Graduate Student Orientation

On Thursday, August 17 at 10:30 am, Drs. Catherine Mazak and Leonardo Flores will be offering an orientation for its new and experienced graduate students. This orientation will not be yet another drill on rules, regulations, the Graduate Handbook, and Certification 09-09, or our TESOL Certificate, but a practical guide to successfully navigating your graduate studies towards your future career goals. The orientation will be held in CH-326. Program Welcoming Remarks – Dr. Leonardo Flores Timeline to Graduation – Dr. Catherine Mazak First Semester Forms: Letter for validating courses, TESOL Certificate Application form Recommended courses: Research Methods, Deficiencies (if applicable), … Read more…

Welcome to the English Department, Prepas!

Welcome to your new home at UPRM! The English Department is currently home to about 200 undergraduate students, 50 graduate students, 30 tenured & tenure-track faculty, 8 adjunct faculty, and 3 administrative staff members. Our administration consists of the following: Dr. Leonardo Flores, Interim Director, oversees the entire operation of the English Department. Dr. Mary Sefranek, Interim Associate Director, is in charge of the undergraduate students and directs the Orientation Committee. Ms. Katherine Jorge is the Department’s Administrative Assistant, in charge of service orders, contracts, etc. Ms. Paulette Almodovar is the Department’s Secretary and she is your first point of … Read more…

The History of the Mellowes Award: Three Generations of English Educators

Since 1966, the Mellowes award has served to recognize exceptional English major undergraduates of UPRM. Through a rigorous selection process held by the faculty of the English department, the results have varied from one recipient, two recipients, or none altogether. Although it is a great honor, the Mellowes award itself has been shrouded in mystery. Until today. After having had the fortune of interviewing Ana Mellowes, this article will highlight the history of the Mellowes family and the award named after their patriarch. On June 24, 1867, John Stronach Mellowes was born in Anston, South Yorkshire, England (he is depicted … Read more…

And the Mellowes Award Goes to… Carlos Santaella and Claudia Irizarry!

Every year, the English Department honors its most distinguished students with the Mellowes Award. The students awarded are selected by a committee of several professors, who take into consideration the candidates’ GPA, number of withdrawals, extracurricular activities, and any other exceptional accomplishments. This year’s winners were no exception. Without much further ado, the English Department would like to congratulate its two winners, Carlos Santaella and Claudia Irizarry! Both Claudia and Carlos, felt very excited and shocked when they found out they were this year’s Mellowes Award Winners. Claudia received the news via email, and she is “very excited and very grateful.” … Read more…

Jennifer Mojica Santana on her Summer Research Program at Brown University!

As this year’s semester finally comes to a close, many UPRM students are greeting the long-awaited summer with open arms. While some will find solace in their homes for rest and relaxation, others will be preparing for graduate school or Summer internship programs. One such individual is Jennifer Mojica Santana, a fourth-year undergraduate of the English department. Jennifer is an active member of TeatRUM and Her Campus, with her becoming Editor-in-Chief of the student-run publication in the following academic year. Currently, Jennifer finds herself in Providence, Rhode Island, where she has been accepted by the Summer Research-Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) … Read more…

Keysalis and the Relay Summer Experience

Summer has arrived and some of our English majors are taking this opportunity to acquire knowledge and experience beyond our archipelago. Our student Keysalis Fermin is one of those, thanks to a program called the Relay Summer Experience, which is a teaching fellowship for undergraduate students who are enrolled on education courses or want to explore teaching. The program, which last six weeks, is an academic summer program that helps elementary school kids get ahead in their learning and prevent academic loss information. After being advised by Prof. Rosa Roman, Keysalis decided to look into Uncommon Schools, an organization that … Read more…

Summer Session Update

Here’s an updated version of the courses we hope to be offering this summer. All the courses have room for more students and need higher enrollment numbers to be assured, so if you’re interested in taking them you can enroll on July 7 (preferably in the morning). Time Course Instructors Classroom 10:10-12:35 3321: Survey of English Literature I Nickolas Haydock CH-319 10:10-12:35 3236: Technical Writing Rosita L. Rivera CH-325 10:10-12:35 3201: Reading and Composition I Nancy Vicente CH-318 12:50-3:15 3238: Creative Writing Iris Toro CH-326 12:50-3:15 3345: Topics in Film TBA (Nickolas Haydock or José Irizarry) CH-319 Classes begin on … Read more…

Congratulations to our Honor Roll Students!

The Department of English is very pleased to announce the following 34 undergraduate students have been included on the honor roll for the 2016-2017 academic year at the conclusion of the current semester! We congratulate each and every one of you on this accomplishment and request that you stop by the office today, Friday, June 16th, to pick up your certificates as well as a humble homemade delicia (made especially for you) to keep you going with a little sugar intake as the semester draws to a close (por fin)! The criteria for honor roll include: completion of at least … Read more…

Playing at the Next Level: A History of American Sega Games

Playing at the Next Level: A History of American Sega Games was written by one of our own. Dr. Kenneth Horowitz, an Adjunct Assistant Professor here in the English Department at UPRM. The book, that came out late this past October, it’s a historical non-fiction about the development of the now multinational video game developer Sega. The book draws from interviews  with Sega alumni to trace the development of the company. Dr. Horowitz got the idea for the book while he was doing research for his dissertation. He’s currently working on a follow up that will be published by McFarland … Read more…

Ricia Chansky: Fulbright Specialist at York University

Dr. Ricia Chansky has won a prestigious Fulbright Specialist Program grant to convene and participate in the IABA conference, lecture, and other related activities at York University in Toronto. Here’s the poster for a lecture she delivered yesterday, titled “Texts in Crisis: Esmeralda Santiago, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and the Case for Rereading Identity.” Thank you for representing us so well!

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