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Friday, February 13, 2015  

Thank you to everyone who came to the First Annual CoLA Research Conference last week.  And thank you to Karen Lahm and Tracey Steele, Sociology, Rich Bullock, English, Sarah Twill, Social Work, Pramod Kantha, Political Science, Joe Deer, Theatre, and Awad Halabi and Paul Lockhart, History.  I learned so much and was impressed with the caliber of the research and presentations.  Great Job everyone!


I am pleased to announce that Carl Brun, Social Work, has accepted the position of Assistant Vice President for University Curricular Programs. In his new position Carl will serve as the university liaison for the Ohio Board of Regents curricular initiatives, including Prior Learning Assessment (PLA); provide leadership and oversight for university wide curriculum, including general education; and work with the AVP for Education Effectiveness to support assessment across the curriculum. Carl is a huge asset to the college and Wright State, and we look forward to his leadership on a broader scale. Congratulations Carl!   


The Social Work Department celebrating  

Carl Brun's new appointment, complete with food (mainly chocolate) and gifts, including a heater because supposedly that office is always cold.    


L to R: Theresa Myadze, Jo Ellen Layne,  Sarah Twill, Carl Brun, Shreya Bhandari, Carole Staruch, and Natalie Gentiles-Gibb.  Missing is Greg Merriwether.    


In commemoration of the 50th year anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and in anticipation of Wright State's planned Civil Rights Pilgrimage, the Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center and Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement will host the Phoenix Project: A Call to Action on February 17-19. A complete schedule of activities can be found here. A special Thank You to event organizer Tracy Snipe, Political Science, as well as other key participants from the Bolinga Center: Joann Mawasha, Bryce Hudson, Nycia Bolds, and Edward Depp. CoLA is pleased to help sponsor this project. 


Kudos to Dan Zehringer, Music, who led an exciting trip to Thessaloniki, Greece for the School of Music's Trumpet Studio earlier this year.  The "Exploring Brass in Greece" Symposium was a huge success.  Students gave two ensemble performances as well as participated in daily master classes and rehearsal sessions with other Brass Pedagogues from across the United States and Europe.  Dan presented a master class and gave two performances as well.  It was an outstanding trip that the students will remember for a lifetime!


Don't miss your opportunity to apply for a Research Initiation Grant or Professional Development Grant through Research and Sponsored Programs.  Research Initiation Grants provide seed funds for new research efforts likely to attract external funding.  Requests up to $20,000 will be considered.  Professional Development Grants support more general and diverse scholarly activities and professional renewal.  Requests up to $3,000 will be considered. Applications are due Friday, February 27. More information is available on the RSP website.


Make sure you stop by the Robert & Elaine Stein Galleries sometime soon. The current exhibition features Self-portraits by George Rose, an artist whose paintings are well admired for their vibrant intensity and inventiveness.  The Exhibition is curated by Glen Cebulash, Art. There will be a reception with the artist tomorrow from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Stein Galleries.


Congratulations to the entire campus for receiving the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification! This was and continues to be a huge effort on the part of everyone as we illustrate the many ways in which Wright State collaborates with our community for the betterment of our students and the region. The committee who put together the application was led by VP Kimberly Barrett and included CoLA retiree Cathy Sayer, Service Learning, CoLA faculty Jennifer Subban,  Urban Affairs, Michel Coconis,  Social Work, and Kristin Sobolik, Dean's Office, as well as students Emily Bingham, English, and Sukhman Singh, Political Science. Congratulations All!   

This week's featured New Faculty is Chinonye Chukwu, Motion Pictures.  Chinonye teaches courses in screenwriting and directing, and is a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award and Princeton Hodder Fellowship. Her debut feature film, AlaskaLand, has been selected to screen globally. Chinonye's short film, The Dance Lesson, was a Regional Finalist for the 2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Student Academy Awards. Her recent project, A Long Walk, has won a Special Jury prize at the USA Festival and screening at several Academy Award Qualifying festivals, including: the Cleveland International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival and the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Chinonye is a great addition to our Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures!  




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Kristin Sobolik