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New Mexico State University celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

New Mexico State University will host a concert, a film and other events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.


rt by Patricia Caicedo, soprano, titled "A Mi Ciudad Nativa," will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in the NMSU Music Center Recital Hall. Her concert will feature Latin American and Spanish art songs.

Caicedo, an international concert and recording artist, is recognized as a leading interpreter of the Latin America and Spanish repertory. She has performed in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Spain and Colombia.

The concert is sponsored by the students of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Choral Association of Southern New Mexico. For more information or ticket prices, call (505) 646-1993.

The film "The Gatekeeper" will be shown from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Corbett Center Auditorium. The film is a true-to-life drama based on Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Border Patrol reports and first hand accounts of migrant struggles.

Border Patrol agent Adam Fields is vigilant about keeping the flood of undocumented immigrants at bay. Without consent or approval from the U.S. Border Patrol, he goes undercover to expose and publicize the criminal nature of Mexicans illegally pursuing freedom in America. Forced to live and work amongst the people he has so vehemently hated, Fields begins to understand their plight.

The free showing is sponsored by Chicano Programs. For more information call the program at (505) 646-4206.

Hispanic Heritage month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Sept. 15 marks the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries -- Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico also declared its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile celebrates its independence on Sept. 18.

Following Hispanic Heritage Month, Chicano Programs also will sponsor the Annual Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Corbett Center Ballrooms.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Danny Villanueva Scholarships Endowment which assists Hispanic student leaders at NMSU and is administered through the Chicano Programs office. The breakfast also is a part of NMSU's fall 2004 Homecoming events.

Tickets will be available Friday, Oct. 15, from the Office of the Assistant to the President in Hadley Hall for $20. Tickets will not be sold at the door and reservations will not be taken.

For more information, call (505) 646-1729.