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CoLA Weekly


Friday, October 10, 2014 


Last weekend's Homecoming festivities brought many Wright State alumni, faculty, staff, and students together to show their Raider Pride. Scott and I enjoyed many homecoming events including the Homecoming Chili Cook-off on Saturday. We sampled some great chili - hot, spicy, sweet, with turkey, with venison, with beans - 18 kinds in all. All great! But Saturday night wasn't so great. I am not doing that again. We will have to stick to the soccer game and the College of Education and Human Services Trivia Bowl. I know that CoLA could put together a great liberal arts trivia team! So, be prepared for next year! Who's in?


This week's Mad River Vocal Arts Festival hosted by the School of Music was a huge success!  The event featured a highly select honor choir composed of high school singers from all over the state.  Over 140 students from 18 schools spent two days of rehearsal, private lessons, and fun.  Participants enjoyed a performance by the very talented ETHOS a cappella ensemble and wrapped up the festival with the opportunity to perform with the Collegiate Chorale in our fantastic Schuster Hall.  Thank you to the talented Hank Dahlman for overseeing the event, Amanda Roberts as accompanist, Peter Keates who performed admirably at the concert, Stephanie Dickey who organized everything, and our great chorale faculty who provided their expertise to the students - Kimberly Warrick, Ginger Minneman, Peter Keates, Brody McDonald, and Christina Smith. Great Job All!


Congratulations to Aaron Wolpert, Classics, Amy Hubbard, Anthropology, and Sean Pollock, History, who were selected to participate in a SCALE-UP project that is being designed to develop curricula and prepare full-time Wright State faculty to teach in the SCALE-UP classrooms that are slated to open in the new Student Success Center and Classroom Building next Fall.


I have enjoyed reading our colleague's comments in the Dayton Daily News on topics of their expertise. Liam Anderson, Political Science, contributed to the DDN regarding The Future of NATO a few weeks ago. Vaughn Shannon, Political Science, was quoted in an article on Israel and Hamas, and Julianne Weinzimmer, Sociology, commented on America's trivialization of domestic violence. It is wonderful to see our faculty lending their expertise to the media.


I am also proud of the success of our Communication students who are writing many wonderful articles for the Dayton Daily News. Reporter Amelia Robinson spotlighted Janae Campbell's Advanced Reporting assignment on Jason Derulo. Also recently featured in the DDN were Kacie Klarer's class story on Apps to Survive College, Nick Hoffman's article on TEDx and Sarah Oleson's class assignment on 10 Tips for Successfully Running a Marathon. Way to go, Comm!


This week's Dean's Student Advisory Board  featured member is Diamond Williams. Diamond is in her senior year studying  Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health. She started out as a Biology major in hopes of becoming a doctor and saving lives but decided that she wanted to focus on helping people to "live" and have hope. After graduation, she plans to continue her studies by pursuing a  Master's in Social Work with a focus in administration. Diamond is also a President's Ambassador and is on the House of Representatives for the Social Work Club. We appreciate Diamond's service to CoLA and Wright State.

Mark your calendars for some interesting upcoming events next week. On Tuesday, October 14, Drew Swanson, History, will make a presentation about his new book, A Golden Weed: Tobacco and Environment in the Piedmont South. This book forum begins at 2:00 p.m. in Millett 395 and will include Q&A and refreshments!


Tammy Proctor, Professor of History at Utah State University, will give a lecture on Civilians and the Labor of War, 1914-1918 next Thursday, October 16, 12:30 -- 2:00 p.m. in the Millett Hall Atrium.


Also on October 16, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. you can participate in Art's annual Draw on the Walls  event where guests will use pencils, chalk, charcoals, and other drawing materials to express their own artwork on the walls of the Stein Galleries

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