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NMSU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month through Oct. 27

It's not too late for the community to get involved in New Mexico State University's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.


ll sponsor events through Oct. 27 to increase awareness of the Hispanic culture in American society. "Our history, our heritage and the contributions we've made to this country have been largely ignored," said Laura Gutierrez Spencer, the director of Chicano Programs at NMSU. "Events like this are very important to try and gain attention and more education to this very important population."

With a Hispanic student population of almost 42 percent, NMSU students also believe that it is important to embrace their Hispanic heritage. "It's important for all Hispanics to get together this month," said Veronica Sainz, a sophomore majoring in elementary education. "But it's also important that other people know about our culture, what we do and how important it is to us."

Chicano Programs and the Creative Media Institute at NMSU will sponsor a showing of "The Bronze Screen" at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Corbett Center Auditorium. The film tells the story of Latinos in the Hollywood motion picture industry, showing the struggle of artists to bring a measure of reality to their screen images. For more information contact Chicano Programs at (505) 646-4206.

At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, author Ed Morales will speak about Latino stereotypes in NMSU's Music Center Recital Hall. Morales, the author of "Living in Spanglish," will talk about Latinos' ability to hold on to their heritage while working to create a new culture as a key component of America's future. The event is sponsored by the Provost's Office and the Honors College. For more information call (505) 646-2005.

NMSU's Dance Program also will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with "Latin Dance Sensations" from 11:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25, in the NMSU-Dona Ana Courtyard. The event will include salsa and meringue dances performed by NMSU's Latino Sensations dance troupe. For more information call (505) 527-7534.

NMSU will wrap up its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with the fifth annual Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 27 in the Corbett Center ballrooms. Tickets will be available Oct. 12 for $20, and proceeds will benefit the Danny Villanueva Scholarship Endowment, which assists Hispanic student leaders at NMSU. Henry Cisneros, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development will be the keynote speaker. For more information contact Chicano Programs at (505) 646-4206.

A list of events also is available on the Chicano Programs homepage at http://www.nmsu.edu/~chicano.

Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.