COLA Notes for November 2013

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon made is debut at the Dallas Museum of Art last month. His solo exhibition, “Concentrations 56: Stephen Lapthisophon: Coffee, seasonal fruit, root vegetables” and “Selected Poems ” is open through March 30, 2014, and is part of the “Concentrations” series of project-based solo exhibitions by international emerging and under-represented artists. … The glass studio at the Studio Arts Center was open during UT Arlington’s annual Parent Family Weekend last month. Pictures of live demonstrations were post on  The Shorthorn’s website. … Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith was quoted in a story about the Hollywood trend toward more movies about the black experience in America. Smith cautioned against focusing solely on historical subject matter instead of modern-day situations, saying he’d like to see a mix of “both sides of the narrative.” He said: “We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.” … Smith’s newest film, “Heaven,” is already getting advance buzz from Texas media. … Professor Nancy Palmeri was a faculty organizer for Wild Pony Express, a letterpress card, poster and hand-bound book sale on Nov. 8. Proceeds from the sale will go to underwrite student conference trips and workshop scholarships. … Original work by Senior Lecturer Carlos Donjuan was included in the latest issue (and cover) of New American Paintings. … Work by MFA candidate Jean Fernandes has been selected for several national exhibitions. She has upcoming shows in Key West, Fla., Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Denton. Recent shows include galleries in Seattle, Naperville, Ill., and Wichita, Kan. … The UTA chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Art – AIGA UTA – hosted a speaker’s tour, alumni panel and gallery reception Nov. 7. Guests included Diana Tran (Google), Lily Smith-Kirkley (Lilco Press) and Jos Ege (Texas A&M Unviersity). … David Gappa (’96) has opened Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery in Grapevine, The Dallas Morning News reported in a feature story. The studio offers classes in glassblowing, which Gappa learned while earning his degree from UT Arlington.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: Taylor and Shirlee Gandy will be awarded the Distinguished Philanthropists Award primarily through efforts that funded the Kennedy Tribute in downtown Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Several groups at UT Arlington, including the College of Liberal Arts, have benefited from the Gandys’ fundraising expertise and student scholarship endowments.

Shaunda Poster ('13) debuted this fall as a sideline reporter for the KTXA 21 "High School Football" game coverage. (Photo contributed)
Shaunda Poster (’13) debuted this fall as a sideline reporter for the KTXA 21 “High School Football” game coverage. (Photo contributed)

COMMUNICATION: UTA Radio News has been honored with a Best Newscast award from College Broadcasters, Inc. A finalist for the award in the past, this is the first win for the station. UTA Radio beat out UT Pan American and Rowan University for the honor. … Associate Professor Andrew Clark was interviewed last month in a CW 33 KDAF story about the use of drones by law enforcement agencies. … Faculty, staff and students can drop off donations for the Golden Key International Honour Society’s 3rd Annual Golden CAN Food Drive in the Department of Communication main office, Room 118 in the Fine Arts building. … The UTA Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) hosted Dallas Morning News staffer Will Pry at the organization’s Oct. 30 meeting. … Public relations students enrolled in PR Case Studies classes this semester got to learn about real-world applications of PR techniques during a Nov. 5 presentation on Crisis Communication/International PR. Guest speakers included Jennifer Lanter (Gladney Center for Adoption), Heidi Bruegel Cox (Gladney Center for Adoption) and Lisa LeMaster. … The Association for Women in Communication will host guest speaker Pantheon president and owner Elizabeth R. Schick at the chapter’s next meeting, noon, Nov. 13. in Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center. The cost to attend is $5 with free admission for AWC members. … Don Flanders, senior account executive with New York-based Rovi Advertising, will be the guest speaker at the next Ad Club meeting. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 13 in Room 409, Fine Arts building. … Associate Professor Eronini Megwa traveled to Nigeria on Oct. 16-26 to present a paper, “The Changing Mechanisms of Influence: Social media & Reporter-source interplay,” at the 16th annual conference of the African Council for Communication Education (ACCE). … An interview with lecturer and graphic specialist Roby B. McEuen is included in the Bard Graduate Center Craft, Art & Design Oral History Project. McEuen’s daughter, Laurel McEuen, interviewed her dad as part of her master’s work on the project. … Recent graduate Vania Salinas has been hired by Univision-Dallas. Salinas is taking over UT Arlington alumna Reyna Cavazos’ position as morning editor now that Cavazos is moving to full-time anchor/reporter for the station’s morning show.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Professor and Department Chair Alejandro del Carmen was quoted in an Associated Press story about a series of four mass killing of families that took place in Arizona, New York, Texas and South Carolina during October, which was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. WFAA was one of several media outlets that ran the story. … The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice co-sponsored the fifth annual Texas Human Trafficking Summit in Dallas on Oct. 16. Assistant Professor Jaya Davis was an invited speaker and lectured on the correlation between female juvenile delinquency and risk factors for human trafficking victimization.

ENGLISH: Conservationists Paul Bogard (The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light) and Green Earth Lighting owner Cindy Luongo Cassidy discussed the impact of nighttime artificial light on physical, mental and spiritual health at an Arlington Conservation Council (ACC) workshop last week at the Planetarium at UT Arlington. The event was co-sponsored by the Department of English.

College of Liberal Arts Dean Beth Wright (center) and UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari (far right) were among several university officials who gathered last month for the African American Faculty Staff Association reception in the University Club. Associate Professor W. Marvin Dulaney (History) is the past-president of the 30-member group. (Photo contributed)
College of Liberal Arts Dean Beth Wright (center) and UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari (far right) were among several university officials who gathered last month for the African American Faculty Staff Association reception in the University Club. Associate Professor W. Marvin Dulaney (History) is the past-president of the 30-member group. (Photo contributed)

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: As part of the Foundation for Endangered Languages Conference held in early October at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, Joshua Hinson (Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program) and Professor Colleen Fitzgerald presented a paper, “‘Ilittibaatoksali ”We are working together’: Perspectives on Our Chickasaw Tribal-Academic Collaboration.” The published paper appears in Endangered Languages Beyond Boundaries: Community Connections, Collaborative Approaches, and Cross-Disciplinary Research. … Fitzgerald was also awarded a Faculty Fellowship on Sustainability in the Curriculum from the UT Arlington’s Sustainability Committee.

MUSIC: Professor Jing Ling-Tam will conduct the 2014 Alaska All State Mixed Choir on Nov. 20-23. Earlier this month she was the headliner at the Alberta Choir Federation lecture workshops in Canada. … A new CD from Assistant Professor Scott Pool, “Vocalise,” was recently released on Mark Records and is available through He was also a featured artist Nov. 9 at the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, Calif.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor and Chair Rebecca Deen spoke about recent elections and previewed the 2014 races in a North Texas Commission webinar event on Monday, Nov. 11. … Professor Victoria Farrar-Myers appeared on the WBAP/TALK 820 AM’s Wade Emmert Show last month to discuss the U.S. government shutdown and the 2013 Texas elections. Farrar-Myers also spoke about Democratic Party trends in Dallas County to a group at the Inspiring Body of Christ Church in south Dallas. … Associate Professor Allan Saxe said one reason voters stayed away from the polls earlier this month stemmed in the difficulty in understanding the way the proposed constitutional amendments were composed and written, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. “Constitutional Amendments do matter because once passed it is difficult to overturn them since they are now part of the Constitution,” Saxe said. … World Magazine quoted Assistant Professor Daniel Sledge about President Obama’s apology to Americans who are surprised they’re losing their current health insurance plans.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Professor Ben Agger (Sociology) and Timothy Luke (Virginia Tech University) co-authored a new book, “Gun Violence and Public Life,” now available through Paradigm Publishers. … Agger was recently quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article about a marijuana sales tax in Colorado.

THEATRE ARTS: Assistant Professor Anne Healy will stage a setting of the Thomas Hood poem “Fair Isles,” a choral piece for UTA’s A Cappella Choir under the direction of Dr. Karen Kenaston-French. The piece will be performed at the Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio in February 2014. … Associate Professor Dennis Maher and Lecturer Melanie Mason (Communication) recently directed the critically acclaimed production of “Of Mice and Men” for Theatre Arlington.  Alumni Gregory Alan Cooke (’12) and Eugene Chandler (’12) had major roles in the play. … Maher will direct “Robin Goodfellow” for Creative Arts Theatre and School in February 2014. … Alumna Kathryn Ivey (’12) is a crew member and entertainer aboard Disney Cruise Lines; she previously interned at Walt Disney World before her embarkation. … Associate Professor Joe Chapa finished directing “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood” at The Creative Arts Theatre and School. … Maverick Theatre Company’s Flight 12, a student improv group, participated in the National Day of Reading at Fair Meadow Elementary in Duncanville. … Graduate Nicole Weber (’12) performed last month in “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” at McDavid Studio in Fort Worth.

WOMEN’S STUDIES: Administrative Assistant Trudi Beckman published an article, “The Tangibility of Mourning: Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Raven'” in the Lamar Journal of the Humanities earlier this year.


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