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, which are free and open to the public.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff: The Island Cultural Alliance and Student Activities will celebrate our Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff on Monday, September 16th, 2013 at the University Center Ballrooms from 11:30 a.m. -  1:30 p.m.  This free event will include a performance by touring artists Xperimento,  pinata challenges, and tasty food.  For more information contact Analicia Gonzales 361-825-2182 or email analicia.gonzales@tamucc.edu.  You can also contact Islander Cultural Alliance at 361-825-2539 or email ica@tamucc.edu
  • Hector P. Garcia State Holiday Celebration: Dr. José Limón, former Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at University of Texas, and current Director of the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies will speak on "Dr. Hector and Don Pedrito: Social Crisis, Master Symbols, and Healing in Southern Texas."  The event will be held on Friday September 20th, 2013 in CI 138 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  This event is sponsored by the Mexican American Studies Program, History Area, College of Liberal Arts, the Student Government Association, and Islander Cultural Alliance.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Anthony Quiroz at 361-825-5985 or e-mail anthony.guiroz@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 countries.  Films will be shown Monday, September 23rd, 2013 and Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in CI 127 and Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in Bay Hall 126.  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
  • Health Fair:  The College of Nursing and Health Sciences will hold a Health Fair on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Islander Hall Corridor.  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  Petra Martinez at 361-825-2264 or email petra.martinez@tamucc.edu
  • Hispanic Heritage Concert Series:   Texas A&M University Music Department presents its first concert series to celebrate our Hispanic Heritage.  The first concert, ¡Viva la guitarra and The South Texas Chamber Players!, will take place on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center.  The first half of the concert will feature our two distinguished guitar professors Philip Hi and Michael Moore along with their students.  In the second half, Hi and Moore will join The South Texas Chamber Players:  TAMUCC String Faculty Dr. Jose Flores, Dr. Carrie Pierce and Dr.Melissa Melendez, String students and guest artists from the South Texas Area.  Join these great musicians on this collaboration which promises to enrich our community with old-time favorite Latin American tunes.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Melissa Melendez at melissaviola1@gmail.com
  • 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 authors.  The first Read-A-Thon event will be held on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 and will focus on the U.S. Latina/o Literature.  The second Read-A-Thon event will be held on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 and will focus on Spanish and Spanish American LiteratureAll events will be in O'Connor Hall 135 from 12:35 p.m. - 2:00 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 in Higher Ed: Inside Edition: SOAR, College of Science & Engineering, and ELITE will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday, September 28th 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in University Center Lonestar A, B, and C.  Interested in learning more about what undergraduate and graduate school is all about as a Hispanic STEM student?  Come check out Hispanics in Higher Ed:  Inside Edition.  We'll have robotics competition, Hispanic student panels, and hands-on activities from various campus entities and organizations.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Leslee Basse at leslee.basse@tamucc.edu.
  • First Year Writing Exhibitors:  The University will present an FYI  writing  exhibit from Monday, October 7th, 2013 until Friday, October 11th, 2013  in the  University Center, Legacy Hall from 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.  This exhibit will showcase the narratives of diverse students in the First Year Composition and First Year Seminar to show the writing style of students at our hispanic Service Institution.  For more information contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu
  • Dr. Pat Carroll, "Alien Workers to U.S. Patriots:  Dr. Hector P. Garcia and the Reconstruction of Mexican American Identity in U.S . National Consciousness."   This 40-45 minute presentation, and the following 10-15 minute question and answer period, examines Dr. Hector Garcia's use of the 1949 Three Rivers, Texas controversy over Pvt. Felix Longoria's wake to help renegotiate Mexican American identity in the U.S. national consciousness.  This presentation will take place on October 1st, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on the TAMUCC Campus, and in the O'Connor Building, Room 135.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information either contact patrick.carroll@tamucc.edu, or cristina.kirklighter@tamucc.edu.

  • Hispanic Heritage Concert Series:  Texas A&M University Music Department presents its first concert series to celebrate our Hispanic Heritage.  This second concert, ¡Vivan Los Niños!, will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.  at the Performing Arts Center.  This delightful concert will feature young string players from the Early Childhood Development Center, the Corpus Christi Area Youth Orchestra, the Joe Garza Center and the CCISD orchestra programs.  Come and celebrate our Hispanic heritage and culture through the music performed by these talented children.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Melissa Melendez at melissaviola1@gmail.com.

  • Hispanic Farm Labor Communities in South Texas History:  The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) is proud to sponsor through Nueces County Historical Commission & Humanities, Texas Mark and Christine Robbins' Oral History Project on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. University Center, Lone Star 142A.  Mark and Christinie are currently working on cleaning up the forgotten Petronila Cemetery and record stories of 20th century South Texas Hispanic farm labor communities and their descendants.  If you or someone you know worked and/or lived on local farms, did migrant work, or know the stories of people who did, please contact Mark and Christine Robbins to share your recollections.  The project will help to enrich our local history by placing the interviews into archives.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information on the project, contact Mark and Christine Robbins (Professor at Del Mar College & TAMU-K) at mrobbins1@delmar.edu or 361-698.1370

  • Walk-A-Mole 5k Fun Run/Walk:  The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) is proud to sponsor a 5K fun run/walk on Saturday October 12th, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at TAMUCC Hike and Bike Trail.  This event is open to the public and runners and walkers of all ages are welcome!  The entry fee for this event is $5.00  worth of canned goods per runner/walker, which will be donated to the Food Bank of Corpus Christi.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information please contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu or call 361-825-6084.  Please also check the Corpus Christi Roadrunners website http://www.corpusroadrunners.com/events.html for more information.  Here is the registration form http:/www.corpusroadrunners.com/2013/101213TACHEWalkAMole5K/Flyer.pdf

  • Loteria In Commons: Islander Cultural Alliance and UC Commons Programming will be hosting a big game of Loteria.  Join us from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8th in Commons to play some Mexican bingo.  Play for fun prizes while you laugh with friends and enjoy your lunch.  For more information contact Analicia Gonzales 361-825-2182 or email analicia.gonzales@tamucc.edu.  You can also contact Islander Cultural Alliance at 361-825-2539 or email ica@tamucc.edu.