News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…
ART & ART HISTORY: “Dawn,” a new film by Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film, was screened during the 17th Annual HBO Short Film Award competition June 20, the FutonCritic.com reported. The prestigious award is part of the American Black Film Festival program. … Smith was interviewed on San Antonio Living, a WOAI NBC News 4 television program, about last month’s Juneteenth. He started a youth filmmaker award as part of the celebration. … Benito Huerta, professor and director of The Gallery at UTA, was featured in the July issue of 360 West. … KERA 90.1 FM reported that film students at UT Arlington competed for Best Narrative, Best Picture and Best Animation during the University’s two-day film festival last month at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. … Work by MFA candidate Morgan Chivers was featured at Ontario Science Center in Ontario, Canada. … Visual communication students Alexander Reyher, Drew Collins, Karolina Bebak, Kimi Nguyen, Samuel McKinnie and Nike Duraku from the Design Texas class have created a new identity for Humane Society of North Texas, a non-profit located in Ft. Worth. … Art Education students met four times during the Spring 2014 semester at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, teaching art lessons to middle schoolers from Kirkpatrick Middle School. … Students from UT Arlington were mentioned in the latest edition of AICC’s “Box Score” newsletter. The students — Holly Aldriedge, Ayla Haynes and Cosme Olivas — won first place in the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation’s 2014 competition this past spring.
COMMUNICATION: Radio & Television Business Report reported that 157 radio spots and campaigns, including UTARadio.com’s “Bullying Hurts,” made it to the finals of the 2014 Radio Mercury Awards, which honors outstanding radio created by advertising agencies, production companies, radio stations and students. The thirty-second PSA was produced by broadcast major Derica Booker. Though it did not win this year, this is the second time in four years UTA Radio has been named a finalist in the competition. The station won the award in 2011. … Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee presented in May a paper, “Negotiation of Competing Discourses by Primary Caregivers of Hospice Patients,” at the International Communication Association Conference in Seattle, Wash. Chatterjee also had an article, “The Role of Communicating Uncertainty and Information Subsidies on News Media Representation of the Female Condom’s Efficacy,” published in Journal Studies in Media and Communication. … Associate Professor Tom Christie presented a paper, “Gun Control and the Press After the Sandy Hook Killings: The Relationship Between Leading National Newspaper Coverage, Public Opinion and Public Policy,” at the 69th Annual American Association for Public Opinion Research Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in May. … Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley is co-author of an article, “Examining the Impact of Negative, User-Generated Content on Stakeholders,” which is slated for publication in Corporate Communications: an International Journal. … Wigley was one of 75 invited faculty members to Edelman’s 2014 Academic Summit, Storytelling at the Speed of Now, where educators learned from Edelman clients, media digital thought leaders and Edelman’s own leadership team. The conference was held in Chicago at DePaul University. … An article by Senior Lecturer Kim Pewitt-Jones has been accepted for publication by the Southwest Education Council. … Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith’s article, “Partisanship in the Antislavery Press during the 1844 Run of an Abolition Candidate for President,” was featured on the website of American Journalism, the journal of the American Journalism Historians Association. The article will also be published in the Summer 2014 issue of American Journalism. … Graduate student Alexandra Beshkova has been offered a graduate assistant position for UTA’s First Year Experience program. The First Year Experience Course (MAVS 1000) is required for incoming freshmen this fall. Beshkova will assist with the program in her GA position. … Broadcast major Nadi Bennett was invited by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to participate in the events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the civil rights act in 1964. Bennett traveled to Washington, D.C., on July 2. She was one of three UTA students selected. … Himanshu Patel (’14) was recently hired for a full-time internship with The Richards Group. … Several broadcast majors are interning with local television and radio stations this summer: Alexis Garcia is working with Cumulus Media while Kenzie Cox is at KEGL 97.1 (The Eagle) in Dallas; Jimena Fraga is interning with KDFW-FOX 4, and Charlie Vann and Jessica Stroud are lending their talents to Clear Channel-102.1 The Edge; David Kline is at WBAP News/Talk 820 AM, and David Bansigan is working with CBS Radio. … Public relations majors are also getting hands-on experience over the summer months: Elissa Ammon is serving as an intern for the College of Liberal Arts and Kimberly Muchow is with Easter Seals North Texas; Kieria Rickett is working with XTO Energy; and Kaigen House is with Static Magazine. … Advertising majors have also landed coveted internships: Hieu Duc Hoang at Atomic Design and Consulting, Dustin Daniel at Highland Lakes Camp and Conference Center, Katie Krivit at Parlor Advertising Agency, and Alexis Brazell at Ilfusion Creative. Cristina Arizmendiz is spending her summer with KHFA Fine Art and Abbie Beltran with the Moroch Agency. … Journalism major Maira Nieto is working with City of Arlington in its Office of Communication. … Communication Technology major Umear Ali is spending the summer in Florida, working with Fattmerchant. … Radio Advertising Bureau President Erica Farber visited the Summer I radio production class and discussed the state of the radio industry and her path from sales assistant to general manager to publication owner. … FOX 4 TV Reporter Melissa Cutler brought her 13 years of major-market experience to broadcast writing and reporting students, advising them to be creative when applying for jobs. … Alisa (Coleman) White, a former graduate adviser and associate professor from 1998-2005, has been selected as the candidate to be the next president of Tennessee’s Austin Peay State University, according to The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville).
CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Lauretta Hill (’93) has been appointed to serve as deputy chief of police in Miami Beach, the Miami Herald reported. The new appointment makes her Miami Beach’s first black deputy chief and its highest-ranking black officer.
ENGLISH: A Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about Cinco de Mayo quoted Assistant Professor William Arce, assistant director for the Center for Mexican American Studies, on the tradition of celebrating May 5 and the Battle of Puebla. … For the first time in Nolan Catholic High School’s 53-year history, the coed school will be led by a female graduate, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Erin Vader (’94) was named president at the diocese’s 1,000-student school after a change in leadership prompted a national search.
HISTORY: In several Al Jazeera America columns, Assistant Professor Oliver Bateman addressed topics such as whether steroidal usage causes heart disease and social media policies for faculty at higher education institutions. Bateman also authored a commentary about his professional journey in Salon.com. … Professor Emeritus Richard Francaviglia, author of “Go East Young Man: Imagining the American West as the Orient,” will be a featured speaker at the John C. Fremont symposium July 25-26 in Carson City, Nevada, the Nevada Appeal reported. Francaviglia taught at UT Arlington from 1991 to 2008. … Sylvia Leyba Hernandez (BA, ’81) was recently appointed by President Obama to lead the U.S. General Services Administration’s Greater Southwest Region, the Deming Headlight (N.M.) reported. Hernandez will oversee all GSA activities in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
LINGUISTICS & TESOL: KRLD/1080 AM (CBS Radio) interviewed Professor Colleen Fitzgerald about the Institute on Collaborative Language Institute, an international gathering of the world’s top linguists focused on preserving endangered languages. “Our language is an essential part of being human and how we express our humanity,” Fitzgerald said. “We’ve lost part of ourselves if we don’t have a connection to our heritage language.” A National Science Foundation grant awarded to Fitzgerald funded last month’s conference. … CoLang 2014, the Institute on Collaborative Language Research completed a successful two weeks of workshops on June 27, and is continuing on with more four weeks of field methods classes on the UT Arlington campus. Four linguistics doctoral students — Dan Amy, Lori Pierce, Samantha Cornelius and Elizabeth Tatz — have Graduate Research Assistantships for the summer as part of the CoLang support team, sponsored by an NSF grant awarded to Fitzgerald. … Associate Professor and Department Chair Laurel Stvan presented a paper on “Linguistic Reinforcement of Beliefs about the Causes of Health and Illness” at the Communication, Medicine and Ethics (COMET) conference in Switzerland on June 27. Funded by one of the newly launched College of Liberal Arts Research Endowment Awards, she also attended a master class there on Engaging Qualitatively with Healthcare Discourse Data. … Doctoral candidate Ashley Lober McKeever was recently hired as an assistant professor at Arkansas Tech University. McKeever, who will be defending her dissertation this summer on meter in folk verse of the Fur language, will begin this fall. … Funded from a 2013-2014 Festival of Ideas Global Research Fellowship as well as an Edmondson Endowment grant award from emeritus professor Jerry Edmondson, doctoral student Kent Rasmussen recently returned from a trip to Bunia and Nia-Nia in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There, he helped the Ndaka and Mbo communities develop draft alphabet charts and transition primers. … Doctoral student Jessica Rohr is once again teaching at Harvard University this summer, as part of the Institute for English Language Programs. … UT Arlington’s English Language Institute (ELI) has been asked again to provide instruction for the Chinese MBA English program for 3 weeks in August for UTA College of Business students. Adam Stein (MA TESOL, ’09), currently an instructor for ELI, is set to teach the program. … Adjunct instructs for ELI this summer include Iya Khelm (current doctoral student in Linguistics), Chloe Williams (M.A. Linguistics, ’14), Lana Marji (M.A TESOL, ’11) and Manar Saleh (M.A. TESOL, ’05).
MODERN LANGUAGE: Associate Professor Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez — who recently received the Ninth Annual Luis Cardoza y Aragón Poetry Prize, an international award open to poets from Mexico and Central America — was mentioned on the UT System blog, UT Matters.
MUSIC: Members of the UT Arlington jazz band spent part of their summer working with students in Germany. Check out video and pictures from the trip on the group’s Facebook page. … Visiting Assistant Professor Terri Sánchez was interviewed in the June issue of Miyazawa Flutes.
PHILOSOPHY: Four philosophy majors – Courtney Broderick, Mirza Islam, William Heeps and Jaryth Webber – will represent UT Arlington at Philosophers’ Jeopardy, a July 22 contest hosted by the Dallas Philosophers’ Forum. Teams from Southern Methodist University and University of Dallas will also compete. The event is slated for 7 p.m. at Unity of Dallas Church and admission is $10. … Associate Professor Charles Chiasson and the annual UTA Homerathon were featured in an article in Greek newspaper, Ethnos.
POLITICAL SCIENCE: Political Science major Heba Said, opinion editor of UT Arlington’s student newspaper The Shorthorn, received an unfriendly welcome at the Republican state convention in Fort Worth, Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy wrote. Said detailed her experience in a Shorthorn column. … Associate Professor Brent Sasley wrote an opinion piece for The Jerusalem Post about the need for Israel to address discrimination of its Arab population. The Jerusalem Post is Israel’s best-selling English-language daily. … Sasley was also quote in an AFP article about Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s campaign for the Turkish presidency. … The Dallas Morning News quoted Associate Professor Allan Saxe in a story about the small impact that opposition groups had on local school bond elections. “It’s extremely difficult to defeat a school bond election,” Saxe said. “You have to go up against administrators, teachers, retired teachers, chambers of commerce, the city officials and parents, all of whom generally believe the bond is in the best interest of the community.” … Professor Thomas Marshall was featured in a Dallas Morning News story about Rep. Ralph Hall touting the National Rifle Association’s endorsement and chiding his GOP runoff challenger for not being a member of the group. … The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News quoted Associate Professor and Department Chair Rebecca Deen in stories about the Texas Democratic Convention. The convention began June 26.
SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: The Census released new statistics last week that show the number of U.S. residents living in “poverty areas” has jumped significantly since 2000, the Christian Science Monitor reported. Professor Ben Agger (Sociology) said poor neighborhoods lack decent housing, schools, health care and food. … Agger weighed in on the Jahi McMath case for a Christian Science Monitor article and was quoted in a Tech Page One piece about BuzzFeed’s viral quizzes that have become popular with millions of social network users. … Earlier this year, Randolph College professor Lori Lee (BA, ’93; MA, ’97) was named the 2013 Virginia Professional Archaeologist of the Year by the Archaeological Society of Virginia. She received the award for her years of research at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, where she has helped discover, document, and analyze the lives of slaves who lived on the plantation.
THEATRE ARTS: Specialist Michelle Harvey designed the scenery for the U.S. premier of “Soho Cinders” at Uptown Players in Dallas which opened June 13. Harvey also designed “Divas Gone but not Forgotten” (June 20) for the Turtle Creek Chorale in Dallas. … Lecturer Felicia Bertch, a founding member of Wheaton Shakespeare in the Park in Chicago, is co-producing “Love’s Labour’s Lost” for the company in August as well as playing Jacquenetta in the show. … Bertch also taught a movement workshop at Trinity Valley School’s “Much Ado About Shakespeare.” This is the 8th annual Shakespeare performance/seminar for young adults produced by artistic directors, Anna and Dr. Don Carlson. … Associate Professor Joe Chapa and Specialist Jared Land taught workshops in stage combat and design respectively at the “Much Ado About Shakespeare” month-long seminar. … Senior Lecturer Natalie Gaupp directed a one-night-only crime drama, “A Steady Rain,” in the UTA Studio Theatre on June 28. The play starred senior Travis J. Fant and UT Arlington alumnus David Wilson-Brown. … Senior Lecturer Brandi Andrade is writing dramaturgical articles on all of Theatre Three’s female playwrights this season. Andrade is also performing readings at the Grand Prairie Library on July 15. … Senior Bentleigh Nesbit was cast as Mama Ogre and one of the 3 little pigs in “Shrek: the Musical” at Fort Worth’s theatre for children, Kids Who Care! Winston Daniels (’12) was cast as Donkey. … Senior Anna Marie Boyd has been cast in the national tour of “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.” … Olivia Shadan Aigbogun (’13) is currently in graduate school at UTA’s School of Social Work. Her master’s thesis will examine theatre as therapy. … Matthew Grevan (’08) Stage Managed and earned his Actors Equity Association union membership with “Soho Cinders” at Uptown Players in Dallas. … Theatre Arts major Omar Gonzalez worked as a set construction intern for “Soho Cinders” at Uptown Players in Dallas. … Senior Tiffany Cromwell was hired as a spotlight operator for “Soho Cinders” at Uptown Players, Dallas. She is also working backstage on the following show, “The Boy from Oz.” … Brittany King (’12) was a costume intern on “Soho Cinders” at Uptown Players, Dallas … Jason Villarreal (’09) performed in Dallas Woody’s Turnabout on June 15, raising money and awareness for the Resource Center. He will also teach at the Dallas Children’s Theatre this month.