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CoLA Weekly
Friday, March 11, 2016 

Wright State voices rang out beautiful, pure, and strong during mass at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican bringing tears to many an eye, including my own. The Collegiate Chorale performance was a part of their invited American Celebration of Music in Italy tour where they also performed during mass at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, with concerts at Sant' Eustachio in Rome and Chiesa di San Filippo Neri in Florence, as well as an impromptu flashmob at the Pantheon (it doesn't get much better than that!). These wonderful singers were also excellent representatives of Wright State and the USA as they toured some of Italy's famous attractions. Bravo to Director Hank Dahlman, Amanda Roberts, Ginger Minneman, and Kim Warrick who accompanied the group. Benissimo! Molto Bene! Allora.

Once in a lifetime event. Our School of Music Concert Chorale performed beautifully at St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

The Civil Rights Pilgrimage visited important Civil Rights sites, most significantly the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where Willie G., an elder of the church, spoke about the significance of the word "Mother" in front of Emanuel signifying this as the first Emanuel church in the south, and the continued pain and emotion of the congregation following the recent killing of nine people in the church.  The group included 37 Wright State students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members who participated in this week-long emotional, discussion-laden, and memorable journey.  Kudos to trip organizer and director Tracy Snipe, Political Science, who had excellent support in all things by the Bolinga Center, especially Nycia Bolds and peer coordinators Tyneia McGill and Gabriella Clements, and peer mentors David Person, Tristina Allen, Laneeka Haislip, and Naquillah Foeckler.


CoLA Elections are being conducted electronically this year. Nomination ballots are now available in Wings and should be submitted by March 14. As in the past, the Elections Committee will review the results and contact everyone nominated to see if they are willing to serve. Then election ballots will be prepared and placed online for you to vote. To access the nomination ballot, log into Wings, look for the CoLA
nomination ballot right above the Announcements tab, and follow the directions. A special Thank You to Penny Park, Art, Chair of the CoLA Elections Committee, for overseeing this process, with help from Sue Stollings and Chris Suttle from CoLA, and Myke Cooney from CATS.
The Alumni Association hosted their annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner on February 26. CoLA selected Kathleen Davis-Siudut as our top awardee for 2016. Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in 2004 and a Master of Arts in International and Comparative Politics in 2007. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. where she works tirelessly in the fields of human trafficking and sexual violence. Although she couldn't attend our dinner (she was already invited to be the keynote speaker at another engagement on the west coast!), I was honored to accept the award on her behalf.

CoLA celebrated well that night as the Graduate School's honoree was our 2009 Master of Public Administration alumna, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. In addition to her wonderful service to our community, Nan stays involved on campus by teaching a Women and Leadership course which offers women the opportunity to learn about their roles as leaders and to develop leadership skills. She has also collaborated with Wright State on the Women's Leadership Collaborative of Greater Dayton which seeks to increase the number of women who hold leadership roles in the Miami Valley.
Visit our website to learn more about these two dynamic women as well as past CoLA recipients of this prestigious award. 
This week's Dean's Student Advisory Board featured member is Nicholas Anderson. Nicholas was born and raised near Dayton. He is a junior Philosophy major who is considering a minor in Non-profit Management. Nicholas has a lifetime love of learning and believes education is the foundation for not only a more perfect country, but a more perfect world. Through a robust and challenging liberal arts education, Nicholas seeks to bring a welcoming environment for our nation's military veterans as well as reduce violence worldwide. In addition to serving on the CoLA DSAB, Nicholas is also Vice president of the Raiders for Bernie group at Wright State University.
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Kristin Sobolik

Upcoming Events:

Jesus, John and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Professor Anthony LeDonne, United Theological Seminary, Wednesday, March 16, 7:30 p.m., E163 Student Union.  Professor LeDonne teaches courses on the New Testament, Greek and Second Temple Judaism.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Women's History Month Scholar-in-Resident: Dr. Victoria Pitts-Taylor, Wesleyan University, Feminism, Science, and Corporeal Politics, Thursday, March 17, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Millett Hall Atrium. In her lecture she will examine how power and inequality are entangled with bodies, particularly neurobiological bodies-those defined in relation to the brain and nervous systems.
5th Annual Public History Graduate Symposium, The Politics of Public History: When Stories Collide, Keynote speaker: Dr. Ari Kelman, Penn State University, A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek, Friday, March 25, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Student Union, Apollo Room. 
Please check out the many upcoming activities planned through our Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS).