COLA Notes for September 2012

News from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Associate Professor Bart Weiss will be a featured speaker at the Pecha Kucha Dallas No. 10 event Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the City Performance Hall. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door. … Seattle-based artist Lisa Eddington spoke about her days at UT Arlington and the evolution of her work in an online interview. … Benito Huerta, director and curator of The Gallery at UTA, served as co-curator of a new exhibit, “Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity,” which opened last month at Florida Gulf Coast University. … Adjunct Professor Justin Ginsberg was featured on the A&E show, “Storage Wars Texas.” Ginsberg, who teaches in the glass program, assessed glasswork salvaged from a storage room. The next airing of the episode can be seen at 8:30 p.m. (CST) Friday, Sept. 14. … Ginsberg work was also featured in an article in Papercity. … CNN Headline News interviewed filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith, assistant professor, about “Wolf,” the film Smith wrote and directed about child sex abuse in the church. Smith said he felt that this is the right time to tell the story and at screenings people come to him and say, “Thank you for telling my story.”

UT Arlington students are turning classroom experience into lucrative careers. Several former members of UTA News en Español recently landed high-profile jobs at local television stations and non-profit organizations. Broadcast Lecturer Julian Julian Rodriguez appeared on Telefutura 49 this week to talk about the student-run TV program and what the rest of the department has to offer. “The opportunities we provide to our students in the Department of Communication are unlike any others found at other educational institutions,” Rodriguez said. “We strive to provide a strategic educational balance between theory and practice in our undergraduate programs.” Sonia Salas (far left), former member of UTA News en Español, was recently hired as floor manager for Univison23´s morning show. She’ll join Reyna Cavazos (second from left), a former UTA News en Español executive producer and anchor, who currently works at Spanish-language station as morning video editor and traffic/weather anchor for the morning show. Edgar Maldonado (right), a former UTA News en Español reporter, was also recently hired as Bilingual Communications Manager for the American Red Cross in Dallas.

COMMUNICATION: This summer, associate professors Dr. Tom Christie and Dr. Andrew Clark won the George Gerbner Excellence Award for the best paper at the George Gerbner Conference on Communication, Conflict and Aggression held in Budapest, Hungary. Their paper was titled “Cultivating Images of the Enemy in Media: A Content Analysis of Popular War Cartoons.” … Sports journalists Frank DeFord will join communications students Tuesday, Sept. 25, in a special lecture event. DeFord will be at UT Arlington as part of the Maverick Speaker Series later that night. … Dr. Sheetal Patel had two co-authored papers accepted for publication. “Parents of children with eating disorders: Developing theory-based health communication messages to promote caregiver wellbeing” was published in Journal of Health Communication. “Teaching Advertising Media Planning in a Changing Media Landscape” was published in Journal of Advertising Education.Dr. Chunke Su had two co-authored manuscripts accepted for publication in August. One will be published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology and one in The Journal for East European Management Studies. … Dr. Eronini Megwa presented a paper in July at the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) in Durban, South Africa. … Megwa is also working with Sage Publications as an associate editor this summer. He will be working with reviewers from all over the world in the social sciences and humanities to review and edit manuscripts for SAGE’s online journal, SAGE Open Scholar One Manuscript. … Dr. Brian Horton presented two solo-authored conference papers at the International Conference on Language and Social Psychology in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands in June 20-23. … Dr. Dustin Harp presented co-authored papers at several conferences this summer: “Alternative Media in a Digital Era: Comparing Information Use Among U.S. and Latin American Activists” at the Communication Technology Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference in Chicago, and Co-opting feminism: Media discourses on political women and the definition of a (new) feminist identity”at the Feminist Media Studies Division, International Communication Association annual conference in Phoenix. … Broadcast lecturer Lance Liguez put his voice talents to work serving as public service announcer for the Grand Prairie Air Hogs Labor Day weekend. … Communication lecturer Mike Putnam is serving as coach-on-site at the Dallas UT-MBA location at UT-Southwestern Medical Center. Putnam is working with MBA students on oral and written communication skills. … Senior Lecturer Geoff Campbell wrote a chapter for a new media writing textbook – “Writing for media audiences: A handbook for multi-platform news” – published this fall by Kendall Hunt. … Senior Lecturer Melanie Mason lent her directing skills to Theatre Arlington this summer, directing the production Hollywood Arms.  … Charity Hitt (BA, ’10) is hosting a pre-game football show for Gator Vision at the University of Florida. Hitt is pursuing a master’s in telecommunications at Florida. … Chloe Jamerson (BA, ’12) has been hired to work in brand public relations for The Richards Group in Dallas. … Kristina Kopplin (BA, ’12) has been hired by Social Compass, a social media marketing agency. She will be working as an interactive producer for the company. … Alison Cohn (BA, ’12) was selected for the Teach for America program and will be teaching English in Miami, Fla. … Recent grad Trey Caron has accepted a position in Lawton, Okla., as production director for Townsquare Media. … Broadcast graduate David Mannering was accepted to St. Thomas University Law in Miami, Fla. … Christine Nicholson (BA, ’12) has been hired for a morning reporter position at KXII-TV in Sherman, Texas. … Steve Korioth, news director for WBRL-TV (Columbus, GA), has been named director of content for WBTW-TV, Media General’s CBS affiliate in Myrtle Beach, SC. He will oversee all aspects of WBTW news broadcasts and content for the station’s website. … Graduate student Rebekah Karth received the UT Arlington Honors College 2011-12 Bridge to Graduate School Fellowship in recognition of academic excellence. She began graduate studies in the Department of Communication in August. Rebecca was named the Outstanding Honors College student for 2011-12. … The Fort Worth chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists presented three UTA Journalism students with scholarships at the group’s annual awards event. Edna Horton and Shelly Williams received $500 Texas Gridiron scholarships and Bianca Montes was presented with a Jay Milner Scholarship of $1,000.Karen Ramirez (BA, ’12) is working as a production assistant for Telemundo KXTX Dallas. … Lauren Carr (BA, ’12) has been accepted into the graduate program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Carr will pursue a master’s in marketing. … Journalism major Monica Nagy spent the summer working at The Eagle in Bryan, TX as part of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Association’s Butler Haas Minority Internship program. … Advertising major Maritza Moreno worked as a summer intern for USA Film Festival’s Dallas office. … Public relations major Britney Taylor interned with 99.5 FM The Wolf while broadcast major Staci DeLuca spent her summer internship at Clear Channel in Dallas. … Claire Dunn, an advertising major, spent the summer months in Los Angeles, serving as an intern at Warner Brothers Studios. … Journalism senior Biana Montes blogged about her experiences as an intern for Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County. … UT Arlington alumnus Larry Shannon passed away last month. Shannon spent his career working at various North Texas radio stations and founded the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. He was 63.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Several department faculty will be in Spain this week presenting research related to the perception of criminologists and criminology as a discipline. Professors Alejandro del Carmen, Seokjin Jeong, Randy Butler and Jaya Davis all contributed to “The Identity of Criminologists: A Matter of Perception,” which will be presented at the 12th annual conference of the European Society of Criminology. The conference is hosted by the Basque Institute of Criminology in Bilbao, Spain. … Christopher Horn (’12, MA) was recently offered a position as a criminal investigator with the federal government. He will attend training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga. Christopher will be stationed in New York City upon completion of the academy. … Luciana Hall (’11, MA) was recently named “Special Agent of the Quarter” at the Air Force Office of Federal Investigations. … The department will sponsor a symposium on violence in the U.S. at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The title of the program is “Everyday Life and Gun Violence Explained.” Speakers include Arlington police officer Glen Bucy, who as a teenager survived the 1999 Wedgwood Baptist Church shooting; Dr. Tony Love, CRCJ assistant professor; and Dr. Mark Tremayne, Communication assistant professor. Members of the Counseling Services of UTA will also be onhand. … On Oct. 18, the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training will sponsor a full day program for law enforcement at the northwest campus of Tarrant County College. The theme of the program is “Family Violence and Law Enforcement Response.” Speakers will represent the Tarrant County courts and district attorney’s office, One Safe Place, the Safe City Commission and Arlington Police Department.

ENGLISH: Early American Literature will publish a joint article by Dr. Cedrick May (Professor) and Ph.D. candidate Julie McCown in its December issue. The title of the article is “‘An Essay on Slavery’: An Unpublished Poem by Jupiter Hammon” and announces their discovery of a never-before published, hand-written manuscript of a poem by an 18th-century slave from Long Island. … Dr. Ken Roemer (Professor) has been designated a Faculty Friend of Student Services for his long-term role as advisor to the Native American Students Association. Dr. Desiree Henderson has also been so designated for her service on the Relationship, Violence, and Sexual Assault Prevention Committee.  … Lecturer Chris Kilgore has been accepted as a Service Learning Faculty Fellow for the 2012-2013 academic year, here at UTA’s Center for Service Learning. … Dr. Toni Holland, a recent Ph.D. graduate, who has started turning her poems into films, has just had her first effort, a remixed, animated poem/film entitled “Art Is Fragile,” set to an original score by George Chave, accepted for publication by San Diego State University’s Poetry International. … Bitty Reilly, English and Communications senior, has been awarded an Alumni Association Scholars Program Scholarship for the 2012-13.

HISTORY: Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney, Associate Professor and department chair, was honored in July with an Unsung Hero Award by the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Graduate student Lori McLain Pierce was recently named a Jess Hay Endowment for Chancellor’s Graduate Student Research Fellow, a UT System Board of Regents award worth $10,000. Pierce said she will use the funds for her dissertation research on Choctaw. … Dr. David Silva, professor and vice provost for academic affairs, gave the Presidential Address at the 18th International Conference of Korean Linguistics (ICKL 2012) and the Xuzhou Conference on Linguistic Sciences held in July in Xuzhou, China. At the conference he also presented a workshop on academic English and presented a paper on changes in voicing in the Korean spoken in Shenyang, China. … Assistant Professor Jeffrey Witzel and Visiting Assistant Professor Naoko Witzel received a $76,608 subcontract from the University of Maryland to contribute the “Rapid Rise, Tailored Treatments for Language Proficiency Gains: Linguistic Correlates of Proficiency” project, which is funded by the Department of Defense. … MA Linguistics student Samantha Cornelius, Dr. Jeffrey Witzel and Dr. Naoko Witzel (along with colleagues at the University of Arizona) will present a poster titled “Testing the viability of webDMDX for masked priming experiments” at the 8th International Conference on the Mental Lexicon (McGill University, Montreal, Canada) in October. Also at that conference, doctoral student Yujeong Choi will present a poster titled “Masked onset priming in Korean: Evidence for syllable- and phoneme-level effects.” … Dr. Laurel Stvan, associate professor and department chair, presented the paper “Compound Interest: The use of compound words containing ‘literacy’ in a book title corpus” at the summer symposium sponsored by the Centre for Advanced Research in English (CARE) and the Centre for Corpus Research (CCR) at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom in June. … Dr. Cynthia Kilpatrick, assistant professor, and Dr. Jodi Tommerdahl (College of Education) have had a paper accepted for publication in Child Language Teaching and Therapy: “Analysing frequency and temporal reliability of children’s morphosyntactic production in spontaneous language samples of varying lengths.” … Kilpatrick will also be presenting at TexTESOL V in Dallas later this week. She joins graduate Sharon Peters for “I see what you are saying: Deaf students as ESL learners” and Debra Basler on “Establishing Conversation Partners and Clubs between an IEP and MA TESOL program.” … Doctoral student Jessica Rohr will be presenting a paper at The First Maryland International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language at the University of Maryland in November. … During the Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop in May, six doctoral students accompanied Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald to Norman, Okla., to work with participants from Oklahoma Native language communities. Students included Josh Jensen, Nathan Eversole, Andrea Muru, Jessica Rohr, Libby Tatz and Lori McLain Pierce. … Doctoral student Vitaly Voinov’s paper “Designing a Tagset for Annotating the Tuvan National Corpus” has been accepted for publication in International Journal of Language Studies (IJLS). Voinov also had a paper accepted by the journal Language and Cognition.

MUSIC: Dr. Douglas Stotter, associate professor and director of bands, will spend two weeks this month as guest conductor and lecturer at the National University of Singapore. … A student bassoon ensemble led by Dr. Scott Pool (Assistant Professor) was invited to Ohio to perform in at the International Double Reed Society’s annual meeting in July. … Dr. Young-Hyun Cho (Assistant Professor of Piano) has had a busy year, performing in Europe, Asia and throughout the U.S. Her performances have been showcased at the Germany Embassy Auditorium in Bangkok, Thailand; AUA Auditorium in Chiang Mai, Thailand; University-College Sedaya International in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea; World Piano Conference in Serbia; Regensburg University in Germany; and nearly a dozen universities and libraries in the United States. Dr. Cho also served as an adjudicator for Texas Christian University’s Piano Concerto Competition, the Young Artist Piano Competition held by Texas State University at San Marcos, Texas, and the Dallas Music Teachers Association’s Achievement Audition held by Dallas Music Teachers Association.

PHILOSOPHY: Research by Dr. Ken Williford, associate professor and department chair, was recently reviewed in several media sources. Williford collaborated with two other scholars in a study that suggested mental functions may not be tied to fixed brain regions.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Dr. Rebecca Deen, associate professor and chair of the UT Arlington political science department, was one of three panelists featured on KERA’s Think program last month. Listen to the podcast here. The panel discussed political campaigns leading up to the party conventions and November election. … Dr. Jose Angel Gutierrez was quoted in a San Antonio Express-News story about the 40th anniversary of La Raza Unida, a group he helped establish. … J Weekly.com published a piece by Dr. Brent Sasley (Assistant Professor) in response to Former Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg’s Aug. 5 editorial in The New York Times, “Israel’s Fading Demo-cracy?” Sasley wrote: “As Lior Amihai of Peace Now explained to me during a recent tour of the West Bank, the moral argument against occupation simply no longer matters — Israelis are not directly concerned with it anymore. Rather, given the growing economic disparities in Israel, the social protests, the preoccupation with consumerism and their own individual priorities, Israelis care more about the costs of occupation.”

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Dr. Ben Agger, sociology professor and director of the Center for Theory, was quoted in a Scranton (Penn.) Times-Tribune story about a woman who set up a Facebook page after her 5-year-old daughter was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. The page was “liked” by 12,000 people and strangers showed up at the mother’s home after her child died. Agger said many people find online support as a way to deal with their grief and anxiety, but that they should understand the inconveniences and potential pitfalls of sharing intimate details online. … Agger also weighed in on recent changes in television programming. The Christian Science quoted him in an article on the fate of late-night TV and in an article on Katie Couric’s new role as talk show host. … KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Krystal Beamon, assistant sociology professor, about the media coverage of a Dallas police officer-involved shooting that led to a man’s death.

THEATRE ARTS: The Department of Theatre Arts has announced its 2012-2013 lineup. Upcoming shows include Eugene O’Neill’s “Ah, Wilderness!”, the apocalyptic “Marisol,” and the musical classic, “Fiddler on the Roof.” See the department website for box office information. … Professor Andrew C. Gaupp was invited by the New Play Development Workshop of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education to join the cast of “You Try Living Here” by Karen Dee Carpenter in Washington, D.C., last month. … Dr. Brandi Andrade (Senior Lecturer) is currently performing in “The Mercy Seat” with the Irving Community Theatre On the Edge Series. … Joe Chapa (Associate Professor) served as Fight Choreographer for this summer’s production of “Oklahoma!” at the Lyric Stage in Irving. … Dr. Natalie Gaupp (Senior Lecturer) performed the role of Eileen in the premiere of a new play by UTA Theatre Arts alumnus Nicholas Dean Irion (BFA, ’10). Irion’s science fiction play, “AE 197,” was presented at Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth. … Gaupp also directed the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Glengarry Glen Ross” by David Mamet as a summer theatre production for the UTA Department of Theatre Arts. The production featured UTA faculty, student and alumni performers. … Michelle Harvey (Specialist) had her design work featured in the Theatre Design & Technology, published by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. … Anne Healy (Assistant Professor) recently performed in the play “Flight Path” in Washington, D.C. as part of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education’s New Play Development Workshop. … Laurie Land (Lecturer) served as Costume Designer for the Dallas Children’s Theatre National Tour this summer. … Dr. Dennis Maher (Professor) reviewed a book for the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities. … Kristine O’Brien (Costume Shop Supervisor) exhibited her work this summer at “Art-A-Whirl” (largest open studio tour in the U.S.) affiliated with the Northeast Minneapolis Art Association in Minneapolis, MN. … Senior Laura Choate stage-managed at the WaterTower Theatre in Addison, Texas, this summer. … Senior Bridie Corbett, sophomore Katherine Weekley and junior Travis Fant all performed in “The Bloodline,” presented by The Vanguard Players in Tyler, Texas, this summer. … Sophomore Tiffany Cromwell, sophomore Jorge Lanuza and senior Raul Luna all served as stage crew this summer for the Snowy Range Summer Theatre in Laramie, Wyo. … Senior Jennifer Frances was a production assistant for the 2012 Mary Kay Convention in Dallas over the summer. … Senior Molly Dobbs recently performed the role of Sarah Brown in the production of “Guys and Dolls” at Runway Theatre in Grapevine. … Sophomore Matthew Keller worked with DisneyWorld (Orlando, Fla.) in various positions throughout the park over the summer. … Sophomore Gary Williams performed in the Six Flags Over Texas production of “Heart of Texas” this summer. … Junior Winston Daniels performed in the hit stage play “Church Folks” by Dee Crane (starring Tony Grant and Crystal Aiken) at the Arlington Music Hall in Arlington this past summer.

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