RAISING RAIDER VISIBILITY
“I had no idea Wright State had such impressive facilities.” I hear this comment frequently from prospective students, families, and coaches after touring our athletic venues. From the Ervin J. Nutter Center to the Setzer Pavilion/Mills-Morgan Center, our state-of-the-art basketball training facility (which remains the only entirely privately funded building in Wright State history), to Nischwitz Stadium, our newly turfed, lighted baseball stadium, our facilities take a back seat to no one.
New and updated facilities are only part of the equation. Outstanding academics and coaching complete the full picture of Raider athletic success. The Raiders have captured numerous league titles and advanced to NCAA tournaments, while still maintaining an overall student-athlete grade point average of 3.0 or better for 34 straight terms.
At 47 years old, Wright State is young by university standards. This presents a challenge and an opportunity: we must develop quality facilities for the generations of Wright State student-athletes to come. Through this campaign, we are laying the groundwork, literally and figuratively, for what athletics will look like in the future. And that future is very bright.
With you as our partner, we will continue to invest in first-class facilities that are the envy of most mid-major programs. These impressive venues will continue to help us attract top student-athletes and coaches, raise our visibility and our reputation, and positively impact Wright State for decades to come.
Join with us. Now is the moment to Rise. Shine.
Bob Grant, Director
Athletics at Wright State University is about excellence. We are committed to helping our student-athletes develop as people, students, and athletes—in that order—as well as supporting the mission of Wright State. That combination sets us apart from most National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I colleges and universities.
In every thing we do, we strive to create the best experience for our student-athletes. Our program’s success, including nine national basketball game broadcasts in 2013-14, helps to build pride and the Wright State brand more than any other entity on campus.
Our student-athletes benefit from some excellent facilities. The time has now come to make targeted investments to strengthen the experience for student-athletes playing tennis, softball, golf, and baseball. And we need you—alumni, parents, and friends who believe in Raider athletics—to rise.
INVESTING IN ATHLETICS
It’s an exciting time for Wright State University Athletics. Our vibrant program began in the late 1960s, born out of a partnership between The Ohio State University and Miami University. Our young program has come a long way since then, thanks to the hard work and dedication of student-athletes, coaches, and supporters. Under the leadership of Director of Athletics Bob Grant, Raider athletics has benefited from strategic planning, collaborative partnerships, and out-of-the-box thinking.
Now, through Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University, we have our sights set on changes that will further set us apart from the competition.
Plans call for constructing new outdoor tennis courts adjacent to the Rinzler Student Sports Complex. The state-of-the-art courts will provide an ideal surface for outdoor practice and play for the men’s and women’s tennis teams. And when not in use for matches, the courts will be open to the entire Wright State community for recreational play.
Relocating the outdoor tennis courts from their current site will clear the way for another athletic innovation at Wright State: an indoor hitting facility. This facility will be a boon for the baseball, softball, and golf teams that have limited practice options in inclement weather. A hitting facility would increase practice time for all three squads and free up the C.J. McLin Gymnasium, the current rain site for the three programs, for student and community use.
SOFTBALL TEAM ROOM
Softball needs a dedicated gathering space much like basketball, soccer, and baseball enjoy. The campaign will allow us to rectify this situation by building a softball team room next to the current field. This new structure would house lockers as well as a large, open area appropriate for team meetings and informal camaraderie building. Such a facility, demonstrating Wright State’s commitment to the program and to the student-athletes, will be a definite recruiting advantage.
FACING THE FUTURE WITH CONFIDENCE
There is much to be proud of at Boonshoft School of Medicine. Few medical schools in the nation have shown such fierce devotion to training physicians for community service—the frontier of medicine. According to the American Medical Colleges’ Benchmark Performance Measures, we rank in the 99th percentile for the number of graduates who practice in primary care; the 75th percentile for graduates practicing in rural areas; and the 76th percentile for graduates practicing in underserved areas.
Our new Wright State University & Premier Health Clinical Trials Research Alliance is projected to build an annual clinical research portfolio with a collective budget of more than $5 million within five years, roughly doubling the current clinical research at the medical school and Premier Health. The Alliance is already attracting funding from federal and industry sources that will have a direct economic impact on the Dayton region. This partnership also gives area residents greatly expanded access to potentially life-saving clinical trials while developing the medical treatments and cures of tomorrow.
We have also partnered with Premier Health to create the Wright State University & Premier Health Neuroscience Institute, designated as a University System of Ohio Center of Excellence.
Together, the neuroscientists of the Boonshoft School of Medicine and the clinical neurologists of Premier Health collaborate to conduct cutting-edge, grant-funded research and clinical trials, enhance care quality and access in an area of critical need, and strengthen the economy and reputation of the region by earning international recognition as a center of excellence in neuroscience.
Our innovative community-based approach to medical education and research not only continues to benefit the entire region, but also enables Wright State to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing health care system. Given the tumultuous health care environment, however, it is clear we will need considerable financial resources in the years ahead to realize the full potential of our fundamental values, entrepreneurial spirit, and drive to excel.
I invite you to join with me now in supporting this campaign. Together, we can ensure that our school is ready to Rise. Shine.
Marjorie Bowman, Dean
INNOVATING IS IN OUR DNA
In 1973, Wright State University opened a new medical school with a fundamentally different model. Instead of operating an expensive university-based hospital for clinical training, Wright State opted to join forces with existing hospitals—a partnership that would both be cost effective and strengthen the health care system throughout the region.
Through the years, this innovation has continued as we were the first medical school in the nation to use Team-Based Learning (TBL) throughout the curriculum. TBL is now used in medical education across the country and around the world. Our research, distinguished by interdisciplinary teamwork and community collaboration, includes the world’s largest and longest running study of human development, growth, body composition, and aging; nationally recognized programs in neuroscience; and addiction and treatment research, among others.
In addition to undergraduate medical education, the Boonshoft School of Medicine sponsors residencies in 13 medical specialties and fellowships in 10 subspecialty fields. Six of our residencies are integrated with the United States Air Force, and for more than 30 years the Boonshoft School of Medicine has collaborated with Dayton Children’s Hospital and the U.S. Air Force to offer the nation’s only civilian/military integrated pediatric residency program.
The medical school has never been satisfied by resting on its laurels—too much is riding on our work. We invite you to join us now in ensuring the school remains on the vanguard of teaching, patient care, and discovery. Nothing less than the health of our community depends on it.
INVESTING IN THE BOONSHOFT SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
The Boonshoft School of Medicine’s commitment to community-based medicine attracted 4,400 applicants last year for 104 openings. But the past decade has seen steep increases in the number of students who need financial aid—and in the amount of aid they need. Our average medical school graduate carries $191,000 in debt, an amount that might dissuade gifted individuals from entering the medical profession or unduly affect the specialty or career location choices they make. Through the campaign, we want to keep medical education within reach of the most promising students by substantially increasing scholarship funds.
We also seek to invest in educational technology. New advances, such as simulator models for resuscitation, surgery, emergency response, and more, are invaluable tools but require substantial investment, as well as ongoing maintenance and staff training. Your gift can support this critical priority that produces the most well-trained, creative, and flexible doctors.
Endowed chairs, professorships, and lectureships—those that carry a donor’s name—are the hallmark of a mature university, which is fitting as Wright State University approaches its 50th anniversary. Through the campaign, we hope to strengthen the school’s dedication to outstanding teaching and research by creating endowed positions to attract medical thought leaders to Wright State. Such positions are sought after in a competitive market for medical talent because of the prestige they bring to faculty members, often accompanied by additional funds to promote research.
Endowed chairs would attract and reward faculty who excel in their fields, while endowed professorships would be an investment in promising academic and noted practitioners. Visiting lectureships would allow us to complement the school’s curriculum and foster the sharing of new ideas from around the world.
The ultimate beneficiaries of these endowed positions are, of course, medical students who will learn from, and be inspired by, these top scholars and practitioners.
To continue capitalizing on the enormous potential of our community-based setting, the Boonshoft School of Medicine seeks campaign support to promote scientific discovery focused on solving community needs in areas ranging from neuroscience to clinical practice.
The medical school has an exceptionally talented cadre of NIH-funded neuroscientists, including a team awarded two prestigious Program Project Grants totaling more than $9 million from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Our researchers, along with our excellent research facilities, form the foundation of the WSU & Premier Health Neuroscience Institute, a groundbreaking public-private partnership that unites the Dayton region’s most advanced biomedical research institution with the clinical resources of its largest hospital system.
With a critical focus on disorders that affect movement, the Neuroscience Institute brings strong interdisciplinary teams together from multiple departments to speed the transfer of research discoveries from bench to bedside and improve the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders. The research component of the institute will be located on the Wright State campus in a new $37 million Neuroscience and Engineering Collaboration Building slated for completion in 2015.
Over time, the institute will provide a distinct advantage when pursuing federal and private grants to fund neurological research, potentially resulting in millions of dollars flowing into the region.
And the new Wright State University & Premier Health Clinical Trials Research Alliance will improve medical care throughout the Dayton region in a number of ways—first, by increasing research opportunities for physicians and clinicians at Premier hospitals and at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. The Alliance will also attract new funding, strengthening the medical science and services sector of the Dayton region’s economy and helping the partner organizations build a national reputation for delivering top-notch health care. Most importantly, such advanced research holds promise to benefit area residents who would gain access to clinical trials that could potentially improve and extend their lives.
Through the campaign, you can partner with us to increase and advance this research portfolio. Your support can help to create a larger interdisciplinary and more interactive research community and improve the accessibility and availability of clinical data to ensure the research we undertake is clinically relevant.
The College of Education and Human Services is an influential force in Ohio and beyond for preparing high-quality professionals who are change agents in society. Our talented faculty members in the Departments of Kinesiology and Health, Human Services, Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations, and Teacher Education foster dynamic learning environments that respond to student, employer, and societal demands.
We are constantly seeking new ways to meet the ever-changing needs of our nation’s educational, leadership, and human service fields. Recent examples of these efforts include launching our first doctoral program—the Ed.D. in Organizational Studies—and the Wright State University Network for Educational Renewal (WSUNER) Annual Conference. We have led the way in establishing partnerships, for example, with the Ohio Educational Research Center, the El Puente Learning Center, the PAX Good Behavior Game, and Daybreak of Dayton. We have even set our sights internationally, developing innovative affiliations with universities in England and Taiwan.
To advance our mission, we must invest strategically in people, places, and programs. This is why we have launched Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University.
I invite you to join me in supporting this campaign. With you as our partner, we will ensure Wright State continues to groom tomorrow’s educators, leaders, and human service professionals on whom we will rely to serve and advance people and institutions in our region, our nation, and the world.
Charlotte M. Harris, Dean
Education is fundamental. Without it, a democracy like ours could not function. Citizens must be educated so they can earn a living, contribute to society, and successfully navigate life in our complex world. Education, of course, requires talented and passionate teachers, as well as principals, counselors, and other community leaders.
These are the dedicated women and men who earn degrees from the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS). As one of the university’s oldest units, we take pride in our track record of preparing education, leadership, and human service professionals. We work actively, in a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurialism, to meet the needs of the diverse communities we serve regionally, nationally, and internationally.
The time has come to invest in our students, faculty, and programs. We must empower the College of Education and Human Services to deliver the most up-to-date programs that produce the highest quality professionals. And we need you—alumni and friends who believe in this vision—to rise to the challenge and support this campaign.
INVESTING IN THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES
ADVANCING THE ART AND SCIENCE OF PEDAGOGY
Center of Pedagogy: Pedagogy is about teaching—the art and science of transmitting knowledge and skills to students. This is at the heart of all of our programs in the College of Education and Human Services. We recently established a Center of Pedagogy to bring together CEHS resources to support learning and teaching. We envision the center as a critical resource in developing and carrying out research and professional development for educators from prekindergarten through college. Campaign support will enhance the center’s efforts to impact training, practice, and policies that ultimately improve educational outcomes.
Instructional Design for Online Learning: Increasingly, the future of higher education is online. That is why the college initiated an Instructional Design for Online Learning (IDOL) certificate program. IDOL’s innovative delivery and timely coursework is meeting the needs of P–12 teachers, college faculty, and corporate trainers—all of whom want to learn how to teach online effectively. With campaign support, we envision this initiative will branch out to include more programs within CEHS.
Endowed Professorships: Endowed professorships, those that carry a donor’s name, are the hallmark of a mature university—fitting as Wright State University approaches its 50th anniversary. Through the campaign, we hope to establish endowed professorships to attract thought leaders to the College of Education and Human Services. Endowed professorships are a key recruiting advantage in a competitive market for talented scholars. They are sought after because of the prestige they bring to faculty members and are often accompanied by additional funds to promote research. The ultimate beneficiaries of endowed professorships are, of course, students who will learn from, and be inspired by, these top scholars and practitioners.
INCREASING SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT
Despite our very reasonable tuition at Wright State University, many aspiring students cannot afford to attend CEHS. This is a loss not only for individual students but also for the region, which needs more of the positive change agents our college provides—more highly skilled teachers and leaders for our schools, more compassionate caregivers for our community support agencies, more innovative leaders of our local not-for-profit organizations, and more wellness experts helping our community stay healthy and strong. Through the campaign, our hope is to keep a college education within reach of promising students from all socio-economic backgrounds.
To accomplish this, we seek to substantially increase our scholarship funds. New scholarships will strategically attract students to Wright State. Donors can choose, for example, to establish scholarships targeting academically talented students, those who are first-generation college students, or older students who are returning to college. In addition, scholarships will support the full range of experiential learning opportunities, where students learn by doing. These include everything from study abroad to internships, and from service-learning to research fellowships.
CREATING POWERFUL PARTNERSHIPS
The college is now entering its fifth decade of service to the region, state, and nation. Building on this historic strength, and with support from alumni and friends, we will expand and formalize our efforts to develop mutually beneficial partnerships both on and off campus. Recent successful partnerships include the Dayton Regional STEM School, Professional Development Schools, and community organizations such as Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and East End Community Services. Campaign support will strengthen these efforts as well as spark new collaborations.
RISE. SHINE. HELP MAKE OUR VISION A REALITY.
Access. Affordability. Preeminence. These are three words that must define CECS.
Access means engineering and computer science education innovations that maximize student progress toward degree, regardless of incoming test scores. From our engineering math program to our active-learning computer science environment, we’ve removed traditional roadblocks. Meanwhile, our Student Success Center supports students on their progress toward graduation. Your help can expand this groundbreaking work, producing the engineering and computer science graduates needed for global competitiveness.
Affordability means earning a degree without buckling under student debt. In addition to competitive tuition and scholarships, our students enjoy internships, co-ops, and research, which can offset tuition without increasing time to graduation. Your assistance can expand scholarships to increase enrollment caliber and diversity and make CECS degrees possible for those of limited means. Moreover, we can ensure the Brandeberry Career Development Center maximizes experiential learning opportunities.
Preeminence means research programs that leverage our location near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Proximity to the Air Force Research Laboratory brings cutting-edge opportunities in fields from cyber science to autonomous systems. Our unique Neuroscience and Engineering Collaboration building allows CECS students to work alongside neuroscientists and physicians to design solutions for improved patient care. With your help, we can achieve research preeminence and fuel our region’s knowledge economy.
In CECS, we believe access is an imperative, affordability is a necessity, and preeminence is a standard. I invite you to partner with us in making this vision a reality.
Nathan Klingbeil, Dean
RESPONDING TO OUR NATION’S CALL
According to the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, the National Academy of Engineering, and industry leaders nationwide, the future of U.S. global competitiveness will depend in large part on our ability to increase the number, caliber, and diversity of our engineering and computer science workforce.
At the College of Engineering & Computer Science (CECS), we are leading the way in preparing this workforce. Our innovative approach to student success is producing more better-prepared engineers and computer scientists. Our partnerships with area businesses both advance knowledge and bring outstanding research and internship opportunities to Wright State University.
Through this campaign, we will capitalize on these advances. We will strengthen academics, offering nationally recognized programs in the most up-to-date facilities. We will be the first choice for students interested in engineering and computer science. And we will be viewed as the primary anchor of innovation and entrepreneurship for Dayton and the Miami Valley.
Join with us. Now is the moment to Rise. Shine.
INVESTING IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & COMPUTER SCIENCE
ENGINEERING STUDENT SUCCESS INITIATIVE
The Engineering Student Success Initiative is a hallmark program of CECS. It combines active academic advising of all first-year students by CECS faculty with a novel freshman-level engineering mathematics course. Called EGR 1010, Introductory Mathematics for Engineering Applications, it is taught by engineering faculty using an experiential learning approach. Combining lecture with laboratory work, it addresses only the salient math topics actually used in core engineering courses.
Since its inception in 2004, it has transformed the college: student retention has soared, and first-year students are better prepared to tackle the rigors of advanced coursework. Its success is now being modeled by dozens of colleges and universities across the United States. Through the campaign, we hope to endow this signature program, permanently associating a donor’s name with student success.
Despite our very reasonable tuition at Wright State University, many aspiring engineering and computer science students cannot afford to attend CECS. This is a loss not only for individual students but also for the region. Given our innovative curriculum, we want to keep a college education within reach of promising students from all socio-economic backgrounds who have the potential to succeed, given our innovative curriculum.
To accomplish this, we seek to substantially increase our scholarship funds. These new scholarships established through the campaign can strategically attract students to Wright State. New funds, for example, can target the best and brightest students; those who are first-generation college goers and those who are moderate to low income; promising high school students at the Dayton Regional STEM School and other K-12 institutions working to strengthen the regional pipeline of engineers and computer scientists; returning college students—those ages 24 to 35; as well as graduate students.
CECS is committed to helping students achieve their career goals. And we understand that “doing” is the best way for students to connect what they learn in the classroom with what happens in the business world. This is why, through the campaign, we hope to expand experiential learning opportunities made available through our Brandeberry Career Development Center. These experiences include internships, cooperative education (also called “co-ops”), undergraduate research, and other hands-on opportunities for engineering and computer science students. Campaign support can endow these invaluable learning experiences that bridge the gap between our talented students and the jobs that fuel our regional economy.
The Neuroscience-Engineering Collaboration Building: Engineers, neuroscientists, and physicians will work side by side in this brand-new facility, expected to open in 2015. The four-floor building will feature 90,000 square feet of laboratory and office space, providing work areas for more than 100 faculty, staff, and students. The building will be strategically honeycombed with offices, student work areas, and laboratories outfitted with sophisticated equipment. Donor support can bring this project to a successful conclusion—and help speed the commercialization and clinical use of research and new technologies.
Laboratories: Cutting-edge engineering and computer science must take place in cutting-edge labs. This is why, through the campaign, CECS seeks to invest in the college’s labs and equipment. Donor support of this priority will allow faculty to pursue pioneering grants and contracts, and for students to assist them in conducting ground-breaking research.
PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE
In the College of Liberal Arts, our commitment to access, combined with our programs’ flexibility, allows students to fulfill their personal ambitions on their own terms. The liberal arts at Wright State include:
Fine and Performing Arts: Our arts programs are top-notch and recognized regionally and nationally. CELIA (Collaborative Education, Leadership, and Innovation in the Arts), for example, has been named a Center of Excellence for the state of Ohio. Students are well-trained in their disciplines to become the artists of tomorrow, educating our youth and performing for audiences around the world.
Social Sciences: The social sciences integrate analyses of human interactions with scientific data to provide a holistic view of crucial issues that affect policy and positively influence the human condition.
Humanities: The humanities study culture as it is recorded by humans, allowing us to understand where we come from as well as integrate, collaborate, and envision our future. Their study develops problem solving, effective expression, and informed responses to current issues, and provides the foundation for global citizens.
Interdisciplinary and Certificate Programs: CoLA offers eight interdisciplinary programs that focus on collaborative exploration, creating new ideas and areas of study. Our certificate programs, including geographic information systems, professional and technical writing, and non-profit leadership, promote workforce development and community engagement
I invite you to join with me now in investing in CoLA through Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University. Together, we can strengthen the programs that produce the active, creative, thoughtful, and engaged citizens our region and our country needs.
Kristin Sobolik, Dean
The College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) is the heart of Wright State University. Nearly every student completes one or more courses in our classrooms as part of the university’s core requirements. Our wide variety of majors and minors hone students’ abilities to think critically, communicate persuasively, and make connections across disciplines. These are the competencies employers want to see most in their employees, particularly in our rapidly changing economy.
CoLA students are also fully engaged with the community, gaining valuable experience from internships and service learning opportunities, while the surrounding region benefits from programs that promote workforce and economic development.
This combination creates nimble and adaptable thinkers who also understand the value of civic engagement. Liberal arts students graduate from Wright State as citizens who care about our community, our country, and our future. They are ready to rise, shine, and make a difference in the world.
INVESTING IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS
CREATIVE ARTS CENTER
In April 2014, the College of Liberal Arts kicked off a comprehensive modernization and expansion of the Creative Arts Center (CAC). The project includes renovating existing classrooms, studio spaces, labs, and shared areas; constructing a new home for the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries; and transforming the existing art gallery space into art studio classrooms. The CAC building will also be expanded to include a new iconic and accessible entrance and dance and stage combat studio classrooms. The Motion Pictures Program will benefit from the conversion of the old television studio into the renovated Motion Pictures Center with new production studios. The New Media Incubator will be a facility where students can work with emerging media technologies at the intersection of the Mass Communication and Motion Pictures programs.
The benefits of this revitalized facility will reach far beyond the Wright State campus. A revamped Creative Arts Center will attract the best and brightest students in the visual and performing arts. This world-class facility will allow students to develop their skills as the next generation of artists, musicians, dancers, actors, choreographers, composers, and filmmakers. The new Creative Arts Center will also have a positive impact as a resource for the region, providing a facility that will benefit the local arts community and art enthusiasts throughout the Miami Valley.
A college education is one of the greatest gifts we can bestow on future generations. At Wright State University, we believe the dream of a college education should be a reality for anyone willing to work hard enough to achieve it. Through the campaign, we seek to substantially increase scholarship funds to keep a college education within reach of promising students from all socio-economic backgrounds. Even though Wright State has one of the lowest tuition rates in the state of Ohio, many students struggle to make ends meet. Scholarships can lift the financial burden for some students and reward others for outstanding academic achievement. We want to remain competitive to attract the best and brightest students while still providing opportunities for those who otherwise might not be able to afford a college degree.
Our goal is to open the world to our students, providing them with the opportunity, experience, and engagement to broaden their horizons. The ability to study abroad, perform at Carnegie Hall, work in a local business, intern at a non-profit or government agency, or compete with Wright State’s successful Model UN team in New York can be life-changing. Through the campaign, alumni and friends can choose to support College of Liberal Arts experiential learning opportunities that match their passions and interests. These include:
- Study abroad, which is critical for educating students for a global economy
- Internships, which offer students crucial hands-on, real-world learning opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally
- Service-learning, which pairs students with community agencies and projects
BUILDING ON SUCCESS
One of the two founding colleges of Wright State University, the College of Science and Mathematics is a truly exciting place to study and work. Today CoSM academic programs include 28 majors, 5 minors, 3 certificate programs, 14 master degree programs, and 4 Ph.D. programs. CoSM serves the entire university community with math and science coursework. CoSM faculty and their strategic areas of research are nationally recognized for their expertise.
Our passion for student success and research is at the heart of everything we do. Our programs are designed to promote that success. Our graduates and faculty make a positive economic impact on our community and annually achieve regional and national prominence by engaging in important research that advances science and mathematics.
CoSM has a legacy of success, with students, alumni, and faculty engaged in scientific discovery. We are building upon this legacy with innovative teaching and research initiatives. We are actively reinventing our curriculum with new pedagogies. We strive to be known as the region’s most entrepreneurial science college because of how we equip our students both in and out of the classroom. We also want to be known for our commitment to personalizing the educational experience of each student.
As we build the future of CoSM we expect to create new collaborations and grow existing relationships with local companies and government entities. These strategic relationships will create dynamic hands-on experiences for students, utilize the world-class expertise of our faculty, and solve real-world problems to meet the business and research needs of our partners.
This campaign is an opportunity to advance these goals. I invite you to join me in supporting Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University. Together, we will create a bright future for CoSM, built on the success of students, faculty, and translational research.
Yi Li, Dean
ANSWERING THE CALL
The Wright State University College of Science and Mathematics (CoSM) is at the heart of revitalizing our region and state. Local and national research shows a pressing need for more well-educated, well-trained professionals in STEMM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine). Every day, aspiring CoSM students and their gifted faculty strive to build a better future for themselves and our community within the classrooms and laboratories of the college.
Your support of this campaign will better position CoSM to graduate future generations of talented STEMM professionals. Each day we invest in our students with the most competitive science and mathematics education and training in the region.
CoSM’s mission is Creating a passion for science and mathematics through evidence-based discovery, advancing knowledge of the natural world. Join with us. Now is the moment to Rise. Shine.
INVESTING IN THE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS
Many aspiring STEMM students cannot afford to attend college. At Wright State we realize this is not only a loss for the student but also a loss for the region. Wright State is committed to offering a high quality, affordable education, so a college education is within reach for all students.
Student success within CoSM is enhanced via a broad array of experiential education opportunities, including paid research and internship experiences—each of which can equip students to pursue their career goals rather than potentially working in jobs unrelated to their desired career in order to pay their bills.
We seek to substantially increase funding targeted at student success initiatives within the college. Our ability to successfully recruit, retain, and graduate students is a true measure of our success. We plan to invest in high ability students with merit-based scholarships and in students with pressing financial realities with need-based scholarships. It is also essential for the college to invest in mission scholarships targeted at CoSM students who are solid students but don’t qualify for merit- or need-based support.
We intend to broaden the scope of innovative curricular and facility enhancements within the college specifically designed to promote student success. Our CoSM team will expand SM 1010: Scientific Literacy in the 21st Century, a course that increased student retention from 25% to 75%, and offer new courses targeted at creating similar outcomes. We will enhance academic advising services and increase the use of peer mentors in academic support roles.
PROMOTING NATIONAL VISIBILITY
The CoSM faculty includes some of the world’s leading experts in their respective disciplines. True to CoSM’s history, these experts are the same faculty who teach, mentor, and conduct research with CoSM undergraduate and graduate students on a daily basis.
Through new financial resources secured in the campaign we will advance existing research strengths to achieve new levels of national prominence. In partnership with our alumni and friends, the college will secure and strategically allocate resources to support our talented faculty.
BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE FUTURE
Science and mathematics are dynamic fields. Every year brings new discoveries, new materials, new questions to explore, and new fields of study. In 2015 our college will launch a new Ph.D. program in interdisciplinary applied science and mathematics. New undergraduate degree programs in neuroscience and biochemistry will be launched in the next several years. Through the campaign, we will secure support to launch these new programs and better equip existing programs with new instrumentation, cutting-edge technology, and needed facility improvements.
ENHANCE THE CULTURE OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Once they start their studies, CoSM students step into a process of life-long learning that is just beginning when they leave Wright State. Our CoSM team is committed to helping students achieve their career goals. We aspire to create an environment where all students are engaged in experiential education activities designed to bridge learning in the classroom, lab, and workplace. Through the campaign, we want to build a culture of support for CoSM students who engage in research at both on-campus and off-campus locations and those who pursue internships.
CoSM will weave entrepreneurial thinking and skill sets throughout the CoSM experience. We believe all students and faculty can practice and develop entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviors within their respective fields of study. Our university is named after two such individuals. We are keenly aware of our responsibility to honor our namesakes as we empower future generations of inventors and innovators in all of the STEMM disciplines.
Wright State’s Lake Campus personifies the phrase “value added.” Small class sizes; regular student-faculty interaction; opportunities for undergraduate research, internships, and international travel; and service learning built into many classes make the Lake Campus a cost-effective academic powerhouse. And I see much untapped potential.
Our location in Celina, surrounded by growing opportunities in manufacturing and agriculture, is crucial. Area residents need access to higher education, career pathways, and training collaborations to prepare for skilled employment. The Lake Campus has been nimble in adapting to these demands, and we have both the dedicated faculty and energetic staff to deliver the necessary programs.
Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University will provide the resources to help us deliver on this promise and fund much-needed space for classroom instruction, laboratories, and student support. It will allow us to help our hard-working students by significantly adding to scholarship funds. The campaign will also enable us to invest in both faculty and programs by creating endowed funds that will fuel new ideas.
I invite you to partner with us now by supporting this campaign. With your help, we can ensure the Lake Campus provides the most current preparation for today’s job opportunities. We will develop new solutions to existing or emerging needs at the nexus between agriculture, business, and engineering.
Together, we can ensure the Wright State University–Lake Campus becomes an innovation incubator, offering the full range of coursework, degrees, employment, and partnerships that will strengthen the economy in West Central Ohio.
Bonnie Mathies, Dean
TRANSFORMING IDEAS INTO REALITY
The Wright State University–Lake Campus sits in the middle of the region with the lowest unemployment rate in the state. There is a good reason for that: The people of West Central Ohio want to live here; they work hard and are willing to be retrained to meet workforce needs.
We have a proud history. The Lake Campus’ two- and four-year degrees provide opportunities for continuing education and for economic, technological, and community development. Yet, we believe the best is still to come. We are delivering degree programs in mechanical engineering and food science, among others, and are strengthening the student experience.
Through this campaign, we will capitalize on these advances to offer the most in-demand programs in up-to-date facilities. We will create value for our students and our region, and we will be viewed as an innovation and entrepreneurship anchor for West Central Ohio.
Join with us. Now is the moment to Rise. Shine.
INVESTING IN THE LAKE CAMPUS
Among the campaign’s major initiatives is a capital construction project: building a connecting wing between Dwyer Hall and Trenary Hall. The two-story addition will provide much-needed classrooms and laboratories for burgeoning programs such as manufacturing, food science, health care, and business. Other initiatives include campus facilities for advanced manufacturing and student life/athletics opportunities. While traditional instructional spaces remain a central focus, providing students access to student athletics and intramural activities enhances the college experience. Developing an advanced manufacturing facility that will enlarge our engineering programs and Business Enterprise Center offerings is critical to our economic and community development.
The Library and Media Center will gain additional square footage, allowing more room for media, book, and periodical shelving, group project rooms and collaboration areas, and audio and video recording labs. The connector will house flexible space for non-traditional and blended instruction. These include specialized classrooms with distance-learning connections, wireless service for mobile technologies, moveable furniture to allow for different learning and teaching configurations, small conference areas for groups, and a community meeting room seating over 100 people. The Business Enterprise Center will contain conference space, meeting rooms, and a classroom that can be used by other departments.
The connector’s aesthetics were carefully and thoughtfully designed to blend with existing campus facilities. Outside, the connector will create patio space that will become a gathering place for residential students and commuters alike. It will offer ample room and easy access for lake-related academic projects such as those involving wind, algae, and solar.
Despite our very reasonable tuition at Wright State University–Lake Campus, many aspiring students still struggle to pay tuition. Students’ inability to afford to attend the Lake Campus is a loss not only for individual students but also for the region, which needs more knowledge-workers. Through the campaign, we want to significantly increase scholarship funds to keep a college education within reach of promising residents and develop the human resources that live in the surrounding counties.
Alumni and friends can choose to invest in our teaching mission by supporting funds targeted at developing curriculum and materials for new programs; global student travel, competitions, and experiences; and improved internships, co-ops, and service-learning experiences.
We also seek to endow funds that would serve as a supplemental source of income for fast-growing programs. Such funds would allow us to respond quickly to changing needs in the job market.
TRANSFORMING VISION INTO REALITY
The Raj Soin College of Business is a leader in the region in providing affordable business education. The core of the college’s success is students. Through scholarship support, we can continue to take bold steps to require practical training for all business majors. As we transform our curriculum to prepare students for the demands of both employers and their professions, students will learn in courses that are problem-based and experiential. While they are attending classes, students also come here to work as professionals.
They will expand their knowledge and skills through internships and real-world case studies. They will graduate as independent, critical thinkers and as skilled professionals with the specific knowledge essential for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
We aspire to be the region’s leading business school, one that creatively identifies and meets the needs of niche markets. Companies will see us as a committed and engaged partner, relying on us to educate students that are well-trained, provide strong expertise in tackling emerging business challenges, and serve as a source for novel professional development.
I ask for your help toward making this vision a reality. Join with me in supporting the Raj Soin College of Business through Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University. By investing in students, faculty, and programs, you will enable us to offer a contemporary business education while exposing our students to the frontiers of evolving techniques. It starts with you. Without your gifts, we couldn’t begin to do our work. We ask you to invest in us.
Joanne Li, Dean
ANSWERING THE CALL
The State of Ohio has the seventh largest population in the country. Yet, according to the 2012 State New Economy Index, Ohio ranks 32 out of 50 states for global competitiveness. Feeling a little behind? You now have the opportunity to make a difference in helping our state compete in a global economy by investing in the Raj Soin College of Business.
We educate talented students, uniquely preparing them for knowledge jobs; partner with regional businesses in high-growth sectors; and promote the welfare of our local, regional, and global communities. With your help, we will continue to provide a highly educated workforce by focusing on knowledge based training and practical learning.
Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University addresses four critical components of a sound business education by making critical investments in scholarship funds, endowed faculty chairs, experiential learning, and partnerships with regional companies.
Join with us. Now is the moment to Rise. Shine.
INVESTING IN THE RAJ SOIN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
Despite very reasonable tuition at Wright State University, many aspiring business students cannot afford to attend the Raj Soin College of Business. This is a lost opportunity not only for individual students but also for the development of the workforce. We want to keep business education within reach for promising students from all socio-economic backgrounds.
To accomplish this, we need your help to substantially increase our scholarship funds. These new scholarships, established through the campaign, can strategically attract students to Wright State. New funds enable us to attract a diverse student body composed of the best and brightest students; those who are first-generation, underprivileged, or of moderate-to-low income; transfer students from our community college partners; non-traditional students aspiring to earn their first degree; and returning veteran-students. Help us to bring a sound business education to all of these groups and develop a diverse workforce for the region.
FACULTY AND PROGRAM SUPPORT
Through Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University, we aim to invest in faculty to expand promising learning opportunities and strengthen corporate partnerships. To develop and guide quality students, we need outstanding faculty. We rely on dedicated faculty to lead and mentor student experiential learning and create disruptive learning models that infuse classroom learning and workplace training with real-world examples. We must focus on three things—expertise, incentives, and critical talent. Please help us to attract these talented faculty by providing incentives that only endowed faculty positions can offer.
The Raj Soin College of Business is committed to helping students achieve their career goals. We understand that hands-on experience is the best way for students to connect what they learn in the classroom with what happens in the business world. This is why, through the campaign, we hope to establish the Center for Career Management. Housed in the College of Business, this new center would focus solely on internships and career placement programs for business students. We are the link between students and employers, and we are the incubator for a well-trained workforce. In addition to bringing awareness of new career paths to students, the center will assist students in developing their complete business profile: offering workshops on everything from proper business attire and effective client presentations, to the importance of sound time management and a strong work ethic.
Raj Soin College of Business is no longer a “traditional” business school. We have taken an entrepreneurial and revolutionary approach in meeting the needs of area businesses. The Speedway Emerging Leaders Program exemplifies the caliber of partnership we aspire to create. The program prepares the company’s future leaders with an intensive course that covers multiple disciplines, customized through a Speedway-centric curriculum. We aspire to build on this success by creating a robust executive training program to address the needs of growing industries.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE
These are exciting times at SOPP. The brilliance, expertise, and richness of our school allow us to lead by example. SOPP is held in high esteem and remains one of the top professional psychology doctoral programs in the country. Our faculty, staff, and students continue to receive prestigious awards for their innovative research and ground-breaking clinical programs and for the school’s commitment to diversity.
Our program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since graduating our first class in 1982. We recently received seven-year reaccreditation—the highest honor bestowed upon a doctoral program.
Now, we’ve set our sights abroad: we are in discussions to partner on graduate clinical psychology education with mental health centers in India. Opportunities such as these will allow us to globalize our diversity mission while integrating science, practice, and cultural competency in psychology education and service delivery.
This campaign will elevate SOPP, strengthening our resources and our ability to attract talented students. It will enable us to invest in our facilities, transforming the Ellis Institute so we can expand services to our community.
I invite you to partner with us to make this vision a reality. Join with me now in supporting the School of Professional Psychology through Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University. Together, we can ensure tomorrow’s psychologists are prepared for a diverse world. We can provide the evidence-based mental health services our community needs. And we can lead the way in delivering compassionate care to the underserved in Dayton and the Miami Valley.
LaPearl Logan Winfrey, Interim Dean
SERVING OUR COMMUNITY
According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Ohio, 2.3 million Ohioans suffer from a mental disorder in a given year. Nearly half do not receive the treatment they need for a variety of reasons, including inadequate insurance, stigma, and lack of qualified mental health professionals.
We are ready to answer the call at the School of Professional Psychology (SOPP). We educate culturally responsive and skilled clinical psychologists to serve our region and our state. We were among the nation’s first doctoral programs to develop a practitioner model and confer the Doctor of Psychology degree.
Through Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University, we will invest in our program. We will increase scholarship support, preparing students for excellence and innovation in the practice of psychology. We will expand services at the Ellis Human Development Institute to better serve our community.
Join with us. Now is the moment to Rise. Shine.
INVESTING IN THE SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Ohio needs more well-trained clinical psychologists, the same talented women and men who graduate from our program every year. The cost of graduate education, however, prevents many aspiring psychologists from attending the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. This is a loss not only for individual students but also for our region and our state. We want to keep a doctorate of clinical psychology within reach of promising talented students from all socio-economic backgrounds.
Through Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University, we seek to increase scholarship support, allowing SOPP to attract top students. Additional scholarship funds will also make it possible for us to invest in our goal of recruiting diverse students—those from a variety of backgrounds and abilities, including international students. Most importantly, increasing scholarship funds will allow aspiring clinical psychologists to realize their dream of a graduate degree and a career of helping others.
For the past 25 years, the Ellis Human Development Institute has served as a unique teaching, training, and research facility that is responsive to underserved men, women, and children in our community. The Ellis Institute’s training mission, the range of services offered, its location within a major urban renewal area, and the administration of the facility by the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology have set it apart from any other facility in the state of Ohio, and possibly within the United States.
Accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health to provide community-based mental health services, the Ellis Institute delivers specialized care. Services available span a broad array of the traditional and innovative, including a general practice clinic, an assessment clinic, the Center for Child & Adolescent Violence Prevention, and emerging faculty specialty programs. All services are provided on a sliding-scale basis.
All of the Ellis Institute’s offerings are very much in demand and could benefit greatly from increased space. Through Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University, we endeavor to renovate the lower level of our building, enhancing it to create more usable and state-of-the-art space. This project will allow us to expand our services, clinics, and training facilities at the Ellis Institute.
Dayton’s history is steeped in American ingenuity and perseverance. Considered a cradle of innovation in the early 1900s, Dayton generated more patents than any other city in America. Creativity abounded, with the invention of the cash register and the airplane, along with the city manager form of government. The city’s history includes a strong woman’s club movement, progressive community organizations, and diplomatic milestones, such as the Dayton Peace Accords.
With this as our setting, it’s not surprising that Wright State’s Special Collections & Archives has become internationally known, with expanding collections and outreach programs. In our 40-year history, we have preserved and now provide access to nearly 15,000 cubic feet of manuscripts and records and 20,000 volumes. Our holdings include the most extensive Wright brothers collection in the world as well as the massive newspaper archives of the Dayton Daily News.
A member of the Ohio Network of American History Research Centers, we collect, preserve, and promote access to local government records for 11 counties in central southwest Ohio. We also serve as the institutional archives for Wright State University.
The amazing heritage in Special Collections & Archives can inspire an equally amazing future, but only if these historical treasures are preserved and made accessible to our citizens. This is why we have embarked on this campaign. I invite you to join with me now in supporting this effort to relocate our collection to an appropriately sized facility where scholars and citizens alike can come and experience the power of history firsthand.
Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives
INSPIRING THE FUTURE
Special Collections & Archives at Wright State University preserves the spirit and the stories of the Miami Valley. Here, you can watch the Wright brothers take flight through photographs and films. You can sympathize with a Civil War soldier as he describes in a letter home the loneliness of war. You can experience the lives of local families through documents and memorabilia.
Our overwhelming success in collecting, protecting, and providing access to Miami Valley history has created an urgent need for more space dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of this history.
Through this campaign, we hope to create a more spacious, functional, and accessible regional history center. Your support will help make this vision a reality, ensure future generations have the chance to touch the fabric of history, and inspire them to build a brighter tomorrow.
Join with us. Now is the moment to Rise. Shine.
INVESTING IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS & ARCHIVES
Imagine the rich heritage of the Wright brothers showcased in a unique, climate-controlled archival and research facility—a place that preserves Wright State University’s legacy for future generations of students, the community, and the world. Imagine a compelling space where the lives of Dayton’s citizens are studied; where the history of innovative processes can be researched from the actual papers and books written by the inventors themselves; and where the pioneering spirit of Dayton’s artists, musicians, teachers, politicians, farmers, and business people are captured and preserved to inspire future thinkers.
Today, we are asking you, Dayton’s regional leaders and citizens, to partner with us in creating a new archives with sufficient capacity to accommodate current and future collections. Your support now will serve as an enduring spark and fire connecting you to the brilliance of two of our region’s heroes, the Wright brothers.
This spacious area will be the heart of Special Collections & Archives—the main access point for all patrons to see history, touch it, and learn from it. The reading room will feature large and small tables for viewing rare historical materials in a variety of formats and for conducting research. It will also house bookcases for easy access to our extensive collections in aviation history and local and regional history.
The exhibit gallery will be a venue to display and interpret our collection in a variety of ways. With ample space, we foresee hosting special events and educational outreach programs, as well as bringing in materials from other museums and archives for special exhibitions. This exchange would promote both fruitful partnerships and accessibility to our history. The exhibit gallery would also support the graduate program in public history by providing a setting for students to install exhibits and projects on local, regional, and university history using our collections.
MULTIPURPOSE EVENT SPACE
This space is envisioned as a meeting room, large and versatile enough to accommodate a variety of uses by students, faculty, and the community. We see this facility serving as a large classroom to orient student groups to the archives as well as for cross-disciplinary collaborations. It would also be a fitting venue for public lectures, workshops, and receptions related to special collections and exhibits. In addition, community groups could use the space for meetings and other special events.
MULTI-MEDIA HISTORY LAB
The multi-media history lab would enable students, faculty, researchers, and the community to view our extensive collection of oral histories, videos, films, and electronic records. The lab’s specialized resources and equipment would support oral history interviewing for class projects, social media ventures on archives resources, documentary film making, news reporting, and other types of technology to record and disseminate history.
LEADING THE WAY
As an institution that prides itself on the countless hours of community service performed by employees and students, few endeavors matter more to Wright State University than serving those who have served us all.
Our student-veterans are older—averaging 30—and are often juggling the demands of family, work, and school, just like other non-traditional students. For those making the transition from the military to college, however, the experience can be disorienting: they are moving from a culture where the rules for success and engagement are overt to an environment where they must actively promote themselves.
The field of higher education is working hard to gain clarity in understanding the impact and trauma of war. It also is beginning to accept that it must provide a comprehensive array of services to veterans in order to serve them well. The team at Wright State’s new Veteran & Military Center is focused on creating a safe place where veterans feel like they belong.
Through Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University, we will strengthen the support structures to assist veterans in navigating the many transitions they face while in college. We will launch activities that allow our students to thrive while they are here, and we will create bridges to success following graduation.
I invite you to join me now in supporting this campaign. Together, we can raise funds that will enable our veterans and their dependents to achieve their educational and professional goals. We will become a national leader in serving these dedicated women and men during their college studies and beyond.
Seth Gordon, Director
SERVING THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED
Ohio has the sixth largest population of veterans in the country. Currently, Raider Country accounts for about 19 percent of those veterans. As a state-supported institution, Wright State University considers it our duty to assist veterans in transferring their skills to the civilian setting.
We are proud of our designation as a Military Friendly School. This honor, which we have received for five consecutive years, recognizes the top 20 percent of institutions nationwide that are doing the most to ensure American veterans’ success as students.
Through this campaign, we will build on these advances by creating a comprehensive Veteran & Military Center. We will provide the full range of experiences, scholarships, and programs that will pave the way for each veteran, reservist, guardsman, or active duty service member to become the enlightened civilian and military leaders the world needs today.
Join with us. Now is the moment to Rise. Shine.
INVESTING IN THE VETERANS & MILITARY CENTER
TRANSITION ASSISTANCE AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Veterans and military-connected students receive funding through a variety of sources depending on the types of their service. The most common is the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which provides 36 months of benefits that include tuition and fees, books, and a housing stipend during enrollment periods. Long breaks, like those in the summer and winter, mean no benefits. In addition, once these benefits are exhausted, there is nothing left. With more responsibilities, student-veterans often take more than 36 months to complete college.
Through the campaign, we want to support all veteran and military students. Scholarships could assist veterans who want to attend part-time; support active duty personnel; or provide scholarships to those who may have exhausted their benefits. We also hope to create a contingency fund to help student-veterans facing short-term financial needs—such as delayed VA funding—that can derail their education.
ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ADVOCACY
Veterans need programs in place to smooth the difficult, sometimes abrupt, transition from battlefield to classroom. With less than one percent of Americans serving in the military, we need to ensure that our staff and faculty understand the unique challenges these students face.
The campaign can support a number of initiatives to ensure veterans’ academic success, such as tutoring, study coaches to assist veterans in need, and an early alert system that would inform the VMC staff when a student-veteran is struggling academically. The campaign can also provide funding for new and developing programs. These include: Battle Buddy, a peer-mentoring initiative that partners experienced student-veterans with new students; our veteran success course, Becoming Your Own Commanding Officer; a specialized orientation program that will help student-veterans acclimate to college; and a new Veteran’s Affairs minor.
VETERANS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
Veterans Voices is an oral history project that gives veterans the opportunity to share their stories. In spring 2014, we piloted the Veterans Voices Oral History course, which trained returning veterans in the gathering of oral histories. This allowed us to build relationships with fraternal organizations, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), provide an important community service to our Raider Country military veterans, and create a sense of belonging for Wright State veterans.
With campaign support, we could fund this project in perpetuity. An endowment would provide graduate assistantships in public history and communications, purchase and maintain the necessary recording and editing equipment, as well as underwrite the Veterans Voices class.
BOOTS TO SUITS
Through the campaign, we want to advance initiatives that prepare veterans with realistic expectations about the civilian world in terms of salary, dress, and structure. These include providing internships and co-curricular experiences to expand the marketability of each veteran and exposing more companies to the value that cultivating veterans can add to their businesses.
We seek support for workshops, seminars, and one-on-one mentoring that would bring community and business leaders to the Center to share their experiences with student-veterans and provide dedicated funding for graduate assistantships to support this programming.
BUILDING A NATIONAL REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCE
I came to the WSU–Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health (CoNH) in 2011 with one comprehensive goal: to produce well-trained nurses, backed by the latest evidence, ready to lead in the 21st century. Working with alumni, faculty, staff, students, and community partners, I sought to do this by helping the college build a national reputation for excellence in both the quality of education it provides and the caliber of nurses it produces.
We are off to a good start. We have developed new graduate programs to meet the changing needs of our region. We have a new, cutting-edge online RN-BSN program that meets national quality and safety standards. We are implementing innovative educational models in simulation and disaster preparedness. Changes are now under way that will increase our focus on global health, service learning, cultural understanding, and disaster preparedness in our curriculum. We can make—and are already making—a significant impact on the workforce of the future.
But it will take investment. This is why I am reaching out to you, alumni and friends who know and care about the Wright State University–Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health. Your generosity to this campaign will help us to meet healthcare needs locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Your support will enable us to perform research that enriches and guides the profession of nursing and will empower faculty, staff, students, and alumni to reach their full potential.
Rosalie Mainous, Dean and Professor
NURSING: THE MOST TRUSTED PROFESSION
MEETING GROWING DEMAND
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for registered nurses is growing at a faster rate than all other occupations. Government analysts project that more than 581,500 new RN jobs will be created through 2018. Other projections show that by 2025, the nursing shortage in the United States will balloon to more than 260,000 registered nurses.
The Wright State University–Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health is well positioned to meet this growing demand and produce better-educated nurses at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Through Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University, we will lead the way in transforming nursing education in Ohio. We will accomplish this through our combination of creative teaching methods, innovative academic-practice partnerships, community engagement, service, and practice.
We invite you to join with us now in supporting both this vision and this campaign. Together, we will Rise. Shine.
INVESTING IN THE WSU–MIAMI VALLEY COLLEGE OF NURSING AND HEALTH
DISASTER NURSING AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Experts on disaster preparedness estimate that 250 million people around the world are affected by disaster, both natural and man-made, each year—and the healthcare community is inadequately prepared to respond. CoNH will expand its well established expertise in this area to be recognized as a national leader for disaster nursing, interprofessional education and training, and emergency preparedness. As a first step, we have founded the National Disaster Health Consortium (NDHC). Future plans for the NDHC call for establishing scholarships to ensure a mix of civilian, military, and humanitarian nurses and other healthcare-related professionals, and providing funding for a professorship in interprofessional learning and a visiting professorship in disaster preparedness. We also envision creating and housing a national association oriented to disaster preparedness with a board, journal, and annual conference.
THE WRIGHT NURSE PROJECT
The Wright Nurse Project (WNP) is a multi-year strategic initiative at the College of Nursing and Health to produce the most sought-after nurses in Ohio. We aim to do this by partnering with the communities we serve to prepare graduates who thrive as leaders of care in a context of rapid change. We will create an innovative student-centered experience and facilitate a teaching and learning environment characterized by best practices.
Campaign support will advance the WNP by providing funds to implement an intensive faculty development plan, one that would include having every faculty member attend an evidence-based practice (EBP) immersion program. We also intend to hire new faculty that have substantial research or EBP portfolios. We will focus on transforming both our curriculum and classrooms to incorporate the latest technology, teaching strategies, and student engagement methods.
Campaign support will also allow us to invest in simulation labs, where students gain invaluable hands-on experience by training in realistic scenarios that utilize the latest technology and practice in unique settings such as adaptive environments for the disabled. These advancements include immersive environments for one or more users and high-fidelity mannequins that realistically respond to caregiver interventions. We intend to build a state-of-the-art simulation space that allows nursing students and other disciplines from Wright State schools and colleges to work interprofessionally. Our faculty will also engage in simulation research, including high fidelity, standardized patient, and virtual reality.
PREPARING A DIVERSE WORKFORCE
Through the campaign, we seek to invest in scholarships, professional development, and unique student experiences so that we can prepare diverse nurses to care for a wide variety of patients. We also want to provide scholarships to practicing RNs so they might obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing. This will facilitate meeting workforce demand and increase diversity in the broadest sense: gender, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. Included in the curriculum will be opportunities for international service learning and team based patient-centered care. A new Interprofessional Dedicated Education Unit will bring multiple disciplines together to work in new ways, with nurses leading these interprofessional teams at intervals—the workforce of the future. We also seek to provide pathways for military veterans with medical training to achieve a nursing degree within an accelerated timeframe.