CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A festive kickoff, a Hector P. Garcia State Holiday Celebration, a health fair, and a concert series are among the upcoming events to be held during Hispanic Heritage Month at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The Hispanic Heritage Month events will run from Monday, Sept. 15, and will continue through Wednesday, Oct. 15. All events are free and open to the public.
A Hispanic Heritage Month kickoff will be held Tuesday, Sept. 16, featuring a live performance by local artists Latin Talk, piñata challenges, and tasty food. The Hector P. Garcia State Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 17, will feature 50-year Tejano star and member of the Tejano R.O.O.T.S Hall of Fame, Linda Escobar, as she sings songs in honor of Dr. Hector P. Garcia.
The University’s Department of Music will celebrate our Hispanic heritage with a concert series featuring “Caribbean Night” on Wednesday, Sept. 24, and “¡Vivan Los Niños!” on Saturday, Sept. 27. In addition, nursing students and faculty will provide blood pressure, BMI, and blood sugar screenings during a health fair on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
The events are:
- Tuesday, Sept. 16 – Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff: The Islander Cultural Alliance and the University Center & Student Activities will celebrate our Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the University Center, East Lawn from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will include a performance by local artists Latin Talk, piñata challenges, and tasty food.
- Wednesday, Sept. 17 – Hector P. Garcia State Holiday Celebration: The Mexican American Studies Program, and the Division of Student Engagement and Success are proud to celebrate Dr. Hector P. Garcia’s official state holiday with a one hour program on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 1-2 p.m. in the O’Connor Building, room 135. Linda Escobar will open the event by singing songs in Dr. Garcia’s honor. Cecilia Garcia Akers, one of Dr. Garcia’s daughters, will then offer an overview of his life’s work. She will close the event by making a special announcement.
- Thursday, Sept. 18 – Pasarela Mexico: The Education Student Organization will host a Pasarela Mexico fashion show on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Island Hall Gym. The fashion show will feature traditional Mexican dresses, folklorico dancers, and traditional mariachi music.
- Wednesday, Sept. 24 – Hispanic Heritage Concert Series: The Music Department presents its first concert series to celebrate our Hispanic heritage. The first concert, Caribbean Night with the South Texas Chamber Players, will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The distinguished string faculty of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will join internationally-recognized artists from South Texas. The concert will feature works inspired by Caribbean rhythms and sounds.
- Thursday, Sept. 25 – Latin Dance Night: The Multicultural Greek Council and Islander Cultural Alliance will dance the night away during a “Latin Ballroom Dance Night” on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Hector P. Garcia Plaza to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. This event will include music, dance lessons, and snacks.
- Saturday, Sept. 27 – Hispanic Heritage Concert Series: The Music Department presents its second concert series to celebrate our Hispanic heritage. This second concert, ¡Vivan Los Niños!, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature a performance by young talented musicians from our community. Join us in a fun sing along of Las Mañanitas at the end of the presentation and honor our Hispanic heritage and culture through the music performed by these talented children.
- Wednesday, Oct. 1; Tuesday, Oct. 7; and Monday, Oct. 13 – Hispanic Film Series: The Spanish Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Dr. Cristina Ortiz will host a free screening films from a variety of countries in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Films will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 4:30 p.m. in Center for Instruction, room 128; Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in Island Hall, room 164; and Monday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in Island Hall, room 164.
- Wednesday, Oct. 1 – Loteria: The Islander Cultural Alliance and the University Center Commons Programming will host a big game of Loteria on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Hector P. Garcia Plaza. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage and play some Mexican bingo.
- Thursday, Oct. 2 – Hispanic Poetry Reading: Join professors, Dr. Javier Villarreal and Mr. Juan M. Pérez, for a Poetry Reading to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 3 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. The two poets will read in both English and Spanish their latest works, from romantic poetry to Chupacabra Haikus.
- Thursday, Oct. 2 – Hispanics in STEM: SOAR will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with “Hispanics in STEM” on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom 142. SOAR will host a walk-through exhibit featuring Hispanic contributions to the sciences throughout history. The event will also highlight the Hispanic struggle for equal educational opportunities and continue with the major contributions of Hispanic scientists to all areas of the scientific community.
- Monday, Oct. 6, through Friday, Oct. 10 – First Year Writing Exhibitors: The First Year Islanders (FYI) Writing Exhibit will be held from Monday, Oct. 6, through Friday, Oct. 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Faculty Center Atrium as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month events. This exhibit will showcase the narratives of diverse students in the First Year Composition and First Year Seminar to show the writing style of students.
- Tuesday, Oct. 7 – Hispanic Health Fair: The College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Student Nurses Association will hold a Health Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Dugan Wellness Center as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Nursing students and faculty will check blood pressure, BMI and blood sugar, A1c and cholesterol levels (first 50), and offer educational information on diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension. There will also be a healthy cooking demonstration by the Texas A&M Health Science Center's Coastal Bend Health Education Center.
- Tuesday, Oct. 7 – Gay Latino L.A.: Coming of Age: The Gay Straight Alliance will host a screening of the film “Gay Latino L.A.: Coming of Age” in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Islander Welcome Center. The film is a docu-drama journey into adulthood of three young men and their search for identity while dealing with issues of family, hyper masculinity, religion, culture, and life in Los Angeles.
- Thursday, Oct. 9 – Borderlands Conference: Graduate students from the University of Texas-El Paso, the University of Texas-San Antonio, Michigan State University, and Arizona State University will present on their current research in the areas of culture, literature, and rhetoric of the border at the Borderlands Conference on Thursday, Oct. 9, in Performing Arts Center lobby. The first session will be held from 11 a.m. to noon; the second session will be held from 2-3 p.m. Participants will offer 15-minute presentations followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer period during each of two sessions. The event will be hosted by Dr. Eduardo Ruiz.
- Thursday, Oct. 9 – Read-A-Thon: The Spanish Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Dr. Melissa Culver will host a Read-A-Thon on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center lobby. Faculty, staff, and students will read short excerpts of literary works by Spanish, Spanish American, and U.S. Latino authors.
- Monday, Sept. 15, through Wednesday, Oct. 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month Display: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library will join the campus-wide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with displays throughout the library during the month from Monday, Sept. 15, through Wednesday, Oct. 15, with books, films, and other resources that highlight the rich and diverse influence of the Hispanic and Latino community.
- Monday, Sept. 15, through Wednesday, Oct. 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month Resources: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library has created an online Guide for Hispanic Heritage Month (Monday, Sept. 15, through Wednesday, Oct. 15). The guide offers access to books, journals, databases, teaching resources and more! Check out library resources that celebrate our Hispanic heritage at http://tamucc.libguides.com/HHM2014.
For a full listing of events, go to http://hispanicheritagemonth.tamucc.edu/.