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CoLA Weekly

  Friday, December 16, 2016   
Another semester comes to an end, and Winter finally made its first real mark on Dayton!  Wright State's campus covered in snow is breathtakingly beautiful.


At Saturday's commencement ceremony we will celebrate the 1,839 summer and fall students -- 258 are CoLA majors! - who will graduate and begin the next stage of their life's journey as Wright State alumni. I hope you will join me in celebrating their accomplishments and wishing them a future filled with happiness and success.

The UCIE office made a special visit to CoLA this week as part of a unique video project to show the community our strong support of international students.  I'm glad so many of us were on hand to represent CoLA in saying, "You Are Welcome Here!
Before we break for the holidays, be sure to mark your calendars for a couple of exciting events coming up very soon in the New Year:
The Fourth Annual CoLA Authors Celebration will be held on Monday, January 23 at 4:00 p.m. in the Millett Hall Atrium.  There we will celebrate 6 outstanding CoLA faculty whose books or CDs were published in 2016:

Ksenia Bonch Reeves , Modern Languages
December Green and Laura Luehrmann [collaboration] ,   Political Science 
Daniel Zehringer , Music 
The Third Annual CoLA Research Conference will be held on Monday, February 13, 1:15 - 5:00 p.m. in the Millett Hall Atrium with a reception following.  I can't wait to learn more about the research developed by the following CoLA faculty during their Professional Development Leave in 2015-16: 
Deborah J. Crusan , English 
Bruce M. Laforse ,   Religion, Philosophy, and Classics 
Carol Mejia-LaPerle , English 
Donovan Miyasaki ,   Religion, Philosophy, and Classics 
Judson B. Murray , Religion, Philosophy, and Classics 
Damaris Serrano , Modern Languages
Jennifer E. Subban , Urban Affairs and Geography 
Sean Wilson , Political Science 
The conference's illustrious keynote speaker will be William Irvine, Religion, Philosophy, and Classics , CoLA Outstanding Research awardee.  Both the conference and the reception are free and open to the public, and we hope you will join us!
Stay tuned for more information about these great events.
The Men's Choir led by Jim Tipps, Musicgave several impromptu performances around campuse over the past two weeks, including over in the Millett Hall Atrium.  We are all greatly appreciative of their wonderful holiday exuberance and cheer.  This   video seems an appropriate send-off to help ring in the holiday season. 

I wish you all Happy Holidays and a very relaxing break!
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Kristin Sobolik