**For Immediate Release**
HALO Forms at OPSU
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 09-15-06
Goodwell, Okla. — Oklahoma Panhandle State University is chartering an Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO) this fall, and will kick start activities in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month. The original HALO chapter formed at the University of Kansas, and now chapters are found throughout Kansas and Missouri. What began as an organization for Hispanic students now welcomes any student interested in Hispanic culture.
Goals and objectives of HALO include the following:
1. Providing and developing leadership and professional opportunities
2. Strengthening Hispanic student recognition
3. Fostering and presenting the traditions and customs of Hispanics
4. Representing the Hispanic community on and off campus
5. Educating the community on the importance of political participation, specifically through voter registration
OPSU HALO students plan to network with others in Hispanic leadership organizations as well as form partnerships with HALO groups from nearby community colleges. They intend to travel to Chicago this spring to attend the United States Hispanic Leadership Conference where they will attend leadership workshops and gain inspiration from well-known speakers.
OPSU proudly embraces the cultural opportunities HALO will provide for students and the surrounding community, and encourages everyone to attend Hispanic Heritage Month activities.