Noteworthy- College of Humanities, Social Sciences & Arts

Dr. Carrie Klypchak, Director of Theatre Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Theatre in the Department of Mass Media, Communication and Theatre, has been named the University Theatre Educator of the Year in the state of Texas by the Texas Educational Theatre Association. She was honored in Houston at the end of January 2013. Dr. Klypchak teaches acting, directing, and performance theory courses and directs productions for the University Playhouse.

Dr. Melinda Schlager, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, recently authored Rethinking the Reentry Paradigm: A Blueprint for Change. This text explores the dimensions and dynamics of the offender reentry problem and proposes a new narrative for thinking about and responding to this important criminal justice concern.

Dr. Jiaming Sun and Scott Lancaster authored Chinese Globalization: A Profile of People-Based Global Connections in China published by Routledge and released in February. The book examines the explicit effects of global connectivity on local culture and society in post-reform mainland China. It focuses on individual level globalization in China and how global socialization impacts local residents’ behaviors, lifestyle, value orientation and the consequence of local transformation. Jiaming Sun is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and Scott Lancaster is Associate Librarian.

Ginger Cook, a second year graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts’ program, represented the university and the Fine Arts program in several national and international venues in late 2012 and early 2013. She also participated in an Artistic Production Artist Residency program in Puebla, Mexico this past summer based on her self-portraiture work in graduate school.

Barbara Frey, Art Professor, has been awarded the 2013 National Council for Education of the Ceramic Arts Excellence in Teaching Award. According to NCECA, “Recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Award are individuals who are near or at the end of a career dedicated to the practice of teaching; have demonstrated excellence in their own creative work; have previous recognition for and a history of awards in teaching; and have highly visible former students in the field.”

Vaughn Wascovich, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, participated in four exhibitions across the country with his work, Welcome to the Hard Times: Photographs of East Texas.

Dr. Ted Hansen, Professor of Music and Regents Professor, has received his 15th consecutive award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for his work as a composer. His work has been performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and on National Educational

Nick Thomas and Lucy Giron, A&M-Commerce Visual Communications seniors, received merits at the annual “One Show” Young Ones Competition in New York City.