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The Nu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, received two national awards during the Society’s Triennial Convention on July 8, 2016 in Miami, Florida.  Nu Zeta was among 13 of the 611 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi nationwide to receive the Honor Chapter award for outstanding activities executed during the 2015-16 academic year.  This was the 6th consecutive year that the College of Charleston received this prestigious recognition.  In addition, CofC’s chapter was granted the Octavio Paz Award for maintaining Honor Chapter status each year  during the 2013-16 triennium.  Drs. Carmen Grace and Susan Divine of Hispanic Studies are Nu Zeta’s chapter advisers, and along with past student chapter president Olivia Ghiz, they are greatly responsible for these national awards.

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Professor Mark P. Del Mastro has been reappointed Executive Director of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, for an 8th consecutive term: 2016-19.  Dr. Del Mastro was initially appointed on September 1, 1997.

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In memory of Dr. Conseula Francis

Posted by: smithcn1 | June 22, 2016 | No Comment |

The School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs mourns the loss of our beloved colleague and friend, Dr. Conseula Francis.  Conseula’s passion was the African-American Studies program (AAST) at the College, especially its students. She worked tirelessly to establish AAST from infancy to a degree-granting program. She stated that this was her most significant contribution. Her students cherished her for the indelible mark she made on their lives.

One of her former students, Sara Daise, posted to Facebook the following:

“No words for the sureness and empowerment you provided. For the way your black womanhood told me that I could be any kinda black woman I wanted to be. One of my favorite AAST professors who I knew had our backs. I couldn’t make an appointment for a meeting–I’d just have to show up at your office and catch you. And read/borrow your books and hear your stories. I can’t believe you are gone. So suddenly. My heart goes out to your daughters and husband. To all those mourning your loss. To all of us mourning your loss.”

In his statement to the College community in The College Today, President Glenn McConnell stated: “There are few words to express the significance of the loss of Conseula Francis to our College of Charleston family. Professor Francis was a remarkable human being – a passionate educator, a professor’s professor, and a true student advocate. She devoted her life to the pursuit of knowledge and had a tremendous impact on the many lives she touched, mine included. Conseula leaves a wonderful legacy behind at the College, and she will be greatly missed.”

Certainly, the faculty and staff of LCWA share the loss with Dr. Francis’ family, students, colleagues and extended community. We honor her memory and will forever cherish her multiple contributions as a colleague and friend. We will miss her wry humor, infectious smile, and untiring collegiality. Our sincerest condolence is extended to her family.



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On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the College of Charleston and the Xavier de Salas Foundation commemorated 20 years of collaboration with CofC’s study abroad program in Trujillo, Spain. Participating in this memorable event was a five-member, College of Charleston delegation that included Dr. Michael Auerbach, Dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics; Dr. Jerry Hale, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies; Dr. Andrew Sobiesuo, Associate Provost of International Education; and Dr. Antonio Tillis, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.   Representing Trujillo were Mr. Alberto Casero, Mayor of the city; Dr. Jaime de Salas, Director of the Xavier de Salas Foundation, and Dr. Segundo Píriz, President of the University of Extremadura. Also participating in the ceremony were Jessica Barras, a graduate of the College of Charleston who studied in Trujillo in 2014, and currently resides in the same city.  Following remarks by numerous dignitaries, Dr. Del Mastro, who is also Executive Director of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, inducted Drs. Jaime de Salas and Segundo Píriz into the Order of the Discoverers, one of Sigma Delta Pi’s most prestigious international recognitions.


From left to right: Drs. Del Mastro, Hale, Auerbach, de Salas, Píriz, Sobiesuo and Tillis, following the induction of de Salas and Píriz into Sigma Delta Pi’s Order of the Discoverers.

under: Hispanic Studies, Sigma Delta Pi, Spain, Student, Student News, Study Abroad

Professor Elizabeth Martínez-Gibson’s article “Language Contact: A Study of the Spanish
in Two Spanish-Language Presses in Charleston, South Carolina” has been published in the latest 2016 issue of the Journal of Language Contact

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Dr. Michael Gómez’s study “Literature under the Microscope: Taking a Closer Look at Ramón y Cajal’s Narrative Fiction” has been accepted for publication in the prestigious Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

under: Achievements, Faculty News, HISP faculty news, Hispanic Studies, Scholarships

Spring 2016 Issue of _HispaNews_!

Posted by: Mark Del Mastro | May 16, 2016 | No Comment |

The spring 2016 issue of HispaNews, the official newsletter of the Department of Hispanic Studies, is now available online at http://spanish.cofc.edu/about/hispanews.php

Congratulations to the HispaNews editorial team for its outstanding work with this latest issue:

Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Daniel Delgado Díaz
Associate Editors: Prof. Maria Andrews, Prof. Claudia Moran, Dr. Antonio Pérez-Núñez and Ms. Laura Moses
Photographer: Prof. Daniel Delgado Díaz

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Professor Mark P. Del Mastro directed and edited the publication of the spring 2016 issue of Entre Nosotros, the official annual of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

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12th Annual S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year Program Launched

Posted by: Mark Del Mastro | April 29, 2016 | No Comment |

The College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, are proud to announce their 12th annual South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Award for 2016. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 10 at 7:15pm in Alumni Memorial Hall at the College of Charleston.

All three finalists will receive award plaques courtesy of the College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, and each finalist and their guests (one guest per finalist) will enjoy complimentary lodging the evening of November 10, 2016 and breakfast on November 11 courtesy of theFrancis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston.

Sigma Delta Pi’s 2016 S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year will also receive a $500 cash award courtesy of D. Virgil Alfaro, III, M.D., Citadel class of 1984.

All questions regarding the contest should be forwarded to Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Founding Director of Sigma Delta Pi’s South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Award, College of Charleston:delmastromp@cofc.edu.

Nomination deadline: September 14, 2016. Click here for nomination instructions and the official downloadable form for the 2016 contest.

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German students perform live show for final project

Posted by: koernerm | April 25, 2016 | No Comment |

German Theater Students Put on Live Show for Final Project

Final exams in college: everyone is wary of them. But not the students in Morgan Koerner’s German theater course. Every two years, Koerner offers a course that culminates in a live performance in German, and this year was no exception. The students of German 468 recently performed “Dada siegt! Dada scheitert! [Dada wins! Dada fails!]” for a standing-room-only crowd in the College’s Wells Fargo Auditorium this week.

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