» By KIMBERLY WALLACE – kwallace17@my.apsu.edu

It was a chilly and dreary morning, but that didn’t stop the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. There was plenty of music and entertainment to warm up anyone’s cold soul. The members of the Hispanic Cultural Center put on their annual Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Celebration in the MUC Plaza on Thursday, Sept.15.

“We are just trying to promote and raise awareness of Hispanic cultures on our campus and out in our communities,” said Daisy Torres, Hispanic Cultural Center Coordinator.

Some attendees included a group of kids from the APSU Child Learning Center. The kids were the first to participate in the Celebration. They laughed, jumped and danced to the lively cultural music that filled the air.

The workers of the celebration could be seen swaying their hips to the enticing beat of the music. Not only were the kids and workers swaying to music, but a few spectators started to move their bodies to the rhythm os well.

Along with music, free tacos were given out along with festive green and red bandanas.

“I like the red chili pepper bandana, I think it makes me look festive,” said Johnny Tubbs, who sported the red bandana around his neck.

The celebration didn’t stop there. The office of Student Life and Leadership and the Office of International Education paired up with the HCC’s event to give out Global Govs Passports.

“With the Global Govs Passport you can attend the list of cultural events to get your passport stamped. Once your passport is stamped once per month for the fall semester, you could win a round trip airline ticket,” said Melissa Dempsey, coordinator of Programs and Special Events.

Within 30 minutes of the kickoff of Hispanic Heritage Month, the sun began to peek through the clouds and warm people’s souls.

“Hispanic Heritage Month lasts from Sept.15 to Oct.15,” Torres said. The HCC has events planned throughout the month for the celebration.

For more information about the HCC or Hispanic Heritage Month events contact (931)221-6645 or stop by MUC room 213. TAS