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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.


Echo-Hawk to Address Native American Struggles

October 24, 2014


Walter Echo-Hawk, an advocate for Native American rights, will reflect on four decades of legal battles next month in a visit to The University of Texas at Arlington.

Echo-Hawk, a member of the Pawnee tribe, spent 35 years as staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund, where he become a central figure in representing tribal rights and recognition during the modern era of Federal Indian law. He was instrumental in the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990) and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments (1994).

“Walter Echo-Hawk has made a profound impact on generations of Native people,” said Dr. Les Riding-In, assistant dean of graduate studies for the College of Liberal Arts and primary advisor for the Native American Student Association. “His story is truly inspirational to anyone who is concerned with social justice issues, privilege and critical race theory.”

Echo-Hawk has chronicled his legal career of native activism in two books — “In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided” and “In the Light of Justice” — and will sign those at a reception at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in University Hall, Room 108. At noon, Wednesday, Nov. 5, Echo-Hawk will talk with students about his experiences in College Hall, Room 100. Both events are free and open to the public.

Echo-Hawk is currently an attorney for Crowe and Dunlevy, Oklahoma’s oldest and largest law firm. He is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, Colorado Supreme Court, Oklahoma Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the eighth, ninth, District of Columbia and tenth circuits, and a host of federal district courts.

His visit is part of the Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute annual events and sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office. Additional sponsors include the Pre-Law Center, the Native American Student Association, the Honors College and the Department of English.

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UPDATED 11/5/14 with pictures from event.


(By James Dunning/COLA Communications,

COLA Notes for October 2014

October 14, 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Art & Seek talked to three UT Arlington student filmmakers, whose films were featured on KERA’s “Frame of Mind” last month. The television show was produced by Associate Professor Bart Weiss and KERA. “Phone Ghost” directed by Jean-Patrick Mahoney, “Avocados” directed by Julie Gould and “Helado” directed by Gabriel Duran were featured. The story interviewed the student filmmakers about what excites them about the craft. … The Dallas VideoFest returns for its 27th year with a new level of reinvention, Theater Jones reported. The article quoted Dallas VideoFest’s founder and director Weiss. … Kapil Dixit (’04) presented a new exhibition, “Nude at the Museum,” last month at The City Museum in Durbarmarg, Kathmandu. … Graduate Teaching Assistant Morgan Chivers was interviewed for Peripheral ARTeries, a digital publication. … Earlier this month, The Dallas Morning News published a feature story on metal artist and blacksmith Liz Covert (’08).

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: Several College of Liberal Arts faculty members are highlighted in the “Inquiry,” UT Arlington’s research-specific magazine.

Broadcast graduate Tracie Hill (’14) works in the UTA Radio studios last semester. The station’s newscast recently claimed first prize in the South Central Broadcasting Society’s regional conference. (Photo contributed)

Broadcast graduate Tracie Hill (’14) works in the UTA Radio studios last semester. The station’s newscast recently claimed first prize in the South Central Broadcasting Society’s regional conference. (Photo contributed)

COMMUNICATION: UTA and the Department of Communication will host the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) conference on Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Maverick Activities Center. The event will feature guest speakers, a career day, job fair and station tour. UTA students will also have the opportunity to register to win one of three $1,500 scholarships, donated by iHeartMedia. Students should RSVP to For more information, contact … Broadcast Lecturer Julian Rodriguez is one of 20 participants selected to attend the 26th Annual Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Faculty Seminar on Nov. 10-14 in Los Angeles. … Last month, KDAF/CW 33 interviewed Associate Professor Andrew Clark about the increasing use of drones. … UTA Radio was featured in a RadioWorld report on plans for College Radio Day celebrations. The station will kicked off its annual Rocktober concert series earlier this month. “We think it’s a good way to reach out to our student body with the music we play and give local bands an outlet they might not normally have,” said Program Director Lance Liguez. … Department Chair and Associate Professor Charla Markham Shaw traveled to Austin last month to serve as a panelist for the Experienced Chair’s Roundtable for New Department Chair Orientation. … Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith has had two papers accepted for publication. “South Carolina’s Rhetorical Civil War: Nullification and Local Partisanship in the Press, 1831-1833″ was published in Media History Monographs, and a chapter entitled “The War within the State: The Role of Newspapers in Missouri’s Secession Crisis” was published in a book entitled A Press Divided: Newspaper Coverage of the Civil War, edited by David Sachsman (Transaction Publishers). … Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee‘s original research paper, “Negotiation of Competing Discourses by Primary Caregivers of Hospice Patients,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy. … Assistant Professor Rachel Stohr will travel to Chicago next month to present a paper at the National Communication Association. … Lecturer Kim Jones traveled to Nashville last month to attend the Society of Professional Journalists’ Conference as a UTA representative and an officer of the Fort Worth chapter of the organization. … Lecturer Lance Liguez traveled to Seattle this month to attend the College Broadcasters, Inc. Conference. His panel, “Essential Equipment: The Smartphone in News & Social Media,” explored recommended apps and techniques for use in student electronic news gathering. … Two broadcast graduates, Dena Adi and Tracie Hill, won first place in the open division of the South Central Broadcasting Society competition for their program “Campus Craze,” part of UTA News last semester. … Communication Studies major Ruth Jefferson has collaborated with artist Mikhail Egorkin to produce a book of poetry with illustrations. “Inside the Poet’s Mind: A Study of Memory” is now available for Kindle through Amazon. … Alexis Spears (’10) is working for KWKT Fox 44 News in Waco as a multi-media journalist. Spears won a 2014 Media Honor Roll award for coverage of the local public school systems. … Emily Stafford (’13) is now Senior Brand Marketing Manager at Sabre Hospitality Solutions. … Broadcast major Alexis Garcia, who recently completed an internship with Cumulus Radio, landed a job promoting the Nash country brand for Cumulus. Garcia has been shooting videos for KSCS and the Wolf. … Tiffany Jackson (’13) was recently hired as the Creative Director by Fishbowl Radio California. … Katey McFarlan (’13) is a fashion blogger at … Several Public Relations graduates have new jobs: Brandon Hurtado is Director of Social Operations at More Cabbage; Michael Magnus, a current master’s candidate, works for Tandy Leather; Natonya Medford is a representative for Plan-B-PR, a boutique firm focused on fashion and entertainment; Nealy Mincher (’10) is senior account executive at FleishmanHillard in Dallas; Sir Jones is Veteran Affairs Officer at Aviation Institute of Maintenance; Melissa Moreno is Play It Safe! Marketing Coordinator at The Women’s Center of Tarrant County; Jared Chism (’11) is Senior Social Media Analytics Specialist at JCPenney; Elaine Brown (’11) is Marketing Executive at Social Change UK; Amber Govan (’13) is Social Media Specialist at JCPenney; Emily Suied (’11) has been hired by Edelman Chicago as an assistant account executive; and Sara Scarborough (’11) is Special Events Coordinator at Tyler Junior College. … Several broadcast graduates have joined television station newsrooms recently. Omar Castillon (’14) is working as weekend floor director on Saturday mornings at CBS 11; Sean Noell (’11) is working audio and Alyx Crawford Jones (’14) is camera operator at the station. Allie Woldtvedt Kode is working as a news reporter/anchor at KODE Channel 12 in Joplin, Mo. … Darren “Daz” McColl, Global Chief Brand Strategy Officer for SapientNitro, will host two workshops on “storyscaping” at 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 in Fine Arts Building, Room 409. … Jimmy Gonzalez, vice president of programming at 107.5 La Grande, visited with Liguez’s broadcast students last month. … Jane Slater, an anchor/reporter with local CBS affiliate Channel 11, was guest speaker in Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne‘s “Current Issues” class last month. … Students in Jeff Williams’ ADVT 4301 class met with corporate marketing reps from Wholly Guacamole as part of the class curriculum.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Assistant Professor Jaya Davis has had several articles accepted for publication this year: “Who becomes more Violent among Korean Adolescents?” (Criminal Behavior and Mental Health), “Service-learning use in Criminal Justice Education” (Journal of Criminal Justice Education) and “Comparative Analysis of Service Learning in Criminal Justice and Social Work Education” (Teaching in Higher Education). … The CBC/Radio-Canada program Trailbreakers included a UT Arlington study on anti-bullying programs in a feature on bullying and prevention. The 2013 study by Assistant Professor Seokjin Jeong said students at schools with anti-bullying programs may be more like to be bullied. It was published in the Journal of Criminology. … Rhonda Robertson (MA,’11), Fort Worth’s assistant police chief, has been named a board member of the Tarrant County College Foundation, TMCnet reported.

ENGLISH: Lecturers Peggy Kulesz and Nathan Gale recently completed “Investigation into Optimum Training Delivery Methods for Adult Learning,” a study commissioned by the UTA Division for Enterprise Development and NASA Space Center in Houston. The project assessed relevant research that will be used by UTA and NASA to develop training, education and learning to their respective audiences. … Several faculty members and students spoke at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts last week in Dallas. Professor Stacy Alaimo and graduate students Michael Handley, Stephanie Peebles Tavera and Sean Farrell were invited speakers. … Alaimo has also been invited to present “Blue Ecologies: Science, Aesthetics, and Creatures of the Abyss” at the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies conference in Austin next month. … Associate Professor Amy Tigner has been invited to attend the week-long seminar “Advanced Early Modern English Paleography” on Dec. 8-12 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, in Washington, D.C. … Department Chair and Professor Bruce Krajewski will present “Past and Furious, or House of Bards and How to Rebuild with Rhetoric” at the Modern Language Association convention in Vancouver, B.C., in January. … Jackie Grutsch McKinney (Ball State) will be the keynote speaker at the North Texas Writing Center Association Fall Conference and board meeting Oct. 17 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The event is hosted by the UT Arlington Writing Center.

HISTORY: A new book by Professor Robert Fairbanks, “The War on Slums in the Southwest. Public Housing and Slum Clearance in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona 1935-1965” was recently published by Temple University Press. … USA Today interviewed Associate Professor Elisabeth Cawthon (who is also the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts) about the fate of the British monarchy as Scotland prepares to vote on whether to exit the United Kingdom. … Assistant Professor Kathryne Beebe will serve as co-author of a volume of collected essays on the topic, “Space, Place, and Gendered Identities: Feminist History and the Spatial Turn,” which will be published in 2016 by Taylor and Francis. … Associate Professor David Narrett is slated to speak Feb. 11, 2015, for the Focus on Faculty lecture series. … Contemporary American political satirists such as Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and John Oliver provide comic relief in the face of social injustice, but humor can undermine the fight to address serious issues, Assistant Professor Oliver Bateman wrote in an article on Stir Journal. … A KTVT/CBS 11 report last month about President Obama’s so-called “latte salute” noted the UT Arlington Department of History. A UT Arlington history expert confirmed that the first 39 U.S. Presidents did not actually salute the military, and that it was former President Ronald Reagan who started what has now become a tradition. … Associate Professor Alusine Jalloh, who is also director of the Africa Program, has been selected to serve on the 2015 Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (now called the Mandela Washington Fellowship) reader committee. Jalloh was among a select group of readers who read and scored over 50,000 applications for 500 slots in the inaugural year of the Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2014. … A meet-and-greet for the Disability Studies Minor will be held at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 29 in University Hall, Room 25.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Less than two weeks after the passing of Chester Nez, one of the original Navajo Code Talkers, The University of Texas at Arlington hosted the Texas premiere of “Navajo Star Wars” at CoLang 2014, a major institute on language revitalization focusing on Native American and other endangered languages, the Native American Times reported. The institute received significant funding from the National Science Foundation from to a grant awarded to Professor Colleen Fitzgerald. … Fitzgerald wrote a blog post for the Huffington Post about “The Indigenous Language Challenge,” a social media challenge being undertaken by Native American language activists, learners, or teachers to promote indigenous language. Those taking the challenge post a 10 to 15 minute video of themselves speaking their language. Fitzgerald is also slated to speak March 18, 2015, for the Focus on Faculty lecture series. … Assistant Professor Suwon Yoon and Masaya Yoshida (Northwestern University) will present “Two cases of incremental parsing in Korean: conditionals and relative clauses” at the 15th Texas Linguistic Society conference Oct. 24-26 at the University of Texas at Austin. … Doctoral student Dan Amy will present a paper, “Distribution of Deictic Usages of you Expresions in Meatal Gear Solid,” at the First Interdisciplinary Conference in Linguistics at the University of Georgia on Oct. 24. … Two doctoral students will present work at the Sixth Annual Metroplex Linguistics Conference at Texas A&M-Commerce in Rockwall. Ehsan Shafiee Zargar will present at paper, “Possessor Raising in Classic Persian,” and Kristen Fleckenstein will present her paper, “The Role of ASL Non-Manual Negation Markers in Sentential and Constituent Negation.” … Several faculty members took part in the Texas Chinese Teachers’ Association 2014 Conference in Denton last month, including UTA Vice Provost & Professor of Linguistics David Silva, who was the keynote speaker. Chinese instructors Neal Liang (PhD in Linguistics, ’09) and Ruby Wang (MA in TESOL and MA in Linguistics, ’10) attended.

MODERN LANGUAGE: French Professor Aimée Israel-Pelletier published a chapter, “Rohmer’s Realism: Women on the Borders of What Is and What Might Be,” in Leah M. Anderst’s “The Films of Eric Rohmer” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). … Associate Professor and Department Chair Chris Conway is slated to speak April 1, 2015, for the Focus on Faculty lecture series. … Elin Andersson (’14), who double-majored in political science and French, was featured in the UT Arlington’s Spring 2014 commencement video and report. Anderson plans to pursue a master’s degree in development studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

MUSIC: Department Chair and Associate Professor Rick Bogard was quoted last month in a Yahoo! TV story about the significance of the theme song for Gilligan’s Island, the premier of which was 50 years ago. … American noted that Artist in Residence Adonis Rose, hailed by New Orleans Magazine as a “Contemporary Jazz All Star,” is one of the most sought after drummers in jazz today. Rose was also interviewed in 360 West about his career and collaborations in jazz. … A new AfroBop Alliance album containing a composition by Associate Professor Dan Cavanagh received four and a half out of five stars in a review from Downbeat Magazine, which is known for its critical review process. Cavanagh’s arrangement was based on a Wayne Shorter composition called “This is for Albert.” … A new CD, “reVelations,” by Associate Professor Michael Varner is now available. The album contains seven new pieces for percussion and ensemble, including three original compositions. Get a sneak preview of the music through Shorthorn TV. … The UT Arlington Wind Symphony will perform selected works by Pulitzer Prize winners Joseph Schwantner and William Schuman at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in Irons Recital Hall.

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari, left, hands Associate Professor Allan Saxe (Political Science) his UT System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award earlier this month in a special faculty meeting. (Photo by Beth McHenry/University Communications)

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari, left, hands Associate Professor Allan Saxe (Political Science) his UT System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award earlier this month in a special faculty meeting. (Photo by Beth McHenry/University Communications)

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor Brent Sasley was interviewed last month by KLIF/550 AM about President Obama’s strategy to combat the militant group ISIS. Sasley commented on Israel, ISIS, and Jordan for … Associate Professor and Department Chair Rebecca Deen was quoted in a San Antonio Express-News story about Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis. Deen was also quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram column about the debate last month between candidates in the race for Texas governor Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott. … Professor Susan Hekman’s “The Feminine Subject: Transforming the Subject in Feminist Theory” will be published by Polity Press this year. … Elin Andersson (’14), who double-majored in political science and French, was featured in the UT Arlington’s Spring 2014 commencement video and report. Anderson plans to pursue a master’s degree in development studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

anthro_khanduri_book_coverSOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Professor Karl Petruso (Anthropology), dean of the Honors College, will lead a group of students for a study abroad trip to Greece next summer. The trip, slated for May 27-June 17, will include anthropology and classics courses (also taught by Philosophy professor Charles Chiasson) as well as a full travel itinerary. Cost is $1,750 plus airfare and tuition. Financial aid is available. For more details, visit the Honor College’s website. … Professor Robert Young (Sociology) was one of 20 scholars invited to present research at an international conference on the role of emotions in civil gun cultures Aug. 26-28 at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. … With so much information hurled against the TV screen in short bursts, viewers may be developing a yen for what Professor Ben Agger (Sociology) calls “slow journalism,” Variety and the Orlando Sentinel reported in a story asking whether HBO would start a news division. … carried an op-ed by Agger about the fight between health care costs and the Western diet. … “Oversharing: Presentations of Self in the Internet Age” (Routledge) by Agger is now in its second edition. … A new book by Associate Professor Ritu Gairola Khanduri (Anthropology), “Caricaturing Culture in India: Cartoons and History in the Modern World,” is now available through Cambridge University Press. … Shannon Kern (MA Sociology, ’12) was invited to speak Oct. 8 about her experience as a political sociologist at the State University of New York Potsdam Civic Engagement Experience. … Ashley Wendell Kranjac (MA Sociology, ’12) recently published an article about fast food in Eastern European countries in the journal Contexts.

THEATRE ARTS:  Assistant Professor Anne Healy is slated to speak Nov. 12 for the Focus on Faculty lecture series. … Professor Andrew Christopher Gaupp has been invited to direct the showcase premiere of a new play for New Play Development Workshop in Montréal, Québec, next summer. He is one of eight directors invited from across North America to direct. … Lecturer Seraphina Nova won the Ivey Award for Playwright of the Year this past week for her new play, “Dogwood.” The Ivey Awards are an annual award show celebrating Twin Cities (Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minn.) professional theater. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer will present her paper, “Building Emotional Authenticity Between Humans and Robots,” at the Sixth Annual International Conference on Social Robotics in Sydney, Australia, Oct. 27-29. Greer was also the recipient of Fort Worth Weekly’s “Best of 2014 Guide” for Best Actress for the stage production, “The Other Place,” at Circle Theatre, Fort Worth. … Costume Studio Supervisor Kris O’Brien and Lecturer Laurie Land have created a class-based opportunity for their Craft of Costume course. O’Brien and Land have teamed with Little Dresses for Africa ( to instruct their students in fundamental sewing techniques. All dresses made with be donated to the organization. … UTA Maverick Theatre Company is highlighted in the 2015 book, “Stage Directing” by Jim Patterson. Patterson is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of South Carolina. … Senior Josh Jacobs was hired at Kitchen Dog Theatre as carpenter and set builder on the production, “Thinner Than Water.” Mavericks G. Dean McBride was hired as Technical Director and Omar Gonzalez was hired as Assistant Technical Director. … Freshman Kat Farenholdt designed the lighting for “Commencing,” “Dysfunctional Divas,” “Falling Man,” “From White Plains,” “Mythical Beastie” in the Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival with Uptown Players at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. … Senior Rodney Hudson will be performing in a gender-bending performance as a Kit-Kat Boy in “Cabaret” at the Garland Civic Theatre. The play opens mid-October and runs through mid-November. … Freshman Jesse D. Scott most recently worked at the Levitt Pavilion as a stagehand and sound technician for 40-plus shows. … Kimberly Eugene, performing under the artist pseudonym is “Néo Swami,” has signed a marketing and distribution contract with Tate Music Group. His new album will be released on iTunes and in stores. … Senior Gena Truelson, who goes by the stage name Gena West, was hired in the lead role in “STATIC ” a short film by Brent Burden. The film will screen at the 8th annual Horror Film Race at The Angelika Film Center.

WOMEN’S STUDIES: “Rubies,” a short film by UTA graduate Lizette Barrerra, is one of several films slated for Lunafest, the Women’s and Gender Studies’ annual film festival. This year event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Mavericks Activity Center. Tickets are $10 for faculty and $5 for students and may be purchased online. … Whitney Peoples, the program’s Provost Post-Doctoral Fellow, will present her research on the embattled oral contraceptive YAZ and its implications for representing women’s reproductive health in the U.S. at a brown bag lecture at noon Nov. 5 in University Hall, Room 360.


COLA Notes for September 2014

September 10, 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Senior Lecturer Mark Clive and MFA students Ryan Britton and Brendan Feltrup-Exum will work on safety training documentary for UTA’s Division for Enterprise Development. The Centers for Disease Control and National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health awarded the UTA group a grant worth $1 million over the next four years for its education projects. … This year, Dallas VideoFest and the Video Association of Dallas have a plan to reframe events and allow audiences to rediscover all that the festival has to offer, according to a Dallas Observer story that mentioned Associate Professor Bart Weiss, an organizer of the festival. The story also said the Dallas VideoFest will screen a special Native American film at UT Arlington on Oct. 13. …. Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon made the Dallas 40 list as an artist, D Magazine reported in its annual issue of what’s best in Dallas. Over the past decade, Lapthisophon has been one of a number of artists and art professors in Dallas who have helped a younger generation of artists. … This summer, Associate Professor Marilyn Jolly and Senior Lecturer Carlos Donjuan presented an exhibit depicting illegal immigration at the Nave Museum in Victoria, Texas, Crossroads Today reported. The exhibit closed Aug. 31. The Victoria (Texas) Advocate included a video of the exhibition on the website. … Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith offered his favorite Texas films in a article. Smith included “Jason’s Lyric,” “Go Down,” “Death!,” “No Country for Old Men” and “The Legend of Billie Jean” as his choices. … Both Professor Benito Huerta and Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby are featured in new promotional material from Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. … Professor Kenda North discussed her fascination with underwater photography in a Q&A with the Oak Cliff Advocate. “I’ve always loved the figure. And I’ve always enjoyed working with fabric. And I love to swim. The water just provides this really wonderful environment to shoot in,” North said. … Times of India and New Delhi carried a story that quoted Assistant Professor Melia Belli Bose about Ram V. Sutar, who the New York Times said “may be history’s most prolific monumental sculptor.” … BFA graduate Nick Billalba is a full time employee for professional artist Lee Ware, who is working in Lubbock. … Alumna Randi Kolbe continues to work on her mobile glass facility, which is fabricated out of a recreational vehicle. The fully functional mobile glass studio will accommodate hot glass working, as well as neon, and ready to roll next summer. … Kelley McCabe accepted a summer internship at SiNaCa Glass studios in Fort Worth. … Ray Queen accepted an internship at the Tulsa Glassblowing Studio in Oklahoma. … Kalle Tiihonen recently received a partner scholarship from the Pittsburg Glass Center. … BFA graduate Hayley Fowler accepted a six-week internship as a technician and assistant coordinator to the Studios. MFA graduate Neal Paustian claimed a three-week internship with the same group. … Jean Fernandes spent the summer as a teaching assistant to American artist Aimee Sones, as well as Anjali Srinivasan, an Indian artist who is currently working in Dubai. … Shannon Brunskill (’11) recently served as teaching assistant for South American artist Silvia Levinson. … Graduate student Michelle Pennington received the Dubois grant, a $3,000 juried scholarship, which enabled her to take a three-week course with South American artist Silvia Levinson. She also received funding from the Charles T. McDowell Center for international research and travel to Istanbul.

COMMUNICATION: Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith traveled to Alexandria, Va., in July to conduct research on political Journalism in the 19th-century South. Pribanic-Smith will also travel to St. Paul, Minn., in October to present an original research paper entitled “Assassination of Jason Clarke Swayze: Libel Press Freedom, and Editorial Civility in 1870s Kansas” at the American Journalism Historians Association. She will also be inducted as president of the organization. … Pribanic-Smith, Assistant Professor Dustin Harp and Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne traveled to Montreal, Canada in August to attend the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference. The professors presented original research papers. Tremayne’s paper, co-authored with Milad Minooie, is entitled “Using Social Media to Analyze Candidate performance and Public Opinion.” Harp’s paper is entitled “Alternate Spaces for Feminist Voices: Social Media’s Influence on CNN’s Steubenville Rape Coverage.” Pribanic-Smith’s paper is entitled “Southern Values and the 1844 Election in the South Carolina Press.” A poster she created also won Best Poster in the History Division at the conference. … Harp and research collaborators from universities in Chile and the University of Oklahoma conducted new research that examined the presence of female columnists in U.S. opinion pages. The new research was recently published in the June issue of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. … Associate Professor Shelley Wigley traveled to Chicago in June to attend the 2014 Academic Summit Conference “Storytelling at the Speed of Now.” … Associate Professor Chyng-yang Jang attended the Corporate Communication International Conference in Hong Kong this summer to present a paper entitled “Small Local Business on Facebook: An Initial Survey.” … Broadcast lecturer Julian Rodriguez and 13 students representing UTA and UTA News en Espanol attended the National Association Hispanic Journalist Conference in San Antonio last month. … Associate Professor Thomas Christie traveled to Nice, France, this month to present an original research paper at the World Association of Public Opinion Research Conference. Christie’s paper is entitled “Agenda Setting and Polling during Gun Control Debate: A Study of News Media Reporting of Public Opinion Polling and Social Media Trends during the Sandy Hook Tragedy.” … Associate Professor Charla Markham Shaw traveled to Austin last week to serve as a panelist for the Experienced Chair’s Roundtable for New Department Chair Orientation. … Journalism lecturer Kim Jones traveled to Nashville, Tenn., this month to attend the Society of Professional Journalists’ Conference as a UTA representative and an officer of the Fort Worth chapter of the organization. … Broadcast Lecturer Lance Liguez will travel to Seattle, Wash., in October to attend the College Broadcasters, Inc. Conference. His panel, “Essential Equipment: The Smartphone in News & Social Media,” will explore recommended apps and techniques for use in student electronic news gathering. UTA Radio is also a finalist for a CBI award in the category of Best Sportscast. … Assistant Professor Rachel Stohr will travel to Chicago, Ill., in November to present an original research paper at the National Communication Association. … Undergraduates Porfirio López and Maritza Moreno are two of the four winners of this year’s Press Club of Dallas scholarships. THe awards were announced last month. … Candace Sweat (’06) is now working as a reporter for WRAL in Raleigh, N.C. … Daniel Armbruster (’08) is now a weekend co-anchor at 40/29 KHBS/KHOG-TV in Fayetteville/Fort Smith, Ark. … Matthew Linguist (’09) is now a full-time photographer at KCCO Fox 25 in Oklahoma City. Linguist worked previously as Digital Content Specialist at KXII in Sherman. … Chris Mead (’10) is working as Video Creative Services Manager for Texas Stars Hockey Club. … Himanshu Patel (’14) was hired at the Richards Group in Dallas as a brand manager. … Alyxandra (Crawford) Jones (’13) is working in production at CBS 11 alongside other UTA alum Sean Noell (’12) and Omar Castillon (’14). … Francesca Washington (’10) is a reporter at KLTV in Tyler. … Mayde “Mimi” Gomez (’11) was recently named correspondent and multi-media journalist at KSAT in San Antonio. … Broadcast majors are interning with a local television, radio and media outlets. Jimena Fraga is interning with KDFW FOX 4. Dylan Fry, Brandon Gordon, Marlene Herrera, Parker Hillis and Grant McKinley are working with CBS Radio this semester. Froylan Guerrero is interning with local affiliate CBS Channel 11. Derek Guthrie Kaufman is working with UTA Movin’ Mavs. … Public relations majors are also gaining practical experience this fall. Fabian Brown is working with Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas. Mary McKena Honnoll is interning with Solkissed Swimwear while Jasmina Kazic is at Vanessa Suarez is spending the semester at DFW International Airport, and Elizabeth Pugh is working with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, Elisa Tapia with Allied Integrated Marketing and Shelby Cummings with College Park District. Edrea Au is interning with the Red Balloon Network at Children’s Medical Center this fall. … Advertising majors have also landed coveted internships. Michael Colman II is interning with Moroch Partners and Hieu Duc Hoang with Atomic DC. Matthew Fomby is spending the semester with Texas Motor Speedway. … Journalism major Erik Velasquez is working with UTA Athletics. … Communication Technology major Michelle Do is spending the fall semester, working with Vietnamese Baptist Church of Arlington, and Daniel Mancillas is working with Functional Food Center Inc. … Communication Studies major Kacie Everhart is interning with … For, Eddie McGee, an actor with an amputated leg, discussed his fight against onscreen stereotypes, and his experience co-starring in the upcoming thriller, “The Human Race.” McGee attended UT Arlington in 2000, majoring in broadcasting and minoring in theater.

Assistant Professor Pribanic-Smith poses in front of the poster she created for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference in Montreal in August. The entry won Best Poster in the History Division. (Photo contributed)

Assistant Professor Pribanic-Smith poses in front of the poster she created for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference in Montreal in August. The entry won Best Poster in the History Division. (Photo contributed)

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Department of Homeland Security’s Senior Special Agent Keith Owens (MA, ’13) recently won the 2014 Texas Children’s Hero Award from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

HISTORY: Assistant Professor Oliver Bateman was a guest on WBAL/1090 AM (Maryland) this summer for a story about grade inflation at U.S. universities and colleges. He said it begins at the elementary school level and “the students have come to expect good marks, good scores as a way of confirming they’re average.” … The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published an article about doctoral student Robert Caldwell, who was running last month to be vice chairman of his native Choctaw-Apache Tribe. Caldwell said the most important issue for him to tackle is to get his tribe recognized by the federal government. He did not win the election. … Doctoral candidate Kristen Burton recently won a Marc Friedlander Fellowship at the Massachusetts Historical Society. She spent part of her summer working on a research project with librarians at an MHS facility in Boston. … The newest edition of Fronteras, an annual newsletter from the Center for Southwestern Studies, is now available online.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: The Department of Linguistics and TESOL welcomed six new doctoral students to the program for Fall 2014, including one who arrives with Fulbright funding. … Professor Colleen Fitzgerald urged Congress to approve two vitally important bills necessary to preserving Native American languages in a Huffington Post opinion piece. Fitzgerald wrote that “language is essential to our humanity, fundamental for expressing culture and encoding traditional knowledge.” … Doctoral student Ehsan Shafiee Zargar, who plays traditional Iranian instruments, performed at the Association of Friends of Persian Culture meeting in Chicago last month. … Another alum has joined the Chinese teaching faculty in the Department of Modern Languages: Ruby Yi-Ping Wang (MA in Linguistics and MA in TESOL, ’10) is currently a lecturer in Chinese at UT Arlington. … Three faculty from the English Language Institute took the summer off from teaching and expanded their skills in interesting work outside of UTA: Pearl Lee worked for six weeks in China for a non-profit organization, Educational Services Exchange with China (ESEC), at Peking University (Beijing); Kelli Sedervicius conducted training sessions in New York City for a month; Adam Stein (MA TESOL, ’09) did volunteer work in the West Bank of Palestine for two different organizations: Defence for Children International and Al Rowwad. … Four linguists will be presenting research at the Ninth International Conference on the Mental Lexicon in Ontario, Canada, this month: Doctoral student Ehsan Shafiee Zargar and Assistant Professor Naoko Witzel will present the poster, “The timing of morphological decomposition: Evidence from inflected words,” while doctoral student Namrata Dubey, Assistant Professor Jeffrey Witzel and Assistant professor Naoko Witzel will present “Asymmetrical translation priming in highly-proficient early bilinguals.” … Funded by REU supplement from the National Science Foundation, Professor Colleen Fitzgerald will be hiring three undergraduate students to be research assistants this fall in the Native American Languages Lab, working on the documentation of Native American languages. … Two Louisianans are starting to reconstruct Chan-Chuba, a Houma, La., language that hasn’t been spoken for more than a century, the New Orleans Advocate and Native Times reported. One of the Louisianans attended CoLang, the UT Arlington Institute for Collaborative Language Research, this summer where she learned how to reconstruct a language. … A new book by doctoral graduate Joshua Jensen (’14), “Jarai Clauses and Noun Phrases,” was recently published by De Gruyter Mouton.

MUSIC: UT Arlington’s Maverick Marching Band was featured on KDFW/FOX4 for taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to promote awareness of the disease. After soaking themselves, they challenged other area bands to do the same. … Pianist Alexey Chernov, a semifinalist in the 2013 Van Cliburn competition, will perform in Irons Recital Hall on Thursday, Sept. 18, and lead a masters class on Friday, Sept. 19. Chernov is also slated to perform for the Arlington Woman’s Club on Saturday, Sept. 13.

PHILOSOPHY: Barry Creamer (Ph.D. Humanities, ’00) has been chosen as president at Dallas’ Criswell College, reported.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: With help from his wife, Natalia Verjat Gutierrez, and graduate student Moises Gurolla, Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez completed a Spanish-to-English translation of “Mas Alla del Rio Bravo: Una breve historia de los Mexicanos en el norte de Texas,” a book published by the Mexican Government’s Secretary of Foreign Relations in 2013. The authors are Manuel Garcia y Griego, former director of UTA’s Center for Mexican American Studies, and Roberto Calderon (University of North Texas). The English version is titled “Beyond the Rio Grande; A Brief History on Mexicans in North Texas.” Publication of the English translation is pending. … Recently, about 400 people protested Israeli violence in the Middle East, KDFW/Fox 4 reported. Israel and Hamas have been exchanging missile fire. Associate Professor Brent Sasley said another round of violence was predictable. He said all the Israelis want is something they call “quiet.” Sasley wrote an opinion piece about the situation for The National Interest. He has also been quoted in recent stories from The National (Abu Dhabi),, and Haaretz Magazine. … The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviewed Associate Professor Allan Saxe about thousands of Tarrant County donations flowing in the governor’s race. Saxe was also quoted in a Mansfield News-Mirror story about Mansfield’s increase in property values and tax revenues. … Sophomore Esther Kentish is among 47 winners of the Life Lessons Scholarship, financial awards given to students whose college-going plans were affected when their parent passed away without adequate life insurance, according to an announcement last month on Reuters website.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Running is one of the best cardio workouts you can get, lifehacker and Computer Tips and Tricks reported. Professor Ben Agger, an avid runner, was quoted in both stories. Agger wrote articles for Truthout about the popular television program “Mad Men”  as well as about dinner decisions made by Americans. … Agger has updated his book “Oversharing: Presentations of Self in the Internet Age” with a new chapter on selfless, job loss due to oversharing and when governments extend too much surveillance over its citizens. … A book by Associate Professor Jason Shelton received an honorable mention in the 2014 Distinguished Book Award competition, The Dallas Morning News reported. Shelton co-wrote Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions with Michael Emerson, co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. … Sara Skiles-Dutoit (MA, ’03) recently completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at Notre Dame.

THEATRE ARTS: The Musical Theatre Project 2014 begins this weekend and will consist of a devised musical theatre piece with UTA musical theatre students, music composition majors, theatre technology students and acclaimed musical artist Kate Kilbane and The Kilbanes. The Musical Theatre Project will be performed Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Fine Arts Buiding North, Studio Theatre. … Associate Professor Dennis Maher recently performed his one-person production of “The Trouble Begins at Eight” as a fundraiser for Onstage in Bedford. … Maher also performed as Gaston in “Picasso at the Lapen Agile,” a play directed by Lecturer Melanie Mason. Also appearing were UTA alumni Steven D. Morris, Alan Cooke and Stacy (Ingram) Cook, and current student Andrew Beckman.  Theatre Arts major Hailey Eakle was the costumer and alumna Cathy Pritchett was the assistant stage manager. … Senior Lecturer Natalie Gaupp performed in a new play premiered by the Fort Worth theatre troupe, SceneShop. The suspense thriller, “A Long Damned Night,” featured UTA alumnus Joshua Eguia. Gaupp also taught and designed the curriculum for a series of summer theatre classes at Fort Worth’s Arts Fifth Avenue, and directed a staged reading of the Broadway crime drama, “A Steady Rain,” starring senior Travis J. Fant and alumnus David Wilson Brown. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer performed in the “The Other Place” at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth. … Scenic Designer Michelle Harvey attended the USITT Commissioner’s Retreat and Diversity seminar in Nashville, Tenn., last month. … Broadway veterans and musical theater faculty gathered last month for the College Audition Prep Weekend at Dallas’ Music Hall in Fair Park, Ask Miss A reported. Assistant Professor Anne Healy was one of the instructors at the workshop, aimed at preparing high school and college students in the fine arts for auditions. She directed a staged reading of the new work “Under the Overpass” at the Margo Jones Theatre. … Lecturer Felicia Berth taught a three-week course last month at Wheaton College. She directed an undergraduate and graduate performance. … Senior Lecturer Brandi Andrade has helped develop the production of Melissa James Gibson’s play “[sic]”. The show will run Sept. 11-27 at Echo Theatre in Dallas. … Over the summer, Professor Andrew Gaupp directed the premiere of “Mi Princesa Perfecta” in Scottsdale. Ariz., for the New Play Development Workshop (NPDW) of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.  … Danielle Georgiou has joined the Department of Theatre Arts as part of the UTA Dance Ensemble. She is the founder of DGDG: the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, a performance art dance group that works within ideas of German expressionism and Tanztheater (dance theatre). … Lecturer Seraphina Nova recently published a novel, “Another Stone to Carry” (All That Matters Press, 2014). … Lecturer Laurel Whitsett performed in Kitchen Dog Theatre’s “The 1st Dallas One-Minute Play Festival” in August. … Alumnus Brad Kanouse has been hired as the Production Coordinator for Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston. … Rosalinda Olivares (’14) is working with the Texas Creative Arts Academy this fall. … Senior Kelly Steward played Jamie in the two-person play, “None of the Above,” with Pegasus Theatre at The Bath House Cultural Center. The play ran Aug. 14-30. … Alumna Laura Choate is going on tour with the Dallas Children’s Theater’s “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley.” The tour begins Sept. 28 and ends in June.  … Winston Daniels (’13) was invited to perform in New York City with the Amphibian Stage Productions (Fort Worth). Winston is a stilt dancers, a specialized performance were actors perform and tell traditional Mexican stories.  … Senior G. Dean McBride has been hired as the Technical Director for “Thinner Than Water” at the Kitchen Dog Theater. Another UTA student, Omar Gonzalez, will assist McBride.  … Molly Pope (’13) was cast as the lead in the premiere of the new musical “Broken,” which ran from July 25-Aug. 17 at Gilley’s in Dallas. Theatre Arts major Glenn Long was cast in the musical as well. … Anna Marie Boyd (’14) performed as Dainty June in “Gypsy” at the Stolen Shakespeare Guild in August. … Joshua Eguia (BFA ’14) has been hired as a teacher by the Grand Prairie ISD.

WOMEN’S STUDIES: The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies will begin its inaugural “Women in the Americas” lecture series today; the series examines global women’s issues. Dawn F. Stinchcomb (Purdue University) will present “Dangers to Society: Examining Single Women in the Margins.” The lecture begins at noon at Trimble Hall, Room 200. … UTA alumna Lizette Barrera will screen her short film, “Rubies,” during the annual Lunafest film festival Oct. 16. … Whitney Peoples (Emory University) will discuss issues surrounding women’s reproductive health in the U.S. during a brown bag lecture on Nov. 5. … The center’s newsletter, “Got Gender?,” is now available online.


Three COLA Faculty Win UT System Award

August 15, 2014

Three College of Liberal Arts faculty members are among 96 educators recognized this year by The University of Texas System Board of Regents for excellence in the classroom.

The UT System’s most innovative and dedicated educators will share $2.4 million this month as winners of the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Faculty members from across the UT System’s 15 academic and health institutions will receive $25,000 each and will be honored at a ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 20, in Austin.

The COLA honorees are:

  • Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology;
  • Darryl Lauster, assistant professor of art and art history; and
  • Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science.

UT Arlington’s Kevin Schug, the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, was also an award winner. Since the program’s inception in 2008, 45 award recipients have come from UT Arlington.

The awards highlight the talent and commitment to excellence in teaching among UT Arlington faculty members, President Vistasp Karbhari says.

“Preeminent research universities are distinguished by the quality of their faculty members and the faculty’s dedication to students,” Dr. Karbhari says. “The best teachers instill in their students a shared passion for lifelong learning and discovery.”

Read more about UTA’s Regents Outstanding Teachers recipients.


COLA Notes for Summer 2014

July 8, 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: “Dawn,” a new film by Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film, was screened during the 17th Annual HBO Short Film Award competition June 20, the reported. The prestigious award is part of the American Black Film Festival program. … Smith was interviewed on San Antonio Living, a WOAI NBC News 4 television program, about last month’s Juneteenth. He started a youth filmmaker award as part of the celebration. … Benito Huerta, professor and director of The Gallery at UTA, was featured in the July issue of 360 West. … KERA 90.1 FM reported that film students at UT Arlington competed for Best Narrative, Best Picture and Best Animation during the University’s two-day film festival last month at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. … Work by MFA candidate Morgan Chivers was featured at Ontario Science Center in Ontario, Canada. … Visual communication students Alexander Reyher, Drew CollinsKarolina Bebak, Kimi Nguyen, Samuel McKinnie and Nike Duraku from the Design Texas class have created a new identity for Humane Society of North Texas, a non-profit located in Ft. Worth. … Art Education students met four times during the Spring 2014 semester at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, teaching art lessons to middle schoolers from Kirkpatrick Middle School. … Students from UT Arlington were mentioned in the latest edition of AICC’s “Box Score” newsletter. The students — Holly Aldriedge, Ayla Haynes and Cosme Olivas — won first place in the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation’s 2014 competition this past spring.

COMMUNICATION: Radio & Television Business Report reported that 157 radio spots and campaigns, including’s “Bullying Hurts,” made it to the finals of the 2014 Radio Mercury Awards, which honors outstanding radio created by advertising agencies, production companies, radio stations and students. The thirty-second PSA was produced by broadcast major Derica Booker. Though it did not win this year, this is the second time in four years UTA Radio has been named a finalist in the competition. The station won the award in 2011. … Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee presented in May a paper, “Negotiation of Competing Discourses by Primary Caregivers of Hospice Patients,” at the International Communication Association Conference in Seattle, Wash. Chatterjee also had an article, “The Role of Communicating Uncertainty and Information Subsidies on News Media Representation of the Female Condom’s Efficacy,” published in Journal Studies in Media and Communication. … Associate Professor Tom Christie presented a paper, “Gun Control and the Press After the Sandy Hook Killings: The Relationship Between Leading National Newspaper Coverage, Public Opinion and Public Policy,” at the 69th Annual American Association for Public Opinion Research Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in May. … Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley is co-author of an article, “Examining the Impact of Negative, User-Generated Content on Stakeholders,” which is slated for publication in Corporate Communications: an International Journal. … Wigley was one of 75 invited faculty members to Edelman’s 2014 Academic Summit, Storytelling at the Speed of Now, where educators learned from Edelman clients, media digital thought leaders and Edelman’s own leadership team. The conference was held in Chicago at DePaul University. … An article by Senior Lecturer Kim Pewitt-Jones has been accepted for publication by the Southwest Education Council. … Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith’s article, “Partisanship in the Antislavery Press during the 1844 Run of an Abolition Candidate for President,” was featured on the website of American Journalism, the journal of the American Journalism Historians Association. The article will also be published in the Summer 2014 issue of American Journalism. … Graduate student Alexandra Beshkova has been offered a graduate assistant position for UTA’s First Year Experience program. The First Year Experience Course (MAVS 1000) is required for incoming freshmen this fall. Beshkova will assist with the program in her GA position. … Broadcast major Nadi Bennett was invited by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to participate in the events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the civil rights act in 1964. Bennett traveled to Washington, D.C., on July 2. She was one of three UTA students selected. … Himanshu Patel (’14) was recently hired for a full-time internship with The Richards Group. … Several broadcast majors are interning with local television and radio stations this summer: Alexis Garcia is working with Cumulus Media while Kenzie Cox is at KEGL 97.1 (The Eagle) in Dallas; Jimena Fraga is interning with KDFW-FOX 4, and Charlie Vann and Jessica Stroud are lending their talents to Clear Channel-102.1 The Edge; David Kline is at WBAP News/Talk 820 AM, and David Bansigan is working with CBS Radio. … Public relations majors are also getting hands-on experience over the summer months: Elissa Ammon is serving as an intern for the College of Liberal Arts and Kimberly Muchow is with Easter Seals North Texas; Kieria Rickett is working with XTO Energy; and Kaigen House is with Static Magazine. … Advertising majors have also landed coveted internships: Hieu Duc Hoang at Atomic Design and Consulting, Dustin Daniel at Highland Lakes Camp and Conference Center, Katie Krivit at Parlor Advertising Agency, and Alexis Brazell at Ilfusion Creative. Cristina Arizmendiz is spending her summer with KHFA Fine Art and Abbie Beltran with the Moroch Agency. … Journalism major Maira Nieto is working with City of Arlington in its Office of Communication. … Communication Technology major Umear Ali is spending the summer in Florida, working with Fattmerchant. … Radio Advertising Bureau President Erica Farber visited the Summer I radio production class and discussed the state of the radio industry and her path from sales assistant to general manager to publication owner. … FOX 4 TV Reporter Melissa Cutler brought her 13 years of major-market experience to broadcast writing and reporting students, advising them to be creative when applying for jobs. … Alisa (Coleman) White, a former graduate adviser and associate professor from 1998-2005, has been selected as the candidate to be the next president of Tennessee’s Austin Peay State University, according to The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville).

Associate Professor Andrew Clark (third from right) and Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne (second from right) hosted an international group of journalists sponsored by the U.S. State Department on June 20. The professors discussed their research on drone journalism and presented information about Department of Communication. Event participants traveled from a number of different countries including Romania, Ghana and Romania. (Photo contributed)

Associate Professor Andrew Clark (third from right) and Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne (second from right) hosted an international group of journalists sponsored by the U.S. State Department on June 20. The professors discussed their research on drone journalism and presented information about Department of Communication. Event participants traveled from a number of different countries including Romania, Ghana and Romania. (Photo contributed)

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Lauretta Hill (’93) has been appointed to serve as deputy chief of police in Miami Beach, the Miami Herald reported. The new appointment makes her Miami Beach’s first black deputy chief and its highest-ranking black officer.

ENGLISH: A Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about Cinco de Mayo quoted Assistant Professor William Arce, assistant director for the Center for Mexican American Studies, on the tradition of celebrating May 5 and the Battle of Puebla. … For the first time in Nolan Catholic High School’s 53-year history, the coed school will be led by a female graduate, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Erin Vader (’94) was named president at the diocese’s 1,000-student school after a change in leadership prompted a national search.

HISTORY: In several Al Jazeera America columns, Assistant Professor Oliver Bateman addressed topics such as whether steroidal usage causes heart disease and social media policies for faculty at higher education institutions. Bateman also authored a commentary about his professional journey in  … Professor Emeritus Richard Francaviglia, author of “Go East Young Man: Imagining the American West as the Orient,” will be a featured speaker at the John C. Fremont symposium July 25-26 in Carson City, Nevada, the Nevada Appeal reported. Francaviglia taught at UT Arlington from 1991 to 2008. … Sylvia Leyba Hernandez (BA, ’81) was recently appointed by President Obama to lead the U.S. General Services Administration’s Greater Southwest Region, the Deming Headlight (N.M.) reported. Hernandez will oversee all GSA activities in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: KRLD/1080 AM (CBS Radio) interviewed Professor Colleen Fitzgerald about the Institute on Collaborative Language Institute, an international gathering of the world’s top linguists focused on preserving endangered languages. “Our language is an essential part of being human and how we express our humanity,” Fitzgerald said. “We’ve lost part of ourselves if we don’t have a connection to our heritage language.” A National Science Foundation grant awarded to Fitzgerald funded last month’s conference. … CoLang 2014, the Institute on Collaborative Language Research completed a successful two weeks of workshops on June 27, and is continuing on with more four weeks of field methods classes on the UT Arlington campus. Four linguistics doctoral students — Dan Amy, Lori Pierce, Samantha Cornelius and Elizabeth Tatz — have Graduate Research Assistantships for the summer as part of the CoLang support team, sponsored by an NSF grant awarded to Fitzgerald. … Associate Professor and Department Chair Laurel Stvan presented a paper on “Linguistic Reinforcement of Beliefs about the Causes of Health and Illness” at the Communication, Medicine and Ethics (COMET) conference in Switzerland on June 27. Funded by one of the newly launched College of Liberal Arts Research Endowment Awards, she also attended a master class there on Engaging Qualitatively with Healthcare Discourse Data. … Doctoral candidate Ashley Lober McKeever was recently hired as an assistant professor at Arkansas Tech University. McKeever, who will be defending her dissertation this summer on meter in folk verse of the Fur language, will begin this fall. … Funded from a 2013-2014 Festival of Ideas Global Research Fellowship as well as an Edmondson Endowment grant award from emeritus professor Jerry Edmondson, doctoral student Kent Rasmussen recently returned from a trip to Bunia and Nia-Nia in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There, he helped the Ndaka and Mbo communities develop draft alphabet charts and transition primers. … Doctoral student Jessica Rohr is once again teaching at Harvard University this summer, as part of the Institute for English Language Programs. … UT Arlington’s English Language Institute (ELI) has been asked again to provide instruction for the Chinese MBA English program for 3 weeks in August for UTA College of Business students. Adam Stein (MA TESOL, ’09), currently an instructor for ELI, is set to teach the program. … Adjunct instructs for ELI this summer include Iya Khelm (current doctoral student in Linguistics), Chloe Williams (M.A. Linguistics, ’14), Lana Marji (M.A TESOL, ’11) and Manar Saleh (M.A. TESOL, ’05).

MODERN LANGUAGE: Associate Professor Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez — who recently received the Ninth Annual Luis Cardoza y Aragón Poetry Prize, an international award open to poets from Mexico and Central America — was mentioned on the UT System blog, UT Matters.

MUSIC: Members of the UT Arlington jazz band spent part of their summer working with students in Germany. Check out video and pictures from the trip on the group’s Facebook page. … Visiting Assistant Professor Terri Sánchez was interviewed in the June issue of Miyazawa Flutes.

PHILOSOPHY: Four philosophy majors – Courtney Broderick, Mirza Islam, William Heeps and Jaryth Webber – will represent UT Arlington at Philosophers’ Jeopardy, a July 22 contest hosted by the Dallas Philosophers’ Forum. Teams from Southern Methodist University and University of Dallas will also compete. The event is slated for 7 p.m. at Unity of Dallas Church and admission is $10. … Associate Professor Charles Chiasson and the annual UTA Homerathon were featured in an article in Greek newspaper, Ethnos.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Political Science major Heba Said, opinion editor of UT Arlington’s student newspaper The Shorthorn, received an unfriendly welcome at the Republican state convention in Fort Worth, Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy wrote. Said detailed her experience in a Shorthorn column. … Associate Professor Brent Sasley wrote an opinion piece for The Jerusalem Post about the need for Israel to address discrimination of its Arab population. The Jerusalem Post is Israel’s best-selling English-language daily. … Sasley was also quote in an AFP article about Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s campaign for the Turkish presidency.  … The Dallas Morning News quoted Associate Professor Allan Saxe in a story about the small impact that opposition groups had on local school bond elections. “It’s extremely difficult to defeat a school bond election,” Saxe said. “You have to go up against administrators, teachers, retired teachers, chambers of commerce, the city officials and parents, all of whom generally believe the bond is in the best interest of the community.” … Professor Thomas Marshall was featured in a Dallas Morning News story about Rep. Ralph Hall touting the National Rifle Association’s endorsement and chiding his GOP runoff challenger for not being a member of the group. … The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News quoted Associate Professor and Department Chair Rebecca Deen in stories about the Texas Democratic Convention. The convention began June 26.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: The Census released new statistics last week that show the number of U.S. residents living in “poverty areas” has jumped significantly since 2000, the Christian Science Monitor reported. Professor Ben Agger (Sociology) said poor neighborhoods lack decent housing, schools, health care and food. … Agger weighed in on the Jahi McMath case for a Christian Science Monitor article and was quoted in a Tech Page One piece about BuzzFeed’s viral quizzes that have become popular with millions of social network users. … Earlier this year, Randolph College professor Lori Lee (BA, ’93; MA, ’97) was named the 2013 Virginia Professional Archaeologist of the Year by the Archaeological Society of Virginia. She received the award for her years of research at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, where she has helped discover, document, and analyze the lives of slaves who lived on the plantation.

THEATRE ARTS: Specialist Michelle Harvey designed the scenery for the U.S. premier of “Soho Cinders” at Uptown Players in Dallas which opened June 13. Harvey also designed “Divas Gone but not Forgotten” (June 20) for the Turtle Creek Chorale in Dallas. … Lecturer Felicia Bertch, a founding member of Wheaton Shakespeare in the Park in Chicago, is co-producing “Love’s Labour’s Lost” for the company in August as well as playing Jacquenetta in the show. … Bertch also taught a movement workshop at Trinity Valley School’s “Much Ado About Shakespeare.” This is the 8th annual Shakespeare performance/seminar for young adults produced by artistic directors, Anna and Dr. Don Carlson. … Associate Professor Joe Chapa and Specialist Jared Land taught workshops in stage combat and design respectively at the “Much Ado About Shakespeare” month-long seminar. … Senior Lecturer Natalie Gaupp directed a one-night-only crime drama, “A Steady Rain,” in the UTA Studio Theatre on June 28. The play starred senior Travis J. Fant and UT Arlington alumnus David Wilson-Brown. … Senior Lecturer Brandi Andrade is writing dramaturgical articles on all of Theatre Three’s female playwrights this season. Andrade is also performing readings at the Grand Prairie Library on July 15. … Senior Bentleigh Nesbit was cast as Mama Ogre and one of the 3 little pigs in “Shrek: the Musical” at Fort Worth’s theatre for children, Kids Who Care! Winston Daniels (’12) was cast as Donkey. … Senior Anna Marie Boyd has been cast in the national tour of “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.” … Olivia Shadan Aigbogun (’13) is currently in graduate school at UTA’s School of Social Work. Her master’s thesis will examine theatre as therapy. … Matthew Grevan (’08) Stage Managed and earned his Actors Equity Association union membership with “Soho Cinders” at Uptown Players in Dallas. … Theatre Arts major Omar Gonzalez worked as a set construction intern for “Soho Cinders” at Uptown Players in Dallas. … Senior Tiffany Cromwell was hired as a spotlight operator for “Soho Cinders” at Uptown Players, Dallas. She is also working backstage on the following show, “The Boy from Oz.” … Brittany King (’12) was a costume intern on “Soho Cinders” at Uptown Players, Dallas … Jason Villarreal (’09) performed in Dallas Woody’s Turnabout on June 15, raising money and awareness for the Resource Center. He will also teach at the Dallas Children’s Theatre this month.


Student Eager for NATO Role in Turkey

May 20, 2014

While she packs for an upcoming trip to Turkey, senior Elizabeth Oren is keeping an eye on world news reports.

Tensions are high in the Ukraine as Russian forces creep beyond their borders. Tragedy turns to anger as Turkish citizens react to a mine explosion that has left more than 300 dead. Oren watches the drama unfold and wonders how it will impact a new internship with NATO Center of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism (COE DAT) this fall.

“I’m very interested in social and news media,” said Oren, a double-major in French and Russian. “I’m intrigued by the development of international security trends. I’m particularly interested in Russia and Turkey; I’m analyzing the news and seeing how people react through social media.”

In October, Oren will begin a four-month internship with NATO COE DAT in Ankara, Turkey. As an intern, she will use her international studies background to assist in research, and utilize her language skills to support international conferences. (She also has a working knowledge of German and Serbo-Croatian.) Blending her language skills with social media analysis will play a part in her future career, she said.

“I think recent events show how important it is to give equal attention to developing international situations and the social reactions within that country,” Oren said. “It affords insight into foreign political and social change, and, for those of us in the U.S., we can better appreciate the struggles faced by those in the international community.”

Earlier this year, Oren received the inaugural Charles T. McDowell Scholar award from the Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages & Area Studies. The McDowell Center supports students and faculty in their international research and work. Professor Mark Cichock (Political Science), director of the McDowell Center, said Oren has set “a very high bar” for future McDowell Scholars.

“Elizabeth has been an exceptional student in her time at UTA and her academic skills, personal maturity, and sense of purpose were all contributing factors in awarding her the distinction of being a Charles T. McDowell Scholar,” he said. “I really can’t think of anyone who would be a more fitting recipient.”

Oren spent three months in Istanbul last year in an intensive Turkish language class at the Dilmer Language Institute. She will return in June to complete a four-month session, while collaborating on research with Dr. Pete Smith on translating agglutinative languages before moving on to the NATO COE DAT internship. And she is excited to be back.

“I’m enamored with Turkish culture and the country,” Oren said. “It once existed as the massive Ottoman empire, creating a country of great diversity. And that contributes to the art they create, to how they preserve their history … and to the people you meet. You’re treated like a guest by pretty much anyone you meet.”

But the return trip will be bittersweet: Oren will miss the commencement ceremonies when she graduates in December. Still, she’ll be thinking about her classmates from the other side of the globe.

“I can’t imagine a better way to finish my time at UT Arlington than with this internship,” she said. “I’m excited about this incredible adventure, and grateful to Dr. Mark Cichock, the McDowell Center, the Study Abroad Office, and the College of Liberal Arts for supporting such extraordinary opportunities.”


(Story by James Dunning/COLA)

SLIDESHOW: May 2014 COLA Commencement

May 12, 2014

Students Hone Skills in Model Arab League

May 5, 2014

In a conference room in Washington, D.C., voices rise and tensions mount. Delegation members debate global policy, argue procedure and challenge one another on facts. Alliances are formed and destroyed in a single morning as parties work to out-position one another.

Sitting amidst the frenzy is political science and French double-major Hanna Barakat. And she is loving it.

Barakat, who will graduate May 9, and her UT Arlington classmate Ruba Ahmad were part of a Texas State University student delegation to Model Arab League at Georgetown University on March 28-30. The team represented Kuwait in the Arab League Summit simulation. Barakat won outstanding delegate in her forum; Ahmad earned an honorable mention. Their team received a special commendation at the end of the summit.

“It makes learning political science more enjoyable,” said Barakat. “It makes learning worthwhile. You have to learn to express your opinion and learn to defend it. You have 30 seconds to make your point, so you have to be quick on your feet.”

This is the third year the UT Arlington students have participated in Model Arab League. With the help of on-campus groups like the Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages & Area Studies, the women raise enough funds to attend regional conferences in Houston and the national conference in Washington, D.C. The two joined the University of Houston team in 2013, then were added to the Texas State team earlier this year.

Ahmad, a political science major who will also graduate this spring, said the experience opened her eyes to the nuances of international politics.

“Participating in Model Arab League changed my perspective on global politics because instead of just reading or writing about them, I was able to somewhat experience just how they work,” she said. “As a representative of Kuwait, I got a firsthand experience with the role of power in international relations and just how much leverage a thriving economy can give. Specifically pertaining to the Human Rights Council, I was able to learn how different cultural components are often combined with universal humanitarianism in order to best facilitate the protection of human rights for all.

Barakat said her team could research and take notes on the issues set in the conference agendas, but they were not allowed to write resolutions or position papers until the conference began. That required the team to work together, process data quickly and hone their public speaking skills. Barakat said she also enjoyed networking with other college students from across the country as well as meeting industry representatives.

“I have a strong desire to one day teach at a university, supporting programs like Model Arab League and Model NATO,” she said. “I’ve seen the challenges students face and I hope to help.”

Barakat has been accepted by Georgetown’s Middle Eastern Studies graduate program and will begin this fall. Ahmad intends to work as a summer intern at the World Health Organization in Amman, Jordan.

Both students agreed the experience challenged them to consider the cultural and regional impact of international politics and avoid developing “Western solutions for Middle Eastern problems,” Barakat said. Both women are of Middle Eastern decent but have lived in the U.S. their entire lives. At times, this proved challenging, they said.

“I was able to meet and work with some of the most inspiring young minds in politics that are sure to be tomorrow’s leaders,” Ahmad said. “I was also pushed to put aside my personal paradigms and represent the position that I was serving to the best of my abilities, a skill that will undoubtedly allow me to fare better in my future career.”

More than 2,200 students annually participate in the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ Model Arab League program through 15 conferences in 11 cities throughout the United States.


(Story by James Dunning/COLA)




COLA Notes for May 2014

May 5, 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Several students were recently announced as winners of Creative Quarterly 35: Elena Chudoba, Mary Gibson, Ayla Haynes, Brand’ee Milton, Alexander Reyher, Kevin Bradford and Cindy Breslauer. Their work will be included in the Summer 2014 issue of the art journal. … During the 30th annual Main Street Fort Worth Art Festival last month, more than $4 million of world-class art was on display and available for purchase at the University’s booth. Many of the pieces were from the UTA Glass Studio. … Professor Nancy Palmieri will have her work displayed as part of a “Women In Art & Academia” at Baylor University’s Martin Museum of Art, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported. … Academic Advisor Jessica Rose received an honorable mention as a UT Arlington “Outstanding Academic Advisor” last month. … Senior Lecturer Scott Hilton will spend part of his summer at an NEH Scholar Residency at the American Social History Project in New York, N.Y.  … Bongani Mlambo (BFA, ’10) directed Blue October’s most recent music video for “Angels in Everything.” … MFA candidates Jean Fernandes and Morgan Chivers have both been selected as finalists for the Bullseye Gallery’s highly competitive biennial kiln-glass exhibition. The “Emerge 2014” exhibition will run through June 28. … Dozens of art education students participated this semester in a service-learning project at the Evergreen Cultural Arts Center in Fort Worth. Students spent 10 hours volunteering in art education and art therapy. … The UT Arlington Student Film/Video Organization will host the 2014 Underexposed Film Festival at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth on May 7-8. The festival starts at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $5-7 and available at the door.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: The Center hosted its annual recognition reception for students, faculty and community supporters on May 2 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Marnese Elder, director of human resources administration at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems, was the keynote speaker.

COMMUNICATION: Junior Umair Ali, majoring in communication technology, is a best-selling iPhone ringtone maker, NBC 5 KXAS reported on its website. His latest creation, called “Vine Ringtone: Marimba Hip Hop” is currently sitting in the Top 5 on the iTunes Ringtone Chart. That puts him ahead of artists like Beyoncé and Luke Bryan. … At the 2014 acCOLAdes, Associate Professor Tom Christie and Associate Professor and Department Chair Charla Markham Shaw were both recognized for Outstanding Teaching by a tenured faculty member. Lecturer Julian Rodriguez was honored with Outstanding Lecturer and the Dean’s Accolade Award for “inspiring students to create work of exceptional merit beyond the classroom.” … Several faculty and staff members traveled to Las Vegas in April to represent the department at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in April. Associate Professor Thomas Christie served on a panel entitled, “New Connections: Using Your Radio Station to Create Local Content for a Global Audience.” Associate Professor Andrew Clark served as division officer for a panel entitled, “New Connections: Using Your Radio Station to Create Local Content for a Global Audience,” at the BEA Conference. Clark also serves as the Secretary of Radio and Audio Media Division. Associate Professor Tom Ingram served on a panel entitled, “New Connections: Using Your Radio Station to Create Local Content for a Global Audience.” Radio lecturer Lance Liguez served on a panel entitled, “New Connections: Using Your Radio Station to Create Local Content for a Global Audience.” Broadcast lecturer Julian Rodriguez presented a paper entitled, “Unauthorized Immigrant Population of Texas: Technology Adoption and News Media Consumption” and served on a panel, “Student News Aircheck: Espanol.” Department Engineer Joe Carter served as participating technical expert on panel discussions at BEA. … Associate Professor Eronini Megwa has been selected to act as an external evaluator of the Department of Journalism of the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Megwa will begin his duties in August. … Assistant Professor Dustin Harp‘s research article, “Where are the women? The presence of female columnists in opinion pages,” is now available online. The printed edition of the article Harp coauthored will be available in June in the Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. … Associate Professor Tom Christie will travel to Anaheim, Calif., May 15-18 to present a paper entitled, “Gun Control and the Press after the Sandy Hook Killings: The Relationship between Leading National Newspaper Coverage, Public Opinion and Public Policy,” at the American Association for Public Opinion Research’s 69th annual conference. … Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee will travel to Seattle, Wash., May 23-26 to present a paper entitled, “Negotiation of competing discourses by primary caregivers of hospice patients,” at the International Communication Association Annual Conference. … Associate Professor Chyng-Yang Jang will travel to Hong Kong from June 2-7 to present a paper entitled, “Small local business on Facebook: An Initial Survey,” at the Corporate Communication International Conference on Corporate Communication 2014. … Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley will attend the 2014 Academic Summit Conference, “Storytelling @ the Speed of Now,” sponsored by Edelman (Social Media Conference for Academics) at the University of Notre Dame and DePaul University in Chicago on June 25-27. … Specialist Roby McEuen recently served as voice-over talent for the introduction to this year’s ADDY Awards. … Posted on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram website, a Keller Citizen story quoted Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne on the implementation of Facebook as a virtual town hall meeting place for Trophy Club council candidates. … Associate Professor Thomas Christie received an honorable mention as a UT Arlington “Outstanding Academic Advisor” last month. … Assistant Professor Dustin Harp weighed in on a Yahoo! Movies report about a planned, live-action Barbie film and women’s body issues. … Senior Michael Coleman II, president of UT Arlington’s NAACP chapter, was recently selected to serve on the City of Arlington’s NAACP 13-member panel. Coleman was selected this spring as UT Arlington’s Outstanding Student Leader. … Several students were inducted into the Communication Honor Society during an April 25 department awards event. Inductees include: Avery Anderson, Brittany Anderson, Edrea Au, Gemme Campbell, Raegan Cardwell, Alyxandra Crawford, Monica Davis, Emily Ducote, Vallari Gupte, Lacey Hamel, Tracie Hill, Nicole Jackson, Lindsey Juarez, Derek Kaufman, Megan Kostroun, Esther Lepohe, Valeri Maedgen, Anna Mayer, Mark Mcadams, Alethea McDaniel, Travis Mejia, Maritza Moreno, Brianna Nathaniel, Beverly Newburn, Austan Pierce, Daniel Puente, Vanessa Suarez, Stephen Swindle, Karlee Thormer, Travis Welborn, Christopher Wiles, Aisha Willis and Jorge Zamora. … Several journalism students were recently inducted into the UTA chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha: Elissa Joy Ammon, Gemme Campbell, Shunkecia D. Lewis, Michael Magnus and Alethea Charisa McDaniel. … The department’s sequence coordinators honored outstanding seniors in each of the department’s areas of study: Advertising, Taylor Dodds; Broadcasting, Alyx Crawford; Communication Studies, Gemme Campbell; Communication Technology, Daniel Puente; Journalism, Lindsey Juarez; Public Relations, Katelynn McFarlan. This year’s outstanding graduate student is Kadeth Anderson. … At the department’s annual awards meeting, faculty mentors recognized top students in various student organizations. Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley presented the outstanding Public Relations Student Society of America student award to Brandon Demings. Journalism lecturer Kim Jones presented the Society of Professional Journalism award to Cheryl Kutcher. UTA Radio student of the year, presented by Lecturer Lance Liguez, was awarded to Omar Castillon. Julian Rodriguez honored broadcast students, Angelina Armendariz and Laura Romo, with the outstanding UTA News en Español award. … At the department’s annual convocation event April 25, several students were awarded scholarships. Winners include: Rebecca Pepper (Charles Arrendell Scholarship); Roberto Flores, Mickaela Alves, Emily Nelson, and Cristina DeLeon (Donald & Dorothy Bunnell Scholarship); Tiffany Hamm (Jack Butler Award); Ashli Kaczor (Lloyd Clark Scholarship); Tiffany Hamm (Donna Darovich Scholarship); Matthew Hooks and Roxanna Salmeron (Mark Holtz Scholarship); Aubrey Kenney (Karin McCallum Scholarship); Kathryn Cargo (Neva McMurry Reidel Scholarship); Conner Hammett (Murray & Nona Poston Scholarship); Ryan Wagoner (George W. Proctor Scholarship); Kayla Stigall (Sam Lea Scholarship); Jessica Stroud (Douglas Maples Scholarship); Ashli Kaczor (Phillip Lynn Hall Scholarship); and De’Angela Giles (DFWIMA Scholarship). … John Harden (’01) has accepted a position at The Houston Chronicle after two years serving as a reporter at The Denton-Record Chronicle. … Students David Kline and Alexis Garcia will intern at WBAP/KLIF during the summer. Charlie Vann and Jessica Stroud will also join The Jagger Morning Show on 102.1 FM.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Senior Lecturer Rhonda Dobbs and Visiting Assistant Professor Chris Copeland delivered stuffed animals for the Arlington Police Department’s Victim Service annual toy drive. The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Women’s and Gender Studies program collaborated on the drive. … Dozens of North Texas law enforcement and criminal justice members met with UT Arlington during the department’s annual career fair last month. The event was organized and sponsored by Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honors Society.  … Fox News mentioned a study by Assistant Professor Seokjin Jeong about bullying. Jeong’s study says that students attending schools that employ anti-bullying education measures might be more apt to be bullied.

Several students were awarded scholarships during the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice’s annual luncheon April 2. Awardees include (back row, from left) Courtland Alexander, Shardae Spencer, and Zane Nash; and (front row, from left) Dawn Shelton, Branson Grisham and Marcus Lewis. (Photo by James Dunning/COLA)

Several students were awarded scholarships during the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice’s annual luncheon April 2. Awardees include (back row, from left) Courtland Alexander, Shardae Spencer, and Zane Nash; and (front row, from left) Dawn Shelton, Branson Grisham and Marcus Lewis. (Photo by James Dunning/COLA)

DISABILITY STUDIES: Miles Shaffer, Lindsey Anderson and Juan Soto will be the first UT Arlington students to graduate with a minor in disability studies. The students will be feted in a reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in University Hall, Room 108. The Arlington Mayor’s Committee on People with Disabilities will also be onhand to recognize the students.

ENGLISH: Senior Lecturer Peggy Kulesz, director of UT Arlington’s First Year English program, is leading a group of English faculty on an adult learning project for UTA and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA. The team’s first document, “Joint UTA/NASA Investigation into Optimum Training Delivery Methods for Adult Learning,” is due later this month. … Professor Stacy Alaimo discussed her new book project regarding ocean ecologies during DePaul University’s Earth Week events last month, according to eNews Park Forest (Ill.). … Associate Professor Kevin Gustafson will present a paper, “City and Empire in Cleanness,” at the Leeds International Medieval Congress in Leeds, England, July 7-10. … Last month, students in Senior Lecturer Joanna Johnson’s young adult literature class video conferenced via Skype with Hollywood producer Gaylyn Fraiche. Fraiche, a Texas native, was co-producer on “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.” … Two graduate teaching assistants have won a 2014 Patricia and Mike O’Neill award: Doctoral student Rachael Mariboho, for “excellence in teaching,” and master’s candidate Sean Farrell, for “academic excellence.” The award is named for Patricia O’Neill, a former assistant vice president for student affairs at UT Arlington. … Senior Cheryl Kutcher has been accepted to Oklahoma State University’s MFA program in poetry with a full scholarship. … Senior Ben Honea will join the University of Kentucky’s new MFA program this fall. … Shaun Hamill (BA, ‘08) has been accepted to the University of Iowa’s writers workshop. … In conjunction with National Poetry Month, author David Shattuck read selected works at an April 30 event hosted by the department.

HISTORY: Associate Professor and Department Chair Marvin Dulaney and Arielle Bentley, vice president of the UT Arlington Black Student Association, were interviewed in KTVT/CBS 11’s coverage of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library in Austin last month. Both reflected on history and the state of equality today. “We’re still not there yet. Even though we have an African-American president, there are still issues,” Dulaney said. … Dulaney was one of the speakers at an April 25 commemoration of architect William Sidney Pittman, according to a column in The Dallas Morning News. Pittman is known as Texas’ first practicing black architect. … Assistant Professor Oliver Bateman is writing a series of columns for Al-Jazeera America on law and sports. His latest piece focuses on the relationship between universities and revenue generating sports. … Associate Professor Christopher Morris is quoted in a Landscape Architecture magazine article about how words that scientists and policy makers choose can carry with them certain ideas about how ecosystems work. The word disturbance, for example, has affected flood control infrastructure, he said.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Assistant Professor Joey Sabbagh is one of eight invited speakers to present research at a workshop entitled “Prosodic evidence for the structure and constituency of verb-initial languages” at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada on May 8-10. … Doctoral student Lori McLain Pierce has just been awarded a $3,000 external grant from the Jacobs Research Funds, hosted by the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Wash. The grant will support her dissertation fieldwork on the Choctaw language. … Pierce and Assistant Professor Cynthia Kilpatrick have had an article accepted for publication in the summer issue of Foreign Language Annals; the article is entitled “Focused instruction in Spanish syllabification.” … Kilpatrick and Yujeong Choi (Ph.D., ’12) have an article coming out this summer entitled “Hypothesis Testing in Task-Based Interactions” in the journal Applied Language Learning. … Professor David Silva has been voted by national headquarters to be a distinguished member of UT Arlington’s honor society of Phi Kappa Phi for having served the society and the local chapter in an outstanding manner since its founding in 2007. … Professor Colleen Fitzgerald gave two talks last month at the Conference on Language Revitalization: Sleeping and Awakening Languages of the Gulf South at Tulane University in New Orleans. … On May 18-24, Fitzgerald and Mary Linn (University of Oklahoma) are co-directing the 2014 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation. A number of UT Arlington graduate and undergraduate students will be participating as mentors or as the project support team. … Associate Professor and Department Chair Laurel Smith Stvan has received funding from the University of Birmingham to continue research this summer on second language acquisition of the English article system. She will visit the Centre for Advanced Research in English (CARE) in Birmingham, England. … Last month, Stvan won the College of Liberal Arts Graduate Mentor award. In addition she was one of the nine inaugural recipients of Research/Creative Activity Endowment Awards from the College of Liberal Arts. … This year, two research awards were distributed to linguistics students from the Edmonson Endowment grant, an award set up by Professor Emeritus Jerold Edmondson. Winners were Kent Rasmussen, for his project on languages in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Iya Khelm, for her work studying the comprehension of Russianrelative clauses by speakers in Russia. In addition, an alumni grant, established by Robin Lombard, (Ph.D., ’97), was split by two students: Libby Tatz, for work on a dialect of the native American Cree language, and Juyoung Lee for work on phrasal verbs in Korean. … Doctoral student Iya Khelm received the Burquest Award for Excellence in Teaching Linguistics, named for emeritus professor Donald A Burquest. … In April, Adjunct Professor Keith Maurcie, Who is director of UT Arlington’s English Language Institute, led a site review for UCIEP (the University and College Intensive English Program consortium). … Eun Jung Brown, instructor in the ELI, has had another book published in South Korea on practical English for Koreans. … Robert E. Longacre, emeritus professor of Linguistics at UT Arlington, passed away on April 20. Longacre was a pioneer in discourse analysis, scholar of the Triqui language of Mexico, and esteemed scholar at SIL International (formerly, the Summer Institute of Linguistics, Inc.) … The Native American Languages Lab is participating in a workshop this week at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., where attendees can learn to use free dictionary-making software, Native American Times reported. The software can be used to create teaching materials for native language preservation.

MODERN LANGUAGE: Lecturer Klaus Driessen received the President’s Award for Excellence in Distance Education Teaching at last week’s UT Arlington faculty awards event. … The Department of Modern Languages handout several faculty and student awards in its annual awards ceremony April 23. Arabic student awards were given to: Vickie Karam, Polly Deanne Roark, Heather Roney, Anas Muhammad Shahid, Tiffany Jackson, Tazeen Syeda Jafri, Ian Menikos, Stephen David Wilkes, Aidan Daniel Wright, Hind Yousef, Juan Echeverría López and Tarek M. Elmougy. Chinese student awards went to: Karin Fanley, Anh-Viet Nguyen, Munira Alihussein Dalal, Abigail R. Warner, Sabian Barron, Ashlynne Shulammite Macnee, Howard Scott Clemens, Marlene Reeders, Matthew Allen Boone, Lisa B. Pham, Elizabeth S. Lin and Verena J. Scott. French awards were handed out to: Jennifer Cox-Seals, Mikayla Hixon, Isabella Jordan, Steven Long, Jackie Presley, José Enrique Angulo, Casey Boone, Benjamin Chebaa, Patrick Emmons, Miguel Méndez-Paredón, Dionisius Tjahjono, Marcos Arellano, Athena Brindle, Rachel Lewis, Kiayra Spights, Lindsay Ann West, Chelsea Pagan, Breeanne Soteros, Shirlynn Tran, Nicholas Watson, Anna Marie Mayer, Robert Morgan, Elizabeth Oren, Leopold Montgomery, Benoit Thiercelin, Yves Atumisi, Maris Reid, Elin Andersson, Jeanne Djihi Quenum, Maris Reid, Adrienn Illesh, Helen Hulme. Brooke Cunningham-Koss was named “Outstanding Lecturer in French.” German student awards went to: Sara Lueckenhoff, Grant Milliken, Glorya Werner, Meghan Zavitz, Alaina K. Behan, Scott McWilliams, Crittenton Aaron Rivera, Shelby Boone, Megan Kostroun, Andrew Ormerod, Laura Walters, Lillith Erin Ferguson, Rachel Smith, Chase Tremaine, David Justen Woody, Hannah Bradley, Marek Pesicka, Sven Stricker and Timothy Hoang. Korean student awards were given to: Peter Le, Maira Janet Olivares, Cindy Arellano, Ashley Williamson, Mary Thi Nguyen and Alberto Wences. Portuguese students awards were handed to: Kelsey N. Griffith, James Lee Skidmore, Jesús Omar Chávez Zúñiga and Benjamin M. Hernández, Gabriela Hernández-García. Outstanding Student in Portuguese Minor was Mario Sánchez. Russian awards went to: Roger Miller, Abdulilaah Monier, Christina Walther, Cherith Naig, Sarah-Gail Permantier, Amberly Prykhodko, Nonna Shlygina, Michael Feizmohammadi, Bailey N. Williams, Elizabeth Oren and Gennadii Prykhodko. Spanish awards were given to: Jonathan Bates, Sun Cho, Isabella Jordan, Austin Perryman, Mary Roberts, Kevin Strehl, Ryan Trowbridge, Sean Fuller, Chelsea Hanson, Kelsey Hill, Laura Lieser, Yasmin Malik, Sarah Sassaman, Ellorie Wilkins, Jae Hwan Tak, Kayla Jo Long, Brady Reeder, Alyxandra Crawford, Melody May, Clay Newby, Jesús Aragonés, Sandy Piedra, Tania López, Christian Cross, Fernando Ruiz, Edith Díaz, Jefry Lema, Sarah-Gail Permantier, Naomi Carlton, Marjorie Conejo Baldi, María Crawford, Eugenia del Pinal, Rocío Juárez, Pamela Luyo, Cleide Mathews, Verónica Morales, Melissa Muir, Bárbara Naranjo, Christian Nisttahuz, Gustavo Robles, Patricia Sandoval-Malagón, Teresa Reséndiz White, Charles Corrigan, Angela Marie Ward, Billy Grimes, Reid Kisielewski, Blake Lemons, Lía Suárez, Janet Bell, Guillermo Ríos, Ilieana Hernández, Helen Klopfenstine, Omomayowa Olawoyin, Maris Reid, Rachel Gamarra and Verónica Morales. Outstanding Volunteer Service Award (Ford Grant): Marjorie Conejo Baldi, Eugenia del Pinal, Marisol Gómez, Jessica Isch, Nicholas Matthews, Rubén Mauricio, Jr., and Verónica Morales. Tony Litsey Memorial Scholarship Recipients: Jesús Omar Chávez Zúñiga, Eugenia del Pinal, Gloria Martínez Reséndiz, Miguel A. Méndez, Teresa Reséndiz White (Spring 2014); Sarah-Gail Permantier, Jeanette C. Rogers (Summer 2014); and Christian Nisttahuz (Fall 2014). Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies Scholarship Recipients: Courtland D. Alexander, Juan Echeverría López (Arabic); Matthew Allen Boone, Verena J. Scott (Chinese); Lillith Erin Ferguson, Stephanie L. Lowther (German); Kelsey N. Griffith, James Lee Skidmore (Portuguese); and Bailey N. Williams (Russian). Bart Lewis Memorial Scholarship Recipients: Jesús Omar Chávez Zúñiga, Marjorie Conejo Baldi, Rebecca Elaine Goerdel, Robert Tyler Morgan, Shane McQuiston Sloan, Teresa Reséndiz White (Spring 2014); Sarah-Gail Permantier, Maris A. Reid, Jeanette C. Rogers (Summer 2014); Christian Nisttahuz and Amberly R. Prykhodko (Fall 2014). Modern Languages Endowed Scholarship Recipients: Alejandra Méndez Gallegos, Miguel A. Méndez Paredón, Christian Nisttahuz and Pearl Rachel Reyna-Molina (Fall 2014). GTA/Lecturer of the Year Award in Modern Languages: Gillian Walker. … At the department’s annual awards meeting, officers for student group, La Société Francophone, were rcognized: Bao-Ngoc Le (President), Jennifer Menez (Treasurer), Elin Andersson (Promotional Coordinator), Hanna Barakat (Secretary), Andrew Leonardo (Events Coordinator), Christine King (Fundraising Coordinator), and Daisy Castro (International Week Coordinator). Officers for the German Language Society were also announced: Brian Trietsch (President), Giovanni Macias (Treasurer) and Rachel Smith (Event & Food Coordinator). The newest members of Clube de Português are Cárolin Campos Sepúlveda, Courtney Pilgrim and James Lee Skidmore. Officers for the 2014 Russian Culture Society Council are: Adrienn Illesh (President), Bailey N. Williams (Secretary), Nonna Shlygina (Minister of Culture), Zachary Dayton (Minister of Propaganda), Marina Lyashkova (Minister of Propaganda) and Rozalina Akopyan (Treasurer). La Sociedad Hispánica officers: Mayra Gutiérrez (President, Fall 2013), Porfirio López (President, Spring 2014; Vice-President, Fall 2013), Pamela Luyo (Vice-President, Spring 2014), Cecilia Ventura (Treasurer), Nancy Nájera (Secretary), Cárolin Campos Sepúlveda (Web Liaison) and Nubia Colmenares (Web Liaison).

MUSIC: Michelle Blair (MM,’12) was recently awarded a P.E.O. Scholar Award. She is currently pursuing a D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Houston. … The UT Arlington Jazz Combo, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra performed on the main stage at the 30th annual Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival last month. The University was a festival sponsor.

Freshman Dylan Brown, a jazz studies major, plays saxophone during the UT Arlington jazz band’s show at the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival last month. The University was a major sponsor and had a strong presences at the event. View more pictures from UTArlington Magazine online.

Freshman Dylan Brown, a jazz studies major, plays saxophone during the UT Arlington jazz band’s show at the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival last month. The University was a major sponsor and had a strong presences at the event. View more pictures from UTArlington Magazine online.

PHILOSOPHY: An East Dallas art gallery, owned and operated by former student Kevin Jacobs, was featured in an online story.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: The online sports publication Grantland featured Associate Professor Allan Saxe in a post-Final Four story about Arlington and its identity as a sports destination. “Arlington’s always had an identity crisis,” Saxe said. “It has been on the psychiatrist’s couch for 100 years.” … Saxe was also quoted in an Al Dia article about U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, filing a comprehensive immigration bill in Congress within the next several weeks. … Professor Victoria Farrar-Myers was featured in a Watertown Daily Times (New York) story about whether a junior member of Congress can have influence. … The Department of Political Science recently announced several student scholarship winners. The honorees are Mariam El-Rayes (Katsikas Scholar), Olivia Roberts (Dawson Scholar) and Christopher Nguyen (Dawson Scholar). … Professor Tom Marshall was recently awarded faculty development leave for 2014-15. … Associate Professor Brent Sasley contributed to an article on a London School of Economics blog.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Associate Professor Dana Dunn (Sociology) has been named provost of the University of North Carolina Greensboro, the Greensboro News & Record reported. Dunn has served UT Arlington as provost and vice president for academic affairs (2003-2007), as well as special advisor to the president and provost. … Assistant Professor Jason Shelton (Sociology) was interviewed during KXAS/NBC5 coverage of last month’s civil rights summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin. … U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, expects to file a comprehensive immigration bill in Congress within the next several weeks, Al Dia reported. In the article, Associate Professor Christian Zlolniski (Anthropology) said Latino voters and the immigration issue are becoming increasingly important to Republicans. … Professor Ben Agger (Sociology) commented on selfies and viral content in an article for Crisp magazine as well as Polish news website. … Agger also commented on the issue of powdered alcohol in an article from the Christian Science Monitor. … Assistant Professor Ritu Gairola Khanduri (Anthropology) will present a paper on comic books in India titled, “‘Yeh dil maange more’ (This heart asks for more)” at the inaugural Association for Asian Studies (AAS) conference to be held at the National University of Singapore in July. … Graduate student Christopher Shelton (Anthropology) has been awarded a Betty and Roger Ruch Study Abroad Scholarship for archaeological research this summer. He will be working with his advisor, Assistant Professor Naomi Cleghorn on the investigation of a new Late Pleistocene site, Knysna Eastern Heads Cave 1, on the southern coast of South Africa. … Graduate student Lukas Szrot (Sociology) was recently hired as a global intern for the Telos Journal. Szrot presented his paper, “Origins of Life, America Divided: A Sociological Examination of the Creation-Evolution Controversy,” at the annual meeting of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences in Las Vegas, Nev., last month. … Graduating master’s candidate Jaala Robinson (Sociology) has been admitted to the doctoral program in sociology at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she received a graduate assistantship and the Othmer Fellowship. Robinson presented a paper, “Outsourcing Single Parents’ Household Labor,” at the North Central Sociological Association annual meeting in Cincinnati in April. She also presented a paper based on her master’s thesis at the Southwestern Social Science Association meetings in San Antonio last month. … Stephanie Mastromoro (MA, ’13) and Professor Beth Anne Shelton (Sociology) presented a paper, “Gender Cues in Job Ads,” at the Southwestern Social Science Association meetings in San Antonio on April 19.

THEATRE ARTS: Professor Andrew Christopher Gaupp has been invited and confirmed to direct the premiere of the play “Mi Princesa Pefecta” by Marco A. Piña for the New Play Development Workshop (NPDW) of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education in Scottsdale, Ariz., this July. It will be the ninth year that Gaupp has been selected nationally as one of only eight directors for the NPDW. He is also slated to direct the musical “Into the Woods” for UT Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company in the spring of 2015. … Specialist Michelle Harvey designed “Sweeney Todd” for Uptown Players/Turtle Creek Chorale, a show that opened April 24. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer is working at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth on the play, “The Other Place,” and was interviewed by A + C‘s Editor in Chief Nancy Wozny. … Assistant Professor Anne Healy will present at the 9th Annual International Song, Stage and Screen Conference in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, June 24-26. … Healy will present at the 2014 Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference 2014 in Scottsdale, Ariz., July 24-27. At the conference, she will be the assistant director for the SETC/ATHE 2014 Charles M. Getchell New Play Award Development Workshop and Staged Reading. … Junior Bentleigh Nesbit was recently cast in “Shrek the Musical,” a summer production of the Kids Who Care (an iconic Fort Worth Children’s theatre program). … Sophomore Catherine Tran was cast in a UTA Yoga promotional video. The video will be shown at all New Maverick Orientations to encourage students to take advantage of the wellness and yoga programs offered on campus. … Senior Jean Gonzales was hired as the assistant master electrician at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and accepted a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) position at the University of Houston in the Design MFA program. … Senior Jailene Torres is headed to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival as a stitcher. … Senior Raul Luna will be a stitcher at PCPA Theatrefest. … Junior Adrien Vasquez was offered a GTA position at Northern Illinois University Theatre Technology MFA program.



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