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2009.09.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Latino Heritage Month Celebration Begins Sept. 16

Omaha - The annual Latino Heritage Month celebration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) begins Wednesday, Sept. 16.  Events include music, dance workshops, a theatre presentation, leadership series and more.  Activities are free and open to the public.

The 2009 schedule of events:

Wednesday, Sept. 16
- Latin American Cultural Fair with Xiotal Ballet Folklorico Grupo Kumbe: Colombian Folkloric Dance Group
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room/Aksarben Room

Thursday, Sept. 17
- Latin Dance Workshop - featuring Salsa/Merengue/Cumbia/Bachata dance lessons with Noemi Longoria
3 to 5 p.m.
Maverick Village 

- UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies Charla Series: Screening of "Made in L.A."
5:30 to 7:10 p.m.
306 Arts and Sciences Hall

Tuesday, Sept. 22
- Mixed Blood Theater "Minnecanos" performance and mini discussion
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room

Wednesday, Sept. 23
- Next Generation Diversity Leadership Series: "What Is Diversity and Why Does it Matter?"
1 to 2 p.m.
MBSC Gallery Room
(To register, contact Stella Watts at swatts@mail.unomaha.edu.)

Thursday, Sept. 24
- "Latinos in Greek Life: Then and Now" - featuring Jorge Gomez from Iowa Western Community College and Vanessa Jiminez, director of chapter services for Sigma Lambda Gamma headquarters at the University of Iowa
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Chancellor's Room
(An informational meeting will take place for Sigma Lambda Beta and Lambda Theta Nu members following the presentation.)

Monday, Oct. 12
- Expresiones Latinas: The Talent Show
7 to 9 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room

Thursday, Oct. 15
- Next Generation Diversity Leadership Series: "Do Great Minds Really Think Alike?"
10 to 11 a.m.
MBSC Gallery Room
(To register, contact Watts at swatts@mail.unomaha.edu.)

- UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies Charla Series: Latin America and Immigration in the Obama Era
4 to 6 p.m.
MBSC Omaha Room

For more information, call Valerie Thompson, assistant director of cultural programs with Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, at (402) 554-2711.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary.  This celebration recognizes the partnership among the city of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community.  The centennial theme is "UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908."  This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908.  For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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