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