“Lanzate/Take Off” Education Travel Award

Southwest Airlines and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities announced the names of the students who earned the annual “Lanzate/Take Off” Education Travel Award on October 22, 2012.  More than 400 students from around the country completed online entries and essays for the competition, detailing how the travel award would help them achieve their goal to pursue higher education.  The students are awarded round-trip tickets for themselves or members of their immediate families to visit colleges and universities near any of the 78 airports that Southwest Airlines serves.  The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, and represents approximately 450 colleges and universities.  (Image from 2010 Southwestern Airlines Awards)

Festival Internacional Cervantino

To thunderous applause, the Festival Internacional Cervantino began its annual program of theater, music and culture in the beautiful city of Guanajuato, Mexico on October 13, 2012.   The Festival started in the mid-20th century, when short plays by Miguel de Cervantes called “entreméses” were performed in the city’s plazas.  (Cervantes is the famous Spanish writer whose most well-known book is “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha”, published in 1605.) In 1972, the Mexican government began to provide financial support for the festival, and it has evolved to be one of the most inspiring international artistic and cultural events in Mexico and the Americas.  Please visit www.FestivalCervantino.gob.mx, or even better, please visit the Festival this year.

Opening of Cesar E. Chavez National Monument

As 7000 people applauded, President Barack Obama dedicated the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument on October 8, 2012.  This is the first national monument to honor a contemporary Mexican American.  The Monument is located on a 187-acre site, known as Nuestra Senora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace), which was a center of the United Farm Workers of America.  Beginning in 1971, La Paz was the locale where Chavez and many organizers lived and strategized.  (Photo by Carolyn Kaster / AP)

Javier Miyares, President of UMUC

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) announced that Javier Miyares was appointed as President of UMUC on October 1, 2012.   Miyares was born in Cuba, and escaped to the US as a teen-ager.  Miyares joined UMUC in 2001 as vice president for institutional effectiveness. Previously, he served the USM office as assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs.  (Photo by Bob Ludwig)