September 28, 2005
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Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Sementha Mathews Manager of Public Information and Media Relations

Valdosta State University Hosts Amazon Day

Over 500 area middle and high school students are expected to attend Amazon Day at Valdosta State University Palms Quad, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., as part of Hispanic Heritage Month festivities.

Amazon Day is one of several activities intended to enhance an awareness and appreciation of the Amazon River and its culture. The event will feature local musicians, booths and displays by various groups including: Telamon, the Philosophy Club, the Anthropology Club, Center for International Programs, Latin American Student Association, the Sierra Club, and Modern and Classical Languages.

Special presentations include a performance by Mariachi Juvenil America, a group founded by the Paisano brothers in 1994 and now one of the most well-known mariachi bands renowned for playing Mexican rhythms in Georgia. Attendees can also expect to see a performance by Sabor Latino, an Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College student dance troupe, directed by Angel Aguilar.

Generous funding for Hispanic Heritage Month festivities has been provided by the Georgia Humanities Council and the following Departments at VSU: Philosophy, Office of Equal Opportunity and Multicultural Affairs, Biology, Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences, Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice and Marriage and Family Therapy, the Dean's Office of the College of Arts and Sciences, Modern and Classical Languages and the Speaker/Lecture Series Committee of Senate.

For a full schedule of Hispanic Heritage month activities at VSU, visit http://www.valdosta.edu/news/releases/hispanicheritage_092105/ .