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PR # 26 September 4, 2008


The public is invited to join Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a host of activities, including dance and musical performances, and samplings of ethnic cuisine.

Throughout the month, books by famous Hispanic writers will be available at each program and in the RVCC Bookstore. All events will be held at the College?s North Branch Campus and are free of charge unless noted otherwise. The following programs have been scheduled:

Opening Day Ceremony, ?Immigration & Education,? Thursday, September 18, 12-1:30 p.m. (Atrium/Amphitheater):

The kickoff event will feature a keynote presentation highlighting this year?s national theme, ?Getting Involved: Our Families, Our Community, Our Nation,? as it relates to ?Immigration and Education.? The event also will feature a celebration of Latin culture with traditional food and music and a special performance by ?San Juanito,? an Ecuadorian dance group.

Hispanic Literature Celebration, Tuesday, September 23, 12-1:30 p.m. (Sculpture Garden):

RVCC students and staff will recite poetry, literary works, original work and selections from their favorite authors that express feelings about being Latino/a. Some of the readings will be recited in Spanish. The sultry sounds of a Spanish harpist also will be heard.

?What Does It Mean to be LatinA?? Panel Discussion, Thursday, October 2, 12-1:30 p.m. (Conference Center, Rooms A & B):

A guided panel discussion (composed of RVCC students, employees and community members) will explore several issues related to Latina identity, including assumptions and stereotypes about Latinas and the impact of those perceptions.

?Latinos? Contributions in Sports-Related Careers,? Thursday, October 9, 12-1:30 p.m. (Atrium):

Sergio Rodriguez, New York co-host of Sports Journey?s National Weekend Radio Show, will discuss Latinos? impact on sports and sports-related careers, addressing such topics as the importance of education and the use of steroids in the sport industry. Rodriguez also serves as executive director of Hispanics Across America (http://www.haamerica.org/), a New York-based, not-for-profit organization that advocates for Hispanic communities throughout the United States. The program also will include general information about sports-related careers.

?Fiesta Peru!? Closing Program, Thursday, October 16, 12-1:30 p.m. (Courtyard):

Imagenes y Tradiciones del Peru (ITP), a Peruvian dance group, will present a performance showcasing the diversity of Peruvian music, dance and people.

?Latin Fever? Dance Party, Friday, October 17, 7-11 p.m.; $8 per person or two tickets for $13 (Cafeteria):

RVCC students and staff will demonstrate dance steps and provide instruction for a variety of Latin-themed dances, such as Salsa, Merengue and Bachata. The evening also will feature a live DJ playing popular Latin music, including Reggaeton. The event is being sponsored by the College?s Orgullo Latino Club as a fundraiser to benefit its scholarship programs.

For additional information or to purchase tickets for ?Latin Fever,? contact Alaysha M. Walker, HHM chairperson, 908-526-1200, ext. 8274 or 908-218-8873, or stop by the Student Activities Office (first floor, College Center) weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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