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CoLA Weekly
Friday, September 2, 2016 
Welcome Back! It sure has been a whirlwind week as we all get back into the swing of things.
Classes started Monday but last week we were already gearing up for Fall Semester. Move-In Day was a great success. I got to drive a golf cart and help students move into the Honors Dorm. What a wonderful experience it is to meet our students' families and hear their stories. A special thanks to these CoLA faculty and staff who were out helping as well: Pascale Abadie, Modern Languages; Jennie Buckwalter, Dean's Office; Melodee Caudill, History; Brittany Erwin, Advising; Adam Holbrook, Advising; Pramod Kantha, International Studies; Karen Lahm, Crime & Justice Studies; Becca Salay, CLASS; Tracey Steele, Sociology and Anthropology; Rick Zech, Dean's Office

We also welcomed over 200 intending CoLA majors to the Millett Atrium to meet our wonderful CLASS team and to learn more about the college and the many services available to them to help them succeed. I loved being part of the buzz and anticipation of the new academic year.   
The New Crop of English Department GTAs.  
Front from Left to Right: Jordan Ferguson, Lauren O' Connor, Daniel Schack, Sheila McQuaid, Jessica Becker.  
Back row: Matthew Garrett, Jennifer Schmucker, Andrew Hurst, Kaitlyn Brewer, MacKenzie Hamilton, Reilly Dixon
Many areas in CoLA held meetings last week as everyone prepared for the start of Fall Semester.
The English Department Writing Program offered Introduction to College Writing, a four day workshop for entering students that helps jump start their preparation for ENG 1100, the first year writing course. The program also prepares our new Teaching assistants who come the week before to get training to teach the workshop days. They then teach 20 hours in and out of class before they begin teaching their own section of ENG 1100 in the fall term. Richard Bullock created this unique program, and current Writing Program Director David Seitz proudly carries this tradition forward.  
  The School of Music was also busy last week with their own retreat to discuss the CAC renovations and their upcoming accreditation this year.  
Last week's CoLA Retreat brought 120 faculty and staff together in the Millett Atrium to talk about University-level topics such as the presidential search, budget, and enrollment. We also discussed many CoLA-specific items included in our strategic plan , such as college component courses, online courses, CELIA, the New Media Incubator, SPIA - the School for Pubic and International Affairs, and legislative funding for CoLA. And most importantly, we recognized this year's CoLA Outstanding Award recipients:
You can see their smiling faces on the wall outside of the Dean's Office or read more about them here .
I hope you were able to stop by yesterday at the New Media Incubator Open House in 015 Dunbar Library. This collaborative effort between the Motion Pictures program and the Department of Communication is an innovative space where students will be able to engage with creative practitioners from a variety of media industries including television, radio, social media, online marketing, and storytelling.

The NMI Open House was just the first of a series of Destination ART events we are planning this year to celebrate the CAC Modernization and Expansion. These events will be geared toward each area and their own faculty, staff, alumni, donors, friends, and community. And as we strive to make the CAC an arts destination for the community this year and beyond, we are reaching out to all ages with ArtsFair for the younger set, Dance Parties to reach our own student population, and various Open House events for the public. Stay tuned for more details.

At next Wednesday's 3:00 p.m.  University Convocation and Faculty Awards Celebration 
we will celebrate the following CoLA awardees who received presidential-level awards:
  • December Green, Political Science, Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence
  • 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
Congratulations December, Carol, Chris, and Sally!  
This year we welcome seven new faculty and one new staff to our team. We will feature each of them in our upcoming CoLA Weekly emails so stay tuned to learn more about your new colleagues.
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
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Kristin Sobolik

Sept. 7 - The Power of a Liberal Arts Degree, 12 p.m. Millett 106
Sept. 8 - Sophomore Super Session, 12 p.m., Millett 106
Please check out the many upcoming activities planned through our Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS)