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POLS Grad Student Honored by TACHE

February 5, 2015


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

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

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

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



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

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

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


(By James Dunning/COLA Communications,

Little Free Libraries Debut on Campus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(SOURCE: UTA Libraries News Service)

COLA Notes for January 2015

January 13, 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(Compiled and edited by James Dunning/COLA Communications,

SLIDESHOW: Scenes from Fall ’14 Graduation

December 15, 2014

SLIDESHOW: COLA Hoods MA Graduates

December 15, 2014

COLA Notes for December 2014

December 9, 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COLA Dean Steps Down, Returns to Faculty

November 25, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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COLA Notes for November 2014

November 11, 2014

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Echo-Hawk to Address Native American Struggles

October 24, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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.



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