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Faculty Openings for Broadcast Specialist and Communication Studies Instructor

Posted February 9, 2015 by Brian Horton in category faculty

The Department of Communication at UT-Arlington currently has two openings beginning fall 2015, pending approval of funding.

For job credentials and requirements, please visit our employment page for more information.

Faculty Excelling in the Community

Posted February 11, 2015 by Brian Horton in category faculty

Communication lecturer Austin Robinson has had a piece of photographic art accepted in Arlington Visual Arts Association juried show. The show runs though the month of February at Arlington’s Bob Duncan Community Center.

Students in Dr. Karishma Chatterjee’s COMS 3316 Communication in Human Relations are collaborating with the non-profit Helping Restore Ability ( as part of the class’ service learning efforts.

Fall 2014 COMM GTA LaDonna Aiken traveled to Okinawa, Japan in Jan. to conduct research. Aiken, who serves as a part-time lecturer for BCMN, was awarded a Dean’s Award for Research Travel for $1,000 to make the trip. Aiken’s research focuses predominately on military broadcasting, specifically, the first 50 years of the Far East Network Okinawa.

  • ladonna aiken with the people of okinawa japan
  • the beautiful scenery of okinawa, japan

“I was able to travel to Japan and interview people that grew up listening to FEN Okinawa, and record their stories and experiences,” Aiken said. “I was incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity to conduct this research. I was able to visit Okinawa's prefectural archives as well as getting the interviews I needed.”

Communication lecturer Melanie Mason and UTA Theatre and Jour Alum Steven Morris 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.

Communication specialist Roby Mceuen served as a judge at the Corpus Christi American Advertising Awards (previously ADDY competition) as part of the AAF 10th District Small Club Advertising Competition judging.

NABC chapter reforming at UTA

Posted January 28, 2015 by Brian Horton in category students

A student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists is in the process of being reactivated at UTA. Founded in 1975, the NABJ is an organization committed to strengthening ties among, expanding job opportunities for, and fostering excellence for black media-professionals, according to the organization’s national website.

The organization awards nearly $100,000 in scholarships and provides professional development and technical training across the country.

For more information, contact Reginald Adetula at

Alumni Mecca Rayne Takes New Anchor Position

Posted January 27, 2015 by Brian Horton in category alumni

mecca rayne, alumni of department of communication
Mecca Rayne (formerly Mecca Ali as a student) moves from Anchor/Reporter at KKTV in Colorado Springs to Anchor at KOCO in Oklahoma City. Congratulations Mecca!

Students, Alums Land Internships, Jobs

Posted January 27, 2015 by Brian Horton in category accomplishments

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

Each semester, students land coveted internships in their majors which often lead to job offers upon graduation. Departmental alum keep in touch with the department and share job and career opportunities with faculty and current students. Congratulations to recent graduates on career milestones.

Kevan Gerabagi, Dec 2014 CTEC graduate, was hired as a QA Analyst at Santander Consumer USA.

May 2014 CTEC grad Chris Thipavong is now an Inside Software Service Specialist at Omnitracs, a mobile technology company.

Dec 2013 BCMN grad Allie Woldtvedt spent her holiday break moving from Joplin, Mo to take on a new position as morning anchor at KMTR NewsSource 16 in Eugene, Oregon. Allie Warren, as she is known on camera, started her new anchor gig on Dec. 23. Allie is pictured on set with co-anchor Joel Porter. 
allie woldtvedt

Journalism major Noelle Jabal will spend the spring semester as an intern for D Magazine in Dallas. 

BCMN Students Spend Break at Cotton Bowl

Posted January 27, 2015 by Brian Horton in category students

The Department of Communication prides itself on providing relevant, real world experience to students in additional to classroom curriculum. Communication students garner invaluable industry experience while completing classroom work and the learning doesn’t stop over the holiday break. (With picture)

Eight UTA Communication students served as interns for the 79th Cotton Bowl Classic during the week leading up to the January 1st game.

“This is the second year communication students have provided video for the game's YouTube channel,” explained BCMN lecturer Lance Liguez who oversaw the Cotton Bowl video project along with BCMN sequence head Dr. Andrew Clark.

“During the week leading up to the game, students covered visits by Baylor and Michigan State to area hospitals, discovered odd pre-game rituals and showcased the hospitality provided to both players and media,” Liguez noted. 

The video content provided by the students will stay on the game's channel for an entire year, Liguez said. 

Students participating in the Cotton Bowl project include, left to right,  Jimena Fraga, Josh Pearson, Jessica Stroud, Parker Hillis, Raegan Cardwell, Hannah Barnett, Shayda Nazifpour and Amanda Kent.

uta communication students participate in cotton bowl.

Department Celebrates Graduates

Posted January 27, 2015 by Brian Horton in category students

2014 graduate student graduates

The Department of Communication finished up a busy Fall 2014 semester with commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 12.

In addition to more than 100 undergrad degrees in the department’s six disciplines, the Department of Communication also awarded several students a Master of Arts in Communication.

Pictured, left to right, are MA grads Grace Brannon, Jeffrey Bandy and Kadeth Anderson.

Congratulations to all of The Department of Communication Fall 2014 graduates.

Alumni Elizabeth Dinh Featured in UTA Magazine

Posted December 9, 2014 by Brian Horton in category alumni

Congratulations to 2003 Department of Communication alumni Elizabeth Dinh. She is now a news reporter for CBS11 in Dallas-Fort Worth. Read her story: