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Miami Dade College Professor and Miambiance Adviser, Marta Magellan, Honored with 2013 Distinguished Adviser Award

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Prof. Marta Magellan

Miami, October 15, 2013 - Miami Dade College(MDC) Professor and Adviser of Miambiance, the student literary magazine at MDC’s Kendall Campus, Marta Magellan, has been honored with the College Media Association’s (CMA) 2013 Distinguished Adviser Award in the magazine category. She will be presented with a plaque at the organization’s annual convention on Saturday, Oct. 26, in New Orleans.  

The Distinguished Adviser Award is a national recognition given annually by the CMA to an adviser who has demonstrated excellence in a particular category. The qualification process requires a nomination and three supporting letters from students.

“I’ve had some of the most fulfilling experiences as a writer — and as an individual undergoing a period of intense personal growth — with Miambiance. Prof. Magellan deeply appreciates how important the magazine and all it entails can be to a person, and does her best to make sure nothing gets in the way of that,” said Bryan Aguilar, editor-in-chief of the magazine’s most recent issue.

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Prof. Magellan came to the U.S. when she was seven. Before long, she was reading in English and the library soon became her favorite place. In college she first majored in journalism, but later switched to English for an education more focused on language and literature. After earning a master’s degree, she taught English in Brazil and Japan before returning to Miami and starting her career at MDC.

Prof. Magellan has been a full-time faculty member at MDC since 1984.  She has been a co-adviser of Miambiance along with Prof. Ricardo Pau-Llosa since 2001. In that role, she strives to keep the integrity of the staff by not dictating content. Each edition is a reflection of the unique creative voices of the student editors, writers and artists. 

“Of all the projects I've been involved with during my long career, the most fulfilling has been my work with the Miambiance student staff,” Prof. Magellan said.

MDC’s student literary magazines, student writers, editors and artists, and faculty advisers have captured numerous local, state and national awards. 

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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