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LU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Lamar University will host a variety of Hispanic culture events across campus in observation of Hispanic Heritage Month. The celebrations that run through Nov. 4 will honor the history, traditions and culture of the generations of Hispanic Americans who have had a positive impact on society to raise awareness of important causes in the nation’s present and future.

A “Noche de la Cultura” (Night of Culture) is to take place Oct. 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Setzer Student Center Ballroom. It will feature Hispanic culture through art, music, dance, and food. Performers from university and community will join to ensure an evening full of entertainment.

Later, the “Día de los Muertos Alteras” (Day of the Dead Altars) event, spanning Oct. 25 to Nov. 4, will commemorate the famous Mexican holiday revered by Hispanics and recognized by cultures across the globe. LU’s Spanish Circle student organization will demonstrate how family and friends remember their loved ones who have passed. Traditions involve adorning the altars of the deceased with flowers, favorite foods, and memorabilia as the living fondly recall the lives of the dead.

Other activities include Rainn Day (Sexual Violence Awareness), Salsa Night, a Foosball competition, a Delta Xi Nu presentation, and a Movie Night.  

The Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 Planning Committee, a collaboration of nine of Lamar’s different educational, professional and cultural societies, has organized the month’s activities. For a full schedule visit,, or call LU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, (409) 880-8216.