A Message from the Dean 

Greetings and Happy Summer! It has been a wonderful and productive year so far for the College of Liberal Arts. In May over 2,000 students graduated from Wright State with 424 earning their degree from our college. The day before graduation we celebrated the top seniors in each of our undergraduate and graduate programs - featured down the right-hand side of this newsletter.

In April, CoLA hosted 50 of our 150 internship partners at our inaugural Internship Celebration Breakfast. It was an important step forward in recognizing the many people who engage our students to gain crucial hands-on, real-world experience before graduating.


We are so excited about the Creative Arts Center Modernization and Expansion!  We celebrated with our Wright State and Community partners at the Groundbreaking, beginning the process that will transform the Creative Arts Center into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece where our star students and faculty can truly shine. Keep watch for more exciting updates on this project!



Please keep in touch with us and share your news and feedback.  Have a fantastic summer!


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Kristin Sobolik

Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Back in the Day

The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to feature the second installment of Back in the Day, a column that will include stories, articles, and reminiscences about the founding of our great university.  This second segment of A University is Born, written by Dr. Elizabeth Harden, Professor Emerita in English and former President of the University Faculty, focuses on 1967, a history-making year for Wright State when the State Board of Regents declared the three-year-old campus a University.


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CoLA Dean's Office Intern

Joshua Hemmelgarn was a Professional Writing Intern in the Dean's Office this past semester, playing a big part in organizing ARTSGALA's silent auction, managing the database and writing gift descriptions for more than 100 auction items. Josh graduated in Spring '14 with a major in Professional Writing and was also responsible for writing a number of articles that are all available online on the CoLA's website. 

CoLA Graduate Overcomes Obstacles

Dominick Evans, 33, has a lot to celebrate. When he graduated in May 2014, he became the first student with a significant physical disability to successfully complete Wright State's rigorous motion pictures production program. Dominick, who uses a wheelchair full time to be independent, came to Wright State in 2010 and enrolled in the motion pictures program. Now that he has graduated, Dominick would like to move to New York City to pursue his dream of being a film director   


2014 CoLA Outstanding Alumnus

Roger S. Kintzel '70 was honored at the 2014 College Outstanding Alumni Awards ceremony on March 1, 2014 as the CoLA Outstanding Alumnus. Roger graduated with a B.A. in English from Wright State University's third graduating class in 1970 and went on to have a long and successful career at Cox Enterprises before retiring in 2005. The creation of Wright State was fortuitous for Roger. He is grateful to all those who made this university possible and gives thanks to those who have maintained its high level of academic excellence. His remarks at the ceremony were particularly well received and are excerpted here. 


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ARTSGALA Celebrates its 15th Year!


We had another record breaking year for ARTSGALA!  The 15th year brought in over 700 attendees and raised $180,000 in support of student scholarships in the fine and performing arts. Overall, ARTSGALA has raised over $1.75 million for student scholarships at Wright State.


Internship Celebration Breakfast

The College of Liberal Arts hosted its first Internship Celebration Breakfast to thank 150 community companies, organizations, and nonprofits who hosted over 200 CoLA interns over the past year. This hard-working group of students logged nearly 25,000 internship hours! "Internships are exceedingly valuable.  What we do in the classroom prepares students for what's going on in the real world, but the hands-on experience they gain during an internship is a critical part of the learning process," said Kristin Sobolik, dean of the college.  




CoLA Dean's Leadership Board

The CoLA Dean's Leadership Board is made up of individuals dedicated to supporting and promoting the liberal arts at Wright State. All members provided crucial financial support which funds Leadership and Study Abroad Scholarships for CoLA students. Some members of the board serve on sub-committees to select the recipients for these important awards, and other board members serve on an Advocating for the Liberal Arts Committee that provides wonderful insight into best ways to help the community and our students understand the value of a liberal arts education. Thank you to all the dedicated people who serve on this board.

Congratulations to our fantastic student recipients of the 2014-2015 Dean's Leadership Board Scholarships!

The Magnificent Seven  

The story of the Magnificent Seven began in the fall of 2006 when Dr. Noeleen McIlvenna (aka Dr. No), associate professor in the History department, complained to Dr. Sarah Twill, associate professor in the Social Work department, that she was having trouble finding time for scholarship. Dr. Twill presented a novel idea: if you wrote for a half an hour you earned a sticker, and only if you met your goal could you go to lunch with everyone who was writing. Dr. No was dubious at first to say the least. She thought, "I don't need gold stars!" But she tried anyway and it worked wonders for her and other female professors at Wright State.


Women, Leadership, and Social Change

Spring 2014 WMS 4980, Women's Studies Field Experience: Women,  

Leadership, and Social Change.  l-r, with their internship placements.

Amber Vlasnik, Women's Studies Internships Coordinator and course  

instructor; Kellyn Wagner, Michael's House; Kristen Pennington, YWCA  

Dayton; Marissa Kirkland, Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio; April Millis,

Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio; Ebony Davenport, YWCA Dayton.

From theory to practice and from practice to theory, Wright State University's Women's Studies internship class, "Women, Leadership, and Social Change," taught by Amber Vlasnik, is giving students real life experiences with the support of a college classroom. During Women's Studies classes students are taught theory and how it relates to the practice of actually doing work in the field. There are many applications to women's studies coursework, including in politics, the arts, the health industry, stopping gender-based violence, human trafficking prevention, and more. Thinking of theory in relation to these practices is great, but students do not often get to relate the practice, or their work, back to the theory. And that is exactly what can be explored as a result of this class.



CoLA Uses Innovative Approach to Reach Out to Prospective Students

CoLA has an exciting new tool to get information to prospective students about the college and our programs. This eBrochure includes exciting CoLA videos and links to the CoLA website for more information. This collaboration between Associate Deans Linda Caron and Herb Dregalla and '02 Communication alumnus Brian Owen and his company iXplore Universities will spread the word to many high school seniors in the region about the great benefits of studying the liberal arts at Wright State.

Quick Links

Andrianna Milton
African & African

Hannah Magee

Sarah Rodriguez
Art & Art History

Timothy Corcoran

Ryan Ballman

Matthew Burian
Crime & Justice Studies

Laura Gray

Skylar Wood

Joseph Bradley-Hutchison

Austin Schneider
International Studies

Alicia Grodecki
Liberal Studies

Kaitlyn Williams
Modern Languages

Doug Lane

Alexander Thomas

Kenneth Burr
Political Science

Jacquelyn Weaver

Kevin Johnson
Social Science Education

Stephanie McCain
Social Work

 Andrea Thompson

Alexis Evans-Krueger
Theatre, Dance, and
Motion Pictures

Prentiss Haney
Urban Affairs

Jill Winchester
Women's Studies


Tiffany Hunter
Applied Behavioral Science

Sarah Aisenbrey

Jacob Bauer

Charlene Preston
International/Comparative Politics

Aaron Jacobs

Taylr Ucker
Women's Studies

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Jessica Gray

Matthew Russo
Master of Public Administration

Erin Ritter
Master of Social Work