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COLA Notes for January 2014

January 13, 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Larry Travis, a former UT Arlington photography instructor and department chair, died Monday after a long battle with prostate cancer, FD Luxe, a Dallas Morning News magazine, reported. Travis had worked for FD Luxe. … featured upcoming rapper Sam Lao (née Samantha Mattice-Lowery, ‘13) in a recent article.

 Former President George W. Bush, left, and former First Lady Laura Bush, right, visited with Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby (Art & Art History) for a private viewing of Huckaby’s exhibit, “Everyday Glory,” at the Valley House Gallery in Dallas last month. The collection of paintings was on display through Jan. 11. (Photo by Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden)

Former President George W. Bush, left, and former First Lady Laura Bush, right, visited with Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby (Art & Art History) for a private viewing of Huckaby’s exhibit, “Everyday Glory,” at the Valley House Gallery in Dallas last month. The collection of paintings was on display through Jan. 11. (Photo by Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden)

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: Nominations are due Friday, Jan. 17 to recognize outstanding research and creativity at the spring faculty meeting for Outstanding Research Achievement or Creative Accomplishments and Distinguished Record of Research or Creative Activities. Both Provost-sponsored awards include cash prizes.

Over the holiday break, Emily Suied, PR graduate and past president of UTA’s PRSSA Chapter (left) and PR graduate Yasmine Gila (right) met with Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley to share news about their first jobs in the public relations field. Suied works as a junior account executive at Jasculca Terman in Chicago, an award-winning strategic communications firm specializing in public affairs. Gila works as an Account Executive at Expose Communications, at boutique agency with offices in London and Dubai. Gila works in the Dubai office. (Photo contributed)

Over the holiday break, Emily Suied, PR graduate and past president of UTA’s PRSSA Chapter (left) and PR graduate Yasmine Gila (right) met with Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley to share news about their first jobs in the public relations field. Suied works as a junior account executive at Jasculca Terman in Chicago, an award-winning strategic communications firm specializing in public affairs. Gila works as an Account Executive at Expose Communications, at boutique agency with offices in London and Dubai. Gila works in the Dubai office. (Photo contributed)

COMMUNICATION: A Dallas Morning News story earlier this month on the FAA’s announcement of drone test sites at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and in five other states included comment from Associate Professor Andrew Clark and Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne. The two have studied privacy rights and intrusion issues related to drone use. “In Texas … we’re pretty clear what rights you have below, but not really clear what rights you have above,” they said. … Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley served as a panelist at the Dec. 21 meeting of the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The chapter also awarded scholarships to local public relations students, including UT Arlington senior Christian Nisttáhuz. … Graphic specialist Roby B. McEuen is serving as an industry judge for the Tulsa AAF ADDY Competition, the first tier of a three-tier system for recognition of excellence in advertising and design. Winners will go on to district competition and, finally, national if they win at the district level. McEuen is also judging the 10th District Small Club ADDY Competition on Feb. 1 in Dallas. … Assistant Professor Sabrina Habib will travel to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 16-18 to present a paper at the Qualitative Report Conference sponsored by Nova Southeastern University. The paper, entitled “Grounded Theory: Why, What, and How,” aims to clarify the analysis process and kind of information that results from GT methodology. … The Department of Communication is working with more than 50 different local companies, non-profits and media outlets this semester to provide Communication students with internship opportunities. Communication Studies majors Raven Jennings and Evann Crawford are interning at CBS Radio in Dallas. COMM majors Kenzie Cox and Samantha Gutierrez are working with KEGL 97.1 and Clear Channel Radio, respectively. CTEC major Daniel Puente is serving as an intern for the Arlington Police Department, while CTEC major Travis Welborn is working with the City of Mansfield Communication Department. PREL majors are also landing internships this spring. Georgina Martinez is working with Disney Worldwide Services, and El Memeyi Murangwa is interning with a French-based company, L’Agence D’Information. Michael Magnus is working with the Tony Pompa for Texas Senate campaign. Edrea Au is interning with Tarrant County and De’Angela Giles is working in the PR office of Strauss Marketing . Several PREL students are gaining experience with on-campus internships this semester. Kimberly Edmonson is working with University Events and Felton Offard is serving as an intern for the UTA Athletics Department. Brittany Anderson is working with UT Arlington Alumni Association this semester. BCMN major Valerie Maedgen landed an internship with Red Balloon Network in Dallas, while BCMN major Nawal A. (Dena) Adi is working with Media West Inc. … Graduate Alexandria Woldtvedt is working as a news reporter for KODE in Joplin, Mo. … Graduate Tim Hanson (’08) is working as morning reporter and photographer at WHNT News 19 in Hunstsville, Ala.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: To accompany the publication of Assistant Professor Cynthia Kilpatrick and Dr. Jodi Tommerdahl’s recent article on the size of the language sample needed in order to draw reliable conclusions about morphological analysis, publishers Sage have also released a podcast in which the authors discuss topics related to a particular that article. … Professor Colleen Fitzgerald had a book chapter published in 2013: “Revisiting Tohono O’odham High Vowels” in Constructing the Past and Confronting the Present in the voices of Jane H. Hill (John Benjamins Press). … Adjunct Professor Keith Maurice, director of UT Arlington’s English Language Institute, will participate in a presentation at the winter meeting of UCIEP (University and College Intensive English Program consortium) in Bandera, Texas, on Feb. 7-8. … Gloria Munson, grammar/writing coordinator at the ELI, gave a presentation at the Texas TESOL 2013 state conference in Houston in the fall: “The Write Sequence: Exploring a topic through various genres.” Sally Stevens, instructor at the ELI, gave a presentation on “Presentation Tables” at the Texas TESOL 2013 state conference in Houston. … Pam Arlund (Ph.D., ’06) has a book out this month: A Chinese Tajik Reader: An Introduction to Sarikoy (Sarikol) Tajik. It’s the single largest repository in English of knowledge about Tajik’s grammar, phonetics, and phonology. … Josh Jensen’s (Ph.D. ’13) dissertation on Jarai syntax has been accepted for publication as a volume in the Mouton Pacific Linguistics series. … Vitaly Voinov‘s (Ph.D. ’13) dissertation on politeness in Tuvan has been accepted by the German publisher Harrassowitz and will be published at the end of 2014.

Dean Beth Wright, right, was one of three finalists for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Women’s Alliance Hero Award last year. Linda Dipert, left, and Kristin Vandergriff, center, were also nominated; Vandergriff won. (Photo by Alexander Portrait Designers)

Dean Beth Wright, right, was one of three finalists for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Women’s Alliance Hero Award last year. Linda Dipert, left, and Kristin Vandergriff, center, were also nominated; Vandergriff won. (Photo by Alexander Portrait Designers)

MUSIC: Associate Professor Michael Varner will be a guest artist at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton for “Percussion Fest 14″ on Jan. 17-18. He will perform “The Dark Drum Cry’s … Glory” for marimba and dundun, a Yorba talking drum, as well as present “Skin That Speaks,” a full-length composition. … Nnenna Freelon & The John Brown Big Band’s recent release, “Christmas,” has ties to UT Arlington. Associate Professor Dan Cavanagh penned a big band arrangement of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” for the album, and Adonis Rose, UTA’s jazz artist in residence, played drums on the record. … Conner Gray Covington (’10) recently completed his first season as assistant conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Assistant Professor Brent Sasley wrote about the corruption scandals in Turkey and what it means for Turkish institutions for the The Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage blog. Sasley wrote that Turkey’s current prime minister has damaged the country’s political institutions by removing all institutional limitations on his power. … Sasley also wrote a piece for The Forward, examine the fight in Hillel (a national Jewish student organization) over how to define “pro-Israel” and what it means for advocacy regarding Israel. … National Public Radio’s Morning Edition reported on efforts to eliminate malaria globally and included comments from Assistant Professor Daniel Sledge. He recently analyzed what factors helped to eliminate malaria in the rural South in the 1930s. “The extent of malaria was in many ways comparable to what it is today in sub-Saharan Africa,” Sledge said. “The primary factor leading to the demise of malaria was large-scale drainage projects, which were backed up by the creation of local public health infrastructure.” … The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Associate Professor Allan Saxe in its story about tax time and other issues left undone by lawmakers before the end of 2013. … Steve Jenkins (’74) was recently named a partner at Jackson Walker, a Dallas-based law firm.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Archana Verma (Ministry of Culture, India) will be the keynote speaker February 10 for “Ways of Studying Art History: South Asia and the World.” The event, which will take place from 1-5 p.m. in the Central Library Sixth Floor Parlor, will also feature several Liberal Arts faculty members. … Nicole Constable (University of Pittsburgh) will present “Precarious and Privileged Lives: The Politics of Migrant Labor and Motherhood” on April 10 for the 2014 Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture. The annual event is tentatively schedule for 7 p.m. in the School of Architecture Auditorium. … “A Journal of No Illusions: Telos, Paul Piccone, and the Americanization of Critical Theory,” edited by Professor Ben Agger (Sociology) and Timothy W. Luke (Virginia Tech University), recently received an Honorable Mention award in the non-fiction category at the 2013 London Book Festival. … Agger weighed in on the recent Tarrant County case of a teenager who avoid jail time for causing a fatal accident, citing a “affluenza” defense.

Theatre Arts major Katherine Weekley is slated to star in Playwright-in-Residence Natalie Gaupp's new play "Ostinato," which will premiere at the YOLO Solo Festival on Jan. 21-26. (Photo contributed)

Theatre Arts major Katherine Weekley is slated to star in Playwright-in-Residence Natalie Gaupp’s new play “Ostinato,” which will premiere at the YOLO Solo Festival on Jan. 21-26. (Photo contributed)

THEATRE ARTS: Playwright-in-Residence Natalie Gaupp is among eight Dallas-area playwrights who will have the world premiere of their new short plays at the first YOLO Solo Festival, Jan. 21-26 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park, reported. … Assistant Professor Anne Healy has been invited to present her paper, “Cultures Colliding: Musical Dramatization of Americans in the Word,” at the 15th Biennial Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference on North American Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland, on May 12-16, 2014. … Senior Lecturer Brandi Andrade performed in Charles Busch’s “Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” in spring 2013 at Theatre Arlington. The show was included on a year-end “best of” list by Arnold Wayne Jones of … Associate Professor Dennis Maher will direct “Robin Goodfellow” at Creative Arts Theatre and School in February and March. … Aaron Bentler (’12) has taken a position at IP Illustration as a patent illustrator. … Bee Hudgins (’11) just began principal photography on a independent feature called “Three Steps Back to Awesome.” … Kelly Smith (’07) is working as an architectural lighting designer for the Lighting Design Alliance.


From the Dean: Students, Faculty Shine Bright

January 13, 2014
Dr. Beth Wright, Dean of Liberal Arts

Dr. Beth Wright, Dean of Liberal Arts

Welcome to Spring 2014!

We’re very glad you’re here. I hope that you had a wonderful holiday/break/change of pace, and that you’ve returned eager to begin a new semester.

In December, more than 600 students crossed the stage at our College Park Center commencement ceremony. It’s a thrilling event – an arena that seats 7,000, filled with people who cheer as students achieve their academic dream. During that ceremony there were two historic “firsts”: the graduation of the first student with a minor in African American studies (he earned a degree in History) and the graduation of the first students with B.A. degrees in Critical Languages and Area Global Studies from the Department of Modern Languages.

Our faculty members continue to win international renown. Dr. Mary Vaccaro (Professor of Art History) learned that she was selected to be a Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti-The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers is in Australia, carrying out her duties as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Political Science. Students in art who were in the top three teams for a competition organized by the International Corrugated Paper Foundation will compete next month in “the best of the best.” The Department of Music’s A Cappella Choir will perform at the Texas Music Educators Association annual convention, which draws approximately 25,000 attendees. We’re delighted – but not surprised – that the exceptional quality of our faculty and student research scholarship and creative activity is being recognized and applauded.

On our campus, the Center for African American Studies hosted a very successful event in December with four authors who are faculty in the College of Liberal Arts: Dr. Dorothy Kalanzi (Sociology & Anthropology), Dr. Marvin Dulaney (History), Dr. Alusine Jalloh (History), and Dr. Krystal Beamon (Sociology & Anthropology). The Pre-Law Center received a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to support an internship class that directs their service at legal clinics for Legal Aid. UT Arlington students will provide information on their legal aid experience to high school students in Arlington who are considering careers connected to the law. The pre-law outreach will generate more than 600 hours of volunteer service to Legal Aid and also will facilitate programs on legal careers for the AVID students in the Arlington ISD.

These are only some of the ongoing activities that are taking place on our campus. I hope that these faculty members and students inspire you as you begin what I am certain will be an exciting semester. Welcome to Spring 2014!

Beth Wright
Dean of Liberal Arts

Moot Court Team Competes in Western Regionals

December 20, 2013


Nine UT Arlington students participated in the 2013 American Collegiate Moot Court Association Western Regional on Dec. 6-7, 2013, in Long Beach, Calif.

The UTA Moot Court team includes Gabriel Alonso, Christian Cano, Mark Cantrell, Angela Coward, Miriam Garza, Davinder Jassal, Bhavik Patel, Andre Raymond and Jacob Surratt.

Assistant Professor Oliver Bateman (History), who is the team’s faculty advisor, said while none of the four two-person teams advanced to the national competition, all teams “finished near the middle of the pack.” Jassal, a junior, won a majority of his individual rounds, Bateman said.

The regional event was hosted by California State University-Long Beach.

Trip expenses were funded, in part, through an endowment established by UTA alumnus and local attorney Andrew Sommerman.

Students also toured Muscle Beach, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and other southern California attractions.

“The fact that UTA’s Pre-Law Center is able to give this experience to so many students is nothing short of remarkable,” Bateman said. “Most law students will never leave their campus to attend a moot court competition, and only a handful of those students will be supported by their home university.”


SLIDESHOW: December 2013 Commencement

December 16, 2013

More than 600 students received recognition for earning a liberal arts degree Saturday at the December 2013 commencement ceremonies at the College Park Center. UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari was the keynote speaker; Beth Wright, Dean of Liberal Arts, presided over the event.

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Professor Chronicles Chicanos, Texas Higher Ed

December 13, 2013

The civil rights crusade and the activism of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education of the 1960s are chronicled in the new book, Images of America: The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, by Professor José Angel Gutiérrez (Political Science).

“This project was a labor of love,” says Gutiérrez, who co-authored the photo-laden political book with his wife, Natalia Verjat Gutiérrez, a professor of languages at Tarrant County College.

The 128-page book contains nearly 200 photographs, maps, and images from the archives at UT Austin. They range from a poster promoting a documentary about the banning of the Mexican American Studies program at an Arizona college to photos of high-ranking Mexican Americans in higher education such as Raymund Paredes, Texas Higher Education commissioner, and Francisco Cigarroa, UT System chancellor.

The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education was founded in 1975 by a group of junior faculty at UT Austin determined to improve opportunity in higher education for Americans of Mexican origin.

Read more about Gutiérrez’s book.

COLA Notes for December 2013

December 10, 2013

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: The Dallas Morning News did a two-page report (on Dec. 9) on Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby’s exhibition at Valley House Gallery. He will participate in an artist talk at 11 a.m. Dec. 14. His exhibition will run through Jan. 11.

COMMUNICATION: The Department of Communication main office won “Best Decorated Box” in the UTA Golden Key food drive earlier this month. University-wide, the international honor society collected 1,161 pounds of food, beating the previous record of 464 pounds. … Several broadcast students in Radio Production/UTA Radio and TV Reporting won awards at the South Central Broadcasting Society Awards held Nov. 22 in Austin. Winners include: Shaun Hudgins, 3rd place audio spot production; Adrian Gandara, 2nd place audio news feature package; Paul Bennett, 3rd place video news feature package; Angelina Armendariz, 2nd place video hard/spot news; Omar Castillon, 2nd place audio station imaging; Hannah Barnett and Travis Mejia, Honorable mention audio sports program; Marie Lopez, 2nd place audio news program; and UTA News en Espanol, 3rd place video news program. … The AAF (American Advertising Federation) student chapter at UTA hosted several speakers this semester, both through in-person visits and with the aid of technology through Skype. Noteworthy guests include a New York City-based creative director for Starbucks and Dove Chocolate; NYC-based account executive for an interactive and advanced advertising sales agency; multiple local speakers from the Fort Worth chapter of AAF; and a social media expert from Dallas. … Assistant Professor Rachel Stohr traveled to Washington, D.C. last month to serve as a respondent for a panel entitled, “(Dis)connections of Agency, Voice, and Self: Narratives from LGBTQ Students and Allies about Creating Safe Zones and Enacting Civil Disobedience,” at the National Communication Association annual convention. … Broadcasting major Candice Stinnett was featured in an WFAA story about surviving cancer and preparing for her third marathon. … Several students worked with Fox Sports during as production assistants at the recent Baylor vs.Texas Tech game at AT&T Stadium. The students included Dena Adi, Avery Anderson, Candice Stinnett, Dylan Fry and Scott Stone. … Graduates Shaunda Poster and Sean Noel are working for TXA 21. Poster is a sideline reporter for TXA 21’s coverage of high school football, and Noel is a camera operator. … Broadcasting major Allie Woldtvedt has accepted a position as an on-air reporter for KODE, Joplin, Mo. … Graduate Lucille Wong is working with a program called TaLK (Teach and Learn in Korea), sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education. The after-school program allows its scholars to gain hands-on teaching experience as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher while offering flexibility for travel. Wong is teaching first through sixth grade for the organization.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: CQ Researcher extensively quoted Alex del Carmen, professor and department chair, in an article about racial profiling. “Racial profiling as a whole doesn’t have the prevalence that the media would lead the public to believe, but it happens more often than the folks on the other spectrum say,” del Carmen said. “Racism continues to be a problem in the law enforcement community.” Del Carmen’s “Racial Profiling in America,” was also cited as one of the leading books in racial profiling in the United States.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Assistant Professor Suwon Yoon and Masaya Yoshida (Northwestern University) will present “When are Clause-Final Verbs Facilitated in Korean?” at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting Jan. 3, 2014, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. … Doctoral student Lori McLain Pierce will present “Vowel centralization in Choctaw” at a meeting for The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas on Jan. 3. Professor Colleen Fitzgerald and Joshua Hinson (Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program) will present “Expressing potential and ability in Chickasaw.”


On Dec. 3, Mexican writer Daniel Espartaco Sanchez visited with students from Associate Professor Ignacio Ruiz-Perez’s Mexican literature class. The visit was organized by the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas. (Photo by Robert Crosby, University Communications)

MUSIC: Artist-in-residence Adonis Rose will perform with the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the newly renovated Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth. … The Department of Music is offering a unique course next spring: World Music Ensemble. Students will learn about music from Africa, the Caribbean and South America. For more information, log on to

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Faculty and students gathered last month for the Visions in International Relations Graduate Conference, a graduate student conference organized from Assistant Professor Burcu Bayram’s Theories in International Relations course. The mini-conference enabled graduate students to give presentations on their research. … Assistant Professor Brent Sasley co-wrote a guest column about technology changes and scholarly norms for The Duck of Minerva. Mira Sucharov, associate professor of political science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, served as co-author of the piece. … Sasley also penned a piece for Foreign Affairs, examine the shifts in Israeli security establishment and foreign relations. … A Mansfield News-Mirror opinion piece about the development of Mansfield quoted Associate Professor Allan Saxe. The debate among the swelling population is whether Mansfield is a big town or small city. “Mansfield is a city, it’s growing and doing it in a methodical way, with zoning and building codes,” Saxe said. “They looked at other cities. That’s good, it shows that people are paying attention.” … Assistant Professor Daniel Sledge was featured in a Weather Channel online story about the historical shift in public health threats in America, from diseases such as typhoid and malaria to chronic illnesses like heart disease and cancer. “Part of the reason [chronic diseases are more common] is that people just live longer,” he said.

THEATRE ARTS: Associate Professor Joe Chapa is presented a combat workshop at last month’s Texas Thespian Festival. The workshop, entitled “Pow without the ow!,” covered the most abused combat elements in high school theatre: the slap, the fall and the punch. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer performed in the Amphibian Stage Production’s staged reading of “After Ashley” by Gina Gionfriddo on Dec. 8-9. … Kristina Broadway (’14), a performer in “As It Is in Heaven,” was featured in a Youtube video highlighting the balance of her school and family life. … The official name for Maverick Theatre Company on twitter has changed to UTAMavTheatre. Don’t you like how that sounds! Follow us and retweet our posts! … Maverick Theatre Company member Heather Moore will begin an internship next year at CATS (Creative Arts Theatre School) in Arlington. … Theatre Arts major Brian Robinson recently finished performing in “Dante’s Inferno” with MBS Productions at the Addison Stone Cottage Theatre. … Josh Smith is the shop foreman at the Dallas Children’s Theatre … Anthony Bowling (’06) is performing with Four Day Weekend Improv Group. … Many Maverick Theatre Company students auditioned and won roles in various final semester short film projects, including: Benira Miller, Brian Robinson, Bentleight Nesbit, Anna Marie Boyd, Elsie Taljaard and Joshua Davis. … Nesbit will also be performing in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” with Kids Who Care at the Scott Theatre in Fort Worth. … Theatre Arts major Marrilynn Ready recently published a children’s book, “Colie the Coal Elf,” through

WOMEN’S STUDIES: The Women’s & Gender Studies program is accepting applications for the Junior Woman’s Club of Fort Worth Scholarship. Minors in the program have until Wednesday, April 2, 2014, to submit application materials. Application instructions are found by going to and using the Junior Woman’s Club of Fort Worth Scholarship link in the navigation menu.


COLA Notes for November 2013

November 13, 2013

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon made is debut at the Dallas Museum of Art last month. His solo exhibition, “Concentrations 56: Stephen Lapthisophon: Coffee, seasonal fruit, root vegetables” and “Selected Poems ” is open through March 30, 2014, and is part of the “Concentrations” series of project-based solo exhibitions by international emerging and under-represented artists. … The glass studio at the Studio Arts Center was open during UT Arlington’s annual Parent Family Weekend last month. Pictures of live demonstrations were post on  The Shorthorn’s website. … Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith was quoted in a story about the Hollywood trend toward more movies about the black experience in America. Smith cautioned against focusing solely on historical subject matter instead of modern-day situations, saying he’d like to see a mix of “both sides of the narrative.” He said: “We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.” … Smith’s newest film, “Heaven,” is already getting advance buzz from Texas media. … Professor Nancy Palmeri was a faculty organizer for Wild Pony Express, a letterpress card, poster and hand-bound book sale on Nov. 8. Proceeds from the sale will go to underwrite student conference trips and workshop scholarships. … Original work by Senior Lecturer Carlos Donjuan was included in the latest issue (and cover) of New American Paintings. … Work by MFA candidate Jean Fernandes has been selected for several national exhibitions. She has upcoming shows in Key West, Fla., Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Denton. Recent shows include galleries in Seattle, Naperville, Ill., and Wichita, Kan. … The UTA chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Art – AIGA UTA – hosted a speaker’s tour, alumni panel and gallery reception Nov. 7. Guests included Diana Tran (Google), Lily Smith-Kirkley (Lilco Press) and Jos Ege (Texas A&M Unviersity). … David Gappa (’96) has opened Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery in Grapevine, The Dallas Morning News reported in a feature story. The studio offers classes in glassblowing, which Gappa learned while earning his degree from UT Arlington.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: Taylor and Shirlee Gandy will be awarded the Distinguished Philanthropists Award primarily through efforts that funded the Kennedy Tribute in downtown Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Several groups at UT Arlington, including the College of Liberal Arts, have benefited from the Gandys’ fundraising expertise and student scholarship endowments.

Shaunda Poster ('13) debuted this fall as a sideline reporter for the KTXA 21 "High School Football" game coverage. (Photo contributed)

Shaunda Poster (’13) debuted this fall as a sideline reporter for the KTXA 21 “High School Football” game coverage. (Photo contributed)

COMMUNICATION: UTA Radio News has been honored with a Best Newscast award from College Broadcasters, Inc. A finalist for the award in the past, this is the first win for the station. UTA Radio beat out UT Pan American and Rowan University for the honor. … Associate Professor Andrew Clark was interviewed last month in a CW 33 KDAF story about the use of drones by law enforcement agencies. … Faculty, staff and students can drop off donations for the Golden Key International Honour Society’s 3rd Annual Golden CAN Food Drive in the Department of Communication main office, Room 118 in the Fine Arts building. … The UTA Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) hosted Dallas Morning News staffer Will Pry at the organization’s Oct. 30 meeting. … Public relations students enrolled in PR Case Studies classes this semester got to learn about real-world applications of PR techniques during a Nov. 5 presentation on Crisis Communication/International PR. Guest speakers included Jennifer Lanter (Gladney Center for Adoption), Heidi Bruegel Cox (Gladney Center for Adoption) and Lisa LeMaster. … The Association for Women in Communication will host guest speaker Pantheon president and owner Elizabeth R. Schick at the chapter’s next meeting, noon, Nov. 13. in Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center. The cost to attend is $5 with free admission for AWC members. … Don Flanders, senior account executive with New York-based Rovi Advertising, will be the guest speaker at the next Ad Club meeting. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 13 in Room 409, Fine Arts building. … Associate Professor Eronini Megwa traveled to Nigeria on Oct. 16-26 to present a paper, “The Changing Mechanisms of Influence: Social media & Reporter-source interplay,” at the 16th annual conference of the African Council for Communication Education (ACCE). … An interview with lecturer and graphic specialist Roby B. McEuen is included in the Bard Graduate Center Craft, Art & Design Oral History Project. McEuen’s daughter, Laurel McEuen, interviewed her dad as part of her master’s work on the project. … Recent graduate Vania Salinas has been hired by Univision-Dallas. Salinas is taking over UT Arlington alumna Reyna Cavazos’ position as morning editor now that Cavazos is moving to full-time anchor/reporter for the station’s morning show.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Professor and Department Chair Alejandro del Carmen was quoted in an Associated Press story about a series of four mass killing of families that took place in Arizona, New York, Texas and South Carolina during October, which was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. WFAA was one of several media outlets that ran the story. … The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice co-sponsored the fifth annual Texas Human Trafficking Summit in Dallas on Oct. 16. Assistant Professor Jaya Davis was an invited speaker and lectured on the correlation between female juvenile delinquency and risk factors for human trafficking victimization.

ENGLISH: Conservationists Paul Bogard (The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light) and Green Earth Lighting owner Cindy Luongo Cassidy discussed the impact of nighttime artificial light on physical, mental and spiritual health at an Arlington Conservation Council (ACC) workshop last week at the Planetarium at UT Arlington. The event was co-sponsored by the Department of English.

College of Liberal Arts Dean Beth Wright (center) and UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari (far right) were among several university officials who gathered last month for the African American Faculty Staff Association reception in the University Club. Associate Professor W. Marvin Dulaney (History) is the past-president of the 30-member group. (Photo contributed)

College of Liberal Arts Dean Beth Wright (center) and UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari (far right) were among several university officials who gathered last month for the African American Faculty Staff Association reception in the University Club. Associate Professor W. Marvin Dulaney (History) is the past-president of the 30-member group. (Photo contributed)

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: As part of the Foundation for Endangered Languages Conference held in early October at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, Joshua Hinson (Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program) and Professor Colleen Fitzgerald presented a paper, “‘Ilittibaatoksali ”We are working together’: Perspectives on Our Chickasaw Tribal-Academic Collaboration.” The published paper appears in Endangered Languages Beyond Boundaries: Community Connections, Collaborative Approaches, and Cross-Disciplinary Research. … Fitzgerald was also awarded a Faculty Fellowship on Sustainability in the Curriculum from the UT Arlington’s Sustainability Committee.

MUSIC: Professor Jing Ling-Tam will conduct the 2014 Alaska All State Mixed Choir on Nov. 20-23. Earlier this month she was the headliner at the Alberta Choir Federation lecture workshops in Canada. … A new CD from Assistant Professor Scott Pool, “Vocalise,” was recently released on Mark Records and is available through He was also a featured artist Nov. 9 at the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, Calif.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor and Chair Rebecca Deen spoke about recent elections and previewed the 2014 races in a North Texas Commission webinar event on Monday, Nov. 11. … Professor Victoria Farrar-Myers appeared on the WBAP/TALK 820 AM’s Wade Emmert Show last month to discuss the U.S. government shutdown and the 2013 Texas elections. Farrar-Myers also spoke about Democratic Party trends in Dallas County to a group at the Inspiring Body of Christ Church in south Dallas. … Associate Professor Allan Saxe said one reason voters stayed away from the polls earlier this month stemmed in the difficulty in understanding the way the proposed constitutional amendments were composed and written, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. “Constitutional Amendments do matter because once passed it is difficult to overturn them since they are now part of the Constitution,” Saxe said. … World Magazine quoted Assistant Professor Daniel Sledge about President Obama’s apology to Americans who are surprised they’re losing their current health insurance plans.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Professor Ben Agger (Sociology) and Timothy Luke (Virginia Tech University) co-authored a new book, “Gun Violence and Public Life,” now available through Paradigm Publishers. … Agger was recently quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article about a marijuana sales tax in Colorado.

THEATRE ARTS: Assistant Professor Anne Healy will stage a setting of the Thomas Hood poem “Fair Isles,” a choral piece for UTA’s A Cappella Choir under the direction of Dr. Karen Kenaston-French. The piece will be performed at the Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio in February 2014. … Associate Professor Dennis Maher and Lecturer Melanie Mason (Communication) recently directed the critically acclaimed production of “Of Mice and Men” for Theatre Arlington.  Alumni Gregory Alan Cooke (’12) and Eugene Chandler (’12) had major roles in the play. … Maher will direct “Robin Goodfellow” for Creative Arts Theatre and School in February 2014. … Alumna Kathryn Ivey (’12) is a crew member and entertainer aboard Disney Cruise Lines; she previously interned at Walt Disney World before her embarkation. … Associate Professor Joe Chapa finished directing “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood” at The Creative Arts Theatre and School. … Maverick Theatre Company’s Flight 12, a student improv group, participated in the National Day of Reading at Fair Meadow Elementary in Duncanville. … Graduate Nicole Weber (’12) performed last month in “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” at McDavid Studio in Fort Worth.

WOMEN’S STUDIES: Administrative Assistant Trudi Beckman published an article, “The Tangibility of Mourning: Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Raven’” in the Lamar Journal of the Humanities earlier this year.


Political Science Hosts Lecture Week

October 31, 2013

Contemporary hot button issues will highlight Political Science Week, Monday-Thursday, Nov. 4-7.

Department of Political Science faculty members and guests will discuss the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, foreign policy, immigration and the Texas gubernatorial race.

The weeks beings with a mixer 11:30 a.m. Monday in the University Hall lobby. Other events include:

Monday, Nov. 4
Dr. Daniel Sledge “Obamacare: What it Means for Texas”
Dr. Joe Ignagni, Dr. Brent Boyea “Same-sex Marriage and the Supreme Court”
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: UH 116

Tuesday, Nov. 5
Dr. Brent Sasley, Dr. Heidi Hardt “Syria: An End to the Bloodshed?”
Dr. Mark Cichock “Russian Foreign Policy”
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Library Mall

Wednesday, Nov. 6
Dr. Rebecca Deen, Dr. Allan Saxe “The Race for Texas Governor”
Dr. Burcu Bayram “The Responsibility to Protect”
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: UH 115

Thursday, Nov. 7
Dr. José Gutierrez “Prospects for Immigration Reform”
Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers “Governing in a Hyperpartisan America”
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Main entrance of library patio

Dr. Mike Miller, University of Illinois
“Subsidizing Democracy: Political Behavior in Publically Funded Elections”
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Planetarium

COLA Notes for October 2013

October 9, 2013

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Three department faculty members have been selected for a group exhibition, “Tejano: Contemporary Latin American Artists of Texas,” at the Longview Museum of Art. Lecturer Carlos Donjuan, Professor Benito Huerta and Associate Professor Andrew Ortiz were chosen from a statewide call for artists. The exhibition runs until Oct. 26. … Visiting assistant professor Stephen Lapthisophon will be part of KERA’s “State of Arts” program at the Dallas Museum of Art on Oct. 10. His panel discussion will preview his DMA exhibition that opens Oct. 27. … Art student Raymond Queen and the glass program were filmed earlier this month for a segment on “Heroes Come Home,” a local television series about U.S. veterans. … The Dallas Morning News noted that the 26th annual Dallas VideoFest is filled with child-friendly offerings and a chance to see and support the work of local youth in a variety of venues. Founded by Associate Professor Bart Weiss, VideoFest is the oldest and largest video festival in the United States, and runs Oct. 9-13 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson. … An art movement in Deep Ellum has been organized by Assistant Professor Justin Ginsberg and Jeff Gibbons of Apophenia Underground and is getting rave reviews, according to a Dallas Observer article. … Alumnus Paul Windle recently directed and illustrated a series of commercials for ESPN to promote the sport channel’s streaming web service. … Professor Benito Huerta and alumnus Francisco Moreno were featured in a recent edition of Patron magazine.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Elzie Odom will be the special panel guest during the Center for African American Studies (CAAS) Community Matters Symposium on Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m. in the Sixth Floor Parlor of the Central Library. Michael Glaspie was a panel guest on the Oct. 8 symposium event.

COMMUNICATION: The Department of Communication is participating in the Golden Key International Honour Society’s 3rd Annual Golden CAN Food Drive to aid the hungry in North Texas. Nonperishable food items may be dropped off in Room 118 of the Fine Arts Building. Items will be picked up Nov. 25 by a local food bank. … Lecturer Marti Harvey traveled to Austin last month to attend the Texas Tribune Event and serve on a panel discussing the future of journalism. … Senior Lecturer Kim Pewitt Jones represented UT Arlington and the Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at the organization’s national convention in Anaheim, Calif., last month. Jones is an advisor for UTA SPJ and an officer for the SPJ Fort Worth Chapter. … Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith presented a paper, “For the Fame Which May Be Forgotten: Two Magazines and the Fight to Save Mount Vernon, 1855-1860,” at the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) Convention in New Orleans last month. The paper was awarded the Maurine Beasley Award for outstanding paper in women’s history and was runner-up for the Best Faculty Paper award. Pribanic-Smith also received the Joseph McKerns Research Grant, a $1,250 award to assist with archival research travel and the President’s Award for sustained and meritorious service to AJHA. … Master’s candidate Laura Kinch was recently selected by for the 2013-2014 DFW American Marketing Association Mentor Program. Kinch is the Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications at UT Arlington. … A ringtone created by communication technology major Umear Ali has been picked up by iTunes. Ali’s iPhoneremix is ranked in the Top 20 worldwide and No. 1 in Canada. … Broadcast major Shaun Hudgins is interning with The Ben and Skin Show this semester after a summer internship with KRLD/105.3 The Fan working with Texas Rangers game audio. … Communication studies major Evann Crawford is currently participating in the Ford Grant Research Study with Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley. The research project is a partnership with Mission Arlington in an attempt to create diabetes awareness. … Public relations major Sara Tariq is a contributing writer for New York-based VIBE magazine, a contributing writer and editor for a music blog,, and is working an an intern for an LA-based artist management company. … Public relations and communication technology double major Noe Ponce is a contributing writer for … Public relations major Brandon Demings is working in UTA’s Health Service Substance Abuse and Health Promotions Department as the senior intern and lead educator. Demings is responsible for marketing, publicity and community relations for the organization and also works in peer education and counseling, providing support to students who may be dealing with substance abuse or alcohol problems. … Alyssa Davis (BA, ’13) is a camera operator at KTXD-TV in Addison. … Broadcast major Erick Fernandez is working the NBC 5-TV production crew at the station’s new facility, south of DFW Airport.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Assistant Professor Seokjin Jeong recently published an article, “Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Special Needs Diversionary Program in Reducing Reoffending Among Mentally Ill Youthful Offenders” in the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. … Graduate students Callie Brown and Kingsley Chigbu both had papers reprinted as articles in fall issues of Law Enforcement Executive Forum Journal. Professor and department chair Alex del Carmen served as a co-author on each paper. … “Disproportionate juvenile minority confinement: A state-level assessment of the racial threat hypothesis,” an article co-authored by Assistant Professor Jaya Davis, was recently published in Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, an academic journal. … Davis presented a paper, “Service-Learning Use in Criminal Justice Education,” at the annual Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice conference in San Antonio.  Jeong also presented at the conference. His paper was titled, “ What Teachers Can do to Make a Safe School Climate and Reduce Fear of Victimization in School.” … In July, Senior Lecturer Patricia Eddings presented lectures on collecting forensic evidence to the operating staffs at John Peter Smith Hospital and Harris Hospital. … Last year’s Honors College inductees include Ivette Cervantes, Ronni Hayes, Rebecca Hickey, Lisa Mueller, Scott Peel and Veronica Shrestha. … Scholarship winners for 2013-2014 include Veronica Shrestha (for the Presidential Scholarship) and Rebecca Hickey (for the Fleetwood Memorial Scholarship). … Recently, the Jillian Smith Memorial Internship was added as an opportunity for students. Nearly two dozen students served in internship positions during the Spring 2013 semester. The memorial internship was established to honor Arlington police officer Jillian Smith who was shot and killed responding to a domestic violence call in 2010. … The Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training held its fall seminar on the Fort Worth Campus. The program title “So You Want to be A Police Chief?” addressed the topic of leadership in law enforcement.

Associate Professor Wei Chen (Phyics), left, and Dean of Liberal Arts Beth Wright chat during a recent reception for the SAVANT Center, a UT Arlington group studying "security advances via applied nanotechnology." (Photo contributed)

Associate Professor Wei Chen (Phyics), left, and Dean of Liberal Arts Beth Wright chat during a recent reception for the SAVANT Center, a UT Arlington group studying “security advances via applied nanotechnology.” (Photo contributed)

ENGLISH: Professor Cedric May was quoted in a New York Times article about college students and changing attitudes toward technology. … Assistant Professor William Arce joined Associate Professor Christian Zlolniski (Anthropology) for a Sept. 15 radio show on KFCD 990AM. The two discussed the Mexican War of Independence in 1810 and its impact on today’s culture. … Professor Ken Roemer will lead a group of students from his ENGL 6333 course on a Nov. 2 tour of Whitehawk, a grassroots, sustainable community outside Denton, Texas. The cooperative was established in the 1970s. … The department will host author Paul Bogard at a lecture event Nov. 6 at the UTA Planetarium. Bogard’s visit is part of the department’s “Big Bang Theories” lecture series throughout the year. The 7 p.m. lecture is sponsored by the Arlington Conservation Council.

HISTORY: Assistant Professor Sarah Rose and colleague Joshua Salzmann (Northeastern Illinois University) argue that Major League Baseball players’ use of steroids has been driven by the changing business of baseball, according to a Chicago Tribune opinion piece. … Doctoral student Justin Dellinger recently won the Ristow Prize from the Washington Map Society. Last year, Thomas Weiss, another History student, won.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Five UT Arlington linguists will present work at the fifth annual Metroplex Linguistics Conference in Dallas on Oct. 26. Assistant Professor Naoko Witzel will present a paper, “How second language words function in memory;” Assistant Professor Suwon Yoon will present a paper, “On the distribution of NPIs in clausal comparatives;” doctoral student Samantha Cornelius will present a poster on “Multisyllabic rhyme in contemporary American hip hop;” doctoral student Libby Tatz will present a poster on “Mentoring at the Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop 2012;” and doctoral student Lori McClain Pierce will present a paper on “Vowel Centralization in Choctaw.” … An article by Associate Professor and Department Chair Laurel Smith Stvan — “Stress management: Corpus-based insights into vernacular interpretations of stress” — will appear in an upcoming issue of Communication & Medicine journal.  … A joint project on child language acquisition by Assistant Professor Cindy Kilpatrick and Associate Professor Jodi Tommerdahl (Curriculum and Instruction) was covered on WAMC, an NPR radio station in Albany, N.Y.

MUSIC: Associate Professor Dan Cavanagh will perform original pieces at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in Irons Recital Hall as part of a poetry event sponsored by the Department of English. … Senior percussion major Emmanuel Flores was recently selected as one of five recipients of a 2013 Texas PASIC Scholarship from the Percussive Arts Society.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Professor Joseph Ignagni said modern texts sometimes misinterpret the Second Amendment in a CBS 11 KTVT story about a textbook used in a Denton Guyer High School class. Ignagni pointed to the landmark DC v. Heller Supreme Court decision of 2008, in which the justices in a 5-4 vote declared the Federal Government could not pass a law restricting individual rights to guns. … The Dallas Morning News interviewed Professor José Angel Gutiérrez for a September story about Dallas Mexican-Americans and their involvement in electing John F. Kennedy in 1960. … In a commentary piece for National Interest, Assistant Professor Brent Sasley argues that Russia does not post a threat to the U.S. in the Middle East. … KLIF/570 AM interviewed Assistant Professor Daniel Sledge about open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, which began Oct. 1, and fears surrounding the law. … The Washington Post interviewed Professor Victoria Farrar-Myers about state Sen. Wendy Davis’s campaign for governor.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Assistant Professor Ritu Khanduri (Anthropology) was recently elected to a three-year term on the American Anthropological Association’s Committee on World Anthropologies. … The third edition of “Critical Social Theories” (Oxford University Press) by Professor Ben Agger (Sociology) is now available in print.

THEATRE ARTS: Professor Andrew Christopher Gaupp has been invited as a guest artist for the New Play Development Workshop in Scottsdale, Ariz., next summer. The workshop is held in conjunction with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s annual conference.  Gaupp will serve as either an actor or director for one of the six to eight new plays selected nationally to be premiered on July 27, 2014. … Department Chair and Professor Kim LaFontaine will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Rochester Repertory Theatre Company which he co-founded in Rochester, Minn. … Associate Professor Dennis Maher played two roles at Fort Worth Theater, Stage West production of “Thank You, Jeeves” last month/. The play was directed by legendary Fort Worth actor/director/producer Jerry Russell. … Theatre Arlington’s production of “Annie” won several awards for UT Arlington faculty, staff, students and alumni. The production won nine Stony Awards to lead all categories and was named Best Musical. Alumni nominated for Stonys were Hannah Kashmar, Steven D. Morris and Molly Dobbs (’12); Maher was also nominated. Winners included Celi (Radillo) Bowling (’06) and Adjunct Lecturer Melanie Mason (’93). … Gregory Alan Cooke (’12) and Eugene Chandler (’12) were named to the cast of Theatre Arlington’s “Of Mice and Men.” The production, co-directed by Mason and Maher, will open this month. … Senior Lecturer Natalie Gaupp was this year’s featured playwright at the Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas. Three new works by Natalie Gaupp were presented in live readings by professional actors. … Adjunct Professor Laurel Whitsett continues her work with the Dallas Theater Center’s actors in Clybourne Park as the sign language consultant/language coach and will be performing in “Death Tax” by Lucas Hnath, directed by Rene Moreno, at the Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth beginning Oct. 17. … Theatre major Anna Boyd recently a regional commercial through NTVIC Productions for Twisted Root. … Theatre major Adrian Stecker recently appeared in the short film, “The Henchmen.” … Alumnus Matt Grevan finished an apprenticeship at the Dallas Theatre Center this past summer and just started an MFA in Stage Management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. … Maverick Theatre Company member Dale Shelton describes why he became an actor in a recent YouTube post.


Liberal Arts Alumni Honored at Annual Gala

October 7, 2013

Two Liberal Arts graduates will be among those honored Oct. 19 at the 48th annual Distinguished Alumni Gala.

Texas attorneys JoAnn Lee (’76) and Jeff Leuschel (’77) are two of seven alumni to be recognized in the annual university event.



Lee, who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UT Arlington, is assistant general counsel, global litigation for ExxonMobil and a member of the Law Department Management Committee. Her responsibilities include management of 150 employees and oversight of a global litigation and arbitration portfolio to protect the interests of the company’s shareholders. Prior to joining ExxonMobil, where she has served in various management positions, she was a trial attorney for Union Pacific Railroad and chief prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

A graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, Lee serves on the Advisory Board of Corporate Counsel Women of Color and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, Chief Litigation Counsel Association, Houston Bar Foundation, and Texas Bar Foundation. She also serves on the board at Family Services of Greater Houston and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and other nonprofit organizations.

Lee credits her experience at UT Arlington as the foundation for her success in law school and as an attorney.

“UTA provided an excellent academic foundation,” she said. “The pre-law curriculum and the professors required me to think more critically. The focus on writing and analytical skills at UTA contributed to my overall development and has been the cornerstone of my strengths as an attorney.”



Leuschel is a partner in the Dallas office of McCall, Parkhurst & Horton L.L.P., representing clients in municipal finance transactions in Texas and Oklahoma. He has helped numerous Texas communities structure economic development public-private partnerships, including Alliance Airport, Texas Motor Speedway, the redevelopment of Dallas Love Field, and the construction of the Dallas Convention Center hotel. Texas Lawyer named him Public Finance Lawyer of the Year in Dallas in 2011, and he is an honorary member of the Government Treasurers Organization of Texas. He chairs the Video Association of Dallas Board of Directors and has served on the board of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Guild.

Leuschel earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UT Arlington and a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. He said the listening skills he developed at UT Arlington enabled him to overcome challenges at law school and in his career. Leuschel often encourages the students he mentors to ask questions and seek advice from others.

“Seeking the advice of friends and professors is invaluable as you try to figure out what the next steps will be in continuing along the path toward making career decisions,” he said. “Don’t fail to seek advice; your friends are going to be experiencing the same types of doubts, fears and hopes, and your professors have a wealth of experience and resources to help you in developing your career path.”

Both Lee and Leuschel are members of the UT Arlington Development Board, and each has made generous donations that will benefit pre-law students: Leuschel’s gift helped start the Center for Pre-Law and Legal Studies and Lee’s gift will help further the center’s mission.

Established in 1965, the Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor bestowed by the University and the Alumni Association. The award recognizes outstanding alumni for the individual achievements, their contributions to their industry or profession and service to UT Arlington.

In 2012, Liberal Arts alumni Shirlee Gandy (’70) and Curtis Kayem (’66) were honored as distinguished alumni at the gala.

The gala will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Tickets and sponsorship packages are available online.



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