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Dr. Mel B. Yoken

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French Professor

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UMass Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth , Massachusetts 02747
United States

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  • Masters degree
    John Hay Library at Brown University
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Summe cum laude - American Federation of Teachers AFT Massachusetts, 13 Dec 2013 [cached]
Summa Cum Laude: Dr. Mel Yoken
It is said that the French have a certain joie de vivre that inspires them to create and to appreciate that which has been created. The same can be said of University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (UMD) French Professor Dr. Mel Yoken. Though Yoken has officially retired after 50 years of teaching, he remains
BAM: 1991->MD, The Classes, January/February 2002, 1 Jan 1991 [cached]
Mel B. Yoken '61 M.A.T. was awarded the Palmes Académiques, France's highest recognition for advancement of French culture, education, and the arts.Established in 1808, the Palmes Académiques is the most prestigious decoration a scholar can receive from the French government.Yoken, Chancellor Professor of French and director of the Boivin Center at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, was promoted to the rank of officer in the Order of Palmes.
Stuffed toys at left were a ..., 6 Nov 2007 [cached]
Stuffed toys at left were a gift from professor emeritus Mel B. Yoken, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. (T&G Staff/PAUL KAPTEYN)
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"This lady is a true literary gem," said Mel B. Yoken, chancellor-professor emeritus of languages at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.
According to Mr. Yoken, Halsteading is unique to her style of poetry and her work is receiving national attention.After more than 40 years of writing poetry, her first book, "memories ...
Now, she also has the distinction of being the first poet laureate for the city of Worcester.
By Cynthia and Mel Yoken The ..., 5 June 2014 [cached]
By Cynthia and Mel Yoken The Taunton Daily Gazette, Taunton, MA
By Cynthia and Mel Yoken Posted Jun. 5, 2014 @ 5:11 pm By Cynthia and Mel Yoken Posted Jun. 5, 2014 @ 5:11 pm
Mel Yoken is a chancellor professor emeritus from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He taught French there from 1966 to 2006. He is the director of the Boivin Center for French Language and Culture at the University and is the program chair for the UMD Library Associates.
By Cynthia and Mel Yoken The Taunton Daily Gazette, Taunton, MA
By Cynthia and Mel Yoken Posted Jun. 5, 2014 @ 5:11 pm
Summa Cum Laude: Dr. Mel ... [cached]
Summa Cum Laude: Dr. Mel Yoken
The same can be said of University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (UMD) French Professor Dr. Mel Yoken. Though Yoken has officially retired after 50 years of teaching, he remains a life-long student who continues to inspire with his wisdom and his outlook on life.
"I always liked languages," says the devoted Francophile who started his own studies of the language while a student at the B.M.C. Durfee School in Fall River. "One day, during my junior year, I sat down with my father and asked him his opinion about a fifth subject to take. He strongly suggested I take French."
Living in the Fall River area, Yoken was surrounded by French language and culture. Clearly, this cultural submersion had an impact upon him, as did his family upbringing.
"Although my father worked with his father in the family store," Yoken explains, "his true passion was teaching. His happiest moments were in the classroom the last 20 years (or so) in his life. I guess...I inherited this love of teaching from him!"
While a sophomore at the Durfee, Yoken started a weekly radio show called "Teen Party" that soon became the most popular show on WALE. Years later, Yoken was asked to come back to the station by long-time friend Jean Caya Bancroft.
"She invited me to speak mainly about my literary activities," Yoken explains. "I soon became her co-host, and appeared on over 450 shows."
Yoken came to UMD after teaching high school French in Newton and two years teaching as a graduate student at UMass-Amherst. Since joining the faculty at UMD in 1966, Yoken has also served as faculty advisor to the French Club and the Canadian Studies Program. Named a Chancellor Professor in 2000 and Chancellor Professor Emeritus of French Language in 2008, Yoken takes comfort and pride in the fact that so many of his students have gone on to teach and love French.
"I truly love being at UMD, " Yoken says, "and am so proud of what it has become!"
Having visited France more than 150 times, Yoken brings an intimate understanding of the home of Liberté, égalité, fraternité to Massachusetts and beyond. Yoken has also served as the director of UMD's Boivin Center for French Language and Culture and as Chair of Programs for the Claire T. Carney Library Associates. He and his wife Cindy are also life members of the French National Society.
"I plan manifold programs for so many groups that I can't keep track," Yoken smiles, admitting that he has become "ubiquitous" on campus.
Despite his packed passport and many demands on his time, Yoken firmly believes that there is no place like home.
"Fall River means the world to me," says the ardent and appreciated supporter. In 1988, The Richelieu Club of Fall River began presenting an annual scholarship to worthy French students in Yoken's honor. In 2008, Yoken served his beloved high school as keynote speaker at the induction for the National Honor Society. He has also been named a Distinguished Alumnus at the Durfee.
"Of all my honors," he says, "that was one of the best!"
Apparently, many of his colleagues think Yoken is also one of the best.
"Mel Yoken is extremely beloved," notes Dr. Joseph Vinci, founder of UMD's Language Department.
"Professor Yoken is a man of integrity," adds former colleague Dr. William Harris.
"My friend, Mel Yoken…is one of our leading spokesmen for French language study in the United States," notes Yale Professor Dr. Nelson Brooks, adding that Yoken is also "extremely modest about everything he does."
When not teaching or serving his students in other capacities, Yoken lectures internationally on all things French and has also written and translated numerous literary works.
"I have always loved and been fascinated by literature," says Yoken, who was a member of the nominating committee for the Nobel Prize for Literature from 1971-2011, "and still read voraciously."
A collection of over 330,000 pages of Yoken's own written materials is held at the John Hay Library at Brown University, where Yoken received his Masters degree.
To what does Yoken attribute his attitude?
"I love life and I love living," he says.
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