COLA Notes for April 2011

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Student Aaron Carolina has been named a finalist in the TXU Energy Light Up the Red Carpet Student Film Contest, a contest in which students were challenged to create a video demonstrating their view of the future of energy. Carolina’s film “After the Dark” was screened during the Dallas International Film Festival. His prize of $5,000 will be split between the UT Arlington film department and Carolina. … Junior Michael Gonzales, who is pursuing a BFA in studio art (film and video), recently finished a video for the indie band, I Am the Dot. … MFA student Shannon Brunskill was included in a Grand Island (NE) Independent article last month about glass artist Martin Janecky’s visit to Hastings College. … Chris Cunningham (BFA, ‘99) was featured in an article on glass art in the Beeville Bee-Picayune. … Work by Michael Masurek and Jesse Morgan Barnett was included in an exhibit at Bows and Arrows, a Dallas gallery. Glasstire, an online art blog, recently featured the work in an article. … Senior Lecturer Mark Clive recently joined the advisory board of the new Academy of Performing and Visual Art at W.T. White High School in Dallas. … MFA student Janet Morrow was recently hosted at Access Gallery in Austin. The gallery is a part of VSA Texas, a non-profit organization promoting the artistic power in people with disabilities. Morrow has previously worked with the VSA at the Smithsonian International Gallery in Washington, D.C. … Several faculty and student members of the department participated in the Southern Graphics Council International conference in St. Louis, Mo., last month. Associate Professor Nancy Palmeri, graduate student Helen Schenck, and BFA students Wes Larsen, Dave King and Jonathan Irwin organized and curated and exhibition of ‘zines that was included in the event. … Dr. Mary Vaccaro, art history professor, recently returned from Parma, Italy, where she gave the lecture, “Disegno nella Scuola di Parma: Alessandro Mazzola Bedoli, il nipote del Parmigianino.” The lecture was very favorably reviewed in a feature-length article in the newspaper, Gazzetta di Parma. Translated, it means “Drawing in the School of Parma:  Alessandro Mazzola Bedoli, nephew of Parmigianino.” The lecture discussed the minor artist Alessandro Mazzola Bedoli, the nephew of the more famous Francesco Mazzola, also known as Parmigianino, and the ways in which he used his uncle’s drawings and those of other artists in Parma in his own art. … David Keens was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about artists and the pricing of their work. … Benito Huerta, Professor and Director of The Gallery at UTA, discussed his work as well as others collected at the Kimbell Art Museum earlier this month. Dr. Melia Belli is slated to give a lecture April 20 at Kimbell on Buddhist paintings. … “NEAL,” a horror-comedy short by film student Geoff McGee was shown at the Dallas International Film Festival earlier this month.

CMAS: John J. Valadez, a distinguished filmmaker-in-residence, spent a week last month screening several of his films in classes across campus while conducting research by consulting with faculty for upcoming documentaries he is creating on Latino Americans for the Public Broadcasting System. Valadez directed the award-winning film “The Longoria Affair.” He worked with the Center for Mexican American Studies.

COMMUNICATION: For a second year, graduate students from the Department of Communication are meeting with focus groups and conducting in-depth interviews with freshmen to document the university experience. The project, partially funded through an iEngage grant, is part of the Qualitative Research Methods class. Associate Professor Dr. Andrew Clark said a final report from the longitudinal study will be submitted to University College. … Radio personality Jeff Kovarsky (BA, ’88) was featured in an online article about his role as music director at Dallas Stars home games. … Journalism major J.C. Derrick wrote about his upcoming Archer Fellowship in Washington, D.C., next fall for the Longivew News-Journal. … Several faculty members attended the Broadcast Education Association conference this week in Las Vegas. Dr. Andrew Clark, Associate Professor of broadcast, chaired the panel “Internet Radio: It’s Here, It’s Digital and It’s Growing Stronger.” Dr. Clark and Dr. Tom Christie, Associate Professor, are also presenting a co-authored paper on international broadcasting. Featured speakers included Joe Carter, manager of tech operations; Lance Liguez, broadcast lecturer; and Dr. Tom Ingram, Associate Professor. Lecturer Julian Rodriguez also presented a paper at the conference. … Communication technology Lecturer Roby McEuen recently served as a judge for the Texas SKILLS USA District 4 high school graphic design competition. … Students in Melanie Mason’s Broadcast Announcing class got the opportunity to network with an industry professional as part of their class curriculum. Brent Anderson, president of the DFW chapter of the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), was a guest lecturer in Ms. Mason’s class on April 7.

CRIMINOLOGY: Kent Myers (BA, 74) was named one of four candidates last month for Columbia, Mo., city manager. Myers has been the city manager at Port Angeles, Wash., for the past two-and-a-half years.

ENGLISH: PhD candidate Rebecca Dark recently saw her dissertation, “From Eve To Eve: Women’s Dreaming In The Middle Ages And Renaissance,” posted to The paper examines how dreams of women are addressed
in fictional, biographical and historical writings several hundred years ago. … English majors Neri Sandoval and Kimberly Sams were among five UT Arlington students scheduled to make presentations at the Great Plains Honors Council’s annual meeting earlier this month. Sams, who is also majoring in history, received the Dennis Boe Award for her work on “Claiming Power and Agency: Medieval Women’s Self-Perceptions in Fifteenth-Century Family Letters.” The annual conference is attended by honor students from colleges in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. … Recently retired professor Dr. Laurin Porter was quoted in an Arizona State University article about the historic Provincetown Playhouse and Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill. … Four graduate students – Kelly Bledsoe Baxter, Jennifer Chamberlain, Tracy-Lynn Clough and Kendall Stephenson — will be presenting at the Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference in San Antonio on April 23. The panel is called “Neon-Noir: The Future City and Technology in Future-Noir Film.” … Dr. Carolyn Guertin, assistant professor of digital media, lectured in the plenary session at the Society for Photographic Education annual conference March 12. Her lecture was title, “Freeze Frame: Image, Space-Time, Text.” … Guertin also was shortlisted for the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards’ 2010 Pollux Award for two of her landscapes. Nearly 19,000 people submitted entries in the competition. … Doctoral candidate Terri Vaughn has accepted a full-time position in the English as a Second Language department at The University of Texas at Austin. She will teach advanced writing for students who are applying to graduate schools at American universities. … Professor Dr. Stacy Alaimo gave the plenary talk entitled “’My Mother is a Fish’: Trans-Corporeal Origins and Material Ethics” for the Symposium on Humanities and Human Origins at Arizona State University earlier this month. She also spoke at the “Eco-criticism and Sustenance” symposium at Texas A&M University last month. … Professor Dr. James Warren was the keynote speaker at a regional conference entitled “Beyond Comprehension: Reading for College and Career Readiness” at UT-Pan-American last month. … PhD candidate Toni Holland, a Fulbright Scholar to Canada, launched “The Free Verse Project” at University of Alberta’s Rutherford Library. Students from her Canadian literature course photographed phrases of poems for the exhibition. … Dr. Rechelle Christie, Director of Distance Education for the department, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Distance Education Teaching. … An article by Lecturer Chase Pielak titled “Hunting Gwendolen: Animetaphor in Daniel Deronda” has just been accepted for publication in Victorian Literature and Culture. Pielak is also slated to speak at the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism in Park City, Utah, this summer.

HISTORY: Professor Dr. Marvin Dulaney was a panelist at the 3rd annual Oral History of Texas Architecture Project Symposium on March 26 at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. … Monte Akers (BA, ’73) is author of “The Accidental Historian: Tales of Trash and Treasure” and will be honored by Literary Lubbock next month at the group’s benefit dinner. Akers graduated from UT Arlington and the University of Houston, and currently practices law in Austin.

LIBERAL ARTS: Several students within the College of Liberal Arts were named McNair Scholars last month. Among those who received the university honor were: Nicholas Gehm, Philosophy; Patricia Gurrola, English; Mary Faye Hanson, Sociology; Ashley Liggins, French/History; Christopher Mangus, Art (Film/Video); Patricia Mann, Philosophy/Russian; Steven McCain, English; Kimberly Sams, History/English; Neri Sandoval, English; Cassandra Valencia, Anthropology; Daniel Wagner, Sociology.

LINGUISTICS and TESOL: Doctoral student Mohamed Mwamzandi will present a conference paper this month at the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society meeting. … Several linguistics students presented at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students: Sean Cooper, Lori McLain Pierce, Ashley Lober McKeever and Vitaly Voinov. The faculty mentors were Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald and Dr. Laurel Stvan. … A group of linguistics participants will be presenting at the Oklahoma Workshop on Native American Languages, a conference held in Tahlequah, Okla., at Northeastern State University. Dr. Cindy Kilpatrick will present a paper on language loss with graduate student Derrick Jackman. Faculty Fellow Andrew McKenzie, Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald and doctoral student Lori McLain Pierce will also make presentations. … Associate Professor Dr. Laurel Stvan has received a fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support her attendance at THATCamp Texas, being hosted by Rice University from this week. … Department chair Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald gave two talks recently at Texas Christian University on “Revitalizing Native American Languages through Service-Learning” and “First Steps for Designing Class Reflections.” In addition, she was a guest speaker at a University of North Texas event.

MILITARY SCIENCE: The Killeen Independent School District honored five distinguished alumni and donors recently, the Killeen Daily Herald reported. The honorees included retired Lt. Col. Lee Bailey Wilson, a Killeen High School Class of 1954 graduate, who served 20 years in the Army and was inducted into the UT Arlington ROTC Corps of Cadets Hall of Fame. … The Wylie News reported the death of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Robert “Robby” Forest Welch III, 26, of Wylie. He was struck by a mortar on April 3 in Forward Operating Base Salerno. Lt. Welch was a 2008 graduate of UT Arlington.

MODERN LANGUAGES: Former professor Dr. Duane Keilstrup has written a new book, titled “Singing and Soaring on Paths of Joy: The Christian Professor in the Secular University.” … A column in the Twin Falls (Idaho) Magic Valley highlights the storied career for former Russian language professor Charles McDowell.

MUSIC: Associate Professor Dan Cavanagh contributed an arrangement last month to Lawrence University’s Radiohead Jazz Project. The song – a jazz version of the alt-rock group’s “Packd Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box” – was part of a two-day concert. Cavanagh said he was pleased to be a part of the project: “Radiohead’s music lends itself to jazz music because of the interesting harmony and textures the band creates in each of its songs.” … Cavanagh also participated in the Coyote Jazz Fest at Weatherford College last month, playing piano and directing the school’s jazz band. … Sophomore Sam Garner was a featured pianist at the Dallas Jazz Piano Society concert and lecture event this week at the Dallas School of Music. Garner played with Ed Soph on drums and former Count Basie Band bassist Lynn Seaton. … Junior Adam Hanna claimed first prize in the Solo Trombone Competition at the Fort Worth Trombone Summit earlier this month on the Texas Christian University campus. Hanna previously won the International Trombone Association’s Wiehe Competition.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Dr. Brent Sasley, Assistant Professor, has been busy shedding light on the plight of nations in the Middle East — from his op-ed piece on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on to his comments in a FOX4 TV report on the escalating violence in Libya. … POLS majors Safwan Rob and George Wentworth are among four UT Arlington students selected as Archer Fellows for the 2011-2012 term.

SOCIOLOGY and ANTHROPOLOGY: Dr. Robert Kunovich, Associate Professor, reports the UT Arlington team had a successful trip to the Model NATO conference last month. Despite an initial miscommunication between conference organizers and the Polish embassy – the six-member team was representing Poland at the conference in Washington, D.C. – Kunovich said students made a great impression with embassy officials. “Mr. [Pavel] Kotowski [Head of Political Section, Embassy of Poland] was impressed with [the team’s] command of the issues and their understanding of Poland’s position – he indicated that we were clearly well-prepared,” Kunovich said. “We didn’t win every debate, but [our students] represented Poland’s strategic interests in the debates in an accurate way.” Read more about the UTA team’s involvement in Model NATO here. … A book by Dr. Ben Agger and Dr. Beth Anne Shelton, “Fast Families, Virtual Children,” will be translated into Chinese and published by Henan University Press. This is one of several books by Agger that have found a new home with Chinese publishers. … Agger and Dr. Timothy Luke (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) have finished “A Journal of No Illusions,” a series of articles on the legacy of Paul Piccone’s journal Telos. The book will be published in October by Telos Press. … USA Today reported on research that has revealed the oldest known burial site for a Maya ruler. Michael Callaghan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology and member of the research team, presented the results at the Society for American Archaeology meeting last week.


THEATRE ARTS: Joe Chapa directed a stage adaptation of the children’s book “The Hundred Dresses” (by Eleanor Estes) at the Creative Arts Theatre & School in Arlington earlier this month.

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