Communication Department News

Showing stories between September 1, 2012 and September 30, 2012.

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

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:

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:



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 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

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 or

--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

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

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