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CoLA Weekly
Friday, October 30, 2015 
Last Sunday's Donor Appreciation Reception was a tremendous success! I enjoyed seeing so many students and their families connect with the generous donors who made their scholarships possible. Music student Brandon Sapp shared his story of gratitude and did a fantastic job representing the student perspective during our formal program.  English student Morgan Perryman, who due to an emergency couldn't join us that evening, also prepared touching remarks which I was able to share with the crowd on her behalf.  And of course the Harmony in the Heartland concert that followed was mesmerizing and a great way to celebrate Dayton's rich peace heritage. 
Sunday's peace-related theme continues this week with CELIA's ACCORDS: Peace, War, and the Arts: Ten Years of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.  This literary conference began yesterday and runs through Saturday in Schuster Hall and features lively TED-style talks by top peace authors, photographers, scholars, and photojournalists.  For a complete conference schedule, visit the CELIA website.  An event of this scale wouldn't be possible without a lot of hard work!  Thank you and congratulations to CELIA Director Hank Dahlman for his leadership as well as CELIA Fellow and conference organizer Drew Strombeck and Ben Montague, CELIA Seed Grant recipient and organizer of the concurrent gallery exhibition Visions of Conflict.
Every day I get to work with amazing CoLA students who are making a major impact on the college and their fellow classmates.  I want to recognize this year's Dean's Office Student Workers who are doing great work and assisting in a wide variety of ways. Say 'hello' to them the next time you stop by! 

Katie Griffith is a first year Public History graduate student from Galion, OH. She graduated in May from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.A. in History and Religion and is also a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. Katie chose to pursue her M.A. at WSU because it has one of the oldest Public History programs in the country, excellent History professors, and a very dedicated Public History Director. At WSU, Katie is a member of Public History Professionals and is also on the planning committee for the annual Public History Symposium. She loves visiting museums, perusing book stores, reading, and marathoning the Harry Potter movies whenever she has the time.

 Ciara Lewis is a sophomore from Dayton majoring in Political Science with a minor in Urban Affairs. Ciara chose Wright State to continue a family tradition - both of her parents graduated from WSU and she is following in their footsteps. She also likes the diversity and opportunity that is found at Wright State. On campus, she is involved with the C.J. McLin Jr. Scholars Association and also with the LEAP program as a conversation partner. Ciara's main hobby is taking pictures with a 35 mm camera. She loves photographing still life, shadows, and also creating her own sceneries to make interesting and complex photographs. 

 Lydia McBride is a junior from Sidney. She is majoring in  Integrated Language Arts and minoring in Deaf Studies. Lydia is a working student, so Wright State's affordability was too great to ignore when it came to choosing a college. She enjoys reading, drawing, hiking, kayaking or anything that gets her outside. She hopes to join and travel with the Peace Corps after graduation. 

Haeleigh Sellars is a sophomore from Chillicothe. She is pursuing a degree in Crime and Justice Studies and sees Wright State as a great university with many opportunities for anyone to further their education, which really impacted her decision to become a Raider. She enjoys the little things in life and loves celebrating and participating in every holiday throughout the year. Haileigh enjoys her position in the Liberal Arts Dean's Office and getting to meet new people every day.  
This week's featured New Faculty member is Cathy Cooke, an Instructor for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. She received both her Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology from The Ohio State University. She also holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Missouri at Columbia. This semester, Cathy is teaching Introduction to Biological Anthropology. She is also excited to offer a new class on Primate Behavior next summer. She is currently studying a group of African primates called mangabeys, specifically their behavior, locomotion, and adaptations. So far, Cathy is enjoying her time at Wright State's connected, friendly campus. Welcome, Cathy!
Tomorrow is October 31.  I hope you have some fun and get into the Halloween Spirit like some of our students did recently at our Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS) Pumpkin PaintingHappy Halloween!

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Kristin Sobolik
Upcoming Events:
Amina Gautier Reading, sponsored by the English Department and the Creative Writing Program. Tuesday, November 3, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Student Union Pathfinder Lounge

Monks, Muslims and Believers: Monasticism & the Early Islamic Movement
, by Joshua Mabra, Assistant Professor of Arabic in the Department of Modern Languages.  Thursday, November 5, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Millett Hall Atrium.

Please check out the many upcoming activities planned through our Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS).