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**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 09-15-05
by Teri Mora

In its desire to reflect the demographics of the area it serves, Oklahoma Panhandle State University plans to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. The theme for this year’s nationally recognized event is “Hispanic Americans: Strong and Colorful Threads in the American Fabric.”

FIESTA, held by the City of Guymon, gets the celebration underway this Sunday with free admission and activities. Join friends and neighbors in the Commercial Building on the Texas County Fairgrounds from 2:00-8:00 p.m., and enjoy a variety of dances, games and arts and crafts for children, a car show, and many other activities. Booths selling food will open at noon. At 6:00 p.m., the FIESTA Queen and King will be crowned, and both win OPSU scholarships.

Local elementary, secondary, and college students may enter OPSU’s art contest. Submissions should depict how Hispanic Americans have contributed to American life. For more information, contact Teri Mora at 580-349-1538.

On September 23, OPSU will host Latin Fiesta with DJs Eddie and Ruben Cruz to encourage students to experience Latin dancing of all types. The following week, a karaoke and lotería (bingo) night will be held. Time, location, and date will be announced soon.

October 1 and 2, OPSU will sponsor a soccer tournament for all local teams and everyone is encouraged to get a team together to enter the tournament.

The Humanities Department will sponsor two events from October 4-6 in the Hughes-Strong Auditorium foyer. One is a display presented by the World Lit class and the other is a discussion/viewing of “Bodas de sangre” (Blood Wedding). On October 12, we will host high school Hispanic students on campus for an Hispanic Leadership Day and the month-long activities will culminate in a “Noche de Gala” event to be held on October 13. This event will include a dinner and musical entertainment from diverse groups.

Hispanic Heritage Month dates back to 1968 when Congress authorized a proclamation to declare “Hispanic Heritage Week” which was later lengthened to “Hispanic Heritage Month” in 1988, thereby calling upon the people of the United States, especially the educational community, to observe such period with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

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