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Published: February 17, 2011

“Mainland Passage: The Cultural Anomaly of Puerto Rico,” a book by Ramón E. Soto-Crespo, associate professor of American studies and director of the Latina/o Studies program, received honorable mention for the Modern Language Association of America’s Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies. Published by the University of Minnesota Press, “Mainland Passage” argues that Puerto Rican writers and painters from the 19th and 20th centuries consistently articulated a framework of nonincorporation for the island.

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce has named Michael Pietkiewicz, assistant vice president for government relations, to its board of directors for a three-year term.

Kelly Hayes McAlonie, associate director for the Capital Planning Group, has been elected 2011 president-elect of the American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS). She previously served as a vice president for public advocacy and as a director on the AIANYS board, and is past president of AIA Buffalo/Western New York and a member of its board of director from 2001-08. Founded in 1931, AIANYS has a membership of 6,900 in 13 chapters across the state and speaks for the interests of all registered architects in New York state.