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Comm Day slated for Oct. 20

Posted September 11, 2015 by Barrie Hill in category commday

The Department of Communication is gearing up for a fantastic fall semester.

Plans are underway for the department’s annual Comm Day event, slated for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in the University Center’s Bluebonnet Ballroom. The theme of this year’s Comm Day is “Engage.” Keynote speaker is Tamara Hext Hilliard, a 1987 BCMN grad and owner of Tay's Gourmet Granola.

Former Miss Texas 1984 and runner up to Miss America 1985, Hilliard has been a commercial actress and spokesperson for a nationally recognized health club chain, has worked as a television host and is a self-published author. She founded Tay's Gourmet Granola in 2009. In addition to managing her company, Hilliard is a RYT Yoga Instructor, teaching Power Vinyasa Yoga and sharing her passion for a happy and whole lifestyle.

AAF meeting kicks off fall semester

Posted September 11, 2015 by Barrie Hill in category students

The American Advertising Federation - Student Chapter,  the premier advertising club on UTA’s campus, will host the group's first meeting of the fall semester Sept. 16.

"We offer a range of amenities, guest speakers, mixers and luncheons, agency tours and mingling with industry professionals," said Simon Jeziernicki, senior advertising major. "Shake the hands of professionals today, and get the job tomorrow."

The chapter's first general meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in Room 409, Fine Arts building.

AAF is open to all majors. Check out the group's Facebook page at

Bragging rights: Comm alum land jobs, recognition

Posted September 11, 2015 by Barrie Hill in category alumni

The Department of Communication offers students relevant classroom instruction that prepares them for careers in advertising, broadcast, communication studies, communication technology, journalism and public relations.

Many alumnae earn top honors in their professions and are making their mark in an exciting, fast-paced job market. Indulge us while we brag a bit on some of our graduates.

Alumna CBS 11 Karen Borta is a finalist for Best TV Broadcaster for D Magazine's Best of Big D.

May 2015 BCMN grad Jessica Stroud has been accepted as a technology apprentice in the NABEF's Technology Apprenticeship Program. The 6-month-long program is designed to educate interns on broadcast engineering and includes teaching, presentations and hands-on experience at a station. Stroud is one of eight interns in the nation accepted for the program. Stroud is also working at Cumulus Radio as a remote engineer.

Avery Anderson, a May 2014 BCMN grad, has accepted a reporter position at KSNW in Wichita, KS. She is finishing up her commitment at KTAB in Abilene before moving to Kansas.

MAY 2011 grad Mayde Gomez is moving from KSAT San Antonio to KABC in Los Angeles, the No. 2-ranked media market in the country.

May 2012 Journalism grad JC Derrick
is working for World Mag in the company’s Washington, D.C. bureau. Derrick’s work can be accessed via the following links.

- Who do evangelical insiders favor in 2016? First in a series of monthly surveys on the 2016 election provides a fascinating snapshot of which way(s) evangelical leaders/insiders are leaning:

- Possible split threatens CCCU—A  40-year-old coalition of Christian colleges and universities appears poised to splinter over discrimination policy changes at Goshen College and Eastern Mennonite University. Sources say there are active talks going on now between disgruntled schools, so this story is far from over:

Department of Communication alum are encouraged to let us know where you are working and what you are doing. We would love to connect with you! Send info to for inclusion on this website, in the College of Liberal Arts newsletter and in UTA Magazine.

Students land coveted internships

Posted September 11, 2015 by Barrie Hill in category students

COMM students are spending the fall semester in a variety of internship positions with DFW-area businesses and organizations.

Broadcast students Sonia Garcia and Thomas Hoce are interning with the Red Balloon Network at Dallas’ Children’s Medical Center. BCMN major Chris Jorge is working with FC Dallas.

JOUR major April Miller is working at the City of Arlington Department of Communication.

ADVT majors are also earning credit and gaining valuable skills this fall.  Aba Jeziernicki is serving as an intern with Pytch Black, Brannon Low with PMG Advertising and Max Briese with Moroch Partners LP.

CTEC major Griselda Monsivais is interning with the UTA College of Business Dean’s Office.

PREL majors are also gaining experience outside the classroom. Jackson Christenberry is working with the First United Methodist Church of Mansfield, and Hannah Telkamp with Valley View United Methodist Church. Christina Odell is interning with The Dallas Stars Foundation. Jazmin Zamarripa is spending her semester with The Arlington ISD Education Foundation. Allison Cox is interning with The City of Grand Prairie, and Jennifer Mendoza with Performance Experience.

Students eligible for internships for credit must maintain a 3.0 departmental GPA and complete required pre-requisites for their majors.

Faculty engaged in research, community, campus

Posted September 11, 2015 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

The Department of Communication prides itself on faculty members who are engaged in research projects, community and campus events and service learning opportunities.

Dr. Chyng-yang Jang presented an original research paper titled "The (Lack Of) Use of Facebook by Small Businesses” at the Social Media & Society 2015 International Conference in Toronto in July.

Communication Lecturer Stacy Salmon was invited to speak to the UTA McNair Scholars Program in July. Salmon assisted the students on oral presentation of research projects, including delivery tips on appropriate dress, eye contact and voice quality.

Broadcast Lecturer Lance Liguez spent summer months at KDFW –TV Fox 4 as part of a fellowship awarded by the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). Liguez studied current newsroom practices, including social media strategies, which will serve as additional teaching material for broadcast writing and broadcast management classes. WITH PIC

Dr. Andrew Clark wrote an article about the shootings of Virginia broadcast Journalists Adam Ward and Alison Parker that was featured in The Conversation.

Students in Communication Lecturer Melanie Mason’s BCMN Broadcast Announcing connected with 2011 BCMN Alumnae Alanna Quillen at station KTBS, the ABC affiliate in Shreveport, LA through The CUBE. Quillen shared reactions to the Virginia shootings. Students learned what the reporter does to ensure her safety on live shots and what impacts the recent shootings may have on station policies.

BCMN Lecturer Julian Rodriguez, Department of Communication engineer Joe Carter, and broadcast students were also interviewed by local media for their reactions to the Journalists’  shootings and implications for student journalists.

was honored by the Association of Opinion Journalist for his work with students and Spanish-language media. Rodriguez is the 2015 recipient of the Barry Bingham Sr. Fellowship, an award that “recognizes an educator’s outstanding efforts to encourage and mentor college students of color in the field of journalism.”

traveled to Bogota, Colombia July 29- Aug. 4 to serve as a panelist for Information and Communication Technologies as a Mechanism to Fight Corruption at the Catholic University of Columbia. Rodriguez also traveled to Austin in August to attend a regional conference for the National Association for Hispanic Journalists. Rodriguez will also be traveling with 10 BCMN students this month to the NAHJ Excellence in Journalism conference in Orlando, FL. Rodriguez and the students will have the chance to meet with representatives from CNN, NBC, Universal, Univision, Telemundo, CBS, ABC, ESPN, and Fox, resulting in internship and job contacts for UTA students.

UTA Radio helps COLA celebrate 50 year mark

Posted September 11, 2015 by Barrie Hill in category other

UTA Radio is helping the College of Liberal Arts celebrate its golden anniversary through a series of radio segments showcasing songs that topped the charts throughout COLA’s 50 years.

Radio students Marisa Rosales and Zoi Greenhouse produced the segments which will run throughout the semester.

Hear them on the station’s SoundCloud page at

PR Campaigns Class in Finals of Competition

Posted May 4, 2015 by Brian Horton in category accomplishments

Students in Section 002 of Dr. Shelley Wigley’s PR Campaigns class have made it to the finals of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Recruitment Challenge through EdVenture Partners and will represent UT Arlington in Houston on May 15. Students were challenged to become ambassadors and advocates for employment in the fuel and petrochemical industries. 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. The event featured free food, games, a photo booth and lots of social media chatter using the hashtag #comefuelyourself.

Student News for April, 2015

Posted April 22, 2015 by Brian Horton in category students

Two Department of Communication Organizational Communication students were recognized at UTA’s ACES Awards on March 25. Lawanda McKelvy, Dr. Karishma Chatterjee’s McNair mentee, won the Dean’s Award for oral presentations for her research project The Impact of Internet-Based Communication on the Acculturation of Muslim Women in the United States. Nadajalah Bennett, who has been mentored by Dr. Rachel Stohr, won the President’s Award at the event. Bennett co-authored research on mitigation tactics used by homeowners following the Moore, OK tornado with mentors at the University of Oklahoma.
UT Austin’s The Daily Texan reported that UT System Chancellor William McRaven has selected five finalists for the UT System Board of Regents student regent position. The applicants include Erika Long, ADVT and PREL senior, who noted on her application that she would like the UT System to improve experiences for distance learners, provide better health services generally and provide increased financial aid for students and financial support for student organizations.
Communication student Seehum Isa was among those selected to speak at UTA’s TEDx event Mar. 28. Isa’s presentation, entitled Finding Faith When You’re Born Into Two Religions, detailed her experience growing up in a Muslim/Catholic household. Isa is a member of Freshmen Leaders on Campus, Students for Justice of Palestine, the Leadership Honors Program and UTA Film and Video.
BCMN major Shayda Nazifpour has landed a very competitive internship at WFAA. Nazifpour won the position over a very competitive field of applicants.
De'Angela Giles, an ADVT/PREL double major, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from DFW interactive Marketing at FIG: Fashion Industry Gallery in Dallas Mar. 19.
BCMN major Cameron Matthew Ray has released his first EP, featuring four songs he wrote and performed. While at UTA, Ray served as music director for UTA Radio and interned at Kirtland Records in Dallas, where he had the opportunity to interact and tour with emerging artists in the indie/folk music scene. His first single, “Lost With You,” is now playing on UTA Radio. For more info, check our ray’s website at