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Friday, September 27, 2013 



Week five of fall semester is wrapping up - it's hard to believe we are one-third of the way through the term. The weather is turning cooler and crisper - Maine crisp. I didn't get to eat a lobster this summer, but it seems that the fall air is the same, and I relish it.


Tuesday was an important day for the fine and performing arts as we celebrated hiring the architectural firms for the upcoming Creative Arts Center modernization and expansion project.   H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, the lead designer of our fantastic Schuster Hall renovation, and Champlin Architecture are currently in the design phase, with ground-breaking scheduled for the spring. Improvements will include new university art galleries, a stage combat studio, and dance and music studio space and classrooms. The old television studio will be renovated into new production space for the Motion Pictures program. This point has been years in the making and we are all excited to finally begin!


We also announced that the 2013 ARTSGALA had record attendance of 630 and raised an impressive $174,000 in scholarships for our fine and performing arts students - $50,000 more than the previous year! Since 2000 this event has raised $1.6 million to support our talented arts students who go on to do great things in our community and beyond.


More good news is the announcement of the following research awards by CELIA: Collaborative Education, Leadership, and Innovation in the Arts-an Ohio Center of Excellence at Wright State:


CELIA Fellows Program

This program supports social science, humanities, and arts faculty in the development of innovative projects in a multidisciplinary think-tank atmosphere. The mission is for Fellows to collaborate as a whole or in small groups to produce original compositions, performances, presentations, courses, and/or scholarly writings focused on fresh approaches and/or solutions for any of a myriad of topical issues.


Fall 2013 CELIA Fellow

Dr. Paul Lockhart, Professor, History.

Project: The Hell Where Youth and Laughter Go: America, the World, and the Great War.


To learn more about the CELIA Fellow program and Dr. Lockhart, visit


CELIA Seed Grants

CELIA provides a limited number of seed grants to faculty to develop or pilot projects relating to collaborative and innovative projects. Grants are up to $2,500 in research support and are typically for one or two semesters.


2013-2014 CELIA Seed Grant Awards

Dr. Shengrong Cai, Assistant Professor, English Language and Literatures. Project: Voices from Multiple Perspectives.


Dr. Carol Loranger, Associate Professor and Chair, English Language and Literatures; Dr. Sarah Twill, Associate Professor of Social Work; and Dr. Carl Brun, Professor and Chair, Department of Social Work. Project: Reading for Peace.


Steven Bognar, Lecturer, and Jim Klein, Professor, Theatre, Dance, & Motion Pictures. Project: Reinvention Stories--Year Two.


For further information on these faculty and their projects, please visit: 


I am looking forward to seeing these collaborative projects come to fruition. Thanks to CELIA Director, Hank Dahlman, for bringing together such diverse disciplines and scholars.  


I want everyone to know that we have a champion in our midst - or at least a champion maker.  CoLA Senior Accountant and overall Great Guy, Rick Zech, with his wife Suzy and their daughter Caitlin, had a fantastic week at the Arabian and Half Arabian Sport Horse Nationals in Virginia, winning six, count them six! national championships!  Caitlin rode Boss to 3 National and 1 Reserve National Championships, Ike to 2 National Championships and 3 National Top Tens, and Groovin to 1 National Championship (the underachiever of the family).  Congratulations to Rick and Family! Needless to say, the rest of us are keeping quiet about our own children's accomplishments for awhile.

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Kristin Sobolik


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