COLA Notes for November 2010

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART: Graduate student M. Kate Helmes gave a lecture at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth last month. Her lecture was entitled “Significance: The Artist and Their Other.” … A documentary by Bongani Mlambo, a senior majoring in film/video, was recently selected to be included as supplement to an English language textbook for Slovenian upper-secondary schools. His short film, Interracial Relationships, can be viewed online. … “Katrina’s Son,” a film by Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith, recently took top prize at the Austin Film Festival. Because of this win, Smith’s film is now eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award in 2012. The film previously took top honors at the DC Shorts Film Festival, the Urbanworld Film Festival, the Dallas Video Festival and the Flatland Film Festival. For more information on Smith, visit his website,

COMMUNICATION: The Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Pro Chapter, Texas Watchdog and the UTA SPJ Student Chapter will host “Journalism Ethics in the Digital Age” on Nov. 20 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in UTA Mavericks Center. The event will include a panel discussion and skills workshop and cover open government, the press, the Internet and e-mail. Limited seating is available. Please RSVP to or call 817-272-7039. A $5 recommended donation will benefit SafeHaven Women’s Shelter. … Melyssa Prince (B.A., ’01; M.A., ’06) was recently recognized by the International Association of Business Communicators, earning awards for her marketing communication work at Calloway’s Nursery, Inc. In November, Prince was named Director of Public Relations for the DFW Chapter of the American Marketing Association. … Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith, Assistant Professor of Journalism, was one of three elected to the Executive Board of American Journalism Historians Association in October. … Gina Garza, a 2010 public relations graduate, has been hired as Community Director for the Fort Worth March of Dimes. Garza severed as an intern for the organization last year. … Several Department of Communication students were recently nominated for membership in Phi Kappa Phi: Felicia Bolton, broadcasting; Emily Barnes and Sandra Kabi Bou-Miahed, advertising; Susan Hixon, Rebekah Karth, Ahsan Khan, Alyssa Martinez, Erikka Neroes, public relations; Benjamin Muir and Ginger Shubert, communication studies; journalism students Maria Magga and Shreeya Rana; and graduate students April Blount and Carl Esposito.

CRIMINOLOGY: Senior Lecturer J.R. Price was interviewed for a story on KXAS-TV/NBC 5 about the type of security that will be in place for the Super Bowl being played in February at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. “There will be a lot of it and it will be expensive,” said Price. He led a security team at the Winter Olympics in 2002.

ENGLISH: Rechelle Christie, Director of English Distance Education and a gothic literature specialist, offered her thoughts on the popularity of vampires on “Think with Krys Boyd,” a KERA 90.1 FM radio program. Christie joined Rick Worland (Southern Methodist University) to discuss why vampires have made a big comeback in current literature, film, and television. … Dr. Stacy Alaimo, Professor of English, published a book, Bodily Natures:  Science, Environment, and the Material Self, with Indiana University Press, and two articles “Eluding Capture: The Science, Culture and Pleasure of ‘Queer’ Animals,” an invited essay for Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire, and “The Naked Word: The Trans-corporeal Ethics of the Protesting Body,” in Women & Performance. … Dean A. Hinnen, director of the English Writing Center, delivered a paper, “Retention Cubed: Strategies for Retaining Students, Tutors, and Budgets” at the International Writing Centers Association/National Conference of Peer Tutors of Writing joint conference in Baltimore, on Nov. 4. … Toni Holland, Ph.D. Candidate and Fulbright recipient, has been named Canadian Literature Fellow at the University of Alberta for the 2010-11 academic year.

LINGUISTICS: Three members of the department recently gave talks at the 2nd Annual DFW Metroplex Conference, hosted in Dallas. They include Dr. Laurel Stvan, Dr. Jeffrey D. Witzel and Josh Jensen. … A paper by Dr. Jerry Edmondson and a colleague was published in the October edition of “Sociophonetics: A Student’s Guide.” … Dr. Mousa Btoosh (PhD Linguistics, ’04) has been promoted to Associate Professor at Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, where he teaches in Jordan. … Dr. Szu-Yen (Neal) Liang (PhD Linguistics, ’09) has joined the Department of Modern Languages at UT Arlington as a Senior Lecturer. … James Treece (MA Linguistics, ’09) is a Professor of English at Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. … Dr. Dalal Almubayei (PhD Linguistics, ’10) has joined the English Department at The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait as an Assistant Professor.

MUSIC: The new main studio within UT Arlington’s Music Media program is profiled in the latest edition of Mix Magazine. Studio 301 was funded by a LERR grant from the UT system in 2008. It is used for music recording projects and instruction. The studio can accommodate up to 20 students, and the tracking room, which contains a Steinway grand piano, is roomy enough for large ensembles. Mark Genfan of Acoustic Spaces in Austin designed the studio. Mix Magazine is the primary layperson’s magazine for people in the audio field, and it is distributed in 94 countries. … John Solomons, Associate Professor of piano, has appeared with great success as soloist and chamber musician in the U.S., Europe, and South America, performing in concert with the Emerson String Quartet, Cliburn winner Fabio Bidini, and under the direction of American conductor Gunther Schuller. Solomons performed in a free concert Nov. 6 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Republican Kenneth Sheets, a U.S. Marine reservist and lawyer, defeated state Rep. Allen Vaught (D-Dallas) for the District 107/East Dallas seat in last week’s election. Sheets earned his undergraduate degree in political science from UT Arlington.

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