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CoLA Weekly
Friday, September 9, 2016 
And it happened! Faculty, staff, and students are back into the Creative Arts Center and classes are being held. I want to say that it is done, but it isn't quite yet. There is still construction happening and I think our "Punch List" will be long. But when it is completely done it will be spectacular! A big Kudos to Associate Dean Linda Caron for overseeing this humongous project! She knows more about conduit then she ever thought possible. And thank you to all of the "end-users" in Art & Art History, Music, and Theatre & Dance for your hard work and infinite patience.
Yesterday we celebrated the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries Grand Opening with a champagne toast as we unveiled the Stein Collection Gallery.  We were so pleased to host Cindy Stein and her husband Mike Kolendo, as well as our other gallery donors and friends.  Dean Emeritus Chuck Taylor was there as he helped start it all, especially the close relationship with Robert and Elaine Stein.  And we unveiled many pieces of art from the Stein collection including a 1968 Rothko.  Now is difinitely the time to check out the galleries!  This event was part of our year-long Destination ART series to celebrate the CAC Modernization and Expansion.  Next up is this Sunday's Season Launch Party presented by the Stein Galleries and Office of Latino Affairs.  Come enjoy the first exhibition of the season - Impresi√≥n: Modern and Contemporary Latino Prints - and stay for live music and dancing! 

Many CoLA faculty and staff were involved in exciting work this summer. Instructor of Clarinet John Kurokawa, Music, was invited for three weeks to perform as Guest Principal Clarinetist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, performing in the Cincinnati Opera's production of Die Fledermaus, Cincinnati Pops, and May Festival. He also performed as Principal Clarinetist of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra for their Summermusik Festival.
F√©licitations to Professor Kirsten Halling, French, who received the Dorothy S. Ludwig Excellence in Teaching Award, a national honor awarded by the American Association of Teachers of French. 
Brittany Erwin, advisor in CLASS, was elected to the
Ohio Academic Advising Association for 2016-2017. In her role as Treasurer and board member Brittany will promote academic advising and serve as a liaison for academic advisors across the state, region and country assisting in the professional development for all advisors. Brittany is an asset to the advising profession - congrats!
Congratulations to the ARTSGALA Internal Committee who will receive the award for
Outstanding Collaborative Unit at the September 15 President's Awards for Excellence Ceremony. I hope you will join me at 1:30 p.m. in the Apollo Room to cheer on this wonderful, hard-working team!

Front row: Vicki Oleen, Nancy Patton, Dean Kristin Sobolik, Hank Dahlman, Julie Bertsos. Back row: Lee Ann Bradfield, Jennie Buckwalter, Glen Cebulash, Stuart McDowell, Steve Aldredge, Randy Paul, Andrea Wall, Susan See, Linda Caron. Not pictured: Tess Cortes, Susan Paul 
The Center for Liberal Arts student Success ( CLASS) is planning an exciting Major and Career Exploration Expo on Wednesday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Millett Atrium. The event will introduce freshmen and sophomores to the many opportunities that await them after they receive their liberal arts degrees. CoLA departments are invited to share information with students about the majors and classes offered that will help them reach their career goals. CoLA alumni and employers will also be invited to participate. If you would like any outstanding alumni from your department or program to be invited to the Major and Career Exploration Expo, please let CLASS know by sending their name, title, major, and current contact information to .
The Expo has been made possible thanks to a generous grant from Wright-Patt Credit Union. CLASS also recently received a gift from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation . I want to thank CLASS directors Becca Salay and Wayne Stark; Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations Mary Jean Henry; Director of Major Gifts Sara Woodhull; and Assistant Dean Jennie Buckwalter for seeking this important external funding.  
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Kristin Sobolik


Please check out the many upcoming activities planned through our Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS)