Colorado State University - Pueblo concludes Hispanic Heritage Month activities


Colorado State University - Pueblo concludes Hispanic Heritage Month activities

PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo will complete its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, with four events in the coming weeks, all utilizing the theme, Many Backgrounds, Many Stories. . . One American Spirit.

On Saturday (Oct. 8), the 9th annual Soy Unica, Soy Latina conference for middle school girls ages 9-14 will be held on campus all day. Area middle-school girls are invited to hear a positive message about succeeding in life, which focuses on helping attendees learn how to handle pressures they face as young women, making better choices and boosting positive self-esteem.  The sessions include cultural diversity activities in the afternoon and a keynote by area activist and local director of the Colorado Progressive Coalition, Theresa Trujillo. 

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, a Latino Mini-Health Fair will be held from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

Later that evening, the CSU-Pueblo Archives will host a presentation and exhibit to introduce its new Penitente collection, donated to the Archives by Ruben Archuleta, CSU-Pueblo alum and former Police Chief. Archuleta will give a presentation on his research on the Penitentes beginning at 6 p.m. in LARC 109.  The Penitentes were a Hispanic lay brotherhood which arose in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado and which practiced some unusual and controversial penitential rituals, including physical mortification.

A native of Antonito, Archuleta was Pueblo’s first Hispanic Chief of Police, retiring in 1999. He is (remove ‘is’) has authored four books, two of which detail the Penitentes’ interesting past.  Ruben has produced numerous catlinite stone and wood sculptures which are available through galleries in Colorado and New Mexico. His sculpture work has been exhibited along with that of other noted artists from the Southwest. His 2003 book Land of the Penitentes, Land of Tradition provides an insight into the secretive life and history of the Penitentes based on the author's experiences, family journals, interviews, and site visits in Colorado and New Mexico. He amassed a unique collection of Spanish and Penitente artifacts and documents, as well as documenting the Penitentes, their religious items and buildings called moradas through his photography. He has recently donated a significant amount of his collection to the Archives at CSU-Pueblo. Following the presentation, a reception and exhibit will be held in the Archives, LARC 605.

On Oct. 19, award-winning filmmaker John Valadez will visit the CSU-Pueblo campus to speak to a Chicano Studies class, attend lunch with students, and introduce a public screening of his documentary The Last Conquistador at 7 p.m. in LARC 109.  His film deals with debates over the interpretation and commemoration of the multi-cultural past of the American Southwest, and pays particular attention to Native American cultural perspectives. Valadez's visit is co-sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta and the Past Masters History Club and has been made possible by a Diversity Initiatives Grant.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.