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Hispanic Heritage Month returns to NMSU

New Mexico State University is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

ced as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, the observance was extended to 31 days in 1988 and recognizes the independence of seven Latin American countries -- Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico and Chile.

"In a broader and much more important sense, however, Hispanic Heritage Month honors the contributions of the more than 35 million Hispanic people in the United States," said Laura Gutierrez Spencer, director of Chicano Programs at NMSU. "Celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month honor the contributions of many generations of Hispanics in the U.S. as well as recent immigrants who have helped build the economy, infrastructure and current diverse culture of this country."

Several university events will be presented in honor of Hispanic Heritage month:

Ana Baca Reading: Baca will read from "Mama Fela's Girls" from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the NMSU University Bookstore. The reading is free and open to the public.
Ana Baca Reading for Children: Baca will read from her children's books from 12 to 2 p.m. Sept. 30 in the NMSU University Bookstore. The reading is free and open to the public.
Learn to dance Salsa, Cha-Cha and Merengue: Learn Hispanic dances with the NMSU Dance Sport Team at 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at NMSU's Monagle Hall Patio Two. The event is free and open to the public.
Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast: The Sixth Annual Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 19 in the Corbett Center Ballrooms. The event will feature U.S. Senator Ken Salazar from Colorado as the keynote speaker. Tickets are $25 each and will be available beginning Sept. 26 in NMSU's Garcia Annex Room 138. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Danny Villanueva Scholarship Endowment.
Denise Chavez Reading: Chavez will read from "Taco Testimony" from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Corbett Center Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.
The events are sponsored by NMSU's Union Program Council, Housing and Residential Life, CeBIEL Program, the English department, the Center for Latin American and Border Studies, Women Studies, Languages and Linguistics, Curriculum and Instruction, Chicano Programs and the University Bookstore.
Austin Craig
Sept. 22, 2006