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Writer/director Christopher Blazavich and producer Kara Lynch are seniors preparing to graduate from Wright State University's film program.  Their work will be among seven films screen at the Big Lens Film Festival, a yearly event that showcases the work of Wright State students.  Blazavich and Lynch joined Niki Dakota live in the studio to talk their film careers so far, future plans and more.

The Big Lens Film Festival is Sunday, April 30th, 3-5pm at the Rave Cinemas at the Greene.  

Legacies Series Brings Musical Theatre Professionals to Wright State Students

Apr 20, 2017
Tony Walton and Joe Deer recount Walton's storied theatre career
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When it comes to the craft of theater, not everything can be learned in a classroom. There’s a long history of theater professionals sharing their knowledge with younger generations. At Wright State University, the Musical Theatre Initiative continues that tradition through its Legacies Series. Last fall, the Legacy Series brought set and costume designer Tony Walton as a guest artist. He’s worked on Broadway and in Hollywood, winning three Tony Awards, an Oscar, and an Emmy.

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Wright State University recently released the long-awaited results from a 2015 audit into the school’s finances and potential conflicts of interest. School officials commissioned the audit following the opening of an ongoing federal investigation into Wright State’s alleged mishandling of international work visas.

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Students and Faculty at Wright State University are set to protest the University’s financial decisions Friday during a Board of Trustees meeting.

Protesters will march from Wright State’s quad to the student union, where the Board of Trustees will meet to discuss the school’s ongoing budget crisis. Wright State is set to overspend its budget this year by 40 million dollars. The university has cut faculty, staff and programs to rectify the situation. Wright State’s interim president Curtis McCray has said more cuts are coming.

Wright State University's Arts Gala is a six hour showcase of student work in the school's Creative Arts Center.  Jennie Buckwalter, Assistant Dean for Community and Student Engagement for Wright State's College of Liberal Arts, joined Niki Dakota live in the studio along with several Wright State University students to talk about this year event. 

The 18th Annual Wright State Arts Gala is Saturday, April 8th, 6pm - midnight.  Learn more at: https://www.wright.edu/artsgala

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Some Miami Valley colleges and universities are reporting a significant drop in international-student applications this year. The decline is part of a trend reflected in a recent Institute of International Education survey, which found nearly 40 percent of schools across the United States are experiencing similar declines.  

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Wright State University President David Hopkins has announced he’ll officially leave office Friday, three months earlier than his scheduled retirement. Hopkins had said last May he planned to step down in June, when his contract officially expired. He’s served as Wright State president for about 10 years.

In a letter to students, faculty and staff Friday, Hopkins cited the university’s budget-realignment process as one reason for vacating office early. He also wrote that he wants to, “position new president, Dr. Cheryl B. Schrader, for every success possible.”

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Wright State University’s incoming president plans to make financial sustainability one of her top priorities. The school’s board of trustees Monday voted unanimously to elect Dr. Cheryl B. Schrader as Wright State’s seventh president.

 

Schrader will be the first woman to hold the position in Wright State’s history. She currently serves as chancellor at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

 

After the vote, Schrader outlined her plans to students and faculty.

 

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It was a hectic weekend for international education coordinators at Dayton-area universities. Since President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily barring citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., some are scrambling to figure out the next steps for their affected students.

Michelle Streeter-Ferrari, the director of the Center for International Education at Wright State University, says there’s been a lot of confusion surrounding the executive order.

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Wright State University lost nearly $1.7M on its failed attempt to host the last September’s presidential debate, according to a new financial analysis by the university. 

 

Wright State Communications Director Seth Bauguess says the event’s final cost did not come as a surprise to university officials.

 

About $5 million total were spent on preparations for the debate. Much of that funding went toward upgrading the Nutter Center. Bauguess said those improvements were slated to be made in the future anyway.

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