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Latino Presence at Texas State University-San Marcos: Celebrating 100 Years

The 100 years of Latino Presence celebration began on September 15, 2006 with a reception, exhibit, and 44-page booklet showcasing the history of Latinos on campus.  A committee of faculty, staff, and students researched the current Latino/a presence at Texas State by looking back 100 years to 1906 when the first Latinos joined the student body, according to Dr. Ron Brown's history of the university, Up the Hill, Down the Years. 

The historical booklet now preserves the research for the archives and serves as a significant tool to recruit faculty and students, and thus help with the university's goal of achieving HSI status. According to the spring 2004 Institutional Research enrollment data, the university currently has 3,927 Latino undergraduate and 480 graduate students.

The keynote speaker for the opening event was Dr. Raymund Paredes, Texas Commissioner of Higher Education.  Other major events during the month-long celebration included a Latino history symposium, Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas, and the culminating dinner, silent auction, and entertainment scholarship fundraiser, Fiesta de Cien Años, on October 14, 2006. 

Latino Presence Celebration Committee and Sponsors

Committee Members
Dr. Sandra M. Mayo, Multicultural & Gender Studies, Chair Alexander Travieso, University Advancement, Co-Chair
Jaime Chahin, Applied Arts Steve Davis, University Library
Frank De la Teja, History Paul Hart, History
Lawrence Estaville, Geography Dorothy Evans, Alumni Relations
Robert Galvan, Modern Languages Seth Worley, University Advancement
Ana M.Juarez, Anthropology Pablo Martinez, Criminal Justice
Stella Silva, Multicultural Student Affairs Anna Marie Silvas, Grupo Folklorico Ocotochtli
Terry Wendland, Geography Israel Najera, Counseling Center
Kim Porterfield, University Advancement Gloria Olivo-Mendoza, VP Student Affairs Office
Marco Montoya, CSTEP-ENLACE Sandra Foglia, Dept. of Theatre and Dance
Becky Lockhart, Media Relations/Publications Anna Martinez-Boling, Attorney
Delia Mendoza, University Bookstore Tina Ybarra, Special Collections, Alkek Library
Patricia Prado, VP Finance and Support Services Office Emilio Carranco, Student Health Center
Dali Dupree, Graduate Student Tamara Farley, Graduate Student
Topher Sipes, Undergraduate Student Mershon Illgner, Undergraduate Student
Rosalba Cortez-Concha, Graduate Student Cynthia I. Gonzales, Music
Mary Gibson, MCGS Michelle Lopez, Student Center
Sponsors
College of Liberal Arts Media Relations and Publications
Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies Department of History
Office of Equity and Access Department of Art and Design
Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography Department of Sociology
Southwestern Writers Collection Department of Geography
Hispanic Policy Network Department of Political Science
School of Music Department of Criminal Justice
Hispanic Business Students Association Department of Anthropology
Alumni Relations