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POLS’ Lothamer Joins Archer Program in D.C.

April 23, 2014


Political Science graduate student Lucas Lothamer heads to Washington, D.C., this summer for the Archer Center Graduate Program in Public Policy.

Lothamer will join fellow graduate students Tharani Krishnakumar (School of Social Work and School of Urban and Public Affairs) and Claire Asher-Ewan (Social Work) as UT Arlington representatives.

The Archer Center graduate program, which runs May 29 through August 16, provides students from The University of Texas System with professional internships in D.C. thereby enhancing their knowledge of public policy and politics. Lothamer, who graduated with his bachelor’s degree in political science in 2013, said his undergraduate research on environmental policies sparked his interest in working with U.S. senators or in a private think tank on these issues.

“I’ve always been a vocal advocate of being conscientious of our actions and aware of the detrimental side-effects they may have on the environment,” Lothamer said. “My research really provoked my interest in environmental law and I am excited at the opportunity of working with a Senator or an organization that seeks to promote positive change for the environment.”

Lothamer said he hopes the experience will help him gain new insight into federal policies regarding clean air and nuclear energy, as well as environmental law. He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. and teach at the university level after completing his master’s degree in 2015.

Additionally, Lothamer said he plans to work on research for this thesis while he is in D.C. for two-and-a-half months. His research will focus on how Congressional members utilize Facebook to connect with constituents during elections.

The Archer Center is named for retired U.S. Representative Bill Archer. The Graduate Program in Public Policy was established by The University of Texas System as a way to bring graduate students pursuing policy and politics to the nation’s capital to learn about the federal government and public service. Students earn nine in-residence credit hours and complete an internship on Capitol Hill, in an Executive Branch agency or other Washington, D.C., governmental or private sector organization.

Dr. Karl Petruso, Dean of the Honors College and longtime UT Arlington representative to the Archer Center, characterizes these as the best internships in Washington and outstanding opportunities in public service. He notes that Archer internships (which are offered at both the graduate and undergraduate levels) frequently launch UT Arlington students on their careers in government, politics, law, and media.


(Story by James Dunning/COLA)

2014 acCOLAdes Celebrates Students, Faculty

April 18, 2014

Dozens of students and faculty from the College of Liberal Arts were on hand Thursday, April 17, for the 2014 acCOLAdes event in Irons Recital Hall.

This year’s Dean’s Accolade Awards went to Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith (Art & Art History) for his work with art major Ryan Britton; to broadcast lecturer Julian Rodriguez (Communication) for his mentoring of communication majors Angelina Armendariz and Laura Romo; and to Assistant Professor Krystal Beamon (Sociology) for her work with student Ceola Brown.

Liberal Arts scholarship winners were announced and students and faculty members who have received various research grants or other academic awards were recognized. For a complete list of winners, view the program on the event’s web page.

Following the awards event, recipients and guests were invited to a reception at The Gallery at UTA.





(Story and photos by James Dunning/COLA)

SLIDESHOW: Pre-Law Center Hosts AISD Students

April 16, 2014

COLA Notes for April 2014

April 8, 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Work created by Professor Nancy Palmeri during her Faculty Development Leave this spring was included in a recent exhibition at Brookhaven College in Dallas. The exhibit ran from March 21-April 6. … Film professor Bart Weiss was one of several UT Arlington faculty and students tapped to speak at TEDxUTA last month. … The website, Art This Week, featured a videotaped conversation between Jeff Gibbons (MFA, ’13) and Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon. … Assistant Professor Darryl Lauster‘s work is being exhibited at the Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, Dallas Art News reported. … In a Dallas Morning News Pop Culture blog, Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith shared some of his thoughts about the feature documentary, “Evolution of a Criminal,” which showed at the Dallas International Film Festival. The film is an autobiographical portrait of Darius Monroe, who robbed a bank at 16, and chronicles his quest to find redemption years later. … Later this year, Fort Worth’s Wyeth String Quartet will perform and record the soundtrack to Heaven, a film directed by Smith, Fort Worth Weekly reported. Composer Micah Hayes, an instructor and music business area coordinator with the Department of Music, wrote the score. … In conjunction with the exhibition, “Let the Drip from the Ceiling Become an 8 Foot Hole in the Roof,” CentralTrak hosted several interviews including one with Visiting Assistant Professor Justin Ginsberg, Art This reported. … “Endeavour,” a short film by MFA candidate Brendan Feltrup-Exum, was selected for the 2014 Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg. … A Dallas Observer question-and-answer piece featured William Sarradet (’13), a “need-to-know artist” in Dallas’ underground art scene. Of his time at UT Arlington, Sarradet said: “UTA afforded me time in a real studio with real tools, and also valuable conversations with art professionals and people that get paid within the art industry.” … Alumni Tim Lautensack, Jonathan Irwin and Ben Bologna of Star Conspiracy won 21 awards in the American Advertising Federation (AAF) ADDY Awards competition in February, including the People’s Choice Award and a special judges award for “Best of Interactive.”

COMMUNICATION: Univision Dallas interviewed Broadcast Lecturer Julian Rodriguez about the Women’s Conference hosted last month at UT Arlington by UTA News en Español. The one-day event will offer women information about immigration rights and the financial aid process. … Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee and co-author Paul Kozar have had a paper accepted for publication by the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy. The paper is entitled “Competing discourse surrounding primary caregivers of hospice patients.” … Assistant Professor Sabrina Habib traveled to Atlanta last month to present a paper entitled, “Accessing the Digital Muse: A Grounded Theory of Advertising Creativity,” at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Advertising. … Communication Specialist Jeff Williams also attended the conference to serve and moderate on a panel with co-author Habib entitled, “Wish List: From industry professionals to university professors.” The panel looked at the current state of advertising creative education from the industry point-of-view. … Advertising lecturer George Weems helped judge the AAF District 10 Club Achievement competition in February. … Students in Weems‘ advertising course participated in the “AAF Agency Crawl” last week. Members of Fort Worth ad agencies Ilfusion, Balcom, Warren Douglas, Pavlov, and Schaefer met with students and promoted internships. … Communication lecturer Stacy Salmon was the guest speaker at a workshop hosted by the Delta Sigma Pi pledge class and chapter last month. Salmon shared her communication expertise by providing attendees information and tips on organizing and delivering speeches. … Communication lecturer Carie Kapellusch hosted a recent workshop on resume building for Association for Women in Communications (AWC) members. Senior Lecturer Mindia Whittier spoke to AWC members about balancing work and home life for women in the workplace. … Dominic Bracco II (’08) received a Special Reporting Initiative award for environmental reporting, reported. His piece examined whether there is demand for sustainable fisheries’ products in China. … Brandon Hurtado (’11), an interactive marketing analyst at Exeter Finance, shared resume tips and tricks during PRSSA’s March 20 meeting. Hurtado provided one-on-one resume critiques for students who attended the meeting. … Jordan Victorin (’13) was promoted to co-host for “The Starting Lineup” at KCLE 1460 in Cleburne. … Matthew Howell (’12) was recently promoted to web application developer for Qualbe Marketing Group in Fort Worth. … Emily Suied (’11) has accepted a position as assistant account executive with Edelman Public Relations in Chicago. … Journalism student Lydia Regalado was interviewed by Michael Young, Dallas Morning News sports reporter for a story on the 20th anniversary of the Ballpark in Arlington. … Students from the Department of Communication were among those asked to participate in a Q&A session with Dr. Sanjay Gupta at UTA’s Maverick Speakers Series event. Dr. Gupta posed for a photo with students after the lecture concluded. … Broadcast major Jimena Fraga, tech director of UTA News en Español, has been accepted to FOX 4’s summer internship program. … Broadcast major Omar Castillon, tech director of UTA News, has been offered a position as morning newscast production assistant for CBS 11.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: cited a bullying study by Assistant Professor Seokjin Jeong in its article about Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. She is campaigning to ban the use of the word “bossy” to describe the behavior of assertive women. The article linked her approach to anti-bullying campaigns, which Jeong found can have the opposite of the intended effect whether dealing with verbal, emotional or physical bullying. … Associate Professor Tara O’Conner Shelley (Colorado State University) will talk about prescription drug abuse and law enforcement response at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Red River Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The guest lecture is hosted by the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Thirty UT Arlington joined Assistant Professor Jaya Davis (Criminology & Criminal Justice) on an April 4 trip to the Ellis and Huntsville (Walls) Correctional Units in Hunstville, Texas. Students from Davis' CRCJ 4333 – Institutional Correction course and members of Alpha Phi Sigma (CRCJ's student honor society) toured the prison facilities. (Photo contributed)

Thirty UT Arlington joined Assistant Professor Jaya Davis (Criminology & Criminal Justice) on an April 4 trip to the Ellis and Huntsville (Walls) Correctional Units in Huntsville, Texas. Students from Davis’ CRCJ 4333 – Institutional Correction course and members of Alpha Phi Sigma (CRCJ’s student honor society) toured the prison facilities. (Photo contributed)

ENGLISH: Professor Ken Roemer will be the keynote speaker at the Culture of Writing Festival at Mountain View College in Dallas this week. … Associate Professor Penelope Ingram received an honorable mention in for UT Arlington’s 2013-2014 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award. … Senior Amanda Galvin has been awarded a full tuition scholarship to attend the New York State Summer Writers Institute this year at Skidmore College. … Several English majors presented their research during the 2014 Annual Celebration of Excellence in Students conference last month. Participating students included Tiler Bates, Monica Marchi, Jennifer Omaña, Alison Torres Ramos, Rod S. Sachs and JennahRose Shakespeare.

HISTORY: History major Lindsey Anderson won the Provost’s Award for her undergraduate oral presentation last month at ACES, UT Arlington’s Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students. Her talk, “Creating Black and Brown Female Disability: Historical Assumptions and Independent Realities,” was mentored by adjunct instructor Ray Jordan II (Center for African American Studies). … Professor Thomas Adam told the German-language journal Die Stiftung that he wouldn’t recommend that foundations acquire government bonds as investments for their assets because of the German government’s poor track record safeguarding them. Die Stiftung is the central news publication for the nonprofit sector in German-speaking Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). … Senior Brittany Graham has been accepted to Columbia University’s African American studies master’s program. … Graduate student Kristen Burton recently won the Marc Friedlaender Fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society. The funding allows her to work at the society for four weeks this fall or winter.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Four Linguistics and TESOL students presented work in the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students at UT Arlington on March 26, 2014. Doctoral students Darcey Browning and Libby Tatz, and undergraduates Devin Hornick and Nicholas Matthews, each present their research. … The DFW-ASLTA (American Sign Language Association) hosted a mini-conference on the UT Arlington campus April 4-5 for 70 educators and professors from Texas and Oklahoma. Lecturer Traci Weast (Ph.D., ’08) presented “Step-by-Step With Quizstar,” on online assessments and tutorials. … Two UT Arlington linguists presented at the inaugural Texas Digital Humanities Conference at the University of Houston this week. Associate Professor and Department Chair Laurel Stvan presented a poster on “Corpus linguistics of the vernacular: ‘catching a cold’ in text types that complement Google Books data” while doctoral student Darcey Browning presented a paper on “Information Packaging with Hashtags: Repair on Twitter.” … Doctoral student Mohamed Mwamzandi will present a paper, “Swahili Demonstrative Position,” on April 17 at the 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics at the University of Kansas. … The Language Documentation Crowd, a blog on crowd-sourcing documentation projects, covered February’s UTASCILT (UTA Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL) event. … Wenhua Jin (Ph.D., ’08) recently received tenure at Kennesaw State University and was promoted to associate professor of Chinese.

MODERN LANGUAGE: The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education noted the promotion of Sonja Stephenson Watson to associate professor of Spanish. She will also serve as director of UT Arlington’s Women’s and Gender Studies program next year.

MUSIC: Josef Bobula (’06) and his wife were included in a New York Times article about entertainers who work a variety of jobs. … Chicago Jazz magazine online interviewed saxophonist Caroline Davis (’04) about her rising status and recent move to New York City. The UT Arlington alumna credited her teachers, including Bill Snodgrass, former director of jazz studies, for helping her along her musical path.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor and Department Chair Rebecca Deen was quoted in a San Antonio Express-News story about a tweet by the campaign for Sen. Wendy Davis that linked the equal pay for women issue with a picture of Greg Abbott lifting a chain. “It’s inflammatory — which maybe is what you want on Twitter. But I’m not sure that it helps you,” Deen said. … The (Riverside, Calif.) noted that Professor José Angel Gutierrez was part of a panel discussion last month at California State University, San Bernardino focused on Latinos in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. … Associate Professor Brent Sasley wrote a guest piece for the political science blog, Political Violence @ a Glance, on group emotions and violence. Sasley was also quoted in an Agence France-Presse report on politics and upcoming elections in Turkey. … Russia holds all the political cards in the ongoing controversy surrounding the Ukraine and Crimea, Associate Professor Allan Saxe told KTXD Channel 47. The Texas Daily show interviewed Saxe on that political debate. … Political Science major Kelly Walters was one of several UT Arlington faculty and students tapped to speak at TEDxUTA last month. … International Law Reporter blog noted the new book by Assistant Professor Heidi Hardt, Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response, which examines the efficiency of international organizations in crisis response.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Professor Karl Petruso (Anthropology), dean of the Honors College, was interviewed in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Life & Arts section in anticipation of the new Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology exhibition at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. … Professor Ben Agger was quoted in the Brazilian magazine Galileu in an article on “selfies,” the popular practice of shooting one’s own picture and posting it on social media. Agger said photos like this won’t replace written communication and are often open to interpretation. Agger was also quoted for a German website in an article on the same topic. … The new curator at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, former Visiting Assistant Professor Matt Taylor (Anthropology), wants the museum to emphasize El Paso’s archaeological past, instead of focusing on the general Southwest, the El Paso Times reported.

Specialist Michelle Harvey (Theatre Arts), right, presented Broadway veteran Eugene Lee, left, with the 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award in Scene Design at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology's annual conference in Fort Worth last month. (Photo contributed)

Specialist Michelle Harvey (Theatre Arts), right, presented Broadway veteran Eugene Lee, left, with the 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award in Scene Design at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s annual conference in Fort Worth last month. (Photo contributed)

THEATRE ARTS: Specialist Michelle Harvey‘s backdrop from the Maverick Theatre Company’s October 2013 production of “The Government Inspector” was exhibited at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) national conference last month as part of the stage expo in the inaugural juried scenic painting exhibit. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer and Harvey co-authored an article, “University of Texas at Arlington’s 3D Model of Education,” for the March issue of Stage Directions Magazine. The magazine was distributed at the annual USITT conference in Fort Worth last month. … Greer will perform in the production of “The Other Place” by Sharr White through May at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth. … Senior Lecturer Brandi Andrade will perform in “Fox on the Fairway at Onstage in Bedford. The show opened last week. …  Assistant Professor Anne Healy was awarded the 2014 Theatre Arts Educator Award by the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County. Healy will officially receive her award at the Scott Theatre in Fort Worth on April 14. … Healy will attend and present at the 15th Biennial Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference on North American Studies in Helsinki, Finland, on May 12-16. The title of her accepted paper is “Cultures Colliding: Musical Dramatization of Americans in the World.” … Lecturer Laurel Whitsett will interpret two productions in MavPlays through sign language. Whitsett will be at the April 16 shows of “No Lifeguard on Duty” and “Gruesome Playground Injuries.” … Glenn Long (’15) will perform in the play “Lend Me a Tenor” at the Frisco Community Theatre, April 25-May 11. … Elia Madrid-Onofre‘s (’14) cartooning and graphic skills were selected by The Daily Dot to participate in a Valentines Day comic which pairs up writers and artists who don’t know each in a “blind date.” … Senior Jorge Lanuza has been offered the Master Carpenter position at the Jenny Wiley Theatre this summer. … Senior Jailene Torres will be working as a costume intern for Uptown Players in Dallas this summer. … Senior Courtney Gwosdz worked on a new short film, “Film Noir,” which is finishing up post-production and will premiere shortly. … Sophomore Emma Luke recently completed extra work on an NBC pilot show, “Salvation.”


COLA Notes for March 2014

March 5, 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: MFA candidate Maryam Rezaei was recently named the Grand Prize Winner of the Society of Korea Illusart International Illustration & Design Competition. Rezael was also selected for the “Rising Eyes of Texas” juried exhibition by the Rockport Center for Arts. … “Wolf,” the award-winning drama by Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith, is now available for digital download via iTunes, Vudu, XBox, PlayStation, Amazon and Google Play. View the trailer here. … Senior Lecturer Mihyun Kim has been selected as one of five winners in the 2014 EyeO Festival Artist Fellowship competition. … Last month, Kristen Semento was named as the McNair Scholar in Art History for the Spring 2014 program. … Associate Professor Bart Weiss, founder of “3 Stars Jewish Cinema,” participated in a Feb. 25 panel discussion regarding the life and work of exiled 20th Century composer Eric Wolfgang Korngold, the reported. … Dallas filmmaker Daniel Laabs preparing his latest short film, “Easy,” for the 2014 South by Southwest competition, CultureMap Dallas reported. Laabs’ film “8” won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Texas Short at SXSW in 2011. Laabs began his film career as a UT Arlington student where his short film, Sleet/Snow, was selected for the AFI Dallas Film Festival in 2009. … MFA candidate Gladys Chow won “The Excellence Prize Award” in the 2013 Society of Korea Illusart contest.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Dr. Stephane Dunn (Morehouse College) will present “’Scary Sistas’: Imagining Tough Black Femininity From Page to Screen” at noon Wednesday, March 5, in the Central Library Sixth Floor Parlor as part of Women’s History Month. The event is co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

CENTER FOR MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Patricia de los Rios, a professor from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico, was a guest speaker in the Center for Mexican American Studies’ Spring 2014 Speaker Series on March 3. Upcoming series guests include: Marcela Terrazas (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) on April 7, Antonio Flores (National Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities) on April 16, and Miguel Alvarez (a recent MFA graduate) on April 23.

COMMUNICATION:  The Christian Science Monitor quoted Assistant Professor Dustin Harp about the decision by Sports Illustrated to put the Barbie doll on the cover of the magazine’s 50th anniversary swimsuit edition. The move has been criticized for objectifying women. “What I’m finding fascinating about this is that we’ve already had this Sports Illustrated ideal image of women that is unattainable and unreal – and literally unreal, because they’re always Photoshopped,” Harp said. “And now we’ve moved to just having an unreal woman.” … Associate Professor and Department Chair Charla Markham Shaw traveled to Spokane, Wash., last month to present a paper at the Walter Ong Conference at Gonzaga University. The paper is entitled “Creating Super Mom: Secondary Orality and Pinterest.” … Shaw is serving as a faculty guest speaker at this week’s Multicultural Affairs 7th Annual Diversity Week event at UT Arlington. She will present the Maversity Workshop: Communication Across Diverse Groups lunch discussion at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6 in the Guadalupe Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center. … Lecturer Melanie Mason received high praise for her role as Doris in the ONSTAGE production of “Same Time, Next Year” in Bedford last month, according to an online review. Mason is also directing a children’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at Creative Arts Theatre & School in Arlington. … Lecturer Julian Rodriguez was quoted in a La Estrella story about the impact of Gloria Campos, the longtime anchor who is retiring from WFAA/ABC8 this month. Rodriguez said the Spanish-speaking Campos was a representative for Hispanic people. … Andrew Pryor (’88) was recently appointed Chief Human Resources Officer of Anthelio Healthcare Solutions. … Erikka Neroes (’11) has a new position as the public information officer for Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS). … Patrick Jackson (’12) has been named the national account manager for Echo Global Logistics in Dallas. … Bitty Reilly (’12) is now working in graphic design, web developing and technical writing for Synergy Industries. … Nicole Durham (’12) began her new role as account manager at Schaefer Advertising in January. … Andrea Condori (’13) started a new job as public relations/social media coordinator at Concussion Advertising last month. … Natalie Webster (’13), former editor-in-chief of The Shorthorn, is now a newspaper producer at the E.W. Scripps Company in Corpus Christi. … Rachel Snyder (’13) is a reporter for The Chickasha Express-Star. … Graduate student Katherine Bennett’s abstract was selected for presentation at the upcoming Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) Symposium on March 26 in E.H. Hereford University Center. … Daniel Puente, a communication technology student, was recognized with a Citizen Certificate of Merit by the Arlington Police Department for his work in redesigning the volunteer page for the APD. … Cub Scouts from Troop 478 in Arlington toured the UTA Radio facilities on Feb. 22 in an effort to earn a badge related to communication and technology. The scouts, all first-graders, got to see a live, on-air demonstration. … Students in Associate Professor Thomas Christie’s fall 2013 public relations campaigns class were applauded for their efforts in assisting the North Texas Youth Education Town through a service learning project. The students created a public relations plan for the nonprofit after-school activities center, supported by the National Football League and Salvation Army. The students received a letter of recognition from Emmitt Smith, former Dallas Cowboys player and chair of the North Texas Youth Education Town. The Arlington center was built thanks to $1 million donation from the NFL.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Department Chair and Professor Alex del Carmen recently presented a yearly report on racial profiling incidents to the Midland City Council, finding no reports that met the definition of the Texas Profiling Law in 2013, the Midland Reporter-Telegram said. … Master’s cohort student Karen Donahue was recently named South District Officer of the Year for Arlington Police Department. … Shahrzad Pakbin (MA, ’10) was named “Technical/Exempt Professional Employee of the Year” by the Arlington Police Department. … The Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training, with partners from the Arlington Police Department, is working with owners of the social media application Nextdoor on a new research project. The goal is to measure the use of the application, its utility to inform, and citizens’ perception of crime. Participating faculty members include Professor Alex del Carmen, Assistant Professor Jaya Davis, Senior Lecturer Rhonda Dobbs, Senior Lecturer Randall Butler and Visiting Assistant Professor Chris Copeland.

HISTORY: While the headlines have focused on individual ballplayers punished for using illegal performance-enhancing drugs, a new paper by Assistant Professor Sarah Rose suggests that Major League Baseball and its profit-driven culture is to blame, Digital reported. … Graduate student Kristen Burton has been selected as a 2014-15 fellow for the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Her fellowship will begin in September.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Photos from the UT Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL, held late last month, are now on the department’s Facebook page. … Assistant Professor Suwon Yoon and Masaya Yoshida (Northwestern University) will present a paper, “When are Clause-Final Verbs Facilitated in Korean?” at the East Asian Psycholinguistics Colloquium on Saturday, March 8 at the University of Chicago. … Doctoral student Nathan Eversole and Assistant Professor Jeff Witzel will present a poster on “Long-distance attraction effects in subject-verb agreement processing” at the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing on March 12-15 at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. … Doctoral student Ju-young Lee will present a poster at the American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference in Portland, Ore., on March 22-25. Assistant Professor Cynthia Kilpatrick, doctoral student Lori McLain Pierce and doctoral student Jessica Rohr will also present at the conference. … Rohr has a paper in press, “Training naïve learners to identify Chinese tone: An inductive approach” in the First Maryland International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language Conference Proceedings. … Adjunct Professor Keith Maurice, director of UT Arlington’s English Language Institute, will give an invited presentation at the 2014 TESOL Convention in Portland, Ore., on March 28. Two other ELI staff members, Vicki Sorensen and Gloria Munson, will also present at the convention. … ELI instructor Adam Stein and Sami Akkad (Taibah University) will present at the conference TESOL Arabia Conference in Dubai on March 14. … The Native American Times noted that the Oklahoma Breath of Life – Silent No More workshop is sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Documenting Endangered Languages, the Sam Noble Museum at the University of Oklahoma and UT Arlington’s Department of Linguistics. … Professor Colleen Fitzgerald is featured in a new article on the Linguistic Society of America’s website.

MUSIC:  Senior Keiohna Allen will compete March 7 at the South Central District Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club’s annual Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists in Fort Worth. The winner will compete in the national competition in July.

Social work major Amberly Prykhodko, who is minoring in Russian, gives a presentation on Ukraine's history and the current crisis during a Critical Area Student Seminar on Feb. 21. The event was sponsored by the Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies. (Photo contributed by Dr. Mark Cichock)

Social work major Amberly Prykhodko, who is minoring in Russian, gives a presentation on Ukraine’s history and the current crisis during a Critical Area Student Seminar on Feb. 21. The event was sponsored by the Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies. (Photo contributed by Dr. Mark Cichock)

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor and Department Chairperson Rebecca Deen presented a paper, “Flipped Learning: a springboard to the deep end of learning?”, at the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning conference last month. … KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Professor Tom Marshall about what are believed to be the first, legal gay marriages in Texas. “It will be interesting to see if the state tries to intervene in this at all or upper appeals courts in Texas to try to reverse this decision,” Marshall said. … In a story about the upcoming primary elections, Professor Victoria Farrar-Myers told the Dallas Morning News that the vast majority of Dallas-area congressional incumbents don’t seem to be in much danger from challengers. “If you look at the campaign coffers, all of them have raised significant amounts of money,” Farrar-Myers said. “None of their competitors are anywhere near shooting range.” … Assistant Professor Heidi Hardt examines international organizations’ response times to foreign conflicts in her new book, “Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response,” reported. … Marshall was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about the race for Tarrant County prosecutor. Marshall said long-time prosecutor Tim Curry is gone, and his successor Joe Shannon is too politically damaged to select his replacement, leaving a wide-open race for what many people consider the most powerful office in the county. … Associate Professor Allan Saxe was included in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about Republican primary candidates linking themselves to Sen. Ted Cruz. “He is very popular among the Tea Party people and is really a charismatic public figure to those that like him,” Saxe said. … Associate Professor Brent Sasley participated in an online forum about boycotting Israel for The American Prospect.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Tech, the NBC Today Show website, referenced a book by Professor Ben Agger (Sociology) in an item about a photograph taken of oneself, or ‘selfie.’ The female-dominated selfie phenomenon represents “the male gaze gone viral,” said Agger, author of “Oversharing: Presentations of Self in the Internet Age.” … Professor Karl Petruso (Anthropology), dean of the Honors College, delivered a public lecture Tuesday, March 4, at T&P Tavern. The event was sponsored by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

THEATRE ARTS: Faculty and students of the Department of Theatre Arts and The Maverick Theatre Company will present work and chair sessions of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) conference in Fort Worth on March 26-29. Specialist Michelle Harvey is co-commissioner of the Scene Design & Technology Commission and will chair the Distinguished Achievement session honoring Broadway designer Eugene Lee. She will be exhibiting in the Design Expo and her work with the department’s new 3D printer is the main editorial theme of a full-page ad in the prestigious Stage Directions Magazine which will be distributed at the conference. … At the USITT conference, Costume Studio Supervisor Kris O’Brien will present her costume designs featuring natural dyes from UTA’s spring production, “As it is in Heaven.” Assistant Professor Anne Healy will present a seminar titled “Creating a Collaborative Language.” And Theatre Arts seniors Alohilani Valdez and Heidi O’Ferrall have both entered the Student Design Expo for costume design. … Lecturer Laurel Whitsett is working on an independent comedy, “Code Enforcer.” The film is being actively funded by Seed&Spark and shooting is in Austin. … Sophomore Shannon Cox is assisting on a saga/graphic novel/movie, doing special effects for makeup. The film is called “Deadfall: Ground Zero” by Remy St.Paul. Cox has also assisted on a second film with the same director titled “Prey for Me,” due to be finished this fall. … Senior Elia Madrid-Onofre‘s cartoons featuring Political Science Associate Professor Allan Saxe won first place in he Columbia Scholastic Press Association digital media awards, beating out more than 40,000 entries. … Shelley Ohmes (’10) is performing in “The Foreigner” at Frisco Community Theatre. … Alan Pollard (’10) was cast in WaterTower Theatre’s entry for the 2014 Out Of The Loop Fringe Festival.


Art, Culture, Politics Focus of South Asia Event

February 12, 2014

Photo highlights of a Feb. 10 lecture event on South Asia in the Central Library Sixth Floor Parlor:

COLA Notes for February 2014

February 10, 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Senior Lecturer Carlos Daniel Donjuan was recently voted as New American Paintings Reader’s Choice Artist of 2013. … FMV Magazine, an online site for film, music and video game reviews, featured Assistant Professor Ya‘Ke Smith as “One to Watch.” The reviewer described Smith’s 2012 film “Wolf” as “Hands down one of the best films, Hollywood, foreign or Independent, I have seen in the last five years – maybe ten.” … Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby was featured in the Modern Art Notes Podcast discussing his work, including his interest in quilts and how they pertain to his family history. His “Hidden in Plain Site,” an 18-foot-by-14-foot painting, was on view at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth through Feb. 2. … Visiting Assistant Professor Justin Ginsberg, who is also interim director of the glass program, has been invited for a one-month residency at Berlin Glas e.V. in Germany. … For the third time in four years, a piece by Ginsberg has also been selected for New Glass Review, an international publication from the Corning Museum of Glass and Neu Glas due in June. … Senior lecturer Bryan Floretin’s photograph, “Record 11.1,” was awarded first prize at a juried exhibition at Williams Tower Gallery in Houston. … Kapil Dixit (‘04) recently won a gold medal and an Arniko Youth Award for his “contribution and dedication in promoting nude figurative art in Nepal,” according to a Himalayan Times article. … A video featuring the Jonathan Campbell & Tanya Dowdey African Art Collection and Exhibit, located in the Visual Resource Commons room on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building – North Section, is available on … Gallery 76102 will host 15 paintings and works on paper from local artist Bill Barter from Feb. 6 to March 31. … The second Dallas Biennial, a multi-site art exposition, is under way, KERA’s Art & Seek reported. Michael Mazurek (MFA, ’11) and Jessie Morgan Barnett (MFA, ’11; BA, ’07) are founders, organizers and curators of the event, which not only runs at local galleries but also online and on billboards around the area.

COMMUNICATION: A paper by Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee and co-author Paul Kozar, entitled “Negotiation of competing discourses by primary caregivers of hospice patients,” will be presented in May at the ICA International Communication Association’s annual conference in Seattle. … Broadcast lecturer Julian Rodriguez has authored a paper — “Unauthorized Immigrant Population of Texas: Technology Adoption and News Media Consumption” — that has been selected for presentation at this year’s Broadcast Education Association convention April 6-9 in Las Vegas, N.V. … Broadcast Lecturer Melanie Mason directed “Enchanted April” for Theatre Arlington last month. A review for the show appeared in The Shorthorn. … Students in Chatterjee’s COMS 3316 Communication in Human Relations class are assisting the organization Helping Restore Ability. The students are helping the non-profit organization’s marketing communications and fundraising projects as part of a semester-long service learning project. … Martin Lisius (’86) and his group, Texas Severe Storms Association, hosted a national conference Feb. 8 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. … In a column for the San Antonio Express-News last month, Assistant Professor Dustin Harp, who studies media coverage of women in politics, commented on a focus on state Sen. Wendy Davis’ mothering and “personal details about how a couple financially maneuvers through their marriage.” … Students from the UTA chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists braved the cold to sell spirit beads and wristbands before the women’s basketball game Feb. 6. … Renee Groskreutz, co-owner and Chief of Creative of FunCitySocialMedia and Vice President/Creative Barista at Ralph’s Design & Deli, was the guest speaker at the Feb. 5 meeting of the UTA chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Linsey Fagan, interactive recruiter at Onward Search, was the Feb. 10 featured speaker. … The Association for Women in Communications is hosting a Valentine’s Day-themed fundraiser, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14, in the University Center’s Palo Duro Lounge. The group will sell roses and chocolate chip cookies. … Dallas Morning News environmental writer Randy Loftis spoke to Society of Professional Journalists students Jan. 30 during a chapter meeting. … Communication Studies major Lawanda McKelvy has been accepted to the UTA McNair Scholars Program. … Josh Sours (’13) will be calling two away games for UTA Men’s Basketball on KKGM 1630AM this coming March. … Anthony Garcia (’13) was hired by Concussion Advertising as a web developer. … Tiffany Jackson (’13) was recently hired as a front-end web developer at Southwest Airlines. … Tracy Nanthavongsa (’11) is working as graphic and web specialist at Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. … Christopher Dinh (’12) recently moved from Fossil to Fidelity Investments in July as an associate user experience designer. … Lauren Devoll (’13) is working as digital marketing associate for the Republican National Committee (RNC).

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Assistant Professor Jaya Davis was interviewed by KDAF for a Jan. 22 story about the increase in arrests of young males.

ENGLISH: Associate Professor Cedrick May wrote that part of the significance of “12 Years a Slave” lies in how the film sheds light on the unbearable treatment of women and children in the era of American slavery in an op-ed published last month by The Dallas Morning News.

HISTORY: Associate Professor Marvin Dulaney, who is all the department chair, discussed the origins of Black History Month last week during “Deep in the Heart of Black Texas: Why We Celebrate Black History Month,” a lecture event sponsored by the Center for African American Studies. … Associate Professor Stephanie Cole‘s article “Servants and Slaves in Louisville: Race, Ethnicity, and Household Labor in An Antebellum Border City” recently won the Ohio Valley History’s Richard C. Wade Award. The article was originally published in the OVH journal in spring 2011. … Doctoral student Brad Borougerdi wrote an article on the legal history of hemp for  the Historical News Network. … CKNW/980 AM (Vancouver, B.C.) interviewed Associate Professor Elisabeth Cawthon about Queen Elizabeth, whose cash reserves have plummeted to an all time low.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Doctoral student Iya Khelm will present a paper at the Second St. Petersburg Winter Symposium on Experimental Studies of Speech & Language, which will be held at St. Petersburg State University, Russia, on Feb. 20-March 1. … Anastasia Giannakidou (University of Chicago) will speak Feb. 21 at the Department of Linguistics and TESOL’s colloquium series. Giannakidou’s talk is titled “Scalar marking without scalar meaning: referentially vague polarity items in Greek and Korean.” … Lecturer Traci Weast (PhD, ’08) was recently named  Vice President for the American Sign Language Teacher’s Association. She presented at an ASLTA workshop in last semester on student feedback, entitled “What Do you Mean by Fluency and Why Didn’t I Get an A.” … Professor Colleen Fitzgerald recently published a new article, “Training Communities, Training Graduate Students: The 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop,” in the journal Language Documentation & Conservation. It was co-authored with Mary Linn (University of Oklahoma). … Fitzgerald lays out the advantages of attending the CoLAng 2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research in a blogpost published by the Linguistic Society of America’s Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation. The event will begin in June 2014.

McDOWELL CENTER: The Charles T. McDowell Center’s Critical Area Student Seminars (CASS) presents “Ukraine” at noon Feb. 21 in 200 Trimble Hall. The cultural presentation will last 30 minutes with a 20-minute dialogue time for discussion and questions. Contact Eliza Oren at for more details.

MUSIC: Associate Professor Tim Ishii, director of jazz studies, was interviewed as part of a professional big band at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, KTXD 47’s Texas Daily show reported last week. The live band is the only in existence at a U.S. rodeo and has been playing at the annual event for more than four decades. … Professor Jing Ling-Tam conducted of the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division Honor Choirs in Baltimore, Md., on Feb. 8. … Jesus Martinez (’11) performed with the Irving Symphony on Feb. 8, Dallas Art News reported. Martinez performed his new work, Harmonic Tremor, with the symphony.

PRE-LAW CENTER: Christian Nisttahuz, a double major in public relations and Spanish, recently one a free Kaplan LSAT prep course when students from the Pre-Law Center visited Southern Methodist University’s Minority Students’ Law Symposium.  … The National Society of Leadership and Success’s UT Arlington chapter will host its annual MCAT and LSAT Prep Course Silent Auction today at noon in University Hall Room 116.

PHILOSOPHY: Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit papers on any aspect of the Greco-Roman civilization for the Douglas Britt Carvey Classics Award. Deadline is March 17 and papers must be submitted to Associate Professor Charles Chaisson. With winning entry will be announced at UTA’s Adventures in Antiquity symposium April 10.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Assistant Professor Heidi Hardt recently published a new book, Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response, with Oxford University Press. … A new book by Professor Susan Hekman, titled The Feminine Subject, will be published by Polity Press later this year. … Haaretz, a prominent Israeli paper, published a piece by Associate Professor Brent Sasley. He argues that demands that Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish state won’t protect Israel’s borders, as most who make that demand really want. … Professor Victoria Farrar-Myers commented on President Obama’s State of the Union late last month for Fox 4’s Good Day Sunday. … Univision Houston interviewed Professor Jose Gutiérrez and his wife, Natalia Verjat Gutiérrez, a professor of languages at Tarrant County College, about their new book, Images of America: The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education. … In a column for the San Antonio Express-News last month, Chairperson and Associate Professor Rebecca Deen said the latest controversy surrounding state Sen. Wendy Davis’ life story could serve as both legitimate inquiry and a nest for sexism.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Professor Ben Agger wrote an article about texting for Inquiry, UT Arlington’s research magazine. … A new book by Agger and Tim Luke (Virginia Tech University), Gun Violence and Public Life, was recently released by Paradigm Publishers. … Leslie (Graceffo) DeArman (MA-Sociology, ’08) was recently joined Southern Methodist University as an advisor and instructor. … The CBS 11 website profiled Melina McKinnon (BA-Sociology, ’97) in her fund-raising efforts through Trinity Diversified Film Fund Advisors, a company that helps finance budding filmmakers. … Lindsey Teel (MA, ’13) was recently hired as a staff assistant for U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (D-San Antonio).

Theatre Arts students who attended the USITT Southwest Regional Symposium in Austin last month were, from left: Alohi Valdez, Jailene Torres, Raul Luna, Ellie Hunt, Adrien Vasquez, Tiffany Cromwell, Jorge Lanuza, Austin Brown and Rosalinda Olivares.

Theatre Arts students who attended the USITT Southwest Regional Symposium in Austin last month were, from left: Alohi Valdez, Jailene Torres, Raul Luna, Ellie Hunt, Adrien Vasquez, Tiffany Cromwell, Jorge Lanuza, Austin Brown and Rosalinda Olivares. (Photo contributed)

THEATRE ARTS: Specialist Michelle Harvey designed the scenery for the musical “Alexander’s House” at the Latino Cultural Center produced by the Turtle Creek Chorale this month. … Kristen Breann (’13) has signed with the highly selective The Campbell Agency in Dallas. … Alan Pollard (’10) gave an impromptu performance last month at Jazz After Dark, a well-known jazz club in London’s Soho district. … Junior Kelly Stewart has been performing as Hunyak in “Chicago” at Garland Civic Theatre. … Junior theatre arts major Travis Fant runs a theatre group called The Vanguard Players. Other members include junior Katie Weekley and Bridie Corbett ‘(13). … Junior Lea Smith has been working as stage manager for “Robin Goodfellow” at The Creative Arts Theatre and School (CATS). … At the USITT SW Regional Symposium in Austin earlier this month, theatre arts students Jailene Torres won an honorable mention in costume construction and Austin Brown won an award for achievement in lighting design. … Senior Joseph Lee has been cast in a short film titled “South Town.” Junior Adrian Stacker has been tapped to direct it. … Senior Anna Marie Boyd has been cast as Diana in “Alls Well That Ends Well” and Amiens in “As You Like It” with the Stolen Shakespeare Guild. The plays open Feb. 14 and Feb. 21. … Alumnus Adam Nick Hill was recently nominated for Best Stage Manager at the The Column Awards. … Alyse Sefchik will be working at Scarborough Fair this summer in a performance capacity. … Phillip Morgan (’04) is the president-elect of TETA and the head of performing arts programs in the Waco ISD. … Alumnus Mandy Stockhausen is the theatrical and controls Specialist with Architectural Lighting Associates. … Senior Jonathan Crawford received a call back for a lead role in the road tour and/or Broadway replacements for “Book of Mormon.” … Senior Samantha Fields was called back to the prestigious Trinity Shakespeare Festival in Fort Worth. … Senior G. Dean McBride worked as assistant director/stage manager for “Ostinato,” a play written and directed by Playwright-in-residence Natalie Gaupp, which was presented as part of the Yolo Solo Festival Jan. 21-26. … Junior Christopher Whitehead assisted in the direction of Tarrant County College Northwest Campus’s production of “The Good Woman of Szechwan.” The group will be the only two-year college to perform next month at the invitational Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Louisiana.

WOMEN’S & GENDER STUDIES: The theme for the 2014 Women’s History Month Lecture Series is “Superheroines! Female Heroes in Fact and Fiction.” The free lectures begin Feb. 27. Get more information at


POLS’ Hardt Talks Conflict for Faculty Series

February 7, 2014


Assistant Professor Heidi Hardt (Political Science) will examine peace and conflict for the Focus on Faculty program at noon Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Hardt reviews the response times of four international organizations during conflicts where delay could have life or death consequences. Although wealth and capabilities can strengthen a peace operation, it is the unspoken rules and social networks of peace and security committees at these organizations that dictate the pace with which an operation is established.

Hardt has published on issues related to peace and security and recently published the book, Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response (Oxford University Press). She has taught international relations courses in English and French in Paris and Montreal. She earned a Ph.D. in international studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.

(Source: MavWire)

Lecture Event Spotlights South Asian Culture, Art

January 27, 2014

A new lecture event will spotlight the art, culture, politics and history of South Asia.

The event, slated for 1-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in the Central Library Sixth Floor parlor, will feature a half-dozen UT Arlington faculty members offering insights and research on people groups on the other side of the globe. Topics include a look at Buddhist art, tourism, tribal politics and Indian comic books.

Archana Verma, a senior fellow in India’s Ministry of Culture, will deliver a keynote lecture, “Ways of Studying Art History: South Asia and the World,” at 3 p.m. A reception and book signing will follow. Verma is also the founding editor of South Asian Arts, a journal highlighting cultural expressions in South Asia.

Professor Mark Cichock (Political Science), who is director for the McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies, said focusing on South Asia is a “priority concern” for the university and critical language studies.

“We have a growing South Asian population in the U.S. and a vibrant community here at UTA,” he said. “Having some insight into the culture and issues prevalent in Pakistan, India and other parts of that region is more important than ever. A lecture event like this creates interest in a portion of the world that is often ignored.”

The event is sponsored by the McDowell Center and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Additional sponsors include the Anthropology Club, Indian Cultural Council and Lambda Alpha, the Anthropology honors society.


Lecture Event Spotlights South Asian Culture, Art

January 24, 2014


A new lecture event will spotlight the art, culture, politics and history of South Asia.

The event, slated for 1-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in the Central Library Sixth Floor parlor, will feature a half-dozen UT Arlington faculty members offering insights and research on people groups on the other side of the globe. Topics include a look at Buddhist art, tourism, tribal politics and Indian comic books.

Archana Verma, a senior fellow in India’s Ministry of Culture, will deliver a keynote lecture, “Ways of Studying Art History: South Asia and the World,” at 3 p.m. A reception and book signing will follow. Verma is also the founding editor of South Asian Arts, a journal highlighting cultural expressions in South Asia.

The event is sponsored by the McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Additional sponsors include the Anthropology Club, Indian Cultural Council and Lambda Alpha, the Anthropology honors society.



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