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CoLA Weekly
Friday, March 18, 2016 

We Transform the Lives of our Students and the Communities We Serve
Next Week is an important week for Wright State - the Higher Learning Commission comes for their site visit as a part of our application for reaccreditation as an institution of higher education.  Collectively we have been working for over 2.5 years on our application and this visit, and there are many people who helped and deserve thanks - too many to list here.  If you have the chance to interact with any of our HLC visitors, be sure to smile, answer their questions, and know our mission statement - listed at the top.
I am very excited to announce this year's CoLA Outstanding Award Recipients!  A big KUDOS to these wonderful people who do so much for the college and Wright State.  They will be officially acknowledged at the CoLA Retreat to be held at the Dayton Art Institute on Wednesday, August 24.  Thank you to the CoLA P&T Committee for helping select the recipients.

Outstanding Faculty Barry Milligan, English 
Outstanding Teaching  Nicole Richter, Motion Pictures 
Outstanding Research Bill Irvine, Philosophy 
Outstanding Service Hope Jennings, English 
Early Career Achievement Amelia Hubbard, Anthropology 
Community Engagement Drew Strombeck, English 
Lecturer/Instructor Christopher Oldstone-Moore, History 
Outstanding Adjunct Carin Benning, Sociology 
Outstanding Staff Shirley Barber, Urban Affairs & Geography 
We are well into the Campus Scholarship and Innovation Campaign (CSIC) with a goal of 55% participation. As you know, our students depend heavily on scholarships to attend school and our support is a real life-line for many of them. It is hoped that all of us - every single person in the college - would want to help our students in this way by giving to a fund of their choice.  I implore you to give to our students and help CoLA achieve at least 55% participation.  I know they greatly appreciate it!  Thanks to Dawn Banker in the Dean's Office for serving as CoLA's CSIC Chair again this year.  Please direct any CSIC-related questions to her at

Lois Sutherland, ARTSGALA Co-chair, Kyle Miller, Musical Theatre major, and Jennie Buckwalter pause for a photo after their interview with WHIO TV's Jim Otte
There are a lot of exciting events coming up next month including our 17th Annual ARTSGALA on April 9.  To date ARTSGALA has raised over $2 million in scholarship support for our amazing fine and performing arts students! We are gearing up for a particularly special year as we will unveil the new addition to the Creative Arts Center at this year's event.  Be sure to tune in to this Sunday's 11:30 a.m. Community Reports interview on Channel 7 where you can learn more about this fantastic evening! 

The 5th Annual Public History Graduate Symposium
will be held all day next Friday, March 25, in the Apollo Room of the Student Union.  The Symposium features keynote speaker Dr. Ari Kelman, McCabe Greer Professor of History at Penn State University, who will discuss his book, A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek.  The day will be filled with thought-provoking panels featuring the research of our fantastic Public History graduate students.  I hope you will stop by to see their great work.  Thanks to Drew Swanson, History, the Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee, and Dawne Dewey, Special Collections and Archives, for organizing this event. 

This week's Dean's Student Advisory Board featured member is Caressa Brown. Caressa is a 2007 graduate of Wright State's College of Education and Human Services and is back at Wright State earning a second degree in Urban Affairs.  Caressa is a Community Voices Producer for 91.3 FM WYSO and a 6 season veteran with the Council of Fashion Designers of America receiving hands-on training at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC.  Serving her first term with the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District Board of Trustees, Caressa is an employee with WSU's Boonshoft School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and the Owner/Director of the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC.   

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Kristin Sobolik
Please check out the many upcoming activities planned through our Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS).