Three Kings Celebration a costum of the Hispanic culture. Celebrated on Saturday, January 5 at Northern Indiana Center for History. The three kings; Jairo Zamarripa (Gaspar) Raul Zamarripa (Balthasar), Juan Bernmudez (Melchor). Behind Juan Zamarripa (Joseph), Viridiana Zamarripa (Mary) and Crystal Rangel ( Baby Jesus).

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GC to offer English for Spanish-speaking professionals, outlet for housing concerns

GOSHEN, Ind. - A six-part series of public forums about race, culture and class relations in various communities around Goshen College identified some of the problems that exist in Elkhart County. Now the college is looking to be part of the solution through classes that help both beginning English speakers and immigrant looking to learn college-level language skills.

The $3,000 Partnership in Action grant from Indiana Campus Compact allows organizers of the interracial Community Voices series from February to May 2001 to create a local group to address housing issues for tenants and increase the offerings of English courses in the area. More specifically, the grant would:

Help fund free student-run English as a New Language courses for immigrants and others seeking to learn English.

Create, with Assembly Mennonite Church of Goshen, a task force to help answer and provide justice for individuals’ complaints about housing issues.

Offer a free class “Professional English” course for advanced English as a new language for students seeking to enter into specialized training. The course would be geared toward professionals with recognized degrees abroad who wish to continue their professional careers locally.

The latter offering especially will impact the local community, according to college officials, who said many of the immigrants currently working in area factories have advanced degrees or professional jobs in their home countries. The evening course, which begins Feb. 7, will be offered Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. and will focus on training for those looking to earn Indiana state teaching credentials, including exit interviews with the college’s education department.

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If you are interested in attending the Third Annual Indiana Latina(o) Student Leadership Conference on March 2, 2002 in the Bloomington campus see me for the conference registration form. Registration deadline is February 22, 2002. Conference registration fee is $5.00 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch and $5.00 for the networking session and dance.

The theme of this year’s conference is “LATINOS” (Leadership Achievement Through Indiana Networking Organizational Success).

Celebrating the uniqueness of Latina(o) culture, scholarship and leadership, the conference seeks to encourage and promote further networking, academic inquiry, student development and empowerment of Latinas/os throughout the state of Indiana. Following the theme of the conference, participants will be able to examine such issues as Latino identity, personal leadership styles, graduate school and professional development.

The conference is expected to attract over 100 participants consisting of faculty, professionals, and student representatives from various organizations throughout the state. All interested individuals are encouraged to apply by February 22nd to assure registration.

For more information contact Zelideh Martinez, Latinos Unidos of IU, President and conference planning committee member at 812-855-0174 or by email at lacasa@indiana.edu.

Elonda Wilder-Hamilton, Coordinator • Office of Campus Diversity