Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois
Hispanic Heritage Month

Graffiti Art Contest - September 16-30, 2013

  • Create original graffiti art work that displays How Hispanic Heritage Month Impacts Me

  • Submit your work to Student Life for display at Mulford, SCCE, or LOC campuses from September 16 to September 30(Find out more information in the Student Life office)

  • Up to 3 winners at each site will be announced during week of October 14, 2013

3-part lecture/discussion series plus film viewing

Lecture/discussion Latinos in United States: A Historical Journey
Professor Elvira Ventimiglia will present two lectures, September 25 & October 2, followed by an expert panel discussion, October 9, 2013:
  1. September 25 at 12:00 noon in the Student Center Atrium > Mexican-Americans
  2. October 2 at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium > Caribbean-Americans: the Cuban and Puerto Rican Experience
  3. October 9 at 12:00 noon in the Student Center Atrium > Panel Discussion on the Dream Act

Film Showing & Discussion
October 18, 2013, 12:00-3:00 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium

Screening of the film My Family (Mi Familia) presented in English. Professor Cristina Szterensus will lead participants in a discussion immediately following the movie. Co-hosted by RVC PAIC Committee and the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS).


Guest Speaker, Maria Hawley - October 2, 2013

Maria del Carmen Castro de Hawley will speak on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Learning and Opportunity Center (LOC- downtown Rockford in Stewart Square Building on West State St.). Come hear the founder of La Voz Latina share her insights about being the first Latina Social Worker in Rockford among many other notable accomplishments.

Latino/a Panel Discussion - October 10, 2013

What does being Latino/a in Rockford mean to you? Join us on Thursday, October 10, 2013, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Stenstrom Center for Career Education (4151 Samuelson Road) commons area. Moderated by Betty Villalobos-Hallmann. Local Latino/as will share what their heritage means to them. 

National Museum of Mexican Art Field Trip - October 12, 2013

This event is free but a $10 deposit per person is required for reservation. Seats are available for up to 44 students for this trip on Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The bus will leave from Stenstrom Center for Career Education (4151 Samuelson Road). Museum tour is free, but lunch is not included.

Flamenco Guitar Performance - October 12, 2013

Thiago VasquezSaturday, October 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Room (PAR), lower level of the ERC building on RVC's main campus.

  • Flamenco Guitar Recital featuring Thiago Vasquez from Spain.

  • This event is free and open to the public.

  • Pre-concert lecture by Justina Bayod at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Room (PAR).

  • Lecture sponsored by RVC PAIC Committee. Concert sponsored by RVC Modern Language Department and RVC Foundation.


Tango Demonstration/Lesson - October 16, 2013

October 16, 2013, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium. Maria Castello and Jacques St-Cyr will perform the tango and provide a brief lesson.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Jennifer Wheeler in RVC Student Life at (815) 921-4183 or