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Thursday, October 10Student Life Presents: “Bless Me Ultima”Based on the controversial novel by acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Southwest Campus Cafetorium
Monday, October 1412:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Heritage Room
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. SourceThe 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. Source14%. The percentage of the Hispanic population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree or higher in 2010. SourceThe 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. SourceThe 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.
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