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CoLA Weekly

Friday, September 30, 2016 

I really enjoyed last week's Diversity in the Multicultural Millennium Conference entitled Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Economic Inequality in the U.S.   The conference always showcases important topics affecting our society, with past topics including affirmative action and immigration and migration, and I was pleased to be asked to provide the introduction.   And again this year there is no topic more timely or imperative than the increasing economic inequality in the US that impacts every aspect of our lives, the success of individuals and families, and the ultimate future of our country. A big Kudos to the planning committee, that included Chigon Kim, Sociology, and to Vanessa Borelly Vega for bringing it all to fruition.
At the conference I was honored to present this year's Kim Goldenberg Quest for Community Award to CELIA. This award is given annually to the campus unit or organization that demonstrates commitment to and success in the enhancement of the campus climate for diversity. CELIA, with its thought-provoking programming that integrates humanities and social science research with the creative arts, is a wonderful choice for this award.  Congratulations to CELIA Director Hank Dahlman and Assistant Stephanie Dickey as well as the whole CELIA Fellows Team for this great honor.
Kristin Sobolik, Shelley Goldenberg,
Former President Kim Goldenberg, Stephanie Dickey,
Carol Mejia-LaPerle, Sharon Lynette Jones, Hank Dahlman

There is a lot of exciting activity taking place this weekend in celebration of Wright State's Homecoming. Tonight we will have the honor of celebrating many esteemed CoLA graduates at our Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony and Reunion. More than 100 people will be in attendance to help us honor 20 of our top alumni who are representing Wright State and CoLA so well out and about in the world. Many of our honorees are on campus today interacting with students and faculty and reconnecting with Wright State - I hope you'll congratulate them personally if you get the chance.   

Ann Weisgarber 
Tonight is also the Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony hosted by the Wright State Alumni Association. I'm pleased that Tom Hanks was selected as the recipient of this year's Honorary Alumnus Award. And I am especially thrilled that Ann Weisgarber, a '76 graduate of Social Work, is receiving the Alumna of the Year Award.  She has worked in a rehab facility, taught sociology, and is also an esteemed author - her first novel The Personal History of Rachel DuPree was nominated for several international awards, won prizes in the U.S., and has been optioned for a film.  Her second novel, The Promise, has been nominated for international and national prizes. Ann and her husband Rob have been generous supporters of Wright State, funding a scholarship in CoLA and serving on the President's Campaign Cabinet for the Rise.Shine. Campaign. My hearty congratulations to Tom and Ann. It's great to see CoLA represented so well at this event!  

  Tom Hanks 

Saturday is full of additional Homecoming activities including Open Houses in the Creative Arts Center and the Tom Hanks Center for Motion Pictures plus a Motion Pictures Alumni reunion, sporting events, a chili cook-off, and more. Visit the Homecoming website for more details.

Congratulations to Erin Flanagan, English, on receiving the Frederick Manfred Award of the Western Literature Association for the best creative writing submission at the WLA's annual conference. Her award-winning story was The Rule of Three.  

Congratulations as well to English student Courtney Resnicky and Political Science student Brandon Teeple for being selected as recipients of LexisNexis Election 2016 Scholarships .  Courtney and Brandon will write blog posts offering their insights into the presidential election from a Millennial viewpoint - I can't wait to see what they have to say.

I love hearing about unique faculty, student, and alumni engagement.  Earlier this month French professors Marie Hertzler, Pascale Abadie, Kirsten Halling, and Karine Daddah as well as French alumna Kayla Schaub joined other area French faculty and students for the annual French Immersion weekend at Mohican State Park. This sounds like a fantastic opportunity for professional development and to relax and reconnect.
This week's featured New Faculty member is Lindsey Martin.  Lindsey is an Assistant Professor of Production in the Department of Theatre, Dance, & Motion Pictures. She received her M.F.A. from Temple University in Pennsylvania and her B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught previously at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and is excited to be teaching Animation and Post Production at Wright State this semester. Lindsey has screened nationally and internationally including the Slamdance Film Festival, the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Brooklyn International Film Festival. She is most fond of her animated short films, Love Letter and the FBI Blew Up My Ice Skates, and has plans for future animated film productions.
Next Friday we will take a break from the CoLA Weekly to bring you our fall e-newsletter full of many exciting stories that celebrate our very diverse and engaged college.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we've enjoyed putting it together for you.
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Kristin Sobolik