Recruitment & Retention
Spanish Reception and Informative Session
The Spanish Faculty offered a reception for Spanish minors and majors and for students interested in continuing their education in Spanish on April 1st in the FL Qualia Room. Students were informed about the professional and academic benefits of being a major in Spanish. Students had the opportunity to hear about the experiences of former Spanish majors who are using Spanish in a daily basis in education, health services, and business. During the event, and via Skype, Yesenia Blanco, a former Spanish major who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of California, Berkeley, shared with the audience her testimony about the advantages of studying Spanish at Texas Tech. As part of the reception, 14 current major students were recognized for their dedication to Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. At the end, students of Intermediate Spanish Conversation performed an amusing sketch.
Recruitment for the Spanish Program
From April 16- 21, Drs. Genaro Pérez and Rodrigo Pereyra traveled to UT-Permian Basin for recruitment and spoke with part of the Spanish graduate and undergraduate class. The students were so impressed that they are now planning a short visit to the Lubbock TTU campus with their advisor, Dr. José Antonio Moreno.
On the 21st, the recruiters stopped at UT-Pan American in the Lower Rio Grande Valley; their welcome was truly overwhelming. All the students were in the Master's program and were fascinated with Texas Tech University and the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures. Many of them were so motivated that they even promised to organize a panel for the next Céfiro conference.
Dr. Genaro Pérez was invited to the graduate class of UT-Pan American to present information on his latest book on poetry and read some of his poems.
Dr. Rodrigo Pereyra was an invited speaker to the graduate class of UT-Pan American in the Rio Grande Valley. His presentation was titled "Lectura, investigación y escritura de la ficción y la realidad: genealogía del crimen en la literatura mexicana."