A Message from the Dean 

Greetings and Happy New Year!  Spring Semester has gotten off to a great start and we're already in week three of the new term.  It's wonderful to see all the new energy and excitement across campus (although I don't see many people outside - 'tis the time of year to enjoy WSU's fantastic tunnel system!).


I'm amazed at how time flies - I celebrated my one-year anniversary as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts this month, and what a great year it has been!


I was honored by the outpouring of support by WSU faculty, students, and community members at my Welcome Reception last November. I am continuously impressed by all the great happenings in this college. We have amazing, hard-working students, outstanding faculty, and a top-notch leadership team that helps set the stage for student success every day. I am proud to work and interact with so many wonderful people.


One collaborative project that I want to highlight is the complete

redesign of our college website. You'll find a brand-new look, a wealth of information to keep our current and prospective students informed, current news and events, and fantastic videos highlighting some of our most talented students and outstanding alumni.    


I hope you will enjoy our newly designed CoLA e-newsletter featuring a number of our recent success stories in the college.  Please keep in touch with us and share your news and feedback.  I look forward to a wonderful Spring Semester!

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Kristin Sobolik

Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Back in the Day

The College of Liberal Arts announces a new column about our history called  Back In The Day that will include stories, articles, and reminiscences about the founding of our great university. The first column is entitled A University is Born featuring the 20th Anniversary Convocation Address by Dr. Elizabeth Harden, Professor Emerita in English and former President of the University Faculty.

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CoLA Reaches out to High School Students

The College of Liberal Arts is actively engaged in reaching out to area high school students! 


Liberal Arts Pathways to Success -  

February 17, 2014  

This is the perfect event for high school students who are looking for a great career and considering Wright State. Students are invited to attend this exciting morning of activities that include meeting with WSU faculty, students, and alumni, learning about majors, extra-curricular activities and clubs, finding out about financial aid opportunities, and much more.  All attendees are eligible to win great prizes including 3 Nook tablets from the WSU Barnes and Noble Campus Bookstore.


To register for Liberal Arts Pathways to Success, visit our website.   


CoLA Celebrates Donors and Scholarship Recipients

On November 10, the College of Liberal Arts hosted its annual donor recognition ceremony at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster center in downtown Dayton. More than 260 people joined together to recognize and honor important donors to the college and many talented student scholarships recipients.



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Area High School French and Spanish Students Experience a Fun Day of Language Immersion

November was a busy and exciting month for the Department of Modern Languages and a time to celebrate language, culture, and diversity during Immersion Days for French and Spanish. Each event brought over 200 area high school language students to Wright State's campus for a morning of immersion excitement. 

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Internship Success in Crime and Justice Studies

Aerial Nies is a junior in the Crime and Justice Studies Program. In December 2013 she completed a highly-competitive internship with the United States Secret Service. She feels that the internship has given her a realistic look at federal law enforcement and she now knows that she can and must work her way up the ladder when she begins her career. "Wright State has to compete with a number of universities for federal internships, and they won't even consider anyone without a minimum 3.00+ GPA," says Dr. Jim Adamitis, coordinator of the Crime and Justice Studies internships program. "Ariel made Wright State look good."


CELIA Celebrates Pride and Prejudice: The Bicentennial

On October 10-12, CELIA, an Ohio Center of Excellence that fosters collaborative education, leadership and innovation in the arts, hosted a celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice. The event, titled Pride and Prejudice: The Bicentennial, featured public lectures by internationally-recognized experts on Jane Austen and British literature, an English tea service, a staged reading of a theatrical adaptation of Austen's novel, a display of posters highlighting Wright State's undergraduate student research, and an elegant Regency Ball.


ArtsFair Draws Families to Experience the Arts at Wright State

On December 7, the College of Liberal Arts welcomed over 175 people to its Creative Arts Center to enjoy many fun arts activities. Sponsored by Morris Home Furnishings, ArtsFair offered area families the chance to tap into their creative energy with Wright State arts students and faculty. Kids participated in dance and acting lessons, created a printmaking book, experimented with percussion and brass instruments, drew  on the walls in the Stein Art Galleries, and enjoyed theatre productions of Oklahoma and Broadway Celebration.

CoLA Faculty Receives International Education Award

December Green, director of International Studies at Wright State and known for her deep commitment to educating students on issues and cultures of foreign countries, was named recipient of the university's 2013 International Education Award in November. She is the third Political Science faculty to receive this award.  Department Chair Donna Schlagheck was honored in 2003 and Laura Luehrman, director of International and Comparative Politics, who received the award in 2008.   




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