COLA Notes for November 2012

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Department Chair and Professor Robert Hower recently spoke at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. He presented samples of his own work and also promoted UT Arlington’s programs on film, design, gaming, studio art, photography and architecture. … Work by Associate Professor Leighton McWilliams and MFA candidate Jackson Echols was included in this year’s “Modest in Scale” exhibition at Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, Colo. … An installation exhibit by Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon at a Brooklyn gallery will end later this week. … Associate Professor Bart Weiss was a featured speaker at a Gallery Lab series event Oct. 28 at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. … Assistant Professor Dr. Benjamin Lima organized Cosmopolitanism, a survey of contemporary video art on view at the Conduit Gallery in Dallas through Nov. 24.  He also curated The MTV Era, a lecture and screening of historical 1980s video art held at The Power Station in Dallas in September. … Francisco Moreno (BFA, ’10) was recently named Gallery Teacher for the Rachofsky Collection’s new Warehouse Space in Dallas. … Four of Associated Professor Nicholas Wood’s artworks were selected for two recent exhibitions. In the Tallahassee International Art Exhibition at Florida State University, two of his recent drawings were put on display. For the national exhibition, “So Tiny,” two new sculptures were featured at Baum Gallery of Fine Arts at the University of Central Arkansas.

The UT Arlington chapter of Association for Women in Communications raised several hundred dollars for Susan G. Komen breast cancer research last month during the group’s fundraising event “3Cs for The Cure.” (Photo contributed)

COMMUNICATION: The Department of Communication is reaching out to alumni through a new LinkedIn account. Officials said connecting with former students will be easier on the professional social networking site. … The big media story emerging from President Obama’s reelection is the fact that so many on the right were so stunned by the results, The Christian Science Monitor reported in a story that featured Dr. Mark Tremayne, an assistant professor. … Lecturer Suzy Nead has encouraged students in her fall communication class to assist several local non-profits and organizations as part of the courses’ service learning projects. This semester the student teams’ efforts will benefit Ronald McDonald House, Wound Warriors, Mission Arlington, Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Child Abuse Awareness and The Salvation Army of Fort Worth. … Students in Dr. Shelley Wigley’s public relations campaigns class are working with Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County this semester. … UTA Radio garnered three first-place finishes in the south-central competition for the National Broadcasting Society at its annual awards program earlier this month. Matt Jones won for Best News Feature. Chelsie Pierce was honored for Best PSA. Former UTA student Trey Caron was recognized for Best Production/Imaging. The first place winners are now eligible for the national competition. … UTA Radio Faculty Advisor Lance Liguez was invited to speak at the Chicago convention of the College Media Association on Nov. 3. Liguez’s presentation titled, “Still Growing: Opportunities for Internet Radio,” looked at the growth and success of UTA Radio as a model for other college Internet stations. … Lecturer Geoff Campbell mused about turning 50 in a Nov. 4 op-ed in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He said the only thing he wanted for his birthday was not to have a party. … Kaitlin Hennessy Kelsey, a public relations graduate, has been hired as manager of the Uvalde Convention and Civic Center.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: GlobalPost spoke with Dr. Alex del Carmen, professor and department chair, to find out what kind of impact Mexico President Felipe Calderon’s strategy on combating that nation’s drug lords is having — and what it means for Mexico and the United States. … The Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training sponsored a conference Oct. 18 for law enforcement line officers and supervisors on entitled, Law Enforcement Response to Family Violence: Best Practices. Nearly 50 officers and service practitioners listened to a variety of experts in the field of family violence. The speakers covered a wide range of legal and procedural issues associated with family violence and the effect of secondary victimization. The theme of the conference will be addressed again in a spring program. October was the designated National Family Violence Awareness month. … UT Arlington’s online Bachelor in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree program was ranked in the top 20 in the U.S. by TheBestSchools.org.

ENGLISH: Associate Professor Dr. Johanna Smith submitted a teaching tip for UTA’s Professional e-Learning Community homepage. … Senior Lecturer Dr. Kim Sasser presented a paper entitled “Cosmopolitanism and Literary Studies: A Case for Interdisciplinarity?” at the South Central Modern Language Association conference in San Antonio last week. Doctoral candidate Thomas Tutt chaired the “English I: Old and Middle English” panel. … Lecturer Pamela Rollins will present a paper at the November 2012 Midwest MLA Convention in Cincinnati. … Dr. Mary Long (Ouachita Baptist University) spoke about women and the Post-Reformation in a lecture earlier this month. Event was sponsored by the Department of English and the Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute, among others. … Two students from alumna Jennifer Trujillo’s class won awards in the Thanksgiving Square’s Expressions essay contest. … Lauri Lawrence (BA, ’82) was named a “Great Woman of Texas” by the Fort Worth Business Press.

HISTORY: The UT Arlington Moot Court team is ramping up its competition schedule with a trip to Texas Tech University this weekend and a trip to Baylor University at the end of the month. Faculty adviser Dr. Oliver Bateman, an assistant professor, said the meets are qualifiers for a national tournament.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: The Department of Linguistics and TESOL hosted the 4th annual DFW Metroplex Linguistics Conference on Saturday, Nov. 10. This conference is hosted each year by a university in the DFW region. This year’s speakers includes faculty and students from four linguistics departments including UT Arlington. The UTA speakers were Dr. Benjamin Slade (“Some talk or other: Epistemic indefinites, choice functions and conceptual covers”),  doctoral student Nathan Eversole (“Focus in Choctaw: Evidence for multiple focus positions”) and doctoral student Iya Khelm (“Phonological Interference During Silent Reading”). … Assistant Professor Dr. Jeffrey Witzel (and co-author Ken Forster) had an article accepted to the journal Language and Cognitive Processes. It’s titled “Lexical co-occurrence and ambiguity resolution.” … Professor Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald gave two presentations at the Oklahoma Native Language Association (ONLA) meeting in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She spoke on “The 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop: Projects and Progress,” together with collaborator Mary Linn of the University of Oklahoma. She also presented on “Ilittibatoksali ‘We work together':  Perspectives on Tribal-Academic Collaborations,” with collaborator Joshua Hinson of the Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program. … Also at the ONLA meeting, UT Arlington presenters did a “Demonstrating the FLEx Database,” training session, with doctoral student Lori McLain Pierce as lead presenter while Fitzgerald facilitated/assisted and several Breath of Life instructors and mentors helped out with hands-on portions.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Dr. Michael Moore discussed “Reflections on the Texas Brand of Justice: The Struggle to Adopt and Implement the Fair Defense Act (and a Few Remaining Challenges)” at the Focus on Faculty presentation Oct. 24. Moore is an associate professor of political science, senior vice provost, and dean of Undergraduate Studies. … Dr. Brent Sasley, assistant professor, was quoted extensively in a BlackAmericaWeb.com story last month that looked at whether voters will factor foreign policy into their presidential candidate choice and what they should consider. … Professor Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers appeared on KDFW/Fox 4’s Sunday morning show last month to discuss the presidential election and the effect of the recent debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. “This year has taught us that these debates matter. Certainly, studies after studies tell us debates are really when people start to pay attention,” she said.

SOCIOLOGY and ANTHROPOLOGY: Dr. Ritu Khanduri (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) was among presenters at an Oct. 31 lecture event on the culture, history, politics and science of India. The event, held in the Central Library, also included department chair Dr. Shelley Smith and featured photographer and author Robert Arnett. … Dr. Susan Gonzalez Baker, associate professor and director of the Center for Mexican American Studies, was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article on Hispanic voters.

THEATRE ARTS: Associate Professor Dr. Dennis Maher will perform the role of FDR in the Theatre Arlington production of “Annie,” slated to run from November to December. … Senior Winston Daniels will star in a leading role at Fort Worth’s Jubilee Theatre, set to run until the end of the year. … Senior Lecturer Dr. Natalie Gaupp‘s new holiday comedy premieres in December at Fort Worth’s Arts Fifth Avenue, produced by SceneShop. Gaupp also recently participated in a theatre forum with funding support granted by the Swedish Council of America, “In the Land of the Midnight Sun: Ibsen, Strindberg and the Origins of Modern Theatre,” hosted at the Round Top (TX) Festival Institute. … Former technical director John Dement was featured in a Wichita Falls Times Record News article about his new role as associate professor at Midwestern State University.

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