COLA Notes for February 2012

News from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART and ART HISTORY: “Of Thee I Sing,” a new exhibition by Assistant Professor Darryl Lauster, combines video, printmaking, and sculpture to explore American history from the Jacksonian era to 9/11. The installation will be at the Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas now through March 3. … An exhibition, “There’s No Sun Shining Through “ by Corey Gossett (’06 BFA), is currently on display at Gallery 76102 in Fort Worth. Gossett took first place in the 2011 inaugural juried summer exhibition, 897 Square. … noted the world premiere next month of “Wolf,” at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in Austin. “Wolf “ is the feature film debut by Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith. … An exhibition, “Faith & Family,” by Visiting Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby is on display through April 21 at The Grace Musuem in Abilene, Texas. … The photographs of Professor Kenda North are featured in the exhibition “Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982 “ on view at the Palm Springs (Calif.) Art Museum through May 2012. … The work of Paul Windle (BFA, ’10) was recently featured in a New York Times article about a notorious mob hangout in East Harlem.

The cast of the recent production of “Lion in Winter “ showed their school pride during Homecoming earlier this month. (Photo contributed by Melanie Mason)

COMMUNICATION: Ramona Curtis (BA, ‘83) was named the Citizen of the Month for January by the Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce in Waco. She is director for leader development and civic engagement at Baylor University. … Howell Dennis, (BA, ‘98), news editor for the Crowley Post-Signal, wrote about his experience interviewing a young woman gunned down last year but making a remarkable recovery. … Justin Regan (BA, ‘90) has been named vice president of the Houston market for Service King Collision Repair Centers. … Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Mark Tremayne’s study,” Anatomy of Protest in the Digital Era: A Network Analysis of Twitter and Occupy Wall Street,” has been selected for the International Communication Association conference in May. … Assistant Professor Dr. Shelley Wigley has had her paper, “Breaking News Coverage: A Comparison of Sources used in the Coverage of the Shootings at Virginia Tech and Tucson, Arizona,” accepted for presentation at the International Communication Association 2012 conference in Phoenix. … Journalism Assistant Professor Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith won Top Faculty Paper in the History Division’s research paper competition for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The paper will be presented at the annual southeast colloquium next month in Blacksburg, Va. … Lecturer Mike Putnam is volunteering his time to assist with the Spring Job Fair on Feb. 22. The event, sponsored by the UT Arlington Career Center, will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Maverick Activities Center. … Lecturer Stacy Salmon made a presentation on Impression Management at the Freshmen Leaders on Campus (FLOC) meeting last month. … Journalism lecturer Kim Jones is serving as president of the Fort Worth chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists. The chapter recently hosted Conflict Zone, a traveling war photography exhibit at the FW Community Arts Center. The exhibit featured the work of award-winning photographers including the UTA alums Joel Chaverri and Tom Pennington. … December grad Alanna Quillen has accepted a position with ABC affiliate, KMID TV in Midland as weekend anchor/reporter position. She will start her position later this month.

CRIMINOLOGY and CRIMINAL JUSTICE: The Amarillo Globe-News examined more than 2,000 pages of police reports describing Amarillo police officers’ use of deadly force in 27 cases over the last 11 years. In all instances, internal investigations and grand juries found officers responded appropriately. The number of cases, at least, did not trouble Professor and department chair Dr. Alex del Carmen. He closely studies police shootings. “If there were 27 uses of (deadly) force in 11 years, that’s impressive … It doesn’t appear to be a concern,” said del Carmen. … CRCJ Cohort Master’s Program students John Cullison and Marianna Sherwood will present their research on “The CSI and Media Effect on Jurors “ at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ annual meeting March 13-17 in New York, N.Y.

ENGLISH: Assistant Professor Dr. Carolyn Guertin recently published “Mobile Bodies, Zones of Attention and Tactical Media Interventions “ in Activist Media and Biopolitics: Critical Media Interventions in the Age of Biopower, an anthology edited by Wolfgang Suetzl and Theo Hug from the University of Innsbruck. She also published an article with Jesús Octavio Elizondo titled “Acoustic Space, Territories and Borderlines: Art as Locative Media That Saves Lives “ in McLuhan Galaxy: Understanding Media Today. … Lecturer Dr. Toni Holland has had a poem accepted for publication in Riprap, a literary journal at California State University, Long Beach. … Guertin presented “Prototyping the Participatory Academic Edition “ in an electronic roundtable at the Modern Language Association annual conference in Seattle last month. … The department’s annual Hermanns Lecture Series is slated for March 31 in the Sixth Floor Parlor of the Central Library. A number of guest speakers from around the country will discuss animals in history, art, literature, science and cultural theory. … Professor Dr. Desirée Henderson and Dr. Jennifer Desiderio (Canisius College) have just edited an issue of Studies in American Fiction, which seeks to extend the body of critical knowledge on Susanna Rowson beyond her best-known novel, Charlotte Temple. … PhD candidate Todd Womble is presenting a paper, “Lester Ballard and His Discontents: Understanding McCarthy’s Grotesque Hero using Freud,” at the Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association. … A number of UTA scholars and students are presenting papers at the Far West Popular Culture Association next week: Lindsey Barlow,  “’Driven by the Spirit’: Alcoholism of Man in Boardwalk Empire”; Johansen Quijano, “The Fear of Fallout”; Fanny Ramirez, “Who Is the Origami Killer?-Applying Crime Fiction Theory to Digital Narratives”; Dr. Tim Richardson, “Authenticity & Warren Ellis”; lecturer Wilton S. Wright, “Resisting Commodification (with Friends!): Facebook and Consumer Culture”; and undergraduate Amy L. Tuttle, “Sexual Desire in Drag: Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan as a Queer Retelling of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.” … Poetry by Lecturer Dr. Tia Black was showcased last month in the Centennial Celebration for the Art of Eurythmy at the Austin Waldorf School in Austin, Texas.

HISTORY: USA Today interviewed Associate Professor Dr. Elisabeth Cawthon about Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who marks 60 years on the throne this year. It’s only the second Diamond Jubilee in British history. “She’s been very adaptable,” Cawthon said. “She’s presided over some very important historical developments and served as a symbol of Britain in the midst of that. … To the British, symbolism is important.”

LINGUISTICS: Associate Professor Dr. Laurel Smith Stvan will present “Take it with a Pinch of Salt: Polysemy in Vernacular Discussion of Salt “ at the 7th Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Conference on Food Representation in Literature, Film and the Other Arts on Feb. 23-25. The conference will be held at the University of Texas at San Antonio. … Dr. Jim McCloskey of the University of California, Santa Cruz will speak at a linguistics colloquium on “Lightest to the Right: An Anomalous Displacement in Irish. “ The talk will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 in the Chemistry and Physics Building Room 303. … The 19th Annual University of Texas at Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL (UTASCILT) will be held March 1-2. This conference is hosted by Lingua, the linguistics and TESOL student organization. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Mike Hammond (University of Arizona) at 1 p.m. in the Chemistry and Physics Executive Conference Room 303. The Nakamura Prizes, funded by an Endowment in the Department, will award up to $1,500 in cash prizes for best student papers and posters. For more information including updated schedule, visit

MILITARY SCIENCE: William Roe (’63 BS), Mark Stevens (’72 BS), and Barbara Williams Vogl (’62 BA), were inducted into the Military Science Hall of Honor at a luncheon and reception Feb. 11 in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the University Center.

MUSIC: The A Cappella Choir and University Singers, under the direction of Associate Professor Dr. Karen Kenaston-French, will perform “Holocaust Cantata “ by Donald McCullough on March 29 in Irons Recital Hall. Dr. Elizabeth Morrow, cellist, Dr. David Grogan, baritone, and Dr. Young Llerena, pianist, are featured soloists. McCullough’s “Holocaust Cantata contains arrangements in English of Polish folksongs written by prisoners incarcerated in Nazi concentration camps in 1943-44. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students. … Dr. John Burton will become Professor of Cello this fall. He served as department chair more than five years and has also taught or been an administrator at Texas Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University and Northern Arizona University. … Dr. Jack Unzicker will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Bass after serving for a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Bass, Music History, and Music Theory. He has taught bass previously at Texas Tech University, Tarleton State University, and Texas Woman’s University. … Assistant Professor Dr. Diane Lange recently published Together Again in Harmony: Combining Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory (GIA Publications) last month. She was also the keynote speaker and participated in several workshops at last month’s Alaska Music Educators Conference in Anchorage, Alaska. … Music major Anne Marie Boeding was awarded with a Texas Music Educators Association scholarships last week at the group’s conference in San Antonio. … Associate Professor Dr. George Chave’s “Snow “ was awarded third prize in the 2012 Longfellow Chorus International Composers Competition. “Snow “ will premiere at March 4 at The First Congregational Church in South Portland, Maine, as part of the 2012 Longfellow Choral Festival. … Chave’s “Sonata for Trumpet, Horn and Piano “ was selected for the 2012 University of Alabama New Music Festival. His “Duos for Violin and Double Bass “ received its world premiere by UT Arlington faculty Dr. Jack Unzicker and Dr. Martha Walvoord in Irons Recital Hall last month. … Assistant Professor Young-Hyun Cho will present a guest recital at Morningside College at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, the Sioux City reported. The recital will include pieces by Debussy, Chopin and Liszt in honor of the anniversaries of their birth years, 200 years ago for Chopin and Liszt and 150 years ago for Debussy.

MODERN LANGUAGES: An information session for a study abroad program in France this summer will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Trimble Hall, Room 200. Associate Professor Dr. Kim van Noort, associate dean of Liberal Arts, and Professor Dr. Karl Petruso, dean of the Honors College, will lead the session. All students are invited to attend.

PHILOSOPHY: Dr. Daniel Akin (Ph.D., Humanities, ’89) was recently invited to speak at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, Fla. Akin is president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor Dr. Allan Saxe received last month a “Sharing the Dream “ award from the Arlington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee for his philanthropic work in the local community. … Associate Professor and Senior Vice Provost Dr. Michael Moore commented last month on Gov. Rick Perry’s exit from the presidential race and the Republican primaries in general in an NBC 5 Nonstop Nightly discussion. … Professor Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about Texas’ top presidential donors.

SOCIOLOGY and ANTHROPOLOGY: Professor Dr. Ben Agger (Sociology) was quoted in about online relationships. “Couples who wear his-and-hers bathrobes might be very couple-y on Facebook. Then there are more independent couples who would never friend each other, preferring to keep their relationship private,” he said. … Graduate student Dustin Miller examined how zoos approach globalization in this thesis, “Towards a Globalization of Conservation Models in Zoos: The AZA and The Case of a Mexican Zoological Park in Leon.” … The Department of Sociology and Anthropology present the 2012 Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture on March 29 at 7 p.m. in the School of Architecture Auditorium. Guest speaker Dr. Cynthia Robin (Northwestern University) will present “A Good Society: Sustainability Among the Ancient Maya. “

THEATRE ARTS: Former instructor Dr. Cecilia Thompson, 91, passed away last month in Alpine, Texas, after a brief illness. She taught at UT Arlington from 1963-67.


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