Well, its official! The Sculpture Studio is definitely Very Messy. Perfect for the end of the semester. If it was clean, I would be worried. Thank you Stefan Chinov, Art, John Dickinson, Art, and Landon Crowell, Art, for your great interaction with our students who, obviously, are working hard. I promise not to report on the mess in your studio corners again!
Four of our fantastic award-winning Model United Nations team members just returned from a conference hosted by Yongsei University in Seoul, Korea with yet more awards! We are so proud! Hanna Tarbert, International and Comparative Politics, Angie Loyd, International Studies and Political Science, Jonas Kiessling, Social and Applied Economics, and Josh Cummins, International and Comparative Politics, went on their own and came back with:
· Outstanding Delegation in the UN Forum on Climate Change
· Outstanding Position Paper UN Forum on Climate Change
· Outstanding Delegation in the Economic and Social Council
· Outstanding Position Paper Economic and Social Council
Congratulations! And thank you to Donna Schlagheck, Political Science, and Vaughn Shannon, Political Science, for their excellent leadership of this extremely successful program.
CoLA is working hard on increasing internship opportunities for our students and strengthening our current partnerships. One great example why is Zachary Moore, a Crime and Justice Studies major, who just completed his accredited internship with the Fairborn Municipal Court. The Court liked Zach so much they offered him a full-time position as head of their restitution program. Jim Adamitis, Sociology, does a fantastic job overseeing our extensive internship program in this area. Thanks also go to Tracey Steele, Sociology, and Mike Norris, Sociology, for overseeing this important program, and to Mary Zurawka, Crime and Justice Studies, for successfully keeping everyone in line!
Other great examples include four of our International and Comparative Politics students receiving 4 of the 5 Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management (DISAM) internships, competing against students from across Ohio. These talented students are Nicole Radkoczy, Christopher Diaz, Hannah Collins, and Josh Cummins. Great Job representing Wright State!
The Dean's Office is doing its part to support internships as well. This spring we will welcome to our office CoLA Intern Josh Hemmelgarn, English major with an emphasis in Professional and Technical Writing. Josh will write articles for our website and newsletter and have a myriad of duties related to the ARTSGALA silent auction. We look forward to welcoming him on board in January.
Congratulations are also in order for Nicole Richter, Motion Pictures, the new President of FilmDayton, an area non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to fostering the growth of our regional film industry and audience. Steve Bognar, Motion Pictures, is a board member and Julia Reichert, retired Motion Pictures, is very active in the organization as well. This is yet another great example of Wright State strongly engaged in our community.
Chris Hall, English, Director of our TESOL program, will be in Houston this coming week as a reviewer for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program to North Africa and the Middle East. This is his second year as an ETA reviewer at the national level. This year he is on the committee to select finalists for Jordan and will have to select just thirty finalists from a pool of 75 applicants. Good Luck Chris!
And Good Luck to everyone on finals week! I have found that faculty and staff need luck as much as students do during this potentially stressful time.