COLA Notes for Summer 2013

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Assistant Professor Tore Terrasi was named one of the “10 To Watch For” by the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. His work People in Windows, top right, was part of an annual international art competition earlier this summer. … Associate Professor Bart Weiss wrote a guest column in May for KERA’s Art & Seek about the importance of public media in this country after his recent travel in El Salvador. Weiss also wrote a guest column in July about the medium of video. … Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby talked about Romare Bearden’s influence on his contemporary art on KERA’s Think. Huckaby’s oil painting, Hidden in Plain Site, is on view at the Amon Carter Museum, which also is featuring a Romare Bearden exhibition. … Assistant Professor Carlos Donjuan and the Sour Grapes art collective were selected for a city-funded public art project at the Jefferson Boulevard bridge, The Dallas Morning News Oak Cliff blog reported. Artists presented Oak Cliff mural plans and talk with prospective volunteers at a public meeting July 12. … The Dallas Observer profiled Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon, a legally blind artist, as part of a series of 30 of the metro area’s most interesting characters. Lapthisophon teaches art history and studio classes at UT Arlington. … Ten photography students joined Professor Kenda North in Italy in June at the Santa Reparata International School of Art. The month-long course included a range of museum visits in Florence as well as a three-day trip to see the Venice Biennale. … Work by Lecturer Matt Clark was in included in “The Abstract Show” at Artspace111 in Fort Worth. The show runs through Aug. 3. … MFA graduate Janet Morrow, who also serves as a lecturer, was recently awarded First Place by juror William Campbell of William Campbell Contemporary Art in the “897 Square” exhibition currently on display at Gallery 76102. … Dr. Amanda Alexander (Assistant Professor of Art Certification) recently lectured on Peruvian culture and art history during the Summer Institute for Teachers at the Kimbell Art Museum. She also presented research this summer at the International Society for Education through the Arts Conference in City of Canterbury, England. … Work by UT Arlington film and video students was featured at the 2013 Oak Cliff Film Festival on June 6-9, Movie City News reported. … “Stryngs,” a short film written and directed by Dallas filmmaker Derek Presley, was screened at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival in May, PR Web reported. Presley learned his craft at UT Arlington. … Adjunct Professor Patty Newton blogged from the Cannes Film Festival in France last month. She also screened her film, “Pursuit,” at the Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto. The film was part of her Master of Fine Arts thesis.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: The Center for African American Studies and the Department of Art & Art History will offer a new upper-level course this fall, ART 4396-African Art. The course will allow students to learn about the original works that have been donated to UT Arlington over the past several years.

Students in Senior Lecturer Mindia Whittier’s public relations methods class this spring designed and implemented a marketing campaign for Directions Home, a 10-year plan by the City of Fort Worth to end homelessness. Students also served as street team members alongside other members of the Fort Worth community. (Photo contributed)
Students in Senior Lecturer Mindia Whittier’s public relations methods class this spring designed and implemented a marketing campaign for Directions Home, a 10-year plan by the City of Fort Worth to end homelessness. Students also served as street team members alongside other members of the Fort Worth community. (Photo contributed)

COMMUNICATION: A public service announcement created by students in Lecturer Julian Rodriguez’s television production class has been post on the Air North Texas website. Students Reagan Cardwell, Nia Bosilikwa and Gustavo Contreras created the short video – the second PSA to be selected for the ANT site in as many years. … A story about internet dating that quoted Dr. Mark Tremayne (Assistant Professor) appeared on the Chattanooga Times Free Press website. Tremayne, who studies social media, said texting and social media have become so woven into young people’s lives that they can carry out their entire relationships online, sending instant messages and posting photographs on Facebook. … In June, Dr. Dustin Harp (Assistant Professor) presented a paper entitled, “Where are the women? The presence of female columnists in U.S. opinion pages,” at the International Communication Association annual conference in London. Tremayne also presented a paper at the conference; both he and Harp served on a research panel. … Dr. Shelley Wigley (Assistant Professor) will present two papers in August at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Convention in Washington, D.C. … Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith (Assistant Professor) will also present a paper and teach workshops and research paper sessions at the AEJMC convention. … Dr. Chunke Su (Associate Professor) will travel to Orlando in August to present a co-authored paper at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. … Kim Pewitt-Jones (Lecturer) will represent UT Arlington and SPJ Fort Worth at the Society of Professional Journalists National Convention in Anaheim, Calif., in late August. Pewitt-Jones serves as an advisor for UT Arlington SPJ and an officer for the SPJ Fort Worth Chapter. … A new book, “Media Management and Economics Research in a Transmedia Environment,” includes a chapter by Lecturer Julian Rodriguez. … Students in Dr. Tom Ingram (Associate Professor) and specialist Rudy Bechtel’s advertising class competed earlier this year in the 2013 AT&T Campus Challenge. Other student challengers hailed from the University of Arizona and California State University. … Nadia Ali (’10) was featured in a Dallas Business Journal story about the publication’s Social Madness contest for companies. Ali joined the sales team at RideCentric, a minority-owned chauffeur company, last year and she created and grew the business’ audience on Facebook and Twitter from the ground up. … Journalism major Krista Torralva is in The Dallas Morning News paid summer internship program in business news. She is a former reporter for The Shorthorn. … Felicia Bolton (’11) was crowned Miss West Texas earlier this year. She is a reporter at the CBS affiliate in Midland. … Broadcast graduate Zoheb Hassanali is a news photojournalist for KCEN in College Station. … Several broadcast students are spending their summer in internship roles at regional companies: Alyxandra Crawford is an intern for Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Charles Swanigon is working for Irving-based Salem Communications. Joanna Molinero is working with Red Balloon Network. Matthew Hooks and Omar Castillon are lending their talents to CBS Radio, 105.3 The Fan. Candice Stinnett, Rachael Wilson, Rodney Thrower and Shanna McMahan are serving as interns for Dallas’ Clear Channel Radio. Amber Govan is interning with the Grand Prairie Airhogs. Keiara Thomas is working with KDAF-TV Nightcap & CW33 in Dallas. Manuel Salas is spending his summer with KMID Big 2 News. Frank Lee Sack is working on web projects with Stoker Resources Group in Fort Worth. … Public relations students are beefing up resumes with summer internships: Deborah Holt is working for Parkland Hospital, and Devon Peralta is serving as an intern for Roanoke-based World Autism, Inc. Katelynn McFarlan is interning with Medical Smart Care in Dallas. … Advertising major Desherra Nwanguma is working with the UTA Athletics Dept., and communication studies major Jeethi Cherian is interning with Wanderlich Inc. Public Relations.

In June, UTA President Dr. Vistasp Karbhari took some time to chat with UTA Radio about his new role and goals for the university. Check out the interview at (Photo contributed)
In June, UTA President Dr. Vistasp Karbhari took some time to chat with UTA Radio about his new role and goals for the university. Check out the interview at (Photo contributed)

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: KXAS/NBC 5 interviewed Dr. Randall Butler (Senior Lecturer) about slow police response to a west Dallas business that has experienced a dozen crime attacks. “Conclusively, police presence does not reduce crime,” Butler said, adding that the business needs security cameras. Police told the owner that as well. … In a May report, KTVT CBS 11 used an undercover team to expose potential illegal gun sales at some local pawnshops. After viewing the undercover video, Dr. Alex del Carmen, department chair and professor, said if such sales actually were to transpire they would violate federal law. … Univision also interviewed del Carmen about recent government surveillance and eavesdropping cases. The story questioned whether Americans were surrendering some privacy in exchange for security.

ENGLISH: Dr. Cedrick May (Associate Professor) wrote in the Yale Alumni Magazine a first person account of the discovery of a previously unpublished poem by 18th Century slave Jupiter Hammon, the first African American writer to publish in America. The new work, “An Essay on Slavery,” represents a shift in Hammon’s thinking about the nature of slavery itself. … In June, Dr. Ashley Miller (Assistant Professor) presented a paper at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference (held in conjunction with Victorianist associations from Britain and Australasia) in Venice, Italy. Miller will also attend a week-long conferences on Charles Dickens in Santa Cruz, Calif., in August. Graduate student Barbi Fowler will join her. … The Miami Herald and several other newspapers quoted Dr. Clayton Eichelberger (Emeritus Professor of English) on the recent discovery of a long-lost manuscript by Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck. The literary treasure was found last year in a Fort Worth storage locker up for auction. “If it’s by her and it’s real and it’s going to be published, that’s magnificent,” said Eichelberger, 88, who heard Buck lecture in 1941. “When something like that is discovered, that’s wonderful. She was a wonderful woman.” … With support from the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, Dr. Ken Roemer (Professor) attended the Kiowa Gourd Clan Ceremonials on July 2-4 in Carnegie, Okla. Roemer continued his research on Pulitzer Prize-winning author N. Scott Momaday, a member of the Gourd Clan.

HISTORY: The Federal Observer blog interviewed Dr. Douglas Richmond, emeritus professor of history, about the Mexican-American War (1846-48), and a recent CBS report that suggested many illegal immigrants are retaking land that was stolen from Mexico. … KDHX 88.1 FM (St. Louis, MO) and WKNO 91.1 FM (Jackson, TN) interviewed Dr. Christopher Morris (Assistant Professor) about his latest book, “The Big Muddy: An Environmental History of the Mississippi River and Its People from Hernando DeSoto to Hurricane Katrina.” … USA Today and Yahoo! interviewed Dr. Elisabeth Cawthon (Associate Professor) about Prince William and Duchess Kate, who will soon welcome their first child. She predicts they will stand out as an exceptionally family-oriented couple, which will only further endear them to the British public. … KLIF 570 Radio interviewed Assistant Professor Oliver Bateman about Independence Day and some of the inaccuracies and myths associated with the nation’s birthday.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: In May, Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald (Professor) was awarded a National Science Foundation grant of $169,000 to fund CoLang, the 2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research. She is the director of this international language documentation and revitalization institute, which will be held next summer on the UT Arlington campus. … On July 19, Dr. Laurel Smith Stvan (Associate Professor and Chair) will present at paper, “Predicates of Causation: The Influence of Polysemy Pairs in Lay Health Discourse” at CRAL 2013, the Third International Conference on Meaning Construction, Meaning Interpretation: Applications and Implications at the University of La Rioja in Logroño, Spain. In August, Stvan will join a panel discussion at the Cross Timbers Library Collaborative Conference at the University of North Texas in Denton. … In June, Dr. Naoko Witzel (Visiting Assistant Professor) gave an invited talk at the Linguistics Colloquium at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. … Dr. Jeffrey Witzel (Assistant Professor) gave an invited talk at Nagoya, Japan, including an overview of recent research taking place at UTA’s Psycholinguistics Lab in the area of second language sentence processing. … The Dallas Business Journal Executive People on the Move recognized Dr. Keith Maurice, adjunct professor and director of the English Language Institute, for his election as vice president to the board of the University and College Intensive English Program. Next May, Maurice becomes president of the national organization. … Kelsey Pettit (BA, ’13) has been accepted to Georgetown University’s doctoral program in theoretical linguistics. … Stefani Goode (MA-TESOL, ’12) is an English instructor at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla.

MUSIC: Vocal performance major Nicholas Garza sang at the Dallas City Performance Hall on July 7 as part of the Fine Arts Chamber Players’ Rising Star Recital Series and the 33rd annual Basically Beethoven Festival. … Adonis Rose, a Grammy-winning drummer and UT Arlington’s artist in residence, opened the city of Keller’s Jazz in June festival on June 6.

PHILOSOPHY: Emily Waddle (’13) will pursue a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Iowa.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: The International Business Times interviewed Dr. Heidi Hardt (Assistant Professor) about local ownership and entrepreneurial approaches that are coming together to help Africa’s economy blossom. “I think that local ownership is a really positive thing. It goes without saying that the more you can allow people to just lead their lives in sustainable ways and do the things that they’re doing anyway, the better the result will be,” Hardt said. “I’m quite optimistic.” … The National Interest published a commentary online by Dr. Brent Sasley (Assistant Professor), which argues that the specific nature of Turkey’s democracy complicates the American response to the protests there. Sasley was interviewed last month on Kyrgyz radio about the protests in Turkey. … Sasley also took a critical look at national security decision-making in Israel and suggests some ways to strengthen it in a column on The Atlantic web site. Sasley said it’s hard to have confidence in Israel’s ability to plan for non-military consequences of a military strike on Iran simply because Jerusalem tends to avoid such planning. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Dr. Allan Saxe (Associate Professor) in an article about Texans’ interest in politics. A report released June 4 shows that Texans rank among the lowest in the nation for civic involvement and political participation. “Civic involvement is a difficult issue to measure, as is political participation, except for voting numbers,” Saxe said. “Texas has large numbers of immigrants and newly enfranchised citizens, which may be part of the reason for low numbers. We have also been historically a one-party state, first the Democrats and now Republicans. And this may discourage some participation.” … Saxe was featured in a KTVT/CBS 11 story about a new law that requires people receiving unemployment to be tested for illegal drugs. “In our society today there are so many conditions … This is just part of it,” he said. … Earlier in July, KTVT/CBS 11 and KMIL 105.1 FM (San Antonio) interviewed Saxe about Gov. Rick Perry’s announcement regarding his political future. … Assistant Professor Dr. Daniel Sledge‘s article, “Eliminating Malaria in the American South,” co-authored with Dr. George Mohler (Santa Clara University), was published in the July issue of The American Journal of Public Health. … Dr. Jose Angel Gutierrez (Professor) spoke to students at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi last month about the “Chicano Movement in Texas and the Importance of Mexican American Studies Across the United States.” … Dr. Susan Hekman (Professor) was a keynote speaker at a conference on posthumanism in Stockholm, Sweden, last month. … Dr. Tom Marshall (Professor) was interviewed in a KTVT CBS 11 story about the Supreme Court ruling regarding same-sex marriage.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Comments on the virtual self by Dr. Ben Agger (Professor of Sociology) have been included in a new summer stage play by Canadian playwright Lorenzo Pagnotta. Get more information at the production’s Indie Gogo page. … Agger was quoted in an April article about online privacy in UK’s Healthy magazine. One of his research articles was also cited in a article. … Shea Maloney (BA-Anthropology, ’07) spoke at the department’s annual student award ceremony in late April. He is a cartographic specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. … Faye Evan Hanson (MA-Sociology, ’13) has been admitted to the Ph.D. program in sociology at University of North Texas. … Hamidullah Qeyam (MA-Sociology, ’12) has been accepted to Indiana University to pursue a doctorate in near eastern languages and cultures. … Louwanda Evans (MA-Sociology, ’06) is a visiting assistant professor of sociology at Millsaps College. … Kyle Knight (’06) is an assistant professor of sociology at University of Alabama-Huntsville. … Ashley Kranjac (MA-Sociology, ’12) been admitted to the doctoral programs at UNT and the University of Buffalo.

THEATRE ARTS: A dissertation by Dr. Anne Healy (Associate Professor) was nominated for the Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. … Healy, Kim Lafontaine (department chair) and Dr. Brandi Andrade (Senior Lecturer) attended the Theatre Communications Group conference in Dallas earlier this summer. TCG is the national organization for the American theatre founded in 1961 to foster communication among professional, community and university theaters. … Andrade performed in “The Last Night in Ballyhoo” at the Irving Arts Center in May. Travis Ponikewski (‘11) was also in the cast. … Drew Hampton (BFA, ’06) will join the theatre faculty at James Madison University this fall. … Matt Grevan (BFA, ’08) is slated to attend the University of Illinois this fall, pursuing an MFA in stage management. … Elizabeth McWithey (BFA, ’09), who teachers theatre at Union Grove Middle School in Harker Heights, will serve as production stage manager for Table Rock Theater in Salado this summer. … Dan Hinckley (BFA, ’02) is media coordinator at NBC Universal Television Studios. … Theatre Arts major Jennifer Woodward is Shakespeare Dallas’ new production management intern. … UT Arlington junior Raul Luna will be a stitcher this summer at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, N.Y. … Sophomore Hailey Eakle will intern this summer at Fort Worth’s Casa Mañana. … Jorge Lanuza has been hired as a carpenter at the Jenny Wiley Theatre in Kentucky. … Tiffany Cromwell who is a stage management intern at the Dallas Theatre Center. … Theatre Arts major Austin Brown will join PCPA Theatrefest (a professional conservatory theater in central California) this summer as a lighting board operator and programmer. … Jasmine Lovings will be spend next fall in the Disney Education program. … Olivia Aigbogun has been hired as stage manager for two shows at Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth. … Recent graduate Nicole Weber will have her upcoming show debut at Theatre Three in Dallas. … Dr. Julienne Greer (Lecturer) was conferred a Ph.D. in Humanities (Aesthetic Studies) from UT Dallas in May 2013.


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