2003 Program Distinguished Alumni

College of Liberal Arts graduates exhibit many fascinating paths to success. Each year we celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni at an Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony.

 

Sena Ayenu

'94 M.A. Urban Affairs

Sena Ayenu obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989 with a concentration in Business Administration from his home country, Togo (West Africa), before coming to the United States in 1990. After completing the English as a Second Language program in 1991, Sena was accepted in the Urban Affairs graduate program at WSU. In April 1999, he accepted a position with Citibank in Washington , D.C. as a Credit Manager in their Commercial Market Group and in November, 2002, Sena was promoted to Vice President with the same division of Citibank.

Jim Baldridge

'83 B.A. Political Science

Jim Baldridge has been covering news in the Dayton area for approximately 40 years and is Newscenter 7's co-anchor. He has traveled the world to cover stories important to the Dayton area, as well as many presidential nominating conventions and campaign activities. Jim has an abiding interest in aviation and since 1975 he has anchored the annual Dayton Air Show broadcasts. He has received numerous awards for his work in broadcast journalism and has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Aviation and Space Writers Executives, the National Association of Television Program Executives, and many local organizations.

Jim Baldridge

'83 B.A. Political Science

Jim Baldridge has been covering news in the Dayton area for approximately 40 years and is Newscenter 7's co-anchor. He has traveled the world to cover stories important to the Dayton area, as well as many presidential nominating conventions and campaign activities. Jim has an abiding interest in aviation and since 1975 he has anchored the annual Dayton Air Show broadcasts. He has received numerous awards for his work in broadcast journalism and has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Aviation and Space Writers Executives, the National Association of Television Program Executives, and many local organizations.

Jane Blakelock

'78 B.A. English, '88 M.A. English

In 1996, Jane was appointed Instructor in English and a few years later, Lecturer in English. She has taken on considerable additional responsibility beyond her teaching, including web coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts, and three years ago was appointed Assistant Director for Writing Programs in the English Department, with special responsibility for technology. Jane, along with Rich Bullock, oversaw the huge process in which every one of the 200 annual sections of English composition was moved into computer classrooms, beginning fall 2002.

Rosezelle Boggs-Qualls

'78 B.A. Social Work

Rosezelle has worked as a social worker for over 30 years, mainly in the field of mental health. She has been a strong advocate for the disabled, especially the deaf, and she herself has a major hearing impairment. One of Rosezell's most significant contributions is her co-authored book about Nellie Zimmerman, who was deaf and blind, and had been wrongly institutionalized in a state mental hospital until 1976, at the age of 71 years old.

The book has had numerous printings and continues to receive positive reviews.

Dawne Dewey

'80 B.A. Anthropology, '84 M.A. History

Dawne has been employed by Dunbar Library since 1989 and Head of Special Collections and Archives since 1997, with research interests focusing upon Ohio regional history and early aviation history. Dawne has given numerous presentations on the Wrights and other subjects to local, regional, and national conferences, also serving as a consultant for a variety of grant projects and educational publications and media productions. She chaired the Wright Brothers symposium at Wright State in 2001, served on the Board of Advisors of Aviation Trial, and has advised numerous organizations on archival matters.

Larry Klaben

'77 B.A. Urban Affairs

Larry Klaben, president, CEO, and owner of Morris Home Furnishings, has served as a congressional aid to Democratic Congressman Tony Hall and has received several awards for service and leadership. Under his leadership, Morris Home Furnishings has grown to approximately $42 in sales and expanded from one showroom to five with a new centralized distribution center. Morris Furnishings was named among the “Top 100 Companies” by the Dayton Business Journal. Larry's service extends to Wright State University, including volunteering to cochair the 2003 ARTSGALA Host Committee, which raised $105,000 for arts scholarships.

Bonnie Langdon

'77 B.A. Sociology, '79 M.A. Applied Behavioral Science

After completing her degrees at WSU, Bonnie did additional graduate work at Ohio State and Duke. She is currently President and CEO of the Marion-Joseph Center, a 440-bed long-term care facility in Montgomery County. Bonnie has served the Dayton community as chair of the Montgomery County Human Services Levy Campaign, the Board of Governors of Leadership Dayton, the United Way Campaign for Health Services, and Sunrise of Oakwood. She was the first woman to chair the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Dayton Business Journal named her one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Dayton Region in 2001.

Angela Lewis

'89 B.A. Communication

In 1996, with 12 years in the mortgage industry, Angel altered her career focus while working for National City Mortgage. Traveling throughout the United States to National City Mortgage branches, she trained Loan Offices in sales systems and sale techniques. Currently, Angel is the Division Manager of Retail Development for Wright-Patt Credit Union.

David Manley

'91 B.A. Philosophy, '92 M.Hum.

After earning a M.Hum in 1992, David began teaching Philosophy, Religion and Humanities courses at local higher education institutions including WSU, University of Dayton, and Sinclair Community College. David was hired into a full time position with teaching and administrative responsibilities at the University of Dayton in 1995. At that time, he also began doctoral level studies in Theology at the Pontifical Theological Faculty Marianum and accepted an administrative appointment with Antioch University in 1997 and currently serves as the Director of Information Technology Services.

Diane Orlofsky

'82 M.Mus.Ed.

Diane DeNicola Orlofsky is Professor of Music and Music Education at Troy State University, where she has taught for over 18 years. Diane earned her Ph.D. in Music Education form Florida State University in 1986. She is the music education methods specialist at Troy State and her articles on teacher education and keyboard training have appeared in the Music Educators Journal The Journal of Research in Music Education, The National Forum, Contributions to Music Education, Piano Pedagogy Forum, Teaching Music, Clavier, and The Bulletin of Research in Music Education.

Dan Patterson

'76 B.F.A. Art

Dan Patterson has attained considerable fame as a published aviation photographer and historian. During the past 14 years, Dan has designed and illustrated 15 books about aviation history. He recently completed a book titled The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, and his work was featured in the December 2002 issue of Flight Journal. Dan is also a licensed pilot.

Brian Ruppert

'84 B.A. Religion, '86 M.Hum.

After receiving his degrees at WSU, Brian pursued doctoral studies in Asian Religion in the University of Iowa and eventually earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University. Brain has taught Asian Religion at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is now associate professor of Religion at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Brian specializes in medieval Japanese religion.

Brad Sherwood

'96 B.F.A. Acting

Brad Sherwood is a regular cast member on ABC's Whose Line Is It Anyway? and was a regular on the British version on Comedy Central. Brad is also a regular on the live episodes of The Drew Carey Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His recent credits include To Tell the Truth and guest hosting Talk Soup; and past credits include a season on LA LAW and hosting The New Dating Game.

Michelle Streeter-Ferrari

'97 B.A. International Studies and Modern Languages

Michelle's honors at Wright State include induction into the national French and Spanish honorary societies, Golden Key, and Phi Kappa Phi; she was elected vice-president of the WSU chapter of Phi Delta Phi, the Honor Society for International Scholars. After studying abroad in Spain, England and Argentina, she returned to WSU to work first in the College of Business and then the University Center for International Education. She started at the Center as Coordinator for Exchange and Study Aboard programs and is currently serving as Director of Curriculum Development and Inter-Institutional Relations.

Lora Williams

'95 B.A. Classics, '99 M.Hum.

In addition to Wright State degrees, Lora also holds an A.S. in Computer Science from Sinclair Community College. In 2002, she was promoted to Principal Consultant with Keane, Inc. in Cincinnati and received the company's “Dare to Soar” award in recognition of her outstanding performance in dual roles as Project Manager and Lead Programmer/Analyst for an application migration project for the Department of Energy. Lora has also volunteered for a number of years with the Victim/Witness division of the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office as a hospital counselor for rape victims.