Art & Art History Challenge Courts Student Ideas

November 19, 2015


In college, students are often encouraged to explore new ideas and new ways of thinking. At The University of Texas at Arlington, one group is creating opportunities for students to take those ideas and launch an entrepreneurial venture.

The 2016 Studio CreaTec Challenge is “a cross-disciplinary team, idea pitch competition with the objective of creating university-wide student synergy and opportunity through the development, expansion and implementation of ideas and possibilities.” More than $10,000 in prizes and start-up resources will be provided to teams that successfully address the intersection of culture, business and technology.

“This is a great opportunity for students to meet and utilize the skill sets from students of other departments,” said Matt Clark, coordinator of the Entrepreneurship in the Arts in the Department of Art and Art History. “We want students to bring their original ideas, and we’ll help them find and develop a team, cultivate their idea and manage the project. The goal is for our students to create a viable, commercial product or service.”

Students will have a chance to explore this spring semester event at an information session Friday, Nov. 20, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Startup Lounge across from the Maverick Activities Center. Another information session is slated for Jan. 29.

Clark, who has spent the last several years helping UT Arlington student artists lay the foundation for a career after graduation, noted the diversity of talent among the student population as he worked on public art and entrepreneur projects on campus. But he did not see much collaboration across disciplines.

“I don’t see students interacting with one another outside their specific department or college,” said Clark. “There’s such a vast knowledge set among our students. I hope they realize that by coming together and working together that the sum is greater than the individual parts.”

The 2016 Studio CreaTec Challenge also includes North Texas industry partners, including TECH Fort Worth. Clark said these relationships will give students access to workshops, mentorship opportunities and possible funding to pursue their dreams. It will also give students to work in real-world conditions, he said.

“The Studio CreaTec Challenge will provide help and insight to our students and give them real-world experience,” he said. “They will be more prepared for the next chapter of their lives.”

For more information, log on to the Challenge’s webpage.



COLA Notes for November 2015

November 11, 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Film by two UTA students were accepted into the 28th annual Dallas Video Fest this year, according to an article in The Shorthorn. Zoe by film senior Steve Baker and Phone Ghost by film graduate student Jean Patrick Mahoney were among the 100 films screen Oct. 12-18. … Dallas Morning News arts critic Rick Bretell commented about work by Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby in a piece about African-American artist Kehinde Wiley. His work is currently on display at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. “While I was in the Modern’s admirably installed Wiley survey, I found myself wishing the same galleries could have been filled with Huckaby’s work,” Bretell wrote. … KERA’s Art & Seek interviewed Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film, about his short “One Hitta Quitta,” and online violent videos that play a prominent role in the film. … “Moments and Vision,” a series of photographs by Assistant Professor Tore Terrasi are on display at East Tennessee State University, the Bristol Herald Courier reported. … D Magazine noted the exhibit, “John Wilcox: Diptychs and Polyptychs at The Wilcox Space,” which includes representations of Wilcox’s work by Assistant Professor Benjamin Lima. … The Shorthorn featured the 2100 Club and its annual pumpkin sale in a series of video reports.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Kenton Rambsy (University of Kansas) presented “Empire State of Mind – From Slavery to Hip Hop: Black Digital Studies Matter” Nov. 4 in the Bluebonnet Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center. … The Center for African American Studies participated in last month’s Safe Haven Donation Drive, sponsored by the Social Work Constituency Council. The group collected items for women and children in need.

CENTER FOR MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: The Center for Mexican American Studies recently announced its 2015-2016 speaker series. This year’s theme is “Justice, Representation and Empowerment.” Mexican poet Balam Rodrigo will speak Wednesday, Nov. 11, at noon in the San Jacinto room at the E.H. Hereford University Center. On Monday, Nov. 16, historian Deborah Toner (University of Leicester, UK) will speak at 2 p.m. in the Sixth Floor Parlor of the Central Library. Spring 2016 speakers scheduled include artist John Hernandez (Feb. 25), filmmaker John Valadez (March 29) and anthropologist Leo Chavez (April 13).



COMMUNICATION: Associate Professor Shelley Wigley attended the College Media Association’s convention in Austin Oct. 28-Nov. 1 to take part in a panel discussion, “Where Do You Have To Be? Internet Radio and Social Media.” Wigley also presented an original research paper titled “Engaging the Electorate: Social Media’s Role During the 2012 Presidential Election” at the Texas Social Media Conference in Fort Worth Nov. 6. … Lecturer Lance Liguez traveled to the 2015 College Media Association convention in Austin Oct. 28-Nov. 1 to accompany broadcast major student Monica Wicke, who was representing UTA Radio. Wicke, UTA Radio’s news director, won the second-place award for Best News category. … Associate Professors Andrew Clark and Tom Christie presented an original research paper titled “Terror from the Skies: The Propaganda of Aerial Warfare in the Emerging Mass Media of the First World War” at the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication Conference Nov. 6 in Fort Worth. … Broadcast Lecturer Julian Rodriguez will travel to Florida from Nov. 12-15 to accept the 2015 Bingham Award by the Association of Opinion Journalists. …. Associate Professor and Department Chair Charla Markham-Shaw co-authored an article with Grace Brannon (MA, ’15), published in the special “Family and Health Communication” issue of Southern Communication Journal. … Graduate Research Assistant Kami Vinton presented an original research paper at the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication Conference in Fort Worth on Nov. 6. Her paper is titled “Ebola in Dallas: Setting an Agenda of Fear at Home and Beyond.” … Several Communication students were part of a group that represented The Shorthorn, UTA’s student newspaper, at the College Media Association conference in Austin from Oct. 28-Nov. 1: Cody Bahn, Dylan Bradley, Jessica Chapa, Kevin Cushingberry Jr., Braulio Tellez, Yaritza Vazquez, Nia Bailey, Kathryn Cargo, Victoria Cortez, David Dunn, Anna Gutierrez and Rebekah Tomlin. The group accepted the 2015 Associated Collegiate Press Newspaper Pacemaker award, one of the most prestigious and competitive awards dedicated to student media. … Kyle Ward (’86), the executive director of the Texas PTA, will speak with local PTA members and education groups Nov. 10 during a visit at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas, the Burleson Star reported. … FOX 4’s James Rose visited Lance Liguez’ TV Reporting class on Nov. 2. … The UTA chapter of the American Advertising Federation visited Moroch Partners, a Dallas ad agency, on Oct. 23, touring the facility and participating in a panel Q&A session. The student group will host Andrew Yanez, owner of Fort Worth-based design and advertising agency PytchBlack, on Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m. in FAB 409. … UTA Radio celebrated Halloween at CASA of Tarrant County’s Second Annual Superhero Run. Local celebrities — including Karen Borta (’87) and Russ McCaskey, co-anchors for CBS 11 News This Morning — participated in the event to raise money for CASA, an organization of volunteer court appointed special advocates who stand up for abused and neglected children.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Alumnus Malik Aziz, a Dallas Police Department deputy chief, is a finalist for the Tuscon police chief job, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

DISABILITY STUDIES: Catherine Kudlick (San Francisco State University) will present “Disabling Cures: Rescuing History’s ‘Incurables’ from the Clutches of the Present” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Room 104 of University Hall. … Robert and Schuyler Rummel-Hudson presented “Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords” Nov. 4 in a program hosted by the Disability Studies program. … The Minor in Disability Studies program hosted a lunchtime meet-and-greet Oct. 28 in University Hall. Organizers informed students about upcoming classes and how to add a disability studies minor to their degree plan.

ENGLISH: Associate Professor Amy Tigner and several graduate students participated in an online event in July with several dozen academicians from around the world to transcribe the 17th-century recipe book of Rebecca Winche.

Doctoral student Robert Caldwell poses with a copy of his new book, Choctaw-Apache Foodways (Texas A&M University Press). The book explores food influences on tribes for more than 200 years.

Doctoral student Robert Caldwell poses with a copy of his new book, Choctaw-Apache Foodways (Texas A&M University Press). The book explores food influences on tribes for more than 200 years.

HISTORY: A new work on contemporary exploration and advancement of geographical science, “Aus allen Weltteilen Die Arktis” by Professor Imre Demhardt, was recently published by Springer Spektrum, the German division of global science publisher Springer. Demhardt, a German native, is the Garrett Endowed Chair in the History of Cartography. … Associate Professor and Department Chair Marvin Dulaney served as moderator for a panel discussion Oct. 22 for the Fort Worth Opera’s “Space Race: Advances in the U.S. Science and Transportation Technology” symposium in E.H. Hereford University Center. … Assistant Professor Oliver Bateman participated in a Nov. 5 panel discussion about the history of World Class Championship Wrestling in the Central Library. Other panelists included photographer Cirrus Bonneau, former pro wrestling personality and Political Science Associate Professor Allan Saxe, and former WCCW wrestlers “Cowboy” Johnny Mantell and “Iceman” King Parsons.

Department of Linguistics & TESOL graduate student Kimberly Johnson (left) and undergrad Frankie Pennington presented a Native American Languages Lab poster at Innovation Day on Oct. 22 at the College Park Center. The poster offered an overview on various projects within the group. (Photo contributed)

Department of Linguistics & TESOL graduate student Kimberly Johnson (left) and undergrad Frankie Pennington presented a Native American Languages Lab poster at Innovation Day on Oct. 22 at the College Park Center. The poster offered an overview on various projects within the group. (Photo contributed)

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: The Texas Standard interviewed Associate Professor and Department Chair Laurel Stvan about the term “alien.” It has many uses, but Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, says alien has no business in the official language of the United States. He’s calling for the word to be banned because he says it is dehumanizing. “Part of the current negative emotion today has to do with the power of ‘alien’ as a noun, rather than as an adjective,” Stvan said. “Usually nouns are more negatively used to portray a group because they reduce it to just a single characteristic.” The story also ran on Texas Public Radio and KUT 90.5/KUTX 98.9 in Austin. … The department’s new electroencephalography (EEG) officially opened Oct. 9 with an open house and demonstrations led by lab directors Assistant Professors Naoko Witzel and Jeff Witzel and doctoral student Ehsan Shafiee Zargar. … Graduate student Kimberly Johnson and undergraduate Frankie Pennington presented work on documenting endangered languages at UTA’s Innovations Day showcase on Oct. 9. … Faculty from the English Language Institute presented at the TexTESOL conference in San Antonio Oct. 23-25. Head of Student Affairs Fred Griffiths, Instructor Ramona Mahaffey (MA TESOL, ’08) and IEP Assessment Coordinator Chris Aufdembrink (MA TESOL, ’09) presented “How Colleague Collaboration Builds 21st Century EL Communication Skills”; Mahaffey and Aufdembrink also presented “Student Council: Bridging Student Success Through Student Leadership Opportunities”; IEP Listening-Speaking Coordinator and Head of Developmental English Sally Stevens presented “Speaking Up: 1-1 Pronunciation Tutoring.” … As part of celebrating November’s Native American History month, Professor Colleen Fitzgerald published a Huffington Post article “7 Things to Know About Native American Languages.” … Graduate student Kristen Fleckenstein won the Yumi Nakamura Prize for best presentation at the UTA Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL (UTASCILT) on Nov. 5.

MILITARY SCIENCE: Military Times says The University of Texas at Arlington is the best four-year college in Texas for military veterans and ranks UTA No. 16 of 125 institutions serving veterans who are seeking college degrees.

MODERN LANGUAGE: Associate Professor Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez was quoted in a Dallas Morning News article about Day of the Dead — the Mexican holiday honoring deceased loved ones — spreading into mainstream America. “Normally, Mexican people complain about the idea of Halloween penetrating the culture,” he said. “Now we are watching something that is the opposite in the U.S. in how the celebration of Día de Muertos is penetrating even Halloween.”

MUSIC: German newspaper, Westfalen-Blatt, noted that Associate Professor Tim Ishii, director of jazz studies at UTA, performed last month in an Opera Big Band concert with members of the Bielefeld Philharmonic. The event raised money on behalf of refugees in Bielefeld. … Assistant Professor David Grogan was guest artist at a Texas Camerata Baroque music concert at Fort Worth’s St. Andrews Episcopal Church recently, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram review reported.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor Allan Saxe weighed in on a new memoir from former Texas state senator Wendy Davis in an article by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In the new book, Davis reveals that she terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons in the 1990s. “I think a lot of people go through these things, but they don’t talk about them,” Saxe said. “She does. I think these revelations will strike a chord in some of these women’s groups.” … Saxe talked about outgoing House Speaker John Boehner‘s deal with President Obama, the impending debt limit increase and Republican presidential candidates on Denver’s KHOW 630 AM. … Associate Professor and Department Chair Rebecca Deen was interviewed on KERA/90.1 FM about proposed ballot measures that Texans voted on last week. Deen discussed school bond packages, allowing statewide officials to live outside of Austin and hunting/fishing regulations. … The Israeli government must respond to Arab citizens of Israel, as well as Palestinians outside the borders, before the country can find peace wrote Assistant Professor Brent Sasley in a Foreign Affairs opinion piece. … Sassy also wrote about the legacy of Israeli politician and statesman Yitzhak Rabin for The Conversation. … Imprimis Pharmaceuticals CEO Mark L. Baum (BA, ’95) told The San Diego Union-Tribune last month that his company’s response in offering a $1 rival to Turing Pharmaceutical’s $750 pill provides a market-based answer to prohibitive drug pricing.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Associate Professor Jason Shelton was quoted in an Ozy article on how political candidates often invoke coming-to-religion stories to connect with evangelical voters: “It humanizes them. It speaks to this notion of Christianity as part of our identity as a nation.” … UTA alumna Lindsey Teel recently wrote a blog about disability in the workplace for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.


Several Maverick Theatre Company student actors joined famed film and stage actress Mia Farrow (center) for a master class earlier this term.

THEATRE ARTS: Senior Lecturer Brandi Andrade served as dramaturg, presented on the first read-through, and wrote a program essay for Theatre Three’s production of “Picnic.” Additionally, Andrade wrote another essay linking the playwrights of two shows in Theatre Three’s season, Tennessee Williams and William Inge to Margo Jones, to the recently-deceased head of Theatre Three, Jac Alder. That essay was published on the front page of TheatreJones. … A Shorthorn article featured “The Boys Next Door,” a comedy about four mentally-disabled men living together in the early ’80s. The production is part of the Maverick Theatre Company’s Sandbox Series. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer spoke on the intersection of social robotics and human emotion and behavior at The Robotics Innovation Show 2015 at ExCel space in London, England. Greer also spoke at the Disabilities Meet and Greet on Oct. 28 in regards to her elective course, “Humans and Robotics,” which features a unit of persons with disabilities on the vanguard of human-robotic interaction. … Scenic Designer Michelle Harvey designed the set for Theatre Three’s production of “Picnic.” … Senior Lecturer Seraphina Nova has two films — “Heartbroken in Houston” and “Cyberdancing” — screening at the Rack Focus Film Festival in mid December. … Senior Lecturer Laurel Whitsett is providing accent coaching on a television series called “Queen of the South.” … UTA alumnus Dan Hinckley was featured on the television program, “The Voice.”


(Compiled by James Dunning/COLA Communications,

Life, Message of Gandhi in Focus at UTA

November 9, 2015

Nearly 60 years following his assassination, human rights activist and statesman Mahatma Gandhi continues to fascinate people worldwide. At The University of Texas at Arlington, students have had a unique opportunity to study the man and get a closer look at his legacy.

Study of Gandhi began earlier this semester in an anthropology course taught by Associate Professor Ritu Khanduri (Sociology & Anthropology). The class – cross-listed with the Center for African-American Studies – enabled students to review Gandhi’s biography, his philosophy and his influence on anti-colonial politics in the early 20th century. The coursework reviewed the lasting impact Gandhi’s work had on the U.S. civil rights movements and leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

But UTA student Ivy Lopez says the class looks beyond the popular historical narrative of the man.

“When I used to think about Gandhi all that really came to mind was civil disobedience and passive resistance,” Lopez said. “Of course we all know what a huge impact he had on the world and what a huge influence he was on great leaders like MLK and Nelson Mandela. After taking this class I have a greater understanding of Gandhian ideals; most interestingly, the idea that Gandhi didn’t practice passive resistance at all. While his major tenet was that of non-violence, there was nothing passive about him. His resistance was in fact very active, and meant to force retaliation by the British. It is more accurate to describe Gandhi’s movement as active non-violent resistance.”

In early October, Khanduri and her students met briefly with Sukanya Bharat Ram, Gandhi’s great-granddaughter, in North Texas to celebrate “Gandhi Jayanti” (Gandhi’s birthday) with a local Indian group. October 2 is a national holiday in India, and many Indians living in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex celebrated with a peace march and rally at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Plaza in Irving.

“The timing of Mrs. Sukanya Bharat Ram’s visit to the campus was fortuitous as it coincided with the semester I am teaching the Gandhi course,” said Khanduri. “This gave students in my course an opportunity to meet her, and she too was delighted to see them. Mrs. Bharat Ram’s visit also inspired more thinking for a South Asian studies focus on our campus. It furthered conversation on a peace program and Gandhi, and the potential for promising collaborations between organizations in India, UTA and the DFW community.”

As a way to introduce the rest of the campus to Gandhi, several of Khanduri’s students will present original papers at “Global Gandhi” from 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Central Library’s Sixth Floor Parlor. Student participants include Kateline Smith, Megan Moore Randall Cox, Morgen Lanueva, Ivy Lopez, Adam Krajweski, Fatima-Ayan Hirsi, and Alondra Smith.

The panel, part of UTA’s Asian Heritage Month, is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Indian Cultural Council, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies.

“Each presentation will provoke a rethinking of Gandhi,” Khanduri said. “It is my hope that the panel will prompt the audience to situate Gandhi in a global context and raise interest across the disciplines.”

UTA student Fatima Hirsi hopes the panel presentations will encourage her fellow Mavericks to look more closely at Gandhi and his approach to life.

“The message of peace and nonviolence will always be relevant in out tumultuous world,” she said. “One thing I really respect about Gandhi was his recognition that all religions are equal. He incorporated teachings from the New Testament and the Bhagavad Gita to form a moral code that affected every aspect of life. He was against quests to convert others and thought that every human had a divine spirit deserving of respect regardless of earthly labels. Can you imagine the world if everyone recognized this essence of beauty in others?”


(By James Dunning/COLA Communications,

About the College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts at UT Arlington serves more than 4,000 students enrolled in 26 undergraduate and 21 graduate programs. National accreditation includes the Department of Art & Art History through the National Association of Schools of Art & Design and the Department of Music through the National Association of Schools of Music. The College of Liberal Arts employs more than 300 faculty across 12 departments; faculty awards for research and creative activity include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Pulitzer Prize nominations, a winner of La Cruz Andina de Oro [Andean Golden Cross] from the Bolivian Government, and multiple awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About UT Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 50,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as a “Best for Vets” college by Military Times magazine. Visit to learn more, and find UT Arlington rankings and recognition at

Maverick Theatre Sets Stage for ‘Dinner’

November 4, 2015

A holiday tale of an unwanted houseguest will take center stage later this month.

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company presents “The Man Who Came to Dinner” – the 1939 classic written by award-winning playwrights George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart – in the Mainstage Theater Nov. 18-22.

Directed by Professor Andrew Christopher Gaupp. “Dinner” revolves around a notorious theatre critic who breaks his leg while on a lecture tour in the Midwest. As a result, he is forced to stay on longer than anyone wants at the home of his host family, ultimately taking over the house with his demands and visiting Broadway luminary friends.

CAPTION: A publicity photo for the Maverick Theatre Company’s upcoming “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” The comedy stars (from left) Zoe Brantley, Associate Professor Dennis Maher and Associate Professor Joe Chapa. (Photo contributed)

A publicity photo for the Maverick Theatre Company’s upcoming “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” The comedy stars (from left) Zoe Brantley, Associate Professor Dennis Maher and Associate Professor Joe Chapa. (Photo contributed)

The UTA production finds Associate Professor Dennis Maher as the insufferable Mr. Whiteside and and Associate Professor Joe Chapa as Banjo. Student cast members include Rachel Glass, Zoe Brantley, Jonathan Sicard, Forrest Swanson, Yanci De La O, Whitney Jones, Stephanie Spencer, D. Aidan Wright, Hannah Thomson, Michael Carver-Simmons, Willis, Kevin Duran, Caleb Hall, Kelly Stewart, Aaron Cummings, Marcos Villegas, Luke Ritchie, Andrew Fowler, William Harper II, Bismark Quitanilla Jr. and Bradley Atuba.

Professor and Department Chair Kim Lafontaine serves as scenic designer. Jared Land is production manager and Laurie Land is costume and make-up designer. Technical direction is by DJ Badon. Neil Farrell is the stage manager and Lucila Rojas is assistant stage manager.

“Dinner” runs Nov. 18-21 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $7 for students, senior citizens and UTA faculty and staff.

For tickets, reservations, group rates, or further information, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts box office at (817) 272.2669 or


Linguistics & TESOL Host Student Conference

November 4, 2015


Five graduate students will present their research Friday, Nov. 6, at the annual University of Texas at Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics & TESOL (UTASCILT).

The free, day-long event begins at 8 a.m. in Trimble Hall, Room 200, and includes a keynote address from linguistics scholar John T. Beavers (UT Austin). Beavers will present “Roots and Templates in Verbal Meaning” and look at English ditransitive verbs and whether verbal roots can and do encode information pertaining to the root’s event template.

UTASCILT is a student-led conference specifically designed to give graduate students a chance to present their original research. The best student papers are awarded the Yumi Nakamura Prize, which is funded by the Yumi Nakamura Memorial Endowment.

Nakamura was enrolled in the graduate linguistics program at UTA until she was tragically killed in a traffic accident in January 2000. Her family established the endowment in their daughter’s name as a way to honor her memory and to support academic excellence.

For more information about the conference, log on to the department’s website.


The University of Texas at Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics & TESOL
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Trimble Hall, Room 200

8 a.m. – Breakfast/Opening Remarks

9 a.m. – Darcey Browning, “Hesitation via hastag placement: Patterns of delay markers in public accounts of survivor stories”

9:30 a.m. – Iya Khelm and Jeffery Witzel (UT Arlington), “Stages of procession for complex sentences: Evidence from Russian”

10:30 a.m. – Kent Rasmussen, “Ndaka [ndk] (D.R. Congo): Another Bantu D30 Languages with Nine Vowels and Depressor Consonants”

11 a.m. – Kimberly C. Johnson, “The Role of Context in Interpreting a Versatile Modal in Creek (Muskogean)”

11:30 a.m. – Kristen Fleckenstein, “Jespersen’s Cycle of negation in American Sign Language”

12 p.m. – Lunch

2 p.m. – John T. Beavers (UT Austin), “Roots and Templates in Verbal Meaning” (keynote address)

4 p.m. – Presentations of Awards/Closing Remarks



COLA Faculty Honored at Recognition Dinner

October 29, 2015

More than two dozen UT Arlington faculty members were honored with promotions and tenure at the Faculty Recognition Dinner Oct. 20 in the Carlisle Suite.

For a full list of those honored, see the UTA Libraries’ Digital Bookplates.

College of Liberal Arts faculty honored included:

  • Promotion to Professor:
    • George Chave (Music)
    • Graham Hunt (Music)
  • Promotion to Associate Professor:
    • Patryk Babiracki (History)
    • Zenas Seiji Ikeda (Art & Art History)
    • Karen Kenaston (Music)
    • Sarah Rose (History)
    • Joseph Sabbagh (Linguistics & TESOL)
    • Salvatore Terrasi (Art & Art History)

Panelists to Share Memories of WCC Wrestling

October 29, 2015

hist_ringsideUTA Libraries and the Department of History will host a panel discussion about World Class Championship Wrestling at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Central Library parlor.

The discussion, held in conjunction with UTA Libraries Special Collections exhibit “Ringside: Memories of World Class Championship Wrestling,” will feature exhibit photographer Cirrus Bonneau, curator Assistant Professor Oliver Lee Bateman (History), Associate Professor Allan Saxe (Political Science) and former WCCW wrestlers “Cowboy” Johnny Mantell and “Iceman” King Parsons.

The panelists will discuss Bonneau’s evocative black-and-white photographs taken in 1982 and 1983 at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, the significance of WCCW to the Metroplex, and the changing relationship between professional wrestling and its fan base.

Mantell and Parsons, who were two of the top stars in the sport, will share their memories of wrestling in front of capacity crowds in Fort Worth and Dallas.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the exhibit “Ringside,” visit

(SOURCE: UTA Libraries)

COLA, Social Work Faculty Exchange Ideas

October 21, 2015

Faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Social Work met in early October to discuss interdisciplinary research opportunities at UT Arlington. Both groups plan additional mixers to bring faculty members with similar research interests together.

Students Engage in Comm Day 2015

October 21, 2015

The Department of Communication hosted its annual Comm Day event for UT Arlington students Oct. 20 in the Bluebonnet Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Organizers arranged for communication majors to meet with North Texas companies and organizations seeking interns, get advice on their resumes and professional image and take professional headshots. The event also include panel discussions with UTA alumni who are communication professionals in the region.

Art Students to Sell Glass Pumpkins Oct. 24

October 16, 2015

art-glass-pumpkinsAdd a little glass art to your fall decorations with hand-blown glass pumpkins of all shapes and sizes designed by UTA students and faculty.

The delicate gourds are on sale starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Studio Arts Center. A raffle begins at 4 p.m. Live glassblowing demonstrations are planned throughout the day.

Proceeds go to the visiting artist fund of the Department of Art and Art History. The fund allows art students to invite world-renowned artists to lead workshops and share their professional experiences.


(Source: MavWire)


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