Liberal Arts Students Shine at 2015

March 26, 2015

Several students from the College of Liberal Arts won awards for their presentations at the 2015 Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium Wednesday, March 25, at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Communication major Nadajalah Bennett won the President’s Award in the Undergraduate Poster competition. For the oral presentation sessions, other undergraduate winners were Linguistics major Jayr Logan (Provost’s Award, Morning Session), History major Courtney Broderick (Honorable Mention, Morning Session), Linguistics major Jessica Nordon (Honorable Mention, Morning Session), English major Hannah Bradley (Provost’s Award, Afternoon Session) and Communication major Lawanda McKelvy (Dean’s Award, Afternoon Session).

Top graduate students in oral presentations included Linguistic’s Kent Rasmussen (Dean’s Award, Morning Session) and Modern Languages’ Robert Phillips (Dean’s Award, Afternoon Session).

Nearly 200 UT Arlington students participated in this year’s ACES event. The annual symposium is organized by the Office of Graduate Studies. For more information, visit the ACES website.


Participating COLA students were: 

Oral Presentations

LaDonna Aiken, Communication
Daniel Amy, Linguistics & TESOL
Darcey Browning, Linguistics & TESOL
Vicki Cana, Linguistics & TESOL
Jazmin Chinea Barreto, Modern Languages
Morgan Chivers, Art & Art History
Laura Copeland, Linguistics & TESOL
Michael Deliz, History
Jason Hogue, English
Karily Garcia Cruz, Modern Languages
Alicia Garza, Modern Languages
Adam Guerrero, History
Jacob Jones, History
Ji Yea Kim, Linguistics & TESOL
Karen McAlister, Communication
Lucianne Nelson, Political Science
Jennifer Omaña, English
Robert Philips, Modern Languages
Anna Prieto, Communication
Kent Rasmussen, Linguistics & TESOL
Stephanie Sulik, History
Lukas Szrot, Sociology
John Watson, Communication
Todd Womble, English


Hannah Bradley, English
Courtney Broderick, History
Breann Brown, Music
Isaac Frias, History
Peter Hedleston, History
Doreen Hernandez, History
Felipe Javier Garcia, Modern Languages
Jayr Logan, Linguistics & TESOL
Karina Martinez, Modern Languages
Lawanda Mckelvy, Communication
Diana Moreno, Modern Languages
Anthony Musselman, History
Jessica Nordon, Linguistics & TESOL
Heribero Rodriguez, History
Jeremy Schack, Communication
Nicholas R. Wilson, English


Kimberly Johnson, Linguistics & TESOL

Nadajalah Bennett, Communication
Alyssa Dequeant, Modern Languages
Devin Hornick, Linguistics & TESOL
Karah Kattenby, Art & Art History
Eric Katz, Linguistics & TESOL
Juan Lopez, Linguistics & TESOL
Joaquín Machado, English
Abraham Montano, Modern Languages

UTA Hosts Texas Digital Humanities Conference

March 23, 2015

The second annual Texas Digital Humanities Conference, co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Liberal Arts and the UT Arlington Libraries, will be held April 9-11 at the Central Library.

The three-day event will focus on a better understanding of the history and future of digital humanities in Texas, specifically addressing issues related to secondary and higher education. The departments of Art & Art History, English, History and Linguistics & TESOL, as well as the Honors College, are also sponsors.

“This conference comes out of group of researchers who were interested in setting up a regional network of scholars at different Texas universities who all worked in the interdisciplinary area of digital humanities,” said Associate Professor and Department Chair Laurel Smith Stvan (Linguistics & TESOL). “Often these researchers have been scattered across different departments on a campus, even though they might be using some of the same techniques. We wanted a venue where scholars in Texas could get together and share their work.”

Keynote speakers for the conference are Alan Liu (University of California-Santa Barbara), Adeline Koh (Richard Stockton College) and George Siemens (UT Arlington).

Graduate Teaching Assistant Rod Sachs (English) gives instructions on filming and editing scholarly interviews and lectures as part of a digital humanities project. Sachs is slated to speak at the Texas Digital Humanities Conference April 9-11 at the UT Arlington Central Library. (Photo by James Dunning/COLA Communications)

Graduate Teaching Assistant Rod Sachs (English) gives instructions on filming and editing scholarly interviews and lectures as part of a digital humanities project. Sachs is slated to speak at the Texas Digital Humanities Conference April 9-11 at the UT Arlington Central Library. (Photo by James Dunning/COLA Communications)

Rod Sachs, a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of English, said the conference program is designed to help undergraduate and graduate students understand the nature of digital humanities and the applications available.

“This conference is designed to answer the question ‘what is digital humanities?’” Sachs said. “We’ve brought in some of the top names in digital humanities, people who represent different sides of things. It should be an interesting dialogue.”

Sachs, a presenter, is excited about the conference. Historically, digital humanities has been described as the digitizing of rare and out-of-print texts or digitizing maps (for use in cartography) or using digital sounds to study language (as many of the faculty and students do in Linguistics & TESOL). But Sachs argues the field should also include those who glean new information from these digitized items as well as those who present knowledge in more modern formats. As an undergraduate student at UT San Antonio, Sachs began filming professors like Walter Mignolo (Duke University) at the decolonial scholar’s summer course in The Netherlands, then posting mini-documentaries online for a global audience.

“I film and turn a 30-minute talk into a seven-minute, condensed version, subtitled and in different languages, and teach undergraduate students how to do the same,” he said. “At this conference, I’ll be making the argument that that process is also digital humanities.”

Stvan said the interdisciplinary nature of digital humanities and how the latest technologies are applied intrigues her the most.

“Many of the issues of how to archive documents or data, and how to display the results of our research, are common across fields such as English, history, linguistics or art,” she said. “Techniques in digital humanities tend to be very contemporary; it’s a mash-up of new tech tools and historical research material.”

Stvan is also pleased UTA is hosting the conference this year. Faculty members and staff from several departments and groups worked on the planning team and we eager to show how invested UTA is in the field.

“I think the conference highlights some of the longstanding strengths UTA has had,” she said. “UTA is focused on data-driven discovery to share new knowledge and enhance current knowledge. So it’s a perfect time to show how big data is being interpreted in the humanities.

“I believe the conference will help put a name to the digital humanities discipline and attract students to this work that UTA scholars are known for.”

Registration for the Texas Digital Humanities Conference (TxDHC) ends March 27. For more information, visit the conference’s web page.

TxDHC is an organization of Digital Humanities Initiatives, Centers, and Institutes in the State of Texas. The consortium was organized in 2013, with UT Arlington, University of Houston, Rice, Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Texas as founding members.


 (By James Dunning/COLA Communications,

Webb Lectures Reset for April 24

March 23, 2015

The second day of the 50th Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures is now on Friday, April 24, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The event, originally set for March 5, was postponed because of snow and ice.

Topics include “Disability and Slave Motherhood in the Antebellum South,” “Defining Idiocy in 19th Century Families,” and “Personal Politics, Disability Rights and the Deinstitutionalization of Psychiatric Hospitals.”

Susan Burch of Middlebury College will give the keynote lecture “Disorderly Pasts: Kinship, Diagnoses, and Native American-U.S. Histories” at 7:30 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom.

Sponsors include History, Disability Studies, the Office for Students with Disabilities, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Movin’ Mavs Adapted Sports and Recreation.

(SOURCE: MavWire.)


Friday, April 24
9:30 a.m.: “Disability and Slave Motherhood in the Antebellum South” by Dr. Dea H. Boster, Columbus State Community College
Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center

11:00 a.m.:  “‘She Played Like Any Ordinary Child’: Idiocy, Disability, and Family,” by Dr. Sarah F. Rose, UT Arlington
Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center

1:30 p.m.: “Personal Politics, Disability Rights, and the Deinstitutionalization of Psychiatric Hospitals,” by Dr. Anne E. Parsons, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center

3:00 p.m.: “Commentary,” by Dr. Sonya Michel, University of College Park at Maryland
Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center

7:30 p.m.: “Disorderly Pasts: Kinship, Diagnoses, and Native American-U.S. Histories,” by Dr. Susan Burch, Middlebury College
Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center

Theatre Arts Lecturer Explores Identity in Film

March 23, 2015


A new short film by Lecturer Seraphina Nova (Theatre Arts) focuses on the search for identity by the lead character and the film’s writer-director.

Nova, in her first year at UT Arlington, has been busy, instructing students on acting and playwriting. Now, the novelist and academician is adding screenwriter and film director to her résumé.

Her new project, “Cyberdancing,” evolved from a short story in an online literary magazine. The film follows a young woman (played by Theatre Arts Lecturer Laurel Whitsett) who re-enters the dating scene following the loss of her job and husband. A recovering alcoholic, the woman is drawn back into the local bar scene while navigating an online romance.

“It’s about this phenomenon that no one really talks about: How do you date online when you’re over 40?” Nova said. “There are expectations that build up before you meet someone. You feel like you know them, you talk to them for a few weeks. You might know them intimately without having actually me them. So what does that say about our society? The lead character struggles with identity and loneliness. The film looks at how we identify ourselves with how we’re accepted by other people.”

Nova said she is used to writing novels and full-length plays, so the project presented its challenges.

“It was a challenge to make it short, 20 pages or so, and still get everything across that you want to communicate,” she said.

Work on the film began a few months ago, when Nova returned from Los Angeles over the holiday break. Darius Films recently optioned a television script by Nova – an hour-long drama titled “The Sycamores,” that finds a reformed convict in “a halfway house of sorts” – and some of her contacts encouraged her to make her own short film to develop her style and voice. As she considered her new project, she drew on indie films like “Barfly” and “Trees Lounge” to develop the tone for “Cyberdancing.”

“I like independent films, character-driven stories over blockbuster films,” she said. “[Those films] do a good job at showing how we’re broken and maybe one paycheck away from being a completely different person. I love those concepts in general. This [short film] follows my style: a little dark, a little open-ended at the end. Nothing ever gets tied up in a little bow or offered to you as a conclusion.”

To finish “Cyberdancing,” Nova has enlisted a host of UT Arlington faculty and students. Senior Lecturer Gyorgy Beck (Art & Art History) serves as cinematographer while Assistant Professor Anne Healy (Theatre Arts) is assistant director. Winston Daniels (’13) joined the project as a producer and a dozen students are contributing as production crew or on-screen extras. The production completed principal photography over five days this month at a location near Deep Ellum in Dallas.

Outside the production, Nova has received support from colleagues within all three fine arts departments (Art & Art History, Music and Theatre Arts) and has met with award-winning filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith (Art & Art History), the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film. Working with a new process or production element – like the industry-standard Final Draft screenwriting software the department recently purchased to aid faculty and students alike – has enabled Nova to better guide her students.

“I feel like the experience I gain on these projects I can pass back to my students who want to go beyond the basics,” she said. “We have student actors and writers who want to work on stage and screen, and this helps me approach those different styles.”

Nova said she hopes “Cyberdancing” will be finished and ready to screen by early June.


(By James Dunning/COLA Communications,

Liberal Arts Featured in TEDxUTA

March 23, 2015

cola_TEDx_2015-logoSeveral College of Liberal Arts faculty members and students will be featured in TEDxUTA, an independently organized TED event slated for Saturday, March 28, in the E.H. Hereford University Center’s Rosebud Theatre.

The event will run 1-5 p.m. and tickets are available through Admission prices include $15 for UT Arlington students, $25 for UTA faculty and staff and $35 for the general public.

Scheduled COLA speakers include: Professor Colleen Fitzgerald (Linguistics & TESOL), Associate Professor Michael Varner (Music), Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith (Art & Art History), Assistant Professor Seokjin Jeong (Criminology & Criminal Justice), Communication major Seehum Isa and Art & Art History major John Jordan. A complete list of speakers is listed on the event’s website.

The event will be streamed live online at


Fulbright Scholar Enjoying UTA Experience

March 23, 2015


When Ji Yea Kim left her home in Seoul, Korea, last year to begin work on a doctorate in linguistics at The University of Texas at Arlington, she had plenty of expectations for her new life in the U.S.

After all, she had selected UT Arlington’s program based on the strength of faculty research and was familiar with American culture, having lived in Colorado for a year during her youth. But what impressed her most about her new surroundings is the high level of encouragement from those around her.

“The people here are very nice,” Kim said. “The professors are enthusiastic. For graduate students it’s important to have access and discussions with professors to explore your research ideas. Their offices are always open and they enjoy talking to their students.”

Kim, a Fulbright Scholar, completed her master’s degree at Seoul National University. Her research covers the production and perception of English sounds made by native English and native Korean speakers. She is using the labs and tools available at UTA to acoustically analyze participants’ voices, examining how various speakers produce certain speech sounds and intonation.

“My research falls in line with what the Fulbright supports,” she said. “There are educational implications for English as a second language – especially among Koreans interested in learning English and facing the challenges of different sentence and sound structures.”

Kim is one of four Fulbright scholars at UTA this year. The others are Ulyana Zavadskaya of Belarus, a marketing research master’s student; Kaija-Luisa Kurik of Estonia, a doctoral candidate in the School of Urban and Public Affairs; and Jeyar Alsofi of Iraq, a materials science and engineering master’s student.

Each year, nearly 800 faculty and professionals worldwide receive Fulbright grants for advanced research and university lecturing in the United States. Recent Fulbright award recipients from the College of Liberal Arts include Associate Professor Ritu Khanduri (Anthropology), Associate Professor Alusine Jalloh (History), Lecturer Toni Holland (English) and recently retired professor Wendy Faris (English).

Kim has quickly found a home among the Department of Linguistics and TESOL faculty and students. She has served as a teaching assistant and is currently a research assistant for Assistant Professor Naoko Witzel. She won a prize for her oral presentation at the annual UTA Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL in February and will present part of her research work at UTA’s Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium on March 25 and at a conference in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in April. Last fall, she was awarded a Dean’s Excellence Fellowship from the College of Liberal Arts.

“The Department of Linguistics and TESOL has been always pleased to welcome scholars from around the globe who are focused on examining the structure, use, and comprehension of human languages,” said Associate Professor and Department Chair Laurel Smith Stvan. “We’ve been delighted to have Ji Yea join the program this year. She’s gotten off to a great start already by developing and submitting a number of research projects.”

Kim said life outside the classroom has exceeded her expectations as well: She has discovered fried pickles and shared pictures of the Texas snow and ice from late February and early March with her family back home.

“I like it here very much,” she said. “This has been a great experience.”


 (By James Dunning/COLA Communications,

UTA Hosts SVA Subway Posters Exhibition

March 17, 2015

art_Underground_Images_1KpxThe Department of Art & Art History, in association with the School of Visual Arts in New York City (SVA) and the DFW chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), will host a new exhibition that reflects on seven decades of posters from the NYC subway system.

The exhibition, “Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present,” will run April 6-27 in the Max W. Sullivan Exhibition Gallery, located in the School of Architecture building, 601 Nedderman Dr. The show features 62 posters that were curated by SVA Executive Vice President Anthony Rhodes, who has served as creative director of SVA’s poster program since 2007.

Senior Lecturer MiHyun Kim hopes the traveling exhibition will inspire not only UT Arlington faculty and students but also members of the DFW design and art community.

“Through this exhibition, I hope the DFW design community will be able to see a glimpse of graphic design history,” Kim said. “These posters reflect the evolution of poster design over the past 70 years and serve to show how design, illustration and photography can create memorable forms of visual communication.”

Beginning in the mid-1950s, the SVA posters were created as an alternative marketing strategy to attract new students. The thought-provoking and eye-catching posters featured the work of legendary artists like Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser and George Tscherny. Glaser’s iconic “I Heart NY” design is one of the more recognizable works included in the exhibition.

Other artists in “Underground Images” also include past and present members of the SVA faculty: Gail Anderson, Marshall Arisman, Gene Case, Paul Davis, Sal DeVito, Louise Fili, Audrey Flack, Nathan Fox, Bob Gill, Robert Giusti, Phil Hays, Steven Heller, Mirko Ilić, Viktor Koen, Stephen Kroninger, Marvin Mattelson, Clay Patrick McBride, James McMullan, Jerry Moriarty, Tony Palladino, Stefan Sagmeister, David Sandlin, Paula Scher, Eve Sonneman, James Victore and Robert Weaver.

An artist talk and public reception are slated for 1-6:30 p.m. Monday, April 13. Artists Mirko Ilić and Marshall Arisman will be on-hand to discuss the work in special sessions. Admission to the exhibition and these events is free.

Kim is hopeful the collection of work makes a similar impact on the UTA community the way it did for her when she first viewed it.

“I would like the viewers to be motivated by the messages found within the posters and hope that the artworks inspire creative practice in their daily lives,” she said. “I would also like people to recognize the ability of art to be witty, imaginative, motivating, persuasive, and empathetic. This is one of the few art exhibitions that have made a lasting impression on me, but this exhibition was inspiring and empowering.”

SVA is located in Manhattan with an enrollment of more than 6,000. For more information, visit

(Story by James Dunning/COLA Communications,


“Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present”
April 6-27, 2015

Monday, April 13
1 p.m., Fine Arts Bldg., Rm. 148
Artist Talk: Mirko Ilić (SVA)
Lettering Large: The Art and Design of Monumental Typography

2:15 p.m., Fine Arts Bldg., Rm. 148
Artist Talk: Marshall Arisman (SVA)

4 p.m., Fine Arts Bldg., Rm. 148
Book signing with Mirko Ilić (SVA)

4:30 p.m., Architecture Bldg., Rm. 206
Public reception for exhibition



Art Students Raising Funds for Italy Trip

March 17, 2015
UT Arlington students take pictures on a study-abroad trip to Italy in 2013. (Photo contributed by Kenda North)

UT Arlington students take pictures on a study-abroad trip to Italy in 2013. (Photo contributed by Kenda North)

A group of Department of Art & Art History students are working to raise funds to support a month-long course in Florence, Italy, later this year.

They will host an art exhibition and fundraiser at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at the Arlington Museum of Art, located at 201 W. Main St. in Arlington. The works include painting, printmaking, glassworks and photography from UT Arlington faculty members as well as locally and nationally based artists. Contributing artists include Sedrick Huckaby, Billy Hassell, Benito Huerta, Kenda North, Alison V. Smith, Stephen Lapthisophon, Susan kae Grant and Nancy Palmeri.

Tickets to the event are $100. Those attending will be entered into a drawing. Winners will select from the artwork available at the exhibition. For more information and to purchase a ticket, contact Kenda North at or call the UTA Art Office at 817-272-2891.

Proceeds from the event will support a multi-day visit to the Venice Biennale, a contemporary art event featuring artists from around the world. Students will spend most of their time based at Santa Reparata International School of Art, but take trips throughout the Italian region to study classic as well as cutting-edge artists, North said.

“This opportunity for international travel with an emphasis on both historical and contemporary art is a remarkable opportunity for UTA undergrad and graduate students,” she said.

UT Arlington graduate and undergraduate students will study abroad in Italy from May to June.


Mexican Comic Books Focus of New Exhibit

March 9, 2015

A new exhibit at The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Special Collections offers a rare look inside the rise of comic books in 20th century Mexico, their literary, cultural and entertainment value, and influence by the Mexican government.

A few images of Mexican comic book covers featured in the new exhibit, ¡Viva México! A Comic Book History of Mexico, at the UT Arlington Library.

More than 75 comic books from the 1940s to the 1960s are represented in “¡Viva México! A Comic Book History of Mexico.” The exhibit is free to the public and runs March 16 through August at the UT Arlington Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place.

The Golden Age of the Mexican comic book, known in Spanish as historietas, began in the 1930s with the publication of comic book digests that serialized U.S. strips like Superman, Dick Tracy and Betty Boop, combining them with strips by Mexican creators.

“This exhibit will celebrate facets of Mexico’s colorful history that are rarely seen or understood in modern American culture,” said Christopher Conway, associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Modern Languages. “What is especially extraordinary about the comic books is how tremendously they impacted people of all classes in Mexico. In fact, the comic books were at one point, more widely read in Mexico than any other form of print.”



(SOURCE: Bridget Lewis/UTA Media Relations)

COLA Notes for March 2015

March 3, 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Visual Communications students won 14 awards at last month’s local American Advertising Awards competition in Fort Worth. Winners included: Jesse Estanes, Candice Anglin, Jane Lam, Stacy Weber, Brianne Wilsford, Susan Nguyen, Andrea Norcross, Mason LaHue, Alex Reyher, Kim Inthirath, Karolina Bebak, Elena Chodoba, Karen Nguyen, Samantha Garcia, Patricia Gonzalez, Danyel Harris and Ginnie Hsu. … Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby was featured in be-Art Magazine as the Best Engaged Artist at the 2015 Los Angeles Art Show. Huckaby was noted for serving the cause of disadvantaged people. … Associate Professor Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film, was mentioned last month in a Shorthorn article about socially conscious films. … Art education students traveled with Assistant Professor Amanda Alexander to the Texas state capitol in Austin on Jan. 28 to advocate for arts and education. They participated in a half-day training session about policy making in Texas, addressing issues affecting the arts and education in the state. … D Magazine reported on five new art gallery openings in Dallas, including one by Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon. … Christine Heimerman, Brendan Feltrup-Exum and Jose Ruben Melendez were named 2014 Ideas in Art winners, each claiming a James S. Barnett Foundation Award. … Gabe Duran‘s MFA short “Peor Es Nada” has been selected to screen at the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) in the 2015 North Texas College Shorts Showcase. The festival runs April 9-19. … Rachel Bates (’02) was one of several artists displaying their wares at the 13th annual Empty Bowls Fort Worth event Feb. 20, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The event benefited the Tarrant Area Food Bank. … With a design team led by visual communication alumni Philip Thepkaysone (’13) and Kristi Cooper, Steadfast Creative was awarded last month three American Advertising Federation awards. Steadfast Creative is a digital agency based out of Keller, Texas. … The department is hosting “Find Your Space,” an art workshop for local high school students on Saturday, March 21. Enrollment is free, but limited. To register, email or call 817-272-2891. … The annual UTA Glass Art Sale will be held Saturday, March 28, at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis Rd. The event will be open to the general public and run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: KDFW/Fox 4 interviewed Schnavia Hatcher, director of the Center for African American Studies, about the Center’s recent conference on race and social justice. One of the featured keynote speakers included Rev. Bernice King, attorney, minister and daughter of late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. … The 3rd annual Center for African American Studies Conference was referenced in a Washington Post article about Malcolm X.

CENTER FOR MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Telemundo Dallas/KXTX 39 interviewed students at the Center for Mexican American Studies about the temporary suspension of President Obama’s immigration order. “DREAMers” who have been aided by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the new Deferred Action Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs fear that a federal judge’s preliminary injunction could lead to more family separations due to deportation.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: UT Arlington’s George Siemens, director of the LINK Research Lab, will be one of the keynote speakers at the Texas Digital Humanities Conference 2015, April 9-11, in the UTA Central Library. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, UTA Libraries, and the department of Art & Art History, English, History and Linguistics & TESOL.

COMMUNICATION: Legendary sports anchor/reporter George Riba (’67) signed off the air Feb. 18, after 37 years at WFAA/ABC 8. … Penn State News reported on a new study by Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley and Michel Haigh (Pennsylvania State University) that found negative Facebook posts about an organization erodes trust in the institution and diminishes its reputation. The study is published online in Corporate Communications: An International Journal. … Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne has been named one of eight finalists for Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Scholarsourcing book proposal competition for a project titled “Accelerating Cultural Change: The Role of Mass Communication in Equality Movements.” Winners will be announced in June and will receive book contracts from Peter Lang publishing. … Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith is attending the AEJMC conference in Knoxville, Tenn., March 25-28 as research chair. While there, Pribanic-Smith will moderate a paper session, present an award at the business meeting, and present awards for research papers. … Assistant Professor Sabrina Habib-Williams and Specialist Jeff Williams are traveling March 25-29 to Chicago to present an original joint research paper titled “Storytelling: Creating Immersive Worlds.” … Habib-Williams also served as a guest speaker for the LINK Research Lab Speakers Series on Feb. 27. She discussed “Qualitative Video Analysis and Video Data Collection.” … Lecturer Carie Kapellusch is traveling March 11-15 to the Gulf Coast Summit in Little Rock, Ark., to present a seminar on “Conducting Reflections for Service Learning.” … Specialist Roby Mceuen served as a judge at the SkillsUSA 4th District Advertising Design competition for local high school students enrolled in advertising and graphic design classes. … The Department of Communication has rolled out revamped social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. … Advertising major Kim Nguyen designed two posters for Women’s History Month for UT Arlington’s Women’s and Gender Studies program. … Several graduate students have had abstracts selected for presentation March 25 at the upcoming Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES). Anna Prieto, who partnered with Amanda Morse, will present “Is Facebook Ruining Your Love Life?” while Karen McAlister, who collaborated with Michael Magnus, will present “The Power of Social Media Communication during the 2014 Arlington, Texas Storm.” … Public relations major Alvaro Lopez has been working with the Kimbell Art Museum’s P.R. division in the museum’s new exhibition, “The collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass.” Lopez’s contributions included preparation efforts for the museum’s press preview Feb. 26. … Nealy Mincher (’10), a Senior Account Executive with FleishmanHillard and part of the digital campaign for Chevrolet, was the guest speaker at the Feb. 19 PRSSA meeting. … Amy Shields (’14) recently started a new job as manager of internal communications with Providence Health Care in Spokane, Wash. … Students in Pribanic-Smith’s public affairs reporting class participated in a worldwide Twitter scavenger hunt Feb. 12.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: CRCJ major Eddie Rodriguez recently received the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ Esther Madriz Student Travel Award to cover costs associated with presenting original research at the group’s our annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Orlando this week.

ENGLISH: Associate Professor Penelope Ingram will lecture on “Almost (Human), but not quite: Bioengineering Race Relations in Contemporary Science Fiction” at noon Wednesday, April 8, in University Hall, Room 432, part of the Center for Theory’s Spring 2015 Colloquia. … Associate Professor Luanne Frank recently published a research article, “Heidegger and Kleist: Reciprocal Illuminations,” in the book, Heidegger Jahrbuch 8: Heidegger und die Dichtung (Freiburg: Karl Alber).

HISTORY: D Magazine highlighted the 50th Webb Lecture series symposium, which is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and runs March 4-5.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs David Silva, who is also a professor of linguistics, said farewell to colleagues at a reception last month. He will be the provost and academic vice president for Salem State University in Salem, Mass., near his hometown of Boston. Dr. Silva, who joined UT Arlington in 1993, is a member of UTA’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers (2006), a recipient of the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (2009) and a founding fellow of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers (2013). … Michal Temkin Martínez (Boise State University) was the keynote speaker for the 22nd annual UT Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics & TESOL Feb. 19-20. She spoke about the documentation and revitalization of the languages of refugees in the United States. … Nearly 20 oral presentations and posters were offered by students from around the world at the 22nd annual UT Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics & TESOL, including five from UTA: doctoral students Nathan Eversole, Kent Rasmussen, Darcey Browning, Ji Yea Kim and master’s candidate Emily Miller. Kim won honorable mention for oral presentation and Miller won best graduate poster. … Three department members will present work March 19-21 at the 28th Annual Meeting of the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing at the University of South California in Los Angeles: doctoral students Iya Khelm Price and Nathan Eversole and Assistant Professor Jeffrey Witzel. … Assistant professors Jeffrey Witzel and Naoko Witzel have a paper, “Incremental sentence processing in Japanese: A maze investigation into scrambled and control sentences,” slated for publication in the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. … Doctoral student Lynnelle Rhinier Brown had an article, “Requesting the Context: A Context Analysis of Let Statement and If Statement Requests and Commands in the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English,” published in the Rice Working Papers in Linguistics, vol. 5. … Associate Professor Cynthia Kilpatrick will present two papers March 21-24 at the American Association for Applied Linguistics on in Toronto, Canada. The presentations include collaborative research between Kilpatrick, Yujeong Choi (Ph.D. in Linguistics, ’12) and doctoral students Lori McLain Pierce and Jessica Rohr. … Also in Toronto, two faculty members from UT Arlington’s English Language Institute, Sally Stevens (Listening-Speaking Coordinator) and Chris Aufdembrink (IEP Testing Coordinator, MA TESOL, ’09) will attend the TESOL Leadership Academy at the TESOL Convention this month. … Twelve Linguistics and TESOL students will present their work in ACES on March 25: Doctoral students Darcey Browning, on “Hashtags as a sign of hesitation: Patterns of pronouns with #whyIstayed and #whyIleft”; Ji Yea Kim on “Fully informed or completely informed?”: Maximizer associations in American English”; Dan Amy on “Alabama Phrasebook: Using Technology to Create Language Teaching Tools”; Kent Rasmussen on “Language Development: Developing Communities”; MA student Laura Copeland on “Generative Fathering: Performing Fatherhood”; MA student Vicki Caña and doctoral student Samantha Cornelius on “Documenting Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) in the Cherokee Language;” Linguistics majors Devin Hornick on “Syllabic Nasal in San Carlos Apache”, Juan Lopez on “Turkish Vowel Harmony”, Jayr Logan on “Catalan vs Spain: The Possible Separation”, and Jessica Nordon on “Human Trafficking”; and Linguistics minor Naomi Carlton on “Catalysts and Consequences of Global Human Trafficking.” … Browning will be also be presenting her ACES work on hashtags in the Women’s and Gender Studies mini-conference on March 23 in the UTA Central Library. … Mike Cahill (MA Linguistics, ’85) is now Orthography Development Services Coordinator for SIL International. … Rajesh Bhatt (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) will be on campus March 20 to give a colloquium talk “Polar Questions and Disjunction: clues from Hindi-Urdu `kyaa’.”

POLITICAL SCIENCE: The Toronto Star quoted Associate Professor and Department Chair Rebecca Deen in a story about a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline that was swiftly rejected by President Obama last week. … The Final Call interviewed Professor José Ángel Gutiérrez about remembering the life and legacy of revolutionary freedom fighter Reies López Tijerina. “Reies was very far reaching in terms of coalitions,” said Gutiérrez, who along with Tijerina and two other leaders became known as the “Four Horsemen” of the Chicano Movement.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Malyalam Weekly (India) published an article by Associate Professor Ritu Khanduri (Anthropology) about her research and new book related to famed cartoonist R. K. Laxman.

THEATRE ARTS: Danielle Georgiou, director of the UTA Dance Ensemble show, will present NICE at the 2015 Out of the Loop Festival at WaterTower Theatre on March 7 and March 12, and will feature UTA alumni Jana Duplechin, Sarah Dye and Gabriel King. … Senior Lecturer Seraphina Nova is directing a short film, “Cybderdancing,” will several UTA faculty, students and alumni. Assistant Professor Anne Healy, Lecturer Laurel Whitsett, Winston Daniels and Gyorgy Beck are just a few Mavericks participating in the project. … Theatre Arts major Elly Hunt won a student essay contest sponsored by PRG (Production Resource Group) and will attend the 2025 United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) Expo in Cincinnati, March 18-21. … Theatre Arts majors Alohilani Valdez and Raul Luna were accepted in the Gateway Program at the USITT conference in Cincinnati. … The stage production of “Rumors” at ONSTAGE in Bedford, Texas, featured many UTA theatre arts students and alumni, including Steven Morris, David Wilson-Brown, Kristen Frazier, Heather Moore and Dale Shelton. Other members of the College of Liberal Arts involved in the production were Cathy Pritchett (Music), Melanie Mason (Communications) and Michael Prescott (History). … Theatre Arts majors Raul Luna, Omar Gonzalez and Ethan Bomyea assisted in the production of the Turtle Creek Choral’s 35th anniversary concert at the Dallas City Performance Hall last month. Adrien Stecker and Matt McGregor also helped with the load in and strike.



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