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August 26th, 2008
Texas State hosts Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off

SAN MARCOS – A Texas-sized fiesta on the banks of the San Marcos River will kick-off this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration Saturday, Sept. 13 from 3-8 p.m. in Sewell Park on the Texas State University-San Marcos campus. The event features an entertaining line-up of performances, games and contests with key performances by award-winning music group Salsa del Rio and the San Marcos high school folklorico dance group. For the younger crowd there will be moonwalks, games and prizes plus a special visit by the San Marcos Fire Department.

“Hispanic Heritage History month kick-off is a perfect opportunity for Latinos from the university and community members to come together and celebrate a heritage that is deeply-rooted in our local culture,” said Stella Silva, associate director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Community” and will focus on the importance of civic responsibility and public service in younger generations.

“In building this community it sets the tone for students to embrace the community as a form of support for their academic success,” Silva said.

The kick-off celebrates the beginning of a month-long schedule of film festivals, dinners and a speaking series.

“Hispanic heritage month is all about promoting cultural diversity among Texas State students and the local community,” said Javier Apolinar, Hispanic Heritage Month Committee chair. “Participants can expect a festive learning experience that embraces a variety of Latino cultures.”

For more information visit http://www.studentorgs.txstate.edu/LSA/hhm.html.

By JAYME BLASCHKE
University News Service

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