Skip to content
TAMIU’s ‘Voces’ Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Posted: 9/08/16

TAMIU’s ‘Voces’ Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


Voces Celebration Logo
Hispanic Heritage is honored at TAMIU  

From the sharing of a traditional “grito” and playing of Loteria, to an exploration of music in Central and South America, a dramatic presentation on the life of Bernardo de Gálvez, and a dinner featuring famed chef Pati Jinich, Hispanic Heritage Month will be observed at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Sept. 15- Oct. 15, 2016.

This year, TAMIU has expanded its on-campus activities, organizing all under the Celebration theme of  “Voces,” and providing opportunities for the community to engage in the month-long celebration, said the University’s vice president for Institutional Advancement, Rosanne Palacios.

“We realized that our campus observation offers remarkable opportunities for insight and engagement, and wanted to share it with our community. We all know that there is community in diversity and our ‘Voces’ Celebration will certainly underscore this.  Most events are free of charge and open to the public, and we encourage people to bookmark our online calendar, or follow us on social media to learn more about our Celebration,” Palacios said.

The Voces celebration opens with a traditional “grito” on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m., including performances by the TAMIU Ballet Folklórico, Mariachi Internacional, games, food and more in the Student Center Rotunda.

Other highlight events include:

A Chicana Portrait Series by Raquel Valle Senties and presentation of Student Films will highlight a reception Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library.

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, double James Beard Award and Emmy-nominated Chef Pati Jinich, of PBS’ series “Pati’s Mexican Table,” will host an evening dinner in the Student Center at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $100 and benefit KLRN, a TAMIU partner.

TAMIU faculty members Dr. Aaron Olivas and Dr. Andrew Hazelton will offer a Borderland History Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center.

TAMIU Organist Dr. Colin Campbell will perform a spirited, live accompaniment on the Sharkey Corrigan Organ of a classic of Mexican silent film, El automovíl gris, Friday, Sept. 30 at noon in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Coming up in October are a student evening of Loteria, and actor Hector Diaz in a one-man show about Bernardo de Gálvez, a former governor of Spanish Louisiana who earned a place in American history with military conquests that impacted the American Revolution.  There will also be a series of events celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of Cervantes, including readings and lectures.

A Student Roundtable will explore the Hispanic Contribution to Invention and a lecture on the music of Central and South America are also scheduled.  Faculty can also include Voces Celebration elements in their class offerings, or expand on them.  For example, the International Leadership program will focus on owning cultural strengths.

An online calendar of all Voces events is available on the University’s web site at

For additional information, contact the TAMIU Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 956.326.2180, email, click on or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, Suite 268.

University information is also available on its social media sites on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.