Guests Talk Literature, Philosophy at Hermanns

October 29, 2014

Students Flock to Annual Comm Day Event

October 27, 2014

Hundreds of students from the Department of Communication attended professional workshops, heard about internship opportunities and got feedback on head shots and resumes at the sixth annual Comm Day on Oct. 22 in the E.H. Hereford University Center.


ICPF, UTA Dedicate CorrPro Design Lab

October 27, 2014

Members of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF), The University of Texas at Arlington, the Department of Art and Art History, corporate partners and guests will be on-hand Tuesday, Oct. 28, to dedicate the new Corrugated Prototype Design and CAD Production Lab.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, slated for 11 a.m., will be in the Fine Arts Building, Room 155.

The new workspace was made possible through a major, in-kind gift of state-of-the art production equipment and structural design software acquired and provided through ICPF.

The packaging and design lab will integrate corrugated and structural curriculum into the Visual Communication program in the Department of Art and Art History. The lab includes ICPF’s online corrugated curricula, a Data Tech computer-aided design table donated by ICPF corporate partner Vanguard Packaging, and Esko-donated design software.

Robert Hower, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History, said the new partnership aligns closely with the Department’s growth and focus on design.

“The materials and digital technology will immediately provide significant packaging experiences and design problem-solving opportunities for real world design and production,” Hower said. “It is a great example of education and industry teaming up to improve employment opportunities for our students.”

The lab has been in use for a few semesters and has already yielded impressive results: a team of students won ICPF’s International Best of the Best Student Design Presentation Competition during ICPF’s 15th annual, live interactive, Careers in Corrugated Packaging & Display Teleconference earlier this year. The UTA student design team qualified for the ICPF Run-Off competition by competing against dozens of teams from universities from across the nation last year in the AICC student design competition. AICC-The Independent Packaging Association and the Fibre Box Association are co-sponsors and long-time supporters of ICPF.

Assistant Professor Ben Dolezal said the students’ work was enabled by the new design lab. “The lab provides students with the structural design software, materials and a computer-aided design table to produce significant packaging solutions for use in the marketplace,” he said.

ICPF has established similar packaging design programs within graphic design schools at top academic institutions throughout North America. UT Arlington’s lab, CorrPro Design + UTA, is the first institute of higher education in Texas to offer corrugated packaging and displays curriculum and structural design instruction.

ICPF is an independent, non-profit educational foundation, whose mission is “to generate a stream of increasingly qualified students to enter the corrugated packaging and display industry, now and into the future,” according to the group’s website.


(UTA Media Relations contributed to this story.)

NOTE: This story has been updated with photos from the Oct. 28 event.

Echo-Hawk to Address Native American Struggles

October 24, 2014


Walter Echo-Hawk, an advocate for Native American rights, will reflect on four decades of legal battles next month in a visit to The University of Texas at Arlington.

Echo-Hawk, a member of the Pawnee tribe, spent 35 years as staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund, where he become a central figure in representing tribal rights and recognition during the modern era of Federal Indian law. He was instrumental in the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990) and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments (1994).

“Walter Echo-Hawk has made a profound impact on generations of Native people,” said Dr. Les Riding-In, assistant dean of graduate studies for the College of Liberal Arts and primary advisor for the Native American Student Association. “His story is truly inspirational to anyone who is concerned with social justice issues, privilege and critical race theory.”

Echo-Hawk has chronicled his legal career of native activism in two books — “In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided” and “In the Light of Justice” — and will sign those at a reception at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in University Hall, Room 108. At noon, Wednesday, Nov. 5, Echo-Hawk will talk with students about his experiences in College Hall, Room 100. Both events are free and open to the public.

Echo-Hawk is currently an attorney for Crowe and Dunlevy, Oklahoma’s oldest and largest law firm. He is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, Colorado Supreme Court, Oklahoma Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the eighth, ninth, District of Columbia and tenth circuits, and a host of federal district courts.

His visit is part of the Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute annual events and sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office. Additional sponsors include the Pre-Law Center, the Native American Student Association, the Honors College and the Department of English.

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Anderson Joins COLA as Development Director

October 20, 2014


Cathleen Anderson has been named the new Director of Development for the College of Liberal Arts.

Anderson, who recently served as Director of University Initiatives, joined UT Arlington in 2012 and was previously the Director of Development for the College of Education and Health Professions. Dean of Liberal Arts Beth Wright said she is excited about Anderson joining the COLA family.

“Cathleen has already demonstrated her enthusiastic support for the mission of the College of Liberal Arts,” Wright said. “We are delighted to welcome her as our Director of Development, and are certain that her dedication will benefit The University of Texas at Arlington and north Texas as well as the College of Liberal Arts.”

Anderson earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing at the University of Missouri-Columbia and her MBA at the University of Texas-Austin. A seasoned professional who worked on product launches, account management and test pilots for Merck & Co., Roche Laboratories, and Ralston, Anderson’s work for Washington University in Saint Louis led to her promotion to Regional Director of Development, Major Gifts.


Rolling Stones Get Jazz Treatment

October 15, 2014

musi_jazz_orchestra_posterThe rare music fan of American jazz and British rock-n-roll will get plenty of satisfaction next weekend when the American Jazz Composers Orchestra (AJCO) presents the music of The Rolling Stones.

The concert, presented by the Maverick Theatre Company, will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Mainstage Theatre. Tickets are $10.

Associate Professor Dan Cavanagh (Music), who is the associate director of jazz studies at UT Arlington, is the AJCO’s artistic director and a driving force behind the concert.

“The music of the Rolling Stones fits right into the jazz idiom: high-energy music, great memorable melodies and arrangements that capture the iconic status of the band’s legacy,” said Cavanagh, who is familiar with the intersection of jazz and rock: in 2011, he contributed a jazz arrangement to the Radiohead Jazz Project, an album created by Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music.

For this show, American composers Tim Ries — current saxophonist with the Stones — and Matt Harris did the arrangements.

Formed in 2010, the AJCO celebrates its fourth birthday in November. The band includes top jazz musicians from Dallas and Fort Worth. The AJCO, Cavanagh said, is a professional, not-for-profit jazz big band dedicated to performing the compositions and arrangements of living American composers.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Theatre Arts Box Office at (817) 272-2669.




COLA Notes for October 2014

October 14, 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Art & Seek talked to three UT Arlington student filmmakers, whose films were featured on KERA’s “Frame of Mind” last month. The television show was produced by Associate Professor Bart Weiss and KERA. “Phone Ghost” directed by Jean-Patrick Mahoney, “Avocados” directed by Julie Gould and “Helado” directed by Gabriel Duran were featured. The story interviewed the student filmmakers about what excites them about the craft. … The Dallas VideoFest returns for its 27th year with a new level of reinvention, Theater Jones reported. The article quoted Dallas VideoFest’s founder and director Weiss. … Kapil Dixit (’04) presented a new exhibition, “Nude at the Museum,” last month at The City Museum in Durbarmarg, Kathmandu. … Graduate Teaching Assistant Morgan Chivers was interviewed for Peripheral ARTeries, a digital publication. … Earlier this month, The Dallas Morning News published a feature story on metal artist and blacksmith Liz Covert (’08).

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: Several College of Liberal Arts faculty members are highlighted in the “Inquiry,” UT Arlington’s research-specific magazine.

Broadcast graduate Tracie Hill (’14) works in the UTA Radio studios last semester. The station’s newscast recently claimed first prize in the South Central Broadcasting Society’s regional conference. (Photo contributed)

Broadcast graduate Tracie Hill (’14) works in the UTA Radio studios last semester. The station’s newscast recently claimed first prize in the South Central Broadcasting Society’s regional conference. (Photo contributed)

COMMUNICATION: UTA and the Department of Communication will host the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) conference on Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Maverick Activities Center. The event will feature guest speakers, a career day, job fair and station tour. UTA students will also have the opportunity to register to win one of three $1,500 scholarships, donated by iHeartMedia. Students should RSVP to For more information, contact … Broadcast Lecturer Julian Rodriguez is one of 20 participants selected to attend the 26th Annual Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Faculty Seminar on Nov. 10-14 in Los Angeles. … Last month, KDAF/CW 33 interviewed Associate Professor Andrew Clark about the increasing use of drones. … UTA Radio was featured in a RadioWorld report on plans for College Radio Day celebrations. The station will kicked off its annual Rocktober concert series earlier this month. “We think it’s a good way to reach out to our student body with the music we play and give local bands an outlet they might not normally have,” said Program Director Lance Liguez. … Department Chair and Associate Professor Charla Markham Shaw traveled to Austin last month to serve as a panelist for the Experienced Chair’s Roundtable for New Department Chair Orientation. … Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith has had two papers accepted for publication. “South Carolina’s Rhetorical Civil War: Nullification and Local Partisanship in the Press, 1831-1833″ was published in Media History Monographs, and a chapter entitled “The War within the State: The Role of Newspapers in Missouri’s Secession Crisis” was published in a book entitled A Press Divided: Newspaper Coverage of the Civil War, edited by David Sachsman (Transaction Publishers). … Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee‘s original research paper, “Negotiation of Competing Discourses by Primary Caregivers of Hospice Patients,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy. … Assistant Professor Rachel Stohr will travel to Chicago next month to present a paper at the National Communication Association. … Lecturer Kim Jones traveled to Nashville last month to attend the Society of Professional Journalists’ Conference as a UTA representative and an officer of the Fort Worth chapter of the organization. … Lecturer Lance Liguez traveled to Seattle this month to attend the College Broadcasters, Inc. Conference. His panel, “Essential Equipment: The Smartphone in News & Social Media,” explored recommended apps and techniques for use in student electronic news gathering. … Two broadcast graduates, Dena Adi and Tracie Hill, won first place in the open division of the South Central Broadcasting Society competition for their program “Campus Craze,” part of UTA News last semester. … Communication Studies major Ruth Jefferson has collaborated with artist Mikhail Egorkin to produce a book of poetry with illustrations. “Inside the Poet’s Mind: A Study of Memory” is now available for Kindle through Amazon. … Alexis Spears (’10) is working for KWKT Fox 44 News in Waco as a multi-media journalist. Spears won a 2014 Media Honor Roll award for coverage of the local public school systems. … Emily Stafford (’13) is now Senior Brand Marketing Manager at Sabre Hospitality Solutions. … Broadcast major Alexis Garcia, who recently completed an internship with Cumulus Radio, landed a job promoting the Nash country brand for Cumulus. Garcia has been shooting videos for KSCS and the Wolf. … Tiffany Jackson (’13) was recently hired as the Creative Director by Fishbowl Radio California. … Katey McFarlan (’13) is a fashion blogger at … Several Public Relations graduates have new jobs: Brandon Hurtado is Director of Social Operations at More Cabbage; Michael Magnus, a current master’s candidate, works for Tandy Leather; Natonya Medford is a representative for Plan-B-PR, a boutique firm focused on fashion and entertainment; Nealy Mincher (’10) is senior account executive at FleishmanHillard in Dallas; Sir Jones is Veteran Affairs Officer at Aviation Institute of Maintenance; Melissa Moreno is Play It Safe! Marketing Coordinator at The Women’s Center of Tarrant County; Jared Chism (’11) is Senior Social Media Analytics Specialist at JCPenney; Elaine Brown (’11) is Marketing Executive at Social Change UK; Amber Govan (’13) is Social Media Specialist at JCPenney; Emily Suied (’11) has been hired by Edelman Chicago as an assistant account executive; and Sara Scarborough (’11) is Special Events Coordinator at Tyler Junior College. … Several broadcast graduates have joined television station newsrooms recently. Omar Castillon (’14) is working as weekend floor director on Saturday mornings at CBS 11; Sean Noell (’11) is working audio and Alyx Crawford Jones (’14) is camera operator at the station. Allie Woldtvedt Kode is working as a news reporter/anchor at KODE Channel 12 in Joplin, Mo. … Darren “Daz” McColl, Global Chief Brand Strategy Officer for SapientNitro, will host two workshops on “storyscaping” at 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 in Fine Arts Building, Room 409. … Jimmy Gonzalez, vice president of programming at 107.5 La Grande, visited with Liguez’s broadcast students last month. … Jane Slater, an anchor/reporter with local CBS affiliate Channel 11, was guest speaker in Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne‘s “Current Issues” class last month. … Students in Jeff Williams’ ADVT 4301 class met with corporate marketing reps from Wholly Guacamole as part of the class curriculum.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Assistant Professor Jaya Davis has had several articles accepted for publication this year: “Who becomes more Violent among Korean Adolescents?” (Criminal Behavior and Mental Health), “Service-learning use in Criminal Justice Education” (Journal of Criminal Justice Education) and “Comparative Analysis of Service Learning in Criminal Justice and Social Work Education” (Teaching in Higher Education). … The CBC/Radio-Canada program Trailbreakers included a UT Arlington study on anti-bullying programs in a feature on bullying and prevention. The 2013 study by Assistant Professor Seokjin Jeong said students at schools with anti-bullying programs may be more like to be bullied. It was published in the Journal of Criminology. … Rhonda Robertson (MA,’11), Fort Worth’s assistant police chief, has been named a board member of the Tarrant County College Foundation, TMCnet reported.

ENGLISH: Lecturers Peggy Kulesz and Nathan Gale recently completed “Investigation into Optimum Training Delivery Methods for Adult Learning,” a study commissioned by the UTA Division for Enterprise Development and NASA Space Center in Houston. The project assessed relevant research that will be used by UTA and NASA to develop training, education and learning to their respective audiences. … Several faculty members and students spoke at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts last week in Dallas. Professor Stacy Alaimo and graduate students Michael Handley, Stephanie Peebles Tavera and Sean Farrell were invited speakers. … Alaimo has also been invited to present “Blue Ecologies: Science, Aesthetics, and Creatures of the Abyss” at the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies conference in Austin next month. … Associate Professor Amy Tigner has been invited to attend the week-long seminar “Advanced Early Modern English Paleography” on Dec. 8-12 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, in Washington, D.C. … Department Chair and Professor Bruce Krajewski will present “Past and Furious, or House of Bards and How to Rebuild with Rhetoric” at the Modern Language Association convention in Vancouver, B.C., in January. … Jackie Grutsch McKinney (Ball State) will be the keynote speaker at the North Texas Writing Center Association Fall Conference and board meeting Oct. 17 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The event is hosted by the UT Arlington Writing Center.

HISTORY: A new book by Professor Robert Fairbanks, “The War on Slums in the Southwest. Public Housing and Slum Clearance in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona 1935-1965” was recently published by Temple University Press. … USA Today interviewed Associate Professor Elisabeth Cawthon (who is also the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts) about the fate of the British monarchy as Scotland prepares to vote on whether to exit the United Kingdom. … Assistant Professor Kathryne Beebe will serve as co-author of a volume of collected essays on the topic, “Space, Place, and Gendered Identities: Feminist History and the Spatial Turn,” which will be published in 2016 by Taylor and Francis. … Associate Professor David Narrett is slated to speak Feb. 11, 2015, for the Focus on Faculty lecture series. … Contemporary American political satirists such as Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and John Oliver provide comic relief in the face of social injustice, but humor can undermine the fight to address serious issues, Assistant Professor Oliver Bateman wrote in an article on Stir Journal. … A KTVT/CBS 11 report last month about President Obama’s so-called “latte salute” noted the UT Arlington Department of History. A UT Arlington history expert confirmed that the first 39 U.S. Presidents did not actually salute the military, and that it was former President Ronald Reagan who started what has now become a tradition. … Associate Professor Alusine Jalloh, who is also director of the Africa Program, has been selected to serve on the 2015 Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (now called the Mandela Washington Fellowship) reader committee. Jalloh was among a select group of readers who read and scored over 50,000 applications for 500 slots in the inaugural year of the Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2014. … A meet-and-greet for the Disability Studies Minor will be held at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 29 in University Hall, Room 25.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Less than two weeks after the passing of Chester Nez, one of the original Navajo Code Talkers, The University of Texas at Arlington hosted the Texas premiere of “Navajo Star Wars” at CoLang 2014, a major institute on language revitalization focusing on Native American and other endangered languages, the Native American Times reported. The institute received significant funding from the National Science Foundation from to a grant awarded to Professor Colleen Fitzgerald. … Fitzgerald wrote a blog post for the Huffington Post about “The Indigenous Language Challenge,” a social media challenge being undertaken by Native American language activists, learners, or teachers to promote indigenous language. Those taking the challenge post a 10 to 15 minute video of themselves speaking their language. Fitzgerald is also slated to speak March 18, 2015, for the Focus on Faculty lecture series. … Assistant Professor Suwon Yoon and Masaya Yoshida (Northwestern University) will present “Two cases of incremental parsing in Korean: conditionals and relative clauses” at the 15th Texas Linguistic Society conference Oct. 24-26 at the University of Texas at Austin. … Doctoral student Dan Amy will present a paper, “Distribution of Deictic Usages of you Expresions in Meatal Gear Solid,” at the First Interdisciplinary Conference in Linguistics at the University of Georgia on Oct. 24. … Two doctoral students will present work at the Sixth Annual Metroplex Linguistics Conference at Texas A&M-Commerce in Rockwall. Ehsan Shafiee Zargar will present at paper, “Possessor Raising in Classic Persian,” and Kristen Fleckenstein will present her paper, “The Role of ASL Non-Manual Negation Markers in Sentential and Constituent Negation.” … Several faculty members took part in the Texas Chinese Teachers’ Association 2014 Conference in Denton last month, including UTA Vice Provost & Professor of Linguistics David Silva, who was the keynote speaker. Chinese instructors Neal Liang (PhD in Linguistics, ’09) and Ruby Wang (MA in TESOL and MA in Linguistics, ’10) attended.

MODERN LANGUAGE: French Professor Aimée Israel-Pelletier published a chapter, “Rohmer’s Realism: Women on the Borders of What Is and What Might Be,” in Leah M. Anderst’s “The Films of Eric Rohmer” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). … Associate Professor and Department Chair Chris Conway is slated to speak April 1, 2015, for the Focus on Faculty lecture series. … Elin Andersson (’14), who double-majored in political science and French, was featured in the UT Arlington’s Spring 2014 commencement video and report. Anderson plans to pursue a master’s degree in development studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

MUSIC: Department Chair and Associate Professor Rick Bogard was quoted last month in a Yahoo! TV story about the significance of the theme song for Gilligan’s Island, the premier of which was 50 years ago. … American noted that Artist in Residence Adonis Rose, hailed by New Orleans Magazine as a “Contemporary Jazz All Star,” is one of the most sought after drummers in jazz today. Rose was also interviewed in 360 West about his career and collaborations in jazz. … A new AfroBop Alliance album containing a composition by Associate Professor Dan Cavanagh received four and a half out of five stars in a review from Downbeat Magazine, which is known for its critical review process. Cavanagh’s arrangement was based on a Wayne Shorter composition called “This is for Albert.” … A new CD, “reVelations,” by Associate Professor Michael Varner is now available. The album contains seven new pieces for percussion and ensemble, including three original compositions. Get a sneak preview of the music through Shorthorn TV. … The UT Arlington Wind Symphony will perform selected works by Pulitzer Prize winners Joseph Schwantner and William Schuman at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in Irons Recital Hall.

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari, left, hands Associate Professor Allan Saxe (Political Science) his UT System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award earlier this month in a special faculty meeting. (Photo by Beth McHenry/University Communications)

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari, left, hands Associate Professor Allan Saxe (Political Science) his UT System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award earlier this month in a special faculty meeting. (Photo by Beth McHenry/University Communications)

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor Brent Sasley was interviewed last month by KLIF/550 AM about President Obama’s strategy to combat the militant group ISIS. Sasley commented on Israel, ISIS, and Jordan for … Associate Professor and Department Chair Rebecca Deen was quoted in a San Antonio Express-News story about Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis. Deen was also quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram column about the debate last month between candidates in the race for Texas governor Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott. … Professor Susan Hekman’s “The Feminine Subject: Transforming the Subject in Feminist Theory” will be published by Polity Press this year. … Elin Andersson (’14), who double-majored in political science and French, was featured in the UT Arlington’s Spring 2014 commencement video and report. Anderson plans to pursue a master’s degree in development studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

anthro_khanduri_book_coverSOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Professor Karl Petruso (Anthropology), dean of the Honors College, will lead a group of students for a study abroad trip to Greece next summer. The trip, slated for May 27-June 17, will include anthropology and classics courses (also taught by Philosophy professor Charles Chiasson) as well as a full travel itinerary. Cost is $1,750 plus airfare and tuition. Financial aid is available. For more details, visit the Honor College’s website. … Professor Robert Young (Sociology) was one of 20 scholars invited to present research at an international conference on the role of emotions in civil gun cultures Aug. 26-28 at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. … With so much information hurled against the TV screen in short bursts, viewers may be developing a yen for what Professor Ben Agger (Sociology) calls “slow journalism,” Variety and the Orlando Sentinel reported in a story asking whether HBO would start a news division. … carried an op-ed by Agger about the fight between health care costs and the Western diet. … “Oversharing: Presentations of Self in the Internet Age” (Routledge) by Agger is now in its second edition. … A new book by Associate Professor Ritu Gairola Khanduri (Anthropology), “Caricaturing Culture in India: Cartoons and History in the Modern World,” is now available through Cambridge University Press. … Shannon Kern (MA Sociology, ’12) was invited to speak Oct. 8 about her experience as a political sociologist at the State University of New York Potsdam Civic Engagement Experience. … Ashley Wendell Kranjac (MA Sociology, ’12) recently published an article about fast food in Eastern European countries in the journal Contexts.

THEATRE ARTS:  Assistant Professor Anne Healy is slated to speak Nov. 12 for the Focus on Faculty lecture series. … Professor Andrew Christopher Gaupp has been invited to direct the showcase premiere of a new play for New Play Development Workshop in Montréal, Québec, next summer. He is one of eight directors invited from across North America to direct. … Lecturer Seraphina Nova won the Ivey Award for Playwright of the Year this past week for her new play, “Dogwood.” The Ivey Awards are an annual award show celebrating Twin Cities (Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minn.) professional theater. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer will present her paper, “Building Emotional Authenticity Between Humans and Robots,” at the Sixth Annual International Conference on Social Robotics in Sydney, Australia, Oct. 27-29. Greer was also the recipient of Fort Worth Weekly’s “Best of 2014 Guide” for Best Actress for the stage production, “The Other Place,” at Circle Theatre, Fort Worth. … Costume Studio Supervisor Kris O’Brien and Lecturer Laurie Land have created a class-based opportunity for their Craft of Costume course. O’Brien and Land have teamed with Little Dresses for Africa ( to instruct their students in fundamental sewing techniques. All dresses made with be donated to the organization. … UTA Maverick Theatre Company is highlighted in the 2015 book, “Stage Directing” by Jim Patterson. Patterson is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of South Carolina. … Senior Josh Jacobs was hired at Kitchen Dog Theatre as carpenter and set builder on the production, “Thinner Than Water.” Mavericks G. Dean McBride was hired as Technical Director and Omar Gonzalez was hired as Assistant Technical Director. … Freshman Kat Farenholdt designed the lighting for “Commencing,” “Dysfunctional Divas,” “Falling Man,” “From White Plains,” “Mythical Beastie” in the Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival with Uptown Players at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. … Senior Rodney Hudson will be performing in a gender-bending performance as a Kit-Kat Boy in “Cabaret” at the Garland Civic Theatre. The play opens mid-October and runs through mid-November. … Freshman Jesse D. Scott most recently worked at the Levitt Pavilion as a stagehand and sound technician for 40-plus shows. … Kimberly Eugene, performing under the artist pseudonym is “Néo Swami,” has signed a marketing and distribution contract with Tate Music Group. His new album will be released on iTunes and in stores. … Senior Gena Truelson, who goes by the stage name Gena West, was hired in the lead role in “STATIC ” a short film by Brent Burden. The film will screen at the 8th annual Horror Film Race at The Angelika Film Center.

WOMEN’S STUDIES: “Rubies,” a short film by UTA graduate Lizette Barrerra, is one of several films slated for Lunafest, the Women’s and Gender Studies’ annual film festival. This year event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Mavericks Activity Center. Tickets are $10 for faculty and $5 for students and may be purchased online. … Whitney Peoples, the program’s Provost Post-Doctoral Fellow, will present her research on the embattled oral contraceptive YAZ and its implications for representing women’s reproductive health in the U.S. at a brown bag lecture at noon Nov. 5 in University Hall, Room 360.


Writing Center Hosts Story Events

October 8, 2014

The UT Arlington English Writing Center will celebrate the written word Monday, Oct. 20, with several activities on campus and online.

The National Day on Writing, created by the National Council of Teachers of English, focuses on “the remarkable variety of writing we engage in and help[s] writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives,” according to the event’s website. The UTA events are sponsored by the Writing Center, UTA Library, the Department of English and the First-Year Writing Program.

Tracey-Lynn Clough, director of the UTA Writing Center, said activities are open to students, faculty and the general public. Participants may visit the group’s tent outside the Central Library between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and create an eight-word story in response to the prompt “I am UTA because…” Stories will be added to a gallery wall.

The Writing Center is also hosting a week-long online campaign that allows students, faculty, and other UT Arlington community members to post their stories on Facebook at or on Twitter using #UTADNA, #UTAWriteOn, #UTALibrary, #UTAFYW, and #writemycommunity. Clough said she hopes the stories will spread the word about the great work happening in our community.

For more information, visit the Writing Center’s website or social media sites.



Artists Offer ‘Personal Response’ in New Exhibit

October 6, 2014

Beginning Monday, Oct. 13, The Gallery at UTA will host concurrent solo exhibitions from two Texas artists.

Philip Van Keuren of Dallas and Liz Ward of San Antonio may produce different types of artistic work, said Gallery Director Benito Huerta, but they have a similar approach and focus.

“Though expressed through distinctly different mediums, both artists share a poetic sensibility in their imagery to convey a personal response to the impact of time and human action on the environment,” Huerta said.

In “Certain Named Parts,” Van Keuren presents a series of black and white photogravures that recollect his perceptions of “symbolic meanings from both the built and natural world,” he said in a press release. His images detail and abstract familiar sights from gardens, museums and parks as visual notes of place while also evoking thoughts of memory, time and mortality, Huerta said.

Conversely, Ward’s “Time and Temperature” is a grouping of meticulous watercolors and silverpoint drawings that communicate the artist’s concern for “what nature so effortlessly creates and we so thoughtlessly destroy,” she said. Her colorful organic abstractions that reference specific examinations of nature — the gradual growth of tree rings, the melting of glaciers, the flow of water over time — are haunting allusions to incremental damage and irreparable loss, Huerta said.

Van Keuren was born in Dallas and received his BFA and MFA degrees in studio art from Southern Methodist University where he has taught since 1989; he served as the Pollock Gallery Director from 1990 to 2013. He currently is Professor of Art at the SMU’s Meadows School of Art. His artwork and poetry have been featured in numerous exhibitions and readings throughout Texas and in cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as Reykjavik, Iceland. His book, “Monody: Selected Poems 1978-2009,” was published in conjunction with the 2009 exhibition “Philip Van Keuren: Forty Years of Works on Paper 1969-2009” at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas.

Ward’s work is included in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Austin Museum of Art, the Menil Collection and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and corporate collections including American Airlines, American Express and Houston Industries, as well as over 200 private collections. She was born in Lafayette, La., and has taught at Trinity University since 1999; she became chair of the Department of Art & Art History there in 2012. She received her BFA from the University of New Mexico and her MFA in painting from the University of Houston. Her work has been exhibited widely in Texas and throughout the United States and internationally in Paris, France and Bern, Switzerland.

In association with the exhibition, Ward will discuss her work in an hour-long gallery talk on Thursday, Oct., 16 at 12:30 p.m. in The Gallery at UTA. In addition, there will be a reception on Friday, Oct. 17 from 5:30-8 p.m. with brief remarks by both artists beginning at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public, and runs through Nov. 15.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, Room 169, at 502 S. Cooper Street in Arlington.

For more information, contact Huerta or Patricia Healy at (817) 272-5658 or

The 2014-2015 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington and Nerwin & Martin.


Man, Machine Mix in ‘Comic Potential’

October 6, 2014
Maverick Theatre Company's "Comic Potential" stars (from left) Emily Burgardt, C.C. Weatherly and Michael Carver-Simmons. (Photo by Michelle Harvey)

Maverick Theatre Company’s “Comic Potential” stars (from left) Emily Burgardt, C.C. Weatherly and Michael Carver-Simmons. (Photo by Michelle Harvey)

Questions about comedy, love and what it means to be human abound in the Maverick Theatre Company’s new play, “Comic Potential.”

The comedy, which runs Oct. 15-19, will be held on the Department of Theatre Arts’ Mainstage Theatre in the Fine Arts Building. The play, directed by Associate Professor Dennis Maher, centers on artificial life forms, or “actoids,” and how these androids interact with humans.

“Science fiction is not commonplace on a theatrical stage,” Maher said, “but it’s one of the things we wanted to tackle. As soon as our designers read the script, they exploded with ideas and creativity. It’s way outside of the box from what they usually do.”

The play, by English playwright Alan Ayckbourn, is set in the near-future, where actoids have replaced human actors. Theatre Arts major C.C. Weatherly plays JCF31-333 or “Jacie,” an actoid who has malfunctioned by developing a sense of humor. The production also stars Blake Rice, Michael Carver-Simmons, Chloe Lewis, Bentleigh Nesbit, Emily Burgardt, Kevin Nguyen, Gatlin Douglas, Caleb Hall, Andrew Beckman Terry Gray, Stephanie Spencer and Chelsea Hollenbeck.

Maher said his actors were challenged to ignore a natural tendency to act robotically during the performance. His crew took notes from characters in film and television, including Data on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

“They’re having a really good time,” he said of his cast. “They have been putting little moves and nuances in the performances to let the audience know there’s a little more machine than human in there.”

Other production credits include Daniel Archibald as Technical Director, Laurie Land as Costume Designer, Jared Land as Sound Designer, and Joe Kongevick as Make-Up Designer. Stage Manager is Whitley White-Body.

“Comic Potential” begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 15-18 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Tickets are $10 for general public, and $7 for senior citizens, students, and UT Arlington faculty and staff.  For tickets/reservations, group rates, or further information, please contact the UT Arlington Department of Theatre Arts Box Office at (817) 272-2669 or


(By James Dunning, COLA Communications /


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