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Friday, November 14, 2014 


The top photo illustrates Music faculty
Dan Zehringer, trumpet, Gretchen McNamara, trombone, John Kurokawa, clarinet, and Bill Jobert, bassoon.

I just loved opening up Facebook and seeing all of the beaming Music faculty faces in their jaunty yellow hard hats! Our Music faculty are happy because they selected their new teaching studios in the under construction area of the Music wing as a part of the Modernization and Expansion of the Creative Arts Center. There is a lot of dust and noise, but it will all be worth it! The front door of the CAC is now officially closed off for the next two years, and the Motion Pictures Center is slated to be completed in time for the opening of Spring '15 classes. Excitement in the Air!

Congratulations to Elfa Dona, Renate Studevant, and Miriam Powers, German, for putting on a wonderful German Immersion on October 29. Close to 100 students from Beavercreek High School, Coldwater High School, and Kettering Fairmont High School enjoyed a day filled with German games and ending with a delicious meal of Chicken Schnitzel, Spńtzle, Apple Sauerkraut, Pretzelsticks, and Applestrudel. Yum! 


The 12th annual French Immersion was also a huge success on November 5. Nearly 200 upper level high school French students from eighteen area high schools pledged to speak only "franšais" during a day of language activities and an authentic luncheon complete with "boeuf bourguignon," croissants, and apple tarts. FÚlicitations to the hard-working group in French who organized this special day: Kirsten Halling, Pascale Abadie, Karine Daddah, and Ben Hirt.

Mark your calendars for the 36th Annual Ryterband Symposium which will be held in the Student Union Endeavor Room this coming Monday, November 17. The symposium is organized by Mark Verman, Religion, and will feature Rodger Kamenetz, an award-winning poet, author, and professor emeritus of English and Religious Studies at Louisiana State University. Kamenetz will deliver two lectures:

3:30 p.m.: "The Soul of a Jewish Poet: Why Poetry Still Matters"

7:30 p.m.: "The Jew in the Lotus: Spiritual Encounters with the Dalai Lama, a Retrospective"  


Our Strategic Planning sessions have been going well and we have gotten a lot of good input and ideas on how to modify EMPOWER: College of Liberal Arts.  The final session will be held Thursday, November 20 at 11:00 a.m. in 162 Millett.  I hope you can make it.


You won't want to miss the first Interdisciplinary Pop-Up Colloquium on the avant-garde in art and literature on Friday November 21 at 4:00 p.m. in 402 Millett Hall. Glen Cebulash, Art, and Drew Strombeck, English, will exchange thoughts on how the avant-garde is manifested in the midcentury visual arts and the 1980s literature of New York's Lower East Side.  


This week's  Dean's Student Advisory Boardfeatured member is DSAB Treasurer, Lukas Wenrick. Lukas is a junior working on his undergraduate degree in Social Science Education. His interest in education came from his love of coaching and helping others, and he plans to teach at the high school level one day. After graduation, Lukas plans to stay at WSU to earn a Master's degree in Education. Outside of DSAB, Lukas is also Head RA at College Park, a President's Ambassador, and Secretary for Golden Key. Lukas has enjoyed his time at Wright State and as a scholarship recipient himself, he is especially impressed by the financial support Wright State offers to students.  

There are a lot of other upcoming events for your calendar:  

Opera Scenes: November 14, 15, and 16

Women Around the World: November 17

LEAP Farewell Party: November 21

Helping Students Succeed the Humanities Way: November 21


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Kristin Sobolik
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