Vargas Reelected HETS Executive Committee Chair

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Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University, was recently reelected chair of the Hispanic Education Technology Services (HETS) Executive Committee.

The elections were held July 13 during the annual summer Board Meeting at Bronx Community College in New York. Vargas will serve a two-year term.

Dr. Carlos Morales, president of TCC Connect at Tarrant County College in Texas, was elected the new vice chair.

Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS) was established in 1993. HETS is the first bilingual consortium constituted by more than 40 higher education institutions in Puerto Rico, the United States and Latin America. HETS is dedicated to promoting, supporting and increasing the capabilities of member institutions to enhance Hispanic/Latino student access, retention and success in higher education through the integration of technology.

Southeast will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15 with a variety of events that recognize the many contributions that latinos have made to U.S. culture and the U.S. economy. The Celebration of Hispanic Heritage in the United States started with a week-long commemoration, which was first proclaimed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 after being established by a legislation sponsored by Rep. Edward R. Roybal. It was extended to a 30-day period by a legislation underwritten by Rep. Esteban E. Torres under President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

This year’s activities at Southeast will begin on Sept. 16 from 5-8 p.m. at Capaha Park’s Pavilion 3 with Tacos at Twilight. This will be a night dedicated to celebrating Hispanic achievement, culture and community with food, fun, dancing and performances to pay tribute to the rich heritage of Latino/a experiences in the Southeast region.

For a full schedule of Hispanic Heritage Month events at Southeast, visit http://www.semo.edu/hispanic-latino/events.html.