The Island University Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15

Published: September 14, 2015

The Island University Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15

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 Tuesday, Sept. 15, and will continue through Thursday, Oct. 15. All events are free and open to the public.

A Hispanic Heritage Month kickoff will be held Tuesday, Sept. 15, featuring a live performance by Islander alumnus and Spanish/Classical Guitarist Carlos Sanchez and his band Matiz Latino. The kickoff also includes a piñata challenge, dancing, food, and giveaways.  The Hector P. Garcia State Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 16, will feature guest speaker Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, a Professor at University of Texas at Austin with more than 17 years of journalism experience. Rivas-Rodriguez is a longtime organizer of projects and efforts to bring greater social justice and inclusion to the news media. She also helped organize the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the culture of a large population of our students, and generates pride and passion for everyone involved.

The events include: 

Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff:  The Islander Cultural Alliance, the University Center, and Student Activities at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will celebrate our Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff on Tuesday, Sept. 15, in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event includes musical performances, dancing lessons, pinata challenges and tasty food. 

Wednesday, Sept. 16 – Hector P. Garcia State Holiday Celebration: The Mexican American Studies Program, the History Area, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Provost's Office at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will celebrate the Dr. Hector P. Garcia State Holiday by hosting a discussion with guest speaker Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez on Wednesday, Sept.16, from 2 – 3 p.m., in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom B & C. 

Wednesday, Sept. 23 – Read-A-Thon: On behalf of the Spanish Program in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Dr. Melissa Culver will host a Read-A-Thon where faculty, staff and students will read short excerpts of literary works by Spanish, Spanish American and U.S Latina/o authors. The Read-A-Thon event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Faculty Center.

Tuesday, Sept. 29 – Hispanic Health Fair: The College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Student Nurses Association at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will hold a health fair on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. Nursing students and faculty will provide blood pressure, BMI and blood sugar screenings AIC/Cholesterol (first 50) and 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. 

Wednesday, Sept. 30, Tuesday, Oct. 6, and Monday, Oct. 12 – Hispanic Film Series: On behalf of the Spanish Program in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Dr. Cristina Ortiz will host showings of films from a variety of Spanish-Speaking countries. Films will be shown in the University Center from 4:30-6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Bayview room 320; from 7-9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Jetty room 123; and from 7-9:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, in Jetty room 123. 

Thursday, Oct. 1 – Hispanic Poetry Reading: Join Dr. Javier Villarreal and Mr. Juan M. Perez for Hispanic poetry readings on Thursday, Oct.1, from 2 – 3 p.m., on the 2nd floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The two poets will read in both English and Spanish their latest works, from romantic poetry to Chupacabra Haikus. 

Wednesday, Oct. 7 – Loteria: Islander Cultural Alliance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host a big game of Loteria in the Hector P. Garcia Plaza on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m.Play Mexican Bingo for fun student prizes while you laugh with friends and enjoy your dinner. 

Wednesday, Oct. 7 – Fiesta Concert: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Music Department will present the Fiesta Concert with The South Texas Chamber Players on Wednesday, Oct.7, at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center. The concert will include music from different parts of Latin America. 

Thursday, Oct. 8 – SOAR Panel Discussion: The SOAR STEM Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. SOAR will host a panel discussion with Coastal Bend STEM professionals. This panel will elaborate on struggles faced and overcome to obtain their current success, as well as their future plans.

Friday, Oct. 9 – Eddie Canales Event:  The numbers of immigrants who have died trying to cross through South Texas has risen in the past decade. The South Texas Human Rights Project works to identify the dead and prevent this humanitarian crisis by placing water stations throughout the region. Eddie Canales will speak at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on Friday, Oct. 9, at 4 p.m., in the University Center, Jetty room 123, about the organization he founded and its efforts to help the families of those who have gone missing. 

Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 9 – First Year Writing Display: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will present a First Year Islanders (FYI) Writing Exhibit from Monday, Oct. 5, through Friday, Oct. 9, in the Faculty Center Atrium, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be a kick-off on Monday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with light refreshments. This exhibit will showcase the narratives of diverse student in the First Year Composition and First Year Seminar to show the writing style of students at our Hispanic Serving Institution. 

Monday, Oct. 12 – Vivan Los Ninos:  Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi’s Music Department will present ¡Vivan Los Ninos! on Monday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. This concert will feature children from the Corpus Christi area performing music for string orchestra. Some young soloists will be featured. Come and enjoy an afternoon of fun music with our traditional Las Mananitas sing-along at the end of the concert. 

Tuesday, Oct. 13 – Latin Dance Night: Join the Multicultural Greek Council and Islander Cultural Alliance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as they dance the night away on Tuesday,Oct. 13, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., in the Hector P. Garcia Plaza. Latin Dance Night is free and includes fun music, dance lessons, and snacks. 

Wednesday, Oct. 21 – Chicano Movement Event: Join Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for a panel discussion about the Chicano Movement on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. Location TBA.

Tuesday, Sept. 15 through Thursday, Oct. 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month Display: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will join the campus-wide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with displays throughout the Library. Displays will be available Tuesday, Sept. 15, through Thursday, Oct. 15, with books, films, and other resources that highlight the rich and diverse influence of the Hispanic and Latino community.

Tuesday, Sept. 15 through Thursday, Oct. 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month Resources: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has created an online Guide for Hispanic Heritage Month. 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.

Tuesday, Sept. 22 – Foreigners in Their Own Land (1565 - 1880): – The Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center will host a viewing of the first episode of “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.” The episode is called Foreigners in Their Own Land 1565-1880. This event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m., at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center, 2021 Agnes St. Dr. Kelly Bezio will lead participants in an engaging discussion after the film. Refreshments and gallery exhibition will follow. 

Wednesday, Sept. 30 – War and Peace (1942 - 1954):  The Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host a viewing of the third episode of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.” The episode is called War and Peace 1942-1954. The event will take place on Wednesday, Sept.30, in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom D at 4 p.m. Dr. Anthony Quiroz will introduce the historical and cultural significance of the episode and lead a discussion after. Refreshments will follow. 

Tuesday, Oct. 6 – The New Latinos (1946 - 1965):  The Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host a viewing of the fourth episode of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.” The episode is called The New Latinos 1946-1965. The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in University Center, Anchor Ballroom D at 6 p.m.  Dr. Claudia Rueda will explore the rich history of Corpus Christi's role in the struggle for civil rights. Refreshments will follow. 

Friday, Oct. 2 – Chicanitasin South Texas Art Collection Tour:  Dr. Carey Rote of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will lead a tour of Cheech Marin's Chicanitas exhibit at the Art Museum of South Texas on Friday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. The Art Museum is located at 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. These small paintings explore the unique identities of Mexican Americans based upon environmental, social and intellectual factors that impact upon their world. Refreshments will follow. 

For a full listing of events, go to http://hispanicheritagemonth.tamucc.edu/.