GALLERY

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Travis Greenwood, a 1984 Wright State University graduate, shares his enthusiasm for the Rise. Shine. Campaign and the impact it will make on future students.

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Wright State University President David R. Hopkins shares his thoughts on the current state of higher education as the university embarks on Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University.

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Dan Darkow discusses how the accessibility of the Wright State University campus has enabled him to live independently as a college student with a disability.

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Student Angelica Loyd discusses the quality of Wright State University faculty, her experiences on the school’s award-winning Model UN team, and the inclusivity of the campus community.

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Amanda Wright Lane, great grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright, reflects on the university that bears her ancestors’ name. Wright Lane serves as co-chair of Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University.

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Cynthia Jones is a classic example of reinventing yourself mid life. After 14 years in the Air Force, this single mother of five enrolled at Wright State to earn her master’s degree and become a teacher.

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Eddie McClintock ’91, star of the Syfy series “Warehouse 13,” served as master of ceremonies for the gala event formally announcing Wright State’s $150 million campaign.

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Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks is helping to lead a $150 million fundraising campaign for Wright State University

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The Wright State University Nutter Center was the place to be on Saturday, Oct. 18, with more than 600 guests attending “A Night to Shine. Our Time to Rise.”

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The McLin Gym was unrecognizable to guests, who enjoyed its transformation into a chic cocktail lounge for the evening.

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The biggest surprise was yet to come in the Nutter Center’s main arena, where guests were greeted with elegant table settings and this breathtaking chandelier.

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The program kicked off with speed painter Aaron Kizer, who created images of the university’s namesakes, the Wright brothers. Yes, he painted these upside down!

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Amanda Wright Lane, great grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright, addressed the crowd as the distinguished honorary chair of the “Rise. Shine.” campaign.

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Three Wright State students, Emily Bingham, Aaron Palmer, and Ian Kallay, took to the stage to share their stories.

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Guests enjoyed a sneak preview of the theatre program’s fall musical, “Hot Mikado.”

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A Steven Spielberg film may have prevented him from attending in person, but national honorary campaign chair Tom Hanks still took the time to record a special video message for guests.

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Wright State President David R. Hopkins announced the $150 million goal for the campaign and that more than $107 million had been raised to date.

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From left: Master of ceremonies Eddie McClintock ’91, First Lady Angelia Hopkins, Lynn McClintock and President David R. Hopkins.

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Rowdy Raider had some fun with 1991 Wright State graduate and master of ceremonies Eddie McClintock.

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Distinguished honorary campaign chair Amanda Wright Lane (center) with First Lady Angelia Hopkins (left) and Lynn McClintock (right).

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“This campaign is all about student success. It will change Wright State forever and the generation of students to come,” said Hopkins. “It’s going to grow our prominence and relevance in 21st century education.”

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Relive your favorite moments from the Rise. Shine. campaign gala with master of ceremonies Eddie McClintock, campaign co-chair Amanda Wright Lane, and Wright State University President David R. Hopkins. Enjoy performances by speed painter Aaron Kizer, Wright State University musical theatre students, and the a cappella group ETHOS.