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Shanna Swendson speaks at FIG


Launched in Fall 2018, UTA’s new Student Success program is now organized by major. The new course in the Department of English, UNIV 1131, focuses on helping students acclimate to the university environment as well as understanding their future as English majors, both during their college experience and beyond. With so many of these first-semester freshmen interested in a Creative Writing minor , Dr. Joanna Johnson invited local published author, Shanna Swendson, to speak to her class about the writing and publishing process. Swendson earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and then had a career in public relations before becoming a full-time novelist. She’s the author of Rebel Mechanics, a Young Adult series which earned a spot on the 2016 Lone Star Reading List, and the popular adult romantic-fantasy series “Enchanted, Inc.” She lives in Irving, TX. For more information, visit her web site.

Students Learn More Lost Arts during the 2018–19 Workshop Series


Established in 2017, the Lost Arts Collaborative (LAC) has continued its successful workshop series during academic year 2018–19. A group of faculty dedicated to sharing the lost art of making things from the past, the LAC has so far this year offered hands-on workshops in “Making Early Modern Chocolate,” led by Dr. Amy Tigner, “Marbling Paper” by Dr. Cathy Corder, “Making Love Poetry in Two Languages” by Drs. Amy Austin and Jacqueline Fay, and, upcoming in March 2019, “Making Ink and Quills” by Dr. Tigner. Open to anyone in the DFW community, the workshops are held in the FabLab at the UTA Central Library and typically attract a large number of students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Karen Otto Wins Major Teaching Award


PhD student Karen Otto has been recognized by the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts as the 2019 High School Teacher of the Year. A public school teacher in Texas for over twenty years, Otto currently teaches English II GT at Southlake Carroll High School. For two decades her passionate and innovative teaching has instilled a love of reading and writing in her students. Her dissertation, supervised by Dr. Jim Warren, examines prevailing high school teaching practices in light of contemporary scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition Studies. For more information, click here .

Students Create Experimental Sound Project

As part of their discussions about sound and accessibility, students in Dr. Tim Richardson’s “Composing with Sound” course, which was offered in Fall 2018, performed Paragraph 7 of Cornelius Cardew's The Great Learning, a piece for choir written in plain language for trained and untrained singers. By not using traditional notation, the work is a composition that invites participation and experimentation instead of insisting on professional hierarchy and specialist status. A copy of the score for Paragraph 7 and more information can be found here.