Wright State rewards employees with extra paid day off

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:06 AM


            Cheryl Schrader, president of Wright State University, is giving her employees an extra paid day off. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Cheryl Schrader, president of Wright State University, is giving her employees an extra paid day off. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Wright State University will give its employees an extra paid day off for Thanksgiving, even as the school continues to struggle financially.

In an email to campus on Wednesday WSU president Cheryl Schrader told employees that she would give employees Nov. 22, the day before Thanksgiving, off. Schrader said she wanted to give the extra day off as a way to “express how thankful” she is for what workers at Wright state do. She also gave a nod to the budget issues the university has faced.

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“I appreciate that the university has had limited options to recognize and reward many of our employees given our financial constraints,” Schrader wrote in an email.

In June, just before Schrader arrived, the Wright State board of trustees slashed more than $30.8 million from the school’s fiscal year 2018 budget in an attempt to correct years of overspending. The budget cuts led to layoffs and the school still has to find another $10.5 million in savings this year due to enrollment mix issues, scholarship and fellowship costs and the need to boost reserves by $6 million.

Schrader told employees that if they were required to be on campus on Nov. 22, they could use the extra paid day off any time between Nov. 22 and Dec. 15, according to the email.

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There are no classes scheduled for Nov. 22 and there are very few students and faculty on campus, said university spokesman Seth Bauguess. Some staff members take the day as a vacation day or a “half day” while other WSU offices let out a little early for people who do work, Bauguess said.

Wright State employees 824 full-time faculty, 934 adjunct faculty along with around 1,700 staff members, according to the school’s website.

Ohio college towns ranked by cost, social scene, opportunities

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 7:30 AM

Cheryl Schrader, Wright State University's next president, says she will start tackling the college's financial issues right away.

Ohio is home to dozens of universities, but just 10 of the cities those schools call home were recently ranked in the nation’s top 415.

Personal finance website WalletHub ranked America’s college towns by three main factors including “wallet friendliness,” social environment and academic and economic opportunities.

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The highest ranking Dayton area college town was Oxford, which received the No. 29 overall ranking. The town is home to Miami University.

The next highest rated Ohio college city was Cincinnati, which came in at No. 50 overall, according to WalletHub. Columbus came in at No. 71 followed by Athens at No. 112 and Bowling Green at No. 267.

Dayton, which is home two universities, was ranked No. 345 by WalletHub. Akron was the lowest rated Ohio college town at No. 378.

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Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan, was ranked No. 1 while Orlando, Fla. came in at No. 2. Rexburg, Idaho took the third place spot, according to WalletHub. Below are the Ohio college towns that made the list:

29. Oxford: Miami University

50. Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati and Xavier University

71. Columbus: Ohio State University

112. Athens: Ohio University

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267. Bowling Green: Bowling Green State University

325. Kent: Kent State University

332. Cleveland: Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University

345. Dayton: University of Dayton and Wright State University

372. Toledo: University of Toledo

378. Akron: University of Akron

Students walk between class periods on the campus of Miami University in Oxford, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. GREG LYNCH / STAFF(Staff Writer)

Good Samaritan Hospital closing will stress EMS transport system, Dayton chief says

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:41 PM

Dayton Fire Director and Chief Jeffrey L. Payne
Dayton Fire Director and Chief Jeffrey L. Payne

Premier Health's decision to close Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton by the end of the year will stress the city fire department's emergency transport system, but the issue will be regional issue in terms of emergency medical service response and transport, Dayton Fire Chief Jeffrey Payne said.

"It will leave a little bit of a void in coverage for emergency rooms we can transport to," he said of the Dayton Fire Department, but "we should still be able to get patients to the hospital within five minutes or so, for the most part." 

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The closing of Good Samaritan will mean longer transport times, which will stress the Dayton Fire Department's system, the chief said, noting, "this could be problematic, but I think it's something we can handle." 

The protocols -- official procedures or a system of rules under which all hospitals and fire departments operate -- call for taking patients to the closest hospital. 

Payne said, "The most important message we need the public to understand is that regardless of which hospital you go to ... whether it's Miami Valley, Kettering, Grandview, the VA , Wright-Patt, they all operate under the same protocols to make sure you get swift, efficient and effective patient care." 

He warned that the void left by the hospital's closing will be a regional issue, not just a city of Dayton issue, in terms of EMS response and transport because there are a number of fire departments that normally transport to Good Samaritan Hospital. 

Payne stopped his comments there, saying he didn't want to speak for those other fire departments.

Boston University study finds repeated hits to the head can cause CTE, without concussions

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:27 PM

Youth football players. (Photo: Boston25News.com)
Youth football players. (Photo: Boston25News.com)

Kimberly Archie was pleased to hear about the new findings on chronic brain injuries released by Boston University on Thursday. 

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Doctors at BU have found constant hits to young athletes – even without concussions – cause Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE. 

Archie says this better explains how her son died.

“I think it's great that peer-reviewed research has finally caught up to what a lot of us have known for a long time,” she told Boston 25 News. “And it seemed very suspect the way he died because the behavior was so erratic.”

Archie says her son died at age 24 from reckless driving that seemed suicidal, but she didn't understand why, until she had his brain autopsied and found he suffered from CTE after playing football from age 7 to 15.

“My son never had any brain injuries or what a lot of people like to call a concussion,” Archie said. 

The new research could change the way some sports are played. The athletic director at Walpole High School says he already plans to talk to coaches about the findings from BU, to find ways players can avoid those dangerous hits.

Ron Dowd says the new findings that hard hits can cause brain damage in several sports at a young age -- makes sense. 

“The more education, the more proof that you have is always better, you're always looking to improve” Dowd said. 

He plans to work with coaches to show players how to make tackles and plays without injuring their brain.

“You can still encompass techniques and so forth, still get your point across and not be slamming heads,” he said. 

Dowd says game rules could also be changed in the future to prevent CTE after this new research.

Archie hopes the new research helps other families avoid the loss she's had.

“It's different once you have the proof and you look back, then it becomes crystal clear,” she said.

3-month-old girl exposed to heroin, taken to hospital

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:17 PM

Crystal Cumberland. (Photo: WPXI.com)
Crystal Cumberland. (Photo: WPXI.com)

Police arrested a woman after they say she exposed her baby to fentanyl.

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But she told investigators that's not the drug she thought she was using.

The baby had to be flown to Children's Hospital from Uniontown.

Crystal Cumberland is in jail and facing charges including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to Pennsylvania State Police in Fayette County, in November, the baby girl had to be given several doses of Narcan to revive her.

At the time, investigators thought the baby overdosed on heroin, but according to a criminal complaint, Cumberland "admitted to hospital staff to snorting a white powder to get high, which exposed the infant to fentanyl that was sold as heroin."