CoLA Outstanding Alumni

For many years, the Wright State University Office of Alumni Relations coordinated the Outstanding Alumni Awards, which allowed each college or school at the university to recognize former students who have gone on to make exceptional contributions to their professional fields while giving back to their communities.

Nan Whaley (2016 Graduate School Recipient)

’09 M.P.A.

Mayor Nan Whaley received her Master of Public Administration from Wright State University in 2009. She earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Dayton.

Nan has served Wright State well teaching a Women and Leadership course which offers women the opportunity to learn about their roles as leaders and to develop leadership skills.  She has also collaborated with WSU on the Women’s Leadership Collaborative of Greater Dayton which seeks to increase the number of women who hold leadership roles in the Miami Valley.

Nan Whaley is proud to have chosen Dayton as her home. Her career is distinguished by her commitment to public service, civic involvement and interest in local government.  First elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005, Nan has also served on the Montgomery County Board of Elections and as a deputy to Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith.  She currently serves on Greater Ohio's Community Revitalization Committee, the Learn to Earn Executive Committee for Education, and the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees.

With a focus on jobs and workforce development, Nan is working with a diverse group of business partners to strategically position Dayton for growth.  She is the founder of the Dayton Region Manufacturing Task Force; a regional effort committed to advocating for manufacturing and promoting a strong manufacturing workforce.  In addition, Nan meets regularly with local business leadership, both individually and through her Mayor’s Business Round Table meetings.

Nan believes that strong neighborhoods and economic stability can only be achieved through a community-wide focus on education.  She advocates to ensure that every student in Dayton attends a high performing school that prepares them for the opportunity to attend college, join the military or seek advanced training in a marketable job skill. Additionally, Nan led the community in creating a county-wide landbank system to address the local housing crisis with a more regional approach and serves on the Montgomery County Landbank Board. 

Kathleen Davis-Siudut (2016 Recipient)

’04 B.A., ’07 M.A.

Kathleen Davis-Siudut graduated from Wright State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and in 2007 with a Master of Arts in International and Comparative Politics. Her master’s project, titled “Human Trafficking and Its Presence in Ohio,” was based on extensive interviews across the state and country, including an assessment of Ohio statutes, examination of contributing factors, and extensive discussion of anti-trafficking legislation and efforts in Ohio. This project helped launched anti-trafficking efforts across the state, including the passage of Ohio laws to better protect victims of human trafficking.

Currently living in Washington, D.C., Kathleen has spent over a decade working in the fields of human trafficking and sexual violence, ranging from policy advocacy to direct victim assistance. She has authored reports on human trafficking; provided subject matter expertise to local, national, and international government entities and nongovernmental organizations; served on federal and state taskforces; developed specialized training and curriculum; consulted on public and private sector projects and strategic plans; and drafted and implemented legislation to better protect victims. As a result of her efforts, Kathleen has engaged with over 45 countries and trained over 30,000 people on the issues of human trafficking and sexual violence.

She has worked for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Polaris Project, and the United States Marine Corps’ Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. 

Judy Wyatt (2015 Recipient)

'88 B.A.

Judy Wyatt received her BA Degree in Organizational Communications from Wright State University in 1988.  She utilized her education throughout her 23 year career with the Dayton Power and Light Company, where she retired as Group Vice President, Operations, in 2011 after 23 years with the company.  She then launched Whispers Home, a fine linen and lingerie boutique in Oakwood’s retail district.

Whispers Home received the Best Shop in the U.S. Award in 2010, sponsored by the Best of Intima group, an Italian trade organization supported by 15 lingerie brands from around the world.  This national award honors the nation’s best independent lingerie retailers.  Since the award’s inception in 2004 and prior to 2010, Whispers had been a nominee every year and a finalist in 2004, 2006 and 2008.  At the awards ceremony in New York City on August 1, 2010, Josie Natori, founder and CEO of the Natori Brand, presented the handmade glass award to Judy Wyatt.

She has previously served on the boards of the Dayton Art Institute (Chairman 2003 – first female chair); DP&L Foundation, Sinclair Community College Foundation (Chairman 2004) and Victoria Theatre Association (Chairman 1995-97).  In 2003, Judy was one of four members of the leadership team for Sinclair’s $12 million dollar Changing Lives Campaign.

She currently serves on the Alzheimer’s Association, Miami Valley Chapter Board and the Community Advisory Board for the Wright State University, Person-Centered Medical Home for People Living with Dementia care model being conducted by Dr. Larry Lawhorne, Chair of the WSU Geriatric Department, which was initially funded by the Wyatt Family Fund.  This innovative program is receiving national and international attention and is currently providing care to 80 families in the Dayton area.

Roger Kintzel (2014 Recipient)

'70 B.A.

CoLA honored Roger S. Kintzel ‘70,  Bachelor of Arts in English, at the 2014 College Outstanding Alumni Awards ceremony held at the Nutter Center on Saturday, March 1, 2014. 

Roger Kintzel graduated from Wright State University’s third graduating class in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a budding but ill-defined interest in writing and the news business. His first job, at the Xenia Daily Gazette, convinced him to be a journalist.  After receiving a Master of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1973, Roger embarked on a career as a journalist, an editor and finally as publisher of several newspapers.

The creation of Wright State was fortuitous for Roger, who had lived in nearby Yellow Springs for most of his life.  The proximity of the campus, an ample offering of night courses, relatively low cost and scholarship aide made part-time college attendance possible.  Matriculation, supported by part-time jobs and the G.I. Bill, followed quickly.

His first job after he finished his studies at the University of Missouri was with the Richmond News-Leader in Richmond, VA.  Roger’s interest in writing business news led him, in 1979, to join Cox Enterprises as business editor at the Dayton Journal-Herald, which was then the morning publication of Dayton Newspapers, the publisher of the Dayton Daily News.

At the Dayton operation, Roger moved from the newsroom into newspaper administration.  Subsequently, he moved within Cox to publisher of the Springfield (OH) News-Sun, publisher of the Mesa (AZ) Tribune, publisher of the Austin (TX) American-Statesman and finally, in late 1995, to publisher of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  In 2005, Roger retired from Cox after 26 years, as Senior Publisher of the Newspaper Division.

He lives in Austin, TX, with his wife of 41 years, Lee, and near their two daughters and three grandchildren.

Excerpts from Roger Kintzel’s remarks at the alumni ceremony, read by Dean Kristin Sobolik:

It is an honor to be recognized by the College of Liberal Arts and Wright State University.  In my life, as in the lives of thousands of others, Wright State has been a pivotal element; it has made the critical difference between a life of missed opportunities and one of dreams fulfilled.

In trying to recollect my days at Wright State -- 1966 to 1970 -- my memory includes a lot of time spent avoiding parking tickets and gaining a base of knowledge designed to help me understand our culture, the world culture and how to navigate within it. 

I vaguely remember the world when I started at Wright State.  Our cars had AM radio and 8-track tape cassettes.  FM radio was broadcast to the home but not widely to cars.  We did have rudimentary color TV, but cable TV was barely noticed -- and thoroughly trashed. We didn’t land on the moon until my senior year, and computers were pretty large machines driven by punched cards.  Things changed in those days but not very fast compared with today. 

Fast forward to 2009, just five years ago: there were no iPads then, and we thought laptop computers would be with us forever.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram?  Anyone want to take a guess at what the next five years holds for us?  The smartphone -- the iPhone -- was introduced only seven years ago.  Apple has sold more than 2 billion of them since then, and it has a relatively small market share of smartphones compared with Google’s Android operating system.  Who could imagine the world changing so quickly?  Attitudes about lifestyle are changing: the average age of those getting married for the first time has risen to between 25 and 30 from the early 20s.  Not as many young people get drivers’ licenses and many are moving in the center city to use public transportation.

These are just some of the changes that have occurred within the last 5 years. More change has occurred in the last 10 years than had occurred in the first 60 years of my life.  It seems to me that a University needs be at the absolute forefront of recording, interpreting and teaching these rapid changes.   To survive and prosper in the future, it is absolutely essential our citizens feel at ease with and adapt to an accelerated pace of change.  More so today than in the past, it seems, each new technological change brings with it the opportunity for legal, moral, ethical and cultural change. 
If those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it; those who ignore the current trends and pace of change in America and in the world are doomed to miss great opportunities.  I’ve looked back over the last 10 or so years of my career in newspapers -- roughly 1995 to 2005 to try to understand why the business I loved was bruised so badly by massive changes in technology and our culture.   The rapid adoption of the internet by business and individuals alike came like a tsunami.  As it was approaching, we could see it, we could feel it, we could use it and sense its enormity, but we were never able to deal with it effectively. 

I know Wright State has been at the forefront for a long time, and it is doing a lot of cutting edge work with its students today. It was at the head of its class in 1966 when I started and its campus consisted of only two buildings.  Two more were built while I was here to form the initial quadrangle where anti-Vietnam War protestors demonstrated.  What I learned here made a huge difference in my life and helped me far exceed my dreams.  In the 44 years since I graduated, I’m sure Wright State has given additional thousands of young people the guidance, the knowledge and the abilities to fulfill many dreams for themselves and for society.

I’m grateful for the opportunities Wright State provided me.  And just in case I haven’t said it, I want to express my gratitude to all those who made this university possible and give my thanks to those who have maintained its high level of academic excellence.

Stephen Hampton (2013 Recipient)

'80 B.M.

CoLA honored Stephen R. Hampton, '80 Bachelor of Music, at the 2013 College Outstanding Alumni Awards ceremony held at the Nutter Center on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Hampton composed the fanfare for Wright State University, which debuted at the 2007 inauguration of President David R. Hopkins. He has also composed scores for numerous TV commercials for clients such as Walgreens, Nike, and Isuzu, as well as television series including Just Shoot Me and Last Comic Standing. In this photo, Mr. Hampton is receiving his outstanding alumni award from President David R. Hopkins and Dean Kristin Sobolik.

Stephen Hampton graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Music Degree.

While studying music at Wright State, Hampton met his wife, Jamie, a design/technology major in the Theatre department. Upon graduation they both moved to Anchorage, Alaska. Hampton knew that he wanted to write music and be in the recording business.

In Anchorage, Hampton played a solo acoustic guitar in bars, clubs, and restaurants while writing music for local commercials and small films. For larger projects, he traveled to Seattle to record music. While producing an album in Los Angeles in 1984, Hampton met the owners of Admusic, who offered him a job as a staff writer for national TV commercials. In 1996, Hampton and partner John Adair purchased Admusic. By 2004, they had branched out into film work and renamed the company Emoto Music. They sold Emoto in 2011, but still consult for the company on music for TV commercials.

Hampton has composed scores for several television series, including Just Shoot Me and Last Comic Standing. His work can also be heard during national commercials for such notable clients as Walgreens, Nike, and Isuzu.

One of the standout projects of his career was composing a fanfare for Wright State University, which debuted at the 2007 inauguration of President David R. Hopkins. “It was really cool that it was for Wright State,” said Steve. “I got to go there and hear it played. That was a definite thrill for me.”