Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Annual Hispanic Heritage banquet features national LULAC president

KINGSVILLE - October 05, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Rosa Rosales, national president of LULAC, will be the keynote speaker at the Hispanic Heritage Banquet at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the ballrooms of the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB). Tickets are $10 each and they may be purchased at the information desk in the MSUB.

This year the Hispanic Heritage Committee will give the first Hispanic Heritage Awards. Nominations are still being accepted in four of these five categories:

The Jose Angel Gutierrez Outstanding Hispanic Student Award will be given to a student who shows exemplary leadership, is a role model and promotes Hispanic issues. Gutierrez, a university alumnus, will be on hand to present this and other awards.

The Outstanding Hispanic Faculty Member and Staff Member Awards will be given to one faculty and one staff member that show exemplary service to students, act as a mentor and show his/her dedication through community service.

The Distinguished Hispanic Alumni Award will be given to a university alumnus who continues to be a leader and role model for the Hispanic community.

The Hispanic Heritage Appreciation Award will be presented to the keynote speaker at the annual banquet.

All except the Appreciation Award come with a $250 gift.

Nomination forms are available in the dean of students’ office on the third floor of the MSUB.

Rosales has been an icon for the Hispanic community in areas like education, civil rights, employment, housing, health, immigration and the elderly.

She was elected president of LULAC at the national convention in July. She was born in San Antonio and was among the first Mexican American women to become labor organizers in recent times. She is still director of the National Association of Public Employees, a group she helped organize.

Rosales has received many awards, but most recently, she was honored with the Community Achievement Award from the National American G.I. Forum in Kansas and by the La Feria de las Flores in Corpus Christi.

She also was the first woman to hold the LULAC position of state director and she was recently on the National LULAC Board of Directors holding the position of National Vice President of the Southwest.

Rosales earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from University of Michigan. She and her husband, Rodolfo, have three sons.

For more information, call 361-593-2760.

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