Communication Department News

Showing stories between April 1, 2011 and April 30, 2011.

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 or Dr.Camille Broadway at 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.

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."