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Showing stories between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.

Journalism students land summer internerships

Posted December 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 December 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.

Meningitis vaccination proof due by Jan. 2

Posted December 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

 

Communication alum landing key positions

Posted December 5, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category alumni

Department of Communication alumni are landing key positions in their respective fields. Here's a round up of where our recent grads are working and what they're up to.

Holland Sanders, Fall 2009 Public Relations graduate, was recently named Marketing Manager for the Fort Worth Opera.

 

Jared Chism, Dec 2011 Public Relations graduate, has been hired to do social media for AT&T. Chism was a featured speaker at the Department of Communication’s annual Communication Day event this fall.

 

Ahsan “Ali” Kahn, Dec 2011 PR graduate, 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.

 

Erikka Neroes, a May 2011 Public Relations and Communication Studies (Organizational Communication) grad, has accepted a position in the Public Affairs office of the Department of Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System.  During her final semester, she served as an intern in Senator Wendy Davis’ office.

 

Erika McMinn, May 2011 graduate and recipient of the Department of Communication’s 2011 Outstanding Public Relations student award, is an account executive at Concussion, a Fort Worth-based advertising agency.

Emily Suied, a May 2011 PR grad and past president of the UTA Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), received a $500 scholarship from the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Jean Weaver, 2005 cum laude communication/public relations graduate, published her first book. The freelance writer and editor is co-author of The Transition of a Country Boy: A Memoir. Weaver assisted Ron Howell in writing his memoirs about growing up in West Texas during the Depression and later becoming part of the booming oil industry.

Spring 2011 grad Susan Wilhelm Chandler is working in the Communication Department of the Fort Worth Police Department. Chandler is responsible for writing press releases and producing the employee newsletter for the FWPD.

Zoheb Hassanali, a Spring 2010 grad with a degree in Broadcasting and a minor in Speech Communication, recently accepted a position as a multi-media journalist with WACH in Columbia, South Carolina. Hassanali worked previously as an on-air reporter for KTVO in Kirksville, Mo.

Andrew Knaus, a Fall 2008 BCMN grad, was hired at KTTC in Rochester, MN. Knaus previously worked as a reporter at a station in Helena, MT.

Hope Ekwue, Spring 2009 broadcast grad, accepted a position as Director of Communications for Strategic Government Resource and is the contracted Public Information Officer for the City of Keller Public Works Department.

MA Communication grad Matthew Fisher has accepted a position as Communications Manager of Multimedia for the American Heart Association.

KKTV/Channel 11 in Colorado Springs, Co has hired Broadcast grad Mecca Rayne as weekend anchor. Rayne previously worked at KSNT/Channel 27, the NBC affiliate in Topeka, Kan. where she anchored the morning show. While attending UTA, she was a production assistant.

Joe Gumm, 2002 broadcast graduate, is working for Fox’s Oklahoma City affiliate KOKH-TV as morning anchor.

Broadcast and Spanish graduate Alexis Spears has joined the staff of East Texas’ KTRE as a video journalist. While at UTA, Spears reported, produced, and anchored UTA News and interned at KCBI Radio and CBS 11/ KTVT News in Dallas-Fort Worth. She previously worked at WOAY, an ABC affiliate in W. Va. as reporter, anchor and producer.

Raquel Daisy, Communication master’s alum, is now a Communications Specialist for North Texas Specialty Physicians in Fort Worth.

Sarah Macias, Spring 2010 Broadcast grad, has been selected for a producer/editor position with KXII in Sherman, TX.

Chris Ghanbari, broadcast major, is founder of DFW Reporting, an Arlington-based online news outlet. Ghanbari opened the company in January 2009 because of “the need for more positive news coverage in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.”

 

Advertising students named national finalists

Posted December 5, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

Students in the fall Integrated Marketing Communication class in the Advertising sequence were named among the finalists in the Chevrolet’s Sonic Marketing Challenge and will make a presentation to Chevrolet executives in Detroit Dec. 6.

The team is one of three finalist groups being flown to Detroit by GM. (Entries were received from 48 student teams across the nation.)

The UT Arlington student team designed an integrated marketing campaign targeting college-age students. The students include: Corey Erickson, Wes Albaugh, Vidwan Raghavan, Daniel Kruzic and Sean Alexander. Luis Lopez-Preciado and Rudy Bechtel team teach the IMC class.

UTA Radio racking up awards

Posted December 5, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

UTA Radio is proving that good things come in threes.

In October, UTA Radio.com won a Radio Mercury Award in New York City. The winning spot, "Get Tested," was produced by Jillian Dennis and Trey Caron, two students from Broadcast Lecturer Lance Liguez's Summer II Radio Production class. The award honors the best in radio creative and comes with $2,500 prize.

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

UTA Radio and UTA News also chalked up honors at the 2011 South Central Broadcasting Society regional competition. The entries include undergraduate college and university students from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico and Tennessee. The audio winners are students in Radio Production (BCMN 2357) or UTA Radio.com. Video winners are taking TV Production (BCMN 2458), Electronic News (BCMN 3340) and TV Reporting II (BCMN 4350).

UTA students honored include:

Ayyoub Ajmi—third place, Video Open Category
Trey Caron and Jillian Dennis—third place, Audio PSA
Josh Greenlee—second place, Audio Promo
Christine Nicholson—first place, Audio Music/Entertainment Program; second place, Audio News Program
Alanna Quillen—honorable mention, Video Open Category
Dontae Robison—second place, Audio PSA
Samantha Watson—honorable mention, Video Feature Package
Jazmyne Washington—third place, Video PSA

Shorthorn features instructor

Posted December 5, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Communication instructor Michael Putnam was part of a bimonthly lecture series featuring professionals from the business and campus community for the Society for Human Resources Management. Putnam offered advice on the art of networking and mastering common interview questions. Putnam was featured in a Nov. 29 article in The Shorthorn.

Faculty paper accepted

Posted December 5, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Assistant Professor Dr. Chunke Su’s sole-authored article entitled "Who knows who knows what in the group? The effects of communication network centralities, use of digital knowledge repositories and work remoteness on organizational members' accuracy in expertise recognition" has been accepted for publication in Communication Research.

Communication Research is an internationally peer-reviewed top-tier journal, ranked 6 out of 67 in the field of Communication by ISI 2010 Journal Citation Reports.

Faculty member recognized

Posted December 5, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne submitted a paper entitled "Anatomy of Protest in the Digital Era: A Network Analysis of Twitter and Occupy Wall Street" to the International Communication Association (Communication Technology division).

Tremayne was also quoted in a recent Advertising Age article detailing the declining audience for childrens’ television shows. http://adage.com/article/mediaworks/kids-nets-face-mystery-missing-children/231199/

Interns gaining experience

Posted December 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 November 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 November 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 November 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 October 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 October 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 October 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!

Marc Fein shares experience with students

Posted October 25, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

KXAS News Anchor and Turner Sports alum Marc Fein was keynote speaker for Comm Day 2011, sharing his broadcast experience with our communication students.

Fein recently joined KXAS-TV (NBC-5) as afternoon anchor. Fein is fresh from Atlanta's Turner Sports, where he was a studio host and reporter covering the full gamut of sporting events, including NBA, MLB, PGA, NASCAR, and NCAA football. Prior to his stint at Turner, was a sports anchor and reporter for KDFW-TV, at which time he also hosted the Dallas Cowboys' pregame show on FOX.
 
See Fein's full bio is here: http://www.nbcdfw.com/on-air/about-us/Marc-Fein-131342148.htm

Interns gaining experience

Posted October 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 October 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 October 11, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

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)

Faculty Papers accepted for publication

Posted October 11, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Shelley Wigley, assistant professor of public relations, recently had an article titled, "The Giffords shootings in Tucson: Exploring citizen-generated versus news media content in crisis management," published in Public Relations Review.

Erika Pribanic-Smith had a paper accepted for publication in the October 2012 issue of Journalism History. It is titled "Rhetoric of Fear: South Carolina Newspapers and the State and National Politics of 1830."

UTA Alum crowned Ms. Senior America

Posted October 11, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category alumni

UTA alum Debbie Carroll-Boyce of Frisco was named the 2011 Ms. Senior America at the annual Ms. Senior America Pageant held in Atlantic City, N.J. Oct. 2-7.

The Frisco resident sang and danced to “Stuff Like That There” from the Bette Midler movie, “For the Boys.” An educator for 31 years, Carroll-Boyce served as an elementary school principal for 17 years and as a middle and high school teacher and counselor for 14 years. She earned a Bachelors’ Degree in Communication from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master’s Degree in Education/Counseling and Mid Management Administration from Texas Women’s University. The active volunteer spends time tutoring students, and was named the “Most Positive Principal” by the Power of Positive Student Organization. 

 “Just because a person reaches a certain age, does not mean you should quit pushing and challenging yourself every single day. I am flattered beyond belief and will serve with great pride to help raise awareness for all I believe in," Carroll-Boyce, said.

Carroll-Boyce will use her title to promote a lifestyle of healthy living for seniors, raise awareness for mental and physical well-being and raise funds for research for Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia.

 

 

UTA celebrates College Radio Day

Posted October 10, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category other

In honor of College Radio Day, UTA Radio will air a 45-minute documentary produced about the day during UTA Radio News.

The documentary will air at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Dept. of Communication students honored

Posted October 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)

Alum co-authors first book

Posted October 6, 2011 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category alumni

Jean Weaver, 2005 cum laude communication/public relations graduate, recently had her first book published.

Weaver, who is a freelance writer and editor, is co-author of The Transition of a Country Boy: A Memoir. Weaver assisted Ron Howell in writing his memoirs about growing up in West Texas during the Depression and later becoming part of the booming oil industry.

Putnam to address Engineering students

Posted October 6, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Mike Putnam, full-time Communication lecturer, has been asked to speak before the UTA Honors Engineering Society Pi Tau Sigma at the group’s Oct. 7 noon meeting.

Putnam will be providing honor society members information on job interviewing tips, cover letter and resume writing and general employment advice.

“I was honored to be invited by one of my former students and appreciate the opportunity to share with these bright engineering students,” Putnam said.

UTA Radio.com wins Mercury Award

Posted October 6, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category awards

UTA Radio.com won a Radio Mercury Award this week in New York City. The winning spot, "Get Tested," was produced by Jillian Dennis and Trey Caron, two students from Broadcast Lecturer Lance Liguez's Summer II Radio Production class. The award honors the best in radio creative, and comes with $2,500 prize.

Communication professors to receive faculty award

Posted October 6, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Department of Communication Chair Charla Markham Shaw, Professor Andrew Clark and Professor Sasha Grant have been selected as joint recipients of an Alicia Wilkerson Smotherman Faculty Award, made possible through the generosity of Thad and Alicia Smotherman.

The College of Liberal Arts award recognizes faculty whose research expertise and teaching abilities have inspired students to create work of exceptional merit which goes beyond the ordinary expectations for class assignments. Examples include creative, community or research projects resulting from teaching on the undergraduate and graduate levels. The primary criterion is the connection between the faculty member’s scholarly and creative abilities and their impact on the educational and professional development of students at UTA.

The Communication professors were nominated because of their work with students in developing a new master’s level course in Qualitative Research Methods, team-taught in three different qualitative methodologies. This course received an IEngage Seed Grant for Graduate Course Development and provided significant data for the Freshman Retention Initiative.

Recipients of Alicia Wilkerson Smotherman Faculty Awards will be recognized on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at an evening event held in the home of Thad and Alicia Smotherman.

Nicholson interviews noted Alum

Posted September 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

UTA Radio named award finalist

Posted September 30, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

UTA Radio has been named a finalist for a Radio Mercury Award for a student-created Public Service Announcement. The annual award is sponsored by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and is considered one of the premiere creative competitions in the radio industry.

The PSA was produced by broadcast students, Trey Carson and Jillian Dennis, students in Broadcast Lecturer Lance Liguez's Summer II Radio Production class.

The winners for the Mercury will announced in New York City on Oct. 4.

UTA Radio is a finalist in the student category for Best PSA. Check out the finalists at http://www.radiomercuryawards.com/2011finalists.cfm

(Note: scroll to bottom to see UTA's submission.)

Rodriguez, Carter make online presentation

Posted September 29, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Broadcast lecturer Julian Rodriguez and Department of Communication engineer Joseph Carter teamed up to make a special presentation for the local chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE).

The hour-long presentation, titled “Digital Media Compression, Streaming, and Workflows,” was streamed online for a national audience Sept. 29. Sponsored by ProAudio.com, the presentation was streamed using the NewTek Tricaster TCXD-850 Extreme.

Carter discussed compression and streaming, and Rodriguez shared his knowledge on production workflows, education, and technical issues faced by media professionals.

"It was a pleasure and an honor to be asked to make this presentation and share our experience with broadcast colleagues," Rodriguez added. "Technology plays such an integral role in media today, and it's imperative that we collaborate and find new and innovative ways to share information."

Comm Day launches own website

Posted September 23, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category other

Comm Day preparations are well under way with student teams hard at work on the Comm Day challenge. Comm Day events are now detailed on a special website.

Designed by Comm Tech student Carl Ebiri, the Comm Day site features a schedule of events for the day, speaker bios and a promo video by Department of Communication engineer Joe Carter.

Check out the new site for all kinds of Comm Day information.

http://www.uta.edu/communication/commday/2011/

Comm Day is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 9-4.

Faculty member meets Fox

Posted September 16, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

It isn't often that we run into world leaders at local dining spots. This week, Journalism lecturer Kim Pewitt-Jones did just that.

While attending the Sept. 14 meeting of Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth chapter, Journalism lecturer Pewitt-Jones got the opportunity to meet Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico.

"We discovered that the former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, was in the restaurant that evening. One one of our guests knew him and his publicist Juan Martin Hernandez," explained Pewitt-Jones, who serves as SPJ chapter president.

Pewitt-Jones and the event panelists posed with Fox and his publicist and have been posting their pics on Facebook.

“The SPJ meeting focused on how to provide better media coverage for ethnic issues—one of those groups being Hispanics,” Pewitt-Jones said. “But, what a surprise--I didn’t expect to meet a famous Hispanic leader such as Vicente Fox that night.”

Panelists for the event, "What are local media missing in coverage of ethnic issues," included NBC-5 reporter Susy Solis, Arlington Businesswoman and Community Leader Cindy Dao, and Eddie Griffin, author and activist for the African-American Community.

For more info on the Fort Worth chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, check out http://www.spjfw.org

Students needed for Comm Day Challenge

Posted September 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 September 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!

Faculty photograph featured

Posted September 13, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

When full-time lecturer Allen Sheffield isn’t in the classroom, chances are, you’ll find him with a camera slung around his neck.

The avid photographer loves to travel and often documents his trips with amazing photographs. One of Sheffield’s photographs was recently selected in KERA’s Photo of the Week contest.

“Dallas Farmers Market 2” was chosen as the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week and was featured on KERA’s Art&Seek website. Congratulations!

Rodriguez hosts broadcast seminar

Posted September 13, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Broadcast Lecturer Julian Rodriguez recently held a two-day video editing and production seminar for seven area Hispanic media professionals. Several of the attendees are based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but report for media outlets in Venezuela and Mexico.

Projects selected for publication

Posted September 13, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Dr. Dustin Harp, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, had the following research projects accepted for publication this summer:

Baek, K., Holton, A., Harp, D. & Yaschur, C. (2011). The links that bind: Uncovering novel motivations for linking on Facebook, Computers in Human Behavior, 27, 2243-2248, [Available online, doi:10.1016/j.chb.2011.07.003].

Harlow, S. & Harp, D. (2011). Collective action on the web: A cross-cultural study of social networking sites and online and offline activism in the United States and Latin America. Information, Communication & Society, [Available online, doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2011.591411].

Baresch, B., Knight, L, Harp, D. & Yaschur, C. (2011). Friends who choose your news: An analysis of content links on Facebook. ISOJ Journal, 1(2), 65-85.
Correa, T. & Harp, D. (2011). Women matter in newsrooms: How power and critical mass relate to the coverage of the HPV vaccine. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 88(2), 301-319.

Apprentice Challenge Info session today

Posted September 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.

PR students working with Movin' Mavs

Posted September 1, 2011 by Keith Bartholomew in category faculty

Students in Shelley Wigley's PR Campaigns class will be developing a public relations campaign plan and implementing a portion of it for the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team during Fall '11 semester.

Four groups of students will conduct primary research, develop an in-depth campaign plan and present it to the client. Each group also will implement a project or event on behalf of the Movin' Mavs team, explained Dr. Wigley, assistant professor of public relations. At least one of the student groups will plan and launch a fundraising project for the team.

"This is a service learning course," Dr. Wigley said. "Through this course, PR students get real-world experience working for an actual client while contributing and giving back to the community."

The goal of the project is to increase community awareness about the Movin' Mavs program, increase public understanding of the need for athletic sports programs for the disabled, and increase funding for the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball program.

"By working directly with -- and advising a client -- throughout the semester, students are able to utilize the public relations skills they've learned in previous PR classes," Dr. Wigley added. "The class functions much like an internship and gives students insight into what it will be like to work in the public relations field."

Student teams to participate in Comm Day challenge

Posted August 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.

PRSSA gearing up for semester

Posted August 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.

AWC chapter garners national award

Posted August 29, 2011 by Keith Bartholomew in category accomplishments

The UTA chapter of The Association for Women in Communication was recently awarded the large chapter division of the outstanding student chapter award. The active chapter hosted a variety of events including student speakers, round table discussions, workshops, fundraising events and many philanthropic events.

“Our members are committed to hands-on experience in the communication field,” explained Dr. Sasha Grant, assistant professor and AWC faculty sponsor. “This year’s programs focused on a variety of topics including finding a dream job, networking, resume writing, television broadcasting and issues and trends in the field of communication.”

The AWC chapter also worked throughout the year to promote worthy causes, Grant added, including AWC’s Fit to Fight Cancer. Members raised nearly $850 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event.

The Association for Women in Communication champions the advancement of women across all communication disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era, according to the group’s website.

The UTA chapter welcomes Department of Communication students to get involved for the 2011-2012 academic year. The group meets the second Friday of the month at noon in room 264 of the Fine Arts building.

For more information, e-mail sgrant@uta.edu or call 817-272-0733, or contact chapter co-presidents, Britney Taylor at britney.pearson@mavs.uta.edu or Christine Nicholson at christine.nicholson@mavs.uta.edu. Check out the group's website at www.awcuta.org.

Paper accepted for presentation

Posted August 29, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Journalism professor Erika Pribanic-Smith’s research paper "South Carolina’s Rhetorical Civil War: Unionist and Free Trade Presses during the Nullification Crisis, 1832-1833" has been accepted for presentation at the National Convention of American Journalism Historians Association. The convention will be in Kansas City in October.

Grad student honored

Posted August 26, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

Rebekah Karth, May 2010 Public Relations graduate, has been honored with the Honors College Bridge to Graduate School Fellowship for the 2011-2012 year in recognition for academic excellence. Karth begins graduate studies in the Department of Communication this fall.

Student PSAs featured online

Posted August 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

Faculty member shares communication expertise

Posted August 26, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Communication Instructor Mike Putnam is sharing his skills outside the classroom this summer. In July, Putnam worked with the UTA McNair Scholars on strategic communication skills.

“I  provided instructional tips on organization and delivery of the special projects each of the students has been working on under the guidance of their faculty mentors,” said Putnam, who has been involved with the McNair Scholars for the past decade.

In addition, Putnam will be working with members of the Midwest section of the Texas American Planning Association (APA), a non-profit group of professional planners. The group provides city and community planners a forum for sharing information on planning, general professional development, legislation, law, ethics, etc.

Putnam will be discussing informative and persuasive strategies to help the planners better communicate with citizen groups regarding zoning cases and other community issues

“I enjoy interacting with the business community because it gives me a chance to see real-life problems and offer possible solutions,” Putnam said. “This kind of corporate and civic experience is easily translated to the classroom environment.”

Students garner publication bylines

Posted August 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 alum making their mark

Posted August 26, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category alumni


Spring 1997 Journalism alum Terry Morawski, Assistant Superintendent, Communications & Marketing for Mansfield Independent School District, is featured in the July/August 2011 issue of Mansfield Magazine. Morawski is responsible for overseeing all communications, marketing and online initiatives for Mansfield ISD.

Matthew G. Fisher, who graduated in Spring 2011 with a Masters in Communication, has accepted the position of Communications Manager – Multimedia with The American Heart Association. Fisher starts his new job in August.

UTA Journalism alum and former Shorthorn editor Matt Stiles (now Matt Hu-Stiles) was included in a recent article in New York magazine profiling "21 new media innovators." Hu-Stiles currently works at National Public Radio as a data journalist on NPR’s StateImpact project.

Spring 2010 Broadcast grad Diana Rojas, has been covering the Dallas Mavericks’ court action for Radio Cadena Nacional (RCN), Columbia's national radio and television station. Rojas reported on the NBA Finals for RCN. Rojas has also been offered a freelance reporter position with Al Día, a Spanish-language newspaper owned by A.H. Belo.

Tommy Orellana, Fall 2009 Broadcast alum, has accepted a position with Univision Dallas (KUVN) as Director/Tech Director. Orellana previously worked as a part-time time production assistant at Telemundo before accepting a position working on KUVN’s morning news show.

Raquel Daisy, 2007 Communication Master’s alum, recently accepted a new position as a Communications Specialist for North Texas Specialty Physicians in Fort Worth. Find Daisy on Facebook, LinkedIn or e-mail at: raquel.daisy@yahoo.com.

Sarah Macias, Spring 2010 Broadcast grad, has been selected for a position with KXII in Sherman, TX. Macias will start her career with the station as producer/editor with hopes of working her way into a reporter position.

Spring 2009 Broadcast grad Jessica Carillo, who has been working for Telemundo’s local DFW affiliate, has accepted a position as entertainment reporter/anchor at Telemundo’s Los Angeles station.

Sean Bolton, Spring 2010 Communication Technology grad, has accepted a position with Ulterra Drilling Technologies as a database programmer focusing on data mining. Bolton will help the company extract data from the database into an applicable format for the company’s sales force.

Alexis Spears, Fall 2010 Broadcast graduate, has joined KTRE News Team as a video journalist. Spears will cover the city of Lufkin and the surrounding East Texas area for the ABC affiliate.

Fall 2001 Broadcast grad Joe Gumm, is serving as morning anchor for KOKH FOX 25 in Oklahoma City. Prior to joining the FOX 25 morning team, Gumm worked for Fox Sports Southwest and Fox Sports Oklahoma as anchor/reporter. He’s also been a Host/Reporter for CBS (KTVT) in Dallas/Fort Worth and covered the world of news and entertainment for Time Warner Cable.

Faculty at work!

Posted August 26, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Karishma Chatterjee and Department of Communication Chair Dr. Charla Markham Shaw’s co-authored paper has been accepted for publication. "Media Portrayals of the Female Condom," has been accepted by The Journal of Health Communication for publication. The journal is ranked 9/55 among the rated Communication journals listed and 22/66 in information science and library science according to the Journal Citation Reports.

Dr. Shelley Wigley, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, has been awarded a 2011 Educator\'s Fellowship from the Plank Center at the University of Alabama. Wigley will intern with Southern Company, a major electrical provider in Georgia and Alabama, later this summer.

Dr. Andrew Clark and Dr. Tom Christie, Associate Professors in the Department of Communication, have been awarded first place by the International Division of the Broadcast Education Association for their co-authored paper “A Clash of Cultures: Reaching Hostile Audiences Through International Broadcasting.” The paper was presented at the organization’s annual conference in Las Vegas.

Journalism professor Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith’s research paper "Riding the Coattails of Revolutionaries and Republicans: Partisan Rhetoric and the Rise of the Nullification Party in 1831 South Carolina\\\" has been accepted for presentation. It will be presented in August at the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Convention in St. Louis.

Dr. Andrew Clark, Associate Professor/Broadcast Sequence Coordinator, and Julian Rodriguez, broadcast lecturer, recently trained students from Fort Worth’s Southwest High School to use news production hardware and software. The students are representing Texas in SkillsUSA, a national media competition in Kansas City, MO.

Communication faculty recognized

Posted August 26, 2011 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

Two faculty members in the Department of Communication have been recognized as outstanding educators by the College of Liberal Arts during the spring 2011 semester.

Dr. Shelley Wigley, assistant professor of Public Relations, has been designated to receive the College of Liberal Arts Gertrude Golladay Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Full-time lecturer Geoff Campbell has been honored with the College of Liberal Arts Adjunct Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching.

The awards are determined entirely by the votes of all of the 4,200 undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts.

Paper accepted for publication

Posted August 25, 2011 by Keith Bartholomew in category faculty

Department of Communication Chair Dr. Charla Markham Shaw and Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Karishma Chatterjee's co-authored paper has been accepted for publication. "Media Portrayals of the Female Condom," has been accepted by The Journal of Health Communication for publication. The journal is ranked 9/55 among the rated Communication journals listed and 22/66 in information science and library science according to the Journal Citation Reports.

UTA Radio.com Named Finalist in National Competition

Posted August 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

UTA Radio names new station manager

Posted August 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.

Communication Day slated for October

Posted August 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!

 

 

 

Lecturer Speaks to Engineering Honor Society

Posted April 29, 2011 by in category faculty

Communication Lecturer Allen Sheffield was invited to speak at the Feb. 24 meeting of Pi Tau Sigma - Honorary Mechanical Engineering Society.

"One of the members of Pi Tau Sigma (a student in my COMS 3302 class) asked me to give a short presentation about how to prepare for and what to expect during an employment interview," Mr. Sheffield said.

Prior to his teaching career, Mr. Sheffield served as the regional human resources manager for Toys "R" Us.

"During my last 10 years there, I did all of the recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and training of management personnel," he explained. "I was happy to share my experiences with the students."

UTA Radio Donates to Women's Shelter

Posted April 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 April 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 April 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 April 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 April 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 April 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.

Working World: Alexis Spears

Posted April 29, 2011 by in category alumni

Alexis Spears, a Fall 2010 Broadcast graduate, is working as a reporter for WOAY, an ABC affiliate serving Beckley, Bluefield and Oak Hill, W. Va. Alexis serves as night-side reporter and the station's only Saturday reporter.

"I am responsible for coming up with at least four stories on Saturdays," Alexis said. "I am enjoying getting to tell the stories to an actual audience who looks to you for that information on a daily basis, as I have at least one story on each day."

Alexis says she enjoys communicating with current UTA students on Facebook. The students are often seeking advice on how to land that first job after graduation. "It's very neat that I'm now on the other side and can provide that advice," Alexis said. "I was speaking to a former classmate who is also working now as a reporter, and we agree that it is cool to be of help to others because we were just in that position."

Communication Advisors Nominated for Outstanding Advisor Award

Posted March 1, 2011 by Keith Bartholomew in category faculty

John Macejak, Melinda Long and Lynda Arnold, the Department of Communication advisors, have been nominated for this year's Outstanding Advisor Award.

"All three of our incredible advisors were nominated this year," remarked Department Chair Charla L. Markham Shaw. "We're so appreciative of our advisors for their contributions to the success of our students and our department. Congratulations to John, Melinda, and Lynda!"

The Outstanding Academic Advisor Award program, started in the 1984-1985 academic year, recognizes distinguished advisors who strive to uphold the University's pursuit of academic excellence. These individuals develop and nurture relationships and work closely with UTA's student population, and the University and community at large.

Graphic Specialist Judges Advertising Awards

Posted February 2, 2011 by in category faculty

Roby B. McEuen, Department of Communication Graphic Specialist, judged the American Advertising Federation 10th District Small Advertising Club ADDY competition on Jan. 22.

The ADDYs are a three-tiered advertising competition that starts at the local level. Gold and sliver ADDY winners are then forwarded on to their district ADDY competition. District winners advance on to the national AAF ADDY competition and compete against other district winners from across the United State.

McEuen has served as a judge for the ADDY awards since 2001. "There are a number of reasons I like judging. It is a fun and easy way to keep up with what is happening in the advertising industry. Judging allows me to see work being created in different parts of the state of Texas and around the country," McEuen said. "This gives me a broader perspective on advertising in general. I get to meet and visit with other professionals in other markets and talk about industry trends, concerns and opportunities. Finally, it is just a lot of fun!"

Department Staff Volunteer for Job Fair

Posted February 2, 2011 by in category faculty

Mike Putnam, Department of Communication full-time lecturer, is among the many faculty and staff members volunteering their time at the Spring 2011 Job Fair. The Career Center is hosting the fair on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Mavericks Activities Center.
Mr. Putnam said he is eager to assist with the event.
"This is something I can easily do to give back to the University as a whole and to our graduates. UTA is, in many respects, a large family. And we all have a certain obligation, if not duty, to help out others where we can," Putnam said. "Donating one hour over lunch hour is not only easy to do but it's fun as well. I did this last year and look forward to being part of it again this time around."

Students in Dr. Luis Lopez-Preciado's Fall Advertising Campaigns Class worked with the UTA Faculty Club to design and implement an advertising campaign for the campus eatery. The restaurant, located in the basement of Davis Hall, is open to all faculty and staff.
Two of the advertising students are continuing the project this semester with Aramark, the parent company that manages the restaurant. The students will spend the semester as paid interns with the company.

PR Student Secures Internship

Posted February 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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