Wright State could merge 4 colleges into 2 as part of reorganization

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 9:02 AM


            Wright State University will consider merging some of its colleges.
Wright State University will consider merging some of its colleges.

Wright State University is undergoing a program prioritization process that could result in the merger of multiple departments and even entire colleges.

The university is considering merging its College of Education with the College of Liberal arts to create a College of Liberal Arts and Education, according to a board of trustees report.

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Wright State could combine its College of Science and Math with its College of Engineering to create a proposed STEM college.

The school of psychology could also merge with the Boonshoft School of Medicine, according to the report.

While the university may merge some of its colleges and schools, it could also create an entirely new one.

Wright State may consolidate several of its health-related programs into something of a College of Health and Human Services, according to the report.

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Discussions of school and college mergers are currently underway and a formal reorganization proposal will be presented during an academic affairs and enrollment committee meeting of the board of trustees in February, according to the report.

The merger plans come as Wright State looks to save money following recent budget cuts of $30.8 million. President Cheryl Schrader has said over the next several months the university will undergo a prioritization process in order to decide what operations and programs are necessary and which ones could either be scaled down or eliminated.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:52 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:52 AM

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Anonymous donor pays $40,000 in layaway bills at Pennsylvania Walmart

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:57 AM

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Walmart.(Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

“Santa B” has struck again, and more than 200 families received a wonderful Christmas gift.

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For the second straight year, an anonymous donor paid for all of the items on layaway for 200 families at a Pennsylvania Walmart, WJAC reported. 

According to the staff of the Walmart store in Everett, “Santa B” paid more than $40,000 of layaway items. Last year, the same donor paid off $46,000, Fox News reported.

The store had been notifying the families of Santa B’s generosity. Monday was the layaway pickup day, but Walmart officials said there was a grace period of a couple of days.

“In this area you don’t hear a lot, I mean you hear small things where somebody pays somebody’s grocery bill or things like that, but this was pretty big,” employee Barbara Karns told WJAC.

Kristen Martin said she received a call from Walmart and said she “couldn’t wait” to get to the store.

“I was like driving and shaking,” she told WJAC. “Look at me, I'm shaking. It's crazy.”

Martin's kids can now get their X-Box games and toys, WJAC reported.

"I think it means more to me, but I think they'll be happy. I remember when I was growing up for Christmas. I was just telling my mom the other day that I want my kids to have Christmas like that," she said.

WPAFB Friday Weather: Frigid start, clouds and dry this afternoon

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:52 AM

It will be a frigid morning with upper teens starting the day. Clouds will thicken up into the afternoon but it should remain dry.

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The breezy will pick up out of the west late in the day. 

Skies will clear tonight as temperatures fall back into the lower 20s. 

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A warming trend will get underway for the weekend with temperatures climbing into the lower to middle 40s. 

Sunshine will start the weekend with the threat for rain showers arriving by midday Sunday. Relatively milder weather is expected to stick around into next week.

Police: Georgia shopper beaten, shot at in Kroger parking lot

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:21 AM

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Kroger.(Scott Olson/Getty Images)


A shopper was robbed, beaten and shot at in the parking lot of a Georgia grocery store, police said.

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His assailants also told the man to “stop moving or (I’m going to have to) kill you,” according to the report.

The incident happened about midnight Wednesday, which is one hour before closing time at the Kroger on Old National Highway, according to a new police report.

The customer, described as a 47-year-old College Park resident, was putting groceries in his car when two armed robbers walked up to him, demanded his wallet and cellphone, and pistol-whipped him, Fulton police said.

“I’m just minding my own business,” the victim told the robbers. “I’m trying to go home. Just leave me alone.”

The encounter started when one of the men asked the victim for his car keys and he refused, according to the report.

“Give me your wallet instead,” the robber said.

At that point, the victim started resisting.

“Stop moving or (I’m going to have to) kill you,” one of the robbers told him.

The robber then snatched at the victim’s wallet, causing it to fall. An accomplice picked it up and one of the men cocked a firearm, according to the report.

“Open your car,” one of the men said. “We going to ride together. I should kill you right now for resisting.”

The robber hit the victim on the left side of his head, police said.

The victim started walking quickly toward the grocery store, and that’s when he heard at least one gunshot and saw a store window shatter, according to the police report.

Fulton County police Officer Sherton Hutchins, who was in the area doing a business check, heard the shot. 

The officer then saw two men in gray clothes sprint across Old National Highway. Hutchins ran toward the victim while others searched the area for the two robbers, police said.

They have not been found.

Detectives are now looking at surveillance video for clues into who the robbers are. Kroger spokesman Felix Turner said that store officials were “in full cooperation with local authorities to provide any information as they investigate the incident.”

In a statement, he said Kroger is committed to providing a secure environment for all customers.

“As part of this commitment,” Turner said, “Kroger has invested in several measures at the Old National Highway location, including in-store security, security patrol in the parking lot, surveillance equipment and associate training. “