Year: 2023

2023 Wright State University Top Scholars

The University Libraries are pleased to announce the Wright State University 2023 Top Scholars. Top Scholars is an annual award given to a graduating senior from each college and Lake Campus. Top Scholars are selected by the dean and must have at least a 3.6 GPA, be on track to graduate in spring, and represent the mission, vision and values of our inclusive University.

Each recipient receives a certificate, and a book is purchased and added to the University Libraries’ permanent collections in honor of each Top Scholar. Bookplates with the student’s name, college, and award year are affixed to the book and are also added to the libraries catalog record. The subjects of the books are chosen from within the student’s majors and the books are selected by the libraries’ collection management team. The Wright State University and the Friends of the Libraries fund the award, now in its 29th year.

We would like to publicly recognize and congratulate our seven Top Scholars for 2023 and share their after graduation plans and favorite memories as Wright State University students.

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Christopher Broach

Raj Soin College of Business

Christopher Broach

Major: Management Information Systems

Book: The Convergence of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technologies,  by Sam Goundar, G. Suseendran, and R. Anandan

After Graduation Plans and Favorite Memory:  “Over the past four years, I’ve spent most of my time maximizing my college experience by striving to do my best every semester. Immediately after graduation, I’ll be taking a couple of months off. During this time, I’ll be working on technical certifications, reading, hiking, and reflecting. Beginning in July, I’ll start working as a full-time Configurations and Data Manager in the simulations division at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Joining Wright State as a non-traditional student immediately after leaving the Air Force was one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. Although earning an undergraduate degree is something to be very proud of and excited about, this isn’t why. It’s because of the experiences I’ve had and the relationships I’ve made along the way. My favorite thing about Wright State was the Entrepreneurship Club. This is where I met Damian and Tyler, two incredibly influential figures who motivated me to do much more than simply attend class and complete assignments. They are largely responsible for my reception of this award as they are the ones who motivated me to pursue great things, like a research project with Dr. Zadeh. It’s a fair assumption that without them, I wouldn’t have worked so hard to maximize my time here at Wright State University.“

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Samantha Baxter

College of Liberal Arts

Samantha Baxter

Major: English/Political Science

Book: Primary Language Impact on Second Language and Literacy Learning: Linguistically Responsive Strategies for Classroom Learning, edited by Bogum Yoon & Kristen L. Pratt

After Graduation and Favorite Memory:  “I plan to start full-time at my current internship. I work for a local Environmental Monitoring company (Fondriest Environmental) that provides monitoring equipment to researchers and conservation groups. I will be working as a writer and managing editor for all of the company’s publications, including all web and print content.

My favorite memory at Wright State would have to be going to New York with the Model UN team during my freshman year. I had spent the entire year working on being the best delegate I could be and pushing myself out of my comfort zone to become a better public speaker. At the conference, I spoke in front of over 300 people and it didn’t even phase me. It was a testament to how much I grew over the course.”

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Kyah Rowley

Boonshoft School of Medicine

Kyah Rowley

Major: Public Health

Book: Prospective Longevity: A New Vision of Population Aging,  by Warren C. Sanderson & Sergei Scherbov

After Graduation Plans and Favorite Memory: “After graduation, I will be attending the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science this fall to finish my education and become a funeral director. 

My favorite thing about Wright State is the diverse community of students and supportive faculty. This community has allowed me to make so many happy memories through organizations such as my sorority and through unique classes and learning experiences like the French courses and the field school opportunities I participated in! There are so many great experiences available that helped me to make the most out of my time at Wright State!”

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Cassandra Poepppelman

College of Science and Mathematics

Cassandra Poeppelman

Major: Biological Sciences

Book: Human Growth and Development, edited by Noel Cameron & Lawrence M. Schell

After Graduation Plans and Favorite Memory: “I am excited to continue my education next Fall 2023 in the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program at Wright State University.

Over the past four years, Wright State has given me many opportunities to make life-long friendships and work toward the career of my dreams. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of numerous organizations, including Student Government Association, Residential Community Association, C.J. McLin Jr. Scholars Association, and the College of Science and Mathematics Dean’s Circle. The time I spent with my peers in these organizations was priceless, and I know that I can look forward to seeing where life takes all of my close friends after graduation. Additionally, I look forward to my own future in research. Wright State opened my eyes to the world of scientific discoveries and has already given me enough experience in research to begin in the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program next Fall 2023. I can’t wait to see what new opportunities we will all have in the coming years!”

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Lisabeth Jones

College of Health, Education, and Human Services

Lisabeth Jones

Major: Organizational Leadership

Book: The Business of People: Leadership for the Changing World,  by Iain Fraser & Madeleine Taylor

After Graduation Plans and Favorite Memory: “After I graduate with my undergraduate degree in Organizational Leadership (OL), I will continue toward my graduate degree in Instructional Design & Learning (IDL) Technologies at Wright State University. I am part of an OL/IDL Combined program, where I began taking graduate-level courses while completing my undergraduate degree. I am wrapping up my second graduate course and am confident I chose the right path. After completing my IDL master’s degree, I plan to pursue an MBA.

My favorite thing about the time I spent at Wright State was becoming part of a team again. I gained a renewed sense of purpose and self.”

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Celeste Hicks

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Celeste Hicks

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Book: Translational Research in Traumatic Brain Injury,  by Daniel Laskowitz & Gerald Grant

After Graduation Plans and Favorite Memory: “After graduation, I’ll be starting this Fall at Purdue University to get my master’s degree in biomedical engineering. I’m especially interested in biomedical electronics, so I hope to work in biomedical device development after I get my master’s degree.”

“My favorite memory at Wright State was working as a teaching assistant in engineering circuits labs. I love building and troubleshooting electronic circuits. It was always very rewarding to help other students fix their malfunctioning circuits and see them work properly. Going to lab was the highlight of my week, and I’ll miss it a lot. “

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Devin Siefring

Lake Campus

Devin Siefring

Major: Nursing

Book: Nursing Health Assessment: A Clinical Judgment Approach, by Sharon Jensen

After Graduation Plans and Favorite Memory: “After graduation, I have a job lined up at Upper Valley Medical Center Emergency Department as a Registered Nurse. I plan to work at UVMC to gain experience before moving on to grad school. 

As a nursing student, I’ve spent hundreds of hours in the clinical setting learning from mentors and caring for patients. Everyday had its own skill, lesson or pathology to expand upon. One that I vividly remember was caring for a patient that was critical in Dayton Children’s Emergency Department. Caring for the child, communicating with the family and learning along the way was truly a fulfilling experience.”

Congratulations to our 2023 Top Scholars!

The University Libraries and the Friends of the Libraries thank everyone who with hard work, collaboration and cooperation made this year’s Top Scholar awards possible.

DeStress for Success

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Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious? Do you need something to take your mind off of what is worrying you? Find activities, links, and ways to de-stress.

In addition to the new permanent DeStress station in the Group Study Room, we’re bringing back DeStress activities to help ease the stress in the lead up to finals.

This year, DeStress for Success activities will be available in person at the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library from Monday, April 17 – Thursday, April 27, 2023. If you aren’t able to DeStress in the library, visit the online DeStress guide when you need to take a break and DeStress!

Every day during DeStress, there is a different DeStress station with instructions and materials available, and there are live events with Student Organization and Campus Department collaborators.

You can find an accessible list of the scheduled events on the online guide as well.

If you need a little more support than DeStress, remember that Counseling and Wellness Services are always available to support you. Raider Cares is Counseling and Wellness Services’ 24-hour crisis phone service. You can reach the Raider Cares Line by calling 937-775-4567.

Libraries Honor the Spring Semester Library Student Assistant Award Recipients

The University Libraries held our biannual Library Student Assistant Award reception on March 10, 2023. Three students were selected for the Spring semester awards and received a $500 award for their excellent job performance in the University Libraries. Library Student Assistant Awards are funded by contributions to the Campus Scholarship Innovation Campaign from the University Libraries’ staff and other donors, and interest earned from the Friends of the Libraries endowment fund. To date, 430 awards have been distributed to 248 students totaling over $201,150.

University Libraries staff and the Friends of the Libraries Board would like to congratulate this semester’s winners:

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Avery Brock

Avery Brock, a senior majoring in Anthropology, began working for the Special Collections and Archives Department (SC&A) in the August 2022. Since her first day here, she has demonstrated a strong work ethic and an eagerness to learn more about what we do here and has helped every single staff member of SC&A with one of their projects. Avery is a hard worker and a fast learner. She is extremely dependable and completes assigned tasks quickly. When she completes her tasks, she comes and asks for more. She is always cheerful and is an ace student employee. Avery is considering studying Public History for her Master’s degree and we hope to have her with us throughout her time at WSU.  

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Anna Jones

Anna Jones is a junior majoring in History who has worked for the Information & Research Services Department since March 2022. She is a committed, dependable, hard-working and thoughtful student employee. Anna took a leading role in creating and completing the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center (DHRC) LibGuide. She meticulously added records for hundreds of books, articles, and teacher resources to assist educators everywhere find the best, age-appropriate material for classroom and student use on the Holocaust, survivors, concentration camps, genocide, bullying, and racism. She also worked extensively to help develop the Holocaust Remembrance Month physical and book displays related to marketing and outreach materials. Anna handles every project she is given with care and attention. After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue her Master’s degree in Library Sciences.

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Ciara McCarthy

Ciara McCarthy is a junior majoring in Acting who has worked for the Resource and Delivery Services Department (RDS) since October 2020.  As an acting major, Ciara’s schedule can be complicated and extremely demanding. Her exceptional organizational and time-management skills allow her to thrive both as a student and a student employee. Her cheerful attitude, outgoing nature, and theatrical skills shine when providing great customer service to our patrons and as she works harmoniously with staff and her fellow student workers. She is quick to help out where needed and to point out any potential issues that may arise. Ciara’s great attitude, exceptional work ethic, and ability to help keep the RDS department organized and running smoothly make her a great addition to the library and will take her far in the future.

Check Out Great Art with Our New DAI Passes

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The University Libraries are excited to announce a new addition to our collection. Wright State University students can now check out a pass to the Dayton Art Institute at the circulation desk of the Dunbar Library. Each pass will admit to two adults and four youth (up to age 26), and provides admissions to the collection galleries, Special Exhibitions, Focus Exhibitions, and the Bob Ross Auto Group Jazz and Beyond Series. If you’re taking a road trip, the pass also provides reciprocal admission to 13 other Ohio museums.

The passes can be checked out for up to seven days using your Wright 1 card. You can check on their availability and in the catalog.

More information about the Dayton Art Institute, including hours, collection highlights, Special Exhibitions, and a calendar of events is available on their website.