Category: Community

2022-2023 Book Club Titles Revealed!

We’re excited to announce the titles for our 2022-2023 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 Tuesday 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.

September 8, 2022 – Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

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November 10, 2022 – Blackout by Erin Flanagan

Author and Wright State University Professor of English, Erin Flanagan, will join our discussion.

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January 12, 2023 – Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

March 9, 2023 – 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.

2022 Wright State University Top Scholars

The University Libraries are pleased to announce the Wright State University 2022 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 students’ 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 28th year.

We would like to publicly recognize and congratulate our six Top Scholars for 2022 and share their plans for after graduation and/or their favorite memories as Wright State University students.

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Ryan Slater

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Ryan Slater

Major: Computer Engineering

Book: An Architectural Approach to Level Design by Christopher W. Totten

After Graduation Plans and/or Favorite Memory:  “I will be attending the University of Cincinnati, where I will be pursuing a master’s of science in computer science with a focus on data science and machine learning. I will be studying under Dr. John Gallagher, a former WSU CS professor.

My favorite experience at WSU has easily been building the Collegiate Esports Club and now watching it continue to grow and flourish under new leadership. The club has grown from around 20 to almost 300 members in just two years. It’s the most rewarding thing to watch friendships be born out of a passion project.”

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Melissa Kaufman

College of Health, Education, and Human Services

Melissa Kaufman

Major: Nursing

Book: The Field of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity edited by Mary K. Wakefield, David R. Williams, Suzanne Le Menestreal, & Jennifer L. Flaubert

After Graduation/Favorite Memory:  “Being a single parent, I’m excited to graduate from this long journey and start my nursing career. I will be staying in the area and would like to go back to get my Masters or PhD degree.”

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Whitney White

College of Science and Mathematics

Whitney White

Major: Biological Sciences

Book: Ecological Reciprocity: A Treatise on Kindness by Michael Charles Tobias & Jane Gray Morrison

After Graduation Plans and/or Favorite Memory: “After graduation I plan to intern at the Environmental Protection Agency. I also want to volunteer with different conservation groups in the Dayton area in my free time.

My favorite memory at Wright State is the time I got to spend with student organizations on campus. I enjoyed going to events hosted by Rainbow Alliance, Black Women Striving Forward, UAB, the Black Student Union and many more. The people here are who really make Wright State enjoyable. The students are so much fun to be around and always willing to lend a helping hand!”

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Patrick Lockhart

Raj Soin College of Business

Patrick Lockhart

Major: Business Economics

Book: Financial Systems, Central Banking, and Monetary Policy During COVID-19 Pandemic and After edited by Çağatay Bașarir & Burak Darici

After Graduation Plans and/or Favorite Memory: “Throughout the summer, I will be participating in the Premier College Internship Program at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

My work at Wright-Patt will be in the logistics management career field.  Starting in the Fall 2022 semester, I will begin the Master of Science in Social and Applied Economics degree program full-time.  My goal/hope is to return to work for the Air Force at Wright-Patt as a logistician after the completion of my master’s degree.  Eventually, I would like to be a program manager.

As a Marine Corps veteran and older student, the initial thought of attending college was stressful.  However, I quickly settled in at Wright State and was able to achieved all my academic goals and more.  I attribute this success primarily to my professors.  Learning and working with them has been the greatest experience of all.  I have had the privilege to work alongside faculty and alumni at the Raj Soin College of Business Strategic Stakeholder’s workshop, where we addressed strengths and weaknesses of the college and developed future plans to make the college even better than it already is.  In addition, I have had the privilege to work events, like the Raider Open House, where I could share my thoughts, knowledge, and experiences with potential Wright State students and their families.”

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Hallie Whitten

Lake Campus

Hallie Whitten

Major: Crime and Justices Studies

Book: Creating Restorative Justice: A Communication Perspective of Justice, Restoration, and Community by Gregory D. Paul & Ian M. Borton

After Graduation Plans and/or Favorite Memory: “In addition to being a full-time student, I have also spent the last year working as a Correctional Officer at the Auglaize County Corrections Center. After graduating from WSU with my degree in Crime and Justice Studies, I plan to stay at the ACCC and will be attending the Corrections Academy in May.”

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Margaret Musco

Margaret Musco

Major: Acting

Book: Muse of Fire: Reflections on Theatre by Terrence McNally

After Graduation Plans and/or Favorite Memory: “After graduation, I will be moving to New York to pursue a career in musical theatre.

The past four years at Wright State have been filled with some of the most amazing moments. As a musical theatre major, I have spent countless hours training and performing in the Creative Arts Center. That building is home to so many wonderful memories, but one of my favorites was my first maskless rehearsal of Sweet Charity this past semester. Throughout the pandemic, all performances and classes have been masked. The seemingly unremarkable concept of seeing someone’s face suddenly became an incredible event. Sharing the joy and relief of that moment with my classmates was something I will cherish forever.

Congratulations to our 2022 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.

Friends of the Libraries Virtual “Lunch-In”

The Friends of the Wright State University Libraries present Herbert Woodward Martin, Professor Emeritus, University of Dayton.

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Herbert Woodward Martin

Paul Laurence Dunbar, a Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of His Birth

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Grab your lunch and join us online!

Register now

Dr. Herbert Martin will present a dramatic presentation and discussion in honor of the 150th anniversary of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s birth.

Reflecting on his career, Dr. Martin writes of himself:

“Herbert Woodward Martin finds himself, a Librettist. Thrust into the foreground of a career that has witness the publication of eleven volumes of poetry, he suddenly realizes that his two Arias for Solo Voice has placed him in the forefront of writers engaged by composers. He has worked  with numerous composers and more recently with the American Composer Adolphus Hailstork.

Without realizing it, he has been the literary voice for an opera using Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poems titled: Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common Ground, followed by The Cantata: Crispus Attucks, Zora for Narrator and Orchestra, and more recently Nobody Know for Baritone and Orchestra, Tulsa 1921 for Mezzo-soprano. March will be witness to the World Premiere of A Knee On The Neck a new requiem based on the death of George Floyd.

He won First Prize for The Log of The Vigilante. This is his Slave Narrative book. His most recent volumes of poetry are The Shape of Regret (Wayne State University Press) and Sometimes Say My Name which won the Publication Prize from The William Meredith Foundation for 2021.  

He is The Paul Laurence Dunbar Poet Laureate for Dayton Ohio.”

Registration is required for this free event and must be completed by Monday, April 18, 2022. Patron level registrations help support the Friends of the Libraries. Thank you for your support.

Learn how you can further support the Libraries by becoming a Friends of the Libraries member.

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Frederick Lewis, February 17, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

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Frederick Lewis

In recognition of Black History Month and as part of the University Libraries’ 150th Paul Laurence Dunbar Birthday Celebration Series, the Libraries will present, Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask, a documentary on the life and legacy of the first African American to achieve national fame as a writer. This presentation will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 441 Dunbar Library and on Webex.

Born to former slaves in Dayton, Ohio, Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), is best remembered for his poem, “We Wear the Mask” and for lines from “Sympathy” that became the title of Maya Angelou’s autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

Dunbar’s story is also the story of the African American experience around the turn of the century. The man abolitionist Frederick Douglass called “The most promising young colored man in America” wrote widely published essays critical of Jim Crow laws, lynching and what was commonly called “The Negro Problem”. Yet, to earn a living, Dunbar also wrote poems and stories utilizing “Plantation dialect” and composed songs for Broadway shows that bordered on minstrelsy.

The documentary also tells the story of Dunbar’s boyhood friendship with the Wright Brothers and interweaves contemporary segments on artists and musicians who perpetuate Dunbar’s legacy through their own art.

Frederick Lewis, the program’s writer and director will be on had to introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion. Lewis is a professor in the School of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University.

More than eight years in the making, “Beyond the Mask” received support from Ohio Humanities and major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is a production of the Central Region Humanities Center based at Ohio University.

Frederick Lewis can be reached at 740-274-1650 or

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries. Online registration is required. Contact for more information about this and other events honoring the 150th anniversary of Paul Laurence’s birth.