University of Texas at Arlington

Department of Communication

Nov. 25 marks food drive deadline

Posted 9-25-2013 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

The deadline for donating food to the Golden Key International Honour Society’s 3rd Annual Golden CAN Food Drive is Monday, Nov. 25.  The Department of Communication is participating in the annual drive to aid the hungry in North Texas.

A box for nonperishable food items is located in the Communication Main office, Room 118, Fine Arts. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to donate.

While every donation is appreciated, the following food items support healthy eating habits:

Canned foods: beans, tuna, ham, soup, fruit, chili, stew, peanut butter Packaged foods: energy bars, pudding cups, fruit rolls, crackers, granola bars.

Donations will be picked up Monday, Nov. 25 and will be given to a local food bank.. Awards will be presented to the department with the most total weight of goods donated and the most creatively decorated collection box. 

The Society's goal is to surpass the record collection of 464 lbs. Every 10 pounds of food feeds a family of four for a day.

AWC meeting slated for Sept. 25

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

The Association for Women in Communications invites female undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines and departments to a general meeting at noon Sept. 25 in the Fine Arts, Room 409. Refreshments will be served.

The AWC is a student organization that seeks to equip and prepare educated women for successful careers.

"Although we are a communication organization, we invite women in all areas of study to join as communication exists in many forms in every career," explained Chapter President Gemme Campbell.  

"We anticipate scheduling professional development seminars and speakers focused on the unique needs of women in the workforce, and providing members with the opportunity to network with exceptional women who have proven records of success," Campbell added.

Students interested in joining may sign-up online through the following link:

 https://customer10007f98d.portal.production.membersuite.com/Login.aspx

Yearly dues for the national organization is $34 and $5 for chapter dues.

For additional information, email Chapter President Gemme Campbell at gemme.campbell@mavs.uta.edu, or Faculty Advisor Carie Kapellusch cariek@uta.edu.

Students, faculty assisting COMS grad

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

Department of Communication faculty, staff and students are teaming up to help one of their own.

 

An online donation fund has been set up to assist Communication Studies 2006 grad Charlott Livingston. Ms. Livingston is currently battling lymphoma. Funds raised from the online fund will assist with medical expenses, which are not covered by insurance.

 

For more information, or to assist, go to: www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/helping-mom-beat-lymphoma/51854

PRSSA meeting today at 3:30

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

UTA Arlington PRSSA will have a general meeting today, Jan. 31 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 327 of the Fine Arts building.

Featured speaker Reace Smith will discuss networking.

All interested students are welcome to attend. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

PRSSA is also looking to fill a few remaining officer positions on several committees including event planning, graphics, writing, recruiting and more.

Check out http:// utaprss3.wix.com/uta-prssa for more info.

 

Comm Dept reaching out to alums through new group

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

The Department of Communication is making it easier for alumni to keep in touch.

Communication Lecturer Sally Pinon has created a Linkedin group for the Department of Communication. 

 “We already keep up with a great many of our former students, but we wanted to have an official group so we can all be in contact,” Ms. Pinon said. “We’d like to hear where our students are working when they complete their UTA education. This is one way to make connecting a lot easier.”

Not only will the Linkedin group provide a great networking opportunity for Communication alumni, but it will also assist the department with alumni tracking and locating potential panelists for departmental events like the department's recent Comm Day.

“We encourage our graduating seniors to join the group ASAP,” Ms. Pinon encouraged.

To join, go to Linkedin and search “UTA Communication Department Alumni” under groups.

Modrovsky broadcasting live tonight from College Park Center

Posted 11-14-2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

By MICHELLE TYER

Communication News Intern

 

News of UT Arlington’s homecoming this weekend will be broadcast to the metroplex this evening when TXA 21 pays a visit to campus.

Patrick Modrovsky, UTA graduate and producer of the Fan Sports Show, will be broadcasting live from the College Park Center 6:30-7:30 p.m. today.

Modrovsky recently received two Lone Star Emmy Awards for his High School Spotlight and The Big Game EVERY Week programs with Fox Sports Southwest.

During tonight's show, TXA 21 will be rebranded as UTA21 in anticipation of the UTA vs. OU game on Friday.

Modrovsky said his station broadcasts live from schools occasionally, one of the most recent at the University of North Texas.

“We’re just doing it from UTA this time,” Modrovsky said.  “We wanted to do the Fan Sports Show live from the College Park Center.”

Show guests may include Coach Scott Cross, basketball players and members of the Movin’ Mavs squad.

Modrovsky said he makes sure his show gives time to lesser known sports programs as well as the more publicized ones.

“We’re not just worried about the big schools and the big football programs,” Modrovsky said.  “We care about all schools.”

Modrovsky said he is looking forward to seeing the new College Park Center for the first time. The university broke ground for the events center while he was a UTA student, but it was completed after he graduated in 2011.

           

Census day Monday; last day to add

Posted 9-7-2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

Monday, Sept. 9 is Census Day. This marks the absolute last day to add a class for Fall 2012 semester, however, adding classes after late registration is not recommended.
Students MUST meet with undergraduate academic advisors to understand the impact of their enrollment action as well as the specific procedures required to add a class after the late registration period ends.

Adding after late registration requires the permission of the faculty teaching the course, permission of the academic department offering the course, and the final approval of the undergraduate academic advisor of the student’s major department. The student's major academic advisor has final decision authority and may supersede the decision of the instructor.

Please check your schedules in MyMav and make sure you are in the correct classes and that your final schedule is correct. If you have additional questions, please visit the advising office in Room 126. The Department of Communication Advising office is open for walk-in advising Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Fridays by appointment or special issues.

PRSSA meeting Sept. 6

Posted 9-5-2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

The UTA chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will hold the group’s first general meeting of the semester today, Sept. 6.

Each month, PRSSA hosts guest speakers who work professionally in the public relations field to share work experiences and provide advice as students prepare for their own careers. PRSSA is a network of more than 10,000 college students interested in public relations and communication.

Today’s meeting will introduce the new slate of PRSSA officers and provide information about the organization. PRSSA President Kevin Luong said anyone interested in joining PRSSA or finding out more about the active student organization should plan to attend.

“It’s just to introduce who we are and what we do,” Luong said. “Anybody who is anybody, come on by.”

PRSSA meetings and other chapter-organized events throughout the semester provide students with networking opportunities, assist them in organizing professional resumes, provide interview tips and to gain insight into the public relations field.

PRSSA holds meetings at 3:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in Room 327 of the Fine Arts Building.

For more information, check out http://www.prssa.org/ or http://www.facebook.com/uta.prssa

--Michelle Tyer, Department of Communication Fall intern

Internship event today at Dallas' Omni Hotel

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

UT Arlington students needing an internship to graduate or to gain experience in their field of study will have an opportunity to find one at the Fall Internship Fair Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The fair will be hosted by InternInDFW, a program that assists students in finding internships and employers in finding needed interns.

InternInDFW is supported by the Governor’s office, more than 30 area cities and the American Advertising Federation Student Chapter at UTA. AAF is assisting with the event and members are encouraging UTA students to take advantage of the opportunity.

Students in the Department of Communication are encouraged to take advantage of internship opportunities.  The Department provides an open elective which allows students to use an internship experience as a for-credit course. Most internships qualify for three hours of upper-level course credit.

“We encourage students to make contacts in their field and to see their career choice from the inside,” said John Macejak, the department’s head of advising.

About 125 businesses, startups and nonprofit organizations from the DFW area will attend the InternInDFW fair with the goal of finding interns for Fall 2012 and future semesters.

As many as 300 available internships will be represented. The event will also provide an opportunity for students to network with other students and potential employers.

Students can attend the event for free but must register in advance.  The first 800 students to register will be allowed to attend. Students can register and find more information at the InternInDFW website at www.InternInDFW.org.

The event will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Omni Park West Hotel in Dallas.

Drop Deadline Monday

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

Department of Communication students needing to drop a Summer I class must do so by Monday, June 25.

The deadline for dropping a class for the first summer session is Monday. Students may drop a class with a "W" by visiting the Department of Communication advising office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The office is located in Room 126 in the Fine Arts building.  

Drop deadline Friday, March 30

Posted 3-28-2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

The last day to drop a class for the Spring 2012 semester is Friday, March 30.

Students should return a completed drop form to an academic advisor before 4 p.m. on Friday. The Department of Communication advising office is located in Room 126 in the Fine Arts building.

For additional information about dropping a class, see the following link:

http://www.uta.edu/universitycollege/current/academic-planning/need-to-know-policies/implications-of-dropping.php

Summer, Fall 2012 registration begins in April

Posted 3-6-2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

Registration for Summer and Fall 2012 classes begins April 2. Students are reminded to check MyMav accounts for specific registration dates.

Department of Communication students who have not yet met with an advisor this semester are required to do so prior to registering for summer or fall classes. Students with academic department holds must meet with an advisor before they can register for classes.

The Department of Communication advising office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. No appointment is necessary.

Graduation application deadline nears

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

Students planning to apply for Spring 2012 undergraduate graduation only have a few more weeks to fill out an online application. The deadline is Feb. 27.

In addition to the $40 application fee, an additional late charge of $60 now applies.

Undergraduate applications will continue to be accepted online through Feb. 27.

If you have questions about a pending graduation, please visit the Department of Communication Advising office in Room 126 in the Fine Arts building. Advising hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Meningitis vaccination proof deadline Jan. 27

Posted 1-24-2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

The University has extended the deadline to submit proof of immunization against bacterial meningitus until Jan. 27. Incoming UTA students under 30 years old must be immunized against bacterial meningitis and must submit proof of immunization by Jan. 27 or they will be dropped from classes.

 

A new law mandates that first-time college students, students transferring from another institution and students who are re-enrolling following a break of at least semester be inoculated. Students who plan to audit a course must also comply with the law.
 
New UT Arlington students enrolling for Spring 2012 must be vaccinated. Under the law, new college students must have received the vaccine within the past five years. Proof of inoculation is required.
 
UT Arlington has contracted with a third-party service, Magnus Health SMR, to collect student vaccination records. Incoming students are being provided with directions on how to create a Magnus account and how to submit proper documentation indicating that they have received the vaccine.

Proof documents may be uploaded online, faxed or mailed directly to Magnus Health, but students are encouraged to upload proof documents online. Faxing or mailing documents will slow down the verification process. The company will charge students a $10 fee to record and review records submitted and to notify UT Arlington that the student is in compliance. International students may pay with a credit card but must do so on the phone or via fax. For more information, email Magnus Health at service@magnushealthportal.com or call 877-461-6831.

Students have several options to obtain the vaccination.

Contact your primary care physician. The price of the meningitis vaccination depends on insurance coverage and your physician’s practice. Some insurance plans require a co-payment for preventative vaccinations; others may fully cover the cost. The vaccine also may be available at area health care clinics and pharmacies.
The vaccine also is available through the UT Arlington Health Services Center for a fee of $130. Students with private insurance may be able to file a claim afterward. For more information contact UT Arlington Health Services at 817-272-2771 or visit www.uta.edu/healthservices.

Tarrant County Public Health has a limited supply of subsidized meningitis vaccine doses available for $25. The shots are intended for low-income, uninsured students. Availability varies by clinic site and demand. Please contact a clinic in your area to determine whether subsidized meningitis vaccine is available. Visit http://health.tarrantcounty.com for a list of public health clinics or call 817-321-4700.

Dallas County Health and Human Services also is offering subsidized meningitis vaccine to students 19 and older for $10 with a college ID. Supplies are limited. For more information, please call 214-819-2162 or visit http://www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs/ for a list of clinics and phone numbers.
Students need not show proof of residency to purchase the subsidized vaccine in either county.

For additional information, visit the following: http://www.uta.edu/news/info/meningitis.php

Alumni scholarship deadline nearing

Posted 1-2-2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

The UT Arlington Alumni Association has instituted an earlier application deadline for two scholarships available to Department of Communication students. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.

Applicants for the Karin McCallum Scholarship must be a Junior or Senior Speech Communication major and a full-time student (12 or more hours).

Lloyd Clark Scholarship applicants must be full-time Juniors or Seniors who have completed 15 hours at UT Arlingtonand have a commitment to a career in journalism.

The UT Arlington Alumni Association invites current UT Arlington students to apply for these 2012-2013 scholarships. Scholarships are generously donated by alumni, family and friends of the University and are awarded to students from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.

Learn more about the Alumni Association scholarships and application process on the Alumni Association website and apply online at utaalumni.org/scholarships. For more information contact mwells@uta.edu or 817-272-2594.

Meningitis vaccination proof due by Jan. 2

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

Incoming UTA students under 30 years old must be immunized against bacterial meningitis before enrolling and submit proof of immunization by Jan. 2.

The new law mandates that first-time college students, students transferring from another institution and students who are re-enrolling following a break of at least semester be inoculated . Students who plan to audit a course must also comply with the law.
 
New UT Arlington students enrolling for Spring 2012 must be vaccinated as soon as possible. Under the law, new college students must have received the vaccine within the past five years. Proof of inoculation is required 10 days before the Jan. 17 start of the spring semester.
 
UT Arlington asks students to submit proof of vaccination by Jan. 2 to ensure that documents are processed in time to comply with the law. Students will not be allowed to enroll or move in to campus housing without submitting proof that they have complied with the vaccination law.

Students have several options to obtain the vacinnation. Many primary care physicians offer the shot with price depending on insurance coverage and the practice. Some insurance plans require a co-payment for preventative vaccinations; others may fully cover the cost. The vaccine also may be available at area health care clinics and pharmacies.

The vaccine also is available through the UT Arlington Health Services Center for a fee of $130. Students with private insurance may be able to file a claim afterward. For more information contact UT Arlington Health Services at 817-272-2771 or visit www.uta.edu/healthservices.

Tarrant County Public Health has a limited supply of subsidized meningitis vaccine doses available for $25. The shots are intended for low-income, uninsured students. Availability varies by clinic site and demand. Please contact a clinic in your area to determine whether subsidized meningitis vaccine is available. Visit http://health.tarrantcounty.com for a list of public health clinics or call 817-321-4700.

Dallas County Health and Human Services also is offering subsidized meningitis vaccine to students 19 and older for $10 with a college ID. Supplies are limited. For more information, please call 214-819-2162 or visit http://www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs/ for a list of clinics and phone numbers.
Students need not show proof of residency to purchase the subsidized vaccine in either county.

UT Arlington has contracted with a third-party service, Magnus Health SMR, to collect student vaccination records, verify the documents and maintain the records in compliance with federal privacy laws. Incoming students will be given directions on how to create a Magnus account and how to submit proper documentation indicating that they have received the vaccine 10 days in advance of the first day of classes.

Proof documents may be uploaded online, faxed or mailed directly to Magnus Health, but students are encouraged to upload proof documents online. Faxing or mailing documents will slow down the verification process. The company will charge students a $10 fee to record and review records submitted and to notify UT Arlington that the student is in compliance. International students may pay with a credit card but must do so on the phone or via fax. For more information, email Magnus Health at service@magnushealthportal.com or call 877-461-6831.

For additional information, visit the following: http://www.uta.edu/news/info/meningitis.php

 

Apprentice Challenge Info session today

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

An information session detailing the Comm Day Apprentice Challenge will be held today, Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. in FAB 258.

The Department of Communication is partnering with area businesses to provide a unique opportunity for students participating in the Communication Day "Apprentice Challenge." Students from each communication major are forming teams to create a professional communication packet promoting TXU Energy services. TXU will use some of the student-created materials in the company's actual promotions.

Interested students are encouraged attend the info meeting even if they are not yet members of a Challenge team. Students seeking to join a team should contact Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith via e-mail at epsmith@uta.edu, on the Facebook event page, or via twitter @UTACommDay to be matched up with a team.

Students on the winning Apprentice Challenge team will also have the opportunity to shadow a professional on the job for a day. Participating businesses include Concussion Advertising, CW-33, Open Channels Public Relations, Ranch Radio, Ride for the Brand (Web design and online marketing), Six Flags and the Star-Telegram.

Apprentice Challenge Finalists will present their projects at Comm Day 3.0: Communication Careers in a High-Tech World. The event will take place 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in University Center's Bluebonnet Ballroom.

Student teams to participate in Comm Day challenge

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

The Department of Communication is partnering with several area businesses to provide a unique opportunity for students participating in the Communication Day "Apprentice Challenge."

Students from each communication major are forming teams to create a professional communication packet promoting a real service to be offered by TXU Energy. In turn, TXU will use some of the student-created materials in the company's actual promotions.

Students on the winning team will also have the opportunity to shadow a professional on the job for a day. Participating businesses include Concussion Advertising, CW-33, Open Channels Public Relations, Ranch Radio, Ride for the Brand (Web design and online marketing), Six Flags and the Star-Telegram.

Apprentice Challenge Finalists will present their projects at Comm Day 3.0: Communication Careers in a High-Tech World. The event will take place 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in University Center's Bluebonnet Ballroom.

UTA Radio.com Named Finalist in National Competition

Posted 8-25-2011 by Keith Bartholomew in category urgent

UTA Radio.com is a finalist for Best Public Service Announcement in the National Student Production Awards put on by College Broadcasters, Inc.

Broadcasting student Dontae Robison produced the PSA for his radio production class last year. Titled ‘Don’t Sext’, the piece highlights the controversial issue of sharing intimate pictures on mobile phones. Robison says he chose the issue for his project after watching an MTV special. “One of my other reasons for choosing to do sexting was because I have a younger sister who is in high school now, and I wanted her to be informed about topics like these.”

In addition, UTA Radio Sports Director Chris Mead is a finalist in the same competition for a TV reporting project titled ‘Easter Weekend’. The piece, which aired during the final spring broadcast of UTA News, is a finalist in the Best Comedy category.

Winners will be announced in late October at CBI’s annual fall convention.

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

Communication Day slated for October

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

University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Communication proudly presents the Third Annual Communication Day, a celebration of careers in all communication fields, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at UTA’s University Center.

Comm Day 3.0: Communication Careers in a High Tech World offers students a chance to network with top communication professionals and distinguished alumni who are eager to share their tricks of the trade and help students increase their potential of landing a coveted communication position.

In fact, students will compete in an Apprentice Challenge for a chance to shadow a professional for a day on the job at businesses such as Concussion Advertising, Open Channels Communication, CW-33, Ranch Radio, Six Flags, and the Star-Telegram.

Seasoned professionals from a variety of communication fields will share exciting stories of their career experiences and tell students what they wish they had known before entering the job market in a session entitled “In the Trenches: Real Stories from the Real World.”

In “High Tech Meets High Touch: Strategies for Finding, Getting (and Keeping) a Job in the Digital Era,” those intimate with the hiring process from both sides will explain how to leverage new tools and old standbys on the job search.

Want to know how to dress for success on a student budget? A fashion industry professional will be on hand for a brown bag lunch and fashion show to tell you how.  

Comm Day 3.0: Communication Careers in a High-Tech World 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.

Prepare for your future as a successful communication professional at Comm Day 3.0. In the mean time, follow us on Twitter @UTACommDay, and keep an eye out for an exciting Twitter contest announcement on September 1!