with this newsletter as a mechanism for keeping you informed. In this newsletter, you can expect to find announcements from the VPSA, information about upcoming professional development opportunities, various campus and divisional events happening on and around campus, staff accomplishments, and other exciting news about your colleagues. We will also look to include other items that may be of interest to Student Affairs professionals as they arise.

Please be on the lookout for future editions of your newsletter. 

Best Wishes,
Dr. Gary Dickstein
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Chair, Student Affairs Staff Development Committee

Mark Your Calendars!

1st Annual Student Affairs October Walk

Please join us for our 1st Annual October Walk on the 2nd. This one-mile on campus walk will be led by Jennifer Turpin of Fitness and Wellness. We will start at the Student Union Recreation Desk at noon. Walk with us in support of the Wright State University Friendship Food Pantry by bringing one item to donate. If you cannot walk, but would like to make a donation, it would be appreciated. Register yourself, or your office can register as a team.  Email sa-pdc@wright.edu to register.

Suggested Donations for the Friendship Food Pantry

  • 1 lb. bags of brown and white rice
  • 1 lb. bag of Quinoa
  • Jars of Salsa
  • Bags of Tortilla Chips
  • Boxes of Cold Cereal
  • Pop Tarts
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Non-Refrigerated Milk (whole, 2%, 1%, skim and non-dairy)
  • Sliced Cheese
  • Cheese Whiz
  • 1 lb. bags or boxes of brown and white Sugar
  • Fresh fruits and veggies
  • Bottled or canned Juices
  • Loaves of bread or packages of ready to eat rolls (wheat and white)
  • Meatless products (Morning Star Farms, Boca)
  • Tofu and tofu based products
  • Pre-packaged nuts and seeds (cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds & tahini)
  • Microwavable meals
  • Full sized personal hygiene products (toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, shower gel, razors, shaving cream, etc.)

Upcoming Events:

Dessert War on September 22 from 12-1 p.m. Rathskeller, Student Union
Enter in your best dessert for the Dessert War. All staff members will be welcome to stop by and taste test and then cast a vote for their favorite.

Halloween Celebration on October 29
Put on your costumes, decorate the office, and participate in Trick-or-Treat for the students.

Headshots for Staff and SAHE Students on October 21 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.  206 Med Sci
Graduate Students in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program and Student Affairs graduate assistants will have the opportunity to have a professional headshot taken in honor of Careers in Higher Education Month. Please call (937) 775-2808 to schedule a timeslot.  Priority will be given to eligible graduate students.  Individuals are responsible for purchasing their own digital downloads of their photos for $5.00 each from the Office of Marketing.

The Division of Student Affairs Professional Development Fund

On behalf of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Student Affairs Staff Development Committee is excited 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 will be available on the Staff Development Committee's website (via the VPSA's website) beginning Fall 2015. 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, who have a significant financial need due to other funding options not being available and who can demonstrate how this opportunity will benefit their professional development, their department and/or the University in general.


Wingerd Service Dog Park Developments

Did you know that September is National Service Dog Awareness Month? ODS plans to celebrate by unveiling some recent developments at the Wingerd Service Dog Park.

ODS has launched a commemorative brick donation program to supplement funding for park improvement projects. Wright State students, alumni, family, friends, and advocates are invited to support the mission of the Wingerd Service Dog Park through the donation program. For a gift of $50 or more, donors can memorialize or honor a beloved service animal, emotional support animal, therapy animal, or pet with a custom engraved brick, which will be installed in the park annually. All proceeds from the sale of bricks will support the maintenance and continued improvement of the park. For more information and brick ordering instructions, visit www.wright.edu/dogpark. Please help us support the ongoing development of the park!

As part of ODS's mission to make campus more accessible and inclusive, another exciting new project is scheduled this summer: the installation of automatic gate openers at the entrance of the park. Made possible by a grants from Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust and the Laura J. Niles Foundation, this project was organized by ODS staff member Jean Denney. The new gate openers will allow students with mobility disabilities to access the park independently, either by themselves or with their service dogs.

The gate openers and the first round of brick donations are to be installed in time for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in September 2015 (date to be announced).

Athletics New Staff

Joylynn Brown, Assistant Athletics Director/Senior Woman AdministratorJoylynn Brown

Joylynn rejoined the Athletics Department last fall as Assistant Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator. Most remember her from her stellar volleyball career followed by coaching the Raiders. She has many duties, including oversight of sports and other areas within the department as well as Title IX.



Chris Bethel, Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities Chris Bethel

Chris Bethel joined Athletics last fall after spending time as patron services manager of the WSU Nutter Center for the last 15 years. Bethel served with the WSU Nutter Center since 2000 as patron services manager and oversaw various areas, including facility scheduling for the Nutter Center, all athletic fields and McLin Gym as well as parking, ushers and guest services. With Athletics, he will oversee the facilities, including rental and maintenance.


Maigan Larsen, Special Assistant to the Director of AthleticsMaigan Larsen

Maigan Larsen was named the Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics at Wright State in January, 2015. Larsen came to Wright State from Wittenberg University where she was the Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities since June of 2014, after serving the previous year as Assistant AD for External Affairs.



Jeff Giles, Director of DevelopmentJeff Giles

Jeff Giles joined the Wright State athletics staff as the Director of Development in March, 2015.  Giles will spearhead fundraising and development activities for the Raiders. He will oversee all aspects of the department's fundraising operation, including annual giving, planned giving, major gifts and special events.



Amber Gray, Administrative Assistant - Wright State women's basketball team Amber Gray

Amber Gray was named as the Administrative Assistant for the women's basketball team in September, 2014. Gray came to WSU after serving as the director of operations at Kennesaw State University for the 2013-14 season. A 2013 graduate of Xavier University, Gray was a three-year member of the Lady Musketeers basketball team and earned a bachelor's degree in communications.


Elisabeth Beirne - Wright State softball coaching staffElisabeth Beirne

Elisabeth Beirne joined the Wright State softball coaching staff in July, 2014. Beirne came to WSU after serving as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern, where she worked primarily with the pitching staff and was the recruiting and travel coordinator. In her six seasons there, Beirne's pitchers garnered five Southern Conference (SoCon) Pitcher of the Year honors, five Second Team National Fastpitch Coaches Association of America (NFCA) All-Region honors as well as a SoCon Freshman of the Year award. In 2014, Sarah Purvis became the first pitcher in league history to earn three straight SoCon Pitcher of the Year Awards.


Patrice Days, assistant men’s basketball coach Patrice Days

Patrice Days was named assistant men's basketball coach and will be involved in many facets of the program, including recruiting, floor coaching, practice, scouting and academics. Days spent the last two season as an assistant coach at Abilene Christian in Texas where he served as the recruiting coordinator under head coach Joe Golding. Before he joined the ACU staff, he was an assistant coach at Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Fla., where he worked under legendary prep coach Rex Morgan. Days helped Country Day – one of the top prep schools in the country – to a 30-4 record in 2012-13.


Kevin Devitt - assistant coach, men's basketballKevin Devitt

Kevin Devitt joined the Wright State men's basketball staff as an assistant coach this summer. Prior to coming to Wright State, Devitt spent four years at UAB as the director of operations for two seasons after previously serving as the administrative assistant and associate director of operations during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. The Blazers took their first-ever Conference USA Tournament Championship, before advancing to the Round of 32 at the 2015 NCAA Tournament with a 60-59 win against No. 3 seed Iowa State.


Ryan Rougeaux

Ryan Rougeaux joined the staff as the assistant diving coach during the 2014-2015 season. A Louisville, Kentucky, native, Rougeux earned a bachelor's degree in Government and a minor in Art History from Centre College (Danville, KY) in 2013. Rougeaux then moved to Dayton to attend the University of Dayton School of Law where he expects to graduate in 2016 with a Juris Doctorate Degree. 


Alexis Knisley

After graduating from Wright State University, Alexis joined the Athletics Department as the Marketing and Promotions Assistant. Knisley serves as the main marketing contact for all Olympic Sports as well as manages the game day promotions for Men's and Women's Basketball. 


E Burns.jpgEric Burns

Eric Burns was named head coach of the Wright State men's and women's tennis programs in August, 2015. Before comeingto WSU, Burns was the successful head coach of both programs at IPFW until the sports were discontinued there in April 2015. Over his 13 years as head coach, the men posted 135 wins while the women won 232 mathces and four Summit League titles, advancing to the NCAA Tournament three times in 2010, 2011, and 2013. The 2010 NCAA appearance was the first in program history. He led the women's team to 10-consecutive winning seasons, including five 20-win seasons, while capturing the Summit League regular season championship in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013. 


J Wendling.jpgJim Wendling

Jim Wendling, former head coach at Canisius, has been named the director of operations for the Wright State women’s soccer program.

Residence Life & Housing New Staff

Lisa Eizenga is joining Wright State as a new Community Director for Residence Life and Housing. Lisa is from Dyer, Indiana and just completed her master's degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and her work there as an Assistant Residence Hall Director. Lisa is looking forward to working at Wright State and meeting the students and other professionals in Student Affairs!

Dave Mooring is a native of Millville, New Jersey. He attended Stockton University and received his B.A. in Psychology. He recently graduated from Miami University (OH) with his M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Dave currently works as the Community Director in the Woods community and is excited to intersect his passion for student development and mentorship in his work. Dave is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and believes in the quote, "He who opens a school door closes a prison".

Mark Queen has joined Residence Life & Housing as of July 1, 2015 as a Community Director for the Woods Community. Mark earned his B.A and M.A. in Sociology from North Carolina Central University. Previously Mark worked as a Community Director for Louisburg College. Mark is originally from Maryland.

Matt Crawford is a former student worker that began working for AM Management in our maintenance department beginning the summer of 2012. Matt remained a part-time student worker for AMM for three years through May of 2015 when he became a full time worker for AMM after graduating from WSU. Matt works in our maintenance department and continues to attend WSU on a part time basis, while he works on his Masters degree in accounting.

James Riddle came to AM Management in December of 2014 as a newly hired maintenance technician and brings with him a positive mental attitude and the skill sets to do what it takes to get the job done. He likes to give back to his community by having a passion to coach Wee Hawks youth football in Fairborn every fall. James is a great addition to our facilities maintenance team as he fits in well with our company's philosophy on customer service, staff and the residents that we serve.

Larry Riddle (no relation to James) joined AM Management in late August of 2014, in fact he started the day after "move in" day last year, so this is his first student affairs kick off breakfast since being hired. Larry brings multiple skill sets to AM Management's facilities team, primarily in our grounds department with his lawn care experience to help maintain 36 acres of AMM property. Larry also is a talented mechanic that oversees and maintains our fleet of company vehicles in house. Outside of his full time position with AM Management, he owns his own landscaping business as well.

Regina Fulmer is the new Facilities Office Assistant in the Residence Life & Housing office. She comes to campus after previous experience with Prebble County Developmental Disabilities Center and the New Lebanon School District.

Career Center New Staff

Teri Stebbins
Teri Stebbins joined the Career Center in May 2015 as a Career Advisor. She began her career at Wright State in March 2005 as an Administrative Specialist and then served in Raider Connect as an Enrollment Services Advisor. She graduated from Wright State University's Raj Soin College of Business in 2012 with a Master of Business Administration and received her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from WSU as well. She previously enjoyed a 20-year career at US Airways until the tragedy of 9/11 when the reservations center Teri worked in closed due to downsizing in October 2001. She immediately began her journey to create a new career for herself. She ultimately chose to work in higher education, where she has discovered her passion for helping others achieve their goals and aspirations. Teri resides in Englewood on a grain farm that her husband and family operate.

Dalila Bennett
Dalila Bennett joined the Career Center in May 2015 as a Career Advisor. She is an alumni of Wright State and received her Master and Bachelor degrees from the university. She has a Master of Science in Business and Organizational Management Counseling with a focus in Career Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Additionally, Dalila serves as a Website Chair for the Ohio Career Development Association's Board and as a Technology Assistant for the Ohio College Counseling Association. Dalila is expecting a new family member at the end of the year and is enjoying her new home in Beavercreek.

Kelly Jenkins
Kelly Jenkins joined the Career Center in May 2015 as a Career Advisor. She previously worked at Sinclair Community College in Academic Advising. She completed her Master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Wright State in 2014, and has earned her Global Career Development Facilitator credential. Kelly lives in Englewood with her husband, three daughters and two dogs.

Dan Myers, Arena Operations Coordinator

Dan Myers joined the Nutter Center in February of this year. He brings 3 years of experience from Hobart Arena, as well as 7 years of experience assisting with events at the Nutter Center. Previously Myers was a small business owner for over 10 years where he owned and managed his own lawn care and landscaping business. He received his Associates Degree from Edison Community College. He and his wife, Coleen, reside in Troy. They have two sons, Andrew (11) and Ryan (9). Andrew is very active in the Boy Scouts, and Ryan plays traveling baseball. They spend most of their spare time enjoying the boys and their activities.

Twila Murray, Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs

Twila Murray, Assistant to the Vice President for Student AffairsTwila Murray joined Wright State University in December 2014 as the Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs. Twila came to us from Clark State Community College, where she worked primarily in the Office of Career Management. Additionally, she taught courses on employability skills and served as the lead advisor to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Prior to that, Twila worked at Indiana University, Bloomington, as the Program Services Assistant for the Hutton Honors College, where she hosted a variety of educational activities for students in the honors program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from DePauw University, and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from the University of Dayton.

Meet the Graduate Assistants in the Division of Student Affairs
Location Name (Year) Position
Adapted Recreation Jessica Kelbley (2) Adapted Recreation GA
Athletics Danielle Graham (1) Compliance Assistant
Athletics Durand Capers (2) Academic Advising
Community Standards & Student Conduct Cody Benedict (1) Community Standards & Student Conduct GA
Disability Services Theo Czekalski Disability Services Graduate Assistant
Fraternity & Sorority Life Jeremy Keller (2) Fraternity & Sorority Life GA
Friendship Food Pantry (OVPSA) Carine Verlin (2) Program Coordinator – Friendship Food Pantry
GLBTQA Initiatives Josh Scacco (2) GLBTQA Initiatives GA
Independent Scholars Network (OVPSA) Jessica Baker (1) Program Coordinator School – Independent Scholars Network
Office of Student Support Services Kelsey Bowling (1) Student Support Services
Student Activities Lindsey Steller (1) Leadership Development GA
Student Activities Taylor Watkins (1) Campus Programs Graduate Assistant
Student Union & Event Services Stephanie Swigart (1) Marketing & Special Programs Assistant


2014 Employee Recognition Awards Student Affairs Recipients


On October 24, 2014 several student affairs staff members were honored for their years of service to the University at the 2014 Employee Recognition Award ceremony. On behalf of all student affairs we would like to thank you all for your dedication and offer our congratulations.

2014 Employee Recognition Awards Student Affairs Recipients:

Katie Deedrick (center) being honored for 35 years of service, pictured with Wright State University Board of Trustees Chair Michael C. Bridges (left) and Wright State University President David R. Hopkins (right)

10 Years                    
Richard Coy
Rick Danals
Angie Harkins
Sheri Penwell

15 Years
James Brown
Mike Corbitt
David Finnie
Donna Harris
Robert Rando

20 Years
Lenny Gonzalez
Katherine Myers

25 Years
Pam Davis
Carol Rader

35 Years
Katie Deedrick                  

Community Standards and Student Conduct New Staff

                               Chris Taylor, Director of Community Standards and Student Conduct

Chris Taylor, Director of Community Standards and Student ConductChris Taylor, a native of Dayton, joined Wright State in July 2014 as the Director of Community Standards and Student Conduct. He previously worked at Miami University, the University of Maryland, SUNY Stony Brook, and other universities in both student conduct and residence life. Chris is finishing his PhD in Student Affairs in Higher Education during the summer of 2015 and has research interests in men's issues and masculinity. Chris, his wife, and two children call Oxford home.




                              Christopher Hogan, Assistant Director of Community Standards and Student Conduct

Christopher Hogan, Assistant Director of Community Standards and Student ConductChristopher Hogan, is a native of Dayton and proud Alumni of Wright State University. He has been at Wright State for six years: two years as a Graduate Assistant in Community Standards & Student Conduct, three years as the Community Director with the Office of Residence Life and Housing, and since May 2015 has been serving as the Assistant Director of Community Standards and Student Conduct. Christopher became interested in Student Affairs due to his experience in Student Government and as an RA at Kentucky State University while getting his Bachelors degree in Public Administration. Being Student Body President/Student Regent his senior year and giving a speech at Commencement were two of his claims to fame. In his free time, he enjoys playing cards, playing video games, and riding his bike. He also considers himself to be an accomplished chef. Follow Christopher on Twitter and Instagram @BowTieHogh. He is always looking to connect with new people show others what Dayton has to offer. Please let him know if you want to grab coffee or lunch. GO Raiders!


                                Cody Benedict, Graduate Assistant in the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct 

 30e5914.jpgCody Benedict is the new Graduate Assistant in the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct. Cody is from New Lexington, Ohio, and attended Capital University in Columbus where he received a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication. While at Capital, he was a member of Greek Life, served as a Resident Assistant, and interned in the Office of Student Rights and Community Standards, where he discovered a passion for Student Affairs. Beginning this fall he starts his journey in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at Wright State. In his spare time Cody loves to read, watch reality television, find new local bands, spend time with friends and family, and is currently learning how to cook.

Student Affairs Baseball Cookout
Members of the Division of Student Affairs enjoyed a fun gathering for baseball and burgers at the Student Affairs Baseball Cookout. In honor of the occasion, Dr. Dan Abrahamowicz, Vice President for Student Affairs, threw the honorary first pitch at the game.


Understanding Your Wellness Program

The Staff Development Committee hosted an event to help staff in the Division of Student Affairs learn more about the Employee Wellness Program at Wright State. During the Brown Bag Lunch session, Peggy Bloom, University Wellness Director, explained the details of the program, including the various dimension of wellness that the program promotes and the cash incentives that employees can earn by participating.

During the Brown Bag Lunch session, Peggy Bloom, University Wellness Director, explained the details of the Employee Wellness Program

ODS New Home

The Office of Disability Services has a new home! Now located in 180 University Hall, the ODS staff offices and central operations were moved as of March 9, 2015. As part of the transition to the new space, new automatic double doors were installed to maximize access to the front lobby. Automatic door openers have also been installed on the restroom doors outside the suite to allow easy access for students and guests with disabilities. We hope that you will come visit us, if you haven't seen our new space!

Test Proctoring services currently remain in operation from the original ODS location in 023 Student Union.

Guests who have concerns or difficulties navigating to the new location or any other questions/concerns should contact the Office of Disability Services at (937) 775-5680 or via email at disability_services@wright.edu.

Nominate a Student Leader

Omicron Delta Kappa - The National Leadership Honor SocietyEach fall, Wright State's circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) recognizes the campus's student leaders with induction into this prestigious honorary society. The society is built on the celebration of outstanding student achievement in five phases of campus life:

  • Athletics
  • Campus or Community Service, Social and Religious Activities, and Campus Government
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Journalism, Speech and Mass Media
  • Scholarship

Students must be nominated by faculty, staff, or other members of ODK in order to be considered for membership. Eligible candidates must rank within the top 35% of their college and must hold junior or senior status.

If you know of a student leader who excels in any or all of these five areas, please forward their names to Twila Murray for consideration.

ODK Inductees (2011)