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CoLA Weekly

Friday, September 23, 2016 
CoLA's faculty and staff  continue to amaze me with the many ways they serve our students in and out of the classroom. I want to recognize these CoLA faculty who work closely throughout the year with the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct, providing representation for our college and service to our students:
Study abroad programs require much hard work and extra effort on the part of our faculty, but they offer unforgettable, life-altering experiences for our students, many of whom have never even set foot on a plane! A big THANK YOU to the CoLA faculty who led Ambassador Programs in 2016, taking our students all over the world and introducing them to new languages, cuisines, music, politics, policies, and ways of life. 
Last night I met with the CoLA Dean's Leadership Board , a talented and dedicated group of people who advocate for the liberal arts and advance support for our students and programming within the college and to our broader community.  They also provide crucial financial support that funds Leadership and Study Abroad Scholarships  that benefit CoLA students with a wide range of majors. I really value this group - most of them are our alumni and they are engaged and care passionately about the success of our students and programs. During our meeting the board toured the Tom Hanks Center for Motion Pictures and the New Media Incubator. Several of us stayed afterwards to enjoy the opening of Restoration! , an adaptation of Shakespeare's classic 1606 tragedy King Lear, written and directed by our very own Stuart McDowell. This first play of the theatre season is one of the events we are highlighting as part of our year-long Destination ART series to celebrate the CAC Modernization and Expansion.

This fall we welcome two CoLA students who will be making a big impact in the college this year.
Jessica Reinsmoen
is a senior from Beavercreek majoring in Mass Communication with a minor in Psychology. Jessica is the Social Media Manager for the College of Liberal Arts and the Social Media Editor of DailyFlipz, a website put together by her Advanced News Writing class. She chose Wright State because of its affordability and that she can live at home while getting her degree. Jessica hopes to work for YouTube or another social media company in the future.

Alexis Toller is a senior from Wapakoneta majoring in English with a concentration in professional and technical writing. She is our Dean's Office Intern for Fall semester. Alexis chose Wright State for its affordability and relative closeness to her hometown. She enjoys reading, traveling, and going on outdoor adventures with her husband. After graduation Alexis hopes to combine her love of reading and traveling by becoming a freelance editor so she can work and travel at the same time.
When you stop down to visit us, please be sure to say 'hello'! 

In a previous message I mentioned that we will be highlighting our new faculty in the CoLA Weekly. Our first featured new faculty member is Jennifer Titanski-Hooper. Jennifer is a Geography Instructor in the Department of Urban Affairs & Geography. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Geography at Pennsylvania State University and has earned an M.A. in Geography from West Virginia University and a B.S. in Social Studies Education from Lock Haven University. This semester Jennifer is teaching Human Geography, Nonwestern Human Environments, and World Regional Geography. One of Jennifer's proudest accomplishments is living in Croatia for a year and immersing herself in their language and culture. When she's not working towards her doctorate, Jennifer enjoys going outdoors and teaching her wonderful students.

Have a great weekend!  
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Kristin Sobolik