COLA Notes for April 2012

News from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART and ART HISTORY: Dr. Hussein Rashid (Hofstra University) will present a look at the Islamic contribution to American music in a lecture Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Architecture Building auditorium, Room 204. The event is sponsored by Aga Khan Council for Northern Texas, the Provost Office and the College of Liberal Arts. … Several UT Arlington students are participating in the 2nd Annual Fort Worth River Art Competition. The group will create plyurea sculptures that will float in the Trinity River and appear at the Main Street Arts Festival, Mayfest and other Fort Worth events. The contest is sponsored by the Tarrant Regional Water District. … A Fort Worth Weekly article featured MFA candidate Janet Morrow and her new show at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. … D Magazine’s FrontRow blog reported that Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith’s film, “Wolf,” has also been selected to be a part of the Dallas International Film Festival. The April event will include 111 films, from 27 countries, five world premieres, one North American premiere, one U.S. premiere, and 36 Texas premieres. Smith was also featured in the Dallas Morning News’ Arts/Entertainment section earlier this month. … KDFW/Fox 4 reporter Fiona Gorostiza reported live from the studio arts center last month. With help from UT Arlington graduate and adjunct professor Shannon Brunskill, Gorostiza tried her hand at glass blowing to promote the start of the university’s annual glass show and sale. The popular event was held March 30. … The 2012 Spring-Summer Art Student Exhibition is currently in the University College Gallery. The pieces can be found in the University College on the second and third floors and feature pieces from painting, photography, drawing, visual communications and printmaking. The exhibition is viewable Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. … Alan Siggers (BA, ’11) was recently accepted to the Maryland Institute College of Art ‘s MFA program. … Recent graduate Francisco Moreno was recently juried into the national art publication, New American Paintings, Vol. 99. … Almuna Loretta Gonzalez was recently accepted in a national juried exhibition “LaLuzapalooza” at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, Calif. Her work was one of 120 accepted out of 9,000 submissions. … Art History Professor Dr. Mary Vaccaro  presented a paper titled “After Correggio: Drawings by Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli for Parma Cathedral” at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, held in Washington, D.C. this month.  She also participated in Scholars Day events associated with an exhibition on Renaissance portraits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

COMMUNICATION: Top Department of Communication students and 2012-13 scholarship winners will be recognized at the Department of Communication 2012 Honors Convocation on Friday, April 27. The event will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the UTA Planetarium with a reception to follow. … The New York Times’ Lens blog interviewed photojournalist Dominic Bracco II (‘08), a journalism and Spanish literature double-major, about his work, which documents the effects of Mexican and North American policies on the border region where he was raised. … Several journalism students were recognized for their efforts on the UT Arlington newspaper, The Shorthorn, at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association last month. The paper won a Gold Crown for the print edition, and a Silver Crown for the online edition. Journalism majors Sam Morton and Dustin Dangil were among the team that attended the awards ceremony in New York City. … A student-led marketing group, 360 Local, which was conceived in Associate Professor Dr. Tom Christie’s public relations class, will participate in America’s Natural Gas Alliance Collegiate Energy Challenge this spring, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. … Dr. Dustin Harp is first author on a paper titled “The Whole Online World is Watching: Profiling Social Networking Sites and Activists in China, Latin America, and the United States” recently published in the International Journal of Communication. Her co-authors are from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and the University of Texas at Austin. … Lecturer Kim Pewitt-Jones has been awarded a scholarship to the Society of Professional Journalist’s National Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. … Lecturer Michael Putnam recently served as a “communication coach” for UTA’s Texas MBA Program, assisting MBA students in honing their communication skills as part of their studies in global management. Putnam also served as guest speaker at Pi Tau Sigma’s March meeting, offering students advice and tips on interviewing techniques. … Lecturer Allen Sheffield was recently named “Imagekind Artist of the Day” for work featured on the photographer’s website. Sheffield’s photo of Seattle’s Snohomish River, taken from a bridge on the edge of town, is also featured on a Seattle real estate website, and his photo, “Beneath the Aurora Bridge,” is included in the documentary film “The Fremont Troll.” … Students in Suzy Nead’s Group Communication class are hard at work on class projects benefitting many local non-profit organizations, such as Cook Children’s Hospital, YMCA, Mission Arlington, The Moritz No-kill Animal Shelter, Package Brigade and a local senior center. … John Harden (’11) is freelancing for The New York Times. Harden will be writing one science/health feature a month for the publication. … Journalism major Monica Nagy will work at The Eagle in Bryan, Texas, for 10 weeks this summer as part of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Association’s Butler Haas Minority Internship program. … Elizabeth Alvarez has accepted an offer of admission to the Master’s program in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. … Tierra Chatmon, public relations senior, has been named the Distinguished Student Employee for April by Multicultural Affairs. … Public relations major Mark Melendez, is spending his spring semester in Spain as part of UTA’s Study Abroad program. … Public relations majors Patrick Jackson and Courtney Chipman are interning for the Director of Communication for UTA Athletics this semester. … Former Associate Professor Dr. Alisa White has been named provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at The University of Texas at Tyler, according to the Tyler Morning Telegraph. She will begin her new assignment June 1.

CRIMINOLOGY and CRIMINAL JUSTICE: KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Lecturer Randy Butler this week about state Sen. Royce West’s plan to review Texas’ Castle Law. He said he will introduce legislation that requires all cases involving deadly force, including self-defense, to go before the Grand Jury. Butler said the proposed legislation may be unnecessary. “Police officers in general do not want the responsibility of being judge and jury,” he added.

ENGLISH: Professor Dr. Ken Roemer was the 2012 recipient of the Graduate Dean’s Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring Award at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) award ceremony last month. Roemer was recognized for his long history of working with doctoral students at UT Arlington. … Professor Dr. Stacy Alaimo has been chosen as this year’s UTA Piper Professor Nominee. She will be recognized at the upcoming Spring Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates on April 24. Alaimo has also had several new articles and essays accepted for publication in the PMLA’s “Theories and Methodologies” section, Disasters, Environmentalism, and Knowledge (Universitätsverlag), and NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. Last week, she spoke at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., on environmental. … Senior Lecturer Ana Savic recently won a 2012 College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Lecturer Teaching Award, one of three awarded this year.  … Lecturer Chris Kilgore recently presented a paper entitled “Unnatural Graphical Narrative: McKean and the Sublime” at the annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative. … Lecturer Wendy Williams presented a paper entitled “George Eliot: Poetess and Prophet of Sympathy” at the Nineteenth Century Studies Association conference this past March in Asheville, N.C. … Lecturer and ABD student Thomas Tutt will be presenting a paper titled “Hide and Seek: Knowledge, Gender, Difference, and the Rhetoric of Fear in the Old English Elene” at the Federation Rhetoric Symposium 2012 next weekend at Texas Woman’s University. … Assistant Professor Dr. Amy Tigner was accepted into the highly competitive NEH seminar “Tudor Books and Readers, 1485-1603” in Antwerp, London and Oxford this summer.  … Professor and department chair Dr. Wendy Faris will present an invited paper entitled “’We, the shamans, eat tobacco and sing’: Figures of Shamanic Power in US and Latin American Magical Realism” at a small symposium on “Enchantment” at Columbia University in New York.

HISTORY: The Department of History, along with the Office for Students with Disabilities, hosted last week a screening of “NoBody’s Perfect” by filmmaker Niko von Glasow. Glasow’s documentary looks as the lives of those who, like him, were born disabled because of the disastrous side effects of Thalidomide, a sedative drug introduced in the late 1950s that was used for a short time to treat morning sickness. … Real estate attorney Ronald D. Addison (B.A., ’69) has joined Madison Title Agency as its director of Texas operations and state counsel. … Dr. Emmanuel Mbah (Ph.D., ’06), a professor at CUNY-Staten Island, received last week the 2012 Junior Scholars Excellence Award at the Poverty and Empowerment in Africa conference. … Dr. Schanvia Smith Hatcher (University of Georgia) visited campus for a presentation on “A Vision for UTA’s Center for African American Studies” earlier this week. Read the university’s press release on the new center.

LINGUISTICS and TESOL: The Oklahoma Workshop on Native American Languages program features a number of talks by UT Arlington faculty and students. Presenters include undergraduate posters by Jennifer Farley, Gabriel Olivas, and Felicia Wallace; graduate posters by Namrata Dubey, Nathan Eversole,  Mohamed Mwamzandi, Andrea Muru, Lori McLain Pierce and Elizabeth Tatz, and a presentation by Professor Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald. … Doctoral student Vitaly Voinov has a peer-reviewed article, “Rhyming reduplication in Russian” in the journal Russian Linguistics. The work was produced in last year’s LING 5321 Advanced Phonological Theory course taught by Fitzgerald. … Fitzgerald is the lead presenter and organizer for the Indigenous Languages Documentation and Revitalization Seminar, part of the Annual Symposium on the American Indian hosted by Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla.. … Linguistics presenters at the recent ACES included graduate presentations by Mohamed Mwamzandi and Vitaly Voinov, graduate posters by Samantha Cornelius, Joshua Jensen, and Lori McLain Pierce and Justin Fuller, and undergraduate posters by Jennifer Farley, Gabriel Olivas, and Felicia Wallace. The Provost’s Award for Graduate Poster went to Lori McLain Pierce and Justin Fuller and an Honorable Mention for Undergraduate Poster went to Felicia Wallace.

MODERN LANGUAGES: Associate Professor Dr. Kim van Noort contributed a leek-and-swiss-chard tart recipe to Urban Acres’s website.

MUSIC: Associate Professor Dan Cavanagh, who is also the associate director of the jazz studies program, will release a new album, “The Heart of the Geyser” (OA2 Records), on April 17. The record, under his group The Dan Cavanagh Trio, features Linda Oh on bass and Joe McCarthy on drums. Audio samples and store links are available on Cavanagh’s website. … Sam Garner, a junior jazz studies major and Dan Burkholder Scholar, was one of five national finalists selected in the Kathleen T. and Phillip B. Phillips M.D. Jazz Piano Competition. The competition concert will be held April 13 at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: The Times of Israel published an op-ed by Assistant Professor Dr. Brent Sasley about conversations on Zionism and reinvigorating the World Zionist Congress. He wrote: “There is no need to re-invent the wheel: the World Zionist Organization once existed as the place to hold debates about Zionism and plan for its future. Why not re-invigorate it to fulfill a similar role today?” .. The Washington Free Beacon also quoted Sasley about Palestinian incitement against Israel. Inside the government, incitement is “just not considered a priority, as it’s not one of the ‘big’ issues,” Sasley said. “I don’t think government argues for a grass-roots campaign of tolerance and peace, in either the Palestinian areas or Israel—yet it’s here where such a difference could be made in schools, religious institutions, through social clubs, etc.” … Sasley was also quoted in an Elan Magazine story about whether Turkey is poised to become a super power. Sasley says Turkey certainly has the ability to be a regional power, especially in the Middle East. … A report on KTVT/CBS 11 about debate in the U.S. Supreme Court over federal health care legislation featured comments from Dr. Tom Marshall. Marshall said those who have health care coverage, the majority of Americans, may feel like there is virtually nothing in the new law for them. The Supreme Court will hear three days of arguments on the law with a decision expected this summer. … Political science major Bab Adetiba is part of a grassroots organization, Minorities Seeking Solutions, that seeks to be pro-active in African American communities like Oak Cliff, reported Southern Methodist University’s Daily Campus.

SOCIOLOGY and ANTHROPOLOGY:  The Christian Science Monitor interviewed Sociology Professor Dr. Ben Agger about “The Hunger Games” film franchise. The story is filled with themes of social justice. As part of that, moviegoers are being urged to sign an online petition and contact their local representatives in support of an anti-hunger initiative aimed at legislation now being revised in Congress. Agger said this push through online connections into the offline world speaks to the way the next generation will be interacting with the politics of tomorrow.

THEATRE ARTS: Several media outlets posted strong reviews of “Fronteras Americanas,” highlighting the work of actor David Wilson-Brown and director Dr. Dennis Maher, an associate professor in the department. The production was held last month as part of the annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. Reviews were posted on and


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