COLA Notes for May 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.


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