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Texas State prepares to celebrate 100 years of Latino presence

Date of Release: 02/20/2006

SAN MARCOS—Preparations are under way at Texas State University-San Marcos for a month long celebration marking 100 years of Latino presence at the university.

Although the celebration does not officially kick off until Sept. 15, a committee of faculty, staff and students is currently conducting research of the last 100 years of university and community history involving Latinos at Texas State. The committee is also planning a series of events to highlight the history of Latinos at the university.

In 1906, Maria Elena Zamora became the first Latina to enroll at Texas State. The university has had a continuing Latino presence since that time.

Events that have already been scheduled include an exhibit in the Alkek Library’s Wittliff Gallery showcasing the history of Latinos at Texas State. An opening reception on Sept. 15 will include remarks by Raymund Paredes, Texas Commissioner of Higher Education.

The celebration will conclude on Oct. 14 with a daylong symposium titled Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas. That will be followed in the evening by a Fiesta de Cien Anos at the LBJ Student Center that will include exhibits and traditional fiesta activities.

Sponsorship opportunities for the celebration are available at a variety of giving levels. Communitywide participation in the celebration and its preparation is also encouraged.

For additional information on sponsorship or participation, contact Dr. Sandra Mayo, Director of Multicultural and Gender Studies at Texas State, at (512) 245-2361.