Stephen F. Austin State University

College of Liberal & Applied Arts

Read what is being said about the Pre-Law Summer Experience...............

in The Daily Sentinental and the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

Dr. Sue Whatley, English Department Lecturer

Dr. Whatley received the NEH grant and was invited to participate in the Summer Seminar/Institute, "Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor." She also won first place in poetry at the Jambalaya Conference in Houma, Louisiana.

Dr. Jeana Paul-Ureña, Chair and Professor of Languages, Cultures, and Communication and Dr. Juan Carlos Ureña, Professor of Languages, Cultures, and Communication

At last week's annual conference of SCOLAS (Southwest Council of Latin American Studies), the following appointments were made: Dr. Jeana Paul-Ureña President of SCOLAS Editor of the SCOLAS Journal and Dr. Juan Carlos Ureña Executive Director of SCOLAS.

SCOLAS is an interdisciplinary organization that was created in 1966, that welcomes participation by scholars and students interested in Latin America, including studies of immigration, transnationalism, and U.S. Hispanic history, literature, and culture. SCOLAS has strong participation from both the United States and Mexico, and enjoys one of the largest bases of any regional Latin American conference in the United States. SCOLAS hosts annual conferences in Latin America and the southwestern United States. These conferences offer stimulating panels, opportunities to meet other scholars, visits to places of historical and cultural importance, and awards for books, and articles.

For the next two years, SCOLAS will be housed at Texas State University and Stephen F. Austin State University

Dr. John Allen Hendricks, Mass Communication Chair / Professor

Dr. John Allen HendricksDr. John Allen Hendricks, chair of the Department of Mass Communication, was recently elected Vice President for Academic Relations of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA). The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) is the professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students who are interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises.

Dr. Hendricks recently presented his research titled, "The State of the Radio Industry in 2014," at the 2014 BEA Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Dr. Casey Hart, Mass Communication

Dr. Casey HartDr. Casey Hart recently presented research titled, "Depictions of Dads in Advertisements," at the 2014 BEA Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Dr. Gary Mayer, Mass Communication Professor

Dr. Gary MayerDr. Gary Mayer presented a research paper titled, "Indexing, Dating, Etc., in Higher Education," at The 61st Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture and 2-Day Symposium in New York in October 2013.

Sherry Williford, Mass Communication Instructor of Radio / Television

Sherry WillifordMrs. Sherry Williford, Instructor of Radio/TV was recently elected First Vice President of the Texas Association of Broadcast Educators (TABE) in Austin.

Dr. T. Phillip Madison, Mass Communication Assistant Professor

Dr. T. Phillip MadisonDr. Phil Madison recently presented his research paper titled, "Depictions of Polygamist Families in Television," at the 2014 BEA Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Dr. Madison's research paper titled, "Heisenberg, Tony Soprano and Me: Characteristics of Parasocial Relationships," won FIRST PLACE in the Research Division at the 2014 BEA Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Dr. R. E. Davis, Mass Communication Assistant Professor

Dr. R. E. DavisDr. RE Davis recently presented his research and shared his expertise on media education at the 2014 Conference of the "International Conference on Media in Transformation," in Sri Lanka.

HOPE -- Helping Other People Eat

H.O.P.E. - Helping Other People EatDr. Linda Bond's class is working on an ad campaign and food drive for HOPE (Helping Other People Eat). Jenny Henson, a HOPE volunteer, is surrounded by boxes with the new logo that class members designed. Students have created a website, Facebook, twitter, posters and a brochure for the service learning project.

The Houston Chronicle article: Latin America & North America

Murphy: Houston can benefit from more trade with Latin America..................Houston_Chronicle..pdf

Latin America and North America: The Future of the Relationship

The college and the Office of Academic Affairs are sponsoring a cutting-edge conference on the relationship between Latin America and North America. Keynote speakers include John Weekes (chief negotiator of NAFTA for Canada), Ambassador Ambler Moss and Ambassador Mark Langdale. For more information click here.

Read the article from the Daily Sentinel............


Dr. Anne Collins Smith and Dr. Owen M. Smith, Associate Professors of Philosophy and Classical Studies

A chapter by Dr. Anne Collins Smith and Dr. Owen M. Smith has just been published in the anthology The Dynamics of Interconnections in Popular Culture(s) by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This was the last book edited by the late Ray Browne, a pioneer in the popular culture studies movement. The chapter, "A Prison for Others-A Burden to One's Self," analyzes the original Prisoner series and the recent Prisoner miniseries in terms of their perspectives on gender, concluding that the original series, which demonstrates the influence of liberal feminism, is far more progressive than the newer version, which exhibits curious parallels and affinities with gnosticism, including a negative view of women.


GERMANY: Government - Modern Languages

SPAIN: History - Modern Languages

SLOVAKIA: Government

ITALY: Psychology (Maymester)

South Central Broadcasting Society Fall Regional Competition

Under professor Dr. Greule's tutelage, Daniel Karnafel won 1st Place in the Video Open category with his entry titled, "Dirt Court Dreams." And, Devonte Hill won Honorable Mention in the Video Studio/Live Performance Segment.

The awards were presented on November 22, at the South Central Broadcasting Society Fall 2013 Regional Competition in Austin, Texas.

Thanks to Mrs. Williford for devoting her time to travel with these 10 students so they could attend the conference and represent our department and SFA. You can see the award in the display case on the first floor of the Boynton Building.

American Advertising Federation (AAF)

SFA AdHoc students were on the first, second, and third place teams at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) conference and competition in Houston on November 2nd. First place winner Daniel Karnafel, second place Josh Pinegot and Emily Jensen and third place, Emma Causey.

Upon arrival, the students were separated from their college groups. Then, they were placed into new teams of 10-12 with students from more than 20 universities across Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. The AAF's corporate sponsor provided assignment and each team was taken to a local agency, design firm or in-house marketing department to concept out their campaigns. The students had only eight hours to fulfill the challenge, which entailed submitting a creative solution, along with marketing and media plans and a video of their presentation in time for judging on the same evening.

Also, thanks to Dr. Bond for devoting her time to travel with these students so they could attend the conference and represent our department and SFA.

Recommendations for the State's First 'Livability' Study

Economics, environment and society -- the elements of the 'triple bottom line' are mutually-reinforcing,
pivotal factors in a community's quality of life, its livability. For most of the past year, students and staff members from Stephen F. Austin State University's Center for a Livable World have been on the ground in Kilgore, conducting research in their pilot livability study here, deconstructing the community in a myriad of ways, from housing, shopping, dining, parks, walkability, race relations, education, city services and more. Below are the findings of the study.

Livability: Livability.pdf; Livability-cont.pdf

Economics: Economics.pdf; Economics-cont.pdf

Environment: Environment.pdf; Environment-cont.pdf

Society / Focus Groups: Society-Focus_Groups.pdf; Society-cont.pdf; Focus_Groups-cont.pdf

Livability Summary: Livability_Summary.pdf; Livability_Summary-cont.pdf