COLA Notes for January 2011

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART AND ART HISTORY: Assistant Professor Darryl Lauster had his sculptural work, “Reliquary for Mount Pleasant (2007-2010),” entered into permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art last November. … Film studies professor Bart Weiss traveled to Nigeria and Pakistan with the American Documentary Showcase. The program was recently featured in the New York Times. … Bongani Mlambo, Video & Graphic Designer for Multicultural Affairs, was selected as an international exhibit finalist in the Infinity Online Art Gallery contest for the Digital Arts Awards 2010. Bongani, a film/video major, graduated in December and his selected work, “Ethan,” was part of an assignment for his UT Arlington coursework. The exhibit finalists came from Canada, Croatia, Israel, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. … Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith’s short film, “Katrina’s Son,” has been nominated for a 2011 Black Reel Award.

COMMUNICATION: Dr. Andrew Clark and Dr. Tom Christie, associate professors, have been awarded first place by the International Division of the Broadcast Education Association for their co-authored paper “A Clash of Cultures: Reaching Hostile Audiences Through International Broadcasting.” The paper will be presented at the organization’s annual conference April 9-13 in Las Vegas, NV. The Broadcast Education Association was established in 1955 and is “the professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students who are interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises.” … Journalism graduate Emily Toman is an editor at Advocate magazine. She blogs regularly on events and must-see dining and entertainment locales around Dallas. … Zoheb Hassanali, a May 2010 graduate with a degree in Broadcasting and a minor in Speech Communication, has accepted a reporter position with KTVO-TV in Kirksville, Mo. … Alyse Corbett, a December 2010 graduate with a degree in English and a minor in Public Relations, is serving as an editorial intern at Fort Worth, Texas magazine. Corbett’s story on local artist, Natalie Erwin, is featured in this month’s issue. … Andrew Knaus, a 2008 broadcast graduate with a business minor, was recently hired at KTTC in Rochester, MN. The NBC station is ranked 153 in the market. Knaus previously worked as a reporter at a station in Helena, Mont. … Alexis Spears, who graduated in December with a degree in Broadcasting and a minor in Spanish, has landed a reporter position at WOAY-TV in Oak Hill, W.Va. … UTA broadcast students Erick Fernandez and Mayde Gomez were hired by the Travel Channel as production assistants for the show “Bert the Conqueror.” The show filmed in Huntsville and Arlington during December. “Bert the Conqueror” is an American reality television series hosted by American stand-up comedian Bert Kreischer.

ENGLISH: Dr. Ken Roemer, Professor of English, recently had his article, “They Talk Who Listens: Audience in American Indian Literatures — The Erdrich Example,” accepted for publication in Reception: Text, Reader, Audience. Roemer will also join two graduate students, Lorie Jacobs and Bethany Shaffer, for a Focus on Faculty presentation Feb. 23. The trio will present “The Tales Tables (of Contents) Tell: Anthologies and the Shaping of a National Literature (A Digital Archive).”

HISTORY: Dr. Sam Haynes’ “Unfinished Revolution. The early American republic in a British World” (University of Virginia Press, 2010) has been chosen by the History Book Club as a featured selection. … Christopher McCain, a UT Arlington student studying in finance and history, recently announced his candidacy for the District 5 seat on the Arlington City Council. McCain may face three other candidates, including incumbent Lana Wolff, in the May 14 election.

LINGUISTICS: Joshua Jensen was awarded the Student Abstract Award from the Linguistic Society of America at the organization’s annual meeting earlier this month.

PHILOSOPHY: Two popular philosophers will visit UT Arlington next month. Ruth Millikan is slated to speak Feb. 4 and Thomas Metzinger will visit on Feb. 11. Metzinger is the Department of Philosophy’s sponsored speaker for the North Texas Neurophilosophy Network’s conference “Brain, Mind & Science: The Future of Neuroethics.” … Dr. Kenneth Williford, department chair, will be the featured speaker at the Dallas Philosophers Forum on Feb. 22 at Chic from Barcelona.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Dr. Brent Sasley, Assistant Professor, has written a column for, calling for a cautious end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

WOMEN’S STUDIES: Roxanne Buil, an administrative assistant in Women’s Studies at UT Arlington, was interviewed on a Univision show called “Delicioso.” Buil also was in a story accompanying the Deliciso airing. Buil talked about her blog, The Yuca Diaries. Yuca stands for Young Urban Cuban Americans. The blog has been online for three years but Buil’s love for cooking began when she was very little. She says that when she was only three years old she had earned the nickname “the cook” because she easily memorized her mother’s and grandmother’s recipes.

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