Dr. Kimberly van Noort, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Liberal Arts, has accepted the position of Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Director of University College, effective May 1.
Van Noort, who is also an associate professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages, served as associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts for 11 years.
Dr. Beth Wright, Dean of Liberal Arts, said van Noort’s promotion is well deserved.
“Dr. van Noort has represented the College of Liberal Arts and The University of Texas at Arlington with distinction,” Wright said. “She has supported faculty research both individually and as an initiator of inter-college collaborations. She has ensured that our resources to support instruction were utilized as effectively as possible, monitoring enrollment and scheduling of classes. She has represented our unit’s programs and faculty across our campus in distance education initiatives.
“Her leadership has advanced not only the College of Liberal Arts but the University, and her many achievements have led to this new recognition.”
In her new role, van Noort will be responsible for all aspects of undergraduate curricular development and management, as well as the many student success programs provided in University College, said Dr. Ronald Elsenbaumer, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
“Her extensive experience with the Committee on Undergraduate Curricula as well as with advancing effective student advising in the College of Liberal Arts has prepared her well for this position,” he said.
According to its website, “University College promotes student learning and development by providing coordinated and centralized academic resources and support services that help students.” The unit “helps first-year students successfully transition to college life and meet the academic challenges set by faculty.” These services include Freshmen Interest Groups, the McNair Scholars program, University Tutorial, Student Success Initiatives and the University Advising Center.
News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…
ART & ART HISTORY: Work created by Professor Nancy Palmeri during her Faculty Development Leave this spring was included in a recent exhibition at Brookhaven College in Dallas. The exhibit ran from March 21-April 6. … Film professor Bart Weiss was one of several UT Arlington faculty and students tapped to speak at TEDxUTA last month. … The website, Art This Week, featured a videotaped conversation between Jeff Gibbons (MFA, ’13) and Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon. … Assistant Professor Darryl Lauster‘s work is being exhibited at the Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, Dallas Art News reported. … In a Dallas Morning News Pop Culture blog, Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith shared some of his thoughts about the feature documentary, “Evolution of a Criminal,” which showed at the Dallas International Film Festival. The film is an autobiographical portrait of Darius Monroe, who robbed a bank at 16, and chronicles his quest to find redemption years later. … Later this year, Fort Worth’s Wyeth String Quartet will perform and record the soundtrack to Heaven, a film directed by Smith, Fort Worth Weekly reported. Composer Micah Hayes, an instructor and music business area coordinator with the Department of Music, wrote the score. … In conjunction with the exhibition, “Let the Drip from the Ceiling Become an 8 Foot Hole in the Roof,” CentralTrak hosted several interviews including one with Visiting Assistant Professor Justin Ginsberg, Art This Week.com reported. … “Endeavour,” a short film by MFA candidate Brendan Feltrup-Exum, was selected for the 2014 Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg. … A Dallas Observer question-and-answer piece featured William Sarradet (’13), a “need-to-know artist” in Dallas’ underground art scene. Of his time at UT Arlington, Sarradet said: “UTA afforded me time in a real studio with real tools, and also valuable conversations with art professionals and people that get paid within the art industry.” … Alumni Tim Lautensack, Jonathan Irwin and Ben Bologna of Star Conspiracy won 21 awards in the American Advertising Federation (AAF) ADDY Awards competition in February, including the People’s Choice Award and a special judges award for “Best of Interactive.”
COMMUNICATION: Univision Dallas interviewed Broadcast Lecturer Julian Rodriguez about the Women’s Conference hosted last month at UT Arlington by UTA News en Español. The one-day event will offer women information about immigration rights and the financial aid process. … Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee and co-author Paul Kozar have had a paper accepted for publication by the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy. The paper is entitled “Competing discourse surrounding primary caregivers of hospice patients.” … Assistant Professor Sabrina Habib traveled to Atlanta last month to present a paper entitled, “Accessing the Digital Muse: A Grounded Theory of Advertising Creativity,” at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Advertising. … Communication Specialist Jeff Williams also attended the conference to serve and moderate on a panel with co-author Habib entitled, “Wish List: From industry professionals to university professors.” The panel looked at the current state of advertising creative education from the industry point-of-view. … Advertising lecturer George Weems helped judge the AAF District 10 Club Achievement competition in February. … Students in Weems‘ advertising course participated in the “AAF Agency Crawl” last week. Members of Fort Worth ad agencies Ilfusion, Balcom, Warren Douglas, Pavlov, and Schaefer met with students and promoted internships. … Communication lecturer Stacy Salmon was the guest speaker at a workshop hosted by the Delta Sigma Pi pledge class and chapter last month. Salmon shared her communication expertise by providing attendees information and tips on organizing and delivering speeches. … Communication lecturer Carie Kapellusch hosted a recent workshop on resume building for Association for Women in Communications (AWC) members. Senior Lecturer Mindia Whittier spoke to AWC members about balancing work and home life for women in the workplace. … Dominic Bracco II (’08) received a Mongabay.org Special Reporting Initiative award for environmental reporting, Mongabay.com reported. His piece examined whether there is demand for sustainable fisheries’ products in China. … Brandon Hurtado (’11), an interactive marketing analyst at Exeter Finance, shared resume tips and tricks during PRSSA’s March 20 meeting. Hurtado provided one-on-one resume critiques for students who attended the meeting. … Jordan Victorin (’13) was promoted to co-host for “The Starting Lineup” at KCLE 1460 in Cleburne. … Matthew Howell (’12) was recently promoted to web application developer for Qualbe Marketing Group in Fort Worth. … Emily Suied (’11) has accepted a position as assistant account executive with Edelman Public Relations in Chicago. … Journalism student Lydia Regalado was interviewed by Michael Young, Dallas Morning News sports reporter for a story on the 20th anniversary of the Ballpark in Arlington. … Students from the Department of Communication were among those asked to participate in a Q&A session with Dr. Sanjay Gupta at UTA’s Maverick Speakers Series event. Dr. Gupta posed for a photo with students after the lecture concluded. … Broadcast major Jimena Fraga, tech director of UTA News en Español, has been accepted to FOX 4’s summer internship program. … Broadcast major Omar Castillon, tech director of UTA News, has been offered a position as morning newscast production assistant for CBS 11.
CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Reason.com cited a bullying study by Assistant Professor Seokjin Jeong in its article about Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. She is campaigning to ban the use of the word “bossy” to describe the behavior of assertive women. The article linked her approach to anti-bullying campaigns, which Jeong found can have the opposite of the intended effect whether dealing with verbal, emotional or physical bullying. … Associate Professor Tara O’Conner Shelley (Colorado State University) will talk about prescription drug abuse and law enforcement response at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Red River Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The guest lecture is hosted by the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
ENGLISH: Professor Ken Roemer will be the keynote speaker at the Culture of Writing Festival at Mountain View College in Dallas this week. … Associate Professor Penelope Ingram received an honorable mention in for UT Arlington’s 2013-2014 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award. … Senior Amanda Galvin has been awarded a full tuition scholarship to attend the New York State Summer Writers Institute this year at Skidmore College. … Several English majors presented their research during the 2014 Annual Celebration of Excellence in Students conference last month. Participating students included Tiler Bates, Monica Marchi, Jennifer Omaña, Alison Torres Ramos, Rod S. Sachs and JennahRose Shakespeare.
HISTORY: History major Lindsey Anderson won the Provost’s Award for her undergraduate oral presentation last month at ACES, UT Arlington’s Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students. Her talk, “Creating Black and Brown Female Disability: Historical Assumptions and Independent Realities,” was mentored by adjunct instructor Ray Jordan II (Center for African American Studies). … Professor Thomas Adam told the German-language journal Die Stiftung that he wouldn’t recommend that foundations acquire government bonds as investments for their assets because of the German government’s poor track record safeguarding them. Die Stiftung is the central news publication for the nonprofit sector in German-speaking Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). … Senior Brittany Graham has been accepted to Columbia University’s African American studies master’s program. … Graduate student Kristen Burton recently won the Marc Friedlaender Fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society. The funding allows her to work at the society for four weeks this fall or winter.
LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Four Linguistics and TESOL students presented work in the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students at UT Arlington on March 26, 2014. Doctoral students Darcey Browning and Libby Tatz, and undergraduates Devin Hornick and Nicholas Matthews, each present their research. … The DFW-ASLTA (American Sign Language Association) hosted a mini-conference on the UT Arlington campus April 4-5 for 70 educators and professors from Texas and Oklahoma. Lecturer Traci Weast (Ph.D., ’08) presented “Step-by-Step With Quizstar,” on online assessments and tutorials. … Two UT Arlington linguists presented at the inaugural Texas Digital Humanities Conference at the University of Houston this week. Associate Professor and Department Chair Laurel Stvan presented a poster on “Corpus linguistics of the vernacular: ‘catching a cold’ in text types that complement Google Books data” while doctoral student Darcey Browning presented a paper on “Information Packaging with Hashtags: Repair on Twitter.” … Doctoral student Mohamed Mwamzandi will present a paper, “Swahili Demonstrative Position,” on April 17 at the 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics at the University of Kansas. … The Language Documentation Crowd, a blog on crowd-sourcing documentation projects, covered February’s UTASCILT (UTA Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL) event. … Wenhua Jin (Ph.D., ’08) recently received tenure at Kennesaw State University and was promoted to associate professor of Chinese.
MODERN LANGUAGE: The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education noted the promotion of Sonja Stephenson Watson to associate professor of Spanish. She will also serve as director of UT Arlington’s Women’s and Gender Studies program next year.
MUSIC: Josef Bobula (’06) and his wife were included in a New York Times article about entertainers who work a variety of jobs. … Chicago Jazz magazine online interviewed saxophonist Caroline Davis (’04) about her rising status and recent move to New York City. The UT Arlington alumna credited her teachers, including Bill Snodgrass, former director of jazz studies, for helping her along her musical path.
POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor and Department Chair Rebecca Deen was quoted in a San Antonio Express-News story about a tweet by the campaign for Sen. Wendy Davis that linked the equal pay for women issue with a picture of Greg Abbott lifting a chain. “It’s inflammatory — which maybe is what you want on Twitter. But I’m not sure that it helps you,” Deen said. … The Press-Enterprise.com (Riverside, Calif.) noted that Professor José Angel Gutierrez was part of a panel discussion last month at California State University, San Bernardino focused on Latinos in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. … Associate Professor Brent Sasley wrote a guest piece for the political science blog, Political Violence @ a Glance, on group emotions and violence. Sasley was also quoted in an Agence France-Presse report on politics and upcoming elections in Turkey. … Russia holds all the political cards in the ongoing controversy surrounding the Ukraine and Crimea, Associate Professor Allan Saxe told KTXD Channel 47. The Texas Daily show interviewed Saxe on that political debate. … Political Science major Kelly Walters was one of several UT Arlington faculty and students tapped to speak at TEDxUTA last month. … International Law Reporter blog noted the new book by Assistant Professor Heidi Hardt, Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response, which examines the efficiency of international organizations in crisis response.
SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Professor Karl Petruso (Anthropology), dean of the Honors College, was interviewed in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Life & Arts section in anticipation of the new Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology exhibition at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. … Professor Ben Agger was quoted in the Brazilian magazine Galileu in an article on “selfies,” the popular practice of shooting one’s own picture and posting it on social media. Agger said photos like this won’t replace written communication and are often open to interpretation. Agger was also quoted for a German website in an article on the same topic. … The new curator at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, former Visiting Assistant Professor Matt Taylor (Anthropology), wants the museum to emphasize El Paso’s archaeological past, instead of focusing on the general Southwest, the El Paso Times reported.
THEATRE ARTS: Specialist Michelle Harvey‘s backdrop from the Maverick Theatre Company’s October 2013 production of “The Government Inspector” was exhibited at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) national conference last month as part of the stage expo in the inaugural juried scenic painting exhibit. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer and Harvey co-authored an article, “University of Texas at Arlington’s 3D Model of Education,” for the March issue of Stage Directions Magazine. The magazine was distributed at the annual USITT conference in Fort Worth last month. … Greer will perform in the production of “The Other Place” by Sharr White through May at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth. … Senior Lecturer Brandi Andrade will perform in “Fox on the Fairway at Onstage in Bedford. The show opened last week. … Assistant Professor Anne Healy was awarded the 2014 Theatre Arts Educator Award by the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County. Healy will officially receive her award at the Scott Theatre in Fort Worth on April 14. … Healy will attend and present at the 15th Biennial Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference on North American Studies in Helsinki, Finland, on May 12-16. The title of her accepted paper is “Cultures Colliding: Musical Dramatization of Americans in the World.” … Lecturer Laurel Whitsett will interpret two productions in MavPlays through sign language. Whitsett will be at the April 16 shows of “No Lifeguard on Duty” and “Gruesome Playground Injuries.” … Glenn Long (’15) will perform in the play “Lend Me a Tenor” at the Frisco Community Theatre, April 25-May 11. … Elia Madrid-Onofre‘s (’14) cartooning and graphic skills were selected by The Daily Dot to participate in a Valentines Day comic which pairs up writers and artists who don’t know each in a “blind date.” … Senior Jorge Lanuza has been offered the Master Carpenter position at the Jenny Wiley Theatre this summer. … Senior Jailene Torres will be working as a costume intern for Uptown Players in Dallas this summer. … Senior Courtney Gwosdz worked on a new short film, “Film Noir,” which is finishing up post-production and will premiere shortly. … Sophomore Emma Luke recently completed extra work on an NBC pilot show, “Salvation.”
UT Arlington’s Symphony Orchestra and A Cappella Choir will perform in a special fundraising concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, at Dallas City Performance Hall.
The concert, hosted by the Department of Music, will help raise funds for scholarships and programs within the department.
Program pieces scheduled include Dvořák’s “Te Deum,” Gershwin’s “Concerto in F” and Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.” Featured performers include soprano Soo Hong Kim, baritone David Grogan and pianist John Solomons.
Advanced tickets for the event may be purchased through UTATickets.com or by calling (817) 272-9595.
Dallas City Performance Hall, located at 2520 Flora St. in Dallas, is a city-managed, publicly funded theater designed to provide a home in the Dallas Arts District for the city’s emerging and mid-size performing arts and cultural organizations.
The Department of Music is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) with a world-renowned faculty and approximately 325 graduate and undergraduate students. The department offers several undergraduate and graduate degrees, including music performance, music education, music business and industry studies, and music composition.
A new art exhibit has open in the gallery at the E.H. Hereford University Center.
“Exquisite Variation: VSA Disability Art Exhibit” opened Monday and will run through the end of the week. A reception with artists is slated for 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 1.
VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. With 52 international affiliates and a network of nationwide affiliates, VSA is providing arts and education programming for youth and adults with disabilities around the world. Each year, 7 million people of all ages and abilities participate in VSA programs, in every aspect of the arts – from visual arts, performing arts, to the literary arts.
This exhibit will showcase the work of artists with disabilities in north Texas. Co-sponsored by the Office for Students with Disabilities and the Disability Studies Minor.
In April, The University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company presents its annual stage festival, MavPlays 2014.
This year’s festival features a Pulitzer Prize winning author, edgy new talent, and emerging artists with tremendous artistic vision, organizers said. The program includes two one-act plays in the MainStage Theatre – including a new offering by Senior Lecture Natalie Gaupp, the department’s playwright-in-residence – and four short plays in the Studio Theatre, many written and directed by theatre arts majors.
The Reader’s Series will feature songs and excerpts from a toe-tapping new musical in development, “A Morning in Manhattan,” by Theatre Arts senior Gabriel Beiseigel, with music by Associate Professor George Chave (Department of Music). “Home Free!” by American playwright Lanford Wilson will be staged during the festival’s new Lunch Box Matinee.
MavPlays 2014 is presented in three separate venues in the Fine Arts Building. Performances are April 15- 27.
Tickets are $10 for general public and $7 for senior citizens, students, and UT Arlington faculty and staff. For tickets/reservations, group rates, or further information, please contact the UT Arlington Department of Theatre Arts Box Office at (817) 272-2669 or uta.edu/theatre.
A complete schedule of times and shows is listed below:
MainStage Series – April 16, 18, 24 and 26 at 8 p.m.
UTA MainStage Theatre, Fine Arts Bldg., Room 174
- No Lifeguard on Duty – “Prim, proper, perfectionist Jane experiences a nervous breakdown when she is unable to maintain her nit-picking standards. Jane’s hard partyin’ twin brother, Dwayne, reaches out to his sis — but will Jane allow this wild and crazy guy to help her past the tough times?”
- Gruesome Playground Injuries – “Doug is a relentless spaz. Kayleen is relentlessly unhappy. Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Doug and Kayleen intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare the scars and physical calamities that keep drawing them together in this lively, dark comedy.”
Studio Series – April 17, 19 and 25 at 8 p.m. & April 27 at 2:30 p.m.
UTA Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Bldg., Room 137
- Absent Minded – “What’s real? What’s make-believe? No one really knows when it comes to Walt and his world…but perhaps what’s most important is what dwells in his heart.” By Theatre Arts senior Joshua Eguia.
- Waiting for Forty – “Friends from the good ol’ glory days of high school meet up once again to see if the promise they made to each other ages ago has been remembered — or (perhaps hopefully!) long forgotten.” By Theatre Arts senior Matthew Keller.
- Kingdom of the Spider – “It’s just a regular day for Bob… until he discovers a talking black widow spider about to give birth on his front porch. Hilarity ensues as the spider, and a door-to-door evangelist, both vie for Bob’s attention.”
- Leaving Tampa – “After his father’s funeral, Roy and his lover, Marc, sit in an airport restaurant. At another table sits the ghost of Roy’s abusive father, whom only Roy can see. The ensuing and overlapping conversations are emotionally riveting, and result in a resolution that is totally unexpected.”
Reader’s Series – April 15 and 22 at 8 p.m.
UTA Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Bldg., Room 137
- A Morning in Manhattan – “This new musical in development features a lively comic script by Theatre Arts’ senior Gabriel Beiseigel, and a terrific, toe-tapping musical score by Department of Music’s Associate Professor George Chave. The best scenes and songs will be spotlighted from this new work-in-progress–which is all about dreams, hopes, desires… and the wonderment of a perfect morning in Manhattan!”
Lunch Box Matinee – April 16, 18, 23 and 25 at noon
UTA Fine Arts Building, Stage 143
- Home Free! – “An edgy, far-from-mainstream look at the imaginary world a brother and sister, Lawrence and Joanna, create for themselves. One of the earliest, and most provocative, works authored by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Lanford Wilson.”
The English Graduate Student Association is hosting its second annual graduate conference April 4-5.
This year’s theme is “Digital Utopias: Literary Space(s) in the Digital Age.” Dr. Brian Greenspan (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada) will be the keynote speaker.
The conference will open with a Digital Utopias Symposium on Friday, April 4, from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building. Special presenters include Greenspan, Professor Kenneth Roemer (English) and Associate Professor John Garrigus (History).
Greenspan’s keynote address will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in Nedderman Hall, Room 100. Other panels will begin at 9 a.m. in Nedderman, Rooms 109 and 110.
For more information, contact Mimi Rowntree and Todd Womble at email@example.com.
The EGSA also contributes to Agora, a bi-annual publication.
UT Arlington’s world-class glass art show and sale has expanded this year with a premium preview event Thursday, April 3, that will feature works from virtually every medium in the studio arts and extended public sale hours on Friday.
On Thursday evening, the ART/UTA 2014 Studio Event and Art Auction features silent and live auctions of faculty and student works in photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking in addition to glass. The event will be held at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis Drive, and will include studio demonstrations in painting, sculpture and glassblowing and opportunities to hear artists discuss their creative processes.
Tickets for the Thursday event are $100 per person, with proceeds benefiting scholarships in Department of Art and Art History. To purchase tickets online, visit www.uta.edu/artuta. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817-272-5300.
“At its best, art broadens our perspectives culturally and socially, and it sparks our imagination,” said Robert Hower, chairman of the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts. “We are please to expand this event and provide additional opportunity to spotlight faculty and student excellence and their creative and intellectual contributions to our community.”
The traditional public glass art sale will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, also at the Studio Arts Center.
An expert on Hispanic-serving institutions in the U.S. will be the Center for Mexican American Studies’ Distinguished Speaker on April 16.
Antonio Flores, president of the National Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), will speak at 6:30 p.m. in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building.
Associate Professor Christian Zlolniski (Anthropology), director of CMAS, said Flores’ talk is important as UT Arlington officials consider current and future programs for the growing Hispanic student population at UTA.
“UT Arlington is a Hispanic-serving institution, with at least 25 percent full-time students of Hispanic origin. Dr. Flores is an expert in this area,” Zlolniski said. “This is an opportunity to learn from someone who has been working with schools and universities across the country to discover which programs work best and which strengths these students bring with them to college.”
Flores’ talk will address the sweeping demographic shifts in the United States that are driving educational policy to better reflect the emergence of populations of color, particularly of U.S. Hispanics. As Hispanics are now the majority in Texas‘ grade schools and one-fourth of the nation’s K-12 student population, colleges and universities are challenged to help fulfill the promise of this burgeoning population.
Zlolniski said one of goals of CMAS is to encourage Latino and Latina students to go into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields — an area, he said, where these students are “under-represented.”
For more information about Flores’ visit, log on to the CMAS website, www.uta.edu/cmas.