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!