COLA Notes for December 2012

News from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Students Erica Escalante, Brittany Crawford and Leah Benware have been accepted to present at the National Art Education Association conference in Fort Worth next year. The trio will implement a silhouette lesson using smartphones to address students’ identity and understand differences in using and teaching technology in classrooms. … Senior Lecturer Bryan Florentin received Juror Awards of Merit for two images selected for the online portion of the International Fine Art Photography Award. … Associate Professor Bart Weiss weighed in on the film-versus-video debate in a special guest column for KERA’s Art and Seek earlier this month. … David Gappa, who took a glassblowing class while working on his master’s degree in architecture, was featured in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about his studio in Grapevine.

COMMUNICATION: Department of Communication broadcast students got into the holiday spirit early this season by assisting Telemundo Dallas in producing the station’s Christmas jingle. “Student reactions are positive,” said broadcast lecturer Julian Rodriguez. “The students told me they enjoyed very much working with Telemundo on this special project and are looking forward to future opportunities of a similar nature.”  Many UT Arlington broadcast students serve as interns at the station while completing their coursework. … Two UTA Radio students, Sean Noell and Munzie Kureshy, are helping the General Services Administration by providing student voices to a GSA training module. “It’s something GSA routinely does with the help of schools like UNT and TCU. We are excited that our students are now getting the opportunity to work with the SGA as well,” radio instructor Lance Liguez. “We’ve heard before from outside sources: that our kids are hard workers and able to deliver on deadline. Hopefully, this puts us in line for future projects.” … Assistant Professor Dr. Dustin Harp recently had a paper accepted for publication. The coauthored paper entitled “Spaces for feminist (re)articulations: The blogosphere and the sexual attack of journalist Lara Logan” is available online now in Feminist Media Studies and will be out in print later this year. … Senior journalism major Krista Torralva has been selected to will work as a summer intern in the business department at The Dallas Morning News. … Senior journalism major Rachel Snyder will start an internship in January with the online College Lifestyles Magazine. … Ashley Macdonald has been selected to work as an intern in the Washington, D.C., office of Congressman Joe Barton for the spring. … Zachary Zielinski has been hired as an IT specialist with XTO Energy. … Lauren Guerrero (’11) has been hired as a training coordinator for Lockheed Martin. … Sir Jones has been hired as a professional recruiter with Focus Staff. … Benna Combs has been hired as a junior associate for social PR at More Cabbage in Cedar Hill. … Priscilla Sanchez has been hired as a PR Specialist with Concussion in Fort Worth. … Alumnus Patrick Modrovsky (’11) won two Lone Star Emmy Awards last month for his producing work on Fox Sports Southwest. … Television reporter Elizabeth Dinh (‘03) recently left Seattle to join DFW’s CBS11. … The Fort Worth Business Press people section noted that Mary-Margaret Lemons (BA, ‘02), senior vice president and general counsel for OmniAmerican Bank, has been named the 2012 Alumna of the Year by Texas Wesleyan School of Law.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Fox News interviewed Dr. Alex del Carmen, professor and chair of criminology and criminal justice, about states that recently voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use and what that could mean for Mexican drug cartels. “You look at what we’ve done on the border by adding more agents, by being able to improve our technological devices,” Del Carmen said. “And the cartel has always managed to get drugs to the U.S. in spite of our efforts.”

ENGLISH: Dr. Luanne Frank, Professor, recently published her article, “Nietzsche is Said in Many Ways: Nietzsche’s Presences in Heidegger’s Parmenides” in a new book, Heidegger & Nietzsche, edited by Babette Babich, Alfred Denker and Holger Zaborowski. … Dr. Tim Richardson, Professor, has just had two poems, “The Dispensation” and “The Fat Man,” published in the literary journal Archaeopteryx.  Senior Lecturer Laura Kopchick has a short story, “The Meditating Mother,” in the same issue. … Senior Lecturer and Director of First Year English Peggy Kulesz has been selected from more than 200 nominees to participate next month in an Austin meeting to set the new standards for the assessment of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). … Lecturer Debbie Olson’s new book, Portrayals of Children in Popular Culture: Fleeting Images, will debut next month on Lexington Books. … Doctoral candidate Johansen Quijano presented a talk last month on how to use virtual and augmented spaces in the literature classroom in the 11th Caribbean and Central American Basin Regional Conference for English Languages and Literature (held in conjunction with the 39th Annual Puerto Rico TESOL Conference). His paper was partly based on an upcoming chapter to appear in a 2013 volume, Digital Technology and the Literature Classroom (Bedford/St. Martin). … Pictures and poems from students in Dr. Toni Holland’s British literature class were on display last month in the E.H. Hereford University Center gallery. This is the third time Holland, a lecturer, has assigned the project.

HISTORY: In December, the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies launched the second phase of its multi-year project to digitize and put online the UT Arlington Library’s extensive U.S.-Mexico War archives.  The project is a collaborative effort between the Center and the Library to build the website, “A Continent Divided:  the U.S.-Mexico War.”  Phase II of the project has been made possible by a $30,000 grant from the Summerlee Foundation. … USA Today and KDFW/Fox 4 interviewed Dr. Elisabeth Cawthon, associate history professor, about the excitement surrounding Britain’s Prince William and Duchess Kate, who are expecting their first child. “This represents a major change in the [British] law, because now this firstborn child does not have to be the firstborn son,” Cawthon said. “If a girl is born, she can inherit [the throne].”

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Doctoral students Lynnelle Rhinier Brown and Juyoung Lee will each present papers at the American Association of Corpus Linguistics conference at San Diego State University in January 2013. Brown’s paper is “Requesting the context: A context analysis of request and command statements in the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English” and Lee’s paper is “A Corpus-based Study on the Use of Linking Adverbials in Academic Writing by Korean EFL Learners and Native English Speakers.” … Doctoral student Mohamed Mwamzandi has a paper scheduled for publication in the next edition of Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers. The paper is titled “The Role of Givenness in Swahili Reciprocals.” … Three UT Arlington linguists will be presenting work at The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas conference in Boston in next month. Drs. Colleen Fitzgerald and Mary Linn (The University of Oklahoma) will present “Giving Life to Languages and Data Via the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop.” Fitzgerald and Joshua Hinson (Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program) will present “501 Verbs of Chickasaw: Verb 1.” Doctoral students Lori McLain Pierce and Nathan Eversole are presenting a poster at the conference: “Collaborative Databasing using FLEx: A Case Study in Choctaw.” … Fitzgerald recently gave an invited colloquium at the University of Victoria in British Columbia on “Outreach Intersecting with Research: Our Chickasaw Language Collaboration.” … A recent story on the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life appeared in the Nov. 22 magazine edition of “Diverse: Issues in Higher Ed,” which featured quotes from Pierce and Fitzgerald.

MODERN LANGUAGES: Essays written on Nov. 26 and 27, 1963 by students at what is now UT Arlington are casting light on reaction to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Duane Keilstrup, a newly hired German-language instructor at what was then Arlington State College, asked his students for their thoughts on the assassination. He tucked the submissions away until recently. With this year’s anniversary approaching, he decided that it was time to share the insights. In their essays, students, like the rest of the nation, tried to make sense of it all. The article was also carried by Stars and Stripes.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Dr. Michael Moore, senior vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies at UT Arlington, was named last week vice president of academic affairs for the University of Arkansas System. Moore, who is also an Associate Professor of Political Science, begins his new job Jan. 14. … The Institute for National Security Studies in Israel cited one of Dr. Brent Sasley’s articles in Open Zion. The associate professor wrote about whether “targeted killings” work or not.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: A new book by Dr. Ben Agger, Professor of Sociology, is set to publish this spring: Texting Toward Utopia: Kids, Writing, and Resistance. The new work offers a closer examination at the ways in which today’s children are utilizing technology and different forms of writing.


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