Communication Department News

Showing stories between January 1, 2012 and January 31, 2012.

Mason to appear in Alumni production

Posted January 27, 2012 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category faculty

Communicaton Department lecturer Melanie Mason will join other UTA alumni, faculty and undergraduates to present The Lion in Winter as part of this year's homecoming activities.

The play, by James Goldman, will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 in University Center's Rosebud Theatre. There is no admission charge to attend.

Directed by Dr. Dennis Maher, the cast includes Ms, Mason, Michael Prescott, Jessica Dismuke, Brian Prescott, Andras Bodolai, Jackie Pickard and Alan Cooke. The show is stagemanaged by Amanda Halupnik and Cathy Pritchett with lighting design by Roger Owens.

Photos Courtesy of Tracey Davis

PRSSA meeting slated for Feb 2

Posted January 25, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

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

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

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

For more information, email or contact Rachel Makutuya, VP of Recruitment and Retainment at

Faculty papers accepted

Posted January 24, 2012 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category faculty

Two of Dr. Dustin Harp's research papers have been accepted for presentation at the International Communication Association annual conference, to be held in Phoenix in May.

The titles of the research are: "Co-opting feminism: Media discourses on political women and the definition of a (new) feminist identity" (with J. Loke and I. Bachmann) and "Indian activists’ use of social networking sites (SNS): An exploratory study" with (M. Chadha).

Faculty win BEA competition

Posted January 24, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Dr. Andrew Clark and Dr. Tom Christie were awarded first place in the open category of the International Division paper competition for the Broadcast Education Association conference.

Dr.’s Clark and Christie will present their paper “Bypassing Traditional Media through Shortwave Radio: Expanding the Model of Value Equivalence” at the BEA conference in Las Vegas in April.

Wigley spending semester on research

Posted January 24, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Dr. Shelley Wigley is taking the spring semester away from the classroom to spend time researching several projects. Dr. Wigley is working on a co-authored project about negative Facebook posts on organizational pages and their impact on stakeholder.

“I also will be looking at how social media managers deal with negative posts,” Dr. Wigley explained. “I will be proposing some new ideas on image restoration and how celebrities and politicians can respond to negative situations.”

Dr. Wigley will also continue her research on crisis communication, social media and media relations.

Dr. Wigley also had an article published in the Public Relations Journal. The article is titled "A Study of PR Practitioners’ Use of Social Media in Crisis Planning."

Meningitis vaccination proof deadline Jan. 27

Posted January 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 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

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 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 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:

Alumni scholarship deadline nearing

Posted January 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 For more information contact or 817-272-2594.