Hispanic Heritage Month

at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a variety of cultural events on campus.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff:  The Islander Cultural Alliance, the University Center, and Student Activities will celebrate our Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff on Tuesday, September15, 2015 in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  This event will introduce a performance by local artists, pinata challenges, and tasty food.  This event is free  and open to the public.  For more information, contact Amy Kotulski at 361.825.2231 or email amy.kotulski@tamucc.edu.  You can also contact Islander Cultural Alliance at 361.825.2539; or email ica@tamucc.edu.
  • Hector P. Garcia State Holiday Celebration:  The Mexican American Studies Program, the History Area, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Provost's Office will celebrate the Dr. Hector P. Garcia State Holiday by hosting a discussion with guest speaker Dr. Maggie Rivas Rodriguez on Wednesday, September 16 from 2-3 p.m. in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom B & C.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Anthony Quiroz at 361.825.5985; or e-mail anthony.quiroz@tamucc.edu.
  • Read-A-Thon-:  On behalf of the Spanish Program in the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Melissa Culver will host a Read-A-Thon where faculty, staff and students will read short excerpts of literary works by Spanish, Spanish American and U.S Latina/o authors.  The Read-A-Thon event will be held on Wednesday, September 23rd from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Culver at 361.825.2580; or email melissa.culver@tamucc.edu
  • Hispanic Health Fair:    The College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Student Nurses Association will hold a Health Fair on Tuesday, September 29 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the University Center, Lonestar Ballroom.  Nursing students and faculty will provide blood pressure, BMI and blood sugar screenings AIC/Cholesterol (first 50) and educational information on diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension.  There will also be a healthy cooking demonstration by the Texas A&M Health Science Center's Coastal Bend Health Education Center.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, Contact Dr. Petra Martinez at 361.825.2264; or email petra.martinez@tamucc.edu.
  • Hispanic Film Series:  On behalf of the Spanish Program in the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Cristina Ortiz will host showings of films from a variety of Spanish-Speaking countries.  Films will be shown in the University Center on Wednesday, September 30th from 4:40pm - 6:45pm in Bayview 320, Tuesday, October 6 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm in Jetty 123, Monday, October 12 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm in Jetty 123.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Dr. Cristina Ortiz at 361.825.6009; or email cristina.ortiz@tamucc.edu.
  • Hispanic Poetry Reading:  Join Dr. Javier Villarreal and Mr. Juan M. Perez on Thursday, October 1 from 2-3 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library.  The two poets will read in both English and Spanish their latest works, from romantic poetry to Chupacabra Haikus.  For more information, contact Dr. J. Villarreal at 361.825.2698
  • Loteria:  Islander Cultural Alliance will host a big game of Loteria in the Hector P. Garcia Plaza on Wednesday, October 7 at 4 p.m.  Play Mexican Bingo for fun student prizes while you laugh with friends and enjoy your dinner.  For more information, contact amy.kotulski@tamucc.edu.  You can also contact Islander Cultural Alliance at 361.825.2539, or email ica@tamucc.edu.

  • Fiesta Concert:  Texas A&M University Music Department presents the Fiesta Concert with The South Texas Chamber Players on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.  The concert will include music from different parts of Latin America.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Melissa Melendez at melissaviola1@gmail.com.

  • SOAR Panel Discussion:  The SOAR STEM Program will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Thursday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 2  p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom.  SOAR will host a panel discussion with Coastal Bend STEM professionals.  This panel will elaborate on struggles faced  and overcome to obtain their current success, as well as their future plans.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact  John Washington at john.washington@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.3199

  • Eddy Canales Event:  The numbers of immigrants who have died trying to cross through South Texas has risen in the past decade.  The South Texas Human Rights Project works to identify the dead and prevent this humanitarian crisis by placing water stations throughout the region.  Eddie Canales comes to speak to TAMUCC on Friday, October 9th at 4:00 p.m. in UC Jetty 123  about the organization he founded and its efforts to help the families of those who have gone missing.  For more information, contact Dr. Claudia Rueda at 361.825.5858; or email claudia.rueda@tamucc.edu.

  • First Year Writing Display:  The University will present an FYI Writing Exhibit from Monday, October 5 through Friday, October 9 in the Faculty Center Atrium, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The will also be a kick-off on Monday, October 5 from 11a.m - 1 p.m., with light refreshments.  This exhibit will showcase the narratives of diverse student in the First Year Composition and First Year Seminar to show the writing style of students at our Hispanic Serving Institution.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu
  • Viva Los Ninos:  Texas A&M University Music Department present !Vivan Los Nino! on Monday, October 12 at 5.p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.  This concert will feature children from the Corpus Christi area performing music for string orchestra.  Some young soloists will be featured.  Come and enjoy an afternoon of fun music with our traditional Las Mananitas sing-along at the end of the concert.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Melissa Melendez at melissaviola1@gmail.com.

  • Latin Dance Night:   Join the Multicultural Greek Council and Islander Cultural Alliance as we dance the night away on October 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Hector P. Garcia Plaza.  Latin Dance Night is free and includes fun music, dance lessons, and snacks.  For more information, contact Amy Kotulski at 361.825.2231; or email amy.kotulski@tamucc.edu.  You can also contact Islander Cultural Alliance at 361.825.2539; or email ica@tamucc.edu or Multicultural Greek Council at mgc@tamucc.edu.

  •  Chicano Movement Event:  Please join us for a panel discussion about the Chicano Movement on Wednesday, October 21st from 6:00pm - 8:00pm in UC Marlin. For more information, contact Dr. Claudia Rueda at 361.825.5858; or email claudia.rueda@tamucc.edu.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Display - The Mary and Jeff Bell Library will join the campus-wide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with displays throughout the Library.  Displays will be available during the month (Tuesday, September 15th through Thursday, October 15th) with books, films, and other resources that highlight the rich and diverse influence of the Hispanic and Latino community.  For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson (361-825-3321) jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu 

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Resources - The Mary and Jeff Bell Library has created an online Guide for Hispanic Heritage Month (Tuesday, September 15th through Thursday, October 15th).  The Guide offers access to books, journals, databases, teaching resources and more! Check out library resources that celebrate our Hispanic heritage at http://tamucc.libguides.com/HHM2015. For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson (361-825-3321) jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu

  • Latino American Grant

  • Foreigners in Their Own Land (1565 - 1880 ): The  Mary and Jeff Bell Library and the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center will host a viewing of the first episode of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.  This event will take place on Tuesday, September 22 at 6 p.m. at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center, 2021 Agnes. Dr. Kelly Bezio will lead participants in an engaging discussion after the film.  Refreshments and Gallery Exhibition will follow.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson at 361.825.3321; or email jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu.

  • War and Peace ( 1942 - 1954 ):  The Mary and Jeff Bell Library will host a viewing of the third episode of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.  The event will take place on Wednesday, September 30 in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom D at 4 p.m. Dr. Antony Quiroz will introduce the historical and cultural significance of the episode and lead a discussion after.  Refreshment will follow.  For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson at 361.825.3321; or email jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu.

  • The New Latinos (1946 - 1965 ):  The Mary and Jeff Bell Library will host a viewing of the forth episode of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.   The event will take place on Tuesday, October 6 in University Center, Anchor Ballroom D at 6 p.m.  Dr. Claudia Rueda will explore the rich history of Corpus Christi's role in the struggle for civil rights.  Refreshments will follow.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson at 361.825.3321 ; or email jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu.

  • Chicanitas in South Texas - Art Collection Tour:  Dr. Carey Rote will lead a tour of Cheech Marin's Chicanitas exhibit at the Art Museum of South Texas on Friday, October 2 at 6:00 p.m.  The Art Museum is located at 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd.  These small paintings explore the unique identities of Mexican Americans based upon environmental, social and intellectual factors that impact upon their world.  Refreshments will follow.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson at 361.825.3321; or email jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu.

  • Dolores Huerta Event - Civil Rights Activist, labor leader, and Presidential Medal of Freedom award winner Dolores Huerta will speak abut her experiences on Friday, October 23rd at Richardson Performance Hall at 6:00pm, 101 Baldwin Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78404.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Dr. Isabel Araiza at isabel.araiza@tamucc.edu.