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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Continues

Posted Sep. 24, 2012
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Two students dance at Risman Plaza during the LNC/SALSA
Festival that took place on Sept. 15 to celebrate Hispanic
Heritage Month.

Kent State University’s Latino Networking Caucus (LNC) and the Spanish and Latino Student Association (SALSA) are presenting a diverse lineup of events for National Hispanic Heritage Month. This celebration is to recognize the contributions that Latinos and Hispanics have made in the United States.

Hispanic Heritage Month allows people to learn more about the Hispanic culture and community,” says T. David Garcia, Kent State’s associate vice president for enrollment management and chair of the LNC. “At Kent State, we have faculty, staff and students from different Latin American countries that have their own traditions of music, food and dance. I invite everyone to attend one or all of our scheduled events to learn more about the Hispanic community.”

Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month each year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15.

The month-long celebration continues with the following Kent State events:

National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m., Progressive Field, Cleveland

Former Cleveland Indians player Carlos Baerga will be the special guest. Tickets are $10, $25 and $50.

Noche Caliente
Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Eastway Dining Hall, Kent Campus

The public is invited to enjoy Latino cuisine (for purchase) and learn how to salsa dance.

Kent State Homecoming 2012
Saturday, Oct. 20, various times:

Breakfast and Parade
The Latino Networking Caucus will participate in the Kent State’s 2012 Homecoming Parade. From 9 to 11 a.m., the public is invited to enjoy free breakfast and great seats for the parade at the Williamson Alumni Center.

The LNC Alumni Awards Luncheon
The LNC Alumni Awards Luncheon will take place in Room 204 of the Kent Student Center. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $10 per person. Registration at is required.

Homecoming Football Game
The Kent Golden Flashes take on Western Michigan at 3:30 p.m. at Dix Stadium.

Dinner, Music and Dancing
Beginning at 7 p.m., enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing at Ritchie Hall.

For more information about Kent State’s Latino Networking Caucus and related events, visit or call Garcia at 330-672-4050.