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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

July 18, 2011

Northwest intercultural affairs office seeking proposals for Hispanic Heritage Month

MARYVILLE, Mo. - In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Intercultural Affairs invites all University departments, student organizations and individuals as well as members of the Maryville community to consider sponsoring a program or event celebrating Hispanic culture.

Proposals for programs or events should be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29. All proposals should be submitted electronically by accessing the form here. Preference will be given to programs and events that relate to the 2011 national theme, "Many Backgrounds, Many Stories, One American Spirit."

Northwest will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

"In our global society it is important for us to continuously educate ourselves and others about cultures and backgrounds, and I am excited about the programs that will occur during our cultural heritage months this year," said Steve Bryant, director of intercultural affairs at Northwest. "Hispanic Heritage Month is the kickoff of our celebrations and will consist of many interactive events that will help all of us in our intercultural journey."

The national recognition dates to 1968 when President Lyndon Johnson recognized the first Hispanic Heritage Week. Twenty years later, President Ronald Regan expanded the week to cover the 30-day period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 with the start date marking the anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Hondorus and Nicaragua. Mexico's Independence Day is Sept. 16, and Chile celebrates Independence Day Sept. 28. For more information about the national celebration go to

For more information about the Northwest celebration, contact Steven Bryant, director of intercultural affairs, at 660.562.1517 or at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468