COLA Notes for October 2010

ART: Sharon Miller, a UT Arlington alumna with a BFA concentration in painting, has been hired by the Cedar Hill Independent School District to launch the Art Program at Beltline Intermediate School. … The work of Nicholas Wood, Associate Professor of Art, will be on display during October at Gallery 76102, UT Arlington’s Fort Worth campus. … Filmmakers Justin Hilliard and Frank Mosley, UT Arlington alumni who met in 2004 while working on a class film project, were recently featured in a FW Weekly article highlighting their individual and collaborative work.

COMMUNICATION: Journalism major J.C. Derrick is writing a monthly column for his hometown paper, the Longview News-Journal. His second installment – in which he complimented the university for its commitment to becoming a Tier One institution – ran late last month. … Erikka D. Neroes, a public relations major, is serving as an intern for Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (District 10). … PR major Michael Peterson has accepted a fall internship position with Richards Partners, affiliated with The Richards Group, a Dallas-based branding, advertising and marketing agency. … Students will get to rub elbows with industry professionals and attend workshops and discussions on a variety of topics at the department’s annual Communication Day event Oct. 27-28. For more information, log on to the event’s website.

HISTORY: A new exhibit on maps and cartography will run now through Jan. 8, 2011, in Special Collections, located on the sixth floor of the UT Arlington Central Library. The exhibit, “Charting the Cartography of Companies: Concessions to Companies as Mirrored in Maps, 1600-1900,” is free and open to the public. … The 11th annual Transatlantic History Graduate Student Symposium will be held Oct. 28 in the Red River room at the E.H. Hereford University Center. For more details, log onto the program’s website.

LIBERAL ARTS: The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi chapter at The University of Texas at Arlington was recently honored by the national organization. The Chapter of Excellence award is given to “chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others,” a news release said. The group includes dozens of students and faculty from the College of Liberal Arts.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Sok-Hun Kim, a doctoral student in linguistics, gave a conference presentation in June at the 2010 Seoul International Conference on Linguistics (SICOL-2010) at Korea University in Seoul, Korea. His talk was entitled, “A Corpus-based Pragmatic Study on Sentential Anaphors: English that/it and Korean ku ‘it.’” … Vitaly Voinov, a doctoral student in linguistics, presented on “The phonology of head-rhyme in Tuvan verse” at the 15th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics, held in Szeged, Hungary in August. … Joshua Jensen was awarded the Linguistic Society of America’s new Student Abstract Award, which goes to the student who submitted the best abstract for a paper or poster presentation at the 2011 LSA Annual Meeting in January. The LSA is the premier professional organization for linguists in the United States, so this is a very prestigious and competitive award. Department chair Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald is a co-organizer of the event and presenter for a symposium entitled “Documenting Endangered Languages: NSF-NEH DEL Projects in Honor of the 20th Anniversary of the LSA Panel on Endangered Languages.” … Alumna Dr. Wenhua Jin (Ph.D., 2008) was recently hired as Assistant Professor of Chinese at Kennesaw State University.

SOCIOLOGY: “Cultural Studies as Critical Theory” and other works by Dr. Ben Agger will soon be available in Chinese, according to a recent news release from Henan University Press in China. Agger said the books will be released over the next few years, 16 books in all. … A new issue of “Fast Capitalism” was recently published. You can read about it online at

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