COLA Notes for March 2013

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Two UT Arlington instructors will participate in Dallas Contemporary’s DC University lecture series this spring. Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon will lecture March 20 and Adjunct Professor Carlos Donjuan will appear May 8. For more details log on to www.dallascontemporary.org. … Lapthisophon was featured in an article about a Deep Ellum art installation in the Dallas Observer last month. … “Wolf,” the debut feature-length film by Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith, won the “Special Jury Recognition-Best Director, First Feature” award last month at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival. … Work by Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby is featured in a short online video about his recent exhibition at Swarthmore College’s List gallery. … A video and lens-bases installation by Senior Lecturer Bryan Florentin was on display from at Brookhaven College’s Forum Gallery from Feb. 11 to March 6. … Work by several UT Arlington students was accepted to the annual 500X Expo Exhibition. MFA candidate Jackson Echols and photo undergraduates Bryce Bennett and Kerry Butcher were among dozens of local artists whose work was on display last month at 500X Gallery in Dallas. Iris Bechtol (MFA, ’10) served as juror for the exhibition. … Dane Webster (Virginia Tech) was a guest lecture last month, visiting with students and discussing computer animation and visualization. His experimental short films and animation clips may be found at his website, www.danewebster.com.

CENTER FOR MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Two new student scholarships have been announced for those studying Mexican American topics. Both awards, for $750 and $1,500, are supported by a scholarship fund from Pat Brandenburg. Check out the CMAS website for complete details and application instructions. Deadline is April 1. … Dr. Jaqueline Maria Hagan (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) will deliver the 2013 CMAS Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m., April 17 in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building. Hagan is the author of the award-winning book, “Migration Miracle: Faith, Hope and Meaning on the Undocumented Journey” (Harvard University Press).

COMMUNICATION: The U.S. General Services Administration honored last month two broadcast majors, Sean Noell and Munzie Kureshy, for their voice work on a new training module. Officials said the new training video will be used by “tens of thousands of employees for years to come” in the U.S. military, state and local governments, law enforcement and rescue and disaster recovery. … Today’s 20-somethings navigate the tricky terrain of courtship through texts, Facebook, location check-ins and informal hangouts, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said in a story that featured Dr. Mark Tremayne, an assistant professor who studies social media. Tremayne said texting and social media have become so woven into young people’s lives that they can carry out their entire relationships online. … UTA’s Association for Women in Communication hosted “Love Games: One Night Of Love” last month. Patterned after “The Dating Game” television series, the event featured a favorite UTA men’s basketball player choosing between six eligible UTA bachelorettes. … MA candidate Donna Pirkle will be among several Communication students presenting at ACES Symposium later this month. Pirkle’s study, “Using Narratives To Change College Student’s Attitudes About Binge Drinking,” was developed in Dr. Shelly Wigley’s persuasion class last fall. … Communication Technology Instructor Roby McEuen was the keynote speaker for a recent meeting of the American Advertising Federation in Amarillo. McEuen spoke on identity and branding. … McEuen also recently spoke to students at West Texas A&M University about typography and graphic design. … 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. … Krista Torralva, a senior journalism major, has been selected to will work as a summer intern in the business department at The Dallas Morning News. … Rachel Snyder, a senior journalism student, started an internship in January with the online College Lifestyles Magazine.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: University and department officials have formed an educational partnership with the Grand Prairie Independent School District’s Career and Technical Education Department to streamline advanced high school students into the CRCJ degree program. The agreement provides university-level academic credit for two career courses offered by GPISD: Law Enforcement I and Court Systems and Practices. The courses are equivalent to CRCJ courses. The program will be monitored and assisted by an appointed CRCJ Program Coordinator. … Dr. Alex del Carmen, Professor and department chair, was quoted extensively in a KXAS NBC 5 report about red light cameras that cities use for enforcement of traffic laws. Del Carmen said he believes it’s dangerous when some city officials say there is a certain ticket quota for these red light cameras. City officials said the red light cameras are designated based on safety concerns, the report said. … Two Cohort Master’s Program graduates, Jakisha Jones and Jason Rash, were promoted with the Arlington Police Department last month. … Steve Whitson (MA, ’05) recently filed to run in the Wichita Falls city council elections this May. … State legislatures, local prosecutors and police are opting for softer methods of incarcerating non-violent offenders, The Crime Report said in a story about who belongs in prison. Dr. Jaya Davis (Assistant Professor) said Texas has been reclassifying victimless, weaponless crime since 2003.  “We’re talking (about) crimes involving drug abuse, drug possession, prostitution, gambling,” Davis said. “Those drug-related crimes carried extra weight during the war on drugs and its mandatory minimum [sentences]. And that resulted in a mass incarceration… that hit certain races and classes of people extra hard.”

ENGLISH: Dr. Kenneth Roemer (Professor) was quoted in a Toronto Standard story about the largely leaderless, grassroots group known as the Citadel that is designing a fortress compound 2,000 to 3,000 acres in size that will support 3,500 to 7,000 “patriotic American families” in Northern Idaho. Roemer, the former president of the Society for Utopian Studies, said the Internet and today’s television and radio feed the attitudes that spawn such groups. … A dissertation by Dr. Toni Holland, lecturer and UTA doctoral graduate, was selected by the Library of Congress as a reference on U.S. Poets Laureate. Holland is a former Fulbright scholar and studied poets laureate in the U.S. and Canada. … An anthropology professor at the University of California at Berkeley wrote an online editorial about the recent discovery of an unpublished Jupiter Hammon poem by doctoral student Julie McCown and Associate Professor Dr. Cedric May. … Lecturer Brett Lockmiller will present a paper, “Tolkien’s Eagles: Digital Technology and the Magic of Transportation,” at a conference sponsored by the C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Society at LeTourneau University from March 21-23.

HISTORY: The Dallas Morning News interviewed Dr. Marvin Dulaney, associate professor and department chair, about the relevancy of Black History Month. “I’m hoping for a time that we get rid of it,” Dulaney said. “Not because I don’t think black history should be celebrated, but because I’m hoping for infusion and inclusion; that it would just be redundant to do a black history month.”

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Kari Christopherson, Linguistics minor alumna and current MA student in Spanish, presented on findings from her fall Linguistics class research March 1 in the Cultural Constructions V conference on 21st Century Pedagogies . Her paper was “Choose a Language, Choose a Message: Language Choice and Code Switching Motivations between Spanish/English Graduate Students and Professors.” … Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald (Professor) and Dr. Mary Linn (Univ. of Oklahoma) presented on “Training Communities, Training Graduate Students: The 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop” at the 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation on the campus of University of Hawai’i earlier this month. … Senior Lecturer Dr. Benjamin Slade is presenting a conference talk this week at FASAL (Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages) on “Some epistemic indefinites in Sinhala” at the University of Southern California. … … Alumna Dr. Yujeong Choi and Assistant Professor Dr. Cynthia Kilpatrick will be presenting a poster to be presented at the 2013 American Association for Applied Linguistics” Morpho-syntactic development and task-based interaction.” The conference takes place later this month in Dallas. … Doctoral student Kristopher Wright will present the poster “Processing of plurality in L2 English and applications to teaching” at the TESOL 2013 International Convention and English Language Expo in Dallas on March 20.  Also attending the TESOL convention will be seven UTA students who are sponsored by the English Language Institute and the department: MA TESOL students Debby Adams, Kathy Estell and Dennis Keunhyung Park, and Linguistics doctoral students Ju-Young Lee, Lori Mclain Pierce, Jessica Rohr and Kristopher Wright. … Several UTA scholars will present work at the 26th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing at the University of South Carolina-Columbia on March 21-23. Dr. Jeffrey Witzel and K. Forster will present a poster “The locus and nature of the object-extracted relative clause penalty.” Doctoral student Iya Khelm,  with help from Drs. Naoko Witzel and Jeffrey Witzel, will present a poster titled “Form interference effects during silent reading.” … Doctoral student Mohamed Mwamzandi will present at the fifth annual Illinois Language and Linguistics Society on April 5-7 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, his abstract was one of four selected to receive a Top Student Abstract award at the meeting. … Peter Twele (MA, ’88) and his self-published travel memoir, “Rubbing Shoulders in Yemen,” were featured in a Surrey Leader article last month.

MODERN LANGUAGES: Alicia Soueid recently received an Honorable Mention for UT Arlington Undergraduate Faculty Advisor of the Year. She will be recognized at an April 17 luncheon. … KXAS/NBC 5 interviewed Dr. Kimberly van Noort, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, about Maverick Veterans’ Voices, a new oral and video history project at UT Arlington that aims to preserve the history of student veterans and their families. “I think it’s a really important teaching tool for people to understand about the history of our country,” Van Noort said.

MUSIC: Dallas Taylor (BM, ’03) served as lead sound editor and designer for the film, “Blood Brother,” which won the Audience Award and U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Taylor is CEO of Defacto Sound, an audio company that produces and edits sound for television and video games.

PHILOSOPHY: UTA’s “Adventures in Antiquity” symposium, sponsored by the Classical Studies Program, is slated for 3:30 p.m. March 28 in Room 2102A of the Fine Arts Building. Featured speaker is Dr. David Hoot (University of North Carolina-Wilmington) who will present an illustrated talk, “Divine Healthcare: The Healing Process in the Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus.”  The winner of the Douglas Britt Carvey Prize for best student essay in Classical Studies will also be announced. … Readers and performers are wanted for the UTA Homerathon, an annual oral recitation of Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. The event is scheduled for April 10, from 7:00 am to 10:30 pm, in the University Center Mall. Those wishing to participate may sign up online.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Raycom News Network interviewed Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers (Professor) about how the government got to sequestration. “This Congress is the most polarized in history. Between Republicans, Democrats and median voters, there are not all the moderates that used to cross over,” Farrar-Myers said. “We’re not seeing crossover anymore, not seeing outside conversations. We see small groups – gangs of four, gangs of eight – and legislation is being torpedoed by the smallest piece of something.” … The Associated Press quoted Dr. Allan Saxe (Associate Professor) in an article about President John F. Kennedy, who holds a complex place in black history. “Kennedy was sort of remade after his death,” Saxe said. “He did speak on civil rights, he talked about it, but never got much legislation through.” … Dr. Brent Boyea (Associate Professor) co-authored two recent articles, “Judges, Litigants, and the Design of Courts” and “Campaign Contributions and Judicial Decisions in Partisan and Nonpartisan Elections,” for New Directions in Judicial Politics. In addition, he delivered a paper at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for Empirical Legal Studies at Stanford, Calif. … Dr. Rebecca Deen, department chair and associate professor, presented at the Professional Learning Community’s Mini Conference on her work with “flipped learning.” … Dr. Daniel Sledge (Assistant Professor) had his research, “War, Tropical Disease, and the Emergence of National Public Health Capacity in the United States” published in the fall issue of Studies in American Political Development.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Dr. Chunping Han (Assistant Professor of Sociology) has received an American Sociological Association’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award sponsored by the American Sociological Association and the National Science Foundation. This award will support the second phase of Han’s project on psychological well-being in reform-era China. … Dr. Ben Agger (Professor of Sociology) and his book, “The Virtual Self,” were cited in an eLearn Magazine article on the challenges of online education. Another book, “Oversharing,” was promoted to parents at a Canadian elementary school to address concerns about online activity by schoolchildren.

THEATRE ARTS: Dr. Anne Healy (Assistant Professor) will travel this month to Milwaukee to attend the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology Conference where she will be contributing to a panel on the use of projections in stage productions. In April, Healy will travel to the Theatre Museum of Repertoire Americana in Iowa to present the paper, “Biographical Theatre: Utilizing Creative Non-Fiction to Bring Vaudeville to Modern Audiences” for their Annual Theatre History Conference. … Two papers authored by Healy have been accepted for the American Theatre in Higher Education conference in Orlando, Fla., in August. The papers, “Musical Theatre: Interdisciplinary Play with Purpose” and “Just Playin’ Around? Legitimizing Musical Theatre” will be presented as part of larger panels on the subject of musical theatre.

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