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CoLA Weekly
Friday, November 6, 2015 
My favorite event in Dayton is the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, celebrating a decade of Advancing Peace through Literature. Each year dozens of books are nominated in fiction and nonfiction categories with the top two authors in each category coming to Dayton for Meet the Author receptions, readings, panels, and a big gala on Schuster Center Stage. Karima Bennoune, the 2014 Nonfiction Runner-up, called Dayton the Literary Capital of the World. In addition to the four writers honored, Gloria Steinem was presented the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award by guest emcee Phil Donahue. I look forward to this event each year and cannot wait to read the 2015 Nonfiction Winner Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.
So many CoLA faculty, staff, students, alumni, and retirees have helped bring the Dayton Literary Peace Prize to fruition and support it each year. Carol Loranger, English, is a member of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award Panel and helped with organization and ferrying authors hither and yon. First Readers of the numerous nominated books include Christopher Chaffee, Music, Jacob Dorn, Emeritus History, Lynette Jones, English, Melissa Spirek, Communication, Sarah Twill, Social Work, and Mary Beth Pringle, Emerita English. Mary Beth Pringle also wrote a fantastic citation for Gloria Steinem that appeared in the DLPP Gala Program. And Kudos to Dean Emeritus Chuck Taylor for getting CoLA so engaged in this event from the get-go.
Last Friday and Saturday over 950 TESOL professionals gathered at the Columbus Convention Center to attend the annual Ohio TESOL Conference celebrating the theme Advocate, Advance, Achieve. A BIG congratulations to Wright State's MA TESOL students Ekaterina Guseva and Anika Nishiyama who were awarded 1st place for their research poster presentation, Spoken Grammar is not Broken GrammarOur Learning English for Academic and Professional Purposes (LEAP) program was well-represented at the conference as many LEAP faculty attended and Lilia Moyer, Tom Fenton, Irena Joseph, and Trisha Pomerville all made presentations. LEAP was even singled out by non-WSU presenters as an excellent program in the state. Kudos to LEAP Director Jeannette Horwitz and her faculty and staff for all their wonderful work!

Our Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS) continues to create exciting programming to engage students. This week they hosted 10th graders from the Dayton Regional STEM School. These high schoolers learned about the wide array of majors and programs that await them in CoLA and they were able to interact with some of our fantastic faculty who shared experiences and opportunities with them. What a great recruitment event!  
CHICAGO! That performance is absolutely fantastic! Scott and I took CoLA Business Manager Dan Craighead and his wife Peggy to the show at the Festival Playhouse last week and boy it did not disappoint. Our hats off to the professional Theatre and Dance team of Director Joe Deer, Choreographer Teressa McWilliams, Musical Director Scot Woolley, Lighting Designer Matt Benjamin (WOW Matt!!), Sound Designer James Dunlap, and Properties Manager John Lavarnway. If you can possibly squeak a seat in I would definitely attempt it. Great Job All!
If you have free time this weekend you won't want to miss the School of Music's Opera Scenes directed by Kimberly Warrick.  Performances will be Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in Schuster Hall. The program will include the premier of Steve Aldredge's The Fire Waltz from his opera Hatfield-McCoy Triptychs. This is a setting of the culmination of the Hatfield/McCoy violence in which several McCoy sons and daughters died when some Hatfield family members set fire to their home. Steve tells me this piece is a fusion of traditional opera with shades of intriguing! The audience will be in awe of these amazing graduate and undergraduate students: Brad Mattingly, Lisa Burwinkel, Kylene Terhune, Neldys Crespo, and Jeremy Aldridge

This week's featured New Faculty members are Jen Ware and Lee Hannah.

Jen Ware is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Communication. She holds a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media and an M.A. in Communication and Cinema Arts with an emphasis in Film Directing from Regent University. Jen received her B.A. in Mass Communication with a specialization in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently teaches Mass Communication, Photographic Communication, and Audio and Video Storytelling. Jen's research includes student-focused learning opportunities that highlight connections between traditional research processes and audio and video storytelling creation. She is excited to teach and work with Wright State's students and sees many possibilities for larger, collaborative video projects. Welcome, Jen! 
Lee Hannah is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Political Science. He earned both his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Penn State and a B.A. in History and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. This semester, Lee is teaching courses on American National Government, State Government, and The Legislative Process. Lee is also working on several projects including a paper on medical marijuana policy and another on secondary education science teachers and the teaching of climate change. Lee likes working with Wright State's students and is often impressed by their politeness, hard work, and commitment to diversity.  Welcome, Lee! 
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Kristin Sobolik
Upcoming Events:

Pop Up Colloquium Series, Education & Activism - organized by Crystal Lake, English
Sally Lamping and Colleen Saxen will present on their work toward pedagogies of connectedness and what that means for educational renewal both in the humanities and STEM disciplines. Joe Keferl, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, will discuss how these pedagogies will be a part of his vision for CEHS and for our partnerships with the communities we serve.
Friday, November 6 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 244 Millett Hall
Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration, featuring Mr. Samuel Heider, Holocaust survivor extraordinaire.
Tuesday, November 10 from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. in E163 Student Union
Fine and Performing Arts
Be sure to visit these online calendars throughout the year for great arts entertainment!
Art   Music   Theatre  

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