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CoLA Weekly


Friday, September 12, 2014 



La Fiesta

Lonely Dolores

We had a great time on Tuesday as the ANHA Center kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with La Fiesta on the Quad. When I was out there enjoying the fun activities and lively music I noticed that BOTH Rocky and his brother Pete are missing from the moat. Their sister Dolores is the only one left. This is a sad, sad state of affairs. Poor Rocky and Pete! I expect the geese to descend soon.



Felicidades to Professor Emeritus David Garrison, Modern Languages -Spanish, who was recently named one of two Ohio Poets of the Year by the Ohio Poetry Day Association in honor of his book Playing Bach in the D. C. Metro. David will read some of his poetry on October 24th and 25th at the Troy Hayner Cultural Center.


Next week we continue our CoLA Mentoring Conversations with a fantastic line-up of accomplished facilitators to talk about Sustaining a Long-Term Research Agenda.  Who better to lead this discussion than Brage Golding Outstanding Research Professor Paul Lockhart, Professor of Music Shelley Jagow, and Lecturer of History Christopher Oldstone-Moore?  Please join them in the Millett Atrium on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.  Dainty snacks will be served.  This is the 5th CoLA Mentoring Conversation and we are working on #6 to focus on best mentoring practices. 


Congratulations to Glen Cebulash and Jeremy Long, Art, whose artwork is being displayed Sept. 6 - October 11 in the Jacoby Art Center's Exhibition Of Color and Rhythm: Ten Midwestern Painters. If you don't have plans to travel to Alton, Illinois, you can still enjoy their art online. Notice that Jeremy Long and his art are pictured in the banner of the CoLA Weekly


I hope many CoLA staff took advantage of a wonderfully planned Staff Development Day on August 7. Great Job to Dawn Banker, Dean's Office, who as Chair of CSAC (Classified Staff Advisory Council) helped organize the entire event. And Congratulations to David Orenstein, Sociology, winner of Staff Day's first WSU Jeopardy contest. David bested Associate Provost Steven Berberich and Athletic Director Bob Grant with his knowledge of Wright State past and present. Now THAT's what a Liberal Arts degree can do for you!


A couple of exiting upcoming events to note are this Saturday's recital by John Kurokawa, Music. In addition to teaching in our School of Music, John currently performs as the Principal Clarinetist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. John's recital will be 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Creative Arts Center Schuster Hall.


The Social Work Alumni Society will host the 6th Annual Beer & Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on Wednesday, Sept. 17th at the Fifth Street Brewpub from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  All proceeds will support student scholarships.  Tickets are on sale for $20 in the Social Work Department or online . Last year I made out with some great Mary Kay products and a signed copy of The Promise by our own Social Work Alumna Ann Weisgarber. This year I'm heading in for the chocolate.


Celebrating their 40th season on the stage, the theatre department will open their 2014-2015 season with August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Fences, co-directed by Sheila Ramsey and Stuart McDowell.  Set in the 1950s, Fences explores the evolving African-American experience and examines race relations, among other themes.  There was great turnout by faculty and students for yesterday's "Beyond Fences," where theatre performed a scene from the play followed by a great panel discussion.  People are raving about the program and this builds excitement for opening night next Thursday, Sept. 18.  Fences runs through Sept. 28 and tickets are available by calling the Box Office at x2500.


Last week I introduced our great Dean's Student Advisory Board, and each week I will be highlighting one of the members. DSAB President is Julia Stidham, Political Science, International Studies. Julia joined DSAB for the opportunity to represent and advocate for CoLA and the students of the college. Julia is also a member of the Model United Nations Team and has been a UVC Instructor. This past summer she traveled to Europe to study the mental health care systems in England and France. After graduating, Julia plans on going to Graduate School to get her Master's degree in either Clinical Social Work or Public Health. Thank you for your leadership, Julia!


Tonight CoLA is hosting our Outstanding Alumni Reception over in the Berry Room. It is always an honor to meet and celebrate our fantastic former students and their successes out in the world. I will provide highlights in next week's CoLA Weekly.


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Kristin Sobolik

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