COLA Notes for October 2012

News from around the College of Liberal Arts…

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: The Center for African American Studies will kick off its inaugural lecture series at noon Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Dr. Schnavia Hatcher, the center’s director, will be the primary speaker, discussing the vision and mission of the new center. Other faculty fellows scheduled to speak include: Dr. Ifeoma Amah (Educational Leadership & Policy Studies), Dr. Robert Bing (Criminology & Criminal Justice), Dr. Eusebius Small (Social Work) and Dr. Sonja Watson (Modern Languages).

ART & ART HISTORY: Work by Senior Lecturer Byran Florentin will be included in the “Deus Ex Machina” exhibit at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. The exhibition closes Oct. 26. … Dr. Ben Lima, assistant professor of art history, gave a gallery talk at the Dallas Museum of Art last month. The talk focused on work by the Gutai group, Michelangelo Pistoletto, James Welling and others in the museum’s current exhibition “Variations on a Theme.” … Adjunct Professor Patty Newton (MFA, ’12) won an audience award at last month’s Big Bear Lake International Film Festival in southern California for her film, “Pursuit.” … Senior Lecturer Stephen Lapthisophon participated in a Dallas Art Dealers Association panel discussion last month at The MAC in Dallas. His work will be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition at the H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery, on the campus of El Centro College in downtown Dallas. … Assistant Professor Tore Terrasi‘s “Experiments in Typography” exhibit is currently on display at the Tarrant Community College Northwest Campus. … “Wolf,” the latest film by Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith, recently was named Honorable Mention in the Best Narrative Feature category of the 16th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, according to the Electronic Urban Report. Presented by BET, Urbanworld screened 49 films this year (including 17 world premieres) and is the largest internationally competitive festival dedicated to the exhibition of independent cinema by and about people of color. … Fort Worth photographer Loli Kantor visited with art students earlier this month, discussing her current project, “There was a Forest: Jewish Life in Eastern Europe,” which documents the disappearing enclaves of Jews living in rural Ukraine. A 2010 New Orleans’ PhotoNOLA Review prize winner, Kantor’s first monograph will be published by the University of Texas Press in Fall 2013.

COMMUNICATION: The Department of Communication will host its third annual Communication Day event Nov. 1 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The event will feature workshops, guest speakers and networking opportunities. All Communication students are welcome to attend. … UTA Radio is a finalist for Best Student-Run Internet Radio Station by College Music Journal (CMJ), the journal’s website reported. The winner will be announced at CMJ’s annual Music Marathon in Oct. 18 in New York City. … Morning shows on Spanish-language stations Univision23/Telefutura 49 recently featured an interview with Senior Lecturer Julian Rodriguez and a story about his work at the University. Rodriguez, news director at UTA News en Español, also is vice president of the Texas Association of Broadcast Educators. … Dr. Mark Tremayne presented a research paper, “New Perspectives from the Sky: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Journalism,” coauthored with Dr. Andrew Clark, for the Association for Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference in August. Tremayne also presented research at the UT Arlington symposium, “Everyday Life and Gun Violence Explained,” last moth. … Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley will present “PR Practitioners’ Use of Social Media in Crisis Planning” on Oct. 15 in San Francisco during the Public Relations Society of America’s International Conference. … Lecturer Melanie Mason is lending her directing talents to Theatre Arlington this semester. Mason is directing the community theatre’s holiday production of Annie, the beloved, well-known musical. The show runs Nov. 30-Dec. 16. … Lecturer Heida Reed will present a paper at the AECT Annual International Convention in Louisville, Ky., later this month. Reed’s paper is entitled “Facebook = Church/School House On The Prairie Fostering Communicative Ideas.” … Lecturer Kim Jones will present a paper at the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication (SWECJMC) symposium in Round Rock, Texas, on Nov. 2-3. The title of the paper is “Earth Wars: PETA, Sea Shepherds, Greenpeace and Ethics.” Communication grad student Donna Marie Pirkle is also presenting a paper entitled “The Language of the Political Gaffe” at the conference. … Lecturer Melyssa Prince has been nominated for the 2012 Communicator of the Year Award given by the International Association of Business Communicators. Prince, Director of Retail Marketing for Calloway’s Nursery, facilitates advertising, marketing and public relations activities for the corporate marketing department. … Alex Burton, a veteran of Dallas-Fort Worth radio and television and a UT Arlington Distinguished Alumnus in 1984, passed away last month. … Samantha Horn (BA, ’12) was recently featured in a NBC5 television news report on Project Walk Dallas, a workout-based spinal cord injury recovery center. Horn was injured in a diving accident several years ago. In the past year, she has regained full use of her arms and has started driving again. … Dr. Brian Spitzberg (BA, ’78), a communication professor at San Diego State University in California, was recently awarded the Monty Award, his university’s top academic honor. … UTA broadcast alumnus Joe Gumm will start a new job next month as morning anchor for the CBS TV affiliate in Tampa, Fla. … Katy Kiger (BA, ’12) has accepted a position as promotions and marketing manager at Radio Disney in Charlotte, N.C. … Taylor Cammack (BA, ’12) is working as a web developer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. … Carlos Cucalon (BA, ’12) is working as a front-end web developer for Hanley Wood, a media and information company serving the housing and commercial design and construction industries. … Rebecca Strong Bartholomew (BA, ’10) has accepted a position as marketing coordinator with Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate services provider with more than 3,600 professionals in more than 60 offices nationwide. … Jessica Patzer (BA, ’12) was hired by Concussion Advertising as a junior developer. Patzer completed an internship with the company that led to her job offer. … Kathelin Buxton (BA, ’10) is account associate at Linhart Public Relations in Denver, Colo. … Litany Brown (BA, ’10) is the Client Manager of a social media campaign team in Standing Dog Interactive in Dallas.  … Public relations graduate Kaitlin Hennessy is serving as event rental coordinator at McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. … Emily Suied (BA, ’11) has taken a position as an account assistant at Jasculca/Terman & Associates, a public relations firm in Chicago. … The W Hotel in Dallas has named journalism graduate Angela Bates 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.

ENGLISH: Department faculty and students are hosting a National Day of Writing Celebration event Thursday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Central Library Mall and the University Center Mall. UT Arlington students, faculty and staff can stop by the event tables and offer an eight-word story, then tweet their composition with the hashtag “#whatiwrite” on Twitter. … The department’s annual Hermanns Lecture Series will be held Oct. 26. The theme is “The Place of Memory” and invted speakers include: Peter and Davy Rothbart (The Poem Adept, Found magazine), Lisa Fain, Alex Lemon and Dr. Tim Morris (UT Arlington). … Professor Stacy Alaimo recently published  “Sustainable This, Sustainable That: New Materialisms, Posthumanism, and Unknown Futures,” an invited essay for the PMLA “Theories and Methodologies” section of their May 2012 issue; “Dispersing Disaster: The Deepwater Horizon, Ocean Conservation, and the Immateriality of Aliens,” an invited essay for Disasters, Environmentalism, and Knowledge. Her article on “New Materialisms, Old Humanisms: or, Following the Submersible,” an invited position paper for the “Taking Turns” series in NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research (December 2011) was reprinted in Researching Gender. Last month, she gave a conference presentation, “Framed and Counted: Deep Sea Creatures in the Census of Marine Life” at SLSA (Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts). … Dr. Desiree Henderson, associate professor and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program, was recently invited to join the editorial board of the journal Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. … Associate Professor Penny Ingram was invited by the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Gonzaga University in Washington to give their fall lecture on Oct. 25. She will speak on “’So that’s the monster.’ Interpreting Maternal Ambivalence in Contemporary Hollywood Film.” She was interviewed on Sept. 27 by a reporter from Parenting magazine on the effect of media representations on the body-image of young girls and how parents can mitigate media’s harmful effects. … Dr. Cedrick May, Associate Professor, presented an invited a paper at the “American Religions/American Literatures” conference at the Universality of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Center for Advanced Study on Oct. 4-5. … Assistant Professor Ashley Miller recently presented a paper entitled “Twitter Revolutions: Poetic Quotation and the Social Media of Nationalism” at the International North American Victorian Studies Association conference in Madison, Wis. … Dr. Johanna Smith, Associate Professor, attended the 12th annual Lilly Conference on College Teaching held in Traverse City, Michigan. Smith attended the conference as one of two College of Liberal Arts representatives on the University’s year-long Professional e-Learning Community Program, a new program designed to support the digital teaching and learning culture of UTA faculty. … Lecturer Chris Kilgore will publish an article, “ ‘Allways our rush returning renewed’: Time, Narrative, and Conceptual Blending in Danielewski’s Only Revolutions” in a new book from Walter de Gruyter Press, Blending and the Study of Narrative. This peer-reviewed volume is intended as a handbook for applying the theory of cognitive conceptual integration, or “blending,” to narrative studies.

HISTORY: Dr. Ian Tyrrell (University of New South Wales) will deliver the keynote address at the 13th annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History on Oct. 25. Tyrrell’s lecture will be held at 5 p.m. in Nedderman Hall, Room 601; the conference begins earlier that day with graduate student presentations in various rooms in University Hall and Nedderman Hall. Get complete details here. The day-long conference is sponsored by the Transatlantic History Student Organization, Phi Alpha Theta, the Barksdale Lecture Series, the History Department, Student Congress and the College of Liberal Arts. … Dr. Sam Haynes, professor and director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, was a guest speaker at the annual Teaching Conference on History at the University of North Texas last month.

LINGUISTICS and TESOL: In early July 2012, Dr. David Silva took a brief break from his full-time duties as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and assumed the role of Conference Organizer for the 18th International Conference on Korean Linguistics (ICKL 2012), which was held at the School of Linguistic Sciences, Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou, China. In preparing for the event, which was supported primarily through a grant to UT Arlington from the Academy of Korean Sciences, Silva coordinated efforts with Dr. Tongyin “Daniel” Yang, a UT Arlington alumnus who earned his doctorate in linguistics in 2004. The conference was the culmination of Silva’s two-year term as the President of the International Circle of Korean Linguistics (2010-2012). … Dr. Laurel Smith Stvan, associate professor and department chair, was elected president-elect of UTA’s chapter of the all-discipline honor society Phi Kappa Phi. In August, she served as a delegate at the society’s biennial national convention held in St. Louis. … Doctoral student Matt Benton presented a paper Sept. 11 at Interspeech 2012 in Portland. The paper, “From PVI to Perception: A Return to the Roots of Rhythm in Broadcast News,” on the perception of speech rhythm, was also published in the conference proceedings. Interspeech is the largest global technical conference dedicated exclusively to speech and language processing and its applications. … Doctoral student Vitaly Voinov conducted a workshop Sept. 8 at Tuvan State University in Tuva. The workshop, “Improving the Output of the Microsoft Translator Hub Project for Machine Translation between English and Tuvan,” was part of a Microsoft-sponsored project directed by Swarthmore’s K. David Harrison. … Two doctoral students have published book reviews in their areas of research: Vitaly Voinov reviewed “Impoliteness: Using language to cause offence” for the SIL Electronic Book Reviews and Mohamed Mwamzandi reviewed the anthology “Information Structure and Its Interfaces” for the journal Studies in Language. … Professor Colleen Fitzgerald‘s article, “Prosodic Inconsistency in Tohono O’odham,” has been published in the October volume of International Journal of American Linguistics.

MILITARY SCIENCE: Oran B. Carroll Jr., a UT Arlington ROTC cadet, has been named one of ROTC’s top 10 cadets in the nation, Army Times reported.

MODERN LANGUAGES: Sponsored by the Russian Section of the Department of Modern Languages and the Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages & Area Studies, Russian film director Andrei Zagdansky will screen his film “My Father Evgeny” at 5 p.m. Oct. 23 as part of the 6th Annual Russian Documentary Showcase organized by Russian Cultural Center/Our Texas. Location is TBA. … Dr. Lonny Harrison, assistant professor and head of the Russian section, discussed “When Books Go Underground: Censorship and Media Control in Russia” in a Focus on Faculty presentation last week at the Central Library. Harrison lectured on government repression of reading and examined the practice of and results surrounding state banning of books in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

PHILOSOPHY: Dr. Levi Bryant (Collin College) will address ethical questions that arise from object-oriented ontologies in his presentation “Questions for Flat Ethics” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building. Bryant is a philosophy professor and author of several books on posthumanism, materialism and ethics. The event is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Department of English.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Dr. Brent Sasley, an assistant professor who specializes in Middle Eastern politics, was quote in a Times of Israel article about Turkish military involvement in the ongoing Syrian conflict.

SOCIOLOGY and ANTHROPOLOGY: Dr. Ben Agger (Sociology) examines the youth generation’s commitment to narrative and writing via digital texts and tweets in his forthcoming book, “Texting Toward Utopia: Kids, Writing and Resistance in a Digital Age” (Paradigm Publishers). The UT Arlington professor said parents and teachers need to understand how young people are actively seeking identity and community through a new process of writing. … Agger also weighed in on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent “60 Minutes” interview for a Christian Science Monitor article.

SOUTHWESTERN STUDIES: The fall 2012 issue of Fronteras, the annual newsletter from the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, is now available online. Stories include a look at the Texas revolution, changes in urban areas, and research updates on center fellows.

WOMEN’S STUDIES: Lunafest, a short films festival, will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Mavericks Activities Center. Beginning at 7 p.m., the festival features “films by, for, and about women.” Tickets are $5 for students; $10 for faculty, staff, and general admission. Tickets may be purchased in advance online; cash only at the door. Proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Fund and the Women’s & Gender Studies Program, the event’s host.

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