COLA Notes for September 2013

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Dallas VideoFest, an annual film and video festival directed by Associate Professor Bart Weiss, was selected this summer as the “Best Annual Festival” in Dallas by D Magazine. A retrospective of select works from the festival is on exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. Work from Jim Pomery, retired professor Andy Anderson and alum Danny Deloch are included. … Three glass art graduate students received honors in the 2013 International Student Online Exhibition, a non-juried exhibit of the Glass Art Society. Morgan Chivers won first place for his work “Particulate Pulse (Inertness is a Relative Matter),” which combined glass, xenon, neon, and electricity. Jean Fernandes received an honorable mention for an untitled work of kiln-formed and hot-sculpted glass. Neal Paustian’s work “Waterfall,” made of ladle cast glass and steel, was chosen for the society’s first catalog of the exhibit. … In his first U.S. museum solo show, Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon investigates how language and mark-making are linked to the formation of self-identity, the Dallas Museum of Art website reported. Lapthisophon will show his installations, “Concentrations 56,” at Hoffman Galleries from Oct. 27 through March 30, 2014. … Work by several UT Arlington students won awards at the recently held AICC 2013 Annual Student Corrugated Packaging Design Competition. “August B. Circus,” by students Cosme Olivas, Holly Aldriedge, Ayla Haynes and Anna Pham, won second place in the graphics challenge and third place in the structural challenge. “Storm Safe Haven,” by Alice Choung, Amy Nichols, Martin Nogueira and Sika Danh, won third place in the graphics challenge. The teams were mentored by Assistant Professor Ben Dolezal. … The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviewed Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor, about the growing number of Christian filmmakers shooting their movies in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. “Faith-based companies can directly tap into that audience because [the audience] is here,” said Smith, noting the presence of mega-churches and pastors like T. D. Jakes, who hosted an international faith and family film festival in late August as part of a three-day extravaganza of conferences in Dallas. … A photo by Movin’ Mavs photographer Jeremy Schack (’12) was featured in Internationales Basketballturnier, a Swiss sports magazine.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: The Center for African American Studies hosted a booth July 27 at the Zydeco Music Festival in Fort Worth. The center was also a participating sponsor of the National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: Dr. Les Riding-In, assistant dean of graduate studies, was featured in a McClatchy Washington Bureau story about the federal government’s efforts to make amends for past mismanagement of American Indian lands by spending nearly $2 billion to buy 10 million acres of land for 150 tribes across the nation. Riding-In predicted that federal authorities will encounter resistance from many tribal members likely to be suspicious of any offers coming from Washington, D.C.

COMMUNICATION: Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee and Associate Professor Charla Markham Shaw’s article, “Media portrayals of the female condom,” published in the Journal of Health Communication, was the No. 1 article published in the last year in the domain of sexual health according to MEDLINE and BioMedLib. … Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne and graduate student Milad Minooie will soon see their paper, “Opinion leadership on gun control in social networks: Preferential attachment versus reciprocal linking,” published in the American Communication Journal. … Lecturer Julian Rodriguez is conducting a survey of “dreamers” or undocumented immigrants over 18 years old who are living in Texas, Univision Dallas reported. Names aren’t used in the survey. Rodriguez said the survey is aimed at determining the “dreamers” role and value in society. … Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith presented her paper, “Partisanship in the Antislavery Press During the 1844 Run of an Abolition Candidate for President,” at this summer’s annual AEJMC conference in Washington, D.C., and won the second place faculty paper award in the history division. Pribanic-Smith also had an article, “Conflict in the South Carolina Partisan Press of 1829,” recently published in American Journalism. … Associate Professor Tom Christie traveled to Budapest, Hungary to present a paper, “Democracy vs. Opportunity: Revealing the Nature of Conflict Communication Following the ‘Arab Spring’,” at the George Gerbner Conference on Communication, Conflict and Aggression. … UTA Radio was named as a finalist for a College Media Award in the category of “Best Promo/PSA.” The radio spot was produced by student Shaun Hudgins. UT Arlington will compete against DePaul and Marshall universities for first place. … Assistant Professor Dustin Harp traveled to London to present a co-authored paper, “Where are the women? The presence of female columnists in U.S. opinion pages,” at the International Communication Association. She also presented a co-authored paper, “The double bind of political women: Coverage of Hillary Clinton’s performance during the Benghazi Hearings” at AEJMC that won the top faculty paper award in the Commission on the Status of Women Division. … Associate Professor Chunke Su traveled to Orlando, Fla., to present a co-authored paper, “The combined roles of mastery and performance climates in implementing creative ideas,” at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. … Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley presented two co-authored papers at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Convention in August: “Processing of persuasive messages” and “Subsidizing Sandy: Courage of Hurricane Sandy.” … Two artist submissions from UTA Radio will appear on the upcoming 2013 College Radio Day album, due Nov. 5. The bands, Apache 5 and Breakfast Machine, include current and former UT Arlington students. College Radio Day is Oct. 1. … The Alumni Association honored several Communication students at the group’s Aug 28 scholarship reception. Advertising major Karen Blair and broadcast journalism major Beverly Newburn each received a Frankie Stewart Hansell Endowed Scholarship. Communication major Jonathan Blick and speech communication major Lauren Carle received a Karin McCallum Endowed Scholarship. Journalism major Monica Davis was presented with a Lloyd Clark Endowed Scholarship. … Orieta Barbette (’10) was recently featured in a television promotion for Univision-Houston. … Broadcast students are interning for a variety of local media outlets and companies this fall: Melissa Irvin is serving as a media specialist for Farmers Insurance Group; Jairo Moreno is working for The Red Balloon Network in Dallas; Angelina Armendariz is interning with Children’s Medical Center in Dallas while Rodney Thrower is gaining experience at K104 Radio in Grand Prairie; Samantha Gutierrez landed a fall internship with Clear Channel Radio in Dallas and Omar Castillon is working at Fort Worth’s Modern Art Museum; broadcasting major Shaun Hudgins is interning with CBS Radio 105.3 – The Fan in Dallas. … Public relations majors are also adding experience to their resumes: Alexis Valdez is working with the Fort Worth Independent School District and Victoria I. Garcia is interning with Clear Channel Radio; and Brent Collins is spending the fall semester with Tamika Johnson Events – The Experts, a Grand Prairie-based PR firm. … Journalism major Jillian Dennis is interning with UTA Athletics this semester. … Gabriella Dorsey, advertising student, is gaining experience at Coppell-based Cintas – Document Management. … Comm Studies major Amber Govan is working with Allied THA in Irving. … Broadcast communication grad Robert (Matt) Jones (’13) recently landed a full-time job as producer at KLFY-TV in Louisiana. … Graduate Felicia Bolton is now working at KTVE in Monroe, La., as the morning anchor. Fellow graduate Alanna Quillen is the weekend anchor/reporter at the same station.

Lecturer Julian Rodriguez (far left) recently visited the set of Univision 23 in Dallas and ran into several UT Arlington graduates: (from left) Tommy Orellana ('09), newscast director; Reyna Cavazos ('11), journalist/video editor; Edgar Maldonado ('12), program and communications manager at Parents Step Ahead; Sonia Salas ('12), floor manager; and Raul Solis ('12). (Photo contributed)
Lecturer Julian Rodriguez (far left) recently visited the set of Univision 23 in Dallas and ran into several UT Arlington graduates: (from left) Tommy Orellana (’09), newscast director; Reyna Cavazos (’11), journalist/video editor; Edgar Maldonado (’12), program and communications manager at Parents Step Ahead; Sonia Salas (’12), floor manager; and Raul Solis (’12). (Photo contributed)

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Associate Professors John Rodriguez and Robert Bing presented a paper, “The Perception of a Gang as a Family: Findings from a Qualitative Study” in Madrid, Spain, on Sept. 7 at the annual meeting of the European Society of Criminology held in Budapest, Hungary. … The Fort Worth Star-Telegram featured a story on the death of retired Arlington police detective Jim Ford (’80). Ford investigated some of city’s highest profile homicide cases, including the abduction and murder of Amber Hagerman in 1996, during his 34-year career with the Arlington Police Department. … Lauretta Hill (’93) has been promoted to assistant police chief in the Arlington Police Department.

ENGLISH: Assistant Professor Ashley Miller and graduate student Barbi Fowler represented UT Arlington recently at Dickens Universe at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The international event includes a full week of lectures and workshops on 19th century literature and culture.

HISTORY: Assistant Professor Sarah Rose and senior Lindsey Anderson were quoted in a Shorthorn article about the new disability studies minor. … A HuffPost Live webcast on the cost of raising Britain’s new royal baby featured Associate Professor Elisabeth Cawthon. Predicting how Prince William’s son would be raised, Cawthon said William’s mother, Princess Diana, set a new standard for maternal involvement with royal children. “Diana took an extraordinary, almost unprecedented personal interest in her two children,” Cawthon said. The Waring Historical Library at the Medical University of South Carolina recently announced MA candidate Jenny Luke (BA, ’09) as the winner of the 2013 W. Curtis Worthington, Jr. Research Paper Competition. Luke won first prize in the graduate category for her paper “Asafetida to Aureomycin: African-American Nurse-Midwives, 1930-1950.” … An exhibit opening Sept. 9 at UT Arlington’s Library Special Collections featured rarely seen photographs of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth 50 years ago. … Associate Professor Stephanie Cole was recently announced a member of the Professional e-Learning Community team by the Division of Digital Teaching and Learning.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Assistant Professor Naoko Witzel, Assisant Professor Jeffrey Witzel and Dr. Yu-joung Choi (PhD, ’12) have had an article accepted for publication in the journal The Mental Lexicon. The article is “The locus of the masked onset priming effect: Evidence from Korean.” … An article, “Testing the viability of webDMDX for masked priming experiments,” by co-authors Assistant Professor Jeffrey Witzel, doctoral student Samantha Cornelius, Assistant Professor Naoko Witzel, Dr. Kenneth Forster (University of Arizona) and Jonathan Forster also have an article that was accepted by The Mental Lexicon. … Assistant Professor Suwon Yoon has just had an article published in the Journal of East Asian Linguistics. The article is entitled “Parametric Variation in Subordinate Evaluative Negation: Japanese/Korean vs. Others.” … Professor Colleen Fitzgerald and Joshua Hinson have been awarded an NSF grant, for a collaborative proposal involving both The University of Texas at Arlington and The Chickasaw Nation. Entitled “Documentation and Analysis of the Chickasaw Verb [cic],” the project, funded for $47,999, is the Chickasaw Nation’s first NSF grant. … Dr. Jeongyi Lee (MA, ’00) has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Korean in the Department of Foreign Languages at Kennesaw State University. … Dr. Neal Liang (PhD, ’09) has accepted a tenure-track job as Assistant Professor of Chinese in the Department of Modern Languages at UT Arlington this fall.

MUSIC: Associate Professor Clifton Evans was recently featured in the Texas Orchestra Directors Association’s annual meeting. Several strings faculty members also presented at the conference. … David Mack Henderson (’89) was named the new president of Fairness Fort Worth last month, the Dallas Voice reported. Henderson helped establish UT Arlington’s first LGBT student organization in the 1980s.

Christy Pierce (left), assistant development director for the College of Liberal Arts, and Joseph Dymale, president of the Arlington Goodtimes Chorus, sign paperwork last month establishing the Arlington Goodtimes Chorus Scholarship Endowment. The endowment will support vocal music majors at UT Arlington. (Photo contributed)
Christy Pierce (left), assistant development director for the College of Liberal Arts, and Joseph Dymale, president of the Arlington Goodtimes Chorus, sign paperwork last month establishing the Arlington Goodtimes Chorus Scholarship Endowment. The endowment will support vocal music majors at UT Arlington. (Photo contributed)

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Several faculty members participated in the American Political Science Association annual conference last month in Chicago. Assistant Professor Heidi Hardt presented a paper, “Losing Institutional Memory: Lessons (Un)learned from NATO Crisis Management.” Professor Victoria Farrar-Myers presented a paper, “The Impact of Outside Spending on the 2012 Campaigns for Congress.” And Associate Professor and Chair Rebecca Deen facilitated a short course on “Teaching the Presidency Integrating Technology.” … Assistant Professor Brent Sasley was featured in a Voice of America story about efforts to restart talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Sasley doubts any final agreement will come out of this next round of talks, should they even take place. “I’m skeptical that Netanyahu and Abbas would be the ones to sign and end of conflict agreement,” he said. He was also quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article. … The Australian quoted Sasley on the decision to have Martin Indyk lead the American team in upcoming Israeli-Palestinian talks. … Sasley authored a piece for The Daily Beast’s Open Zion blog about the role of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) in the U.S. administration’s deliberations over military action in Syria. … Professor Susan Hekman was the keynote speaker at a conference on post-constructionist research methodologies in Stockholm, Sweden, this summer. … U.S. Army Capt. Kaine Meshkin (’06) will begin graduate work at West Point Academy this fall.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Assistant Professor Jason Shelton (Sociology) appeared on KXAS/NBC 5 to discuss unusually candid remarks that President Obama made weeks ago regarding the Trayvon Martin case. Shelton said it is important for a president to weigh in on such an important, lightning rod issue.  “For a president of the United States to ignore something like this, I think could be perceived as irresponsible,” Shelton said. … A new book, “Texting Toward Utopia,” by Professor Ben Agger (Sociology) is out now from Paradigm Publishers. … Agger was interviewed in a Christian Science Monitor story about the Los Angeles Unified School District issuing iPads to its students. It’s a $1 billion high-tech investment that some are questioning. … Assistant Professor Krystal Beamon (Sociology) was the keynote speaker at the MavsMeet Convocation on Aug. 20. The annual event officially welcomes students to the start of the new school year. … A National Science Foundation project by Associate Professor Christian Zlolniski (Anthropology) was recently featured on the federal government’s research SEE Innovations website. … A book review by graduate student Zack Overfield will appear in the Anthropology of Work Review. He reviewed Suzanne Burikova and Daniel Miller’s ethnography “Au Pair” for a class, then revised it for publication.

THEATRE ARTS: The Department of Theatre Arts and Maverick Theatre Company have announced the 2013-2014 production season. … Three plays by Dr. Natalie Gaupp, Maverick Theatre Company Playwright-in-Residence, were featured in live readings by professional actors as part of the nationally recognized Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas at the Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center Concert Hall in Grabury, Texas, last week. The Langdon Review festival annually spotlights Texas artists who have made significant contributions in varied disciplines, in fields including visual art, photography, poetry and playwriting. … Lecturer Laurel Whitsett is a sign language consultant/language coach with the Dallas Theater Center’s actors in Clybourne. Whitsett is also slated to begin rehearsal for “Death Tax” by Lucas Hnath, directed by Rene Moreno for Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth. … Professor Andrew Christopher Gaupp will direct “The Government Inspector” for UT Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the original by Nikolai Gogol, the play is scheduled for Oct. 18-27 in the Fine Arts Building’s Mainstage Theatre. Gaupp was also interviewed for a documentary on the life of legendary American actor, professor, director, and author Paul Baker. … Lecture Laurie Land is the costume designer for the Dallas Children’s Theatre’s upcoming national tour “Stuart Little.” … Specialist Jared Land worked this summer as a researcher for an upcoming book, “World Scenography: Volume 2,” to be published in late 2014. … Associate Professor Dennis Maher is currently performing two roles in “Thank You Jeeves” at Stage West Theatre in Fort Worth. … Costume Studio Supervisor Kristine O’Brien was the costume designer for Lundeen Production’s “Jekyll and Hyde” in Duluth, Minn., in July. The production was directed by Sheryl Jensen. … At the Association of Theatre in Higher Education national conference, Assistant Professor Anne Healy recently directed a world premier play by Chicago playwright Carolyn Kras in the New Play Development Workshop. She also presented two papers: “Legitimizing Musical Theatre: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Promoting Musical Theatre” and “Musical Theatre: Interdisciplinary Play with Purpose.” … Healy will be the assistant director for the Dallas Theatre Center’s production of “A Raisin in the Sun,” which opens Sept. 20. … Lecturer Julienne Greer is attending the UTARI Symposium on Digital Manufacturing on Sept. 27 to further her research interests of integrating performance studies with digital and robotic AI companions. Greer is also slated to perform at Amphibian’s Stage Productions in Fort Worth at a staged reading titled, “After Ashley,” by Gina Gionfriddo on Dec. 8- 9. … Alan Pollard (BFA, ’10) will perform in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas. The show opens Nov. 29. … Phillip Morgan (’04) has accepted the position of president-elect for the Texas Educational Theatre Association. … Tonya Free (’11) is the new production manager at the Newport Playhouse in Rhode Island. … Edward Beal (’13) is currently in the Mirandy and Brother Wind at Fort Worth’s Jubilee Theatre. The show is staged managed by UTA student Olivia Aigbogun. … Bekka Lynch (’08) is the technical theatre teacher at Wylie East High School.


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