EFSC Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

September 8, 2016 - Eastern Florida State College will be hosting several events in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated each year from September 15 to October 15.

Hispanic HeritaHispanic Heritage Monthge Month is a time to honor the history and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans, and to recognize their contributions to the United States. First observed in 1968, the celebration initially lasted seven days. On August 17, 1988, the Reagan Administration enacted a law extending the festivities to thirty days.  

September 15 is a significant date in Latin American history, resulting in the observance's unusal mid-month time frame. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence on that day, with this year marking the 195th anniversary. Belize, Chile and Mexico also celebrate their independence within the subsequent week, on September 21, September 18 and September 16 respectively.  

EFSC Events During National Hispanic Heritage Month

Kickoff Celebration 
Wednesday, September 21, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Cocoa Campus, Bldg. 11 Café
Explore the richness of Hispanic Culture through displays, art, music, food, dance performances and a salsa and guacamole competition presented by the EFSC Culinary Arts program.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration - Titusville Campus
Monday, September 26, 10 AM to 1 PM
Titusville Campus, Bldg. 3 Community Dining Room
Come learn more about Hispanic heritage while enjoying free music, food, displays and a salsa and guacamole competition presented by the EFSC Culinary Arts program.

Latin Dance Challenge
Tuesday, September 27, 6 to 7 PM
Cocoa Campus YMCA, Bldg. 18
Combine culture and exercise with a Zumba fitness event at the Cocoa YMCA. This aerobic dance craze with origins in Latin America is a fun way to work up a sweat!

Endeavor Elementary Spanish Festival
Co-Sponsored by the EFSC Hispanic Club & Rotaract Club
Saturday, October 1, 9 AM to 12 PM
Endeavor Elementary School
905 Pineda Street, Cocoa, FL 32922
Join us for a collaborative community event, complete with a free nacho buffet provided by Chaparral Mexican Grill.

El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) Presentation
Monday, October 10, (This event has been canceled due to the speaker being impacted by Hurricane Matthew)
Keynote speaker John Robert Hussey will present a short history of "El Camino de Santiago," a popular Spanish pilgrimage trail that leads to the tomb of the apostle St. James the Great. He will also share personal experiences gained during his own travels and provide useful tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. 

Hispanic Heritage Celebration - Palm Bay Campus
Wednesday, October 12, 11 AM to 2:30 PM
Palm Bay Campus, Bldg. 2 Breezeway Patio
Come celebrate Hispanic culture with us in Palm Bay! Highlights of the event will include dance, information booths, food and the bilingual presentation of awards to distinguished attendees including Javier Molinares, Publisher of Al Día Today and Director of the Brevard Hispanic Center, Congressional Staffer Rob Medina and Palm Bay Mayor William Capote.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration - Melbourne Campus
RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, October 26, 10 AM to 1 PM
Melbourne Campus, Melissa Prevatt Pavilion
Join us for free food, fun and activities including a special presentation at 12:15 PM in the Building 4 Auditorium by guest speaker Javier Molinares, Publisher of Al Día Today and Director of the Brevard Hispanic Center.

For more information on all events, contact Maggie Stubbe at 321-433-7251 or stubbem@easternflorida.edu