Category: Staff

University Libraries Receives the President’s Award for Excellence, Outstanding Unit

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University Libraries Staff, March 2020

University Libraries staff were honored with the “Outstanding Unit” title in the 2018-19 President’s Award for Excellence. The Outstanding Unit award is given to a department, division, or program that has established and maintained an environment of service, academic excellence, gender equity, and commitment to diversity at Wright State University.

The University Libraries were praised for their outstanding staff and services to support the scholarly research and information needs of the Wright State community. The University Libraries provide a welcoming space for users to research, study independently or with groups, or socialize with friends and colleagues. This space was renovated in 2019 with 2 million dollars of state capital funding. Further, through their collections, repositories, and programs, the University Libraries preserve the history of our university, the Wright Brothers, and the Dayton community.

David Bringhurst, director, Academic Support, Student Success Center, in his nomination letter, said, “I have used the library services, and I have worked with them as colleagues. I can think of no unit on campus who so consistently delivers value to their stakeholders or who is so central to our academic mission than the University Libraries.”

An official awards ceremony was to have been held in March, but the campus closure due to COVID-19 prevented the event from happening. Staff were able to celebrate the first week of March with matching t-shirts and a pizza party compliments of the Friends of the Libraries.

Friends of the Libraries Elect New Board Members and Officers

Catherine Queener
Natalie DeHorn

The Friends of the Libraries Board of Directors recently elected the following new officers:

  • President: Natalie DeHorn
  • Vice President: Catherine Queener
  • Treasurer: Toni Walchner

The Board also appointed two new Members-at-Large:

  • Community Representative and WSU Alumna: Emily Hare
  • Student Representative: Christian Sanders

President Natalie DeHorn was co-founder of the Kettering Children’s Choir and served as their artistic director from 1986-2018. Natalie has been an active member of the Friends of the Libraries Board for five years. During this time she has served as a Member-at-Large, Secretary, Vice President, and now leads our Board as President.

Vice President Catherine Queener is a Wright State University alumna who worked for WSU for 28 years in various capacities: as an academic advisor, assistant director, transfer advisor, director of learning communities, and director of first-year programs. Catherine is currently employed as a substitute librarian for the Greene County Public Libraries.

We say farewell to Krishel (Stout) Hicks, our student representative, who will graduate in May of 2020. Thank you Krishel for your contributions to the Board.

And, a big thank you to our President Jane Rininger and Past-President Glenn Graham, for their outstanding service this year. We look forward to their continued work with the Friends.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Friends of the Libraries Annual Luncheon scheduled for April 15, 2020, was cancelled. The Board of Directors held the election of officers and member-at-large representatives virtually.

2020 Top Scholar Winners

The University Libraries are pleased to announce the Wright State University 2020 Top Scholars. Top Scholars is an annual award given to a graduating student from each college and the Lake Campus. Top Scholars are selected by the dean. Each Top Scholar must have at least a 3.6 GPA and be on track to graduate in spring. Any other criteria used to select a Top Scholar are determined by the deans and may vary by college.

Each recipient receives a certificate and a book is purchased and added to the University Libraries permanent collections in honor of each Top Scholar. Book plates, 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 WSU Parent’s Association and the Friends of the Libraries fund the award, now in its 26th year.

We would like to publicly recognize and congratulate our seven Top Scholars for 2020. *

Raj Soin College of Business
Andrew Bordner
Major: Marketing
Book: Digital Marketing Strategy: An Integrated Approach to Online Marketing, by Simon Kingsnorth

College of Education & Human Services
Lauren Mercer
Major: Rehabilitation Services
Book: Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling, by Joshua Watson and Michael K. Schmit

College of Engineering & Computer Science
Garrett Harris
Major: Electrical Engineering
Book: Principles of RF and Microwave Design, by Matthew A. Morgan

Lake Campus
Jeremy Siegrist
Major: Graphic Design
Book: Enduring Legacy of Weimar: Graphic Design and New Typography, 1919-1933, by Alston W. Purvis and Graphic Design: A New History, by Stephen Eskilson

College of Liberal Arts
Lindsey Dabe
Major: Crime and Justice Studies
Book: Civilization and Barbarism: Punishing Criminals in the Twenty-First Century, by Graeme R. Newman

College of Nursing & Health
Caitlyn Sandy
Major: Nursing
Book: Health and Physical Assessment in Nursing, by Cynthia Fenske

College of Science & Mathematics
Stamatina Tolias
Major: Neuroscience
Book: Neuroinflammation: Latest Findings, by Alfred Galswells

Congratulations to our 2020 Top Scholars!

The University Libraries, Friends of the Libraries, and the Wright State Parents Association would like to thank everyone who, with hard work, collaboration and cooperation, made this year’s Top Scholar awards possible. The Top Scholars ceremony, held in April of each year, had to be canceled this year due to the coronavirus.

*book titles are not yet available but will be purchased, cataloged, and documented once the library reopens.

Meet Alexander Sanford, Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications Librarian

The University Libraries are pleased to introduce the newest member of our staff, Alexander Sanford.  As the Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications Librarian, Alexander will advance the University Libraries’ scholarly communications efforts and will work to add scholarly and historical content to our institutional repository, CORE Scholar.

Alexander holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hobart and Smith Colleges and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.  During his graduate work, Alexander served as a Digital Scholarship Intern at Duquesne University and was the managing editor for the Slavic & East European Information Resources Journal.  Alexander also served as the president of the Student Chapter of the American Library Association.  Please welcome Alexander Sanford to Wright State and the Digital Initiatives and Repository Services Department.