Hispanic Heritage Month Events

Mark your calendar for special events on Oct. 2, 8, 10 and 15.

By Barbara Melendez

     USF News

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2013) – Hispanic Heritage Month at USF features a special emphasis on culture and recognition for outstanding contributions.

The Status of Latinos Committee provides the kickoff celebration Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.which is open to the whole USF community as well as the general public. Hosted by Mariam Manzur, an instructor in the Department of World Languages and graduate student Omar Rodriguez, Latin American Student Association the event features keynote speaker Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Myriam Irizarry.

During the celebration the SOL Faculty Award is going to be given to  Department of World Languages Professor Pablo Brescia, School of Social Work Associate Professor Iraida Carrion and Department of Anthropology Assistant Professor Angela Stuesse, presented by College of Education Associate Professor and Community/Mental Health Program Coordinator Carlos Zalaquett and ENLACE Coordinator Yara Castillo-Gutierrez.

The Hispanic Pathways Awards will be presented by USF Latin Community Advisory Committee members Maritza Rovira-Forino and USF Emeritus Professor William Scheuerle for outstanding research and outreach efforts. Carrion is slated to receive this award in the faculty category along with Assistant Professor Ylce Irizarry, student Leslie Rodriguez and staff member Patrick Doone, director of the USF College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP).

The entertainment on the program features performances by the Latin Dance Club, Isabella Arroyo-Acevedo from the Boricua Student Association and Ivan Calderon from the USF Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. as well as other members of the fraternity and members of the USF Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.

An evening of food, music and culture arrives Oct. 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom during Multicultural Latino Night.

The USF College of Education will hold its ninth annual OLÉ Awards ceremony Oct. 10. The dinner is being attended by nominees and their families as well as USF faculty and staff. The award is accompanied by a scholarship to further the recipients’ studies.

Then a special Café con Leche Networking Oct. 15 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in MSC 2702 provides a warm USF welcome to Latino students throughout the university.

For more information, please contact the Department of Student Affairs and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Barbara Melendez can be reached at 813-974-4563