F. Eduardo Castilla O. as the Advisor for ALAS, Association of Latin American Students, has kept busy making sure these student groups can accomplish their goals for the Hispanic Heritage month, yearly celebrated from September 15 to October 15. As part of such festivities they organized a couple of events:
ALAS brought to campus a motivational speaker, the Cuban Guy. On Sept. 19 he engaged the audience with many activities in learning the importance of pursuing their goals and success. Coverage of this is found in the newspaper of Saint Joseph. http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/article_5c7bd12b-5b5f-59cd-8259-2fb4dd734019.html Thought it was a rainy evening, many students did have the benefit of being energized by this great motivational speaker, who additional shows the presence of Hispanics in the USA.
On Sept. 25th there was the first Hispanic Heritage Month Banquet, a well-attended event, for which Dr. Castilla Ortiz thanks the support of his colleagues Dr. Bausset Page and Dr. RiveraTaupier. This banquet was appropriately organized around Hispanic dishes, and counted with the presence of our Provost, the Associate Provost, and Vice President for Student Affairs, in addition to some members of the community and students from MWSU. The entertainment was provided by Marimba Sol de Chiapas, a teaching performance ensemble directed by John Currey . This band had among its members Jim (James) Schank, an alumni who graduated some decades back in MWSU, who for the first time came back to play in this banquet, which was his last performance with Marimba Sol de Chiapas.
Also as part of this Hispanic Heritage Month, there is a video featuring Dr. Castilla Ortiz addressing Latino parents (in Spanish), and how they can contribute to their children success in going and pursuing a college education here in the United States. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk5ylM7VztI How Latino Parents Can Support Their Children In College: Consejos Para Padres Latinos (Spanish)