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September 13, 2012

Hispanic Heritage Month activities under way at ABAC

TIFTON — Mouth-watering food, colorful dances, and a keynote address by Dr. Raymond Moreno will highlight the annual Hispanic Heritage Month activities at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Titled, “Keeping the Dream Alive Today for Tomorrow’s Leaders”, the activities are sponsored by the Cultura Latina Club, the Office of Multicultural Education Programs, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the ABAC Diversity Affairs Committee.

On Sept. 17, students can take part in Karaoke Night. Both events begin at 7 p.m. in the J. Lamar Branch Student Center.

The ninth Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration will take place on Sept. 20 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at The Meadows at ABAC. The entire community is invited to attend the celebration.  

Moreno, who earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his internal medicine residency at Tampa General Hospital, will speak at the event.  Moreno practiced with Affinity Clinic for many years and then retired from patient care to serve as Vice President of Medical Affairs with Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC).  He has recently decided to transition back into clinical practice.

Moreno is a past recipient of the Georgia Hospital Association’s “Healthcare Hero” award for his work in promoting migrant and Latino healthcare and education in the region.  He continues to serve as the TRMC liaison for the Southwest Georgia Graduate Medical Education Committee, the Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition and the Tift County Board of Health.

The celebration will also include a taste of traditional and authentic Hispanic food followed by opening remarks by Dr. Niles Reddick, ABAC Vice President of Academic Affairs. Javier Gonzales, Director of Multicultural Education Programs, will give the historical perspective.  

Performers will then represent various countries through dances including the Samba, Cumbia Texana, and Merengue. A highlight of the program will be the presentation of the flags by students of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP).

The closing event for the month will be a soccer scrimmage on Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. at the ABAC Soccer Field.

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18. The national celebration ends on Oct. 12 with the observation of the date that Christopher Columbus discovered America.

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