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CoLA Weekly
Friday, December 11, 2015 

I want to start out with a BIG Congratulations to our students who organized and supported Raiderthon this year. They raised a whopping $46,590 for Dayton Children's Hospital for a total of $157,000 in this third year since the event's inception! The fun and excitement lasts for 15 hours with a lot of dancing, entertainment, and interaction with kids and their families who have been positively impacted by Dayton Children's. I went to the event during the afternoon and the excitement was infectious!
I especially want to thank the CoLA students who helped make this year's Raiderthon such a great success: Lauren Duke, Anthropology, Political Science; Patrick Bleser, Communication Studies; Sarah Roberts, English; Kyle Lautzenheiser, Crime & Justice Studies; Serenity McKenzie, Motion Pictures, Mass Communication; Gabe Riegle,  Crime & Justice Studies; Caroline Hoffman, International Studies, Political Science; Miranda Almy, Art; McKenna Koewler, Mass Communication.
A wonderful surprise showed up on my desk a couple weeks ago - Volume XXIV, Number 2, 2015 of The Emily Dickinson Journal - the first one edited by our own James Guthrie, English, with managing editors Sonora Humphreys and Sebastian Williams, Masters students in our literature program. Reading the articles I learned about mental illness in Dickinson's time and what impact such knowledge and analysis may have had on her poetry, as well as analyses of Dickinson's use of dashes. I didn't realize that subject would produce so many different theories. Congratulations to Jim and his team for this great publication. We are proud to have such a volume edited at Wright State!
In case you missed it, there was a great feature in the Newsroom recently of one of our fantastic graduates, Gary Gall. Gary is a graduate of Political Science who has stayed engaged with CoLA through his many years of service and scholarship support as a member of the Dean's Leadership Board. He and his wife also made recent gifts to support our deserving students in theatre and on the Model United Nations team. Gary followed his military service with successful careers as an attorney and prosecutor and is now staying busy in retirement. We are proud to count him as one of our alumni!
This week's featured New Faculty members are Kelli Melson and Douglas Keown.
Kelli Melson is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Acting in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures. She earned her Ph.D. in Performance Practice and her second MFA in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter in England. Her first MFA in Acting came from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and she earned her BA degree from West Texas A&M University where she majored in Theatre Arts and minored in English and Music. Kelli worked as a professional actress for fifteen years between the completion of her Bachelor's degree and first Master's. This semester she is teaching a freshman Acting course and Shakespeare. She is currently adapting her Ph.D. dissertation, which focuses on the psycho-physical actor training legacy of Russian theatre director, Vsevolod Meyerhold, into a book submission for Routledge. She is also working on a project submission for the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Kelli has found her fellow faculty very supportive and collaborative and has been quite happy with her students and the level of work they produce in their class and practical projects. Welcome Kelli!

Doug Keown is an instructor for the Department of Social Work. He received his MSW from the University of Central Florida and his B.S. in Psychology from Wright State University. As part of his teaching duties, Doug primarily works with BSW and MSW students completing their practicums at social service agencies. His past research has focused on PTSD with veterans. Doug has enjoyed working with the students and his fellow Social Work faculty and feels blessed to have the job every day. Welcome Doug! 
Today marks the last day of Fall Semester. Good luck to everyone during Finals Week!
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Kristin Sobolik

Finals Lounge, December 14-16, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
CLASS is providing a relaxing space to take a brain break before, after, or in between exams. And it's all FREE! Drop by Millett 106 to take a load off!
Monday, December 14 - Stress ball give away, coloring, Play-Doh, Legos, and FREE snacks!
Tuesday, December 15 - More stress relieving activities, one-on-one career advice (9:00-11:00 a.m.), and FREE PIZZA at 12 p.m. until it runs out.
Wednesday, December 16 - More stress balls, coloring, snacks, etc. and FREE CHAIR MASSAGES!  12:00-3:00 p.m. First-come, first-served.