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Shut up and dance

19619 Jim Hannah, Zoe Nutter and Wright State Dancers 11-9-17

Zoe Dell Nutter inspires Wright State dance students Mrs. Nutter (left) with scholarship recipient, sophomore, Jacob Shade (right) By Jim Hannah   As 102-year-old Zoe Dell Nutter watched the leotard-clad Wright State University dance majors go through their paces, Nutter’s days of dancing with the San Francisco Ballet bubbled to the surface of her memory. […]

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What’s the message?

18697 Jim Hannah, Psychology Professor Cheryl Meyer 2-28-17

Wright State professor Dr. Cheryl Meyer explores suicide note motivations Photo: Wright State’s Dr. Cheryl Meyer with her book “Explaining Suicide: Patterns, Motivations and What Notes Reveal” By Jim Hannah The last words of nearly 200 souls are snugged inside a crimson accordion folder on a bedroom floor in the home of Wright State University […]

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Foundation find

19091 Jim Hannah, Professor Lance Green Archaeology Dig 6-7-17

Wright State students unearth historic settlement near Springfield Photo: Anthropology student Cullen Dunajski sifts soil at the excavation site By Jim Hannah The “chink, chink, chink” of steel trowels striking and scraping stone is the soundtrack of history being revealed at George Rogers Clark Park just outside of Springfield, Ohio. Wright State University anthropology students […]

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Symphony scribe

18474 Jim Hannah, Music Professor Dennis Loranger 1-11-17

Wright State lecturer Dennis Loranger turns program prose for Dayton Philharmonic into art form Photo: Lecturer Dennis Loranger; photo: courtesy Chris Snyder By Jim Hannah If you’re taking in a symphony by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the guy you want to sit next to is Dennis Loranger. The Wright State University music historian will likely know more about […]

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Great ferment

18722 Jim Hannah, Alum Jeff Fortney Figleaf Brewing Company 3-3-17

Jeff Fortney puts FigLeaf Brewing Co. on the map Photo: Jeff Fortney, co-owner, head brewer, and beer magician at FigLeaf Brewing Co. By Jim Hannah He works his Merlin-like magic on the production floor, a stainless-steel jungle of towering fermenters, a mash mixer, lauter tun, boil kettle, and whirlpool tank. Welcome to the FigLeaf Brewing […]

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Language lion

18704 Jim Hannah, English Professor John Haught 2-23-17

Wright State professor John Haught’s heart beats for Honduras John Haught returned to Honduras, where he spent 10 years of his life, to develop strategies that focus on communicative language teaching; photo: Erin Pence By Jim Hannah The Central American nation of Honduras is in his blood. It was in Honduras where Wright State University […]

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Dog days

18703 Jim Hannah, Alumni Sarah & Ash McGinley 3-1-17

Wright State writers, cat people give dog new ‘leash’ on life Marco the pit bull kisses Ash McGinley, whom adopted him with Sarah McGinley; photo: Erin Pence By Jim Hannah For cat people, Sarah and Ash McGinley have quite the dog. The Wright State University couple last July adopted Marco, a blind and battered pit […]

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Promised land

18773 Jim Hannah, History Graduate Student Haley Drodge 3-13-17

Wright State grad student pieces together Randolph slaves’ story for Wilberforce museum Exhibit creator Hadley Drodge works to re-center the Randolph slaves’ story on the freed people; photo: Will Jones By Jim Hannah Their story is powerful. Nearly 400 freed slaves—including an infant less than 1-year-old and a woman over 100—make a 500-mile pilgrimage on […]

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First string

18584 Jim Hannah, Guitar Instructor Jim McCutcheon Governors Award 1-30-17

Local guitar instructor Jim McCutcheon wins Governor’s Award for arts education By Jim Hannah Photo: Jim McCutcheon, also known as ‘The Guitar Man,’ teaches lessons at his shop, WSU, and UD; photo: Erin Pence A sign in the front window of McCutcheon Music says, “Just Play.” That’s exactly what owner Jim McCutcheon has been doing since […]

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Wine wizard

17656 Jim Hannah, Retired CoLA Dean Charles Taylor 6-22-16

Wright State Dean Emeritus Charles Taylor pairs wine with philosophy By Jim Hannah Photo: Charles Taylor, Ph.D., retired dean of Wright State University’s College of Liberal Arts, philosophizes on wine; photo: Erin Pence He slips it slowly and gingerly out of the cellar wine rack—a dust-furred bottle of Port nearly 40-years-old. Among his thousand bottles of […]

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Volcanic voyage

18829 Jim Hannah, Alumni Jamaica Sirocky 3-21-17

From the Philippines to Dayton, teacher Jamaica Siroky totes his world of literature By Jim Hannah Photo: Jamaica Siroky uses creative teaching methods at Thurgood Marshall STEM High School; photo: Will Jones   The cataclysmic 1991 eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines changed the course of his life. The second largest volcanic […]

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Inside Job: Dayton female inmates’ scripts hit the big screen

Screenwriters (l-r) Kamisha, Jaimee, Aimee, and Beverly; photo: Will Jones

From prison ‘Pens to Pictures’ Wright State professor pioneers film project with incarcerated women by Jim Hannah  Women as survivors of heroin addiction, sexual abuse, and rejection by society. These movie topics may not be anything new—but the screenwriters are. They are incarcerated women at the Dayton Correctional Institution, and their films will soon come to […]

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Through a telescopic lens

18098 Jim Hannah, Engineering Student Eric Harris photographs the moon 9-27-16

3 Wright State engineer shoots to photograph 18 years of full moons By Jim Hannah Photo: Eric Harris shoots the moon in its cycle of phases For a 9-year-old, it was a night to remember. Sick with worry about his 11-year-old sister, who was seriously ill and being treated in the intensive care unit of […]

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Milling about

18438 Jim Hannah, Alumni Jennifer Nose Clifton Mill 12-7-16

At the wheel of historic Clifton Mill with Jessica Noes By Jim Hannah Photo: Tens of thousands of visitors travel to Clifton Mill’s display of 4 million lights; photos: Eric Pence It was simply irresistible. Jessica Noes had begun working at the historic Clifton Mill in high school and continued during her college years at Wright […]

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Painting the town

18113 Jim Hannah, Arts Student Katelyn Puthoff 10-5-16

Katelyn Puthoff creates historical mural for her native Minster, Ohio By Jim Hannah Photo: Katelyn Puthoff’s mural for the Minster Historical Society depicts the town’s original German settlers on three panels; photos: Eric Pence You’re strolling down one of Minster’s main streets, start to pass an alleyway, and suddenly it just leaps out at you—a […]

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Video killed the Scantron stars

17450 Jim Hannah, Education Professor Noah Schroeder Gaming Project 5-4-16

Wright State lifts off teaching with video games By Jim Hannah Photo: WSU Prof. Noah Schroeder (right) and fine arts student Kenneth Deffet Prison cells, spaceports, generator rooms, catwalks, and escape pods. They are all part of the infrastructure in a sophisticated sci-fi video game being developed by undergraduate students at Wright State University. But it’s […]

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