COLA Notes for July 2011

News from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART and ART HISTORY: Art students continue to contribute work to the Arlington community, adding to the displays inside and outside the Historic V building and former Vandergriff automobile dealership. … MFA student Janet Morrow opened an exhibition this summer at Surface Gallery in Nottingham, England. She received rave reviews and local media coverage. … 897 Square, which runs through July 31, marks Gallery 76102’s inaugural juried competition, featuring 25 artists who live and/or work in Tarrant County. The entries were selected by guest juror Charles Wylie, the Dallas Museum of Art’s Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art. The title of the exhibition refers to the U.S. Census Bureau’s calculation that Tarrant County has a total area of 897 square miles, of which 863 square miles is land and 34 square miles is water. … “Resting Place,” by MFA Intermedia candidate Caleb Dulock has been selected for the 5th annual Master Pieces exhibition at the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. The exhibit runs through Aug. 5. … The “Flow: Dalton Maroney 1982-2011″ exhibit is composed of 17 sculptures and six works on paper created by Maroney, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History. Benito Huerta, professor of art, curated the exhibit. The exhibit is free and runs through July 31 at the Arlington Museum of Art.

COMMUNICATION: Two students in Geoff Campbell’s “Writing for Mass Media” class had stories about their experiences in the military published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on July 4. Amber Raymond, a broadcast major, built bombs aboard the USS Nimitz and Wade Isham, a history major, drove Air Force convoys in Iraq. … CBS 11 anchorwoman Karen Borta (BA, ‘87) hosted “The Talk” last month. Borta celebrated life in North Texas on the national daytime talk show. … Senior Lecturer Julian Rodriguez wrote an op-ed piece for the May/June issue of Hispanic Executive about the current role of Hispanics in the national media. … Students in Rodriguez’s television production class this spring produced five public service announcements for Air North Texas, a regional clean air advocacy group. The commercials were posted on the group’s website. … Local director Blake Calhoun (BA, ‘93) was featured in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article last month about his approach to filmmaking. … Jaime Ayala (BA, ’88) made Arlington Police Department history earlier this month by becoming its first Hispanic assistant chief, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. … Instructor Mike Putnam will spend part of his summer working with UT Arlington McNair Scholars and advising members of the Texas American Planning Association. “I enjoy interacting with the business community because it gives me a chance to see real-life problems and offer possible solutions,” Putnam said. “This kind of corporate and civic experience is easily translated to the classroom environment.” … Department Chair Dr. Charla Markham Shaw and Assistant Professor Dr. Karishma Chatterjee’s co-authored paper, “Media Portrayals of the Female Condom,” has been accepted by The Journal of Health Communication. … Assistant Professor Dr. Shelley Wigley has been awarded a 2011 Educator’s Fellowship from the Plank Center at the University of Alabama. Wigley will intern with Southern Company, a major electrical provider in Georgia and Alabama, later this summer. … Associate Professor Dr. Andrew Clark and Senior Lecturer Julian Rodriguez recently trained students from Fort Worth’s Southwest High School to use news production hardware and software. The students are representing Texas in SkillsUSA, a national media competition in Kansas City, Mo. … Assistant Professor Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith’s research paper “Riding the Coattails of Revolutionaries and Republicans: Partisan Rhetoric and the Rise of the Nullification Party in 1831 South Carolina” will be presented in the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Convention in St. Louis, Mo., next month. … Rebekah Karth (BA, ’10) has been honored with the Honors College Bridge to Graduate School Fellowship for the 2011-2012 year in recognition for academic excellence. Karth begins graduate studies in the Department of Communication this fall. … Broadcast grad Diana Rojas, has been covering the Dallas Mavericks’ court action for RCN, Columbia’s national radio and television station. Rojas’ work airs nationally in Colombia. … Raquel Daisy (MA, ’07; BA, ‘05) recently accepted a new position as a Communications Specialist for North Texas Specialty Physicians in Fort Worth. … Broadcast grad Maria de la Torre has been accepted into the graduate program at the University of Colorado. … Advertising major Daniel Kruzic has been accepted as a summer intern for the City of Dallas’ Public Information Office. … Sarah Macias (BA, ’11) has been selected for a position with KXII in Sherman, Texas. … Sean Bolton (BA, ’10) has accepted a position with Ulterra Drilling Technologies as a database programmer focusing on data mining.

CRIMINOLOGY and CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Dr. Alex del Carmen, professor and department chair, was interviewed for a CBSDFW.com story about the Fort Worth Police Department’s racial profiling report. Despite assurances that officers aren’t targeting minorities in traffic stops and searches, a councilman says the raw numbers appear otherwise. According to Del Carmen, the true test, as to whether racial profiling is occurring, is how often contraband is actually found when police do searches of cars. “f no contraband was found then clearly you may have an issue relevant to racism,” he said. “If contraband is found in those searches then it really constitutes good police work.”

ENGLISH: More than two dozen awards were handed out this past spring at the department’s annual awards event. See the full list of award and scholarship recipients here. … Professor Dr. Stacy Alaimo won an award in ecocriticism from the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment for her book, “Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self” (Indiana University Press). She accepted the award at the ASLE conference last month. … Alaimo has been awarded a grant from the Princeton University Library to study the archives of William Beebe. … Graduate Teaching Assistant Barbara Noyes’s book “Adelita” was recently picked up for a two-book deal by literary publisher Harper-Collins. The book is a fictionalized account of a female soldier during the Mexican Revolution, and Harper-Collins has asked Noyes to also write a non-fiction historical account of female soldiers during the revolution. … Spring 2011 graduate Kimberly Sams (a double major in English and History) was featured in an article in the Dallas Morning News. … Doctoral candidate Tracey Clough has been accepted into the American Antiquarian Society Summer Institute. … Graduate student Lorie Jacobs has been selected as a recipient of the Dean’s Excellence Award for Graduate Research/Creative Activity for her project on new media pedagogy in the composition classroom.

HISTORY: Sime Bertolet (MA, ’04; BA-Communication, ’91), head of the Reading, Penn., Historical Society, has undertaken an initiative to earn the American Association of Museum accreditation for the Berks County Collection, the Reading Eagle reported. … Drs. John Garrigus and Christopher Morris co-edited “Assumed Identities: The Meanings of Race in the Atlantic World,” the latest collection of essays based on research presented at the department’s annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures. “Identities” was published by Texas A&M University Press for UT Arlington. … Doctoral student Paul Rutschmann participated in the Van Cliburn Foundation’s annual amateur piano competition in late May. … Richard Francaviglia, a professor emeritus of history and geography at UT Arlington who lives in Salem, Oregon, wrote an opinion piece for the Salem Statesman Journal on President Obama’s “big city” mentality and the cultural paradox it reveals. Like our president, most of us call metropolitan areas home. Unlike our president, however, we haven’t fully embraced this fact, he said.

LINGUISTICS and TESOL: Doctoral student Sok-Hun Kim will present a paper at the 14th Harvard Biennial International Symposium on Korean Linguistic next month. His paper is titled, “Referring Expressions in Korean Sports News: A Reply to Lee (2010),” and was overseen by faculty mentor Dr. Laurel Stvan.

MUSIC: Alumni Jesse Enderle (BM, ’08) and Logan Rucker (BM, ’07) appeared in the Fort Worth Opera’s production of “The Mikado” in May. The Gilbert and Sullivan classic was one of several shows offered for the Opera’s annual festival. … Spanish language newspaper, La Estrella, interviewed Dr. Sergio Espinosa, Associate Professor, about parental involvement in a child’s education through the civic organization, Latinos Stand Up. These are parents who know that their child’s school does not end when the bell rings, Espinosa said. … Former instructor David Gompper recently returned to North Texas to participate in the Mimi Chamber Music Festival at Texas Christian University.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: ECollegeTimes published a story about Texas’ new law, which requires women seeking abortions to first have a sonogram. Dr. Rebecca Deen, chair and associate professor of UT Arlington’s political science department, said the new law continues a decades-long trend of trying to put more restrictions on access to abortion. “The real question will be if this law, and others like it, are challenged,” Deen said. … The Huffington Post published a commentary by Brent Sasley, assistant professor of political science, regarding President Obama’s suggestion that the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps. “What is shocking is that the 1967 borders are not so obviously the basis for an eventual agreement,” Sasley stated. “Quite simply, regional and global developments have changed the calculus of moral, political, and strategic power so that it’s just plain fantasy to continue that line of argument.” … Sasley was interviewed by Semana, in Colombia, about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and President Obama’s speeches regarding the process. Sasley was also interviewed by Pravda, in the Slovak Republic, on developments in Turkey and fears of a military-civilian struggle. In addition, he has also written an analysis for The Mark on changing relations between Israel, Turkey, and Greece. … Jeff Leuschel (BA, ’77) was included in the Public Finance Law section of the 2011 Texas’ Best Lawyers guide. … Assistant Professor Daniel Sledge is traveling to Washington, D.C., this month to do research on the development of federal public health capacity. He will also travel to Memphis, Tenn., to do research on the eradication of malaria in the United States. … Professor Susan Hekman is completing the second chapter of her book, “Subject Matters,” which will be presented at the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting in September. … Associate Professor Charles Knerr spent part of this summer working on a project examining the subpoena of faculty and graduate student research files and records as well as exploring active learning through mediation and moot court simulations.

SOCIOLOGY and ANTHROPOLOGY: Harvest Moon, an adjunct professor, wrote an op-ed piece for Inside Higher Ed about the May 2011 release of productivity data by the University of Texas System. Those of us who are outside of Austin and the tenure system find ourselves outside of the conversation, our concerns not represented, she said. The result is that the discussions taking place publicly are incomplete. … Anthropology graduate Sylvain Rey has been accepted to Oxford University and will pursue a Master’s of Philosophy in Classical Archaeology.

THEATRE ARTS: Associate Professor Dr. Dennis Maher and part-time Communication lecturer Melanie Mason are rehearsing a production of “The Lion in Winter,” which will feature UT Arlington students and alumni. The show will run in late August and early September as a “welcome back” gift for students, officials said. … Mason recently finished directing “The Hobbit” for Theatre Arlington and will join UT Arlington alumnus Steven Morris next month in “The Miss Firecracker Contest.” … Senior Lecturer Dr. Natalie Gaupp participated in a LaMaMa Theatre of New York summer playwriting conference held near Spoletto, Italy. Gaupp was one of only 15 playwrights worldwide invited to participate in the conference out of more than 470 applicants. Gaupp is currently writing her new play, “Paparazza,” which is slated to debut at UT Arlington on April 12-15, 2012.

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