“Hispanic Heritage month is a nationwide event, but here on campus our main goal is to make visible the connections between Alma, local Hispanic and Latino communities, and the broader world.” — Stephany Slaughter.
An information fair with student and community presentations, live mariachi music, Hispanic-inspired foods, Zumba lessons and a “Baile Latino” dance will highlight Alma College’s 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.
The fourth annual Fiesta/Baile, sponsored by the Alma College Hispanic Coalition, takes place in the Tyler-VanDusen Campus Center from 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Admission is free and open to the public.
Both Alma College and community organizations and businesses will be featured during the information fair, says Stephany Slaughter, assistant professor of Spanish and event organizer.
“Hispanic Heritage month is a nationwide event, but here on campus our main goal is to make visible the connections between Alma, local Hispanic and Latino communities, and the broader world,” says Slaughter.
Mariachi music begins at 5 p.m., followed by the “A Taste Of” event that gives participants the opportunity to sample a variety of Hispanic-inspired foods from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Zumba lessons are offered from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and dance lessons occurs from 7 to 7:30 p.m. A variety of children’s activities also are offered from 4 to 9 p.m. in Tyler-VanDusen.
The last event of the day is the “Baile Latino” from 7 to 10 p.m. The dance will feature a disk jockey that specializes in Latino music.
While admission is free, the Hispanic Coalition accepts donations of monetary amounts as well as toiletries, school supplies and winter clothes — especially hats, gloves and mittens — for migrant workers. The suggested monetary amount is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds support these drives, the Hispanic Coalition Book Scholarships Fund, which helps Alma College students, and other future Hispanic Coalition events.
Emmy Award-winning Documentary Screening
The screening of the 2010 Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning documentary film “Which Way Home” takes place at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30th at the Strand Theater in downtown Alma, located at 217 E. Superior St.
Alma College alternative break students who went to the U.S.-Mexican border last year will hold a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. before the movie begins. Following the documentary will be a question-and-answer session with Slaughter, who was a field producer for the film.
The screening is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Suggested donations include toiletries such as soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste that will be sent to the Kino Border Initiative, a group that focuses on promoting a humane workable migration between the United States and Mexico.
Alma College Hispanic Heritage Month Events Calendar
Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 2013
All Saturdays beginning Sept. 7/The Alma College Hispanic Coalition sponsors “Cuentame un Cuento: Spanish Story Time,” which takes place at 10 a.m. every Saturday through Nov. 23 at the Alma Public Library.
Sept. 20/The Alma College Hispanic Coalition sponsors an open mic night from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at College Corner Coffee and Books. The event is free and open to the public.
Sept. 27/The Alma College Hispanic Coalition sponsors the fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta/Baile and information fair Friday, Sept. 27 in the Tyler-VanDusen Campus Center. Open to the public, the celebration begins at 3 p.m. and continues into the evening with student and community presentations, live mariachi music, food, dance and Zumba demonstrations. Admission is free, though donations are welcome.
Sept. 30/The Alma College Hispanic Coalition presents a screening of the Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning documentary Which Way Home at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30 at the Strand Theater, located at 217 East Superior St. A panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m., and Stephany Slaughter, Alma College modern language professor and field producer of the film, holds a question-and-answer session following the screening.
Oct. 9/An Alma College Hispanic Coalition game night begins at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at a location to be determined.
Oct. 5/Join the Alma College Hispanic Coalition participants as they walk and run in the Matt Reinke 5K Scot Trot on homecoming Saturday, Oct. 5. The event begins at 9 a.m. across from the Smith Alumni House.
Oct. 14/On Dia de le raza (Christopher Columbus Day), the Alma College Hispanic Coalition presents “Disney, Race, and Ethnicity,” a panel discussion of race and ethnicity in Disney films, from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 in the Center for Student Opportunity, located in the Tyler-Van Dusen Campus Center.