COLA Notes for January 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Larry Travis, a former UT Arlington photography instructor and department chair, died Monday after a long battle with prostate cancer, FD Luxe, a Dallas Morning News magazine, reported. Travis had worked for FD Luxe. … DFW.com featured upcoming rapper Sam Lao (née Samantha Mattice-Lowery, ‘13) in a recent article.

 Former President George W. Bush, left, and former First Lady Laura Bush, right, visited with Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby (Art & Art History) for a private viewing of Huckaby’s exhibit, “Everyday Glory,” at the Valley House Gallery in Dallas last month. The collection of paintings was on display through Jan. 11. (Photo by Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden)
Former President George W. Bush, left, and former First Lady Laura Bush, right, visited with Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby (Art & Art History) for a private viewing of Huckaby’s exhibit, “Everyday Glory,” at the Valley House Gallery in Dallas last month. The collection of paintings was on display through Jan. 11. (Photo by Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden)

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: Nominations are due Friday, Jan. 17 to recognize outstanding research and creativity at the spring faculty meeting for Outstanding Research Achievement or Creative Accomplishments and Distinguished Record of Research or Creative Activities. Both Provost-sponsored awards include cash prizes.

Over the holiday break, Emily Suied, PR graduate and past president of UTA’s PRSSA Chapter (left) and PR graduate Yasmine Gila (right) met with Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley to share news about their first jobs in the public relations field. Suied works as a junior account executive at Jasculca Terman in Chicago, an award-winning strategic communications firm specializing in public affairs. Gila works as an Account Executive at Expose Communications, at boutique agency with offices in London and Dubai. Gila works in the Dubai office. (Photo contributed)
Over the holiday break, Emily Suied, PR graduate and past president of UTA’s PRSSA Chapter (left) and PR graduate Yasmine Gila (right) met with Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley to share news about their first jobs in the public relations field. Suied works as a junior account executive at Jasculca Terman in Chicago, an award-winning strategic communications firm specializing in public affairs. Gila works as an Account Executive at Expose Communications, at boutique agency with offices in London and Dubai. Gila works in the Dubai office. (Photo contributed)

COMMUNICATION: A Dallas Morning News story earlier this month on the FAA’s announcement of drone test sites at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and in five other states included comment from Associate Professor Andrew Clark and Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne. The two have studied privacy rights and intrusion issues related to drone use. “In Texas … we’re pretty clear what rights you have below, but not really clear what rights you have above,” they said. … Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley served as a panelist at the Dec. 21 meeting of the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The chapter also awarded scholarships to local public relations students, including UT Arlington senior Christian Nisttáhuz. … Graphic specialist Roby B. McEuen is serving as an industry judge for the Tulsa AAF ADDY Competition, the first tier of a three-tier system for recognition of excellence in advertising and design. Winners will go on to district competition and, finally, national if they win at the district level. McEuen is also judging the 10th District Small Club ADDY Competition on Feb. 1 in Dallas. … Assistant Professor Sabrina Habib will travel to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 16-18 to present a paper at the Qualitative Report Conference sponsored by Nova Southeastern University. The paper, entitled “Grounded Theory: Why, What, and How,” aims to clarify the analysis process and kind of information that results from GT methodology. … The Department of Communication is working with more than 50 different local companies, non-profits and media outlets this semester to provide Communication students with internship opportunities. Communication Studies majors Raven Jennings and Evann Crawford are interning at CBS Radio in Dallas. COMM majors Kenzie Cox and Samantha Gutierrez are working with KEGL 97.1 and Clear Channel Radio, respectively. CTEC major Daniel Puente is serving as an intern for the Arlington Police Department, while CTEC major Travis Welborn is working with the City of Mansfield Communication Department. PREL majors are also landing internships this spring. Georgina Martinez is working with Disney Worldwide Services, and El Memeyi Murangwa is interning with a French-based company, L’Agence D’Information. Michael Magnus is working with the Tony Pompa for Texas Senate campaign. Edrea Au is interning with Tarrant County and De’Angela Giles is working in the PR office of Strauss Marketing . Several PREL students are gaining experience with on-campus internships this semester. Kimberly Edmonson is working with University Events and Felton Offard is serving as an intern for the UTA Athletics Department. Brittany Anderson is working with UT Arlington Alumni Association this semester. BCMN major Valerie Maedgen landed an internship with Red Balloon Network in Dallas, while BCMN major Nawal A. (Dena) Adi is working with Media West Inc. … Graduate Alexandria Woldtvedt is working as a news reporter for KODE in Joplin, Mo. … Graduate Tim Hanson (’08) is working as morning reporter and photographer at WHNT News 19 in Hunstsville, Ala.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: To accompany the publication of Assistant Professor Cynthia Kilpatrick and Dr. Jodi Tommerdahl’s recent article on the size of the language sample needed in order to draw reliable conclusions about morphological analysis, publishers Sage have also released a podcast in which the authors discuss topics related to a particular that article. … Professor Colleen Fitzgerald had a book chapter published in 2013: “Revisiting Tohono O’odham High Vowels” in Constructing the Past and Confronting the Present in the voices of Jane H. Hill (John Benjamins Press). … Adjunct Professor Keith Maurice, director of UT Arlington’s English Language Institute, will participate in a presentation at the winter meeting of UCIEP (University and College Intensive English Program consortium) in Bandera, Texas, on Feb. 7-8. … Gloria Munson, grammar/writing coordinator at the ELI, gave a presentation at the Texas TESOL 2013 state conference in Houston in the fall: “The Write Sequence: Exploring a topic through various genres.” Sally Stevens, instructor at the ELI, gave a presentation on “Presentation Tables” at the Texas TESOL 2013 state conference in Houston. … Pam Arlund (Ph.D., ’06) has a book out this month: A Chinese Tajik Reader: An Introduction to Sarikoy (Sarikol) Tajik. It’s the single largest repository in English of knowledge about Tajik’s grammar, phonetics, and phonology. … Josh Jensen’s (Ph.D. ’13) dissertation on Jarai syntax has been accepted for publication as a volume in the Mouton Pacific Linguistics series. … Vitaly Voinov‘s (Ph.D. ’13) dissertation on politeness in Tuvan has been accepted by the German publisher Harrassowitz and will be published at the end of 2014.

Dean Beth Wright, right, was one of three finalists for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Women’s Alliance Hero Award last year. Linda Dipert, left, and Kristin Vandergriff, center, were also nominated; Vandergriff won. (Photo by Alexander Portrait Designers)
Dean Beth Wright, right, was one of three finalists for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Women’s Alliance Hero Award last year. Linda Dipert, left, and Kristin Vandergriff, center, were also nominated; Vandergriff won. (Photo by Alexander Portrait Designers)

MUSIC: Associate Professor Michael Varner will be a guest artist at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton for “Percussion Fest 14” on Jan. 17-18. He will perform “The Dark Drum Cry’s … Glory” for marimba and dundun, a Yorba talking drum, as well as present “Skin That Speaks,” a full-length composition. … Nnenna Freelon & The John Brown Big Band’s recent release, “Christmas,” has ties to UT Arlington. Associate Professor Dan Cavanagh penned a big band arrangement of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” for the album, and Adonis Rose, UTA’s jazz artist in residence, played drums on the record. … Conner Gray Covington (’10) recently completed his first season as assistant conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Assistant Professor Brent Sasley wrote about the corruption scandals in Turkey and what it means for Turkish institutions for the The Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage blog. Sasley wrote that Turkey’s current prime minister has damaged the country’s political institutions by removing all institutional limitations on his power. … Sasley also wrote a piece for The Forward, examine the fight in Hillel (a national Jewish student organization) over how to define “pro-Israel” and what it means for advocacy regarding Israel. … National Public Radio’s Morning Edition reported on efforts to eliminate malaria globally and included comments from Assistant Professor Daniel Sledge. He recently analyzed what factors helped to eliminate malaria in the rural South in the 1930s. “The extent of malaria was in many ways comparable to what it is today in sub-Saharan Africa,” Sledge said. “The primary factor leading to the demise of malaria was large-scale drainage projects, which were backed up by the creation of local public health infrastructure.” … The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Associate Professor Allan Saxe in its story about tax time and other issues left undone by lawmakers before the end of 2013. … Steve Jenkins (’74) was recently named a partner at Jackson Walker, a Dallas-based law firm.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Archana Verma (Ministry of Culture, India) will be the keynote speaker February 10 for “Ways of Studying Art History: South Asia and the World.” The event, which will take place from 1-5 p.m. in the Central Library Sixth Floor Parlor, will also feature several Liberal Arts faculty members. … Nicole Constable (University of Pittsburgh) will present “Precarious and Privileged Lives: The Politics of Migrant Labor and Motherhood” on April 10 for the 2014 Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture. The annual event is tentatively schedule for 7 p.m. in the School of Architecture Auditorium. … “A Journal of No Illusions: Telos, Paul Piccone, and the Americanization of Critical Theory,” edited by Professor Ben Agger (Sociology) and Timothy W. Luke (Virginia Tech University), recently received an Honorable Mention award in the non-fiction category at the 2013 London Book Festival. … Agger weighed in on the recent Tarrant County case of a teenager who avoid jail time for causing a fatal accident, citing a “affluenza” defense.

Theatre Arts major Katherine Weekley is slated to star in Playwright-in-Residence Natalie Gaupp's new play "Ostinato," which will premiere at the YOLO Solo Festival on Jan. 21-26. (Photo contributed)
Theatre Arts major Katherine Weekley is slated to star in Playwright-in-Residence Natalie Gaupp’s new play “Ostinato,” which will premiere at the YOLO Solo Festival on Jan. 21-26. (Photo contributed)

THEATRE ARTS: Playwright-in-Residence Natalie Gaupp is among eight Dallas-area playwrights who will have the world premiere of their new short plays at the first YOLO Solo Festival, Jan. 21-26 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park, TheaterJones.com reported. … Assistant Professor Anne Healy has been invited to present her paper, “Cultures Colliding: Musical Dramatization of Americans in the Word,” at the 15th Biennial Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference on North American Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland, on May 12-16, 2014. … Senior Lecturer Brandi Andrade performed in Charles Busch’s “Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” in spring 2013 at Theatre Arlington. The show was included on a year-end “best of” list by Arnold Wayne Jones of Dallasvoice.com. … Associate Professor Dennis Maher will direct “Robin Goodfellow” at Creative Arts Theatre and School in February and March. … Aaron Bentler (’12) has taken a position at IP Illustration as a patent illustrator. … Bee Hudgins (’11) just began principal photography on a independent feature called “Three Steps Back to Awesome.” … Kelly Smith (’07) is working as an architectural lighting designer for the Lighting Design Alliance.

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