COLA Notes for October 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Professor Nicholas Wood will have his artwork on exhibition at the Charles B. Goddard Arts Center in Ardmore, Okla., in the Seven State Biennial Exhibition. He was one of 35 artists selected from the six contiguous states to Oklahoma. … Professor Benito Huerta, director/curator of The Gallery at UTA, has an exhibition titled “Tomorrow Never Knows” on display at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art on the Midwestern State University campus, the Wichita Falls Time-Record News reported. … Assistant Professor Bart Weiss wrote about changes in the media for The Dallas Morning News. … Visiting assistant professor Stephen Lapthisophon will produce four installments for his “Toccare (Non) Toccare” project at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. The work will be on display through January 2016, in conjunction with the Nasher’s current exhibition, “Giuseppe Penone: Being the River, Repeating the Forest.” … Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby‘s series “The 99%” has entered the permanent collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth. More than 100 individualized lithographs are included in the collection. … Fort Worth Weekly mentioned Senior Lecturer Carlos Donjuan in an article about the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s Teen Art Project, which gives 15-20 gifted pre-collegiate painters and sculptors in North Texas the opportunity to work with local professionals. Donjuan will lead four sessions with the young artists next month. … The Department of Art & Art History hosted the Maverick Film Festival on Sept. 25, featuring short films from students and faculty. … Work by Lecturer Kathleen Janvier will be featured in a joint exhibition with Steven Fourth (University of Dallas) in the Studio Gallery at Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch. The free exhibition runs through Oct. 28. … Visiting artist Ian Weaver, a painting professor at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind., will work with UTA students Oct. 15-16 in the printmaking studio at the Studio Arts Center. … MFA student Billi London-Gray and Dallas-based artist Daniel Bernard Gray performed “Salt Redaction,” a day-long art intervention, at the After Hours Alliance Festival of Progressive Arts in Santa Fe, NM, Sept. 20. … MFA graduate Jesse England (’13) won a 2015 Fellowship from Artist Trust earlier this year.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: A Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about ¡Viva Mi Historia!, an oral history project aiming to find Fort Worth Hispanics who remember local neighborhoods, mentioned the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project, a collaboration among UT Arlington, TCU and UNT that involves gathering oral histories of Mexican-Americans, African-Americans and white activists during the civil-rights era in Texas. Faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts are contributing to the project. … Several College of Liberal Arts departments will participate in Transfer Night, an Oct. 27 student recruiting event sponsored by the Office of University Recruiting. For more information, contact Assistant Dean Eric Bolsterli at

UTA News en Español partnered with students from The University of North Texas to produce “#ProyectoU” at the studios of Univision-Dallas, KUVN. The first edition of “#ProyectoU” aired Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. on Univisión-Dallas, Channel 23. Pictured are anchors Katherine Rodriguez (UNT), left, and Mayra Cordova (UTA). (Photo contributed)
UTA News en Español partnered with students from The University of North Texas to produce “#ProyectoU” at the studios of Univision-Dallas, KUVN. The first edition of “#ProyectoU” aired Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. on Univisión-Dallas, Channel 23. Pictured are anchors Katherine Rodriguez (UNT), left, and Mayra Cordova (UTA). (Photo contributed)

COMMUNICATION: Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith presented a paper, “Political Papers and Presidential Campaigns in the Republic of Texas, 1836-1844,” at the American Journalism Historians Association national convention Oct. 8-10 in Oklahoma City, Okla. The paper was awarded honorable mention in the Best Faculty Paper competition. Pribanic-Smith presided over the convention as president of AJHA. … Lecturer LaDonna Aiken presented a paper, “The Far East Network Okinawa: Fifty Years of Innovation and Influence in Military Broadcasting,” at AJHA. Aiken completed the paper in Pribanic-Smith‘s Communication History seminar last fall. … Students in a fall TV reporting class have been producing weekly content for the City of Arlington’s website. … Associate Professor and Department Chair Charla Markham Shaw will attend the 13th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH) in New Orleans on Oct. 25-27 to oversee the presentation of health communication research by UTA graduate students. … Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee will also attend ICCH to present an original research paper titled “Attitudes of Parents Toward Their Sons Receiving HPV Vaccine.” … Lecturer Melanie Mason will present an information session based on a semester project by her Communication Studies 4321 Reader’s Theater class at the Online Learning Consortium International Conference in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 14-16. … Advertising Specialist George Weems and graduate student Kami Vinton will present a paper titled “Ebola in Dallas: Setting an Agenda of Fear at Home and Beyond” at the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication symposium Nov. 6-7 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. … Graphics Specialist Roby McEuen was selected Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure’s Outstanding Board Member for 2015 for his contribution of advertising, graphic design and social media coordination to promote the 14th Annual Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure Car Show on Sept. 19. … Associate Professors Tom Christie and Andrew Clark will present a paper titled “Terror from the Skies: The Propaganda of Aerial Warfare in the Emerging Mass Media of the First World War” at the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication Symposium Nov. 6-7 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. … Lecturer Stacy Salmon presented “How to Put a Presentation Together” and “How to be Less Nervous During Presentations” to TRIO on Oct. 7. … Broadcast Lecturer Julian Rodriguez traveled with 10 students to the NAHJ Excellence in Journalism conference in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 18-20. … Former UTA Radio station manager Jessica Stroud (’15) won the grand prize for Best Radio Personality at the 2015 South Central Broadcasting Awards Regional Conference Oct. 2-3 at Texas Wesleyan University. … Holland Sanders (’09) was featured in FWB CEO Magazine’s September edition as one of Fort Worth’s Top 20 Women to Watch in Business. … Erick Fernandez (’11) accepted a job as an Automated Production Control operator at Telemundo 48 in San Jose, Calif. … Communication students Brian Fuller and Kevin Mendez produced “Javier the Juggler,” a YouTube news story about fellow student Javier Giribet-Vargas. The two wrote, produced and edited the video to highlight the exceptional talents of Giribet-Vargas. … Karlee Thormer (’14) is working for Emergency Medicine Consultants Ltd. as a document facilitator. … Kari Corcoran (’15) has been hired as a campaign analyst at Centro, a digital technology and software company in Denver, Colo. … Shanda Poster (’13) was featured in a Sept. 3 MyArlingtonTX article highlighting her broadcast roles with the Dallas Cowboys and FC Dallas. … Tom Fox (’91, Art & Art History) wrote a farewell column about colleague Michael Ainsworth (’91), who is leaving The Dallas Morning News, where both are photographers. The two met as college roommates at UTA and as photographers at The Shorthorn, the University’s student newspaper. … DFW Child magazine profiled Karen Borta (’87), a news anchor at KTVT/CBS 11, wife and mother of three.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (MA, ’00) will be the featured speaker at the monthly Rockwall County Democrat Party meeting Oct. 17, My Rockwall reported. … The Texas Tribune noted that it has hired Johnathan Silver to be its new criminal justice reporter. Silver, who spent the last year at the Victoria Advocate, earned bachelor degrees in political science (’12) and criminology and criminal justice (’14) from UTA.

DISABILITY STUDIES: The Disability Studies Program celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with several events last month. UTA alumna Donna Anderson spoke on stigma and stereotypes in an on-campus event Sept. 12 while the Disability Rights Museum on Wheels opened at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas on Sept. 14-15. On Sept. 30, paralympian Dr. Abu Yilla and scholar Richard Scotch led a roundtable discussion following the screening of “Lives Worth Living,” a documentary film on the disability rights movement. … Trevor Engel, a disability studies minor, was featured in a College of Liberal Arts article about his research trip to Philadelphia this summer. … Delta Alpha Pi, a disability honor society, hosted architect Michael Love on Monday, Oct. 12, for a talk on universal design and accessibility. The group will host Movin’ Mavs coach Doug Garner on Oct. 26 at noon in University Hall, Room 25.

ENGLISH: The Department of English, in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy, hosted a phenomenology symposium Sept. 21 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The lecture lineup included Niall Keane (University of Limerick, Ireland), James Reid (Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colo.) and Professor Ken Williford (Philosophy). … Faculty Affairs announced Oct. 7 that Dr. Wendy Faris, a retired professor and former department chair, is now Professor Emerita. The new status acknowledges Faris’ scholarly accomplishments and her commitment to UTA.

Associate Professor and Department Chair W. Marvin Dulaney (History) recently attended the Centennial Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History in Atlanta, Ga. He met with Amilcar Shabazz (University of Massachusetts), left, and Catherine Clinton (UT San Antonio), center. Clinton will be at UTA on Oct. 29 for a lecture. (Photo contributed)
Associate Professor and Department Chair W. Marvin Dulaney (History) recently attended the Centennial Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History in Atlanta, Ga. He met with Amilcar Shabazz (University of Massachusetts), left, and Catherine Clinton (UT San Antonio), center. Clinton will be at UTA on Oct. 29 for a lecture. (Photo contributed)

HISTORY: KXAS/NBC 5 interviewed Associate Professor and Department Chair W. Marvin Dulaney about controversy surrounding a McGraw-Hill textbook that refers to Africans brought to America during the slave trade as “workers.” … Assistant Professor Oliver Bateman was quoted in an Al Dia/Dallas Morning News collaborative report about the tradition of “Lucha Libre” in Dallas. “It’s theater for the people,” Bateman said. “It’s cheap and easy for people to understand.”

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Josiebel Sambolin joined the English Language Institute as director in late August, replacing the retiring Keith Maurice. Sambolin served previously as director of the ESL department at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and as academic director of the ELS Center at Marquette University in Milwaukee. … Senior Lecturer Daniel Scarpace joined the department this fall, focused on phonetics, phonology, psycholinguistics and second-language acquisition of English and Romance languages. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. … Professor Colleen Fitzgerald and several of her students recently completed a long-term service-learning project and contributed to the Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program. Students worked on editing scans and audio files for an updated Chickasaw dictionary. … Fitzgerald gave a talk, “Verbal Arts Documentation in Language Revitalization, Training Models and Linguistic Theories” at “Language in the Present,” a conference hosted last month by the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She also spoke in early September at the Native American Languages Summit, co-sponsored by the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education and other federal agencies. … This summer, Lynnelle Rhinier Brown successfully defended her dissertation, “A Corpus Study of Requests in Naturally Occurring Spoken American English: a Context Analysis Approach.” … Doctoral student Jessica Rohr presented at the 3rd International Learner Corpus Research Conference at Raboud University, Nijmegen in the Netherlands on Sept. 13. She won first prize for “best poster by a young researcher.” … Assistant Professor Cindy Kilpatrick, ELI instructor Gloria Munson and TESOL master’s candidate Maram Alturki will be presenting a joint project, “Building stronger TESOL professionals through mentoring and internships,” at the TExTESOL conference in San Antonio on Oct. 23-25. … Rohr and Kilpatrick will present research at the Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching conference in Dallas on Oct. 16-17. … Kilpatrick also attended the Teaching Professor Technology Conference in New Orleans Oct. 2-4. … Three alumni from the TESOL master’s program are teaching abroad this year: Austin McCown (’15) and Chloe Williams (’14) started this fall as English instructors at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu. Laura Copeland (’14) started teaching this fall as an English lecturer at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. … Two scholars visited the UT Arlington campus for linguistics colloquium talks this fall: Ken Forster (University of Arizona) spoke on “Context Effects in Visual Word Recognition: The Set Intersection Problem” on Sept. 18 and Stephen Wechsler (UT-Austin) presented “The pronouns ‘you’ and ‘I’: is self-ascription special?” on Oct. 2.

Associate Professor Tim Ishii, left, Mike Drake, center, and Adjunct Instructor Ken Edwards, right, perform during a faculty jazz recital earlier this month with pianist Stefan Karlsson. (Photo by Jack Unzicker)
Associate Professor Tim Ishii, left, Mike Drake, center, and Adjunct Instructor Ken Edwards, right, perform during a faculty jazz recital earlier this month with pianist Stefan Karlsson. (Photo by Jack Unzicker)

MUSIC: The Dallas Morning News blog, Your Northwest Dallas County, reported that the UTA Jazz Orchestra will join the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving in their season opener Oct. 18 to perform “From Classical to Jazz! African-American Composers,” which includes musical pieces by William Grant Still, Scott Joplin and Duke Ellington. Orchestra conductor Sergio Espinosa, an associate professor of music at UTA, is teaming up with Associate Professor Tim Ishii, director of Jazz Studies at UTA.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor Brent Sasley was one of several professors and experts weighing in on the Iran deal that Congress is considering now, Foreign Affairs reported. Sasley agreed that Congress should approve the deal. … Sasley was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about Ahmed Mohamed, the Irving high school student who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school last month. … Associate Professor Allan Saxe was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about the number of same sex marriage licenses issued in Texas. “[It will be] interesting to see if these numbers stay this way in future years,” Saxe said. “[I] believe it will remain fairly high and then drop off.” … Saxe discussed the Iran Deal, among other topics, with WTKS 1290 AM (Savannah, Ga.). … Saxe weighed in on important issues in today’s politics in a report by The Shorthorn. … Senior Stephanie Vielle, president of UTA’s Native American Student Association, was quoted in a Dallas Morning News article on American Indian Heritage Day of Texas. … David Sauer (’91), principal of Mineola High School, has been named the Region VII Outstanding Principal of the Year for 2015-2016 by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, reported. … Grand Prairie ISD board member David Espinosa (’10) was profiled by El Hispano News.

PRE-LAW CENTER: Dallas attorney Andy Sommerman (‘83) has been recognized for his work in the legal fields of personal injury, commercial litigation, medical malpractice, wrongful death and product liability cases, 24-7 reported. Sommerman’s practice, Sommerman & Quesada Law Firm, was named among Best Law Firms, Texas, in U.S. News & World Report in 2014.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Keith Parker’s journey from Zen Buddhism to Catholicism is explored in a North Texas Catholic feature. Parker graduated with an anthropology degree in 2001.

Actor and activist Mia Farrow (second from left) met with members of the Department of Theater Arts earlier this month. Farrow, who was on campus as part of the University’s Maverick Speakers Series, spoke with Theatre arts faculty and students during her tour of campus. Theatre Arts faculty pictured include (from left) Senior Lecturer Natalie Gaupp, Professor and Department Chair Kim LaFontaine and Assistant Professor Anne Healy. (Photo contributed)

THEATRE ARTS: Senior Lecturer Felecia Bertch was cast as Helena in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with Wheaton Shakespeare in the Park in Chicago in August. … Senior Lecturer Brandi Andrade is in Theatre Three’s production of “Fix Me, Jesus” by Helen Sneed, a Texas playwright who was in attendance during the run of the play. The Dallas production ran from Sept. 17 to Oct. 11. … Professor and Associate Department Chair Andrew Christopher Gaupp has been invited to direct a staging of the winning play of the 2016 Association of Theatre in Higher Education’s Excellence in Playwriting Award to be produced in August 2016 in Chicago, Ill. Gaupp recently assistant directed the 2015 winner in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. … Co-artistic directors of Maverick Dance Company, Amanda Jackson and Meredith Knight, performed Amanda Jackson’s work, “When the Birds Fell,” at {254}Dance-Fest in Waco with Big Rig Dance Collective. They performed at the opening gala reception as well as participated in a lecture demonstration for elementary-aged children. Jackson also received the “Best in Fest” honor from the director of the festival for her choreography and taught a partnering/improvisation master class with colleague Lily Sloan. {254}Dance-Fest is a part of the annual Waco Cultural Arts Fest. … Jackson taught “Movement Fundamentals: The Four Phases” at Texas Dance Improvisation Festival held Oct. 9 at Texas Woman’s University. The class was designed and inspired by work with Dance Magazine’s acclaimed teaching artist, Jane Hawley. Jackson also performed an improvisational dance work at TDIF, structured by Rebecca Bryant of California State University, Long Beach. … Lecturer Jeff Lankov, a pianist and musical director, performed a private concert in Fort Worth with internationally acclaimed trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen at Bass Performance Hall for high-ranking leaders of the United States and Norwegian governments. He also performed in the orchestra for the national tour of “Matilda” at the Winspear Opera House, as well as with the Turtle Creek Chorale at the Dallas City Performance Hall for their inaugural 2015-2016 concert, “Heartland.” … Scenic Designer Michelle Harvey is designing “Picnic” at Theatre Three, which oens Oct. 29, and “Heartland” for The Turtle Creek Chorale, which opened Oct. 9. … Assistant Professor Anne Healy was invited to join the National Advancement Board at The University of Northern Iowa for a two-year term. … Senior Lecturer Seraphina Nova just wrapped shooting her latest film, “Heartbreak in Houston.” Seraphina has recently screened her film “Cyberdancing,” which was submitted to the Big Women Filmmakers of Dallas Fest. … Theatre Arts alumna Chelsea Hollenbeck (’15) has been cast as Miss Blue Bell in “It’s a Free Country” running at Frontera Fest at Hyde Park Theatre in Austin. … Former student Nicole Weber was welcomed into the stage actor’s union, Actors Equity Union, in September. … Former student Alan Pollard is working at Wingspan Theatre in Dallas on “Dear Liar” by Jerome Kilty. … Former student Nikki Singer is working at Theatre Coppell on “Rabbit Hole” by David Lindsay. … Jennifer Woodward (’13) is the production assistant and board operator on “Fix me, Jesus” running at Theatre Three in Dallas. … Brendon Bradley (’15) is one of the hosts for “Level Bosses,” a live news show podcast every Wednesday at 5 p.m. (CST). “Level Bosses” is an Internet show that delves into and across all kinds of nerd-media. … Theatre Arts major Kaylee Killingsworth is co-director for “Seussical” at Plano Children’s Theatre. The production runs November and December this year. … Theatre Arts major Tanya Garcia is developing an interactive leadership conference at UTA — “One Night Without a Home” — benefitting the homeless.

WOMEN’S STUDIES: AnaLouise Keating (Texas Woman’s University) will be the keynote speaker for the Oct. 19 regional symposium, “Minding the Field: Exploring and Expanding Women’s and Gender Studies in North Texas.” The event, hosted by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, is slated for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Central Library. … The Women’s and Gender Studies Program will host the 4th annual Lunafest! Film Festival at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Lone Star Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for UTA faculty, staff and students. … Post-doctoral Fellow Whitney Peoples recently had two articles accepted for publication: ”Buying to Live: Women’s Reproductive Health, Gendered Consumption, and Direct-to-Consumer Advertising” in What’s the Big Idea? Feminist Perspectives on Advertising, and a co-authored articled, “Reframing Henrietta Lacks: The Biomedicalization of Black Life Narratives” in A History of African American Autobiography. Peoples has also been invited to be the 2016 speaker for the annual Estella Doty lecture at the African American Museum in Dallas.


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