Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated

Trinity River Campus kicked off its Hispanic Heritage Month events Saturday with a float in the downtown Fort Worth Diez y Seis Parade. (PDF opens in new window). The float represented the landscape of Mexico with three 8-foot palm trees, a 6-foot Aztec pyramid and bell depicting the one that traditionally rang at midnight as the grito “Viva Mexico” is shouted.

Robert M. Muñoz, vice president for Continuing Education Services at Trinity River, is the keynote speaker at The Renewed Hope of America celebration hosted by the city of Fort Worth employees. The celebration is Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. outside City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Hispanic artists, speakers, photo contest, a Poetry slam, food and music are being highlighted during various celebrations on TCC’s campuses centered on Mexican Independence Day, Sept. 16, when Mexico won its independence from Spain 200 years ago.

Student success is the focus of TCC’s first all-District Abrazando al Exito (Embracing Success) reception Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.at TR in the Action Suite. The speaker is Raul Magdaleno, a special assistant responsible for the Southern Methodist University Diversity and Community Outreach Department. A Hispanic College Fund Scholar, Magdaleno overcame adversity to become the first in his family to graduate high school and college.

Trinity River starts its on-campus events Wednesday with a performance by the Northside Mariachi Band, Latin Express at 11 a.m. in the Trinity Plaza across from the Bookstore. A sampling of events by campus include:

  • Northeast Campus, “Diecises de Septiembre: Texas’ Forgotten Independence Day,” a presentation by author and Texas State University professor J.F. (Frank) de la Teja, on Thursday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Student Center, Center Corner, NTSU Room 1615A
  • Northwest Campus, Celebracion De Cultura: Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta Latina Sept. 22 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Waterfall Courtyard. If it rains, the celebration will be held in the Student Center, WSTU 1303-05
  • South Campus activities kick off Thursday with Live Musica Carabali Salsa/Merengue Band at 11 a.m., guest speaker Huberto Martinez at noon and a Salsa dance performance at 12:30 p.m.  in the Student Center Cafeteria
  • Southeast Campus events start with a presentation at 11:30 a.m. Thursday on the Mexican War for Independence by Douglas Richmond, history professor at The University of Texas at Arlington in the Ballroom.
    More information about specific campus events is available from the Student Activities offices on each campus: NE, ext. 6644; NW, ext. 7795; SO, ext. 4554; SE, ext. 3595; and TR, ext. 1190.