2008 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.


Elli Bambakidis

'79 B.A. Greek, '83 M.A. History

Elli Bambakidis graduated in 1979 with a degree in Classics. She is warmly remembered as an able and active student, one professor praising her love affair with language, her delight in analyzing structures and weighing words.” Shifting toward archival work, she completed a Masters degree in History in 1983 from Wright State and a Master of Library Science degree from Kent State University in 1996.

Elli worked at the WSU Library in special collections before taking a job as an archivist with the Dayton Metro Library. She has managed one of the largest collections of Women's Suffrage materials in the country and has published twenty-four archival collections, including that of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Symposiua proceedings which she has written include Preserving the Wright Brothers' Legacy (2002), and 1913: Preserving the Memories of Dayton's Great Flood (2004). She has taken a leadership role in preserving archival information, both in Dayton and in Ohio.

She has also been very active in the Greek community of Dayton, even running the Greek school for twenty years and regularly superintending the celebration of Greek Independence Day. In 2004, Elli presented an invited talk on America's Team at the 1906 Olympics at an international symposium in Volos, Greece.

Among her other WSU connections, her husband, Gust Bambakidis, is emeritus professor of Physics, and their three sons are all alumni. The oldest, Nicholas, was a 1993 Honors graduate and is now a neurosurgeon practicing in Arizona.

Susan Blackwell

'91 B.F.A. Acting

Susan Blackwell was born in Dayton, Ohio and received her B.F.A. in Acting from Wright State University in 1991. Upon completion of her M.F.A. in Acting at the University of Minnesota, she joined the acting company at The Guthrie Theatre.

In New York, Susan has appeared Off-Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Source and Vineyard Theatre. Television appearances include The Sopranos, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Third Watch. Films include P.S.: I Love You, Margot at the Wedding and Changing Lanes. As a writer, she has contributed original material to many projects, including The New Wondertwins (with fellow WSU acting major, Rebecca Finnegan), PS122's Avant-Garde-Arama series, The Actors Fund 125th Anniversary Gala, Don't Quit Your Night Job, NYCLU's Broadway Stands Up for Freedom!, the [title of show] show (www.titleofshow.com).

Susan made her Broadway debut in June 2008 with [title of show] in the role of Susan. She currently resides in New York with her husband, Steve White, who is a long-time performer with the Blue Man Group.

Holly Cantrell

'06 B.A. Communication Studies

Holly Cantrell graduated from Wright State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Business. She was an Honors student, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.89. Holly was on the dean's list for nine consecutive quarters and received numerous awards. She was the winner of the Outstanding Senior Award and received the Department of Communication and College of Liberal Arts' Honors Certificate.

Holly currently attends Ohio Northern University College of Law in Ada, Ohio, where she is a jurisdoctorate candidate. At Ohio Northern, Holly is the recipient of the book award in Civil Procedure I & II and Contracts II, and a recipient of the judicial scholarship. In her class, she currently ranks 6 out of 100 and has been on the dean's list with a GPA above 3.50 since attending Ohio Northern in September 2007. Holly is also a Law Review staff editor, a teaching assistant for Civil Procedure I & II, and a member and clerk of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity.

Donald Dulle

'97 B.A. Political Science

After earning his B.A. in Political Science in 1997, Donald Dulle went on to earn his J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2000. While at Wright State, Donald was on the mock trial team, received a four-year salutatorian honors scholarship, was a mediator for the affirmative action committee, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and a teaching assistant for the Political Science Department.

Since graduating from WSU, Donald has worked for the Greene County Prosecutor's Office where he is currently a legal investigator. He also works as an adjunct professor at Wright State University.

Donald was chief of staff for the Tornichio for Judge Campaign in Fairborn/Beavercreek Municipal Court. He has also volunteered for various campaigns, including Ralph Harper for Greene County Commissioner, Rick Perales for Greene County Commissioner, and was a "Bush Team Leader" in Greene County for President George W. Bush in 2004.

Sue Fox

'81 B.A. Modern Languages, '87 M.A. Humanities

At Wright State, Sue Ann Fox majored in Spanish and history, with teaching certification. She graduated summa cum laude as both a University Honors Scholar and a Modern Language Honors Scholar. Sue earned a Master of Humanities Degree from WSU in 1987 and then took additional graduate courses in order to earn her permanent teaching certificate.

At Beavercreek High School in 1983, Sue helped introduce the advanced placement Spanish language course into the curriculum. She accompanied her students to the annual Spanish Immersion Day program at WSU and invited WSU Spanish professors to share their literary and cultural expertise with her students. Many of her students chose to attend WSU and, according to their professors, they were very well prepared for their Spanish courses. She was chosen as one of Beavercreek's Outstanding Teachers of the Year in 2002 and retired from teaching that same year.

Sue devotes a great portion of her time to serving as chair of the worship committee at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. As a volunteer tutor for the Miami Valley Literacy Council, she teaches English to native Spanish-speakers. Sue enjoys cross-stitching, reading history, and taking vacations spent driving along the old state routes rather than the interstates. Sue is an inveterate collector of note cards, and she makes good use of them by writing at least one letter a weekthe nice, old-fashioned kind with envelopes and stamps!

Sue passed on December 11, 2014.
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K. Stuart Goldberg

'74 B.A. Religion

K. Stuart Goldberg is a Dayton area (Beavercreek) native who graduated magna cum laude with majors in Religion and Political Science in 1974. He was the founding editor of the Religion department newsletter. Stuart went on to study law at The Ohio State University, obtaining his Juris Doctor degree in 1978. He practiced civil rights law with the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and the Dayton Legal Aid Society until he relocated to Palm Beach, Florida in 1984.

Stuart is a partner at Marlow, Connell, Abrams, Adler, Newman & Lewis, a Miami-based civil litigation law firm, where he specializes in professional malpractice & premises liability and commercial insurance trial practice. He is also a Supreme Court certified civil mediator and arbitrator.

He is married to Rebeca, who is from Havana, Cuba, and has two children, Jay Brandon and Robin Joy, who are both students at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Morgan O'Brien

'07 M.A. International and Comparative Politics

Morgan O'Brien joined the Master of Arts Program in International and Comparative Politics during September 2002, while the degree was still under the auspices of the Applied Behavioral Sciences (ABS) Program.thesis, "Religious Pluralism in Turkey and Mauritius," examined the interesting intersections of religion and politics in these two states, completing a study with broad comparative appeal.

Morgan currently serves for the Department of State as a public affairs officer in the Press and Public Diplomacy section of the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York.July 2007, he was an Air Force officer in the public affairs and personnel career fields.career included service in Dayton, Ohio; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Baghdad, Iraq; Doha, Qatar;Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia; Kigali, Rwanda and throughout the Gulf Coast during the Hurricane Katrina relief.stationed in Dayton, he was an assistant wrestling coach at Chaminade-Julienne Catholic High School.

Morgan is a 2001 graduate of the University of North Carolina, earning a degree in Russian Language and Political Science.with his wife, Jill, he now resides on his native Long Island.

Mary Oliver

'95 B.A. Anthropology, '98 M.A. Public History

Mary Oliver discovered anthropology as an undecided Wright State University student looking to fulfill curriculum requirements with some interesting electives. The courses proved so captivating that she went on to study archaeology and physical anthropology, and was awarded a B.A. in Anthropology with a History minor in 1995. Mary went on to receive an M.A. in Public History, also from Wright State University, in 1998. While a student in the anthropology department, Mary participated in the summer field school in archaeology, first as a student in 1994 and 1995, and then as a supervisor in 1996 and 1997. Mary also worked as a contractor for various local archaeological excavations.

Following her graduation, Mary was hired by the Montgomery County Historical Society as Curator of Collections. Presently, she is the director of collections for Dayton History, where she supervises the curatorial staff and oversees a collection of more than three million artifacts of local and national significance, including the Wright Flyer III, the world's first practical airplane. Despite a full schedule, Mary also currently serves on the board of the Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums and the Springfield (Ohio) Historic Landmarks Commission. Mary lives in Springfield with her husband, Brian, a fellow WSU graduate (B.A., Sociology, 1993), and their daughter, Sarah.

Catherine A. Rauch

'88 B.A. Social Work

After receiving her B.A. in Social Work from Wright State University, Catherine Rauch completed the one year Master of Science in Social Work at the University of Louisville in 1989 with a concentration in Administration, Policy, and Planning.

After graduate school, Catherine was a full-time volunteer at a women's shelter in Syracuse, New York; the coordinator of case management information services for Community Connections of Greater Dayton from 1990-1992, and the director of volunteer services for Hospice of Dayton from 1992-1995. As the director of the Miami Valley Teen Coalition from 1997-2006, Catherine coordinated seminars which provided continuing education to many individuals, helped conduct a needs assessment of child care and housing of teen parents, coordinated the administration of a youth development survey, and advocated on behalf of teens through a variety of activities.

Last year, Catherine became the program coordinator for Family and Children First in Montgomery County. She provides research and technical assistance to community leaders and members of the Montgomery County Family and Children First Council, working on issues such as supporting family stability and helping young people succeed. Catherine also provides local service providers with technical support and coordinates the selection of services to be funded by the Ohio Children's Trust Fund and the Human Services Levy Supported Services Fund. Catherine has made a big impact on service delivery for youth and families in the Miami Valley.

Terry D. Royer

'72 B.A. Sociology

Terry Royer is a native of Dayton, Ohio who attended Dayton public schools and graduated from Belmont High School in 1968. He graduated from Wright State University in 1972 with a B.A. in Sociology. In 1976, he earned a Masters Degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, and in 1983 he received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Washington in Social Welfare. He is an Ohio licensed independent social worker (LISW).

Terry has been employed as a human service professional for the past 35 years. He began his career as a social worker in 1973 at the Dayton Mental Health Center. Since that time he has worked at a number of social service and mental health agencies in both Ohio and Washington state. He has taught social work courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level at the University of Cincinnati. He began his employment at the Butler County Mental Health Board in November 1989 and was named the executive director late 2005. As the executive director, he is active in the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities.

He has been married to his wife Mary for 20 years. They have two children, Nora, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Charlotte, a freshman at Ohio State University. The Royers have resided in Hamilton, Ohio for the past 17 years where Terry is an active member of the Hamilton Rotary Club. In his leisure time he enjoys tournament bass fishing and is a member of the Hamilton West Side Bass Club.

Jeffrey J. Rutledge

'76 B.F.A. Sculpture

Sculptor Jeffrey Rutledge began his formal training at Wright State, where he graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in sculpture in 1975. He earned his MFA in sculpture from the University of Cincinnati in 1986 and sought additional training at the Oxbow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan and the Hobart Welding School of Troy, Ohio.

Jeff founded a greeting card company, worked as a videographer, graphic artist, photographer, public relations specialist, and held various teaching positions. In San Francisco, he did fabrication for renowned sculptor Fletcher Benton. In 1991, he opened a gallery and studio in Dayton, which he recently closed to spend more time on his sculpture. Jeff's first major show was at the Dayton Art Institute in 1983 as part of a group, Manipulated Planes. A solo show followed in 1984 at the Gruen Gallery of Chicago as well as participation in the Chicago International Art Exposition at the Navy Pier and an invitational show at Kent State University's Gallery. Recently, Jeff has had an extensive exhibition of his outdoor sculpture at Centerville Landscaping and was invited to show his sculpture Spirole at the prestigious Biennale of International Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy. He shipped the 300-pound stainless steel work and was able to spend time in Florence during the exhibition.

Jeff's work, which is also in many private collections, may be seen in the corporate collections of the Governor of Ohio; the Estate of Helene Curtis, Chicago, IL; the Hobart Welding Company of Troy, Ohio; the National Cash Register Co. of Dayton; and the City of Dayton.

Barbara Siler

'86 B.A. Music Education, '88 M.A. Music

In 1986, Barbara Siler received her Bachelor of Music degree in education from Wright State University, where she double majored in piano and clarinet and was recognized with Magna Cum Laude status. She continued her education at Wright State and graduated with a Master of Music degree in 1988, with an emphasis on clarinet and music education.

Barbara is currently assistant director of bands at Bellbrook High School, and also directs bands at Bellbrook Middle School, both secondary schools within the Sugarcreek local schools system. She is the director of the high school symphony band and assists with the wind ensemble and marching band, and is also the director of the clarinet choir and the pit orchestras for musicals. Barbara also teaches beginning band, honors wind ensemble, and two symphony bands at the middle school. She has been a music teacher in the Sugarcreek local schools since 1988 and has taught elementary general music, middle school choir, and high school choir. She also has a small private studio at her home, teaching both clarinet and piano lessons.

Barbara is currently a member of the Ohio Music Education Association and the Music Educator's National Conference. She is happily married to her husband, Michael, who has written original compositions or arranged music for Bellbrook's marching band for many years. They live in Centerville with her two amazing Shetland sheepdog children, Maestro and Coda.

Carolina Silva

'02 M.P.A. Urban Affairs

Since graduating with her M.P.A. in 2002, Carolina Silva has become recognized as a local expert in working with immigrant populations. She is frequently invited as a guest speaker in classes and conferences offered by area universities.

Carolina is the assistant director of program management and evaluation for the East End Community Services Corporation, which offers two significant programs in support of the Hispanic community in the Miami Valley: the Milagro de Mujer (Miracle of Women), a health education program with a community organizing component offered in Spanish; and the Latino Family Advocacy Program, which supports and advocates for the well-being of Hispanic families. The Latino Family Advocacy Program recently received the Access to Justice Award from the Legal Aid Society and the Association for Better Living and Education.

Known for her outstanding work with and for the Latino community in the Dayton region, Carolina has been instrumental in bringing awareness of and improving Latino access to public services, including the recent passage by the City of Dayton to recognize the Matricula Consular (Consular registration card for Mexico) as a valid form of identification to gain access to city services. Carolina is serving a second term as President of the Latino Connection, which received statewide recognition for its work in civil rights, housing, employment rights and health access; she serves as a member and a volunteer for the League of Latin American Citizens and the Dayton Cultural and Ethnic Diversity caucus.

David W. Southworth, Jr.

'02 B.A. International Studies

David W. Southworth, Jr. graduated from Wright State with his B.A. in International Studies in 2002. While at Wright State, he served as a delegate on our Model United Nations team and studied abroad at the Universitat Luneburg, in Luneburg, Germany. Since then David has been exceptionally busy, receiving his M.A. in International Affairs from American University in 2004. As a graduate student he interned at the Public International Law and Policy Group, completing a major project for the federal government on the viability of democracy in Iraq. He developed a final project used by high-level US and other officials of other governments to negotiate the formation of the Iraqi Interim government.

David is a non-traditional warfare analyst for the Science Applications International Corporation, a research firm that works extensively with the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. He is currently working with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, participating in initiatives to determine best practices in irregular warfare and counterinsurgency.

David resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Christa (a Wright State University graduate and Washington DC lawyer), and his 13-month old daughter, Miren.

Teresa Troyer

'03 M.A. English, Composition & Rhetoric

After earning her B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan, Teresa Troyer continued on to earn her M.A. in English: Composition & Rhetoric with a TESOL endorsement from Wright State in 2003. TESOL is teaching English to speakers of other languages.

She is currently the coordinating teacher for ESL (English as a second language), 9-12th grade social studies and foreign language in the Dayton public schools, but she cannot resist spending more time engaged with ESL students and related programs. Teresa has spent fourteen years as an educator. Her experience includes teaching EFL in the Peace Corps in Slovakia, teaching English in the Bronx, NY, teaching in a residential rehabilitation center, and teaching first year composition at Wright State as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Teresa states she and her husband are lucky to have two healthy little boys, Yozi and Max, with whom they hope to resume traveling very soon.

Robert Wood

'72 B.A. Political Science, '77 M.A. History

Robert Wood first arrived on the Wright State University campus in the summer of 1968 and was immediately struck by how big it seemed compared to his native Urbana High School with its small enrollment of slightly more than 800 students. After all, WSU had over 5,000 students and a dedicated core of 140 faculty members. Fawcett Hall had just been completed to complement the quadrangle. The food was from vending machines and parking was free.

What Robert remembers most about his undergraduate years were the small but challenging classes, the WSU Horseback Riding Club and working for the Art Department. Graduating with a B.A. in Political Science in 1972, Robert began a 35-year career with WSU and earned his M.A. in History in 1977. Many professors greatly influenced and contributed to his educational training and personal development, but most notably Harvey Wachtell, Jacob Dorn, Edward Cox, Andrew Spiegel, James Walker and Harold Hollingsworth stand out. During his long employment under all seven presidents, Robert served as coordinator of the Center for Law School Advising and Consortium Activities; University Division advisor; director of Pre-Professional Advising; college advisor in the College of Liberal Arts; and assistant dean in the College of Liberal Arts.

Robert and his wife Teresa, a WSU alumnus, reside in Beavercreek. Two of their three children have since graduated from Wright State. Currently he is busy gardening with their two granddaughters.