Assessment Loop Summary

As of close of business today, April 18, the English Dept has done a fabulous job! Some other faculty are still working on projects. Below is the list of people who have completed all required paperwork & thus their papers are ready to go forward to the Assoc Dean, Mario Nunez.   Faculty who completed loops or workshop: Liz Dayton Shannon Bischoff Ellen Pratt Mary Sefranek Rosa Roman Larry Chott Ray Knight Betsy Morales Gayle Griggs Cathy Mazak   TAs who completed Loops or did extra work: Wilfredo Mercado Filimon Orozco Karrieann Soto Monica Ng Stephanie Sanchez Maria Quintero Jessica … Read more…

Article of interest…

“…The bleaker it looks for English departments, the more desperate they become to attract attention. In other words, the profession’s intellectual agenda is being set by teenagers.” From “Professing Literature in 2008? by William Deresiewicz, — Thought some might find it interesting.

Casa Abierta

On March 14, 2008, the institution opened its doors to 9th, 10th, and 11th graders of Puerto Rico’s private and public schools. Over 2000 students from around the island were welcomed into Coliseo Mangual to learn about the diversity of our faculties and departments. Representation from the Department of English was immense and faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students collaborated in making this all-day event an overwhelming success! Amongst the English faculty members were Roberto López, Iris Toro, Myrna Rivera, Carmen Maldonado, Betsy Morales, Stephanie Cardona, Raymond Knight, Waleska Morciglio, Gayle Griggs, Rosita Rivera, Sandra Ríos, Mary Leonard, Jocelyn … Read more…

Honor Roll Ceremony

This past Thursday, March 27, 2008, exemplary students from Arts & Sciences received special recognition for their academic excellence. Please help us to congratulate the following students from the Department of English who, through their hard work, are on the Honor Roll! Isabel Abón, Emily Aguiló, Adriana Caraballo, Christopher Hernández, Marshley Márquez, Angel Matos, Leslie Mendoza, Juan Ñeco, Yolanda Padilla, Ileana Pagán, Lorianne Ramírez, Gabriel Romaguera, Katherine Rosa, Astrid Sambolín, Julio Vega, and Roxana Velázquez.

Congratulations to María Quintero!

Maria Quintero, T.A. for the English department, has had an article entitled “Life at the University of Puerto Rico’s Arts and Sciences English Writing Center,” accepted for publication in The Writing Lab Journal, an affiliate of NCTE from Purdue University.  Her research, an ethnographic study of the peer tutors in the writing center, explores the unique ESL scenario in the only Writing Center in Puerto Rico, an island that due to its historical context, does not fall into any typical category in the tutoring of English writing. 

ETC Printer Update and Policies

The ETC printer has been installed in the English Department and is available in a limited manner, for the time being. This means that while it is currently not available through the network, you can bring the file in a Flash drive or memory stick to Nannette or other work-study or ETC staff in the English Department and they can print it out for you. It will be available during the hours the English Department is open, and while the workstation is staffed. Daly doesn’t have access to the printer at this time. Given the heavy usage this limited resource … Read more…

Dr. Mary E. Sefranek’s January/February Chronicles

At the start of the new year (January 11, 2008), I was pleased to welcome to our campus the teachers, parents, and 6th grade students participating in my Arts and Sciences seed grant funded research “Portraits of San Sebastián: The Production of Digital Bilingual Narratives in La Escuela Nueva Elemental Urbana for a digital photography workshop with the Oficina de Prensa. This activity was reported on our institution’s homepage and is archived at

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