COLA Notes for February 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: WOAI/NBC 4 in San Antonio interviewed Associate Professor Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film, about his short film, “dawn.” The movie will premiere on HBO next month. … Assistant Professor Justin Ginsberg (MFA, ’11) and Jeff Gibbons (MFA, ’13), who collaborate as Apophenia Underground, were recently named 2015 Masterminds by the Dallas Observer. … Students of Fall 2014 Design Texas produced branding for the newly created UTA FAB LAB. Susan Nguyen designed the winning logo and worked with Evelyn Barker, director of marketing and communications for the UT Arlington Libraries. Members of the design team include Elena Chudoba, Bobby Cerda, Julia Cooper, David Rosales, Cali Stewart, Andrew Vo and Chase Whittington. … MFA candidates Michelle Pennington and Christine Heimerman each produced solo exhibitions Jan. 30 at a vacant retail space in Arlington.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Associate Professor Jason Shelton (Sociology) and a social work doctoral student discussed racial identity in “The New Black: Examining Racial Identity from a Contemporary Perspective,” a Center for African American Studies lecture held Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

COMMUNICATION: Associate Professor Andrew Clark traveled to Miami last month to participate as a faculty fellow for the National Association of Television Program Executives. Clark was invited to NATPE Miami after the Department of Communication hosted a career day for NATPE Educational Foundation in October last year. … Broadcast lecturer LaDonna Aiken (’14) traveled to Okinawa, Japan, last month to conduct research. Aiken was awarded a Dean’s Award for Research Travel grant for $1,000 to make the trip. Her research focuses on military broadcasting, including the first 50 years of the Far East Network Okinawa. … Lecturer Melanie Mason and Steven Morris (’87) are sharing the stage in a production of the farce, “Rumors,” at Onstage in Bedford at the Bedford Boys Ranch. The show runs through Feb. 15. … Specialist Roby Mceuen served as a judge at the Corpus Christi American Advertising Awards as part of the AAF 10th District Small Club Advertising Competition judging. … Lecturer Austin Robinson has had a piece of photographic art accepted in Arlington Visual Arts Association juried show. The show runs this month at Arlington’s Bob Duncan Community Center. … Students in Associate Professor Karishma Chatterjee’s “Communication in Human Relations” course are collaborating with the non-profit Helping Restore Ability as part of the class’ service learning efforts. … Students from the Department of Communication served as interns at the 2015 Cotton Bowl last month at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. They were featured in an online video and blog post as well as an article in the game day program. … Students in Associate Professor Shelley Wigley’s public relations class made a trip to Tandy leather in Fort Worth to learn about different types of leather and leather crafting this week. Wrigley said students will develop a comprehensive campaign and work with the company’s social media director Michael Magnus (’14). … Public relations major William Aleman is interning with Social Media Delivered while COMM student Graham Ashley is spending the semester at The Pavlov Agency. Other PR students working around the area: Mark Bullock II with C. Pharr & Company Inc.; Shakesha Crutchfield with The American Red Cross; and Valerie Edwards with Streams & Valleys. Remy McCool is interning with Jo Design and Lauren Mims with D Magazine. Noe Ponce is lending his talents to Adapt Marketing while Anachrista Robles is working with Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas. … Several students majoring in both public relations and advertising are working in the area: Amanda Gilliam is with Wise Strategy LLC, Maritza Moreno is working with Richards/Lemar in Dallas and Hillary Fluster is interning with the Pavlov Agency. … Broadcast majors are also busy interning: Allison Cox is with Charla Corn Beauty, LLC & TonerTunes, LLC; Heidi Everley is at Creatures LLC; Dylan Fry is working at CBS Radio; Sean Fuller with Fielder Road Baptist Church; and Arian Hernandez is at NBC 5, Telemundo 39. Merna Mohamed is spending the spring semester at NBC DFW/NBC Universal and Rosa Ramirez with Cyan Films Studios. … Advertising major John Hong is working with GCG Marketing and COMS major Aubrey Kenney is interning with Arlington Public Library. … Everett Hinson (’07) was promoted as the lead developer for user experience/user interface development at Apptricity Corporation. … Shunkecia D. Lewis (’14) has been hired as Social Media Account Executive for Wheeler Advertising Inc. … Broadcast graduate Felicia Bolton is now weekend anchor and reporter at WMC, the NBC station on Memphis, Tenn. … The UTA chapter of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) will host a kickoff meeting from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Room 327A of the Fine Arts Building. Students are asked to bring resumes, clips and a laptop to get advice from media professionals on how to build a good resume and what clips are needed for an internship and job application. … The Association for Women in Communication has a new slate of officers: Ashley Snedden, President; Kaleigh Williams, Vice President, Julie Dy and Sasha Beshkova, Public Relations Co-Officers, and Fatima Hazma, Secretary/Treasurer. … The Department of Communication is sponsoring the creation of a new student organization. Creo is a new graphic and web design organization focused on creating websites/graphics for businesses and competitions. The group hosted its first meeting on Feb. 5 and will have weekly meetings throughout the semester.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Stanley Security is currently promoting its “Together for Safer Schools” grant program. The top-voted college will receive up to $200,000 in security products. The online contest that ends Feb. 13 and UTA is in the top 10 of the Tier 3 category (20,000-plus students).

DISABILITY STUDIES: The Disability Studies Minor program was a co-sponsor of a free screening of “Working Like Crazy” on Jan. 29. After the film, invited faculty and students discussed issues surrounding madness and unemployment in local communities.

ENGLISH: Professor Stacy Alaimo will lecture on “Your Shell on Acid: Posthuman Vulnerability, Anthropocene Dissolves” at noon Wednesday, March 4, in University Hall, Room 432, part of the Center for Theory’s Spring 2015 Colloquia. … Lecturer Matthew Lerberg will take over as interim director of the UTA Writing Center while longtime director Tracey Clough spends the spring and summer months on a dissertation fellowship. Lerberg previously served as the center’s assistant director.

HISTORY: The Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow interviewed Professor Robert Fairbanks for a piece about the annual Dallas history conference that was held Jan. 31. Fairbanks was also interviewed extensively on KERA about the history of controversy surrounding the Trinity River that dates back decades before toll roads were even considered. … The Waco Tribune reported that Associate Professor and Department Chair Marvin Dulaney has been selected to serve on a national committee led by U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, that will push for a Medal of Honor to be awarded posthumously to World War II hero and Waco native Dorie Miller. Miller was a mess cook aboard the USS West Virginia when the ship was attacked at Pearl Harbor. After Japanese fighters shot his captain, Miller carried him to safety, and then manned a .50-caliber machine gun to shoot down enemy aircraft, despite having no formal weaponry training. … The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviewed Professor Donald Kyle for a story last month about the Super Bowl, comparing the annual event to Roman gladiator battles and chariot races. … Associate Professor David Narrett will discuss Native American perspectives and European forces at noon Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Focus on Faculty lecture event in the Central Library Sixth Floor Parlor. … Photos from Assistant Professor David LaFevor were included in an article on Cuba on … For 30 years, Todd Holzaepfel’s passion was making downtown Fort Worth better, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. At the end of the month, Holzaepfel (MA, ’01; PhD, ’09) is retiring from Downtown Fort Worth Inc., an advocacy organization launched in the early 1980s to improve downtown. … Peter Brand (’90), a professor at the University of Memphis, recently completed a research trip to Luxor in Egypt, part of the Karnak Hypostyle Hall Project. … Cultural historians Greg Kosc (PhD, ’10) and Bradley Borougerdi (PhD, ’14) wrote an article about the impact of consumer electronics on Africa culture for George Mason University’s History News Network.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: The Huffington Post Impact blog posted an op-ed by Professor Colleen Fitzgerald connecting Martin Luther King Junior’s call for social justice to the need for linguistic justice for Native Americans. Fitzgerald, director of the Native American Languages Lab, said: “Language is always a vehicle for social justice. Righting wrongs. Native American language revitalization sustains the life force of communities.” … Associate Professor and Department Chair Laurel Smith Stvan had a chapter published, “Truth is, sentence-initial bare shell nouns are showing up bare,” in the volume titled Complex Visibles Out There published by Palacký University. … Stvan was also quoted in a recent BuzzFeed story about 10 words and phrases you wish you used less. … Doctoral student Samantha Cornelius and graduate student Vicki Caña were each awarded $500 travel grants from UTA’s Sustainability Committee to attend the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation in Honolulu, Hawaii, Feb. 26-March 1. They will co-present on “Designing pedagogy from Cherokee language and ecological documentation” with Fitzgerald and the Cherokee Nation Language Program’s Roy Boney, John Ross and David Crawler. … The English Language Institute’s Senior Instructor Eun-Jung Brown has just published her ninth book on English for Korean learners. … ELI’s Listening-Speaking Coordinator Sally Stevens and Director Keith Maurice gave a presentation, “Teaching in English,” to a group of Korean education majors from Ewha Women’s University (South Korea) for the UTA-EWA Teacher Internship Program on Jan. 21. … Linguistics major Gabrielle Johnson accepted a part-time position teaching ESOL at Tarrant County College District, Southeast campus, while three other Linguistics students will be gaining experience in the field by supporting the ESOL program at TCCD SE campus as volunteer tutors: Linguistics majors David Beard and Thuy Nguyen Jesus, and Linguistic minor Omar Chavez. … Linguistics minor Kimberly Niestroy will take part in the International Leadership Texas program at Arlington Charter High School, shadowing a speech pathologist and communication disorders assistant. … Six Linguistics students have begun working as part-time teachers in an online program instructing students in Ceibal, Uruguay, via UTA’s Office of Enterprise and development: Linguistics majors Alberto Navarro and Rubi Orozco; Linguistics minors Paola Zuniga, Jesus Omar Chavez, Kyla Self and Jared Wide (’14).

MUSIC: A article noted a hearing protection awareness program provided in the UT Arlington Department of Music. The goal of the program is to preserve hearing and prevent injury in music students, faculty and staff.

PHILOSOPHY: Associate Professor and Department Chair Ken Williford contributed to a collection of articles posted at Researchers and editors plan to publish the collection into a 2,000-page book later this year. Williford’s contribution to the project was cited last month in an article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a German newspaper. … The Texas Winds Musical Outreach, a nonprofit that brings professional musical performances to hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities for veterans and at-risk children, will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a series of special concerts, The Dallas Morning News reported. Associate Professor Charles Nussbaum, a veteran of the Atlanta Symphony for 17 years, is a member.

Nine UT Arlington students competed recently in the American Mock Trial Association regional tournament at UT Dallas. Pictured, from left, are Nahielys La Fontaine, Davinder Jassel, Ashley Pfeifer, Mehwish Merchant, Ramon Hernandez, Madison Speer, Karina Loya and Eddie Rodriguez. Not pictured are Jaqueline Ramos and the group’s coach, Pre-Law Director Amber White. (Photo contributed)
Nine UT Arlington students competed recently in the American Mock Trial Association regional tournament at UT Dallas. Pictured, from left, are Nahielys La Fontaine, Davinder Jassel, Ashley Pfeifer, Mehwish Merchant, Ramon Hernandez, Madison Speer, Karina Loya and Eddie Rodriguez. Not pictured are Jaqueline Ramos and the group’s coach, Pre-Law Director Amber White. (Photo contributed)

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor Brent Sasley told the International Business Times that he doesn’t expect a mass exodus of French Jews to Israel in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. He was also interviewed last month by IBT on the likelihood of escalation after the Israeli strike on Hezbollah. … KTSA 550 AM in San Antonio interviewed Associate Professor Allan Saxe about Sen. Ted Cruz’s recent admission that he smoked marijuana in the 1970s. … Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez wrote a letter to The Shorthorn editor last month, celebrating the legacy of Chicano activist Reies Lopez Tijerina. … The Arlington City Council has appointed a new city attorney, KTVT/CBS 11 reported. Teris Solis (’86) has been an employee of the city since 2001. … Piper Stege Nelson, deputy director of Annie’s List, presented “The State of Women in Politics in Texas,” at noon Wednesday, Feb. 11, in University Hall room 25. The lecture was sponsored by the Department of Political Science.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: The Cambridge University Press blog posted a piece by Assistant Professor Ritu Gairola Khanduri (Anthropology) in reaction to the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Khanduri commented on the complex global history and tension between cartoons and politics. … The latest issue of Fast Capitalism, a journal produced by the Center for Theory and its director, Professor Ben Agger (Sociology), was recently posted online. Agger said Noah Kersey and Alison Torres Ramos contributed to the project. … The Leakey blog featured a story about Assistant Professor Naomi Cleghorn (Anthropology), who recently received a Leakey Foundation grant to research early humans in Knynsa, South Africa. … Associate Professor Jason Shelton (Sociology) spoke on racial identity in a Center for African American Studies lecture held Wednesday, Feb. 4. … An article from Ashley Wendell Kranjac (MA-Sociology, ’12), a doctoral student at State University of New York-Buffalo, titled “The moderating effect of self-efficacy on normal-weight, overweight, and obese children’s math achievement,” was recently published in the journal Social Science and Medicine.

THEATRE ARTS: An article by Assistant Professor and Technical Designer Daniel Archibald has been accepted for publication in the 2015 Theatre Technology Exhibition Catalog. The article, “The Smoking Staff,” details the development of a portable “fog machine” special effect, designed to make a performer portraying a witch in the upcoming Maverick Theatre Company production “Into The Woods” look like she is casting a spell live on stage. … Scenic Designer Michelle Harvey has been accepted into USA 829, the professional association of designers, artists and craftspeople. … Senior Lecturer Felecia Bertch devised and directed a production at Wheaton College over the winter break titled “KJV:II.” … Senior Lecturer Seraphina Nova wrote a screenplay pilot called “The Sycamores,” a dark comedy optioned by Darius Films in Los Angeles. Love is also acting as writer/director for a short film, “Cyberdancing,” Cshooting in the DFW area this month and produced by Zane Levitt Production in Los Angeles. … Associate Professor Dennis Maher will play the role of “Walter Flood” in Theatre Arlington’s Production of “Becky’s New Car” by Stephen Dietz. … Arlington Today recently featured Maverick Theatre Company as a primary mover and shaker in the Arlington theatre landscape. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer and Production Manager Jared Land attended the Texas Educational Theatre Association’s Theatrefest event Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Houston. … Danielle Georgiou, director of the UTA Dance Ensemble, will be choreographing a new play being produced at Kitchen Dog Theater this spring. “Wilde/Earnest” by local playwright Lee Trull, is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and will be a highly physical exploration of today’s hipster culture. It opens on March 13 and runs until April 18. … Georgiou’s dance company, DGDG (the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group), will remount their critically acclaimed dance theatre work, “Nice,” this spring at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre for the Out of the Loop Festival. They will be performing on March 7 and March 12. The show features UTA alumni Gabriel King, Nanci Mendoza, Sarah Dye and Jana Duplechin. … Senior Toni Garner has been cast as Shelby in “Steel Magnolias” at the Richardson Theatre Center. The production runs March 20-April 5. … Several Maverick Theatre Company members attended the University/Resident Theatre Association’s annual auditions and interviews in Chicago late last month. The event serves as auditions for graduate schools.

WOMEN’S STUDIES: The 29th annual Women’s History Month Lecture series is themed “Futuristic Females: Women in Science and Science Fiction” and will culminate with guest speaker Charlaine Harris, science fiction writer whose novels inspired the HBO series “True Blood” on Tuesday, March 24. Other talks include, “Afro-futurism” (Dr. Susana Morris, Auburn University); “Gender and Epigenetics: Control, Intervention, and Agency at the Maternal-Fetal Nexus” (Dr. Sarah Richardson, Harvard University); and “Gendered Geographies: The African Explorations of Alexandrine Tinne, 1860 – 1864” (Mylynka D’Ann Kilgore-Mueller, doctoral candidate in History). The Women’s and Gender Studies program will also screen the films, “Orgasm, Inc.” and “FIXED.” … On Feb. 14, 2015, Whitney Peoples, the Women’s and Gender Studies Provost Post-doctoral Fellow, will be the banquet speaker for the Black Leadership Institute.


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