University to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration Sept. 15-Oct. 15 at the University of the Incarnate Word will get off to a saucy start with the return of a hot sauce competition.

Salsa y Salsa, which will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, on the walkway near the Gorman Building, will feature celebrity judges and fun for the event sponsored by University Events and Student Programs.

“A Conversation on U.S. Immigration” will be conducted 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in Room 365 of the Administration Building. Sponsored by the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership, participants will be able to talk with youth and families who have immigrated as well as local advocates for fair and just policies.

“The Immigration Reality of Today” will be off-campus Friday, Sept. 18, at Oblate School of Theology. Jonathan D. Ryan, executive director of the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Service, will speak in Oblate’s Whitley Center.

The Campus Activities Board has planned a “La Feria” celebration featuring free food, music and fun from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, on Dubuis Lawn.

Under Department of Athletics sponsorship, the UIW men’s soccer team will be playing its UIW Mexico counterpart at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium.

The Hispanic Heritage Month Committee is bringing Mexican pastries and coffee to share with members of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, founders of the university, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28. Pan Dulce Con Las Hermanas will be in the Special Collections Room on the second floor of J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library.

A “Strolling Showcase” at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, will feature performances from members of Omega Delta Phi fraternity on Dubuis Lawn.

  1. Ricardo Pimentel, a writer-columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, will be the speaker for a program from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Room 312 of the Ila Fay Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions. His subject will be “Latinos, Texas and Destiny – A Brief History.” Dr. Scott Roberts, an associate professor of marketing for the HEB School of Business and Administration, will be the host.

Sister Yolanda Tarongo, a former congregational leader for the Sisters of Charity and a current UIW Board of Trustees member, will lead a conversation on “Las Hermanas: The Struggle is One” from noon to 1:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in Mabee Library’s auditorium. Dr. Gilbert Hinojosa, an adjunct history professor, and Horacia Vela, a religious studies instructor, are co-hosts for the program focusing on a grassroot Latina movement.

Two speakers from the Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas are featured for a “Las Damas de Tejas” program in Mabee Auditorium from noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Erika Arredondo-Haskins, executive director, and Dr. Amy Porter, an advisory council member, will discuss highlights of the exhibit and what it’s like to run a non-profit business. The host is Dr. Teresa Harrison, an assistant professor in the HEB School.

The Latino Student Association is bringing Mixteco Ballet Folkorico to perform traditional folkorico dance 1:15-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Mabee Auditorium.

“Las Marthas,” a film following two Mexican American debutantes, will be shown in Mabee Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 13. A time was not given on the flier.

The closing “La Celebracion” event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Cardinals Courtyard behind the Administration Building will allow participants to sample food from various Hispanic cultures, enjoy music, and traditional dances. It’s sponsored by University Events and Student Programs.