Communication Department News

Showing stories between September 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013.

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:

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

For additional information, email Chapter President Gemme Campbell at, or Faculty Advisor Carie Kapellusch

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 or Jason Clayden at

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

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.