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CoLA Weekly

Friday, October 14, 2016 
 
I am excited to spend my time today downtown at the Victoria Theatre at TedxDayton, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. I am so proud to see Wright State's involvement in this important sold-out event. Not only is the university a sponsor, but CoLA's very own Tess Cort├ęs, Stein Galleries Coordinator, and Music student Jake Rhodes will perform an interlude between talks. Tess has programmed different features of her video work, Untitled (Cityscape), to change with the marimba piece Rhythm Song. Wright State faculty and graduates will play a prominent role in the day. CoLA speakers include Joe Deer, Theatre, Dance & Motion Pictures, and graduate Ryan Ireland, English '08 and '11.  And Wright State is well-represented on the Steering Committee by Robert Sweeney, President's Office, Jennie Buckwalter, CoLA Dean's Office, Cory MacPherson, Office of Marketing, John Owen, WSRI, and Cristie Gryszka, Office of Advancement.

Congratulations to Carol Mejia-LaPerle, English, and the entire CELIA team , for securing a $5,000 Ohio Humanities Council Educator Enrichment Grant to support CELIA's Encountering Shakespeare Conference on October 20-22. The conference will feature the latest scholarship on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, teaching workshops, and an array of artistic expressions engaging Shakespeare in musical and dramatic performances. K-12 schoolteachers will be able to attend all the events at a deeply discounted rate thanks to the support of the Ohio Humanities Council and these additional generous sponsors: Ohio Valley Shakespeare; Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation; Barnes & Noble Bookstore; Bloomsbury Publishing; Stratford Festival; and W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
 
Don't miss The Sultans of Swing Flapper Ball on October 29 at Memorial Hall in downtown Dayton. Created by 2015 CELIA Fellows Scott Peterson, Communication, and Sharon Lynette Jones, English, guests will party the night away to dance music from the early 20th century, enjoy readings from the literary giants of the era, learn how to Charleston and Lindy, and lounge in a Prohibition-era speakeasy (complete with bathtub gin). This event is generously supported by Dr. John L. and Mrs. Gail A. Lyman. It'll be the bee's knees!  Tickets have been discounted so check it out here
  
The LEAP Intensive English Program faculty were active participants in the annual
Ohio TESOL Conference in Columbus on October 7-8. LEAP adjunct faculty
Stephen Bridge won 2nd place in the Poster Presentation category for
Goooooal! The Beautiful Game as a Teaching Resource. Dr. Shengrong Cai (TESOL) co-presented with LEAP adjunct faculty Pamela Everly, Wrong Word! Research-informed Teaching Methods to Help ESL Writing Students Avoid or Repair Semantic Errors, to close to 100 audience members! LEAP director Jeannette Horwitz presented on State of the Profession - Higher Education with colleagues from Intensive English Programs at Ohio Wesleyan University, Otterbein University, and Ohio Dominican University.
   
This Tuesday several of our students had a wonderful experience at Cox Media Group Ohio's (CMGO's) A Day in the Life, a one-day event designed to give college students a taste of what it is like to work for a modern media company. This was an amazing opportunity for our students to create professional connections through meeting company leaders, job shadowing, and talking with media professionals. Congratulations to the six CoLA students who were selected to participate in this prestigious event - Communication majors Abigail Umstead, Joshua Chenault, Mike Ritchie, and Nicolas Green; Katharine Adams, English; and Serenity McKenzie, Media Studies and Motion Picture Theory, History, and Criticism. And a big thank you to Wayne Stark, Director of Workforce Development for our Center for Liberal Arts Student Success, and to Ashley Long, CMGO Public Affairs and Programming Team Lead/Coordinator and WSU Communication alumna, for coordinating this fantastic opportunity for our students.



Today's featured New Faculty is Daniel Warshawsky. Daniel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Affairs & Geography. Daniel earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, M.S. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This semester he is teaching Urban Geography and Foundations and Methods of Geography. Daniel has previously taught as an Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Southern California. In his research Daniel analyzes urban food systems in North America and Africa. He is writing a book on the globalization of food banking and has started a local research program to examine food insecurity in Dayton. Daniel was born and raised in Cincinnati and is excited to be back in Southwestern Ohio where he has a strong personal connection. Welcome Daniel!  
 
 
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Kristin Sobolik
Dean