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Update from the Graduate Coordinator, Luis Álvarez-Castro The Spanish Graduate Program, comprised of close to forty students hailing from over a dozen countries, is a vital component of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. Our graduate students train in the study of Hispanic linguistics, literature, and culture from several approaches in the humanities and […]

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FOCUS ON FACULTY: Jennifer Wooten

Dr. Jennifer Ann Wooten joined the faculty of SPS in Fall of 2015, as our new Director of Language Instruction. She describes her job as “helping us all be the best teachers that we can be so that our students have the best language learning experience possible.” Her current scholarly and pedagogical foci include teaching […]

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News and Updates In 2014-2015, we graduated the largest graduating class of Portuguese majors ever. Cristina Villaroel won the Hauptman medal for best major and was admitted to Duke Law School. Other graduates will pursue Law, advanced study in Nursing, and tourism. Bryan Weaver, a double major (Portuguese and Physics) returned to finish his undergraduate […]

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Departmental Speaker Series Entre Nos is our departmental speaker series. Run by Clara Sotelo, the goal of “Entre Nos” is to offer our faculty, graduate students, and the university at large the opportunity to learn about and discuss the intellectual endeavors of SPS. Students and faculty from our department meet to share our current projects, […]

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: A Summer In Salamanca

Keegan Storrs Last summer, I was very privileged to be sent to Spain for five weeks by International Studies Abroad (ISA), a company that works closely with the UF International Center on dozens of study abroad expeditions. As an intern for ISA, I used my experience as native English speaker to work on the translation […]

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: David Washington

David Washington ’09 graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2009. He then served as a Youth Development Volunteer in the Peace Corps in Honduras, where he lived in a small town called San Juancito, situated high up in the mountains outside of Tegucigalpa. “Honduras is a place of great beauty, but […]

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Andréa Ferreira is SPS’s newest faculty hire. She joins our department as a lecturer in Portuguese, in charge of teaching language and culture classes and developing courses for our soon-to-be-created Certificate in Portuguese for the Professions. Andréa was born to a close-knit family in Petrópolis, a historic mountain city close to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Andréa […]

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PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: UF in Cuzco – Service Learning for the Health Professions

Last summer the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Biology co-sponsored a six-week study abroad program in Cuzco, Peru. The 16 students who participated in the inaugural offering of the program took two courses taught by UF faculty:  “Spanish Service Learning” (SPN 3948 – Dr. Greg Moreland, of SPS) and “Emerging Disease in the […]

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Although Valerie Jepson had known from an early age that she desired to travel and to “explore the wonders of the world,” it was not until she was halfway through her Bachelor’s degree in Math that she was introduced to the Spanish-speaking world. Valerie had decided to serve a mission for her church, the Church […]

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IN MEMORIAM: Whitney Koonce

Whitney Koonce, who completed her MA in Hispanic Linguistics with us in 2015, was killed in a car accident in June of 2016. We were all saddened to learn of her tragic passing. Everyone who worked with her, students and faculty alike, remembers her infectious laughter, her seemingly permanent smile, and an enduring goodwill, regardless […]