Archive for May, 2013

Class Project Translates into Career for Alumni

May 31, 2013

GlobalMetaphraseLogoA passion for languages led two UT Arlington graduates from a classroom project to creating their own small business.

Jason Holt (’12) and Yareli Servin (’13), alumni with degrees from the Department of Modern Languages, recently founded Global Metaphrase, a translation service. Their new business venture was born out of a class assignment and work on a globalization and translation certificate.

“My last semester in the program, we were wondering how we were going to use our certificate,” said Holt, who also majored in linguistics at UTA. “There was a company that was shopping a translation project to several universities. Dr. [Pete] Smith and Dr. [Aimee] Israel-Pelletier thought it would be interesting for us. … Everything we had been learning about became a reality.”

The company needed corporate training materials translated into French for a new office it had acquired in Quebec, Holt said. He and Servin and other classmates worked on the project, sitting down with company representatives, creating a timeline and budget, and looking at future translation needs. Smith, Vice Provost for Digital Teaching and Learning, and Israel-Pelletier, Associate Professor of French, supervised the project.

“Jason and Yareli are living proof that, through our Localization and Translation track, language majors and minors can turn their classroom studies into real-world careers,” said Smith. “The localization industry is hungry for talent and language students can transform their majors into real jobs in a growth industry.”

After graduation, Holt created Global Metaphrase to continue working with the international company on a 70,000-word document and other materials that needed to be translated into Spanish and Vietnamese. Company services include translation for business documents, technical documents, websites, smart phone applications, as well as subtitling and voice-over work for training videos.

Holt said he considered joining an established translation firm before creating his own. Experts, he said, think the industry will grow by nearly 50 percent over the next decade, and Holt hopes his company will be able to grow as more Fortune 500 companies realize their translation needs.

“This is different than using Google Translate or another piece of software,” he said. “That’s not really translation. There’s a lot of culture embedded in language. When we translate we have to go after the meaning, not simply ‘word x equals word y’ in another language. There’s a lot more to it.”

Servin will attend New York University this fall to pursue a master’s degree in language translation. Holt said he may join her in a year. For now, he said, they will continue to grow Global Metaphrase and work on existing projects.

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Public Work by Art Professor Dedicated

May 28, 2013

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Art Student Wins UT System Award for Work

May 13, 2013
Bryce Bennett

Bryce Bennett

A student in the Department of Art & Art History has received The University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Student Award in Arts and Humanities for his exceptional work in the visual arts.

Bryce Bennett was recognized for outstanding two-dimensional work for his photographic series, Beneath and Inside Out. Bennett is a senior photography major who works as a photo lab technician in a work-study position at UT Arlington. He also teaches several photo workshops on behalf of the University.

“My time at UT Arlington has been marked by much growth not only as an artist, but also as an individual,” Bennett said. “I have found the art department at UT Arlington to cultivate an open-minded and diverse environment for a young artist, which has allowed my creativity and conceptual processes to progress in ways I had not thought possible.”


"Window #3," from Bryce Bennett's "Inside Out" photography collection was included in his application for The University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Student Award in Arts and Humanities. Bennett and a student from UT Austin won. (Photo contributed)

“Window #3,” from Bryce Bennett’s “Inside Out” photography collection was included in his application for The University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Student Award in Arts and Humanities. Bennett and a student from UT Austin won. (Photo contributed)

COLA Notes for May 2013

May 8, 2013

News and notes from the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: The Student Film/Video Organization is hosting the 2013 Underexposed Film Festival this week at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. The festival runs from 7-10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets are $5 per person, per night. … A short film by MFA candidate Ryan Britton has been accepted into the Boston LGBT Film Festival in Cambridge, Mass., and the Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas. His film, “To Be Gray,” was also a part of this year’s Dallas International Film Festival. … “Fine Lines,” an exhibition of hand-drawn images by Anne Allen, Amy Herzel and Angela Kallus (using graphite, ink, silverpoint and carbon pencil) is open through May 31 at Gallery 76102 at the Fort Worth Center. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays. … Kelsey Kaiser was presented with the 2013 Phi Kappa Phi Student Scholar Honorable Mention award last month by Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 300. … Work by advance painting students was sold last month in the Small Painting Sale at the Studio Arts Center. Proceeds from the sale benefitted the painting program.

Advanced painting students sold their work in a Small Paintings Sale late last month at the Studio Arts Center. (Photo by James Dunning)

Advanced painting students sold their work in a Small Paintings Sale late last month at the Studio Arts Center. (Photo by James Dunning)

COMMUNICATION: The Department of Communication held its annual convocation ceremony April 26 in the Red River Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Several outstanding seniors were recognized, including Lucy Wong (Advertising), Diana Lopez (Broadcasting), Michelle Cervantes (Communication Studies), Rachel Rodriguez (Communication Technology), Rachel Snyder (Journalism), Lauren Devoll (Public Relations). The outstanding graduate student was Donna Pirkle. Drake Lenhan won the outstanding Public Relations Student Society of America student award. Bianca Montes received the Society of Professional Journalism award. The UTA Radio student of the year was Josh Sours. Laura Romo and Maira Hinostroza both won the outstanding UTA News en Español award. … Several scholarships were presented to students during the convocation event. Recipients were Monica Davis (Lloyd Clark Journalism Scholarship); Alyxandra Crawford, Evann Crawford and Angelina Armendariz (Donald and Dorothy Bunnell Endowed Scholarship in Communication); Tiffany Hamm (Donna Darovich Endowed Scholarship in Journalism, Neva McMurray Reidel Scholarship, Charles Arrendell Family Scholarship); Lindsey Juarez (Murray and Nona Poston Journalism Scholarship, Phillip Lynn Hall Endowed Scholarship); Avery Anderson and Valerie Maedgen (Mark Holtz Sports Scholarship); Jonathan Blick and Lauren Carle (Karin McCallum Endowed Scholarship); Milad Minooie (Andrew M. Clark Scholarship); Juan Rios (Douglas Maples Broadcast Scholarship); Magaly Ayala and Melissa Martin (George Proctor Endowed Scholarship); Yong Yim (Dallas/Fort Worth Interactive Marketing Association Scholarship); and Alyxandra Crawford and Vallari Gupte (Society of Professional Journalists Scholarship). … Several students were inducted into the Communication Honor Society. These included: Ashley Arogunmati, Mario Avila, Michelle Cervantes, Jeethi Cherian, Mary Hong An Doan, Taylor Dodds, Seher Fadwani, Carlos Garcia, Amanda Inge, Scott Kossuth, Kristin McGee, Zack Minter, Patricia Mireles, Larissa Ndengue, Tamika Noote, Katherine Peal, Hanan Qasem, Ashley Radford, Caitlyn Rhodes, Noelle Russell, Abigail Scarborough, Rachel Snyder, Josh Sours, Francisco Villarreal, Ronald Williams and Yong Yim. … Several students were recently inducted into the UTA chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, a journalism and mass communication honors society. Inductees included Allison Carroll, Mariana Giraldo, Rachel Rodriguez, Kushal Sapkota and Rachel Snyder. … Dr. Chunke Su was recently promoted to Associate Professor. Su’s co-authored article, “The combined roles of mastery and performance climates in implementing creative ideas,” was recently accepted for the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Orlando, Fla., in August. … Lecturer Melanie Mason was featured in a Dallas Morning News story about her role as director and teacher at the Creative Arts Theatre & School in Arlington. Mason is directing “Freckleface Strawberry, the Musical,” which opened last month. … Lecturer Stacy Salmon was named “Maverick Faculty of the Month” in April by a student group. … Public relations major El Memeyi Murangwa was featured in an article in Tarrant County College’s The Collegian. Muranga fled his home in Africa and sought refuge in New York before moving to Texas. … Students in Dr. Shelley Wigley‘s Fall 2012 PR Campaigns class were honored with an Award of Excellence from the Greater Fort Worth Public Relations Society of America Chapter for their work on behalf of Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County. … Ten students with the UTA chapter of American Advertising Federation recently toured TM (formerly Temerlin McClain) Advertising in Dallas. … WFAA/ABC 8 featured filmmaker Norry Niven (BA, ‘85) in a special report. Niven’s new feature “Chasing Shakespeare” premiered late last month. … Reyna Cavazos (’11) is the morning news editor and assistant traffic and weather anchor at Univision Dallas. … Razan Akkad (’13) has joined Geico Insurance Company in Dallas. … Paul Kozar (’12) presented a paper at the North Louisiana Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference in April at Louisiana Tech University. Kozar’s paper, “Competing Discourse Surrounding Primary Caregivers of Hospice Patients,” won best presentation on the topic of health. … Nicole Durham (’13) is a marketing specialist at, a Mark Cuban company located in Dallas. … Claire Dunn (’12) was hired as a junior account manager at Concussion, a Fort Worth-based advertising agency. … Russel Johnson (’12) is working with the research team at The Marketing Arm, a Dallas advertising and marketing firm. … An online donation fund has been set up to assist Charlott Livingston (’06), who is currently battling lymphoma. Funds raised will assist with medical expenses not covered by insurance. For more information, or to assist, go to:

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Eighteen federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and departments participated in last month’s Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Spring Career Fair at the E. H. Hereford University Center. Representatives from the department’s Cohort Master’s Program and the Texas Department of Child and Family Services were also on hand to recruit and discuss career options for UT Arlington students.  … The department’s spring seminar, held last month at the Fort Worth Center, featured executive coach John Sowada and a panel of police chiefs from Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Irving, North Richland Hills and Richland Hills. More than 30 participants were on hand to discuss leadership issues and personnel management in law enforcement. … The Crowley Star reported on an internship program that will connect students from the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice with the Crowley Police Department. The interns will work in Crowley in various areas of the police department. … The Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety is considering an outreach program partnership with the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Navajo Nation DPS Executive Director John Billison, an advisor board member for the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training, met with department officials last month to discuss education-based workshops, grant collaboration and research initiatives.

ENGLISH: After a months-long search, Dr. Bruce Krajewski (Texas Women’s University) has been named the new chair of the Department of English. He begins June 1, replacing Dr. Wendy Faris (Professor). … Dr. Aimee Berger (Adjunct Instructor) participated in the annual Robert Penn Warren Circle last month in Clarksville, Tenn. The event celebrates the life and work of the American author. … A new play by Lecturer Michael Federico, “On the Eve,” will be part of the 2013-2014 season for Theatre Three in Dallas. … Dr. Stacy Alaimo (Professor) will present a plenary talk at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment conference May 28-June 1 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. … Dr. Ashley Miller (Assistant Professor) presented a paper entitled “Economies of Perception in ‘Goblin Market'” at the British Women Writers Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 5. … Dr. Amy Tigner (Associate Professor) presented a paper “Eating with the Sidneys: Hospitality at Penshurst” at the Shakespeare Association of America on March 27 in Toronto. … English lecturers Dr. Cathy Corder, Dr. Joanna Johnson, Dr. Thomas Tutt and Julie Jones were honored as “teachers making an impact on freshmen” at an April 8 luncheon sponsored by Freshman Leaders on Campus. … Tutt presented his paper “A Bird in the Hall: Humans, Nature, and Transience in The Ruin” at the University of North Texas’ Medieval Graduate Student Symposium last month. … Several award winners from the department were recently announced. Graduate student Lorie Jacobs won the 2013 O’Neill Teaching Award. Graduate student Julie McCown is the recipient of the 2013 O’Neill Academic Award. Students Jacqueline Lickteig and James Mangio won first and second place, respectively, in the 2013 Duncan Robinson Freshman Essay Contest. Sean Farrell won the newly created Emory Estes Scholarship, while Taylor Eatherley won the recently endowed Sawyer Ray Scholarship. Allyson House and Bianca Medina both received a Nichols-Shakespeare scholarship. Michael Doyle and Mark Reeder each won a Cravens Awards. Excellence awards were hand out to Taylor Eatherly, Jordan Amspacher, Jayson Carroll, Bryan Eaton, Heather Mackenzie, Debra Mallory, Michael McCauley, Nicholas Perry, Martha Verden and Wendy Wolfgang. Senior Sayem Haq received the Wall of Honor Award for his community work. … On April 13, the UTA English Graduate Student Association held the first annual North Texas Graduate English Conference. Doctoral students Rachael Mariboho and Kaci McCourt co-chaired the conference. Twenty-four panelists participated, including participants from six different universities from as far away as Boston College. The conference was sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the English Department, the Center for Mexican American Studies, the First Year English Program, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Dr. Deborah Needleman Armintor (University of North Texas) was the keynote speaker. UT Arlington faculty members Wendy Faris, Penny Ingram, Desiree Henderson, Ashley Miller, Tim Richardson, Jim Warren, Johanna Smith and William Arce moderated the panels.

HISTORY: Dr. Marvin Dulaney, Associate Professor and department chair, was honored with a special award last month at the African American Education Archives and History Program awards luncheon in Dallas. Dulaney was recognized for his research on African American history and his volunteer work with communities in South Carolina and north Texas.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: The Department of Linguistics and TESOL has eight students graduating this spring with a bachelor’s of arts degree in linguistics, the most recent degree added to the department. Kelsey Pettit (‘13) has been accepted to Georgetown University’s Ph.D. program in theoretical linguistics. … Doctoral student Lori McLain Pierce presented on “Choctaw Vowel Centralization” at the Workshop on American Indigenous Languages in Santa Barbara on April 27. … Dr. Laurel Smith Stvan (Associate Professor and Department Chair) will present a paper June 7 at the 2013 JPS Research Day, part of the Office of Human Research Protections Community Research Forum in Fort Worth. … In collaboration with researchers at the University of Maryland and the Center for Advanced Study of Language, Dr. Jeff Witzel (Assistant Professor) and Dr. Naoko Witzel (Visiting Assistant Professor) will receive an additional $15,393 in grant funding to develop web-deliverable test batteries designed to measure advanced language learners’ knowledge of specific linguistic features in four critical languages: Chinese, Persian, Russian and Spanish. The research, which will take place this summer, is an extension of the Linguistic Correlate of Proficiency grant. … Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald (Professor) is teaching a course “Creating Linguistic Products for Native American Languages” in June as part of the University of Arizona’s American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI). The institute is the premier grassroots training institute in the U.S. designed to strengthen efforts to revitalize and promote the use of Indigenous languages. Fitzgerald is also giving two invited talks in Tucson as part of the “Re-visiting the Status of Indigenous Languages” conference put on by AILDI and sponsored by National Science Foundation.

MUSIC: Department faculty members Rick Bogard, Dan Cavanagh and John Solomons were among several speakers at the TEDxUTA event April 22 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. … The UTA Jazz Orchestra was featured in a report on KTVT-TV CBS 11 last month. The appearance promoted the group’s performance at the Main Street Arts Festival in Fort Worth.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviewed Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers (Professor) about former President George W. Bush’s legacy as he prepares to open his presidential center. The country’s 43rd president will be remembered “as a conservative Republican who oversaw the growth of government and whose policies and approaches sent reverberations that created lasting fissures within the Republican Party,” Farrar-Myers said. … Dr. Brent Sasley (Assistant Professor) debated various issues related to U.S. involvement in the Israel-Palestine process and advocacy in the U.S. Jewish community on BloggingHeads.TV. Sasley is an expert in Middle East politics. … Dr. Allan Saxe (Associate Professor) participated in the 2013 TEDxUTA event April 22 at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Dr. Beth Anne Shelton (Professor of Sociology) was featured in a KTVT/CBS 11 story about women making the deliberate choice to become single parents. Research suggests children in single parent homes are more likely to live in poverty and face uncertain outcomes, but Shelton said marriage is not a certain fix. “If by marriage you improve your standard of living significantly, that’s a good thing, but if not, it’s not a panacea,” she said. …. Dr. Jason Shelton (Assistant Professor of Sociology) was quoted in a story about heightened religiosity of African Americans in an Indiana newspaper. … Dr. Ben Agger (Professor of Sociology) was interviewed by UTA News in Español about Internet and cell phone use among Latinos.


Linguistics Hosts Annual AFLA Meeting

May 8, 2013

The Department of Linguistics and TESOL will host the 20th annual Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA) conference on May 17-19 at The University of Texas at Arlington.

All lectures and presentations will be held in Pickard Hall, Room 110. Invited speakers include Sandra Chung (University of California-Santa Cruz), Eric Potsdam (University of Florida) and Norvin Richards (MIT).  Each will present a keynote presentation during the three-day conference.

UT Arlington faculty and students will serve as hosts and session chairs. The full conference program, featuring 23 talks, is available at

The event is sponsored by the Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute.

AFLA began in 1994, a small group of linguists met at the University of Toronto to create an organization that promotes the study of Austronesian languages from a formal perspective. More information about the group is available in its website,


UT Arlington’s Poster Shines with Cowboys

May 7, 2013
Shaunda Poster

Shaunda Poster

In her final year at UT Arlington, Communication senior Shaunda Poster went from the small screen to the largest screen in the nation.

Poster, 24, began her broadcasting career working for UTA News and An internship opportunity from the Dallas Cowboys last fall enabled her and three classmates to report on players and create content for weekly radio and television shows. By the end of the season, Poster was a co-host on the pre-game show and her smiling face was appearing on the six-story video board in the center of Cowboys Stadium.

“It was everything I could imagine… and more,” Poster said about her internship experience. “It’s something I would want out of a first job. It was incredible. Any ideas I had, anything I wanted to try, anything they thought I could do. It was boom, boom, boom, let’s try it and do it.”

Poster, who will graduate Sunday, is no stranger to working alongside professional athletes or in a major league sports organization. For five years, she was a Six Shooter girl with the Texas Rangers. For one year, she was a member of the Dallas Maverick’s experimental cheerleading/spirit squad. When Matt Coy, an executive producer with the Cowboys, visited UT Arlington and talked with students about internship possibilities, Poster jumped at the chance to with the storied organization.

“I’ve been a die-hard Cowboys fan,” said the Arlington native. “I watched every Sunday with my dad. Then all of the sudden, you’re around these people every day. The experiences I got [were] so valuable to me.”

Poster credits her work at UT Arlington with preparing her for the Cowboys internship. At, she was a promotions director and a station manager, organizing remotes and on-air content. For UTA News, the Department of Communication’s television show, she was a reporter and producer and said she learned to “work out the kinks and flaws.”

Dr. Andrew Clark, associate professor and head of the broadcast sequence, said Poster is a good example of how students are ready for a career after graduation.

“Our goal in the department is to prepare our students academically, and with the appropriate skills, so that they are ready to take advantage of opportunities that may come their way,” Clark said. “Shaunda is someone who was not only ready when the Cowboys internship became available, but she was willing to work hard and go beyond what they wanted to ensure that she had a successful internship and put herself in-line to be hired once the internship was finished. That’s all we can ask of our students.”

Poster said she has been busy this spring working with Cowboys staff, visiting the Valley Ranch facility, and contributing to off-season projects. She is hopeful the organization will hire her for a full-time position before the new season begins.

But even if the Cowboys don’t call, Poster said her experience at UT Arlington, as well as working with other sports team in North Texas, has given her the confidence to succeed.

“If I see something and think I could make a difference,” she said, “then I want to go for it.”

Catch Poster’s work in the Dec. 1 “Special Edition” report on


Nearly 800 Set to Walk at Spring Commencement

May 7, 2013

Nearly 800 students will be honored at the College of Liberal Arts’ 2013 spring commencement ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday at the College Park Center.

Seven doctoral candidates, 107 master’s degree candidates and 667 undergraduates are set to complete their degree requirements and walk across the stage to receive their University of Texas at Arlington diplomas. Thousands of family, friends and well-wishers are expected to be on-hand.

Dallas attorney Andy Sommerman (‘83) is the commencement speaker. The ceremony will feature Dr. Beth Wright, Dean of  Liberal Arts; COLA faculty; and a student performance group from the Department of Music.

The commencement festivities kick of with Graduation Celebration, a free community festival featuring fireworks and remarks by actor, producer, and political activist Kal Penn, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington.

FROM THE DEAN: A Look Back on Spring ’13

May 7, 2013

Dean Beth Wright

Dean Beth Wright

This has been a whirlwind semester, and a momentous one.

On June 1 we will welcome a new university president, Dr. Vistasp Karbhari. He has already made several extended visits to our campus, and he is very impressed with what he has learned about us.

During the year we have participated in many recognitions of President Spaniolo’s impact on our institution. His support for excellence in education, research scholarship, and creative activity has brought us to unparalleled heights of achievement. A lasting testament to his dynamic impact – and his support for the arts on campus – is going to be unveiled this month: Darryl Lauster’s sculpture Reach. Inspired by a Leonardo da Vinci sketch for an invention, this sculpture will be next to the Engineering Research Building. What an inspiring way to commemorate President Spaniolo’s leadership of an institution which is doing groundbreaking work in science, technology, the humanities, and the arts.

On May 12, we will have our commencement ceremony in the College Park Center with an unprecedented number of graduating students – nearly 800 of them. How wonderful that their friends and family will be able to celebrate that wonderful milestone together, in an arena which holds 7,000 cheering people.

Last month, we celebrated once again the College Liberal Arts awards for achievements by students, faculty and staff in our College: “acCOLAdes.” We applauded the four Archer Fellows (of five for the entire university) who will be taking courses next year in Washington, D.C. and hold internships in federal agencies, the White House, the U.S. Department of State, and non-profit organizations, College of Liberal Arts scholarship recipients, and the many COLA scholars whose exceptional achievements were recognized by their departments.

Once again two endowed centers had a prominent role in the ceremony. The Charles McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Global Studies awarded grants for undergraduate students to study in Korea and Turkey and for faculty to engage in research and creative activity in Bangladesh, Canada, France, India, Korea, Mauritius, Mexico, Romania, Taiwan, and the U.K. The Mustaque Ahmed Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute graduate student recipients from Art, English, and History received awards to support their research on topics relating to “Immigration, Migration, and Diaspora.” It is wonderful to see the impact of the generous support of our friends in the community.

Our friends in the community contributed to provide our students this year with a new resource: the Pre-Law Center. During the year, more than 150 students from across campus were able to gain information about future careers in legal professions. Some are interested in specific topics, such as immigration law. Some wish to connect specialized training in engineering with legal training so that they can be informed about patent law. Many alumni and friends in the community made it possible for them to meet law school admission deans, shadow attorneys, hear about scholarship opportunities, and see new possibilities for the future. Dr. Elisabeth Cawthon, Interim Director of this center, received an award recognizing her exemplary service to the College of Liberal Arts.

Our magnificent faculty and staff were recognized by the College and by UT Arlington with awards for their research, their creative activity, their teaching and their advising. And the UT System honored Dr. David Silva (Professor of Linguistics and Vice-Provost for Faculty Affairs), who has been named one of the 12 members of the inaugural class of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Several years ago when the UT System began to recognize outstanding teaching across the systems academic and health science campuses, Dr. Silva was one of the inaugural UT System Regents Distinguished Teachers. We are very proud of our exceptional faculty and the students whose education, research scholarship, and creative activity are being nurtured and advanced through their efforts.

We are hiring impressive faculty members: people who have earned their degree at Oxford University, or who have received awards from the Fulbright Foundation and Department of Education. They are eager to work with our wonderful faculty and students, and they value what we are already doing.

Our generous supporters value what we are doing as well. We appreciate the funds which are coming to us in Dean’s Excellence (where they support undergraduate scholarships, graduate student research travel and conference presentation, faculty scholarship and presentation, visiting lecturers and many other aspects of our scholarly and creative activity) and in the establishment of and contributions to student scholarships. Our 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students thank you!

During the summer we’ll continue to teach, to engage in research, to study (at home and abroad), to enlighten the community. Two faculty members will be Fulbright Fellows. Many faculty will be mentoring undergraduate student research projects. I know that it will be a wonderful creative and productive time for all of us. And when we return in August we’ll let you know some of the ways our faculty and our students have been using their knowledge and their talents to have an impact in their discipline, their community, and around the world. For now – let’s celebrate the achievements of Spring 2013. Congratulations!

COMM Students Cover Presidential Visit

May 6, 2013
Communication major Madeline Amashta was one of several UT Arlington students who covered President Obama's visit to North Texas last month. (Photo contributed)

Communication major Madeline Amashta was one of several UT Arlington students who covered President Obama’s visit to North Texas last month. (Photo contributed)

Department of Communication students are getting a first-hand look at the fast-paced world of journalism and broadcast news.

Several broadcast majors covered the arrival of President Barack Obama at Dallas-Fort Worth Love Field on April 24. The president was in Dallas for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The nation’s five surviving presidents attended the center’s dedication. More than 10,000 people gathered on the Southern Methodist University campus amid tight security from local and federal law enforcement.

Students Annabelle Hernandez, Laura Romo and Madeline Amashta also traveled to Waco where President Obama attended a memorial event to honor those injured and killed in the fertilizer plant explosion that rocked the small, farming community of West last week. The memorial was held on the campus of Baylor University.

Enrolled in TV reporting class this semester, the students are also very involved in UTA News en Español, said Julian Rodriguez, broadcast lecturer and faculty sponsor of UTA News en Español.

“Covering these events helps our students work side by side with professional journalists, covering events of national impact,” Rodriguez said, “Covering events of this magnitude prepares our students for the pace and professionalism required of broadcast journalists.”

The students’ stories of the President’s arrival and the West memorial aired on Time Warner Cable in Arlington and online at and TV.UTA.EDU.

COLA Faculty, Students Featured in Magazine

May 6, 2013

Several faculty members and students from the College of Liberal Arts are featured in the latest edition of UTArlington magazine. The magazine, produced by The University of Texas at Arlington, includes stories on:

  • a special effects class taught by Dr. Joe Kongevick (Associate Professor, Theatre Arts);
  • the newly launched Maverick Veterans’ Voices oral history project;
  • the creative work of English alumna Jenice Johnson;
  • and items on Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers (Political Science), Dr. Shelley Wigley (Communication) and the 2013 Military Science Hall of Honor inductees.

Read all these stories and more at


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