COLA Notes for October 2013

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Three department faculty members have been selected for a group exhibition, “Tejano: Contemporary Latin American Artists of Texas,” at the Longview Museum of Art. Lecturer Carlos Donjuan, Professor Benito Huerta and Associate Professor Andrew Ortiz were chosen from a statewide call for artists. The exhibition runs until Oct. 26. … Visiting assistant professor Stephen Lapthisophon will be part of KERA’s “State of Arts” program at the Dallas Museum of Art on Oct. 10. His panel discussion will preview his DMA exhibition that opens Oct. 27. … Art student Raymond Queen and the glass program were filmed earlier this month for a segment on “Heroes Come Home,” a local television series about U.S. veterans. … The Dallas Morning News noted that the 26th annual Dallas VideoFest is filled with child-friendly offerings and a chance to see and support the work of local youth in a variety of venues. Founded by Associate Professor Bart Weiss, VideoFest is the oldest and largest video festival in the United States, and runs Oct. 9-13 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson. … An art movement in Deep Ellum has been organized by Assistant Professor Justin Ginsberg and Jeff Gibbons of Apophenia Underground and is getting rave reviews, according to a Dallas Observer article. … Alumnus Paul Windle recently directed and illustrated a series of commercials for ESPN to promote the sport channel’s streaming web service. … Professor Benito Huerta and alumnus Francisco Moreno were featured in a recent edition of Patron magazine.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Elzie Odom will be the special panel guest during the Center for African American Studies (CAAS) Community Matters Symposium on Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m. in the Sixth Floor Parlor of the Central Library. Michael Glaspie was a panel guest on the Oct. 8 symposium event.

COMMUNICATION: The Department of Communication is participating in the Golden Key International Honour Society’s 3rd Annual Golden CAN Food Drive to aid the hungry in North Texas. Nonperishable food items may be dropped off in Room 118 of the Fine Arts Building. Items will be picked up Nov. 25 by a local food bank. … Lecturer Marti Harvey traveled to Austin last month to attend the Texas Tribune Event and serve on a panel discussing the future of journalism. … Senior Lecturer Kim Pewitt Jones represented UT Arlington and the Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at the organization’s national convention in Anaheim, Calif., last month. Jones is an advisor for UTA SPJ and an officer for the SPJ Fort Worth Chapter. … Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith presented a paper, “For the Fame Which May Be Forgotten: Two Magazines and the Fight to Save Mount Vernon, 1855-1860,” at the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) Convention in New Orleans last month. The paper was awarded the Maurine Beasley Award for outstanding paper in women’s history and was runner-up for the Best Faculty Paper award. Pribanic-Smith also received the Joseph McKerns Research Grant, a $1,250 award to assist with archival research travel and the President’s Award for sustained and meritorious service to AJHA. … Master’s candidate Laura Kinch was recently selected by for the 2013-2014 DFW American Marketing Association Mentor Program. Kinch is the Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications at UT Arlington. … A ringtone created by communication technology major Umear Ali has been picked up by iTunes. Ali’s iPhoneremix is ranked in the Top 20 worldwide and No. 1 in Canada. … Broadcast major Shaun Hudgins is interning with The Ben and Skin Show this semester after a summer internship with KRLD/105.3 The Fan working with Texas Rangers game audio. … Communication studies major Evann Crawford is currently participating in the Ford Grant Research Study with Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley. The research project is a partnership with Mission Arlington in an attempt to create diabetes awareness. … Public relations major Sara Tariq is a contributing writer for New York-based VIBE magazine, a contributing writer and editor for a music blog,, and is working an an intern for an LA-based artist management company. … Public relations and communication technology double major Noe Ponce is a contributing writer for … Public relations major Brandon Demings is working in UTA’s Health Service Substance Abuse and Health Promotions Department as the senior intern and lead educator. Demings is responsible for marketing, publicity and community relations for the organization and also works in peer education and counseling, providing support to students who may be dealing with substance abuse or alcohol problems. … Alyssa Davis (BA, ’13) is a camera operator at KTXD-TV in Addison. … Broadcast major Erick Fernandez is working the NBC 5-TV production crew at the station’s new facility, south of DFW Airport.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Assistant Professor Seokjin Jeong recently published an article, “Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Special Needs Diversionary Program in Reducing Reoffending Among Mentally Ill Youthful Offenders” in the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. … Graduate students Callie Brown and Kingsley Chigbu both had papers reprinted as articles in fall issues of Law Enforcement Executive Forum Journal. Professor and department chair Alex del Carmen served as a co-author on each paper. … “Disproportionate juvenile minority confinement: A state-level assessment of the racial threat hypothesis,” an article co-authored by Assistant Professor Jaya Davis, was recently published in Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, an academic journal. … Davis presented a paper, “Service-Learning Use in Criminal Justice Education,” at the annual Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice conference in San Antonio.  Jeong also presented at the conference. His paper was titled, “ What Teachers Can do to Make a Safe School Climate and Reduce Fear of Victimization in School.” … In July, Senior Lecturer Patricia Eddings presented lectures on collecting forensic evidence to the operating staffs at John Peter Smith Hospital and Harris Hospital. … Last year’s Honors College inductees include Ivette Cervantes, Ronni Hayes, Rebecca Hickey, Lisa Mueller, Scott Peel and Veronica Shrestha. … Scholarship winners for 2013-2014 include Veronica Shrestha (for the Presidential Scholarship) and Rebecca Hickey (for the Fleetwood Memorial Scholarship). … Recently, the Jillian Smith Memorial Internship was added as an opportunity for students. Nearly two dozen students served in internship positions during the Spring 2013 semester. The memorial internship was established to honor Arlington police officer Jillian Smith who was shot and killed responding to a domestic violence call in 2010. … The Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training held its fall seminar on the Fort Worth Campus. The program title “So You Want to be A Police Chief?” addressed the topic of leadership in law enforcement.

Associate Professor Wei Chen (Phyics), left, and Dean of Liberal Arts Beth Wright chat during a recent reception for the SAVANT Center, a UT Arlington group studying "security advances via applied nanotechnology." (Photo contributed)
Associate Professor Wei Chen (Phyics), left, and Dean of Liberal Arts Beth Wright chat during a recent reception for the SAVANT Center, a UT Arlington group studying “security advances via applied nanotechnology.” (Photo contributed)

ENGLISH: Professor Cedric May was quoted in a New York Times article about college students and changing attitudes toward technology. … Assistant Professor William Arce joined Associate Professor Christian Zlolniski (Anthropology) for a Sept. 15 radio show on KFCD 990AM. The two discussed the Mexican War of Independence in 1810 and its impact on today’s culture. … Professor Ken Roemer will lead a group of students from his ENGL 6333 course on a Nov. 2 tour of Whitehawk, a grassroots, sustainable community outside Denton, Texas. The cooperative was established in the 1970s. … The department will host author Paul Bogard at a lecture event Nov. 6 at the UTA Planetarium. Bogard’s visit is part of the department’s “Big Bang Theories” lecture series throughout the year. The 7 p.m. lecture is sponsored by the Arlington Conservation Council.

HISTORY: Assistant Professor Sarah Rose and colleague Joshua Salzmann (Northeastern Illinois University) argue that Major League Baseball players’ use of steroids has been driven by the changing business of baseball, according to a Chicago Tribune opinion piece. … Doctoral student Justin Dellinger recently won the Ristow Prize from the Washington Map Society. Last year, Thomas Weiss, another History student, won.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Five UT Arlington linguists will present work at the fifth annual Metroplex Linguistics Conference in Dallas on Oct. 26. Assistant Professor Naoko Witzel will present a paper, “How second language words function in memory;” Assistant Professor Suwon Yoon will present a paper, “On the distribution of NPIs in clausal comparatives;” doctoral student Samantha Cornelius will present a poster on “Multisyllabic rhyme in contemporary American hip hop;” doctoral student Libby Tatz will present a poster on “Mentoring at the Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop 2012;” and doctoral student Lori McClain Pierce will present a paper on “Vowel Centralization in Choctaw.” … An article by Associate Professor and Department Chair Laurel Smith Stvan — “Stress management: Corpus-based insights into vernacular interpretations of stress” — will appear in an upcoming issue of Communication & Medicine journal.  … A joint project on child language acquisition by Assistant Professor Cindy Kilpatrick and Associate Professor Jodi Tommerdahl (Curriculum and Instruction) was covered on WAMC, an NPR radio station in Albany, N.Y.

MUSIC: Associate Professor Dan Cavanagh will perform original pieces at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in Irons Recital Hall as part of a poetry event sponsored by the Department of English. … Senior percussion major Emmanuel Flores was recently selected as one of five recipients of a 2013 Texas PASIC Scholarship from the Percussive Arts Society.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Professor Joseph Ignagni said modern texts sometimes misinterpret the Second Amendment in a CBS 11 KTVT story about a textbook used in a Denton Guyer High School class. Ignagni pointed to the landmark DC v. Heller Supreme Court decision of 2008, in which the justices in a 5-4 vote declared the Federal Government could not pass a law restricting individual rights to guns. … The Dallas Morning News interviewed Professor José Angel Gutiérrez for a September story about Dallas Mexican-Americans and their involvement in electing John F. Kennedy in 1960. … In a commentary piece for National Interest, Assistant Professor Brent Sasley argues that Russia does not post a threat to the U.S. in the Middle East. … KLIF/570 AM interviewed Assistant Professor Daniel Sledge about open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, which began Oct. 1, and fears surrounding the law. … The Washington Post interviewed Professor Victoria Farrar-Myers about state Sen. Wendy Davis’s campaign for governor.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Assistant Professor Ritu Khanduri (Anthropology) was recently elected to a three-year term on the American Anthropological Association’s Committee on World Anthropologies. … The third edition of “Critical Social Theories” (Oxford University Press) by Professor Ben Agger (Sociology) is now available in print.

THEATRE ARTS: Professor Andrew Christopher Gaupp has been invited as a guest artist for the New Play Development Workshop in Scottsdale, Ariz., next summer. The workshop is held in conjunction with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s annual conference.  Gaupp will serve as either an actor or director for one of the six to eight new plays selected nationally to be premiered on July 27, 2014. … Department Chair and Professor Kim LaFontaine will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Rochester Repertory Theatre Company which he co-founded in Rochester, Minn. … Associate Professor Dennis Maher played two roles at Fort Worth Theater, Stage West production of “Thank You, Jeeves” last month/. The play was directed by legendary Fort Worth actor/director/producer Jerry Russell. … Theatre Arlington’s production of “Annie” won several awards for UT Arlington faculty, staff, students and alumni. The production won nine Stony Awards to lead all categories and was named Best Musical. Alumni nominated for Stonys were Hannah Kashmar, Steven D. Morris and Molly Dobbs (’12); Maher was also nominated. Winners included Celi (Radillo) Bowling (’06) and Adjunct Lecturer Melanie Mason (’93). … Gregory Alan Cooke (’12) and Eugene Chandler (’12) were named to the cast of Theatre Arlington’s “Of Mice and Men.” The production, co-directed by Mason and Maher, will open this month. … Senior Lecturer Natalie Gaupp was this year’s featured playwright at the Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas. Three new works by Natalie Gaupp were presented in live readings by professional actors. … Adjunct Professor Laurel Whitsett continues her work with the Dallas Theater Center’s actors in Clybourne Park as the sign language consultant/language coach and will be performing in “Death Tax” by Lucas Hnath, directed by Rene Moreno, at the Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth beginning Oct. 17. … Theatre major Anna Boyd recently a regional commercial through NTVIC Productions for Twisted Root. … Theatre major Adrian Stecker recently appeared in the short film, “The Henchmen.” … Alumnus Matt Grevan finished an apprenticeship at the Dallas Theatre Center this past summer and just started an MFA in Stage Management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. … Maverick Theatre Company member Dale Shelton describes why he became an actor in a recent YouTube post.


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