Dean's Leadership Board Scholarship Awards 2015-2016

2015-2016 Recipients

The CoLA Dean's Leadership Board is made up of individuals dedicated to supporting and promoting the liberal arts at Wright State.  All members provided crucial financial support which funds Leadership and Study Abroad Scholarships for CoLA students.  Some members of the board serve on sub-committees to select the recipients for these important awards as well as for the Marcia Muller Study Abroad Scholarship, Jennie and David Buckwalter Study Abroad Scholarship, and the WSU Foundation Board of Trustees Scholarship.  Thank you to all the dedicated people who serve on this board:  Kathy Arquilla '73,  Pat Bradley-Falke ‘73, Greg Brush '85, Naomi Ewald-Orme '90, Gary Gall '74, Kery Gray ‘86, Kathy Hinders '97, Ildiko Marcus '79, Wendy Merkert '00 /'06, Mark Owens '78, Colleen Ryan,  Judy Thompson '99, and Beth Whelley ‘97.

Congratulations to our fantastic student recipients of the 2015-2016 Dean's Leadership Board Scholarships. 

Leadership Scholarships

Gregory Fyffe: Crime and Justice Studies

greg fyffe.jpgGregory Fyffe is a Crime and Justice Studies major whose experiences as a cadet in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corp (AFROTC) started him on the path towards leadership. Currently, he is the Education Assistant in charge of the cadet wing that attends Wright State.  He is also the Deputy State Master Councilor of Ohio DeMolay, a youth fraternity dedicated to teaching young men how to become better leaders in their community, and is in line to become State Master Councilor for that group.  Gregory plans to become an officer in the United States Air Force   in the Office of Special Investigations. Following his service in the Air Force he wishes to become a police K-9 handler.

Jonathan Klugh: Philosophy; Religion

jon klugh.jpegJonathan Klugh is a Philosophy and Religion major who has been involved with the campus community since his first year at Wright State, when he was elected to be a leader of Crosswalk Campus Ministry. He then became a co-founder and president of Ahimsa’s Army, a group dedicated to ending violence through nonviolent means. This group is now affiliated with established groups like Dayton Peace Museum and the Meta Center for Nonviolence. Jonathan has also had a hand in the formation of the Generation Freedom Makers and the Fairtrade Student Association. He furthered his leadership experiences by joining the Dean’s Student Advisory Board for the College of Liberal Arts.  

Abigail Sorensen: Humanities

abi sorensen.jpegAbigail Sorensen is an Humanities major who has taken a number of leadership positions in both the University community and her local community. At Wright State, she is the Vice President of the CoLA Dean’s Student Advisory Board, a teaching aid for the Motion Pictures department, and Social Media Coordinator in the Office of Marketing. She also served the college in an important way as a member of the search committee for the CoLA CLASS Director of Student Retention.  In her local community, Abigail is the Festival Coordinator for the FilmDayton Festival and program coordinator for a film series for the City of Kettering.  She has also recently joined the Miami Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

Muntu Tshibnangu: International Studies

muntu tshibnangu.jpegMuntu Tshibnangu is an International Studies major who hopes to use his leadership abilities to give a voice to the voiceless. Muntu is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who came to America in April 2012. His experiences with ethnic-based intolerance sparked his passion for conflict analysis and he is passionate about bringing awareness to the world of human rights abuse. His goal is to start a non-profit organization that will support the U.S. government’s efforts in the integration process of immigrants. Since his arrival in the US, Muntu has taken initiative as a leader, working over 400 hours as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and helping other immigrants from the Great Lakes Region of Africa with integration into American culture.

Lukas Wenrick: Social Science Education

lucas wenrick.jpegLukas Wenrick is a Social Science Education major who plans to earn a Ph.D. work for education reform in Ohio. Lukas has been a very successful leader at Wright State.  He is the Head Resident Assistant for the College Park Community and has been been very engaged on campus as a President’s Ambassador, Treasurer for the CoLA Dean’s Student Advisory Board, Tutor and Study Coach, and a member of the Honors Director’s Student Advisory Council, Golden Key, SWAT, and Student Honors Association.

Diamond Williams: Social Work

diamond williams.jpegDiamond Williams, a Social Work major, has become a leader through community service and advocacy for people at Wright State as well as in her community.  Diamond’s leadership experience started while she was in high school, where she was involved with Top Teen of America. This involvement continued when she came to Wright State. She serves on the CoLa Dean Student Advisory Board, President’s Ambassadors, and the African American Residential Caucus. She also  is a Resident’s Assistant and a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi. The leadership skills she learned within these groups will help her to achieve her career goals of opening a nonprofit organization in support of men, women, and children who have been exposed to domestic abuse.  Diamond future plans include pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work.

Dennis Wilson: Communication Studies

dennis wilson.jpegDennis Wilson is a non-traditional Communication major who believes leadership is a philosophy and a way of life. He began college to provide a better life for his son; this decision began his journey to the leadership roles he holds today. Dennis volunteered as a music teacher at Gloria Dei Montessori School in north Dayton, where he made a major impact on the community and was nominated by the parents and faculty for the 2013 Music Educator of the Year Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. He has also had great success as a leader at Sinclair, as a student working in the Student Leadership Office and later, as operations coordinator.  In that role, he helped originate the National Society of Leadership and Success program.  When funding for this program was cut, Dennis stepped up as an advisor for NSLS and enrolled them as a student club. In his spare time, he volunteers as a baseball coach in Yellow Springs.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Helvia Garcia: International Studies

helvia.jpgHelvia will be studying at Younsei University in Seoul, South Korea for the six weeks of her study abroad experience.  She hopes to someday teach English in China or South Korea and sees this opportunity as a means of narrowing her focus and learning more about the culture of South Korea while taking college courses toward her degree. 

Diana Gross: Spanish

diana gross.jpgDiana is a Spanish major who dreamed of see Peru but never thought she would have the chance.  She fell in love with the culture and language of Latin America while working in restaurants and found that she enjoyed not only learning Spanish, but actually translating and interpreting for her co-workers.  This led her back to college where she is studying for her BA, which she hopes to use in a career as an interpreter.  She believes that her time in Peru will be essential to her studies and will improve her Spanish skills.

NyTasia Hicks: Social Work

nytasia.jpgNyTasia, a graduate student in the Social Work program, plans to study in Tanzania.  There, in the global health service-learning program, she will be able to apply the knowledge and resources gained from her coursework at WSU.  In turn, she feels she will gain a cultural competency that will inspire her work after graduate school.

Jasmine Higgins: French/Mass Communication

jasmine higgins.jpgJasmine will be taking her second study abroad trip to France.  After her first experience in the program, she added French to Mass Communication for a dual major.  She hopes to parlay her education into an internship with a French radio station or blog and plans to pursue interviews while improving her knowledge of the culture and the language.

Jamie Krupp: Spanish

jamie krupp.jpgJamie, a Spanish major, wants to immerse herself in a Spanish-speaking culture to improve her fluency.  This opportunity in Spain will help take her to the next level of mastering the Spanish language.  After receiving her BA, Jamie hopes to pursue a master’s in education.

Christina Luiggi: English Literature

christina luiggi.jpgChristina, a Senior English Literature major, will participate in the Ambassador’s Study Abroad Program to Canada where she will attend the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.  As a literature major, she feels that a good understanding of the works of Shakespeare will help her as an educator in the future.  Christina will soon be training for Project READ and has volunteered at the Monticello Elementary school library in her bid to engage her community through writing and reading literature.

Rachel Lurie: International Business/French

rachel lurie.jpgRachel, a dual major in International Business and French, is passionate about languages.  When not studying, she has worked as a conversation partner for LEAP students and has made many friends through her experiences at the university.  She hopes to increase her fluency and knowledge of the culture while in France.  In the future, she hopes to use her education to gain a career in sales or import/export between France and the United States.

Emily Powell: International Studies

emily powell.jpgCurrently working on her BA in International Studies and Political Science with a minor in French, Emily hopes to attend law school and specialize in the human rights aspect of international law and politics.  The time she will spend in France will allow her to immerse herself in the culture and the language, which will help her in pursuing her goal to work in Francophone countries in Africa.

Brittany Sudhoff: Spanish

brittany sudhoff.jpgBrittany, a Spanish undergraduate student, hopes to pursue graduate school and become a physician’s assistant.  She feels that her Spanish studies will make her an asset to hospitals, doctors and patients and hopes to hone her skills while in Spain.  She feels it is very important in her chosen line of work to develop a cultural sensibility that will help her make the most of patient care.

Elizabeth Sweeney: Social Work

elizabeth sweeney.jpgElizabeth, who is minoring in Spanish and majoring in Social Work, hopes to use both skill sets to work with different ethnicities and cultures.  She feels that the only way to understand a culture is to be surrounded by it and sees the opportunity to study in Spain as an excellent way to gain that immersion experience.  

Bethany York: Political Science

bethany york.jpgBethany, a Political Science major minoring in Spanish, feels that her time in Costa Rica will help equip her for the future by allowing her to experience the diversity and culture of another nation.  Taking classes at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica will aid her in the completion of her minor, while living with a host family will immerse her in both language and culture, giving her a perspective she could not gain in a non-Spanish speaking country.

Other Awards

Foundation Board of Trustees Scholarship

Abigail Sorensen: Humanities

abi sorensen.jpegAbigail Sorensen is an Humanities major who has taken a number of leadership positions in both the University community and her local community. At Wright State, she is the Vice President of the CoLA Dean’s Student Advisory Board, a teaching aid for the Motion Pictures department, and Social Media Coordinator in the Office of Marketing. She also served the college in an important way as a member of the search committee for the CoLA CLASS Director of Student Retention.  In her local community, Abigail is the Festival Coordinator for the FilmDayton Festival and program coordinator for a film series for the City of Kettering.  She has also recently joined the Miami Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

Muntu Tshibnangu: International Studies

muntu tshibnangu.jpegMuntu Tshibnangu is an International Studies major who hopes to use his leadership abilities to give a voice to the voiceless. Muntu is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who came to America in April 2012. His experiences with ethnic-based intolerance sparked his passion for conflict analysis and he is passionate about bringing awareness to the world of human rights abuse. His goal is to start a non-profit organization that will support the U.S. government’s efforts in the integration process of immigrants. Since his arrival in the US, Muntu has taken initiative as a leader, working over 400 hours as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and helping other immigrants from the Great Lakes Region of Africa with integration into American culture.

Lukas Wenrick: Social Science Education

lucas wenrick.jpegLukas Wenrick is a Social Science Education major who plans to earn a Ph.D. work for education reform in Ohio. Lukas has been a very successful leader at Wright State.  He is the Head Resident Assistant for the College Park Community and has been been very engaged on campus as a President’s Ambassador, Treasurer for the CoLA Dean’s Student Advisory Board, Tutor and Study Coach, and a member of the Honors Director’s Student Advisory Council, Golden Key, SWAT, and Student Honors Association.

Marcia G. Muller Study Abroad Scholarship 

Elizabeth Schoppelrei: Spanish

elizabeth schoppelrei.jpgElizabeth is majoring in Spanish and minoring in German and Creative Writing and pursuing a certificate in Women’s Studies.  She has studied abroad in Costa Rica, and now intends to spend a semester in Germany and a semester in Thailand.  Elizabeth feels that both these experiences will help broaden her perspective and help her complete her German minor and the certificate.  After earning her BA, she will enroll in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program for her graduate work.

David and Jennie Buckwalter Study Abroad Scholarship

Diana Gross: Spanish

diana gross.jpgDiana is a Spanish major who dreamed of see Peru but never thought she would have the chance.  She fell in love with the culture and language of Latin America while working in restaurants and found that she enjoyed not only learning Spanish, but actually translating and interpreting for her co-workers.  This led her back to college where she is studying for her BA, which she hopes to use in a career as an interpreter.  She believes that her time in Peru will be essential to her studies and will improve her Spanish skills.