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CoLA Weekly


Friday, September 19, 2014 


Last Friday's Outstanding Alumni Ceremony in the Berry Room was fantastic!  Over 80 people attended the event as CoLA honored 20 alumni for their amazing achievements and also welcomed back several former award recipients.  It was great to hear our graduates share their fond Wright State memories and to see that they are representing us so well in the world.  Wright State now has over 100,000 alumni and CoLA is obviously well represented.  You can learn more about our 2014 awardees online. 


We are excited to launch our semester-long strategic planning process. The Wright State community has gone through a rigorous process of developing the university's Strategic Plan EMPOWER for 2013-2018. EMPOWER was developed through extensive discussion using working groups, surveys, and input from our numerous stakeholders. CoLA will use the research and input garnered from that process to develop our own Strategic Plan that aligns with EMPOWER and with the direction of Wright State.  As discussed at the CoLA Retreat, we will complete our Strategic Plan this fall semester through planning sessions open to all faculty and staff.  


EMPOWER: College of Liberal Arts is a working draft developed by aligning with EMPOWER and through input from each CoLA unit's Strategic Plan section of their Annual Reports as submitted by the Department Chairs and Program Directors. We will modify the draft through our planning sessions and add Action Items to each objective.  Please participate in one of these important discussions.


Planning Sessions: 

September 30
2:00 PM
162 Millett
Dean Kristin Sobolik
October 22
3:00 PM
162 Millett
Assoc. Dean Herb Dregalla
November 3
9:00 AM
162 Millett
Assoc. Dean Linda Caron
November 20
11:00 AM
162 Millett
Asst. Dean Jennie Buckwalter

We welcome everyone's input into our college's plan for the future!


More Kudos to our Model United Nations Team who was recently honored by members of the Senate of the 130th General Assembly of Ohio for Suberb Attainment for its performance at the 2014 National Model United Nations Conference.  This year's team earned the Outstanding Delegation Award as well as an impressive six best position paper awards and four best delegate awards.  Donna Schlagheck and Vaughn Shannon, Political Science, provide excellent leadership for the team and were cited as fine citizens.


David PetremanModern Languages, will be reading his poetry at The BonBonerie, 2030 Madison Rd, in Cincinnati in Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7:00 PM.  The event is free and open to the public.  Congratulations David! 


Elizabeth Melena
Ciara Lewis
I would like to welcome our new student worker in the Advising Office, Elizabeth Melena.  Liz is a student in the Master's of Social Work program and a welcome addition to the advising team.  Also, I am participating as a mentor for the UJIMA mentoring community through the Bolinga Center.  I'm enjoying getting to know my mentee, first year student Ciara Lewis, who will be a work-study student in the Dean's Office.   


Khadija Kirksey
This week's Dean's Student Advisory Board spotlight is on
Khadija Kirksey, the DSAB Secretary.  She is a junior double majoring in Women's Studies and International Studies, and she will also graduate with a minor in French.  Khadija has a passion for languages and eventually wants to speak five languages and use them professionally.  She has plans to pursue an advanced degree that would be a good cross point for international affairs, education, and creating policies based on equity. Khadija, who was born and raised in Dayton, stated that in the near future she believes Wright State will be "the heartbeat of the heartland."  


I have one thing to end with and that is you should definitely go to see Fences at our Festival Playhouse in the Creative Arts Center this weekend or next!  It is SPECTACULAR!!!!  The set alone is worth the price of admission.  And then the acting.  And the story.  And the whole thing put together.  You don't want to miss this one!


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Kristin Sobolik

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