Dean's Leadership Board Scholarship Awards 2016-2017

Dean's Leadership Board Scholarship Awards 2016-2017

The CoLA Dean’s Leadership Board engages with Dean Kristin Sobolik to advocate for the liberal arts and advance support for our students and programming within the college and to our broader community.  Members provide crucial financial support that funds Leadership and Study Abroad Scholarships for CoLA students, and some members 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, Kathleen Hinders 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,  Pablo Banhos ‘06/’09,  Pat Bradley-Falke ‘73, Greg Brush '85, Naomi Ewald-Orme '90,  David Finnie ‘04/’07, Gary Gall '74, Kery Gray ‘86, Kathy Hinders '97,  Jeff Hoagland ’00, Ildiko Marcus '79, Wendy Merkert '00 /'06, Mark Owens '78, Marsha Pippenger, Colleen Ryan,  Aaron Sorrell ’98, J. Stanton ’94, Judy Thompson '99, and Beth Whelley ‘97.

Congratulations to our fantastic student recipients of the 2016-2017 Dean's Leadership Board Scholarships. 

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Leadership Scholarship

McKenna Koewler, Mass Communication

McKenna Koewler is a senior Mass Communication major who has been involved with the campus community since her first year at Wright State. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and has served as Vice President of Community Service for The Golden Key International Honor Society, Vice President of Public Relations and Programming for the National Residence Hall Honorary, and Vice President of Public Relations and Vice President of Operations for the Kappa Delta Sorority. McKenna is also heavily involved with Project Linus and Raiderthon, organizations that provide blankets to children in need and financial support to Dayton Children’s Hospital. After graduation, McKenna hopes to work in hospital fundraising where she can continue to raise awareness and financial support for children in need.


Chelsie Spoor, Urban Affairs

Chelsie Spoor is a junior Urban Affairs major with a minor in Nonprofit Administration and a desire to serve her community. Chelsie believes strongly in fostering positive youth development. She has become an advocate for several organizations in the Miami Valley that share this same passion and she has served as a local Girl Scout Troop Leader and a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters. In the spring of 2015, Chelsie was given the opportunity to travel with others from Wright State to Durban, South Africa. This program inspired in her a dedication to helping refugees in the Miami Valley, and Chelsie became a volunteer and then an intern with Catholic Social Services’ Refugee Resettlement program. Upon graduation, Chelsie plans to join the Peace Corps and then ultimately pursue a career working with the immigrant population.


Lukas (Ronald) Wenrick, Social Science Education

Lukas Wenrick is a junior Social Science Education major with a minor in Political Science. Lukas has been a very successful leader at Wright State as a College of Liberal Arts Senator, Chief Executive Officer for the President’s Ambassadors, President of the CoLA Dean’s Student Advisory Board, and as Content Committee Chairman for Omicron Delta Kappa. He is also a member of the Honor’s Director’s Student Advisory Council, Black Student Union, Golden Key, National Residence Hall Honorary, and Student Honors Association. Lukas also works as a Student Office Assistant for the Vice President of Student Affairs and as a Scale-Up Assistant and Supplemental Instructor for Tutoring Services. Next year as a senior Lukas will serve as President of Student Government where he will seek to make improvements to the WSU campus in a variety of ways. After graduation from Wright State Lukas plans to continue his education and ultimately work for educational reform in Ohio.


Dennis Wilson, Communication Studies and Select Studies

Dennis Wilson is a senior non-traditional student pursuing degrees in Communication Studies and Select Studies. Dennis serves as the Vice President for the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Student Advisory Board and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa. He believes leadership is a philosophy and a way of life, and he began his college career to provide a better life for his son, which included setting an example as a leader. At Sinclair College, Dennis became an advisor for the National Society of Leadership and Success program and has expanded it to over 800 members, the largest chapter in the country as of last year. At Wright State, Dennis has begun a Select Studies project called The Living Resume, which focuses on social media in leadership development. After graduating in May 2016, Dennis will continue as a graduate student in Humanities and his study of the Living Resume will be developed into a first year class curriculum.


Study Abroad Scholarship

Rachel Canter, English Literature and French

Rachel, an English Literature and French double major, will be taking her first study abroad trip to France as a part of the Ambassador Program to France. The two week trip will be a guided immersion into French language, history, and culture. Rachel is excited to visit historical sites in Paris, Normandy, and Versailles, and she is certain that the trip will aid her in the future as she works towards her goal of practicing international human rights law.


Hans Crow, International and Comparative Politics

As an undergraduate at Wright State, veteran Hans Crow studied International Peace and Diplomacy. He has returned to pursue a graduate degree in International and Comparative Politics. This summer, Hans will be studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan for two weeks. Hans can also speak Spanish and Italian, which will aid him in his pursuit of a career as an intelligence analyst, addressing issues in the Middle East.


Tonya Lewis, English Literature and French

Tonya is an English Literature major and French minor who will be studying in France as a part of the France Ambassador Program. The two week trip will provide Tonya with the opportunity to experience France and its people first-hand. She believes the experience will be invaluable as she prepares for her future as a travel journalist and writer.


Alexis Lyman, Art and Art History

Alexis, an Art and Art History dual major, will be spending just over two months in Italy this summer as a part of two separate programs. The first experience will take place in Viterbo, Italy where Alexis will live with a host family for six weeks as she completes an Intensive Italian Language course. She will also have the opportunity to apprentice under a Master Painter to learn the traditional Italian style of painting. As a part of a WSU Ambassador Program, Alexis will also have the opportunity to visit Rome, Padua, Florence, and Venice. She is excited to have the opportunity to see the art she has studied in person and to grow as a person and artist.


Joshua Ogg, English

Joshua is an English major with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). He will be studying in China this summer with Wright State faculty and students. Program participants will be spending time in Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Qingdao, and Shanghai. Joshua is looking forward to experiencing Chinese culture and history first-hand as well as interacting with Chinese students. He hopes that interacting with the high school students in China will aid him in structuring his teaching methods as a future TESOL instructor.


Elizabeth Sweeney, Social Work

Elizabeth, a Social Work student with minors in Spanish and Psychology, will be traveling to Zurich, Switzerland this summer. She will be a part of a team teaching United States social welfare policies to students at the University of Zurich. She will also have the opportunity to visit social welfare agencies in Zurich where she can compare their policies to those in the U.S. and expand her own imagination and ideas on social welfare.


Carrie Vorbroker, Dance

Dance student Carrie Vorbroker will be studying in Paris, France this summer through the International Study Abroad organization. She will be studying French and art at the Institut Catholique de Paris and is looking forward to watching a ballet at the Opera National de Paris and studying the French language for the first time since high school. Carrie hopes that immersing herself in French culture, including living with a host family, will aid in her memory of the language and further her skill with it as well.


Matt Weldon, Communication

Matt is a Communication major with a Chinese language minor. He plans to study Mandarin in Xi’an, China this summer. The exchange program will allow him to complete his minor while he is visiting. Matt would also like to pursue graduate school in China after graduating from Wright State and plans to work in China teaching English as a second language.


Miriam Wilkins, Anthropology

Miriam, an Anthropology major and Classics minor, will be studying in Italy this summer. She is looking forward to immersing herself in the artistic heritage of Italy and examining the country’s iconic art masterpieces, as well as visiting archaeological sites that can only be seen in the classical world of Italy. Miriam plans to study underwater archaeology in graduate school and ultimately hopes to salvage ancient shipwrecks in the Mediterranean.


Diamond Williams, Social Work

Diamond is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work. She will be studying in Durban, South Africa and participating in the Leadership Education to Advance Development (LEAD) program. Diamond was inspired by her father and the challenges he faced as a disabled person to become a social worker. She is grateful for the opportunity to study and help others in Durban and believes the experience will help her both professionally and personally.


Other Awards

Foundation Board of Trustees Scholarship Recipients

Lukas (Ronald) Wenrick, Social Science Education

Lukas Wenrick is a junior Social Science Education major with a minor in Political Science. Lukas has been a very successful leader at Wright State as a College of Liberal Arts Senator, Chief Executive Officer for the President’s Ambassadors, President of the CoLA Dean’s Student Advisory Board, and as Content Committee Chairman for Omicron Delta Kappa. He is also a member of the Honor’s Director’s Student Advisory Council, Black Student Union, Golden Key, National Residence Hall Honorary, and Student Honors Association. Lukas also works as a Student Office Assistant for the Vice President of Student Affairs and as a Scale-Up Assistant and Supplemental Instructor for Tutoring Services. Next year as a senior, Lukas will serve as President of Student Government where he will seek to make improvements to the WSU campus in a variety of ways. After graduation from Wright State Lukas plans to continue his education and ultimately work for educational reform in Ohio.


Dennis Wilson, Communication Studies & Select Studies

Dennis Wilson is a senior non-traditional student pursuing degrees in Communication Studies and Select Studies. Dennis serves as the Vice President for the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Student Advisory Board and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa. He believes leadership is a philosophy and a way of life, and he began his college career to provide a better life for his son, which included setting an example as a leader. At Sinclair College, Dennis became an advisor for the National Society of Leadership and Success program and has expanded it to over 800 members, the largest chapter in the country as of last year. At Wright State, Dennis has begun a Select Studies project called The Living Resume, which focuses on social media in leadership development. After graduating in May 2016, Dennis will continue as a graduate student in Humanities and his study of the Living Resume will be developed into a first year class curriculum.


Marcia G. Muller Study Abroad Scholarship

Jennifer Noren, Fine Art

Jennifer is a Fine Arts major with a concentration in painting. She will be traveling to Italy as a part of an Ambassador Program offered by the Art Department. This opportunity is perfect for Jennifer because it will give her the chance to experience Italy and the art she has only seen in print without being away from her family and children for an entire semester. In the future, Jennifer would like to pursue a Master of Fine Arts and she plans on working with art and special needs children.


Jennie and David Buckwalter Study Abroad Scholarship

Rachel Slater, Biology and Spanish

Rachel is a Biology major and Spanish minor who will be traveling to Costa Rica as a part of Wright State’s Summer in Wonderland: Literary and Linguistic Exploration Course. Rachel and her classmates will get to experience the rich biodiversity, natural wonders, and culture of Costa Rica first-hand by visiting museums, local villages, beaches, rainforests, and other popular Costa Rican attractions. Rachel feels that the trip to Costa Rica will be a great immersion experience and is looking forward to speaking Spanish with locals and her host family. She plans on going to optometry school after graduation and would like to use her skills to provide vision care to underserved Latin and South American countries.


Kathleen Hinders Study Abroad Scholarship

Miriam Wilkins, Anthropology

Miriam, an Anthropology major and Classics minor, will be studying in Italy this summer. She is looking forward to immersing herself in the artistic heritage of Italy and examining the country’s iconic art masterpieces, as well as visiting archaeological sites that can only be seen in the classical world of Italy. Miriam plans to study underwater archaeology in graduate school and ultimately hopes to salvage ancient shipwrecks in the Mediterranean.