COLA Notes for January 2013

News from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Senior Lecturer Stephen Lapthisophon has won the 2012 Moss/Chumley Artist Award, the Meadows Museum announced earlier this month. The award is given annually to an outstanding North Texas artist who has exhibited professionally for at least 10 years and has a proven track record as a community advocate for the visual arts. Lapthisophon is a multimedia artist whose work addresses questions of language, history and cultural memory. Many of his projects are site-specific installations that address the sensory world. … NPR’s Linda Holmes ranked Associate Professor Ya’Ke Smith’s feature-length film “Wolf” in her top 10 list of 2012. … A new photography exhibition from Professor Kenda North is on display now through Feb. 16 at Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas. The exhibit, “Submerged,” continues North’s 10-year work with underwater imagery. The exhibition will move to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in March. … Photography major Brittany Rushing had two works accepted to the 8th Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition at the Wellington B. Gray Gallery at East Carolina University.  The exhibit is scheduled to run Jan. 24-Feb. 23. … Awards were handed out to students during the department’s fall awards reception last month. The Outstanding Senior Awards winners were: Brittany Crawford (Art Certification), Juan Garcia (Drawing), Elliott Gilbert (Film/Video), Kerry Butcher (Photography), Alexa Alarcon (Painting), Lindsey Brown (Printmaking), Christine Hoang (Sculpture), Ginnie Shih-En Hsu (Visual Communication), Eloisa Velasquez (Visual Communication), Josue Olivas (Visual Communication) and Marti Moser (Art History). The James S. Barnett Jr. Foundation Photography Award winners were Gina Moore, Charity Roberts and Allison Smith. Joy Ellis and John Crouch were also named recipients of the Photography Faculty scholarship.

COMMUNICATION: The University of Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa has invited Associate Professor Dr. Eronini Megwa to serve as an external examiner for a doctoral examination of Bevelyn Dube, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Journalism. The title of the dissertation is “Challenges for Journalism Education and Training in a Transforming Society: A Case study of Three Selected Institutions in Post-1994 South Africa.” … Dr. Chunke Su recently had a journal article published by IADIS International Journal on WWW/Internet. The title of the article is “’Hub’ or ‘Bridge’? The Effects of Social Network Centralities on Expertise Discovery, Information Retrieval And Allocation, and Use of Digital Knowledge Repositories.” A previous version of this paper was selected as one of the Best Papers of the IADIS International Conference on ICT, Human Beings 2012. … Communication Technology instructor Roby B. McEuen has been invited to judge the AAF-Amarillo ADDYs. The local ADDY competition is the first tier of a three-tier system to recognize excellence in advertising and design. Winners at the local level go on to compete in a regional ADDY competition. There are 14 regions in the U.S. Regional winners advance to compete at the national level. … Public Relations grad Phil Beckman was the keynote speaker at the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of Public Relations meeting earlier this month. … Senior broadcasting major Sean Noell has landed a part-time camera position at CBS11. Sean graduates in May and has co-hosted “The Brew Crew” sports show on UTA Radio since Fall 2012. … The SPJ Student Chapter will hold a series of informational events during the spring semester. Titled Media Basics 101 and led by local media professionals, the series will feature discussions on a variety of topics including Investigative Reporting 101, Social Media 101, Successful Job Interviewing 101 and Resume Speed-Critique 101. The chapter will be providing more details about these upcoming spring events soon. … Ashley Macdonald has been selected to work as an intern in the Washington office of Congressman Joe Barton for the spring. Graduating a semester early, Macdonald just completed an internship in the UTA Department of Athletics.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Dr. Alex del Carmen, Professor and Department Chair, was quoted in a Dallas Morning News story about parents’ fears about the safety of their local schools following news of the tragic school shooting in Connecticut last month. He said: “As long as you have someone who has the intention of killing someone and the ability to arm themselves, you will always be vulnerable to that.” But schools can be proactive in making sure they minimize threats as much as possible through the use of video cameras, limited-access points and other measures, del Carmen said. Del Carmen was also interviewed on KRLD/1080 AM and Telemundo about the tragedy.

ENGLISH: The following faculty presented papers at the Modern Language Association conference this month: Dr. Stacy Alaimo (Professor), “New Materialism at the Bottom of the Sea,” MLA Division on Science and Literature; Dr. Neill Matheson (Associate Professor), “Animal Unhomeliness in Thoreau and Poe,” in the Nineteenth-Century American Literature Division session “Beyond Nature;” Dr. Ken Roemer (Professor), “Shaping the Field of Native American Literary Studies;” and Dr. Amy Tigner (Assistant Professor), “Domestic Translations: Receipt Books and Bibles in Early Modern England. … Alaimo also had her article “States of Suspension: Tans-Corporeality at Sea” published in a special issue of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment last year.

MODERN LANGUAGES: Sponsored by the Central Library and the Department of Modern Languages, the new Maverick Lens photo exhibition recently announced a contest for 2013. Participants are asked to feature the library in some form in submitted work. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Conway or drop a line to

MUSIC: UT Arlington music associate professor Dan Cavanagh was one of the artists mentioned in a Jazz Times roundup of the best new recordings from jazz ensembles at American schools. Cavanagh arranged a song for the Radiohead Jazz Project performed by artists at Lawrence University. For the recording, an international team of jazz artists arranged 12 songs by the popular band Radiohead for big band.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Dr. Brent Sasley (Assistant Professor) wrote an opinion piece for +972 Magazine arguing that despite assumptions that American Jews are distancing themselves from Israel because of its behavior, they won’t be abandoning Israel any time soon. … Sasley also appeared on Blogging Heads TV to discuss current events affecting the U.S. Jewish community.

SOCIOLOGY and ANTHROPOLOGY: Dr. Jason Shelton, Assistant Professor of Sociology and co-author of the new book, “Blacks and Whites in Christian America,” will speak on race relations among Christians at 10 a.m. Feb. 2 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Hurst. … Dr. Ben Agger, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Theory, is co-author of a new book about gun violence due this year: “Guns, Violence and the Public Sphere” by Agger and Timothy Luke. … The latest issue of “Fast Capitalism,” published by Agger and the Center for Theory, is available now online.

THEATRE ARTS: The Maverick Theatre Company (MTC) is currently in rehearsals with the UTA Department of Music for the collaborative musical production of “Fiddler on the Roof.”  The Broadway musical sensation will run Feb. 27-28 and March 1-3 in the UTA Mainstage Theatre. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $9 for students, senior citizens and UTA faculty and staff.  … MTC is also currently developing “Stuff,” a new one-act play that will be featured as part of the annual theatre festival, MavPlays. This new play, featuring the contributions of Theatre Arts students, Theatre Arts’ Playwright-in-Residence Dr. Natalie Gaupp, and local playwright/producer Steven A. McGaw (Artistic Director for Fort Worth’s professional theatre group SceneShop), deals with the concept of what people leave behind and what people choose to keep close to their hearts.  This year’s festival includes “Romance” (an edgy comedy by award-winning playwright Neil LaBute), “Skin” (a bewitching play about the mysterious selkie legend by Theatre Arts major Hannah Kashmar) and “VHS Tapes and a Greyhound Bus” (a riveting play about unexpected sacrifices by Natalie Gaupp). The MavPlays festival will run April 25-28 in the Studio Theatre. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for students, senior citizens and UTA faculty and staff.  For further information, please contact the UTA Theatre Arts Box Office at 817-272-2669.

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