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COLA Notes for March 2015

March 3, 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.


COLA Notes for February 2015

February 9, 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: WOAI/NBC 4 in San Antonio interviewed Associate Professor Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film, about his short film, “dawn.” The movie will premiere on HBO next month. … Assistant Professor Justin Ginsberg (MFA, ’11) and Jeff Gibbons (MFA, ’13), who collaborate as Apophenia Underground, were recently named 2015 Masterminds by the Dallas Observer. … Students of Fall 2014 Design Texas produced branding for the newly created UTA FAB LAB. Susan Nguyen designed the winning logo and worked with Evelyn Barker, director of marketing and communications for the UT Arlington Libraries. Members of the design team include Elena Chudoba, Bobby Cerda, Julia Cooper, David Rosales, Cali Stewart, Andrew Vo and Chase Whittington. … MFA candidates Michelle Pennington and Christine Heimerman each produced solo exhibitions Jan. 30 at a vacant retail space in Arlington.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Associate Professor Jason Shelton (Sociology) and a social work doctoral student discussed racial identity in “The New Black: Examining Racial Identity from a Contemporary Perspective,” a Center for African American Studies lecture held Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

COMMUNICATION: Associate Professor Andrew Clark traveled to Miami last month to participate as a faculty fellow for the National Association of Television Program Executives. Clark was invited to NATPE Miami after the Department of Communication hosted a career day for NATPE Educational Foundation in October last year. … Broadcast lecturer LaDonna Aiken (’14) traveled to Okinawa, Japan, last month to conduct research. Aiken was awarded a Dean’s Award for Research Travel grant for $1,000 to make the trip. Her research focuses on military broadcasting, including the first 50 years of the Far East Network Okinawa. … Lecturer Melanie Mason and Steven Morris (’87) are sharing the stage in a production of the farce, “Rumors,” at Onstage in Bedford at the Bedford Boys Ranch. The show runs through Feb. 15. … Specialist Roby Mceuen served as a judge at the Corpus Christi American Advertising Awards as part of the AAF 10th District Small Club Advertising Competition judging. … Lecturer Austin Robinson has had a piece of photographic art accepted in Arlington Visual Arts Association juried show. The show runs this month at Arlington’s Bob Duncan Community Center. … Students in Associate Professor Karishma Chatterjee’s “Communication in Human Relations” course are collaborating with the non-profit Helping Restore Ability as part of the class’ service learning efforts. … Students from the Department of Communication served as interns at the 2015 Cotton Bowl last month at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. They were featured in an online video and blog post as well as an article in the game day program. … Students in Associate Professor Shelley Wigley’s public relations class made a trip to Tandy leather in Fort Worth to learn about different types of leather and leather crafting this week. Wrigley said students will develop a comprehensive campaign and work with the company’s social media director Michael Magnus (’14). … Public relations major William Aleman is interning with Social Media Delivered while COMM student Graham Ashley is spending the semester at The Pavlov Agency. Other PR students working around the area: Mark Bullock II with C. Pharr & Company Inc.; Shakesha Crutchfield with The American Red Cross; and Valerie Edwards with Streams & Valleys. Remy McCool is interning with Jo Design and Lauren Mims with D Magazine. Noe Ponce is lending his talents to Adapt Marketing while Anachrista Robles is working with Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas. … Several students majoring in both public relations and advertising are working in the area: Amanda Gilliam is with Wise Strategy LLC, Maritza Moreno is working with Richards/Lemar in Dallas and Hillary Fluster is interning with the Pavlov Agency. … Broadcast majors are also busy interning: Allison Cox is with Charla Corn Beauty, LLC & TonerTunes, LLC; Heidi Everley is at Creatures LLC; Dylan Fry is working at CBS Radio; Sean Fuller with Fielder Road Baptist Church; and Arian Hernandez is at NBC 5, Telemundo 39. Merna Mohamed is spending the spring semester at NBC DFW/NBC Universal and Rosa Ramirez with Cyan Films Studios. … Advertising major John Hong is working with GCG Marketing and COMS major Aubrey Kenney is interning with Arlington Public Library. … Everett Hinson (’07) was promoted as the lead developer for user experience/user interface development at Apptricity Corporation. … Shunkecia D. Lewis (’14) has been hired as Social Media Account Executive for Wheeler Advertising Inc. … Broadcast graduate Felicia Bolton is now weekend anchor and reporter at WMC, the NBC station on Memphis, Tenn. … The UTA chapter of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) will host a kickoff meeting from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Room 327A of the Fine Arts Building. Students are asked to bring resumes, clips and a laptop to get advice from media professionals on how to build a good resume and what clips are needed for an internship and job application. … The Association for Women in Communication has a new slate of officers: Ashley Snedden, President; Kaleigh Williams, Vice President, Julie Dy and Sasha Beshkova, Public Relations Co-Officers, and Fatima Hazma, Secretary/Treasurer. … The Department of Communication is sponsoring the creation of a new student organization. Creo is a new graphic and web design organization focused on creating websites/graphics for businesses and competitions. The group hosted its first meeting on Feb. 5 and will have weekly meetings throughout the semester.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Stanley Security is currently promoting its “Together for Safer Schools” grant program. The top-voted college will receive up to $200,000 in security products. The online contest that ends Feb. 13 and UTA is in the top 10 of the Tier 3 category (20,000-plus students).

DISABILITY STUDIES: The Disability Studies Minor program was a co-sponsor of a free screening of “Working Like Crazy” on Jan. 29. After the film, invited faculty and students discussed issues surrounding madness and unemployment in local communities.

ENGLISH: Professor Stacy Alaimo will lecture on “Your Shell on Acid: Posthuman Vulnerability, Anthropocene Dissolves” at noon Wednesday, March 4, in University Hall, Room 432, part of the Center for Theory’s Spring 2015 Colloquia. … Lecturer Matthew Lerberg will take over as interim director of the UTA Writing Center while longtime director Tracey Clough spends the spring and summer months on a dissertation fellowship. Lerberg previously served as the center’s assistant director.

HISTORY: The Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow interviewed Professor Robert Fairbanks for a piece about the annual Dallas history conference that was held Jan. 31. Fairbanks was also interviewed extensively on KERA about the history of controversy surrounding the Trinity River that dates back decades before toll roads were even considered. … The Waco Tribune reported that Associate Professor and Department Chair Marvin Dulaney has been selected to serve on a national committee led by U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, that will push for a Medal of Honor to be awarded posthumously to World War II hero and Waco native Dorie Miller. Miller was a mess cook aboard the USS West Virginia when the ship was attacked at Pearl Harbor. After Japanese fighters shot his captain, Miller carried him to safety, and then manned a .50-caliber machine gun to shoot down enemy aircraft, despite having no formal weaponry training. … The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviewed Professor Donald Kyle for a story last month about the Super Bowl, comparing the annual event to Roman gladiator battles and chariot races. … Associate Professor David Narrett will discuss Native American perspectives and European forces at noon Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Focus on Faculty lecture event in the Central Library Sixth Floor Parlor. … Photos from Assistant Professor David LaFevor were included in an article on Cuba on … For 30 years, Todd Holzaepfel’s passion was making downtown Fort Worth better, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. At the end of the month, Holzaepfel (MA, ’01; PhD, ’09) is retiring from Downtown Fort Worth Inc., an advocacy organization launched in the early 1980s to improve downtown. … Peter Brand (’90), a professor at the University of Memphis, recently completed a research trip to Luxor in Egypt, part of the Karnak Hypostyle Hall Project. … Cultural historians Greg Kosc (PhD, ’10) and Bradley Borougerdi (PhD, ’14) wrote an article about the impact of consumer electronics on Africa culture for George Mason University’s History News Network.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: The Huffington Post Impact blog posted an op-ed by Professor Colleen Fitzgerald connecting Martin Luther King Junior’s call for social justice to the need for linguistic justice for Native Americans. Fitzgerald, director of the Native American Languages Lab, said: “Language is always a vehicle for social justice. Righting wrongs. Native American language revitalization sustains the life force of communities.” … Associate Professor and Department Chair Laurel Smith Stvan had a chapter published, “Truth is, sentence-initial bare shell nouns are showing up bare,” in the volume titled Complex Visibles Out There published by Palacký University. … Stvan was also quoted in a recent BuzzFeed story about 10 words and phrases you wish you used less. … Doctoral student Samantha Cornelius and graduate student Vicki Caña were each awarded $500 travel grants from UTA’s Sustainability Committee to attend the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation in Honolulu, Hawaii, Feb. 26-March 1. They will co-present on “Designing pedagogy from Cherokee language and ecological documentation” with Fitzgerald and the Cherokee Nation Language Program’s Roy Boney, John Ross and David Crawler. … The English Language Institute’s Senior Instructor Eun-Jung Brown has just published her ninth book on English for Korean learners. … ELI’s Listening-Speaking Coordinator Sally Stevens and Director Keith Maurice gave a presentation, “Teaching in English,” to a group of Korean education majors from Ewha Women’s University (South Korea) for the UTA-EWA Teacher Internship Program on Jan. 21. … Linguistics major Gabrielle Johnson accepted a part-time position teaching ESOL at Tarrant County College District, Southeast campus, while three other Linguistics students will be gaining experience in the field by supporting the ESOL program at TCCD SE campus as volunteer tutors: Linguistics majors David Beard and Thuy Nguyen Jesus, and Linguistic minor Omar Chavez. … Linguistics minor Kimberly Niestroy will take part in the International Leadership Texas program at Arlington Charter High School, shadowing a speech pathologist and communication disorders assistant. … Six Linguistics students have begun working as part-time teachers in an online program instructing students in Ceibal, Uruguay, via UTA’s Office of Enterprise and development: Linguistics majors Alberto Navarro and Rubi Orozco; Linguistics minors Paola Zuniga, Jesus Omar Chavez, Kyla Self and Jared Wide (’14).

MUSIC: A article noted a hearing protection awareness program provided in the UT Arlington Department of Music. The goal of the program is to preserve hearing and prevent injury in music students, faculty and staff.

PHILOSOPHY: Associate Professor and Department Chair Ken Williford contributed to a collection of articles posted at Researchers and editors plan to publish the collection into a 2,000-page book later this year. Williford’s contribution to the project was cited last month in an article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a German newspaper. … The Texas Winds Musical Outreach, a nonprofit that brings professional musical performances to hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities for veterans and at-risk children, will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a series of special concerts, The Dallas Morning News reported. Associate Professor Charles Nussbaum, a veteran of the Atlanta Symphony for 17 years, is a member.

Nine UT Arlington students competed recently in the American Mock Trial Association regional tournament at UT Dallas. Pictured, from left, are Nahielys La Fontaine, Davinder Jassel, Ashley Pfeifer, Mehwish Merchant, Ramon Hernandez, Madison Speer, Karina Loya and Eddie Rodriguez. Not pictured are Jaqueline Ramos and the group’s coach, Pre-Law Director Amber White. (Photo contributed)

Nine UT Arlington students competed recently in the American Mock Trial Association regional tournament at UT Dallas. Pictured, from left, are Nahielys La Fontaine, Davinder Jassel, Ashley Pfeifer, Mehwish Merchant, Ramon Hernandez, Madison Speer, Karina Loya and Eddie Rodriguez. Not pictured are Jaqueline Ramos and the group’s coach, Pre-Law Director Amber White. (Photo contributed)

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor Brent Sasley told the International Business Times that he doesn’t expect a mass exodus of French Jews to Israel in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. He was also interviewed last month by IBT on the likelihood of escalation after the Israeli strike on Hezbollah. … KTSA 550 AM in San Antonio interviewed Associate Professor Allan Saxe about Sen. Ted Cruz’s recent admission that he smoked marijuana in the 1970s. … Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez wrote a letter to The Shorthorn editor last month, celebrating the legacy of Chicano activist Reies Lopez Tijerina. … The Arlington City Council has appointed a new city attorney, KTVT/CBS 11 reported. Teris Solis (’86) has been an employee of the city since 2001. … Piper Stege Nelson, deputy director of Annie’s List, presented “The State of Women in Politics in Texas,” at noon Wednesday, Feb. 11, in University Hall room 25. The lecture was sponsored by the Department of Political Science.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: The Cambridge University Press blog posted a piece by Assistant Professor Ritu Gairola Khanduri (Anthropology) in reaction to the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Khanduri commented on the complex global history and tension between cartoons and politics. … The latest issue of Fast Capitalism, a journal produced by the Center for Theory and its director, Professor Ben Agger (Sociology), was recently posted online. Agger said Noah Kersey and Alison Torres Ramos contributed to the project. … The Leakey blog featured a story about Assistant Professor Naomi Cleghorn (Anthropology), who recently received a Leakey Foundation grant to research early humans in Knynsa, South Africa. … Associate Professor Jason Shelton (Sociology) spoke on racial identity in a Center for African American Studies lecture held Wednesday, Feb. 4. … An article from Ashley Wendell Kranjac (MA-Sociology, ’12), a doctoral student at State University of New York-Buffalo, titled “The moderating effect of self-efficacy on normal-weight, overweight, and obese children’s math achievement,” was recently published in the journal Social Science and Medicine.

THEATRE ARTS: An article by Assistant Professor and Technical Designer Daniel Archibald has been accepted for publication in the 2015 Theatre Technology Exhibition Catalog. The article, “The Smoking Staff,” details the development of a portable “fog machine” special effect, designed to make a performer portraying a witch in the upcoming Maverick Theatre Company production “Into The Woods” look like she is casting a spell live on stage. … Scenic Designer Michelle Harvey has been accepted into USA 829, the professional association of designers, artists and craftspeople. … Senior Lecturer Felecia Bertch devised and directed a production at Wheaton College over the winter break titled “KJV:II.” … Senior Lecturer Seraphina Nova wrote a screenplay pilot called “The Sycamores,” a dark comedy optioned by Darius Films in Los Angeles. Love is also acting as writer/director for a short film, “Cyberdancing,” Cshooting in the DFW area this month and produced by Zane Levitt Production in Los Angeles. … Associate Professor Dennis Maher will play the role of “Walter Flood” in Theatre Arlington’s Production of “Becky’s New Car” by Stephen Dietz. … Arlington Today recently featured Maverick Theatre Company as a primary mover and shaker in the Arlington theatre landscape. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer and Production Manager Jared Land attended the Texas Educational Theatre Association’s Theatrefest event Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Houston. … Danielle Georgiou, director of the UTA Dance Ensemble, will be choreographing a new play being produced at Kitchen Dog Theater this spring. “Wilde/Earnest” by local playwright Lee Trull, is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and will be a highly physical exploration of today’s hipster culture. It opens on March 13 and runs until April 18. … Georgiou’s dance company, DGDG (the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group), will remount their critically acclaimed dance theatre work, “Nice,” this spring at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre for the Out of the Loop Festival. They will be performing on March 7 and March 12. The show features UTA alumni Gabriel King, Nanci Mendoza, Sarah Dye and Jana Duplechin. … Senior Toni Garner has been cast as Shelby in “Steel Magnolias” at the Richardson Theatre Center. The production runs March 20-April 5. … Several Maverick Theatre Company members attended the University/Resident Theatre Association’s annual auditions and interviews in Chicago late last month. The event serves as auditions for graduate schools.

WOMEN’S STUDIES: The 29th annual Women’s History Month Lecture series is themed “Futuristic Females: Women in Science and Science Fiction” and will culminate with guest speaker Charlaine Harris, science fiction writer whose novels inspired the HBO series “True Blood” on Tuesday, March 24. Other talks include, “Afro-futurism” (Dr. Susana Morris, Auburn University); “Gender and Epigenetics: Control, Intervention, and Agency at the Maternal-Fetal Nexus” (Dr. Sarah Richardson, Harvard University); and “Gendered Geographies: The African Explorations of Alexandrine Tinne, 1860 – 1864” (Mylynka D’Ann Kilgore-Mueller, doctoral candidate in History). The Women’s and Gender Studies program will also screen the films, “Orgasm, Inc.” and “FIXED.” … On Feb. 14, 2015, Whitney Peoples, the Women’s and Gender Studies Provost Post-doctoral Fellow, will be the banquet speaker for the Black Leadership Institute.


POLS Grad Student Honored by TACHE

February 5, 2015


For her work with immigrants and their children, Political Science graduate student Olivia Llanes will be honored this month by the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education.

Llanes (’12) will attend the group’s state conference Feb. 11-14 in El Paso, where she’ll receive the TACHE Fellowship Graduate Award for her current research with DAPA, or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. As an undergraduate, Llanes volunteered with Proyecto Immigrante in Dallas-Fort Worth and worked with another U.S. Department of Homeland Security program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA

Llanes said the experience as an undergraduate gave her a clear research focus when she returned to UTA last fall to pursue her master’s degree.

“I wanted to explore the role of education and find a way to emphasize education with the migrant community and its children,” she said.



That desire for community activism led Llanes to help organize a TACHE chapter on campus. The group, led by political science junior Mario Vargas, has been recruiting on campus for the past several months and working with faculty advisor Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez (Political Science). Vargas said the group will focus on raising educational awareness in the Hispanic community and connecting high school students with college opportunities.

“TACHE is about giving back to the community,” he said. “We want to go back to the high schools and community colleges in the area and educate students and parents.”

TACHE was formed in 1974 by Chicano faculty at UT Austin. According to its website, the organization is focused on “the improvement of educational and employment opportunities for Hispanics in higher education.”


(By James Dunning/COLA Communications,

Little Free Libraries Debut on Campus

January 21, 2015
Associate Professor Allan Saxe (Political Science) inspects a free library kiosk, one of three recently added to the UT Arlington campus. Saxe donated funds to build the small library stands. (Photo contributed)

Associate Professor Allan Saxe (Political Science) inspects a free library kiosk, one of three recently added to the UT Arlington campus. Saxe donated funds to build the small library stands. (Photo contributed)

Take a book, leave a book. That’s the simple premise behind the worldwide Little Free Library movement that arrived on campus this January.

Four Allan Saxe Little Free Libraries are located around campus to encourage students, staff, and faculty to read for fun and discover new authors and genres in a risk-free way. Locations are the Fine Arts Building breezeway near the Center St. bridge; Arlington Hall breezeway; Hammond and Trimble Hall breezeway, and Carlisle Hall plaza.;

A kickoff party will be held noon Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Carlisle Hall location.

Named for Associate Professor Allan Saxe (Political Science), these Little Free Libraries offer free books to anyone who stops by. Once a visitor has read the book, they can return it to the Little Free Library, pass it to a friend, or replace it with another book. There is no checkout procedure, no fees, and no due dates. Readers are encouraged to leave notes for future readers and add their own selections to the collection.

The idea for the Allan Saxe Little Free Libraries started last summer when Assistant Professor Peggy Semingson (Curriculum and instruction) and Evelyn Barker, director of marketing and communications for UTA Libraries, met through a mutual colleague.

“I kept reading about little free libraries online and thought UTA should participate in them. It encourages and reminds people to read for fun,” said Semingson.

Barker was also reading about them and thinking how they could be a fun addition for campus. “We both had the same thought at the same time,” she said. “It was perfect timing for us to meet.”

Together, Barker and Semingson approached Saxe about sponsoring the project.

“Dr. Saxe has always been a great supporter of the campus and community and we thought a project like this would be something he would be interested in,” Barker said. Saxe not only backed the Little Free Library boxes, but he encouraged his students to help decorate them. Two Little Free Libraries were decorated by students, one by the UTA Writing Center and one by Semingson.

“We are very thankful to all the people who helped us get this idea off the ground: Dr. Saxe, the UTA Libraries, the students, the Writing Center, and UTA facilities personnel,” said Barker. “We hope people enjoy the books.”

For more information, contact Peggy Semingson at, Evelyn Barker at, or like The University of Texas at Arlington-Allan Saxe Little Free Libraries on Facebook.


(SOURCE: UTA Libraries News Service)

COLA Notes for January 2015

January 13, 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Associate Professor Darryl Lauster was named last month the winner of The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University’s Moss/Chumley Artist Award, The Dallas Morning News reported. … Associate Professor Ya’Ke Smith‘s latest film, dawn., was recognized as one of the best short films of 2014 by D Magazine. Film senior Christian Vasquez, who wrote and shot last year the Department of Education-commissioned film “50 Years” about the Civil Rights era, wrote the article. Last month, HuffPost Live interviewed Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film/Video at UT Arlington, about Hollywood and race. … “Sedrick Huckaby: Everyday Glory,” an exhibit at Valley House Gallery by Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby, was named as a top five exhibition at Dallas-Fort Worth museum, according to The Dallas Morning News. … Letha Clair Robertson (’99), an assistant professor of art history at UT Tyler, served as a guest curator for an exhibition that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War at the Tyler Museum of Art, according to The Dallas Morning News. … The Waco Tribune featured Richard Skurla (’08) in an article on his solo Art Center show in Waco. … Michael Mazurek (MFA, ’11), a Dallas-based artist and teacher, has joined the Goss-Michael Foundation.

COMMUNICATION: Longtime KTVT/CBS 11 anchor Karen Borta (’87) is moving to the anchor chair at CBS 11 News This Morning, after several years of co-anchoring afternoon and evening newscasts, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said. … Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith spent her winter break designing a new website for the American Journalism Historians Association. Founded in 1981, AJHA seeks to advance education and research in mass communication history. Pribanic-Smith serves as president for the organization. … While cleaning a supply closet, broadcast engineer Joe Carter discovered dozens of VHS tapes that included university and student programming previous aired on local cable. With the help of the university archivist and UTA Library personnel, class videos from the late 1980s, including a special media production of the 1988 homecoming festivities, have been archived for the University. … LaDonna Aiken (’14) traveled to Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 29-Jan. 13, for a research project. Aiken, who serves as a part-time broadcast lecturer at UTA, was awarded a Dean’s Award for Research Travel for $1,000 to make the trip. … Kevan Gerabagi (’14) was hired as a QA Analyst at Santander Consumer USA. … Chris Thipavong (’14) is now an Inside Software Service Specialist at Omnitracs, a mobile technology company. … Allie Woldtvedt (’13) is in a new position as morning anchor at KMTR NewsSource 16 in Eugene, Ore. Allie Warren, as she is known on camera, started her new anchor gig on Dec. 23. … Journalism major Noelle Jabal will spend the spring semester as an intern for D Magazine in Dallas. … A student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists is in the process of being reactivated at UTA. Founded in 1975, the NABJ is an organization committed to strengthening ties among, expanding job opportunities for, and fostering excellence for black media-professionals, according to the organization’s national website. The organization awards nearly $100,000 in scholarships and provides professional development and technical training across the country. For more information, contact Reginald Adetula at

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: KXAS/NBC 5 noted a program by UT Arlington that focuses on the study of family violence, which was started in honor of Arlington Police Officer Jillian Smith (’09), who died in the line of duty four years ago.

ENGLISH: A new volume of the Early Modern Studies Journal, published through the Department of English, is available now online. The title is ”Women’s Writing | Women’s Work in Early Modernity.” … Professor and Department Chair Bruce Krajewski will lecture on “Business as Usual: Theory at the University” at noon Wednesday, Feb. 4, in University Hall, Room 432, part of the Center for Theory’s Spring 2015 Colloquia. … Experts are divided about the impact of absent, father-themed college admission essays, Diverse Education reported. Associate Professor Jim Warren was quoted in the article.

HISTORY: Associate Professor and Department Chair W. Marvin Dulaney will be a panelist at the Texas Congressional Community Policing Summit on Thursday, Jan 15., at the Mavericks Activity Center. The event, which begins at 10 a.m., will include members of local law enforcement, area church leaders and federal and state elected officials. … Assistant Professor David LaFevor‘s “Cuba: Histories of the Present,” a collection of photographs looking at contemporary street life in Cuba, was featured in FW Weekly. … Associate Professor Alusine Jalloh, founding director of the Africa Program, has been selected to serve on the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship reader committee, which evaluates program applications. … Associate Professor Stephanie Cole is one of three editors with a newly released book, “Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives,” part of the “Southern Women: Their Lives and Times” series from University of Georgia Press.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Associate Professor and Department Chair Laurel Smith Stvan and Vice-Provost for Faculty Affairs David Silva presented a paper, “Engaged Etymologies: Active Learning in the Teaching of Word Formation and Etymology,” at the Teaching with the OED roundtable at the Modern Language Association in Vancouver, British Columbia, earlier this month. … Professor Colleen Fitzgerald, director of the 2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research, wrote a guest column about the Enduring Voices project to revitalize indigenous languages in Humanitarian News and Global Voices Online. … Doctoral student Samantha Cornelius presented a paper “Multisyllabic Rhyme in Contemporary American Hip Hop” at the Linguistic Society of America in Portland, Ore., on Jan. 9, 2015. … Two Native American Languages Lab projects were presented at SSILA (the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas), held in conjunction with the 2015 annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Fitzgerald and Joshua Hinson (Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program) presented the paper “Narrative genres and language documentation in Chickasaw.” Fitzgerald, Jonelle Battise (Alabama-Coushatta Tribe), Hali Dardar (Houma Tribe/Louisiana State University) and doctoral student Daniel Amy presented “Community-based language projects for Alabama.” … Alumna Tracy Rundstrom Williams (Ph.D., ’07) wrote a chapter in the book Teacher, Scholar, Mother: (Re)Envisioning Motherhood in the Academy that will be published in early 2015. … Doctoral student Juyoung Lee was recognized in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Professor Jose Angel Guiterrez received last month a 2014 Lifetime Achievement award from the Dallas Peace Center. … A Fort Worth Star-Telegram story on a state law that allows expressions such as Merry Christmas quoted Associate Professor Allan Saxe, who said the law fills a need “to bolster those who want our traditions to thrive in the face of ‘political correctness.’” … Saxe was a featured guest on WTKS/NewRadio 1290AM (Savannah) in a report on a controversy involving federal appropriations to the United Nations fund to fight climate change. … One of the concerns of upcoming Israeli elections is the possible breakup of the Shas Party and who those voters will support, said Associate Professor Brent Sasley in an International Business Times story.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Professor Ben Agger (Sociology) has added a new chapter on privacy for the second edition of his book, “Oversharing: Presentations of Self in the Internet Age.” … Agger, with Timothy Luke (Virginia Tech), co-authored an article “Blockbuster Marxism” for a recent issue of Critical Sociology. … Dallas NPR station, KERA 90.1 FM, broadcast a PRI/The World interview with Associate Professor Ritu Gairola Khanduri (Anthropology) about R. K. Laxman, the famed Times of India cartoonist who created the iconic character, The Common Man. Khanduri interviewed Laxman at length for her new book, “Caricaturing Culture in India: Cartoons and History in the Modern World,” which was featured last month in the blog Anthropologist in the Attic.

THEATRE ARTS: Theatre Arts faculty member Eric Wilder and Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer were highlighted by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in the newspaper’s “Best of Tarrant County Theatre” report. Wilder’s work was seen in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at Jubilee Theatre and Greer starred in “The Other Place” at Circle Theatre. … Senior Lecturer Seraphina Nova was awarded Outstanding New Playwriting for “Dogwood” at the Candid Theatre by Lavender Magazine’s Arts Spotlight 2014 Theatre in Review. … Senior Lecture Felicia Bertch traveled to Chicago to direct students in an original play at Wheaton College. The working title is “KJV.” Performances are Jan 16-18, 2015. … Scenic Designer Michelle Harvey designed the Turtle Creek Chorale Christmas concert titled “Jangled.” UTA students Ethan Bomyea served as light board operator, and Raul Luna and Jailene Torres worked on the run crew. … Stephen Tyler Howell (’11) was featured in a Matt Simons music video.

WOMEN’S STUDIES: On Jan. 31, the Women’s and Gender Studies program will host a group of young girls (9-14) from the Delta Academy and showcase career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). … The program’s 29th Women’s History Month Lecture series is themed “Futuristic Females: Women in Science and Science Fiction” and will culminate March 24 with guest speaker Charlaine Harris, a science fiction writer whose novels inspired the HBO series, “True Blood.” … Women’s and Gender Studies is co-sponsoring the April 3 performance of “The Vagina Monologues.”


(Compiled and edited by James Dunning/COLA Communications,

SLIDESHOW: Scenes from Fall ’14 Graduation

December 15, 2014

SLIDESHOW: COLA Hoods MA Graduates

December 15, 2014

COLA Notes for December 2014

December 9, 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: The reported on a new mural that was created, designed and painted by Senior Lecturer Carlos Donjuan and his team from Sour Grapes. … The Nasher Sculpture noted that Professor Nancy Palmeri, printmaker and director of the Master of Fine Arts program, will be featured in the Nasher Gallery Lab on Dec. 13. The Lab series brings the spirit of experimentation to the Nasher galleries.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: The Center’s annual “An Evening With Authors” event Dec. 3 featured retired History professor Reby Cary (UT Arlington), Constance Hiliard (University of North Texas) and Katrina Williams (’12).

COMMUNICATION: Lloyd Clayton Clark Jr. (’42), 91, a longtime supporter of the department and the inspiration behind the Lloyd C. Clark Scholarship, died Nov. 17. He had a long career in journalism, public relations and public service. … The department recently participated in the Golden Key International Honor Society’s 5th Annual Golden Can Food Drive, collecting canned goods to benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank. The department also adopted angels from the Salvation Army’s Angel tree program with faculty and staff buying gifts for the department’s angels. … Assistant Professor Rachel Stohr traveled to Chicago last to present a research paper at the National Communication Association conference. … Broadcast Lecturer Julian Rodriguez traveled to Burbank, Calif., last month to attend the Television Academy Foundation Faculty Seminar. Rodriguez met with TV executives, visited media companies, and developed connections to further student opportunities. … Journalism Lecturer Kim Pewitt-Jones will earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communication with a focus in Journalism from Texas Tech University. The graduation ceremony is Friday, Dec. 12. … Graduate Teaching Assistant LaDonna Aiken was awarded a Dean’s Award for Research Travel for $1,000 to travel to Okinawa, Japan from Dec. 29-Jan.13. Aiken also serves as a part-time broadcast lecturer. … Graduate student John Watson was one of four UT Arlington students to be awarded a scholarship from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article. … Allie Woldtvedt (’13) will be starting a new job as morning anchor at KMTR in Eugene, Ore., this month. … Devon Peralta (’08) has accepted a position as Library Assistant II-Customer Experience Assistant in the User Engagement and Services Department of the UT Arlington Libraries. … December 2014 advertising graduate Hieu Hoang will begin working as a junior graphic designer at Atomic Design and Consulting in Plano later this month. … December 2014 public relations graduate Amanda Cruz has been offered a position with More Cabbage, a DFW-based social media, branding and internet marketing PR firm. … Jared Chism (’11) recently joined Enablement Consultant with Why Fargo, North Dakota. … Holland Sanders (’09) was recently honored by The Center for Nonprofit Management. Holland serves as Director of Marketing and Communication for the Fort Worth Opera. The Opera’s Marketing Department won the “Communicator of the Year” award and was featured in a recent article in The Fort Worth Business Press. … Broadcast and public relations major Hillary Fluster has been invited to attend the National Association of Television Program Executives’ conference to be held in Florida in January. … December 2014 broadcast graduate David Kline accepted a news producer position with KVLY-TV in North Dakota this month. … Broadcast student Abel Briceño, a senior member of UTA News en Español, was selected to represent the department at a Ford Media Event on Dec. 11 in Dearborn, Mich. … Sana Syed, Director of Public Information for the City of Dallas, and her colleague Richard Hill visited with public relations students last month to share their experience and insight in dealing with national and international media during Dallas’ recent cases of diagnosed Ebola cases. … KTVT/CBS 11 news reporter Elizabeth Dinh (’03) was featured in a UTArlington magazine story.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Fort Worth Assistant Chief Rhonda Robertson (MA, ’11) will be named interim police chief in January to replace Jeff Halstead, who announced last month that he is retiring, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. … Senior Lecturer Randall Butler said the towers law enforcement agencies employ in parking lots do work, NBC 5 KXAS reported. But he said the main purpose of the towers should be to prevent crime and not for public relations.

ENGLISH: Associate Professor Luanne Frank (English) was the guest speaker at the Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design Research Forum at Clemson University on Nov. 10. She also spoke with a graduate rhetoric class during her visit. … In October, Senior Lecturer Kathryn Warren gave a lecture at North Lake College titled “The Troubling Politics of a Beloved Book: Revisiting Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’” She also joined two public high school teachers in a panel discussion at the Irving Library, “Mockingbirds, Justice, and Race: A Conversation.”

HISTORY: Assistant Professor David LaFevor discussed daily life in modern Cuba on Nov. 19. His photograph project is on display in the sixth floor of Central Library. … Senior Bree’ya Brown was featured in a UTA Library video, discussing her plans to become a subject historian for German, Russian and Slavic studies. … Former instructor Rollin Phipps, who taught courses on Egyptian antiquity, discussed historical and fictional elements of the PBS series, “Downton Abbey,” at the Betty Warmack Branch Library in Fort Worth last month.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Professor Colleen Fitzgerald, director of the Native American Languages Lab, was quoted on the website Global Voices about the Indigenous Language Challenge, an internet campaign to promote indigenous languages. Fitzgerald said programs in the U.S. and Canada that took children from Native families “had an immense effect on Native language acquisition.” … Fitzgerald also tackled the issue of endangered languages for a column in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education last month. She also had a busy speaking schedule: She spoke Nov. 6 at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in Dallas, then as an invited keynote speaker Nov. 12 at the 13th International Linguistics Conference in Northwest Mexico at the Universidad de Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico. … Assistant Professor Suwon Yoon and Masaya Yoshida (Northwestern) presented research, “Two cases of incremental parsing in Korean: conditionals and relative clauses,” at the International Workshop on Children’s Acquisition and Processing of Head-Final Languages (CAPHL) on Nov. 5 at the Laboratory for Developmental Studies at Harvard University. … Assistant Professor Cynthia Kilpatrick attended OpenEd14: Achieving the Potential of Open in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 19-21. … Fred Griffiths, instructor & special assistant at the English Language Institute, presented a talk at the Tex TESOL state conference Nov. 13-15 in San Marcos. … The Native American Languages Lab organized free workshops on Native languages during the month of November at various locations in Texas and Oklahoma, Native American Times reported. The workshops helped participants connect with their tribal language and teach it to others. Six members of Seminole Nation’s Language Program team, including two fluent speakers of Creek, gave a panel discussion Nov. 10 on “Bringing Native American Language into Classrooms,” that demonstrated the Master-Apprentice immersion method of teaching adults. … On Nov. 7, Fitzgerald led a workshop at UTA on “Talking Dictionaries for Indigenous Languages” which brought participants from language programs from both Muscogee Creek Nation and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes to campus to learn dictionary software. Student helping out included doctoral students Dan Amy, Joey Collard, Nathan Eversole, and Libby Tatz; MA student Kimberly Johnson; undergrad linguistics majors Devin Hornick and Kristina Kavonian; and linguistics minor Tristen Cardwell. … Doctoral student Samantha Cornelius will present at the Linguistics Society of America meeting in Portland next month. Her research investigates the rhymes schemes of American hip hop music. … A book by Vitaly Voinov‘s (PhD Linguistics, ’13), “Politeness Devices in the Tuvan Language” is out now from German publisher Harrassowitz’s Turcologica series. … Doctoral student Iya Khelm had a book review published of “Translation Studies and Eye-Tracking Analysis” in the Dec 4 issue of the Linguist List. … Doctoral student Stephen Self had a paper accepted for publication by the peer-reviewed journal Mon-Khmer Studies. The paper, “Another look at serial verb constructions in Khmer,” should be published at the end of the year. … Doctoral student JungAe Allman will present a paper on case marking of floating quantifiers in Korean called “Unaccusativity in Korean: A Corpus Linguistic Approach” at the Linguistic Society of Korea conference Dec. 13 at Seoul National University. … Linguistics major Jared Weide presented his honors thesis, “The Linguistic Mechanisms of Knock-Knock Jokes,” at the Honors Research Symposium on Nov. 14. … Linguistics majors Nick Matthews and Devin Hornick have been hired as undergraduate research assistants in the Native American Languages Lab as part of a National Science Foundation award in conjunction with CoLang. The grant supports undergraduate training in Native American language documentation and revitalization. … Dr. Nicole Wicha (UT-San Antonio) spoke at the department’s colloquium on Nov. 21 on “Constraining models of language comprehension with brain electrophysiology.”

MILITARY SCIENCE: Department Chair LTC Lora Rimmer was one of several women honored by the Fort Worth Business Press last month. … Retired military and longtime journalist Lloyd Clayton Clark Jr. (’42), 91, died last month of natural causes, The Dallas Morning News reported. Clark was a member of UTA’s Cadet Corp Alumni Council and was inducted into the UTA Military Hall of Honor in 1998.

MODERN LANGUAGE: Led by Catherine Ortiz, the Coordinator of the Lower Level Spanish Program, a team of UT Arlington faculty and staff implemented and managed a new web-cam proctoring program for nearly 400 online Spanish students. The team included: Gillian Walker, Tim Foxsmith, Jessica Hightower, Natalie Wagener, Patricia Arnold, Felicia Dillard and Angela Garner. … Department Chair and Associate Professor Christopher Conway’s article “Gender Iconoclasm and Aesthetics in Esteban Echeverría’s La Cautiva and the Captivity Paintings of Juan Manuel Blanes” will be appearing in the Winter 2015 issue of Decimonónica, a journal on 19th-century Hispanic culture. … Assistant Professor Amy Austin presented research at the International Conference on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Mich., earlier this year. She also presented a paper “Reading Images of Translatio Studii in Ramon Llull’s Arbre de Filosofia d’amor” at the Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature in Madison, Wis., in October. … Associate Professor Raymond Elliott presented a paper at the fall Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America at the University of Texas at Austin. … Assistant Professor Lonny Harrison presented the paper the “The Suffering Games: Self-Production and Prodigality in De Quincey and Dostoevsky” at the October meeting of the South Central Modern Languages Association in Austin. … Professor Aimee Israel-Pelletier’s monograph, “Rimbaud’s Impressionist Poetics: Vision and Visuality,” is slated to appear in paperback May 2015. … Associate Professor Sonia Kania was invited to submit a chapter to the forthcoming Diachronical Applications in Hispanic Linguistics, ed. Eva Núñez-Méndez (Cambridge Scholars, peer reviewed in the UK, expected 2015). Her chapter is entitled “Diachronic Perspectives on Varieties of Spanish Pronunciation: Seseo and Yeísmo” and explores the origins and spread of two of the most common dialectal features of Latin American Spanish. … Assistant Professor Neal Liang presented the paper “Best Practices in Online Chinese Language Exchange Program” at the November meeting of ACTFL World Expo at San Antonio. Liang has been instrumental in a new international internship program with the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). Beginning this fall, three undergraduate students from NTNU — Yunwen Su, WeiCian Wang and YuTing Yeh — worked with the UTA faculty to assist in classroom teaching, teaching material development, outside classroom tutoring, extracurricular activities (Chinese calligraphy and karaoke) and student recruitment. … Assistant Professor Marko Miletich presented the paper, “Gender in Translation,” at the American Literary Translators Association Meeting in Milwaukee last month. His work has recently been published in the Journal of Translation Studies and the Latin American Jewish Studies Association Newsletter. … Associate Professor Alicia Rueda-Acedo published “Elena Poniatowska sobre Carlos Fuentes: ‘¡Si tuviera cuatro vidas, cuatro vidas serían para ti!’ y ‘El afán totalizador’” in the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, a journal focused on Hispanic Studies from the University of Liverpool. … Associate Professor Antoinette Sol presented the paper “Historical Fiction and Fictional History: Elisabeth Guénard’s Histories, Scandals, and Secrets” at the October meeting of Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS) in Montreal. … Several French instructors — Alicia Soueid, Brooke Cunningham-Koss, Courtney Griffitts and Gigi Alameddin — took turns offering free tutoring in the Language Acquisition Center this fall when graduate teaching assistants were unavailable. … Caitlyn Barbee (’13), who graduated with degrees in English and Spanish, wrote a column for the Baptist Standard about student ministry at UT Arlington. Barbee also earned a Spanish translation certificate at UTA.

MUSIC: Associate Professor Martha Walvoord and Assistant Professor Jack Unzicker performed Nov. 21 at the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music in Nacogdoches, Texas. … The UT Arlington Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra showcased legendary jazz artists William “Count” Basie and Duke Ellington at the Dallas City Performance Hall on Nov. 19. Guest performers included tenor saxophonist Shelley Carroll, who has performed with the Duke Ellington Band and Chris McGuire. The performance was conducted by Adjunct Instructor Ken Edwards and Associate Professor Tim Ishii. … National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and Grammy Award winner William Bolcom held a concert and Q&A session for students Nov. 12 in Irons Recital Hall. … The 10th annual UTA Jazz Alumni Concert, held Nov. 23, featured Adjunct Instructor Ken Edwards, Associate Professor Tim Ishii, and retired professor Bill Snodgrass, who served as director of jazz studies at UT Arlington for more than three decades. Check out photos from the event on the group’s Facebook page.

PHILOSOPHY: Dr. Juan M. Pascual (UT Southwestern) spoke on the foundations of neurology and psychiatry Nov. 19 in a lecture hosted by the Department of Philosophy.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor Brent Sasley wrote last month about security and peacemaking in Israel in a Washington Post op-ed column, which also appeared in … A Vox article on the ruling coalition of political parties in Israel’s parliament also quoted Sasley. … Associate Professor Allan Saxe kicked off this holiday tradition Nov. 24 by flipping the switch to officially light “Santa Saxe’s Christmas Tree.” Thousand of additional lights will illuminate the entire Central Library Mall and will remain lit until the end of the year. … Steven Hussain (’12) was recently promoted to Director of Community Services for the mayor of San Antonio.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Associate Professor Jason Shelton (Sociology) on Nov. 25 about the rioting and protesting that followed the decision by a grand jury not to indict a white police officer in Missouri who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. … Adjunct Instructor Julie Adkins (Anthropology) presented a paper on urban religions at the American Anthropological Association annual conference this month. … Senior Lecturer Scott Ingram (Anthropology) recently finished a book project, “Traditional Arid Lands Agriculture: Understanding the Past for the Future,” set to publish spring 2015 by the University of Arizona Press. … A BBC story about emoticons included comments from Professor Ben Agger (Sociology). Truthout published a commentary by Agger on Thanksgiving and the socialist imaginary.

THEATRE ARTS: Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer was invited to speak on the intersection of robotics and theatre arts performance at The Robotics Show 2015, in London, England, in October. … Assistant Professor Anne Healy was named Distinguished Alumna of the Year by her alma mater University of Texas at Dallas. … Scenic Designer Michelle Harvey was hired to design for “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” at MainStage Irving. Harvey has also been accepted into USA 829, a professional association of designers, artists and craftspeople. … Senior Lecturer Brandi Andrade is dramaturg and a performer in Theatre Three’s “A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration,” which runs through Dec. 14. Andrade also had her dramaturgical essay tweeted by the play’s author, Paula Vogel. … Associate Professor Joe Chapa is directing at the Creative Arts Theatre & School’s for the production of “T’was the Night Before Christmas.” The play runs from Dec. 5-20. … Senior Lecturer Felicia Bertch was cast in and filmed a commercial for Service King that will be aired during the holiday season. … Current University of Houston graduate student Jean Carlos Gonzalez (’14) recently worked on “The Liar,” a classic French farce by Pierre Corneille and presented at the University of Houston’s Jose Quintero Theatre. … Theatre Arts major Lauren Moreau was hired as an intern at Hip Pocket Theatre in North Fort Worth for its 2015 season. … Theatre Arts major Austin Bender was hired as an assistant cameraman for the film, “Daylight’s End,” shot in Tyler, Texas. … Anna Marie Boyd (’14), was cast in “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” on their national tour with Wishing Star Productions. … Theatre Arts major Markicia Johnson was hired at the theme park Six Flags Over Texas as a Reindeer and various holiday Characters.

WOMEN’S STUDIES: Nearly 200 people attended the annual Lunafest film festival in October, sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies program. … Program Director Sonja Watson (Modern Languages) attended the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference last month and participated in a day long Program Administration and Development pre-conference. … Assistant Professor Amy Speier (Anthropology) presented, “Medical Tourism Brokers Promise Patient Consumers a Holiday,” at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. She also presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Speier is a Women’s Studies Advisory Board member. … Women’s and Gender Studies Provost Post-Doctoral Fellow Whitney Peoples presented a brown bag lecture on her research which examines the embattled oral contraceptive YAZ and its implications for representing women’s reproductive health in the U.S. public sphere on November 6th. She also presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. … Women’s Studies Advisory Board member David LaFevor (History) showcased and discussed his personal collection of photography on Cuba, “Cuba: Histories of the Present” last month. … The Women’s and Gender Studies program co-sponsored the talk, “Gender Biases in Student Evaluation of teachers,” by Anne Boring (University Paris Dauphine) on Dec. 3rd. The event was co-sponsored by the College of Business, College of Education, and College of Liberal Arts.  … Along with the Disability Studies minor, the Diversity Certificate Program, and the Office for Students with Disabilities, the Women’s and Gender Studies co-sponsored, “Moving Beyond ‘the Spectrum’: A Conversation with NeuroQueer Activist Lindsey Anderson” on Nov. 18.


COLA Dean Steps Down, Returns to Faculty

November 25, 2014


Dr. Beth Wright, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a distinguished art historian, has announced that she will step down Dec. 31 after serving in her academic leadership position for more than a decade.

A national search for Wright’s successor will begin immediately, according to the Office of the Provost. Wright plans to take a year’s leave and will return to her position as a professor in the Department of Art and Art History in 2016.

The associate and assistant deans of the College of Liberal Arts will guide the College’s 12 departments and eight centers and programs until the selection of  a new dean. Associate Dean Elisabeth Cawthon praised Wright for her legacy in leading the College.

“Dean Wright has been a master of the many details that make the college run smoothly, from faculty searches to research funding, student scholarships, and outreach among members of the community,” Cawthon said. “We will miss her as an administrator but look forward to her return to the classroom and an active research agenda.”

Under Wright’s leadership, the College of Liberal Arts has grown to include more than 4,500 students. The College awarded almost 1,200 degrees in the 2013-2014 academic year.

Read the University’s official release at

COLA Notes for November 2014

November 11, 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Dallas VideoFest featured UT Arlington student Christian Vasquez‘s film, “50 years,” D Magazine‘s Front Burner blog reported. The film looks at the 50 years of civil rights in this country. Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith‘s film “Dawn” also was featured. … The Amon Carter Museum hosted an artist talk with Professor Benito Heurta on Oct. 30 to celebrate a new collaborative exhibition “Fresh Perspectives: Benito Huerta and the Collection.” It was covered in an Art & Seek video report. … San Angelo quoted Ya’Ke Smith, filmmaker and Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film/Video, in a story that asked why filmmakers stay in Texas. “The bigger question is, ‘Why leave Texas?’” Smith said. “Texas is not only producing some of the most exciting new filmmakers, but it has so much to offer, including: the most bang for the independent filmmaker buck, a huge array of very varied geographical locales, and a supportive network of people and organizations that are willing and ready to help you bring your project to fruition.” … Smith is crowd-sourcing a new film, “One Hitta Quitta,” through … Work by Senior Lecturer Carlos Donjuan was referenced in an article from The New York Times about the The Cheech Marin Collection in Bordeaux, France. … Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby has been commissioned to design and install the Stop Six Public Art Project, according to The Black Voice, a weekly publication in Tarrant County.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: Faculty and staff are encouraged to consider joining UT Arlington’s Staff Advisory Council (SAC) to assist in planning and coordination of University-wide events and programs.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, who spoke at Comm Day 2014, wore a UT Arlington jersey during a recent bike race. (Photo contributed)

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, who spoke at Comm Day 2014, wore a UT Arlington jersey during a recent bike race. (Photo contributed)

COMMUNICATION: Associate Professor Shelley Wigley has had a paper accepted for publication this month, “Examining the Impact of Negative, User-Generated Content on Stakeholders” in Corporate Communications: an International Journal. She also contributed to a book, Television, Social Media and Fan Culture, in an article on Southern chef Paula Deen, “Butter, Facebook, and Paula Deen: Examining Fans Use of Social Media in Crisis.” … Associate Professor Andrew Clark has been named honorary fellow for National Association of Television Program Executives’ (NATPE) educational foundation. … Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith has been awarded a Kappa Tau Alpha Chapter Adviser Research Grant. She was also installed as president of the American Journalism Historians Association. … Assistant Professor Rachel Stohr will travel to Chicago this month to present an original research paper, “Expertise and Emotion in Social Movement Organizing: Translating Technical and Lay Discourses in Environmental Decision-making,” at the National Communication Association. … Lecturer Austin Robinson and two students from UTA Radio covered the November race at Texas Motor Speedway. … Sonia Salas (’12) recently won a 2014 Lone Star Emmy in the Promotion, News Promo category. She works for Univision-Dallas (KUVN). … D’Andrea Willis (’14) has been hired as Internal Communications Contributor at Sabre. … Avery Anderson (’14) was recently hired as a multimedia journalist at KTAB in Abilene. … Sean Bolton (’10) was hired as a Sr. ServiceNow Consultant last month by Evanios, a IT service management company. … Jesus Silva (’14) has been hired as Communication Assistant at Fort Worth Better Business Bureau. … Katy Kiger (’12) has taken a position with the brand management team at LexisNexis in Raleigh, N.C. She previously worked as marketing manager for Radio Disney in Charlotte, N.C. … Josh Greenlee (’11) is working in Ardmore, Okla., at the Southern Oklahoma Radio Center. Greenlee is mid-day DJ on the classic hits station (GTO 107 – KYNZ) and works nights on the company’s country station (95.7 KKAJ). … Matt Jones (’91) is now working as evening news producer for KTNV in Las Vegas. … The Shorthorn‘s daily news website,, was named the top student news website in the country recently during the College Media Association/Associated Collegiate Press Association’s national convention in Philadelphia. … Several Communication students received awards during the College Media Association/Associated Collegiate Press Association national conference. Pinnacle Awards went to Max Briese (First Place, Best Social Media Presence and Third Place, Best Social Media Strategy), Ashley Pena (Second Place, Best Newspaper News Page), Genevieve Barron (Third Place, Best Editorial Illustration) and Laura Woodside (Third Place, Best Newspaper Opinion Page). … Members of The American Advertising Federation Chapter at UTA toured the Moroch Advertising Agency recently, providing advertising students a close up look at the ad industry.

Lecturer Austin Robinson, right, poses with members of the Harlem Globetrotters at a media event earlier this month. (Photo contributed)

Communication Lecturer Austin Robinson, right, poses with members of the Harlem Globetrotters at a media event earlier this month. (Photo contributed)

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Senior Davinder Jassal won best top orator at the Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Association competition earlier this month.

HISTORY: KERA/90.1 FM’s Think last month featured a conversation with UT Arlington Special Collections curator Ben Huseman, Associate Professor Gerald Saxon and Imre Demhardt, professor & Garrett Endowed Chair in the History of Cartography, about what antique maps reveal about how much America has changed.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Doctoral graduate Vitaly Voinov (’13) recently published, Politeness Devices in the Tuvan Language (Turcologica), a book based on his doctoral dissertation. … Professor Colleen Fitzgerald took note of Native American Heritage Month in a Huffington Post column called “7 Things to Know About Native American Languages.”

MUSIC: National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and Grammy Award winner William Bolcom is composer-in-residence at UT Arlington this week. His visit will culminate with a performance by the UT Arlington Wind Symphony and SMU Meadows Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in Irons Recital Hall, Room 105. To purchase tickets, visit … The American Jazz Composers Orchestra was recognized for its outstanding performance at UT Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in its Cheers & Jeers section of the editorial page. Music faculty members Dan Cavanagh, Tim Ishii and Ken Edwards lead the AJCO.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: WFAA/ABC 8 interviewed junior Stephanie Vielle, president of the Native American Student Association, about a demonstration planned at AT&T Stadium last month when the Dallas Cowboys hosted the Washington Redskins. Vielle was also interviewed by KTVT/CBS 11 regarding protest of the name “Redskins.” … Professor Tom Marshall was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about the Texas gubernatorial race. … Associate Professor Brent Sasley was quoted in a Vox piece about violence in Jerusalem, which has been ongoing since before this summer’s Gaza war. … Associate Professor Allan Saxe was quoted in a Dallas Voice story about whether Texas voters will cross party lines or vote straight ticket. … Saxe was also interviewed for a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about the State Board of Education races and voter disinterest regarding those races.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Professor Ben Agger (Sociology) discussed ways that capitalism is destroying the American diet on the Thom Hartmann Show, a national radio show broadcast on Sirius and XM satellite radio across the nation. … Agger, who is the director of the Center for Theory, wrote an opinion-editorial for about the viral panic and politics of Ebola. … Graduate student Lukas Szrot (Sociology) recently had a paper, “Beyond the Great Demotions,” accepted for presentation at the 2015 Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conference in New York City on Feb. 14-15.

THEATRE ARTS: Senior Lecturer Brandi Andrade is in rehearsals for Theatre Three’s production of Paula Vogel’s play, “A Civil War Christmas.” She also did dramaturgical research for the show, and wrote an essay which is housed on the Theatre Three’s website and will be included in the press packet and printed in the program. … Professor Andrew Christopher Gaupp is in the process of directing the award-winning musical “Into the Woods” for the UT Arlington Maverick Theatre Company. He is joined by Assistant Professor Anne Healy, music director for the popular production. The musical will run Feb. 25 to March 1, 2015 in the UTA Mainstage Theatre. … Associate Professor Joe Chapa is directing “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” at Creative Arts Theatre and School (CATS) in Arlington. The show runs Dec. 5-20. … Scenic Designer Michelle Harvey was hired to complete the scenic design for Mainstage Irving’s production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” that opened Nov. 7. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer was selected to join a small number of UT Arlington faculty invited to participate in a pilot writing group program supported by UT Arlington’s Office of Foundation Relations and the Division of Faculty Affairs (DFA). Dr. Greer will work with foundations staff to develop a grant application, identify funding sources and develop a budget through an eight-week process. … Sophomore Katie Graham is officially interning at Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth.



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