The 2013-2014 academic year has been a rewarding and busy one for The Department of Communication. Departmental highlights were the focus at this year's Spring Convocation Ceremony.
The Department started the year with the introduction of the department's new Emerging Media Certificate for all Communication majors.
"Students across the department have enthusiastically engaged in certificate courses and broadened their understanding and skills in communication," offered Department Chair Dr. Charla Markham Shaw.
"We also were honored to be designated an Engaged Department by national service learning experts in the fall." Markham Shaw noted. "Our department’s dedication to community engagement and service is deeply engrained in the culture of classes across all sequences."
Faculty members were recognized at the event. including Dr. Tom Christie and Dr. Charla Markham Shaw who were honored for Outstanding Teaching by a tenured faculty member. Mr. Julian Rodriguez was named Outstanding Lecturer and received the Dean’s Accolade Award, inspiring students to create work of exceptional merit beyond the classroom.
The event also detailed achievements in the department's six disciplines.
A team of advertising students and members of American Advertising Federation, under the mentorship of Jeff Williams, created an advertising campaign for the Movin’ Mavs and the National Wheelchair Basketball Championships held on campus. The students created video, posters, social media, events, and press releases for the group. Coach Doug Garner credited the ADVT students with the record attendance of 2,000 at games and for assisting in recruiting the top recruits in girl's basketball. The recruits were impressed by the student-created posters and banner.
Students in Dr. Tom Ingram and George 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 UTA Chancellor.
BCMN students in Julian Rodriguez and Dr. Andrew Clark’s TV Reporting I and II classes produce a weekly UTA News broadcast available on both Channel 99 and via utanews.com and are producing a segment “UTA Spotlight” aired on The City of Arlington’s channel. 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, including covering media day and team visits to local children’s hospitals. Charlie Fiss, VP of Communications for the Cotton Bowl, commented: “Your students are running rings around the other videographers that we have hired to provide us content."
Communication Studies students in Suzy Nead and April Blount’s Group Communication classes continue the tradition of working with a variety of organizations and programs to meet needs across the community. They students offer assistance to a variety of groups each semester including Safe Haven, Mission Arlington, Boy's and Girl's Club, Wounded Warriors and The 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 an event for the center's seniors. Center Director Rebecca Coffman noted that 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. Karishma Chatterjee’s Human Relations class is working with the national Helping Restore Ability organization. Dr. Chatterjee will also 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. The university has committed to funding to Campbell for five years should she choose to stay at A&M to pursue her PhD in organizational and health communication following completion of her Master's degree.
Students in Chyng-yang Jang's CTEC Web Communication Design and Development III class develop prototype web sites for community organizations. In fall and spring, these students have created web sites for 20 community organizations.
Dr. Brian Horton’s CTEC User Experience Design and Research students have 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 Communication Technology course engages approximately 140 students in service learning each semester. Students work with more than 65 organizations and conduct research on the client’s previous, current, and potential use of communication technologies. The students then provide recommendations to the clients, including hardware, software, and strategies to improve internal and external communication practices.
CTEC major Daniel Puente received a Citizen Certificate of Merit for his redesign of the volunteer pages for the Arlington Police Department’s website.
As part of a service learning project, students in Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith's Digital Storytelling course put online journalism skills to use in providing blogs covering small businesses and non-profits in Downtown Arlington for the Downtown Arlington Management Association.
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 the student's work, Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith sent a letter of thanks to the students and indicated that the advisory board was impressed and planning to implement the student's strategies.
Students in Dr. Shelley Wigley’s spring PR Campaigns class are working with ARISE! International, a non-profit organization that assists 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 at the event.
Evann Crawford, a double major in PREL and 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. The work is supported by a Ford Grant.
Department of Communication students also land coveted internships each semester. More than 60 students participated in internships this year, gaining valuable experience.
UTA students interned with a variety of local companies and non-profits this year including Children’s Medical Center's Red Balloon Network, NBC 5, WFAA 8 ,CBS 11, Univision, Telemundo, CBS Radio, The Eagle, The Ticket, K104, Clear Channel, Disney Worldwide, Strauss Marketing, UTA Athletics, The Fort Worth Independent School District, The Arlington Police Department, The Modern Art Museum, The Dallas Morning News, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and The Dallas Observer.
The Department of Communication is working with more than 50 different local companies, non-profits and media outlets this semester to provide Communication students with internship opportunities.
"Our students are gaining invaluable experience at a variety of internships this spring semester," offered Ashley Bustillo, who helps coordinate the Department of Communication internship program.
"Each semester, we seem to have more and more internship opportunities available to our students and many more companies seeking out students from our department to fill these positions," Mrs. Bustillo said.
The internship program allows junior- and senior-level students an opportunity to put classroom learning to the test in a real-world environment.
"An internship opportunity can be a real resume builder," Mrs. Bustillo added. "A student with internship credit is a definite stand out, and we are proud that we have established so many relationships with local businesses to provide our students with these opportunities."
This semester, students are interning at a wide variety of companies and non-profits.
COMS majors Raven Jennings and Evann Crawford are interning at CBS Radio in Dallas.
COMM majors Kenzie Cox and Samantha Gutierrez are working with KEGL 97.1 and Clear Channel Radio, respectively.
CTEC major Daniel Puente is serving as an intern for The Arlington Police Department, while CTEC major Travis Welborn is working with the City of Mansfield Communication Department.
PREL majors are also landing internships this spring. Georgina Martinez is working with Disney Worldwide Services, and El Memeyi Murangwa is interning with a French-based company, L'Agence D'Information.
Michael Magnus is working with the Tony Pompa for Texas Senate campaign.
Edrea Au is interning with Tarrant County and De'Angela Giles is working in the PR office of Strauss Marketing.
Several PREL students are gaining experience with on-campus internships this semester. Kimberly Edmonson is working with University Events and Felton Offard is serving as an intern for the UTA Athletics Department. Brittany Anderson is working with UT Arlington Alumni Association this semester.
BCMN major Valerie Maedgen landed an internship with Red Balloon Network in Dallas, while BCMN major Nawal A. (Dena) Adi is working with Media West Inc.
Students interested in earning internship credit (3 hours) must have a 3.0 departmental GPA and must have completed junior-level course work. All internships must be approved by the Department of Communication prior to the start of the semester.
Guest speaker Elizabeth Schick, President and owner of Pantheon, spoke to a room-full of students in the Maverick Activities Center Wednesday Nov. 13. The UTA chapter of the Association of Women in Communication, AWC, hosted the event, open to all students for the cost of $5.
Schick, who is a recipient of the Dallas 100 Entrepreneur Award, spoke about her trials, successes and accomplishments within her background in law as well as the development of her current leading company, Pantheon.
According to Schick there are “ABCs” to being successful.
A-Attitude: “A positive attitude creates productivity and profit,” Schick said.
Another important thing to remember about attitude is possessing a high EQ, emotional quotient, Schick noted.
“Emotional quotient is the ability to recognize your own emotions, moods and impulses and having the ability to manage them effectively,” Schick said.
B- Be Your Best: “Free yourself from the expectations of what you are not to live in the expectations of who you are,” Schick said.
People can be broken down into three different categories depending on how they respond to different situations.
“You think, you feel or you act first,” Schick said. “If you want to be successful in the workplace I strongly suggest you find a job that lines up with the way you are wired. If you are not allowed to respond the way that you are wired, you will be responding the wrong way.”
Schick says the most important way to be your best and to be successful is to show and not tell.
“Words cannot do what showing someone can,” Schick said.
C- Confidence: “If you’re not confident in your own abilities, no one else will,” Shick said.
In preparation for the meeting, Schick sent out a survey to 20 male colleagues in leadership positions across 10 different industries.
Among the questions asked: “What are three things you see that hold women back in the workplace or hindering them from the success they want to achieve?”
“A majority of the responses came back either specifically saying ‘lack of confidence’ or things that were a result of a lack of confidence,” Schick said.
Schick’s advice is to embrace your femininity and you will achieve success.
Hundreds of Communication students packed the UC’s Bluebonnet Ballroom for the Department of Communication’s annual Comm Day Oct. 31. This year’s event, Get off the Bench: Go Pro, provided students with an opportunity to attend workshops, hear guest speakers and network with industry professionals.
Martin Lisius, 1986 UTA grad, served as keynote speaker. Lisius, a noted area “storm spotter,” has produced, directed, and written several television programs relating to severe weather and owns the world’s premier storm footage library.
Panelists for the event included:
Building Your Resume and Portfolio: Julie Garcia (‘93), Marketing Associate, American Mensa Jeff Kovarsky (‘88), Production Manager, Clear Channel Media Joey Prebynski (MA, ‘08), Assistant Advance Scout, Texas Rangers
Strategies for Promoting Yourself Jared Chism (‘11), Social Media Specialist, JCPenney Erikka Neroes (‘11), Public Affairs Writer/Editor, Dept. of Veterans Affairs Derrick Thompson (MA, ‘12), Marketing Communications, City of Irving
Expectations in the Real World Chris Childs (‘09), Director, The Blaze TV Joan Khalaf (‘10), Audience Development Manager, D Custom Linda Levy, Principal/Founder, No Whining Talent Group
Interviewing Techniques Carl Esposito (MA, ‘11), Assistant Director for University Recruitment, UTA Caren Penland (‘04), Manager, Starbucks Rylie Thompson, Strauss Marketing-Public Relations Holland Sanders (‘09), Director of Marketing and Communications, Fort Worth Opera
Many local companies and organizations also participated in the day’s activities including: All Women in Media, American Advertising Federation, Best of Texas/BestBuzz, City of Arlington, Concussion Advertising, CW-33, D Magazine, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Honey Be Natural Magazine, Public Relations Society of America, Ride for the Brand, Social Media Club, Society of Professional Journalists, Steadfast Creative, Strauss Marketing, UTA Career Development Center, UTA Department of Communication, UTA News en Espanol, UTA Radio and UTA Student Publications.
Students also took advantage of the chance to take complimentary professional headshots at the event’s popular photo station, manned by Jeff Williams.
Two artist submissions from UTA Radio will appear on the upcoming 2013
College Radio Day Album due out Nov. 5.
Apache 5 and The Breakfast Machine, made up of current and former UTA students,
will each have a song featured on the album. It will be released in conjunction with College
“Submissions were solicited from college stations around the
country,” said UTA Radio Faculty Advisor Lance Liguez. “We’re thrilled to help
not just one, but two, local artists gain some national and international exposure.”
Both bands have been nominated for various local awards in the past, including
Best New Artist and Best Vocalist.
Oct. 1 marks the third year for College
Radio Day, an event aimed to raise
awareness of the many college stations that operate worldwide by encouraging
people who would not normally listen to college radio to do so.
event included participation by 585 college stations from 29 countries, including UTA Radio.
WBAP wasn’t the only radio outlet on hand for UTA's recent Sunrise Pep Rally.
WBAP News/Talk 820 AM and 96.7 FM broadcast live for the station’s early morning drive-time show from the College Park District. The Department of Communication’s own student-run station, UTA Radio and UTA Radio.com, also documented the morning’s activities.
Led by Broadcast Professors Andrew Clark and Lance Liguez with Department of Communication engineer Joe Carter’s technical prowess, UTA Radio and UTA Radio.com also broadcast live from College Park as UTA students, faculty and staff showed off their Maverick pride at the 7:15 a.m. event.
Broadcast majors Charles Vann and Tracie Hill interviewed UTA President Vistasp Karbhari and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck. Valerie Maedgen and Omar Castillon interviewed Dr. Beth Wright, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
UTA Radio students and faculty began set up at 3 a.m. so that the station could go live at 7 a.m.
“This was the first time we did a full, live morning drive block (5-9am)," Liguez said. "While the students were horrified to be up so early, they were eager and committed to producing a quality show."
Hundreds of spirit-filled Mavs turned out for the rally which featured the UT Arlington band, cheerleaders, Wranglers and Blaze. The event was sponsored by the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation, College Town UTA and the Division of Student Affairs and included a complimentary breakfast.
Outstanding Seniors Advertising:Lucy Wong Broadcasting:Diana Lopez Communication Studies: Michelle Cervantes Communication Technology: Rachel Rodriguez Journalism: Rachel Snyder Public Relations: Lauren Devoll
Outstanding Graduate Student Donna Pirkle
Outstanding Student in an Organization
PRSSA: Drake Lenhan
Society of Professional Journalists: Bianca Montes
UTA News en Español: Laura Romo and Maira Hinostroza
UTA Radio: Josh Sours
The Department of Communication also presented scholarships to 20 recipients.
The Lloyd Clark Endowed Scholarship, honoring 1942 graduate Lloyd Clark and given to an undergraduate student who intends to follow a news-editorial career. It is the hope of Mr. Clark’s classmates that those receiving the scholarship can match his performance on the Dallas Morning News, Phoenix Gazette, and Arizona Weekly Gazette. Monica Davis is this year’s Lloyd Clark recipient.
The Donald and Dorothy Bunnell Endowed Scholarship in Communication was established by Donald Bunnell to recognize and celebrate his beloved wife, the late Dorothy Bunnell. The scholarship recognizes outstanding students majoring in any Communication field. Alyxandra Crawford, Evann Crawford and Angelina Armendariz are this year’s Donald and Dorothy Bunnell scholars.
The Donna Darovich Endowed Scholarship in Journalism was established by friends and colleagues of to honor Darovich at the time of her retirement as UTA’s Director of Public Affairs. This year’s Donna Darovich Scholar is Tiffany Hamm.
The Neva McMurry Reidel Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Neva McMurray Reidel, a UTA student of journalism. Mrs. Reidel’s sister became aware of the excellence of the journalism program at UTA, and created this annual award in 1987 to recognize an outstanding journalism student. Tiffany Hamm is the 2012-2013 Neva McMurray Reidel scholar.
The Charles Arrendell Family Scholarship, first awarded in 1990, was established to honor Charles Arrendell, distinguished journalist and former chairperson of the Department of Communication. After his sudden death in 1989, Arrendell’s wife, son, and many friends established this scholarship to be awarded to an undergraduate journalism student in his memory. Tiffany Hamm is this year’s Charles Arrendell scholars.
The Murray C. and Nona Poston Journalism Scholarship was established by the Postons, world travelers who spent 20 years traveling and writing articles for the travel industry and various news organizations. In 1979, at age 66, Mrs. Poston graduated from UTA with a journalism degree. Established in the Postons’ wills, this award provides support to future journalists. This year’s Murray and Nona Poston scholar is Lindsey Juarez.
The Mark Holtz Sports Journalism Scholarship was established to honor Texas Rangers’ lead radio announcer for 13 years, Mark Holtz. Holtz was named Texas play-by-play sportscaster of the year eight times and elected to the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation awards two scholarships to UTA pursuing careers in Broadcast Journalism. This year’s Mark Holtz scholars are Avery Anderson and Valerie Maedgen.
The Karin McCallum Endowed Scholarship, first awarded in 1996, was established by former students of the award-winning emeritus professor of Speech Communication, Karin McCallum. This scholarship is given to outstanding students majoring in Communication Studies in her honor. Jonathan Blick and Lauren Carle are this year’s Karin McCallum scholars.
The Andrew M. Clark Scholarship, presented in honor of Dr. Clark in recognition to his dedication to student achievement, his vision, and his patience, was established in 2007 by the first graduate of UTA’s Master’s of Arts in Communication program, Danny Woodward. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding graduate student at the beginning of his/her thesis research. This year’s Andrew M. Clark Scholars is Milad Minooie.
The Phillip Lynn Hall Endowed Scholarship was established to honor 1980 UTA graduate, Phillip Lynn Hall, a lover of music, literature and journalism. Following his unexpected death in 2001, Hall’s family established the scholarship in his memory to be awarded to outstanding students majoring in Communication. Lindsey Juarez is this year’s recipient.
The Douglas Maples Broadcast Scholarship was established in honor of Doug Maples and his passion for radio broadcasting. While taking courses at UTA, Maples fell in love with the station and realized that there was a need for equipment and scholarship support. This scholarship is Maples’ way of giving back to the university where he works and still enjoys learning each day. The Douglas Maples Scholar is Juan Rios.
The George Proctor Endowed Scholarship was established by family, friends, and colleagues to honor George Proctor. An honored member of the family of the Department of Communication for more than 12 years, Proctor was a freelance writer, editor, artist, philosopher and an enthusiastic educator. The George Proctor scholar are Magaly Ayala and Melissa Martin.
The Dallas/Fort Worth Interactive Marketing Association Scholarship is awarded to a student interested in the interactive marketing field actively engaged in courses related to the field. Yong Yim is the recipients of this year's DFWIMA scholarship.
The Society of Professional Journalists Scholarship, established this year, is awarded to students demonstrating their interest and commitment to professional journalist careers. This year's SPJ scholars are Alyxandra Crawford and Vallari Gupte.
Additionally, the department also recognized nineteen students for their meritorious service as student ambassadors for the 2013 Barbara Jordan Media Awards. These student ambassadors are Angelina Armendariz, Alaa Bdeir-Bakhach, Jonathan Blick, Andrea Condori, Brandon Demings, Anthony Garcia, Ward Griffin, Drake Lenhan, Nicole Luna, Michael Magnus, Kristin McGee, Adolfo Muniz, Thy Nguyen, D’Anzia Robertson, Rachel Snyder, Jessica Stroup, Krista Torralva, Aisha Willis, Yong Yim.
UTA Radio is having a busy fall. UTA Radio Sports lost out to Wisconsin for Best Sports Play By Play at the National Student Production Awards put on by College Broadcasters, Inc. Jordan Victorin and Josh Sours were nominated for their call of UTA Baseball’s upset of Texas A&M earlier this year.
UTA Radio garnered three first-place finishes in the south-central competition for the National Broadcasting Society at its annual awards program held at the MAC Nov. 2. Matt Jones won for Best News Feature. Chelsie Pierce was honored for Best PSA. Former UTA student Trey Caron was recognizedfor Best Production/Imaging. The first place winners are now eligible for the national competition.
UTA Radio Faculty Advisor Lance Liguez was invited to speak at the Chicago convention of the College Media Association Nov. 3. Liguez’s presentation titled, “Still Growing: Opportunities for Internet Radio,” looked at the growth and success of UTA Radio as a model for other college Internet stations.
UTA Radio had special press access to both the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, thanks to a pair of internships with The Washington Center.
Economics major Curtwin Bismark and public relations major Lauren Devoll are interning with the non-profit Washington Center this fall.
“The internship allows for both students to attend the conventions, but only if they have a media sponsor,” says Faculty Advisor Lance Liguez. “As a condition of being sponsored, both students have agreed to act as special correspondents for UTA Radio.”
In addition to their internship duties, both students provided UTA Radio with photos and interviews for use on the station’s newscasts, website, and various social media outlets. Devoll atttended the RNC in August; Bismark attended the DNC in Sept.
Fox News Latino recently profiled the Department of Communication's UTA News en Español in a recent broadcast and in a story on the media outlet's website.
UTA News en Español, which airs weekly on UTA's campus channel, provides students with hands-on production and on-air experience. Most of the students who work with the UTA News en Español are Hispanic.
The program is the only one of its kind in the state, but has garnered viewers across Texas, and from as far away as Spain, says broadcast lecturer Julian Rodriguez.
The content of the 30-minute program is produced entirely by Communication students, giving them a competitive edge when applying for jobs with local media outlets. Many of UTA's Spanish speaking students serve as interns and land jobs with Telemundo and Univision when they graduate, Rodriguez said.
The Department of Communication recognized top students and 2012-13 scholarship winners at the 2012 Honors Convocation on Friday, April 27 in the UTA Planetarium.
Thirty-nine students were inducted into the Communication Honor Society. Membership is by invitation only, with honorees completing at least 90 hours toward their degrees; at least 60 of those hours must be completed at UTA with a GPA of 3.0 or better. The inductees must also have completed at least 12 hours at UTA in Communication with a GPA of 3.5 or better.
Congratulations to the following Communication Honor Society students:
Wesley Albaugh, Elizabeth Alvarez, Matt Anstice, Matthew Bastible, Kimberly Bauer, Derek Beckno, Josh Bowe, Christopher Bryan, Cindy Chung, Staci Deluca, Thomas Dennard, Christopher Dinh, Nicole Durham, Amanda Gonzalez, Chloe Jamerson, Ashley Keene, Kathryn Kiger, Rachel Makutuya, Maria Martinez, Christopher Mead, David Morgan, Benjamin Muir, Cindy Nguyen, Jessica Patzer, David Petti, Rachel Rodriguez, Britney Taylor, Michelle Tyer, Teresa Ustanik, Samantha Watson and Lucille Wong.
Several Department of Communication students were also inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. Membership must be earned by excellence in academic work and selection for membership is a mark of highest distinction and honor. The seventh oldest national honor society, Kappa Tau Alpha was founded at the University of Missouri in 1910 at the world's first school of journalism. The Society has 94 chapters and has inducted nearly 60,000 outstanding students since its founding in 1910.
Congratulations to this year’s Kappa Tau Alpha inductees: Matthew Bastible, Christopher Bryan, Thomas Dennard, Joshua Derrick, Samantha Horn, Chloe Jamerson, Ashley Keene, Kathryn Kiger and Britney Taylor. Kathryn Kiger was also named the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar.
The department also recognized the outstanding students for 2011-2012. Outstanding seniors in the Department of Communication’s six disciplines include: Advertising: Alison Cohn; Broadcasting: Christine Nicholson; Communication Studies:Keelie Barrow; Communication Technology: Carlos Cucalon; Journalism: Matthew Bryan Bastible, and Public Relations: Christopher Bryan.
Outstanding Graduate Student honors were presented to Vidisha Bhopatkar.
Outstanding Students in an Organization included: PRSSA: Katy Kiger; UTA Radio: Staci Deluca; Association for Women in Communication: Sarah Frost; UTA News en Espanol:Raul Solis; and Society of Professional Journalists: Bryan Bastible.
The Department of Communication also presented scholarships to 23 recipients.
The Lloyd Clark Endowed Scholarship, honoring 1942 graduate Lloyd Clark and given to an undergraduate student who intends to follow a news-editorial career. It is the hope of Mr. Clark’s classmates that those receiving the scholarship can match his performance on the Dallas Morning News, Phoenix Gazette, and Arizona Weekly Gazette. Bianca Montes is this year’s Lloyd Clark recipient.
The Donald and Dorothy Bunnell Endowed Scholarship in Communication was established by Donald Bunnell to recognize and celebrate his beloved wife, the late Dorothy Bunnell. The scholarship recognizes outstanding students majoring in any Communication field. Sean Noell, Zack Minter and Mark Melendez are this year’s Donald and Dorothy Bunnell scholars.
The Donna Darovich Endowed Scholarship in Journalism was established by friends and colleagues of to honor Darovich at the time of her retirement as UTA’s Director of Public Affairs. This year’s Donna Darovich Scholar is Lindsey Juarez.
The Neva McMurry Reidel Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Neva McMurray Reidel, a UTA student of journalism. Mrs. Reidel’s sister became aware of the excellence of the journalism program at UTA, and created this annual award in 1987 to recognize an outstanding journalism student. Lindsey Juarez is the 2011-2012 Neva McMurray Reidel scholar.
The Charles Arrendell Family Scholarship, first awarded in 1990, was established to honor Charles Arrendell, distinguished journalist and former chairperson of the Department of Communication. After his sudden death in 1989, Arrendell’s wife, son, and many friends established this scholarship to be awarded to an undergraduate journalism student in his memory.Rachel Snyder and Kushal Sapkota are this year’s Charles Arrendell scholars.
The Murray C. and Nona Poston Journalism Scholarship was established by the Postons, world travelers who spent 20 years traveling and writing articles for the travel industry and various news organizations. In 1979, at age 66, Mrs. Poston graduated from UTA with a journalism degree. Established in the Postons’ wills, this award provides support to future journalists. This year’s Murray and Nona Poston scholar is Cindy Chung.
The Bill McCallum Communication Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Bill McCallum, husband and friend to our beloved colleague, Dr. Karin McCallum. Friends, family, and UTA colleagues and students established the scholarship to be awarded to an undergraduate communication student. This year’s Bill McCallum scholar is Christine Lambe.
The Jack Butler Award is presented annually to an outstanding news-editorial journalism graduate who is about to enter the working world. Jack Butler, editor of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram from the 1950s until the mid-1970s, was a life-long Texas newspaper man. In appreciation for Butler’s service to the newspaper, the Capitol Cities Communications Corp. established the award in his honor. This year’s Jack Butler recipient is Bianca Montes.
The Mark Holtz Sports Journalism Scholarship was established to honor Texas Rangers’ lead radio announcer for 13 years, Mark Holtz. Holtz was named Texas play-by-play sportscaster of the year eight times and elected to the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation awards two scholarships to UTA pursuing careers in Broadcast Journalism. This year’s Mark Holtz scholars are Alyxandra Crawfordand Brianna Nathaniel.
The Karin McCallum Endowed Scholarship, first awarded in 1996, was established by former students of the award-winning emeritus professor of Speech Communication, Karin McCallum.This scholarship is given to outstanding students majoring in Communication Studies in her honor. Kirstin Gaddis and Ward Griffin are this year’s Karin McCallum scholars.
The Andrew M. Clark Scholarship, presented in honor of Dr. Clark in recognition to his dedication to student achievement, his vision, and his patience, was established in 2007 by the first graduate of UTA’s Master’s of Arts in Communication program, Danny Woodward. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding graduate student at the beginning of his/her thesis research. This year’s Andrew M. Clark Scholars are Vidisha Bhopatkar and Paul Kozar.
The Phillip Lynn Hall Endowed Scholarship was established to honor 1980 UTA graduate, Phillip Lynn Hall, a lover of music, literature and journalism. Following his unexpected death in 2001, Hall’s family established the scholarship in his memory to be awarded to outstanding students majoring in Communication. Rachel Snyder is this year’s recipient.
The Douglas Maples Broadcast Scholarship was established in honor of Doug Maples and his passion for radio broadcasting. While taking courses at UTA, Maples fell in love with the station and realized that there was a need for equipment and scholarship support. This scholarship is Maples’ way of giving back to the university where he works and still enjoys learning each day.The Douglas Maples Scholar is Juan Rios.
The George Proctor Endowed Scholarship was established by family, friends, and colleagues to honor George Proctor. An honored member of the family of the Department of Communication for more than 12 years, Proctor was a freelance writer, editor, artist, philosopher and an enthusiastic educator. The George Proctor scholar is Maritza Moreno.
The Dallas/Fort Worth Interactive Marketing Association Scholarship, established this year, is awarded to a student interested in the interactive marketing field actively engaged in courses related to the field.Kristen Ranshaw and Taiki Haraare the first recipients of the DFWIMA scholarship.
The Sam Lea Endowed Scholarship in Journalism was established by his family in honor of Sam Lea, aUTA student who earned a journalism degree in 2004. At the time of his death in 2005, Lea was pursuing a second degree in English toward a secondary teaching certification. He was gifted in conveying stories in both photography and words. In the words of his father “Sam was a generous, warmhearted man with a mind open to learning.” This year’s scholarship, awarded to support the work of a student in journalism, is presented to Mary Boedeker.
Students were not the only ones honored at this year’s convocation. Two beloved faculty members were also celebrated during the special event. Pat Gordon and Allen Sheffield were recognized for their long-time dedication to the Department of Communication. Sheffield is a Speech Communication instructor, and Pat Gordon is a Journalism and Photography instructor. Both Gordon and Sheffield are retiring following the spring semester and will be greatly missed by students, staff and fellow faculty.
UTA Radio is no longer a well-kept secret. The radio’s website, utaradio.com, is increasing the number of visitors to the site each week. The campus-run station is also expanding its reach by joining the iHeart Radio digital platform.
“We broke a monthly visitor and hits record,” offered Joseph W. Carter, Manager of Technical Operations and Department of Communication Broadcast Engineer. “In March, we had 2,029 unique visitors and 61,264 page impressions. That's the most ever in a month.”
“We've had 103,546 total page impressions so far this year,” Carter added.
The addition to iHeart’s college radio roster gives UTA Radio the potential for wider visibility and recognition.
“It will allow us to align ourselves with an entity that is second only to Pandora in the number of people accessing and listening to radio online,” says Dr. Andrew Clark, Broadcast Sequence Coordinator. “Not only does it give us more credibility, but it exposes the work of our students to all of the iHeart listeners, and increases the national as well as the global awareness of UT Arlington and of the many things that the university offers. “
“As a result of this opportunity, our students will be creating new and varied programming and have a greater platform to showcase their work,” Clark added.
In addition to playing the best in indie rock, UTA Radio students also handle play-by-play duties for the university’s basketball, baseball and volleyball teams.
According to Triton Digital, iHeart’s average active sessions, the web equivalent of traditional radio’s listenership during a 15-minute period, grew to 206,000 in January. The number has been steadily increasing since November, when 162,093 sessions were reported.
iHeart Radio is a Clear Channel Radio network broadcasting over 850 live stations through its website and mobile app. It began adding university radio stations earlier this year, with UTA Radio now joining over a dozen college stations on the digital platform.
UTA Radio.com is a student-run internet radio station that serves the University of Texas at Arlington, and the world, with its eclectic mix of alternative/indie rock, sports, and student-produced entertainment. We are online, all the time at www.utaradio.com
UTA Radio is expanding its reach by joining the iHeart Radio digital platform.
The addition to iHeart’s college radio roster gives UTA Radio the potential for wider visibility and recognition.
iHeart Radio is a Clear Channel Radio network broadcasting over 850 live stations through its website and mobile app. It began adding university radio stations earlier this year, with UTA Radio now joining over a dozen college stations on the digital platform.
“It will allow us to align ourselves with an entity that is second only to Pandora in the number of people accessing and listening to radio online,” says Dr. Andrew Clark, Broadcast Sequence Coordinator for the Department of Communication.
“Not only does it give us more credibility, but it exposes the work of our students to all of the iHeart listeners, and increases the national as well as the global awareness of UT Arlington and of the many things that the university offers," Dr. Clark added. "As a result of this opportunity, our students will be creating new and varied programming and have a greater platform to showcase their work.”
In addition to playing the best in indie rock, UTA Radio students also handle play-by-play duties for the university’s basketball, baseball and volleyball teams. According to Triton Digital, iHeart’s average active sessions, the web equivalent of traditional radio’s listenership during a 15-minute period, grew to 206,000 in January. The number has been steadily increasing since November, when 162,093 sessions were reported.
Patrick Modrovsky, May 2011 broadcast graduate, received a Lone Star Emmy Award for his producing work on The High School Spotlight for FOX Sports Southwest.
"It's one of those things that you don't think in a million years will happen to you," said Modrovsky about learning he had garnered the coveted industry award.
The Department of Communication alum started out as a production assistant, working for FOX while taking classes at UTA. He worked his way into a producer slot, producing his first show when he was 21.
Modrovsky credits his UTA broadcast professors, Dr. Andrew Clark and Julian Rodriguez, with providing a solid foundation and a strong broadcast background.
"Because they have both worked in the industry, they know what works and what doesn't," he said. "They taught me the importance of meeting deadlines and not being statisfied with the average -- that a little bit of extra work can really make a project stand out."
Modrovsky continues his work for FOX Sports Southwest as a freelance associate producer/editor. He is producer of FOX's "DQ Big Game of the Week."
Students in the fall Integrated Marketing Communication class in the Advertising sequence were named among the finalists in the Chevrolet’s Sonic Marketing Challenge and will make a presentation to Chevrolet executives in Detroit Dec. 6.
The team is one of three finalist groups being flown to Detroit by GM. (Entries were received from 48 student teams across the nation.)
The UT Arlington student team designed an integrated marketing campaign targeting college-age students. The students include: Corey Erickson, Wes Albaugh, Vidwan Raghavan, Daniel Kruzic and Sean Alexander. Luis Lopez-Preciado and Rudy Bechtel team teach the IMC class.
UTA Radio is proving that good things come in threes.
In October, UTA Radio.com won a Radio Mercury Award in New York City. The winning spot, "Get Tested," was produced by Jillian Dennis and Trey Caron, two students from Broadcast Lecturer Lance Liguez's Summer II Radio Production class. The award honors the best in radio creative and comes with $2,500 prize.
UTA Radio won the Best PSA category for radio at the College Broadcasters, Inc. convention. Dontae Robison beat out three other finalists for the award.
UTA Radio and UTA News also chalked up honors at the 2011 South Central Broadcasting Society regional competition. The entries include undergraduate college and university students from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico and Tennessee. The audio winners are students in Radio Production (BCMN 2357) or UTA Radio.com. Video winners are taking TV Production (BCMN 2458), Electronic News (BCMN 3340) and TV Reporting II (BCMN 4350).
UTA students honored include:
Ayyoub Ajmi—third place, Video Open Category Trey Caron and Jillian Dennis—third place, Audio PSA Josh Greenlee—second place, Audio Promo Christine Nicholson—first place, Audio Music/Entertainment Program; second place, Audio News Program Alanna Quillen—honorable mention, Video Open Category Dontae Robison—second place, Audio PSA Samantha Watson—honorable mention, Video Feature Package Jazmyne Washington—third place, Video PSA
KXAS News Anchor and Turner Sports alum Marc Fein was keynote speaker for Comm Day 2011, sharing his broadcast experience with our communication students.
Fein recently joined KXAS-TV (NBC-5) as afternoon anchor. Fein is fresh from Atlanta's Turner Sports, where he was a studio host and reporter covering the full gamut of sporting events, including NBA, MLB, PGA, NASCAR, and NCAA football. Prior to his stint at Turner, was a sports anchor and reporter for KDFW-TV, at which time he also hosted the Dallas Cowboys' pregame show on FOX.
UTA Radio has been named a finalist for a Radio Mercury Award for a student-created Public Service Announcement. The annual award is sponsored by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and is considered one of the premiere creative competitions in the radio industry.
The PSA was produced by broadcast students, Trey Carson and Jillian Dennis, students in Broadcast Lecturer Lance Liguez's Summer II Radio Production class.
The winners for the Mercury will announced in New York City on Oct. 4.
The UTA chapter of The Association for Women in Communication was recently awarded the large chapter division of the outstanding student chapter award. The active chapter hosted a variety of events including student speakers, round table discussions, workshops, fundraising events and many philanthropic events.
“Our members are committed to hands-on experience in the communication field,” explained Dr. Sasha Grant, assistant professor and AWC faculty sponsor. “This year’s programs focused on a variety of topics including finding a dream job, networking, resume writing, television broadcasting and issues and trends in the field of communication.”
The AWC chapter also worked throughout the year to promote worthy causes, Grant added, including AWC’s Fit to Fight Cancer. Members raised nearly $850 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event.
The Association for Women in Communication champions the advancement of women across all communication disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era, according to the group’s website.
The UTA chapter welcomes Department of Communication students to get involved for the 2011-2012 academic year. The group meets the second Friday of the month at noon in room 264 of the Fine Arts building.
Rebekah Karth, May 2010 Public Relations graduate, has been honored with the Honors College Bridge to Graduate School Fellowship for the 2011-2012 year in recognition for academic excellence. Karth begins graduate studies in the Department of Communication this fall.
Students in Dr. Luis Lopez-Preciado's Fall Advertising Campaigns Class worked with the UTA Faculty Club to design and implement an advertising campaign for the campus eatery. The restaurant, located in the basement of Davis Hall, is open to all faculty and staff.
Two of the advertising students are continuing the project this semester with Aramark, the parent company that manages the restaurant. The students will spend the semester as paid interns with the company.