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Please join St. Philip’s College for the
2013 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

"Hispanics Serving and Leading Our Nation with Pride and Honor"

HHM 2013 A  Tuesday, September 17
Latina Voices in Poetry: Dr. Carmen Tafolla, Poet Laureate of San Antonio
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Watson Fine Arts Center
Gonzalez  Thursday, September 19
Guest Lecturer: former Congressman Charlie Gonzalez
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (Refreshments)
9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Program
Heritage Room
HHM 2013 B  Cholos, Symbols and Abstracts: Notes from a Cultural Frontier
Thursday, September 19
Meet the Artist Reception
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Immediately following Guest Lecturer)
Morgan Gallery
Featured Artist: Felipe Reyes
salsa  Wednesday, October 2
Best Tasting Salsa Competition
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Heritage Room
Sponsored by: SPC Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts
sarape  Thursday, October 10
Panel Discussion: “The Dream Act – Its Educational Impact on the Latinization of America”
Guest Speakers – Dr. Sylvester Perez, SAISD Superintendent and Ricardo Pimentel, Editorial writer/columnist
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Morgan Gallery
"Finally there is someone that you can invest in that looks like you, speaks like you, relates to things you relate to and make our culture okay to talk about.”
- George Lopez
HHM 2013 C 

Thursday, October 10
Student Life Presents: “Bless Me Ultima”
Based on the controversial novel by acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Southwest Campus Cafetorium

Monday, October 14
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Heritage Room




Hispanic Heritage Month Facts

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed National Hispanic Heritage Week, to be observed during the week including Sep. 15 and Sep. 16. Twenty years later, Congress expanded this observance into a month-long celebration, to be held Sep. 15 - Oct. 15 each year.

52.0 million. The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2011. Source 

The first Hispanic member of the U.S. Congress was Joseph Marion Hernández (1822), a delegate from the Florida territory.

Ellen Ochoa invented optical analysis systems and was also the world’s first Hispanic female astronaut.

1.3 million. Number of Hispanics added to the nation's population between July 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011. Source 

1.2 million. The number of Hispanics or Latinos 18 and older who are veterans of the U.S. armed forces. Source 

The first Hispanic U.S. Surgeon General was Antonia Coello Novello, 1990–1993. She was also the first woman ever to hold the position.

According to Minnie Meade Lowery, one of the first St. Philip’s graduates, two Mexican students were in the school’s first class by the names of Juanita and Bernita Rodriguez.

The first Hispanic recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was Oscar Hijuelos (1990), for his novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.

9.7 million. The number of Hispanic citizens who reported voting in the 2008 presidential election. Source

The first Hispanic to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was Severo Ochoa (1959) for the synthesis of ribonucleic acid (RNA).

63%. The percentage of Hispanics 25 and older that had at least a high school education in 2010. Source

14%. The percentage of the Hispanic population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree or higher in 2010. Source

The first Hispanic U.S. Attorney General was Alberto Gonzales (2005).

37.5 million. 37,579,787 U.S. residents 5 and older spoke Spanish at home in 2009. Source 

The first Hispanic Medal of Honor recipient was Philip Bazaar (1865), a Chilean member of the U.S. Navy, for bravery during the Civil War.

2.3 million. The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in 2007, up 43.7 percent from 2002. Source

The first Hispanic astronaut was Franklin Chang-Dìaz (1986). He flew on a total of seven space-shuttle missions.

The first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court Justice was Sonia Sotomayor (2009).

The first Hispanic Major League baseball player was Esteban Bellán (1871) for the Troy Haymakers.

The first Hispanic awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics was Luiz Walter Alvarez (1968) for discoveries about subatomic particles.

The first Hispanic to win the Oscar for Best Actor was José Ferrer (1950) for Cyrano de Bergerac.