* Latino Cultural Center

April 2, 2007

Purdue's Latino Cultural Center celebrates fourth year

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's Latino Cultural Center will celebrate its four years on campus April 14 with a "Dia de la Familia," (Day of the Family) picnic and open house at the center, 600 Russell St.

The event, scheduled for 1-3 p.m., is open to the public and will include free food and games.

"This fourth birthday represents a full cycle for students who were freshmen when we started and who are graduating this year," said Maricela Alvarado, director of the Latino Cultural Center. "They have always had the LCC as part of their collegiate experience."

Alvarado said the center's anniversaries are called "Dia de la Familia" because the celebrations always include family and friends who have contributed to its success.

"We have dedicated this day to the entire greater Lafayette community, which has helped us grow, and to those people who would like to get to know us," Alvarado said. "We want to share the Latino Cultural Center with the entire community, as well as the students, faculty, staff and alumni, and we're looking forward to celebrating this milestone of four years at Purdue."

The Latino Cultural Center provides an array of resources for Latino students and visitors to the center. Some of these resources are a computer lab, Latin American book library, study room, lounge area with bilingual cable options, and a conference room for meetings and planning student activities. Events at the center include service-learning and engagement projects, language appreciation and education, cultural entertainment, poetry, and professionalism workshops.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432,

Source:  Maricela Alvarado, (765) 494-2530,

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