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CoLA Weekly


Friday, December 12, 2014 


We made it!  Another semester comes to an end with 1,160 students -- nearly 200 are CoLA majors -- earning that long-awaited diploma at Saturday's commencement ceremony.  I am so impressed with our students and their dedication and hard work. I hope you will join me in celebrating their accomplishments and wishing them well as they become productive alumni and members of our community.


Last month 23 of our Motion Pictures students and faculty attended the Citizen Jane Film Festival marketed as independent film by independent women held in Columbia, Missouri. They had a fantastic, inspiring time and interacted with some of the top professionals in the field. A big thank you to MoPix faculty Steve Bognar, Nicole Richter, and Chinonye Chukwu for engaging our students in such a fantastic real-world experience!


Tis the Season of Giving and CoLA faculty and staff once again have opened their hearts to the needs of others.  Faculty and staff in CUPA and the Department of Urban Affairs and Geography adopted a family of 7 for the season, providing a number of gifts to make their holiday brighter.  The Dean's Office staff along with several department administrative support staff also adopted a young mother and her 2 daughters. I'm so proud to be a part of this generous CoLA family.   


Before we break for the holidays, be sure to mark your calendars for a couple of exciting events coming up very soon in the New Year:


The Second Annual CoLA Authors' Reception will be held on Monday, January 26, 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries in the CAC.  There we will celebrate ten outstanding CoLA faculty whose books were published in 2014:


Liam Anderson, Political Science
Erik C. Banks, Religion, Philosophy, & Classics

Richard Bullock, English

Franklin Cox, Music
Shelley Jagow, Music

Sharon Lynette Jones, English

Kathryn Meyer, History

Damaris Serrano, Modern Languages
Drew Swanson, History

Yuliya Walsh,  Modern Languages

The First Annual CoLA Research Symposium
will be held on Monday, February 9, 10:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. in Schuster Hall with a reception following in the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries.  I can't wait to learn more about the research developed by the following CoLA faculty during their professional development leave in 2013-14:


Richard Bullock, English

Joe Deer, Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures

Elfe Dona, Modern Languages

Awad Halabi, History

Pramod Kantha, Political Science

Karen Lahm, Sociology and Anthropology

Paul Lockhart, History

Tracey Steele, Sociology and Anthropology

Sarah Twill, Social Work


The symposium's illustrious keynote speaker will be Paul Lockhart, History, Wright State's 2014 Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research awardee.  Both the symposium and the reception are free and open to the public and we hope you will join us!


Stay tuned for more information about these great events.   


This week's featured member of the Dean's Student Advisory Board is Ryan Rushing. Ryan is a junior working on his degree in Political Science. After graduating, he plans on getting a Master's degree in Public Administration and Ethics and Budgeting. With this degree Ryan wants to work in government as community service has always been a passion for him. Ryan is very busy outside of DSAB; on campus he is the Chief of Staff in the Student Government, on the University Board of Trustees, and works in the President's office. Ryan is also very involved in the community, serving as a campaign consultant and Chairman for the Board of Zoning on the Beavercreek City Council. Ryan hopes all this experience will help him in his future plans to run for government.  Thank you, Ryan!


I have really enjoyed working with my wonderful DSAB group this semester. You can see photos and bios of all our great DSAB members here.


I wish you all Happy Holidays and a very relaxing break!


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Kristin Sobolik