Communication Department News

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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: