University of Texas at Arlington

Department of Communication

Comm pros offer insider info to students

Posted 9-18-2014 by Barrie Hill in category students

Department of Communication students benefit from the department's strong ties with local media professionals.

 

"It is quite common for our faculty members to invite communication professionals into the classroom to share relevant experiences with our students," said Department Chair Dr. Charla Markham Shaw. "Students hear first-hand from industry professionals about what life is like in the 'real world.'"

"It is a definite benefit to our students that our campus is strategically located in the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth area where the communication field is thriving," Markham Shaw added. "We are always appreciative when these professionals can share their experience and insight with our students."

 

This fall, many professionals are meeting with students, both in the classroom and through student organizations.

 

Jimmy Gonzalez, the VP of Programming at 107.5 La Grande, visited with broadcast students this week. Gonzales stopped in to speak to Lance Liguez’s broadcast management class on Sept. 18.

 

Gonzalez is credited with taking  the station to No. 1 in the market among Spanish formats, He is also overseeing the launch of morning personality El Shoboy into national radio syndication.

 

Jane Slater, an anchor/reporter with local CBS affiliate, Channel 11, will be a guest speaker in Mark Tremayne's Current Issues class on Sept. 19.

 

"Jane is a former student of mine who's had an extensive career in broadcast news and sports, both in radio and television. She'll be talking about trends in broadcasting and also offering students on getting jobs and networking," Tremayne said. 

 

 

Comm Day 2014 slated for Oct. 22

Posted 9-18-2014 by Barrie Hill in category students

The Department of Communication is busy preparing for one of the department's most popular events.

Communication Day 2014 is a day-long event celebrating careers in the communication field. The theme of Comm Day 2014 is Destination Success. The Oct. 22 event will be held in University Center again this year.

Comm Day offers students a chance to network with top communication professionals and distinguished alumni who are eager to share tricks of the trade and help students increase their potential of landing a coveted communication position.

Comm Day is an opportunity for students to explore the rich and diverse field of communication, including advertising, broadcast, communication studies, communication technology, journalism and public relations. Alumni roundtables will allow current students to interact with departmental alum who are now working in the Communication industry.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is keynote speaker for this year's event.

Destination Success will also include a headshot booth, resume critiques and image consultation.

Students team up for service learning project

Posted 9-18-2014 by Barrie Hill in category students

Students in Communication Studies Lecturer Melanie Mason’s Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature class are participating in a service learning project this semester with Theatre Arts classes at Watauga Middle School and Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy.

The Communication students are working with sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders on a reader’s theatre presentation. 

Mason says the students are connecting on a project for International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, according to the group’s website. http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/get-started.

“My students have provided these middle schoolers with a Reader's Theatre version of the book and a set of questions based on Burke's Pentad Dramatism Analysis so that they can better understand the script for performance,” Mason explained. “These students will then perform for us and have a discussion together on the experience.”

The COMS students have been Skyping with the younger students during class time. The Grand Prairie students will visit the UTA campus for  presentation of the group’s collaborative project in September.

“This project gave my students an opportunity to further explore interpretation of Children's Literature, both from an individual perspective and to watch the target demographic in action,” Mason added.

“We also provided some great resources to these middle school teachers and exposed these kids to a university experience at UTA. Go Mavs!” 

 

COMM grads landing top spots

Posted 9-18-2014 by Barrie Hill in category students

Department of Communication graduates in all disciplines are prepared for positions in many areas of Communication upon graduation.

"Our Comm grads are fortunate that classroom learning translates into job offers after graduation," commented Dr. Charla Markham Shaw, department chair. "Our alumni are moving into positions around the DFW Metroplex area and across the country after graduation. We are so proud of their accomplishments."

"We love to keep up with our students and hear where their education has taken them," Markham Shaw added. "It's exciting to hear how they are using their classroom learning in the job market."

Here's a round up of recent Department of Communication hires:

December 2006 BCMN and JOUR grad Candace Sweat is now working as a reporter for WRAL in Raleigh, NC. http://www.wral.com/rs/bio/13907551/

August 2008 BCMN grad Daniel Armbruster is now a weekend co-anchor at 40/29 KHBS/KHOG-TV in Fayetteville/Fort Smith, Ark.

http://www.4029tv.com/tv/about/daniel-armbruster-named-4029-news-weeknight-coanchor/26657542#!bQdBkL

December 2009 BCMN grad Matthew Linguist is now a full-time photographer at KCCO Fox 25 in Oklahoma City. Linquist worked previously as Digital Content Specialist at KXII in Sherman, TX.

December 2010 BCMN grad Chris Mead is working as Video Creative Services Manager for Texas Stars Hockey Club.

May 2014 ADVT graduate Himanshu Patel was hired at the Richards Group in Dallas as a brand manager.  

May 2013 BCMN grad Alyxandra (Crawford) Jones is working in production at CBS 11 alongside other UTA alum including May 2012 BCMN Sean Noell and May 2014 BCMN grad Omar Castillon.

August 2010 BCMN grad Francesca Washington is a reporter at KLTV in Tyler.

To submit alumni news, please send an e-mail with name, major, grad date and new position to barriehill@uta.edu. We'd love to brag on your accomplishments!

Students gain experience with fall internships

Posted 9-18-2014 by Barrie Hill in category students

Department of Communication students participate in a variety of internships with local companies, non-profits and media outlets to gain invaluable experience before graduation. During the Fall 2014 semester, students are interning across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  

Broadcast majors are interning with a local television, radio and media outlets. Jimena Fraga is interning with KDFW - FOX 4. Dylan Fry, Brandon Gordon, Marlene Herrera, Parker Hillis and Grant McKinley are working with CBS Radio this semester. Froylan Guerrero is interning with local affiliate CBS Channel 11. Derek Guthrie Kaufman is working with UTA Movin’ Mavs.

Public relations majors are also gaining practical experience this fall. Fabian Brown is working with Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas. Mary McKena Honnoll is interning with Solkissed Swimwear while Jasmina Kazic is at TheCelebrityCafe.com. Vanessa Suarez is spending the semester at DFW International Airport, and Elizabeth Pugh is working with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, Elisa Tapia with Allied Integrated Marketing and ADVT and PREL double major Shelby Cummings with College Park District. JOUR and PREL double major Edrea Au is interning with the Red Balloon Network at Children’s Medical Center this fall.

Advertising majors have also landed coveted internships. Michael Colman II is interning with Moroch Partners and Hieu Duc Hoang with Atomic DC. Matthew Fomby is spending the semester with Texas Motor Speedway.

Journalism major Erik Velasquez is working with UTA Athletics.

Communication Technology major Michelle Do is spending the fall semester, working with Vietnamese Baptist Church of Arlington and Daniel Mancillas is working with Functional Food Center Inc.

Comm Studies major Kacie Everhart is interning with TheCelebrityCafe.com.

Snow doesn't dampen SPJ fundraiser

Posted 2-7-2014 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.

PRSSA meeting Feb 6

Posted 2-4-2014 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 stephanie.lowther@mavs.uta.edu.

BCMN students spend holiday break working

Posted 2-3-2014 by Barrie Hill in category students

The Spring semester is off to a busy start for the Department of Communication, but several students found themselves very busy over the holiday break as well. 

While many of us were enjoying a little down time in December, eight students from the broadcast sequence spent the winter break producing fan content for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. 

The videos, now available on the Cotton Bowl's YouTube page, feature media day fun by players from Missouri and Oklahoma State, as well as team visits to local children's hospitals. 

Radio instructor Lance Liguez and Associate Professor and broadcast sequence coordinator Dr. Andrew Clark oversaw the student’s Cotton Bowl project.

For more information: utanews.com/2014/01/27/att 

BCMN students win SCBS awards

Posted 2-3-2014 by Barrie Hill in category students

Several broadcast students in Radio Production/UTA Radio and TV Reporting won awards at the South Central Broadcasting Society Awards held Nov. 22 in Austin.

The following students were recognized for their work:


Shaun Hudgins - 3rd place audio spot production
Adrian Gandara - 2nd place audio news feature pkg
Paul Bennett - 3rd place video news feature pkg
Angelina Armendariz - 2nd place video hard/spot news
Omar Castillon - 2nd place audio station imaging
Hannah Barnett and Travis Mejia - Honorable mention audio sports program
Marie Lopez - 2nd place audio news program
UTA News en Espanol - 3rd place video news program

Congratulations to our award-winning Broadcast Department on these well-deserved awards.


Each semester, Department of Communication students participate in a number of service learning projects as part of their classroom curriculum.

The students’ efforts benefit many local non-profit and service organizations in Arlington and throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area while offering the students an opportunity to interact with community leaders and turn classroom knowledge into tangible results.

During the Fall semester, students completed several service leaning projects.

Students in Dr. Shelley Wigley’s PR Campaigns class (PREL 4316) worked with River Legacy Living Science Center in Arlington. The students developed public relations campaign plans for the organization and implementing a variety of events and projects on the organization’s behalf.

Students enrolled in Communication Lecturer Suzy Nead’s COMS 2304 Group Communication class worked with several organizations during the Fall semester. The students participated in a food drive benefitting Mission Arlington and the North Texas Food Bank and collected clothing, food and school supplies for SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

A team of students also worked on an anti-bullying program for The Boys and Girls Club, and planned movie nights for children at Mission Arlington and Hearts and Hands. The students collected supplies that were sent to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan through Package Brigade in Fort Worth, and solicited donations of school supplies and gifts for children at the All Church Home.

Several of the students in the Group Communication Principles class are also cadets in UTA's ROTC program. The cadets were instrumental in encouraging the Military Science department to serve as Secret Santas for students at The Pythian Home in Weatherford.

Students enrolled in Dr. Thomas Christie’s Fall PREL 4316 Campaigns class worked with the Youth Education Town, a nonprofit after-school activities center supported by the National Football League and Salvation Army. Arlington’s YET opened in the fall of 2013 with activities including sports, computer training, career development and tutoring. affiliated with the Salvation Army. The students developed a Public Relations campaign for the organization and volunteered at the Salvation Army facility.

"Our students developed comprehensive campaign plans to help the Arlington YET integrate into the community and to develop sustainable funding," Dr. Christie explained.

"Four student teams conducted original research including focus groups, interviews, and surveys. Teams developed dozens of communication tools for the center including news releases, public service announcements, fact sheets, posters, brochures, flyers, and t-shirt designs," Dr. Christie added. "Teams also participated in on-site tours and other activities designed to increase awareness of the services of the new center."

Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith’s Digital Storytelling students  wrote blog posts for Downtown Arlington Management Association (downtownarlington.org).

“The partnership allowed my students to put the online journalism skills they were learning toward a project that provides exposure to small businesses and nonprofit groups in the Downtown Arlington area,” Dr. Pribanic-Smith explained.

AWC meeting slated for Feb. 12

Posted 2-3-2014 by Brian Horton in category students

Members of the Association for Women in Communications attended the recent Student Activities Fair to provide information about UTA's active AWC chapter.
Members of the Association for Women in Communications attended the recent Student Activities Fair to provide information about UTA's active AWC chapter.

The Association for Women in Communications invites students to join this active department organization for the Spring 2014 semester.

Chapter meetings will be held Feb. 12, Feb. 26, March 19, April 2, and April 23. All meetings are at 12 p.m. in Room 414 of the Fine Arts building.

During the Feb. 12 meeting, the chapter will host a workshop covering Appropriate Attire for the Workplace.


The group is also planning a Valentine's Day-themed Fundraiser, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14, in the University Center’s Palo Duro Lounge. AWC members will sell roses and chocolate chip cookies.

The official AWC email for members and those interested in joining is awcuta@gmail.com. The group’s Facebook page is: (https://www.facebook.com/pages/AWC-UTA-Chapter/513603801996482) and AWC’s Twitter handle is AWC UTA, @AWCUTA.

AAF meeting scheduled for Feb. 10

Posted 2-3-2014 by Barrie Hill in category students

The student chapter of the American Advertising Federation invites all students to attend the organization's next installment of the Ad Talks Speaker Series: Google AdWords & Internet Marketin. The guest speaker will be Linsey Fagan, Interactive Recruiter at Onward Search.

Fagan is an expert in online brand marketing. With experience launching her own eCommerce website and skills in a variety of online marketing platforms including SEO, branding and paid search, Fagan will share effective strategies to get noticed on the Web.

"Students will have the opportunity to gain insight into the analytics side of the advertising industry and to network with an industry professional," explained Jason Clayden, AAF chapter president. "Students from every major are welcome to attend."

The meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, in Room 409 of the Fine Arts building.

The AAF's upcoming meetings include:

Mon Feb. 17: General Body Meeting (FAB 409, 4-5pm)
Mon Mar. 3: General Body Meeting (FAB 409, 4-5pm)
Mon Mar. 17: General Body Meeting (FAB 409, 4-5pm)
Mon Mar. 31: General Body Meeting
Mon Apr 14: General Body Meeting
Mon Apr 28: General Body Meeting

AAF is also working on a special project this semester to help advertise and promote the Movin’ Mavs.

“The Movin’ Mavs have a national tournament hosting here at UTA in March, and we want to help them get a great fan turnout,” explained Jeff Williams, Department of Communication Advertising specialist and AAF faculty advisor.

The students spent a recent work day with the Movin’ Mavs to get the project underway and will be rolling out advertising and promotional materials in the weeks to come.

For more information on the student chapter of The American Advertising Federation at UT Arlington, check out the group's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AAFMavs or follow on Twitter: @uta_aaf.

 

aaf student chapter at ut-arlington

DMN staffer visits SPJ students

Posted 1-28-2014 by Barrie Hill in category students

The UTA chapter of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) hosted a guest speaker at the group's Jan. 30 meeting.

 

Dallas Morning News environmental writer Randy Loftis spoke to the SPJ students about his media experiences.

 

On Feb. 6, SPJ UTA will be selling spirit beads and wristbands in the University Center mall for game day.  The group also plans to sell spirit  bands on upcoming game days as well.

Students/Alumni land internships, jobs

Posted 11-22-2013 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category students

Comm Tech major Umear Ali is listening for a familiar ring on cell phones across campus. Ali made a ringtone a couple of years ago that has been picked up by iTunes and is now rising on the charts. At last check, Ali’s iPhoneremix was ranked in the Top 20 worldwide and No. 1 in Canada.

BCMN grad Vania Salinas has been hired by Univision-Dallas. Salinas is taking over UTA BCMN grad Reyna Cavazos’ position as morning editor now that Cavazos is moving to full-time anchor/reporter for the station’s morning show.

Shaun Hudgins, BCMN major, is interning with The Ben and Skin Show this semester after a summer internship with KRLD/105.3 The Fan working with Texas Rangers game audio. “Already I've learned a lot and am hopeful and optimistic about this possibly leading to a career opportunity for me. Right now, I'm working both internships concurrently and really enjoying it,” Hudgins says. “The experience I got with both radio production with Lance Liguez and TV production with Julian Rodriguez gave me a huge advantage over other interviewees and has helped me stand out from other interns as well.”

Evann Crawford, a Comm Studies major/PR minor, is currently participating in the Ford Grant Research Study with Dr. Shelley Wigley. The research project is a partnership with Mission Arlington in an attempt to create diabetes awareness.

PREL major Sara Tariq is a contributing writer for New York-based VIBE magazine, a contributing writer and editor for a music blog, MyMusicIsBetterThanYours.com, and is working an an intern for an LA-based artist management company. Tariq’s debut VIBE article, comparing established names in the electronic dance music industry to up-and-coming producers who are fairly young and new, can be accessed at the following link: http://www.vibe.com/photo-gallery/new-era-edm-edm-rockstar-comparison-chart-see-whos-next

PREL and Communication Technology double major Noe Ponce a working as a contributing writer for a video game blog website aptly named thatvideogameblog.com. “It's my job to regularly publish various articles on the video game industry every week by transforming plain, uninteresting press releases and industry news, into something fun and exciting that gamers would want to read, Ponce explains.

PREL major Brandon Demings is working in UTA’s Health Service Substance Abuse and Health Promotions Department as the Sr. Intern and Lead Educator. Demings is responsible for marketing, publicity and community relations for the organization and also works in peer education and counseling, providing support to students who may be dealing with substance abuse or alcohol problems.

Alyssa Davis, who graduated with a BA in Broadcasting in Summer 2013, has a new job as a camera operator at KTXD-TV in Addison.

UTA Mavericks got the opportunity to hear Dept. of Communication alumna Orieta Barbetta in her first on-air promo this month. Barbetta, a BCMN grad, is working for Univision45 in Houston.

 

 

Flanders visits Ad Club

Posted 11-22-2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

Don Flanders, senior account executive with New York-based Rovi Advertising, was the guest speaker at the Nov. 13 Ad Club meeting.
The Ad club is encouraging UTA Advertising and Communication students to get involved and enter this year’s Addy Awards, an industry award recognizing

“We encourage you to take advantage of the student competition of the Addy Awards. This is an opportunity to build your portfolio and get involved in a major advertising competition,” offers Ad Club president Brittany Anderson.

"Do you have it?"-The guts, the brains and the heart to make it at the American Advertising Awards?? Entries are now open and are $45 per entry for students.

Who doesn't love free stuff?! There are 3 ways to enter to win a free award:
-Tweet using
#DoYouHaveItFW
-Show up at AAF events (
http://aaffortworth.com/events/) leading up to the early entry deadline (December 6).
-Click on the link below and enter your email address.
http://anatomyofadvertising.com/

Public Relations students enrolled in PR Case Studies classes this semester got to learn about real-world applications of PR techniques during a Nov. 5 presentation on Crisis Communication/International PR.

Guest speakers visited the classroom and provided valuable industry information and real-world scenarios to the students. Speakers included: Jennifer Lanter, Public Information Officer, Director of Public Relations, Gladney Center for Adoption; Heidi Bruegel Cox, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Gladney Center; and Lisa LeMaster, an entrepreneur and nationally-recognized expert in media relations and crisis communications strategies and tactics.

Jennifer Lanter, a UTA Communication graduate who has worked in the adoption field for over 15 years, has extensive media experience and has worked with People magazine, Oprah Winfrey Network, Lifetime, MTV, Washington Post, New York Times, the Today show and other media outlets.

Working as an attorney in the adoption field for more than 23 years, Heidi Bruegel Cox is a Fellow with the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, has written numerous articles and appeared on several television programs highlighting adoption. She serves on several committees focused on family law and child welfare. As a child advocate, Cox is active in educating the public and promoting legislative initiatives to protect children and support positive adoption practices. Also involved with adoption at the national level, she serves as a board member and secretary for the National Council for Adoption.

Lisa LeMaster, a business owner for 32 years, has advised and counseled Fortune 500 companies and CEOs as well as hundreds of privately held enterprises and local, statewide and national politicians and officeholders. LeMaster, one of the few women who serves as an advisor and counselor to some of the most powerful people in sports, including working as consultant to the National Football League for 24 years , regularly assists not-for-profit organizations including hospitals, school districts, charity groups, churches and advocacy groups. With a 30-plus year career, LeMaster is recognized as both a national leader in strategic and crisis communications and a thought leader in the industry.

Comm Tech student has a ring for you

Posted 11-1-2013 by Brian Horton in category students

By Shonna Johnstone

Media Intern

 



Communication technology major Umair Ali didn’t expect to make the iTunes top 10, much less snag a No.1 spot when he created his first ringtone as a senior in high school.

 

“My original thought was that it would simply be something fun to do as boredom struck me often,” Ali said.

 

After listening to the iPhone’s classic tone “Marimba,” Ali fired up his music production software and created what would soon be a hit. After showing it to his parents and doing some research, iPhone Remix was listed under “tones” in the iTunes Store.

 

Ali’s ringtone later grabbed the No.1 spot in multiple countries like Canada, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark. Currently it is still listed as No.1 in Canada above such artists as Drake and Justin Bieber and sits at No.16 on U.S. iTunes charts.

 

“My initial reaction was staring in awe,” Ali said. “Breaking the top ten in the U.S. is no simple feat; it’s the stuff dreams are made of.”

 

Ali said the first thing he found himself doing after reaching the top ten was firing up his laptop to create something new.

 

“My intention when creating the ringtone was to simply have something in the iTunes Store,” Ali said. “Just being able to say you’re in the iTunes Store is a big deal in my book.”

 

Now a junior at UTA, Ali says he’s always tweaking new ringtones to submit and is pursuing a certification in Emerging Media.

 

“The ringtone I use on my phone is always the newest one I’ve created,” Ali said.

 

The tone can be found in the iTunes application on iPhones by searching iPhone Remix or Umair Ali, the Google Play store for Android or Amazon.

Students land internships, jobs for semester

Posted 11-1-2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

Department of Communication students are fortunate to have many internship opportunities available as they reach junior- and senior- year course work. The Department has developed valuable business relationships with many local companies, non-profit organizations and media outlets to provide Comm students with valuable networking and internship possibilities.

This fall, students are interning with a variety of firms. Many students have also landed coveted jobs in their fields of study and are putting their classroom knowledge to work in real-world applications.

Shaun Hudgins, BCMN major, is interning with The Ben and Skin Show this semester after a summer internship with KRLD/105.3 The Fan working with Texas Rangers game audio. “Already I've learned a lot and am hopeful and optimistic about this possibly leading to a career opportunity for me. Right now, I'm working both internships concurrently and really enjoying it,” Hudgins says. “The experience I got with both radio production with Lance Liguez and TV production with Julian Rodriguez gave me a huge advantage over other interviewees and has helped me stand out from other interns as well.”

Evann Crawford, a Comm Studies major/PR minor, is currently participating in the Ford Grant Research Study with Dr. Shelley Wigley. The research project is a partnership with Mission Arlington in an attempt to create diabetes awareness.

PREL major Sara Tariq is a contributing writer for New York-based VIBE magazine, a contributing writer and editor for a music blog, MyMusicIsBetterThanYours.com, and is working an an intern for an LA-based artist management company. Tariq’s debut VIBE article, comparing established names in the electronic dance music industry to up-and-coming producers who are fairly young and new, can be accessed at the following link: http://www.vibe.com/photo-gallery/new-era-edm-edm-rockstar-comparison-chart-see-whos-next

PREL and Communication Technology double major Noe Ponce a working as a contributing writer for a video game blog website aptly named thatvideogameblog.com. “It's my job to regularly publish various articles on the video game industry every week by transforming plain, uninteresting press releases and industry news, into something fun and exciting that gamers would want to read, Ponce explains.

PREL major Brandon Demings is working in UTA’s Health Service Substance Abuse and Health Promotions Department as the Sr. Intern and Lead Educator. Demings is responsible for marketing, publicity and community relations for the organization and also works in peer education and counseling, providing support to students who may be dealing with substance abuse or alcohol problems.

PRSSA elects new slate of officers

Posted 9-24-2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

By Shonna Johnstone

Media Intern

UTA’s chapter of PRSSA is in full swing for the Fall semester. The organization elected a new slte of officers.

 

President: Drake Lenhan

Presidential Elect: Stephanie Lawther

Vice President: Michael Magnus

Secretary: Abigail Scarborough

Treasurer: Fadoua Hakimi

Writing: Melissa Martin

Writing Junior Officer: Krystal-Rose Agu

Events Committee Officer: Jasmine Williams

Event Junior Officers: Mahek Wazirali and Pauline-Kelly Tchoffo

Recruitment Officers: Brent Collins and Magaly Ayala

Graphics Officer: Joanna Haddad 

Graphics Junior Officer: Sonia Brozowski

The organization also has new Facebook and Twitter pages:

utarlington.prssa - Facebook

@utaprssa - Twitter

Meetings are held every first and third Wednesday of the month  at 3:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building Room 327A. The next meeting is Nov. 7.

Students land coveted Fall internships

Posted 9-16-2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

UTA Department of Communication students are getting hands-on, real-world experience through internships this fall.

Through internships, Communication students take classroom learning to practical application. Many upper-level students eligible for internships who meet GPA and course requirements take advantage of the department’s numerous professional relationships with local media, corporations and nonprofit organizations by landing coveted internships each semester. Students approved for internships receive three hours of upper-level course credit.

This semester, Department of Communication students are interning at companies throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Broadcast students are interning for a variety of local media outlets and companies this fall. Melissa Irvin is serving as a media specialist for Farmers Insurance Group. Jairo Moreno is working for The Red Balloon Network in Dallas this semester. Angelina Armendariz is interning with Children's Medical Center in Dallas while Rodney Thrower is gaining experience at K104 Radio in Grand Prairie. Samantha Gutierrez landed a fall internship with Clear Channel Radio in Dallas and Omar Castillon is working at Fort Worth’s Modern Art Museum. BCMN major Shaun Hudgins is interning with CBS Radio 105.3 - The Fan in Dallas.

Public Relations majors are also adding experience to their resumes. Alexis Valdez is working with the Fort Worth Independent School District and Victoria I. Garcia is interning with Clear Channel Radio. Brent Collins is spending the fall semester with Tamika Johnson Events - The Experts, a Grand Prairie-based PR firm.

Journalism major Jillian Dennis is interning with UTA Athletics this semester. Advertising student Gabriella Dorsey is gaining experience at Coppell-based Cintas - Document Management.

Comm Studies major Amber Govan is working with Allied THA in Irving.

AAF meeting slated for Sept. 18

Posted 9-13-2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

The first American Advertising Federation (AAF) general meeting of the semester will take place at 4 p.m. Sept. 18 in Room 414 of the Fine Arts Building.

Students will have the opportunity to mingle with fellow ad majors and hear about upcoming AAF projects planned for the semester. This is also an opportunity to gain official AAF membership for the 2013-2014 academic year.

For more information about the meeting or AAF membership, contact Maritza Moreno via e-mail at maritza.moreno@mavs.uta.edu or Jason Clayden at jason.clayden@mavs.uta.edu

Students honored by Alumni Association

Posted 9-9-2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

The Alumni Association honored several Department of Communication students at it’s Aug. 28 scholarship reception.

The following students received scholarships from the UTA Alumni Association to be used toward tuition and book expenses.

Karen Blair (ADVT & PREL) and Beverly Newburn (BCMN & JOUR) received a Frankie Stewart Hansell Endowed Scholarship. 

Jonathan Blick (COMM) and Lauren Carle (Speech Comm) received a Karin McCallum Endowed Scholarship.

Monica Davis (JOUR & BCMN) was presented with a Lloyd Clark Endowed Scholarship.

Congratulations to all of our well-deserving students and to our faculty for mentoring them so well.

The Department of Communication offers a number of departmental scholarships each year for students in all Communication majors. Scholarship applications are due in early March for presentation at the department's Spring Convocation ceremony.

AWC meeting set for Sept. 11

Posted 9-9-2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

UTA’s chapter of Association for Women in Communications, AWC, is gearing up for the fall semester. The group’s faculty adviser is new UTA lecturer Carie Kapellusch.

 

“The mission of the AWC is to enhance the lives of local communications students by promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era,” Kapellusch said.

 

Founded in 1909, the AWC is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all disciplines of communication by providing professional development and networking for its members.

 

Members will gain the benefits of networking, camaraderie and professional development which will pay for an AWC membership many times over throughout students’ communication careers. Membership is open to all communication majors from marketing to journalism, design to writing, photography and public relations.

 

An informational meeting will be held Wednesday Sept. 11 at noon in the Fine Arts Building Room 414.

 

Membership cost is $39 annually and is open to everyone with an interest in growing and developing as a professional.

SPJ meeting Sept. 9

Posted 9-9-2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

The UTA chapter of Society of Professional Journalists will host a fall kickoff event at noon on Sept. 9 in Room 409 of the Fine Arts building.

All current SPJ members and communication students interested in joining the organization are welcome to attend the fall kickoff meeting which will detail the group’s semester plans, upcoming events and workshops.

Complimentary pizza will be served. Students should bring their own drinks.

ADVT students visit agency

Posted 5-3-2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

Ten students with the UTA chapter of American Advertising Federation (AAF) recently toured TM (formerly Temerlin McClain) Advertising in Dallas.

The students enjoyed a lengthy question and answer session and found out about internship opportunities with the company for Fall.

UTA Advertising students have many opportunities to network with professionals through classroom and departmental events each semester.

The student chapter of AAF is open to all advertising and communication students who want to gain insight and information about the field of advertising.

The active chapter hosts monthly meetings, networking and informational events, and a opportunities to meet industry professionals.

PREL students honored for service work

Posted 5-3-2013 by Brian Horton in category students



Students in Dr. Shelley Wigley's Fall 2012 PR Champaigns class were honored with an Award of Excellence from the Greater Fort Worth Public Relations Society of America Chapter for their work on behalf of Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County. 

 

The students tied with Texas Christian University for the Award of Excellence in the Service Learning Initiative category.

 

"Unlike TCU, who had a $50,000 grant to support their campaign, our students completed their efforts with no budget," Dr. Wigley said. " I am so proud of them. They went out and raised money/funds to support their campaign efforts."

 

The Department of Communication offers many opportunities for students to engage in service leaning through their coursework each semester.

 

This semester, students in Dr. Wigley’s Campaigns class are working with the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation.

On April 11, the students hosted "Get Down," an on-campus event to raise awareness about restaurants, businesses and events in Downtown Arlington.

More than 300 students were served up free food from Five Downtown Arlington restaurants including Babe's, Grease Monkey and Mellow Mushroom. Theater Arlington, College Park Center and Symphony Arlington were also on hand to share information.

Students used giant-sized comment boards to tell city officials what they would like to see in Downtown Arlington.

Communication students have worked with many local companies and non-profit organizations including Meals on Wheels, Children's Hospital, The Reading Corp., the SPCA, homeless shelters, nursing homes and orphanages.

 

Broadcast students cover President's arrival, West event

Posted 4-25-2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

UTA Department of Communication students are getting a first-hand look at the fast-paced world of journalism and broadcast news.

The UTA broadcast majors covered the arrival of President Barack Obama at Dallas Fort Worth Love Field April 24. The President was in Dallas for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The nation's five surviving presidents attended the center’s dedication. More than 10,000 people gathered on the Southern Methodist University campus amid tight security from local and federal law enforcement.

UTA students, Annabelle Hernandez, Laura Romo and Madeline Amashta, also traveled to Waco where President Obama attended a memorial event to honor those injured and killed in the fertilizer plant explosion that rocked the small, farming community of West last week. The memorial was held on the campus of Baylor University.

Enrolled in TV Reporting class this semester, the students are also very involved in UTA News en Español, explained Julian Rodriguez, broadcast lecturer and faculty sponsor of UTA News en Español.

"Covering these events helps our students work side by side with professional journalists, covering events of national impact," Rodriguez said, "Covering events of this magnitude prepares our students for the pace and professionalism required of broadcast journalists."

The students' stories of the President's arrival and the West memorial aired on Time Warner Cable in Arlington and online at UTANews.com and TV.UTA.EDU.

Comm major featured in article

Posted 2-15-2013 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category students

Communication studies junior Jason Hays is an international champion in Irish hardshoe dancing. Hays has been dancing for 14 years.

Hays was featured in a recent story publiched in The Shorthorn. Check out the following link to read more about this talented student.

http://www.theshorthorn.com/life_and_entertainment/people_and_interests/student-finds-inspiration-in-traditional-irish-dance/article_357ac542-758a-11e2-b1eb-001a4bcf6878.html

SPJ meeting slated for Feb. 4

Posted 1-31-2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

The UTA chapter of Society of Professional Journalists will host guest speaker Jason Whitely from WFAA Channel 8 at the group's next meeting. Whitely will discuss investigative reporting.

The SPJ meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in room 258 of The Fine Arts building. All interested students are welcome to attend.

 

ADVT major featured in local media

Posted 1-25-2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

The Fort Worth Star Telegram Other Voices carried an op-ed by Austan Pierce, 20, an advertising major at UT Arlington and member of the Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team.

Pierce described the challenges and opportunities he has experienced living with Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

See the following link to read Pierce's column.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/01/16/4553035/movin-mavs-player-was-changed.html




Students, community benefit from service learning

Posted 11-16-2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

The Department of Communication has a long history of giving back to the community. Students gain hands-on experiene while making meaningful contributions through several service leaning projects each semester.

 

Students in Suzy Nead’s fall Group Communication 2304 class are assisting several local non-profit groups and organizations as part of the courses’ service learning projects.

 

This semester the student teams’ efforts will benefit Ronald McDonald House, Wound Warriors, Mission Arlington, Boy's and Girl's Club, Child Abuse Awareness and The Salvation Army of Fort Worth.

 

Students in Shelley Wigley’s Public Relations Campaigns class are working with Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County this semester.

 

Groups of students have been holding events to increase awareness, donations and volunteers for the organization,” Dr. Wigley explained.

 

The events will help the area non-profit while providing UTA students with real-world public relations experience.

 

On Oct. 25, students held an on-campus awareness event that raised more than $120 for MOW and recruited dozens of potential volunteers. Another student group is holding a Mavstir Bake-Off competition which will feature members of UTA student organizations competing in a bake-off challenge to create a new dessert for MOW clients.

 

Another team is holding an on-campus event for Arlington community leaders on Nov. 28 to educate them about MOW and its impact on the citizens of Arlington. The public is also invited to attend. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Rio Grande Ballroom, 300 W. First Street. RSVP to Sir Jones at Sir.Jones@mavs.uta.edu.

 

Writing Lab offering assistance to students

Posted 10-1-2012 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category students

The Communication Department's Associated Press Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Lab is open to assist Communication students.

The lab hours are:

  • Mondays 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesdays 2-3 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursdays 8-9:30 a.m.

The lab is located in Room 257 of the Fine Arts building.

UTA Radio kicks off Rocktober Oct. 2

Posted 10-1-2012 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category students

The windows at the library and University Hall may be rattling a bit when UTA Radio launches its annual Rocktober concert series on Tuesday, Oct 2.

This is third year for the event, but only the second year the event carries the Rocktober name.

“It’s a chance for our students to not only organize a weekly, mini-concert,” says Faculty Advisor Lance Liguez. “It’s also a chance to showcase, in a live setting, some of the local indie rock bands we feature on the air.”

Tuesday’s kick-off concert will feature Sammie Zonana, recently voted UTA's Most Talented Maverick 2012.

The concert is also being held in conjunction with College Radio Day, a national effort to draw attention to college radio stations and the impact they have on and off campus.

Bands confirmed to playin October include Svenny Baby and the Lost Immigrants.

AWC meeting Sept. 25

Posted 9-24-2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

The UTA student chapter of the Association for Women in Communication (AWC) will be hosting a general meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. The meeting will be held in room 414 of the Fine Arts Building.

 

AWC is offering free food during the meeting and will be viewing  a webinar about the Top 10 Mistakes Women Make in Networking. All communication students are invited to attend.

PRSSA elects officers, gears up for semester

Posted 9-24-2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) elected new officers to open positions last week to carry out the organization’s plans for the semester.

Chapter President Kevin Luong said several PRSSA officers graduated or stepped down to focus on studies their senior year, but other members are stepping up to take over.

"It was good to get this out of the way so we can get to work,” Luong said.  “Everybody’s anxious to get started.”

Jennifer Garcia, the new PRSSA events coordinator, said this is her first year as a member of the PRSSA and she looks forward to helping organize the events.

“I don’t want to just be a member, I want to help and be involved,” Garcia said.

Some of the newest PRSSA officers are also members of other UTA organizations..

“It’s good to see that they’re really active in the organizations so we can have more networking,” Luong said.

PRSSA elected Public Relations major Brandon Demings to the position of recruitment coordinator.

“My job is to go to different clubs and organizations and classes to help them (students) see the benefits of joining PRSSA,” Demings said. Upcoming events and orientations will allow more students to find out about PRSSA and the many workshops, activities and events the organization plans each semester.

Luong said it will not be hard for the new officers to transition into their new roles.

“It’s just a matter of planning and educating,” he added.

The UTA chapter of PRSSA meets at 3:30 p.m. each Thursday  in Room 327 of the Fine Arts building.   All students interested in Public Relations and Communication are welcome to attend.

 

--Michelle Tyer, UTA Department of Communication intern

SPJ hosting resume speed-critique workshop

Posted 9-18-2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

The UTA chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists is sponsoring a resume workshop this month.

The resume critique workshop will be specifically geared toward Communication students. Department of Communication faculty will be on hand to offer critiques and advice.

"The most common mistake -- even in the era of spellcheck -- is spelling, not only on resumes, but on cover letters as well," advises Broadcast Lecturer Lance Liguez, one of several faculty members who will assist with the workshop. "Little mistakes like that will not get you an interview."

Students attending the workshop will learn resume formatting and tips and how to put together a winning resume for internships and career positions.

The workshop will be held at 12:50 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14 in Room 327 of the Fine Arts building. Space is limited, so interested students are encouraged to RSVP by Sept. 22 to Bianca.montes@mavs.uta.edu.

Grade exclusion link activated

Posted 9-11-2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

Students receiving a grade or D or F in a course may file a grade exclusion request with the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration. The Grade Exclusion link is now activated.

Students seeking grade exclusion must receive counseling from an academic advisor to determine the effect a grade exclusion may have on degree and probation requirements. The student may also need to meet with the Financial Aid Office if receiving a scholarships or financial aid. Student athletes should meet with the Athletic Department, and international students should check with the International Office.

The course with the excluded grade cannot be used to satisfy any graduation requirement.  The course grade will be removed from the academic GPA calculation; although the grade received will remain on the student's transcript. Excluded grades will be included in the calculation of GPA for determining graduation with Latin Honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude).

The grade exclusions will apply to a maximum of three courses at UT Arlington and will not apply to courses that may be repeated for credit or to courses taken on a pass/fail basis. Of the three courses, only one course can be at the 3000/4000 level.

Students must be enrolled on the Census Date of the semester in which their grade exclusion request is processed. Grade exclusions must be submitted before the last drop day of the term. For the Fall semester, the last day to submit a grade exclusion is Oct. 31.

To submit a grade exclusion, or for more information about the grade exclusion process, check the following link:
http://wweb.uta.edu/ses/recordsandregistration/content/student_services/grade_exclusion.aspx

Students needing assistance completing the grade exclusion request may visit the Department of Communication advising office during regular advising hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Advertising group welcomes new members

Posted 9-4-2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

The UTA chapter of the American Advertising Federation will host the group's introductory meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. The meeting will be held in room 414 of the Fine Arts building. All students interested in advertising are welcome to attend and join the organization.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Advertising Federation (AAF) acts as the “Unifying Voice for Advertising.” AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 40,000 professionals in the advertising industry. UTA's student chapter is one of more than 200 college chapters nationwide.

The organization connects students with advertising professionals in corporate America, offers internship and workshop activities and a chance to meet other UTA advertising students.

For more information about AAF at UTA visit http://mavorgs.collegiatelink.net/organization/advertisingleagueoftexasarlington/about

Internship applications due Aug. 31

Posted 8-28-2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

Department of Communication juniors and seniors planning to complete an internship for upper-level elective credit must submit appropriate paperwork by Friday, Aug. 31.

Students should pick up internship applications in the Department of Communication main office, Room 118 of the Fine Arts building.

Students must have a 3.0 departmental GPA, have the form signed by a faculty sponsor and must have met all class requirements designated by major. Students are also required to submit an unoffical transcript with paperwork.

All requests for internship credit must be approved by the department. Requests must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 for consideration.

 

 

Comm grads landing top jobs

Posted 7-11-2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

Chloe Jamerson, a May '12 Public Relations graduate has been hired to work in brand public relations for The Richards Group in Dallas.

 

May 2012 PR graduate, Kristina Kopplin, has been hired by Social Compass, a social media marketing agency. She will be working as an Interactive Producer for the company.

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

Recent Comm grad Trey Caron has accepted a position in Lawton, OK as production director for Townsquare Media.

BCMN grad David Mannering was accepted to St. Thomas University Law in Miami, Fla. He will begin his studies in August.

May 2012 PR graduate, Kristina Kopplin, has been hired by Social Compass, a social media marketing agency. She will be working as an Interactive Producer for the company.

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

SPJ Bowling event location changed

Posted 7-3-2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

The UTA chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is sponsoring a pizza and bowling event 8 p.m. until midnight, Monday, July 9. The new location for the event will be Spare Time Lanes, located between California Street and Mayfield. 

The $8 admission includes shoe rental, pizza, soft drinks, bowling and door prizes. 

"The event will be a lot of fun and will give students a chance to find out about our UTA chapter of SPJ and the many events we have throughout the semester," said Kim Pewitt-Jones, SPJ faculty co-advisor.

The event will kick off this year's roster of events for the active UTA chapter, Pewitt-Jones said.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. The organization is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

"We welcome everyone to come out and have a good time and learn how to get involved with SPJ at UTA," Professor Jones added. "And you might even win a prize."

Students interested in attending should RSVP for the event by Sunday, July 8.

For information and to RSVP see http://spjutapizza.eventbrite.com
For additional information about SPJ contact President Jose Enriquez at jose.enriquez@mavs.uta.edu or chapter co-adviser Kim  Pewitt-Jones at kejones@uta.edu.

 

Comm students gain real-world experience

Posted 6-22-2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

In the classroom:

 

Learning is more than cracking a book and taking a test in the Department of Communication. Classes offer students an opportunity to see what they will be doing once they graduate in their respective fields. During the spring semester, Communication students got the chance to meet with industry professionals and work on a variety of projects for hands on learning.

 

Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne hosted a visit by his former student, Ann Arnold, morning anchor for KFDX in Wichita Falls. Arnold spoke to broadcast students about preparing themselves for careers in television news.

 

 Public Relations Students in Mindia Whittier’s worked as student ambassadors for the PR firm, Strategic Image, to develop a public relations campaign on behalf of the Tarrant County Public Health Department. The campaign was designed to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables among college students. Students participating in the project include Christopher Bryan, Nicole Durham, Sarah Frost and Jasmine Moore.

 

Students in Whittier’s PR Campaigns course developed Strategic Communication Plans for the national launch of a new product being offered by a company called Think Finance this semester.

 

Communication Technology students in Dr. Brian Horton’s Spring Human Computer Interaction spent the semester working with local client, DigIt! Development, to create a unique, interactive website.

 

DigIt! Development is collaborating with the City of Dallas to create 21 custom homes in the Cedars area of Dallas, just south of I-30,” Dr. Horton explained. “The class has created -- and is in the process of implementing -- a very unique user experience where potential homebuyers can customize homes online. The homebuyer is then able to print out a report that they can take to the bank without having to go through a Realtor.”

The City of Dallas has contributed $300,000 to upgrade the infrastructure around the neighborhood of custom homes. The Galleries on Hickory will range in price from $300,000 to $500,000.

The students also collaborated with DigIt! Development to create an internet marketing plan for the company.

“Being the first of its kind and scale, the website is expected to generate a lot of buzz throughout, not only the DFW area, but also the United States,” Dr. Horton added. “I am very proud of the work my students have done on this innovative project.”

Communication students in the news

Posted 5-8-2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

Carl Esposito, M.A. in Communication Candidate, Select, successfully defended his Master's Thesis . His thesis is titled "Can political candidates use Facebook to influence real world outcomes? An analysis of uses and gratifications needs, online participation and offline outcomes on candidate’s Facebook pages."

Department of Communication graduate students James Dunning and Michael Agee presented a paper, “When ‘Oops, Sorry’ Isn’t Enough: Tiger Woods and Image Repair,” at the University of North Texas Student Conference in March.

Journalism major Monica Nagy will work at The Eagle in Bryan for 10 weeks this summer as part of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Association's Butler Haas Minority Internship program.

COMS major Elizabeth (Bess) Alvarez, has accepted an offer of admission to the Master’s program in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bess has also been offered a teaching assistantship (with a stipend and tuition waiver) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate College Fellowship.

Each year the UTA Career Center names one student as a Distinguished Student Employee. Tierra Chatmon, public relations senior, was named the Distinguished Student Employee for April by Multicultural Affairs.

PREL student, Mark Melendez, is spending his spring semester in Spain as part of UTA’s Study Abroad program.

Public relations majors Patrick Jackson and Courtney Chipman spent the spring semester interning for the Director of Communication for UTA Athletics.

PREL major Terry McLennan landed a summer internship with Tarrant County chapter of The American Heart Association.

Students gaining 'real world' experience

Posted 5-8-2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

This spring semester has been a busy one in the Department of Communication with students getting invaluable experience to prepare them for life after graduation.

Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne hosted a visit by his former student, Ann Arnold, morning anchor for KFDX in Wichita Falls. Arnold spoke to broadcast students April 30 on how to prepare themselves for careers in television news.

Public Relations students in Mindia Whittier’s classes are getting hands-on experience this semester. Several of Whittier’s PR students worked as student ambassadors for the PR firm, Strategic Image, to develop a public relations campaign on behalf of the Tarrant County Public Health Department. The campaign was designed to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables among college students. Students participating in the project include Christopher Bryan, Nicole Durham, Sarah Frost and Jasmine Moore.

Whittier’s PR Campaigns students developed Strategic Communication Plans for the national launch of a new product being offered by a company called Think Finance this semester.

Communication Technology students in Dr. Brian Horton’s Human Computer Interaction spent the semester working with local client, DigIt! Development, to create a unique, interactive website.

“DigIt! Development is collaborating with the City of Dallas to create 21 custom homes in the Cedars area of Dallas, just south of I-30,” Dr. Horton explained. “The class has created -- and is in the process of implementing -- a very unique user experience where potential homebuyers can customize homes online. The homebuyer is then able to print out a report that they can take to the bank without having to go through a Realtor.”

The City of Dallas has contributed $300,000 to upgrade the infrastructure around the neighborhood of custom homes. The Galleries on Hickory will range in price from $300,000 to $500,000.

The students have also collaborated with DigIt! Development to create an internet marketing plan for the company.

“Being the first of its kind and scale, the website is expected to generate a lot of buzz throughout, not only the DFW area, but also the United States,” Dr. Horton added. “I am very proud of the work my students have done on this innovative project.”

Students in Suzy Nead’s Group Communication class are hard at work on class projects benefitting many local non-profit organizations.

“Right now, groups are working with Cook Children’s Hospital, YMCA, Mission Arlington, The Moritz No-kill Animal Shelter, Package Brigade and a local senior center,” Ms. Nead said.

“The students’ service learning efforts include play days for children, letters and gifts for Americans serving overseas, gathering supplies for animals, and implementing programs for local seniors and children,” she added.

Scholarship application deadline Mar. 12

Posted 3-9-2012 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category students

Scholarship applications for the 2012-2013 academic year for eligible Department of Communication students are due no later than 3 p.m. Monday, Mar. 12.

Students may apply for more than one scholarship, but must submit individual applications for each scholarship. In order to apply, students must maintain full-time status for the Fall 2012 semester.

Students may turn in applications in the Department of Communication office in Room 118 in the Fine Arts Building.

Grade exclusion requests being accepted online now

Posted 2-9-2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

Students needing to do a grade exclusion may now do so. The period for grade exclusions started  Feb. 2 and continues through March 30.

Only grades of D or F may be excluded and you may have a total of only three (3) grade exclusions.

For more info, see the following link.

http://wweb.uta.edu/ses/recordsandregistration/content/student_services/grade_exclusion.aspx

If you need assistance with a grade exclusion, visit the advising office during normal advising hours, 9-4 M-TH.

PRSSA meeting slated for Feb 2

Posted 1-25-2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

The UTA chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America will host its first meeting of the semester at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in Room 327 of the Fine Arts Building. The meeting will provide prospective members information about PRSSA.

Voted Best Student Organization on Campus by The Shorthorn in Fall 2010, PRSSA provides students the opportunity to network with professionals, professors and colleagues. The group provides an environment where students learn by doing, with student teams working on writing skills, graphic design and event planning.

PRSSA members will soon visit classes to share information about the organization. PRSSA meetings are held the first Thursday of each month.

For more information, email utaprssa@uta.edu or contact Rachel Makutuya, VP of Recruitment and Retainment at rachel.makutuya@mavs.uta.edu.

Journalism students land summer internerships

Posted 12-12-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

Two UTA journalism majors have been offered paid internships for summer 2012 through the Dow Jones News Fund program.

Bryan Bastible will be a copy editor and page designer at the Beaumont Enterprise. Jose Enriquez will be a copy editing intern at The Dallas Morning News.

The Dow Jones News Fund, formerly known as the Newspaper Fund, was organized in 1958 to improve the quality of journalism education and the pool of applicants for jobs in the news business.

The Fund offered its first fellowships for high school journalism teachers of $1,000 each in 1959. DJNF provides paid summer internships in business reporting, news, multimedia and sports copy editing for juniors, seniors and graduate students.

Both Bastible and Enriquez are staff members of The Shorthorn, UTA's student newspaper.

Group Comm students assist youth theatre group

Posted 12-9-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

Students in April Blount's Fall Group Communication class assisted Arlington's Creative Arts Theatre School (CATS) in raising money for costumes and operating expenses.

The students held an on-campus bake sale to raise funds and donated concession supplies to the non-proft arts organization. The Communication students also organized the costume and fabric room at the North Arlington facility, making it easier for staff and volunteers to create costumes used in CATS' productions. Founded in 1977, CATS is the only youth theatre in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, staging a roster of plays each year and offering classes in acting, dance and stagecraft.

Blount said she is proud that her students are not only learning to work together to accomplish goals, but are learning the importance of getting involved in the community.

“That’s what this project is about — going out and helping someone and actually make a difference,” she said.

Interns gaining experience

Posted 12-2-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

Department of Communication students with at least 60 hours of credit or more are encouraged to complete an internship in their major to gain valuable work experience prior to graduation.

Communication students intern with a wide variety of businesses, organizations, and non-profits. The internships not only provide an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned, but many lead to job offers following graduation, reminds Department Chair Dr. Charla Markham Shaw.

"We are proud of the relationships we foster through our internship program, and we encourage students to take advantage of the numerous internship opportunies available through our department," Dr. Markham Shaw said. "The experience and knowledge gained through an internship are invaluable and often set students apart from other applicants when it's time to apply for that first professional position."

This semester, Department of Communication students are interning all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with several studnets packing their bags for out of state  positions.

Journalism major J. C. Derrick  is spending the semester in Washington, D.C. as an Archer Fellow where he is interning with The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. His article, “What Joe Paterno taught me: It’s time to stop keeping secrets,” was published in The Washington Post Nov. 11.

"My internship has been extremely valuable to me. It has definitely met and exceeded my expectations," Derrick said. " Due to my background in journalism and my interest in law, I chose The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to merge those two fields."

"I've been challenged as I covered and learned a lot about media law issues," Derrick added. "The internship has been very useful for teaching me new journalism skills, while also imparting a plethora of knowledge about the legal system. I can now make a much more informed decision about law school."

Like Derrick, many Communication students are finding internship positions equally beneficial.

Ahsan “Ali” Kahn, who will graduate this month with a Public Relations degree, was hired for an internship with Fleishman-Hillard, a leading international communication agency with 80 offices around the world. Kahn will be training in Washington D.C. before working on the firm’s Best Buy account in preparation for a new store opening in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Public Relations students are landing internships with a variety of companies. Public Relations major Kaitlin Hennessy is now Community Relations and Giving Intern at Southwest Airlines, while Ashley Montgomery is serving as a PR intern for MD3 Holdings in Garland. Katy Kiger has accepted a spring Public Relations internship position with Richards Partners, affiliated with The Richards Group.

Breanna Standifer, Spring 2009 PR grad, and Rebecca Strong, Spring 2010 PR grad, served as interns for Open Channels Group, one of the largest minority-owned public relations firms in Texas.

Journalism students often intern with local media outlets. Journalism major Megan Falconer spent the fall semester interning at D Magazine in Dallas. 

Organizational Communication major Sandy Kurtzman is an intern for ARC of Greater Tarrant Country in Fort Worth.

The department's broadcast students are also gaining hands-on experience through internships. Broadcast major Aubree McFadden works with Irving-based Salem Communications as a producer for the Nightlife show. Alanna Quillen and Christine Nicholson, broadcast journalism majors, worked in the newsroom of KXAS NBC 5 this semester, shadowing reporters and assisting producers.

Candace Brown and Jared Mayers landed internships with FSN-SW (Fox Sports Southwest) for the Fall 2011 semester.

In addition to the experience and exposure an internship provides, completing an approved internship through the Department of Communication also earns the student three hours of credit. A student must have a departmental GPA of 3.0 to apply and must have completed appropriate coursework related to the internship.

Internship forms are available in the Department of Communication office in Room 118.

"I would absolutely encourage people to find an internship - even if it's not paid," Derrick advised. "The experience gained will at least make you a better graduate and more attractive to potential employers, but it also might end up changing your life."

 

 

Spring, Wintermester seats filling fast

Posted 11-18-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

Students have been flocking to the Department of Communication Advising office the past several weeks to meet with advisors to plan spring semester schedules and enroll in Wintermester classes.

Communication advisor John Macejak is urging all students in the Department of Communication to enroll as soon as possible.

"Registration for classes began in October, and many popular class times have filled," Macejak said. "There are only a handful of seats left in Communication Department Wintermester classes. We encourage our students to meet with an advisor and enroll in classes immediately."

Students can also review their progress toward graduation during the advising session and verify that they are on track with their degree plans, Macejak added.

Located in Room 126 in the Fine Arts building, the Department of Communication Advising office is open for walk-in advisement 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

PRSSA raises funds with fall fashion show

Posted 11-16-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

The UTA chapter of PRSSA raised almost $500 at the group's Fall Fashion Show held Nov. 17 at Blackfinn Restaurant in the Arlington Highlands Shopping Center.

The event, which included food, discounted drinks and prize giveaways from local retailers, helped PRSSA raise money for the chapter. The funds raised will help send UTA students to the PRSSA national conference being held in Raleigh, North Carolina March 15-18, explained Katy Kiger, PRSSA chapter president.

For more information on PRSSA, call 817-965-0398 or e-mail utaprssa@uta.edu. Check out PRSSA on Facebook and Twitter. Dr. Shelley Wigley is faculty sponsor for the organization.

Students seeking donations

Posted 11-11-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

Students in COMS 2304 Group Communication class are working with the non-profit organization, A Wish for Wings, as part of a service learning project this semester.

"To promote awareness of this organization, the COMS 2304 students will be giving away hot chocolate and seeking monetary donations," explained speech communication instructor April Blount.

Proceeds collected will benefit the organization's upcoming event, "Breakfast with Santa," a holiday party for children with life-threatening conditions.

"These students are looking for our help. If you have any hot chocolate mix, stir sticks, or cups you are willing to donate, we can sure use them," Ms. Blount said.

Drop off donations in the Department of Communication Office, Room 118 in the Fine Arts Building, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Place donations in the box labeled A Wish for Wings.

UTA Radio wins award

Posted 10-31-2011 by Keith Bartholomew in category students

UTA Radio has won the Best PSA category for radio at the College Broadcasters, Inc. convention. Dontae Robison beat out three other finalists for the award.

Broadcast journalist to address students

Posted 10-31-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

Emmy-winning journalist Rebecca Aguilar will be the featured speaker at the November meeting of the UTA chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The noted journalist worked at DFW Fox affiliate for 14 years. Aguilar has won seven Emmys and has been recognized with many industry awards including being named 2007 Broadcast Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the 2005 Texas Associated Press Television Reporter of the Year.

Aguilar will speak at noon Monday, Nov. 14, in Room 258 of the Fine Arts Building.

Comm Day Challenge winners announced

Posted 10-26-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

Six students from the Department of Communication will be shadowing professionals for a day on the job as a result of their team winning the Comm Day 3.0 Apprentice Challenge. 

Stephen Belcher (Communication Technology) will be shadowing at Ride for the Brand Web design and online marketing; Taylor Dodds (Advertising) at Concussion Advertising; Rosemell Opee (Broadcast) at CW-33; Maria Stroth (Journalism) at The Star-Telegram; Britney Taylor (Public Relations) at Open Channels Group; and Tiffany Taylor (Communication Studies) at Six Flags Corporate.

Congratulations to our Comm Day Challenge winners!

Interns gaining experience

Posted 10-11-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students


Public Relations major Kaitlin Hennessy is now Community Relations and Giving Intern at Southwest Airlines.

Megan Falconer, journalism student, is spending the fall semester interning at D Magazine in Dallas, while Broadcast major Aubree McFadden is working with Irving-based Salem Communications as a producer for the Nightlife show.

Public Relations major Ashley Montgomery is serving as a PR intern for MD3 Holdings in Garland. Alanna Quillen and Christine Nicholson, broadcast journalism majors, are working in the newsroom of KXAS NBC 5 this semester, shadowing reporters and assisting producers.

Candace Brown, broadcast major, is interning with Fox Sports SW in Las Colinas, working in the sports department with reporters and editors to cover events.

Organizational Communication major Sandy Kurtzman is serving as an intern for ARC of Greater Tarrant Country in Fort Worth.

Advertising students making mark

Posted 10-11-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

Students in ADVT 3306 -- Strategic Communication II are looking to make their mark on the UTA campus -- or rather, to leave their clients' marks everywhere.

This semester, the students are working with both the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Center for K-16 Educational Policy & Research on branding projects. The students produced detailed copy strategies, and from those, developed logo designs, print ads, pamphlets, newsletters and website designs. Students then presented their work to Dr. Desiree Henderson, acting director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and Dr. Ryan Gildersleeve, director of the KEPR center.

“The students expressed hope that positive buzz from their work will lead to additional clients,” said Geoff Campbell, lecturer. “Until then, Agency 3306 expects to continue growing in sophistication and skill.”

Dept. of Communication students honored

Posted 10-6-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

Several Department of Communication students were recognized at the Honors College Scholarship and Induction ceremony. The event was held Sept. 29 in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at University Center.

Honors College Inductees 2010-11
Gemme Campbell (JOUR)
Raegan Cardwell (JOUR)
Lauren Devoll (COMM)

Honors Distinction Scholarship 2011-2012
Raegan Cardwell (JOUR)

Honors Academy Scholarship 2011-2012
Benjamin Muir (SPCH)

Honors Robert D. Riley Scholarship
Benjamin Muir (COMM)

Honors Bridge Scholarship to Graduate School
Rebekah Karth (PREL)

Nicholson interviews noted Alum

Posted 9-30-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

Broadcast major Christine Nicholson got the opportunity to interview UTA Alum Dominic Bracco II for UTA Radio the day before the noted photojournalist returned to his alma mater for a special presentation.

Bracco discussed his work documenting the effects of Mexican and North American policies on the border region where he was raised. His talk, "The Lost Generation: Globalization, Youth Culture and Violence in Ciudad Juarez," was held in the UT Arlington Central Library Sept. 28. This event is part of a fall 2011 "The War Next Door: Narco-Violence and the U.S. Mexico Border" series tied to the "Life and Death in the Northern Pass" exhibit in the UT Arlington Central Library sixth floor parlor.

Bracco, a 2008 Department of Communication grad, has documented the horrors of Mexico's drug war through evocative images of violence and its aftermath, of grieving families and tender scenes of day-to-day urban life. His photos are the heart of a new exhibit, "Life and Death in The Northern Pass," which runs through Jan. 14 in the Central Library's Sixth Floor Parlor.

"What an honor to interview such a bright, insightful and talented photojournalist,” says Nicholson. “Bracco has done an incredible job shedding light on the tragic reality of narco-violence. Some may feel the photos are graphic but I feel it’s definitely not gratuitous but rather poignant, brave and important for all of us to see. The fact that he's a UTA alum makes me that much more proud to be a Maverick."

Listen to Nicholson's complete interview with Bracco at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrdY5605bRA or via Nicholson's website at http://christinenicholson.vpweb.com/Media-Samples.html

Students needed for Comm Day Challenge

Posted 9-15-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

The Comm Day 3.0 Apprentice Challenge needs students in Broadcast, Communication Technology, and Communication Studies to participate on teams with students in other Communication majors (including Advertising, Journalism, and Public Relations).

The teams are producing professional communicaton packages for corporate partner TXU Energy. Some of the student-produced projects will be used for TXU's In the Community social media campaign.

Students on the winning team will also shadow professionals in their fields for a day on the job.  Broadcast students will work with CW-33 or Ranch Radio. Comm Tech students will shadow Ride for the Brand Web design and online marketing.  Comm Studies will be working with Six Flags Over Texas corporate offices.

Interested students should contact Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith at epsmith@uta.edu to be placed on a team.

Students gaining experience through internships

Posted 9-13-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

Learning may begin in the classroom, but getting practical work experience is crucial in today's tough job market. Communication Department students are taking their skills to the streets and landing internships with local businesses and non-profits to gain work experience and add to their resumes.

Broadcast students Candace Brown and Jared Mayers landed prestigious internships with FSN-SW (Fox Sports Southwest) for the fall semester.

“This is a very competitive paid internship,” said Dr. Andrew Clark, broadcast sequence chair. “Only three interns were selected and two were from our department. We are very proud of Candace and Jared.”

Aubree McFadden, broadcast major, is interning as a producer for KLTY’s Nightlight.

Public Relations major Becky M. Volk is interning with the Tarrant Area Food Bank in Fort Worth, while Kevin Johnston, broadcast major, is working with UTA Movin' Mavs to help create instructional videos for use in public schools.

Journalism student Colt Langley is spending this semester at The Dallas Observer and Valeriya Stavitskaya, advertising major, is interning with CBS 11.

Advertising major Daniel Kruzic garnered valuable experience working as a summer intern for the City of Dallas’ Public Information Office. Kruzic worked on media and public relations projects and honed his graphic design and advertising skills.

Broadcast  major Christine Nicholson became a published writer and photographer during her internship at NBC last semester and, ultimately, landed a job as a production assistant at the station. She now runs teleprompter, organizes scripts for anchors and helps write for the evening and weekend newscasts while attending UTA classes full-time. Christine is interning again this semester, shadowing station producers.

“The opportunity to be able to contribute news to a mass audience like NBC’s still gives me goose bumps,” the busy student said.

Department of Communication Chair Dr. Charla Markham Shaw said student internship experience often give job applicants a leg up in a competitive job market.

"We are very proud of our students who are serving as interns throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It is exciting to see our ambitious, talented students making a contribution in the community," Dr. Markham Shaw said. "It speaks well of our department and faculty. What we are teaching in the classroom is translating to the job market."

If you have landed an internship we need to know about, e-mail barriehill@uta.edu and we'll do a little bragging on you, too!

PRSSA gearing up for semester

Posted 8-30-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

Studies show that students involved in student organizations related to their field of study do better in their classes. Students who participate in organizations also have a higher chance of gaining career employment after graduation.

The Public Relations Student Society of America is inviting UTA Department of Communication students the opportunity to network with professionals, professors and colleagues. 

"Our group provides an environment where students can learn by doing," said Rachel Makutuya, VP of Recruitment and Retainment for PRSSA's UTA chapter. "Our organization is made up of multiple committees within our team. Within these teams, students can work on writing skills, graphic design and event planning."

In Fall 2010, PRSSA was voted the “Best Student Organization on Campus” by The Shorthorn.

PRSSA members will be visiting Communication classes in the coming weeks to inform students about the benefits of joining PRSSA. 

"We will also be at the Student Activities Fair on Aug. 31 with more information about our club," Makutuya said.

The PRSSA chapter meets the first Thursday of the month. The semester's first meeting will be Sept. 8 at 3:30 p.m. in FAB room 327.

For more information, email utaprssa@uta.edu or contact Rachel Makutuya at rachel.makutuya@mavs.uta.edu.

Student PSAs featured online

Posted 8-26-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

Broadcast Lecturer Julian Rodriguez’s TV Production students produced five public service announcements for Air North Texas as part of their class assignments.

“The PSA’s were received with great gratitude by Air North Texas,” Rodriguez said. “The PSAs are now posted on the group’s website, giving our students some wonderful exposure for their work.”

The following students’ PSAs are featured on the Air North Texas website:
PSA 1: Jazmyne Washington
PSA 2: David Morgan, David Cornwell
PSA 3: Isaac Molina, Noelle Russell, Elizabeth Jaimes
PSA 4: Jazzmyne Greer
PSA 5 (Spanish): Maria Martinez, Raul Solis, Karen Ramirez

Students garner publication bylines

Posted 8-26-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

Two United States veterans in Geoff Campbell’s Summer I Writing for Mass Media class were published in the July 4 edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The students, Amber Raymond and Wade Ishim, wrote feature stories about their experiences serving in the U.S. military for a classroom assignment.

“Amber built bombs aboard the USS Nimitz, and Wade ran Air Force convoys and did police work for the Air Force in Mosul and Baghdad. I thought they'd make a great July 4 package for the Star-Telegram, and the editorial page editor agreed,” Campbell explained.

Garnering a byline in a major metropolitan newspaper is an achievement.

“Even though I've written thousands of stories, I still get excited to see my byline, and I was ecstatic that my students got to enjoy the thrill,” Campbell said. “But perhaps more importantly, I was delighted that Amber and Wade were able to share their stories with a broad audience and provide a touching and poignant message for July Fourth.”

The students have also inspired their fellow classmates.

“Their experience getting published opened the eyes of other students to the power of the written word and the different avenues available to them to get published,” Campbell added.

UTA Radio names new station manager

Posted 8-25-2011 by Barrie Hill in category students

 UTA Radio.com has named Staci DeLuca as Station Manager.

DeLuca, a junior broadcast major, will be involved in the day-to-day operations of UTA’s student-run, internet radio station.

Primarily an alternative/indie rock station, UTA Radio also handles play-by-play duties for volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball.

“Staci brings a lot of enthusiasm to the job,” notes Faculty Advisor Lance Liguez. “Her love of radio will help the station continue to grow its profile on campus and beyond.”

DeLuca spent the spring semester as a station assistant, while hosting her own radio show, “The Rewind,” featuring a mix of ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s rock. The Honesdale, Pennsylvania native hopes to eventually transition from student DJ to national radio host.

DeLuca replaces Charity Hitt, a May broadcast graduate now enrolled in the graduate program at the University of Florida. Under Hitt’s tenure, UTA Radio saw significant strides in campus recognition, staff development, and access to high-profile events such as Super Bowl XLV.

UTA Radio Donates to Women's Shelter

Posted 4-29-2011 by in category students

UTA Radio is participating in the donation drive for Safe Haven Women's Shelter, currently sponsored by Women in Leadership. The shelter is especially in need of toiletries and school supplies. If you'd like to contribute, drop off donations to Department of Communication main office, Room 118 in the Fine Arts building, by Wednesday, March 23.

Freshman Focus Groups

Posted 4-29-2011 by in category students

Department of Communication grad students will be conducting eight focus groups this month to gain insight into students' freshman experiences here at UTA. Each group will last about an hour and will be conducted in University College, KC Hall or the Fine Arts Building. Pizza and soda will be served. Contact Dr. Andrew Clark at amclark@uta.edu or Dr.Camille Broadway at cbroadway@uta.edu as soon as possible if you would like to participate.

Student Intern for Aramark

Posted 4-29-2011 by in category students

UTA advertising majors Richard Sparacin and Lucille Wong, are serving as professional interns this semester for Aramark, parent company of the University Club. Luis Lopez-Preciado, communication assistant professor, wanted students to get involved with the UTA community. The students created an advertising campaign for the University Club eatery as part of a class project, and the assignment turned into an offer for an internship with Aramark. The students' efforts were recently profiled in a story featured in The Shorthorn. http://www.theshorthorn.com/index.php/news/university/1010-project-turns-into-internship-for-two-communication-students

Brittany Mikula: SUPER Internship

Posted 4-29-2011 by in category students

Brittany Mikula, a double major in Advertising and Public Relations, landed a coveted two-week internship with Party Planners West, Inc., leading up to the Super Bowl.

"The internship allowed me to be a manager at NFL Experience, as well as attend the Super Bowl XLV to help manage events," Brittany said. "It allowed me to meet a lot of people in the area, and be around several famous athletes."

Not only did the internship allow Brittany to interact with many Dallas celebrities and sports figures, she learned a great deal about public relations from her experience.

"I realized how much I really want to do what I'm studying, and that it can be fun and stressful at the same time. I also met a lot of really great media people from all over the Metroplex and some from out of state," Brittany said. "I think that the most important thing I got out of this experience was learning how to execute thinking quickly on your toes and being the voice of reason, even when things get stressful."

In addition to her short-term internship, Brittany has a full semester internship with Strauss Marketing-BPPR. The company hosted the "Big Game Big Give" Super Bowl Party at Phil and Lillie Romano's estate in Dallas.

Cook Children's Interns

Posted 4-29-2011 by in category students

Communication Department students Samantha Horn and Sara Scarborough are currently interning at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth. Cook's hires three interns each semester, and for the last few terms, the hospital has filled two of those slots with UTA students. The students are working on significant projects as part of their internship responsibilities, including writing press releases, pitching media and assisting with video shoots.

Working World: Open Channels Group

Posted 4-29-2011 by in category students

Students in Mindia Whittier's PR Case Study class are working with Open Channels Group this semester to conduct surveys as part of a Public Affairs campaign for The T (Fort Worth Transportation Authority) as part of a Southeast Fort Worth Passenger Rail Feasibility Study.

"The T is executing a campaign that includes community meetings and man-on-the-street surveys to gather feedback from stakeholders," Ms. Whittier explained.

Open Channels Group is one of the largest minority owned public relations firms in Texas. Two recent UTA graduates, Breanna Standifer (Spring 2009 PR) and Rebecca Strong, a (Spring 2010 PR) are also working with the firm.

PR Student Secures Internship

Posted 2-2-2011 by in category students

Public Relations major, Katy Kiger, has accepted a spring Public Relations internship position with Richards Partners, affiliated with The Richards Group. (8750 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX. 75231)

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