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"Fiestas Latinas" to kick off on Friday

New Mexico State University's Hispanic student organizations and the Associated Students of NMSU will sponsor "Fiestas Latinas," a series of events whose aim is to share the Hispano/Chicano culture with the campus and Las Cruces community.


st event, "Mentor for a Day," is Friday, April 1, and is sponsored by the Hispanic Educators Association. A pre-selected group of local high school students will visit the NMSU main campus for one day to be given a tour of the campus, obtain information on preparing for college, observe presentations and interact with university students.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for the Hispanic organizations to share their culture and engage in activities with other students in the spirit of diversity," said Director of Chicano Programs Laura Gutierrez Spencer. "It is an outreach from Hispanic students to the NMSU campus and the community."

Other events include the Seventh Annual Co-Ed Softball Tournament sponsored by Omega Delta Phi Fraternity at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the NMSU Activity Center Field. Participants must be NMSU students, faculty or staff members and there must be at least four females playing on the field at all times. Entry forms can be picked up at Chicano Programs in the Garcia Annex Room 138 and at http://www.nmsu.edu/~odphi.

Destinos will sponsor a dance and refreshments from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, at The Club in Corbett Center. The Destinos DJ will play salsa and meringue music, cumbia and rancheras. Refreshments will be provided by Aramark.

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority will hold the NMSU Children's Carnival from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in Preciado Park near O'Donnell Hall. There will be face-painting, children's games and other activities for school-age children. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be served.

The Mexican American Engineers and Scientists will sponsor the Third Annual "Night of Dance and Laughs" from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Preciado Park. Patrick Candelaria from the El Paso Comic Strip will be the main comedian for the evening. Food from Roberto's will be served before the performance and a dance will follow.

A Salsa Cook-Off is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the Corbett Center Outdoor Stage sponsored by H.O.P.E. for Kids, Hispanic Business Students Association, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and L.U.C.H.A. de M.E.Ch.A. Prizes will be awarded to the best salsa entries. Participants may not use meat or dairy products in their entries and must bring their salsa to the Corbett Center Outdoor Stage by 4 p.m. Entry forms for the cook-off are available in the Chicano Programs Office, Garcia Annex Room 138.

The cook-off will be followed by the movie "American Me" in the Corbett Center Auditorium at 7 p.m. The movie is rated "R" for violence and sexual scenes and is for mature audiences only.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Chicano Programs at (505) 646-4206.