As the old phrase goes, “time flies.” This academic year has truly been flying by. The year has been exciting and rejuvenating, but we were saddened very recently with the passing of a dear friend and colleague Dr. Joanne Risacher, senior lecturer and former director of the Student Affairs in Higher Education program, who passed after a short illness on May 9. Joanne will be deeply missed by everyone. Everything that she did was for the students. She was wholeheartedly committed to helping others. I have heard so many lovely stories from others about Joanne. Please read her story in the newsletter.
As discussed at our spring college meeting, many of us are motivated and get our energy from our work with students who bring us nothing but joy on a daily basis. We are here for our students. We have countless stories of our alumni and students’ successes, and we hope you enjoy reading a few of them in this newsletter. Congratulations to Master’s of Leadership Development (MSLD) graduate Michael Roediger who received the 2017 Graduate School Outstanding Alumni Award and congratulations to Katie McGrath and Taylor Ridenour, student affairs in higher education master students, who took first place in the Dr. Robert A Dubick Case Study Competition at the 2017 Ohio College Personnel Association Annual Conference. We are very proud of Linda Hockaday and Aaron Skira, doctoral students in Organizational Studies (DOS), who both recently did a stellar job with their dissertation proposal defenses. Our students need financial assistance. Please consider donating funds to help them through scholarships including the William C. and Myra Rowe Scholarship created by Dr. Suzanne Franco to support doctoral students in organizational studies.
Faculty in our department continuously work hard to improve the quality of our academic programs. Enjoy reading about the successes of some courses in Educational Technology, Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE), and Organizational Leadership (OL) and internship experiences of students in the Doctoral program in Organizational Studies (DOS). Students have embraced the educational opportunities in their academic programs.
We continue to embrace international visitors and opportunities. Ms. Miyuki Kikuchi and Ms. Chizuru Ishimine, two doctoral students from Japan, visited spring semester after meeting Dr. Stephanie Davis at an international conference she presented at in Okayama, Japan in November. We hope you enjoy seeing the pictures of Dr. Davis’ visit to Japan and the pictures of our guests visit to WSU. We had visits from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Drs. Niki Sol and Catherine Lee along with their first three student interns. You will read more details about other visits from international guests in our next newsletter.
Drs. Sheri Stover, Noah Schroeder, Sharon Heilmann, and Mindy McNutt were honored at our spring college-wide meeting, receiving prestigious awards noted in this newsletter. Dr. Noah Schroeder also received the Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence: Early Career Achievement. If you get a chance, please send them a note of congratulations.
We are truly missing Maggie Veres, senior lecturer and director of the Educational Technology Information Technology concentration, who retired; Julia Acosta, program coordinator for OL, DOS and MSLD, who accepted the position of Director of the Office of Latino Affairs at Wright State University; and Dr. Jill Lindsey, professor and previous department chair, who has been on sabbatical for 2016-17 and who recently accepted the position of Director for the School of Education and Human Development at Shenandoah University, a private institution in Virginia. Congratulations to each of you! Enjoy reading their stories!
As we celebrate the accomplishments of the year, we look forward to the new students that will be joining the LDR family in Fall 2017. We have already started meeting and greeting new students and have events scheduled to welcome many more.
Thank you to all of our faculty, staff, graduate assistants and student employees who worked extremely hard this year to provide the best for our students. Thank you to all of our constituents for helping us to have another great year! Take care of yourself, and I hope you all have a great summer!
Carol Logan Patitu, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair