CSU – Pueblo sophomore to compete in national Hispanic College Quiz competition


CSU – Pueblo sophomore to compete in national Hispanic College Quiz competition

PUEBLO – A Colorado State University-Pueblo student will appear as one of 12 participants in the 2013 Hispanic College Quiz television series that will feature students enrolled in institutions that are members of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). 

Central City Productions, the producers of the Hispanic College Quiz, announced that Mario Ruiz, a sophomore pre-business major from Fountain, will fly in August to a taping in Chicago with his staff/faculty coach, Victoria Obregon, regional site coordinator for the College Assistance Migrant Program. Ruiz is the only representative of a Colorado institution. Other participants hail from schools in Texas (3), California (2), as well as Arizona, District of Columbia, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Tennessee.

The “Hispanic College Quiz” show will feature Hispanic undergraduate college students answering a series of multiple-choice questions on Latino history. The series will consist of four half-hour quiz shows that will air across the country during Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15. The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Central City Productions have partnered on the Hispanic College Quiz since 2008. The 2013 Hispanic College Quiz is sponsored by State Farm. In March of 2010, five CSU-Pueblo students were selected as one of eight teams to participate in the Know Your Heritage Hispanic College Quiz series hosted by NBC news anchor Zoraida Sambolin.

Other 2013 Hispanic Quiz Show participants include:
Arizona Western College (Ariz.)
Student: Luisa Loy Trinidad (student)

Central New Mexico Community College (N.M.) 
Student: Diana Ordaz

Chattanooga State Community College (Tenn.)
Student: Nahomi Ortiz

Community College of the District of Columbia (District of Columbia)
Student: Carlos Granados

El Centro College (Texas)
Student: Sonia Patino

Northeastern Illinois University - El Centro Campus (Ill.)
Student: Edward Rivera

San Diego State University (Calif.)
Student: Carina Torres

St. Mary's University (Texas)
Student: Kara Tapangan

Texas Tech University (Texas)
Student: Angela Barrera  

Union County College (N.J.)
Student: Renato Franco-Rosas  

University of the Pacific (Calif.)
Student: Laura Coyt Zavala

CSU-Pueblo also will be taking a group of students to the annual HACU conference, scheduled this year in Chicago from Oct 26-28.

Established in 1986 with a founding membership of 18 institutions, HACU represents more than 400 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and Portugal.  Although member institutions in the U. S. represent less than 10% of all higher education institutions nationwide, together they are home to more than two-thirds of all Hispanic college students.  HACU is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).


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