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Communication Department News

Showing stories between October 1, 2011 and October 31, 2011.

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.