COLA Notes for December 2011

News from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART and ART HISTORY: Work by Associate Professor Nancy Palmeri was included in “Neighbor’s,” an art collection coordinated by the Museum of Texas Tech University of Texas and New Mexico artists. … Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon was named one of 10 finalists in the Dallas ObserversMasterMind contest. … Art history Professor Dr. Mary Vaccaro recently had a journal article about Francesco Maria Rondani and the Grotesque Style in Parma Cathedral published in the September issue of “Apollo.” She also gave a conference paper on new attributions of drawn copies by Gatti after Correggio at the annual meeting of Sixteenth Century Studies Society in October. … DFW television station, NBC5, reported on an outdoor mural created by students several years ago for a southwest Arlington neighborhood. … Several Art students participated in the “Roving Museum of Photography” project, which includes two U-Haul moving trucks converted into art galleries moving to various locations in Dallas. … Former instructor Dr. P. Gregory Warden is leaving Southern Methodist University to become president of Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, next year. … Former adjunct Assistant Professor Debra DeWitte is a co-author of “Gateways to Art: An Introduction to the Visual Arts” (Thames & Hudson, 2011). Ralph Larmann and Kathryn Shields also contributed to the new book.

COMMUNICATON: will utilize a new audio tool to offer a clearer, crisper sound during the current basketball season. Broadcast sequence coordinator Dr. Andrew Clark said the new Tieline codec will make “it sound like you’re sitting next to our play-by-play guys.” … Nabeel Jaitapker (BA, ‘03) has joined William Peace University in Raleigh, N.C., as a communication and social media marketing specialist. … Advertising Age interviewed Assistant Professor Dr. Mark Tremayne the ratings decline Nickelodeon and other child-oriented cable television networks are experiencing. The Kaiser Family Foundation determined that while the younger set continues to watch TV, more is either prerecorded or watched on other platforms. “It’s very likely not a decline in media use overall but a shift to another type of media,” Tremayne said. … Tremayne also submitted a paper entitled “Anatomy of Protest in the Digital Era: A Network Analysis of Twitter and Occupy Wall Street”” to the International Communication Association (Communication Technology division). … Assistant Professor Dr. Chunke Su’s sole-authored article entitled “Who knows who knows what in the group? The effects of communication network centralities, use of digital knowledge repositories and work remoteness on organizational members’ accuracy in expertise recognition” has recently been accepted for publication in Communication Research. … Communication instructor Michael Putnam was part of a bimonthly lecture series featuring professionals from the business and campus community for the Society for Human Resources Management. Putnam offered advice on the art of networking and mastering common interview questions. … The UTA chapter National Association for the Advancement of Colored People honored broadcast senior Dontae Robison with the Most Distinguished award at the organization’s annual recognition event Nov. 22. … Holland Sanders (BA, ’09) was recently named Marketing Manager for the Fort Worth Opera. … Jared Chism (BA, ’11) has been hired to do social media for AT&T. … Ahsan “Ali” Kahn (BA, ’11) was hired for an internship with Fleishman-Hillard, a leading international communication agency with 80 offices around the world. … Erikka Neroes (BA, ’11) has accepted a position in the Public Affairs office of the Department of Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System. During her final semester, she served as an intern in Senator Wendy Davis’ office. … Erika McMinn (BA, ’11) is an account executive at Concussion, a Fort Worth-based advertising agency. … Emily Suied (BA, ’11), past president of the UTA Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), received a $500 scholarship from the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. … Zoheb Hassanali (BA, ’11) recently accepted a position as a multi-media journalist with WACH in Columbia, S.C. … Andrew Knaus (BA, ’08) was hired at KTTC in Rochester, Minn. … Hope Ekwue (BA,, ’09) accepted a position as Director of Communications for Strategic Government Resource and is the contracted Public Information Officer for the City of Keller Public Works Department. … Matthew Fisher (MA) has accepted a position as Communications Manager of Multimedia for the American Heart Association. … Chris Ghanbari, broadcast major, is founder of DFW Reporting, an Arlington-based online news outlet. Ghanbari opened the company in January 2009 because of “the need for more positive news coverage in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.” … Public Relations major Kaitlin Hennessy is now Community Relations and Giving Intern at Southwest Airlines.

CRIMINOLOGY: The inaugural Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Cohort Master’s Program class of 2011 will hold commencement ceremonies at Texas Hall in Arlington on Dec. 17. Thirty-one students from the Dallas-Fort Worth area will be the first to graduate from the program that began in 2009. … Dr. Alex del Carmen, Professor and department chair, said social networking will become a greater community funding tool in a recent Dallas Morning News story where an Oak Lawn neighborhood employed just such a tactic. “We’re going to see a trend of more and more cases where folks are going to be seeking funds through social media outlets. This is a neighborhood that saw a need and got it done.” … Academic advisor Denise Longgrear will receive the Patriotic Employer Award on Thursday, Dec. 8. She was nominated from the award (from the National Employer Support for Guard and Reserves) by a student. … Several Cohort Master’s Program students will present research March 13-17, 2012, at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting in New York, NY. Topics include: Victim Identification, The CSI and Media Effect on Jurors, Relationships of Police Officers, and Females in the Juvenile Justice System. … The Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training held its annual fall program Sept. 15 at the UTA Fort Worth Center. The program, “Working Smart in Hard Times: Threat leadership and Creative Resource Management” featured Dr. James C. Quick, Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of UTA’s Goolsby Leadership Academy. More than 30 North Central Texas law enforcement and criminal justice executives attended the seminar. The annual spring program in April will focus on the topic of managing inappropriate social media use among law enforcement personnel.

ENGLISH: Former professor and department chair Dr. Stanton Berry Garner passed away on Nov. 20. He taught at UT Arlington from 1970-88. He was editor of the CEAA Harold Frederic critical edition (Frederic was a late 19th-century American author) that was published at UTA. Dr. Garner was also very active in the Melville Society and the author of a respected biographical study of Melville during the Civil War period. A former U.S. Naval officer, he came from Brown University and was instrumental in bringing recently retired Dr. Tom Ryan (English) to Arlington. … Former professor Dr. Frank Stallings Jr. (Northern Kentucky University) passed away Nov. 26. Stallings taught at UT Arlington during the 1960s. … Professor Dr. Stacy Alaimo was an honorary guest researcher at TEMA: Department of Thematic Studies Nov. 21-Dec. 3 at University of Linköping in Sweden. She presented an invited talk, “States of Suspension: Trans-corporeality at Sea,” and gave a workshop, “Sustainable This, Sustainable That: New Materialisms, Posthumanism, and Unknown Futures,” for the Gender Lab and Meeting Materialities series. … Professor Dr. Ken Roemer gave the keynote address at the Society for Utopian Studies conference at Penn State in October. Representatives from a dozen countries were on-hand. In addition to speaking, Roemer also helped with the selection of exhibition items and contributed an essay to the catalogue for the “Building Expectation: Past and Present Visions of the Architectural Future” exhibit at Brown University. … Associate Professor Dr. Jackie Stodnick has been appointed associate editor for “Old English/ Old Norse” for the new volume of the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Medieval British Literature. … Assistant Professor Dr. Amy Tigner’s article “Preserving Nature in Hannah Woolley’s The Queen-Like Closet; or Rich Cabinet” will be available in December in the book collection Ecofeminist Approaches to Early Modernity (Palgrave). … Senior Lecturer Dr. Tia Black won a 2011 Conference for College Teachers of English (CCTE) Creative Writing Award. The nine poems that won the award were published in CCTE Studies Volume LXXVI 2011. … Connie Meyer, an adjunct online instructor, arranged for her online British Literature class to attend the Dallas Shakespeare Festival’s fall performance of Hamlet in October. Twenty students and their families and friends attended the event. Meyer said students reported making deeper connections with one another in the face-to-face setting as well as having a deeper appreciation for Shakespeare after watching it performed live.

HISTORY: The Center for History Teaching and Learning in El Paso, Texas, recently received a grant to begin the History Survey Project – a collaborative directed by Professor Dr. Andrew Milson. The project will better equip El Paso-area history teachers. … Hollace Ava Weiner (MA, ‘04) was named one of the Texas Women of Influence by the Fort Worth Business Press in a Nov. 9 ceremony. Weiner is a journalist, freelance historian and writer.

SOCIOLOGY and ANTHROPOLOGY: Dr. Ben Agger (Sociology), director of the Center for Theory, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor piece about the Occupy Wall Street movement’s efforts to use video as an organizational and motivational tool. Agger dismissed the effort, saying: “The revolution cannot be blogged.” … Former visiting assistant professor Dr. Matt Taylor (Anthropology) was recently hired as curator of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology. … Dr. Scott Ingram (Arizona State University) talked with students and faculty last week about sustainability in anthropology during a noon-time lecture sponsored by the Anthropology Club and Lambda Alpha. He will be teaching a class on the subject at UT Arlington during the spring semester.

THEATRE ARTS: Professor Andrew Christopher Gaupp has been invited by the New Play Development Workshop (NPDW) to perform in the showcase premiere of a new play in Washington, D.C., next August. Gaupp, who has directed eight plays for NDPW, is one of 20 actors selected nationally to perform at the annual Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference.


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