COLA Notes for September 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Senior Lecturer Mark Clive and MFA students Ryan Britton and Brendan Feltrup-Exum will work on safety training documentary for UTA’s Division for Enterprise Development. The Centers for Disease Control and National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health awarded the UTA group a grant worth $1 million over the next four years for its education projects. … This year, Dallas VideoFest and the Video Association of Dallas have a plan to reframe events and allow audiences to rediscover all that the festival has to offer, according to a Dallas Observer story that mentioned Associate Professor Bart Weiss, an organizer of the festival. The story also said the Dallas VideoFest will screen a special Native American film at UT Arlington on Oct. 13. …. Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon made the Dallas 40 list as an artist, D Magazine reported in its annual issue of what’s best in Dallas. Over the past decade, Lapthisophon has been one of a number of artists and art professors in Dallas who have helped a younger generation of artists. … This summer, Associate Professor Marilyn Jolly and Senior Lecturer Carlos Donjuan presented an exhibit depicting illegal immigration at the Nave Museum in Victoria, Texas, Crossroads Today reported. The exhibit closed Aug. 31. The Victoria (Texas) Advocate included a video of the exhibition on the website. … Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith offered his favorite Texas films in a article. Smith included “Jason’s Lyric,” “Go Down,” “Death!,” “No Country for Old Men” and “The Legend of Billie Jean” as his choices. … Both Professor Benito Huerta and Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby are featured in new promotional material from Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. … Professor Kenda North discussed her fascination with underwater photography in a Q&A with the Oak Cliff Advocate. “I’ve always loved the figure. And I’ve always enjoyed working with fabric. And I love to swim. The water just provides this really wonderful environment to shoot in,” North said. … Times of India and New Delhi carried a story that quoted Assistant Professor Melia Belli Bose about Ram V. Sutar, who the New York Times said “may be history’s most prolific monumental sculptor.” … BFA graduate Nick Billalba is a full time employee for professional artist Lee Ware, who is working in Lubbock. … Alumna Randi Kolbe continues to work on her mobile glass facility, which is fabricated out of a recreational vehicle. The fully functional mobile glass studio will accommodate hot glass working, as well as neon, and ready to roll next summer. … Kelley McCabe accepted a summer internship at SiNaCa Glass studios in Fort Worth. … Ray Queen accepted an internship at the Tulsa Glassblowing Studio in Oklahoma. … Kalle Tiihonen recently received a partner scholarship from the Pittsburg Glass Center. … BFA graduate Hayley Fowler accepted a six-week internship as a technician and assistant coordinator to the Studios. MFA graduate Neal Paustian claimed a three-week internship with the same group. … Jean Fernandes spent the summer as a teaching assistant to American artist Aimee Sones, as well as Anjali Srinivasan, an Indian artist who is currently working in Dubai. … Shannon Brunskill (’11) recently served as teaching assistant for South American artist Silvia Levinson. … Graduate student Michelle Pennington received the Dubois grant, a $3,000 juried scholarship, which enabled her to take a three-week course with South American artist Silvia Levinson. She also received funding from the Charles T. McDowell Center for international research and travel to Istanbul.

COMMUNICATION: Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith traveled to Alexandria, Va., in July to conduct research on political Journalism in the 19th-century South. Pribanic-Smith will also travel to St. Paul, Minn., in October to present an original research paper entitled “Assassination of Jason Clarke Swayze: Libel Press Freedom, and Editorial Civility in 1870s Kansas” at the American Journalism Historians Association. She will also be inducted as president of the organization. … Pribanic-Smith, Assistant Professor Dustin Harp and Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne traveled to Montreal, Canada in August to attend the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference. The professors presented original research papers. Tremayne’s paper, co-authored with Milad Minooie, is entitled “Using Social Media to Analyze Candidate performance and Public Opinion.” Harp’s paper is entitled “Alternate Spaces for Feminist Voices: Social Media’s Influence on CNN’s Steubenville Rape Coverage.” Pribanic-Smith’s paper is entitled “Southern Values and the 1844 Election in the South Carolina Press.” A poster she created also won Best Poster in the History Division at the conference. … Harp and research collaborators from universities in Chile and the University of Oklahoma conducted new research that examined the presence of female columnists in U.S. opinion pages. The new research was recently published in the June issue of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. … Associate Professor Shelley Wigley traveled to Chicago in June to attend the 2014 Academic Summit Conference “Storytelling at the Speed of Now.” … Associate Professor Chyng-yang Jang attended the Corporate Communication International Conference in Hong Kong this summer to present a paper entitled “Small Local Business on Facebook: An Initial Survey.” … Broadcast lecturer Julian Rodriguez and 13 students representing UTA and UTA News en Espanol attended the National Association Hispanic Journalist Conference in San Antonio last month. … Associate Professor Thomas Christie traveled to Nice, France, this month to present an original research paper at the World Association of Public Opinion Research Conference. Christie’s paper is entitled “Agenda Setting and Polling during Gun Control Debate: A Study of News Media Reporting of Public Opinion Polling and Social Media Trends during the Sandy Hook Tragedy.” … Associate Professor Charla Markham Shaw traveled to Austin last week to serve as a panelist for the Experienced Chair’s Roundtable for New Department Chair Orientation. … Journalism lecturer Kim Jones traveled to Nashville, Tenn., this month to attend the Society of Professional Journalists’ Conference as a UTA representative and an officer of the Fort Worth chapter of the organization. … Broadcast Lecturer Lance Liguez will travel to Seattle, Wash., in October to attend the College Broadcasters, Inc. Conference. His panel, “Essential Equipment: The Smartphone in News & Social Media,” will explore recommended apps and techniques for use in student electronic news gathering. UTA Radio is also a finalist for a CBI award in the category of Best Sportscast. … Assistant Professor Rachel Stohr will travel to Chicago, Ill., in November to present an original research paper at the National Communication Association. … Undergraduates Porfirio López and Maritza Moreno are two of the four winners of this year’s Press Club of Dallas scholarships. THe awards were announced last month. … Candace Sweat (’06) is now working as a reporter for WRAL in Raleigh, N.C. … Daniel Armbruster (’08) is now a weekend co-anchor at 40/29 KHBS/KHOG-TV in Fayetteville/Fort Smith, Ark. … Matthew Linguist (’09) is now a full-time photographer at KCCO Fox 25 in Oklahoma City. Linguist worked previously as Digital Content Specialist at KXII in Sherman. … Chris Mead (’10) is working as Video Creative Services Manager for Texas Stars Hockey Club. … Himanshu Patel (’14) was hired at the Richards Group in Dallas as a brand manager. … Alyxandra (Crawford) Jones (’13) is working in production at CBS 11 alongside other UTA alum Sean Noell (’12) and Omar Castillon (’14). … Francesca Washington (’10) is a reporter at KLTV in Tyler. … Mayde “Mimi” Gomez (’11) was recently named correspondent and multi-media journalist at KSAT in San Antonio. … Broadcast majors are interning with a local television, radio and media outlets. Jimena Fraga is interning with KDFW FOX 4. Dylan Fry, Brandon Gordon, Marlene Herrera, Parker Hillis and Grant McKinley are working with CBS Radio this semester. Froylan Guerrero is interning with local affiliate CBS Channel 11. Derek Guthrie Kaufman is working with UTA Movin’ Mavs. … Public relations majors are also gaining practical experience this fall. Fabian Brown is working with Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas. Mary McKena Honnoll is interning with Solkissed Swimwear while Jasmina Kazic is at Vanessa Suarez is spending the semester at DFW International Airport, and Elizabeth Pugh is working with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, Elisa Tapia with Allied Integrated Marketing and Shelby Cummings with College Park District. Edrea Au is interning with the Red Balloon Network at Children’s Medical Center this fall. … Advertising majors have also landed coveted internships. Michael Colman II is interning with Moroch Partners and Hieu Duc Hoang with Atomic DC. Matthew Fomby is spending the semester with Texas Motor Speedway. … Journalism major Erik Velasquez is working with UTA Athletics. … Communication Technology major Michelle Do is spending the fall semester, working with Vietnamese Baptist Church of Arlington, and Daniel Mancillas is working with Functional Food Center Inc. … Communication Studies major Kacie Everhart is interning with … For, Eddie McGee, an actor with an amputated leg, discussed his fight against onscreen stereotypes, and his experience co-starring in the upcoming thriller, “The Human Race.” McGee attended UT Arlington in 2000, majoring in broadcasting and minoring in theater.

Assistant Professor Pribanic-Smith poses in front of the poster she created for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference in Montreal in August. The entry won Best Poster in the History Division. (Photo contributed)
Assistant Professor Pribanic-Smith poses in front of the poster she created for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference in Montreal in August. The entry won Best Poster in the History Division. (Photo contributed)

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Department of Homeland Security’s Senior Special Agent Keith Owens (MA, ’13) recently won the 2014 Texas Children’s Hero Award from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

HISTORY: Assistant Professor Oliver Bateman was a guest on WBAL/1090 AM (Maryland) this summer for a story about grade inflation at U.S. universities and colleges. He said it begins at the elementary school level and “the students have come to expect good marks, good scores as a way of confirming they’re average.” … The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published an article about doctoral student Robert Caldwell, who was running last month to be vice chairman of his native Choctaw-Apache Tribe. Caldwell said the most important issue for him to tackle is to get his tribe recognized by the federal government. He did not win the election. … Doctoral candidate Kristen Burton recently won a Marc Friedlander Fellowship at the Massachusetts Historical Society. She spent part of her summer working on a research project with librarians at an MHS facility in Boston. … The newest edition of Fronteras, an annual newsletter from the Center for Southwestern Studies, is now available online.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: The Department of Linguistics and TESOL welcomed six new doctoral students to the program for Fall 2014, including one who arrives with Fulbright funding. … Professor Colleen Fitzgerald urged Congress to approve two vitally important bills necessary to preserving Native American languages in a Huffington Post opinion piece. Fitzgerald wrote that “language is essential to our humanity, fundamental for expressing culture and encoding traditional knowledge.” … Doctoral student Ehsan Shafiee Zargar, who plays traditional Iranian instruments, performed at the Association of Friends of Persian Culture meeting in Chicago last month. … Another alum has joined the Chinese teaching faculty in the Department of Modern Languages: Ruby Yi-Ping Wang (MA in Linguistics and MA in TESOL, ’10) is currently a lecturer in Chinese at UT Arlington. … Three faculty from the English Language Institute took the summer off from teaching and expanded their skills in interesting work outside of UTA: Pearl Lee worked for six weeks in China for a non-profit organization, Educational Services Exchange with China (ESEC), at Peking University (Beijing); Kelli Sedervicius conducted training sessions in New York City for a month; Adam Stein (MA TESOL, ’09) did volunteer work in the West Bank of Palestine for two different organizations: Defence for Children International and Al Rowwad. … Four linguists will be presenting research at the Ninth International Conference on the Mental Lexicon in Ontario, Canada, this month: Doctoral student Ehsan Shafiee Zargar and Assistant Professor Naoko Witzel will present the poster, “The timing of morphological decomposition: Evidence from inflected words,” while doctoral student Namrata Dubey, Assistant Professor Jeffrey Witzel and Assistant professor Naoko Witzel will present “Asymmetrical translation priming in highly-proficient early bilinguals.” … Funded by REU supplement from the National Science Foundation, Professor Colleen Fitzgerald will be hiring three undergraduate students to be research assistants this fall in the Native American Languages Lab, working on the documentation of Native American languages. … Two Louisianans are starting to reconstruct Chan-Chuba, a Houma, La., language that hasn’t been spoken for more than a century, the New Orleans Advocate and Native Times reported. One of the Louisianans attended CoLang, the UT Arlington Institute for Collaborative Language Research, this summer where she learned how to reconstruct a language. … A new book by doctoral graduate Joshua Jensen (’14), “Jarai Clauses and Noun Phrases,” was recently published by De Gruyter Mouton.

MUSIC: UT Arlington’s Maverick Marching Band was featured on KDFW/FOX4 for taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to promote awareness of the disease. After soaking themselves, they challenged other area bands to do the same. … Pianist Alexey Chernov, a semifinalist in the 2013 Van Cliburn competition, will perform in Irons Recital Hall on Thursday, Sept. 18, and lead a masters class on Friday, Sept. 19. Chernov is also slated to perform for the Arlington Woman’s Club on Saturday, Sept. 13.

PHILOSOPHY: Barry Creamer (Ph.D. Humanities, ’00) has been chosen as president at Dallas’ Criswell College, reported.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: With help from his wife, Natalia Verjat Gutierrez, and graduate student Moises Gurolla, Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez completed a Spanish-to-English translation of “Mas Alla del Rio Bravo: Una breve historia de los Mexicanos en el norte de Texas,” a book published by the Mexican Government’s Secretary of Foreign Relations in 2013. The authors are Manuel Garcia y Griego, former director of UTA’s Center for Mexican American Studies, and Roberto Calderon (University of North Texas). The English version is titled “Beyond the Rio Grande; A Brief History on Mexicans in North Texas.” Publication of the English translation is pending. … Recently, about 400 people protested Israeli violence in the Middle East, KDFW/Fox 4 reported. Israel and Hamas have been exchanging missile fire. Associate Professor Brent Sasley said another round of violence was predictable. He said all the Israelis want is something they call “quiet.” Sasley wrote an opinion piece about the situation for The National Interest. He has also been quoted in recent stories from The National (Abu Dhabi),, and Haaretz Magazine. … The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviewed Associate Professor Allan Saxe about thousands of Tarrant County donations flowing in the governor’s race. Saxe was also quoted in a Mansfield News-Mirror story about Mansfield’s increase in property values and tax revenues. … Sophomore Esther Kentish is among 47 winners of the Life Lessons Scholarship, financial awards given to students whose college-going plans were affected when their parent passed away without adequate life insurance, according to an announcement last month on Reuters website.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Running is one of the best cardio workouts you can get, lifehacker and Computer Tips and Tricks reported. Professor Ben Agger, an avid runner, was quoted in both stories. Agger wrote articles for Truthout about the popular television program “Mad Men”  as well as about dinner decisions made by Americans. … Agger has updated his book “Oversharing: Presentations of Self in the Internet Age” with a new chapter on selfless, job loss due to oversharing and when governments extend too much surveillance over its citizens. … A book by Associate Professor Jason Shelton received an honorable mention in the 2014 Distinguished Book Award competition, The Dallas Morning News reported. Shelton co-wrote Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions with Michael Emerson, co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. … Sara Skiles-Dutoit (MA, ’03) recently completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at Notre Dame.

THEATRE ARTS: The Musical Theatre Project 2014 begins this weekend and will consist of a devised musical theatre piece with UTA musical theatre students, music composition majors, theatre technology students and acclaimed musical artist Kate Kilbane and The Kilbanes. The Musical Theatre Project will be performed Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Fine Arts Buiding North, Studio Theatre. … Associate Professor Dennis Maher recently performed his one-person production of “The Trouble Begins at Eight” as a fundraiser for Onstage in Bedford. … Maher also performed as Gaston in “Picasso at the Lapen Agile,” a play directed by Lecturer Melanie Mason. Also appearing were UTA alumni Steven D. Morris, Alan Cooke and Stacy (Ingram) Cook, and current student Andrew Beckman.  Theatre Arts major Hailey Eakle was the costumer and alumna Cathy Pritchett was the assistant stage manager. … Senior Lecturer Natalie Gaupp performed in a new play premiered by the Fort Worth theatre troupe, SceneShop. The suspense thriller, “A Long Damned Night,” featured UTA alumnus Joshua Eguia. Gaupp also taught and designed the curriculum for a series of summer theatre classes at Fort Worth’s Arts Fifth Avenue, and directed a staged reading of the Broadway crime drama, “A Steady Rain,” starring senior Travis J. Fant and alumnus David Wilson Brown. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer performed in the “The Other Place” at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth. … Scenic Designer Michelle Harvey attended the USITT Commissioner’s Retreat and Diversity seminar in Nashville, Tenn., last month. … Broadway veterans and musical theater faculty gathered last month for the College Audition Prep Weekend at Dallas’ Music Hall in Fair Park, Ask Miss A reported. Assistant Professor Anne Healy was one of the instructors at the workshop, aimed at preparing high school and college students in the fine arts for auditions. She directed a staged reading of the new work “Under the Overpass” at the Margo Jones Theatre. … Lecturer Felicia Berth taught a three-week course last month at Wheaton College. She directed an undergraduate and graduate performance. … Senior Lecturer Brandi Andrade has helped develop the production of Melissa James Gibson’s play “[sic]”. The show will run Sept. 11-27 at Echo Theatre in Dallas. … Over the summer, Professor Andrew Gaupp directed the premiere of “Mi Princesa Perfecta” in Scottsdale. Ariz., for the New Play Development Workshop (NPDW) of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.  … Danielle Georgiou has joined the Department of Theatre Arts as part of the UTA Dance Ensemble. She is the founder of DGDG: the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, a performance art dance group that works within ideas of German expressionism and Tanztheater (dance theatre). … Lecturer Seraphina Nova recently published a novel, “Another Stone to Carry” (All That Matters Press, 2014). … Lecturer Laurel Whitsett performed in Kitchen Dog Theatre’s “The 1st Dallas One-Minute Play Festival” in August. … Alumnus Brad Kanouse has been hired as the Production Coordinator for Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston. … Rosalinda Olivares (’14) is working with the Texas Creative Arts Academy this fall. … Senior Kelly Steward played Jamie in the two-person play, “None of the Above,” with Pegasus Theatre at The Bath House Cultural Center. The play ran Aug. 14-30. … Alumna Laura Choate is going on tour with the Dallas Children’s Theater’s “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley.” The tour begins Sept. 28 and ends in June.  … Winston Daniels (’13) was invited to perform in New York City with the Amphibian Stage Productions (Fort Worth). Winston is a stilt dancers, a specialized performance were actors perform and tell traditional Mexican stories.  … Senior G. Dean McBride has been hired as the Technical Director for “Thinner Than Water” at the Kitchen Dog Theater. Another UTA student, Omar Gonzalez, will assist McBride.  … Molly Pope (’13) was cast as the lead in the premiere of the new musical “Broken,” which ran from July 25-Aug. 17 at Gilley’s in Dallas. Theatre Arts major Glenn Long was cast in the musical as well. … Anna Marie Boyd (’14) performed as Dainty June in “Gypsy” at the Stolen Shakespeare Guild in August. … Joshua Eguia (BFA ’14) has been hired as a teacher by the Grand Prairie ISD.

WOMEN’S STUDIES: The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies will begin its inaugural “Women in the Americas” lecture series today; the series examines global women’s issues. Dawn F. Stinchcomb (Purdue University) will present “Dangers to Society: Examining Single Women in the Margins.” The lecture begins at noon at Trimble Hall, Room 200. … UTA alumna Lizette Barrera will screen her short film, “Rubies,” during the annual Lunafest film festival Oct. 16. … Whitney Peoples (Emory University) will discuss issues surrounding women’s reproductive health in the U.S. during a brown bag lecture on Nov. 5. … The center’s newsletter, “Got Gender?,” is now available online.


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