COLA Notes for March 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Visual Communications students won 14 awards at last month’s local American Advertising Awards competition in Fort Worth. Winners included: Jesse Estanes, Candice Anglin, Jane Lam, Stacy Weber, Brianne Wilsford, Susan Nguyen, Andrea Norcross, Mason LaHue, Alex Reyher, Kim Inthirath, Karolina Bebak, Elena Chodoba, Karen Nguyen, Samantha Garcia, Patricia Gonzalez, Danyel Harris and Ginnie Hsu. … Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby was featured in be-Art Magazine as the Best Engaged Artist at the 2015 Los Angeles Art Show. Huckaby was noted for serving the cause of disadvantaged people. … Associate Professor Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film, was mentioned last month in a Shorthorn article about socially conscious films. … Art education students traveled with Assistant Professor Amanda Alexander to the Texas state capitol in Austin on Jan. 28 to advocate for arts and education. They participated in a half-day training session about policy making in Texas, addressing issues affecting the arts and education in the state. … D Magazine reported on five new art gallery openings in Dallas, including one by Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon. … Christine Heimerman, Brendan Feltrup-Exum and Jose Ruben Melendez were named 2014 Ideas in Art winners, each claiming a James S. Barnett Foundation Award. … Gabe Duran‘s MFA short “Peor Es Nada” has been selected to screen at the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) in the 2015 North Texas College Shorts Showcase. The festival runs April 9-19. … Rachel Bates (’02) was one of several artists displaying their wares at the 13th annual Empty Bowls Fort Worth event Feb. 20, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The event benefited the Tarrant Area Food Bank. … With a design team led by visual communication alumni Philip Thepkaysone (’13) and Kristi Cooper, Steadfast Creative was awarded last month three American Advertising Federation awards. Steadfast Creative is a digital agency based out of Keller, Texas. … The department is hosting “Find Your Space,” an art workshop for local high school students on Saturday, March 21. Enrollment is free, but limited. To register, email or call 817-272-2891. … The annual UTA Glass Art Sale will be held Saturday, March 28, at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis Rd. The event will be open to the general public and run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: KDFW/Fox 4 interviewed Schnavia Hatcher, director of the Center for African American Studies, about the Center’s recent conference on race and social justice. One of the featured keynote speakers included Rev. Bernice King, attorney, minister and daughter of late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. … The 3rd annual Center for African American Studies Conference was referenced in a Washington Post article about Malcolm X.

CENTER FOR MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Telemundo Dallas/KXTX 39 interviewed students at the Center for Mexican American Studies about the temporary suspension of President Obama’s immigration order. “DREAMers” who have been aided by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the new Deferred Action Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs fear that a federal judge’s preliminary injunction could lead to more family separations due to deportation.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: UT Arlington’s George Siemens, director of the LINK Research Lab, will be one of the keynote speakers at the Texas Digital Humanities Conference 2015, April 9-11, in the UTA Central Library. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, UTA Libraries, and the department of Art & Art History, English, History and Linguistics & TESOL.

COMMUNICATION: Legendary sports anchor/reporter George Riba (’67) signed off the air Feb. 18, after 37 years at WFAA/ABC 8. … Penn State News reported on a new study by Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley and Michel Haigh (Pennsylvania State University) that found negative Facebook posts about an organization erodes trust in the institution and diminishes its reputation. The study is published online in Corporate Communications: An International Journal. … Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne has been named one of eight finalists for Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Scholarsourcing book proposal competition for a project titled “Accelerating Cultural Change: The Role of Mass Communication in Equality Movements.” Winners will be announced in June and will receive book contracts from Peter Lang publishing. … Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith is attending the AEJMC conference in Knoxville, Tenn., March 25-28 as research chair. While there, Pribanic-Smith will moderate a paper session, present an award at the business meeting, and present awards for research papers. … Assistant Professor Sabrina Habib-Williams and Specialist Jeff Williams are traveling March 25-29 to Chicago to present an original joint research paper titled “Storytelling: Creating Immersive Worlds.” … Habib-Williams also served as a guest speaker for the LINK Research Lab Speakers Series on Feb. 27. She discussed “Qualitative Video Analysis and Video Data Collection.” … Lecturer Carie Kapellusch is traveling March 11-15 to the Gulf Coast Summit in Little Rock, Ark., to present a seminar on “Conducting Reflections for Service Learning.” … Specialist Roby Mceuen served as a judge at the SkillsUSA 4th District Advertising Design competition for local high school students enrolled in advertising and graphic design classes. … The Department of Communication has rolled out revamped social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. … Advertising major Kim Nguyen designed two posters for Women’s History Month for UT Arlington’s Women’s and Gender Studies program. … Several graduate students have had abstracts selected for presentation March 25 at the upcoming Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES). Anna Prieto, who partnered with Amanda Morse, will present “Is Facebook Ruining Your Love Life?” while Karen McAlister, who collaborated with Michael Magnus, will present “The Power of Social Media Communication during the 2014 Arlington, Texas Storm.” … Public relations major Alvaro Lopez has been working with the Kimbell Art Museum’s P.R. division in the museum’s new exhibition, “The collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass.” Lopez’s contributions included preparation efforts for the museum’s press preview Feb. 26. … Nealy Mincher (’10), a Senior Account Executive with FleishmanHillard and part of the digital campaign for Chevrolet, was the guest speaker at the Feb. 19 PRSSA meeting. … Amy Shields (’14) recently started a new job as manager of internal communications with Providence Health Care in Spokane, Wash. … Students in Pribanic-Smith’s public affairs reporting class participated in a worldwide Twitter scavenger hunt Feb. 12.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: CRCJ major Eddie Rodriguez recently received the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ Esther Madriz Student Travel Award to cover costs associated with presenting original research at the group’s our annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Orlando this week.

ENGLISH: Associate Professor Penelope Ingram will lecture on “Almost (Human), but not quite: Bioengineering Race Relations in Contemporary Science Fiction” at noon Wednesday, April 8, in University Hall, Room 432, part of the Center for Theory’s Spring 2015 Colloquia. … Associate Professor Luanne Frank recently published a research article, “Heidegger and Kleist: Reciprocal Illuminations,” in the book, Heidegger Jahrbuch 8: Heidegger und die Dichtung (Freiburg: Karl Alber).

HISTORY: D Magazine highlighted the 50th Webb Lecture series symposium, which is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and runs March 4-5.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs David Silva, who is also a professor of linguistics, said farewell to colleagues at a reception last month. He will be the provost and academic vice president for Salem State University in Salem, Mass., near his hometown of Boston. Dr. Silva, who joined UT Arlington in 1993, is a member of UTA’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers (2006), a recipient of the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (2009) and a founding fellow of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers (2013). … Michal Temkin Martínez (Boise State University) was the keynote speaker for the 22nd annual UT Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics & TESOL Feb. 19-20. She spoke about the documentation and revitalization of the languages of refugees in the United States. … Nearly 20 oral presentations and posters were offered by students from around the world at the 22nd annual UT Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics & TESOL, including five from UTA: doctoral students Nathan Eversole, Kent Rasmussen, Darcey Browning, Ji Yea Kim and master’s candidate Emily Miller. Kim won honorable mention for oral presentation and Miller won best graduate poster. … Three department members will present work March 19-21 at the 28th Annual Meeting of the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing at the University of South California in Los Angeles: doctoral students Iya Khelm Price and Nathan Eversole and Assistant Professor Jeffrey Witzel. … Assistant professors Jeffrey Witzel and Naoko Witzel have a paper, “Incremental sentence processing in Japanese: A maze investigation into scrambled and control sentences,” slated for publication in the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. … Doctoral student Lynnelle Rhinier Brown had an article, “Requesting the Context: A Context Analysis of Let Statement and If Statement Requests and Commands in the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English,” published in the Rice Working Papers in Linguistics, vol. 5. … Associate Professor Cynthia Kilpatrick will present two papers March 21-24 at the American Association for Applied Linguistics on in Toronto, Canada. The presentations include collaborative research between Kilpatrick, Yujeong Choi (Ph.D. in Linguistics, ’12) and doctoral students Lori McLain Pierce and Jessica Rohr. … Also in Toronto, two faculty members from UT Arlington’s English Language Institute, Sally Stevens (Listening-Speaking Coordinator) and Chris Aufdembrink (IEP Testing Coordinator, MA TESOL, ’09) will attend the TESOL Leadership Academy at the TESOL Convention this month. … Twelve Linguistics and TESOL students will present their work in ACES on March 25: Doctoral students Darcey Browning, on “Hashtags as a sign of hesitation: Patterns of pronouns with #whyIstayed and #whyIleft”; Ji Yea Kim on “Fully informed or completely informed?”: Maximizer associations in American English”; Dan Amy on “Alabama Phrasebook: Using Technology to Create Language Teaching Tools”; Kent Rasmussen on “Language Development: Developing Communities”; MA student Laura Copeland on “Generative Fathering: Performing Fatherhood”; MA student Vicki Caña and doctoral student Samantha Cornelius on “Documenting Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) in the Cherokee Language;” Linguistics majors Devin Hornick on “Syllabic Nasal in San Carlos Apache”, Juan Lopez on “Turkish Vowel Harmony”, Jayr Logan on “Catalan vs Spain: The Possible Separation”, and Jessica Nordon on “Human Trafficking”; and Linguistics minor Naomi Carlton on “Catalysts and Consequences of Global Human Trafficking.” … Browning will be also be presenting her ACES work on hashtags in the Women’s and Gender Studies mini-conference on March 23 in the UTA Central Library. … Mike Cahill (MA Linguistics, ’85) is now Orthography Development Services Coordinator for SIL International. … Rajesh Bhatt (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) will be on campus March 20 to give a colloquium talk “Polar Questions and Disjunction: clues from Hindi-Urdu `kyaa’.”

POLITICAL SCIENCE: The Toronto Star quoted Associate Professor and Department Chair Rebecca Deen in a story about a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline that was swiftly rejected by President Obama last week. … The Final Call interviewed Professor José Ángel Gutiérrez about remembering the life and legacy of revolutionary freedom fighter Reies López Tijerina. “Reies was very far reaching in terms of coalitions,” said Gutiérrez, who along with Tijerina and two other leaders became known as the “Four Horsemen” of the Chicano Movement.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Malyalam Weekly (India) published an article by Associate Professor Ritu Khanduri (Anthropology) about her research and new book related to famed cartoonist R. K. Laxman.

THEATRE ARTS: Danielle Georgiou, director of the UTA Dance Ensemble show, will present NICE at the 2015 Out of the Loop Festival at WaterTower Theatre on March 7 and March 12, and will feature UTA alumni Jana Duplechin, Sarah Dye and Gabriel King. … Senior Lecturer Seraphina Nova is directing a short film, “Cybderdancing,” will several UTA faculty, students and alumni. Assistant Professor Anne Healy, Lecturer Laurel Whitsett, Winston Daniels and Gyorgy Beck are just a few Mavericks participating in the project. … Theatre Arts major Elly Hunt won a student essay contest sponsored by PRG (Production Resource Group) and will attend the 2025 United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) Expo in Cincinnati, March 18-21. … Theatre Arts majors Alohilani Valdez and Raul Luna were accepted in the Gateway Program at the USITT conference in Cincinnati. … The stage production of “Rumors” at ONSTAGE in Bedford, Texas, featured many UTA theatre arts students and alumni, including Steven Morris, David Wilson-Brown, Kristen Frazier, Heather Moore and Dale Shelton. Other members of the College of Liberal Arts involved in the production were Cathy Pritchett (Music), Melanie Mason (Communications) and Michael Prescott (History). … Theatre Arts majors Raul Luna, Omar Gonzalez and Ethan Bomyea assisted in the production of the Turtle Creek Choral’s 35th anniversary concert at the Dallas City Performance Hall last month. Adrien Stecker and Matt McGregor also helped with the load in and strike.


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