Communication Department News

Showing stories between November 1, 2012 and November 30, 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

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


 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:

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


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


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.