COLA Notes for Summer 2012

News from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: MFA candidate Jeff Gibbons has been named a 2012 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture (Honorable Mention) in an International Sculpture Center competition.  The contest included entries from 434 students from 174 colleges and universities worldwide. Gibbons’ work will be recognized in the October issue of Sculpture magazine. … MFA candidate Patty Newton recently won the Shawn A. Moore Prize for Texas Filmmaking at the 14th Annual Q Cinema Film Festival in Fort Worth. Newton won for her film “Pursuit.” … Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith was a featured artist at the Americans for the Arts’ 2012 annual convention in San Antonio last month. … From Aug. 6-12, UT Arlington students, faculty and staff will receive a discount (with UTA ID) on admission to “Rembrandt: An Evolution of Etching” at the Arlington Museum of Art. Faculty members Dr. Beth Wright and Nancy Palmeri presented lectures on the work in June when the exhibit opened. … The 2012 MFA Summer Exhibition is currently on display at The Gallery at UTA. Artists include Janet Morrow, Kate Helmes, Syd Web, Hannah Hudson, Jeff Gibbons, Helen Schenck, Elizabeth English, Jackson Echols, Shaban Al-Refi, Ryan Britton, Neal Paustain, Alison White, Morgan Chivers, Jean Fernandes, Glady Chow, Matt Heller, Corey Gossett, Kight Haberer, Elisha Burley, Jesse England and Caleb Dulock.

COMMUNICATION: Department faculty was awarded in May an Award of Achievement from the inaugural Worthy Awards, a new recognition program established by the Greater Forth Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. UT Arlington was recognized “for coursework in which students conduct research and develop strategy, tactics and key messages for various community partners,” a press release said. … Associate Professor Dr. Chyng-Yang Jang was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about area law enforcement agencies embracing social media. The key, he said, is having personnel who are trained in their use. “If you’re going to use it to just post information, then I don’t think it will be too effective,” he said. “The real powerful thing is the two-way communication.” … Sports journalist Richie Whitt (’86) reviewed the 20 tops DFW sports moments for … Tracy Good (’00) was recently hired as a project manager at Intelligent Discovery Solutions in Washington, D.C. … Elizabeth Dinh (’03) is a general assignments reporter for KOMO 4 News in Seattle. … Recent graduate Emily Suied (’11) offers some tried-and-true tips on job hunting in a special blog post. … La Prensa Hispanos reported on the opportunity UTA News en Español affords students interested in working for national Spanish-language media outlets. The weekly newscast magazine is broadcast via a Communication Department website. Broadcast journalism instructor Julian Rodriquez said the newscast is unique in Texas and important in a state where residents expect Spanish-language broadcasts. … Rodriguez also recently received a grant from a UT Arlington pilot program designed to replace fee-based reading materials with electronic resources.

 CRIMINOLOGY and CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Several UT Arlington students were recently awarded $500 scholarships to study criminology or accounting to prepare them for future fraud busting, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Watchdog Bytes column reported. Community Trust bank is making the scholarships on behalf of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. UTA recipients include Alyssa Berman, Marissa Paz, Mark Laury, Jennifer Okate, Jason Jiao, Daniel Tobin, Monica Mirea and Susan Houghtalin.

ENGLISH: Senior Lecturer Laura Kopchick is currently reviewing entries to the 2013 Katherine Anne Porter Contest, sponsored by the University of North Texas Press. The contest ended June 30; the winner will be announced in January 2013. … Several UT Arlington alumni were named Teachers of the Year for the Arlington Independent School District this past spring. Those honorees with English degrees include: Patrick Hofer (’99), Shannon Lynd (’91) and Mariam Mohammad (’05). Three other award winners – Devin Bowlin (’04), Linda Merritt (’99) and Aimee Myers (’99) – graduated with interdisciplinary degrees. … Associate Professor Dr. Kevin Gustafson will present a paper this month entitled “Theocentric Writing and the Rule of Sodom” at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, England. … On May 25, Professor Dr. Stacy Alaimo presented the plenary talk for the European New Materialism conference in Linköping, Sweden. The talk was entitled “Disentangling the New Materialisms? Posthumanism, Feminism and Trans-Corporeal Thought.” Four days later, Alaimo gave an invited talk at the University of Vienna (Austria), entitled “Posthumanist Challenges for New Materialism,” for the Initiative on Gender, Violence and Agency in an Era of Globalization. … Alaimo has been chosen as the next editor of the Critical Ecologies thread of the Electronic Book Review, where she encourages debate on the environmental humanities and science studies. … Lecturer Debbie Olson’s first book, Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema (co-edited with Andrew Scahill), was published recently if by Lexington Press. … Alumna Dr. Sandi Hubnik was recently named chair of the English department at the Tarrant County College’s South Campus. … Professor Dr. Ken Roemer will have two articles published in upcoming issues of Studies in American Indian Literatures: “It’s Not a Poem. It’s My Life: Navajo Singing Identities” (Summer 2012) and “Making Do: Momaday’s Survivance Ceremonies” (Summer 2013).

HISTORY: Alamo curator Bruce Winders (’90) was featured in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about singer Phil Collins’ collection of Alamo artifacts. Winders wrote an essay for Collins’ new book The Alamo and Beyond, A Collector’s Journey. … Professor and department chair Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney, former executive director of the Avery Research Center in South Carolina, was quoted in a Post and Courier story about Robert Smalls. Smalls was remembered in Charleston last month for his daring escape from slavery during the Civil War. Historians said he also was an important and early visionary of civil rights. Smalls eventually served five terms as a South Carolina congressman during Reconstruction. … Dulaney was also among several panelists at an on-campus forum last month who are petitioning the city to change Division Street’s name to honor Martin Luther King Jr. They said the move would help Arlington show that it is “progressive” and not racist, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Masters candidate Carolyn Jones will be honored next month as the 2012 Literacy Texas Volunteer of the Year. Jones said winning the statewide award was “a compliment to UTA’s TESOL program and the great community outreach it supports and encourages.” … The CoLang 2012 Institute on Collaborative Language Research, sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Documenting Endangered Languages Program, is a six-week opportunity for participants to become better trained in linguistic documentation, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. This year, the program is taking place on Kansas University’s campus, where Professor Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald will serve as CoLang 2014 director.

MILITARY SCIENCE: Leader’s Training interviewed ROTC Cadet Angela Medrano for a story about the Teamwork Development Course presented to aspiring Army leaders from across the country. A video report also appears on the website.

MODERN LANGUAGES: The Department of Modern Languages is currently hosting the International Mystery Book Club, which began last month. All mysteries discussed this summer will be by non-U.S. authors. For a full schedule and more information, see the club’s blog.

MUSIC: The UTA Jazz Faculty Group, led by Associate Professor Tim Ishii, participated last week in a jazz workshop in Rheine, Germany, and was featured in a local media report. … On his new CD “The Heart of the Geyser,” Associate Professor Dan Cavanaugh shows that he can put together a very simpatico piano trio for an inspired recording, according to a review on All About Jazz. Along with drummer Joe McCarthy and bassist Linda Oh, Cavanaugh has produced a surprisingly fine set of sounds without a long-established track record, the review said. … Assistant Professor Dr. Scott Pool led a student bassoon ensemble to perform at the annual International Double Reed Society meeting in Ohio this week. Students include graduate student Walter Van Gieson, seniors Amber Wyman and Cristina Meza, and sophomore Rich Brownell. … Former instructor Jim Mahoney was featured in a Father’s Day blog. … Danny Mekonnen (’03) and his group, Debo Band, were featured in an article. … Associate Professor Sergio Espinosa recently received a grant from a UT Arlington pilot program designed to replace fee-based reading materials with electronic resources.

PHILOSOPHY: Brian Simmons (’09) recently offered his thoughts on free will and “Star Trek” in an online article. … The Department of Philosophy will host a conference this fall on 19th and 20th century Austrian thought. Details on are on the group’s website.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: In a WFAA Channel 8 story about campaign fliers in a Parker County judicial race, Professor Dr. Tom Marshall said recent Supreme Court rulings allow judges to make political statements, but any comments on an ongoing case would be questionable. He said the landowners in this particular case could pursue complaints with the state or appeals. … Students on the Model NATO team were featured in a newsletter from the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C. The UT Arlington competed in the international event in February and represented Czech Republic. … On Watergate’s 40th anniversary, Professor Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers was among three political science experts chosen by The Dallas Morning News to provide their picks for the most notorious government scandals. Of Watergate, Farrar-Myers said, “This brought down a sitting president, but more importantly has shaped the political science landscape of how citizens feel about their government as well as how political actors and the media conduct themselves.” … Dr. Allan Saxe was quote in a New York Times article covering a debate last month between two Republic U.S. Senate runoff candidates, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz, former state solicitor general.

SOCIOLOGY and ANTHROPOLOGY: For many African-Americans, views about same-sex marriage are evolving, the Chicago Tribune reported. Dr. Jason Shelton, Assistant Professor of Sociology, said that many African-Americans, most of whom have historical links to the Southern Christian culture, take a more literal interpretation of the Bible than many of their white counterparts.

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