Ana Marrero: My life as an intern in Washington D.C.

While my life here in the island is pleasant, I must say I miss Washington D.C. My life as an intern at Capitol Hill, was one for the books. As a Cordova and Fernos student, you get a lot from the experience. From the moment you land into the Capitol, to the moment you go for your first day at the internship, to the day you say your goodbyes. Being away from home while studying at Colegio is a very different experience than to cross the Atlantic to study and do an internship. You don’t have your family as close … Read more…

Remembering Liz Dayton

The untimely passing of Dr. Liz Dayton on May 21, 2018 has left us all saddened. As a tribute to our dear colleague, many of her friends and students have shared testimonials and pictures of her. Here is the first collection. If you wish to contribute pictures or a testimonial, there’s a link at the end of this piece. Eileen Blau To me, and to my late husband Bob, she was always Buffy. I remember when she – and her dog Phil – arrived in Mayaguez. She wasted no time in becoming a major contributor to the department. As a teacher … Read more…

A Graduate Helping Hand

The UPRM is home to outreach programs and organizations that support the student body in the achievement of their professional and academic goals by helping them surpass their limitations, expand their horizons, to become capable and diligent professionals. In the Graduate level, our Campus has the Graduate Writing Facilitators a graduate program within the Graduate Research and Innovation Center (GRIC) led by Dr. Jocelyn A. Géliga Vargas, Communications Professor for the English Department and Graduate Writing Facilitator Coordinator. … Read more…

In memoriam: Elizabeth Pine Dayton

Our dear colleague and friend Dr. Elizabeth Dayton has passed away. Here is the obituary prepared by her family. It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of  Elizabeth Pine Dayton on May 21, 2018. Born on November 7, 1951 in Washington DC,  Liz, was “Buff”  before she was Liz.  Buff  was raised in Los Angeles where she attended Marlborough High School and she received her BA  from UC, Berkeley where she discovered her passion for linguistics, going on to study with Bill Labov at the University of Pennsylvania and writing her PhD thesis, titled “Grammatical Categories of … Read more…

Dr. María Quintero Aguiló Wins CEA Award

During this year’s 49th annual College English Association Conference, UPRM alumn and current adjunct faculty member, Dr. María C. Quintero, presented her paper “The Sands of Un-Certainty: Tidalectically Synthesizing Nature and Culture in Derek Walcott’s Omeros.” The theme of the CEA Conference was “Bridges” and hundreds of professionals and scholars from all around the academic English spectrum assisted and presented in the event. In a conversation with Dr. Quintero, she shared with us her personal and academic experiences, and explained why she became interested in participating in the event. What called my attention was the theme, “Bridges.” I really enjoyed … Read more…

UPRM’s English Department Honor Roll Students for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Congratulations to our very own students who have earned a spot in the Honor Roll for the 2017-2018 academic year! Alanis F. Font Vélez Alexander Juan García Amarilis Yera López Andrea V. Valdés Valderrama Ángel G. Trabal García Angelique M. Matos Sanabria Claudia A. Ríos Ruiz Claudia S. Rodríguez Asad David A. Giovannetti Nazario Gabriela A. Díaz Almeida Gabrielle M. Armstrong Velázquez Gloribel de Jesús Vélez Jaime A. Colón López José F. Zayas Soto José J. Álvarez Retamales Joyce M. Acevedo Cabrera Julianna M. Canabal Rodríguez Kiara D. Lugo Carrero Luisian M. Vázquez Ramos María I. Rosado Morales Marina D … Read more…

Alumni Success Story: Karrieann Soto Vega

Our esteemed alumni exemplify that there is a whole world out there full of possibilities for the English Community to explore and achieve their professional goals. Karrieann Soto Vega, a graduate of our MAEE Program, overcame diverse obstacles in order to achieve her dream of teaching, and has been offered a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Soto shared the secrets of her journey in an interview by Kiara D. Lugo Carrero. We hope you are inspired by her success story! 1. What did you do after you graduated from your bachelors degree? I graduated from … Read more…

Women Write the Caribbean!

Students of the English Department, Celia M. Ayala, Joe A. Centeno, Iris A. Soto, Lourdes Rosado, Andrea V. Valdés and faculty member Dr. Ricia Chansky have organized an exhibit for the ¿Del otro lao? conference, where they highlighted female writers of the Caribbean. The exhibit is open this week on the 3rd floor of the Centro de Estudiantes. The goal of the exhibition is to expose the public to a wide range of literature created by and for the Caribbean community. The featured writers included both well known, and obscure authors, among them, Esmeralda Santiago, Olive Senior, Lillian Allen, and … Read more…

Professor Nancy Vanessa Vicente’s MWWP Grant

We sat down with Professor Nancy Vanessa Vicente, Site Director of the MayaWest Writing Project to find out more about the $15,000 grant she received for it, and how it would benefit the project. Vicente explained how the project has been around since 2007, and they are now entering their tenth-year anniversary. The MayaWest Writing Project is affiliated with the National Writing Project. It is the only site in Puerto Rico and the only truly bilingual site of the organization. Vicente describes it as a project for teachers and how they “coach teachers to incorporate writing in their classroom.” Vicente recalled how … Read more…

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