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Friday, October 24, 2014 




Those are the words of the next 2 years as we all work to advance funding for scholarships, programs, faculty, and capital through donor and alumni gifts and support. The Public Launch of the Rise. Shine. Campaign for Wright State University was held this past Saturday and it was a night to remember! The McLin Gym and the Nutter Center were transformed - Transformed - for the celebration where President Hopkins announced the $150 Million goal of the campaign. We heard from our Campaign Co-Chairs Amanda Wright Lane, in person, and Tom Hanks, via video, and we celebrated our students as they performed and spoke to the gathered audience of 700. And then Rowdy came out in a tuxedo and provided the biggest surprise of the evening - that we had already raised $107,488,678 toward our goal! Sarah Woodhull, Jennie Buckwalter, Linda Caron, and I were there to thank our donors that helped CoLA raise $17,067,696 of the total so far. The Master of Ceremonies was Communication alum Eddie McClintock, and CoLA student Emily Bingham, English, was poised as she told her poignant story of how important scholarship support is to her in the completion of her degree. Our students were seen everywhere as they performed before, during, and after the event. It was a night to remember as we thanked our donors, celebrated how far we have come, and launched the next phase of the campaign that will involve events in 9 cities across the nation. Rise. Shine.  



View more photos here.


Before the Public Launch we also honored donors who had reached milestones in their giving to Wright State through the Heritage Societies Induction Ceremony. I was so pleased to see so many CoLA faculty and staff who have provided generously to help our students and programming. A BIG Thank You to the following Inductees:


Page E. Mulhollan Heritage Society, recognizes cumulative giving of $250,000

Elizabeth Harden, retired English 


Robert S. Oelman Heritage Society, recognizes cumulative giving of $50,000

Barbara and Richard Bullock, English
Irene Romanowski
retired Music Librarian 


Stanley Allyn Heritage Society, recognizes cumulative giving of $25,000

Linda Caron, Dean's Office  

Donald and Karine David, retired Motion Pictures 
Patrick Hollis and Amber Vlasnik, Women's Center
Ardis and Thomas Macaulay
, Art
Peggy Weller
and Gary Pacernick
, retired English


Wright Brothers Heritage Society, recognizes cumulative giving of $10,000

Thierry and Pascale Abadie, Modern Languages 
Cecile Cary
, retired English 

Jacob and Carole Dorn
, retired History
Linda Pugh
Spouse, Modern Languages
Stuart McDowell
and Gloria Skurski
, Theatre, Dance, and Motion Picture 
Melissa Spirek, Communication


I hope you will join me at the 2014 Employee Recognition Ceremony today at 3:00 p.m. in the Student Union Apollo Room. The university will be honoring employees who have completed between 10 and 45 years of service. You can see a complete list of honorees here. A special CONGRATULATIONS to all CoLA awardees.


This week's Dean's Student Advisory Board featured member is Emily Simpson. Emily is a senior majoring in English with a concentration in Integrated Language Arts (ILA). She has always loved grammar and reading and thought teaching it would be the best way to put it to use. After receiving her undergraduate degree Emily plans on attending Graduate School at Wright State to get her Master's of Education and 7-12 teaching licensure. Not only is Emily part of DSAB but she is also the Co-President of Wright State's National Council for Teachers of English, a peer mentor for First Year Seminar, and a member of the Community Council and Spanish Club. Emily loves Wright State's sense of community and believes that "it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, everyone can find their place as a Raider."




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Kristin Sobolik
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