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Professor Jorge Marcone Receives 2013-2014 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education

A distinguished scholar of environmental humanities, Jorge Marcone teaches interdisciplinary courses across three academic units: the Program in Comparative Literature, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Center for Latin American Studies.  Over the past five years, Professor Marcone has served as the tireless, dynamic and visionary Undergraduate Director of the Program in Comparative Literature.  During his first three years in this position, the number of majors and minors in the program doubled.  For the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, he has, among other things, been the coordinator and adviser for the Study Abroad Program, taking students to Cuzco, Peru in 2008 and to Salamanca, Spain in 2009 and 2013. One of the students who participated in the most recent trip described Professor Marcone as “an amazing mentor,” adding that he “was a director, a father figure, a friend, a leader, and a teacher.  He was so easy to talk to and went out of his way for 35 people [so we could] experience individual growth in a foreign country.  He took a personal interest in each and every one of us equally.” Professor Marcone’s service to the University has also involved a deep commitment to important aspects of undergraduate life outside the classroom.  Among the many committees on which he has served two deserve special note: one was charged with the review of academic support for student athletes; the other had the important task of helping to hire a new university athletic director.  As is clear from this all-too-brief summary of his many contributions to undergraduate education at Rutgers, Professor Marcone is an all-around guy, or as one student so aptly put it, “Professor Marcone is the man!”