Illuminations - October 2016

Issue 3

OCT 2016
Dr. Kinitra Brooks (English) is receiving international attention for her new class "Black Women, Beyonce and Popular Culture." The class explores Beyonce's visual album Lemonade as a "meditation on contemporary black womanhood," with additional readings on black feminism. 

Dr. Bridget Drinka (English) has been awarded an NSF grant that will support a panel at next summer's 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics, which she is also organizing. The grant will allow Bridget and her co-PI, Patience Epps of UT-Austin, to bring specialists on endangered languages from around the world to San Antonio for the conference.

Dr. Jackie Cuevas (English) has been awarded a Special Collections Faculty Grant to incorporate archival materials into a senior seminar on Tejano literature in the spring.

Rhonda Gonzales (History) received funding for an NEH Collaborative project with Bucknell University and Kutztown University. The project will research the affects of gender on leadership roles and socio-economic authority in central and east Africa.

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UTSA Humanities students have received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to assist undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds in their research and in pursuing graduate degrees in the humanities.

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Dr. Nancy J. Membrez (Modern Languages and Literatures) has made a major contribution to the forthcoming Kino Lorber release on DVD and Blu-ray of Eliseo Subiela's cult classic Hombre mirando al sudeste (Man Facing Southeast) (1987), this will be the first time the film will be available in the US and Canada since the early 1990s. The DVD/Blu-ray is set for release on December 14, 2016.

Dr. Sonja Lanehart (English) was featured in the the Linguistic Society of America's member spotlight. The Brackenridge Endowed Chair in Literature and the Humanities discusses linguistics and its role in academia as well as her own research areas and interests.

The State Employee Charitable Campaign will host an online auction starting in October that will run through November. Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome to bid on the auction items. In addition, the SECC is collecting books for their upcoming book sale. Donation boxes are located around both campuses. The book sale will be held Oct. 26-27 in the Sombrilla Plaza on the Main Campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on the campaign, the charities involved, or to donate, visit the  SECC website. 

Clayfusion, a group of UTSA Ceramic students, are raising money through "Launch UTSA" to attend The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference. The conference is in Portland, Oregon from March 22-25, 2017. There is still time to help these emerging artists attend this event and engage with renowned artists in their field.

Visit the COLFA events page for events around the college.

Dr. Bernadette Andrea (English) recently published "Amazons, Turks, and Tartars in the Gesta Grayorum and The Comedy of Errors," in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment: Gender, Sexuality, and Race (Oxford University Press, 2016) and "'Travelling Bodyes': Native Women of the Northeast and Northwest Passage Ventures and English Discourses of Empire," in Rethinking Feminism in Early Modern Studies: Gender, Race, and Sexuality (Routledge, 2016).  The Arabic translation of her book, Women and Islam in Early Modern English Literature ( Cambridge University Press, 2007), was recently released by The Institute of Translation and Arabization (Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh).

Dr. Kimberly Fonzo's (English) recent article, "Richard II's Publicly Prophesied Deposition in Gower's Confessio Amantis," appears in the journal Modern Philology (114.1).

Dr. Steven Kellman's (English) recent article, "An Italian in English: The Translingual Case of Francesca Marciano," appears in issue 52.3 of Papers on Language and Literature. 
Dr. Steven Levitt (Communication) had an article, "Addressing cross-cultural teamwork barriers: Implications for industry practice and higher education curricula," published in Industry & Higher Education.

Read the article here » 
Dr. Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba (Modern Languages and Literatures) published a book, "Fierce Feminine Divinities of Eurasia and Latin America: Baba Yaga, Kali, Pombagira, and Santa Muerte" (Palgrave Macmillan US, 2015).

Available here »
Dr. Michael Baumann (Psychology) has just published an article entitled, "Adapting to Fill the Void: Dynamic Group Coordination as a Function of Differing Role Impact" [Bonner, B.L., Baumann, M.R., & Netchaeva, E. European Journal of Social Psychology, (2016).

Dr. Sandra Morissette (Psychology) has an article in press entitled "Reinforcement sensitivity, combat exposure, and social anxiety in combat veterans" [Kimbrel, N. A., Meyer, E. C., DeBeer, B. B., Mitchell, J. T., Kimbrel, A. D., Nelson-Gray, R. O., & Morissette, S. B. (in press). Personality and Individual Differences.] 

Dr. Augustine Osman (Psychology) has recently published three articles with his student research teams. The first article is Berzins, T. L., Garcia, A. F., Acosta, M., & Osman, "The Social Anxiety and Depression Life Interference-24 Inventory: Classical and modern psychometric evaluations.Personality and Individual Differences, 2016, 98, 16-24. The second is Osman, A., Lamis, D. A., Bagge, C. L., Freedenthal, S., & Barnes, S. M., "The Mindful Attention Awareness Scale: Further Examination of Dimensionality, Reliability, and Concurrent Validity Estimates," Journal of Personality Assessment, 2016, 98(2), 189-199. And the third is Hale, W., Richmond, M., Bennett, J., Berzins, T., Fields, A., Weber, D., Beck, M., & Osman, A., "Resolving Uncertainty about the Intolerance Scale-12: Application of Modern Psychometric Strategies," Journal of Personality Assessment, 2016, 98(2), 200-208.

Dr. Michael Ryan (Psychology) has just published with two of his students an article entitled, "Confusing the Drug Facts on One Nonprescription Drug Label with Those on Another: The Drug Facts Label as a Text Schema" [Ryan, M.P., Costello-White, R.N., & Sandoval, M.N. (2016). Health Psychology Open, January-June 2016: 1-12. 

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