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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Freed
561-297-3022,
lfreed@fau.edu

FAU to Celebrate Hispanic Latino Heritage Month

BOCA RATON, FL (September 1, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University will celebrate Hispanic Latino Heritage Month on FAU’s Boca Raton, Jupiter, Broward and Treasure Coast campuses. Hispanic Latino Heritage Month highlights the contributions of Hispanic Americans and provides an opportunity to learn about the cultures from which they come. 
           A sample of events taking place in September and October in honor of Hispanic Latino Heritage Month include:


BOCA RATON CAMPUS


Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, September 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Traditions Plaza on the Breezeway
Contact: Office of Multicultural Affairs at 561-297-3959


Join the festivities as FAU’s Division of Student Affairs and the FAU Hispanic and Latino community launch the Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month activities. Be entertained and educated by live storytelling of tales from Latin America while feasting on grilled chicken, plantains, black beans and rice, and freshly cooked paella made on-site. Come learn about the Hispanic and Latino resources within the local community.




Mirta Ojito, author of the Freshman Reading Program 2010 Selection, Finding Mañana, Lecture and Book Signing
Thursday, October 7, from 4 to 6 p.m.
University Theater, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Contact: Diane Aragon at 561-297-0567


Mirta Ojito, Pulitzer-prize winner, FAU alumna and author of Finding Mañana, will give a lecture about her life and book, as well as sign books. Finding Mañana, a memoir of the Cuban exodus, is FAU’s freshman reading book for 2010.



BROWARD CAMPUSES



Latin Dance Exhibition
Tuesday, September 21, noon to 1 p.m.
SD 105, Davie campus
Contact: Broward Student Wellness at 954-236-1018


Join the Student Wellness Center for an exhibition of Latin dances.



Hispanic Heritage Exhibit
Thursday, October 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Second Avenue Studio, Fort Lauderdale campus
Contact: Office of Multicultural Affairs at 954-236-1257


The Hispanic Heritage Exhibit offers a tour of the grand accomplishments of Hispanics/Latinos in America, as well as from those around the world. This traveling museum has more than 100 artifacts, including rare photos, biographies and video documentaries.



JUPITER CAMPUS



Hispanic Latino Heritage Month Kickoff
Thursday, September 2, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The Burrow
Contact: Farley Leirio at 561-799-8585


The Hispanic Latino Heritage Month Kickoff will be an arts and crafts festival providing an opportunity for attendees to work on arts and crafts representing different Hispanic/Latino backgrounds. Free food will be provided to participants.


TREASURE COAST CAMPUS


Hispanic Latino Heritage Month Kickoff
Thursday, September 2, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
MP Lobby
Contact: Rochelle Popp at 772-873-3441 or Farley Leirio at 561-799-8585


The Hispanic Latino Heritage Month Kickoff will offer a display of items from Hispanic countries, along with Cuban food.


         
   For a complete list of Hispanic Latino Heritage Month events, visit
www.fau.edu/explore/heritage.php .  For more information, contact Ingrid Jones at 561-297-3959 or ijones@fau.edu.


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