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An acid spill Monday at Wright State University led to the evacuation of ten buildings on campus and the cancellation of classes for the day.

A lab technician spilled more than two liters of acetic acid, a chemical used as a cleaning agent in classroom laboratories, in the basement of Oelman Hall, just before 10 a.m. Monday.

Wright State University has set aside a new graduate scholarship fund for employees of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The fund will give up to $7,500 dollars a year to civilian or military personnel to help cover tuition; family members will also be eligible.

Robert Fyffe, the dean of the Graduate School, says the scholarships will cover a variety of fields including business and health.

“It goes beyond just the traditional engineering topics that we typically think of as being critical to what the Air Force is doing,” he says.  

A large statewide proposal for state of Ohio funds for colleges and universities was released in January that includes $50 million in requests from the Dayton area. The capital budget, as it’s called, is a biennial funding process to pay for long-term investments and infrastructure upgrades.

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 The Dayton area has proposed $30 million worth of economic development projects for Ohio’s 2015-2016 budget. It’s the first time in five years local groups have had a chance to request construction funds, and the governor’s Office of Budget and Management (OBM) is going through over 100 proposals from around the state now.

Local film student Brittany Shyne is premiering her short film The Painted Lady at the Big Lens Film Festival on Thursday at the Neon Theater in Dayton. Both shows are sold out, but plans for another showing are in the works according to filmmaker Steve Bognar.

The Big Lens Film Festival celebrates the work of graduating Wright State University film students.  Graduating senior Megan Hague joins Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the work she and her classmates are sharing on screen at the Neon Movies.

The Big Lens Film Festival is Thursday, August 22nd at the Neon Movies in downtown Dayton.

A letter from the state Environmental Protection Agency clears the way for a southwest Ohio university to take over a cleaned-up brownfield site now used for emergency response training.

The Dayton Daily News reports the letter to the city of Fairborn indicates no more cleanup is needed at the site housing the National Center for Medical Readiness, known as "Calamityville."

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Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, John Carey, was at Wright State University on Monday for the final stop on a statewide tour to highlight the recent state budget and its impact on higher education.

Carey, a former state representative appointed to the Board of Regents in April, said the mission mandated to him by Governor John Kasich is to align Ohio educational institutions with workforce development.

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A well known artist and pioneer of Wright State University’s Film and video department has passed away. Jud Yalkut was born in New York City in 1938, but has been a Dayton resident since 1973. He was an Assistant Professor of Art at Wright State, where he founded the first film and video program. Yalkut also taught at Sinclair Community College and Xavier University in Cincinnati.

As an artist, Yalkut was the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants from the Ohio Arts Council, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District.

Central State Undergrads will now be able to take master’s-level courses at Wright State University, and use those credits towards their degrees.

In a signing ceremony this morning, scheduled for 9 o’clock, officials from both universities outlined details of the agreement designed to give students an opportunity to jump-start their master’s degree at Wright State while they finish their bachelor’s at Central State.

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