COLA Notes for May 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Associate Professor Darryl Lauster authored an op-ed piece for The Conversation focused on debate spurred by Ohad Meromi’s “Sunbather,” an abstract figuration embellished in bright pink that has been selected for installation in Long Island City. … A PaperCityMag.com story about the Dallas Art Fair noted The Consortium, a collaborative of graduate students and faculty at UT Arlington, Southern Methodist University and University of Texas at Dallas. The group includes Senior Lecturer Stephen Lapthisophon and Lauster. … Associate Professor Bart Weiss was featured in a CW 33 story about Dallas’ 24 Hour Video Race. The event had more than 60 teams from all over North Texas creating 5-minute films from scratch in just one day. … Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film, won the Dallas International Film Festival’s Short Film Competition Special Jury Prize for his short film, “One Hitta Quitta.” An interview by Smith was posted last month on The City of Arlington website, MyArlingtonTX. … Weiss and Smith were included in a panel discussion before a campus screening of “American Sniper,” according to an article in The Shorthorn. … The work of nationally acclaimed artist Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby was featured at the conclusion of Terrell ArtWalk last Saturday in a special reception in the main lobby of American National Bank of Texas, The Terrell Tribune reported. Huckaby’s work has been displayed at art houses and galleries in Dallas, Boston, Chicago, North Carolina, Minneapolis and Fort Worth. … The department hosted a small painting sale April 23 at the Studio Arts Center, featuring student work.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Valene Garr, Dr. Joniqua Howard and Rebecca Garner were panelist at “Minority Health Disparities: Heart Disease and Diabetes,” a community discussion April 14 hosted by the Center. … The Center held it’s annual recognition ceremony May 1 in the Rio Grande Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

COMMUNICATION: The Department of Communication celebrated Spring 2015 with its annual convocation ceremony April 17 in the Mavericks Activity Center Lounge. Dayton Bell, Shelby Cummings, Amanda Gilliam, Brianna Glover, Rebecca Groves, Amanda Haddad, Amanda Kent, Seongho Kim, Katie Krivit, Latresa Mattox, Patricia Mireles, Emily Nelson, Peace Nguyen, Christian Nisttahuz, Rebecca Pepper, Ana Rais, Roxanna Salmeron, Stephanie Scoggins, Alok Shrestha, Jessica Stroud and Umair Ali were inducted into the Communication Honor Society. Amanda Gilliam, Dayton Bell and Makayla Kinney were inducted into the UTA chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha. Sequence coordinators also honored outstanding seniors: Katie Krivit (advertising), Jessica Stroud (broadcast), Grace Fisher (communication studies), Patricia Mireles (communication technology), Raegan Cardwell (journalism) and Maritza Moreno (public relations). This year’s outstanding graduate student is Alexandra Beshkova. Scholarship recipients included Aisha Willis (Charles Arrendell Scholars and Donna Darovich Scholar); Syeda Tazeen Fatima Jafri, Nadajalah Bennett, Maria Cruz, and Robert Malone (Donald & Dorothy Bunnell Scholars); Rafael Sears (Jack Butler Award); Grant McKinley (Lloyd Clark Scholar); Reachelle Spieker and Sean Fuller (Mark Holtz Scholars); Lawanda McKelvy (Karin McCallum Scholar); Kathryn Cargo (Neva McMurry Reidel Scholar and Murray & Nona Poston Scholar); Secret Bridgewater and Amanda Augustine (George W. and Lana B. Proctor Scholar); Jasmine Faronbi (Phillip Lynn Hall Scholar); and De’Angela Giles (DFWIMA Scholar). … Associate Professor and Department Chair Charla Markham Shaw and Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee will present an original research paper, “Safer-Sex Health Information Sources and Messaging: Targeting U.S. Young Adults” at the International Society of Communication Science and Medicine in Italy from June 11-17. … Graphic Specialist Roby McEuen lent his acting talents to MFA student Brendan Feltrup-Exum’s mockumentary The Dialogue Interchange Program. The film was screened in April and was featured in a Shorthorn article. … Senior Lecturer Susan Nead was honored for 25 years of service at the UT Arlington Employee Recognition Ceremonies last month. … The Department of Communication sponsored a table at the April SPJ FW First Amendment Awards. Assistant Professor Dustin Harp, Senior Lecturer Kim Jones and Communication Lecturer Austin Robinson attended. Journalism major Hannah Floyd received a scholarship at the event. … Cliff Reed (’13) is a journalism teacher at Duncanville High. He’s also pursuing a master’s degree at UTA in educational leadership. … Crystal Iacuone (’14) was recently hired as a technical project manager by Distribion, Inc., a Web-based marketing solution provider. … Derek Kaufman (’14) has been hired as Video Editor on Channel 33’s Newsfix. … Former journalism major Britt LaRiviere is the founder of The Speed Gamers, an organization that hosts marathon gaming sessions and raises money for charity. Read more at the group’s website. … After 54 years of teaching, former UT Arlington journalism lecturer David McHam (University of Houston) retired, UWire.com reported. McHam also taught at Southern Methodist University and Baylor University, and wrote for several newspapers. … The Fayetteville Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Chad Scott (’90) as the new principal of Fayetteville, Ark., High School, NWA.com reported. … Broadcast students Alexa Stickler, Maria Cruz, and Nancy Salas have been accepted for summer internships with the Children’s Medical Center Red Balloon Network. … Broadcasting senior Arian Hernandez will spend his summer months interning with NBC/Telemundo. … Broadcasting majors Reginald Adetula, Froylan Guerrero, Sam Hales and Hernandez got the opportunity to tour HBO production trucks and a production set-up in the College Park Center. HBO Boxing was producing a live event from campus on April 18. … Students Associate Professor Shelley Wigley’s public relations campaigns class have made it to the finals of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Recruitment Challenge through EdVenture Partners and will represent UTA in Houston on May 15. Students created an on-campus “Petrol Party” where they educated UT Arlington students on the importance of petrochemicals in everyday life and discussed job opportunities in the fuel and petrochemical fields. … Broadcasting students in Lecturer LaDonna Aiken‘s TV Production I class were treated to a tour of Studios 121 in April. The students had hands-on training with equipment at the production facility, and recorded a mock news brief and commercial.

Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith (Communication), right, introduces legendary sportscaster Bob Costas during a Q-and-A session with UT Arlington students on April 13. Costas spoke at the Maverick Speaker Series event in the College Park Center late that night. (Photo by Jason Smith)
Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith (Communication), right, introduces legendary sportscaster Bob Costas during a Q-and-A session with UT Arlington students on April 13. Costas spoke at the Maverick Speaker Series event in the College Park Center late that night. (Photo by Jason Smith)

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Beginning June 1, the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice will welcome a new chair: Professor Kent Ryan Kerley. Kerley hails from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was director of a National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

DISABILITY STUDIES: Graduating seniors Jeremy Schack and Miranda Moore will be feted at a reception at 2 p.m. Friday, May 15, in University Hall, Room 108. The Arlington Mayor’s Committee on People with Disabilities will also attend.

ENGLISH: Professor Stacy Alaimo will present “Science and Aesthetics in William Beebe’s Elusive Seas,” an invited talk, May 18 at Stanford University. She will also present research at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) conference June 23-27 at the University of Idaho. … Professor and Department Chair Bruce Krajewski has been invited to present his research paper, “The Legacy of Cain, Builder of Cities: Crime and Megacity,” at the Utopian Studies Society’s 16th Annual International Conference on July 1-4 in Newcastle, England. … Associate Professor Luanne Frank was honored for 45 years of service at the UT Arlington Employee Recognition Ceremonies last month. … Frank recently saw her article, “Kleist’s Phenomenological Nightmare: ‘St. Cecilia or the Power of Music’ and its Holy Mary Images,” published in Glimpse: Phenomenology and Media. … Edgar Award-winning author Ben Winters (The Last Policeman) visited UT Arlington on April 16 in a special session and book signing for students and faculty.

HISTORY: Focus Daily News reported that Associate Professor and Department Chair Marvin Dulaney discussed the legacy of Judge Louis A. Bedford during the 2015 Royce West Forum and Lecture Series at Prairie View A&M University last month. Bedford was the first African-American judge to serve in Dallas County in 1966. He died last year. … Professor Andrew Milson has been named a 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Teacher (Higher Education) Award from the National Council for Geographic Education. He receive his award at a special ceremony in August. … Associate Professor Stephanie Cole is one of three editors for Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives. A review of the new book published last month in The Dallas Morning News. … Members of Kappa Alpha fraternity held a fundraiser last week for Adjunct Professor Cynthia Clark who was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease last year, The Shorthorn reported. … UTA Libraries Special Collections recently updated its digital collection and now offers hundreds of photos online.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Four linguists won awards at the 2015 acCOLAdes on April 16: majors Kelsey Griffith (Shirlee J. and Taylor Gandy Endowed Scholarship) and Devin Hornick (COLA Scholar); and doctoral students Ji Yea Kim (Dean’s Excellence Scholarship) and Dan Amy (COLA Scholar). … At the departmental awards ceremony on May 1, a number of students were awarded research funding through the endowment set up by Professor Emeritus Jerold A. Edmondson. Winners included doctoral student Darcey Browning, for work on discourse markers Cajun English; MA student Kimberly Johnson for work on characteristics of the Muskogean languages; doctoral student Ji Yea Kim for work on the prosody of Korean; doctoral student Juyoung Lee for work on phrasal verbs in Korean; doctoral student Stephen Self for work on variable telicity in the verbs of Khmer; and doctoral student Ehsan Shafiee Zargar for work on Persian-English code switching. Funding was also awarded via the Linguistics and TESOL Alumni Endowment, established by alumna Dr. Robin Lombard, to doctoral student Ehsan Shafiee Zargar for work on transposed letter priming effects with two types of morphological structures in Persian. The Feigenbaum award for outstanding work in TESOL was given to MA student Carrie Sullivan. Four summer dissertation fellowship winners were announced. These were won by doctoral students JungAe Lee AllmanIya Price, Juyoung Lee and Jessica Rohr. Photos from end of the year ceremony can be found in the department’s Facebook album. … Dr. Joey Sabbagh, newly tenured, will be a keynote speaker at the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association conference May 21-23 at McGill University in Montreal. He will be giving a talk titled: “Prosodic evidence for the derivation of verb initial word order in Tagalog.” Sabbagh also had a paper, “Specificity and objecthood in Tagalog,” accepted to the Journal of Linguistics. … A paper, “Orthographic and phonological form interference during silent reading,” co-written by doctoral student Iya Price, Assistant Professor Naoko Witzel and Assistant Professor Jeffrey Witzel was also recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. … Assistant Professor Cynthia Kilpatrick and doctoral students Lori Pierce and Jessica Rohr received SLOAN Consortium scholarships to enroll in the OLC’s Online Teaching Certificate training this summer, sponsored by the Center for Distance Education. … Doctoral student Samantah Cornelius received a $3,000 Jacobs Research Funds Grant from the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Wash., who provide grants for anthropological and linguistic research working with Native American peoples. She has also received $3,500 in support from the Philips Fund Grant for Native American Research through the American Philosophical Society. … Graduating Linguistics major Nick Matthews has accepted a position as assistant project manager at the Teneo Linguistics Company, a translation company located in Fort Worth. … Graduating senior Jessica Nordon has set up a GoFundMe page to fund a trip in which she will volunteer in an orphanage in Nepal after graduation, according to an article in The Shorthorn. … Patricia Whitlock (BA Linguistics, ’14) was accepted to the MA program in computational linguistics at Brandeis University. … Mohamed Mwamzandi (PhD in Linguistics, ’14) has taken a position as a Lecturer in the Department of African, African American & Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

MODERN LANGUAGE: Associate Professor Pete Smith (German), vice provost for digital teaching and learning, was honored for 25 years of service at the UT Arlington Employee Recognition Ceremonies last month.

MUSIC: Professor and Department Chair Rick Bogard was honored for 25 years of service at the UT Arlington Employee Recognition Ceremonies last month. … Violinist.com noted a lecture by cellist and Professor John Burton given during the 2015 American String Teachers Association Conference last month. He explained how the physics of sound relates to good tone. “When you are playing the violin, viola, cello or bass, you’re playing a complex standing wave,” Burton said. “We have the ability to be very discriminant, when it comes to intonation.” … The UT Arlington Jazz Combo, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra performed last month at the annual Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival in downtown Fort Worth.

PHILOSOPHY: Associate Professor Keith Burgess-Jackson was honored for 25 years of service at the UT Arlington Employee Recognition Ceremonies last month. … The department hosted a talk by Robyn Repko Waller (University of Alabama) about free will and blame April 17 in College Hall. … The University Classics Club and the department hosted Richard Bett (Johns Hopkins University) in an “Adventures in Antiquity” series lecture April 24.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor Allan Saxe was honored for 50 years of service at the UT Arlington Employee Recognition Ceremonies last month. Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow relied Saxe’s teaching experience for a recent column about the future of the United States. … Saxe moderated an Arlington mayoral candidate debate last month at the Maverick Activities Center, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Incumbent Robert Cluck debated challenger Jeff Williams at the event. Williams won the May 8 election. … Professor Joseph Ignagni was honored for 25 years of service at the UT Arlington Employee Recognition Ceremonies last month. … Professor José Ángel Gutiérrez spoke May 1 at the Tejano Civil Rights Museum during a Chicano Symposium, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported. Gutiérrez co-founded La Raza and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. … New bills could impose strict rules on manufacture and sale of electronic nicotine delivery devices, Al Jazeera America reported. Professor Thomas Marshall, who is writing a book about policy, public opinion and smoking, said there are many unanswered questions about e-cigarettes and the liquids in them. … Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would be looking at a deep bench to choose from for a running mate, the Raycom News Network and dozens of its media affiliates reported. For Democrat voters who would favor a woman on the ticket, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, is a political veteran who could withstand national scrutiny, said Associate Professor and Department Chair Rebecca Deen. … Assistant Professor Daniel Sledge said legalization of marijuana in Texas will take some time, according to an article in The Shorthorn. … Author James L. Haley (’75) discussed the history of Hawaii at a Friends of the UTA Library meeting April 17 in the Central Library.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: The Department of Sociology & Anthropology held its annual awards banquet May 6 in the University Club. Some of the student scholarship winners were: KeAmber Green (Blaine T. and Jean W. Williams Endowed Scholarship in Sociology); Christina Carney (Junior Woman’s Club of Fort Worth Endowed Scholarship); Shawn Dunlap and Rosa Hayes (Suzanne & Paul Baldon and Linda Gregg & Matthew Craig Award in Anthropology); and Anne Base, Jamaica Kennedy, James Reinoehl, Reynaldo Rangel and Erin Taylor (ASA Student Department Prize ). Graduating students, honor roll nominees and inductees for Lambda Alpha and Alpha Kappa Delta were also honored. … Associate Professor Karl Petruso (Anthropology), dean of the Honors College, was honored for 25 years of service at the UT Arlington Employee Recognition Ceremonies last month.… A Washington Post WorldViews blog remembering famed Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman mentioned Associate Professor Ritu Khanduri, who discussed Laxman’s work and importance with PRI’s The World in January. … Professor Ben Agger contributed a chapter, “Oversharing: The Eclipse of Privacy in the Internet Age,” to a recently published book, International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition (Elsevier). … Agger, director of the Center for Theory, wrote an opinion piece for CounterPunch.org warning that as universities are forced to become more business-like, they should be wary about adopting a business model of all things. … Associate Professor Christian Zlolniski (Anthropology), along with co-authors Laura Velasco and Marie Laure Coubes of Mexico, recently published a new book, De Jornaleros a Colonos: Residencia, Trabajo e Identidad en el Valle de San Quintin (Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Mexico). The book examines the growth of an agro-export enclave in Northern Mexico and a new labor movement that impacted indigenous farmers.

THEATRE ARTS: UTA FabLab and Maverick Theatre Company recent joined forces to create a video about costume construction. The video features Theatre Arts major Alexandria Fazzari. … Assistant Professor Anne Healy will be working with the award-winning regional theatre “Goodspeed Musicals” in Connecticut this summer, assisting and observing three-time Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes). Her paper, “An Unlikely Star: Bert Williams,” was accepted for presentation at the Song Stage & Screen conference held at Regent’s University in London in June. … In late July, Healy will travel to Montreal, Canada, to direct a staged reading of “The Second Girl” by award-winning playwright Ronan Noone as a part of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education’s International Conference and New Play Development initiative. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer received a faculty research award from the College of Liberal Arts for the acquisition and use of “Pepper, an emotional robot” during a Fall 2015 course, “Humans and Robots: The Future is Here.” Greer also attended UT Arlington Research Institute (UTARI) special showcase to celebrate the National Robotics Week on April 8. … Scenic Designer Michelle Harvey created scenic design for “Britten, Beatles, and Bond” for the Turtle Creek Chorale at the Dallas City Performance Hall which opened April 23. Theatre Arts majors Omar Gonzalez and Ethan Bomyea and alumnus Raul Luna worked with Harvey on the project. … Adjunct instructor Danielle Georgiou, director of UTA Dance Ensemble, was interviewed on the Theatre Jones website. Georgiou looks at the effect the narcissism of a reality show like “Dance Moms” has on dance education and training. … Theatre Arts major George Meek has accepted a summer carpentry position with the Pacific Conservatory Theatre. Theatre Arts major Hailey Eakle will also work there in the costume department. Austin Brown is completing a season-long apprenticeship with the group as an assistant lighting director. … Two Theatre Arts students will travel and work at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival this summer. Jailene Torres will work as a stitcher and Jorge Lanuza will be a master carpenter. … Student Tiffany Cromwell will be working as the assistant stage manager this summer with Uptown Players. … Theatre Arts major Gatlin Douglas was elected to the USITT Southwest regional board of directors as a student-at-large member. He will be headed to the Santa Fe Opera this summer to work as a stage crew apprentice. … Freshman Vanessa Chavez, a UTA Dance Ensemble company member, won first place April 1 in Mavs Got Talent. … Taylor Adams has accepted a run crew position at PCPA (Pacific Coast Rep). … G. Dean McBride was accepted into the MFA program in arts administration at Texas Tech University.

WOMEN’S STUDIES: On July 25, the Women’s and Gender Studies program will host an all-day STEM workshop for high school girls. This year’s workshop is co-sponsored by Women in Transportation and will center on civil engineering. The keynote speaker is Janeen Uzzell, Global Director of Operations with the General Electric Global Research External Affairs and Technology Programs. The workshop is sponsored by BNSF Railway, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Transportation YOU and the Melting Pot.

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