English Department Fundraising and Food Drive for Come Colegial

After the passing of Hurricane María and its devastating effects on communities across Puerto Rico, the UPRM initiative Come Colegial, dedicated to ensuring low-income students receive alimentary support on a routine basis, urgently requires support. Its warehouse of supplies was nearly depleted after distributing emergency provisions to students prior to the natural disaster. On a regular basis, the organization serves 60-70 students per semester. After the Consejo General de Estudiantes (General Student Council) conducted an online survey last week, however, nearly 600 students reported they would require alimentary assistance in the wake of María. This is a dire situation and … Read more…

Solidarity with the Brigada Solidaria del Oeste

In the wake of Hurricane María, the Department of English would like to recognize and affirm the significant work being accomplished by the Brigada Solidaria del Oeste/the Solidarity Brigade of the West (https://www.facebook.com/brigadasolidariaoeste/) on a daily basis. This grassroots organization, comprised of a collective of distinct groups across the western coast of Puerto Rico, has taken a hands-on, pro-active approach to address the resulting humanitarian and social crisis. The Brigada collectively meets each Friday in Mayagüez, identifying communities severely affected by the hurricane, taking a census of needs, and ensuring that provisions have been delivered – or other aid provided- to meet … Read more…

Meet Gabriel Romaguera

Meet Dr. Gabriel Romaguera, a Colegio Alumni from the English’s Department Bachelor’s in Literature and Master’s in English Education programs. After his time in Colegio, he went to the University of Rhode Island to study a PhD in English and Cultural Studies. He defended his dissertation this past march. Before going into a career in English he contemplated studying math, but he decided that he could be more creative and do more with an English degree. It wasn’t until his masters that Romaguera realized his talent and passion for teaching. “The moment when a student realizes something” that’s his motivation … Read more…

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…

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