Wittenberg University

As we count down the final days of Barack Obama's last term in office we can take a moment to reflect on what has transpired over the past eight years. How has America changed? What has gotten better? What has actually gotten worse?

Wittenberg professor Julius Bailey reflects on some of these matters in his new book "Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams - the Age of Obama and Beyond." Has the the election of our first black president helped us to move beyond racism? Or, have our racial issues simply been more painfully apparent?

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Dr. Dick Helton has been named the interim president of Wittenberg University. Helton is stepping in after Dr. Laurie Joyner’s resignation in November.

Helton recently served as president of Vincennes University in Indiana, and also spent time serving as a superintendent in the Indiana school system. He holds a Ph.D from Indiana State University.

Wittenberg's Joyner Resigns As President

Nov 5, 2015

Wittenberg hired Dr. Laurie Joyner to be its first female president in July of 2012. Now, after nearly four years on the job, Joyner is leaving the university.

Wendy Kobler, interim vice-president of advancement, confirmed Joyner's resignation Wednesday evening.

"Dr. Joyner has resigned from her post as president and will leave Wittenberg University on Friday, Nov. 6. She was elected to serve Wittenberg University by the board of directors in 2012, so she was in her fourth year," Kobler said.

Wittenberg is claiming the firm of Martin, Brown, Hull and Harper provided bad legal advice.

A Springfield law firm wants a misconduct lawsuit dismissed against it that was filed by Wittenberg University earlier this year.

Wittenberg claimed in the lawsuit that the firm of Martin, Brown, Hull and Harper provided bad legal advice that caused the school to suffer severe financial losses. The complaint alleges that two partners in the law firm had several conflicts of interest while representing the university. They're seeking $25,000 in damages.

One of those conflicts was the university's use of endowment funds to purchase the Springfield Museum of Art in 2010.

Wittenberg University and Clark State Community College in Springfield are partnering on a nursing degree program.


The collaboration will allow students to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and Bachelor of Science in Nursing in four years by taking classes at both schools.

Guest speakers at the event included Stephen Moody, Springfield Police Chief; Anthony Pettiford, Yellow Springs Police Chief; Warren Copeland, Springfield Mayor; Lori Askeland, Yellow Springs Village Council; Jim Hutchins, Wittenberg Police Chief; Denise
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Law enforcement and public officials attended a town hall forum Monday night at Wittenberg University.  The forum was sponsored by Wittenberg Associate Professor, Julius Bailey's hip hop class, and about 200 students attending used twitter to comment about  the panel discussion, which centered around race, rights and officer involved shootings.

Front and center in Monday night’s forum—the recent deaths of two black men; 18-year-old Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo., and 22-year-old John Crawford, III at a Beavercreek Walmart. Both men were shot by white police officers.

Wittenberg Receives College Success Grant

Aug 11, 2014

Two Wittenberg University administrators have teamed up to to better understand why certain students have trouble transitioning from high school to college.  The academic duo helped the university land one of 19 College Success Grants to fund their study.

Mary Jo Zembar and Jon Duraj recently secured nearly $200,000 in funding from the non-profit Great Lakes Community Investments Corporation.

Duraj shared that part of the funding will be used to hire three first-year success advisers, who will be asking students tough questions that go beyond traditional academics.

World Cup And Soccer Fever Impact The Miami Valley

Jun 26, 2014
Ohio kids playing soccer in 2012.
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This year's World Cup is being played in Brazil, which spent $14 billion to prepare for the month-long tournament. Meanwhile, the  financial and cultural impact of soccer is growing around the Miami Valley.

Soccer is viewed as the “people’s game” outside of United States, according to Steve Dawson, head of men's soccer at Wittenberg University.

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Wittenberg geology students and the city of Springfield have paired up to reduce pollution in area rivers and streams.  The partnership is expected to save the city money and serve as a learning experience for students.

Buck Creek cuts through the middle of Springfield. Trees line the banks and in the warmer months, kayaking and other activities are common recreation. But there’s a problem. During heavy rains, the sewage system gets overwhelmed.

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The City of Springfield has partnered with a Wittenberg professor and her Geology class to tackle an ongoing problem with storm overflow waste going directly into Buck Creek during rainstorms. The new partnership has come up with a plan to help fix the problem.

Springfield has an aging sewer system and when it rains all the stormwater goes into the same pipeline as the city's sanitary waste. The city has increased in size but the pipeline hasn't, and so there's an overflow of raw sewage.