COLA Notes for July 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: The City of Arlington website, MyArlingtonTX, featured Darryl Lauster in its American Dream City series. “UTA provides me an incubator to allow my students and I to converse about engaging with the community to create this dynamic creative class that will ultimately become embedded in the City of Arlington,” said Lauster. … Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon has been named a 2015 Awards to Artists recipient by the Dallas Museum of Art, reported. Lapthisophon received the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant. … Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith‘s short film “One Hitta Quitta” was featured in the Houston Film Commission’s Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase 2015 June 21 in Los Angeles. Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film at UT Arlington, was mentioned in a recent article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. … Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby gave a gallery talk May 15 at the Meadows Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University. … WKPT/ABC 19 in Kingsport, Tenn., reported that “Moments and Vision,” a series of photographs by Assistant Professor Tore Terrasi, will be on display this month in downtown Johnson City at East Tennessee State University’s Tipton Gallery. … Filmmaker Sai Selevarajan (’01) was featured in a Lucky Post email in May. … MFA graduate Maryam Rezaei‘s “Air Pollution” poster was accepted for a juried international competition by the Graphic Design Associations ICOGRADA in Slovakia.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: The Center for African American Studies (CAAS) held its annual awards reception May 1 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. UT Arlington Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer was honored as the 2014-2015 CAAS Champion. African American Studies Minor 2014-2015 Graduates were Porsha Gunishaw, Patricia O’Brien, Christopher Woolen and Stephanie Velasquez. Emerging Leaders Initiative 2014-2015 Graduates were Curtis Brown, Kent Justin Brown, Emmanuel Fordjour, Ebony Gray, Patricia O’Brien, Terina Smith and Christopher Woolen. Others recognized include: Brianna Franklin (AAST Minor-School of Social Work Scholarship Recipient); Christopher Woolen and Patricia O’Brien (2014-2015 Outstanding Emerging Leaders); Jasmine Shaw and Kenneth Esenwah (2014-2015 Outstanding Emerging Scholars); Dr. Ifeoma Amah and Dr. David Sparks (2014-2015 Outstanding CAAS Faculty Affiliates); and Devan Allen and Jamie Grant (2014-2015 Outstanding CAAS Community Affiliates). … CAAS hosted “Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom” on June 19, including a lecture by Dr. Safisha Hill, an adjunct faculty member and Director of Education for Act of Change Inc.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: The Dallas Business Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg Business and many other media outlets reported that Paul Wong (San Diego State University) has been appointed Dean of the UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts. Wong has international experience and brings a fundraising record to match his academic stature. … Many College of Liberal Arts students, faculty and alumni participated in the 20th annual UTA Powwow, sponsored by the Native American Student Association. The all-day event was held June 7. Check out this video from Shorthorn TV. … Four COLA professors contributed to a podcast series hosted by Associate Professor Peggy Semingson (Curriculum and Instruction). The series, “Staying Productive in Academia,” features Stacy Alaimo (English), Rebecca Deen (Political Science), Colleen Fitzgerald (Linguistics & TESOL) and Laurel Stvan (Linguistics & TESOL).

COMMUNICATION: KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne about the consequences that can result from people posting their personal views to social media networks. “Count on it being seen even if you think that it won’t be seen. And count on it lasting for years even if you delete it,” Tremayne said. … Communication Specialist Jeff Williams traveled to Fernandina Beach, Fla., in June to research unconventional drilling. With his research, he intends to make a short documentary that will be submitted to the Journal of Video Ethnography. … Assistant Professor Dustin Harp and Senior Lecturer Kim Pewitt-Jones attended the Poynter Institute Teachapalooza in St. Petersburg, Fla., last month as recipients of tuition scholarships from the Headliners Foundation of Texas. … Harp will present a paper, “Covering Clinton (2010-2015): Meaning-making strategies in news and entertainment magazines,” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s annual conference Aug. 5-8 in San Francisco, Calif. Tremayne and Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith will also attend the conference, serving as panelists and attending workshops and discussions. … A paper by Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee and graduate students Katherine Bennett and Elise Athens has been accepted for presentation at the 2015 International Conference on Communication in Healthcare in New Orleans in October. … Former journalism instructor George Rhoades has released a new book of poetry, After the Chisholm. … Lonestar 92.5 DJ Jeff Kovarsky (’87), better known by his on-air moniker of Jeff K, spoke to radio production students in broadcast lecturer Lance Liguez’s class earlier this month. … and other media outlets noted that Chicago immigration law firm, Katz Law Office, has hired Lucia Lopez (’98), an attorney with more than a decade of legal experience in immigration law, business law, human rights law and litigation. … Raegan Cardwell (’15) is a news producer job at KDRV-TV in Medford, Ore. … Stephanie Hillas (’14) has accepted a new position as content associate at Zomato, a restaurant discovery app and website located in Dallas. … Gordon Butler (’01) has been named the new principal of McKinney High School, the McKinney Courier-Gazette reported. … Advertising major Shabina Aslam recently received a scholarship from the American Advertising Federation Dallas. … Broadcasting major Javier Giribet-Vargas received a $2,000 scholarship from the Texas Association of Broadcasters. … Public relations major Erika Long is interning at Sabre in Southlake, Texas, this summer, an internship made possible through the La Grant Foundation.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Professor and Department Chair Kent Kerley was quoted in a Dallas Morning News article about the flood of applications pouring into the McKinney Police Department, despite its recent police woes.

DISABILITY STUDIES: Two Disability Studies minors Nichole Sheridan and Joyce Wolff will participate in the inaugural Student Entrepreneurship Fellow program at UT Austin this summer. The duo is working on a plan to utilize 3D printer technology for elderly people with digestive issues. Sheridan and Wolff will spend six weeks learning entrepreneurial strategies and conducting interviews with potential customers; they will also submit a grant application for venture capital for up to $75,000.

ENGLISH: Professor and Department Chair Bruce Krajewski will serve as a panelist at the 2016 Rhetoric Society of America biennial conference in Atlanta. … Office assistant Dyane Fowler passed away June 3. Services were held at a funeral home in Austin.

HISTORY: Associate Professor and Department Chair Marvin Dulaney wrote about the troubled origins of American policing in The Crime Report. Dulaney examined how the impacts of 17th century policing still reverberate in society today. … In an article by the Houston Chronicle, Dulaney commented on the implementation and enforcement of Texas open carry law the legislature recently passed. … Delaney was also quoted in an op-ed in The Dallas Morning News about Confederate monuments in Texas. … Assistant Professor Donald Kyle was quoted in Archaeology magazine, a publication of the Archaeological Institute of America, about Greek and Roman horse racing in the July/August edition. Kyle’s contribution was part of a larger story on the horse and its unique role in human culture. … Assistant Professor Patryk Babiracki wrote a guest blog on Post-Soviet Ukraine for the University of North Carolina Press blog. Babiracki draws a comparison between Ukraine’s present and Poland’s past – much like Poland after World War II, today, Ukraine is a terrain contested by Russia and the West. Babiracki also recently published a new book, Soviet Soft Power in Poland: Culture and the Making of Stalin’s New Empire, 1943-1957 (North Carolina Press). … Arlington held several Juneteenth events, which included featured speaker Geoffrey Mitchell, a former American history instructor, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. … Assistant Professor Kenyon Zimmer was quoted in a WESA/90.5 Pittsburgh story about the motives behind the anarchist who shot Henry Clay Frick. … The Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow mentioned UT Arlington in his May profile of KXAS/NBC 5 senior meteorologist David Finfrock. Finfrock is a founding member of the Texas Map Society and serves as editor of the society’s newsletter. The map society works closely with the extensive cartography collection at The University of Texas at Arlington, where Finfrock said his own collection of maps will probably end up. … Jeremy Spracklen (MA, ’15; BA in History and Philosophy, ’03) was interviewed for KERA/90.1 FM’s The Big Screen segment. Spracklen discussed some of what he learned from his thesis on the history of movie exhibition in North Texas. … The Burleson-Crowley Connection interviewed Anne Bailey (’82) about her passion for local history, which has led her to write a handful of books on the topic.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Master’s candidate Kimberly Johnson and doctoral student Ji Yea Kim attended the Linguistic Society of America Institute this summer, held at the University of Chicago, with support from the Department of Linguistics & TESOL as well as grants from the Jerold A. Edmondson Research Endowment in Linguistics. … Representatives from a variety of Native American tribes have converged on Washington, D.C., archives to breathe new life into their languages, to transform language preserved into language lived and language living, wrote Professor Colleen Fitzgerald in the Huffington Post. Fitzgerald is the director of the Native American Languages Lab. … Fitzgerald and a group of UTA students took part in a Chickasaw Narrative Workshop, collecting stories with the Chickasaw Nation elders on June 24-25 in Ada, Okla. … Assistant Professor Suwon Yoon has published an article, “Semantic constraint and pragmatic nonconformity for expressives: compatibility condition on slurs, epithets, anti-honorifics, intensifiers, and mitigators,” in a special issue of Language Sciences on the topic of on slurs. … Yoon and Arum Kang, a grad student at the University of Chicago, will present a talk, “Two types of speaker’s ignorance over the epistemic space,” at the joint meeting of the 19th International Circle of Korean Linguistics and the 16th Harvard-International Symposium on Korean Linguistics, July 24-26, at the University of Chicago. … Indian Country Today Media Network mentioned an Indigenous Language Video Contest sponsored by the Native American Language Lab in its story about online challenges to save indigenous languages in the Americas. … Three candidates for director of the English Language Institute will be on campus this week, making presentations and answering questions from students and faculty: Andrea Patterson (Wednesday, July 15 at 11:30 a.m.), Khalid Ibrahim (Thursday, July 16 at 9:30 a.m.) and Josie Sambolin (Friday, July 17 at 11:30 a.m. All meetings will take place in Trimble Hall, Room 200. … Vitaly Voinov (PhD Linguistics, ’13) co-edited a new publication, Language Vitality Through Bible Translation. The book includes an introduction from Voinov as well as a chapter from Jill Riepe (PhD Linguistics,’09) on language revitalization through education and Bible translation among the Ap Ma of Papua New Guinea. … Yvonne Schnitzius (MA Linguistics & MA TESOL, ’07) is now Lead Foreign Language Teacher at Colleyville Covenant Christian Academy where she will be conducting year-long teacher training workshops for all foreign language teachers in grades 1-12 at the school, in the development of curriculum that implements the Integrated Performance Assessment, developed by ACTFL. … Henry Lopez (BA, ’14) recently took a job at Refugee Services of Texas in Fort Worth.

MODERN LANGUAGE: Assistant Professor Sonja Watson’s article, “La identidad Afro-Panamena en la literatura desde el siglo XX hasta el nuevo milenio” (Afro-Panamanian Identity in Literature from the 20th Century to the New Millennium),” was recently published in LiminaR: Estudios Sociales y Humanísticos. … Assistant Professor Amy Austin presented “Translatio Studii in the Worlds of Ramon Llull” at an international conference sponsored by the North American Catalan Society in Barcelona, Spain, last month. … Jorge Acosta (’98), a 17-year employee of Irving ISD, has been named principal of Gilbert Elementary School, The Dallas Morning News reported. Acosta holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Policy Studies.

MUSIC: KXAS/NBC 5 interviewed several students from the UTA A Cappella Choir about what it was like singing with the Rolling Stones when the legendary rock band took the stage at AT&T Stadium last month. KRLD/1080 AM (CBS) ran a clip of the actual performance in which lead singer Mick Jagger gave thanks to the choir. … KGMB CBS 5 in Hawaii reported that The University of Texas at Arlington Jazz Orchestra would be playing with the ‘Iolani Stage Band in a free concert on June 27. Hawaii Public Radio interviewed Associate Professor Tim Ishii, director of jazz studies, about the role jazz plays on the national and world stage. … Joshua Lang (’14), organist and choirmaster of St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Mansfield, gave a free organ recital last month, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: A Fort Worth Star-Telegram column on the use of high-profile issues as fundraising tactics quoted Associate Professor and Department Chair Rebecca Deen as saying politicians have become particularly adept at using hot-button issues as rallying cries. … The Foundation for Middle East Peace blog published in May an extensive question-and-answer article with Associate Professor Brent Sasley on Israel, Iran and the U.S.-Israel relationship. “It’s clear that the U.S. and Israel have increasingly divergent perceptions about international politics and put emphasis on different priorities,” Sasley said. Sasely also wrote about the Israeli relationship with Cyprus. … Foreign Affairs published a commentary by Sasley about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government lasting longer than most had assumed. … KFBK/1530 AM in Sacramento, Calif., talked to Associate Professor Allan Saxe about U.S. efforts to improve and speed up the program to train and equip Iraqi forces. … In a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about Texas Monthly‘s biennial list of best and worst state legislators, Saxe said the rankings are sometimes used by challengers in elections: “At best, the Texas Monthly list of best and worst is great reading for the political literati.” … Last week, KLIF/570 AM interviewed Saxe about a new national poll that puts Donald Trump in the lead heading into the GOP presidential primaries. Saxe said Trump has also struck “that chord of dissent” where people don’t like any of the other presidential hopefuls.

PRE-LAW CENTER: Pre-Law Center director Amber White was quote in an article by The Shorthorn about post-college opportunities for UT Arlington students.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Associate Professor Jason Shelton (Sociology) appeared last month on the KERA 90.1 FM noon show Think with Kris Boyd to discuss what it means to identify as a particular race in the wake of Rachel Dolezal stepping down as head of the Spokane NAACP. Shelton says Dolezal is emblematic of a move toward “extreme individualism,” where one gets to pick and choose who they want to be. … A new article by Professors Ben Agger (Sociology) and Beth Anne Shelton (Sociology) has been accepted for publication. “Time, Motion, Discipline: The Authoritarian Syllabus on American College Campuses” will appear in the journal Critical Sociology later this year. … Sociology graduate student Christina Carney was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about neighbors volunteering to revive and maintain the Fairmount Library. … Joshua Olsberg (MA-Sociology, ’06) has accepted a tenure-track position at National University in San Diego, Calif.

THEATRE ARTS: Assistant Professor Daniel Archibald was featured in a article on innovative technology at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s 2015 Tech Expo. Archibald and the UT Arlington design team employed a “vaping” system like those in electronic cigarettes to make a smoking, light-up witch’s staff for their production of “Into the Woods”. … Professor Andrew Christopher Gaupp will direct “Bass Fishin’” by Grayson Harper for SceneShop’s 20th anniversary program. The show will be performed at Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth on Aug. 1, 7 and 8, and stars UTA grads Dale Shelton and Joshua Eguia. … In June Gaupp was invited to serve on the Board of Electors for the Actors Hall of Fame Foundation. Gaupp has also been invited to assistant direct the winning play of the 2015 Association for Theatre in Higher Education New Play Contest at the annual ATHE conference being held this summer in Montreal, Quebec. He has also recently been invited to direct the winning play of the 2016 ATHE New Play Contest in Chicago during the summer of 2016. … Senior Lecturer Seraphina Nova was an invited professional to Trinity Valley School (Fort Worth) Young Writer’s Conference for high school students. … Associate Professor Joe Chapa is directing “Almost Maine” at Onstage Bedford through July. UTA student Alexandrian Fazzari and Maverick Theatre Company alumni Samantha Fields and Travis Fant are in the cast. … Scenic Designer Michelle Harvey created the set design for “Curtains, the Musical” at Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas. Opening July 24. Harvey also designed “Turtle-ly ‘80s” for the Turtle Creek Chorale in June. … Assistant Professor Anne Healy presented her paper, “An Unlikely Star: Bert Williams,” at the Song Stage & Screen X Conference in June at Regent’s University in London. Healy is working with the award-winning regional theatre Goodspeed Musicals: Musical Theatre Institute in Connecticut this summer, assisting and observing three-time Tony Award winning Director/Choreographer Kathleen Marshall. … Senior Lecturer Felecia Bertch will star as Helena in the Wheaton (Ill.) Shakespeare in the Park’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in August. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer is the primary investigator and co-PI on two proposals for UTA’s Office of the President’s Interdisciplinary Research Program. Both proposals address the interaction and interdisciplinary nature of theatre arts and robotics. … Theatre Arts junior Marcos Villegas was cast in two shows, “Les Miserables” and “American Idiot,” for Oh Look Performing Arts Center this summer. … Theatre Arts sophomore Jesse Scott has been hired to complete three lighting designs for Theatre Arlington productions “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” “Becky’s New Car” and the recently finished “Urinetown.” … Former student Afton Danielle is the new Theatre Director at Jubilee Theatre in Waco. … Robert Bell (’13) was cast in “Twelfth Night” at the Portland (Ore.) Shakespeare Project. Performances are July 10-Aug. 2 at the Artist Repertory Theatre. … Nicole Weber (’08) was cast in the production, “The Spitfire Grill,” at MYART Studio in late May. … Theatre arts major Haley Boswell, was cast as Meg in “Little Women” at the Plaza Theatre Company. The production will run July 2-Aug. 1. … Travis Fant is a member of Keith and Margo’s Murder Mystery Texas this summer. … Theatre Arts senior Gatlin Douglas was voted this year’s winner of the Rose Brand/USITT Action Design Competition at the Cincinnati 2015 Conference & Expo. … Jamie Pringle (’94) is the new theatre teacher at Carroll Senior High in Southlake, Texas. … Theatre Arts graduate Josh Jacobs was accepted into the masters of fine arts program at the University of Houston for Technical Direction. … Kevin Duran was cast as the Big Bad Wolf in Graham Regional’s “Shrek the Musical” in late May. … John Fionnlagh Rutherform performed in “The Little Foxes” at Richardson Theatre all through May. … Former student Andy Reynolds and his Waxahachie High School theatre students placed in the top three at the 5A UIL state One Act Play competition. … Trae Adair (’12) opened in “Urinetown” in Los Angeles, California in late May. … 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 Saturday, July 25, the Women’s and Gender Studies program will host an all day STEM workshop for 50 high school girls. The workshop will feature the keynote speaker, Janeen Uzzell (Director of Operations – External Affairs and Technology, Global Research Center at General Electric) and a 90-minute workshop on civil engineering led by Women in Transportation.


(Compiled by James Dunning/COLA Communications,

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