Fall 2020 Update

Fall 2020 Update: Wright State University’s Dayton and Lake Campuses plan to return to teaching for 2020 Fall Semester on August 24 with a dynamic and flexible mixture of in-person and remote courses. Read more about our Right Here. Wright State. This Fall. plan.

Alumni and Giving

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About Giving to Wright State University–Lake Campus

Since its inception, the Lake Campus has been the fortunate recipient of alumni, friends, and corporate support. Our ability to continue to serve the educational needs of Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, and Van Wert counties, as well as the residents of the surrounding areas, is a testament to the generous nature of the residents and businesses who believe in the academic mission of the Wright State University–Lake Campus.

The Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) is grateful to the community for its continued support. The WOEF board operates under the auspices of a board of trustees whose members are respected business and community men and women. Members share a common interest in the Lake Campus’s academic programs, community service, success, and, most importantly, the students. This vision is realized through campus housing and the numerous scholarships available each year.


Where to Give: Priority Funds

Advanced Manufacturing Center

Wright State University envisions a world-class advanced manufacturing and robotics teaching center, developed with local partners to ensure and achieve new economic growth in technology and manufacturing right here in Ohio. The Business Enterprise Center (BEC) has teamed with local economic development organizations and other schools to build certified coursework in robotics, process control, mechanical and electrical systems, and more. The BEC's focus can meet the employment and talent gap that exists between engineering and production in many facilities, increasing the growth and quality of our workforce. The campus has experienced strong enrollment in the mechanical engineering program, but an expanded value-added partnership between industry and the university can increase available talent in multiple skill areas. It will allow us a more targeted curriculum and to be forward-thinking when considering future expansion.

Your funds will benefit the local region and help fill a critical industry need:

  • Advanced manufacturing investments, including automation and robotics, are leading economic sectors and job growth in West Central Ohio.
  • New technology and engineering developments require large flexible industrial spaces to accommodate equipment, learning styles, and changing product trends.
  • Employers require increased skilled certifications, degrees, and experience for their operations.
  • A partnership between private and industry and university resources allows for greater innovation and valuable services to improve learning outcomes.
  • The new facility attracts both new emerging students into the pipeline while allowing ideal space for retraining.

Agriculture Education and Water Quality Program

The Wright State University–Lake Campus envisions programs that reflect the community and regional needs and is focused on technical and applied information related to the agriculture industry. Agriculture is a key economic engine contributing more than $100 billion to Ohio’s economy each year. Mercer County is the leading county in agriculture in Ohio, contributing over $1 billion in annual gross receipts. The strength in agriculture production has resulted in a burgeoning growth of the food manufacturing industry in the region. Located in an area of leadership in agricultural production, we serve counties that excel in dairy, poultry, swine, eggs, and crop production. The heavy concentration of agriculture provides an opportunity for various supporting industries ranging from agronomic and livestock processing to marketing and financial management services. These supporting industries require a trained labor force ready to meet the needs of the agriculture industry of tomorrow.

Your funds will support:

  • A state-of-the-art facility, equipment, and materials.
  • Unique instructional activities combining traditional classroom, lab, and field experiences in non-traditional ways.
  • Agriculture programs that combine classroom instruction with real-world perspectives from industry professionals using face-to-face interactions as well as digital technologies. 
  • Programs that will serve technical-oriented individuals who are seeking new careers in agribusiness and the food industry, as well as individuals already in these industries who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge.
  • Assistance in the promotion of youth participation in agriculture programs such as 4-H and the Future Farmers of America.
  • Provide opportunities to collaborate with other institutions and programs.

Athletics and Recreation Complex

The Wright State University–Lake Campus envisions an athletic and recreation complex that would foster increased engagement of all students in campus activities, advancements in recruiting for all athletic programs, and a more enjoyable recreation experience offered by a student-run facility.

An athletic and recreation complex will provide opportunities for students to have additional work experiences on campus, by allowing them to staff and run the complex. In turn, it would create a recreational space that is more conducive and enjoyable for the students, faculty, and staff. It will help to further the growth of our athletic programs with better facilities and recruiting tools for prospective student-athletes. It will also help foster an environment on campus where students are active and engaged in campus life. Through increased campus engagement, we will retain more students, as well as a continuing trend of recruiting students from farther distances.

Your donation will support:

  • A state-of-the-art synthetic turf baseball stadium with indoor facilities.
  • Recreational space used by both athletes and the rest of the campus population.
  • Recreational space that will be run by students and will provide numerous on-campus jobs.
  • Meeting spaces that will offer athletic teams their own space for team meetings and academic classes.
  • Green space operated and used by athletics, intramurals, faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
  • Future revenue generation through camps, tournaments, and more for the university.

Where to Give: All Funds

Please select as many designations as you like from the list and click the Submit button at the bottom of the page to be taken to the Online Giving page to make your donation.

Priority Funds

  • Any and all costs to construct, equip, and operate an Advanced Manufacturing Center for the purpose of education training.
  • Any and all costs associated with the construction of an Athletics/Recreation Complex. Any funds remaining after construction may be used to furnish or otherwise improve the complex.

Programs

  • To support student scholarships at Lake Campus
  • Grant funding to the Integrated Science Studies program for paid student research.
  • Any and all costs associated with the construction of a connector building between Trenary and Dwyer Halls. Any funds remaining after construction may be used to furnish or otherwise improve the building.
  • Any and all costs to construct, equip, and operate a Water Quality Institute.
  • Any and all costs to develop and operate an Agri-Business/Food Science Program.
  • Funding to support Baseball at Lake Campus
  • Program support for the Engineering Club.
  • To support the Graphic & Multimedia Design Program
  • Funding to support Men's Basketball at Lake Campus
  • Funding to support Police Academy at Lake Campus
  • Funding to support Lake Campus programs
  • Funding to support the Nursing Program at Lake Campus. Students First Funding.
  • This fund was established to support faculty and program development for Lake Campus.

Scholarships

  • The scholarship was established to encourage excellent students of the region to attend WSU lake campus. It targets top graduates from each high school within the immediate service region. Applicant must be a full-time student with a minimum GPA of 3.0, be a graduate of the high school in the immediate service area of Lake campus, and must not hold any other WSU scholarship award.
  • This scholarship supports students who wish to pursue a degree from Wright State University - Lake Campus and are a Wright State graduate or the relative of a Wright State graduate.
  • This scholarship is for Lake Campus students.
  • This scholarship was established to support undergraduate Lake Campus students enrolled in the Middle Childhood Education program in the College of Education and Human Services.
  • To support student scholarships at Lake Campus
  • This fund was established by the WOEF Board for a Lake Campus student.


How to Give

Donations and gifts may also be mailed to:

Wright State University–Lake Campus
ATTN: Gretchen Rentz
7600 Lake Campus Dr.
Celina, Ohio 45822

For more information about supporting the Lake Campus, please contact Gretchen Rentz at 419-586-0336.


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