COLA Notes for January 2012

News from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART and ART HISTORY: Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith will be at Focus on Faculty speaker Feb. 8 at noon at the Central Library. Smith is currently working on a new feature-length film, “Wolf.” … MFA student, Sydney Webb, was selected late last year as the Southern Graphics Council International Student Representative. SGC International is an educational non-profit organization committed to informing issues and processes concerning original prints, drawings, book arts, and hand-made paper. … Former faculty member Sue Graze will lead a new graduate seminar focused on studio artists for The University of Texas at Austin. … Work by Francisco Moreno (BFA, ’10) will be featured in the latest New American Paintings MFA Annual. Moreno is an MFA student at Rhode Island School of Design. … Kapil Mani Dixit (BA, ‘04) submitted work for auction to benefit the Help Nepal Network. Most of this 17 paintings – inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Frida Kahlo’s The Two Fridas and Vincent van Gogh’s The Bedroom – were sold and proceeds given to the charity. … Photographs of Las Vegas by Associate Professor Leighton McWilliams will be on display this month at 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, Fla. The “Stranger in a Strange Land” exhibit will run through Jan. 28. … Work by MFA student Corey Gossett will be on display Feb. 9-March 31 in his exhibition “There’s No Sun Shining Through” at Gallery 76102. An opening reception and performance will also be held Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Fort Worth Center art gallery. … Bongani Mlambo (BFA, ’10) was featured earlier this month in post on the blog, Ebony Delights.

COMMUNICATION: KXAS/NBC 5 interviewed Chyng-Yang Jang, associate professor of communication technology, about the use of social media by law enforcement, and the potential impact on witnesses of possible crimes. “If I see something suspicious, it might be too much trouble for me to call [police] to provide a clue. But, through social media, I see that it’s not just me but 3 or 4 people that have reported it, then I feel more comfortable putting in my two cents,” Jang said. … Former journalism instructor Phil Vinson opined about the “war on Christmas” in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article last month. … UT Arlington graduate Dr. Sandy Trexler recently announced two new entrepreneurial endeavors, including a new system for weight loss for women, on PRLog.com. … Assistant Professor Dr. Shelley Wigley will spend the spring semester working on a co-authored project about negative Facebook posts on organizational pages and their impact on stakeholder. Wigley also had an article, “A Study of PR Practitioners’ Use of Social Media in Crisis Planning,” published in the Public Relations Journal. … Associate professors Dr. Andrew Clark and Dr. Tom Christie were awarded first place in the open category of the International Division paper competition for the Broadcast Education Association conference. They will present their paper “Bypassing Traditional Media through Shortwave Radio: Expanding the Model of Value Equivalence” at the BEA conference in Las Vegas in April. … Two of Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Dustin Harp‘s research papers have been accepted for presentation at the International Communication Association annual conference this May. … Communication technology Specialist Roby McEuen, will be in Jackson, Miss., this week to judge the American Advertising Federation, the city’s annual advertising competition. … The official Grand Prairie Calendar for 2012 chose a photo by Senior Lecturer Allen Sheffield for the month of November. … Julie Zhu, M.A. graduate, will be graduating from the University of Maryland with a Ph.D. in Communication in May.  She had accepted a position as an assistant professor in Communication at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her area of expertise is Intercultural Communication. … Declan Miller-McGee has been hired by SKY Helicopters in Garland as a helicopter camera operator/videographer. Later this month, Declan will be providing aerials for KDFW and KTVT. … Erick Fernandez has been hired as weekend Technical Director for Univision. Edgar Maldonado and Sonia Salas have been offered internships at Univision. … Two journalism majors have been offered paid internships for summer 2012 through the Dow Jones News Fund program. Bryan Bastible will be a copy editor and page designer at the Beaumont Enterprise while Jose Enriquez will be a copy editing intern at The Dallas Morning News.

ENGLISH: Dr. Ken Hada (PhD, ’00) contributed original poetry to The River White: A Confluence of Brush and Quill (Mongrel Empire Press, 2011). Hada and his brother Duane wrote the book as a tribute to Arkansas’s White River. … Alumna Norma McMahan Taylor (MA, ’79) recently published a book, Valley View Days: 1939-1945, about her childhood in Abilene, Texas, during World War II, the Abilene Reporter-News reported. … Professor Dr. Stacy Alaimo will be a presenter Feb. 24 as part of the Ecological Movement panel held at The George Washington Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, the organization’s blog reported. Alaimo’s primary interests include the environmental humanities, animal studies and cultural studies.

HISTORY: Sam Nix (BA, ’04) was among the featured speakers for last week’s “Sharing the Dream Banquet,” an annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Arlington. Nix is the principal of Carter Junior High. … Professor Dr. Andrew J. Milson has co-edited two books slated for release in 2012: International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with GIS in Secondary Schools and National Geographic World Cultures and Geography. Both books will be used for national and international geography education.

LINGUISTICS and TESOL: Associate Professor Dr. Laurel Stvan was recently awarded a CARE Fellowship by the University of Birmingham (England) for her research at the Centre for Advanced Research in English. … Professor and Department Chair Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald has been elected to a three-year term on the Nominating Committee of the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas. … Fitzgerald also gave two talks in December at two different conferences in Australia. She spoke at PARADISEC’s Sustainable Data from Digital Research conference at the University of Melbourne. She also gave a talk at LaTrobe University, part of a workshop organized by LaTrobe’s Research Centre for Linguistic Typology.

MODERN LANGUAGES: Associate Professor and Department Chair Dr. Antoinette Sol, with Dr. Sarah Davies Cordova (Marquette University), has published an early 19th-century play, Le Nègre by Balzac. The play recounts the story of a former slave tormented by his love for his patron’s young wife. … Assistant Professor Dr. Sonja Watson’s article “Poetic Negrism and the National Sentiment of Anti-West Indianism and Anti-Imperialism in Panamanian Literature” was accepted for publication with Callaloo, one of the premiere journals in the field of Caribbean Studies and her article. Another article of Watson’s, “Liminalidad, identidad y ‘conciencia doble’ en Gamboa Road Gang, una novella del Canal,” appeared in the fall issues of PALARA (Publication of the Afro Latin American Research Association), a journal that focuses exclusively on Afro-Hispanic and Afro-Brazilian culture and literature. … Associate Professor Dr. Aimée Israel-Pelletier’s book Rimbaud’s Impressionist Poetics: Vision and Visuality, has been approved for publication by The University of Wales Press & University of Chicago Press as part of the European Visual Culture series.

MUSIC: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune listed a concert by UT Arlington music associate professor and associate director of jazz studies Dan Cavanaugh as a “big gig.” The paper called Cavanaugh “a fine pianist, outstanding composer and heralded university music prof.” … The university recently updated its “on hold” messages and they now include a selection from the Student Jazz Orchestra’s Caravan of Cool. The song included, “Jotma,” was written by Cavanaugh.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Associate Professor Dr. Allan Saxe about most polls that still show other candidates leading Gov. Perry in the race to become the GOP presidential nominee.

A display board in Gandhi’s Darshan exhibition hall in New Deli, India. (Photo by Dr. Ritu Khanduri)

SOCIOLOGY and ANTHROPOLOGY: Assistant Professor (Anthropology) Dr. Ritu Khanduri spent part of her holiday break in New Delhi, India, researching material for a book on Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the famed leader of Indian independence movement. Travel and work was partially supported through the McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies. She also presented a paper on newspaper cartoons at a conference at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. … Khanduri is also a contributing editor for Anthropology News and writes a monthly column, “J Drive,” that features researchers and scholars from around the world. … Associate Professor (Sociology) Dr. Susan Gonzalez Baker has been invited to serve as a member of the United Way of Tarrant County’s Diversity Committee. The committee oversees improving the diversity of donors, program support and funding and internal diversity awareness. Gonzalez Baker is also director of the Center for Mexican American Studies. … Felix Wong (BA-Sociology, ‘79), director of planning for the City of Mansfield, was featured in an article in the Mansfield News-Mirror. … The Dallas Morning News quoted Dr. Dana Dunn, Associate Professor of Sociology and former provost, in a story about the decreasing numbers of men graduating from college in Texas. Experts say the jobs that men without college degrees have traditionally depended upon — in construction, technical fields and the like — won’t be as plentiful going forward. “The coming years are going to be very telling,” Dunn said. “One could almost predict that we’re going to see some shifts when you look at what’s happening in the economy and the loss of the kinds of jobs men would find their way to when they dropped out.” … Author Angela Martin-Winegar (BA-Sociology, ’11) recently published her latest children’s book, A Very Backward What-If Book (Tate Publishing). Read more about her work at http://angelawinegar.tateauthor.com/. … The Christian Science Monitor interviewed Dr. Ben Agger, director of the UT Arlington Center for Theory, about a Pew Research Institute marriage study. It found that barely half of U.S. adults are currently married, a record low, and the continuing downward trend will result in less than half being married in just a few years. “The Pew data provoke alarmist reactions among the family-values crowd who conclude erroneously that marriage is imperiled,” Agger said. What is happening in American households, he said, is that people are delaying marriage until their mid- to late-20s, and there are increasing numbers of elderly people, especially women, who live alone because their spouses have died. … Assistant Professor Dr. Jason Shelton was quoted in a Dallas Morning News story about non-Christians celebrating Christmas. Shelton noted that while for many in America, Christmas is a profoundly holy time, for others it is just part of the cultural landscape and as American as apple pie. “When you talk about Christmas, you’re also talking about consumerism, American culture, American national identity,” he said. “In a lot of ways, it’s like Super Bowl Sunday. The hard-core fans come out, they invite their friends over and they really watch the game. And then you have all the people who just want to go to the party. They don’t know what a first down is. But no one wants to be left out.”

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