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Texas State celebrates century of Latino presence

Date of Release: 09/11/2006

SAN MARCOS —An integral part of Texas State University-San MarcosÕ heritage will be on display this month when Latino Presence at Texas State: Celebrating 100 Years kicks off Friday, Sept. 15 with an opening reception in the Alkek LibraryÕs Wittliff Gallery on campus.

The reception, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 5 p.m. with entertainment, refreshments, and viewing of the exhibit, the program begins at 6 p.m., featuring Texas Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes as keynote speaker. The reception will officially launch Hispanic Heritage Month on campus and open the Center for Multicultural and Gender StudiesÕ Wittliff Gallery exhibition, which looks back through the years to 1906 when the first Latinos joined the student body. The exhibit will highlight current faculty, staff, students, alumni and organizations at Texas State.

Additional events scheduled during the month-long Latino Presence at Texas State celebration include ÒTejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas,Ó a day-long symposium commemorating the 200th anniversary of Juan SeguinÕs birth featuring speaker Carolina Castillo-Crimm of Sam Houston State University on Oct. 14; Texas State Hispanic Alumni Reunion sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations; and Fiesta de Cien A–os, a finale celebration featuring entertainment from university musicians and dancers the evening of Oct. 14. The events of Oct. 14 also include a Hispanic Alumni Reunion sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations. Call 245-2371 for more information on the reunion.

For additional information, contact Sandra Mayo, Director of Multicultural and Gender Studies at Texas State, at (512) 245-2361, or visit the website at http://www.txstate.edu/mcgs/latino_presence/index.html.