Where Does Tuition Go?

This event will feature speakers from Ohio, but the problems being faced by higher ed institutions in Ohio are clearly not exclusive to our state. So the event may clearly be of broader interest.

What created the current crisis in public higher education? Where does all the money spent on education go? 

COVID-19 is not the only culprit in this crisis. At this forum, students and faculty from across Ohio will analyze the misplaced budget priorities that led to the current financial crisis — and propose solutions.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/y3zt2ea4

Featuring the undergraduate collective behind www.BoldlyBankrupt.com, graduate student activists, the president of Ohio AAUP, and an account of how solidarity between students and faculty led to success in a recent faculty strike.

Together, students and faculty are taking collective action to address systemic failures in higher ed at both state and institutional level.

Join us! Register here: https://tinyurl.com/y3zt2ea4

Hashtags: #SaveOhioHigherEd #miamiuniversity #AkronU #OHDems #OhioGOP #OhioState  #OhioU #FundEducation #RedforEd 

Connect to:
@SaveOhioHigher1, @OHaaup,@AaupMiami, @osuaaup, @OU_AAUP, @AkronAAUP, @aaup, @TenureForCGood, @PHEWnetwork

Teaching Online with Creative Commons and Similar Tools: AAUP Zoom Workshop on Tuesday, August 11, at 1:00

AAUP IP Workshop
As we race to move our courses online, faculty are being pressured to upload their intellectual property to their college Learning Management System. We have to protect our intellectual property and need some easy-to-use tools to do so. In this professional development AAUP Zoom, three AAUP members well-versed in these issues will cover the principles, show us the tools, and also the Creative Commons licensing details. See attached Zoom flier. I’m copying the Zoom connection here but it is also in the flier.
(Note: Some in the CCCS chapters attended the initial version of this workshop on Tuesday and gave outstanding reviews of it.)

AAUP-WSU Workshops

P&T Workshop

Wednesday, February 19, noon to 2 pm

 113 Med Sci.

Distance Learning Workshops

Tuesday, February 25, 12:30 pm-1:50 pm and

Wednesday, February 26, 12:20 pm-1:15 pm

113 Med Sci

Interested in teaching online? Unsure of what the contract says about online teaching? Join Bobby Rubin, AAUP-WSU Contract Administrator, for a workshop designed to help you understand the contract as it pertains to online teaching. Learn about Standard, Program, and Special Demand Distance Learning classes, and the contractual rights, responsibilities, and protections you have when offering these classes.



Brandy Foster Receives the Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence in Community Engagement

Brandy Foster. who is a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and who serves on our Executive Committee as an at-large representative for NTE BUFMs, has received the presidential Award for Faculty Excellence in Community Engagement. Most BUFMs who were not acquainted with Brandy before last year’s strike got a firsthand chance to appreciate her enthusiasm, energy, and organizational skills during those three weeks. Although she is relatively new to our Executive Committee, she has been contributing in many imaginative ways to our efforts to move beyond the strike and to build in constructive ways on the sense of solidarity and shared purpose that it has fostered.

Brandy Foster

The Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence in Community Engagement recognizes a faculty member at any rank who has been instrumental in helping the university achieve its mission of transforming the communities it serves. For the purpose of this award, community engagement is defined as faculty work involving a partnership with the public that achieves university goals and benefits the community in a significant way. The award can recognize teaching, research and/or service that demonstrate the ways community partnerships (local, regional/state, national and global) can enhance learning and serve the public good.

The letter in support of Brandy’s nomination for the award from the College of Engineering and Computer Science provides a detailed description of the major ways in which Brandy has development important linkages between the university and the communities that it serves:

We are proud to support the nomination of Brandy Foster for the President’s Award for Faculty Excellence: Community Engagement Award. Through her work across a wide range of initiatives, Brandy exemplifies Wright State’s mission to transform the lives of our students and the communities we serve.

The ONEIL Center at Wright State University:  Brandy’s inspiration for what would become The ONEIL Center came from her own experience as an English major who had the opportunity to translate the skills from her academic program to new contexts when she was embedded in a Mechanical Engineering graduate research group as a technical editing intern. That experience changed the trajectory of her career and led her to develop a model for experiential learning opportunities for students from any academic program.  In 2017, twelve years after her own internship, she attracted a 5-year, $675,000 corporate gift from O’Neil & Associates, a Miamisburg-based company, to found The ONEIL Center. This company was impressed by her vision of providing meaningful internship opportunities and sees the center as creating a workforce development pipeline to it and to the Dayton region. Brandy serves as the center’s executive director.

The center, which is believed to be the first of its kind, provides on-campus internships to students from every college and both Wright State campuses. The center is unique in that it functions as a transdisciplinary and highly collaborative ecosystem in which students work together to support the small business and research communities. Over 40 students have had paid or unpaid internships to provide services such as proposal writing, marketing and branding, social media management, web development, technical graphics, project management, technical editing, coaching for public speaking, and more to small businesses, start-ups, non-profits, and campus organizations. Additionally, the center has funded a Computer Science graduate student through the Robert J. Heilman Fellowship to perform research related to augmented and virtual reality.

Engaging Dayton’s Startup Community: Leaders in Dayton’s vibrant startup community are very excited about the ways The ONEIL Center supports new and growing businesses with its affordable services and creation of a workforce development pipeline. Brandy has secured partnerships with The Entrepreneur Center (TEC), the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), with The ONEIL Center being a client service provider referred to each of these organization’s clients–several thousand in number. The center’s model attracts businesses that support its mission to provide experiential learning, so these clients enjoy visiting the center and working with the students. The collaborative nature of the center extends to its clients, and Brandy and her students frequently host meetings to facilitate introductions among people pursuing complementary goals.

In addition to these partnerships, The ONEIL Center has been a valuable supporter of the annual TechStars Startup Week Dayton, especially through its named sponsorship of the Pitch Competition, during which startups compete for cash prizes and in-kind services to the winners. During the startup community’s most important annual event, Brandy volunteers as a moderator for fireside chats on the Main Stage, conducts multiple workshops and sessions, engages potential clients at the Resource Fair, and announces the winners of the Pitch Competition.

Given Brandy’s unique relationship to Dayton’s startup community, she has recently been sought as a collaborator on proposals, which benefit both her students and the community. For example, she has recently won federal funding to design and launch an internship pipeline to the medical technology startup ecosystem; another recent grant supports her students’ storytelling about Dayton’s new companies. In 2018, Brandy won a $225,000 defense subcontract on a project related to human performance; this work supports the defense community and has funded numerous undergraduate interns at a rate of $20/hour and Brandy’s first graduate research assistant. 

Engaging Community Organizations: Brandy works closely with the internship program in the College of Liberal Arts, her alma mater, to provide unpaid internships to students needing to meet program requirements for graduation. She works closely with these students to identify a campus or community organization that could benefit from their project and supervises their work. To date, students have completed projects supporting the Raider Food Pantry, TheZe Dealz Thrift Shop, eMerge (a minority-owned social entrepreneurship program), Emergency Services units, a Wright State Neuroscience capstone course, and a virtual museum dedicated to celebrating Black culture in the countries comprising the African diaspora.

Outside of her work in The ONEIL Center, Brandy has volunteered as the executive director of Simman Wound Care & Fellowships, a nonprofit organization focused on advancing research into therapies and technologies related to wounds, which impose a significant social and economic cost. Under her tenure as executive director, she recruited new board members, led the board in strategic planning, and planned and hosted the organization’s first major fundraisers.

In the Spring of 2019, Brandy was invited to be on the fundraising team to support Mr. Hernan Olivas’s candidacy for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year competition. Brandy helped to plan and host fundraising events and campaigns during the intense multi-week competition.

Given her diverse interests, Brandy has been sought for speaking engagements for various organizations, including the Dayton Think Tank, the Dayton Society of Professional Engineers, Antioch University’s panel on artificial intelligence, Wright State’s Masters of Public Health program, and many more. She was selected to deliver a talk on being a generalist in a specialist’s world at TedxDayton in October 2019.

Building a Better Community: Brandy is an active member of the District 10 Indivisible for All chapter and is a committed advocate for a more equitable community. She has participated in phone banks and has organized several postcard writing campaigns to raise awareness of issues and as part of a non-partisan effort to increase voter participation. During a few months in the Fall of 2018, Brandy and her family handwrote over 2500 postcards. As part of her volunteer work, she has shared her experience as a survivor of incest and sexual assault and subsequent mental health issues and provided mentorship to other survivors not as far along in their recovery. This work has positioned her to arrange an internship for a student in the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies program, which will provide introductory activist organizing projects of great interest to the student and benefit to the community. 

Brandy has demonstrated her commitment to building a better community by volunteering to work on collaborative proposals of significant impact. For example, in 2018, Brandy assisted with the writing and project management of a proposal to the Ohio Third Frontier program. This successful effort was led by her colleague Dr. Thomas Wischgoll and involved a consortium of every institution of higher education in the region; as a result, the greater Dayton region benefited from an infusion of $975,000 in artificial and virtual reality equipment to support workforce development.

Those of us who work with Brandy know that she can be fearless in her eagerness to serve. This has never been more apparent than when she, on the basis of an informal conversation with a brand-new acquaintance, decided to pursue the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition for a single, $100 million grant with the potential to provide economic revitalization, new jobs, clean energy, more democratic forms of transportation, and international attention to Dayton.  With fewer than 5 weeks before the submission deadline and no one else stepping up to lead, Brandy built a team that includes Wright State and many departments and units, the City of Dayton, SOCHE, Third Sector Capital Partners in Boston, and numerous startups and non-profits. Her enthusiasm for the project and her can-do attitude carried the massive project to submission, and the team has learned that its proposal has now successfully made it through the first review. 

The sheer breadth of Brandy’s community engagement is impressive, but her impact on workforce development for both students and the communities we serve exemplifies Wright State’s critical role in the region.


Noeleen McIlvenna’s Remarks before the Wright State Board of Trustees, 13 September 2019

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The video starts somewhat after Noeleen had already begun her remarks; so if the opening seems confusing, the following note should clarify what she is describing:

Dr No asked the audience if they had watched the British Open this summer, and she explained it was played in her home town, Portrush, Northern Ireland. She mentioned all the promotional videos that NBC and Golf Channel showed over the four days of broadcast, highlighting all the beauty and attractions of the local area, even the Harbor Bar and its bartender . . . which is where the video starts.


AAUP-WSU Solidarity Scholarship–Nimisha H. Patel Activism Award

This scholarship is awarded annually to a Wright State Student who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community and/or campus activism in the spirit of social justice and inclusivity. Open to all continuing WSU undergraduate and graduate students who have at least one semester remaining before graduation and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. The scholarship award is $1,000 and may be awarded to more than one recipient. Deadline: Nov 22, 2019

Nimisha H. Patel Activism Award–Application Form

Nimisha Patel and Cake

Nimisha Patel Cake

Labor Day 2019

The following message is from the law firm of Susannah Muskovitz, the labor attorney who has represented our chapter since its inception:

Labor Day: Celebrating Our Continuing Fight

“137 years ago, our union brothers and sisters marched in the first ever Labor Day parade. On September 5, 1882 in New York City, 200 members of the Jewelers Union of Newark Two began to march with their band down Broadway. As they marched, spectators began to join, with 700 workers in line. The parade continued with the total number of marchers growing to thousands of men and women. A couple hours later, the marchers arrived at Reservoir Park where some marchers returned to work, while others continued the post-parade party. Unions that hadn’t participated in the parade showed up. Speeches were given, a picnic held, and there were “Lager beer kegs…mounted in every conceivable place.” For hours and into the evening nearly 25,000 union members and their families filled the park and celebrated the first Labor Day.

“As you know, 137 years later, our fight is as important as ever. However, this weekend, we celebrate the spirit of the labor movement and our collective, continued struggle. We hope you, your families, your friends, and your union brothers and sisters continue on this tradition and get a chance to celebrate your own work and the continued work of organized labor. On behalf of all of us here at M&L, we raise our glasses to all of you doing the underappreciated and often unseen work of improving the quality of life for working people.”

This past month, members of our chapter, including many in our chapter leadership, joined members of the Professionals Guild of Ohio in informational picketing after a judge had issued an order putting a stay on their planned strike. Our members were reciprocating for the support that we received from other unions in the Miami Valley region when we were on strike for three weeks earlier this year.

The last of the three photos features graduates of Wright State’s Social Work program who are now members of the Professionals Guild of Ohio. So, in a very real sense, our union’s activism continues to be student-centered.

Supporting Professionals Guild of Ohio 1

Supporting Professionals Guild of Ohio 2

Supporting Professionals Guild of Ohio 3--WSU SW Grads