With the sounds of Mexican ranchera music, gritos, trumpets blaring, and the aroma of delicious pastries and pan dulce floating in the air, Galveston College celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a fiesta on Oct. 11 at the Seibel Wing.
“As a Hispanic student, having an important event at the college that represents my cultural heritage meant a lot to me,” said Hispanic Student Organization President, Ashley Marlen Hinojosa. “I appreciate everyone who was fascinated with all the performances and got to know the Hispanic culture through the art of music and dance. The event brought awareness to the Hispanic culture and to the Hispanic Student Organization, and we hope it encourages other students to join the organization in the future.”
The Galveston College Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta was hosted in collaboration among several departments, programs and student organizations, including the Galveston College Departments of Student Life and Marketing and Communication, the Culinary Arts program, the Student Government Association and Hispanic Student Organization.
The celebration featured a performance by the Ball High School Ballet Folklórico and local Mariachi Emperadores de México. In addition, the Culinary Arts program provided refreshments and Latin American pastries, while the Hispanic Student Organization provided Mexican pan dulce and hosted games such as Loteria. Giveaways and commemorative T-shirts were distributed to students, faculty and staff by the Galveston College Marketing and Communication Department.
“Everyone loved the event and as a student it was culturally enriching to get to experience the different cultures that make up Latin America,” said Galveston College student Mikayla Moore. “It was such a fun and festive atmosphere and the performances by the ballet folklórico and the mariachi were very entertaining.”
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