Hispanic Latino Center Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 Oct. 15

San Juan College's new Hispanic Latino Center (HLC) will host an array of events in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is recognized September 15 through October 15.

"This is the perfect opportunity for students and the community to take a lunch time break and celebrate the culture, while learning more about the services and activities our new Hispanic Latino Center will offer students," says Brenda Mendez de Andrade, HLC coordinator.

Follow the story of five Hispanic veterans who received the highest award for battlefield valor, in the documentary titled Hispanics and the Medal of Honor. The 50-minute film will be shown Tuesday, September 25, at 11 a.m., in room 9012, of the Henderson Fine Arts Center. Admission is free.

Experience a Mexican carnival, called a Kermés, Tuesday, October 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Sun's Room. Along with enjoying some great food, dance the salsa, bachata, and cumbia, or join in playing Loteria a traditional Mexican Board game.

The Hispanic Latino Center will pay tribute to Roberto Gómez Bolaños, on Monday, October 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in room 1614. Gómez Bolaños is a Mexican writer, publicist composer, actor, director and producer, known as "Chespirito," a nickname that was given to him by Director Agustin P. Delgado who thought of Gómez Bolaños as "Little Shakespeare," because of the great talent trapped in his small body.

In 1970, the first transmission of his television show called Chespirito took place. He is known around the world for his characters including El Chavo el Ocho, El Chapulin Colorado, El Doctor Chapatin, and los Chiflados. The show ran consecutively in Mexico for 25 years. Now, it also runs in Latin America, Spain and in the U.S. He has been involved in Mexican television for over 40 years, and generations of children all over the Spanish-speaking world have grown up watching his shows.

As part of the tribute, the Hispanic Latino Center will show Spanish video sketches of El Chavo del Ocho, as well as display a biography and characters' reviews. Enjoy a taste of Tortas de Jamón, El Chavo's favorite food.

Through October 15, the Hispanic Latino Center will showcase an array of SJC Library collections featuring authors such as Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Rudolfo Anaya and Octavio Paz. While there, learn more about the origin of Latin music in a display about the roots of Latin rhythms, cumbia, corridos, bachata, salsa and meringue. The Hispanic Latino Center is located in room 6110.

For more information about Hispanic Heritage celebration events or to learn more about the student services provided by SJC's Hispanic Latino Center, contact coordinator Brenda Méndez de Andrade, at 505-566-3874, or via email at deandradeb@sanjuancollege.edu.