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Friday, March 13, 2015  

Maestro Keith Lockhart is in the house! As CELIA Distinguished Visiting Artist, Keith worked with our students throughout the week in master classes, and will direct Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at Schuster Center tonight and tomorrow night.  And as a part of this year's CELIA event commemorating the advent of WWI, CELIA Fellow Paul LockhartHistory, organized Voices of WWI in which faculty and students read excerpts from speeches and letters to the accompaniment of Steven Aldredge on piano and Thomas Sobieski on viola.  The group collaborated with the Veteran and Military Center with many of the voices provided by our veteran students.  Voices included President Hopkins, Executive Vice President Robert SweeneyPaul LockhartHistoryChristopher Oldstone-Moore (who was spot-on as Woodrow Wilson!), History, Dennis LorangerMusicCarol Loranger (brilliant as Carrie Chapman Catt), EnglishLinda CaronDean's office, and Carol HerringerHistory.  This was a truly fantastic performance!  Kudos to all!   Check out the schedule of events here.


CLASS Update: I will provide updates on the Center for Liberal Arts Student Success as we progress in its formation. An overview of CLASS can be found here.

  • I am pleased to announce that Rebecca Salay will be our new Director of Student Retention. Becca comes to us from Arizona State University - you can find her cover letter and cv here. We are looking forward to her ideas for increasing student engagement and retention. Her first day will be March 23, and during those first weeks Becca will be busy helping us interview the candidates for the Director of Workforce Development and overseeing the hire of two new advisors. 
  • At their last meeting and after some discussion the Faculty Senate voted unanimously to approve our new CoLA Direct Admit Policy.
  • We are bringing two candidates to campus for the Director of Workforce Development position. Their background information and interview schedule are found here. We welcome your input on the candidates - their presentation dates and times are:
    • Gary Swisher, Ohio Dominican University
      • Presentation, March 24, 1:30 pm, 162 Millett
    • Betsy Hilles Hughes, John Carroll University
      • Presentation, April 2, 1:30 pm, 162 Millett
  • Thank you to the search committees for these two positions.
    • Student Retention: Herb Dregalla (chair), Anne Barr (Advising Office), Dennis Loranger (Music), and Abigail Sorensen (Dean's Student Advisory Board)
    • Workforce Development: Linda Caron (chair), Jennie Buckwalter (Dean's Office), Carl Brun (Social Work), Susan DeLuca (Dean's Leadership Board), and Dennis Wilson (Dean's Student Advisory Board)

The 4th Annual Public History Graduate Symposium is today in the Apollo Room and I encourage you to go check it out. There are going to be some fantastic presentations by our MA students as well as a keynote address by aviation historian and documentary filmmaker Adam White, an alumni of our Motion Pictures program. Some of the topics include Public Archaeology, the Aids Memorial Quilt, Edward W. Keever and the Great War, and Beer and Business. Congratulations to Dawne Dewey who is the coordinator of this program, is a fantastic advocate for Wright State, and has a day job as Head of Special Collections and the Archives. And congratulations to our student presenters!


The School of Music faculty and main office have moved into their new space! They spent Spring Break making the move and are settling in, although some of their furniture hasn't arrived yet. The best part of the whole upheaval process of the modernization and expansion of the CAC is when everything goes well and you move into your new digs (so, does that date me?). Happy Homecoming School of Music! 


Peter Pan
runs March 19 through April 12. Joe Deer, Theatre, is directing this high-flying production and all I can say is that you need to get your tickets ASAP. This one is not to be missed!


This week's featured New Faculty is Instructor of French Benjamin Hirt, whose birthday was just two days ago -- Joyeux Anniversaire! Ben received his undergraduate degree at Capital University in French Education with a minor in Biology, his master's degree from the University of Kentucky in French Language and Literature, and is working on his PhD at Ohio State University.  During his time in college Benjamin studied abroad in Quebec and at La Sorbonne in France.  During fall semester Ben taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced French, and he is working on creating a service-learning class about French food.  He has enjoyed the opportunities that the Department of Modern Languages provides not only for the students, but for the outside communities as well.  Welcome, Ben! 


I  want to close by stating how powerful it was to join the Civil Rights Pilgrimage group of 24 students, faculty, staff, and community members this past weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the Selma marches, and the Voting Rights Act. Selma, AL was the place to be, and I want to congratulate Tracey Snipe, Political Science, and Nycia Bolds, Bolinga Center, for pulling off such a fantastic experience. Thank You!


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Kristin Sobolik