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Friday, March 7, 2014 


I love to hear the Wright State Fight Song at 8 am!  That's what happened this morning on 93.1WYSO after UD threw down the gauntlet and challenged Wright State to raise more funding for a matching grant to support WYSO.  Seth Gordon, Director of the Veteran and Military Center, answered that challenge and got the word out.  Wright State beat UD 43-13.  Thank you to all who contributed.  Congratulations Raiders!  


We are tough, We are Great, We are Wright State. We will defeat every foe, They will know, We are here, When we all stand up and cheer...Victory..............


CoLA's 4th Mentoring Conversation will be held Monday, March 10 from 3-4:30 in Millett Atrium on the topic Hidden Rules of the University.  Conversation facilitators will be Carol Loranger, English, and Travis Doom, Engineering.  Snacks and drinks will be served, and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.  I promised Travis a Coca-Cola, it seems the drink of choice for our computer science colleagues. This mentoring topic definitely sounds worthwhile!


Tickets go on sale for Les Miserable at 1 am, Monday, March 10.  If I were you I would order early as these are going to go fast!  I have had the privilege of the entire cast surrounding me in a circle and singing some of the signature pieces, and it was an experience I will never forget.  Pure talent.  And drive.  And direction - by Stuart McDowell, Theatre.  It is going to be a spectacular event!


George Willeman, Motion Pictures '88 and Nitrate Film Vault Manager for the Library of Congress, will be the special guest speaker at the Third Annual Public History Symposium held from 9-3 on Friday, March 14, in the Endeavor Room, Student Union.  The symposium is a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of our Public History Graduate Program and will feature graduate student research presentations and capstone projects.  Register today to participate.  I am looking forward to attending, seeing our students' excellent research, and meeting Mr. Willeman.


I want to congratulate Ike Brunner, Communication, Russ Shirley, Communication, and their COM3450 students for landing the social media contract of an important client - the Dayton Better Business Bureau.  It is great for our students to provide excellent expertise and serve our community in this capacity, and fantastic to get real-world, hands-on experience 'in-class'.  CoLA has called on Ike's expertise to analyze the college's social media presence as well.  Thank you, Ike!  


Congratulations also to Ray Marcano, Communication, who is currently in Reykjavik, Iceland as a Fulbright Specialist to discuss how digital and emerging technology is changing journalism and how readers consume content.  Ray is our Digital Journalist in Residence and is a former President of the Society of Professional Journalists and a two-time Pulitzer juror. He has more than 20 years experience in traditional newsroom settings as a reporter and editor, and another decade of experience in digital media.  We welcome his expertise in the college!


Continuing our weekly spotlight on Internships leading to Jobs, I want to showcase our fantastic, diverse internship program in Crime and Justice Studies (CJ), coordinated by Jim Adamitis, Sociology & Anthropology.  CJ is the largest major in the college and requires internships for each student so Jim oversees numerous placements and community partnerships.CoLA looks forward to thanking these community partners at our first annual CoLA Internship Celebration Breakfast on Tuesday, April 29 at 8:30 in the Nutter Center Berry Room. Thank You Jim!


There are many examples of successful CJ internships including Andrew Bustle '12 who interned  at US Federal Probation and is employed as a US Information Services investigator in LA.  Sam Marshall '13 interned at the Greene County Sheriff's Office and is employed as a police officer with George Washington University.  Zach Meyers '13 interned at the Fairborn Municipal Court and they offered him a full-time position as head of their restitution program.  And Diane Gray is currently interning with the Ohio Highway State Patrol and will be hired by them upon graduation.  Congratulations to our hard-working students, and to Crime and Justice Studies Director Tracey Steele, Assistant Director Mike Norris, and Admin Specialist Mary Zurawka for keeping everything running smoothly.


This is the last chance to see Glen Cebulash', Art, exhibit on Paintings and Works of Paper at the Glen House in Yellow Springs - exhibit closing on Sunday, March 9.  I will be there to celebrate and congratulate the artist.


I look forward to seeing our students enlivening Millett Hall an the Creative Arts Center again next week after Spring Break.  Someone needs to give the geese some competition.


.....With our green and our gold, Raiders onward, We will fight right and be true, So Let's go, fight, win. Let the action begin, we're from W-S-U!!! 

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Kristin Sobolik 

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