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Faculty News Roundup for October 2015

Posted November 10, 2015 by Marti Harvey in category faculty

Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith presented a paper titled "Political Papers and Presidential Campaigns in the Republic of Texas, 1836-1844" at the American Journalism Historians Association national convention Oct. 8-10 in Oklahoma City, OK.  The paper will be awarded honorable mention in the Best Faculty Paper competition.  Pribanic-Smith is also presiding over the convention as president of AJHA.

Communication Lecturer LaDonna Aiken will present a paper titled "The Far East Network Okinawa: Fifty Years of Innovation and Influence in Military Broadcasting" at the American Journalism Historians Association national convention Oct. 8-10 in Oklahoma City, OK. Aiken completed the paper in Pribanic-Smith‘s Communication History seminar last fall.

Dr. Charla Markham Shaw will be attending the 13th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare in New Orleans, LA, Oct. 25-27 to oversee the presentation of health communication research by our graduate students. She will also learn more about potential grants and funding sources for the Department of Communication.

Dr. Karishma Chatterjee will also be attending 13th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare in New Orleans, LA, from Oct. 25-27 to present an original research paper titled “Attitudes of Parents Toward Their Sons Receiving HPV Vaccine.”

Communication Lecturer Melanie Mason will present an information session based on a semester project by her Communication Studies 4321, Reader’s Theater class, at the Online Learning Consortium International Conference in Orlando, FL, Oct. 14-16.

Advertising Specialist George Weems and Communication graduate student Kami Vinton will present a paper titled “Ebola in Dallas: Setting an Agenda of Fear at Home and Beyond” at the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication symposium Nov. 6-7 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

Communication Graphics Specialist Roby McEuen was selected Cowtown Cruisin' for a Cure’s  Outstanding Board Member for 2015 for his contribution of advertising, graphic design and social media coordination to promote the 14th Annual Cowtown Cruisin' for a Cure Car Show on Sept. 19.

Dr. Tom Christie and Dr. Andrew Clark will present a paper titled "Terror from the Skies: The Propaganda of Aerial Warfare in the Emerging Mass Media of the First World War" at the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication Symposium Nov. 6-7 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

Communication Lecturer Stacy Salmon presented “How to Put a Presentation Together” and “How to be Less Nervous During Presentations” to TRIO on Oct. 7.

Broadcast Communication Lecturer Julian Rodriguez traveled with ten students to the NAHJ Excellence in Journalism conference in Orlando, FL, Sept. 18-20. While there, Rodriguez worked to develop partnerships with media companies including CNN, NBC, Universal, Univision, Telemundo, CBS, ABC, ESPN, Fox, and more.

Bragging rights: Comm students and alums land jobs, recognition

Posted September 11, 2015 by Marti Harvey 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.

Holland Sanders, 2009 Public Relations graduate, was featured in FWB CEO Magazine’s September edition as one of Fort Worth's Top 20 Women to Watch in Business.

Erick Fernandez, 2011 Broadcast Communication alum, accepted a job as an Automated Production Control operator at Telemundo 48 in San Jose, California.

Kari Corcoran, 2015 Public Relations and Advertising alum, has been hired as a campaign analyst at Centro, a digital technology and software company in Denver, Colorado.

Shanda Poster, 2013 Broadcast Communication alum, was featured in a Sept. 3 "MyArlingtonTX" article highlighting her broadcast roles with the Dallas Cowboys and FC Dallas. Here is a link to the article: http://www.arlington-tx.gov/news/2015/09/03/shaunda-posters-american-dream-seizing-arlingtons-endless-opportunities/.

Karlee Thormer, 2014 Communication Studies alum, is working for Emergency Medicine Consultants Ltd. as a document facilitator. She is responsible for communicating with medical providers to ensure their data is current and hospital privileges remain intact.

Student Awards and Accomplishments

Posted September 11, 2015 by Marti Harvey in category students

Former UTA Radio station manager Jessica Stroud, 2015 BCMN, won the grand prize for Best Radio Personality at the 2015 South Central Broadcasting Awards Regional Conference Oct. 2-3 at Texas Wesleyan University. The award is a regional competition that includes universities from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Stroud just completed a Technology Apprenticeship Program offered by the National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation. She now works for Cumulus Radio in Dallas as a remote engineer.

Communication 2305 students Brian Fuller and Kevin Mendez
produced “Javier the Juggler,” a YouTube news story about fellow student Javier Giribet-Vargas. The two wrote, produced and edited the video to highlight the exceptional talents of Giribet-Vargas. The story can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDZCnQyekH0.

Jeremy Schack, CTEC, will livestream 2015 UTA Movin’ Mavs basketball games at MovinMavsTV.com. He will livestream the Oct. 24 game and tournaments on Nov. 6-8, Nov. 13-15 and Dec. 4-6. In September he completed a YouTube video titled “A World in Motion: Jason Rainey” about an Iraq War veteran who joined the team this year. The video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLHDDFT10-c.
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 http://noisetrade.com/cmr/c-m-r.