Thursday, September 19, 2013

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Andrews University

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) recognizes the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates the group's heritage and culture. Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.

Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12. The term Hispanic or Latino, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.

Enjoy the following events at Andrews University:

University Vespers—Celebrating Hispanic Heritage, Friday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m., Pioneer Memorial Church
 
¡Arriba! ¡Abajo! Fiesta—Thursday, Sept. 26, Mutch Recreation Center, Campus Center Basement. Come join the party and enjoy Mexican cuisine provided by Dining Services (One-time meal charge of $7. The Terrace Café will be closed for the Spirit of Philanthropy Homecoming Dinner.) There will also be Mexican games and music sponsored by the AUSA.
 
Puerto Rican and Caribbean Cuisine—Thursday, Oct. 3, 5–7 p.m., Terrace Café

Fiesta Night—Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m., location TBD. An evening of fun and games sponsored by Adelante.
 
Latino Americans, Part 1—Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall. PBS documentary chronicling the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S. Co-curricular credit available.
 
Costa Rican and Central American Cuisine—Thursday, Oct. 10, 5–7 p.m., Terrace Café
 
Latino Americans, Part 2—Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall. PBS documentary chronicling the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos. Co-curricular credit available.
 
Brazilian and South American Cuisine—Thursday, Oct. 17, 5–7 p.m., Terrace Café
 
Latin Night Concert—Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall. Sponsored by Adelante, featuring students from Latin countries performing traditional and contemporary Hispanic music.
 
Latino Americans, Part 3—Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall. PBS documentary chronicling the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos. Co-curricular credit available.

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