COLA Notes for October 2011

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART and ART HISTORY: Assistant Professor Dr. Ben Lima will present “Analogies, Archives and Atlases: Hanne Darboven and Cyprien Gaillard” today at 6 p.m. at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, part of the museum’s MAC’s Scholars Lecture Series. … A mixed media and acrylic art exhibit by Chaitra Linehan, an adjunct professor, runs through Oct. 27 at the Mighty Fine Arts Gallery in Dallas. … Renowned graphic designer Carlos Segura visited with students late last month during a classroom lecture. Recognized in “Graphic Design for The 21st Century: 100 of the World’s Best Graphic Designers,” Segura worked a long list of prestigious ad agencies before starting his own firm in 1991. … Angelo State University in San Angelo is running a public exhibit of paintings and wall reliefs by associate professor Nicholas Wood now through Nov. 2. … Film and video professor Andy Anderson was named Professor Emeritus at last month’s Fall Meeting of Faculty and Associates. … Undergraduate Ryan Bayron recently wrote a blog about incorporating QR codes into graphic design.

COMMUNICATION: Home games for the Lady Mavs volleyball team will be broadcast on and Time Warner Channel 99. “We’re pleased to be able to offer this service to students and supporters of the volleyball program,” said Dr. Andrew Clark. “It also provides some hands-on experience for our students in the area of live TV broadcast production.” … Journalism major J.C. Derrick wrote about his experience as an Archer Fellow in Washington, D.C., for the Longview News-Journal. … Dr. Shelley Wigley, assistant professor of public relations, recently had an article titled, “The Giffords shootings in Tucson: Exploring citizen-generated versus news media content in crisis management,” published in Public Relations Review. … Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith had a paper accepted for publication in the October 2012 issue of Journalism History. It is titled “Rhetoric of Fear: South Carolina Newspapers and the State and National Politics of 1830.” … Several students were recognized at the Honors College Scholarship and Induction ceremony Sept. 29. Inductees included Gemme Campbell, Raegan Cardwell, and Lauren Devoll. Awardees included Raegan Cardwell (Honors Distinction Scholarship 2011-2012), Benjamin Muir (Honors Academy Scholarship 2011-2012 and Honors Robert D. Riley Scholarship), and Rebekah Karth (Honors Bridge Scholarship to Graduate School). … Students in ADVT 3306 (Strategic Communication II) are working with both the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Center for K-16 Educational Policy & Research on branding projects. The students produced detailed copy strategies, and from those, developed logo designs, print ads, pamphlets, newsletters and website designs. Students then presented their work to Dr. Desiree Henderson, acting director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and Dr. Ryan Gildersleeve, director of the KEPR center. “The students expressed hope that positive buzz from their work will lead to additional clients,” said Senior Lecturer Geoff Campbell. “Until then, Agency 3306 expects to continue growing in sophistication and skill.” … Senior Lecturer Mike Putnam spoke at the UTA Honors Engineering Society Pi Tau Sigma’s Oct. 7 meeting about job interviewing tips, cover letter and resume writing and general employment advice. … Broadcast lecturer Julian Rodriguez and department engineer Joseph Carter recently teamed up to make a special presentation for the local chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE). Carter is the Secretary for the Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter and is also a news anchor for WBAP. … Broadcast major Christine Nicholson interviewed photojournalist Dominic Bracco II (B.A., ’08) for UTA Radio after Bracco’s Sept. 28 presentation about narco-violence on the U.S.-Mexico border. … Jean Weaver (B.A., ’05) recently published her first book, The Transition of a Country Boy: A Memoir. Weaver assisted Ron Howell in writing his memoirs about growing up in West Texas during the Depression and later becoming part of the booming oil industry. … Broadcast grad Charlene Egbe recently accepted a new position with WRWR in Macon, Ga. … May 2011 grad Susan Chandler works in the Communication Department of the Fort Worth Police Department. … Public Relations major Kaitlin Hennessy is now Community Relations and Giving Intern at Southwest Airlines. … Megan Falconer, journalism student, is spending the fall semester interning at D Magazine in Dallas, while Broadcast major Aubree McFadden is working with Irving-based Salem Communications as a producer for the Nightlife show. … Public Relations major Ashley Montgomery is serving as an intern for MD3 Holdings in Garland. … Alanna Quillen and Christine Nicholson, broadcast journalism majors, are working in the newsroom of KXAS NBC 5 this semester, shadowing reporters and assisting producers. … Candace Brown, broadcast major, is interning with Fox Sports SW in Las Colinas, working in the sports department with reporters and editors to cover events. … Organizational Communication major Sandy Kurtzman is serving as an intern for ARC of Greater Tarrant Country in Fort Worth.

CRIMINOLOGY and CRIMINAL JUSTICE: The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice will host a one-day workshop on “Investigating and Prosecuting Hate Crimes” on Nov. 8 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The workshop, which features guest speakers and panel discussion, is open law enforcement personnel, victim advocates and local community groups. Registration is available online.

(From left) Dr. Peggy Kulesz, Laura Kopchick, Dr. Kenneth Roemer and Dr. Stacy Alaimo celebrate their 2011 Outstanding Teaching Awards from the University of Texas System Board of Regents. The English faculty broke a record for most Regent awards in a single department. (Photo contributed)

ENGLISH: Dr. Amy Tigner will present her research paper “Honey and the Henriad” at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in Fort Worth later this month. … Several English majors were honored at the Honors College Scholarship and Induction ceremony last month. Sarah Clark and Allyson Houser were both inducted into the 2010-2011 class. Award recipients include Emily Boren and Jayson Carroll for the Honors Robert D. Riley Scholarship and MaryKate Parker for Advanced Placement Future Teacher Scholarship. … Dr. Tigner’s article, “Preserving Nature in Hannah Woolley’s The Queen-Like Closet; or Rich Cabinet,” that will be appearing in Ecofeminist Approaches to Early Modernity later this year. Her book, Literature and the Renaissance Garden from Elizabeth I to Charles II: England’s Paradise, as recently accepted for publication and will be released Summer 2012. … Dr. Laurin Porter was named Professor Emeritus at last month’s Fall Meeting of Faculty and Associates. … Lecturer Dr. Toni Holland, who successfully defended her dissertation last month and completed the doctoral program, has had two poems from her upcoming book, “Godadapts,” accepted into the January edition of Jelly Bucket, a literary journal from Eastern Kentucky University. … Later this month, Dr. Chris Kilgore will present a paper entitled “Beyond the Network: Toward a New Metaphor” in Pittsburgh, Pa., at the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present conference. … Several UTA scholars will be participating in the South Central Modern Language Association convention in Hot Springs, Ark., this month. Dr. Peggy Kulesz and Dr. Joanna Johnson will be presenting papers entitled (respectively) “Smell, Eat, Write: Telling the Story of Our Lives through Food and Memory,” and “‘I’ll Never Bathe Again’: Confessions of a Cooking Contest Competitor” in a panel on Autobiography/Biography, chaired by doctoral candidate Lucinda Channon. Doctoral candidate Christi Cook will present a paper entitled  “Unbearable Weight: Body Image in Chicano Young Adult  Literature,” in a session on Hispanic Literature Written in the U.S. UTA alumna Tiffany Hauck, currently working on her master’s in Oregon, will present “Marking Time.”

HISTORY: Associate Professor Dr. Joyce Goldberg wrote a commentary for The Chronicle of Higher Education about her classroom experience teaching military history at UT Arlington.

LINGUISTICS and TESOL: The UTASCILT (the department’s student conference) call for papers is out; abstracts are due Nov. 7. This year’’s award prize money for best papers will total up to $1,500.  The keynote address for the event, March 1-2, 2012, will be delivered Dr. Mike Hammond. For more information visit … Dr. Jerry Edmondson was named Professor Emeritus at last month’s Fall Meeting of Faculty and Associates. … Endangered Languages Week (Oct. 31-Nov. 4) offers a number of interesting talks and opportunities for members of the UT Arlington and greater Arlington community to learn about the global crisis of language endangerment. The week kicks of with a lecture by Professor Emeritus Jerold Edmondson on “Taiwan’s endangered aboriginal languages.” Tuesday events include a talk by Dr. Mary Linn (University of Oklahoma) and a number of events will coincide with Native American Heritage Month. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Honors College, Lingua, the Native American Student Association and the Department of Linguistics & TESOL. … Dr. Jason Kandybowicz gave an invited talk at the University of Ghent in Belgium on “Varieties of Polarity Emphasis: Restricted and Unrestricted Expressions in Nupe.” This talk was part of a workshop on polarity emphasis. … Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald gave an invited talk at the University of California, Santa Barbara on “Community-Based Language Research: Case Studies from the American Southwest.” The talk presented her linguistic research with various Native American communities, as well as the Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop. … The department will be well represented at the January meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, which includes meetings of sister societies like the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas. Graduate student Lori Pierce and Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald are giving a conference presentation on Tohono O’odham, while Dr. Cindy Kilpatrick will deliver a poster on her REP-funded work on Maya K’iche’. Drs. Ben Slade and Joey Sabbagh each will deliver conference presentations on their research in Sinhala and Tagalog, respectively. Dr. Andrew McKenzie will present a poster as part of a panel on semantic fieldwork methodology.  In addition, Dr. Laurel Stvan is organizing a panel on “Tech Tools: Increasing Technology Training in the Curriculum of Graduate Students in Linguistics,” which includes a talk by Dr. Jeff Witzel, as well other presenters. Fitzgerald is also presenting on an invited panel titled “From Language Documentation to Language Revitalization,” jointly convened by the LSA, SSILA and the Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation. The LSA is the major professional organization for linguists in the United States.

MODERN LANGUAGES: Otto Fritz (B.A.-Spanish, ’85) has joined Wind Energy Services Company to oversee training, safety and logistical management of technician teams nationwide. He will be based at the company headquarters in Gainesville, Texas.

MUSIC: Associate Professor Rick Bogard joined three other trumpeters from the United States on a trip to Russian earlier this month to perform at the International Trumpet Festival. … Percussion instructor Jim Yakas served as a judge in the inaugural North Texas Drumline Clinic and Contest in McKinney, Texas, last month. … Former department chair Dr. Larry Wiley (piano) was named Professor Emeritus at last month’s Fall Meeting of Faculty and Associates. … After two tours in Iraq, Brian Reilly (’95) is pursuing his love of jazz with a show in Wichita Falls this month, according to a Times Record News article.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: KXAS/NBC 5 interviewed Dr. Rebecca Deen, associate professor and department chair, on the narrowing of the field of candidates for the Republican nomination for president in 2012. Deen said Texas Gov. Rick Perry needs a strong debate next week to keep his campaign going, but anyone discounting him at this stage is making a big mistake. … Professor Dr. Jose Angel Gutierrez presented the Tejano Voices Collection on Sept. 26 in the University Center. The program was part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

SOCIOLOGY and ANTHROPOLOGY: Dr. Ben Agger, sociology professor and director of UT Arlington’s Center for Theory, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story that speculated on whether the Occupy Wall Street movement would be helped by diverse groups across the country rallying around the cause. Agger cited several historical comparisons and said Occupy Wall Street is occurring for the usual reasons laid out by Karl Marx: class struggle as a response to the failures of capitalism. .. Tiffany Flores (B.A.-Anthropology, ‘99) has joined the American Reading Company, a textbook firm, as an account manager for Fort Worth and Central Texas.


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