COLA Notes for March 2012

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART and ART HISTORY: Several UT Arlington art majors took home awards at the recent American Advertising Federation of Fort Worth’s annual ADDY competition last month. The Student Best of Show was awarded to students Kylene Mamrus, Thu “Ann” Dao and Kayla Simpson for “The Bureau,” a mixed-media campaign. Colin Kienitz won the Student Special Judges’ Award for Best Copywriting. Georgina Parker and Nathan Jones won a Special Judges’ Award. … Dr. Beth Wright, Dean of Liberal Arts and Professor of Art History, was mentioned in a blog about last month’s annual meeting of the College Art Association. … A solo exhibition of six sculptures and 12 drawings by Associate Professor Nicholas Wood was on display last fall at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. In addition to the exhibition, “Nicholas Wood: first this/first that,” Wood also lectured and mentored student artists on the history and development of his multimedia artworks in painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and clay sculpture. … Benito Huerta, director of The Gallery at UTA, will participate in a panel discussion title “Radical Regionalism” at 6:30 p.m. March 29 at The University of Texas at Dallas. He will be joined by other area artists and art professors. Huerta also joined two other curators for the “Infinite Mirror” exhibition that will tour the University of Maryland, the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Museum of Art and the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum over the next year. … As an artist, Huerta stays active. He has a solo exhibition planned for next September at the Avis Frank Gallery in Galveston, Texas, and was recently selected to create a master plan for the Marine Creek Park Corridor in Fort Worth. … MFA student Jeff Gibbons recently had a solo exhibition at the MAC gallery in Dallas. … Work by Iris Bechtol (MFA, ‘10) was featured recently in the Big and Bright: New work from TX at the SWC College Art Gallery. … MFA student Patricia Newton‘s film was screened at LunaFest last month. … Work by students Alison Starr, Helen Schenck, Hannah Hudson, Jackson Echols, Janet Morrow, Jeff Gibbons, Jesse England, Matt Heller and Ryan Britton were all featured in the “Bridged: an Exhibition” on 500 Singleton Blvd. in Dallas. … Indie Wire is featuring short bios and stories about filmmakers featured in the upcoming SXSW Film Festival, including Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith. Smith’s film, “Wolf,” already has earned many awards.

Broadcast Engineer Joe Carter assembles the transmitter tube that makes up the 2011 Radio Mercury Award won by UTA Radio last fall. The unique trophy is on display in the main office of Department of Communication. (Photo contributed)
Dr. Karin McCallum

COMMUNICATION: “PR Practitioners’ Use of Social Media in Crisis Planning,” an article co-authored by Assistant Professor Dr. Shelley Wigley, has been selected for presentation at October’s PRSA International Conference in San Francisco as part of the professional development session “The Best of PRSA’s Public Relations Journal of 2011-2012.” … Dr. Karin McCallum, Professor Emeritus and former department chair, has been a longtime support of Maverick basketball. She was one of several officials who took a turn cutting the net after the men’s basketball game Feb. 25 when the team captured the Southland Conference regular season championship. … Associate Professor Dr. Tom Christie took top honors in the department’s fifth annual chili cookoff Feb. 29. … Public relations major Rachel Makutuya is coordinating an event on behalf of Mavs for UNICEF (UTA’s chapter of the UNICEF student organization). The 5K fun run/walk, “Run for Zero,” will be held March 31 and will benefit UNICEF’s Believe in Zero campaign. … Jared Chism (BA, ’11) has been hired by AT&T as part of the company’s social media department. … The W Hotel in Dallas has named Angela Bates (B.A., ’05) as the property’s newest social catering manager, responsible for developing and managing all social events “from intimate soirees and extravagant parties to wedding ceremonies and receptions,” according to the website Hotel Interactive. … Graduate students James Dunning and Michael Agee will present a paper, “When ‘Oops, Sorry’ Isn’t Enough: Tiger Woods and Image Repair,” at the University of North Texas’ “New Voices” Student Conference on March 10.

ENGLISH: Assistant Professor Dr. Carolyn Guertin published this month a new book, Digital Prohibition: Piracy and Authorship in New Media Art, with Continuum International Publishers (New York and London). … Lecturer Billie Hara recently posted a blog column about teaching in the classroom for other academicians on the Chronicle for Higher Education’s website. … A number of students and faculty participated in the annual Conference of College Teachers of English meeting in Fort Worth earlier this month. Several graduate teaching assistants presented academic papers: Jarrod Stringer, “Shakespeare’s Grave Influence on Nathaniel Hawthorne;” Barbi Fowler, “Imitation Identity: Ambivalence, Mimicry, Hybridity in Bram Stoker’s Dracula;” and Myra Salcedo, “Negotiating the Sacred in Secular Writing Spaces.” Two lecturers, Corbin Lockmiller and Tia Black, read their original poetry in creative writing sessions. And Women’s and Gender Studies’ Trudi Muro presented a paper titled “The Tangibility of Mourning: Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’.” … Black also won an honorable mention for her poem entitled “Kitoko” from the journal Artlines published by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. … Dr. James Penner (University of Puerto Rico), author of Pinks, Punks and Pansies: The Rhetoric of Masculinity in American Literary Culture, presented a lecture on the “New Critics” in Dr. William Arce’s graduate seminar last month.

LINGUISTICS and TESOL: The recent UT Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL recognized several presentations with awards. Best Undergraduate Presentation went to Sean Guynes, (Western Washington University) for “The Khoisan Languages and the Idea of Sprachbund.” Best Poster was awarded to Yujeong Choi (UT Arlington) for “The Influence of Task Types on L2 Learners Repair Strategies.” For the Nakamura Prize, second place went to Juliet Morgan (University of Oklahoma) for “The Distribution of Classificatory Verb Sets in Plains Apache,” and first place (the Nakamura Award) went to Joshua Jensen (UT Arlington) for “Inner Aspect and Jarai Phrase Structure.” … Norma Ghanem, an undergraduate majoring in linguistics and mathematics, has been accepted into the McNair Program. … Assistant Professor Dr. Jason Kandybowicz will be giving two talks at the Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 43) at Tulane University this month. The first is “Ways of Emphatic Scope-taking: Evidence from Nupe Emphatic Assertion.” The second, with collaborator Harold Torrence (University of Kansas), is on “Comparative Tano Interrogative Syntax: Typological and Genetic Implications.” … Michael Mansbridge (BA, ’11) and Assistant Professor Dr. Jeff Witzel will be presenting a poster presentation on “Bind accessibility and online anaphora processing” at the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing later this month. … Professor and department chair Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald will be co-presenting with Phillip Miguel, of Tohono O’odham Community College, on the Mathiot Dictionary project.  The presentation will be at a meeting of the “Four Tribes,” representing the four O’odham federally recognized tribes, as well as the Sonoran O’odham. The conference is hosted by the Tohono O’odham Nation. … Dr. Keren Rice (University of Toronto) will give a linguistics lecture at 3 p.m. March 23 in Room 11 of University Hall. The event is sponsored by the department, the Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute and the Office of the Provost. Rice is the current president of the Linguistic Society of America.

MILITARY SCIENCE: Lt. Col. Barbara Vogl, U.S. Army (Retired) was one of three distinguished alumni inducted in to the University of Texas at Arlington’s Army ROTC Hall of Honor on Feb. 11, reported the Gilmer Mirror.

MODERN LANGUAGES: Lecturer Dr. Neal Liang has been awarded a $100,000 national grant for “UTA Student STARTALK,” a program that trains teachers as Chinese language instructors for at least 80 students in various school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth this summer. The grant was established by National Security Agency and is managed by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. … The Department of Modern Languages launched a new Conversations Series last month for faculty, staff and students. The first meeting topic was “Home” and discussion was followed by a potluck lunch. For more information log on to … German professor Dr. Pete Smith, associate vice president for distance education and classroom technology, was quoted in a UT Arlington press release about a new online program designed to help former students complete their degrees. … This weekend, Associate Professor Dr. Aimée Israel-Pelletier will present a paper, “Verlaine, Rimbaud et la poésie impressionniste,” at Sorbonne University in Paris, France. Israel-Pelletier will also see her book, Rimbaud’s Impressionism: Vision and Visuality, published by the University of Wales in October.

MUSIC: announced the opening March 30 of a new documentary called “The Beat Hotel,” which features music composed by Daniel Cavanagh, associate professor and associate director of jazz studies. The movie is about a hotel in Paris where many of the Beat Poets and writers spent their time between 1958 and 1963. … Cavanagh was also quoted in a article in The Miami Hurricane about his contributions to a jazz project that re-arranges Radiohead songs.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Deputy Arlington City Manager Trey Yelverton (B.A., ’88), who has worked for the city since 1993, was promoted to Arlington city manager last month, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The move came after a nationwide search. Yelverton has been deputy city manager since 2006, overseeing departments including economic development, community services, parks and recreation, libraries and police and fire. He was interviewed by The Shorthorn last month about his plans for Arlington. … A Forth Worth Star-Telegram article covered Associate Professor Dr. Allan Saxe‘s foray into celebrity endorsements — a Moritz auto dealership billboard on Interstate 20 in southwest Arlington features Saxe’s face.


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