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COLA Notes for May 2015

May 12, 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Associate Professor Darryl Lauster authored an op-ed piece for The Conversation focused on debate spurred by Ohad Meromi’s “Sunbather,” an abstract figuration embellished in bright pink that has been selected for installation in Long Island City. … A story about the Dallas Art Fair noted The Consortium, a collaborative of graduate students and faculty at UT Arlington, Southern Methodist University and University of Texas at Dallas. The group includes Senior Lecturer Stephen Lapthisophon and Lauster. … Associate Professor Bart Weiss was featured in a CW 33 story about Dallas’ 24 Hour Video Race. The event had more than 60 teams from all over North Texas creating 5-minute films from scratch in just one day. … Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film, won the Dallas International Film Festival’s Short Film Competition Special Jury Prize for his short film, “One Hitta Quitta.” An interview by Smith was posted last month on The City of Arlington website, MyArlingtonTX. … Weiss and Smith were included in a panel discussion before a campus screening of “American Sniper,” according to an article in The Shorthorn. … The work of nationally acclaimed artist Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby was featured at the conclusion of Terrell ArtWalk last Saturday in a special reception in the main lobby of American National Bank of Texas, The Terrell Tribune reported. Huckaby’s work has been displayed at art houses and galleries in Dallas, Boston, Chicago, North Carolina, Minneapolis and Fort Worth. … The department hosted a small painting sale April 23 at the Studio Arts Center, featuring student work.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Valene Garr, Dr. Joniqua Howard and Rebecca Garner were panelist at “Minority Health Disparities: Heart Disease and Diabetes,” a community discussion April 14 hosted by the Center. … The Center held it’s annual recognition ceremony May 1 in the Rio Grande Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

COMMUNICATION: The Department of Communication celebrated Spring 2015 with its annual convocation ceremony April 17 in the Mavericks Activity Center Lounge. Dayton Bell, Shelby Cummings, Amanda Gilliam, Brianna Glover, Rebecca Groves, Amanda Haddad, Amanda Kent, Seongho Kim, Katie Krivit, Latresa Mattox, Patricia Mireles, Emily Nelson, Peace Nguyen, Christian Nisttahuz, Rebecca Pepper, Ana Rais, Roxanna Salmeron, Stephanie Scoggins, Alok Shrestha, Jessica Stroud and Umair Ali were inducted into the Communication Honor Society. Amanda Gilliam, Dayton Bell and Makayla Kinney were inducted into the UTA chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha. Sequence coordinators also honored outstanding seniors: Katie Krivit (advertising), Jessica Stroud (broadcast), Grace Fisher (communication studies), Patricia Mireles (communication technology), Raegan Cardwell (journalism) and Maritza Moreno (public relations). This year’s outstanding graduate student is Alexandra Beshkova. Scholarship recipients included Aisha Willis (Charles Arrendell Scholars and Donna Darovich Scholar); Syeda Tazeen Fatima Jafri, Nadajalah Bennett, Maria Cruz, and Robert Malone (Donald & Dorothy Bunnell Scholars); Rafael Sears (Jack Butler Award); Grant McKinley (Lloyd Clark Scholar); Reachelle Spieker and Sean Fuller (Mark Holtz Scholars); Lawanda McKelvy (Karin McCallum Scholar); Kathryn Cargo (Neva McMurry Reidel Scholar and Murray & Nona Poston Scholar); Secret Bridgewater and Amanda Augustine (George W. and Lana B. Proctor Scholar); Jasmine Faronbi (Phillip Lynn Hall Scholar); and De’Angela Giles (DFWIMA Scholar). … Associate Professor and Department Chair Charla Markham Shaw and Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee will present an original research paper, “Safer-Sex Health Information Sources and Messaging: Targeting U.S. Young Adults” at the International Society of Communication Science and Medicine in Italy from June 11-17. … Graphic Specialist Roby McEuen lent his acting talents to MFA student Brendan Feltrup-Exum’s mockumentary The Dialogue Interchange Program. The film was screened in April and was featured in a Shorthorn article. … Senior Lecturer Susan Nead was honored for 25 years of service at the UT Arlington Employee Recognition Ceremonies last month. … The Department of Communication sponsored a table at the April SPJ FW First Amendment Awards. Assistant Professor Dustin Harp, Senior Lecturer Kim Jones and Communication Lecturer Austin Robinson attended. Journalism major Hannah Floyd received a scholarship at the event. … Cliff Reed (’13) is a journalism teacher at Duncanville High. He’s also pursuing a master’s degree at UTA in educational leadership. … Crystal Iacuone (’14) was recently hired as a technical project manager by Distribion, Inc., a Web-based marketing solution provider. … Derek Kaufman (’14) has been hired as Video Editor on Channel 33’s Newsfix. … Former journalism major Britt LaRiviere is the founder of The Speed Gamers, an organization that hosts marathon gaming sessions and raises money for charity. Read more at the group’s website. … After 54 years of teaching, former UT Arlington journalism lecturer David McHam (University of Houston) retired, reported. McHam also taught at Southern Methodist University and Baylor University, and wrote for several newspapers. … The Fayetteville Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Chad Scott (’90) as the new principal of Fayetteville, Ark., High School, reported. … Broadcast students Alexa Stickler, Maria Cruz, and Nancy Salas have been accepted for summer internships with the Children’s Medical Center Red Balloon Network. … Broadcasting senior Arian Hernandez will spend his summer months interning with NBC/Telemundo. … Broadcasting majors Reginald Adetula, Froylan Guerrero, Sam Hales and Hernandez got the opportunity to tour HBO production trucks and a production set-up in the College Park Center. HBO Boxing was producing a live event from campus on April 18. … Students Associate Professor Shelley Wigley’s public relations campaigns class have made it to the finals of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Recruitment Challenge through EdVenture Partners and will represent UTA in Houston on May 15. Students created an on-campus “Petrol Party” where they educated UT Arlington students on the importance of petrochemicals in everyday life and discussed job opportunities in the fuel and petrochemical fields. … Broadcasting students in Lecturer LaDonna Aiken‘s TV Production I class were treated to a tour of Studios 121 in April. The students had hands-on training with equipment at the production facility, and recorded a mock news brief and commercial.

Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith (Communication), right, introduces legendary sportscaster Bob Costas during a Q-and-A session with UT Arlington students on April 13. Costas spoke at the Maverick Speaker Series event in the College Park Center late that night. (Photo by Jason Smith)

Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith (Communication), right, introduces legendary sportscaster Bob Costas during a Q-and-A session with UT Arlington students on April 13. Costas spoke at the Maverick Speaker Series event in the College Park Center late that night. (Photo by Jason Smith)

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Beginning June 1, the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice will welcome a new chair: Professor Kent Ryan Kerley. Kerley hails from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was director of a National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

DISABILITY STUDIES: Graduating seniors Jeremy Schack and Miranda Moore will be feted at a reception at 2 p.m. Friday, May 15, in University Hall, Room 108. The Arlington Mayor’s Committee on People with Disabilities will also attend.

ENGLISH: Professor Stacy Alaimo will present “Science and Aesthetics in William Beebe’s Elusive Seas,” an invited talk, May 18 at Stanford University. She will also present research at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) conference June 23-27 at the University of Idaho. … Professor and Department Chair Bruce Krajewski has been invited to present his research paper, “The Legacy of Cain, Builder of Cities: Crime and Megacity,” at the Utopian Studies Society’s 16th Annual International Conference on July 1-4 in Newcastle, England. … Associate Professor Luanne Frank was honored for 45 years of service at the UT Arlington Employee Recognition Ceremonies last month. … Frank recently saw her article, “Kleist’s Phenomenological Nightmare: ‘St. Cecilia or the Power of Music’ and its Holy Mary Images,” published in Glimpse: Phenomenology and Media. … Edgar Award-winning author Ben Winters (The Last Policeman) visited UT Arlington on April 16 in a special session and book signing for students and faculty.

HISTORY: Focus Daily News reported that Associate Professor and Department Chair Marvin Dulaney discussed the legacy of Judge Louis A. Bedford during the 2015 Royce West Forum and Lecture Series at Prairie View A&M University last month. Bedford was the first African-American judge to serve in Dallas County in 1966. He died last year. … Professor Andrew Milson has been named a 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Teacher (Higher Education) Award from the National Council for Geographic Education. He receive his award at a special ceremony in August. … Associate Professor Stephanie Cole is one of three editors for Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives. A review of the new book published last month in The Dallas Morning News. … Members of Kappa Alpha fraternity held a fundraiser last week for Adjunct Professor Cynthia Clark who was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease last year, The Shorthorn reported. … UTA Libraries Special Collections recently updated its digital collection and now offers hundreds of photos online.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Four linguists won awards at the 2015 acCOLAdes on April 16: majors Kelsey Griffith (Shirlee J. and Taylor Gandy Endowed Scholarship) and Devin Hornick (COLA Scholar); and doctoral students Ji Yea Kim (Dean’s Excellence Scholarship) and Dan Amy (COLA Scholar). … At the departmental awards ceremony on May 1, a number of students were awarded research funding through the endowment set up by Professor Emeritus Jerold A. Edmondson. Winners included doctoral student Darcey Browning, for work on discourse markers Cajun English; MA student Kimberly Johnson for work on characteristics of the Muskogean languages; doctoral student Ji Yea Kim for work on the prosody of Korean; doctoral student Juyoung Lee for work on phrasal verbs in Korean; doctoral student Stephen Self for work on variable telicity in the verbs of Khmer; and doctoral student Ehsan Shafiee Zargar for work on Persian-English code switching. Funding was also awarded via the Linguistics and TESOL Alumni Endowment, established by alumna Dr. Robin Lombard, to doctoral student Ehsan Shafiee Zargar for work on transposed letter priming effects with two types of morphological structures in Persian. The Feigenbaum award for outstanding work in TESOL was given to MA student Carrie Sullivan. Four summer dissertation fellowship winners were announced. These were won by doctoral students JungAe Lee AllmanIya Price, Juyoung Lee and Jessica Rohr. Photos from end of the year ceremony can be found in the department’s Facebook album. … Dr. Joey Sabbagh, newly tenured, will be a keynote speaker at the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association conference May 21-23 at McGill University in Montreal. He will be giving a talk titled: “Prosodic evidence for the derivation of verb initial word order in Tagalog.” Sabbagh also had a paper, “Specificity and objecthood in Tagalog,” accepted to the Journal of Linguistics. … A paper, “Orthographic and phonological form interference during silent reading,” co-written by doctoral student Iya Price, Assistant Professor Naoko Witzel and Assistant Professor Jeffrey Witzel was also recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. … Assistant Professor Cynthia Kilpatrick and doctoral students Lori Pierce and Jessica Rohr received SLOAN Consortium scholarships to enroll in the OLC’s Online Teaching Certificate training this summer, sponsored by the Center for Distance Education. … Doctoral student Samantah Cornelius received a $3,000 Jacobs Research Funds Grant from the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Wash., who provide grants for anthropological and linguistic research working with Native American peoples. She has also received $3,500 in support from the Philips Fund Grant for Native American Research through the American Philosophical Society. … Graduating Linguistics major Nick Matthews has accepted a position as assistant project manager at the Teneo Linguistics Company, a translation company located in Fort Worth. … Graduating senior Jessica Nordon has set up a GoFundMe page to fund a trip in which she will volunteer in an orphanage in Nepal after graduation, according to an article in The Shorthorn. … Patricia Whitlock (BA Linguistics, ’14) was accepted to the MA program in computational linguistics at Brandeis University. … Mohamed Mwamzandi (PhD in Linguistics, ’14) has taken a position as a Lecturer in the Department of African, African American & Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

MODERN LANGUAGE: Associate Professor Pete Smith (German), vice provost for digital teaching and learning, was honored for 25 years of service at the UT Arlington Employee Recognition Ceremonies last month.

MUSIC: Professor and Department Chair Rick Bogard was honored for 25 years of service at the UT Arlington Employee Recognition Ceremonies last month. … noted a lecture by cellist and Professor John Burton given during the 2015 American String Teachers Association Conference last month. He explained how the physics of sound relates to good tone. “When you are playing the violin, viola, cello or bass, you’re playing a complex standing wave,” Burton said. “We have the ability to be very discriminant, when it comes to intonation.” … The UT Arlington Jazz Combo, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra performed last month at the annual Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival in downtown Fort Worth.

PHILOSOPHY: Associate Professor Keith Burgess-Jackson was honored for 25 years of service at the UT Arlington Employee Recognition Ceremonies last month. … The department hosted a talk by Robyn Repko Waller (University of Alabama) about free will and blame April 17 in College Hall. … The University Classics Club and the department hosted Richard Bett (Johns Hopkins University) in an “Adventures in Antiquity” series lecture April 24.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor Allan Saxe was honored for 50 years of service at the UT Arlington Employee Recognition Ceremonies last month. Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow relied Saxe’s teaching experience for a recent column about the future of the United States. … Saxe moderated an Arlington mayoral candidate debate last month at the Maverick Activities Center, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Incumbent Robert Cluck debated challenger Jeff Williams at the event. Williams won the May 8 election. … Professor Joseph Ignagni was honored for 25 years of service at the UT Arlington Employee Recognition Ceremonies last month. … Professor José Ángel Gutiérrez spoke May 1 at the Tejano Civil Rights Museum during a Chicano Symposium, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported. Gutiérrez co-founded La Raza and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. … New bills could impose strict rules on manufacture and sale of electronic nicotine delivery devices, Al Jazeera America reported. Professor Thomas Marshall, who is writing a book about policy, public opinion and smoking, said there are many unanswered questions about e-cigarettes and the liquids in them. … Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would be looking at a deep bench to choose from for a running mate, the Raycom News Network and dozens of its media affiliates reported. For Democrat voters who would favor a woman on the ticket, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, is a political veteran who could withstand national scrutiny, said Associate Professor and Department Chair Rebecca Deen. … Assistant Professor Daniel Sledge said legalization of marijuana in Texas will take some time, according to an article in The Shorthorn. … Author James L. Haley (’75) discussed the history of Hawaii at a Friends of the UTA Library meeting April 17 in the Central Library.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: The Department of Sociology & Anthropology held its annual awards banquet May 6 in the University Club. Some of the student scholarship winners were: KeAmber Green (Blaine T. and Jean W. Williams Endowed Scholarship in Sociology); Christina Carney (Junior Woman’s Club of Fort Worth Endowed Scholarship); Shawn Dunlap and Rosa Hayes (Suzanne & Paul Baldon and Linda Gregg & Matthew Craig Award in Anthropology); and Anne Base, Jamaica Kennedy, James Reinoehl, Reynaldo Rangel and Erin Taylor (ASA Student Department Prize ). Graduating students, honor roll nominees and inductees for Lambda Alpha and Alpha Kappa Delta were also honored. … Associate Professor Karl Petruso (Anthropology), dean of the Honors College, was honored for 25 years of service at the UT Arlington Employee Recognition Ceremonies last month.… A Washington Post WorldViews blog remembering famed Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman mentioned Associate Professor Ritu Khanduri, who discussed Laxman’s work and importance with PRI’s The World in January. … Professor Ben Agger contributed a chapter, “Oversharing: The Eclipse of Privacy in the Internet Age,” to a recently published book, International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition (Elsevier). … Agger, director of the Center for Theory, wrote an opinion piece for warning that as universities are forced to become more business-like, they should be wary about adopting a business model of all things. … Associate Professor Christian Zlolniski (Anthropology), along with co-authors Laura Velasco and Marie Laure Coubes of Mexico, recently published a new book, De Jornaleros a Colonos: Residencia, Trabajo e Identidad en el Valle de San Quintin (Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Mexico). The book examines the growth of an agro-export enclave in Northern Mexico and a new labor movement that impacted indigenous farmers.

THEATRE ARTS: UTA FabLab and Maverick Theatre Company recent joined forces to create a video about costume construction. The video features Theatre Arts major Alexandria Fazzari. … Assistant Professor Anne Healy will be working with the award-winning regional theatre “Goodspeed Musicals” in Connecticut this summer, assisting and observing three-time Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes). Her paper, “An Unlikely Star: Bert Williams,” was accepted for presentation at the Song Stage & Screen conference held at Regent’s University in London in June. … In late July, Healy will travel to Montreal, Canada, to direct a staged reading of “The Second Girl” by award-winning playwright Ronan Noone as a part of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education’s International Conference and New Play Development initiative. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer received a faculty research award from the College of Liberal Arts for the acquisition and use of “Pepper, an emotional robot” during a Fall 2015 course, “Humans and Robots: The Future is Here.” Greer also attended UT Arlington Research Institute (UTARI) special showcase to celebrate the National Robotics Week on April 8. … Scenic Designer Michelle Harvey created scenic design for “Britten, Beatles, and Bond” for the Turtle Creek Chorale at the Dallas City Performance Hall which opened April 23. Theatre Arts majors Omar Gonzalez and Ethan Bomyea and alumnus Raul Luna worked with Harvey on the project. … Adjunct instructor Danielle Georgiou, director of UTA Dance Ensemble, was interviewed on the Theatre Jones website. Georgiou looks at the effect the narcissism of a reality show like “Dance Moms” has on dance education and training. … Theatre Arts major George Meek has accepted a summer carpentry position with the Pacific Conservatory Theatre. Theatre Arts major Hailey Eakle will also work there in the costume department. Austin Brown is completing a season-long apprenticeship with the group as an assistant lighting director. … Two Theatre Arts students will travel and work at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival this summer. Jailene Torres will work as a stitcher and Jorge Lanuza will be a master carpenter. … Student Tiffany Cromwell will be working as the assistant stage manager this summer with Uptown Players. … Theatre Arts major Gatlin Douglas was elected to the USITT Southwest regional board of directors as a student-at-large member. He will be headed to the Santa Fe Opera this summer to work as a stage crew apprentice. … Freshman Vanessa Chavez, a UTA Dance Ensemble company member, won first place April 1 in Mavs Got Talent. … Taylor Adams has accepted a run crew position at PCPA (Pacific Coast Rep). … G. Dean McBride was accepted into the MFA program in arts administration at Texas Tech University.

WOMEN’S STUDIES: On July 25, the Women’s and Gender Studies program will host an all-day STEM workshop for high school girls. This year’s workshop is co-sponsored by Women in Transportation and will center on civil engineering. The keynote speaker is Janeen Uzzell, Global Director of Operations with the General Electric Global Research External Affairs and Technology Programs. The workshop is sponsored by BNSF Railway, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Transportation YOU and the Melting Pot.


Q&A: POLS’ Gutierrez Ready for ‘What’s Next’

May 6, 2015


This May, Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez (Political Science) will retire after 22 years at UT Arlington. A Chicano activist and community organizer during the Chicano Movement of the 1960s, Gutierrez has organized several state and national groups over the past six decades and has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience into the classroom. Communications Coordinator James Dunning sat down with Gutierrez to discover how much has changed since those early days, and how much is still left undone.

Q: You came to UT Arlington from UT Dallas in 1992. How much have the students changed over the past several decades?

A: The diversity in the classroom has changed a great deal. There’s a huge number of females in the classroom now. They were a minority group when I started. There’s also a large number of international students, which can be challenging, but they study a lot. Sometimes their performance makes the domestic students appear smug, like they don’t have to study. But I like to push the envelope and challenge my students, to push them to greater levels of thinking and concept-building. There is also a lot more racial diversity at UTA these days; more Asian students, more Hispanic students, more black students. I try to cater to them as well and change my orientation to lessons on women, on blacks, on Mexicans in every class I teach.

Q: What was your approach to teaching?

A: I try to make the class exciting for my students. I have a simple philosophy: I don’t think students can’t learn; I think teachers can’t teach. So I work at it, to maintain their attention for 50 minutes or 90 minutes. I’ll do just about anything to keep that attention and help them follow what I’m presenting. Back then, lessons were mostly verbal with some handouts. Now, it’s all PowerPoints and less arguments and discussion. The technology has changed how we present the information. But my approach has been basically the same: keep them engaged through the stories we share.

Whenever we talk about the Chicano civil rights movement and the leaders, I’ll say, “well, I was there, I was involved.” I went to those meetings with black leaders before (Dr. Martin Luther) King was killed. So I can talk with my students about my firsthand knowledge of the issues among those groups. The storytelling can be a very useful learning tool.

Q: You were born in 1944 and lived much of your childhood in Crystal City, Texas, southwest of San Antonio. What was life like during that time?

A: Growing up there was terrible until I realized I could do something about it. I took over the school board, the city council, and the county, created a political party and changed South Texas. The civil rights movement I was involved in was the desegregation of schools in Crystal City. It was Mexican and white. Brown and white, not black and white. I wasn’t able to go to a local college. I had to go to Kingsville, the only four-year school reachable geographically, money-wise, etc. So there were those battles, as well as the battle for political power. I was a part of all that when I first graduated high school and started at community college. When I came back seven years later, I replicated that movement and got involved in all aspects down there.

Q: Bridging an educational gap is part of what prompted you to begin the “Tejano Voices” series in 1996. How did you approach that work and research?

A: I think my main contribution to UTA is a large collection of oral history interviews in the library. There are about 225 interviews, mostly Mexican Americans, a handful of Anglos and about 15 African-Americans. These were public figures in political science. I wanted to know about their paths to power. We talked about their biography, their early childhood and education, their best moments and worst moments. In most of those, I tried to do some quantitative work by looking at the most effective leader, most effective issue, and such. Some of the interviews have been used to make books, and I used several for one book, Chicanas in Charge: Texas Women in the Public Arena (Rowman Altamira, 2007). Oxford Press is interested in a sequel on men and leadership, but I don’t know if I’ll get to it right away.

Educating my students and showcasing the contributions of Mexican Americans is part of the reason I wanted to get all those interviews. But the tragedy is they’re all on VHS tapes and the library hasn’t digitized them yet. So most students don’t know they’re there. They can look at the transcripts and hear the recordings, but they miss the visual that comes with listening to the audio and seeing the personalities come across the screen.

Q: Was elevating that group a central reason for organizing the Center for Mexican American Studies in 1994?

A: We wanted students to be able to study the history and heritage and contribution of people of Mexican ancestry. We can’t continue to vilify them as they do in the textbooks. Every kid sees a paragraph on the Alamo, and if you’re Mexican, you say, “I don’t want to be associated with them.” It makes them feel bad and leaves them defenseless. I think we deserve more than a paragraph and need a more balanced, nuanced perspective. That’s why I did the oral histories — to show the world what contributions have been made.

Q: In addition to teaching, you have a law degree and have spent time as a county judge and an executive in various state agencies. What will you do in retirement?

A: I’m not sure. I’m thinking about returning to lawyering and working with my law office. I may work on another book. I’m retiring from teaching but I don’t know what’s next.





COLA Faculty Honored for Creative Work

April 24, 2015

Faculty from across the University of Texas at Arlington was feted April 21 in the 2014 Faculty Creative Works in the Sixth Floor Parlor of the Central Library.

Hundreds of faculty members were honored for their research, performance and artistic contributions in 2014.

Below is a list of all College of Liberal Arts contributions. More information on faculty from other colleges at UT Arlington is available at the event’s website.


  • Amanda Alexander
  • Sedrick Huckaby
  • Benito Huerta
  • Darryl J. Lauster
  • Leighton McWilliams
  • Salvatore Terrasi
  • Mary Vaccaro


  • Karishma Chatterjee
  • Thomas Bryan Christie
  • Dustin M. Harp
  • Chyng-Yang Jang
  • Charla Markham Shaw
  • Erika J. Pribanic-Smith
  • Mark W. Tremayne
  • Shelley L. Wigley


  • Jaya B. Davis


  • Stacy Alaimo
  • Luanne T. Frank
  • Penelope Ingram
  • Ashley M. Miller
  • Timothy Richardson
  • Kenneth M. Roemer
  • James E. Warren
  • Yuejiao Zhang


  • Thomas Adam
  • Patryk Babiracki
  • Kathryne E. Beebe
  • Stephanie Cole
  • Marvin Dulaney
  • Robert B. Fairbanks
  • John D. Garrigus
  • Donald G. Kyle
  • Andrew J. Milson
  • Kenyon W. Zimmer


  • Colleen M. Fitzgerald
  • Cynthia Kilpatrick
  • Laurel S. Stvan
  • Naoko O. Witzel
  • Jeffrey D. Witzel
  • Suwon Yoon


  • Jinny K. Choi
  • Christopher B. Conway
  • Aimée Israel-Pelletier
  • Marko J. Miletich
  • Alicia R. Rueda-Acedo
  • Ignacio Ruiz-Perez
  • Antoinette Sol
  • Sonja S. Watson


  • Sean E. Atkinson
  • Daniel M. Cavanagh
  • George Chave
  • Clifton J. Evans
  • Christopher Pool
  • Jennifer M. Ronyak
  • Jack Unzicker
  • Martha Walvoord


  • Keith Burgess-Jackson
  • Charles Nussbaum


  • Rebecca Deen
  • Susan Hekman
  • Joseph A. Ignagni
  • Thomas R. Marshall
  • Brent E. Sasley


  • Krystal Beamon
  • Heather E. Jacobson
  • Ritu Khanduri
  • Beth Shelton
  • Amy Speier


  • Joe Chapa
  • Andrew C. Gaupp
  • Ann H. Healy
  • Dennis M. Maher


  • Beth Wright
  • Leslie Riding-In

COLA Notes for April 2015

April 7, 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Lecturer Patricia Newton was quoted in a Palm Beach Post story about female characters’ likability. … The Dallas Morning News reported on “Subject: Disability,” a new exhibition that ran Feb. 28-April 4 at the Gallery at UTA. … Associate Professor Bart Weiss, artistic director of Dallas VideoFest, talked to KERA 90.1 FM about the contributions to the world of film that were made by Albert Maysles. He died last month at the age of 88. … Professor Nicholas Wood has opened an exhibit, “Recent Works: Drawings/Sculptural Objects,” at William Campbell Contemporary Art in Fort Worth, Visual Art Source reported. The exhibit runs through April 25. … Senior lecturer Stephen Lapthisophon and his work were recently featured on the UTArlington Magazine website. … The Fort Worth Star-Telegram noted the Department of Art and Art History annual glass art sale, held March 28 at the UTA Studio Arts Center. Television station CBS 11 also did a report. … Five of the department’s advisors were nominated for the 2014-2015 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award: Jessica Betancourt, Mathew Clark, Christine Pierce, Jessica Rose and Nick Wood. … Work from Art majors Cosme Olivas, Kim Inthirath, Karen Nguyen, Susan Nguyen, Samantha Garcia, Patty Gonzalez and Danyel Harris advanced in the recent 2015 Dallas Society of Visual Communication Student Competition. … Several Art students won awards at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Fort Worth chapter competition. They included Susan Nguyen, Andrea Norcross, Karolina Bebak, Ginnie Hsu, Jesse Estanes, Candice Anglin, Jane Lam, Stacy Weber and Brianne Wilsford. … MFA Candidate Shuhong Wang won a Gold Prize at a recent Society of Korea Illusart (Soki) event. … The Student Gallery Organization presents “Recent Works: Advanced Clay & Moldmaking” April 6-10 at Gallery West inside the Studio Arts Center, 810 N. Davis St. A reception is slated for 4:30 p.m. today, April 8.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: UT Arlington senior Emmanuel Fordjour (Biology and Microbiology) earned top honors recently at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Washington, D.C. Fordjour is one of the Center for African American Studies’ Emerging Leaders.

CENTER FOR MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: A Dallas Morning News article about efforts to bring attention to the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico noted a forum that was hosted by the Center for Mexican American Studies last month. … A recent UT Arlington forum explored immigration and social justice, Hoy Dallas reported. The forum centered on Dreamers, the young people who were brought by their parents in childhood to the United States without documents. The Center for Mexican American Studies helped organize the event.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: The National Science Foundation’s SouthWest I-Corps Node at the University of Texas at Austin, in conjunction with the University of Texas System, is accepting applications until April 15 from undergraduate students interested in the inaugural Student Entrepreneurship Fellowship. … Executive Assistant to the Dean Cindy Wilder-Graves this week received her 30-year pin from the University.

COMMUNICATION: Communication faculty members Andrew Clark, Dustin Harp and Mark Tremayne hosted a delegation of Russian journalists March 20. Sponsored by the U.S. State Department, the group visited UT Arlington to learn how journalists are being trained in the U.S. … Associate Professor Shelley Wigley has been appointed to a new UTA Presidential task force on “Campus Climate for Women.” The task force was organized as part of the university’s strategic plan and to enhance the climate of women on campus. … Assistant Professor Dustin Harp’s research paper, “The Gendering of Spectacle: Politics, Pink Shoes and the Texas ‘Fillybuster,’” has been accepted for presentation at the International Communication Association’s annual conference in Puerto Rico May 2015. … Harp and Senior Lecturer Kim Pewit Jones will attend Teachapalooza in June, a three-day workshop hosted by the Poynter Institute. … Advertising and Public Relations Senior De’Angela Giles was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from DFW interactive Marketing at FIG: Fashion Industry Gallery in Dallas on March 19. … Assistant Professor Sabrina Habib‘s article, “Teaching Approaches in Advertising: Creativity and Technology,” will be published in the Journal of Advertising Education in May. … Habib and Advertising Specialist Jeff Williams presented at the American Academy of Advertising last month in Chicago. The presentation was titled: “Storyscaping: Creating Immersive Worlds.” … Williams, Habib and Lecturer Brian Horton recently completed work on an interdisciplinary project with the UTA Department of Chemistry to develop the marketing communications for a new collaborative laboratory that investigates anthropogenic processes that affect the environment. The team worked together to create a website, social media presence, content marketing and strategic communication mechanisms. … Broadcast Lecturer Lance Liguez was selected as a National Association of Television Program Executives Faculty Development Grant winner for Summer 2015. Winners also receive complimentary registration for NATPE 2016 in Miami Beach in January 2016. NATPE provides members with education, networking, professional enhancement and technological guidance through year-round activities, directories and events. … Several faculty and staff members will attend the Broadcast Educators Association Conference in Las Vegas April 11-15. Associate Professor Tom Ingram will participate on a panel, “Partnering with the Industry: Funding Contingent Sharing and Employment Opportunities.” Associate Professor Thomas Christie will participate as a panel member for “It’s the Medium and the Message: The Digital Evolution of International Broadcasting in Revolutionary Times.” Associate Professor Andrew Clark, Vice Chair of Radio and Audio Media Division and Paper Chair, will serve as presenter of a panel “It’s the Medium and the Message: The Digital Evolution of International Broadcasting in Revolutionary Times.” Clark will also serve as moderator for a second panel. Liguez, Lecturer Julian Rodriguez and Technical Operations Manager Joe Carter will also serve as panelists. … Lecturer Carie Kapellusch recently attended the Gulf South Summit Conference for Service Learning in Little Rock, Ark. … The Shorthorn, UT Arlington’s student newspaper, took home second place as best college student newspaper in Texas in the Associated Press Managing Editors competition, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and many other websites reported. … Two Communication students won ACES awards March 25: Lawanda McKelvy won the Dean’s Award for oral presentations and Nadajalah Bennett won the President’s Award. … Advertising and Public Relations senior Erika Long was selected as a finalist for the UT System Board of Regents student regent position. … Communication student Seehum Isa was among those selected to speak at TEDxUTA on March 28. Isa’s presentation, “Finding Faith When You’re Born Into Two Religions,” detailed her experience growing up in a Muslim/Catholic household. … Broadcast major Shayda Nazifpour recently won an internship at WFAA in Dallas. … Broadcast major Cameron Matthew Ray recently released his first EP. While at UTA, Ray served as music director for UTA Radio and interned at Kirtland Records in Dallas. … Alanna Quillen (’11) has a new job as anchor/reporter at KTBS Channel 3 in Texarkana. … Vidisha Bhopatkar (MA, ’12) was recently promoted to Marketing and Communications Officer position at L&T Infotech in Mumbai, India. … Kristy Phillips (’12) has been accepted into the educational leadership program at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. … UTA Radio staff members Amanda Kent and Sam Hale will join The Ticket (KTCK 1310/96.7) morning show April 13 in an Ask The Experts segment at 6:20 a.m. … UTA Public Relations Student Society of America students attended the PRSA Dallas Pro-Am Day March 27.

UTA Radio’s Same Hale (right) interviews former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros during his recent visit to UT Arlington. (Photo contributed)

UTA Radio’s Same Hale (right) interviews former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros during his recent visit to UT Arlington. (Photo contributed)

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Greg Conley (MA, ’96), a longtime assistant chief in Garland, has been tapped to lead the McKinney Police Department, The Dallas Morning News reported. … The UTA chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, a national criminal justice honor society, hosted its annual career fair April 1 in the University Center. … The Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice held its annual scholarship awards luncheon April 8 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Student winners include: Destiny Adamas (Dr. James Stevens Memorial Scholarship); Paul Guillotte and Jung Kim (Corporal Joey Cushman Endowed Scholarship); and Llynea Sherwin and Nicholas Shawn (Gary D. Harl Memorial Scholarship).

DISABILITY STUDIES: Disability Studies Minor co-sponsored the March 17 screening of the award-winning documentary, “FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement.” Additional sponsors included Women’s and Gender Studies and the Office for Students with Disabilities.

ENGLISH: Peggy Kulesz, director of First Year Writing, Jo Ward, coordinator of Developmental English, and Lecturer Sarah Visser presented last month at the 2015 Conference of College Teachers of English in Houston. They participated in a panel discussion entitled, “Approaches for Accelerated Learning in Developmental English and Beyond.” Ward’s paper, “Supporting Accelerated Learning in the Traditional Integrated Reading and Writing Classroom,” won an award for outstanding presentation in rhetoric/composition pedagogy. … Professor and Department Chair Bruce Krajewski has been invited to present his research paper, “The Comedy of Theory, the Tragedy of Practice: Hans Blumenberg and the Question of the Last Laugh,” May 8-9 at the 2015 Weissbourd Conference at the University of Chicago. … Professor Stacy Alaimo presented “Anthropocene Dissolves,” an invited talk, March 20 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In February, she participated in a webinar for the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and the Environment. In January, Alaimo was a guest speaker at the University of California-Los Angeles and the chair and organizer of the literature and science division panel for the Modern Language Association’s meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. … Professor Timothy Morris recently published a chapter “Magnane as Translator” in Georges Magnane: La plume et le sport by Thomas Bauer. … Associate Professor Kevin Gustafson has been awarded a short-term residential fellowship at the Huntington Library in San Marcos, Calif., this summer to work on his critical review of Richard Rolle’s English Psalter. … Associate Professor Jackie Stodnick will offer an invited talk, “Eating Dirt, Eating History: English Soil in Anglo-Saxon Hagiography,” May 13 at the University of Seville in Spain. … Associate Professor Luanne Frank presented a paper, “Heidegger’s ‘Beginnings’: Something has Changed,” last month at the 17th International Conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media at National University in Del Mar, Calif.

… The New Haven, Conn., Register noted UT Arlington in its story about a newly discovered Jupiter Hammon poem. Hammon was a slave, pastor and essayist considered one of the founders of African American literature. In 2013, doctoral candidate Julie McCown uncovered an original Hammon poem at Yale University.

HISTORY: The Fox Business Network interviewed Professor Sam Haynes, director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, for its program, “Strange Inheritance.” The episode focused on a De Cordova 1849 map of Texas that was inherited by an Alabama family, and the history relating to the Mexican-American War. “Although the war is very little known among Americans, it’s actually the most important war fought between two neighbors in the western hemisphere,” Haynes said. The program also included video of one of just a few other De Cordova maps held in the UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections. … The Huffington Post and NBC feature photos and an essay about a Cuban boxer by Assistant Professor David LaFevor. … Wiley Blackwell recently published a second edition of Professor Donald G. Kyle’s book, Sport & Spectacle in the Ancient World. First published in 2007, Sport & Spectacle won the 2008 Book Award of the North American Society for Sport History. … Department faculty members who have published books in the past year were honored at a special reception March 27 in the University Club. … Emir Caner (Ph.D., ’99) is president of Truett-McConnell College, a four-year Baptist college in Cleveland, Ga.

The Department of History honored last month faculty members or graduate students who published a book or manuscript in the past year. Picture, from left, are Jerry Rodnitzky, Dave Watry, David Narrett, Kenyon Zimmer, Stephanie Cole, Robert Fairbanks, Katy Beebe, Donald Kyle, Pawel Goral and Douglas Richmond. (Photo contributed)

The Department of History honored last month faculty members or graduate students who published a book or manuscript in the past year. Picture, from left, are Jerry Rodnitzky, Dave Watry, David Narrett, Kenyon Zimmer, Stephanie Cole, Robert Fairbanks, Katy Beebe, Donald Kyle, Pawel Goral and Douglas Richmond. (Photo contributed)

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Twelve students participated in ACES on March 25 including three award winners: Linguistics major Jayr Logan won the Provost’s Award for the morning oral presentations, and Linguistics major Jessica Nordon won Honorable Mention for the morning session. Doctoral student Kent Rasmussen won the Dean’s award for the morning session of oral presentations. … Rasmussen presented a paper March 28 at the 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics held at the University of Oregon in Portland, presenting on a language spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo. … Professor Colleen Fitzgerald spoke March 18 at the Library’s Focus on Faculty speaker series on Native American language revitalization. … recently named the Department of Linguistics & TESOL’s English as a Second Language program among the top five in Texas. … Doctoral student Ji Yea Kim will be presenting a paper at the 7th Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (ILLS7) held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign April 17-18. … Keith Maurice (Director of the English Language Institute) is conducting a site review for the University and College Intensive English Programs consortium in New York in April. … Nikki Adams (University of Maryland-College Park) will be a department colloquium speaker Thursday, April 9, talking on “Negation and Force in Zulu.” … Masaya Yoshida (Northwestern University) will be a department colloquium speaker April 17, talking on “The Online Long-Distance Dependency Formation and Local Ambiguity Resolution.” … Tracy Rundstrom Williams (Ph.D. in Linguistics, ’07) created an iPhone app, Change Your LENS, an educational program that provides “a step-by-step process to examine the way you view the world, recognize cultural differences and adapt your style for more effect intercultural interactions.”

Doctoral candidate Dan Amy (Linguistcs & TESOL), right, talks with a group during the 22nd annual UTA Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL conference held Feb. 19-20. Scholars from across the globe attended the event. (Photo by Les Riding-In/COLA)

Doctoral candidate Dan Amy (Linguistcs & TESOL), right, talks with a group during the 22nd annual UTA Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL conference held Feb. 19-20. Scholars from across the globe attended the event. (Photo by Les Riding-In/COLA)

MILITARY SCIENCE: The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the U.S. Army, UT Arlington and the Maverick Battalion ROTC have teamed up to promote and strengthen local academic curriculum in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics area, El Hispano News reported. The group of organizations sponsored Latinos on the Fast Track, a seminar for more than 200 Hispanic students. … Veterans Fred Campos, Orlando Reyes and Kevin Smith were inducted into the UTA Military Science Hall of Honor last month, The Shorthorn reported.

MODERN LANGUAGE: Associate Professor and Department Chair Chris Conway was the featured speaker in the Focus on the Faculty event April 1 in the Central Library. … A CultureMap Dallas article about author Sergio Pitol noted that Associate Professor Ignacio Ruiz-Perez studied under and worked closely with Pitol in Xalapa at the University of Veracruz. Pitol, 82, is considered one of the most prominent and influential authors in the entire Spanish-language world. … Associate Professor Alicia Rueda-Acedo published two articles, “El estudio del periodismo poniatowskiano desde los Estados Unidos” in Ventana Abierta and “El eros y sus representaciones: del modernismo al posmodernismo” in Verba Hispánica. … Assistant Professor Amy Austin gave an invited talk, “Reading Translatio Studii from Ramon Llull’s Llibre del gentil (1274-1276),” recently at the University of Colorado. … Spanish major Jayr Logan won the Provost Award for his Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) presentation last month. He explained the reasons why Catalonia has historically pursued for independence from Spain. Spanish major Jessica Nordon won an Honorable Mention for her ACES presentation on human trafficking. UT Arlington student Robert Phillips won the Graduate Dean’s Award for his presentation on the visual depiction of the converted Jew in Alfonso X’s 13th-century work Las cantigas de Santa María. Ruiz-Pérez served as faculty mentor to Logan and Nordon; Austin mentored Phillips. … An article by Assistant Professor Marko Miletich, “Women Interpreting Masculinity: Two English Translations of Don Segundo Sombra,” was recently published in Perspectives: Studies in Translatology. … Senior Lecturer Sok Ju Kim’s article, “Negative polarity items (NPIs) in Heritage Korean: Language maintenance and transfer” will appear in June 2015 issue of The Korean Language in America. … Senior Lecturer Tatiana Baeva was recently named Director of International Operations of Allies in Youth Development (AiYD), a nonprofit helping orphans in Russia. … Senior Lecturer Sabine Harvey, Coordinator for German Studies, has been selected as an official tester for the Goethe Institute. She will train June 5-7 in Atlanta. … German students are slated to participate in “Deutscher Samstag” April 11 at the University of North Texas. “Deutscher Samstag” is a German Immersion Day for high school students. UT Arlington students will host two interactive sessions and lead group discussions. … A UT Arlington student group, the Korean Culture Association, hosted Korean Lunar New Year Festival, in celebration of Korean New Year, Seollal (Feb. 8), one of the biggest Korean traditional holidays. … La Société Francophone (French Club) will be participating in International Week events such as the Food Fair on April 7 and the Fashion Show on April 8.

MUSIC: Assistant Professor David Grogan joined Fort Worth’s Wyeth String Quartet in a Cliburn Foundation concert entirely dedicated to chamber music, D Magazine reported. The concert was at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth last month.

PHILOSOPHY: The UTA Homerathon — an oral recitation of Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey — will take place on today, Wednesday, April 8, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on the University Center Mall. … Visiting Assistant Professor Charles Hermes lectured on “Free Will and the Laws of Nature” on March 27 in College Hall. … Richard Bett (Johns Hopkins University) will be the featured speaker for the “Adventures in Antiquity” symposium at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, in the Fine Arts Building, Room 2102A. Bett is an international authority on ancient Greek philosophy and has published translations with commentary of several works by Sextus Empiricus. … Montana State University President Waded Cruzado (M.A. Spanish, ’84, & Ph.D. Humanities, ’90) was mentioned in a UTArlington Magazine article about UTA alumni who hold top posts and colleges and universities nationwide.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor Brent Sasley addressed the recent Israeli elections in an article for Foreign Affairs. Sasley also appeared on local radio station KRLD 1080 to discuss the issue. … Sasley was quoted by the International Business Times in two articles on last month’s Israeli elections. Read more here and here. After the elections, Sasley was quoted in an article from Vox. … During an interview with KFBK/1530 AM in Sacramento, Calif., Associate Professor Allan Saxe discussed the email controversy surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and WFAA/ABC 8 also interviewed Saxe about efforts by lawmakers to repeal laws banning the sale of vehicles on consecutive weekend days, and package liquor sales on Sundays. … KFBK/1530 AM and KOGO/600 AM (San Diego) interviewed Saxe about the tense relationship between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. … Professor Susan Hekman will be the keynote speaker at the International Colloquium on Michel Foucault (a French philosopher and social theorist) in Recife, Brazil. The conference runs April 11-18. … Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez was a guest lecturer Feb. 23 for the Arthur Foundation Transformative Leadership Speakers Series at the University of Notre Dame. … Junior Stephanie Vielle, president of the Native American Student Association, is leading a video project to show support for 57 elementary school children who were racially harassed at a hockey game in South Dakota on Jan. 24, The Shorthorn reported. … Senior Tinuade Dina shared in a Shorthorn article about why she moved from Nigeria to Texas to study psychology and political science at UTA.

PRE-LAW CENTER: The Pre-Law Society, a new student group, met for the first time March 4 to discuss spring semester events. The meeting was led by graduating seniors Mark Cantrell (president), Angela Coward (vice-president) and Davinder Jassal (secretary-treasurer). … Interdisciplinary studies major Theresa Lim is one of several students spearheading a new group, UTA Model UN. The student group will focus on regional, state and national competitions as well as foster community involvement. English major Esther Oni is also part of the leadership team.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: India Abroad published a commentary by Associate Professor Ritu Khanduri about the caricaturing culture and a world still recovering from the Charlie Hebdo tragedy. … The Department of Sociology and Anthropology’s annual banquet is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at the University Club.

THEATRE ARTS: An article by Assistant Professor Anne Healy, “An Unlikely Star: Bert Williams,” was accepted for presentation at the Song Stage & Screen X Conference in June at Regent’s University in London. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer was panelist last month in a discussion of the film, “Fixed: The Science Fiction of Human Enhancement,” presented by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Office for Students with Disabilities. … Fourteen Maverick Theatre Company students and four Theatre Arts faculty members traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, March 18-21 for the USITT National Conference and Stage Expo. Students who won an award included Elly Hunt, Gatlin Douglas, Austin Brown, Tiffany Cromwell, Raoul Luna, Alohi Valdez and Daniel Archibald. … Senior Lecturer Laurel Whitsett will appear April 10-11 in a staged reading of “Shoe Confessions” at The Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas. The show is produced by Wing Span Theatre Company. … The department’s annual awards luncheon was held Monday, April 6 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. … BFA student Haley Boswell was cast in The Plaza Theatre Center’s production of “Shrek: The Musical” this May and June in Cleburne, Texas. … Jean Gonzales (’14) chaired a session on alternative career opportunities for students with theatre design skills at the USITT national conference. … Anna Marie Boyd (’14) was accepted into the Masters of Arts Drama Therapy program at New York University. … Bridie Corbett (’13) recently earned the role of Emily in the iconic play, “Our Town” by Thorton Wilder. The play will be performed by the Stolen Shakespeare Guild in Fort Worth on April 10-26. … UT Arlington alumna Toni Garner landed the role of Shelby in a recent production of ”Steel Magnolias” at the Richardson Theatre Centre.


(Notes compiled and edited by James Dunning/COLA Communications,

Healthcare, Elections Top Political Science Week

April 3, 2015

Issues related to health insurance and the 2016 presidential elections are part of the Department of Political Science’s week-long event April 6-10.

The slate of lectures kicks off Monday with an alumni panel and faculty mixer and ends with a guest lecture from Harvard University’s Joshua Kertzer. Throughout the week, Political Science faculty members Burcu Bayram, Thomas Marshall, Allan Saxe and Brent Sasley will lead noontime discussions on a variety of topics.

For more information, visit the department’s website.



Political Science Week

Monday, April 6
Noon – Alumni Panel and Faculty mixer
University Hall, Rm. 116
6:30 p.m. – Arlington Candidates Forum
University Hall, Rm. 108

Tuesday, April 7
12:30 p.m. – Dr. Brent Sasley, “Assessing the Obama Administration’s International Policy;” Dr. Burcu Bayram, “From Class to Paycheck: What to do with international relations knowledge”
Pickard Hall, Rm. 110

Wednesday, April 8
Noon – Dr. Thomas Marshal & Dr. Allan Saxe, “Off to the Races: Electing a President in 2016”
University Hall, Rm. 108

Thursday, April 9
12:145 p.m. – Pi Sigma Alpha info session/meeting; Dr. Daniel Sledge, “Dismantling Obamacare? King v. Burwell and the Future of American Health Insurance”
Pickard Hall, Rm. 110

Friday, April 10
Noon – Dr. Joshua Kertzer (Harvard University), guest lecture
University Hall, Rm. 116

Liberal Arts Students Shine at 2015 ACES

March 26, 2015

Several students from the College of Liberal Arts won awards for their presentations at the 2015 Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium Wednesday, March 25, at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Communication major Nadajalah Bennett won the President’s Award in the Undergraduate Poster competition. For the oral presentation sessions, other undergraduate winners were Linguistics major Jayr Logan (Provost’s Award, Morning Session), History major Courtney Broderick (Honorable Mention, Morning Session), Linguistics major Jessica Nordon (Honorable Mention, Morning Session), English major Hannah Bradley (Provost’s Award, Afternoon Session) and Communication major Lawanda McKelvy (Dean’s Award, Afternoon Session).

Top graduate students in oral presentations included Linguistic’s Kent Rasmussen (Dean’s Award, Morning Session) and Modern Languages’ Robert Phillips (Dean’s Award, Afternoon Session).

Nearly 200 UT Arlington students participated in this year’s ACES event. The annual symposium is organized by the Office of Graduate Studies. For more information, visit the ACES website.


Participating COLA students were: 

Oral Presentations

LaDonna Aiken, Communication
Daniel Amy, Linguistics & TESOL
Darcey Browning, Linguistics & TESOL
Vicki Cana, Linguistics & TESOL
Jazmin Chinea Barreto, Modern Languages
Morgan Chivers, Art & Art History
Laura Copeland, Linguistics & TESOL
Michael Deliz, History
Jason Hogue, English
Karily Garcia Cruz, Modern Languages
Alicia Garza, Modern Languages
Adam Guerrero, History
Jacob Jones, History
Ji Yea Kim, Linguistics & TESOL
Karen McAlister, Communication
Lucianne Nelson, Political Science
Jennifer Omaña, English
Robert Philips, Modern Languages
Anna Prieto, Communication
Kent Rasmussen, Linguistics & TESOL
Stephanie Sulik, History
Lukas Szrot, Sociology
John Watson, Communication
Todd Womble, English


Hannah Bradley, English
Courtney Broderick, History
Breann Brown, Music
Isaac Frias, History
Peter Hedleston, History
Doreen Hernandez, History
Felipe Javier Garcia, Modern Languages
Jayr Logan, Linguistics & TESOL
Karina Martinez, Modern Languages
Lawanda Mckelvy, Communication
Diana Moreno, Modern Languages
Anthony Musselman, History
Jessica Nordon, Linguistics & TESOL
Heribero Rodriguez, History
Jeremy Schack, Communication
Nicholas R. Wilson, English


Kimberly Johnson, Linguistics & TESOL

Nadajalah Bennett, Communication
Alyssa Dequeant, Modern Languages
Devin Hornick, Linguistics & TESOL
Karah Kattenby, Art & Art History
Eric Katz, Linguistics & TESOL
Juan Lopez, Linguistics & TESOL
Joaquín Machado, English
Abraham Montano, Modern Languages

COLA Notes for March 2015

March 3, 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Visual Communications students won 14 awards at last month’s local American Advertising Awards competition in Fort Worth. Winners included: Jesse Estanes, Candice Anglin, Jane Lam, Stacy Weber, Brianne Wilsford, Susan Nguyen, Andrea Norcross, Mason LaHue, Alex Reyher, Kim Inthirath, Karolina Bebak, Elena Chodoba, Karen Nguyen, Samantha Garcia, Patricia Gonzalez, Danyel Harris and Ginnie Hsu. … Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby was featured in be-Art Magazine as the Best Engaged Artist at the 2015 Los Angeles Art Show. Huckaby was noted for serving the cause of disadvantaged people. … Associate Professor Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film, was mentioned last month in a Shorthorn article about socially conscious films. … Art education students traveled with Assistant Professor Amanda Alexander to the Texas state capitol in Austin on Jan. 28 to advocate for arts and education. They participated in a half-day training session about policy making in Texas, addressing issues affecting the arts and education in the state. … D Magazine reported on five new art gallery openings in Dallas, including one by Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon. … Christine Heimerman, Brendan Feltrup-Exum and Jose Ruben Melendez were named 2014 Ideas in Art winners, each claiming a James S. Barnett Foundation Award. … Gabe Duran‘s MFA short “Peor Es Nada” has been selected to screen at the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) in the 2015 North Texas College Shorts Showcase. The festival runs April 9-19. … Rachel Bates (’02) was one of several artists displaying their wares at the 13th annual Empty Bowls Fort Worth event Feb. 20, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The event benefited the Tarrant Area Food Bank. … With a design team led by visual communication alumni Philip Thepkaysone (’13) and Kristi Cooper, Steadfast Creative was awarded last month three American Advertising Federation awards. Steadfast Creative is a digital agency based out of Keller, Texas. … The department is hosting “Find Your Space,” an art workshop for local high school students on Saturday, March 21. Enrollment is free, but limited. To register, email or call 817-272-2891. … The annual UTA Glass Art Sale will be held Saturday, March 28, at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis Rd. The event will be open to the general public and run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: KDFW/Fox 4 interviewed Schnavia Hatcher, director of the Center for African American Studies, about the Center’s recent conference on race and social justice. One of the featured keynote speakers included Rev. Bernice King, attorney, minister and daughter of late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. … The 3rd annual Center for African American Studies Conference was referenced in a Washington Post article about Malcolm X.

CENTER FOR MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Telemundo Dallas/KXTX 39 interviewed students at the Center for Mexican American Studies about the temporary suspension of President Obama’s immigration order. “DREAMers” who have been aided by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the new Deferred Action Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs fear that a federal judge’s preliminary injunction could lead to more family separations due to deportation.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: UT Arlington’s George Siemens, director of the LINK Research Lab, will be one of the keynote speakers at the Texas Digital Humanities Conference 2015, April 9-11, in the UTA Central Library. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, UTA Libraries, and the department of Art & Art History, English, History and Linguistics & TESOL.

COMMUNICATION: Legendary sports anchor/reporter George Riba (’67) signed off the air Feb. 18, after 37 years at WFAA/ABC 8. … Penn State News reported on a new study by Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley and Michel Haigh (Pennsylvania State University) that found negative Facebook posts about an organization erodes trust in the institution and diminishes its reputation. The study is published online in Corporate Communications: An International Journal. … Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne has been named one of eight finalists for Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Scholarsourcing book proposal competition for a project titled “Accelerating Cultural Change: The Role of Mass Communication in Equality Movements.” Winners will be announced in June and will receive book contracts from Peter Lang publishing. … Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith is attending the AEJMC conference in Knoxville, Tenn., March 25-28 as research chair. While there, Pribanic-Smith will moderate a paper session, present an award at the business meeting, and present awards for research papers. … Assistant Professor Sabrina Habib-Williams and Specialist Jeff Williams are traveling March 25-29 to Chicago to present an original joint research paper titled “Storytelling: Creating Immersive Worlds.” … Habib-Williams also served as a guest speaker for the LINK Research Lab Speakers Series on Feb. 27. She discussed “Qualitative Video Analysis and Video Data Collection.” … Lecturer Carie Kapellusch is traveling March 11-15 to the Gulf Coast Summit in Little Rock, Ark., to present a seminar on “Conducting Reflections for Service Learning.” … Specialist Roby Mceuen served as a judge at the SkillsUSA 4th District Advertising Design competition for local high school students enrolled in advertising and graphic design classes. … The Department of Communication has rolled out revamped social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. … Advertising major Kim Nguyen designed two posters for Women’s History Month for UT Arlington’s Women’s and Gender Studies program. … Several graduate students have had abstracts selected for presentation March 25 at the upcoming Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES). Anna Prieto, who partnered with Amanda Morse, will present “Is Facebook Ruining Your Love Life?” while Karen McAlister, who collaborated with Michael Magnus, will present “The Power of Social Media Communication during the 2014 Arlington, Texas Storm.” … Public relations major Alvaro Lopez has been working with the Kimbell Art Museum’s P.R. division in the museum’s new exhibition, “The collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass.” Lopez’s contributions included preparation efforts for the museum’s press preview Feb. 26. … Nealy Mincher (’10), a Senior Account Executive with FleishmanHillard and part of the digital campaign for Chevrolet, was the guest speaker at the Feb. 19 PRSSA meeting. … Amy Shields (’14) recently started a new job as manager of internal communications with Providence Health Care in Spokane, Wash. … Students in Pribanic-Smith’s public affairs reporting class participated in a worldwide Twitter scavenger hunt Feb. 12.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: CRCJ major Eddie Rodriguez recently received the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ Esther Madriz Student Travel Award to cover costs associated with presenting original research at the group’s our annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Orlando this week.

ENGLISH: Associate Professor Penelope Ingram will lecture on “Almost (Human), but not quite: Bioengineering Race Relations in Contemporary Science Fiction” at noon Wednesday, April 8, in University Hall, Room 432, part of the Center for Theory’s Spring 2015 Colloquia. … Associate Professor Luanne Frank recently published a research article, “Heidegger and Kleist: Reciprocal Illuminations,” in the book, Heidegger Jahrbuch 8: Heidegger und die Dichtung (Freiburg: Karl Alber).

HISTORY: D Magazine highlighted the 50th Webb Lecture series symposium, which is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and runs March 4-5.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs David Silva, who is also a professor of linguistics, said farewell to colleagues at a reception last month. He will be the provost and academic vice president for Salem State University in Salem, Mass., near his hometown of Boston. Dr. Silva, who joined UT Arlington in 1993, is a member of UTA’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers (2006), a recipient of the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (2009) and a founding fellow of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers (2013). … Michal Temkin Martínez (Boise State University) was the keynote speaker for the 22nd annual UT Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics & TESOL Feb. 19-20. She spoke about the documentation and revitalization of the languages of refugees in the United States. … Nearly 20 oral presentations and posters were offered by students from around the world at the 22nd annual UT Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics & TESOL, including five from UTA: doctoral students Nathan Eversole, Kent Rasmussen, Darcey Browning, Ji Yea Kim and master’s candidate Emily Miller. Kim won honorable mention for oral presentation and Miller won best graduate poster. … Three department members will present work March 19-21 at the 28th Annual Meeting of the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing at the University of South California in Los Angeles: doctoral students Iya Khelm Price and Nathan Eversole and Assistant Professor Jeffrey Witzel. … Assistant professors Jeffrey Witzel and Naoko Witzel have a paper, “Incremental sentence processing in Japanese: A maze investigation into scrambled and control sentences,” slated for publication in the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. … Doctoral student Lynnelle Rhinier Brown had an article, “Requesting the Context: A Context Analysis of Let Statement and If Statement Requests and Commands in the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English,” published in the Rice Working Papers in Linguistics, vol. 5. … Associate Professor Cynthia Kilpatrick will present two papers March 21-24 at the American Association for Applied Linguistics on in Toronto, Canada. The presentations include collaborative research between Kilpatrick, Yujeong Choi (Ph.D. in Linguistics, ’12) and doctoral students Lori McLain Pierce and Jessica Rohr. … Also in Toronto, two faculty members from UT Arlington’s English Language Institute, Sally Stevens (Listening-Speaking Coordinator) and Chris Aufdembrink (IEP Testing Coordinator, MA TESOL, ’09) will attend the TESOL Leadership Academy at the TESOL Convention this month. … Twelve Linguistics and TESOL students will present their work in ACES on March 25: Doctoral students Darcey Browning, on “Hashtags as a sign of hesitation: Patterns of pronouns with #whyIstayed and #whyIleft”; Ji Yea Kim on “Fully informed or completely informed?”: Maximizer associations in American English”; Dan Amy on “Alabama Phrasebook: Using Technology to Create Language Teaching Tools”; Kent Rasmussen on “Language Development: Developing Communities”; MA student Laura Copeland on “Generative Fathering: Performing Fatherhood”; MA student Vicki Caña and doctoral student Samantha Cornelius on “Documenting Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) in the Cherokee Language;” Linguistics majors Devin Hornick on “Syllabic Nasal in San Carlos Apache”, Juan Lopez on “Turkish Vowel Harmony”, Jayr Logan on “Catalan vs Spain: The Possible Separation”, and Jessica Nordon on “Human Trafficking”; and Linguistics minor Naomi Carlton on “Catalysts and Consequences of Global Human Trafficking.” … Browning will be also be presenting her ACES work on hashtags in the Women’s and Gender Studies mini-conference on March 23 in the UTA Central Library. … Mike Cahill (MA Linguistics, ’85) is now Orthography Development Services Coordinator for SIL International. … Rajesh Bhatt (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) will be on campus March 20 to give a colloquium talk “Polar Questions and Disjunction: clues from Hindi-Urdu `kyaa’.”

POLITICAL SCIENCE: The Toronto Star quoted Associate Professor and Department Chair Rebecca Deen in a story about a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline that was swiftly rejected by President Obama last week. … The Final Call interviewed Professor José Ángel Gutiérrez about remembering the life and legacy of revolutionary freedom fighter Reies López Tijerina. “Reies was very far reaching in terms of coalitions,” said Gutiérrez, who along with Tijerina and two other leaders became known as the “Four Horsemen” of the Chicano Movement.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Malyalam Weekly (India) published an article by Associate Professor Ritu Khanduri (Anthropology) about her research and new book related to famed cartoonist R. K. Laxman.

THEATRE ARTS: Danielle Georgiou, director of the UTA Dance Ensemble show, will present NICE at the 2015 Out of the Loop Festival at WaterTower Theatre on March 7 and March 12, and will feature UTA alumni Jana Duplechin, Sarah Dye and Gabriel King. … Senior Lecturer Seraphina Nova is directing a short film, “Cybderdancing,” will several UTA faculty, students and alumni. Assistant Professor Anne Healy, Lecturer Laurel Whitsett, Winston Daniels and Gyorgy Beck are just a few Mavericks participating in the project. … Theatre Arts major Elly Hunt won a student essay contest sponsored by PRG (Production Resource Group) and will attend the 2025 United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) Expo in Cincinnati, March 18-21. … Theatre Arts majors Alohilani Valdez and Raul Luna were accepted in the Gateway Program at the USITT conference in Cincinnati. … The stage production of “Rumors” at ONSTAGE in Bedford, Texas, featured many UTA theatre arts students and alumni, including Steven Morris, David Wilson-Brown, Kristen Frazier, Heather Moore and Dale Shelton. Other members of the College of Liberal Arts involved in the production were Cathy Pritchett (Music), Melanie Mason (Communications) and Michael Prescott (History). … Theatre Arts majors Raul Luna, Omar Gonzalez and Ethan Bomyea assisted in the production of the Turtle Creek Choral’s 35th anniversary concert at the Dallas City Performance Hall last month. Adrien Stecker and Matt McGregor also helped with the load in and strike.


COLA Notes for February 2015

February 9, 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


POLS Grad Student Honored by TACHE

February 5, 2015


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

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

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

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



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

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

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


(By James Dunning/COLA Communications,

Little Free Libraries Debut on Campus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(SOURCE: UTA Libraries News Service)


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