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CoLA Weekly


Friday, March 20, 2015  

We are in the thick of it now! The semester is flying by and so much is going on in the college. The choice is to have a 10-page CoLA Weekly or keep things reasonable. Lets try for reasonable. So, where to start......


A Big Congratulations to Mike Wiehe, CUPA, and Jennie Buckwalter, CoLA, two of Dayton's brightest young professionals recognized in the Dayton Business Journal's 40 Under 40. The competition was fierce this year with close to 270 applicants, the largest ever. We know that Mike and Jennie are making an impact on Wright State and the region. I look forward to honoring them at the awards banquet on May 14 - sponsored by our own Raj Soin College of Business.


This weekend I am looking forward to attending The Pirates of Penzance performed on the Schuster Hall stage by our outstanding Opera group under the direction of School of Music faculty Kim Warrick, Peter Keates, and Ginger Minneman. Be prepared for catchy tunes, pirates, policemen, guest artist Charles Larkowski, beautiful girls and hilarity. Truly one of Gilbert & Sullivan's most popular and treasured shows, this has something for everyone! 


For the second year in a row the Communication Department is hosting the Rotary District 6670 Four-Way Speech Competition for regional high school students this Sunday from 12:30-4:30. This is a great service to our community and an excellent recruitment opportunity. Great Job to Melissa Spirek, Communication, for organizing this event, and thanks to all of the volunteer judges. I look forward to being a judge and meeting some future Raiders.



Our awesome TESOL students in Deborah Crusan's and Chris Hall's TESOL Speaking and Listening graduate class organized Pronunciation Night for our LEAP students this past week. This is a great collaborative adventure as the TESOL students get to work hands-on with ESL learners and our LEAP students get excellent pronunciation practice. The TESOL and LEAP programs are in our Department of English Language and Literatures and are growing tremendously. Great Job All!    


The Celebration of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities will be held this year on April 10 in the Student Union. The Celebration is open to all disciplines and will showcase student lectures, posters, videos, slideshows, and other presentations of research, scholarship, and creative activities produced during the past year. Please let your students know that they can register through March 24 at this site. Each college will have a top student presentation and ours will be Angie Lloyd, Political Science, who will be speaking on Clash of the Titans: European Nationalism vs. Immigration. Congratulations to Angie and to Donna Schlagheck, her mentor.


The countdown to this year's ARTSGALA is officially on - eight days and counting! We can't wait to celebrate our 16th year with an "Under Construction" theme in honor of the dramatic transformation taking place in our Creative Arts Center as it becomes an elegant showplace for arts education and performance. I hope you'll consider joining us on March 28 for a wonderful evening of arts entertainment to support scholarships for our amazing fine and performing arts students. Tickets are still available at


Painting by Aileen Cave

Photo by Rachel Niekamp
We have been getting a lot of good press for ARTSGALA around town. A special thank you to WSU engineering alumna Maria Taylor, owner of Cuvee Wine Bar & Cellar in Bellbrook, who graciously offered to hang two pieces of student artwork used in this year's marketing materials. Thank you to Maria, and congratulations to Art students Aileen Cave and Rachel Niekamp whose art was selected to represent this year's ARTSGALA.


This week's featured New Faculty is Jennifer Hughes, Assistant Professor of Social Work. Jennifer was born in Michigan but has lived in Ohio for the past 30 years.  She received her undergraduate degree in Art Therapy from Bowling Green State University, her master's degree in Social Work from Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Utah.  Jennifer's interest in Social Work came from working with abused children after receiving her Bachelor's Degree.  Jennifer teaches both in the graduate and undergraduate programs and says that she is thrilled to be at Wright State as everyone is supportive and she has the freedom to explore new aspects in the field.

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Kristin Sobolik

Upcoming events:


Family Night is happening tonight from 5:00-7:30 at the Stein Galleries and cohosted by SPARK Art Studio of Kettering.  Tess CortÚs, Stein Galleries, and Michelle Burdine will present a gallery talk as well.    


Michael Earl Craig will be on campus as a part of the Visiting Writer's Series sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English.  Michael's most recent publication is Talkativeness (Wave Books, 2014) and he will be reading in the Pathfinder Lounge, Student Union, on Thursday, March 26 from 11:00-12:00.


To celebrate Women's History Month, the Women's Center and Women's Studies Program are hosting Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Julia Serano March 24-26 for a number of activities. Julia is an author, spoken word performer, trans activist, and biologist. Her Ph.D. is in Biochemistry from Columbia University and she was a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, in the field of evolutionary and developmental biology for 17 years. Her Keynote Address and Book signing of Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive will be held on Tuesday, March 24 from 12:30-2:00 in Millett Atrium. Other events associated with her residency can be found here.