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CoLA Weekly
Friday, January 15, 2016  

I hope you had a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday.  The highlights of my holiday break were spending time with family and seeing Aretha Franklin in concert.  Nothing like dancing to RESPECT sung by the Queen of Soul herself!  And now everyone is back on campus with the energy and excitement that comes with the start of a new semester.  Welcome Back! 

With the new year comes a special welcome to our new Assistant Director of Workforce Development Alexandria Taylor whose first day at Wright State was January 4.  Alex is the latest addition to our wonderful Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS), led by Wayne Stark, Director of Workforce Development and Becca Salay, Director of Student Retention.
Alex earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of South Florida and a Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At Marquette Alex gained valuable experience in Multicultural Affairs, Academic Advising, Housing & Residence Life, and Fraternity & Sorority Life. Prior to coming to Wright State, Alex served as an Assistant Director for the Center of Integrated Learning & Social Sciences Career Advisor at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.  There she coached students through their personal and professional ambitions, coordinated campus-wide career education programs, and promoted the value of a liberal arts education.
As a member of CLASS, Alex is committed to building strong partnerships, implementing career-related programs, encouraging meaningful experiential learning opportunities, and coaching student learners as they explore their individual career goals. She is excited to be a part of Raider Country and looks forward to making new connections within and beyond the university.
I hope you'll take a moment to stop by one of the upcoming Meet and Greets with Alex to welcome her to CoLA:
Tuesday, January 19, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m, Millett Atrium.
Wednesday, January 20, 11:30 - 12:30 p.m., Millett Atrium.

It's official - CoLA has moved into our brand-new Nutter Center Suite 206!  You may know we began last fall with Suite 223 which was the only suite available at the time and located all the way to one end of the arena.  In December we learned that Suite 206 would be vacated in 2016 and we jumped at the opportunity to move as this suite boasts some of the best seats available! This will be a wonderful venue for hosting our alumni and donors and creating new relationships and connections to the college.  Jen Foster, Director of Major Gifts, and Jennie Buckwalter, Assistant Dean, will be working with various people in the college to host the suite at upcoming basketball games and performances.  On January 16 I will be hosting guests for the Alumni Day at the Game when WSU plays Youngstown State, and on February 20 for the WSU Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night when WSU plays Northern Kentucky.  If you're at either of these games, please stop by and say 'hello' and check out our new space! 
 A Big Congratulations go out to Joe Deer, Theatre, who will be receiving the Governor's Arts Award for Art Education this year. This is a fantastic honor for Joe and for Wright State and reflects his excellent leadership in national and international Musical Theatre education for more than 25 years. Some of his accomplishments include founding the Musical Theatre Initiative at Wright State, engaging students and audiences of all ages through the Dayton Muse Machine, Human Race Theatre, and Victoria Theatre, and serving as Founding President of the national Musical Theatre Educators Alliance. Kudos Joe! 
Sharon Lynette Jones, English, is CoLA's Equity Advisor, serving as a resource to help achieve  an equitable environment for all faculty and working to raise faculty awareness of the need for equity and diversity. Equity Advisors were originally implemented in the sciences through Wright State's NSF ADVANCE grant whose goal is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. Each college now has an Equity Advisor to assist in these broader goals, and Lynette will be meeting with faculty candidates when they interview. Thank You Lynette!   

Have a fantastic Spring Semester!  
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Kristin Sobolik
Please check out the many upcoming activities planned through our Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS).