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Friday, October 17, 2014 


If you didn't already know it, our CoLA graduate programs are fantastic! The Graduate School Open House was hopping last night and our graduate programs were swarmed with students. Over this past year alone we have increased graduate enrollment by 15.4% to a total of 392 students, and our graduate program directors were instrumental in securing a substantial increase in Graduate Tuition Scholarship funding. Thank you to our very proactive Graduate Directors: Christopher Chaffee and Dan Zehringer, Music; Kathryn Meyer, History; Carl Brun, Social Work; Laura Luehrmann, International and Comparative Politics; Mary Wenning, Public Administration; Alpana Sharma, English; Valerie Stoker, Humanities; and Jackie Bergdahl, Applied Behavioral Sciences, and we appreciate our Graduate School partners VP Bob Fyffe and Associate Dean Bill Ayres.


  Myron Levine, MPA,
 swarmed by perspective students

Laura Luehrmann and Vaughn Shannon, ICP,
answering questions

Dan Zehringer, Music,
and his excellent help
ready for the next customer


I am happy to announce an innovative new CoLA Minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Awad Halabi, History and Religion, will oversee this program that will engage students in the fascinating areas of Arabic, Islam, and Middle Eastern history, religion, and politics.  What a great example of multidisciplinary collaboration!


You might want to add to your daily routine a visit to This cool website hosts a wide range of articles written by students in Ray Marcano's Communication class. I especially like TODAY'S FLIPZ about TEDxDayton, happening today, and I am excited to be there! It is the second annual TEDxDayton event held at the Victoria Theatre and Wright State is well-represented in terms of attendees as well as presenters. I'm happy to see CoLA involved with Political Science major Catalleya Storm sharing her passion and work toward abolishing human trafficking, and Art alumnus Jesse Thomas who will join with other faculty and students from Stivers School for the Arts to offer a painting performance inspired by the famous Girl before a Mirror by Pablo Picasso from 1932.


Stephen Monath, Music,
playing his award winning piece
This week's  Dean's Student Advisory Board featured member is Stephen Monath. Stephen is a sophomore majoring in Music Education and Performance. He began playing various instruments when he was only in the fourth grade and it has been a passion for him ever since. Stephen says he was attracted to WSU because of the many great opportunities available to him through the School of Music, the Creative Arts Center, and CoLA. In the future he hopes to become a band director, have a successful band, and always do everything to the fullest. I have enjoyed hearing Stephen play the marimbas either solo or in a group during lunches with perspective donors for the CAC Modernization and Expansion. Their sound in our pindrop Schuster Hall is beyond compare!


Theatre's fall musical Hot Mikado opens next Thursday, October 23, and I look forward to this great swing-era musical comedy full of gospel, blues, rock, swing, and jazz. You can get your tickets by calling the box office at x2500.


There are some exciting activities taking place on campus today.  Modern Languages is hosting over 30 Spanish students from Fairmont High School who are here to meet with Spanish faculty and students and participate in some of our upper-level classes.  What a great recruitment opportunity! Thank you to Michelle Cipriano, Spanish, for taking the lead on planning this great day. 

Also, students in Communication, Theatre, and Motion Pictures will have the unique opportunity to take a Master Class entitled "The Business of the Craft" from Eddie McClintock and his
talent manager, Ric Beddingfield. 1991 Communication Studies graduate Eddie McClintock is a television and film actor who starred on Warehouse 13 and has appeared on Modern Family, The Mentalist, CSI and several other films and television series, and we are excited to have him as our Master of Ceremonies t
his weekend when Wright State will put on the biggest party in our history - the Public Launch of RISE.SHINE. The Campaign for Wright State University - where we will honor our generous and loyal donors and set the stage for the future. I will tell you more about this fun event next week, but needless to say there will be many surprises!

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Kristin Sobolik
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