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Showing stories between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

Q & A with Grace Bannon

Posted November 22, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

The Department of Communication added several new faculty members this semester. Communication Intern SHONNA JOHNSTONE conducted a Q&A with the new instructors to help students get to know them a bit better.

This is the second in a continuing series.

Welcome Grace Brannon!

Teaching: COMS 1301

Faculty Profile: https://www.uta.edu/mentis/public/#profile/profile/view/id/12788/category/1

1.What are you most looking forward to about teaching at UTA?

The experience. I have not taught at the university level and so it is all still new. I love the diversity of the campus.

2. Describe your teaching style.

I feel like I focus on being as interactive as I can be in the classroom with the students. I prefer discussion methods when lecturing and activities that strengthen what the lecture’s content covered.

3. Tell us about your professional experiences, particularly those not mentioned in your resume.

Academically speaking, I haven’t had teaching experience prior to this semester. I have taught before, but in a different field completely--dance and martial arts are a little different than Communications. I have assisted graduate students with research before, but not on a large scale.

4. What do you see for the future of your field?

Communications is a very broad field, so I see several different things. It will only continue to grow, as the skill of communication (verbal, nonverbal, written, etc.) continues to become more and more valued.


5. What do you love most about what you do?

I love seeing the “lightbulb” turn on when I’m teaching. Knowing that you have just aided a person in their journey of learning is an amazing feeling.


6. What do you hope to get out of teaching at UTA?

Experience. 

AWC hosts leading business owner

Posted November 22, 2013 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category accomplishments

BY SHONNA JOHNSTONE
Communication Intern

 Guest speaker Elizabeth Schick, President and owner of Pantheon, spoke to a room-full of students in the Maverick Activities Center Wednesday Nov. 13. The UTA chapter of the Association of Women in Communication, AWC, hosted the event, open to all students for the cost of $5.

 Schick, who is a recipient of the Dallas 100 Entrepreneur Award, spoke about her trials, successes and accomplishments within her background in law as well as the development of her current leading company, Pantheon.

 According to Schick there are “ABCs” to being successful.

 A-Attitude: “A positive attitude creates productivity and profit,” Schick said.

 Another important thing to remember about attitude is possessing a high EQ, emotional quotient, Schick noted.

 “Emotional quotient is the ability to recognize your own emotions, moods and impulses and having the ability to manage them effectively,” Schick said.

 B- Be Your Best: “Free yourself from the expectations of what you are not to live in the expectations of who you are,” Schick said.

 People can be broken down into three different categories depending on how they respond to different situations.

 “You think, you feel or you act first,” Schick said. “If you want to be successful in the workplace I strongly suggest you find a job that lines up with the way you are wired. If you are not allowed to respond the way that you are wired, you will be responding the wrong way.”

 Schick says the most important way to be your best and to be successful is to show and not tell.

 “Words cannot do what showing someone can,” Schick said.

 C- Confidence: “If you’re not confident in your own abilities, no one else will,” Shick said.

 In preparation for the meeting, Schick sent out a survey to 20 male colleagues in leadership positions across 10 different industries.

 Among the questions asked: “What are three things you see that hold women back in the workplace or hindering them from the success they want to achieve?”

 “A majority of the responses came back either specifically saying ‘lack of confidence’ or things that were a result of a lack of confidence,” Schick said.

Schick’s advice is to embrace your femininity and you will achieve success.

Students/Alumni land internships, jobs

Posted November 22, 2013 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category students

Comm Tech major Umear Ali is listening for a familiar ring on cell phones across campus. Ali made a ringtone a couple of years ago that has been picked up by iTunes and is now rising on the charts. At last check, Ali’s iPhoneremix was ranked in the Top 20 worldwide and No. 1 in Canada.

BCMN grad Vania Salinas has been hired by Univision-Dallas. Salinas is taking over UTA BCMN grad Reyna Cavazos’ position as morning editor now that Cavazos is moving to full-time anchor/reporter for the station’s morning show.

Shaun Hudgins, BCMN major, is interning with The Ben and Skin Show this semester after a summer internship with KRLD/105.3 The Fan working with Texas Rangers game audio. “Already I've learned a lot and am hopeful and optimistic about this possibly leading to a career opportunity for me. Right now, I'm working both internships concurrently and really enjoying it,” Hudgins says. “The experience I got with both radio production with Lance Liguez and TV production with Julian Rodriguez gave me a huge advantage over other interviewees and has helped me stand out from other interns as well.”

Evann Crawford, a Comm Studies major/PR minor, is currently participating in the Ford Grant Research Study with Dr. Shelley Wigley. The research project is a partnership with Mission Arlington in an attempt to create diabetes awareness.

PREL major Sara Tariq is a contributing writer for New York-based VIBE magazine, a contributing writer and editor for a music blog, MyMusicIsBetterThanYours.com, and is working an an intern for an LA-based artist management company. Tariq’s debut VIBE article, comparing established names in the electronic dance music industry to up-and-coming producers who are fairly young and new, can be accessed at the following link: http://www.vibe.com/photo-gallery/new-era-edm-edm-rockstar-comparison-chart-see-whos-next

PREL and Communication Technology double major Noe Ponce a working as a contributing writer for a video game blog website aptly named thatvideogameblog.com. “It's my job to regularly publish various articles on the video game industry every week by transforming plain, uninteresting press releases and industry news, into something fun and exciting that gamers would want to read, Ponce explains.

PREL major Brandon Demings is working in UTA’s Health Service Substance Abuse and Health Promotions Department as the Sr. Intern and Lead Educator. Demings is responsible for marketing, publicity and community relations for the organization and also works in peer education and counseling, providing support to students who may be dealing with substance abuse or alcohol problems.

Alyssa Davis, who graduated with a BA in Broadcasting in Summer 2013, has a new job as a camera operator at KTXD-TV in Addison.

UTA Mavericks got the opportunity to hear Dept. of Communication alumna Orieta Barbetta in her first on-air promo this month. Barbetta, a BCMN grad, is working for Univision45 in Houston.

 

 

Faculty members busy with fall projects

Posted November 22, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Communication Department faculty members are actively engaged in research, writing and professional endeavors outside the classroom.

Dr. Eronini Megwa traveled to Nigeria Oct. 16 - 26 to present a paper entitled, "The Changing Mechanisms of Influence: social media & Reporter-source interplay," at the 16th annual conference of the African Council for Communication Education (ACCE). 

The conference took place at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria.  Dr. Megwa chaired a workshop session on Oct. 18.  He also traveled to collect data on a research project he initiated in Summer 2012, examining the effects of social media on the relationship between journalists and news sources in Nigeria.  Preliminary data collecting for the project was conducted from Oct. 19-24 at two broadcast stations in Lagos [Radio Nigeria and Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Ikeja].

An interview with Communication Lecturer and graphic specialist Roby B. McEuen is included in the Bard Graduate Center Craft, Art & Design Oral History Project. McEuen’s daughter, Laurel McEuen, interviewed her dad as part of her master’s work on the project.

 

The Bard Graduate Center Craft, Art and Design Oral History Project is an online archive of oral history interviews of contemporary craftspeople, artists and designers. The primary form of the interviews are transcripts, often accompanied by photographs of interviewees and their work; some also feature audio and video clips. These makers come from many fields: studio craft in wood, ceramics, fiber, jewelry, and metalwork as well as multiple media; architectural, industrial, graphic, fashion, and costume design; and sculpture and installation art. Topics discussed include background and education, aesthetics, goals, career choices, and the marketplace.

 

The interviews have been conducted by graduate students in the seminar “Craft and Design in the USA, 1940–Present,” taught by Assistant Professor Catherine Whalen, who also directs the project. Bard Graduate Center students have been building this archive since 2007 and are continuing to do so.

 

McEuen is listed as a graphic designer and educator and the UTA Department of Communication is listed in on McEuen’s interview page. The page also includes a link to McEuen’s Profile page here at UTA.

 

http://www.bgccraftartdesign.org/

 

Broadcast professor Dr. Andrew Clark was interviewed Oct. 28 for a story that aired on CW33 during the station’s 9 p.m. newscast.

Flanders visits Ad Club

Posted November 22, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

Don Flanders, senior account executive with New York-based Rovi Advertising, was the guest speaker at the Nov. 13 Ad Club meeting.
The Ad club is encouraging UTA Advertising and Communication students to get involved and enter this year’s Addy Awards, an industry award recognizing

“We encourage you to take advantage of the student competition of the Addy Awards. This is an opportunity to build your portfolio and get involved in a major advertising competition,” offers Ad Club president Brittany Anderson.

"Do you have it?"-The guts, the brains and the heart to make it at the American Advertising Awards?? Entries are now open and are $45 per entry for students.

Who doesn't love free stuff?! There are 3 ways to enter to win a free award:
-Tweet using
#DoYouHaveItFW
-Show up at AAF events (
http://aaffortworth.com/events/) leading up to the early entry deadline (December 6).
-Click on the link below and enter your email address.
http://anatomyofadvertising.com/

Students interact with industry professionals at special presentation

Posted November 22, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

Public Relations students enrolled in PR Case Studies classes this semester got to learn about real-world applications of PR techniques during a Nov. 5 presentation on Crisis Communication/International PR.

Guest speakers visited the classroom and provided valuable industry information and real-world scenarios to the students. Speakers included: Jennifer Lanter, Public Information Officer, Director of Public Relations, Gladney Center for Adoption; Heidi Bruegel Cox, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Gladney Center; and Lisa LeMaster, an entrepreneur and nationally-recognized expert in media relations and crisis communications strategies and tactics.

Jennifer Lanter, a UTA Communication graduate who has worked in the adoption field for over 15 years, has extensive media experience and has worked with People magazine, Oprah Winfrey Network, Lifetime, MTV, Washington Post, New York Times, the Today show and other media outlets.

Working as an attorney in the adoption field for more than 23 years, Heidi Bruegel Cox is a Fellow with the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, has written numerous articles and appeared on several television programs highlighting adoption. She serves on several committees focused on family law and child welfare. As a child advocate, Cox is active in educating the public and promoting legislative initiatives to protect children and support positive adoption practices. Also involved with adoption at the national level, she serves as a board member and secretary for the National Council for Adoption.

Lisa LeMaster, a business owner for 32 years, has advised and counseled Fortune 500 companies and CEOs as well as hundreds of privately held enterprises and local, statewide and national politicians and officeholders. LeMaster, one of the few women who serves as an advisor and counselor to some of the most powerful people in sports, including working as consultant to the National Football League for 24 years , regularly assists not-for-profit organizations including hospitals, school districts, charity groups, churches and advocacy groups. With a 30-plus year career, LeMaster is recognized as both a national leader in strategic and crisis communications and a thought leader in the industry.

SPJ hosts DMN staffer

Posted November 22, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

The UTA Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) hosted Dallas Morning News staffer, Will Pry, at the organization’s Oct. 30 meeting.

Pry discussed the role of the media in the coverage of President John Kennedy’s assignation and what reporters actually knew about the assignation at the time.

For more information on SPJ membership and upcoming events, contact krista.torralva@mavs.uta.edu or kejones@uta.edu

UTA Radio racking up recognition

Posted November 22, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

The Fall semester has been a busy one for UTA Radio students and faculty advisor Lance Liguez.

UTA Radio News has been honored with a Best Newscast award from College Broadcasters Inc.

A finalist for the award in the past, this is the first win for the station. The newscast, which aired April 16, features UTA alum Diana Lopez.

UTA Radio beat out UT Pan American and Rowan University for the honor

Fifth annual Comm Day deemed a success

Posted November 22, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

Hundreds of Communication students packed the UC’s Bluebonnet Ballroom for the Department of Communication’s annual Comm Day Oct. 31. This year’s event, Get off the Bench: Go Pro, provided students with an opportunity to attend workshops, hear guest speakers and network with industry professionals.

Martin Lisius, 1986 UTA grad, served as keynote speaker. Lisius, a noted area “storm spotter,” has produced, directed, and written several television programs relating to severe weather and owns the world’s premier storm footage library.
 
Panelists for the event included:

Building Your Resume and Portfolio:
Julie Garcia (‘93), Marketing Associate, American Mensa
Jeff Kovarsky (‘88), Production Manager, Clear Channel Media
Joey Prebynski (MA, ‘08), Assistant Advance Scout, Texas Rangers

Strategies for Promoting Yourself
Jared Chism (‘11), Social Media Specialist, JCPenney
Erikka Neroes (‘11), Public Affairs Writer/Editor, Dept. of  Veterans Affairs
Derrick Thompson (MA, ‘12), Marketing Communications, City of Irving

Expectations in the Real World
Chris Childs (‘09), Director, The Blaze TV
Joan Khalaf (‘10), Audience Development Manager, D Custom
Linda Levy, Principal/Founder, No Whining Talent Group

Interviewing Techniques
Carl Esposito (MA, ‘11), Assistant Director for University Recruitment, UTA
Caren Penland (‘04), Manager, Starbucks
Rylie Thompson, Strauss Marketing-Public Relations
Holland Sanders (‘09), Director of Marketing and Communications, Fort Worth Opera

Many local companies and organizations also participated in the day’s activities including: All Women in Media, American Advertising Federation, Best of Texas/BestBuzz, City of Arlington, Concussion Advertising, CW-33, D Magazine, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Honey Be Natural Magazine, Public Relations Society of America, Ride for the Brand, Social Media Club, Society of Professional Journalists, Steadfast Creative, Strauss Marketing, UTA Career Development Center, UTA Department of Communication, UTA News en Espanol, UTA Radio and UTA Student Publications.

Students also took advantage of the chance to take complimentary professional headshots at the event’s popular photo station, manned by Jeff Williams.

Q & A with Carie Kapellusch

Posted November 1, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

The Department of Communication added several new faculty members this semester. Communication Intern SHONNA JOHNSTONE conducted a Q&A with the new instructors to help students get to know them a bit better.

This is the first in a continuing series.

 

Welcome, Carie Kapellusch!

Teaching: Comm Studies 

FacultyProfile: https://www.uta.edu/mentis/public/#profile/profile/view/id/12744/category/3

1. What are you most looking forward to about teaching at UTA? 

Diversity! I've always enjoyed learning from people representing different cultures, and here you have an embarrassment of riches.

2. Describe your teaching style.

I have a very open and hopefully engaging/interactive style. However, my standards are quite high, but if you are clear with expectations, students end up seeing this as a sign of my respect for their intelligence and talents.

3. Tell us about your professional experiences, particularly those not mentioned in your resume.

Before teaching I was an executive recruiter. This helps me discuss working in the "real world" especially when I teach interviewing strategies. However, not noted on my resume is that I put myself through college as the assistant manager at a movie theatre. One of the greatest jobs ever...by the way :)

4. What do you see for the future of your field?

I'm hoping that Communication Studies will figure out how to brand itself a bit better.  There seems to be an outside perception that we are all just "speech teachers" and that you can learn our discipline from either real life, or several other areas, like English. I'm also hoping that a portion of the practitioners will focus on real-work application of our course objectives. Our students need to make sure that they can get jobs, and succeed in their lives. Not everyone is going to graduate school, so while there is a wonderful and important place for theories, it must balance with practicality.

5. What do you love most about what you do?

The students and the strong belief, real or imagined, that I am providing them with a real take-away that should improve not only their professional lives, but their personal lives as well.  It is the beauty of teaching communication, it is always applicable!

6. What do you hope to get out of teaching at UTA?

There is such a supportive, warm and accepting environment here. Not only amongst the students, but with the faculty as well.  This can be quite rare, so I'm ecstatic to be here, as it already feels like home.  I so appreciate the fact that this university not only understands service learning (which is a major learning initiative in all of my courses), but supports it, and is in fact a leader in this area.

Comm Tech student has a ring for you

Posted November 1, 2013 by Brian Horton in category students

By Shonna Johnstone

Media Intern

 



Communication technology major Umair Ali didn’t expect to make the iTunes top 10, much less snag a No.1 spot when he created his first ringtone as a senior in high school.

 

“My original thought was that it would simply be something fun to do as boredom struck me often,” Ali said.

 

After listening to the iPhone’s classic tone “Marimba,” Ali fired up his music production software and created what would soon be a hit. After showing it to his parents and doing some research, iPhone Remix was listed under “tones” in the iTunes Store.

 

Ali’s ringtone later grabbed the No.1 spot in multiple countries like Canada, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark. Currently it is still listed as No.1 in Canada above such artists as Drake and Justin Bieber and sits at No.16 on U.S. iTunes charts.

 

“My initial reaction was staring in awe,” Ali said. “Breaking the top ten in the U.S. is no simple feat; it’s the stuff dreams are made of.”

 

Ali said the first thing he found himself doing after reaching the top ten was firing up his laptop to create something new.

 

“My intention when creating the ringtone was to simply have something in the iTunes Store,” Ali said. “Just being able to say you’re in the iTunes Store is a big deal in my book.”

 

Now a junior at UTA, Ali says he’s always tweaking new ringtones to submit and is pursuing a certification in Emerging Media.

 

“The ringtone I use on my phone is always the newest one I’ve created,” Ali said.

 

The tone can be found in the iTunes application on iPhones by searching iPhone Remix or Umair Ali, the Google Play store for Android or Amazon.

Students land internships, jobs for semester

Posted November 1, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

Department of Communication students are fortunate to have many internship opportunities available as they reach junior- and senior- year course work. The Department has developed valuable business relationships with many local companies, non-profit organizations and media outlets to provide Comm students with valuable networking and internship possibilities.

This fall, students are interning with a variety of firms. Many students have also landed coveted jobs in their fields of study and are putting their classroom knowledge to work in real-world applications.

Shaun Hudgins, BCMN major, is interning with The Ben and Skin Show this semester after a summer internship with KRLD/105.3 The Fan working with Texas Rangers game audio. “Already I've learned a lot and am hopeful and optimistic about this possibly leading to a career opportunity for me. Right now, I'm working both internships concurrently and really enjoying it,” Hudgins says. “The experience I got with both radio production with Lance Liguez and TV production with Julian Rodriguez gave me a huge advantage over other interviewees and has helped me stand out from other interns as well.”

Evann Crawford, a Comm Studies major/PR minor, is currently participating in the Ford Grant Research Study with Dr. Shelley Wigley. The research project is a partnership with Mission Arlington in an attempt to create diabetes awareness.

PREL major Sara Tariq is a contributing writer for New York-based VIBE magazine, a contributing writer and editor for a music blog, MyMusicIsBetterThanYours.com, and is working an an intern for an LA-based artist management company. Tariq’s debut VIBE article, comparing established names in the electronic dance music industry to up-and-coming producers who are fairly young and new, can be accessed at the following link: http://www.vibe.com/photo-gallery/new-era-edm-edm-rockstar-comparison-chart-see-whos-next

PREL and Communication Technology double major Noe Ponce a working as a contributing writer for a video game blog website aptly named thatvideogameblog.com. “It's my job to regularly publish various articles on the video game industry every week by transforming plain, uninteresting press releases and industry news, into something fun and exciting that gamers would want to read, Ponce explains.

PREL major Brandon Demings is working in UTA’s Health Service Substance Abuse and Health Promotions Department as the Sr. Intern and Lead Educator. Demings is responsible for marketing, publicity and community relations for the organization and also works in peer education and counseling, providing support to students who may be dealing with substance abuse or alcohol problems.

Professors busy with fall conferences

Posted November 1, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Ms. Marti Harvey traveled to Austin Sept. 27-29 to attend the Texas Tribune Event and to serve on a panel discussing the future of journalism.

Ms. Kim Pewitt Jones represented UT Arlington and the Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at the organization’s national convention in Anaheim, CA Sept. 24-27.  Ms. Pewitt Jones served as an advisor for UTA SPJ and an officer for the SPJ Fort Worth Chapter.

Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith presented a paper entitled, “For the Fame Which May Be Forgotten: Two Magazines and the Fight to Save Mount Vernon, 1855-1860,” at the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) Convention in New Orleans Sept. 24-29.  The paper was awarded the Maurine Beasley Award for outstanding paper in women's history and was runner-up for the Best Faculty Paper award. Pribanic-Smith also received the Joseph McKerns Research Grant, a $1,250 award to assist with archival research travel and the President's Award for sustained and meritorious service to AJHA.

 

Pribanic-Smith also presenting research insights on the partisan press on a panel about antebellum journalism and completed various tasks and attended meetings as Second Vice-President of the organization. The professor was sworn into office as First Vice-President at the convention.

Department mourns passing of long-time lecturer

Posted October 17, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

UTA Department of Communication students, faculty and staff are mourning the death of long-time lecturer Daniel Rudy Bechtel. Mr. Bechtel died Oct. 15 after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Services were held Oct. 17, at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2700 McPherson Ave. in Fort Worth.

     
Department of Communication Chair Dr. Charla Markham Shaw noted in an email to faculty and staff that Mr. Bechtel had been a part of the Communication Department for eight years, teaching in the advertising sequence. Mr. Bechtel was known as the department’s creative genius and set an inspiring example for his students.

Mr. Bechtel's obituary can be viewed via the following link:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dfw/obituary.aspx?n=daniel-r-bechtel-rudy&pid=167570786


Nov. 25 marks food drive deadline

Posted September 25, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

The deadline for donating food to the Golden Key International Honour Society’s 3rd Annual Golden CAN Food Drive is Monday, Nov. 25.  The Department of Communication is participating in the annual drive to aid the hungry in North Texas.

A box for nonperishable food items is located in the Communication Main office, Room 118, Fine Arts. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to donate.

While every donation is appreciated, the following food items support healthy eating habits:

Canned foods: beans, tuna, ham, soup, fruit, chili, stew, peanut butter Packaged foods: energy bars, pudding cups, fruit rolls, crackers, granola bars.

Donations will be picked up Monday, Nov. 25 and will be given to a local food bank.. Awards will be presented to the department with the most total weight of goods donated and the most creatively decorated collection box. 

The Society's goal is to surpass the record collection of 464 lbs. Every 10 pounds of food feeds a family of four for a day.

AWC meeting slated for Sept. 25

Posted September 24, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

The Association for Women in Communications invites female undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines and departments to a general meeting at noon Sept. 25 in the Fine Arts, Room 409. Refreshments will be served.

The AWC is a student organization that seeks to equip and prepare educated women for successful careers.

"Although we are a communication organization, we invite women in all areas of study to join as communication exists in many forms in every career," explained Chapter President Gemme Campbell.  

"We anticipate scheduling professional development seminars and speakers focused on the unique needs of women in the workforce, and providing members with the opportunity to network with exceptional women who have proven records of success," Campbell added.

Students interested in joining may sign-up online through the following link:

 https://customer10007f98d.portal.production.membersuite.com/Login.aspx

Yearly dues for the national organization is $34 and $5 for chapter dues.

For additional information, email Chapter President Gemme Campbell at gemme.campbell@mavs.uta.edu, or Faculty Advisor Carie Kapellusch cariek@uta.edu.

PR prof hosts media workshop

Posted September 24, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

By Shonna Johnstone

Media Intern

 

Thirty-six UTA student athletes attended a Media Training Workshop conducted by Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley on Sept. 11.

 

“The students learned what types of questions reporters often ask and how to respond to them in the best possible way,” Wigley said.

 

During the workshop, students learned to never answer hypothetical questions or to speculate on what they think might happen in certain situations. They also learned to avoid saying “no comment” and to look at the cameras, not the reporters when answering questions. The students were taught to always answer the reporter’s question but to link answers back to the message they want to get across.

 

Following the workshop, the student athletes participated in mock interviews inside the UTA TV Studio in front of cameras.

 

“Overall the student athletes did a nice job when we went into the studio,” Wigley said.

 

Wigley said news training for athletes is important because they are often interviewed by members of the media.

 

“It is important that they present themselves, their team and the university in the best possible light,” Wigley said.

 

Wigley will be meeting with UTA Athletics to discuss doing more media training workshops in the future, especially for incoming freshmen athletes.

PRSSA elects new slate of officers

Posted September 24, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

By Shonna Johnstone

Media Intern

UTA’s chapter of PRSSA is in full swing for the Fall semester. The organization elected a new slte of officers.

 

President: Drake Lenhan

Presidential Elect: Stephanie Lawther

Vice President: Michael Magnus

Secretary: Abigail Scarborough

Treasurer: Fadoua Hakimi

Writing: Melissa Martin

Writing Junior Officer: Krystal-Rose Agu

Events Committee Officer: Jasmine Williams

Event Junior Officers: Mahek Wazirali and Pauline-Kelly Tchoffo

Recruitment Officers: Brent Collins and Magaly Ayala

Graphics Officer: Joanna Haddad 

Graphics Junior Officer: Sonia Brozowski

The organization also has new Facebook and Twitter pages:

utarlington.prssa - Facebook

@utaprssa - Twitter

Meetings are held every first and third Wednesday of the month  at 3:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building Room 327A. The next meeting is Nov. 7.

Students land coveted Fall internships

Posted September 16, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

UTA Department of Communication students are getting hands-on, real-world experience through internships this fall.

Through internships, Communication students take classroom learning to practical application. Many upper-level students eligible for internships who meet GPA and course requirements take advantage of the department’s numerous professional relationships with local media, corporations and nonprofit organizations by landing coveted internships each semester. Students approved for internships receive three hours of upper-level course credit.

This semester, Department of Communication students are interning at companies throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Broadcast students are interning for a variety of local media outlets and companies this fall. Melissa Irvin is serving as a media specialist for Farmers Insurance Group. Jairo Moreno is working for The Red Balloon Network in Dallas this semester. Angelina Armendariz is interning with Children's Medical Center in Dallas while Rodney Thrower is gaining experience at K104 Radio in Grand Prairie. Samantha Gutierrez landed a fall internship with Clear Channel Radio in Dallas and Omar Castillon is working at Fort Worth’s Modern Art Museum. BCMN major Shaun Hudgins is interning with CBS Radio 105.3 - The Fan in Dallas.

Public Relations majors are also adding experience to their resumes. Alexis Valdez is working with the Fort Worth Independent School District and Victoria I. Garcia is interning with Clear Channel Radio. Brent Collins is spending the fall semester with Tamika Johnson Events - The Experts, a Grand Prairie-based PR firm.

Journalism major Jillian Dennis is interning with UTA Athletics this semester. Advertising student Gabriella Dorsey is gaining experience at Coppell-based Cintas - Document Management.

Comm Studies major Amber Govan is working with Allied THA in Irving.

AAF meeting slated for Sept. 18

Posted September 13, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

The first American Advertising Federation (AAF) general meeting of the semester will take place at 4 p.m. Sept. 18 in Room 414 of the Fine Arts Building.

Students will have the opportunity to mingle with fellow ad majors and hear about upcoming AAF projects planned for the semester. This is also an opportunity to gain official AAF membership for the 2013-2014 academic year.

For more information about the meeting or AAF membership, contact Maritza Moreno via e-mail at maritza.moreno@mavs.uta.edu or Jason Clayden at jason.clayden@mavs.uta.edu

UTA Radio Places Local Bands on CRD Album

Posted September 13, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

Two artist submissions from UTA Radio will appear on the upcoming 2013 College Radio Day Album due out Nov. 5.

The Apache 5 and The Breakfast Machine, made up of current and former UTA students, will each have a song featured on the album. It will be released in conjunction with College Radio Day.

“Submissions were solicited from college stations around the country,” said UTA Radio Faculty Advisor Lance Liguez. “We’re thrilled to help not just one, but two, local artists gain some national and international exposure.”

Both bands have been nominated for various local awards in the past, including Best New Artist and Best Vocalist.

Oct. 1 marks the third year for College Radio Day, an event aimed to raise awareness of the many college stations that operate worldwide by encouraging people who would not normally listen to college radio to do so.

Last year’s event included participation by 585 college stations from 29 countries, including UTA Radio.

Job Fair set for UTA students, alumni

Posted September 12, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category

The Fall All Majors Job Fair will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Wednesday, Sept. 18,  in the Maverick Activities Center.

More than 165 employers are registered for the Job Fair, offering full-time, part-time, and internship positions. The following firms are scheduled to attend:

American Airlines                                    Hewlett-Packard           
AT&T                                                       Lockheed Martin
Atmos Energy                                          Microsoft Corporation
Bell Helicopter                                         Nokia Solutions & Networks
CVS Caremark                                        Ryder Logistics & Transportation Solutions
Fidelity Investments                                 Sogeti USA
GEICO Insurance                                    Target
Halliburton Energy Services                    TXU Energy 

While some employers are considered to hire predominately engineering and business students, many are also interested in hiring students from many other disciplines as well.  Companies attending the Job Fair have with openings in a variety of professional positions, offering students numerous opportunities to work and intern.

The Job Fair is only open to current UT Arlington students and alumni, providing an invaluable networking opportunity. Students should wear suits and bring plenty of copies of their resume.

For additional information, contact Linda Wilson 817-272-3243 or lindawilson@uta.edu.

Students honored by Alumni Association

Posted September 9, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

The Alumni Association honored several Department of Communication students at it’s Aug. 28 scholarship reception.

The following students received scholarships from the UTA Alumni Association to be used toward tuition and book expenses.

Karen Blair (ADVT & PREL) and Beverly Newburn (BCMN & JOUR) received a Frankie Stewart Hansell Endowed Scholarship. 

Jonathan Blick (COMM) and Lauren Carle (Speech Comm) received a Karin McCallum Endowed Scholarship.

Monica Davis (JOUR & BCMN) was presented with a Lloyd Clark Endowed Scholarship.

Congratulations to all of our well-deserving students and to our faculty for mentoring them so well.

The Department of Communication offers a number of departmental scholarships each year for students in all Communication majors. Scholarship applications are due in early March for presentation at the department's Spring Convocation ceremony.

Department welcomes new faculty members

Posted September 9, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

The UTA Department of Communication welcomes several new faculty members for the Fall semester.


Ladonna Aiken, current Department of Communication graduate student, is teaching classes in the department's broadcast sequence.


Grad student Grace Brannon is teaching COMS 1301.


Dr. Sabrina Habib and Jeff Williams are new instructors in the ADVT sequence.

Marti Harvey is teaching Journalism.


Carie Kapellusch and Dr. Rachel Stohr are joining the Communication Studies sequence.

 Welcome to our new instructors!

 

AWC meeting set for Sept. 11

Posted September 9, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

UTA’s chapter of Association for Women in Communications, AWC, is gearing up for the fall semester. The group’s faculty adviser is new UTA lecturer Carie Kapellusch.

 

“The mission of the AWC is to enhance the lives of local communications students by promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era,” Kapellusch said.

 

Founded in 1909, the AWC is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all disciplines of communication by providing professional development and networking for its members.

 

Members will gain the benefits of networking, camaraderie and professional development which will pay for an AWC membership many times over throughout students’ communication careers. Membership is open to all communication majors from marketing to journalism, design to writing, photography and public relations.

 

An informational meeting will be held Wednesday Sept. 11 at noon in the Fine Arts Building Room 414.

 

Membership cost is $39 annually and is open to everyone with an interest in growing and developing as a professional.

SPJ meeting Sept. 9

Posted September 9, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

The UTA chapter of Society of Professional Journalists will host a fall kickoff event at noon on Sept. 9 in Room 409 of the Fine Arts building.

All current SPJ members and communication students interested in joining the organization are welcome to attend the fall kickoff meeting which will detail the group’s semester plans, upcoming events and workshops.

Complimentary pizza will be served. Students should bring their own drinks.

Comm faculty engaged in productive summer

Posted September 9, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Many Department of Communication faculty members spent the summer months presenting articles and attending conferences.

Several professors have had articles selected for inclusion in a variety of publications in recent weeks.

Dr. Mark Tremayne and Dr. Andrew Clark’s article “New perspectives from the sky: Unmanned aerial vehicles and journalism,” published in May in Digital Journalism, has received national and international media attention.
 
Dr. Karishma Chatterjee and Dr. Charla Markham Shaw’s article, “Media portrayals of the female condom,” published in the Journal of Health Communication, is the No. 1 article published in the last year in the domain of sexual health according to MEDLINE and BioMedLib.

Julian Rodriguez published a book chapter, “Twitter use among English and Spanish language television stations: A traffic and content analysis of Dallas-Fort Worth local television accounts,” in the edited book Media Management and Economics Research in a Transmedia Environment.

Dr. Mark Tremayne and Milad Minooie (graduate student) will soon see their paper "Opinion leadership on gun control in social networks: Preferential attachment versus reciprocal linking,” in the American Communication Journal. The manuscript was based on a paper presented this summer at ICA.

Faculty and staff also spent summer months making presentations at numerous conferences.

Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith presented her paper, “Partisanship in the Antislavery Press During the 1844 Run of an Abolition Candidate for President,” at this summer’s annual AEJMC conference in Washington, DC—and won the second place faculty paper award in the History Division. Dr. Pribanic-Smith also had an article of original research published in August in the journal American Journalism entitled "Conflict in the South Carolina Partisan Press of 1829."

Julian Rodriguez is conducting a survey of "dreamers" or undocumented immigrants who are over the age of 18 and living in Texas. His research was featured this summer on Univision/KUVN 23.

Dr. Tom Christie traveled to Budapest, Hungary to present a paper, “Democracy vs. Opportunity: Revealing the Nature of Conflict Communication Following the ‘Arab Spring’,” at the George Gerbner Conference on Communication, Conflict and Aggression.

Dr. Dustin Harp traveled to London to present a co-authored paper, “Where are the women? The presence of female columnists in U.S. opinion pages,” at the International Communication Association. She also presented a co-authored paper, “The double bind of political women: Coverage of Hillary Clinton's performance during the Benghazi Hearings,” at AEJMC that won the top faculty paper award in the Commission on the Status of Women Division.

Dr. Chunke Su presented a co-authored paper, “The combined roles of mastery and performance climates in implementing creative ideas,” at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Orlando.

Dr. Shelley Wigley presented two co-authored papers at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Convention in August: “Processing of persuasive messages” and “Subsidizing Sandy: Courage of Hurricane Sandy.”

Comm Day set for Oct. 31

Posted September 9, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category

The Department of Communication has set a date for this year’s Comm Day. This fall’s event is slated for Oct. 31 and will focus on student internships.

A wide variety of local companies and nonprofit organizations will have representatives on hand to discuss the importance of internships for soon-to-graduate students and to provide information on internship opportunities available for UTA Department of Communication students in all disciplines.

This year’s keynote speaker for Comm Day will be noted storm chaser Martin Lisius. Lisius will share his own internship experiences as well as insight into his dangerous and interesting profession.


Communication students will attend Communication Day with their classes and have the opportunity to engage in a variety of lectures, panels and discussions and meet with industry professionals. Dr. Andrew Clark is this year’s event committee chairman.

UTA Radio kicks off Fall semester with live broadcast

Posted August 30, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

uta radio interviewing arlington mayor bob cluck and uta president vistasp kharbari
WBAP wasn’t the only radio outlet on hand for UTA's recent Sunrise Pep Rally.

WBAP News/Talk 820 AM and 96.7 FM broadcast live for the station’s early morning drive-time show from the College Park District. The Department of Communication’s own student-run station, UTA Radio and UTA Radio.com, also documented the morning’s activities.

Led by Broadcast Professors Andrew Clark and Lance Liguez with Department of Communication engineer Joe Carter’s technical prowess, UTA Radio and UTA Radio.com also broadcast live from College Park as UTA students, faculty and staff showed off their Maverick pride at the 7:15 a.m. event.

Broadcast majors Charles Vann and Tracie Hill interviewed UTA President Vistasp Karbhari and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck. Valerie Maedgen and Omar Castillon interviewed Dr. Beth Wright, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

UTA Radio students and faculty began set up at 3 a.m. so that the station could go live at 7 a.m.


“This was the first time we did a full, live morning drive block (5-9am)," Liguez said. "While the students were horrified to be up so early, they were eager and committed to producing a quality show."

 

Hundreds of spirit-filled Mavs turned out for the rally which featured the UT Arlington band, cheerleaders, Wranglers and Blaze. The event was sponsored by the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation, College Town UTA and the Division of Student Affairs and included a complimentary breakfast.

Dept. of Communication honors students in 2013 Convocation

Posted May 6, 2013 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category accomplishments

The Department of Communication recognized top students and 2013-14 scholarship winners at the 2013 Honors Convocation on Friday, April 26 in the University Center.

This year's honorees include:

Communication Honor Society Inductees:
Ashley Arogunmati, Mario Avila, Michelle Cervantes, Jeethi Cherian, Mary Hong An Doan, Taylor Dodds, Seher Fadwani, Carlos Garcia, Amanda Inge, Scott Kossuth, Kristin McGee, Zack Minter, Patricia Mireles, Larissa Ndengue, Tamika Noote, Katherine Peal, Hanan Qasem, Ashley Radford, Caitlyn Rhodes, Noelle Russell, Abigail Scarborough, Rachel Snyder, Josh Sours, Francisco Villarreal, Ronald Williams, Yong Yim


2013 Communication Honor Society Inductees


Kappa Tau Alpha Inductees
Allison Carroll, Mariana Giraldo, Rachel Rodriguez, Kushal Sapkota, Rachel Snyder

Outstanding Seniors
Advertising:Lucy Wong
Broadcasting:Diana Lopez
Communication Studies: Michelle Cervantes
Communication Technology: Rachel Rodriguez
Journalism: Rachel Snyder
Public Relations: Lauren Devoll


Diana Lopez (left), 2013 Outstanding Senior in Broadcasting.

Michelle Cervantes (left), 2013 Outstanding Senior in Communication Studies.

Rachel Rodriguez (left), 2013 Outstanding Senior in Communication Technology.

Rachel Snyder (left), 2013 Outstanding Senior in Journalism.

Lauren Devoll (left), 2013 Outstanding Senior in Public Relations.


Outstanding Graduate Student
Donna Pirkle


Donna Pirkle (right), 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student.


Outstanding Student in an Organization
PRSSA: Drake Lenhan
Society of Professional Journalists: Bianca Montes
UTA News en Español: Laura Romo and Maira Hinostroza
UTA Radio: Josh Sours



Drake Lenhan (left), 2013 Outstanding Student in PRSSA.

Bianca Montes (left), 2013 Outstanding Student in Society of Professional Journalists.

Laura Romo (left) and Maira Hinostroza (middle), 2013 Outstanding Student in UTA News en Español.


Josh Sours (left), 2013 Outstanding Student in UTA Radio.

The Department of Communication also presented scholarships to 20 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.  Monica Davis is this year’s Lloyd Clark recipient.


Monica Davis (left), 2013 Lloyd Clark Scholarship 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. Alyxandra Crawford, Evann Crawford and Angelina Armendariz are this year’s Donald and Dorothy Bunnell scholars.


Alyxandra Crawford, one of the 2013 Donald and Dorothy Bunnell Endowed Scholarship recipients.


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 Tiffany Hamm.

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. Tiffany Hamm is the 2012-2013 Neva McMurray Reidel scholar.


Tiffany Hamm (left), 2013 Neva McMurry Reidel Scholarship recipient.


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.  Tiffany Hamm is this year’s Charles Arrendell scholars.


Tiffany Hamm (left), 2013 Charles Arrendell Family Scholarship recipient.


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 Lindsey Juarez.


Lindsey Juarez (left), 2013 Murray C. and Nona Poston Journalism Scholarship recipient.


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 Avery Anderson and Valerie Maedgen.


Avery Anderson (left) and Valerie Maedgen (right), 2013 Mark Holtz Sports Journalism Scholarship recipients.


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. Jonathan Blick and Lauren Carle are this year’s Karin McCallum scholars.


Jonathan Blick (left), 2013 Karin McCallum Scholarship recipient, and Dr. Karin McCallum.


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 is Milad Minooie.


Milad Minooie (left), 2013 Andrew M. Clark Scholarship recipient.


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. Lindsey Juarez is this year’s recipient.


Lindsey Juarez (left), 2013 Phillip Lynn Hall Endowed Scholarship 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.


Juan Rios (left), 2013 Douglas Maples Broadcast Scholarship recipient.


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 are Magaly Ayala and Melissa Martin.


Magaly Ayala (left) and Melissa Martin (right), 2013 George Proctor Endowed Scholarship recipients, with Ms. Lana Proctor.


The Dallas/Fort Worth Interactive Marketing Association Scholarship is awarded to a student interested in the interactive marketing field actively engaged in courses related to the field.  Yong Yim is the recipients of this year's DFWIMA scholarship.

The Society of Professional Journalists Scholarship, established this year, is awarded to students demonstrating their interest and commitment to professional journalist careers.  This year's SPJ scholars are Alyxandra Crawford and Vallari Gupte.


Vallari Gupte (second from the left) and Alyxandra Crawford (third from the left) receiving SPJ Scholarship from Gayle Reaves King (left), Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and SPJ Fort Worth Pro Chapter Vice President for Scholarships, and Kim Jones, Communication Department Lecturer.
Additionally, the department also recognized nineteen students for their meritorious service as student ambassadors for the 2013 Barbara Jordan Media Awards.  These student ambassadors are Angelina Armendariz, Alaa Bdeir-Bakhach, Jonathan Blick, Andrea Condori, Brandon Demings, Anthony Garcia, Ward Griffin, Drake Lenhan, Nicole Luna, Michael Magnus, Kristin McGee, Adolfo Muniz, Thy Nguyen, D’Anzia Robertson, Rachel Snyder, Jessica Stroup, Krista Torralva, Aisha Willis, Yong Yim.

Student Ambassadors for the 2013 Barbara Jordan Media Awards

Honors Convocation

Posted May 6, 2013 by Brian Horton in category accomplishments



On Friday, April 26th 2013, the Department of Communication hosted its annual convocation awards in the University Center. Here are a few highlights from that event, courtesy of George Weems.

Department of Communication Faculty honored

Posted May 3, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

The UTA Department of Communication is proud of the accomplishments of its faculty and staff and prides itself on the engaged, passionate personalities that make up the department. Several faculty members are the recent recipients of university and college teaching awards this year.

Mindia Whittier, Public Relations senior instructor, is recipient of the University’s 2013 William S. Ward Endowment Award honoring a non-tenure track faculty member for excellence in teaching.

 

Established to honor the life and contributions of UT Arlington faculty member Bill Ward, this prize recognizes a non-tenure track faculty member “with an exemplary work ethic, who loves working with students, and who makes a significant impact on enhancing the goals of the University.” Whittier received the award April 22 at the Faculty Awards event.

 

Dr. Andrew Clark is this year’s recipient of the College of Liberal Art’s (COLA) Gertrude Golladay Award. The award is voted on by students to honor a top instructor.

 

Radio broadcast instructor Lance Liguez received the COLA Dean’s Accolade Award for the 2012-13 academic year. The award is presented to educators who inspire students to create work of exceptional merit.

 

Journalism instructor Geoff Campbell was awarded this year’s COLA Outstanding Adjunct Instructor honor.

 

Congratulations to our faculty members for these well-deserved honors!

ADVT students visit agency

Posted May 3, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

Ten students with the UTA chapter of American Advertising Federation (AAF) recently toured TM (formerly Temerlin McClain) Advertising in Dallas.

The students enjoyed a lengthy question and answer session and found out about internship opportunities with the company for Fall.

UTA Advertising students have many opportunities to network with professionals through classroom and departmental events each semester.

The student chapter of AAF is open to all advertising and communication students who want to gain insight and information about the field of advertising.

The active chapter hosts monthly meetings, networking and informational events, and a opportunities to meet industry professionals.

PREL students honored for service work

Posted May 3, 2013 by Brian Horton in category students



Students in Dr. Shelley Wigley's Fall 2012 PR Champaigns class were honored with an Award of Excellence from the Greater Fort Worth Public Relations Society of America Chapter for their work on behalf of Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County. 

 

The students tied with Texas Christian University for the Award of Excellence in the Service Learning Initiative category.

 

"Unlike TCU, who had a $50,000 grant to support their campaign, our students completed their efforts with no budget," Dr. Wigley said. " I am so proud of them. They went out and raised money/funds to support their campaign efforts."

 

The Department of Communication offers many opportunities for students to engage in service leaning through their coursework each semester.

 

This semester, students in Dr. Wigley’s Campaigns class are working with the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation.

On April 11, the students hosted "Get Down," an on-campus event to raise awareness about restaurants, businesses and events in Downtown Arlington.

More than 300 students were served up free food from Five Downtown Arlington restaurants including Babe's, Grease Monkey and Mellow Mushroom. Theater Arlington, College Park Center and Symphony Arlington were also on hand to share information.

Students used giant-sized comment boards to tell city officials what they would like to see in Downtown Arlington.

Communication students have worked with many local companies and non-profit organizations including Meals on Wheels, Children's Hospital, The Reading Corp., the SPCA, homeless shelters, nursing homes and orphanages.

 

Students, faculty assisting COMS grad

Posted May 3, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

Department of Communication faculty, staff and students are teaming up to help one of their own.

 

An online donation fund has been set up to assist Communication Studies 2006 grad Charlott Livingston. Ms. Livingston is currently battling lymphoma. Funds raised from the online fund will assist with medical expenses, which are not covered by insurance.

 

For more information, or to assist, go to: www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/helping-mom-beat-lymphoma/51854

Broadcast students cover President's arrival, West event

Posted April 25, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

UTA Department of Communication students are getting a first-hand look at the fast-paced world of journalism and broadcast news.

The UTA broadcast majors covered the arrival of President Barack Obama at Dallas Fort Worth Love Field April 24. The President was in Dallas for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The nation's five surviving presidents attended the center’s dedication. More than 10,000 people gathered on the Southern Methodist University campus amid tight security from local and federal law enforcement.

UTA students, Annabelle Hernandez, Laura Romo and Madeline Amashta, also traveled to Waco where President Obama attended a memorial event to honor those injured and killed in the fertilizer plant explosion that rocked the small, farming community of West last week. The memorial was held on the campus of Baylor University.

Enrolled in TV Reporting class this semester, the students are also very involved in UTA News en Español, explained Julian Rodriguez, broadcast lecturer and faculty sponsor of UTA News en Español.

"Covering these events helps our students work side by side with professional journalists, covering events of national impact," Rodriguez said, "Covering events of this magnitude prepares our students for the pace and professionalism required of broadcast journalists."

The students' stories of the President's arrival and the West memorial aired on Time Warner Cable in Arlington and online at UTANews.com and TV.UTA.EDU.

Tremayne quoted in local media

Posted February 15, 2013 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category faculty

While you were busy passing out candy hearts to your classmates Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne was being interviewed by local media.

Many of our Department of Communication faculty and staff are routinely quoted in media and publications.

Professor Tremayne weighed in on the pros and cons of digital dating in the Star Telegram article. Check out the following link to read the story.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/02/13/4620347/your-facebook-or-mine-dating-in.html#storylink=misearch

Comm major featured in article

Posted February 15, 2013 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category students

Communication studies junior Jason Hays is an international champion in Irish hardshoe dancing. Hays has been dancing for 14 years.

Hays was featured in a recent story publiched in The Shorthorn. Check out the following link to read more about this talented student.

http://www.theshorthorn.com/life_and_entertainment/people_and_interests/student-finds-inspiration-in-traditional-irish-dance/article_357ac542-758a-11e2-b1eb-001a4bcf6878.html

Faculty members' papers published

Posted January 31, 2013 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category faculty

The University of Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa has invited Associate Professor Eronini Megwa to serve as an external examiner for a doctoral examination of Bevelyn Dube, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Journalism. The title of the dissertation is "Challenges for Journalism Education and Training in a Transforming Society: A Case study of Three Selected Institutions in Post-1994 South Africa".

Dr. Chunke Su recently had a journal article published by IADIS International Journal on WWW/Internet. The title of the article is: “Hub” or “Bridge”? The Effects of Social Network Centralities on Expertise Discovery, Information Retrieval And Allocation, and Use of Digital Knowledge Repositories. A previous version of this paper was selected as one of the Best Papers of the "IADIS International Conference on ICT, Human Beings 2012.”

Comm students making their mark

Posted January 31, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category accomplishments

Dept. of Communication grad Elizabeth Dinh is now reporting for CBS 11. Dinh was recently featured in story by Ed Bark. http://unclebarky.com/dfw.html

PREL grad Phil Beckman is a keynote speaker at the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of Public Relations meeting this month. http://fortworthprsa.org/2012/12/20/prsa-january-luncheon-front-lines-of-communication/

Senior broadcasting major Sean Noell has landed a part-time camera position at CBS11. Sean graduates in May and has co-hosted “The Brew Crew” sports show on UTA Radio since Fall of 2012.

SPJ meeting slated for Feb. 4

Posted January 31, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

The UTA chapter of Society of Professional Journalists will host guest speaker Jason Whitely from WFAA Channel 8 at the group's next meeting. Whitely will discuss investigative reporting.

The SPJ meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in room 258 of The Fine Arts building. All interested students are welcome to attend.

 

PRSSA meeting today at 3:30

Posted January 31, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

UTA Arlington PRSSA will have a general meeting today, Jan. 31 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 327 of the Fine Arts building.

Featured speaker Reace Smith will discuss networking.

All interested students are welcome to attend. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

PRSSA is also looking to fill a few remaining officer positions on several committees including event planning, graphics, writing, recruiting and more.

Check out http:// utaprss3.wix.com/uta-prssa for more info.

 

Prince named IABC Communicator of the Year

Posted January 25, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category faculty

Melyssa Prince, a graduate of the Department of Communication Master's program, has been named the 2012 Communicator of the Year by the Dallas chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.

Founded in 1970, The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a San Francisco-based, not-for-profit trade association for business communications professionals with approximately 16,000 members and 100 chapters. The association was founded in 1970.

The Dallas chapter of IABC supports the international organization through conference planning assistance and local recruitment efforts, and serves its members with professional development and networking opportunities. http://dallas.iabc.com/

Chapter membership includes a cross-section of marketing and communication leaders from Fortune 100 corporations,global marketing service firms and boutique agencies.

 

ADVT major featured in local media

Posted January 25, 2013 by Barrie Hill in category students

The Fort Worth Star Telegram Other Voices carried an op-ed by Austan Pierce, 20, an advertising major at UT Arlington and member of the Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team.

Pierce described the challenges and opportunities he has experienced living with Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

See the following link to read Pierce's column.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/01/16/4553035/movin-mavs-player-was-changed.html




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