Dept. of Communication honors students, faculty

Posted 6-22-2012 by Barrie Hill

The Department of Communication recognized top students and 2012-13 scholarship winners at the 2012 Honors Convocation on Friday, April 27 in the UTA Planetarium.


Thirty-nine students were inducted into the Communication Honor Society. Membership is by invitation only, with honorees completing at least 90 hours toward their degrees; at least 60 of those hours must be completed at UTA with a GPA of 3.0 or better. The inductees must also have completed at least 12 hours at UTA in Communication with a GPA of 3.5 or better.


Congratulations to the following Communication Honor Society students:

Wesley Albaugh, Elizabeth Alvarez, Matt Anstice, Matthew Bastible, Kimberly Bauer, Derek Beckno, Josh Bowe, Christopher Bryan, Cindy Chung, Staci Deluca, Thomas Dennard, Christopher Dinh, Nicole Durham, Amanda Gonzalez, Chloe Jamerson, Ashley Keene, Kathryn Kiger, Rachel Makutuya, Maria Martinez, Christopher Mead, David Morgan, Benjamin Muir, Cindy Nguyen, Jessica Patzer, David Petti, Rachel Rodriguez, Britney Taylor, Michelle Tyer, Teresa Ustanik, Samantha Watson and Lucille Wong.


Several Department of Communication students were also inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. Membership must be earned by excellence in academic work and selection for membership is a mark of highest distinction and honor. The seventh oldest national honor society, Kappa Tau Alpha was founded at the University of Missouri in 1910 at the world's first school of journalism. The Society has 94 chapters and has inducted nearly 60,000 outstanding students since its founding in 1910.

Congratulations to this year’s Kappa Tau Alpha inductees: Matthew Bastible, Christopher Bryan, Thomas Dennard, Joshua Derrick, Samantha Horn, Chloe Jamerson, Ashley Keene, Kathryn Kiger and Britney Taylor. Kathryn Kiger was also named the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar.

The department also recognized the outstanding students for 2011-2012. Outstanding seniors in the Department of Communication’s six disciplines include: Advertising: Alison Cohn; Broadcasting: Christine Nicholson; Communication Studies:  Keelie Barrow; Communication Technology: Carlos Cucalon; Journalism: Matthew Bryan Bastible, and Public Relations: Christopher Bryan.

Outstanding Graduate Student honors were presented to Vidisha Bhopatkar.

Outstanding Students in an Organization included: PRSSA: Katy Kiger; UTA Radio: Staci Deluca; Association for Women in Communication: Sarah Frost; UTA News en Espanol:  Raul Solis; and Society of Professional Journalists: Bryan Bastible.

The Department of Communication also presented scholarships to 23 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.  Bianca Montes is this year’s Lloyd Clark 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. Sean Noell, Zack Minter and Mark Melendez are this year’s Donald and Dorothy Bunnell scholars.

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 Lindsey Juarez.

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. Lindsey Juarez is the 2011-2012 Neva McMurray Reidel scholar.

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.  Rachel Snyder and Kushal Sapkota are this year’s Charles Arrendell scholars.

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 Cindy Chung.

The Bill McCallum Communication Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Bill McCallum, husband and friend to our beloved colleague, Dr. Karin McCallum. Friends, family, and UTA colleagues and students established the scholarship to be awarded to an undergraduate communication student. This year’s Bill McCallum scholar is Christine Lambe.

The Jack Butler Award is presented annually to an outstanding news-editorial journalism graduate who is about to enter the working world. Jack Butler, editor of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram from the 1950s until the mid-1970s, was a life-long Texas newspaper man. In appreciation for Butler’s service to the newspaper, the Capitol Cities Communications Corp. established the award in his honor. This year’s Jack Butler recipient is Bianca Montes.

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 Alyxandra Crawford and Brianna Nathaniel.

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. Kirstin Gaddis and Ward Griffin are this year’s Karin McCallum scholars.

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 are Vidisha Bhopatkar and Paul Kozar.

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. Rachel Snyder is this year’s 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.


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 is Maritza Moreno.

The Dallas/Fort Worth Interactive Marketing Association Scholarship, established this year, is awarded to a student interested in the interactive marketing field actively engaged in courses related to the field.  Kristen Ranshaw and Taiki Hara are the first recipients of the DFWIMA scholarship.

The Sam Lea Endowed Scholarship in Journalism was established by his family in honor of Sam Lea, a UTA student who earned a journalism degree in 2004. At the time of his death in 2005, Lea was pursuing a second degree in English toward a secondary teaching certification. He was gifted in conveying stories in both photography and words. In the words of his father “Sam was a generous, warmhearted man with a mind open to learning.” This year’s scholarship, awarded to support the work of a student in journalism, is presented to Mary Boedeker.

Students were not the only ones honored at this year’s convocation. Two beloved faculty members were also celebrated during the special event. Pat Gordon and Allen Sheffield were recognized for their long-time dedication to the Department of Communication. Sheffield is a Speech Communication instructor, and Pat Gordon is a Journalism and Photography instructor. Both Gordon and Sheffield are retiring following the spring semester and will be greatly missed by students, staff and fellow faculty.