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The Genius of the Wright Brothers and Construction of the 1903 Flyer

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1903 Wright Flyer Replica in Dunbar Library

Thursday, June 15, 2023

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Room 441 Dunbar Library

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Join us as Dr. Rubin Battino shares a brief history of powered flight including a discussion of the Wright brothers’ 1903 Flyer, the first machine to achieve controlled powered flight. He also will recount personal histories of the Wright brothers and their families.

Battino, an emeritus professor of chemistry, will present material showing how scientific the Wrights were in their approach to flying, even fabricating wind tunnels and other aerodynamic testing apparatus in their bicycle shop. He also will share what he learned by helping to construct the full-size replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer that now hangs in the atrium of the Dunbar Library.

Battino served on the faculty at Wright State from 1966 to 1995. He has given presentations on the Wright brothers and their mechanic, Charlie Taylor, in the United States and abroad. He was named “Speaker of the Year” by the Royal New Zealand Aeronautical Society and was a special speaker at Farnham in England.

The talk is cosponsored by the Wright State University Retirees Association and the Friends of the Libraries. The presentation is free and open to the public. Registration is required and must be completed by Monday, June 12.

The Friends of the Libraries Elect New Board Members and Appoint a New Officer

At the Friends of the Libraries Board of Directors annual meeting held of April 26, 2023, the Board elected the following new Board members and officer:

WSURA Retirees Representative:  Peggy Bott

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Peggy Bott

Peggy Bott was born in Pennsylvania and spent most of her childhood in a small PA town that did not have much to offer except for a good library. She shares that she can’t imagine what she would have done without that library. Libraries have remained one of her favorite places to be, so she’s really pleased to be part of the Friends of the Libraries.

Most of her adult life has been spent in the Dayton area and most of her professional life has been spent at Wright State University. In the late 1970’s Peggy started as an advisor in the Raj Soin College of Business and eventually became the Undergraduate Program Director until her retirement in 2004.

As soon as she retired, she joined the Wright State Retirees Association and got to know Gary Barlow who was then the retirees’ liaison to the FOL. As soon as Gary told her that the FOL was sponsoring a book club, she joined and never regretted it. Peggy shares that as part of the book club she has read some great books that she may have missed if she wasn’t a member of this group, and states she has learned so much from other members.

On a more personal note, Peggy has two adult children, a daughter in Columbus and a son in North Carolina. Each have two children, so she has experienced the joy that grandchildren bring.

Student Representative:  Emily Mancuso

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Emily Mancuso

Emily Mancuso was elected to the FOL Board of Directors in the fall of 2022 as a non-voting student representative while shadowing student representative Christian Sanders who graduated in December. In January 2023, Emily stepped into the full role of student representative for The Friends of the Libraries Board of Directors. Emily has also served on the University Libraries’ Student Advisory Board since her first semester at Wright State. Emily brings her experience of working at a public library to her perspective as a student representative to the library.

She is a double major in English and International Studies. At the annual meeting, the Board appointed Emily to her first full term. Emily shares that she is looking forward to serving on the board this upcoming academic year.

Member-at-Large/Faculty Representative:  Lynn Hartzler

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Lynn Hartzler

Lynn Hartzler, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences where she also currently serves as chair. Lynn is a comparative physiologist, and studies how the brain controls breathing. She is particularly interested in how changes in body temperature alter the way the brain senses carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the blood. We use changes in ventilation to compensate for acid-base disturbances in the body and to deliver adequate oxygen to our cells. Her favorite class to teach is Animal Physiology where her students get to learn about different ways that animals’ bodies work and how many have interesting adaptations to varied environments. 

Lynn shares that she is delighted to have the opportunity to support the work of the Friends of the Libraries who have had such a positive impact on our students, staff, and faculty at Wright State University.

Community Representative:  Ellen Reinsch Friese, M.H.

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Ellen Reinsch Friese, M.H.

Ellen Reinsch Friese retired from Wright State University in 2021 after 25 years of service in research administration. In October 2017, she was named the Interim Vice Provost for Research overseeing the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Office of Technology Transfer, and the Office of Research Compliance and served in that role until retirement. During her tenure at Wright State, she earned a Master’s of Humanities degree, was a recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Human Relations, and served on numerous University committees.

Retirement has afforded Ellen the opportunity to pursue her interests in gardening, cooking, and reading. She previously served as a member of the Friends of the Libraries Board for six years and looks forward to reconnecting with the library community to support the important work of the organization.

Staff Representative:  Evan Mason

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Evan Mason

Evan is a two-time alum of Wright State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2013 and a Master of Arts in History in 2015. Since 2019, he has worked for Wright State’s Office of Disability Services, where he is a case manager and co-director of the Raiders on the Autism Spectrum Excelling (RASE) program. Prior to returning to WSU, Evan worked as a Local History & Genealogy Librarian for Greene County Public Library.

Evan lives in Beavercreek with his wife Christy and son Eli. In his free time, he enjoys listening to audiobooks, watching Cincinnati Reds games, and working on home improvement projects.

Secretary:  Kathi Herick

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Kathi Herick

Kathi Herick has worked in the field of library sciences for over 35 years. Her love of books and research was evident in her time as a student at Wright State where she graduated with a degree in Anthropology and worked at the University Libraries’ Reference and Interlibrary Loan departments’ information desks as a student employee. She went on to work three years at the Miami Valley Hospital Library before returning home to WSU to work in a variety of positions, retiring as the Head of the Library Computing Services department in September 2016. She received her Masters of Library Science from Kent State University.  

Kathi is also a passionate supporter of public libraries as a vital community and information resource. 

In her spare she time she enjoys knitting, reading, and spending time with her husband, daughters, son-in-law, and her two adorable granddaughters.  

The Friends said good-bye to outgoing members of the Board: Gary Barlow, Natalie DeHorn, Stephanie Dickey, Glenn Graham, and Christian Sanders. We thank each of them for their many years of dedicated service to the Friends of the Libraries.

2023-2024 Book Club Titles Revealed!

We’re excited to announce the titles for our 2023-2024 Book Club discussions, sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, the Wright State University Alumni Association, and the Wright State University Retirees Association. Book discussions will be held on select evenings from 5:30 p.m. –  6:30 p.m. online via WebEx. Registration will be available, but is not required. More information, including links to registration, the online events, and the books in the WSU Libraries’ collection will be posted soon.

If you can’t wait until September to talk about books, join us for a summer reading discussion at Eudora Brewing Company on Wednesday, June 21st at 5:00 p.m.! We’ll have a casual conversation about books we’re reading and share recommendations with each other.

If you want a head start on next year’s reading list, the titles for 2023-2024 discussions are:

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September 21, 2023 – The Summers, by Ronya Othman, translated by Gary Schmidt (author attending)

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November 16, 2023 – Calling for a Blanket Dance, by Oscar Hokeah

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January 18, 2024 – Lucky Red, by Claudia Cravens

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March 21, 2024 – The Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction

Join the Friends of the Libraries today! Your membership supports the Libraries’ collections and programs while providing yourself the luxury of borrowing from an academic library containing a variety of subjects – from classic literature to the latest scientific discoveries, popular reading materials, and more.

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.