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CoLA Weekly
Friday, September 11, 2015 
This week has been short but eventful.  I was in NYC for one of our regional launches of Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University held at the United Nations.  Many of our New York residing CoLA alums were there as well as members of the Campaign Cabinet. We are closing in on our goal of $150M for support of everything we do here at Wright State, with $122M already raised.  CoLA's goal for this campaign is $21M and we have already raised $18.2M for support of scholarships, internships, programming, and the CAC modernization and expansion.  The campaign has been launched in Tampa, Houston, Cleveland, Columbus, and NYC, with upcoming dates in LA, DC, and Cincy.  With over 110,000 alumni spread across the nation, we have a lot of ground to cover!
Many of our alumni came to the NYC regional launch, and a few were part of the program. Karen Seiger '88 Political Science and Model United Nations team member, was our Shine story and talked about her foundation at Wright State and where she is now.  Emily Bingham '15 English, was our Rise story and talked about her great experience at Wright State. Performing at the United Nations event were our Theatre alums Sarah Agar '11, Andrew Quiett '14, and Kate Mueller '15.  I sobbed yet again as Andrew sang "Bring Him Home" from Les Mis, but I was prepared this time and brought my kleenex.  It was so nice to talk with these fantastic former students and to catch up on what they are doing now, and the bottom line is they are doing well out in the world.  We have prepared them well! 
While in NYC we visited the Twin Towers Memorial and Museum. There was a lot of construction as rebuilding continues, and everyone was getting ready for the 14th anniversary commemoration of that tragic day. Our tour guide was Karen Seiger, our Political Science Alum who was living and working in the Twin Towers area and told us her story as well as the stories of others.  It was a sobering experience and I highly recommend going if you are ever in NYC.

President and Angelia Hopkins with members of the Campaign Cabinet and Alumni  
at the Twin Towers Memorial

We provided an update of our many EMPOWER: College of Liberal Arts Strategic Plan accomplishments at the recent CoLA Retreat.  Just a reminder that the strategic plan contains specific goals with action items.  Frankly, I'm amazed at how much action we have taken on these action items!  Check out the plan and our progress so far.
A big CONGRATS to Theatre for recently being named the top program in the Midwest by OnStage, a prominent theater review website. Theatre has a fantastic line-up for the 15-16 season, and I can't wait to see The Great Gatsby which opens on September 24. Tickets can be purchased here.
KUDOS to Joe Deer, Musical Theatre, who was inducted into the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame during the August 8 DayTony Awards. This prestigious award acknowledges people whose life-long participation, innovation, and creativity have influenced the Dayton arts culture. According to a member of the selection committee, "the selection of Joe as this year's Hall of Fame inductee was pretty much a no-brainer. The Wright State Musical Theatre program is regarded as one of the best in the country and much of that reputation is due to Joe and the work he has done."  Way to go, Joe!
Many CoLA faculty were involved in exciting work this summer. Karla Huebner and Caroline Hillard, Art History, were sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholars Program. Karla spent 4 weeks at an institute entitled "Teaching the History of Modern Design" at Drexel University, and Caroline participated in a 3 week seminar entitled "The Legacy of Ancient Italy: The Etruscans and Early Romans" which involved travel to Switzerland and Italy.  
Bela Bognar, retired professor of Social Work, received the Golden Merit Cross from the Hungarian government in late August. This is the highest civilian award given to those who contributed the most to advance Hungarian causes. What a wonderful honor for Bela!
I mentioned last week that we have 17 new faculty this year and we will be introducing them to you each week. Today's featured New Faculty are Jessica Penwell Barnett and Will Davis.
Jessica Barnett is an Assistant Professor of Sexuality Studies in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program and in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology.  Jessica earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology at the University of Windsor in Canada and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Indiana University.  With an interdisciplinary focus on sexuality, health, and social justice, Jessica's work is motivated by how different understandings of humanity and the common good are articulated in and through the regulation of the body and intimate practices.  Her research agenda currently includes projects on sexual citizenship for persons with disabilities in the U.S. and experiences of gender-based violence and related stigma in Kenya.  She is teaching an Introduction to Sexuality Studies class and a Global Sexualities and Human Rights class this semester.  Although Jessica has only been here for a few weeks, she has enjoyed integrating into such a friendly, innovative campus.
Will Davis is an Instructor in the Department of Communication who is focused on teaching and overseeing the New Media Incubator.  Will earned his Masters of Humanities degree in Digital Media from Wright State University.  He was the creator and manager of the Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) at WSU for fourteen years.  Will is teaching Essentials of Public Address and Mass Communications this fall and will continue his involvement with WYSO Public Radio where he acts as a producer, editor, and trainer.

Welcome to CoLA, Jessica and Will!
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Kristin Sobolik

CLASS Corner
Wayne Stark and CLASS: Workforce Development will be hosting
a weekly Liberal Arts Student Career Success Series every Tuesday 9:30-10:30 a.m. and Thursday 2:00-3:00 p.m., plus every other Wednesday evening, in Millett Atrium
unless otherwise specified. 
This week's topic is Effective Job Search Strategies/Connecting with WSU Career Resources.  Let your students know!
Liberal Arts Student Career Success Series: Effective Job Search Strategies/Connecting with WSU Career Resources 
      • Tuesday, Sept. 15, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Millett Atrium
      • Thursday, Sept. 17, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Millett Atrium
      • Wednesday, Sept. 16, evening session - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Career Open Forum - Come ask any career related questions, and catch up if you missed the previous week's programs - ATTN: Held in CAC M259