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Hispanic Heritage Month to Begin at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Sept. 11, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — A Sept. 15 reception will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month activities at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Student Organization of Latinos/as will sponsor the Hispanic Heritage Month Welcome Reception, which will run from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to enjoy Latin American music, food and a Latino dance presentation by Arcadia High School students. Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will speak at 4:30 p.m.

Additional events scheduled for Hispanic Heritage Month, which includes Latin American Studies Week, Oct. 5-8, are as follows. All events are free and will be held in Davies Center unless otherwise noted.

  • Sept. 21 - Artists Series. Mexican music ensemble Los Cenzontles — which means "The Mockingbirds" in the ancient Aztec language of Nahuatl — dig deep into Latino traditions to promote dignity, pride and cultural understanding. Tickets, available at the Service Center, are $17 for the public, $15 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $7 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Student tickets are half-price up until the day of the event; on the day of the event, students must pay the full student ticket price. Mexican-themed food and beverages will be available for purchase before the event and at intermission. Nachos, taquitos, churros and other items ranging in price from $1.50 to $5 will be sold by Blugold Dining, which will offer food and beverages for purchase at all of this season's Artists Series events. Council Fire Room, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 23 - A panel of Latino students will discuss "So Few of Us — The Lack of Latino College Students in Wisconsin." Alumni Room, 3-4 p.m.
  • Oct. 1 - Rebecca Flynn, chef and owner of Obsession Chocolates in Eau Claire, will present on chocolate and its connection to the Chippewa Valley. Presidents Room, 3-4 p.m.
  • Oct. 5 - Sonia Fritz, Latina documentary filmmaker and a professor in the communication department of University of the Sacred Heart in Puerto Rico, will give the keynote address marking the beginning of LAS week. The Dulany, 5:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 6 - Panel discussion on women's studies abroad in Nicaragua. Participants include Dr. Rose-Marie Avin, professor of economics, and students Laura Dominguez, Kelsey Switters and Ann Watson. Alumni Room, 3:30-5 p.m. Sonia Fritz will screen the film "Little Immigrants" and give a presentation open to the general public. Alumni Room, film: 6 p.m., presentation: 7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 7 -Presentations by Dr. Jill Pinkney Pastrana, associate professor of education studies, (Fulbright in Chile); and recent graduate Sarah Janes (Fulbright in Mexico). Alumni Room, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Oct. 8 - Fifth annual Sabor Latino Luncheon. Cost is $9.50 or $9 if paying with a Blugold card. Call Blugold Dining at 715-836-5261 for reservations. The Dulany, Davies Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Presentation by seniors Danielle Alba and Kyle Dutter, McNair scholars. Alumni Room, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Oct. 9 - Second annual Latino Dance Party. Higherground, Crest Wellness Center, 11 p.m.-1 a.m.
  • Oct. 15 - Latino Immigration Issues discussion with Shaun Duvall, Puentes/Bridges. Hibbard 100, 4-5:15 p.m. Zumba Demonstration. Zumba is an aerobic fitness program created by Miami-based dancer and choreographer Beto Perez and two entrepreneurs, Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion.Wear comfortable clothes and gym shoes. Olson Track, McPhee Physical Education Center, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Hispanic Heritage Month and Latin American Studies Week events are sponsored by the Latin American Studies program; the Office of Multicultural Affairs; the Center for International Education; the departments of economics, English, foreign languages, history, political science, geography and anthropology, women's studies and sociology; the College of Arts and Sciences; and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

For more information on Hispanic Heritage Month, contact Stephanie Zighelboim, student services coordinator, Office of Multicultural Affairs, at 715-836-3033 or For information on Latin American Studies Week, contact Dr. Rose-Marie Avin at 715-836-4513 or, or Dr. Analisa De Grave, at 715-836-45436 or



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