Friday, November 4, 2016
At CoLA's annual Donor Appreciation Reception last week more than 200 people gathered for a celebration of our many generous scholarship donors and the wonderful students who are benefiting from their support this year. We hosted this event in our very own Creative Arts Center for the first time, and I was so excited to show off our new and renovated space to this fantastic group. There is something really special about these interactions between students and donors - not only do the donors get to meet the students benefiting from their support, but the students get to say "thank you" and make the connection that their scholarship is possible due to the generosity of others.
It is so important that we celebrate and thank our donors through events like this. Wright State's Rise.Shine. Campaign is coming to a close at the end of December and we have already surpassed our $150M goal with total support of over $161M. CoLA has been a leader in this campaign with gifts totaling close to $20M. The financial contributions we receive each year from our alumni and friends, as well as many faculty and staff, enable us to provide critical scholarship support to our students, as well as vital funding for our programs and capital projects like the Creative Arts Center.
Last week CLASS hosted its inaugural Major and Career Exploration Expo
in the Millett Atrium. This well-received event introduced primarily freshmen and sophomores, but also other students, to the many opportunities that await them after they receive their liberal arts degrees. CoLA departments shared information with students about the majors and classes offered that will help them reach their career goals. Thirty CoLA alumni and employers were also on hand to share their expertise, experiences, and wisdom regarding their careers and life after Wright State. This event was made possible by a grant from Wright-Patt Credit Union and is a key component to CLASS' Sophomore Retention Initiative.
Next Wednesday, November 9, we will host the Creative Arts Center Open House from 2:30-4:30 p.m. with a reception in the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries and guided tours of the new and renovated spaces. We are inviting the entire Wright State campus community as well as the fantastic donors who helped fund the CAC modernization and expansion - it will be a great opportunity to celebrate how far we've come on this project and to see our amazing fine and performing arts students in action throughout the building. I hope you'll stop by!
November is a busy time for Modern Languages as we welcome hundreds of high school students to campus to participate in exciting immersion days. These annual events bring top students to campus for academically-based engagement activities and are a wonderful way to recruit future Raiders.
The 14th Annual
French Immersion Day
on Wednesday, November 2, brought nearly 300 high school students from 19 Ohio schools to our campus. Over 75 Wright State student volunteers and students in service-learning designated courses assisted in preparing and organizing the day's events, which were centered around the theme of Belgian life and culture.
offered a friendly welcome to our guests and UCIE's Michelle Streeter-Ferrari - who also happens to be Belgian - was the keynote speaker, opening the ceremonies with a rousing speech on the growing importance of the French language. The day's immersion activities included ice-breaking games, a flag parade, a Belgian-inspired lunch, a chocolate tasting, zumba, a treasure hunt, a trivia game, and much more! BRAVO to the many people who made this day such a resounding success: French faculty
Pascale Abadie, Karine Daddah, Ben Hirt, Jean-Michel Lamoine
; and French alumnae
November 8, Modern Languages will host 230 students and teachers from 10 high schools all across Ohio for Spanish Immersion Day. This year's theme is Diversity in the Caribbean, and the event will feature Latin dance workshops and performances, interactive presentations on themes ranging from cultural etiquette to the phenomenon of Spanglish, and a "jail" with grammar drills for those who speak English. Thank you to all those who worked tirelessly to prepare for this event: Spanish faculty María Astudillo, Ksenia Bonch Reeves, Dorothy Alvarez, Fátima Arauz Martínez, Michelle Cipriano, Melissa Doran, Paula Garrido, David Petreman, and Damaris Serrano; administrators Mary Zurawka and Lauren Wolfe, student workers Julia Gomez-Cambronero, Renee Lutz, and Lee Raska; and students from the Business Spanish Class and Spanish Club.
Congratulations to James Dunlap, Theatre, Dance, & Motion Pictures, head of our sound design and technology area, who recently became a Certified Theatre Rigger by passing the Entertainment Certification Training Program's extremely rigorous theatre rigging examination. He becomes one of only 625 certified riggers nationally, and one of only nine in the state of Ohio! Wright State is the only university in the state to have an Entertainment Technician Certification Program Certified Rigger on staff - what a strong statement about our commitment to the health and safety of crews, performers, and audiences!
Wright State's Employee Recognition Day is next Monday, November 7, at 3:00 p.m. in the Apollo Room. I hope you'll join me at this ceremony where CoLA will celebrate the following faculty and staff:
Susan Stollings, Dean's Office
William Lafferty, Theatre, Dance, & Motion Pictures
(retired July 2016)
Edward Fitzgerald, Political Science
Timothy Judge, Theatre, Dance, & Motion Pictures
David Petreman, Modern Languages
Pam Knauert Lavarnway, Theatre, Dance, & Motion Pictures
Jane Blakelock, English
(retired July 2016)
Stephanie Dickey, English
Shelley Jagow, Music
Mark Lyons, Theatre, Dance, & Motion Pictures
Tracey Steele, Sociology & Anthropology
Christopher Oldstone-Moore, History
Mary Rucker, Communication
Jennifer Subban, Urban Affairs & Geography
Erik Banks, Religion, Philosophy, & Classics
Enamul Choudhury, Urban Affairs & Geography
Marie Donohue, English
Rebecca Edwards, Religion, Philosophy, & Classics
Marie Hertzler, Modern Languages
William Jobert, Music
Karen Lahm, Sociology & Anthropology
Sally Lamping, English
Myron Levine, Urban Affairs & Geography
Geoffrey Owens, Sociology & Anthropology
Susan Paul, Dean's Office
Daniel Zehringer, Music
Mary Zurawka, Crime & Justice Studies
Next week we celebrate Veteran's Day and as such we'll take a break from the CoLA Weekly. We will return November 18 with more important news from the college.
Pastoralists, Tradition, and Colonial Conservation Policies in Northern Kenya, 1920-1963
Wednesday, November 9, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Millett Atrium
Dr. Fatuma Guyo, Diversity Postdoctoral Scholar for CoLA, will be using the example of the Borana pastoralists in colonial Northern Kenya to examine the impact of colonial conservation policies and the Borana responses to those policies.
Wednesday, November 9, 1:30-2:20 p.m. in the New Media Incubator, 015 Dunbar
A fun and informative talk with Katie Halberg, Wright State's Director of Social Engagement, on the opportunities and challenges of working professionally in social media.
Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7:30 pm in E163 Student Union
Featuring Mr. Samuel Heider, Holocaust survivor extraordinaire; co-sponsored by the Zusman Chair in Judaic Studies, the Department of Religion, the Frydman Educational Resource Center, and the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center.
Civil War in Syria & ISIS: Challenges for the Next President
Monday, November 14, 6:00 p.m. in 166 Rike Hall
Presented by Al-Azm, associate professor of History and Anthropology from Shawnee State University
Women's History as Patchwork in Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace
Thursday, November 17, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in the Millett Atrium
A lecture by Hope Jennings, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
163 Millett Hall - 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy - Dayton, OH 45435 - 937-775-2225 - fax: 937-775-2181