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December 15, 2014

COLA Notes for December 2014

December 9, 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COLA Dean Steps Down, Returns to Faculty

November 25, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

Read the University’s official release at

COLA Notes for November 2014

November 11, 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

For additional information about Echo-Hawk’s upcoming visit, log on to

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)


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