September 06, 2006

SIUC Latino Heritage Month events set

by Sun Min

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Step into your salsa shoes. Latino Heritage Month at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is here and you don't want to miss the action on the dance floor and across campus.

The fiesta begins Saturday, Sept. 9, with the 10th annual welcome picnic at Bucky's Haven at Campus Lake and ends with a closing ceremony at St. Francis Xavier Church on Oct. 15. In between, days and nights will feature such activities as salsa lessons, tamale fests, films, panel discussions, poetry night and Latino programming on WSIU-TV.

The theme for this year's event is "Hispanic Americans: Our rich culture contributing to America's future." All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. The full schedule follows:

Saturday, Sept. 9, noon

10th Annual Welcome Picnic

Bucky's Haven, next to SIUC Campus Boat Docks

Free food and entertainment.

Sponsored by Sigma Lambda Beta and Sigma Lambda Gamma.

Contact: Juan or Martha

Friday, Sept. 15, noon

Festival Latino

Free Forum area

Free food, cultural performances and music.

Sponsored by the Hispanic Student Council and Student Development- MPS (U-Card event).

Contact: Jackie Ramirez or April Hall

Mondays, Sept. 18–Oct. 9, 5–6 p.m.

Build a Piñata Section 1

Student Center, Craft Shop

Tuesdays, Sept. 19–Oct. 10, 6-7 p.m.

Build a Piñata Section 2

Student Center, Craft Shop

Cost: $10 per piñata for building materials and instruction.

Groups or families can work on one or more piñatas.

Participation: Minimum three, maximum 12 (U-Card event).

Contact: Student Center Craft Shop 618/453-3636.

Monday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.

"Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary"

Student Center, Mackinaw Room

A discussion led by April Hall of the Hispanic Student Council, will follow. (U-Card event).

Contact: Carl Ervin


Wednesday, Sept. 20, 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

Tamale Fest

Student Center, Old Main Restaurant

Cost: $6.25 (U-Card event)

Contact: Student Center 618/453-3636.

Thursday, Sept 21, 7-9 p.m.

Poetry Night

Common Grounds Coffee House, 600 E. Grand, Carbondale

Sponsored by Sigma Lambda Gamma (U-Card event).

Contact: Martha Tobias

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.

Latino Studies at SIUC: The Vision

Student Center, Mackinaw Room

SIUC professors will discuss the Latin American / Latino Studies Program at the University (U-Card event).

Contact: Carmen Suarez

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m.

Salsa Lessons

Student Center, Ballroom D

Sponsored by Sigma Lambda Beta.

Thursday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

Martin Perez Lecture

Student Center, Ballroom D.

Alumnus of SIUC's School of Law will speak on immigration laws.

Friday, Sept. 29, 12 p.m.

"Racial Comedy: What are its impacts?"

Student Center, Old Main Lounge

Video clips of "Mind of Mencia" and "The Chappelle Show" will be shown and discussed (U-card event).

Contact: Robert Alcala

Friday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m.

Noche de Gala

Student Center, Ballroom D

Salsa dancing, lessons and live music.

Sponsored by Sigma Lambda Beta and Student Center - SPACE (Special Programs And Center Events) (U-Card event).

Contact: Student Center-SPACE 618/453-7160.

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Tiempo Libre Cuban timba group

Shryock Auditorium

Cost: $28 adult, $22 child/senior

The Shryock Auditorium Celebrity Series presents Tiempo Libre (meaning Free Time in Spanish).

For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 866/646-8849 or visit

Contact: Shryock Auditorium 618/453-2000.

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m.

"Lágrimas de Crocodrilo/ Crocodile Tears"

Student Center Auditorium

Monologue performed by Ignacio Rivera. This trans-multi-gender queer, black Boricua, spoken-word performance artist explores issues of identity, abuse, discrimination, love, war and much more. Sponsored by the Saluki Rainbow Network, the Hispanic Student Council, Delta Psi Alpha, Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, the Office of Diversity & Equity and Student Development - MPS (Multicultural Programs and Service) (U-Card event).

Contact: Carl Ervin

Saturday, Oct. 7, 11:30 a.m.

Homecoming Latino Celebration

Saluki tailgate tent area

Free food and entertainment. Student groups will sponsor a tent to celebrate Latino Heritage Month. Sponsored by Hispanic Student Council, Sigma Lambda Beta, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Delta Phi Mu, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority.

Contact: Juan Garcilazo

Monday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m.

"Peace and Respect in Schools"

Student Center, Illinois Room

Joint program for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Month and Latino Heritage Month. Speakers will discuss bullying and discrimination in schools with a focus on children and adolescents from ethnic and sexual minority groups (U-Card event).

Contact: Dr. Julie Steen

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m.

Learn to Make Tamales

Student Center Craft Shop

Cost: $6 (U-Card event)

Contact: Student Center Craft Shop at 618/453-3636.

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m.

Keynote address by Jesse H. Ruiz, chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education

"Contributions of Latinos to America's Future: One Person's Journey in Law, Education, Public Policy and Community Service"

Student Center Auditorium

Sunday, Oct. 15, 1:30 p.m.

Closing Ceremony

St. Francis Xavier Church, 303 Poplar St., Carbondale

Contact: Robert Alcala


Latino Heritage Month Exhibition

Sept. 12 – Sept. 19

Student Center, display case


Latino Programming on WSIU-TV 
Sept. 18, 11 p.m. - 12 a.m.
"Voces: Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in Hollywood Cinema, Part 1"

Sept. 24, 2 - 3 p.m.

"Voces: The Republic of Baseball: The Dominican Giants of the American Game"

Sept. 24, 7 - 8 p.m.

"Nature: Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean"

Sept. 25, 11 p.m. - 12 a.m.
"Voces: Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in Hollywood Cinema, Part 2"

Oct. 10, 11 p.m. - 12 a.m.

"P.O.V. Maquilapolis (City of Factories)"

Sponsors of Latino Heritage Month include Delta Phi Mu, Delta Psi Alpha, Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Hispanic Student Council, Office of Diversity & Equity, Saluki Rainbow Network, Shryock Auditorium Celebrity Series, Sigma Lambda Beta, Sigma Lambda Gamma,

Student Center Craft Shop, Student Center – SPACE and Student Development – MPS.

Enhancing students' understanding of the value of diversity is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.