COLA Notes for May 2012

News from around the College of Liberal Arts….

ART and ART HISTORY: ABC’s Good Morning America invited glass art students from UT Arlington appear in a segment last week with renowned Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly. His work is featured in a new exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum through Nov. 5. The students assisted the installation of the glass pieces throughout the Arboretum. … Jeff Langhammer (BA, ’03) was recently selected as one of 40 recipients for the “Forty Under Forty” award by the Fort Worth Business Press. Langhammer is CEO and co-founder of Illfusion Creative, a Fort Worth marketing agency. … Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith won a $30,000 prize sponsored by Panavision at the recent Dallas International Film Festival, Pegasus News reported. Smith was honored for his first, full-length feature “Wolf,” which focuses on sexual abuse within the church. … Betsy Williamson (BFA, ’06) will present a new exhibition, “Rewriting Art History,” at the Mercantile Coffee House from May 17-June 23, the Dallas Art News reported. … MFA candidate Collin Hover recently accepted a tenure-track position at the University of South Dakota. He also recently published a chapter in Biologically-Inspired Computing for the Arts: Scientific Data through Graphics. … Professor Kenda North was featured in an exhibition and catalog “Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography 1945-1982” at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Springs, Calif. One of her photographs has also been selected for the Texas National 2012 at Stephen F. Austin State University. … North will spend part of her summer in the Ondarte International Artist Residency in Akumal, Mexico.

COMMUNICATION: The Department of Communication recognized top students and scholarship winners at the 2012 Honors Convocation last month in the UTA Planetarium. Thirty-nine students were inducted into the Communication Honor Society, including Wesley Albaugh, Elizabeth Alvarez, Matt Anstice, Matthew Bastible, Kimberly Bauer, Derek Beckno, Josh Bowe, Christopher Bryan, Cindy Chung, Staci Deluca, Thomas Dennard, Christopher Dinh, Nicole Durham, Amanda Gonzalez, Chloe Jamerson, Ashley Keene, Kathryn Kiger, Rachel Makutuya, Maria Martinez, Christopher Mead, David Morgan, Benjamin Muir, Cindy Nguyen, Jessica Patzer, David Petti, Rachel Rodriguez, Britney Taylor, Michelle Tyer, Teresa Ustanik, Samantha Watson and Lucille Wong. Kappa Tau Alpha inductees were Matthew Bastible, Christopher Bryan, Thomas Dennard, Joshua Derrick, Samantha Horn, Chloe Jamerson, Ashley Keene, Kathryn Kiger and Britney Taylor. Other award highlights included:

  • Outstanding Seniors: Alison Cohn (advertising), Christine Nicholson (broadcasting), Keelie Barrow (communication studies), Carlos Cucalon (communication technology), Matthew Bryan Bastible (journalism) and Christopher Bryan (public relations).
  • Outstanding Graduate Student: Vidisha Bhopatkar.
  • Outstanding Students in an Organization: Katy Kiger (PRSSA), Staci Deluca (UTA Radio), Sarah Frost (Association for Women in Communication), Raul Solis (UTA News en Espanol) and Bryan Bastible (Society of Professional Journalists).
  • Lloyd Clark Endowed Scholarship: Bianca Montes
  • Donald and Dorothy Bunnell Endowed Scholarship in Communication: Sean Noell, Zack Minter and Mark Melendez
  • Donna Darovich Endowed Scholarship in Journalism: Lindsey Juarez
  • Neva McMurry Reidel Scholarship: Lindsey Juarez
  • Charles Arrendell Family Scholarship: Rachel Snyder and Kushal Sapkota
  • Murray C. and Nona Poston Journalism Scholarship: Cindy Chung
  • Bill McCallum Communication Scholarship: Christine Lambe
  • Jack Butler Award: Bianca Montes
  • Mark Holtz Sports Journalism Scholarship: Alyxandra Crawford and Brianna Nathaniel
  • Karin McCallum Endowed Scholarship: Kirstin Gaddis and Ward Griffin
  • Andrew M. Clark Scholarship: Vidisha Bhopatkar and Paul Kozar
  • Phillip Lynn Hall Endowed Scholarship: Rachel Snyder
  • Douglas Maples Broadcast Scholarship: Juan Rios
  • George Proctor Endowed Scholarship: Maritza Moreno
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Interactive Marketing Association Scholarship: Kristen Ranshaw and Taiki Hara
  • Sam Lea Endowed Scholarship in Journalism: Mary Boedeker

 New stories have been added to Commradere, a student-run news website. Students in Geoff Campbell’s COMM 4393 class posted content last month. … Burleson Star sports editor Michael Ray Eskridge (BA, ’00) passed away last month following complications from a stroke. He was 49. … Journalism student Christine Nicholson was highlighted in a Dallas Morning News story and front page photo about the job market for 2012 college graduates. Nicholson worked in marketing for several years before she returned to college to realize a dream: to become a news reporter. … Television anchor Ann Arnold (KFDX-Wichita Falls) visited broadcast students April 30 in Assistant Professor Dr. Mark Tremayne’s class. … Students in Lecturer Mindia Whittier’s public relations classes are getting hands-on experience, working as student ambassadors for Strategic Image, a PR firm that manages campaigns for the Tarrant County Public Health Department.  Participating students include Christopher Bryan, Nicole Durham, Sarah Frost and Jasmine Moore. … Communication technology students in Assistant Professor Dr. Brian Horton’s Human Computer Interaction spent the spring semester working with local client, DigIt! Development, to create a unique, interactive website for Dallas homebuyers. … Assistant Professor Dr. Karishma Chatterjee and Administrative Assistant Paula Branen both recently welcomed newborn daughters to their families. … Instructors Sandie Idziak and Roby McEuen were honored last month for their years of service to the university at an employee recognition ceremony. Idziak has taught speech communication classes for 20 years. McEuen has taught for 10 years. … Lecturer Melyssa Prince recently earned accreditation from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). … Kristy Phillips has been was hired by Heise Media Group in Bakersfield, Calif., as the company’s new marketing/sales coordinator. … Aubree McFadden has accepted a job as producer for radio station KLTY’s “Nightlight” show. … Sandy Kurtzman has been offered a management trainee position with Sherwin Williams Paint Services Group in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. … Alanna Quillen has accepted a position with ABC affiliate KMID TV in Midland as weekend anchor/reporter. … Felicia Bolton has been hired as an on-air reporter at KOSA in Odessa, Texas. … Chloe Jamerson begins a position May 15 with The Richards Group, a Dallas-based PR firm and one of the largest independently owned advertising agency in the country. … Ashley Montgomery has been hired by TracyLocke to work in the creative agency’s Dallas office. … Public relations major Terry McLennan landed a summer internship with Tarrant County chapter of The American Heart Association. … Graduate student Carl Esposito successfully defended his master’s thesis last month. His thesis is titled “Can political candidates use Facebook to influence real world outcomes? An analysis of uses and gratifications needs, online participation and offline outcomes on candidate’s Facebook pages.”

CRIMINOLOGY and CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Dr. Alex del Carmen, department chair and professor, talked about his program on the CriminalJusticePrograms.com website. He stressed the diverse, professional staff UT Arlington has in criminal justice as well as the research being conducted. … High-speed police chases are incidents that should be evaluated by a supervisor first, said Randy Butler, senior lecturer and sworn peace officer, in a KXAS Channel 5 story about recent chases and their consequences in North Texas.

ENGLISH: The Department of English honored students and faculty last month with several awards for their academic and research achievement. Award winners include:

  • Dora Nichols/Arlington Shakespeare Club Scholarship: Abby Allen, Kenneth Davis and MaryKate Parker
  • O’Neill GTA Award for Teaching: Nathan Gale
  • O’Neill GTA Award for Scholarship: Matthew Lerberg
  • Lowry Mentor Award: Rachael Mariboho
  • Pearson Adjunct Teaching Award: Christy Tidwell
  • Duncan Robinson Essay Contest: Diana Huyen-Tram Nguyen (1st place), Danielle Carlton (2nd place), Danah Hamdan (3rd place)
  • Sigma Tau Delta Creative Writing Awards – Poetry: Alex Pippins (runner-up: Biana A. Medina)
  • Sigma Tau Delta Creative Writing Awards – Short Fiction: Justin Strauch (runner-up: Amy Jackson)
  • Sigma Tau Delta Creative Writing Awards – Creative Non-Fiction: Tim Brombaugh (runner-up: Taylor Bell)
  • Senior Excellence Awards: Jordan Amspacher, Martha Campbell, Jayson Carroll, Debra Mallory, Davis Mosser, Nicholas Perry, Danny Rodriguez, Chris Simpson
  • Cravens Award: Tiffany Savage, Sarah Bishop

Professor Dr. Stacy Alaimo published “Dispersing Disaster: The Deepwater Horizon, Ocean Conservation, and the Immateriality of Aliens” in Disasters, Environmentalism, and Knowledge (Bavarian American Academy, the Universitätsverlag, Heidelberg, Germany). Alaimo will also give talks this month at the European New Materialism conference in Sweden and the Gender, Violence and Agency in an Era of Globalization Initiative in Austria. … Department chair and professor Dr. Wendy Faris recently presented a paper, “Of Stone and Water: Archeology and Narrative in Carlos Fuentes: Una familia lejana” at the Carlos Fuentes conference at California State University in Los Angeles. … Recent doctoral graduate Jonny Wilson published his 30-page article, “Old Wives, the Same Man, and a Baby: Location and Family as the Foundation of Home in Tales of Burning Love and Bingo Palace,” in Studies in American Indian Literatures. … Assistant Professor Dr. Amy Tigner has been named a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar and will attend a seminar, “Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603,” this summer in Antwerp, Belgium, as well as London and Oxford, England. … Lecturer Toni Holland recently had a new poem, “Watching Richard Tuttle Read,” accepted for publication by Lourdes University’s literary journal, the Tau. She also organized, with Dr. Christopher Conway and Dr. Lonny Harrison, two events for National Poetry Month Celebration at UTA last month.

HISTORY: A longtime supporter of UT Arlington’s Special Collections and History departments, Virginia Garrett, 91, passed away April 21. The family requests donations be made to the Virginia and Jenkins Garrett Cartographic Endowment. Previous donations by the Garretts led to the addition of undergraduate and graduate classes in the history of cartography, discovery and exploration; the creation of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies; and the beginning of the current Ph.D. program in Trans-Atlantic history. … Doctoral candidate Isabelle Rispler was featured in a recent newsletter from the Office of Graduate Studies.

LINGUISTICS and TESOL: Doctoral student Vitaly Voinov has received two funding awards (an Edmondson Endowment Grant and a Global Research Fellowship) for his field research in Tuva this summer.  … Five linguistics students were recently inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society: JungAe Lee Allman, Yujeong Choi, Norma Ghanem, Forest Ivey and Carolyn Jones. … Natalie Raun Carter has been awarded the first Linguistics & TESOL Alumni Endowment award, established by alumna Dr. Robin Lombard, in conjunction with her employer, Microsoft. … Carolyn Jones has been awarded the Department’s Service Learning Award: Impact Beyond the Classroom. … Doctoral student Lori McLain Pierce has had her classroom performance recognized with the Donald A. Burquest Award for Excellence in Teaching Linguistics. … Department Chair Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald presented on “Elicitation Techniques for Prosodic Documentation of Native American Languages’ at the 15th annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages at the University of California-Santa Barbara. … Associate Professor Dr. Laurel Stvan will be presenting “Metonymy-driven Polysemy in Health Discourse” at the Researching and Applying Metaphor conference (RaAM 9) at Lancaster University, United Kingdom, in July. … Dr. Andrew McKenzie, who has been a fellow with the department since August 2009, has taken a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas. … Fitzgerald gave an invited talk in April in Ottawa, Canada at Carleton University on “Prosodic Documentation of Endangered Languages: Case Studies from the American Southwest.”

MILITARY SCIENCE: Donald Stevenson (’66), a Texas judge and former Army captain, recalled his training following graduating from UT Arlington’s ROTC program in a U.S. Army web article.

MUSIC: Junior jazz studies major Sam Garner finished third in last month’s the Kathleen T. and Phillip B. Phillips, M.D., Jazz Piano Competition in Pensacola, Fla. The Dan Burkholder Scholar was one of only five nationally selected for the final round. He was mentored by Associate Professor Dan Cavanagh.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: The department recently honored several students and faculty for their academic and research achievement throughout the past year. Honorees included:

  • Political Science Scholars: Rasha Atieh, Anna Brosovic, Nancy Coplen, Maria Cruse, Enrijeta Shino, Cody Ward and Susan Wilkerson
  • Award of Excellence (Graduate): Nancy Coplen
  • Award of Excellence (Undergraduate): Christopher Rainsberger, James Holcombe, Shanna Knight, Lynzi Simons, Meagan Speed, Kevin Whitright, Samuel Cawthon, Justin Comeau, Michelle Henri, Carolyn Ruiz
  • Outstanding Paper Awards (Graduate): Anna Brosovic, Brandon Cox, Christine Fougerousse, Milad Minooie, Sandra Ojeda, Joseph Wooddell
  • Outstanding Paper Awards (Undergraduate): Justin Comeau, Steven Hussain, Jeremy Johnson, Lucas Lothamer, Keith Royal, Carolyn Ruiz
  • UTA Delegation to Model Arab League: Khaled el kurd, Joseph Landeros, Asher Macden, Hana Barakat
  • UTA Delegation to Model NATO: Mario Lamar, Verica Todorovic, Milena Vuksanovic, Kevin Whitright
  • UTA Delegation to International Moot Court: Jesse Calderon, Olivia Llanes, Neal Parekh, Verica Todorovic
  • Archer Fellow: Jacob Becker
  • Katsikas Scholars: Mario Lamar, Carolyn Ruiz
  • Dawson Scholars: Lynzi Simons, Lucas Lothamer

Fox 4 News interviewed Associate Professor Dr. Michael Moore, senior vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies, about how students who help pay for their college education perform academically compared with those whose parents foot the bill.

SOCIOLOGY and ANTHROPOLOGY: Dr. Sheryl Skaggs (M.A., ’97) was the guest speaker at the department’s annual awards event earlier this month. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. … Junior David Ofuoku was awarded the Blaine T. and Jean W. Williams Scholarship.  … The department honored four recent McNair Scholars: Angel Aymond, Amanda Bell, Ceola Brown and Timar Long. … Professor Dr. Beth Ann Shelton (Sociology) was quoted in a Woman’s Day article about working mothers. … The Christian Science Monitor quoted Dr. Ben Agger, sociology professor and director of the Center for Theory, in a story about a viral video featuring a young boy and his cardboard arcade.

THEATRE ARTS: Senior lecturer Dr. Natalie Gaupp received two awards in April for her work this past year as an academic advisor. She was the recipient of the College of Liberal Arts’ Outstanding Advisor Award, and she received the UT Arlington Outstanding Advisor Honorable Mention Award. … Professor Andrew Gaupp has been cast in a leading role of  the world premiere of “You Try Living Here” by Karen Dee Carpenter. The performance will be staged this August in Washington, D.C. and  is produced by the New Play Development Workshop of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Alicia Montero Lewis says:

    Is Dr » Karin McCallum still around. She was my McNair Scholar mentor. I’d love to get in tough with her. class of ’94

    1. utalibarts says:

      Contact the Communication department office at 817-272-2163. They may know how to get in touch with Dr. McCallum (who is retired).

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