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CoLA Weekly
Friday, February 12, 2016  

I tell you, this past week and a half has been very exciting around here as we celebrated Emily Bingham's, English, Jeopardy appearances.  The Alumni Association organized Watch Parties at the Fox and Hound for each show - each to a full house.  The excitement we all had as we watched Emily answer each question with poise and confidence was palpable, and being able to celebrate with her proud faculty was fantastic.  When English Literature was announced as a category during the first show, the English faculty at my table were jumping for joy - Emily knows her stuff!  Emily has put Wright State on the map!  And I know that having her faculty supporting her during this whole process has been so important to Emily. Thank you to Carol Loranger, Susan Carafiello, Jane Blakelock, Chuck Holmes, Annette Oxindine, Alpana Sharma, Sarah McGinley, Michelle Cipriano, and everyone for showing your support for Emily! 
Steve Bognar, Motion Pictures, got up close and personal at the Iowa and New Hampshire caucuses.  He is helping film a documentary about this year's campaign.  He calls it an "amazing experience - a  core of actual, real democratic process surrounded by a crazy, hyperventilating circus."  Here he is filming Bernie Sanders and Marco Rubio.  Steve had great fun in this challenging environment trying to film it all.  I can't wait to see it!

Just a reminder that the CoLA Dean's Office is currently seeking nominations for Outstanding Faculty and Staff Awards. Each award includes a $1,000 stipend and recognition at the annual CoLA Awards Reception. Submission deadline is February 26.

Don't miss your opportunity to apply for a CoLA Faculty Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity Grant. All full-time CoLA faculty are invited to apply and requests up to $5,000 per proposal will be considered. Submission deadline is March 7.
I have had some wonderful times with the Dean's Student Advisory Board this year.  What a fantastic group of engaged, hard-working students!  On Feb. 4 DSAB hosted Dinner with the Dean in the Wright Brothers Room where we awarded Top Student honors to 11 students chosen by the faculty as tops in their various areas.  Congratulations to: Alexis Lyman, Art; Chris Besecker, Political Science; Mallory Evans, Social Work; Jason Tarka, Classics; Hyatt Hammad, English; Hannah Hendrix, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Shane Patrick Hapner, History; Bailey Rose, Musical Theatre; Kara Hamby, Mass Communication; Alex Moore, Music; Connor Mulcahy, Crime & Justice Studies. And a Big Thank You to Stephen Monath, Music, for performing on the marimbas at the event.

This week's Dean's Student Advisory Board featured member is DSAB President Lukas Wenrick. Lukas Wenrick is a fourth year student majoring in Social Science Education. He currently serves as the 2015-2016 President of the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Student Advisory Board. While serving as the President of the Board, Lukas is also the CoLA Senator for the Student Government Association, the C.E.O. of the President's Ambassadors, a Student Office Assistant for the Vice President of Student Affairs, a Peer Mentor for a UVC 1010 within First-Year Programs, a member of the Honors Director's Student Advisory Board, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), and the owner of a landscaping operation in Sidney, Ohio. Lukas loves Wright State University more than life itself. His passion for our great University has been molded by the opportunities that he has been so fortunate to experience 
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Kristin Sobolik
Please check out the many upcoming activities planned through our Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS).