COLA Notes for September 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Professor Beth Wright offered a lecture, “Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre: Insight and Entertainment,” July 29 at the Arlington Museum of Art. Professor and Department Chair Robert Hower also lectured on graphic design and post-impressionists Aug. 5 at the museum. … Last month, the Aspire TV Network’s ABFF Independent broadcast “Katrina’s Son,” a short film was produced and directed by Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film. … The Midland Reporter-Telegram interviewed alumnus and artist Scott Dykema (’01) about using his artwork for good and living his dream. “I think art does lend itself somehow to helping others. It may not be an essential like food or clothing, but in a different way, it’s my way of serving,” says Dykema. … The Bologna family reminisced about the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting their former New Orleans home, KEYE 42 in Austin reported. One child, Ben Bologna (’10), graduated from UT Arlington and now works as a graphic designer in Austin.

COMMUNICATION: KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed UT Arlington journalism students and Lecturer Julian Rodriguez about last month’s attack on two Virginia television journalists and the conversation that the tragedy is sparking about the unpredictable dangers of working in television news. … Rodriguez also spoke with Univision Dallas/KUVN 23 about last month’s news conference in which presidential candidate Donald Trump ordered Univision anchor Jorge Ramos to “go back to Univision.” … The Conversation featured an op-ed by Associate Professor Andrew Clark about lessons for media educators following last month’s on-air shootings of two Virginia journalists. “As we train future media professionals, we need to highlight even more the pressures that they will face in a newsroom and how they can cope with them. We’re not professional counselors, but we can talk through scenarios and increase awareness,” Clark wrote. … A broadcast report by Adolfo Muñiz (’14) was featured on Univision’s national newscast last month. … Associate Professor Chyng-yang Jang presented an original research paper, “The (Lack Of) Use of Facebook by Small Businesses,” at the Social Media & Society 2015 International Conference in Toronto in July. … Lecturer Stacy Salmon was invited to speak to the UTA McNair Scholars Program in July. … Lecturer Lance Liguez spent the summer months at KDFW–TV Fox 4 as part of a fellowship awarded by the National Association of Television Program Executives. … To help the College of Liberal Arts celebrate its golden anniversary, UTA Radio students Marisa Rosales and Zoi Greenhouse produced a series of segments which will run throughout the semester. … Shelly Conlon (’13) has been named managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light, reported. … J.C. Derrick (’12) is a reporter in the Washington, D.C., bureau of WORLD Magazine. … Communication students are spending the fall semester in a variety of internship positions with DFW-area businesses and organizations. Broadcast students Sonia Garcia and Thomas Hoce are interning with the Red Balloon Network at Dallas’ Children’s Medical Center. BCMN major Chris Jorge is working with FC Dallas. Journalism major April Miller is working at the City of Arlington Department of Communication. Advertising major Aba Jeziernicki is serving as an intern with Pytch Black, Brannon Low with PMG Advertising and Max Briese with Moroch Partners LP. Communication Technology major Griselda Monsivais is interning with the UTA College of Business Dean’s Office. Public Relations majors are also gaining experience outside the classroom. Jackson Christenberry is working with the First United Methodist Church of Mansfield, and Hannah Telkamp with Valley View United Methodist Church. Christina Odell is interning with The Dallas Stars Foundation. Jazmin Zamarripa is spending her semester with The Arlington ISD Education Foundation. Allison Cox is interning with the City of Grand Prairie, and Jennifer Mendoza with Performance Experience. … Alumna Karen Borta of CBS 11 is a finalist for Best TV Broadcaster for D Magazine‘s “Best of Big D.” … Jessica Stroud (’15) has been accepted as a technology apprentice in the NABEF’s Technology Apprenticeship Program. The six-month-long program is designed to educate interns on broadcast engineering and includes teaching, presentations and hands-on experience at a station. … Avery Anderson (’14) has accepted a reporter position at KSNW in Wichita, Kan. … Mayde Gomez (’11) is moving from KSAT San Antonio to KABC in Los Angeles, the No. 2-ranked media market in the country.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Social media can get “extremely complicated” when police are dealing with an ongoing high-profile case and the public starts to expect “too much,” Professor and Department Chair Kent Kerley said in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article on the use of social media during a police officer-involved shooting in Arlington. … Professor Robert Bing will join a panel discussion that will examine the impact of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, a Dallas Morning News columnist reported. … A article on bullying noted a 2013 UT Arlington study published in the Journal of Criminology that found students at anti-bullying initiative schools are more likely to be bullied. Assistant Professor Seokjin Jeong contributed to the study. … Despite being born with cerebral palsy, José María Joey Salas will be soon be graduating from UT Arlington, reported El Hispano News. … Gov. Greg Abbott appointed former adjunct professor Derrelynn Perryman to the Texas Criminal Justice Board, which oversees the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Perryman is the victim services coordinator for the Arlington Police Department.

DISABILITY STUDIES: Program Director Sarah Rose, an associate professor of history, was quoted in a UTA media relations article on the UTA Library’s project to digitize disability history.

ENGLISH: The Department of English has made changes to its office staff. Associate Professor Kevin Porter has been named associate chair. Senior Lecturer Kathryn Warren is the new graduate coordinator, working with M.A. and Ph.D. students. Yael Sasley is senior office assistant, while Margaret Jackymack, who previously worked for Nursing and Physics, is the administrative assistant. … A new book by Lecturer Tia Black, Worldviews in Literature: An Anthology, is now available from Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

HISTORY: Dallas Morning News columnist Norma Adams-Wade wrote about an upcoming panel discussion that will examine the 1955 murder of Emmett Till and its impact for a new generation. Professor and Chair W. Marvin Dulaney will give an overview and lead the panel discussion that also includes Professor Robert Bing (Criminology & Criminal Justice). … Assistant Professor Kathryne Beebe and Anna Nogar (University of New Mexico) will lecture at “Transported in Spirit: Visionary Travel in the Old World and the New,” an Oct. 8 event co-sponsored by the Center for Southwestern Studies and the Women’s and Gender Studies program. The lectures will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Sixth Floor Parlor of the Central Library and focus on women and virtual pilgrimages to Jerusalem in late medieval times and the life and times of Sor María Agreda, a Franciscan abbess and spiritual writer. … Associate Professor Christopher Morris was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article over how Confederate names and icons are raising questions at some Texas schools. … Associate Professor Alusine Jalloh and the UTA Africa Program, with non-profit organization Restore Hope, hosted a post-Ebola summit Aug. 13-14 at the Wade Building in Arlington, Sierra Express Media reported. … Associate Professor Stephanie Cole will present “Texas Women: Documenting History” at Lone Star College on Sept. 23, the Cypress Creek Mirror reported. Lone Star College CyFair will house a month-long exhibition about women’s rights. … Doctoral candidate Robert Caldwell was mentioned in a Dallas Morning News article about former residents returning to visit New Orleans on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. … KERA 90.1 FM’s American Graduate Initiative profiled undergraduate Denzel Bailey. While he lives in residence halls during the school year, summertime can be a tough time fosr a homeless college kid.


LINGUISTICS & TESOL: UT Arlington Libraries has published its first e-book under its MavOpenPress imprint, founded in December. Inquiries into Korean Linguistics V, a collection of conference papers edited by former UTA Vice-Provost and Associate Professor David Silva, contains 11 papers from a 2012 conference in Xuzhou, China. … The National Humanities Alliance is featuring the Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop on its story map for projects showing examples of engaged humanities and best practices in community collaboration. Professor Colleen Fitzgerald and Mary Linn (University of Oklahoma) co-directed the 2012 and 2014 workshops, supported a National Science Foundation grant. … Fitzgerald is also featured in two National Science Foundation videos focused on the Documenting Endangered Languages grant initiative. … Ian Connally (MA,’05), a German and linguistics teacher at Paschal High School in Fort Worth, was recently featured in Fort Worth Magazine.

MUSIC: Brenham Independent School District honored Associate Professors Clifton Evans, a 1991 graduate, KWHI 1280 in Brenham reported. Evans spoke about the importance of music education. … NPR affiliate, WMUK 102.1 FM (Kalamazoo, MI), interviewed Assistant Professor Jack Unzicker about the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck. Unzicker and his wife, Associate Professor Martha Walvoord, premiering Duo No. 3, a new work written by Michigan composer Tom Knific. … The Advertiser reported that Ashley Dené Smith (’06) has landed a starring role in a PBS film narrated by Morgan Freeman titled, “JFK-LBJ: A Time for Greatness.” Smith, credited as Dené Hill, plays the lead female role of Geraldine “Gerri” Whittington, the first and only African-American to serve in the White House as personal executive secretary.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Foreign Affairs published a piece by Associate Professor Brent Sasley about how Israel can live with the Iranian nuclear agreement. “In the long run, the deal could, in fact, be good for Israel, since it pushes Iran farther away from pursuing nuclear weapons capability and could even shift the Middle East’s regional order through a more cooperative American-Iranian approach,” Sasley wrote. … KTRH/740 AM interviewed Associate Professor Allan Saxe about Donald Trump’s comments last month on John McCain’s military service. Red Eye Radio and WOOD/1300 FM (Grand Rapids, MI) also interviewed Saxe about last month’s GOP presidential nominee debate and the numerous candidates. … Saxe was also quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about the battle for Texas House District 99. … Associate Professor and Department Chair Rebecca Deen appeared on the KERA 90.1 FM noon show “Think with Krys Boyd” to discuss last month’s GOP presidential nominee debate, the possibility of Joe Biden running and recent rulings on voter ID laws. Deen was recently added as an expert resource on the Women’s Media Center website. … Deen also talked about women in politics for the League of Women Voters in Irving last month. … Lecturer Richard Millsap was quoted in a Huffington Post article about Esperance “Espy” Mfurakazi Nasezerano, a UTA alumna and survivor of the Gatumba Refugee camp, who recently organized the Eleventh Annual Gatumba Memorial. … Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed UT Arlington alumnus Robert Rivera (’07) to the Texas Lottery Commission. Rivera is vice president of public finance for Stephens Inc. and has served as an Arlington City Councilman since 2005. … Trey Yelverton (’98) was interview for a story in the August edition of Arlington Today. Saxe was also featured in the magazine in an article on his art donations.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Assistant Professor Ritu Khanduri (Anthropology) will be the featured speaker at Focus on Faculty, Sept. 30, at noon in the Sixth Floor Parlor in the Central Library. … The anthropology blog, Savage Minds, interviewed Associate Professor Christian Zlolniski (Anthropology) about the social costs of export agriculture in Baja California. Zlolniski explores the subject in the book, De Jornaleros a Colonos: Residencia, Trabajo e Identidad en el Valle de San Quintin, or translated into English, From Migrant Farmworkers to Settlers: Residency, Work and Identity in the San Quintin Valley. … Lindsey Teel (MA-Sociology, ’13) is now a policy advisor for U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. … Over the summer, Alma Ramirez (’15) was hired for a position at MHMR in Tarrant County.

THEATRE ARTS: Scenic Designer Michelle Harvey designed “Curtains the Musical” at Mainstage Irving Las Colinas in July. She will design the Dallas Children’s Theatre national tour of “The BFG” heading out at the end of September. Also, she is the scenic designer for “The Spectacular Senior Follies” performing at the Eisemann Center later this month. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer, with the help of the Department of Theatre Arts, has purchased a “Buddy” social robot from Blue Frog robotics (Paris) for use in course work and performances on the interaction of emotional response between humans and robots. Greer was invited to speak on a panel for new faculty orientation. The panel’s theme was “Being Interdisciplinary Faculty.” … Associate Professor Joe Chapa directed “Almost, Maine” at Onstage Bedford. The production included UTA alumni Travis Fant and Samantha Field and current major Alexandria Fazzari. … Senior Lecturer Brandi Andrade is dramaturg for Theatre Three’s production of William Inge’s “Picnic.” Her essay will be published on the Theatre Jones website as well as Theatre Three’s, and she’ll be making a presentation to the cast on the first read-through in October. … Andrade and Maverick Theatre Company member Rachel Glass performed at Dallas City Hall as part of the Women’s Equality Day celebration in a performance piece that created for the occasion. It features the words of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth and Fannie Lou Hamer, among others. … Maverick Dance Company’s new artistic director Amanda Jackson taught a contact improvisation masterclass for professional dancers in June at ARC Pasadena in Pasadena, Calif. She will teach a similar class at the Waco Cultural Arts Festival on Sept. 26. … Jackson also performed in Rebecca Bryant’s premier of “Suite Female: Parts X-XX” at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, Calif. The event was featured in the LA Weekly. Jackson will join Bryant and Don Nichols in another performance Sept. 12-13 at Sam Houston State University. … Senior Lecturer Detra Payne, a new faculty member, was the lead in Lynn Nottage’s “Fabulation: Or the Re-Education of Undine” this July at Mountain View Community College. She also performed in this year’s “1-Minute Play Festival” produced by Kitchen Dog Theatre and performed on the stage at SMU. … Senior Lecturer Laurel Whitsett is the principle lead in Seraphina Nova’s, “Cyberdancing,” a short film that will be submitted for upcoming festivals. … Associate Professor Dennis Maher and Senior Lecture Melanie Mason (Communication) will present an information session at the Online Learning Consortium, an international conference of cutting-edge innovation in Distance Learning. The session details Mason’s work in her Oral Interpretation of Literature class in conjunction with Maher’s Theatre Studies dramaturgical students. … Senior Lecturer Natalie Gaupp directed and acted in Theatre Arlington’s production of “Mama Won’t Fly.” Alumnae Jacque (Campbell) Disher and Elizabeth Webb also performed. … Alumna Abigail Scarborough will be teaching theatre arts at Travis Science Academy in Temple. … Sophomore Forrest Swanson was in Sceneshop recently, performing in “Butterfield 8,” written by Natalie Gaupp. … Senior Adrian Stecker performed in Dallas’ “One-Minute Play Festival.” He was involved in five separate playlets from Aug 8-10. Adrian has also recently landed representation at The Clutts Agency in Dallas. … Junior John Rutherford performed in “Streamers” at L.I.P. Services Theatre. … Junior Haley Boswell performed at The Plaza Theatre as Meg in “Little Women.” … Alumna Emily Burghardt recently performed in “Noises Off” at Mesquite Community Theatre. … Alumna Beth Dahl will teach theatre and speech at Boles Junior High in Arlington. … Senior Gena West was cast in the play “Miracle on South Division Street” in the role of Ruth at Theatre Coppell. … Alumnus Alan Pollard will be appear in “Dear Liar” at Wingspan Theatre Company in Dallas. … reported that alumna Afton Foreman (’10) has been named theater director/coordinator for Jubilee Theatre. … Alumnus Brent Anderson, president of the DFW AFTRA-SAG actors’ union, has won a major role in the upcoming film “My All-American,” in which he plays one of the coaches of the Texas Longhorns during their championship season. … Alumna Angela Stidham is the newest theatre teacher in the Fort Worth ISD, after many years of teaching service in the Metroplex. … Alumnus Nick Irion, while pursuing his doctorate at Texas Tech University, finds time to be a championship-level ballroom dancer. … Alumnus Steven Alan McGaw recently celebrated the 20th season of Sceneshop, a theatre group he co-founded dedicated to new and developing playwrights. … Alumnus Steve Morris, after years of dedication to the AISD and Lamar High School, has retired, but his retirement was short-lived; he will play Horace Vandergelder in Theatre Arlington’s season-opening production of “Hello, Dolly.” … Alumnus Josh Jacobs started graduate school for technical direction at the University of Houston. Jean Gonzales is in his second year of graduate school at UH. … Alumnus Raul Luna did a costume internship this summer with the Dallas Children’s Theatre and is now the charge scenic artist there for “The BFG.” … Senior Jailene Torres is doing a costume internship at Dallas Children’s Theatre this fall. … Maria Pope was Assistant Camp Director at Theatre Arlington, (June 8-July 24), director for “The Jungle Book” at Theatre Arlington (June 8-12) and running crew for “Mama Won’t Fly” (August 7-23). … Sophomore Megan Gates was stage manager at Six Flags Over Texas production of “Chart Toppers 5.4.” The show ran for two months with four performances a day. Gates is now the lighting crew lead for “FrightFest” and will be Stage manager for “Arania’s Nightmare.” … Sophomore Imani McCants was a spotlight operator this summer for Six Flags Over Texas’ production of “Country Young Guns.” She is currently on the staging crew for “FrightFest” setup and will be backstage run crew for “Arania’s Nightmare.” … Senior Hailey Eakle worked as a Dresser this summer for the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, Calif., this summer. Senior George Meek worked as Carpenter and senior Taylor Adams worked as Deck Crew at PCPA. … Alumnus Travis J. Fant is a cast member of Keith & Margo’s “Murder Mystery Texas.”

WOMEN’S STUDIES: The Women’s and Gender Studies Program will host a Women in the Americas Lecture Sept. 23 at noon in the Neches Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Department of Modern Languages.


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