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CoLA Weekly
Friday, October 2, 2015 

I met a bunch of our Wright State Alums at the Rise.Shine. Launch in LA last week and they are a fantastic group! They were so excited to hear about the growth of the campus with new programs and facilities, and with our continued focus on student access and success and community engagement. And then when President Hopkins spoke about Wright State hosting the first Presidential Debate, the crowd went wild! CoLA had the most alumni at the event, as we did in NYC, with Motion Pictures leading the pack. But I also met alums from Political Science, Music, English, Theatre, Communication, and Crime and Justice Studies.

Motion Pictures Alumni at the LA launch of Rise.Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University  
Tonight I will have the honor of celebrating many esteemed CoLA graduates at our Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony.  More than 100 people will be in attendance to help us honor 20 of our top alumni who are representing Wright State and CoLA so well out and about in the real world. Many of our honorees are on campus today interacting with students and faculty and reconnecting with Wright State - I hope you'll congratulate them personally if you get the chance.

Last week I met with the CoLA Dean's Leadership Board made up of 13 amazing men and women, many of whom are alumni and who are dedicated to supporting and promoting the liberal arts at Wright State. All members provide crucial financial support for our Leadership and Study Abroad Scholarships for CoLA students.  We had an invigorating discussion about all the exciting happenings on- and off-campus. Lukas Wenrick, President of the Dean's Student Advisory Board and recipient of a Leadership Scholarship, shared his story as well as the exciting plans for DSAB this year. Wayne Stark, Director of Workforce Development and co-director of CLASS, talked about all the fantastic initiatives coming out of our new Center for Liberal Arts Student Success and ways our board can get involved. I am so privileged to get to work with this fantastic board!

On Monday, October 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. If your department has affiliated student organizations, CLASS is looking for names and contact information for those organizations so that they 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 to, Director of Student Retention and Co-Director of CLASS.

The Wright State University School of Music is proud to host The Mad River Vocal Arts Festival on October 4 and 5, 2015. This two-day event features a highly select honor choir composed of high school singers from all over the state and region. Students will gather for two days of rehearsal, concerts, and fun, and will have an opportunity to perform in our renovated Schuster Hall. Thank you to Hank Dahlman, Peter Keates, Kimberly Warrick, Ginger Minneman, Amanda Roberts, Stephanie Dickey, and Amy Neace, along with choral students Monique Cooper, Tamra Fancis, Guy Chambers, Brendan Kim, Paul Brown, and Loralei Harding for organizing this important event.

This week's featured New Faculty member is Robert F. Carley 
Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.  Robert received his Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University. He earned his M.A. in Cultural Studies from George Mason University and also holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Rutgers University. This semester Robert is teaching a class on Sociological Theory. His research interests are generally concentrated in Social Movement Theory, Sociological Theory, Ideology Theory, and Cultural Studies. He is currently writing a book manuscript on the relationship between Antonio Gramsci's thought and contemporary theories of race. While Robert is new to the area, he has found it easy to like Wright State as the campus reminds him of his East Coast college life and home. Welcome, Robert!
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Kristin Sobolik

Other events:         

Does the Media Cover the Economy Fairly? And Does it Matter?
Sponsored by the Department of Political Science
Amanda Parks
is a doctoral candidate at Pennsylvania State University whose research and teaching interests are centered around public opinion and political communication, with a particular focus on the institutional reasons for media distortions and its effect on citizens' evaluations of policies and candidates. 
October 2, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 154 Rike Hall 

Jan Kagerice, Guest Artist Masterclass: Efficient and Functional Brass Performance
October 8, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Creative Arts Center Recital Hall