ASC to honor Hispanic heritage

(07-25-2007)

Food vendors & arts exhibitors sought

Achievements by Hispanic residents of the San Luis Valley will be recognized at Hispanic Heritage Day, sponsored by Adams State College and Grizzly Athletics Saturday, September 1, from noon to 3 p.m. in the field north of Plachy Hall (Stadium & Sunset.)

Dr. Joe I Vigil will man the starting gun at this year's Joe I. Vigil Open cross country competition, which begins Adams State's Hispanic Heritage Day, Sept. 1.

Dr. Joe I Vigil will man the starting gun at this year's Joe I. Vigil Open cross country competition, which begins Adams State's Hispanic Heritage Day, Sept. 1.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with the Joe I. Vigil Open cross country competition at Cattails Golf Course. Both high school and college teams will race. Dr. Vigil will be on hand to man the starting gun. An ASC emeritus professor and 1959 ASC graduate, he is an international legend in the cross country world. His 1992 ASC men's cross country team accomplished the ultimate goal in the NCAA Div. II National Championship: a perfect score of 15.

Hispanic Heritage Day events begin at noon and will include mariachi music, Mexican food, and Hispanic arts and cultural exhibits. The day will also focus on the achievements of Hispanics in the valley, at Adams State, and specifically, in Adams State athletics. Adams State is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, which requires a Hispanic enrollment of at least 25 percent. Adams State's student body is nearly 27 percent Hispanic.

The event was stimulated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association's new direction to help Division II student athletes become more engaged in their community, according to Larry Mortensen, director of the Athletic Department.

"The Athletic Department is the front porch of the campus for the community," Mortensen said. "This is an opportunity for our students to have a more holistic collegiate experience, compared to Division I athletes. We want to engage our students in the community and give them a better understanding of their future after college sports. It will broaden their view and will benefit the college and community."

Exhibitors who exemplify Hispanic art and culture are invited to present a booth at Hispanic Heritage Day. The number of booths is limited. There is no charge for artists that only display or demonstrate their work; artists who sell at the event will be charged a nominal $25 fee. To sign up for a booth or receive more information, please call ASC Community Partnerships: (719) 587-7372 or 587-7230.

Food vendors are also being sought for the event. Those interested should call Larry Mortensen, (719) 587-7401. For more information about the Joe I. Vigil Open or Hispanic Heritage Day, please call ASC Athletics: (719)587-7401.

By Julie Waechter