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Student successes honored at Spring Honors Convocation

Posted April 30, 2014 by Brian Horton in category accomplishments

This has been a rewarding year.  We began the year with the introduction of our new Emerging Media certificate available to Communication majors. Students across the department have enthusiastically engaged in certificate courses and broadened their understanding and skills in communication. 

We also were honored to be designated an Engaged Department by national service learning experts in the fall.  Our department’s dedication to community engagement and service is deeply engrained in the culture of classes across all sequences.

  • Dr. Tom Christie, Outstanding Teaching by a tenured faculty member
  • Mr. Julian Rodriguez:  Outstanding Lecturer and the Dean’s Accolade Award (inspiring students to create work of exceptional merit beyond the classroom)
  • Dr. Charla Markham Shaw was also honored to receive an Outstanding teaching by a tenured faculty member award

Advertising Snapshots

A team of advertising students and members of AAF, under the mentorship of Jeff Williams, created an advertising campaign for the Movin’ Mavs and the National Wheelchair Basketball Championships that were held here on campus.(video, posters, social media, events, press releases). Coach Doug Garner thanked Jeff and his team and credited them with the record attendance of 2000 and for assisting in recruiting the top 2 recruits in girls basketball out of high school.  They were wowed by the posters and banner.

Students in Dr. Ingram and Mr. Weems’ ADVT campaigns classes are developing an integrated marketing communication plan for the UT System Board of Regents Taskforce on Hazing at the request of the Chancellor.

Broadcast Snapshots

BCMN students in Julian Rodriguez and Dr. Andrew Clark’s TV Reporting I and II produce a weekly UTA News broadcast available on both Channel 99 and via and is producing a segment “UTA Spotlight” aired on The City of Arlington’s channel. And UTA News en Español continues to garner national attention as it develops and produces unique stories in Spanish that address issues relevant to this growing audience.

UTA Radio, part of the iHeart network, provides play-by-play for UT Arlington sports teams, hosting Rocktober and other events across campus, UTA Radio students garnered awards in the regional competition for the National Broadcasting Society.

Eight BCMN students (under the direct supervision of Lance Liguez, with oversight from Dr. Clark) spent their Winter Breaks producing content for the AT& T Cotton Bowl’s You Tube page and website (covering media day, team visits to local children’s hospitals.  Charlie Fiss, VP of Communications for the Cotton Bowl, commented that “Your students are running rings around the other videographers that we have hired to provide us content.”

Communication Studies Snapshots

Communication Studies students in Ms. Nead and Ms. Blount’s Group Communication classes continue the tradition of working with a variety of organizations and programs to meet needs across the community.
a. Safe Haven
b. Mission Arlington
c. Boys and Girls Club   
d. Wounded Warriors 
e. Salvation Army

This semester, Ms. Nead received an email of thanks from the Resident Services Director of the Arbrook Retirement Community where one of her groups held event for the seniors who live there.  Ms. Coffman, not only were the students patient, “but they also took the time to establish relationships, listen to stories and memories, and offer kindness and compassion.”

Dr. Chatterjee’s Human Relations class is working with the national Helping Restore Ability helping revamp its organization and outreach.  And Dr. Chatterjee will be mentoring Lawanda McKelvey this summer as she creates original research as a part of the McNair Scholars program.

COMS major Gemme Campbell, recently completed her honor’s thesis and has accepted one of the rare offers of MA to Phd from Texas A&M.  This means that they have committed funding to her for five years should she choose to stay at A & M to pursue her PhD in organizational and health communication following completion of her M.A.

Communication Technology Snapshots

Students in Dr. Jang’s CTEC Web Communication Design and Development III class, students develop prototype Web sites for community organizations. In fall and spring, these students have created Web sites for 20 community organizations. 

Dr. Horton’s CTEC User Experience Design and Research course this semester has been working in groups to develop mobile apps including database development, visual design, research/planning, and social media strategy.  All apps will officially launch during finals week.

Dr. Chunke Su’s core Communication Technology course engages approximately 140 students in service learning each semester.  Students work with over 65 organizations and conduct research on the client organization’s previous, current, and potential use of communication technologies, then provide recommendations to the clients (including hardware, software, and strategies) to improve the client’s internal and external communication practices.

Daniel Puente, a CTEC major, received a Citizen Certificate of Merit for his redesign of the volunteer pages for the Arlington Police Department’s website.

Journalism Snapshots

As part of a service learning project, students in Dr. Pribanic-Smith's Digital Storytelling course put their online journalism skills to use in providing blogs covering small businesses and non-profits in Downtown Arlington for the Downtown Arlington Management Association.

Public Relations Snapshots

Dr. Tom Christie’s fall PR Campaigns class developed a PR/Marketing campaign for the Youth Education Town, a nonprofit after school center supported by the National Football League and the Salvation Army.  As a result of their excellent work, Emmitt Smith sent a letter of thanks to the students and indicated that the advisory board was impressed and planning to implement their strategies.

Students in Dr. Shelley Wigley’s spring PRCampaigns class is working with ARISE! International, a local non-profit organization that helps adult women who have been sexually abused.  Students hosted a fashion show and raised $800 for the organization.  The executive director of ARISE! said it would have been worth it even if not a penny had been raised because it boosted the women’s self-esteem as they participated as models in the event.

Evann Crawford, a double major (PR/COMS) is working with Dr. Wigley as part of the UTA Team partnering with Mission Arlington as they develop materials to support Diabetes awareness and intervention in the Hispanic community – this work is supported by a Ford Grant.

Internship Snapshots

Over 60 students participated in internships, gaining valuable experience, this fall and spring alone.  Interned with companies such as:
  • Children’s Medical Ctr, Red Balloon Network/Ryan Seacrest studio 
  • NBC5, WFAA8 ,CBS 11, Univision, Telemundo 
  • CBS Radio, The Eagle, The Ticket, K104, Clear Channel
  • Disney Worldwide
  • Strauss Marketing
  • UTA Athletics
  • Ft Worth ISD
  • Arlington Police Department
  • Modern Art Museum Ft Worth
  • The Dallas Morning News, The FW Star Telegram, Dallas Observer

Assistant Professor Dr. Dustin Harp and research collaborators from universities in Chile and the University of Oklahoma conducted new research that examined the presence of female columnists in U.S. opinion pages. 

The new research was recently published in the June issue of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. The article was also highlighted in The University of Texas at Arlington's News Center

Learn About Our Graduate Degree

Posted February 10, 2014 by Brian Horton in category students

For those seniors or graduates interested in learning more about the graduate degree in communication, meet the graduate faculty for an information forum on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 12:15 p.m., Room 255 in the Fine Arts building.

Check out our unique degree that is a blend of mass communication and communication studies disciplines.

Our program meets and exceeds the educational needs of undergraduates and media professionals who need to enhance their knowledge of communication processes.

Light snacks will be provided. This is part of the new Graduate Programs Awareness Week. RSVP to Paula by Friday, February 21st

Snow doesn't dampen SPJ fundraiser

Posted February 7, 2014 by Barrie Hill in category students

A surprise dusting of snow in DFW this week sent many students into hiding and hibernation. Not so for members of the UTA chapter of Society of Professional Journalists.

The students had already planned to sell spirit beads and wristbands prior to the women's Feb. 6 basketball game.

A little snow and chilly temperatures did not derail plans. The students bundled up and manned their sales table as scheduled in the University Center mall area prior to the big game.

"Our SPJ students and advisers take Maverick school spirit seriously and tried to build some on game day by selling spirit beads—in the snow," offered Kim Jones, senior Journalism lecturer and SPJ faculty adviser. "Many people said they would buy some from us just because we braved the snow for our organization’s fundraiser.  Some just said they felt really sorry that we were out in the cold, freezing, but still working for our organization."

The group plans to sell spirit  bands on upcoming game days as well.

Faculty. staff meet with prospective students at Preview Day events

Posted February 4, 2014 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Department of Communication faculty look forward to UTA Preview Days to provide information to prospective students.
preview day promo

UT Arlington's Maverick Experience Preview Day programs provide students with the opportunity to get a close-up look at what UT Arlington has to offer. Students also have the chance get answers to specific questions about all aspects of the University, and about the Department of Communication in particular.

Find out specifics about each of the Department of Communication's six disciplines: Advertising, Broadcast, Communication Studies, Communication Technology, Journalism and Public Relations. Meet with Department of Communication faculty, staff and current students.

The next UT Arlington's Maverick Experience Preview Day is April 5.

For more information, check out the following:

BCMN students teaming up with City for news show

Posted February 4, 2014 by Barrie Hill in category

The Department of Communication has teamed up with The City of Arlington in a new partnership aimed at showcasing the university’s news to Arlington residents.

Students in the broadcasting sequence will tape a weekly news update with information about UTA. projects, announcements and events. Broadcast students will gain invaluable experience, serving as the show's reporters and anchors.

The update will air on the City’s cable channel. 

The segments will run every week during the semester on Arlington’s cable channel, Time Warner Channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99.

For more information check out the following link:

PRSSA meeting Feb 6

Posted February 4, 2014 by Barrie Hill in category students

The UTA chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America will have its first meeting of the Spring semester at 3:30 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 6. The meeting will be held in Room 327A of the Fine Arts Building.

PRSSA will be electing new officers, discussing the semester’s fundraising and social events plans and collecting membership dues.

PRSSA meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month. For more information, please contact

Communication Alum landing positions following graduation

Posted February 3, 2014 by Barrie Hill in category alumni

The Department of Communication prides itself on preparing students for careers in the fields of Advertising, Broadcast, Communication Studies, Communication Technology, Journalism and Public Relations.

Relevant classroom learning, engaging professors and invaluable internship experiences help Communication graduates prepare for careers in their respective fields. UTA Communication graduates are working in print and broadcast media, with top-notch advertising and public relations firms, and with a variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Here's a round up of some of our recent graduates and where they have landed:

Anthony Garcia, a May 2013 CTEC graduate, was hired by Concussion Advertising as a web developer.

Tiffany Jackson, Dec. 2013 CTEC graduate, was recently hired as a front-end web developer at Southwest Airlines.   

Tracy Nanthavongsa, a 2011 CTEC graduate, is working as graphic and web specialist at Dallas County District Attorney's Office.

Christopher Dinh, a 2012 CTEC, 2012 graduate, recently moved from Fossile to Fidelity Investments in July as an associate user experience designer.

BCMN grad Alexandria Woldtvedt is working as a news reporter for KODE in Joplin, Mo.

BCMN grad Tim Hanson is a morning reporter and photographer at WHNT News 19 in Hunstsville, Ala. Following an honorable discharge from the Army in 2007, Hanson attended UTA and graduated Dec. 2008  with a degree in broadcast communication.

Emily Suied, PR graduate and past president of UTA’s PRSSA Chapter, works as a junior account executive at Jasculca Terman in Chicago, an award-winning strategic communications firm specializing in public affairs.

Yasmine Gila is as an Account Executive at Expose Communications, at boutique agency with offices in London and Dubai. Gila works in the Dubai office.

BCMN grad Reyna Cavazos (Dec. 2011) is working as morning news editor and assistant traffic and weather anchor at Univision Dallas.

Comm Studies May 2013 grad Razan Akkad has secured a job as researcher in Liability Claims for Geico Insurance Company in the firm’s Dallas office.

Paul Kozar, a 2012 Department of Communication master’s grad, presented a paper at the North Louisiana Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference in April at Louisiana Tech University. Kozar’s paper won best presentation on the topic of Health. The title of the paper is "Competing Discourse Surrounding Primary Caregivers of Hospice Patients." Kozar is working as a Dallas consultant with hospice companies and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Communication.

Advertising and Public Relations graduate Nicole Durham (Dec. 2013) is a marketing specialist at, a Mark Cuban company located in Dallas.

Dec. 2012 Advertising grad Claire Dunn was hired as a junior account manager at Concussion, a Fort Worth-based advertising agency.

Russel Johnson, who graduated in Dec. 2012 with an advertising degree, is working with the research team at The Marketing Arm, a Dallas advertising and marketing firm.

Dec. 2012 Advertising grad Kurt Prelosky is working in account services with an upstart search engine, based in Plano.

2012 Broadcast grad Chris Mead has been selected as a video production intern for the Oakland A’s Baseball Club, while pursuing his Master’s at San Francisco State University. While at UTA, Mead served as sports director for UTA Radio and led the student coverage of Super Bowl XLV.

2011 PREL grad Jared Chism was recently hired as a Senior Social Media Strategist with JCPenney.

2012 PREL grad Frankie Farrar-Helm has accepted a position as Public Relations/Communications Representative at Sellmark in Mansfield.

2012 PREL grad Alexandra Pietroforte has been hired at Downtown Arlington Management Corporation.

Chloe Jamerson, a May 2012 Public Relations graduate, has been hired to work in brand public relations for The Richards Group in Dallas.

Alison Cohn, May 2012 Advertising graduate/English minor, was selected for the Teach for America program and will be teaching English in Miami, Fla.

August 2009 BCMN grad David Mannering has been accepted to St. Thomas University Law in Miami, Fla.

May 2012 PREL graduate, Kristina Kopplin, has been hired as an Interactive Producer by Social Compass, a social media marketing agency.

May 2012 BCMN grad Christine Nicholson has been hired for a morning reporter position at KXII-TV in Sherman.

Karen Ramirez, May 2012 Broadcast grad, is working as a production assistant for Telemundo KXTX Dallas.

Katy Kiger, May 2012 PREL graduate, has accepted a position as promotions and marketing manager at Radio Disney in Charlotte, NC.

Taylor Cammack, May 2012 grad with dual majors in CTEC and JOUR, is working as a web developer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

May 2012 Comm Tech graduate Carlos Cucalon is working as a front-end web developer for Hanley Wood, a media and information company serving the housing and commercial design and construction industries.

Rebecca Strong Bartholomew, 2010 PREL grad, has accepted a position as marketing coordinator with Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate services provider with more than 3,600 professionals in more than 60 offices nationwide.

Jessica Patzer, May 2012 Comm Tech grad, was hired by Concussion Advertising as a junior developer. Patzer completed an internship with the company that led to her job offer.

Kathelin Buxton, 2010 PREL grad, is account associate at Linhart Public Relations in Denver, Co.

Litany Brown, a 2010 PREL graduate, is the Client Manager of a social media campaign team in Standing Dog Interactive in Dallas. The Event Cinemas Frozen Coke Campaign produced by her team won multiple awards this year, including The Web Marketing Association’s Best Entertainment Social Media Campaign and an American Business Gold Stevie award for Best Facebook Page.

December 2011 PREL grad Kaitlin Hennessy is serving as event rental coordinator at McNay Art Museum in San Antonio.

Emily Suied, 2011 PREL alum, has taken a position as an account assistant at Jasculca/Terman & Associates, a public relations firm in Chicago.

Kaitlin Hennessy Kelsey, 2011 public relations graduate, has been hired as manager of the Uvalde Convention and Civic Center.

2012 Journalism alum Jose Enriquez is working as a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise.

Zachary Zielinski, Dec. 2012 Public Relations grad, has been hired as an IT specialist with XTO Energy.

2012 Public Relations alum Sir Jones has been hired as a professional recruiter with Focus Staff.

2009 Public Relations alum Benna Combs has been hired as a junior associate for social PR at More Cabbage in Cedar Hill.

2012 PREL graduate Priscilla Sanchez has been hired as a PR Specialist with Concussion in Fort Worth.