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CoLA Weekly
Friday, December 4, 2015 

I love listening to WYSO: Public Radio for the Miami Valley in the mornings on my commute to work, I love their varied programming from news to music to stories, and I often go to their website for information. And I love that many CoLA faculty and staff are involved with WYSO at all levels. For example, Will Davis, Communication, is particularly engaged and received an Ohio Associated Press Award for his audio journalism. Will produces original radio stories, teaches WYSO's Community Voices course, and is a trainer and series editor for the popular Veterans' Voices program that just began its second season. This season they are focusing on the experiences of post 9/11 veterans and all of the participants of this series are Wright State student veterans. Jonathan Winker, History, and Marjorie McClellan, Urban Affairs, are the Humanities Scholars for the series, and meet with and advise the student veterans on historical and related topics. In addition, Steve Bognar and Nicole Richter, Motion Pictures, participated in past WYSO projects or training programs including Reinvention Stories and Community Voices. David Seitz, English, is also very involved as an editor and producer of stories for WYSO, including:
I am so excited to have Nicole Carter on board as the new director of the Women's Center.  Thanks to her leadership and strong partnership with Hope Jennings, Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Opolot Okia, Director of African American Studies, they have launched Wright at the Intersections, a program that highlights the scholarship and practices of Wright State faculty and staff and demonstrates how their work can be explored through an intersectional lens. This fall's programming included Opolot's presentation on Africa Stereotyping and a conversation between Fatuma Guyo and Judith Ezekiel on Female Genital Cutting. I look forward to Spring semester's featured talks by Chinonye Chukwu, Motion Pictures; Natasha McPherson, History; Shona Jackson, History; and Jessica Barnett, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology
On Wednesday our theatre students had the amazing opportunity to work alongside Broadway star Adam Pascal who visited campus as part of "Musicals Rock," a yearlong celebration of contemporary musical theatre.  In addition to offering hands-on workshops for students, Adam also gave a fantastic solo concert in our Festival Playhouse.  This special day was made possible by the Musical Theatre Initiative which celebrates and explores the history, culture, and craft of the musical theatre through workshops, conferences, and performances.  Kudos to Director Joe Deer whose leadership, influence, and hard work made this program possible.  
The semester is nearly over and I am sure students are focused on all their end-of-term projects and final exams. Now is also a good time for them to start thinking about those all-so-important scholarship applications for aid in 2016-17. Financial Aid has one university-wide online application that enters students into the running for numerous scholarships. This application will be open until Feb. 18, 2016. The CoLA Dean's Office is also accepting applications for these two additional scholarships:
- Liberal Arts Leadership Scholarship - deadline is Feb. 5, 2016.
- Liberal Arts Study Abroad Scholarship - deadline is Feb. 19, 2016.
Please encourage your students to get started on these applications over break!
This week's featured New Faculty members are Hyejin Kim and Lance Green.

 Hyejin Kim, Assistant Professor for the Department of Social Work. Hyejin earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from Florida State University. She also holds an M.A. in Social Welfare and a B.A. in Social Welfare and Economics from Seoul National University in South Korea.  This semester, Hyejin is teaching Social Gerontology I and Graduate Social Work Research II. Her own research is focused on Gerontology, specifically on the topics of successful aging, the perception of aging, and health and mental health in later life. Hyejin has found WSU to be welcoming and supportive, and she is looking forward to collaborating with Wright State's faculty and students. Welcome, Hyejin!  
Lance Green is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Lance earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in Anthropology. He also holds an M.A. and B.A. from the University of Tennessee, both in Anthropology. This semester, Lance is teaching Intro to Archeology and Field Methods in Archeology.His research interests are focused on Native American archaeology. Most of his work has been on Removal-period Cherokee sites in North Carolina. Lance sees a lot of research potential at WSU and has been impressed by the supportiveness of his colleagues and Wright State's engaged students.  Welcome, Lance!  
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Kristin Sobolik
Please be sure to refer your students to the many upcoming activities planned through our Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS).  As we get closer to finals week, they will definitely want to take advantage of Surviving Finals with CLASS on December 14 and Finals CLASSy Chair Massages on December 16! 

Upcoming Events:

MAPP Student Showcase
, Friday, December 4 at 8:00 p.m.  Creative Arts Center Jubilee Theatre. 

An Evening of 10 Minute Plays, Saturday, December 5 at 8:00 p.m.  Creative Arts Center Jubilee Theatre.