Wright State University

Jonathan McNeal

On Tuesday, students, faculty, and specials guests gathered to welcome Oscar-winning Actor and Director, Tom Hanks to Wright State University.  Hanks was on hand for the opening dedication of the university’s new Center for Motion Pictures, which bears his name. 

Wright State President, David Hopkins says Hank’s relationship with the university goes back to the late 1970s when the actor performed on the Wright State stage.

Students perform at the 2014 Wright State University ArtsGala
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After last year's record-setting event, Wright State University's College of Liberal Arts is preparing for the 17th  annual ArtsGala.  Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Jennie Buckwalter and several Wright State arts students joined WYSO's Niki Dakota in the studio for a preview of the event that benefits students.

Wright State University's ArtsGala is Saturday, April 9th 6:30pm - midnight.  More information is at: wright/edu/artsgala

Wright State University's Opera Department will present two one-act operas this weekend at the Creative Arts Center.  Dr. Kimberly Warrick and WSU opera student Lisa Burwinkle join WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about art of opera and the upcoming performance.

Wright State University Opera Department's concert is April 1-3 at Wright State's Creative Arts Center.

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A man arrested after trying to jump on the stage at Republican Donald Trump's campaign rally in Dayton reportedly told police he planned to grab the microphone and yell that Trump is a racist but didn't intend to hurt anyone.

Donna Schlagheck, with Wright State’s political science department, addresses students faculty and guests at Wright State's Student Union.
Jerry Kenney

Officials at Wright State University kicked off “Debate 2016” celebrations on Super Tuesday with some big fanfare—in September the university will host the first presidential debate between the democratic and republican nominees.

A balloon drop and confetti canons rounded out the event after several speakers gave updates on plans for the big debate.

Donna Schlagheck, with Wright State’s political science department says Wright State’s Board of Trustees has approved an estimated $8 million in upfront costs for planning and security measures.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State investigators found no evidence of Ohio lobbying law violations by a Wright State University consultant whose firm was paid nearly $1 million in 2014 to secure state and federal funding for the school.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said Friday that the investigation focused on whether Ron Wine of Ron Wine Consulting Group should have registered as a lobbyist.

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Cybersecurity security concerns are expected to increase Wright State University's anticipated costs for hosting the first presidential debate this fall.

The Dayton Daily News reports that officials at the school in southwest Ohio has told its board of trustees that plans call for spending around $8 million in preparation for the Sept. 26 debate.

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Ohio's House speaker has ordered an ethics investigation into whether a consultant for Wright State University possibly advised the school's president to offer to throw him a major fundraiser while he was advocating for state money.
Emails reviewed by the Dayton Daily News show consultant Ron Wine advised WSU President David Hopkins to suggest the fundraiser while asking Speaker Cliff Rosenberger for help raising $10 million in private and public funding for a September presidential debate.

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A large group of Antioch College students and staff members gathered in front of the campus Thursday afternoon to show solidarity with students at the University of Missouri who have accused the administration there of ignoring alleged acts of racism on campus.

Antioch student Marcell Vanarsdale thinks that students at the campus are united in standing up against racism. He was happy to see such a large turnout of Antioch students at the rally.

Filmmakers Eryn Montgomery and Kel Lind join WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the films they're presenting in this weekend's Big Lens Film Festival, which showcases new work from Wright State University's film program.

The Big Lens Film Festival is Friday, October 16th at the Dayton Art Institute.