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COLA Connections Newsletter

From the Desk of the Dean


Well, 2013 has finally arrived and on behalf of the college I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! While hibernation might seem like the best option as the Rochester winter hits (wishing we could go "where those chilly winds don't blow" to quote Jerry Garcia), such a move would cause one to miss all the great events happening in the college this quarter.

In addition to all the distinguished speakers, performances, and special events we are hosting this winter, I would like to particularly highlight the efforts of our COLA Student Advisory Board (SAB) to organize an upcoming "Student Town Hall Meeting" where students can discuss any topics they desire with the college's leadership. The SAB also saw a recent project of theirs come to fruition: the fantastic new student lounge area across from the Registrar's Office in George Eastman Hall. We will celebrate the opening of this area with a ribbon cutting ceremony later this year. I am grateful to our SAB and their efforts to create a student culture in COLA that embraces continuous improvement and helps us foster student success.

Our newsletter this month profiles two individuals that represent the diversity of experiences one finds in COLA. David Munnell is a Visiting Professor of Theater, but he's also spent extensive time in New York City as an actor and director. He's now engaged in his latest challenge, the Exact Theater Company. You will be able to read about David's latest activities below.

We are also featuring a story about Pierce Hamilton, a graduate student in our Criminal Justice Program, who spent this past summer working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Pierce is now working with the Department of Defense as he completes his studies, and he represents the kind of hard-working, interdisciplinary, critical thinker so prevalent in our degree programs.

We hope that you find the profiles in the newsletter to be engaging reminders of the exciting opportunities that exist in COLA. As always, if you have any questions about any of the content in this newsletter, please feel free to contact me directly at or (585) 475-2447.

Student and Faculty Spotlights

Student Spotlight   Faculty Spotlight: David Munnell
Passion comes from a number of different sources. Sometimes it springs up violently and unexpectedly, others it slowly grows and matures over time. The latter was the case for David Munnell, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre and director of the Exact Theatre Ensemble.
Student Spotlight   Student Spotlight: Pierce Hamilton
Finding the time to sit down with Pierce Hamilton can be a difficult endeavor. Hamilton, a graduate student in Criminal Justice, has to balance classes, being a Resident Advisor and a job with the Department of Defense.