Dean's Leadership Board Scholarship Awards 2017-2018

Dean's Leadership Board Scholarship Awards 2017-2018

The CoLA Dean’s Leadership Board engages with Dean Linda Caron 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, Ildikó Marcus ‘79, Wendy Merkert ‘00 /‘06, Mark Owens ‘78, Marsha Pippenger ‘07, Colleen Ryan, Aaron Sorrell ‘98, J. Stanton ‘94, Judy Thompson ‘99, and Beth Whelley ‘97.

Congratulations to our fantastic student recipients of the 2017-2018 Dean's Leadership Board Scholarships. 

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CoLA Leadership Scholarship Recipients, 2017-2018

Csongor Bajnoczki, Master of Arts in International and Comparative Politics, Peace and Security concentration

Csongor Bajnoczki is an international student from Budapest, Hungary and a former student athlete on Wright State’s Swimming and Diving Team. He received his B.A. in International Studies from Wright State in 2016. Currently, Csongor is enrolled in Wright State’s Master of Arts program in International and Comparative Politics with a concentration in Peace and Security. He was inducted into the Horizon League All-Academic Team in 2014 and 2016 and awarded the Most Improved Swimmer of the Year in 2014. In 2015 he had the opportunity to work as the personal assistant to the President of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization of the European Union which taught him the importance of cross-cultural training and effective communication. He   is currently a member of the extremely competitive Wright State Model United Nations team representing the rights and interests of refugees and was the recipient of the “Distinguished Delegate Award of the UNHCR”.   He is also working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Political Science and a volunteer assistant coach for the Wright State Swimming and Diving team. After completion of his program, Csongor wants to work for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.


Michael Brill, Master of Public Administration

Michael Brill is a student in the Master of Public Administration program. As an undergraduate at the University of Dayton, Michael filled leadership roles in more than ten student organizations, but his most rewarding position was as President of the Student Government Association where he managed a 75 person organization that worked collaboratively with other university groups to improve campus life for more than 8,000 students. Michael viewed his role as a public servant and devoted himself to priorities such as support of diversity, sexual violence prevention efforts, and promotion of mental health. Michael also served as president of the College Democrats of Ohio where he led 1,000 young Democrats from 27 chapters across the state. Michael is also an Eagle Scout and is a part of Epsilon Tau Pi, the Eagle Scout service fraternity. He  is now a full-time employee of the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office and is involved in Generation Dayton and UpDayton, two young professional groups in Dayton. Upon completion of his degree, Michael wants to continue as a public servant through various roles in the public sector and ultimately run for elected office.


Jenna Coulombe, Crime and Justice Studies and Political Science

Jenna Coulombe is an undergraduate student pursuing degrees in Crime and Justice Studies and Political Science. Jenna is the president of Developing Personal Vision, a student organization that helps students on campus with their life goals. She also works in the Women’s Therapeutic Court which is part of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas where she conducts presentations covering information about drug addiction and rehabilitation. Jenna is a single mother and is very involved with her child’s school PTO. Jenna’s goals after graduation are to work in the fields of Environmental Law or U.S. prison reform. Her passion is to be engaged in her community while improving the lives of others.


Jordan Large, Urban Affairs

Jordan Large is a junior at Wright State University pursuing a B.A. in Urban Affairs with a concentration in Urban Management. Previously, she held the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives for the Student Government Association and was recently appointed as the organization’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. During her term as Speaker, Jordan created the Student Organization Achievement Recognition which was designed to help student organizations achieve their missions. She also created and implemented the Student Government’s Freshman Internship Program, allowing freshmen to participate in SGA for the first time. Jordan also served on the Wright State University Presidential Search and Screening Advisory Committee and the Wright State Board of Trustees as a student member. Jordan now works for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement, serves as a President’s Ambassador, and interns with the Department of Central Services for the City of Dayton.


McKenzie McQuown, Spanish and International Studies, Arabic minor

McKenzie McQuown is a junior at Wright State pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Studies with a minor in Arabic. She currently serves as  the President of the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Student Advisory Board and as one of the University President’s Ambassadors where she represents the Dean and the President at professional events and works with college administration to communicate the needs of the student body. Last year, McKenzie worked as a     Peer Mentor for the First Year Programs and currently is the Vice President for the Majors and Minors of International Studies Organization where she works to ensure the success of student organizations and assists in event planning and student involvement. After graduation, McKenzie plans to pursue her dreams of becoming   a government translator.


Elizabeth Sweeney, Social Work

Elizabeth Sweeney is a Social Work major at Wright State and serves as Treasurer   of the Social Work Club. Elizabeth also serves on the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Student Advisory Board where she applies her knowledge of research and data collection to aid in communicating the concerns of her fellow students to the Board and Dean. Off campus, Elizabeth is very involved in her church where she works as a teacher in the children’s ministry program and as a youth leader. She also serves as a Secretary and Communications Coordinator for the Memorial Holiness Camp Management Team. Elizabeth has a passion for working with families and children. After graduation, she hopes to use her social work background to advocate for minorities in her community and bring them together.


CoLA Study Abroad Scholarship Recipients, 2017-2018

 

Debralynn Blasy, French

Debralynn has always known she wanted to be a teacher. Her Canadian background and the influence of her mother fed her desire to immerse herself into the French language and culture. Debralynn plans to finish her B.A. in French in her third year and is on track to graduate in Spring of 2018. She is very excited to be able to travel to Quebec City in June where she will learn about Quebec’s culture, language and history. Later this summer she will also be traveling to Bordeaux and Paris as part of the 2000 Years of History, Culture, and Culinary Delights Ambassador Program. While in Bordeaux, Debralynn will also be teaching children about American culture and the English language. 


 

Callie Bradley, French and International Studies

Callie Bradley will be attending the L’Université Lumiere Lyon in France as a student for the Fall 2017 semester. She will be staying with a host family so that she can immerse herself completely into the French culture and language. This opportunity was taken through the University Study Abroad Consortium and will provide Callie with an invaluable learning opportunity that she would not have here in the United States. She is looking forward to furthering her education and cultivating an inner growth as she takes an active role in diversifying and strengthening the society around her.


Taylor Clark, English and French

Taylor Clark will be attending the London Metropolitan University for the Fall 2017 semester to study literature. Taylor has learned the immense value of the University Study Abroad Consortium while on a previous trip to France. She aspires to be a translator and wants to work in publishing and translating literature from French to English. She looks forward for the opportunity to learn about English culture and learn about the deep history in England by traveling to historic sites and through her academic studies.


Jamie “Austin” Griffin, French with minor in German and English

Austin is a third-year student at Wright State pursuing his B.A. in French with a minor in German and English. He plans to graduate in spring of 2018 with the designation of University Honors Scholar. Next year, he plans to study abroad for the entire year in both France and Germany through the University Study Abroad Consortium. He will spend the fall in Pau, France while studying at the University of Pau and will spend the spring in Luneburg, Germany at the Leuphana University each time staying with a host family.  Austin believes that there is no other experience that could be a more perfect culmination of his studies than to be able to live and absorb the language and culture of his target languages in the most authentic context possible and very much looks forward to this experience.


Kristen Krumheuer, Graduate Certificate in French

Kristin Krumheuer is a current high school teacher of French and is working towards her Graduate Certificate in French and also is working toward completing the requirements for the State of Ohio to teach College Credit Plus. She is a passionate teacher and diligent student and plans to participate in Wright State University’s Quebec City et Montreal Ambassador Program. This two-week program immerses students into Quebec’s past and its modern elements. Kristin feels that this unique experience will both allow her to utilize her French studies while also giving her something that she can bring back to her students to help fuel their passion for everything French as well.


Mileah Roper, French

Since middle school, Mileah’s love for language and culture has only grown deeper and she is currently pursuing her B.A. in French.  Mileah hopes to pursue a career working in humanitarian aid and contribute to a unified global community unhindered by language, culture, or borders and feels that being fluent in French is the first step. She has been accepted into the student Ambassador Program and will travel to Paris, Bordeaux, Montreal, and Quebec. This experience will allow her to interact with the French language and culture in a way that she never could have in a classroom.


Elizabeth Shock, International Studies and Spanish

Elizabeth Shock is working on her B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in peace and diplomacy as well as a minor in Spanish. The study abroad program in Guanajuato, Mexico will benefit her studies and contribute much to her career goals of working in human rights and immigration law. While in Mexico, Elizabeth will not only take classes, but volunteer for certain NGOs that will aid in her cultural experience and understanding.


Other Awards

Foundation Board of Trustees Scholarship Recipients

Csongor Bajnoczki, Master of Arts in International and Comparative Politics, Peace and Security concentration

Csongor Bajnoczki is an international student from Budapest, Hungary and a former student athlete on Wright State’s Swimming and Diving Team. He received his B.A. in International Studies from Wright State in 2016. Currently, Csongor is enrolled in Wright State’s Master of Arts program in International and Comparative Politics with a concentration in Peace and Security. He was inducted into the Horizon League All-Academic Team in 2014 and 2016 and awarded the Most Improved Swimmer of the Year in 2014. In 2015 he had the opportunity to work as the personal assistant to the President of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization of the European Union which taught him the importance of cross-cultural training and effective communication. He   is currently a member of the extremely competitive Wright State Model United Nations team representing the rights and interests of refugees and was the recipient of the “Distinguished Delegate Award of the UNHCR”.   He is also working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Political Science and a volunteer assistant coach for the Wright State Swimming and Diving team. After completion of his program, Csongor wants to work for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.


Jordan Large, Urban Affairs

Jordan Large is a junior at Wright State University pursuing a B.A. in Urban Affairs with a concentration in Urban Management. Previously, she held the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives for the Student Government Association and was recently appointed as the organization’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. During her term as Speaker, Jordan created the Student Organization Achievement Recognition which was designed to help student organizations achieve their missions. She also created and implemented the Student Government’s Freshman Internship Program, allowing freshmen to participate in SGA for the first time. Jordan also served on the Wright State University Presidential Search and Screening Advisory Committee and the Wright State Board of Trustees as a student member. Jordan now works for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement, serves as a President’s Ambassador, and interns with the Department of Central Services for the City of Dayton.


Marcia G. Muller Study Abroad Scholarship

Jacqueline Gill, Master of Public Administration

Jacqueline Gill is pursuing her M.A. in Public Administration and works in the Urban Affairs office on campus. Studying abroad has been a dream of hers for decades and she is happy that there is finally an opportunity that can be applied towards her educational and professional goals. The educational trip to Manipal, India this summer will focus on changing gender roles and human rights in India’s new economy while also teaching the Declaration of Human Rights to numerous groups of women in India. Through this program she will have the opportunity to meet with different groups of women, students, faculty, and non-government organizations. This experience will help enrich her cultural competency which she feels is especially valuable and important for her career goals of working with children, women, and families.


Jennie and David Buckwalter Study Abroad Scholarship

Arielle Stephenson, Psychology and Spanish

Arielle Stephenson is a Psychology major with a Spanish minor and wants to work as an Industrial Organizational Psychologist. This summer she will be participating in the Ambassador Program and will be traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Arielle has also chosen to extend her trip by one week and travel to Caguas for a service learning project. Arielle knows the importance of language and believes that this opportunity will allow her Spanish skills to flourish and will also be good practice for her career.


Kathleen Hinders Study Abroad Scholarship

Mileah Roper, French

Since middle school, Mileah’s love for language and culture has only grown deeper and she is currently pursuing her B.A. in French.  Mileah hopes to pursue a career working in humanitarian aid and contribute to a unified global community unhindered by language, culture, or borders and feels that being fluent in French is the first step. She has been accepted into the student Ambassador Program and will travel to Paris, Bordeaux, Montreal, and Quebec. This experience will allow her to interact with the French language and culture in a way that she never could have in a classroom.