Youngstown State University’s Hispanic Heritage Month events feature an opening ceremony at the Mahoning County Courthouse and a celebration of Hispanic culture on the YSU campus.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Living, Learning, and Loving the Latino Life.” Major events include:
- Thursday, Sept. 18, 12:15 p.m., Opening Ceremony at the Mahoning County Courthouse Rotunda in downtown Youngstown. The event will feature a flag ceremony representing 22 Hispanic countries as well as musical performances. William Blake, director of the YSU Office of Student Diversity Programs, will make opening remarks. The keynote speaker will be attorney Miriam Ocasio; YSU student Josiah Banks will serve as emcee. The event is co-sponsored the YSU Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee and the YSU Office of Student Diversity Programs.
- Saturday, Oct. 4, noon to 3 p.m. Hispanic Heritage Celebration in the Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus. The event features live entertainment, children’s activities, cultural displays, vendors, information tables and ethnic refreshments. Dancers will perform from Latina Productions and Guerreras de Adoración. The Labra Brothers, Conjunto Riquena, Mariachi Miguel Angel, and Bruno Serrano and his musical group will provide music. Dancing will follow to the beat of DJ Kenny Reyes. Josiah Banks, Ruba Alhamid. Aaron Bonilla will emcee the event. Parking is free for the first 50 guests in the Wick Avenue deck. Advise parking attendant that you are attending the Hispanic Heritage Celebration to receive a parking pass.
The celebration is coordinated by the Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee through the Youngstown State University Office Student Diversity Programs with support from campus and community organizations as well as local sponsors.
Other university and community events during Hispanic Heritage Month include:
- Monday, Sept. 15 through Wednesday, Oct. 15, Notable Latinos, YSU Maag Library. A display of items from the Maag Library collection featuring the important contributions of renowned Latino authors, poets, musicians, painters, etc. The exhibit will be located on the main floor of Maag Library on the YSU campus. For information contact Ana Torres at 330-941-1717 or email@example.com.
- Friday, Sept. 19, 3 to 4 p.m. “My journey to a PhD Through the Study of Representation Theory of Lie Algebras” in Room 510 of the Lincoln Building on the YSU campus. Pamela E. Harris, a Mexican-American Davies Research Fellow with dual appointments at the U.S. Military Academy and the Army Research Lab, discusses her journey to receiving a PhD, introducing her research interests concerning the representation theory of Lie algebras as it relates to the area of combinatorics. For further information, contact Alicia Prieto Langarica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Saturdays, Sept. 20 and 27, Oct. 4, 1:00 p.m. “This Is Our Sky,” YSU Ward Beecher Planetarium. Luna, the month, introduces young astronomers to the sky and observing. Appropriate for pre-school through fourth grade, the program is an introduction to all the wonderful things about Earth, the moon, the planets, constellations, and more. For information, contact Sharon Shanks at 330-941-3619 or email@example.com.
- Wednesday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m. “Immigration Reform: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” Newport Branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, 3730 Market Street, Youngstown. Koula Glaros-King, attorney at Community Legal Aid specializing in immigration work, presents information on immigration reform, the problem it represents, and why immigrants cannot wait their turn. A dialogue session will follow. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and the YSU Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee. For more information, contact Deborah Liptak, Youngstown Library Development Director, at 330-744-8638, Ext. 118.
- Thursday, Sept. 25, 9:00-11:00 a.m., ECHHO College Fair. OCCHA, 3660 Shirley Road, Youngstown/ The 2014 Annual Educators and Community Helping Hispanics Onward, Inc. College Fair is for underrepresented high school students and their parents to learn about the college preparation process and the Hispanic/Latino scholarships available to those who qualify. Co-sponsored by YSU’s Office of Admissions, OCCHA, and ECHHO. For information, contact Maggie McClendon at 330-941-3243 or visit www.echho.org.
- Thursday, Sept. 25, noon, “Making the Most of a Multicultural Diet While in College,” YSU Kilcawley Center, James Gallery. The Department of Campus Recreation hosts an event on multicultural foods and restaurants offered on campus and in the Youngstown community. The program will provide information to support nutrition education for culturally diverse students and communities. Campus Recreation will also be showcasing the wellness services that they offer for all YSU students. For more details, contact Ryan McNicholas at 330-941-2207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sunday, Sept. 28, 4 to 7 p.m. Latin Wine & Beer Taste, Vintage Estate Wine and Beer, 7317 South Avenue, Boardman. Travel the Latin World by enticing your taste buds and learning about wine and beer from Argentina, Chile, Spain, Brazil, and Mexico. This unique event will feature 8 wine and/or beer tastes and a variety of perfectly paired hors d’oeuvres and special cheeses. Seating for the event is limited and pre-purchase of tickets is encouraged. Cost is $20 per person. For more information call 330-629-8080.
- Friday, Oct. 3, 2 to 4 p.m. International Students Coffee Hour, YWCA, 25 W. Rayen Avenue, Youngstown. Mingle with YSU students and the community, and enjoy the delicacies of Latino desserts and coffee. Co-sponsored by the YSU Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee and the YSU Office of Student Diversity Programs. For more information call 330-941-2086.
- Friday, Oct. 3, 3 to 4 p.m. Mathematical Problems in Inventory Management, YSU Lincoln Building, Room 510. Agustin Bompadre discusses how the management of inventory is a fundamental part of running a supply chain. Basic concepts in inventory management will be introduced. For further information, contact Alicia Prieto Langarica at email@example.com.
- Sunday, Oct. 5, 3:00 p.m., 4th Annual Non-Violence Parade & Rally. Join the YSU Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee and the YSU Latino Student Organization in the annual Non-Violence parade. The parade line-up begins at 2 p.m. at YSU’s Williamson College of Business (West Wood and Hazel Streets) and ends downtown. For details, contact Penny Wells at 330-788-0545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Friday, Oct. 17, 5:30 to 11 p.m. OCCHA’s 42nd Annual Gala, Georgetown Banquet Hall, 5945 South Avenue, Boardman. The Organización Cívica y Cultural Hispana Americana, Inc., a social service agency serving the Hispanic and Multi-Cultural community, celebrates 42 years of service with an adults-only fundraiser. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. with musical entertainment and a Hispanic DJ. There will be an auction and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets $50 per person. For tickets and information, call 330-755-0430 or email email@example.com.