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Island University Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Free Public Events

September 12, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A festive kickoff, a Hector P. Garcia State Holiday Celebration, a health fair, and a Latin dance night are among the more than a dozen upcoming events to be held during Hispanic Heritage Month at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Hispanic Heritage Month events run from Thursday, Sept. 15, and will continue through Sunday, Oct. 15. All events are free and open to the public.

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the culture of a large population of Texas A&M -Corpus Christi students, and generates pride and passion for everyone involved. Signature events for Hispanic Heritage Month 2016 include:

  • Sept. 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff:  The Islander Cultural Alliance, the University Center and Student Activities will celebrate a Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff on Thursday, Sept. 15, in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The event includes a performance by local band, N’Rumba, and free food.
  • Sept. 21 – Creating a Legacy - The Life of Dr. Hector P. Garcia (Hector P. Garcia State Holiday Celebration): The Mexican American Studies Program, the History Department, the College of Liberal Arts and the Provost's Office will celebrate the Dr. Hector P. Garcia State Holiday by hosting a discussion with guest speaker Dr. Ignacio Garcia, prolific author and biographer of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 2-3 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom B. 
  •  Sept. 27 – Hispanic Health Fair: The College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Student Nurses Association will hold a health fair on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Dugan Gym. Nursing students and faculty will provide blood pressure, BMI and blood sugar screenings. Also, exhibitors from various organizations will provide information on their agencies.
  • Sept. 28 – Latin Dance Night:  Join the Multicultural Greek Council and Islander Cultural Alliance as they dance the night away on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Hector P. Garcia Plaza. Latin Dance Night is free and includes fun music, dance lessons and snacks. 
  • Oct. 4 – South Texas Colonia Initiative (STCI) Presentation: Students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to a presentation about STCI, an organization founded by local couple, Lionel and Juanita Lopez, on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 6-7 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. STCI partners provide leadership, peer education and resources to support community empowerment. 

For a full listing of Hispanic Heritage Month events at A&M-Corpus Christi, go to http://hispanicheritagemonth.tamucc.edu/.