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06-14-03: Former New Bremen couple donates $400,000 to school

Tuition going up, officials say

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    Wright State University-Lake Campus will have nearly $400,000 in new scholarship money to award, and tuition fees are on the rise at both the Celina and Dayton campuses.
    The WSU board of trustees met at the Lake Campus for an annual visit on Friday afternoon to announce the large posthumous award from Reuben and Viola Wissman, formerly of New Bremen, and to conduct regular business of the board.
    During the finance section of the agenda, committee chair Bonnie Langdon read fee increase resolutions that amounted to a 6 percent tuition increase, and other professional fee increases.
    "We bring them to you with some reluctance, because it's never a pleasant thing to do, but we have no options," Langdon prefaced the resolutions.
    The fees for returning students and graduate students at both campuses will rise 6 percent in the fall 2003 quarter. New students in the undergraduate and graduate programs will see a $100 per quarter raise in Dayton, and the fees at the Lake Campus will rise to meet the prices at the Dayton campus, approximately 6 percent. Also, professional fees for students in the school of professional psychology will rise 6 percent and professional fees for the school of medicine will rise 15.9 percent.
    After the meeting, WSU Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs Matthew Filipic said the increases were a direct result of cuts to higher education by the state legislature.
    "It has been an on-going issue in Ohio for 20 years or more, but it has become more pronounced in the last couple of years," Filipic said of the legislature reducing state funding, adding that WSU saw a per-student reduction from the state of $600 this year alone.
    Members of the board urged the community and staff at the Lake Campus to contact their state legislators about the trend of lowering state support for higher education.
    The generous endowment from the Wissmans will help the campus continue to serve the community, school officials also said at the meeting.
    Ed Noble, a charter member of the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF), made the announcement to the crowd in attendance that Viola Wissman, who died recently, willed $379,000 as scholarship money to the Lake Campus.
    "The impact of Viola and Reuben Wissman ... is going to be felt for generations," Noble said, adding that the Wissmans asked that the field of engineering technology take preference in scholarship awards.


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