COLA Notes for December 2013

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: The Dallas Morning News did a two-page report (on Dec. 9) on Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby’s exhibition at Valley House Gallery. He will participate in an artist talk at 11 a.m. Dec. 14. His exhibition will run through Jan. 11.

COMMUNICATION: The Department of Communication main office won “Best Decorated Box” in the UTA Golden Key food drive earlier this month. University-wide, the international honor society collected 1,161 pounds of food, beating the previous record of 464 pounds. … Several broadcast students in Radio Production/UTA Radio and TV Reporting won awards at the South Central Broadcasting Society Awards held Nov. 22 in Austin. Winners include: Shaun Hudgins, 3rd place audio spot production; Adrian Gandara, 2nd place audio news feature package; Paul Bennett, 3rd place video news feature package; Angelina Armendariz, 2nd place video hard/spot news; Omar Castillon, 2nd place audio station imaging; Hannah Barnett and Travis Mejia, Honorable mention audio sports program; Marie Lopez, 2nd place audio news program; and UTA News en Espanol, 3rd place video news program. … The AAF (American Advertising Federation) student chapter at UTA hosted several speakers this semester, both through in-person visits and with the aid of technology through Skype. Noteworthy guests include a New York City-based creative director for Starbucks and Dove Chocolate; NYC-based account executive for an interactive and advanced advertising sales agency; multiple local speakers from the Fort Worth chapter of AAF; and a social media expert from Dallas. … Assistant Professor Rachel Stohr traveled to Washington, D.C. last month to serve as a respondent for a panel entitled, “(Dis)connections of Agency, Voice, and Self: Narratives from LGBTQ Students and Allies about Creating Safe Zones and Enacting Civil Disobedience,” at the National Communication Association annual convention. … Broadcasting major Candice Stinnett was featured in an WFAA story about surviving cancer and preparing for her third marathon. … Several students worked with Fox Sports during as production assistants at the recent Baylor vs.Texas Tech game at AT&T Stadium. The students included Dena Adi, Avery Anderson, Candice Stinnett, Dylan Fry and Scott Stone. … Graduates Shaunda Poster and Sean Noel are working for TXA 21. Poster is a sideline reporter for TXA 21’s coverage of high school football, and Noel is a camera operator. … Broadcasting major Allie Woldtvedt has accepted a position as an on-air reporter for KODE, Joplin, Mo. … Graduate Lucille Wong is working with a program called TaLK (Teach and Learn in Korea), sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education. The after-school program allows its scholars to gain hands-on teaching experience as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher while offering flexibility for travel. Wong is teaching first through sixth grade for the organization.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: CQ Researcher extensively quoted Alex del Carmen, professor and department chair, in an article about racial profiling. “Racial profiling as a whole doesn’t have the prevalence that the media would lead the public to believe, but it happens more often than the folks on the other spectrum say,” del Carmen said. “Racism continues to be a problem in the law enforcement community.” Del Carmen’s “Racial Profiling in America,” was also cited as one of the leading books in racial profiling in the United States.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Assistant Professor Suwon Yoon and Masaya Yoshida (Northwestern University) will present “When are Clause-Final Verbs Facilitated in Korean?” at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting Jan. 3, 2014, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. … Doctoral student Lori McLain Pierce will present “Vowel centralization in Choctaw” at a meeting for The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas on Jan. 3. Professor Colleen Fitzgerald and Joshua Hinson (Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program) will present “Expressing potential and ability in Chickasaw.”

On Dec. 3, Mexican writer Daniel Espartaco Sanchez visited with students from Associate Professor Ignacio Ruiz-Perez’s Mexican literature class. The visit was organized by the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas. (Photo by Robert Crosby, University Communications)

MUSIC: Artist-in-residence Adonis Rose will perform with the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the newly renovated Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth. … The Department of Music is offering a unique course next spring: World Music Ensemble. Students will learn about music from Africa, the Caribbean and South America. For more information, log on to

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Faculty and students gathered last month for the Visions in International Relations Graduate Conference, a graduate student conference organized from Assistant Professor Burcu Bayram’s Theories in International Relations course. The mini-conference enabled graduate students to give presentations on their research. … Assistant Professor Brent Sasley co-wrote a guest column about technology changes and scholarly norms for The Duck of Minerva. Mira Sucharov, associate professor of political science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, served as co-author of the piece. … Sasley also penned a piece for Foreign Affairs, examine the shifts in Israeli security establishment and foreign relations. … A Mansfield News-Mirror opinion piece about the development of Mansfield quoted Associate Professor Allan Saxe. The debate among the swelling population is whether Mansfield is a big town or small city. “Mansfield is a city, it’s growing and doing it in a methodical way, with zoning and building codes,” Saxe said. “They looked at other cities. That’s good, it shows that people are paying attention.” … Assistant Professor Daniel Sledge was featured in a Weather Channel online story about the historical shift in public health threats in America, from diseases such as typhoid and malaria to chronic illnesses like heart disease and cancer. “Part of the reason [chronic diseases are more common] is that people just live longer,” he said.

THEATRE ARTS: Associate Professor Joe Chapa is presented a combat workshop at last month’s Texas Thespian Festival. The workshop, entitled “Pow without the ow!,” covered the most abused combat elements in high school theatre: the slap, the fall and the punch. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer performed in the Amphibian Stage Production’s staged reading of “After Ashley” by Gina Gionfriddo on Dec. 8-9. … Kristina Broadway (’14), a performer in “As It Is in Heaven,” was featured in a Youtube video highlighting the balance of her school and family life. … The official name for Maverick Theatre Company on twitter has changed to UTAMavTheatre. Don’t you like how that sounds! Follow us and retweet our posts! … Maverick Theatre Company member Heather Moore will begin an internship next year at CATS (Creative Arts Theatre School) in Arlington. … Theatre Arts major Brian Robinson recently finished performing in “Dante’s Inferno” with MBS Productions at the Addison Stone Cottage Theatre. … Josh Smith is the shop foreman at the Dallas Children’s Theatre … Anthony Bowling (’06) is performing with Four Day Weekend Improv Group. … Many Maverick Theatre Company students auditioned and won roles in various final semester short film projects, including: Benira Miller, Brian Robinson, Bentleight Nesbit, Anna Marie Boyd, Elsie Taljaard and Joshua Davis. … Nesbit will also be performing in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” with Kids Who Care at the Scott Theatre in Fort Worth. … Theatre Arts major Marrilynn Ready recently published a children’s book, “Colie the Coal Elf,” through

WOMEN’S STUDIES: The Women’s & Gender Studies program is accepting applications for the Junior Woman’s Club of Fort Worth Scholarship. Minors in the program have until Wednesday, April 2, 2014, to submit application materials. Application instructions are found by going to and using the Junior Woman’s Club of Fort Worth Scholarship link in the navigation menu.


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