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Published: Monday, April 18, 2016 @ 10:24 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 @ 2:15 PM
The large wall calendar that hangs in the Equipment Room at Wright State University’s new Tom Hanks Center of Motion Pictures makes it obvious that Tuesday, April 19, is going to be a red letter day for the school.
“TOM HANKS!” it reads in large red capital letters surrounded by hand-drawn stars.
W. Stuart McDowell, professor, chair and artistic director of the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures, said Hanks has put Wright State on the map in a big kind of way and helped to ensure that the school has state-of-the-art facilities.
“Our film department is thrilled finally to have a facility worthy of its faculty and talented students,” he said, adding that he and his colleagues are looking forward to honoring Hanks this week for all he has done for the University over the years. Patrons at the recent ArtsGala got a sneak peak of the new two-story art gallery, dance and stage combat studios that are part of the renovated Creative Arts Center. The $27 million renovation project is slated to be completed by the end of August.
Here's some of what the famous actor/director will be doing and experiencing during his visit:
1. BUILDING DEDICATION: The renowned actor/director comes to town this week to help dedicate the $1.4 million building that bears his name.
2. INTERACTING WITH STUDENTS: While in Dayton, Hanks also will engage in dialogue and answer questions for film, theater and dance students.
3. WORKING ON WRIGHT BROTHERS PROJECT: Hanks and author David McCullough will be working on their upcoming HBO miniseries based on McCullough’s book, “The Wright Brothers” and McCullough also will be conducting a master class at Wright State.
4. PRIVATE FUND-RAISER: Hanks also will attend a private fund-raising gala that aims to raise $500,000 for the Tom Hanks Scholarship and Visiting Artist Program.
As the national co-chair of the university’s $150 million “Rise. Shine. Campaign” — designed to expand scholarships, attract more top-flight faculty and support construction of state-of-the-art facilities — the actor was featured in a 2011 promotional video for the school.
“Wright State not only has one of the most outstanding arts programs in Ohio, but one of the best in the entire nation. I know this first hand because I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of your finest alumni," Hanks proclaims in the video.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:15 PM
HAMILTON — The questions about why the leader of one of Ohio’s largest school systems was ordered on leave continue in Hamilton.
Since Feb. 5, Hamilton schools Superintendent Tony Orr has been absent by orders of the school board.
A long executive session on Thursday saw Hamilton Board of Education members emerge the same way they went into the private meeting – without comment.
Here are five things to know about this situation:
1. Neither side is talking. Outside of released statements from the board and Orr shortly after the superintendent’s paid leave was ordered, there has been no comments from either party. The board cited allegations Orr violated board policies.
2. The community is talking. Rumors as to why Orr was ordered on leave continue to swirl through the 10,000-student city schools and the city of more than 62,000 residents.
A handful of parents have consistently spoken at school board meetings since early February asking why Orr was told to leave.
School parent and Orr supporter Randy Romer has been among them, and he said “the rumors are exploding.”
3. The board said allegations do not involve students. This news outlet has checked repeatedly with Hamilton police to see if they are conducting any investigation involving Orr in any manner, and officials there said no.
In his only statement to date, Orr said he did not know the nature of the allegations against him and expressed confidence he will be exonerated and returned to his superintendent’s job.
4. It could end Monday. On Thursday the board reviewed an independent investigation report, joined by the school system’s attorney. Board members declined to comment Thursday regarding the investigation’s report, but they said the board plans to meet on Monday at 5 p.m. and again will go into private, executive session as allowed by Ohio law for boards discussing personnel matters.
5. Teachers union representatives wanted to be heard. Some members of the union representing teachers in Hamilton schools attended the special board meeting Thursday, where the board took some actions on unrelated motions before convening into executive session.
Debra Gann, president of the Hamilton Classroom Teachers Association, asked Isgro, “Do you have any idea when you might make a decision” on Orr’s job status?
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:05 AM
SPRINGFIELD — A former Springfield City Schools technology employee is charged after multiple female students at the district accused him of inappropriately touching them, according to court documents.
Jordan Pennington, 33, is charged with gross sexual imposition, according to court documents.
One child victim “had reported that while she was in her classroom, the ‘Tech Guy’ who helps with laptops placed his hand on her back and lowered it to the top of her butt and that she moved before he could touch her entire butt,” court records showed.
A second child reported Pennington touch the side of her breast over her clothes at the school and at the STEM Nights on “numerous occasions,” records indicated.
“Upon learning of the allegations, the District immediately placed the employee on paid administrative leave and conducted a formal investigation into these concerns,” Springfield City School said in a prepared statement. “The employee in question is no longer employed with the Springfield City School District.”
The incidents were reported to have happened in January and February.
Records indicated that some of the incidents reported were witnessed and numerous children were interviewed as part of the investigation.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 9:54 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 10:38 AM
Troy — UPDATE @ 10:38 a.m.
A St. Paris man who was on his way home from a long work shift told Troy police he fell asleep while driving Friday morning, causing his car to jump a curb and hit the side of a garage.
Before hitting the garage on Saratoga Drive, the car luckily dodged a large boulder and went in between two trees. The two cars parked inside the garage had minor damage and the driver sustained a cut above his eye. The driver, who fled the scene on foot, will be cited for failure to control, leaving the scene of an accident, driving under a suspended license and giving false information to the police.
Friday morning a Troy driver was on his way home from a twelve hour shift, fell asleep at the wheel and hit a garage on Saratoga Drive.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:38 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:39 AM
— >> 5-Day Forecast
TODAY: Mostly sunny skies are expected today. It’ll be nice a nice looking day with temperatures a notch warmer than yesterday. Temperatures reach close to the mid-40s.
TONIGHT: Clouds are on the increase overnight tonight, but it looks like most of the night should be dry. The chance for snow will arrive by the morning hours Saturday.
SATURDAY: Models continue to hint at a snow storm moving into the region Saturday, dumping up to 6 inches of snow for some. The biggest question remains will this snow fall in the Miami Valley? At this point we’re keeping the chance in there, with the highest chances occurring southwest of the Dayton metro. However it’s worth mentioning that some models have moved the snow completely out of the Miami Valley, keeping it in northern Kentucky. Other models continue to have snow here. IF snow does fall, the question then becomes how much. With this storm still in the Rocky Mountains, it’s too early to talk specifics, but we can say zero to 4 inches is possible. Highs Saturday will be in the middle 30s for most, near 40 degrees northeast of Dayton.
SUNDAY: We dry out and clear the clouds with more sunshine, as highs reach the middle 40s.
MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies are on tap to start the new work week. Temperatures peak in the lower 50s.
TUESDAY: The chance for rain returns Tuesday with highs in the mid-50s.