More than 2,100 to graduate at Wright State’s spring commencement ceremony

More than 2,100 students are expected to graduate during Wright State University’s 2017 spring commencement ceremony Saturday, April 29.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the Wright State Nutter Center. Tickets are not required.

Ohio Speaker of the House of Representatives and Wright State alumnus Cliff Rosenberger ’12 will give the commencement address.

The class includes graduates with 1,346 bachelor’s degrees and 766 master’s as well those awarded associate degrees and post-master’s certificates.

The class features graduates from 58 Ohio counties, including 1,471 from the 16 counties anchored by Wright State’s Dayton and Lake campuses. Graduates hail from 23 total states.

The class also includes 304 international students from 19 nations, with India boasting the largest number of foreign graduates with 190.

The graduating students from the class range in age from 19 to 61.

Graduates by college:

  • College of Education and Human Services: 359
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science: 545
  • College of Liberal Arts: 469
  • College of Nursing and Health: 125
  • College of Science and Mathematics: 299
  • Raj Soin College of Business: 297
  • Lake Campus: 55

The ceremony will be broadcast live on WSU-TV on Time Warner Cable channel 21.105 in the university dorms and Fairborn and regionally on AT&T Uverse channel 99 in the Dayton tab.

The ceremony can also be seen online at wright.edu/streaming.

Notable graduates

Going places

Nathan Balasubramanian was involved in numerous campus activities, including the Student Government Association, while working toward two graduate degrees. (Photo by Erin Pence)

To say Nathan Balasubramanian wore many hats during his time at Wright State University is putting it lightly.

The graduate student has not only been president of the Graduate Student Assembly, he was also chief policy officer for the Student Government Association, served on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Education and Human Services and worked as a graduate assistant in the recruitment division for the University Center for International Education. He also served as the graduate associate for region IV-E of the NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and was recently inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society.

“I would like to move into public policy,” Balasubramanian said. “I see myself going for a public office. I’m looking at international organizations like the UN.”

But first, at Saturday’s Commencement, he’ll collect his master’s degrees. Plural.

Balasubramanian is a double major in educational leadership, with a concentration in student affairs in higher education, and in cybersecurity.

Balasubramanian grew up in a small town in the Tamil Nadu in southern India, the son of a father who is in the export business. After he earned his bachelor’s degree, Balasubramanian looked at hundreds of American universities to pursue a graduate degree and was drawn to Wright State because of its cybersecurity program.

“It’s not offered by a lot of universities,” he said. “And at a university like Wright State, I can grow with it.”

And grow he did.

“Far away from a distant land in the eastern hemisphere, I decided to take my first flight to the birthplace of aviation, to the university named after the brothers who gave the world a taste of flying,” said Balasubramanian. “Today, this place has given me the wings of courage to fly.”

Flying high

Brontee Jeffries, senior sociology major, was named the Airman of the Year by the 179th Air Wing in the Air Force Ohio National Guard. (Photo by Will Jones)

The Airman of the Year for the 179th Air Wing in the Air Force Ohio National Guard this year was Wright State student Brontee Jeffries. Though the award was for her work done off-campus, the senior sociology major and French minor left her mark on campus too.

Jeffries volunteers and interns at the National Alliance of Mental Health’s Clark, Greene and Madison Counties chapter, served as president of Wright State’s Black Women Striving Forward and was a resident assistant at Wright State’s College Park Community housing. She was also crowned Miss Black Wright State by the Black Student Union in 2014. Jeffries worked as a peer adviser in the Wright State Veteran and Military Center and recently became a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

“I want to serve my country because I believe that if you want to see a change in the world or even on the local level, you have to want to do something about it and not just let things happen,” she said. “So I wanted to serve so I can see on a military side of things how I can be of service to others.”

Jeffries, who has served in the Air National Guard for three years, works as an aviation resource manager in the 179th Airlift Wing operations group. She deployed for nearly three months last spring. Then last summer, Jeffries traveled to France to put her minor in French to good use. She hopes to continue traveling during her time in the military.

Jeffries plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration with the goal of working in health administration in a hospital setting.

“During my time at Wright State, I have learned a lot about myself. I have grown in many ways that I am proud of, and I am excited to continue the legacy of what it truly means to be a Raider,” said Jeffries. “So many people have been instrumental in all of my successes. I will always show my Raider pride, Wright State is a part of me, and I am a part of Wright State.”

Steller performance

Lindsey Steller will join Xavier University as an admissions counselor after finishing her master’s program in Cambridge with one of Wright State’s partner schools, Anglia Ruskin. (Photo by Will Jones)

It was Tom Hanks. That was the clincher.

When Lindsey Steller was shopping for graduate programs, she spotted a commercial that Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks did endorsing programs at Wright State University.

Steller, who was traveling in Oregon at the time, scheduled a Skype interview with Wright State admissions officials and was soon admitted into the graduate program in higher education.

Saturday, Steller — a self-described Type A personality and workaholic — will graduate with her master’s but has achieved much more in just a short time at Wright State. She worked as a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Activities, was president of a graduate student organization and was adviser for Raiderthon, the annual dance marathon that raises money for Dayton Children’s Hospital.

She did two internships related to college admissions, has been hired at Xavier University as an admissions counselor and will start there after finishing her master’s program in Cambridge with one of Wright State’s partner schools, Anglia Ruskin.

“My time at Wright State has provided me with countless opportunities to grow, develop, and learn in all aspects of my life. One of my favorite things about Wright State is that everyone has a door to open and become a leader in some aspect,” said Steller. “Everyone has the resources to flourish and develop into a person who will thrive post graduation.”

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger ’12 to give spring commencement address

Cliff Rosenberger, the speaker of the Ohio House and a 2012 Wright State graduate, will give the commencement address at the spring graduation ceremony on April 29.

Cliff Rosenberger, the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and a 2012 Wright State University graduate, will give the commencement address at the university’s spring graduation ceremony.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, in the Wright State Nutter Center. Tickets are not required. The class of 2017 includes more than 2,100 graduates.

“I’m looking forward to coming back to Wright State University and recognizing the class of 2017 for their tremendous accomplishment. Graduation is obviously an exciting occasion for the students and their families, so it is a thrill for me to be able to spend part of the day with them,” Rosenberger said.

Ohio Rep. Rick Perales and state Sen. Bob Hackett are also expected to attend the ceremony.

Rosenberger was first elected Ohio House speaker in 2015. He is serving his fourth term in the Ohio House and represents the 91st House District, which includes Clinton, Highland and Pike counties, and parts of Ross County.

Prior to being elected, he served as the national political events coordinator for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, as special assistant to U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and staff assistant political coordinator in the White House during George W. Bush’s presidency.

He served in the 178th Fighter Wing in Springfield and the 113th Fighter Wing in Washington, D.C., during a 12-year Air Force career.

Rosenberger received a bachelor’s degree in urban affairs from Wright State in 2012. As a student, he participated in the nationally recognized Model United Nations program.

Rosenberger has a long tradition of civic accomplishments with leaders of his hometown of Clarksville. He helped establish a village planning commission for Clarksville and led a movement to establish a Clinton County Veterans’ Memorial in Wilmington. He also served as the representative for the village to the Clinton County Republican Central Committee from 2004 to 2010.

He serves on the executive committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures, is an advisory board member of GOPAC, a board member with the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee and is president of the National Speakers Conference.

Over 2,100 students graduate at Wright State University’s 2017 spring commencement

More than 2,100 students graduated at Wright State’s 2017 spring commencement.
Led by Provost Thomas Sudkamp, Wright State University celebrated the commencement of more than 2,100 students and their families at the university’s spring graduation ceremony Saturday, April 29, at the Wright State Nutter Center.

Sudkamp recognized the thousands of students, families, faculty and staff for their years of hard work in pursuit of a goal, and in some cases a dream, that sets the table for the rest of their lives.

Sudkamp spoke about the symbol of a handshake — a Wright State commencement tradition —that he then carried on later in the ceremony, to give graduates their first handshake from their alma mater in congratulations for completing and excelling in their momentous journey.

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Cliff Rosenberger, speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and 2012 graduate of Wright State, addressed students with an inspiring address as the commencement speaker.

“Everything in your life up to this point has helped you prepare for what comes next. Do not fear what you are called to do and never forget where you came from,” said Rosenberger. “It is only through a diverse people coming together that we can ever hope to tackle the challenges and embrace the changes that lie before each of us.”
Wright State University Provost Thomas Sudkamp shakes the hand of a doctoral graduate at 2017 spring commencement.
Rosenberger also reminded students of a common saying, “opportunity is not a lengthy visitor,” as he encouraged students to take advantage of the opportunities they have as college graduates.

“Don’t forget to keep things simple, but also be innovative and sell yourself. Remember the power of the individual to make a difference,” he said.

“Remember to dream, don’t settle, never allow yourself to quit or give up, give back, help people in need. Success, chase it. Respect, earn it. And love, embrace it. If you can remember to work with these principles in mind, and make decisions like I’ve spoken about, I have no doubt that you will each help make this world a better place,” said Rosenberger. “Don’t sweat the small things, love, laugh, work hard and play hard and always keep it simple. And welcome to the family.”
Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and 2012 Wright State alum Cliff Rosenberger gave the commencement address.
Rosenberger also offered his thoughts on Wright State University as an institution.

“I know this institution, and it boasts some of the best faculty and obviously you as some of the best students,” he said. “I am confident that just as you each are about to experience your new beginnings in life, Wright State is on track for a new beginning as well that will carry it on for years to come.”

“I know Wright State will emerge from this recent test stronger and well positioned to continue its tremendous service to the university’s number one priority — the reason we are here today — you, the students,” said Rosenberger.

Wright State’s 2017 spring graduating class includes graduates with 1,346 bachelor’s degrees and 766 master’s as well those awarded associate degrees and post-master’s certificates.

The class features graduates from 58 Ohio counties, including 1,471 from the 16 counties anchored by Wright State’s Dayton and Lake campuses. Graduates hailed from 23 total states.

The class also includes 304 international students from 19 nations, with India boasting the largest number of foreign graduates with 190. The graduating students from the class ranged in age from 19 to 61.

Graduates by college:

College of Education and Human Services: 359
College of Engineering and Computer Science: 545
College of Liberal Arts: 469
College of Nursing and Health: 125
College of Science and Mathematics: 299
Raj Soin College of Business: 297
Lake Campus: 55
Notable Graduates

Going places
Nathan Balasubramanian was involved in numerous campus activities, including the Student Government Association, while working toward two graduate degrees. (Photo by Erin Pence)
To say Nathan Balasubramanian wore many hats during his time at Wright State University is putting it lightly.

The graduate student has not only been president of the Graduate Student Assembly, he was also chief policy officer for the Student Government Association, served on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Education and Human Services and worked as a graduate assistant in the recruitment division for the University Center for International Education. He also served as the graduate associate for region IV-E of the NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and was recently inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society.

“I would like to move into public policy,” Balasubramanian said. “I see myself going for a public office. I’m looking at international organizations like the UN.”

But first, at Saturday’s Commencement, he collected his master’s degrees. Plural.

Balasubramanian was a double major in educational leadership, with a concentration in student affairs in higher education, and in cybersecurity.

Balasubramanian grew up in a small town in the Tamil Nadu in southern India, the son of a father who is in the export business. After he earned his bachelor’s degree, Balasubramanian looked at hundreds of American universities to pursue a graduate degree and was drawn to Wright State because of its cybersecurity program.

“It’s not offered by a lot of universities,” he said. “And at a university like Wright State, I can grow with it.”

And grow he did.

“Far away from a distant land in the eastern hemisphere, I decided to take my first flight to the birthplace of aviation, to the university named after the brothers who gave the world a taste of flying,” said Balasubramanian. “Today, this place has given me the wings of courage to fly.”

Flying high
Brontee Jeffries, senior sociology major, was named the Airman of the Year by the 179th Air Wing in the Air Force Ohio National Guard. (Photo by Will Jones)
The Airman of the Year for the 179th Air Wing in the Air Force Ohio National Guard this year was Wright State student Brontee Jeffries. Though the award was for her work done off-campus, the sociology major and French minor left her mark on campus too.

Jeffries volunteers and interns at the National Alliance of Mental Health’s Clark, Greene and Madison Counties chapter, served as president of Wright State’s Black Women Striving Forward and was a resident assistant at Wright State’s College Park Community housing. She was also crowned Miss Black Wright State by the Black Student Union in 2014. Jeffries worked as a peer adviser in the Wright State Veteran and Military Center and became a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

“I want to serve my country because I believe that if you want to see a change in the world or even on the local level, you have to want to do something about it and not just let things happen,” she said. “So I wanted to serve so I can see on a military side of things how I can be of service to others.”

Jeffries, who has served in the Air National Guard for three years, works as an aviation resource manager in the 179th Airlift Wing operations group. She deployed for nearly three months last spring. Then last summer, Jeffries traveled to France to put her minor in French to good use. She hopes to continue traveling during her time in the military.

Jeffries plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration with the goal of working in health administration in a hospital setting.

“During my time at Wright State, I have learned a lot about myself. I have grown in many ways that I am proud of, and I am excited to continue the legacy of what it truly means to be a Raider,” said Jeffries. “So many people have been instrumental in all of my successes. I will always show my Raider pride, Wright State is a part of me, and I am a part of Wright State.”

Steller performance
Lindsey Steller, a graduate student in the student affairs in higher education program, worked in the Student Activities office, was president of a graduate student organization and adviser for the Black Student Union and Raiderthon. (Photo by Will Jones)
It was Tom Hanks. That was the clincher.

When Lindsey Steller was shopping for graduate programs, she spotted a commercial that Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks did endorsing programs at Wright State University.

Steller, who was traveling in Oregon at the time, scheduled a Skype interview with Wright State admissions officials and was soon admitted into the graduate program in higher education.

Steller — a self-described Type A personality and workaholic — graduated with her master’s but has achieved much more in just a short time at Wright State. She worked as a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Activities, was president of a graduate student organization and was adviser for Raiderthon, the annual dance marathon that raises money for Dayton Children’s Hospital.

She did two internships related to college admissions, has been hired at Xavier University as an admissions counselor and will start there after finishing her master’s program in Cambridge with one of Wright State’s partner schools, Anglia Ruskin.

“My time at Wright State has provided me with countless opportunities to grow, develop, and learn in all aspects of my life. One of my favorite things about Wright State is that everyone has a door to open and become a leader in some aspect,” said Steller. “Everyone has the resources to flourish and develop into a person who will thrive post graduation.”

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26 Weight Loss Tips That Are Actually Evidence-Based

The weight loss “industry” is full of myths.

People are being advised to do all sorts of crazy things, most of which have no evidence behind them.

Over the years, however, scientists have found a number of strategies that seem to be effective.

Here are 26 weight loss tips that are actually evidence-based.

1. Drink Water, Especially Before Meals

It is often claimed that drinking water can help with weight loss, and this is true.

Drinking water can boost metabolism by 24-30% over a period of 1-1.5 hours, helping you burn off a few more calories (1, 2).

One study showed that drinking a half liter (17 oz) of water about a half an hour before meals helped dieters eat fewer calories and lose 44% more weight (3).

2. Eat Eggs For Breakfast

Eating whole eggs can have all sorts of benefits, including helping you lose weight.

Studies show that replacing a grain-based breakfast with eggs can help you eat fewer calories for the next 36 hours, and lose more weight and more body fat (4, 5).

If you can’t eat eggs for some reason, then that’s fine. Any source of quality protein for breakfast should do the trick.

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3. Drink Coffee (Preferably Black)

Coffee has been unfairly demonized. Quality coffee is loaded with antioxidants, and can have numerous health benefits.

Studies show that the caffeine in coffee can boost metabolism by 3-11%, and increase fat burning by up to 10-29% (6, 7, 8).

Just make sure NOT to add a bunch of sugar or other high-calorie ingredients to it. That will completely negate any benefit you get from the coffee.

4. Drink Green Tea

Like coffee, green tea also has many benefits, one of them being weight loss.

Green tea contains small amounts of caffeine, but it is also loaded with powerful antioxidants called catechins, which are also believed to work synergistically with the caffeine to enhance fat burning (9, 10).

Although the evidence is mixed, there are many studies showing that green tea (either as a beverage or a green tea extract supplement) can help you lose weight (11, 12).

5. Cook With Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is very healthy. It is high in special fats called medium chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently than other fats.

These fats have been shown to boost metabolism by 120 calories per day, and also reduce your appetite so that you eat up to 256 fewer calories per day (13, 14).

Keep in mind that this is not about adding coconut oil on top of what you’re already eating, it is about replacing some of your current cooking fats with coconut oil.

6. Take a Glucomannan Supplement

A fiber called glucomannan has been shown to cause weight loss in several studies.

This is a type of fiber that absorbs water and “sits” in your gut for a while, making you feel more full and helping you eat fewer calories (15).

Studies have shown that people who supplement with glucomannan lose a bit more weight than those who don’t (16).

7. Cut Back on Added Sugar

Added sugar is the single worst ingredient in the modern diet, and most people are eating way too much of it.

Studies show that sugar (and high fructose corn syrup) consumption is strongly associated with the risk of obesity, as well as diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and others (17, 18, 19).

If you want to lose weight, you should be cutting back on added sugars. Just make sure to read labels, because even so-called health foods can be loaded with sugar.

8. Eat Less Refined Carbs

Refined carbohydrates are usually sugar, or grains that have been stripped of their fibrous, nutritious parts (includes white bread and pasta).

Studies show that refined carbs can spike blood sugar rapidly, leading to hunger, cravings and increased food intake a few hours later. Eating refined carbs is strongly linked to obesity (20, 21, 22).

If you’re going to eat carbs, make sure to eat them with their natural fiber.

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9. Go on a Low Carb Diet

If you want to get all the benefits of carb restriction, then consider taking this all the way and going on a low carb diet.

Numerous studies show that such a diet (or “way of eating”) can help you lose 2-3 times as much weight as a standard low-fat diet, while improving your health at the same time (23, 24, 25).

10. Use Smaller Plates

Using smaller plates has been shown to help people automatically eat fewer calories in some studies. Weird trick, but it seems to work (26).

11. Exercise Portion Control or Count Calories

Portion control (eating less) or counting calories can be very useful, for obvious reasons (27).

There are also studies showing that keeping a food diary and writing down what you eat, or taking pictures of all your meals, can help you lose weight (28, 29).

Anything that increases your awareness of what you are eating is likely to be useful.

12. Keep Healthy Food Around in Case You Get Hungry

Keeping healthy food close by can help prevent you from eating something unhealthy if you become excessively hungry.

A few snacks that are easily portable and simple to prepare include whole fruits, a handful of nuts, baby carrots, yogurt and a hardboiled egg (or two).

13. Brush Your Teeth After Dinner

Although I’m not aware of any studies on this, many people recommend brushing your teeth and/or flossing right after dinner. Then you won’t be as tempted to have a late-night snack.

14. Eat Spicy Foods

Spicy foods like Cayenne pepper contain Capsaicin, a compound that can boost metabolism and reduce your appetite slightly (30, 31).

15. Do Aerobic Exercise

Doing aerobic exercise (cardio) is an excellent way to burn calories and improve your physical and mental health.

It appears to be particularly effective to lose belly fat, the unhealthy fat that tends to build up around your organs and cause metabolic disease (32, 33).

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16. Lift Weights

One of the worst side effects of dieting, is that it tends to cause muscle loss and metabolic slowdown, often referred to as starvation mode (34, 35).

The best way to prevent this from happening is to do some sort of resistance exercise, like lifting weights. Studies show that weight lifting can help keep your metabolism high, and prevent you from losing precious muscle mass (36, 37).

Of course, it’s not just important to lose fat. You also want to make sure that what is beneath looks good. Doing some sort of resistance exercise is critical for that.