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Friday, October 3, 2014 


I am excited about the future of Wright State and the future of CoLA! We want to make sure that the college is aligned with Wright State's future direction and that we are making resource decisions based on our plans. Towards that end I led the first strategic planning session this week to discuss our draft of EMPOWER: College of Liberal Arts. It was fantastic to have a full house in the large conference room take part in a great discussion about the future of our college. I hope you will plan to attend one of the remaining three sessions listed below:






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


Make sure you check out the fantastic new Count on Wright State posters on the Dean's Office conference room windows near the bus stop and the windows of the Creative Arts Center facing the Dunbar library. These posters, as well as other Count on Wright State wraps in both buildings, really showcase great stats about our faculty, students, and programs.



There is finally lots of action happening in front of the new Motion Pictures Center (the old TV Center) as renovations have started with work on an entryway and elevator with a fašade that will architecturally tie it to the CAC Expansion and Renovation Phase 1. Renovation is also happening on the inside as the building has been gutted for the addition of new studios, labs, and equipment. 



Other parts of Phase 1 that are happening now include renovations of the CAC restrooms and the basement of Music. Phase 2 will include the closure of the main entrance to the CAC beginning October 30 as the foundation for the expansion portion is initiated. You can learn more about the project phasing and implementation details on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the Recital Hall in the Creative Arts Center.


Congratulations to Sean Pollock, History, who has just been named the Center for Teaching and Learning's Faculty Fellow. Sean joins Terri Klaus, Director of CTL, in leading a team of faculty and staff committed to providing the pedagogical and technical training needed to optimize student learning. CTL will be forming a Faculty Advisory Board to support Sean and the CTL team.  


I hope you'll stop by UCIE's 2014 Study Abroad Fair on October 8, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Student Union Atrium. Encourage your students to attend as well - this is a great way to learn about all of the study abroad options that Wright State offers. Last year CoLA and the Provost's Office partnered together to fund $500 scholarships for CoLA students, resulting in more students studying abroad. I'm proud to announce we are increasing these scholarships to $800 per student. This will be a great way to incentivize students to travel abroad - please be sure to share the scholarship application with your students!


2014-18 marks the centenary of World War I, and Wright State will commemorate the occasion with the CELIA project A Long, Long Way: Echoes of the Great War. I applaud all the hard work on this project by many people in CoLA, including CELIA Director Hank Dahlman, and CELIA Fellows Paul Lockhart, History, Barry Milligan, English, and Christopher Oldstone-Moore, History. A Long, Long Way is a yearlong commemoration that will kick off with While Your Hearts Are Yearning: Popular Songs of the Great War. The concert will be October 11, 7:30 p.m. in the CAC Shuster Hall and will feature Wright State student singers, including the Collegiate Chorale, with vocalists coached by Kimberly Buczek, Peter Keates, Ginger Minneman and Kim Warrick and accompanied by Steve Aldredge.


This week's Dean's Student Advisory Board spotlight is on Abigail Sorensen, the DSAB Vice President. Abigail earned her bachelor's degree from Wright State in Motion Pictures and is currently working on a master's degree in Humanities with a certificate in Women's Studies. Abigail's future plans include earning her Ph.D. as she hopes to one day become a professor of film studies. Abigail is involved in many programs around campus. She is the Social Media Coordinator for Wright State's marketing division, a TA for the Motion Pictures program, and a Big Sister in Big Brothers Big Sisters. Additionally, she just finished an internship with FilmDayton where she was the Festival Coordinator, and she was the Assistant Coordinator for the LGBT Film Fest. We are excited to have Abigail involved in DSAB!


Tonight I look forward to honoring seven Wright State graduates at the annual Alumni Achievement Awards which is part of a full weekend of Homecoming activities. A special congratulations to the two CoLA awardees: James Harris III, '76 Urban Affairs, is receiving the Alumni Network Award of Excellence, and Sarah Twill, Social Work, is the recipient of the Honorary Alumna Award. Congratulations to James and Sarah!


Have a Wonderful Homecoming Weekend!


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Kristin Sobolik

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