Wright State University

Wright State University is a comprehensive public university
Public university
A public university is a university that is predominantly funded by public means through a national or subnational government, as opposed to private universities. A national university may or may not be considered a public university, depending on regions...

 with strong doctoral, research, and undergraduate programs, rated among the 260 Best National Universities listed in the annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings by U.S. News and World Report. Wright State is located in Fairborn, Ohio
Fairborn, Ohio
Fairborn is a city in Greene County, Ohio, United States, near Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The population was 32,352 at the 2010 census...

, which is a suburb of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio
Dayton is the 6th largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Montgomery County, the fifth most populous county in the state. The population was 141,527 at the 2010 census. The Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 841,502 in the 2010 census...

. Despite this, it has a Dayton address. The university has a branch campus on Grand Lake St. Marys, with a Celina, Ohio, mailing address. The university currently has an enrollment of 19,600 students, of which 15,657 are undergraduates and 1,417 are Lake Campus students. The current president is David R. Hopkins.

The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools , also known as the North Central Association, is a membership organization, consisting of colleges, universities, and schools in 19 U.S. states, that is engaged in educational accreditation...

 at the doctoral degree-granting level.

Wright State University has seven Ohio Centers of Excellence: Human-Centered Innovation, National Center for Medical Readiness, Wright State University & Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Institute, Knowledge-Enabled Computing (Kno.e.sis), Micro Air Vehicle Research, Product Reliability and Optimization (CEPRO), and Collaboration, Education, Leadership and Innovation in the Arts (CELIA).

Wright State has eight colleges and three schools. The colleges are: Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Health, Raj Soin College of Business, Science and Mathematics, University College, and Lake Campus. The schools are: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Graduate School, and Professional Psychology.


Founded in 1964, Wright State University was originally the Dayton branch campus of both Miami University
Miami University
Miami University is a coeducational public research university located in Oxford, Ohio, United States. Founded in 1809, it is the 10th oldest public university in the United States and the second oldest university in Ohio, founded four years after Ohio University. In its 2012 edition, U.S...

 and Ohio State University
Ohio State University
The Ohio State University, commonly referred to as Ohio State, is a public research university located in Columbus, Ohio. It was originally founded in 1870 as a land-grant university and is currently the third largest university campus in the United States...

. At that time it comprised only a single building, Allyn Hall (named for Stanley Allyn, then-president of National Cash Register and one of the university's founders).

A 1965 act of the Ohio General Assembly
Ohio General Assembly
The Ohio General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Ohio. It consists of the 99-member Ohio House of Representatives and the 33-member Ohio Senate...

 created the university. Several names were considered, including Dayton State University, Southwest Ohio State University, Shawnee University, Four Rivers University (after the four nearby rivers: the Great Miami, the Mad, the Stillwater, and Wolf Creek), and Mad River University. Wright State University was eventually chosen to honor the Wright brothers
Wright brothers
The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur , were two Americans credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903...

, residents of Dayton. On October 1, 1967, the university met enrollment criteria set by state legislature and Senate Bill 212 passed to actually create a new university. This led to the official charter of Wright State University.

Prior to current president David R. Hopkins' appointment, Wright State University had five other presidents: Brage Golding (1966–1973); Robert J. Kegerreis (1973–1985); Paige E. Mulhollan (1985–1994); Harley E. Flack (1994–1998); and Kim Goldenberg (1998–2006).

In 2007, Wright State University celebrated its 40th Anniversary in connection with the Presidential Inauguration of David R. Hopkins. In order to mark this milestone in university history, Wright State created a 40th Anniversary website to highlight the events, history, and vision of its community. More information about the university's history can be seen on this Wright State site.

Campus and community

, according to statistics published by the university, it had a total enrollment of 19,600 (including 1,417 at the branch Lake Campus, located in Celina, Ohio
Celina, Ohio
Celina is a city in and the county seat of Mercer County, Ohio, United States. The population was 10,303 at the 2000 census. Celina is situated on the western shores of Grand Lake St. Marys.-History:...

). Wright State offers 186 degree programs, including 19 associate degrees, 91 bachelor's degrees, and 76 graduate and professional programs (including schools of medicine and professional psychology). Over 70 percent of freshmen live on campus. Approximately an additional 5,000 commuter students live in apartments less than one mile from campus, making the atmosphere increasingly more like that of a residential campus than a commuter school.

Wright State has a compact campus, with several academic buildings constructed following Allyn Hall. Key buildings on campus include the Founders' Quadrangle (quad) buildings, which are Allyn Hall (home to the College of Education and Human Services and Wright State dining option, The Hangar), Millett Hall (named for John Millett, former president of Miami University
Miami University
Miami University is a coeducational public research university located in Oxford, Ohio, United States. Founded in 1809, it is the 10th oldest public university in the United States and the second oldest university in Ohio, founded four years after Ohio University. In its 2012 edition, U.S...

, and home of the College of Liberal Arts), Fawcett Hall (named after Novice Fawcett
Novice Gail Fawcett
Novice Gail Fawcett , born in Gambier, Ohio, was the 8th President of The Ohio State University. He received a Bachelor of science from Kenyon College in 1931 and a Master's degree from Ohio State in 1937. He worked toward, but never completed a Ph.D...

, president of Ohio State
Ohio State University
The Ohio State University, commonly referred to as Ohio State, is a public research university located in Columbus, Ohio. It was originally founded in 1870 as a land-grant university and is currently the third largest university campus in the United States...

), and Oelman Hall (named after Robert Oelman, first president of the board of trustees, and the home of the College of Science and Mathematics).

Other buildings include Rike Hall (named after the founder of the Rike Kumler company, since merged into Federated Department Stores
Federated Department Stores
Macy's, Inc. is a department store holding company and owner of Macy's and Bloomingdale's department stores. Macy's Inc.'s stores specialize mostly in retail clothing, jewelery, watches, dinnerware, and furniture....

, home of the Raj Soin College of Business); the Diggs Laboratory (a Gold LEED certified building), University Hall (administrative offices, University College, and the College of Nursing and Health), the Creative Arts Center, the Mathematical and Microbiological Sciences Building (M&M), the Fritz and Dolores Russ Engineering Center (home of the College of Engineering and Computer Science), the Medical Sciences Building, Biological Sciences Building, Health Sciences Building (home of the School of Professional Psychology), Joshi Research Center, and the Student Union (which was created by combining the former gymnasium and University Center). The main university library is the Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar was a seminal African American poet of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dunbar gained national recognition for his 1896 "Ode to Ethiopia", one poem in the collection Lyrics of Lowly Life....

Across from the Mathematics and Microbiology building is an abstract sculpture titled "Turning Points," designed by David Black. This piece was created in 1998, as part of the Ohio Arts Council Percent for Arts Program and the addition of University Hall. The statue has been criticized for appearing very similar to many of Black's other works, most of which are displayed in public universities or public spaces. Among staff and students at the university, the statue is known as 'Big And Red Thing,' or simply as 'BART.'

The entire campus is accessible to people with disabilities, and it has a national reputation for being an extremely welcoming and accommodating campus. The campus made history when it opened the Winegerd Service Dog Park in October 2008. Wright State is the first university in the nation to create a dog park especially for service dogs. A distinctive feature of Wright State is that one can travel around the main campus both by sidewalks outside and a tunnel network that connects almost all the buildings at the basement level.

School of Medicine

The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine utilizes the main campus for pre-clinical training and seven area hospitals for clinical and residency training opportunities. In 2005, the school changed its name to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in recognition of the Oscar Boonshoft family, which gave Wright State's largest philanthropic gift to the medical school.

Admission to Wright State University's School of Medicine is competitive among the many students who apply; in 2009, over 2,832 students applied for admission to the school, and 100 were accepted. The Boonshoft School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The school's charter class began studies in 1976 and graduated in 1980. Since then, more than 2,345 M.D.'s have graduated from the School of Medicine. Wright State alumni are practicing in every state in the nation.

In 2009, the school became the first medical school in the United States to debut its own medical student produced radio program, dubbed Radio Rounds.

Greek life

Wright State University currently hosts five North-American Interfraternity Conference
North-American Interfraternity Conference
The North-American Interfraternity Conference , is an association of collegiate men's fraternities that was formally organized in 1910, although it began on November 27, 1909. The power of the organization rests in a House of Delegates where each member fraternity is represented by a single delegate...

 fraternities, one Local Fraternity
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, five National Panhellenic Conference
National Panhellenic Conference
The National Panhellenic Conference , founded in 1902, is an umbrella organization for 26 national women's sororities.Each member group is autonomous as a social, Greek-letter society of college women and alumnae...

 sororities, and eight of the nine members of National Pan-Hellenic Council
National Pan-Hellenic Council
The National Pan-Hellenic Council is a collaborative organization of nine historically African American, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities. The nine NPHC organizations are sometimes collectively referred to as the "Divine Nine"...

 fraternities and sororities.

NIC Fraternities

  1. Delta Tau Delta
    Delta Tau Delta
    Delta Tau Delta is a U.S.-based international secret letter college fraternity. Delta Tau Delta was founded in 1858 at Bethany College, Bethany, Virginia, . It currently has around 125 student chapters nationwide, as well as more than 25 regional alumni groups. Its national community service...

  2. Phi Kappa Tau
    Phi Kappa Tau
    Phi Kappa Tau is a U.S. national collegiate fraternity.-History:Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity was founded in the Union Literary Society Hall of Miami University's Old Main Building in Oxford, Ohio on March 17, 1906...

  3. Phi Sigma Phi
    Phi Sigma Phi
    Phi Sigma Phi is a US national fraternity founded on July 30, 1988. There are now 11 chapters of Phi Sigma Phi nationwide. The current National President is Shawn Head.-History:...

  4. Sigma Phi Delta
    Sigma Phi Delta
    ΣΦΔ is an international social fraternity of engineers. Billing itself as "The Premier International Fraternity of Engineers", the organization is the only fraternity of its kind that draws its membership exclusively from male engineering students at ABET-accredited colleges and universities, as...

  5. Sigma Phi Epsilon
    Sigma Phi Epsilon
    Sigma Phi Epsilon , commonly nicknamed SigEp or SPE, is a social college fraternity for male college students in the United States. It was founded on November 1, 1901, at Richmond College , and its national headquarters remains in Richmond, Virginia. It was founded on three principles: Virtue,...

NPC Sororities

  1. Alpha Xi Delta
    Alpha Xi Delta
    Alpha Xi Delta is a women's fraternity founded on April 17, 1893 at Lombard College, Galesburg, Illinois. Alpha Xi Delta is one of the oldest women's fraternities as well as one of the ten founding fraternities of the National Panhellenic Conference...

  2. Delta Zeta
    Delta Zeta
    Delta Zeta is an international college sorority founded on October 24, 1902, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Today, Delta Zeta has 158 collegiate chapters in the United States and over 200 alumnae chapters in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada...

  3. Kappa Delta
    Kappa Delta
    Kappa Delta was the first sorority founded at the State Female Normal School , in Farmville, Virginia. It is one of the "Farmville Four" sororities founded at the university...

  4. Theta Phi Alpha
    Theta Phi Alpha
    Theta Phi Alpha women's fraternity was founded at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor on August 30, 1912. Theta Phi Alpha is one of 26 national sororities recognized in the National Panhellenic Conference...

  5. Zeta Tau Alpha
    Zeta Tau Alpha
    Zeta Tau Alpha is a women's fraternity, founded October 15, 1898 at the State Female Normal School in Farmville, Virginia. The Executive office is located in Indianapolis, Indiana...

Undergraduate programs

Wright State offers 91 baccalaureate degrees in the following colleges: the Soin College of Business, the College of Education and Human Services, the of Engineering and Computer Science, the of Liberal Arts, the of Nursing and Health, and the College of Science and Mathematics. The Campus also offers a limited number of complete undergraduate bachelor's degrees, as well as a variety of associate degrees.

Graduate programs

Wright State offers 76 graduate, doctoral, and professional programs through the Wright State University Graduate School, the School of Medicine, and the of Professional Psychology. The Lake Campus also offers a limited number of graduate programs.


For students interested in becoming commissioned officers in the U.S. military upon graduation, Wright State University offers Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC programs on campus, known as Detachment 643 and the Raider Battalion, respectively. The Air Force ROTC program contains the cross town schools of the University of Dayton
University of Dayton
The University of Dayton is a private Roman Catholic university operated by the Society of Mary located in Dayton, Ohio...

, Cedarville University
Cedarville University
Cedarville University is a private, co-educational liberal arts university located in Cedarville, Ohio.At its founding, the school was affiliated with the conservative General Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America. Today, Cedarville is a Southern Baptist school known for its...

, and Sinclair Community College
Sinclair Community College
Sinclair Community College is an urban community college located in downtown Dayton, Ohio and is the largest community college at a single location in the state of Ohio....

 and is the largest AFROTC detachment in the Northeast Region.

Air Force ROTC - Detachment 643 Homepage

Army ROTC - Raider Battalion Homepage


The athletic program at Wright State University is recognized as an integral part of the total educational process. The athletics program is designed to contribute to the development of the student-athlete's health, fitness, leadership skill, and respect for others.

Wright State's intercollegiate athletes are student-athletes who are instructed on and dedicated to the principles of fair play and amateur competition as defined by the rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. It is the responsibility of the athletics administration and coaches to ensure that the entire program is in full compliance with all pertinent rules and regulations as a member of the Horizon League and NCAA Division I.

The Wright State University Athletic Department can be seen through two distinct phases of growth over the past 40 years. The first phase includes the birth and blossoming into the NCAA Division II elite while the second, and current, could be characterized by the move and quick success in NCAA Division I.

Since its first intercollegiate event when the men's soccer team defeated Wilberforce 4-2 in the fall of 1968, the Raiders have grown to the extent that the men's basketball team played the Indiana University before 35,000 fans on national television in 1993 and saw the Raiders beat eventual national-champion Michigan State for the "Upset of the Millennium" on December 30, 1999, at the Wright State University Nutter Center or a recent 2010 NCAA Tournament bid by the softball team.

The first 20 years in Division II saw numerous national post-season tournament berths, over 200 All-Americans and a men's basketball National Championship in 1983. Great success became the norm instead of an exception for the Raiders as a high majority of the programs posted a better than .600 record.

Since becoming a NCAA Division I member in 1987, the Raiders success has continued as the squads climb and improve. The first to qualify for a Division I bid came in 1988 when a golfer participated in the NCAA national tournament.

The move to Division I also saw a move in 1990 to the Mid-Continent Conference and then the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now the Horizon League) starting with the 1994-95 campaign. Since beginning league play, Wright State athletes have earned over 200 all-league honors while numerous teams have won conference championships and received NCAA Tournament bids. The coaching staffs has also received its share of recognition as well with Coach of the Year honors.

The student-athletes posted outstanding successes in the classroom as well as they regularly earn a grade point average over 3.0. Almost half of the student-athletes are honored each year at Academic Recognition Night.

Wright State sponsors 16 intercollegiate sports, including seven for men and nine for women: Both—basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming & diving, and tennis; Women—softball, indoor track, outdoor track, and volleyball; Men—baseball and golf. The latest sport additions to the department has been a women's indoor and outdoor track & field squad.

New facilities over the last 15 years include the Setzer Pavilion/Mills Morgan Center, a state-of-the-art facility that is used by all 16 teams, particularly men's and women's basketball. Also new are Alumni Field, home of the men's and women's soccer teams, and Nischwitz Stadium, home of Wright State baseball. Along with the new facilities, major improvements have been initiated at the softball field and tennis courts along with the Wright State University Nutter Center, an 11,000-seat arena that is home to the volleyball and men's and women's basketball teams.

The most successful sports on the campus have been men's basketball, softball, baseball, and swimming. The Raiders' men's basketball team captured the 1983 Division II national championship and made the NCAA Division I Tournament in 1993 and 2007. The current head coach is Billy Donlon, named in April 2010. During Donlon's four years as an assistant coach at Wright State, the Raiders blossomed into one of the top teams of the Horizon League with great recruiting classes.

The men's swim team has won the Horizon League conference five times in the past 10 years. Currently, Wright State's Men's Swimming and Diving team holds the record for the most conference championships. The baseball team went to the 1987 NCAA Division II tournament finals. Moving to Division I, they made the NCAA tournament in 1994, 2006, and 2009. The 1994 team won an NCAA tournament game with a 14-12 victory over North Carolina State. The 2010 team won the regular-season title and advanced to the championship game of the Horizon League Tournament. The softball team has advanced to three NCAA Tournaments in the last four years, including the most recent in 2010. Raider Softball has two NCAA Tournament wins.

There have been numerous baseball players in professional baseball from Wright State, but the most notable of all professionals was Brian Anderson. He was a 1993 NCAA Division I All-American while leading the nation in E.R.A. He was selected as the third pick overall in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft selected behind Alex Rodriguez and Darren Dreifort (Wichita State). Anderson played in the 1997 World Series with the Cleveland Indians and won the 2001 World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Anderson is now an assistant pitching coach with the Tampa Bay Rays. Relief Pitcher Joe Smith (2006) is currently on the roster of the Cleveland Indians.

In men's basketball, Bill Edwards (1993) and Vitaly Potapenko (1996) have played in the NBA. Potapenko was a first round lottery draft pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers and played for the Boston Celtics, Seattle Sonics, and Sacramento Kings. He is now an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers.

Frank Lickliter (1992) has played on several professional tours, including a long-stint on the PGA Tour.

Fine and performing arts

Wright State University has distinguished programs in fine and performing arts programs, from an acclaimed Art Department, a Music Program, to its training programs in Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures. Many of the faculty of these departments are working professionals in their respective fields. Graduates of these programs have become recognized as some of the leaders in the field of art, music, theatre, dance, and motion pictures.

The three Departments of Art, Music, and Theatre, Dance & Motion Pictures are located in an interconnected Creative Arts Center with multiple theatres, concert halls, art galleries, and numerous classrooms. Each department has a distinguished track record of accomplishments, from international tours to national awards and honors.

The Wright State University Department of Art & Art History, headed by Linda Caron, has recently received a major art collection and the pledge of one million dollars to create a state-of-the-art gallery to present the work of students, faculty, and leading artists. Every year the Wright State University Department of Music, under the leadership of Herbert Dregalla, produces hundreds of concerts and performances both in its two performing facilities, in the region, and on tours throughout the world.

In the Wright State University Department of Theatre, Dance & Motion Pictures, headed by W. Stuart McDowell, students and faculty and leading professional guest artists such as composers Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown is an American musical theater composer, lyricist, and playwright. Brown's music sensibility fuses pop-rock stylings with theatrical lyrics...

, Ricky Ian Gordon
Ricky Ian Gordon
Ricky Ian Gordon is an American composer of songs, stage musicals and opera. The death of his lover from AIDS inspired Dream True and Orpheus and Euridice...

, director Tina Landau
Tina Landau
Tina Landau is an American playwright and theatre director.Born in New York City to film and television producers Edie and Ely Landau, Landau moved with her family to Beverly Hills, California, where she graduated from Beverly Hills High School before attending Yale University, where she directed...

, and lyricist and composer Tom Jones
Tom Jones (singer)
Sir Thomas John Woodward, OBE , known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer.Since the mid 1960s, Jones has sung many styles of popular music – pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, techno, soul and gospel – and sold over 100 million records...

 have worked on theatrical productions, dance concerts and film projects, gaining for the program a unique reputation among training programs in America. Motion Picture faculty have recently been nominated for the Academy Award in documentary film making, and alumni who have won several Emmy Award
Emmy Award
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s in television production.


Each year - on an evening in early spring - the Wright State Departments of Art, Music and Theatre, Dance & Motion Pictures collaborate in a annual celebration of the arts to raise scholarship funds through the creativity of hundreds of artists, musicians, actors and dancers. A unique expression of the collaborative spirit between these three distinguished departments, the ArtsGala has become an event which has drawn thousands of patrons in its first decade, who have given over a million dollars to support students in the fine and performing arts. The evening combines fine dining with non-stop entertainment. Faculty and students work and perform side by side in what has become a full evening of art, music, theater, dance and motion pictures.

The ArtsGala, which will celebrate its 13th year in April 2012, is but one expression of the commitment of Wright State University to support its students through scholarships, and through exceptional training in the arts, just as in all of its educational programs.

Collaboration, Education, Leadership and Innovation in the Arts designated an Ohio Center of Excellence

In the fall of 2009, Wright State University's three departments of Art, Music, and Theatre, Dance & Motion Pictures inaugurated a new initiative of collaborative artistic and educational endeavor, called CELIA (Collaboration, Education, Leadership and Innovation in the Arts), dedicated to enhancing "ongoing collaborations as well as nurture new partnerships." Projects accepted for the CELIA designation demonstrate high-quality, innovative collaborations, and the ability to further strengthen the reputation of the arts at Wright State.

One of the first of these projects was the Academy Award-nominated half hour documentary The Last Truck, produced for HBO and broadcast on Labor Day, 2008. The film documented the closing of a major GM truck plant in Moraine, Ohio, in 2008. More recently, the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures co-produced the regional and university premiere production of August: Osage County
August: Osage County
August: Osage County is a darkly comedic play by Tracy Letts. It was the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago on 28 June 2007, and closed on 26 August 2007. Its Broadway debut was at the Imperial Theater on 4 December 2007 and...

 in the fall of 2010, with the region's professional theatre, The Human Race Theatre Company
Human Race Theatre Company
The Human Race Theatre Company is the professional producing theatre company of Dayton Ohio, dedicated to producing works on universal themes that explore the human condition and startle us all into a renewed awareness of ourselves. The HRTC is located in The Metropolitan Arts Building in downtown...

. In May of 2011, the departments of Music and Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures collaborated with the Dayton Philharmonic a full-stage production of the Mass
Mass (theatre)
MASS is a musical theatre work composed by Leonard Bernstein with text by Bernstein and additional text and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy, it premiered on September 8, 1971, conducted by Maurice Peress. The performance was part of the opening of the John F...

by Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American conductor, composer, author, music lecturer and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive worldwide acclaim...

 at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton.

On October 20, 2011, CELIA was designated an Ohio Center of Excellence by Jim Petro, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents at a press conference on the campus of Wright State University, in which Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks is an American actor, producer, writer, and director. Hanks worked in television and family-friendly comedies, gaining wide notice in 1988's Big, before achieving success as a dramatic actor in several notable roles, including Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia, the title...

 congratulated the Wright State University arts programs via a video message.

Notable alumni

  • Javed Abidi
    Javed Abidi
    Javed Abidi is the director of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People in India, and the founder of the Disability Rights Group....

     - Disability rights activist
  • David Albright
    David Albright
    David Albright, M.S., is the founder of the non-governmental Institute for Science and International Security , its current president, and author of several books on proliferation of atomic weapons. Albright holds a Master of Science in physics from Indiana University and a M.Sc. in mathematics...

     - Founder and President of Institute for Science and International Security
    Institute for Science and International Security
    The Institute for Science and International Security is a non-profit institution founded in 1993 to inform "the public about science and policy issues affecting international security"...

  • Brian Anderson - Professional baseball player, assistant coach for the Rays
  • J. Todd Anderson
    J. Todd Anderson
    J. Todd Anderson is a storyboard artist who has worked primarily with the Coen brothers, but also with an array of other filmmakers. He also, along with film archivist and friend George Willeman and WYSO D.J. Niki Dakota, produces . He made his directorial debut in 1998 with the film The Naked Man...

     - Film storyboard artist
  • Jim Baldridge
    Jim Baldridge
    Jim Baldridge is a former American newscaster and former co-anchor for WHIO-TV's Newscenter 7 in Dayton, Ohio.-Biography:Baldridge was raised in Lima, Ohio. He attended Shawnee High School, and is a graduate of Wright State University and Sinclair Community College.Baldridge began covering news at...

     - Local news anchor
  • Siva S. Banda
    Siva S. Banda
    Siva Subrahmanyam Banda is an Indian-American aerospace engineer. He is Director of the Control Science Center of Excellence and senior scientist for Control Theory for the Air Vehicles Directorate at the United States Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base...

     - Aerospace engineer
  • Michael R. Barratt
    Michael R. Barratt
    Michael Reed Barratt is an American physician and a NASA astronaut. Specializing in aerospace medicine, Barratt served as a flight surgeon for NASA before his selection as an astronaut, and has played a role in developing NASA's space medicine programs for both the Shuttle-Mir Program and...

     - Astronaut
  • Joyce Beatty
    Joyce Beatty
    Joyce Beatty in Dayton, Ohio, is Senior Vice-President for Outreach and Engagement at Ohio State University. She is a former Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives, who represented the 27th House District from 1999 to 2008. She served as Minority Leader.-Life and career:Beatty has...

     - Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
    Ohio House of Representatives
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  • Andrea Bendewald
    Andrea Bendewald
    Andrea R. Bendewald is an American actress best known for her role as Maddy Piper on Suddenly Susan.-Personal life:Andrea is the daughter of Judith Bendewald and Mervin Bendewald, both of New York, and the sister of Mason Bendewald....

     - Actress
  • Steve Bognar - Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award
    Emmy Award
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    -winning documentary filmmaker
  • David S. Brown
    David S. Brown
    - Career :In 2006 he published Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography which was the University of Chicago Press's nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in History...

     - Historian and professor at Elizabethtown College
    Elizabethtown College
    Elizabethtown College is a small comprehensive college located in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County. The school was founded in 1899 by members of the Church of the Brethren...

  • Daniel Buran - Actor, True Blood
    True Blood
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  • Iman Crosson
    Iman Crosson
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     - Actor, Obama
    Barack Obama
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     impressionist, dancer, Internet personality
  • Jennifer Crusie
    Jennifer Crusie
    Jennifer Crusie is a pseudonym for Jennifer Smith, a bestselling and award winning author of contemporary romance novels. She has written over 15 novels, which have been published in 20 countries.-Biography:...

     - Bestselling romance novelist
  • Kevin DeWine
    Kevin DeWine
    Kevin DeWine is Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, serving since January 2009. Previously, he was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives....

     - Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party
    Ohio Republican Party
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     and former member of the Ohio House of Representatives
    Ohio House of Representatives
    The Ohio House of Representatives is the lower house of the Ohio General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Ohio; the other house of the bicameral legislature being the Ohio Senate....

  • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an Indian-American author, poet, and the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Writing at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program....

     - Author
  • Christopher Easton
    Christopher Easton
    Christopher Easton is an American artist, designer, writer, and director best known for his creation of mosaics, acrylics, and pastels. His latest works include conceptual self-portraits in drag reminiscent of the works of Cindy Sherman. Easton currently lives and works in Los Angeles...

     - Artist
  • Bill Edwards
    Bill Edwards (basketball)
    William Allen Edwards , popularly nicknamed Dolla Bill, is a retired American professional basketball player...

     - Professional basketball player
  • John B. Ellington, Jr.
    John B. Ellington, Jr.
    John B. Ellington, Jr. is a Major General in the Air National Guard and serves as Director of the National Guard Chaplain Corps and Air National Guard Assistant to the Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force.-Biography:...

     - Air National Guard
    Air National Guard
    The Air National Guard , often referred to as the Air Guard, is the air force militia organized by each of the fifty U.S. states, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the territories of Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia of the United States. Established under Title 10 and...

  • Fakhar-i-Abbas
    Fakhar -i- Abbas
    Fakhar –i- Abbas is a wildlife biologist, who started his career working with World Society for the Protection of Animals against the menace of bearbaiting and have worked with the organization for almost one decade....

     - Pakistani conservationist
  • Aaron Fields - Professional baseball player for the Cleveland Indians
    Cleveland Indians
    The Cleveland Indians are a professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. They are in the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. Since , they have played in Progressive Field. The team's spring training facility is in Goodyear, Arizona...

  • Mike Gallagher
    Mike Gallagher
    Mike Gallagheris an American radio host and conservative political commentator. He is the host of The Mike Gallagher Show, a nationally-syndicated radio program that airs throughout the United States on Salem Radio Network and is also a FOX News Channel Contributor and guest host...

     - Radio host and political commentator
  • Alex Kaminsky - Professional baseball player for the Cleveland Indians
    Cleveland Indians
    The Cleveland Indians are a professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. They are in the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. Since , they have played in Progressive Field. The team's spring training facility is in Goodyear, Arizona...

  • Frank Lickliter
    Frank Lickliter
    Franklin Ray Lickliter II is an American professional golfer. He has featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings....

     - American professional golfer
  • Deborah Loewer
    Deborah Loewer
    Deborah A. Loewer was the first warfare qualified woman promoted to flag rank in the United States Navy. She was frocked to the rank of Rear Admiral on October 1, 2003. Rear Admiral Loewer retired in 2007.-Military biography:...

     - Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral
    Rear Admiral
    Rear admiral is a naval commissioned officer rank above that of a commodore and captain, and below that of a vice admiral. It is generally regarded as the lowest of the "admiral" ranks, which are also sometimes referred to as "flag officers" or "flag ranks"...

  • Irene D. Long
    Irene D. Long
    Irene Duhart Long is an American physician and an official at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. She was the first female Chief Medical Officer at the Kennedy Space Center....

     - Chief Medical Officer at the Kennedy Space Center
    Kennedy Space Center
    The John F. Kennedy Space Center is the NASA installation that has been the launch site for every United States human space flight since 1968. Although such flights are currently on hiatus, KSC continues to manage and operate unmanned rocket launch facilities for America's civilian space program...

  • Logan Martinez
    Logan Martinez
    Logan Martinez is an American politician and activist who ran for the 2006 Ohio House of Representatives as a Green Party candidate. Logan Martinez is also an anchor for the Green Party News Program....

     - Local political candidate and activist
  • Eddie McClintock
    Eddie McClintock
    Edward "Eddie" Theodore McClintock is an American actor who has starred and guest starred in numerous television shows. He currently portrays the role of Secret Service agent Peter Lattimer on the Syfy series Warehouse 13....

     - Actor
  • Gerald Ogrinc - Professional baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers
    Milwaukee Brewers
    The Milwaukee Brewers are a professional baseball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, currently playing in the Central Division of Major League Baseball's National League...

  • Jerome Pearson
    Jerome Pearson
    Jerome Pearson is an American engineer and space scientist best known for his work on space elevators and lunar space elevator. He is president of STAR, Inc., and has developed aircraft and spacecraft technology for the United States Air Force, DARPA, and NASA...

     - President of STAR, Inc.
  • Robert Pollard
    Robert Pollard
    Robert Pollard is an American rock musician and singer-songwriter who is the leader and creative force behind indie rock group Guided by Voices, who disbanded in 2004, only to reform in 2010...

     - Singer and songwriter for Guided By Voices
    Guided by Voices
    Guided by Voices is an American indie rock band originating from Dayton, Ohio. Beginning with the band's formation in 1983, it made frequent personnel changes but always maintained the presence of principal songwriter Robert Pollard...

  • Vitaly Potapenko
    Vitaly Potapenko
    Vitaly Nikolaevich Potapenko is a Ukrainian former professional basketball player. He played college basketball at Wright State University and was selected 12th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1996 NBA Draft...

     - Professional basketball player
  • Greg Robinson
    Greg Robinson
    -External links:**-References:...

     - Professional Baseball Player for the Arizona Diamondbacks
    Arizona Diamondbacks
    The Arizona Diamondbacks are a professional baseball team based in Phoenix. They play in the West Division of Major League Baseball's National League. From 1998 to the present, they have played in Chase Field...

  • Nicole Scherzinger
    Nicole Scherzinger
    Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, model, and actress. Scherzinger is perhaps best known for being the lead vocalist of the Pussycat Dolls....

     - Singer for The Pussycat Dolls and Eden's Crush
    Eden's Crush
    Eden's Crush is a former girl group based in Los Angeles created on the American television series Popstars which aired on AOL Time Warner's WB television network in early 2001, and promoted on the AOL on-line service...

    , judge on The X Factor USA
  • Anthony Shaffer
    Anthony Shaffer (intelligence officer)
    Anthony Shaffer is a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who gained fame for his claims about mishandled intelligence before the September 11 attacks and for the censoring of his book, Operation Dark Heart....

     - U.S. Army intelligence officer and author of Operation Dark Heart
    Operation Dark Heart
    Operation Dark Heart is a 2010 memoir by U.S. Army intelligence officer Lt. Col Anthony Shaffer notable for the lengths the U.S. Defense Department went in an attempt to censor information revealed within, after the book had already been distributed free of redactions.The book details Shaffer's...

  • Brad Sherwood
    Brad Sherwood
    Bradley "Brad" Sherwood is an American actor and comedian. He has worked in entertainment as an actor, comedian, singer, writer, and producer.- Early life and career:...

     - Actor and comedian
  • Joe Smith - Professional baseball player
  • Chase Whiteside
    Chase Whiteside
    Chase Whiteside is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and founder of New Left Media. Whiteside is perhaps best known for his films documenting the participants at Tea Party events. Those documentaries, which IndieWire called "a perfect example of where documentary form and style is headed," have...

     - Journalist, documentary filmmaker, and founder of New Left Media
  • DaShaun Wood
    DaShaun Wood
    DaShaun Wood is an American basketball player. , he's under contract with Bundesliga club Alba Berlin. A point guard, Wood was named Horizon League Player of the Year in 2007 and Bundesliga MVP in 2011.- College career :...

    - Professional basketball player

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