COLA Notes for February 2011

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART and ART HISTORY: Photographs by MFA student Jesse Morgan Barnett have been selected for the ONWARD 11 competition at Basho Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa. The exhibition features 70 photographs by 63 artists from across the nation, and is curated by renowned photographer Larry Fink. … Several Art students participated in filming, “Brotherhood,” an independent movie about fraternity life that was shot in part at a UT Arlington fraternity house. Check out the film at … Corrie Slater (BFA, ‘10) was recently hired as a video editor for a Fort Worth company. … Work by MFA student Justin Ginsberg has been accepted for inclusion in the 2011 New Glass Review. The New Glass Review is a survey of jury-selected works in glass submitted by artists from around the world and published by The Corning Museum of Glass. … Photography major James Wolfe was awarded the Grand Prize for Digital Constructed Single Image in the 2011 Photo Imaging Education Association competition. Judges reviewed 5,700 entries and chose 88 individuals for a traveling exhibition. The winning images will be published in Photo Marketing Magazine.

CRIMINOLOGY and CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Farmers Branch Police Chief Sid Fuller (M.A., ‘97) was named a finalist for the same post in Surprise City, Ariz. Fuller is a 28-year veteran of law enforcement. … Former Arlington and Dallas police chief David Kunkle (BA, ’76; MA, ’94) has announced interested in running for mayor of the City of Dallas in the May election.

COMMUNICATION: Assistant Professor Dr. Shelley Wigley was recently named a Recognized Professor by UT Arlington’s chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. … Roby B. McEuen, Graphic Specialist, judged the American Advertising Federation 10th District Small Advertising Club ADDY competition on Jan. 22. McEuen has served as a judge for the ADDY awards since 2001. … Students in Dr. Luis Lopez-Preciado’s Fall Advertising Campaigns Class worked with the UTA Faculty Club to design and implement an advertising campaign for the campus eatery. The restaurant, located in the basement of Davis Hall, is open to all faculty and staff. Two of the students will continue on the project this semester with Aramark, the parent company that manages the restaurant, as paid interns. … Public Relations major Katy Kiger has accepted an internship position with Richards Partners, a part of The Richards Group in Dallas.

ENGLISH: Department chair Dr. Wendy Faris was quoted last month in a Vancouver Sun article about Carlos Fuentes’ new book, Destiny and Desire. Faris is an expert on Fuentes and his work; her own books include one of the earliest critical studies of the Mexican writer. … Graduate student Lori Jacobs was recently awarded an I-Engage Sustainability Grant for a new course, ENGL 3373: Professional Writing for Sustained Community Engagement. … Graduate student Sherrin Frances has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of English at Saginaw Valley State University.

HISTORY: The Cold War and the Soviet Union will be the focus on this year’s Walter Prescott Webb Lecture Series slated for Thursday, March 10. The annual events features academicians from across the country, including this year’s lineup of Michael David-Fox, Marsha Siefert, Constantin Katsakioris and Patryk Babiracki. … Helen McLure (Southern Methodist University) will be featured in the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies Speaker Series on Tuesday, March 29, at 2:30 in the Central Library’s 6th Floor Parlor. McLure’s lecture is titled “Regulating Society by the Whitecap Method’: Mob Violence in Nineteenth-Century America.”

LINGUISTICS and TESOL: Department chair Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald will be presenting a poster on “Community-Based Approaches to Student Training: Service-Learning in a Language Revitalization Course” at the 2nd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation in Hawai’I this month. … Ian Connelly (M.A., ’05) is currently a high school teacher at Paschal High School in Fort Worth, splitting time between World Languages, Social Studies & English. … Doctoral student Vitaly Voinov has had a journal article published in the Volume 4 of the 2010 edition of Language Documentation and Conservation. His paper is entitled “Words should be fun: Scrabble as a tool for language preservation in Tuvan and other local languages.” Language Documentation and Conservation is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published electronically by the National Foreign Language Resource Center and the University of Hawai’i Press. … Drs. Cindy Kilpatrick, Joey Sabbagh, and David Silva were each named a Recognized Professor by students initiated to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society this past fall.

MUSIC: Karen Kenaston-French, Associate Professor of Music, will conduct the A Cappella Choir and University Singers in “Mozart Requiem” at 7:30 p.m. March 7 in Irons Recital Hall. Featured participants include Soo Hong Kim, soprano; Natalie Arduino, mezzo-soprano; Kwan Kyun Joo, tenor; and David Grogan, baritone. Tickets at $5 for adults, $3 for students.

PHILOSOPHY: Thomas Metzinger (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz) will lecture on body representation and self-consciousness this Friday at 3:30 p.m. in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building. Metzinger is director of the Theoretical Philosophy Group at Gutenberg University in Germany. … Dr. Charles Nussbaum and graduate student Patricia Mann will be among those from the department scheduled to attend the North Texas Neurophilosophy Network’s conference “Brain, Mind & Science: The Future of Neuroethics” this weekend.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Assistant Professor Dr. Brent Sasley posted an op-ed column in The Mark concerning Hezbollah’s role in the future of Lebanon. Read his thoughts here. … Susham Modi, a Fall 2006 Archer Fellow and graduate of UT Arlington, was selected as an Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinic. Through his work at the Clinic, Modi, a 2010 Penn State Law School graduate, focuses on pursuing changes to the immigration system in the United States and helping immigrants learn about their rights.

SOCIOLOGY and ANTHROPOLOGY: Dr. Curtis Marean (Arizona State University) will be the featured speaker at the 2011 Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture at 7 p.m. March 3 in the School of Architecture Auditorium. Marean will lecture on the origins of modern humans in Africa and focus on human occupation in coastal ecosystems. He is associate director of the Institute for Human Origins at ASU.

THEATRE ARTS: Three department faculty members will speak at the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology’s annual conference in Charlotte, N.C., in March. Associate Professor David Navalinsky and Specialist Michelle Harvey will participate in a panel discussion on production timelines; Navalinsky will chair an educational posted sessions as well as help moderate a forum on developing CAD standards. Department chair Kim LaFontaine is slated to join a panel discussion on tenure for academic professionals. … Dr. Dennis Maher, Associate Professor, will present a one-man show adapted from the writings of American humorist Mark Twain in “The Trouble Begins at 8” Feb. 12-13 and 19-20 in the Studio Theatre. Visit the Theatre Arts Box Office online or call (817) 272-2669 for show times and tickets. … The department will present “The Adding Machine” Feb. 25-26 and March 3-6 in the Mainstage Theatre. Written in 1923 by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elmer Rice, the play chronicles the life of Zero, a hapless cog spinning aimlessly in the corporate world, who, after 25 years of service, is replaced by a machine. Visit the Theatre Arts Box Office online or call (817) 272-2669 for show times and tickets.

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