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CoLA Weekly

  Friday, December 9, 2016   
This past week has been a complete whirlwind and exemplifies why I am so proud to be dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Our faculty, staff, and students are engaged in amazing projects and performances.
Last Saturday I started off my morning in the Creative Arts Center to experience the magic of ArtsFair . Families from the Dayton region and our own campus community enjoyed three hours of hands-on, interactive activities with our fantastic fine and performing arts students, faculty, and staff. Imagine the Creative Arts Center filled with balloons, mimes, face painting, drums, slide whistles, paint brushes, and performers dressed in costumes from Oklahoma, Frozen, and so much more! It takes a village to put on an event like this. Thank you to our many helpers and performers from Art, Music, and Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures, and to the ArtsFair internal committee for making the event run so smoothly.

Sunday's Pens to Pictures brought a standing room only crowd to the Stein Galleries for a  screening of five films created by five women in the Dayton Correctional Institution. This pioneer film project launched by Chinonye Chukwu, Motion Pictures, was a labor of love that brought together Motion Pictures faculty, students, and alumni plus many people in the community to give voice to those who are incarcerated.  Special thank you to Chinonye and the Motion Pictures students and alumni who worked together to direct, design, and produce these short films; Shawndra Jones '12; Aisha Ford; Kara Clare Lynch, Liz Yong Lowe '16, and Samantha DrakeI was so moved to see the final products from this collaboration. I had the privilege of attending one of Chinonye's classes in the DCI this past summer and meeting these wonderful women. What optimism, energy, and excitement they had about their projects, the classtime with each other and with Chinonye, and with life in general.  They provide a great lesson for us all.
Monday's second annual Ancient Science Fair, presented by the Departments of Classics, Philosophy, and History, was the culmination of the Ancient Science Course (CLS 3500/PHL 3990/HST 4000), taught by Rebecca Edwards, Classics, and Erik Banks, Philosophy. Participation was outstanding, with 24 students of various majors presenting their research on Greek and Roman war technology, Greco-Roman engineering, and ancient medicine. Exhibits also included a demonstration of Archimedes' principle and a mathematical calculation of how many grains of sands it would take to fill the universe. Congratulations to these students who earned top honors by building a scale model of the Horologium of Augustus: Christine Turner, Classics; Kendra Fields, Classics and English; and Magdalen Meyer, Religion and Philosophy. Second prize went to Cameron Moon, Biological Sciences and Classics minor, who constructed a Hippocratic traction bench. The event and the Ancient Science Course were sponsored by a generous donation from Michael and Holly Di Flora. Kudos to Rebecca and Erik for their leadership in organizing this event.

I was happy to see CoLA so well-represented at this week's UCIE Study Abroad Fair, promoting some amazing ambassador programs slated for next summer. Of the 13 programs highlighted, eight are being led by CoLA faculty:
Quebec Culture, Language, & History: Ben Hirt and Marie Hertzler, French
Stratford Shakespeare Theatre Festival: Carol Mejia-LaPerle, English
2000 Years of History, Culture, and Culinary Delights: Pascale Abadie and Kirsten Halling, French
Polar Perspectives of Munich & Southern Germany: Renate Sturdevant and Miriam Powers, German
Changing Gender Roles and Human Rights in India: Pramod Kantha, Political Science
Japan - Cultural Competency in a Diverse World: James Carter, Social Work
Oman - Understanding the Middle East: Vaughn Shannon, Political Science
Exploring Puerto Rico: Michelle Cipriano and Dorothy Álvarez, Spanish

Today marks the last day of Fall Semester. Good luck to everyone during Finals Week!
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Kristin Sobolik