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More than Two Dozen Events held at Island University to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

October 28, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 with more than two dozen different events, all of them free and open to the public. Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) started on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and ended on Thursday, Oct. 15.

“When we began the University’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration five years ago, we only had a handful of events,” said Andrea Montalvo-Hamid, Professional Assistant Professor of English and HHM campaign coordinator. “Now we have more than 20. All of these events were well attended by students, faculty, staff and the community, which shows there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

Events included a kickoff celebration, a Dr. Hector P. Garcia Official State Holiday event, a student read-a-thon of literary works, a health fair, two film series, a poetry reading, a night of fun and games, two different concerts, a forum about immigration, a writing display, a dance night and a display in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library.

“Hispanic Heritage Month continues to thrive because everyone involved is dedicated to celebrating Hispanic culture at our Hispanic-serving institution,” said Montalvo-Hamid. “The Hispanic Heritage Month committee is comprised of faculty and staff from many groups and departments, and they continue to bring fresh ideas to the table each year.”

The national observation of Hispanic heritage started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period.