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CoLA Weekly
 
Friday, April 29, 2016 
 
It's Friday, the last day of Spring Semester. And tomorrow we will congratulate the more than 2,045 students (473 from CoLA!) who will graduate from Wright State. After Saturday we will have more than 110,000 Wright State alumni out and about in the world.  There is much to celebrate!
 
One of our special graduates this year, Adrian McLemore, Political Science, was featured in a recent email from President Hopkins. When Adrian started at Wright State 12 years ago he had just emancipated from foster care and has had several setbacks over the years.  But he gave credit to WSU's staff, faculty, and administration for never giving up on him and for helping him finally succeed. Our wonderful CLASS staff played an important role in Adrian's success. Adrian was one of the first students to participate in CLASS's pilot Academic Success Plan a year ago. Becca Salay, Director of Student Retention, and her team met with him regularly and worked out a plan to help him bring up his GPA and stay on target to graduate. Adrian sent Becca the photo to the right after he purchased his cap and gown, and his smile is infectious. A big thank-you to Becca and our whole advising team for all the great work they are doing each and every day to make such a positive and lasting impact in the lives of our students!  
 
Today we will celebrate other amazing students in the college at our Outstanding Student Awards Ceremony in the Creative Arts Center's Schuster Hall at 2:00 p.m.  Please join us in honoring and celebrating our top students! I hope to see many of you there.
 
Outstanding Undergraduate Students
Outstanding Graduate Students
Please join me in congratulating the following faculty who, as of this morning at the Board of Trustees meeting, have earned tenure and/or promotion:
Of importance to celebrate is that four CoLA faculty will receive university-wide awards this year. A big congratulations to:
  • December Green, Political Science - Trustees' Award for Faculty Excellence, the highest award given by the university [December will be speaking at the breakfast before graduation this Saturday - incentive to come!]
  • Carol Loranger, English - Frederick A. White Distinguished Professor of Professional Service
  • Christopher Oldstone-Moore, History - Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence: Outstanding Lecturer
  • Sally Lamping, English - Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence: Community Engagement Award
Yesterday CoLA hosted our third annual Internship Celebration Breakfast in the Nutter Center Berry Room. Over 110 people gathered to celebrate our amazing internship partners, both in the community and on campus. F ifteen exemplary students participated in an internship fair to share some of the projects and learning opportunities they had as a result of their internship.  These experiential learning opportunities are so critical to our students' success and I thank everyone who works so hard to make these opportunities possible for our students.  
 

A big THANK YOU to CLASS Workforce Development Director Wayne Stark and Assistant Director Alex Taylor for their wonderful organization of this great event. I know they would want to also thank Susan Paul, Stephanie Dickey, and Jennie Buckwalter who were in support of their efforts.
 
The Wright State Bassoon Quartet, led by Bill Jobert, Music, provided beautiful music for the event. Thank you to Bill and student performers James Edwards-Kenion, Josclynn Garrison, and Curtis Magee for setting the right tone for this festive occasion.
 
The following students provided informative exhibits and discussed their internships:
I want to particularly thank our hard-working internship coordinators who oversee departmental interns and keep everything moving smoothly for our students and community partners. Thank You!   
We are so excited to announce the completion of the New Media Incubator! The New Media Incubator (NMI) is collaborative space shared by the Department of Communication and the Motion Pictures Program located in the tunnel area next to the Tom Hanks Center for Motion Pictures. CoLA received legislative capital funding for the NMI and it has been a part of the CAC modernization and expansion project. You will be hearing more about the NMI in the near future with an official launch to be scheduled in the fall. A BIG congrats to Mary Rucker, Communication, and Stuart McDowell, Theatre, and especially Will Davis, Communication, who will be overseeing the happenings in the NMI.  
Back row: Ike Brunner, Elliot Gaines, Scott Peterson, Tracey Hill, Ray Marcano.  Front row: Marie Thompson, Mary Rucker, Alex Alexander, Will Davis.
 
Late spring semester is a busy time for scholarship awards. I know departments have been hard at work making their scholarship decisions for the next academic year. Our CoLA Scholarship Committee met several times this term and reviewed hundreds of scholarship applicants for a variety of college-level and university-level awards. As a result, 55 outstanding CoLA students will receive close to $80,000 in scholarship aid next year! Congratulations to all of these students and in particular to those who received the highly-competitive university scholarships:
Rachel Ann Jackson, Music Performance : Harley Flack Memorial Scholarship; Julia Gomez-Cambronero, Acting, Spanish: Harry P. Jeffrey Scholarship; Serenity Amber McKenzie, Motion Pictures, Mass Communication: Robert Oelman Scholarship; Angela McKenzie, English (TESOL), Spanish: Sarah E. Harris Scholarship.   A big Thank-You to committee chair La Fleur Small, Sociology, and committee members Jackson Leung, Music, Rebecca Edwards Classics, and Jennie Buckwalter, Dean's Office, for their hard work and passion in supporting our students.
 
Congratulations to Joe Deer, Musical Theatre, for being the recipient of the 2016 Governor's Award for Arts Education to be presented at the Columbus Athenaeum on May 2. This is a HUGE honor and I am looking forward to joining many of our Wright State colleagues in honoring Joe on that big day. I also want to point out that Joe directed our theatre and dance students in Chicago for the big Rise.Shine. Gala and Tom Hanks said that their performance was as good as or better than what you see on Broadway. We have known that for a long time. Go Joe! Go Students!  
 
On behalf of CoLA and Wright State University, I want to thank the following faculty and staff who are either retiring or leaving the university for other opportunities. Thank you for your service to Wright State University and to our students!
And don't forget our CoLA Retreat on Wednesday, August 24, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., at the Dayton Art Institute in Downtown Dayton. At the conclusion of the retreat we will celebrate our CoLA Outstanding Award recipients. Please RSVP to Sue Stollings if you can make it.  
 
This will be the last CoLA Weekly until fall semester begins.  You can see all past CoLA Weekly messages online .
 
Have a wonderful summer! 
 
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Kristin Sobolik
Dean