Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Hispanic Heritage Celebration at A&M-Kingsville to Feature a Variety of Cultural Events

KINGSVILLE - September 14, 2012

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

Texas A&M University-Kingsville will commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month with a month-long celebration that includes a summit that will focus on the rich cultural history of the area.

The celebration kicks-off with the Diez y Seiz Septiembre Celebration, sponsored by Kingsville Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and A&M-Kingsville from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 15 at Hermanos Flores Park in Kingsville.

A Hispanic Heritage Month Children’s Book Drive begins on Monday, September 17. Donations of children’s books—preferably bilingual books—can be dropped off at designated locations at Jernigan Library, the Memorial Student Union Building and the Robert J. Kleberg Library located at 220 N. 4th Street in Kingsville. The book drive will continue through October 31.

The university community is invited to partake in traditional Mexican bingo, or Loteria, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 19 in room 221AB in the MSUB.

More than a dozen of the most respected Tejano history scholars in the nation will take part in the 2012 Tejano Summit on the A&M-Kingsville campus September 20-21. The summit will include speakers and discussions covering a variety of topics reflecting the areas of Tejano roots. A luncheon at noon September 20 in the MSUB Ballrooms will honor two Javelina alumni or their contributions to Tejano history and culture.

The Javelinas will take on Midwestern State at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 22 in Javelina Stadium in the annual Hispanic Heritage Weekend game. Join Javelina Nation before the game for the Hispanic Heritage Tailgate.

An artist reception honoring famed California Chicana artist Yreina Cervantez will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 27 in the Ben Bailey Art Gallery. Cervantez’s works will be on display in the gallery and refreshments will be served.

The film A Better Life will be shown as the celebration’s Movie on the Lawn event at 8 p.m. Thursday, September 27 in the Pavilion area, near the MSUB.

Students interested in learning more about the cultural history of the Kingsville/Sarita area are invited to an afternoon-long field trip to the Kenedy Ranch Museum in Sarita beginning at noon Tuesday, October 2. The university will provide transportation to the museum for interested students. Interested student should visit the Office of Student Activities on the 3rd floor of the MSUB to sign up for the trip.

A reception for the Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series exhibit La imagen del México Post-revolucionario by internationally-lauded Mexican artist Arturo García Bustos is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, October 4 in the Ben Bailey Art Gallery. Bustos, a devout student of famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, is best known for his stunning lithographs, paintings and murals that reflect issues of social justice and political criticism. Refreshments will be available.

The community is invited to a Latin Dance Workshop from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday, October 8 in the ballrooms of the MSUB. Corpus Christi-based dance team Third Coast Salseros with the Third Coast Dance Studio will conduct the workshop.

Political science professor Dr. Nirmal Goswami will discuss the role of Hispanic voters in U.S. presidential elections and the impact of the growing population on the 2012 presidential election, during a brown bag discussion at noon Thursday, October 11 in Banquet Hall 2 of the Javelina Dining Hall.

The university community is invited to read their favorite piece of Spanish or Latino-themed poetry or prose during the Declamaciones event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, October 12 in the Pavilion area near the MSUB. Refreshments will be provided.

The university community will commemorate National Latino AIDS Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, October 15 in front of the Javelina Dining Hall. Representatives from the university’s Student Health and Wellness Center will be on hand to discuss the impact of HIV/AIDS on the Latino community.

 All events are free and located on the A&M-Kingsville campus, unless noted otherwise. For more information on the 2012 Hispanic Heritage events, contact the Office of Student Activities at 593-2760.

This page was last updated on: September 17, 2012