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National Theme: Diversity United, Building America's Future Today

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Aug. 30, 2012) – Celebrating the rich and diverse cultural traditions of Hampton Roads’ Hispanic-American community, Tidewater Community College commemorates National Hispanic Heritage Month on all four of its campuses with a diverse schedule of speakers and cultural activities, free of charge and open to the public.

The theme of the 2012 National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, is Diversity United, Building America's Future Today.

TCC’s events and activities, beginning Monday, Sept. 17, and running through Monday, Oct. 15, 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


Monday, Sept. 17, 11:45 a.m.
Learn the Salsa with dance instructor Erika Phillips. Be ready to show your moves at the Virginia Beach Campus celebration on Sept. 18.
Virginia Beach building, room G139, Virginia Beach Campus

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m.
Hispanic food tasting, dance performances and music by Tumbao Salero.
Virginia Beach building, student lounge, room 134 & 135, Virginia Beach Campus

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Film screening: The Motorcycle Diaries. The film follows two daring friends, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and Alberto Granado, who hop on the back of a beat-up motorcycle for a breathtaking road trip across Latin America
ATC Theater, Virginia Beach Campus

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 12:30 p.m.
Hispanic food tasting and Latin dance instruction
Whitehurst building, room 2057, Chesapeake Campus

Thursday, Sept, 27, 7:30 p.m.
Ernesto Mejia
Gwinnett Braves first baseman Ernesto Mejia was named the International League Rookie Of The Year and a Post Season All-Star. The 26 year old Venezuelan native, playing in his ninth professional season, will speak on leadership.
Pass Theater, Chesapeake Campus

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m.
Cuban-American comedian and performer, Diana Yanzez, shares her story of growing up in Cuba, Catholic and closeted in Miami. Her one-woman show, Viva La Evolcuion! won the Overall Excellence Award at FringeNYC.
The Forum, Portsmouth Campus

Tuesday, Oct. 2, Noon
ThinkFast Gameshow: Test your knowledge of Hispanic heritage. Test your wits and win.
Whitehurst student lounge, Chesapeake Campus

Tuesday, Oct. 2, Noon
Hispanic Heritage food tasting.
Virginia Beach building, student lounge, rooms 134 & 135, Virginia Beach Campus

Thursday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m.
Learn to Salsa and dive into key historical fact of Cuba.
Student Center, room 5509, Norfolk Campus

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 12:30 p.m.
Celebrate Hispanic cultures and their influence on American culture.
Bayside building, room B100, Virginia Beach Campus

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 12:30 p.m.
Fiesta with food, music and dance.
Whitehurst student lounge, Chesapeake Campus

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 11:45 a.m.
Latin dance lessons with instructor Erika Phillips.
Virginia Beach building, G139, Virginia Beach Campus

Thursday, Oct. 11, 5 p.m.
Learn to dance the Merengue and dive into key historical facts of the Dominican Republic.
Student Center, room 5509, Norfolk Campus

Monday, Oct. 15, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Film screening of La-Bamba. This drama is based on the real life events that affected the lives of rock star Ritchie Valens, his half-brother Bob Morales, his girlfriend Donna Ludwig and the rest of their families. Sweet treats to be served.
Pungo Auditorium, room F133, Virginia Beach Campus



Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - served more than 46,000 students in 2010-11. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling and simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was 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 Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach, as well as the Regional Workforce Solutions Center in Suffolk. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit