WSU president: Campus should not be embarrassed by past mistakes

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 4:27 PM


            Wright State University president Cheryl Schrader delivered her first state of the university address on Wednesday.
Wright State University president Cheryl Schrader delivered her first state of the university address on Wednesday.

Wright State University should not be embarrassed by the mistakes and scandals that have plagued it over the past few years, the school’s president said Wednesday.

In her first “state of the university address,” president Cheryl Schrader said administrators, staff, faculty and students need to discuss Wright State’s problems in order to solve them.

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Just before Schrader arrived, Wright State slashed $30.8 million from its fiscal year 2018 budget in an initial attempt to correct years of overspending. The university has also faced multiple lawsuits over its canceled presidential debate and investigations into possible H-1B visa misuse that have lingered over the last two years.

“First let me say that there is no need to be uncomfortable speaking about what occurred,” Schrader said to a room full of people in the student union. “Recognizing, understanding and discussing it will only help us as we set a bold course for the next 50 years.”

Talking about the university’s issues made Schrader’s speech unlike any state of the university address she had given before, she said. But, discussing those issues is necessary because “we need to be able to look at reality,” Schrader said.

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Earlier this year Schrader began seeking feedback for what Wright State should become 10 years from now. The initiative is part of a strategic planning process Schrader and her administration will be developing during her first year in office, she has said.

The responses Schrader received showed that the campus community is mostly concerned about Wright State’s finances, academic programs, campus life and morale at the university.

“The challenges of the last few years have been a stark wake-up call that business as usual is not an option. We can’t go back to the way we have always done things,” she said.

Schrader has been adamant that she can help move Wright State past its recent struggles and on Wednesday she said the “vast potential of this university far outweighs the temporary setbacks we are experiencing.”

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During her address, Schrader also gave a shout-out to her new chief business officer, Walt Branson. Branson, who previously served as an administrator under Schrader at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, started this week at WSU.

“His unquestioned acumen and integrity are a great addition to Wright State,” Schrader said. “Walt and I will work together with the campus community to place this institution in as strong a financial position possible by the end of this fiscal year.”

One person transported to hospital after stabbing in Trotwood

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:30 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:40 AM

ON SCENE:Stabbing reported at Trotwood apartment

At least one person was taken to Miami Valley Hospital early Wednesday following the report of a stabbing at the Wingate at Belle Meadows Apartments in Trotwood.

Police and medics were called late Tuesday night to a report of a woman stabbed.

Crews were dispatched around 11:50 p.m. to an apartment in the 300 block of Outer Belle Drive.

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According to initial reports, a caller heard glass breaking and a woman screaming.

Additional details were not available on scene. We will continue to follow this story.

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Hurricane Maria: Live updates

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 1:12 AM

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Hurricane Maria is bearing down on the Caribbean and is set to pass over much the same area devastated by Hurricane Irma nearly two weeks ago.

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Middletown police: Beware tree-trimming scam

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 1:03 AM

Middletown police are warning residents of “unscrupulous tree trimmers” who have been taking advantage of elderly people.

The police department posted its warning Tuesday on its Facebook page.

One incident was thwarted, but the culprits were paid in another incident.

Police remind residents that door-to-door solicitors need a permit in the city. Call police if tree trimmers knock on your door uninvited.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offers tips to avoid tree-trimming scams. Beware of a tree trimmer who:

  • Comes to your door unexpectedly
  • Says your trees are diseased
  • Requires a large down payment
  • Accepts only cash or check
  • Says nothing about your right to cancel
  • Starts work immediately

Sidney businessman accused of not paying people in Piqua

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 11:32 PM

Duaine E. Liette
MIAMI COUNTY JAIL
Duaine E. Liette(MIAMI COUNTY JAIL)

A 57-year-old Sidney businessman is facing numerous felony theft charges after multiple people claimed he hired them to do work but didn’t pay them.

Duaine E. Liette has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Miami County Municipal Court. He was arraigned Friday on four felony theft charges and three misdemeanor theft counts and was released from custody on his own recognizance.

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The cases were related to complaints from June 2015, June 2017 and July 2017, in which people stated they were hired to complete work for Liette but never received payment, according to Piqua police and court records.

Piqua police arrested Liette on Thursday at 1037 Broadway St., in Piqua. The house is owned by Sidney-based real estate company American Land Investments, of which Liette is listed as its principal; the business also has the same address as Liette’s residence, records show.

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Piqua police are urging anyone else who believe they may be victims to call 937-440-9111.