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Summer Reading Recommendations

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Are you looking for a great summer read? Join our Book Club for a summer reading discussion at Eudora Brewing Company on June 16th at 5:30 pm. We’ll have a casual conversation about books we’re reading and share recommendations with each other.

If you can’t make it to our in-person discussion, we have ideas for your summer reading! Our staff have suggested a few titles they recommend. We’ve linked them to our catalog or the SearchOhio catalog to make it easy for you to request them.

We’ve also included the list of titles from the past three years of titles from our Book Club. We hope you will join us for the 2022-2023 book discussions beginning in September 2022. The Book Club is sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, the WSU Alumni Association, and the WSU Retirees Association.

Enjoy your summer and happy reading!

Staff recommendations

Black Cake by Charmain Wilkerson – recommended by Lisa Bleeke, Business Manager

How to be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question by Michael Schur – recommended by Jane Wildermuth, Head of Special Collections and Archives

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – recommended by Ran Raider, Government and History Librarian

Deer Season by Erin Flanagan – recommended by Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian

2021-2022 Book Club Titles

2020-2021 Book Club Titles

2019-2020 Book Club Titles

University Libraries’ Staff Honored at Annual Recognition Ceremony

The University Libraries’ annual Staff Recognition Ceremony was held on May 4, 2022. At this ceremony two library staff were honored for years of service and two were selected for the Libraries’ annual Staff Achievement and Recognition (StAR) Award. The StAR award is a peer recognition program designed to honor excellence among library staff through individual awards. The Friends of the Libraries provide financial support for the awards.

Library Staff Years of Service Awards – 25 Years

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Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian; Beth Anderson, Information Desk Evening Supervisor

Beth has worked with the Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) since it opened over 20 years ago, helping students with multimedia presentations and technology. She has supervised many student assistants and is the LEAP Librarian.

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Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian; Ximena Chrisagis, Nursing, Chemistry, & Modern Languages Librarian

Ximena is the librarian for the School of Nursing, and the Departments of Chemistry and Modern Languages. Over her 25 years here she has also worked with History and Special Collections and Archives.

2022 StAR Winner: Shannon Michalak, Library Operation Specialist 2

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Shannon Michalak, Library Operation Specialist; Matt Shreffler, Head of Resource Delivery Services

Shannon does an outstanding job connecting the Wright State University to resources in her role supporting interlibrary loans and course reserves. She is always willing to step up to the front desk, answer the phone, or help out wherever needed. She comes to work every day with her energy, enthusiasm, and positive attitude. Staff noted Shannon’s creativity and willingness to help. Shannon is creative and innovative, looking for solutions to improve processes. If you’ve checked out a bookable room in the past year, we had a much easier time finding the key, thanks to the 3D holder and key rings Shannon and her husband made to organize them. It improved the handling of the keys, and staff are now able to see which rooms are available and which rooms are checked out in a glance. Her colleagues shared that this has made a big improvement to the whole process. Her nominator concluded, “Shannon is great at everything she touches and we are lucky to have her.”  

2022 StAR Winner: Heather Back, Student Success Librarian

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Karen Wilhoit, University Librarian; Heather Back, Student Success Librarian; Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian

Heather brings energy and excitement, along with a smile and a positive attitude into the library as the Student Success Librarian. She channels this power into a wide variety of activities and projects from creating a Student Success Book Collection next to the Starbucks in the 1st Floor Group Study Rooms; promoting the Wright State University Libraries during Student Welcome Week; helping students during finals by coordinating DeStress for Success, and connecting Education students with the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center, all with a focus of helping students succeed. Her colleagues noted that she plans things well in advance to keep things humming and fresh for students. She comes up with interesting projects for the student workers to help with. One colleague pointed to her attitude and interaction as building bridges between departments and across campus. The Wright State University Libraries have a special Student Success Librarian in Heather Back.  We are grateful for Heather’s fresh perspectives and students-first focus! 

Congratulations to all our award recipients and thank you to all our staff for their continued dedication and service to Wright State University and the University Libraries.

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.