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National theme: Embracing the fierce urgency of now! 

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Aug. 24, 2009) – Celebrating the rich and diverse cultural traditions of Hampton Roads’ Hispanic-American community, Tidewater Community College will commemorate National Hispanic Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, on all four of its campuses, with a month-long schedule of speakers and cultural activities, all free of charge and open to the public. 

The theme of the 2009 National Hispanic Heritage Month is: Embracing the fierce urgency of now!   

TCC’s events and activities, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16, and running through Wednesday,  Oct. 14, will pay homage to this theme by recognizing the spirit and contributions of Hispanic Americans not only in this community, but nationwide.

For questions, contact TCC’s Information Center, 822-1122. For campus locations, maps and driving directions, visit



Thursday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m.

Cartoonist and journalist Hector Cantú,

creator of the celebrated comic-strip, “Baldo”

College-wide keynote address with reception to follow

TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk


Wednesday, Sept. 16, 12 p.m.

Fiesta with food, music, dance lessons and trivia games                                                                     Hector Cantú

Waterfront Conference Room, Portsmouth Campus 

Thursday, Sept. 17, 12 p.m.

Fiesta with food, music, dance lessons and trivia games

Snack Bar, Virginia Beach Campus 

Monday, Sept. 21, 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Presentation by Linda Harris, attorney and TCC Disabilities Services coordinator

Topic: The Journey of Sonia Sotomayor

Sponsored by the TCC Women’s Center

Martin Building, 5th Floor, Room 2502, Norfolk Campus 

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 12 p.m.

Fiesta with food, music and dance lessons (weather permitting)

On the Green, Norfolk Campus 

Thursday, Sept. 24, 12 p.m.

Fiesta with food, music, dance lessons and trivia games

Whitehurst Building, Student Lounge, Chesapeake Campus 

Thursday, Sept. 24, 12:30 p.m.

Presentation by Dr. Gabriela Christie Toletti, TCC Spanish professor

Topic: Praising Our Hispanic American Cultural Patchwork

Pungo Auditorium, Virginia Beach Campus 

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 12 p.m.

Presentation by Kevin Brady, TCC history professor

Topic: Tejanos under the Texas Flag

Whitehurst Building, Room 2057, Chesapeake Campus 

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5-7 p.m.

Fiesta with food, music, dance lessons and trivia games

On the Green, Norfolk Campus

Rain site: Andrews Building Lobby 

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 12 p.m

Presentation by Dr. William Paquette, TCC history professor

Topic: 12/21/2012, the Mayan Calendar and the End of the World

Waterfront Conference Room, Portsmouth Campus 

Thursdays, throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

HITZ on the Plaza – Hispanic Edition

On the Green, Norfolk Campus


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 40,000 students annually and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 15th highest associate-degree producer in the nation and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit