COLA Notes for February 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Senior Lecturer Carlos Daniel Donjuan was recently voted as New American Paintings Reader’s Choice Artist of 2013. … FMV Magazine, an online site for film, music and video game reviews, featured Assistant Professor Ya‘Ke Smith as “One to Watch.” The reviewer described Smith’s 2012 film “Wolf” as “Hands down one of the best films, Hollywood, foreign or Independent, I have seen in the last five years – maybe ten.” … Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby was featured in the Modern Art Notes Podcast discussing his work, including his interest in quilts and how they pertain to his family history. His “Hidden in Plain Site,” an 18-foot-by-14-foot painting, was on view at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth through Feb. 2. … Visiting Assistant Professor Justin Ginsberg, who is also interim director of the glass program, has been invited for a one-month residency at Berlin Glas e.V. in Germany. … For the third time in four years, a piece by Ginsberg has also been selected for New Glass Review, an international publication from the Corning Museum of Glass and Neu Glas due in June. … Senior lecturer Bryan Floretin’s photograph, “Record 11.1,” was awarded first prize at a juried exhibition at Williams Tower Gallery in Houston. … Kapil Dixit (‘04) recently won a gold medal and an Arniko Youth Award for his “contribution and dedication in promoting nude figurative art in Nepal,” according to a Himalayan Times article. … A video featuring the Jonathan Campbell & Tanya Dowdey African Art Collection and Exhibit, located in the Visual Resource Commons room on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building – North Section, is available on … Gallery 76102 will host 15 paintings and works on paper from local artist Bill Barter from Feb. 6 to March 31. … The second Dallas Biennial, a multi-site art exposition, is under way, KERA’s Art & Seek reported. Michael Mazurek (MFA, ’11) and Jessie Morgan Barnett (MFA, ’11; BA, ’07) are founders, organizers and curators of the event, which not only runs at local galleries but also online and on billboards around the area.

COMMUNICATION: A paper by Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee and co-author Paul Kozar, entitled “Negotiation of competing discourses by primary caregivers of hospice patients,” will be presented in May at the ICA International Communication Association’s annual conference in Seattle. … Broadcast lecturer Julian Rodriguez has authored a paper — “Unauthorized Immigrant Population of Texas: Technology Adoption and News Media Consumption” — that has been selected for presentation at this year’s Broadcast Education Association convention April 6-9 in Las Vegas, N.V. … Broadcast Lecturer Melanie Mason directed “Enchanted April” for Theatre Arlington last month. A review for the show appeared in The Shorthorn. … Students in Chatterjee’s COMS 3316 Communication in Human Relations class are assisting the organization Helping Restore Ability. The students are helping the non-profit organization’s marketing communications and fundraising projects as part of a semester-long service learning project. … Martin Lisius (’86) and his group, Texas Severe Storms Association, hosted a national conference Feb. 8 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. … In a column for the San Antonio Express-News last month, Assistant Professor Dustin Harp, who studies media coverage of women in politics, commented on a focus on state Sen. Wendy Davis’ mothering and “personal details about how a couple financially maneuvers through their marriage.” … Students from the UTA chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists braved the cold to sell spirit beads and wristbands before the women’s basketball game Feb. 6. … Renee Groskreutz, co-owner and Chief of Creative of FunCitySocialMedia and Vice President/Creative Barista at Ralph’s Design & Deli, was the guest speaker at the Feb. 5 meeting of the UTA chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Linsey Fagan, interactive recruiter at Onward Search, was the Feb. 10 featured speaker. … The Association for Women in Communications is hosting a Valentine’s Day-themed fundraiser, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14, in the University Center’s Palo Duro Lounge. The group will sell roses and chocolate chip cookies. … Dallas Morning News environmental writer Randy Loftis spoke to Society of Professional Journalists students Jan. 30 during a chapter meeting. … Communication Studies major Lawanda McKelvy has been accepted to the UTA McNair Scholars Program. … Josh Sours (’13) will be calling two away games for UTA Men’s Basketball on KKGM 1630AM this coming March. … Anthony Garcia (’13) was hired by Concussion Advertising as a web developer. … Tiffany Jackson (’13) was recently hired as a front-end web developer at Southwest Airlines. … Tracy Nanthavongsa (’11) is working as graphic and web specialist at Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. … Christopher Dinh (’12) recently moved from Fossil to Fidelity Investments in July as an associate user experience designer. … Lauren Devoll (’13) is working as digital marketing associate for the Republican National Committee (RNC).

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Assistant Professor Jaya Davis was interviewed by KDAF for a Jan. 22 story about the increase in arrests of young males.

ENGLISH: Associate Professor Cedrick May wrote that part of the significance of “12 Years a Slave” lies in how the film sheds light on the unbearable treatment of women and children in the era of American slavery in an op-ed published last month by The Dallas Morning News.

HISTORY: Associate Professor Marvin Dulaney, who is all the department chair, discussed the origins of Black History Month last week during “Deep in the Heart of Black Texas: Why We Celebrate Black History Month,” a lecture event sponsored by the Center for African American Studies. … Associate Professor Stephanie Cole‘s article “Servants and Slaves in Louisville: Race, Ethnicity, and Household Labor in An Antebellum Border City” recently won the Ohio Valley History’s Richard C. Wade Award. The article was originally published in the OVH journal in spring 2011. … Doctoral student Brad Borougerdi wrote an article on the legal history of hemp for  the Historical News Network. … CKNW/980 AM (Vancouver, B.C.) interviewed Associate Professor Elisabeth Cawthon about Queen Elizabeth, whose cash reserves have plummeted to an all time low.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Doctoral student Iya Khelm will present a paper at the Second St. Petersburg Winter Symposium on Experimental Studies of Speech & Language, which will be held at St. Petersburg State University, Russia, on Feb. 20-March 1. … Anastasia Giannakidou (University of Chicago) will speak Feb. 21 at the Department of Linguistics and TESOL’s colloquium series. Giannakidou’s talk is titled “Scalar marking without scalar meaning: referentially vague polarity items in Greek and Korean.” … Lecturer Traci Weast (PhD, ’08) was recently named  Vice President for the American Sign Language Teacher’s Association. She presented at an ASLTA workshop in last semester on student feedback, entitled “What Do you Mean by Fluency and Why Didn’t I Get an A.” … Professor Colleen Fitzgerald recently published a new article, “Training Communities, Training Graduate Students: The 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop,” in the journal Language Documentation & Conservation. It was co-authored with Mary Linn (University of Oklahoma). … Fitzgerald lays out the advantages of attending the CoLAng 2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research in a blogpost published by the Linguistic Society of America’s Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation. The event will begin in June 2014.

McDOWELL CENTER: The Charles T. McDowell Center’s Critical Area Student Seminars (CASS) presents “Ukraine” at noon Feb. 21 in 200 Trimble Hall. The cultural presentation will last 30 minutes with a 20-minute dialogue time for discussion and questions. Contact Eliza Oren at for more details.

MUSIC: Associate Professor Tim Ishii, director of jazz studies, was interviewed as part of a professional big band at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, KTXD 47’s Texas Daily show reported last week. The live band is the only in existence at a U.S. rodeo and has been playing at the annual event for more than four decades. … Professor Jing Ling-Tam conducted of the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division Honor Choirs in Baltimore, Md., on Feb. 8. … Jesus Martinez (’11) performed with the Irving Symphony on Feb. 8, Dallas Art News reported. Martinez performed his new work, Harmonic Tremor, with the symphony.

PRE-LAW CENTER: Christian Nisttahuz, a double major in public relations and Spanish, recently one a free Kaplan LSAT prep course when students from the Pre-Law Center visited Southern Methodist University’s Minority Students’ Law Symposium.  … The National Society of Leadership and Success’s UT Arlington chapter will host its annual MCAT and LSAT Prep Course Silent Auction today at noon in University Hall Room 116.

PHILOSOPHY: Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit papers on any aspect of the Greco-Roman civilization for the Douglas Britt Carvey Classics Award. Deadline is March 17 and papers must be submitted to Associate Professor Charles Chaisson. With winning entry will be announced at UTA’s Adventures in Antiquity symposium April 10.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Assistant Professor Heidi Hardt recently published a new book, Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response, with Oxford University Press. … A new book by Professor Susan Hekman, titled The Feminine Subject, will be published by Polity Press later this year. … Haaretz, a prominent Israeli paper, published a piece by Associate Professor Brent Sasley. He argues that demands that Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish state won’t protect Israel’s borders, as most who make that demand really want. … Professor Victoria Farrar-Myers commented on President Obama’s State of the Union late last month for Fox 4’s Good Day Sunday. … Univision Houston interviewed Professor Jose Gutiérrez and his wife, Natalia Verjat Gutiérrez, a professor of languages at Tarrant County College, about their new book, Images of America: The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education. … In a column for the San Antonio Express-News last month, Chairperson and Associate Professor Rebecca Deen said the latest controversy surrounding state Sen. Wendy Davis’ life story could serve as both legitimate inquiry and a nest for sexism.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Professor Ben Agger wrote an article about texting for Inquiry, UT Arlington’s research magazine. … A new book by Agger and Tim Luke (Virginia Tech University), Gun Violence and Public Life, was recently released by Paradigm Publishers. … Leslie (Graceffo) DeArman (MA-Sociology, ’08) was recently joined Southern Methodist University as an advisor and instructor. … The CBS 11 website profiled Melina McKinnon (BA-Sociology, ’97) in her fund-raising efforts through Trinity Diversified Film Fund Advisors, a company that helps finance budding filmmakers. … Lindsey Teel (MA, ’13) was recently hired as a staff assistant for U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (D-San Antonio).

Theatre Arts students who attended the USITT Southwest Regional Symposium in Austin last month were, from left: Alohi Valdez, Jailene Torres, Raul Luna, Ellie Hunt, Adrien Vasquez, Tiffany Cromwell, Jorge Lanuza, Austin Brown and Rosalinda Olivares.
Theatre Arts students who attended the USITT Southwest Regional Symposium in Austin last month were, from left: Alohi Valdez, Jailene Torres, Raul Luna, Ellie Hunt, Adrien Vasquez, Tiffany Cromwell, Jorge Lanuza, Austin Brown and Rosalinda Olivares. (Photo contributed)

THEATRE ARTS: Specialist Michelle Harvey designed the scenery for the musical “Alexander’s House” at the Latino Cultural Center produced by the Turtle Creek Chorale this month. … Kristen Breann (’13) has signed with the highly selective The Campbell Agency in Dallas. … Alan Pollard (’10) gave an impromptu performance last month at Jazz After Dark, a well-known jazz club in London’s Soho district. … Junior Kelly Stewart has been performing as Hunyak in “Chicago” at Garland Civic Theatre. … Junior theatre arts major Travis Fant runs a theatre group called The Vanguard Players. Other members include junior Katie Weekley and Bridie Corbett ‘(13). … Junior Lea Smith has been working as stage manager for “Robin Goodfellow” at The Creative Arts Theatre and School (CATS). … At the USITT SW Regional Symposium in Austin earlier this month, theatre arts students Jailene Torres won an honorable mention in costume construction and Austin Brown won an award for achievement in lighting design. … Senior Joseph Lee has been cast in a short film titled “South Town.” Junior Adrian Stacker has been tapped to direct it. … Senior Anna Marie Boyd has been cast as Diana in “Alls Well That Ends Well” and Amiens in “As You Like It” with the Stolen Shakespeare Guild. The plays open Feb. 14 and Feb. 21. … Alumnus Adam Nick Hill was recently nominated for Best Stage Manager at the The Column Awards. … Alyse Sefchik will be working at Scarborough Fair this summer in a performance capacity. … Phillip Morgan (’04) is the president-elect of TETA and the head of performing arts programs in the Waco ISD. … Alumnus Mandy Stockhausen is the theatrical and controls Specialist with Architectural Lighting Associates. … Senior Jonathan Crawford received a call back for a lead role in the road tour and/or Broadway replacements for “Book of Mormon.” … Senior Samantha Fields was called back to the prestigious Trinity Shakespeare Festival in Fort Worth. … Senior G. Dean McBride worked as assistant director/stage manager for “Ostinato,” a play written and directed by Playwright-in-residence Natalie Gaupp, which was presented as part of the Yolo Solo Festival Jan. 21-26. … Junior Christopher Whitehead assisted in the direction of Tarrant County College Northwest Campus’s production of “The Good Woman of Szechwan.” The group will be the only two-year college to perform next month at the invitational Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Louisiana.

WOMEN’S & GENDER STUDIES: The theme for the 2014 Women’s History Month Lecture Series is “Superheroines! Female Heroes in Fact and Fiction.” The free lectures begin Feb. 27. Get more information at


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