COLA Notes for November 2011

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Work by Visiting Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby will be on display this month at the Valley House Gallery in north Dallas. He will give a talk at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14. … UT Arlington graduate and adjunct faculty member Shannon Brunskill is mentioned in a Prague Post story about the exhibits “Stanislav Libenský Award 2011” and “Glass.Design” at the Imperial Stables of Prague Castle. Brunskill, the only American included in the international competition, combines found objects – the frame of a classic tricycle and little red wagon – and thermal shocked glass to evoke the fragility of childhood and invisible emotions. … Diana Tran, a recent graduate of the UT Arlington fine arts program, has been selected as a fellow for the Code for America project, the group’s website reported. Working with city managers, Code for America identifies projects that can benefit from web-based solutions. The organization recruits both the development teams and the participating cities through competitive application processes. … Dr. Nada Shabout (University of North Texas), who earned four degrees at UT Arlington, is working on a project to recover lost or stolen art in Iraq. She credits Dr. Beth Wright, art history and dean of the College of Liberal Arts, in fueling her passion of her ancestral art in creating the Modern Art Iraq Archive. … An article by Assistant Professor Dr. Melia Belli, “The Iconography of Immortality: Royal Funerary Art of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan,” has been accepted for publication by Artibus Asiae, a scholarly journal of Asian Art History. Belli will present a paper this month at the 2nd Annual International Feminist Art History Conference at the American University in Washington D.C. She also organized a panel and will present a paper at an Association of Asian Studies conference in Toronto in this spring. … Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith’s first feature-length film, “Wolf,” received a grant from the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund. His award-winning short, “Katrina’s Son,” was screened at the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival in Georgia. … Professor Dr. Mary Vaccaro recently published two essays in peer-reviewed journals: “Drawing in the School of Parma: New Attributions for Alessandro Mazzola Bedoli” in Master Drawings, (Spring 2011) and “Rondani and the Groteseque: Francesco Maria Rondani in the Centoni Chapel” in Apollo: The International Art Magazine (September 2011). … Former adjunct Assistant Professor Debra J. DeWitte has coauthored the recently published textbook “Gateways to Art: An Introduction to the Visual Arts” (Thames and Hudson). … Associate Professor Nicholas Wood recently wrapped a solo exhibition of 18 sculptures and drawings at Angelo State University Art Gallery. He also conducted critiques of ASU student artworks and give a public lecture. Earlier this year, he was commissioned to create a suite of 20 digital prints for the Dorchester Hotel in London, England. … An exhibition featuring the work of Janet Chaffee and Benito Huerta, director of The Gallery at UTA, was recently held at the Lakeview Gallery (Tarrant County College Northwest) in Fort Worth. … Adjunct professor Stephanie Clark will open a new exhibition, “Shadow Play,” at the Fort Worth Community Art Center on Friday. The exhibit will run through Dec. 26.

COMMUNICATION: Debbie Carroll-Bryce (B.A., ‘73) of Frisco has been crowned the 2011 Ms. Senior American at an annual pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. … Dontae Robison and UTARadio.com won the Best PSA Category at last month’s College Broadcasters, Inc. awards. … Emmy-winning journalist Rebecca Aguilar will be the featured speaker at the Nov. 14 meeting of the UTA chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. … Six students from the Department of Communication will be shadowing professionals for a day on the job after winning the Comm Day 3.0 Apprentice Challenge last month. Stephen Belcher (Communication Technology) will be shadowing at Ride for the Brand Web design and online marketing; Taylor Dodds (Advertising) at Concussion Advertising; Rosemell Opee (Broadcast) at CW-33; Maria Stroth (Journalism) at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Britney Taylor (Public Relations) at Open Channels Group; and Tiffany Taylor (Communication Studies) at Six Flags Corporate. … Associate Professor Dr. Eronini Megwa presented two research papers at the 14th Annual Conference of the African Council for Communication Education (ACCE) in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria in September. … Roby McEuen, graphic communication specialist, has been selected to judge the Tulsa Advertising Federation’s annual ADDY competition Dec. 2 and 3.

ENGLISH: Professor Dr. Stacy Alaimo’s paper, “New Materialisms, Old Humanisms: or, Following the Submersible,” was published in the “Taking Turns” series in this month’s “NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research.” … Associate Professor Dr. Kevin Gustafson was a guest scholar earlier this month at Western Carolina University, where he delivered the Jerry Jackson Lecture in the Humanities: “Discovering Sodom and Gomorrah in the Medieval West.” … Senior Lecturer Dr. Jon Davis-Secord led a discussion for the Freshman Leaders on Campus (FLOC) screening of the film “Never Let Me Go” on Nov. 1 in the Mavericks Activity Center. .. Senior Lecturer Kathryn Warren’s article, “Empathetic Persuasion in Albion Tourgée’s A Fool’s Errand” appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of American Literary Realism. … Ph.D. candidate Thomas Tutt presented a paper entitled “Water and Stone: A Green Reading of ‘The Ruin’” at the SCMLA conference in Hot Springs, Ark. … Senior Chris Fox posted a blog on the Chronicle of Higher Education website about “Writer’s Bloc”, a webseries for writers.

HISTORY: KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Dr. Chris Morris, Associate Professor, about the earth’s population, which reached 7 billion earlier this month. … Guidebook America.com reported that Dr. Dennis Reinhartz, a UT Arlington professor emeritus of history and Russian, will deliver the lecture, “The Graphics of Statehood: The Mapping of New Mexico,” on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at the New Mexico History Museum Palace of Governors. In celebration of New Mexico’s 100th year as a state, the museum’s Fray Angelico Chavez History Library is devoting its 12th Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series to Centennial speakers.

LINGUISTICS and TESOL: Freshman Maris Reid was been inducted into the Honors College and awarded the Honors Robert D. Riley Scholarship for 2011-2012. … Dr. Cynthia Kilpatrick, Lori McLain Pierce, and Justin Fuller have had a conference paper accepted. The talk, “Focused Instruction: Syllabification and Diphthongization in Spanish,” will be given at the 2012 conference on Current Approaches to Spanish and Portuguese Second Language Phonology at the University of South Carolina in February. … UT Arlington had a positive presence at the recent Oklahoma Native Language Association Workshop, which is “a Native run and Native led organization whose main goal is to support and promote the Indian languages of Oklahoma’s tribes,” with considerable attention to Native teacher training. Dr. Fitzgerald gave the general session talk on ” Using Phonetics to Teach Your Language: Vowels.” In addition, there was a presentation on the Oklahoma Breath of Life Project by University of Oklahoma (Dr. Mary Linn) and UT Arlington (Fitzgerald and Vitaly Voinov), with a database demo using Choctaw. Several students (doctoral students Lori McLain Pierce and Libby Tatz and undergraduate Cassandra Valencia) also attended and helped out the ONLA organizers. … The Department of Linguistics and TESOL is moving its fourth floor offices down to the first floor of Hammond Hall during the second week of November. The main office phone number will remain the same.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Assistant Professor Dr. Brent Sasley worked with Andy Herzog and Jeff Downing from the UT Arlington Library to successfully apply for a Library Support Grant from the Canadian Consulate in Dallas. The grant provides for matching funds from the International Council for Canadian Studies to purchase books and monographs on Canadian studies for the university library.

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