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WRITER: DISA LUBKER
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: March 25, 2002

Community invited to Gusto Latino March 29 at IMU

Gusto Latino, presented by the University of Iowa International Crossroads Community, returns to the UI campus this year for a night of Latin culture complete with food and live music provided by Iowa's own Latin music ensemble, Orquesta Alto Maiz.

The traditionally Latin celebration will be Friday, March 29 from 7 p.m. to midnight in the second floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is open to the public and admission is free for UI students with a student ID card, $3 for all other students and $5 for all non-students. Tickets can be purchased at the IMU box office or at the door. Food can be purchased at the celebration for an additional cost.

A Latin dance performance and Salsa lessons will be given by The Latin Dancing Stars led by Ignacio Anguiano-Reyes. The evening will culminate with a dance contest, and door prizes will be awarded throughout the festivities.

This event is sponsored by the UI International Crossroads Community (ICC) and co-sponsored by the following: International Programs, UI Student Government, Campus Activities Board, The Stepping Up Project, Latin American Studies Program, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Sigma Lambda Beta, and the Associated Residence Halls (ARH).

Located in Hillcrest Residence Hall, the ICC is a living-learning community open to all students, regardless of academic major or background, who are interested in global issues and different cultures. The ICC is made up of both international and American students who have different language abilities, interests, ages, travel experiences and cultural backgrounds.

The ICC is affiliated with the UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

For more information about Gusto Latino or special accommodations to attend this event, contact Blythe Burkhardt at (319) 335-1436 or email blythe-burkhardt@uiowa.edu.