Hispanic Heritage Month

at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Friday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 15), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a variety of cultural events on campus. All of the events are free and open to the public.

  • Sept. 14 – Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff:  The Islander Cultural Alliance, the University Center, and Student Activities will celebrate our Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff on Thursday, Sept. 14, in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  This event will include a performance by local band, N’Rumba, and food will be provided.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Islander Cultural Alliance at 361.825.2539; or email ica@tamucc.edu.

  • Sept. 19 – Spanish Program Open House: The Department of Humanities and the Spanish Program will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting an Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in University Center Bayview 320. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Cristina Ortiz at 361.825.6009; or email cristina.ortiz@tamucc.edu

  • Sept. 19 - Minority Advancement Project (MAP) of Texas Presentation: Join us for a discussion about the local non-profit organization, MAP of Texas, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Bell Library. MAP of Texas strives to benefit, promote the education of, and address the needs of the diverse populations in Texas. The goal of this organization is to both promote opportunities and advancement for these communities and to broaden the cultural understanding of rich heritages. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at 361.825.2657, or andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.

  • Sept. 20 – Creating a Legacy - The Life of Dr. Hector P. Garcia:  The History Area and the Mexican American Studies program will celebrate the memory and legacy of civil rights pioneer, Dr. Hector P. Garcia on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the University Center Lone Star Ballroom 142C.  A renowned scholar will speak to Dr. Garcia’s accomplishments and light refreshments will be served prior to and after the talk.  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.

  • Sept. 20 – Loteria:  Islander Cultural Alliance will host a big game of Loteria in the University Center Rotunda on Wednesday, Sept.20, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Play Mexican Bingo for fun student prizes while you laugh with friends and enjoy your dinner. For more information, contact Islander Cultural Alliance at 361.825.2539, or email ica@tamucc.edu

  • Sept. 20Selena Movie: Join us as we screen the Selena Movie on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in University Center Lonestar 142A.  This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at 361.825.2657, or andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.

  • Sept. 21 – Hispanic Poetry Reading: Join Dr. Javier Villarreal and Mr. Juan M. Perez on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library.  The two poets will read in both English and Spanish from their latest works.  This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson 361.825.3321; or email jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu.

  • Sept. 25Hispanic Film Series: The Spanish Program will screen the first film of the Hispanic Film Series on Monday, Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m. in University Center Anchor Ballroom A. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Cristina Ortiz at 361.825.6009; or email cristina.ortiz@tamucc.edu
  • Sept. 26 – Hispanic Health Fair: The College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Student Nurses Association will hold a Health Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Dugan gym. 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 be exhibitors from various organizations providing information on their agencies. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Ms. Petra Martinez at 361.825.2264; or email  petra.martinez@tamucc.edu
  • Sept. 26 – UnSchooled: Join the Islander Inclusive Network for a lunch discussion about the ways culture shapes food on Tuesday, September 26th , from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in University Center Lonestar Ballroom A. Students should RSVP through OrgSync for this event. For more information, contact Delaney Foster at 361 .825.3925 or delaney.foster@tamucc.edu

  • Sept. 26 – 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 Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Faculty Center Atrium. 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

  • Sept. 26 – South Texas Colonia Initiative Presentation: Students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to a presentation about an organization founded by a local couple, Mr. and Mrs. Lopez, on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. STCI partners with many organizations from all over the United States to provide information and services to the people. They provide leadership, peer education and resources to support community empowerment.  As members of minority and underserved populations they are in a unique position to build on strengths and to address unmet health needs and also are excellent outreach workers in their communities. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at 361.825.2657, or andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.
  • Sept. 27 – Setting Fire to la Frontera: The Pride Alliance invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to a presentation featuring two local LGBTQ activists, Kitana Sanchez and Victor Garcia, as they discuss their experiences on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in University Center Lonestar 142 A. After the presentation, we will screen the short film, Paris is Burning. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Amanda Marquez at 361.825.3651; or amanda.marquez@tamucc.edu, or Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at 361.825.2657, or andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu
  • Sept. 28 – Spanish Teachers Panel: The Spanish Program would like to invite you to a panel discussion about issues related to the teaching of Spanish in the U.S. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:00 p.m. in University Center Oso 221. The discussion will feature narratives from local teachers in the community and refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mara Barbosa at 361.825.4052; or mara.barbosa@tamucc.edu
  • Oct. 3 – Translation and Interpretation Opportunities: The Spanish Program invites you to attend the Translation and Interpretation Opportunities event on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in Center for Sciences 111. This event will commemorate International Translation Day and will discuss the upcoming Spanish-English Translation and Interpreting Certificates to be offered at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. In addition it will explore translation and interpreting opportunities in the area and in the United States, and will also feature guest speaker, Lorena Parada-Valdés. For more information, contact Marko Miletich at 361.825.3352; or email marko.miletich@tamucc.edu
  • Oct. 3 – Hispanic Film Series:  The Spanish Program will screen the second film of the Hispanic Film Series on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7:00 p.m. in University Center Oso 221. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Cristina Ortiz at 361.825.6009; or email cristina.ortiz@tamucc.edu
  • Oct. 4 – Latin Dance Night: Join the Multicultural Greek Council and Islander Cultural Alliance as we dance the night away on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 5:30- 7 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 Islander Cultural Alliance at 361.825.2539; or email ica@tamucc.edu or Multicultural Greek Council at mgc@tamucc.edu
  • Oct. 4 – Mayra Zamora Presentation: The Art Department at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi would like to invite students, faculty, staff, and the community to a presentation featuring local artist and alumna, Mayra Zamora, on Wednesday, Oct. 4  at 6:00 p.m. in University Center Oso 221. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at 361.825.2657, or andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.
  • Oct. 5 – Tacos y Chingonas: Join us for a presentation featuring local entrepreneurs, Gerald & Elena Flores, the creators of the brands Taco Gear and Sew Bonita on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in University Center Anchor Ballroom A. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at 361.825.2657, or andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.
  • Oct. 10 – Renato Ramirez Presentation: The Mexican American Studies Minor invites students, faculty, staff, and the community to a presentation featuring Renato Ramirez, Professor of Political Science at Del Mar College, as he discusses the court case, LULAC v. Richards and the Struggle for Equal Access to Quality Higher Education for South Texas on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6:00 p.m. in University Center Oso 221. The presentation focuses on the struggle to attain funding for universities in South Texas on par with the rest of the state, including funding for doctoral programs. Also, the presentation will address the adoption issue of South Texas universities by The University of Texas and Texas A&M University, the recent effort to merge Texas A&M Universities in Corpus Christi and Kingsville, and the merger of University of Texas at Brownsville with the University of Texas-Pan American. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Isabel Araiza at 361.825.3936 or email at isabel.araiza@tamucc.edu
  • Oct. 11 – Hispanic Film Series: The Spanish Program will screen the final film of the Hispanic Film Series on Wednesday, Oct.11 at 4:30 p.m. in University Center Oso 221. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Cristina Ortiz at 361.825.6009; or email cristina.ortiz@tamucc.edu
  • Oct. 11 – Fiesta Concert: Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi Music Department presents the Fiesta Concert with TAMUCC Faculty and The South Texas Chamber Players on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The concert will include music intrinsically related to Hispanic culture. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Melissa Melendez at melissaviola1@gmail.com or Jose Flores at 361.825.3746, or email jose.flores@tamucc.edu
  • Oct. 13 – PASS Documentary and Display:The Programs for Academic Student Support (PASS) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Friday, Oct. 13, at 10:00 a.m. in the University Center Lonestar Ballrooms A & B. PASS will present an educational documentary and a poster presentation on Hispanic contributions to the STEM fields This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Margarita Cooper at 361.825.3687 or email margarita.cooper@tamucc.edu
  • Oct. 17-Oct. 22 - ¿De dónde? The Department of Theater and Dance invites you to attend Mary Gallagher’s 1991 play, ¿De dónde? which runs from Tuesday, Oct. 17 to Sunday , Oct. 22 in the Wilson Theater. Freely translated as "Where are you from?" the title of the play refers to the increasing tide of undocumented immigrants who flee north to the United States from the economically and politically oppressed countries of Latin America. Seeking jobs and freedom from persecution, the refugees are, more often than not, met with indifference and even hostility, regardless of their circumstances, and deported back to their home countries—which can often mean certain death. A moving plea for understanding and forbearance, the play also becomes, in the end, a searing indictment of this nation's immigration policies and a disturbing reminder of the terrible toll which these can exact, whether intentionally or not.  For more information, contact J. Don Luna at 361.825.5988, or email don.luna@tamucc.edu
  • Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 – 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 (Friday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 15)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 at 361.825.3321; or email jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu.

  • Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month Resources: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library has created an online guide for Hispanic Heritage Month(Friday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 15).  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/HHM2017 . For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson at 361.825.3321; or email jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu.