COLA Notes for March 2011

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: The work of MFA students Michael Mazurek and Jesse Morgan Barnett will be featured at Bows and Arrows on Greenville Avenue, Richland College’s Gallery reported. The exhibition will include site-specific installations by each artist. …. Art graduate Burl Washington exhibited his artwork at Navarro College’s Corsicana campus in celebration of Black History Month, the Corsicana Daily Sun reported. … Benito Huerta, Associate Professor (painting) and Director of The Gallery at UTA, participated in a panel discussion last month at Syracuse University, part of the traveling art exhibition “Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity.” Huerta was co-curator of the exhibit. The exhibition consists of 39 national artists and includes UTA Assistant Professor Michelle Murillo and UTA Adjunct Professor Carlos DonJuan. It will travel from Syracuse, N.Y., to Keene, N.H., Adelphi, Md., Fort Wayne, Ind., and Coral Cables, Fla., over the next two years. … Ya’Ke Smith, Assistant Professor (film and video), was featured in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about the recent round of festival awards and national attention for his short film, “Katrina’s Son.” The film will be screened at Reelworld Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, and Crossroads Film Festival in Jackson, Miss. Smith has also started raising money for his next project, a feature film titled “Wolf.” … MFA student Justin Ginsberg was featured in Glass Quarterly magazine, discussing his glass work and announcing an exhibition at Craighead Green, a gallery in Dallas. … Dr. Nada Shabout (BA, ’84; BFA, ’88; MA, ’91; PhD, ‘99), professor of art history at the University of North Texas and director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute, recently announced the launch of the Modern Art Iraq Archive, a website devoted to documenting modern artistic works from the Iraqi Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad. Most of the items listed were lost and damaged in the fires and looting during the aftermath of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. … Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby will participate in a Brandywine Workshop Visiting Artist Fellowship this summer in Philadelphia, PA. His solo exhibit will be on display at the Tyler Museum of Art in Tyler, Texas, beginning April 17. … Adjunct Professor Simeen Farhat has an exhibition at Twelve Gates Art Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, on display until March 26. … Associate Professor Nancy Palmeri was featured in “think editions,” a University of Akron printmaking newsletter. … Associate Professor Bart Weiss is working on a documentary about the Grammy award-winning band, Brave Combo.

COMMUNICATION: Several UT Arlington graduates were recently honored for their work at the Dallas Morning News. Honorees include Reese Dunklin (BA, ’94), Tom Fox (BFA, ’91), Brandon George (BA, ’97), and Michael Hogue (BA, ’86). … A UTA News en Español special edition report on student financial aid is now available online. The segment was co-produced with Telemundo Dallas and Telemundo 39. … UTA Radio is participating in the donation drive for Safe Haven Women’s Shelter, currently sponsored by Women in Leadership. The shelter is in need of toiletries and school supplies. Donations may be dropped off at the to Department of Communication main office, Room 118 in the Fine Arts building, by March 23. … John Macejak, Melinda Long and Lynda Arnold, the Department of Communication advisors, have been nominated for this year’s Outstanding Advisor Award. … Lecturer Geoff Campbell was nominated for the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for the second consecutive year. … Dr. Tom Christie will participate in a panel discussion on the current situation in Egypt, the Middle East and North Africa. Hosted by Pi Sigma Alpha and the Society of Political Affairs, the discussion “Dictators, Demonstrations and Democracy in the Middle East and North Africa” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. today, March 9, in Room 104 of University Hall. … Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith recently contributed a chapter to Knights of the Quill: Confederate Correspondents and their Civil War Reporting, published by Purdue University Press. … Dr. Chunke Su’s first authored manuscript entitled “A Multidimensional Network Approach to Studying Team Members’ Information Seeking from Human and Digital Knowledge Sources in Consulting Firms” has been accepted by the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. … Dr. Shelley Wigley recently published “Telling your own bad news: Eliot Spitzer and a test of the stealing thunder strategy” in the latest volume of Public Relations Review. … Brittany Mikula, a double major in Advertising and Public Relations, spent two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl as an intern with Party Planners West, Inc. She also has a full semester internship with Strauss Marketing-BPPR. … Students Samantha Horn and Sara Scarborough are currently interning at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. … Graduate Alexis Spears (BA, ’10) is working as a reporter for WOAY, an ABC affiliate serving Beckley, Bluefield and Oak Hill, W.Va. … Students in Mindia Whittier’s PR Case Study class are working with Open Channels Group this semester to conduct surveys as part of a Public Affairs campaign for The T (Fort Worth Transportation Authority) as part of a Southeast Fort Worth Passenger Rail Feasibility Study. Recent graduates Breanna Standifer (BA, ’09) and Rebecca Strong (BA, ’09) are also working with the firm.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Dr. Alex del Carmen, professor and department chair, contributed to a report on motor vehicle stops and arrests by the Midland Police Department that was presented to the Midland City Council last month. The report concluded MPD is in compliance with the Texas Racial Profiling Law for the past eight years.

ENGLISH: Instructor Imrana Iqbal co-authored an article on war in Pakistan that was published in last month’s American Diplomacy. … Spare Parts, by Dr. Ken Hada (PhD, ’00), has won the 2011 Western Heritage Award for Poetry by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Earlier this year, his work was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Awards, and last fall, four poems from the collection were featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac.

LIBERAL ARTS: Several members of the College of Liberal Arts will participate in the second annual “Sustainability Across the Curriculum” ACES Symposium at 9 a.m. March 23 in Nedderman Hall (Room 100). Those scheduled to participate in panel discussions include: Dr. Stacy Alaimo (English), Dr. Chris Morris (History), and doctoral students David Smith (History) and David Wallace (English).

LINGUISTICS: Associate Professor Dr. Laurel Stvan has been invited by the Centre for Advanced Research in English at the University of Birmingham for a six week visit. The focus of this visit is to work on a joint project and to explore possibilities of future collaborative research between UT Arlington and the University of Birmingham. After a successful application to the North American Fund, Stvan will continue her work on bare nominals in English and develop the pedagogical applications of this research to second language learning. … Assistant Professor Dr. Joey Sabbagh is presenting a conference talk, “Word order and prosodic structure constraints in Tagalog,” at the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association conference this month. … Stephen George (MA, ’10) has been accepted to the PhD program in Higher Education at the University of North Texas.  … Jeff Hobbie (MA, ‘10) has accepted a full-time ESL teaching position in the Intensive English Program at Southern Methodist University. … Micah Rejcek (MA, ’10) has a position as adjunct faculty at McLennan Community College in Waco. … The Department of Linguistics and TESOL recently wrapped up its annual student conference. Several students earned awards, including Felix Wang (Best Undergraduate Presentation) and Josh Jensen (Best Poster). The Nakamura Award went to Thomas Weir and Vitaly Volnov for their presentations.

MUSIC: Kyung Hwa Cho won first prize in the American Protégé Talent Piano Competition last month. Cho will travel to New York City and perform in a March 12 recital at Carnegie Hall. … Jazz studies graduate Il Young Heo (BM, ‘09) is currently touring nationally with Tin Roof Tango. … Former director of jazz studies Bill Snodgrass recently judged the 37th annual Pittsburg State University Jazz Festival in Kansas.

PHILOSOPHY: Dr. Joshua Greene (Harvard University) will present “Beyond Point-and-Shoot Morality: Why Psychology Matters for Ethics” on March 25 at 3:30 p.m. in College Hall Room 101. Greene will discuss how the “is” of empirical moral psychology has implications for the “ought” of normative ethics.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Marhsall Harrell III (B.A., ’95) has filed to run for Position One on the Brenham (Texas) school board, the Brenham Banner reported.

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