Colorado State University – Pueblo honors National Hispanic Heritage Month

Colorado State University – Pueblo honors National Hispanic Heritage Month

PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 13 to Nov. 4, with an assortment of musical performances, food, films, and speakers.

September activities will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom (OUC) with performances by two dance troupes, the CSU-Pueblo Ballet Folklorico and Omawari followed at 7 p.m. by dinner and presentation by Daniel Valdez.  Proceeds will benefit a scholarship in partnership with the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation for M.E.Ch.A (Movimiento Estudiantil  Chican@ de Aztlán), the largest organization of Raza Youth in the nation. Call Victoria Obregon at 549-2402 to purchase tickets. Tickets for this event are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and $5 for high school and college students.

The University will host the Latino Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Luncheon on October 18, 2013, beginning at 11:30 in the OUC Ballroom. Reservations should be made by calling the Latino Chamber at 542-5513. The Lifetime Achievement Wall is located in the Great Hall of the Occhiato University Center and serves as an historical recording for future generations and to recognize the contributions and sacrifices that Hispanics/Chicanos have made in improving the quality of life in the social, political, and economic areas in the Pueblo community.

Author Juana Bordas will speak to the importance of diversity in education on Friday, Sept. 20 as she discusses her new book, The Power of Latino Leadership: Culture, Inclusion, and Contribution from 2-4:30 p.m. in the Hasan School of Business Auditorium. The lecture is presented by the Women’s Foundation of Colorado regional steering committee, CSU-Pueblo President’s Office, and the President’s Leadership Program.

The SoCo Reading Series will present a free reading by poet and novelist Tim Hernandez at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in LARC 109. Hernandez is a poet, novelist, and performance artist whose awards include the 2006 American Book Award, the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in Fiction, and the James Duval Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. He is the author of three collections of poetry and two novels, and his books have been widely acclaimed, including a spot on NPR’s All Things Considered. In 2011, the Poetry Society of America named him one of 16 New American Poets. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Naropa University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Bennington College.

In association with the University’s Distinguished Speaker Series, the former intern of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Daniel Hernandez will present Overcoming Adversity: A First Generation College Student’s Journey, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 in the OUC Ballroom.  As a native Spanish speaker and first-generation 2012 graduate from the University of Arizona, Hernandez  is credited with saving the life of the congresswoman after a gunman shot her and 18 other people. The rise of a gay, Hispanic hero in the middle of a sometimes hostile environment is a story that offers us lessons for our future as a country increasing in diversity. Hernandez talks about his difficult journey overcoming discrimination in language, ethnicity, poverty, and sexual orientation, and why he loves being an American.

The complete Hispanic Heritage Month schedule follows:

SEPTEMBER 13    Baile de la Raza    OUC Ballroom
 6-7 p.m.         CSU-Pueblo and Omawari Folklorico Groups 7-8:30 p.m.        Dinner & Daniel Valdez Presentation 8:30-Midnight     Baile

Latino Chamber Lifetime Achievement Award Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., OUC Ballroom 

 Afternoon with Juana Bordas, 2-4:30 p.m., Hasan School of Business Auditorium

Southern Colorado Reading Series, Poet/Novelist Tim Hernandez, 7 p.m., LARC 109

DSS: Daniel Hernandez, 7 p.m., OUC Ballroom, $8 community tickets

Spanglish Day, 10 a.m., Technology 234  Dr. Alegria Ribadeneira will present some of the history, research, and usage of Spanglish, 
an ever evolving language that results from our lives between Spanish and English

Exploring Our Heritage, 7 p.m., Culebra Hall Lobby Join Juan Morales and Dr. Ribadeneira for a writing workshop that will explore Hispanic Heritage. Appetizers will be served.

Salsa Making Competition,     2:30-4 p.m.,  LARC 151 Voting will include three categories: Most traditional salsa, best fruit salsa, and hottest salsa. To enter, take your entry to First-Year Programs between 2:30-3 p.m. Stop by to taste and cast your vote from 3-4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best salsa in each category.

John Valadez Lecture, 7 p.m., LARC 109 John has been producing and directing award-winning, nationally broadcast documentaries for the past 18 years. His most recent works (with filmmaker Dan McCabe) include Latino Americans, A Nation at War and Prejudice and Pride about the Chicano civil rights movement.

Prejudice & Pride Film Viewing, 7 p.m., LS 105 John Valadez will discuss how the film was made and the critical role Chicanos have played in shaping American civil rights history.

Maria Montoya Luncheon,     Noon,     OUC Hearthwell Lounge Maria Montoya is an associate professor of history at New York University. She is the author of Translating Property: The Maxwell Land Grant and the Conflict over Land in the American West, 1840-1940 and now is writing a book on the Colorado Fuel and Iron, Co. Space is limited, call 549-2687 to RSVP before October 24.

Maria Montoya Presentation, 7 p.m., El Pueblo Museum, downtown Pueblo

Dia de los Muertos, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., OUC Ballroom Come celebrate Dia de los Muertos and enjoy building altars and sugar skulls while learning about this tradition in Latin America. Email for more information.

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