The Latin American Organization’s annual “Extravaganza” celebration will take place this year on Saturday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room with an after-party in the Barn from Midnight-3 a.m. The theme for this year’s event is “Noche de Estrellas” (“Night of the Stars”).
Noche de Estrellas features stars from the HWS community at-large. Guest speakers are Hobart alumnus Rafael Rodriguez ’07 and Maria Santana P’09, who is the mother of Kristina Santana ’09. Rodriquez is currently the Graduate Advisor for Latin American Students at the University of Buffalo and was an active member of LAO at HWS, serving as president and treasurer. An individual studies major, he was also a member of the Caribbean Student Association and Chi Phi. Santana is a social worker in the Greater Cleveland Area in Ohio’s Cayuga County. Both will speak about their experiences working with Latino communities outside HWS, and the impact it has made on their lives.
“The evening celebrates the end of another successful year and celebrates Latin American culture and diversity. It also features awards given to students, faculty and community members that exemplify LAO’s mission of promoting cultural awareness,” says LAO president Darline Polanco ’09.
Extravaganza is a popular event that draws in hundreds of students, faculty and campus community members every year. In addition to speakers Rodriquez and Santana, there will be food, student performances and a guest performance by local band El Ka Bong, which features Hobart Alum Aaron Holland ’07. There will also be performances by the Hip~NotiQs, the HWS step team as well as Libertango, the HWS tango club.
Tickets can be purchased at the College Store and costs $5 for students and $7 for non-students.