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

Meals on Wheels event slated for Monday

Posted November 16, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category other

Public Relations students are hosting an awareness event for Arlington community leaders on Nov. 28 to offer informaiton on Meals On Wheels Tarrant County and its impact on the citizens of Arlington.

The public is also invited to attend. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Rio Grande Ballroom, UC, 300 W. First Street. RSVP to Sir Jones at Sir.Jones@mavs.uta.edu.

Comm Faculty featured

Posted November 16, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Department of Communication faculty have been featured in the media in recent weeks.

 

Department of Communication lecturer Geoff Campbell mused about turning 50 in a Nov. 4 op-ed in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He said the only thing he wanted for his birthday was not to have a party.

 

"I always wanted to live the kind of life that would give me great memories, to have 'fragments I have shored against my ruins,' to take T.S. Eliot out of context," Campbell wrote. "And that's what I have, along with a singular hope of building more. I'm turning 50, an age the commercials tell us is an age of getting things done. As long as those things don't include a party, that's precisely what I intend to do."

 

The entire article can be found at http://tinyurl.com/bw6sed5

 

 The big media story emerging from President Obama’s reelection is the fact that so many on the right were so stunned by the results, The Christian Science Monitor reported in a story that featured Mark Tremayne, assistant professor at UT Arlington. Tremayne said this selective perception of the race was driven in part by an unprecedented explosion of polling this cycle. Many of these polls were conducted by the campaigns themselves, he points out. Tremayne was also interviewed about the election by WCRX/88.1 FM

 

Here's the link to the Christian Science Monitor story:

 

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/Vox-News/2012/1107/Surprise-at-Obama-s-victory-illustrates-growing-partisan-divide-in-US-media

UTA Radio news

Posted November 16, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

UTA Radio is having a busy fall. UTA Radio Sports lost out to Wisconsin for Best Sports Play By Play at the National Student Production Awards put on by College Broadcasters, Inc. Jordan Victorin and Josh Sours were nominated for their call of UTA Baseball’s upset of Texas A&M earlier this year.

UTA Radio garnered three first-place finishes in the south-central competition for the National Broadcasting Society at its annual awards program held at the MAC Nov. 2. Matt Jones won for Best News Feature. Chelsie Pierce was honored for Best PSA. Former UTA student Trey Caron was recognized  for Best Production/Imaging. The first place winners are now eligible for the national competition.

UTA Radio Faculty Advisor Lance Liguez was invited to speak at the Chicago convention of the College Media Association Nov. 3. Liguez’s presentation titled, “Still Growing: Opportunities for Internet Radio,” looked at the growth and success of UTA Radio as a model for other college Internet stations.

Students, community benefit from service learning

Posted November 16, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

The Department of Communication has a long history of giving back to the community. Students gain hands-on experiene while making meaningful contributions through several service leaning projects each semester.

 

Students in Suzy Nead’s fall Group Communication 2304 class are assisting several local non-profit groups and organizations as part of the courses’ service learning projects.

 

This semester the student teams’ efforts will benefit Ronald McDonald House, Wound Warriors, Mission Arlington, Boy's and Girl's Club, Child Abuse Awareness and The Salvation Army of Fort Worth.

 

Students in Shelley Wigley’s Public Relations Campaigns class are working with Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County this semester.

 

Groups of students have been holding events to increase awareness, donations and volunteers for the organization,” Dr. Wigley explained.

 

The events will help the area non-profit while providing UTA students with real-world public relations experience.

 

On Oct. 25, students held an on-campus awareness event that raised more than $120 for MOW and recruited dozens of potential volunteers. Another student group is holding a Mavstir Bake-Off competition which will feature members of UTA student organizations competing in a bake-off challenge to create a new dessert for MOW clients.

 

Another team is holding an on-campus event for Arlington community leaders on Nov. 28 to educate them about MOW and its impact on the citizens of Arlington. The public is also invited to attend. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Rio Grande Ballroom, 300 W. First Street. RSVP to Sir Jones at Sir.Jones@mavs.uta.edu.

 

Comm Dept reaching out to alums through new group

Posted November 16, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modrovsky broadcasting live tonight from College Park Center

Posted November 14, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

By MICHELLE TYER

Communication News Intern

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

           

Writing Lab offering assistance to students

Posted October 1, 2012 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category students

The Communication Department's Associated Press Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Lab is open to assist Communication students.

The lab hours are:

  • Mondays 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesdays 2-3 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursdays 8-9:30 a.m.

The lab is located in Room 257 of the Fine Arts building.

UTA Radio kicks off Rocktober Oct. 2

Posted October 1, 2012 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category students

The windows at the library and University Hall may be rattling a bit when UTA Radio launches its annual Rocktober concert series on Tuesday, Oct 2.

This is third year for the event, but only the second year the event carries the Rocktober name.

“It’s a chance for our students to not only organize a weekly, mini-concert,” says Faculty Advisor Lance Liguez. “It’s also a chance to showcase, in a live setting, some of the local indie rock bands we feature on the air.”

Tuesday’s kick-off concert will feature Sammie Zonana, recently voted UTA's Most Talented Maverick 2012.

The concert is also being held in conjunction with College Radio Day, a national effort to draw attention to college radio stations and the impact they have on and off campus.

Bands confirmed to playin October include Svenny Baby and the Lost Immigrants.

AWC meeting Sept. 25

Posted September 24, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

The UTA student chapter of the Association for Women in Communication (AWC) will be hosting a general meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. The meeting will be held in room 414 of the Fine Arts Building.

 

AWC is offering free food during the meeting and will be viewing  a webinar about the Top 10 Mistakes Women Make in Networking. All communication students are invited to attend.

PRSSA elects officers, gears up for semester

Posted September 24, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) elected new officers to open positions last week to carry out the organization’s plans for the semester.

Chapter President Kevin Luong said several PRSSA officers graduated or stepped down to focus on studies their senior year, but other members are stepping up to take over.

"It was good to get this out of the way so we can get to work,” Luong said.  “Everybody’s anxious to get started.”

Jennifer Garcia, the new PRSSA events coordinator, said this is her first year as a member of the PRSSA and she looks forward to helping organize the events.

“I don’t want to just be a member, I want to help and be involved,” Garcia said.

Some of the newest PRSSA officers are also members of other UTA organizations..

“It’s good to see that they’re really active in the organizations so we can have more networking,” Luong said.

PRSSA elected Public Relations major Brandon Demings to the position of recruitment coordinator.

“My job is to go to different clubs and organizations and classes to help them (students) see the benefits of joining PRSSA,” Demings said. Upcoming events and orientations will allow more students to find out about PRSSA and the many workshops, activities and events the organization plans each semester.

Luong said it will not be hard for the new officers to transition into their new roles.

“It’s just a matter of planning and educating,” he added.

The UTA chapter of PRSSA meets at 3:30 p.m. each Thursday  in Room 327 of the Fine Arts building.   All students interested in Public Relations and Communication are welcome to attend.

 

--Michelle Tyer, UTA Department of Communication intern

SPJ hosting resume speed-critique workshop

Posted September 18, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

The UTA chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists is sponsoring a resume workshop this month.

The resume critique workshop will be specifically geared toward Communication students. Department of Communication faculty will be on hand to offer critiques and advice.

"The most common mistake -- even in the era of spellcheck -- is spelling, not only on resumes, but on cover letters as well," advises Broadcast Lecturer Lance Liguez, one of several faculty members who will assist with the workshop. "Little mistakes like that will not get you an interview."

Students attending the workshop will learn resume formatting and tips and how to put together a winning resume for internships and career positions.

The workshop will be held at 12:50 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14 in Room 327 of the Fine Arts building. Space is limited, so interested students are encouraged to RSVP by Sept. 22 to Bianca.montes@mavs.uta.edu.

Grads turning classroom knowledge into careers

Posted September 18, 2012 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category alumni

UT Arlington graduates are turning classroom experience into careers.   

Former members of UTA News en Español recently landed high-profile jobs at local television stations and non-profit organizations.


Sonia Salas and Reyna Cavazos

Broadcast Lecturer Julian Julian Rodriguez appeared on Telefutura 49 this week to talk about the student-run TV program and what the Department of Communication has to offer.

“The opportunities we provide to our students in the Department of Communication are unlike any others found at other educational institutions,” Rodriguez said. “We strive to provide a strategic educational balance between theory and practice in our undergraduate programs.”


Edgar Maldonado

Sonia Salas (left), former member of UTA News en Español, was recently hired as floor manager for Univison23´s morning show. She’ll join Reyna Cavazos (right), a former UTA News en Español executive producer and anchor, who currently works at Spanish-language station as morning video editor and traffic/weather anchor for the morning show.

Edgar Maldonado, a former UTA News en Español reporter, was also recently hired as Bilingual Communications Manager for the American Red Cross in Dallas.

UTA Radio covering conventions

Posted September 12, 2012 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category accomplishments

UTA Radio had special press access to both the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, thanks to a pair of internships with The Washington Center.

Economics major Curtwin Bismark and public relations major Lauren Devoll are interning with the non-profit Washington Center this fall.

“The internship allows for both students to attend the conventions, but only if they have a media sponsor,” says Faculty Advisor Lance Liguez. “As a condition of being sponsored, both students have agreed to act as special correspondents for UTA Radio.”

In addition to their internship duties, both students provided UTA Radio with photos and interviews for use on the station’s newscasts, website, and various social media outlets. Devoll atttended the RNC in August; Bismark attended the DNC in Sept.

Grade exclusion link activated

Posted September 11, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

Students receiving a grade or D or F in a course may file a grade exclusion request with the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration. The Grade Exclusion link is now activated.

Students seeking grade exclusion must receive counseling from an academic advisor to determine the effect a grade exclusion may have on degree and probation requirements. The student may also need to meet with the Financial Aid Office if receiving a scholarships or financial aid. Student athletes should meet with the Athletic Department, and international students should check with the International Office.

The course with the excluded grade cannot be used to satisfy any graduation requirement.  The course grade will be removed from the academic GPA calculation; although the grade received will remain on the student's transcript. Excluded grades will be included in the calculation of GPA for determining graduation with Latin Honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude).

The grade exclusions will apply to a maximum of three courses at UT Arlington and will not apply to courses that may be repeated for credit or to courses taken on a pass/fail basis. Of the three courses, only one course can be at the 3000/4000 level.

Students must be enrolled on the Census Date of the semester in which their grade exclusion request is processed. Grade exclusions must be submitted before the last drop day of the term. For the Fall semester, the last day to submit a grade exclusion is Oct. 31.

To submit a grade exclusion, or for more information about the grade exclusion process, check the following link:
http://wweb.uta.edu/ses/recordsandregistration/content/student_services/grade_exclusion.aspx

Students needing assistance completing the grade exclusion request may visit the Department of Communication advising office during regular advising hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Rodriguez takes to airwaves

Posted September 11, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Broadcast lecturer Julian M. Rodriguez appeared on Channel: Telefutura 49 to promote UTA News en Español and the Department of Communication this morning.

If you missed Rodriguez in action, check out the following link to view the entire story: http://univisiondallas.univision.com/comunidad/videos-de-vive-la-manana/video/2012-09-12/uta-news-en-espanol

 

 

Journalism students honored

Posted September 10, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

The Fort Worth chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists presented three UTA Journalism students with scholarships at the group’s annual awards event.

Edna Horton and Shelly Williams received $500 Texas Gridiron scholarships and Bianca Montes was presented with a Jay Milner Scholarship of $1,000.

Comm grads landing top spots

Posted September 10, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category alumni

Recent graduates of the Department of Communication receive their diplomas and hit the ground running, snagging great positions with top performing companies, non-profit organizations and media outlets.

Here's the latest alumni news on where our recent Department of Comm grads are working.

BCMN alum Charity Hitt is hosting a pre-game football show for Gator Vision at the University of Florida. Hitt, a 2010 UTA grad, is Pursuing a Master’s in Telecommunications at UF.

Chloe Jamerson, a May '12 Public Relations graduate, has been hired to work in brand public relations for The Richards Group in Dallas.
 
May 2012 PR graduate, Kristina Kopplin, has been hired by Social Compass, a social media marketing agency. She will be working as an Interactive Producer for the company.

Alison Cohn, May 2012 Advertising graduate/English minor, is teaching English in Miami through the Teach For America program.

Recent grad Trey Caron has accepted a position in Lawton, OK as production director for Townsquare Media.

BCMN grad David Mannering was accepted to St. Thomas University Law in Miami, Fla. He began his studies in August.

May 2012 BCMN grad Christine Nicholson has been hired for a morning reporter position at KXII-TV in Sherman. She began her new position in June.

Steve Korioth, news director for WBRL-TV (Columbus, GA), has been named director of content for WBTW-TV, Media General’s CBS affiliate in Myrtle Beach, SC. He will oversee all aspects of WBTW news broadcasts and content for the station’s website.

Rebekah Karth (BA, Public Relations) received the UT Arlington Honors College 2011-12 Bridge to Graduate School Fellowship in recognition of academic excellence. She began graduate studies in the Department of Communication in August. Rebecca was also named the Outstanding Honors College student for 2011-12.

Karen Ramirez, May 2012 Broadcast grad, is working as a production assistant for Telemundo KXTX Dallas.

Lauren Carr, May 2012 grad, has been accepted into the graduate program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Carr will pursue a masters in marketing.

 

The Department of Communication likes keeping up with our recent grads. If you're a graduate of the department, let us know where you're working. Send info and contact information to barriehill@uta.edu. We'd love to hear from you!

Faculty members present papers, attend conferences

Posted September 10, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

While many students take the summer months off from classes, Department of Communication faculty members are busy presenting research papers and attending educational conferences.

Here's a look at what some of our faculty members were up to this summer.

Dr. Tom Christie and Dr. Andrew Clark presented their co-authored paper, "Cultivating Images of the Enemy in Media: A Content Analysis of Popular War Cartoons" at the George Gerbner Conference on Communication, Conflict, and Aggression in Budapest, Hungary this summer.

Dr. Sheetal Patel had two co-authored papers accepted for publication. “Parents of children with eating disorders: Developing theory-based health communication messages to promote caregiver wellbeing” was published in Journal of Health Communication. “Teaching Advertising Media Planning in a Changing Media Landscape” was published in Journal of Advertising Education.
Dr. Chunke Su had two co-authored manuscripts accepted for publication in August. One will be published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology and one in The Journal for East European Management Studies.

Dr. Eronini Megwa presented a paper in July at the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) in Durban, South Africa. The Paper is titled, "Media and Poverty Index (MAPX): A Framework for Analyzing the Relationship Between Media Access and Poverty Reduction."

Dr. Megwa is also working with Sage Publications as an associate editor this summer. Dr. Megwa will be working with reviewers from all over the world in the social sciences and humanities to review and edit manuscripts for SAGE's online journal, SAGE Open Scholar One Manuscript.

Dr. Brian Horton presented two solo-authored conference papers at the International Conference on Language and Social Psychology in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands in June 20-23. The papers are entitled “Communication of and about religious/spiritual identity in the workplace” and “Easy to opt-in, hard to opt out: A comparison of subscription and unsubscription messages in e-mails and websites.”

Dr. Dustin Harp presented co-authored papers at several conferences this summer:
“Alternative Media in a Digital Era: Comparing Information Use Among U.S. and Latin American Activists” was presented to the Communication Technology Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference in Chicago this summer.
“Co-opting feminism: Media discourses on political women and the definition of a (new) feminist identity” was presented to the Feminist Media Studies Division, International Communication Association annual conference in Phoenix.
Harp presented the paper “Indian activists’ use of social networking sites (SNS): An exploratory study” to the Division, International Communication Association annual conference.

Broadcast lecturer Lance Liguez put his voice talents to work serving as public service announcer for the Grand Prairie Air Hogs Labor Day weekend. Liguez landed the gig thanks to Journalism student Matt Sneed who runs his own freelance photography and videography company.  Check out Matt’s website at http://www.mattsneedcreative.com/.

Communication lecturer Mike Putnam is serving as coach-on-site at the Dallas UT-MBA location at UT-Southwestern Medical Center. Putnam is working with MBA students on oral and written communication skills.

Department of Communication lecturer Geoff Campbell wrote a chapter for a new media writing textbook – “Writing for media audiences: A handbook for multi-platform news” – published in fall 2012 by Kendall Hunt. Campbell’s chapter provides students with guidance on when to attribute information in news articles, advertisements, and public relations literature pieces. Campbell is the author of seven non-fiction books and served as a researcher for Jeff Guinn on his “Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro,” winner of the 2003 Texas Book Award and the TCU Distinguished Award for the best book about Texas. Campbell has extensive professional writing experience that includes work for weekly newsletters, daily newspapers, magazines, a bank trade association, a public relations firm, and a wire service. He has been a full-time lecturer at UT-Arlington since January 2009.

Comm Studies lecturer Melanie Mason lent her directing skills to Theatre Arlington this summer, directing the production Hollywood Arms. Pegasus News’ reviewer Chad Bearden complimented Mason on her vision for the show, noting: “And credit should go to Director Melanie Mason for coaxing very nice performances from a very fine cast. An audience member can never be quite sure how much of an interesting performance is the specific choices of an actor and how much it is the vision of the director. However much direct influence she may have had, Mason pulls together several varied approaches of confronting the material into a cohesive whole.”

 

Census day Monday; last day to add

Posted September 7, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

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

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

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

PRSSA meeting Sept. 6

Posted September 5, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

--Michelle Tyer, Department of Communication Fall intern

Advertising group welcomes new members

Posted September 4, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

The UTA chapter of the American Advertising Federation will host the group's introductory meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. The meeting will be held in room 414 of the Fine Arts building. All students interested in advertising are welcome to attend and join the organization.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Advertising Federation (AAF) acts as the “Unifying Voice for Advertising.” AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 40,000 professionals in the advertising industry. UTA's student chapter is one of more than 200 college chapters nationwide.

The organization connects students with advertising professionals in corporate America, offers internship and workshop activities and a chance to meet other UTA advertising students.

For more information about AAF at UTA visit http://mavorgs.collegiatelink.net/organization/advertisingleagueoftexasarlington/about

Internship event today at Dallas' Omni Hotel

Posted September 4, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internship applications due Aug. 31

Posted August 28, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

Department of Communication juniors and seniors planning to complete an internship for upper-level elective credit must submit appropriate paperwork by Friday, Aug. 31.

Students should pick up internship applications in the Department of Communication main office, Room 118 of the Fine Arts building.

Students must have a 3.0 departmental GPA, have the form signed by a faculty sponsor and must have met all class requirements designated by major. Students are also required to submit an unoffical transcript with paperwork.

All requests for internship credit must be approved by the department. Requests must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 for consideration.

 

 

Fox News Latio highlights News en Español program

Posted July 11, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

Fox News Latino recently profiled the Department of Communication's UTA News en Español in a recent broadcast and in a story on the media outlet's website.

UTA News en Español, which airs weekly on UTA's campus channel, provides students with hands-on production and on-air experience. Most of the students who work with the UTA News en Español are Hispanic.

The program is the only one of its kind in the state, but has garnered viewers across Texas, and from as far away as Spain, says broadcast lecturer Julian Rodriguez. 

The content of the 30-minute program is produced entirely by Communication students, giving them a competitive edge when applying for jobs with local media outlets. Many of UTA's Spanish speaking students serve as interns and land jobs with Telemundo and Univision when they graduate, Rodriguez said.

Check out the Fox News Lation story here:

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2012/06/21/texas-university-news-program-trains-future-hispanic-journalists/print


 

Comm grads landing top jobs

Posted July 11, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

Chloe Jamerson, a May '12 Public Relations graduate has been hired to work in brand public relations for The Richards Group in Dallas.

 

May 2012 PR graduate, Kristina Kopplin, has been hired by Social Compass, a social media marketing agency. She will be working as an Interactive Producer for the company.

Alison Cohn, May 2012 Advertising graduate/English minor, was selected for the Teach for America program and will be teaching English in Miami, Fla. Cohn begins her position this week.

Recent Comm grad Trey Caron has accepted a position in Lawton, OK as production director for Townsquare Media.

BCMN grad David Mannering was accepted to St. Thomas University Law in Miami, Fla. He will begin his studies in August.

May 2012 PR graduate, Kristina Kopplin, has been hired by Social Compass, a social media marketing agency. She will be working as an Interactive Producer for the company.

May 2012 BCMN grad Christine Nicholson has been hired for a morning reporter position at KXII-TV in Sherman. She began her new position in June.

Comm faculty present papers

Posted July 11, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Dr. Tom Christie and Dr. Andrew Clark presented their co-authored paper entitled "Cultivating Images of the Enemy in Media: A Content Analysis of Popular War Cartoons" at the George Gerbner Conference on Communication, Conflict, and Aggression held June 1 and 2 in Budapest, Hungary.

Comm students take 3rd in national contest

Posted July 11, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

 

From left, Katie Kiger, Candace Brown and Kameshia Massey were part of the winning UT Arlington team in Spring semester's America’s Natural Gas Alliance Collegiate Energy Challenge.

A student group from the Department of Communication, 360 Local, placed third in the America’s Natural Gas Alliance Collegiate Energy Challenge Scholastic Achievement competition in Washington, D.C.

Participants Katie Kiger, Candace Brown, Kameshia Massey and Gabrielle Rhodes were led by Dr. Tom Christie, associate professor of public relations, and Melinda Long, undergraduate adviser.

Auburn University finished first while the University of South Florida was second.

SPJ Bowling event location changed

Posted July 3, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

The UTA chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is sponsoring a pizza and bowling event 8 p.m. until midnight, Monday, July 9. The new location for the event will be Spare Time Lanes, located between California Street and Mayfield. 

The $8 admission includes shoe rental, pizza, soft drinks, bowling and door prizes. 

"The event will be a lot of fun and will give students a chance to find out about our UTA chapter of SPJ and the many events we have throughout the semester," said Kim Pewitt-Jones, SPJ faculty co-advisor.

The event will kick off this year's roster of events for the active UTA chapter, Pewitt-Jones said.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. The organization is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

"We welcome everyone to come out and have a good time and learn how to get involved with SPJ at UTA," Professor Jones added. "And you might even win a prize."

Students interested in attending should RSVP for the event by Sunday, July 8.

For information and to RSVP see http://spjutapizza.eventbrite.com
For additional information about SPJ contact President Jose Enriquez at jose.enriquez@mavs.uta.edu or chapter co-adviser Kim  Pewitt-Jones at kejones@uta.edu.

 

Dept. of Communication honors students, faculty

Posted June 22, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

The Department of Communication recognized top students and 2012-13 scholarship winners at the 2012 Honors Convocation on Friday, April 27 in the UTA Planetarium.

 

Thirty-nine students were inducted into the Communication Honor Society. Membership is by invitation only, with honorees completing at least 90 hours toward their degrees; at least 60 of those hours must be completed at UTA with a GPA of 3.0 or better. The inductees must also have completed at least 12 hours at UTA in Communication with a GPA of 3.5 or better.

 

Congratulations to the following Communication Honor Society students:

Wesley Albaugh, Elizabeth Alvarez, Matt Anstice, Matthew Bastible, Kimberly Bauer, Derek Beckno, Josh Bowe, Christopher Bryan, Cindy Chung, Staci Deluca, Thomas Dennard, Christopher Dinh, Nicole Durham, Amanda Gonzalez, Chloe Jamerson, Ashley Keene, Kathryn Kiger, Rachel Makutuya, Maria Martinez, Christopher Mead, David Morgan, Benjamin Muir, Cindy Nguyen, Jessica Patzer, David Petti, Rachel Rodriguez, Britney Taylor, Michelle Tyer, Teresa Ustanik, Samantha Watson and Lucille Wong.

 

Several Department of Communication students were also inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. Membership must be earned by excellence in academic work and selection for membership is a mark of highest distinction and honor. The seventh oldest national honor society, Kappa Tau Alpha was founded at the University of Missouri in 1910 at the world's first school of journalism. The Society has 94 chapters and has inducted nearly 60,000 outstanding students since its founding in 1910.

Congratulations to this year’s Kappa Tau Alpha inductees: Matthew Bastible, Christopher Bryan, Thomas Dennard, Joshua Derrick, Samantha Horn, Chloe Jamerson, Ashley Keene, Kathryn Kiger and Britney Taylor. Kathryn Kiger was also named the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar.

The department also recognized the outstanding students for 2011-2012. Outstanding seniors in the Department of Communication’s six disciplines include: Advertising: Alison Cohn; Broadcasting: Christine Nicholson; Communication Studies:  Keelie Barrow; Communication Technology: Carlos Cucalon; Journalism: Matthew Bryan Bastible, and Public Relations: Christopher Bryan.

Outstanding Graduate Student honors were presented to Vidisha Bhopatkar.

Outstanding Students in an Organization included: PRSSA: Katy Kiger; UTA Radio: Staci Deluca; Association for Women in Communication: Sarah Frost; UTA News en Espanol:  Raul Solis; and Society of Professional Journalists: Bryan Bastible.

The Department of Communication also presented scholarships to 23 recipients.

The Lloyd Clark Endowed Scholarship, honoring 1942 graduate Lloyd Clark and given to an undergraduate student who intends to follow a news-editorial career. It is the hope of Mr. Clark’s classmates that those receiving the scholarship can match his performance on the Dallas Morning News, Phoenix Gazette, and Arizona Weekly Gazette.  Bianca Montes is this year’s Lloyd Clark recipient.

The Donald and Dorothy Bunnell Endowed Scholarship in Communication was established by Donald Bunnell to recognize and celebrate his beloved wife, the late Dorothy Bunnell. The scholarship recognizes outstanding students majoring in any Communication field. Sean Noell, Zack Minter and Mark Melendez are this year’s Donald and Dorothy Bunnell scholars.

The Donna Darovich Endowed Scholarship in Journalism was established by friends and colleagues of to honor Darovich at the time of her retirement as UTA’s Director of Public Affairs. This year’s Donna Darovich Scholar is Lindsey Juarez.

The Neva McMurry Reidel Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Neva McMurray Reidel, a UTA student of journalism. Mrs. Reidel’s sister became aware of the excellence of the journalism program at UTA, and created this annual award in 1987 to recognize an outstanding journalism student. Lindsey Juarez is the 2011-2012 Neva McMurray Reidel scholar.

The Charles Arrendell Family Scholarship, first awarded in 1990, was established to honor Charles Arrendell, distinguished journalist and former chairperson of the Department of Communication. After his sudden death in 1989, Arrendell’s wife, son, and many friends established this scholarship to be awarded to an undergraduate journalism student in his memory.  Rachel Snyder and Kushal Sapkota are this year’s Charles Arrendell scholars.

The Murray C. and Nona Poston Journalism Scholarship was established by the Postons, world travelers who spent 20 years traveling and writing articles for the travel industry and various news organizations. In 1979, at age 66, Mrs. Poston graduated from UTA with a journalism degree. Established in the Postons’ wills, this award provides support to future journalists. This year’s Murray and Nona Poston scholar is Cindy Chung.

The Bill McCallum Communication Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Bill McCallum, husband and friend to our beloved colleague, Dr. Karin McCallum. Friends, family, and UTA colleagues and students established the scholarship to be awarded to an undergraduate communication student. This year’s Bill McCallum scholar is Christine Lambe.

The Jack Butler Award is presented annually to an outstanding news-editorial journalism graduate who is about to enter the working world. Jack Butler, editor of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram from the 1950s until the mid-1970s, was a life-long Texas newspaper man. In appreciation for Butler’s service to the newspaper, the Capitol Cities Communications Corp. established the award in his honor. This year’s Jack Butler recipient is Bianca Montes.

The Mark Holtz Sports Journalism Scholarship was established to honor Texas Rangers’ lead radio announcer for 13 years, Mark Holtz. Holtz was named Texas play-by-play sportscaster of the year eight times and elected to the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation awards two scholarships to UTA pursuing careers in Broadcast Journalism. This year’s Mark Holtz scholars are Alyxandra Crawford and Brianna Nathaniel.

The Karin McCallum Endowed Scholarship, first awarded in 1996, was established by former students of the award-winning emeritus professor of Speech Communication, Karin McCallum.  This scholarship is given to outstanding students majoring in Communication Studies in her honor. Kirstin Gaddis and Ward Griffin are this year’s Karin McCallum scholars.

The Andrew M. Clark Scholarship, presented in honor of Dr. Clark in recognition to his dedication to student achievement, his vision, and his patience, was established in 2007 by the first graduate of UTA’s Master’s of Arts in Communication program, Danny Woodward. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding graduate student at the beginning of his/her thesis research. This year’s Andrew M. Clark Scholars are Vidisha Bhopatkar and Paul Kozar.

The Phillip Lynn Hall Endowed Scholarship was established to honor 1980 UTA graduate, Phillip Lynn Hall, a lover of music, literature and journalism. Following his unexpected death in 2001, Hall’s family established the scholarship in his memory to be awarded to outstanding students majoring in Communication. Rachel Snyder is this year’s recipient.

 

The Douglas Maples Broadcast Scholarship was established in honor of Doug Maples and his passion for radio broadcasting. While taking courses at UTA, Maples fell in love with the station and realized that there was a need for equipment and scholarship support. This scholarship is Maples’ way of giving back to the university where he works and still enjoys learning each day.  The Douglas Maples Scholar is Juan Rios.

 

The George Proctor Endowed Scholarship was established by family, friends, and colleagues to honor George Proctor. An honored member of the family of the Department of Communication for more than 12 years, Proctor was a freelance writer, editor, artist, philosopher and an enthusiastic educator. The George Proctor scholar is Maritza Moreno.

The Dallas/Fort Worth Interactive Marketing Association Scholarship, established this year, is awarded to a student interested in the interactive marketing field actively engaged in courses related to the field.  Kristen Ranshaw and Taiki Hara are the first recipients of the DFWIMA scholarship.

The Sam Lea Endowed Scholarship in Journalism was established by his family in honor of Sam Lea, a UTA student who earned a journalism degree in 2004. At the time of his death in 2005, Lea was pursuing a second degree in English toward a secondary teaching certification. He was gifted in conveying stories in both photography and words. In the words of his father “Sam was a generous, warmhearted man with a mind open to learning.” This year’s scholarship, awarded to support the work of a student in journalism, is presented to Mary Boedeker.

Students were not the only ones honored at this year’s convocation. Two beloved faculty members were also celebrated during the special event. Pat Gordon and Allen Sheffield were recognized for their long-time dedication to the Department of Communication. Sheffield is a Speech Communication instructor, and Pat Gordon is a Journalism and Photography instructor. Both Gordon and Sheffield are retiring following the spring semester and will be greatly missed by students, staff and fellow faculty.

Working world: Comm Alums landing top spots

Posted June 22, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category alumni

Graduates of the Department of Communication are working in all fields of the communication industry and landing jobs in state and across the country. Here's the some of our latest alumni news.

 

Kristy Phillips (MA, Communication) has been was hired by Heise Media Group in Bakersfield, CA as the company’s new Marketing/Sales Coordinator.

 

John Harden (BA, Broadcast Communication) is freelancing for The New York Times. Harden will be writing one science/health feature a month for the publication.

 

Aubree McFadden (BA, Broadcast Communication) has accepted a job as producer for radio station KLTY’s “Nightlight” show.

Sandy Kurtzman (BA, Communication Studies) has been offered a management trainee position with Sherwin Williams Paint Services Group in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Alanna Quillen (BA, Broadcast Communication) has accepted a position with ABC affiliate KMID TV in Midland as weekend anchor/reporter.

Felicia Bolton (BA, Broadcast Communication) has been hired as an on-air reporter at KOSA in Odessa, TX.

 

Decklan Miller-McGee (BA, Broadcast Communication) has been hired by SKY Helicopters in Garland as a helicopter camera operator/videographer, providing aerials for KDFW and KTVT.

Erick Fernandez (BA, Broadcast Communication) has been hired as weekend Technical Director for Univision.

Chloe Jamerson (BA, Public Relations) begins a position May 15 with The Richards Group, a Dallas-based PR firm and one of the largest independently owned advertising agency in the country. Jamerson will be working in Brand Public Relations for the PR division, Richards Partners.

Ashley Montgomery (BA, Public Relations) has been hired by TracyLocke to work in the creative agency’s Dallas office. Montgomery will be working with media planners to set up advertising buys.

 

If you are a graduate of the Department of Communicaton, we'd love to hear from you. Please e-mail barriehill@uta.edu and let us know where you're working and what you're up to.

UTA Radio gaining web hits, listeners

Posted June 22, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

UTA Radio is no longer a well-kept secret. The radio’s website, utaradio.com, is increasing the number of visitors to the site each week. The campus-run station is also expanding its reach by joining the iHeart Radio digital platform.

“We broke a monthly visitor and hits record,” offered Joseph W. Carter, Manager of Technical Operations and Department of Communication Broadcast Engineer. “In March, we had 2,029 unique visitors and 61,264 page impressions. That's the most ever in a month.”

 

“We've had 103,546 total page impressions so far this year,” Carter added.

 

The addition to iHeart’s college radio roster gives UTA Radio the potential for wider visibility and recognition.

“It will allow us to align ourselves with an entity that is second only to Pandora in the number of people accessing and listening to radio online,” says Dr. Andrew Clark, Broadcast Sequence Coordinator. “Not only does it give us more credibility, but it exposes the work of our students to all of the iHeart listeners, and increases the national as well as the global awareness of UT Arlington and of the many things that the university offers. “

“As a result of this opportunity, our students will be creating new and varied programming and have a greater platform to showcase their work,” Clark added.

In addition to playing the best in indie rock, UTA Radio students also handle play-by-play duties for the university’s basketball, baseball and volleyball teams.

According to Triton Digital, iHeart’s average active sessions, the web equivalent of traditional radio’s listenership during a 15-minute period, grew to 206,000 in January. The number has been steadily increasing since November, when 162,093 sessions were reported.

iHeart Radio is a Clear Channel Radio network broadcasting over 850 live stations through its website and mobile app. It began adding university radio stations earlier this year, with UTA Radio now joining over a dozen college stations on the digital platform.

UTA Radio.com is a student-run internet radio station that serves the University of Texas at Arlington, and the world, with its eclectic mix of alternative/indie rock, sports, and student-produced entertainment. We are online, all the time at www.utaradio.com

Communication staffers honored

Posted June 22, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Senior Lecturer Mindia Whittier has been chosen Adjunct Instructor of the Year by the students in the College of Liberal Arts. Whittier was recognized at the College of Liberal Arts Accolades event held April 19 in Irons Recital Hall.

 

Department of Communication instructors Sandie Idziak and Roby McEuen were honored for their years of service to the university at an employee recognition ceremony. The event, held April 18 in Hereford University Center, recognized faculty and employees who have worked at UTA for 10, 15 and 20 years. Lecturer Sandie Idziak has taught Speech Communication classes for 20 years. Specialist Roby McEuen has taught at the University for 10 years.

 

Lecturer Melyssa Prince has earned accreditation from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The process entails being accepted as a candidate, presenting a portfolio of work that demonstrates an ability to research, plan, execute and measure communication plans, followed by a 4.5-hour exam. The exam is comprised of a four-hour written portion and a 30-minute oral defense.

 

“I was given a crisis scenario and had to come up with a plan of action and convince a panel of other accredited communicators that the plan was solid. The portfolio and exam are evaluated by members of the international organization,” Ms. Prince explains. “After a lot of waiting, I received the word that I had been granted accreditation status. I am very proud to have achieved the ABC designation.”

Comm students gain real-world experience

Posted June 22, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

In the classroom:

 

Learning is more than cracking a book and taking a test in the Department of Communication. Classes offer students an opportunity to see what they will be doing once they graduate in their respective fields. During the spring semester, Communication students got the chance to meet with industry professionals and work on a variety of projects for hands on learning.

 

Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne hosted a visit by his former student, Ann Arnold, morning anchor for KFDX in Wichita Falls. Arnold spoke to broadcast students about preparing themselves for careers in television news.

 

 Public Relations Students in Mindia Whittier’s worked as student ambassadors for the PR firm, Strategic Image, to develop a public relations campaign on behalf of the Tarrant County Public Health Department. The campaign was designed to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables among college students. Students participating in the project include Christopher Bryan, Nicole Durham, Sarah Frost and Jasmine Moore.

 

Students in Whittier’s PR Campaigns course developed Strategic Communication Plans for the national launch of a new product being offered by a company called Think Finance this semester.

 

Communication Technology students in Dr. Brian Horton’s Spring Human Computer Interaction spent the semester working with local client, DigIt! Development, to create a unique, interactive website.

 

DigIt! Development is collaborating with the City of Dallas to create 21 custom homes in the Cedars area of Dallas, just south of I-30,” Dr. Horton explained. “The class has created -- and is in the process of implementing -- a very unique user experience where potential homebuyers can customize homes online. The homebuyer is then able to print out a report that they can take to the bank without having to go through a Realtor.”

The City of Dallas has contributed $300,000 to upgrade the infrastructure around the neighborhood of custom homes. The Galleries on Hickory will range in price from $300,000 to $500,000.

The students also collaborated with DigIt! Development to create an internet marketing plan for the company.

“Being the first of its kind and scale, the website is expected to generate a lot of buzz throughout, not only the DFW area, but also the United States,” Dr. Horton added. “I am very proud of the work my students have done on this innovative project.”

Drop Deadline Monday

Posted June 22, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

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

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

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

Alumni in the news

Posted May 8, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category alumni

Department of Communication alum are working in all facets of the Communication industry. Congrats to the following recent grads on their new positions!

May 2012 BCMN grad Christine Nicholson has been hired for a morning reporter position at KXII-TV in Sherman. She begins her new position in June.

Kristy Phillips (MA, Communication) has been was hired by Heise Media Group in Bakersfield, CA as the company’s new Marketing/Sales Coordinator.

John Harden (BA, Broadcast Communication) is freelancing for The New York Times. Harden will be writing one science/health feature a month for the publication.

Aubree McFadden (BA, Broadcast Communication) has accepted a job as producer for radio station KLTY’s “Nightlight” show.

Sandy Kurtzman (BA, Communication Studies) has been offered a management trainee position with Sherwin Williams Paint Services Group in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Alanna Quillen (BA, Broadcast Communication) has accepted a position with ABC affiliate KMID TV in Midland as weekend anchor/reporter.
 
Felicia Bolton (BA, Broadcast Communication) has been hired as an on-air reporter at KOSA in Odessa, TX.

Decklan Miller-McGee (BA, Broadcast Communication) has been hired by SKY Helicopters in Garland as a helicopter camera operator/videographer, providing aerials for KDFW and KTVT.

Erick Fernandez (BA, Broadcast Communication) has been hired as weekend Technical Director for Univision.

Chloe Jamerson (BA, Public Relations) begins a position May 15 with The Richards Group, a Dallas-based PR firm and one of the largest independently owned advertising agency in the country. Jamerson will be working in Brand Public Relations for the PR division, Richards Partners.

Ashley Montgomery (BA, Public Relations) has been hired by TracyLocke to work in the creative agency’s Dallas office. Montgomery will be working with media planners to set up advertising buys.

May 2012 PR grad Kristina Kopplin has been hired by Social Compass, a social media marketing agency. She will be working as an Interactive Producer for the company.

If you are a graduate of UTA Department of Communication and would like to share info with us on where you are working, please e-mail barriehill@uta.edu.

 

Communication students in the news

Posted May 8, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

Carl Esposito, M.A. in Communication Candidate, Select, successfully defended his Master's Thesis . His thesis is titled "Can political candidates use Facebook to influence real world outcomes? An analysis of uses and gratifications needs, online participation and offline outcomes on candidate’s Facebook pages."

Department of Communication graduate students James Dunning and Michael Agee presented a paper, “When ‘Oops, Sorry’ Isn’t Enough: Tiger Woods and Image Repair,” at the University of North Texas Student Conference in March.

Journalism major Monica Nagy will work at The Eagle in Bryan for 10 weeks this summer as part of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Association's Butler Haas Minority Internship program.

COMS major Elizabeth (Bess) Alvarez, has accepted an offer of admission to the Master’s program in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bess has also been offered a teaching assistantship (with a stipend and tuition waiver) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate College Fellowship.

Each year the UTA Career Center names one student as a Distinguished Student Employee. Tierra Chatmon, public relations senior, was named the Distinguished Student Employee for April by Multicultural Affairs.

PREL student, Mark Melendez, is spending his spring semester in Spain as part of UTA’s Study Abroad program.

Public relations majors Patrick Jackson and Courtney Chipman spent the spring semester interning for the Director of Communication for UTA Athletics.

PREL major Terry McLennan landed a summer internship with Tarrant County chapter of The American Heart Association.

Jones awarded leadership scholarship

Posted May 8, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Kim Pewitt-Jones, Journalism lecturer, has been awarded a scholarship to the Society of Professional Journalist’s National Ted Scripps Leadership Institute.

Named for Ted Scripps, grandson of the founder of The E.W. Scripps Company, the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute provides journalists with tools to make local SPJ chapters stronger and continues to build that network of support for leaders at the local level.

Funding is provided through the Scripps Howard Foundation by Ted's sons, Edward W. Scripps Jr. and William H. Scripps, as a way to honor their father's memory. The institute will be held June 1-3 in Indianapolis.

Lecturer receives IABC designation

Posted May 8, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category

Lecturer Melyssa Prince has earned accreditation from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

The accreditation process entails being accepted as a candidate, presenting a portfolio of work that demonstrates an ability to research, plan, execute and measure communication plans, followed by a 4.5-hour exam. The exam is comprised of a four-hour written portion and a 30-minute oral defense.
 
“I was given a crisis scenario and had to come up with a plan of action and convince a panel of other accredited communicators that the plan was solid," Ms. Prince explains. "The portfolio and exam are evaluated by members of the international organization.”

“After a lot of waiting, I received the word that I had been granted accreditation status," she added. "I am very proud to have achieved the IABC designation.”

Instructors honored for service

Posted May 8, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Department of Communication instructors Sandie Idziak and Roby McEuen were honored for their years of service to the university at an employee recognition ceremony.

 

The event, held April 18 in Hereford University Center, recognized faculty and employees who have worked at UTA for 10, 15 and 20 years.

 

Lecturer Sandie Idziak has taught Speech Communication classes for 20 years. Specialist Roby McEuen has taught graphics classes at the University for 10 years.

Communication family growing

Posted May 8, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Congratulations to the newest members of the Department of Communication family

Department of Communication Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee and her husband, Matthew Cox, welcomed their daughter, Schuyler Pamlyn Chatterjee-Cox, at 11:28 a.m. April 15. Schuyler weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces.

 

Department of Communication Administrative Assistant Paula Branen and husband. Nick, welcomed Claire Avery Branen to the family March 6. Claire weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces.

 

 

 

Students gaining 'real world' experience

Posted May 8, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

This spring semester has been a busy one in the Department of Communication with students getting invaluable experience to prepare them for life after graduation.

Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne hosted a visit by his former student, Ann Arnold, morning anchor for KFDX in Wichita Falls. Arnold spoke to broadcast students April 30 on how to prepare themselves for careers in television news.

Public Relations students in Mindia Whittier’s classes are getting hands-on experience this semester. Several of Whittier’s PR students worked as student ambassadors for the PR firm, Strategic Image, to develop a public relations campaign on behalf of the Tarrant County Public Health Department. The campaign was designed to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables among college students. Students participating in the project include Christopher Bryan, Nicole Durham, Sarah Frost and Jasmine Moore.

Whittier’s PR Campaigns students developed Strategic Communication Plans for the national launch of a new product being offered by a company called Think Finance this semester.

Communication Technology students in Dr. Brian Horton’s Human Computer Interaction spent the semester working with local client, DigIt! Development, to create a unique, interactive website.

“DigIt! Development is collaborating with the City of Dallas to create 21 custom homes in the Cedars area of Dallas, just south of I-30,” Dr. Horton explained. “The class has created -- and is in the process of implementing -- a very unique user experience where potential homebuyers can customize homes online. The homebuyer is then able to print out a report that they can take to the bank without having to go through a Realtor.”

The City of Dallas has contributed $300,000 to upgrade the infrastructure around the neighborhood of custom homes. The Galleries on Hickory will range in price from $300,000 to $500,000.

The students have also collaborated with DigIt! Development to create an internet marketing plan for the company.

“Being the first of its kind and scale, the website is expected to generate a lot of buzz throughout, not only the DFW area, but also the United States,” Dr. Horton added. “I am very proud of the work my students have done on this innovative project.”

Students in Suzy Nead’s Group Communication class are hard at work on class projects benefitting many local non-profit organizations.

“Right now, groups are working with Cook Children’s Hospital, YMCA, Mission Arlington, The Moritz No-kill Animal Shelter, Package Brigade and a local senior center,” Ms. Nead said.

“The students’ service learning efforts include play days for children, letters and gifts for Americans serving overseas, gathering supplies for animals, and implementing programs for local seniors and children,” she added.

Communication papers accepted

Posted May 8, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Department of Communication faculty members have had several papers accepted for publication in recent weeks.

Dr. Dustin Harp is first author on a paper titled "The Whole Online World is Watching: Profiling Social Networking Sites and Activists in China, Latin America, and the United States" recently published in the International Journal of Communication 6 (2012). Her co-authors are from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and the University of Texas at Austin.

"PR Practitioners' Use of Social Media in Crisis Planning," an article co-authored by Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley, has been selected for presentation at the PRSA International Conference, Oct. 14-16 in San Francisco as part of the professional development session "The Best of PRSA's Public Relations Journal of 2011-2012. Each year a sub-committee of the Journal's Editorial Review Board selects five articles that become part of the annual "Best of Public Relations Journal" competition and are presented at PRSA's International Conference, the world's largest annual gathering of public relations practitioners.

Dr. Wigley also had the paper, "Breaking News Coverage: A Comparison of Sources used in the Coverage of the Shootings at Virginia Tech and Tucson, Arizona," accepted for presentation at the International Communication Association 2012 conference in Phoenix.

Journalism Professor Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith won Top Faculty Paper in the History Division's research paper competition for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The paper was presented in March at the annual southeast colloquium in Blacksburg, Va. The paper is entitled "'Political Demagogues and Overzealous Partisans': Tariff of Abominations and Secession Rhetoric in the 1828 South Carolina Press."

Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Mark Tremayne's study "Anatomy of Protest in the Digital Era: A Network Analysis of Twitter and Occupy Wall Street," has been selected for the International Communication Association conference this month.

Department of Communication graduate students James Dunning and Michael Agee presented a paper, “When ‘Oops, Sorry’ Isn’t Enough: Tiger Woods and Image Repair,” at the University of North Texas Student Conference in March.

Drop deadline Friday, March 30

Posted March 28, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

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

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

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

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

Scholarship application deadline Mar. 12

Posted March 9, 2012 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category students

Scholarship applications for the 2012-2013 academic year for eligible Department of Communication students are due no later than 3 p.m. Monday, Mar. 12.

Students may apply for more than one scholarship, but must submit individual applications for each scholarship. In order to apply, students must maintain full-time status for the Fall 2012 semester.

Students may turn in applications in the Department of Communication office in Room 118 in the Fine Arts Building.

UTA Radio Joins iHeart Radio Platform

Posted March 6, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

UTA Radio is expanding its reach by joining the iHeart Radio digital platform.

The addition to iHeart’s college radio roster gives UTA Radio the potential for wider visibility and recognition.

iHeart Radio is a Clear Channel Radio network broadcasting over 850 live stations through its website and mobile app. It began adding university radio stations earlier this year, with UTA Radio now joining over a dozen college stations on the digital platform.

“It will allow us to align ourselves with an entity that is second only to Pandora in the number of people accessing and listening to radio online,” says Dr. Andrew Clark, Broadcast Sequence Coordinator for the Department of Communication.

“Not only does it give us more credibility, but it exposes the work of our students to all of the iHeart listeners, and increases the national as well as the global awareness of UT Arlington and of the many things that the university offers," Dr. Clark added. "As a result of this opportunity, our students will be creating new and varied programming and have a greater platform to showcase their work.”

In addition to playing the best in indie rock, UTA Radio students also handle play-by-play duties for the university’s basketball, baseball and volleyball teams.
According to Triton Digital, iHeart’s average active sessions, the web equivalent of traditional radio’s listenership during a 15-minute period, grew to 206,000 in January. The number has been steadily increasing since November, when 162,093 sessions were reported.

 

Summer, Fall 2012 registration begins in April

Posted March 6, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

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

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

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

Faculty papers accepted

Posted February 20, 2012 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category faculty

Several Department of Communication faculty members have had papers accepted for conference presentation in recent weeks.

Assistant Professor Dr. Mark Tremayne's study "Anatomy of Protest in the Digital Era: A Network Analysis of Twitter and Occupy Wall Street," has been selected for the International Communication Association conference in May, 2012.

 

Dr. Shelley Wigley has had the paper, "Breaking News Coverage: A Comparison of Sources used in the Coverage of the Shootings at Virginia Tech and Tucson, Arizona," accepted for presentation at the International Communication Association 2012 conference in Phoenix.

Journalism Professor Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith won Top Faculty Paper in the History Division's research paper competition for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The paper will be presented at the annual southeast colloquium, taking place March 8-10 in Blacksburg, Va. The paper is entitled "'Political Demagogues and Over-zealous Partisans': Tariff of Abominations and Secession Rhetoric in the 1828 South Carolina Press."

 

BCMN grad lands top award

Posted February 17, 2012 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category accomplishments

Patrick Modrovsky, May 2011 broadcast graduate, received a Lone Star Emmy Award for his producing work on The High School Spotlight for FOX Sports Southwest.

"It's one of those things that you don't think in a million years will happen to you," said Modrovsky about learning he had garnered the coveted industry award.

The Department of Communication alum started out as a production assistant, working for FOX while taking classes at UTA. He worked his way into a producer slot, producing his first show when he was 21.

Modrovsky credits his UTA broadcast professors, Dr. Andrew Clark and Julian Rodriguez, with providing a solid foundation and a strong broadcast background.

"Because they have both worked in the industry, they know what works and what doesn't," he said. "They taught me the importance of meeting deadlines and not being statisfied with the average -- that a little bit of extra work can really make a project stand out."

Modrovsky continues his work for FOX Sports Southwest as a freelance associate producer/editor. He is producer of FOX's "DQ Big Game of the Week."

 

 

 

Grade exclusion requests being accepted online now

Posted February 9, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

Students needing to do a grade exclusion may now do so. The period for grade exclusions started  Feb. 2 and continues through March 30.

Only grades of D or F may be excluded and you may have a total of only three (3) grade exclusions.

For more info, see the following link.

http://wweb.uta.edu/ses/recordsandregistration/content/student_services/grade_exclusion.aspx

If you need assistance with a grade exclusion, visit the advising office during normal advising hours, 9-4 M-TH.

Graduation application deadline nears

Posted February 9, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

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

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

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

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

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 utaprssa@uta.edu or contact Rachel Makutuya, VP of Recruitment and Retainment at rachel.makutuya@mavs.uta.edu.

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 service@magnushealthportal.com or call 877-461-6831.

Students have several options to obtain the vaccination.

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

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

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

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

Alumni scholarship deadline nearing

Posted 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 utaalumni.org/scholarships. For more information contact mwells@uta.edu or 817-272-2594.

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