A Message from the Dean

It has already been a busy semester and it's only mid-term! We are in the midst of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the university, which meant that Homecoming Weekend was particularly exciting. Activities ranged from a golf cart parade and a bonfire, to Alumni College and reunions of various affinity groups including COLA's Model UN team, to a Homecoming Festival and the Alumni Achievement Awards.CoLA awardees were recipients of four of the seven alumni awards, and I was proud to be able to help celebrate the achievements of Stefanie Hreha, Alumni Society Award of Excellence; Karri O'Reilly, Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award; Nicole Scherzinger, Alumna of the Year; and Colleen Ryan, Honorary Alumna Award. It was inspiring to hear about the accomplishments of these extraordinary women, and hear them speak about how their experiences in the College of Liberal Arts contributed to their success.





Learn more about this year's recipients here
This year COLA faculty and staff are focusing on enrollment management, which means recruiting new students and helping our existing students cross the finish line. We are providing more internships and career programming. We have refocused some scholarship funding to an emergency fund we call the flat tire fund: sometimes an inability to pay for something like a flat tire can mean a student can't come to class, drops out and never completes a degree. Advisors are reaching out to students more frequently to help solve problems before they become obstacles. We are visiting high school classes to tell students about our wonderful programs, and recruiting transfer students from community colleges. We have even begun a program rewarding students who display our College of Liberal Arts car window clings: I've been passing out home-baked goodies and gift certificates to help build a sense of community. It all makes a difference.
I hope you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather: I have to admit it's my very favorite time of year.

Linda Caron
Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Donor Appreciation Reception

On September 26 the college hosted our annual CoLA Donor Appreciation Reception. Nearly 200 donors and scholarship recipients were in attendance in our beautiful Creative Arts Center to celebrate the generosity of our patrons and wonderful accomplishments of our students. Guests were entertained by percussion music by our students as well as songs from Fiddler on the Roof.

Our students benefit tremendously from the gifts of many generous people who invest in their futures, and it was magical to see many students and donors meet each other for the very first time. It was especially touching to hear the remarks by David Scheffner, a senior English major who shared his personal story about the impact his scholarship has made on his life.

David Scheffner

Left to right: President Cheryl B. Schrader, David Scheffner, CoLA Dean Linda Caron, Assistant Dean Jennifer Buckwalter

WSU Percussion Ensemble
Cast of Fiddler on the Roof

CoLA Faculty Receive University Recognition

Congratulations to CoLA Faculty who have been honored with prestigious, University-level awards for their outstanding achievements!

Valerie Stoker
Religion, Philosophy & Classics
Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research

Jenifer Subban
Urban Affairs & Geography
Frederick A. White Distinguished Professor of Professional Service
Theatre Alum Directs Sensory-Friendly Performances

Former Wright State student Ryan Scarlata designs performances for people with sensory sensitivities at the Columbus Children's Theatre, where he is the associate artistic director.

Sensory-friendly performances include lower sound levels, adjusted lights on the production and the audience and a designated quiet area. While the Columbus Children's Theatre has 180 seats, only 100 tickets are sold for sensory-friendly performances to allow the audience freedom to feel relaxed and move around as needed. The Columbus Children's Theatre produces two sensory-friendly performances per production in a season.

English Enthusiasm
It took more than 10 years, but Samantha Cornett has worked her way from the bottom to the top.  Today, the 30-year-old junior English major has a 4.0 GPA, is recipient of the prestigious Dion Scholarship for high achievers, and is aspiring to go to medical school.
Students From Around the Country Attend Double Reed Camp

Students from around the country could be heard on Wright State University's campus playing their hearts out during double reed camp this past summer. A double reed is a type of reed used to produce sound in various wind instruments. The camp included 40 players of oboes, clarinets and bassoons. This was the third year for the week-long camp with a concert featuring all 40 campers performing in Schuster Hall in the Creative Arts Center.

History Alum Putting Brewing Company on the Map

Jeff Fortney is co-owner, head brewer, and beer magician of FigLeaf Brewing company, a Middletown brewery and taproom that has quickly become a player in Ohio's exploding craft-beer industry.  Jeff parlayed a degree in history and the study of theatre set design at Wright State into a brewing business.  "For me, it's kind of the intersection between creativity and craftsmanship," said Fortney.

Social Science Education Alum Attends Harvard

Lukas Wenrick, who graduated from Wright State in April with a degree in Social Science Education, was admitted into the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he is pursuing a Master of Education in Higher Education.  "Wright State gave me every opportunity I could have ever imagined," he said. 

Switzerland Students Get Up-Close Look at U.S. Social Work System 

Serving food to the homeless and others in need, interacting with the mentally ill, and getting a look at Dayton's nationally recognized immigrant-welcoming program. These activities were all part of a special Wright State University course that included a group of social work students from Switzerland. 

"I find it really interesting to see the differences between Switzerland and the U.S.," said Sandra Teo, a social work student from Zurich who may study at Wright State this winter. "But there are a lot of similarities."
Mark Your Calendar - Exciting Upcoming Events
Global Matrix IV, An International Print Exhibition 
October 25 - December 4, 2017 
Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries  
Global Matrix IV is the fourth contemporary review of fine art printmaking in all media from around the world. This year's exhibit presents images by 73 artists from 15 countries around the world.  
Fiddler on the Roof   
November 2 - 19, 2017 
Creative Arts Center Festival Playhouse
The timeless and most successful musical of its era with that fabulous music, from "Tradition" to "Sunrise, Sunset!"

Tickets are on sale here.

March 24, 2018
Creative Arts Center
Don't miss ARTS GALA, a premier arts event in Dayton and the highlight of Wright State's arts season! Join the more than 800 patrons who attend this event each year for top-notch entertainment and activities by Wright State's talented fine and performing arts students, along with fine dining and a magnificent silent auction. All net proceeds support much-needed arts scholarships to help our students succeed. For more information visit our website at www.wright.edu/artgala .

Come enjoy the fine and performing arts at Wright State! Click on the links below for the calendar of events for Wright State's music and theatre performances as well as art exhibitions. Don't miss the great entertainment!
For more information visit the websites below.

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CoLA Faculty & Staff Awards

Kathryn Meyer
Outstanding Faculty Member

Noeleen McIlvenna
Outstanding Teaching Award

Valerie Stoker
Outstanding Research Award and Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research Award

Jennifer Subban
Outstanding Professional Service Award and Frederick A. White Distinguished Professor of Professional Service Award

Lance Greene
Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award

Jeannette Horwitz
Outstanding Community Engagement Award

David Hapner
Outstanding Lecturer Award

Chris Wydham
Outstanding Adjunct Award

Marie Donohue
Outstanding Staff Award