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CoLA Weekly
Friday, September 25, 2015 

Wright State sure had GREAT news this week!  We are so excited and privileged to be hosting the first Presidential Debates on Monday, September 26, 2016.  This has been a lot of hard work and concentrated effort by many people, including those in CoLA.  Congratulations Wright State!

Amy Hubbard and Jackie Bergdahl, Sociology and Anthropology, and Shreya Bhandari, Social Work, have been involved in a fantastic mentoring initiative called STEMMS Mentoring Circles that is exciting and innovative due to its cross-disciplinary nature. The purpose of the Mentoring Circles is to provide female faculty in STEMMS fields (Science, Technology, Math, Medicine, and Social and Behavioral Sciences) with a support structure that models principles of accountable, but informal, mentoring. All female Social and Behavioral Science faculty in CoLA are encouraged to join the STEMMS Mentoring Circles this year. By joining the Circle you will serve as a mentor and receive mentoring from STEMMS women across the college through informal gatherings with your individual mentoring circle. Biannual events bring all Circles together to network, develop strategies and goals for the year, and form collaborations. Additionally, at all keynote events members are able to attend smaller workshops with the keynote speaker. Participation is free but requires a minimum one year commitment to your individual Mentoring Circle (usually 4 to 5 women). For more information please contact our current CoLA rep at

Another great professional development opportunity for women at Wright State is the Higher Education Recourse Services (HERS) Institute. Each year Wright State selects at least one female leader to participate in this prestigious two-week program. CoLA's Jennie Buckwalter attended the HERS Denver Institute this summer along with two other WSU colleagues, Jennie Gallimore and Stephanie Goodwin. I hope you had a chance to see this great write-up on their experience.

Every week I learn about unique internship opportunities that our students are benefiting from including Social Work student Melanie West's summer advocacy internship in Washington, D.C. at the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach. Melanie's internship focused on serious issues like immigration and advocacy for survivors of torture and human trafficking. The knowledge and skills she gained through this internship will certainly benefit Melanie in her chosen field of Social Work.

This week's featured New Faculty member is Hyeseon Jeong, Visiting Assistant Professor for the Department of Urban Affairs and Geography. Hyeseon earned her PhD. from The Ohio State University in Geography and also concentrated in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She received both her M.A. in International Relations and her B.A. in Linguistics from Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. At Wright State Hyeseon is teaching Foundations and Methods of Geography, Urban Geography, and Cartography. She is also working on a critical review of developmental state theory through an investigation of Saemaul ODA -a foreign aid program launched by the South Korean government last year. The review will aid her other research activities, which include the preparation of a book manuscript focusing on the relationship between foreign aid and the developmental state, both as a recipient of aid and as a donor. Hyeseon has found WSU to be very inviting, and is looking forward to using our unique tunnel system this winter. Welcome, Hyeseon! 

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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 the Millett Atrium
unless otherwise specified. 

This week Wayne and Workforce Development will be co-hosting along with the Department of Political Science, Michelle Jones, a United States Department of State Recruiter. Michelle will be participating in two events on Tuesday, September, 29th.  Let your students know!
      • 9:30-10:30 a.m., Coffee with a Diplomat
      • 3:30-4:00 p.m., Career Discussion/Internships
Liberal Arts Student Career Success Series:
Open Forum and Make-up for "Resumes and Cover Letters"
Wednesday, September, 30th, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Millett Atrium
- Thursday, October 1st, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Millett Atrium

CLASS Student Retention Program:
Respect Your Wallet.  Learn about managing a student budget and setting goals for the present and future. In partnership with Wright-Patt Credit Union.
Thursday, October 1st, 3:00 p.m., 106 Millett Hall
On Monday, Oct. 12, CLASS is sponsoring Flavors of CoLA Student Involvement Fair in the Millett Atrium from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. that will feature CoLA-related student organizations, departments, and affiliates. It will be open to prospective students visiting campus on this day, and it will also be open to current CoLA students who are looking for ways to get involved on campus. We need your help in preparing for this event. If your department has affiliated student organizations, we am looking for names and contact information for those organizations so that we can invite them to participate. If your department would like to host a table, please send a name and contact information for a point person. We will then follow-up with the specific logistics of the day. We currently have 14 departments or organizations signed up, but we'd like to have as many groups represented as possible. Email with any questions or to sign up for a table.
For more information, email

Other events:

Keynote Address by Sara Laschever, author of Women Don't Ask and Ask For It --
empowering women to more effectively negotiate in the workplace. 
Friday, September 25, 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
NEC Building Auditorium