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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 14, 2004

UI To Host Third Annual Reunion Of Latino, Native American Alumni

The Latino and Native American Alumni Alliance will hold its third annual reunion, LaNA-3, Oct. 21-24 on the University of Iowa campus.

Numerous meetings and activities are planned, including an art exhibit, potluck, and an alumni-student networking reception. A presentation by featured writer Michelle Serros, music, poetry, panel discussions, and a Hawkeye Tailgate Party are among the planned activities. The events are free and open to the public.

THURSDAY, OCT. 21

--6:30 to 8 p.m.: American Indian Student Association Potluck at the Latino Native American Cultural Center, 308 Melrose Ave.

FRIDAY, OCT. 22

--All day: Art Exhibit in the Design Gallery, Iowa Advanced Technology Lab.

--1 to 2:30 p.m., in the Becker Communications Study Building Auditorium, Michele Serros, author of "How to be a Chicana Role Model" and "Chicana Falsa," will give a reading and presentation. Serros is an award-winning poet and commentator for National Public Radio (Morning Edition, Weekend All Things Considered). She has also been a writer for the "George Lopez Show." In addition to her presentation, Serros will be conducting a book and t-shirt give-away. Local high school students will be invited to this event, which is made possible by a grant from the UI Year of the Arts and Humanities.

--3 to 4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: "Making It Count: Native American and Latino Voting Impact on the 2004 Election." Panelists include Judy Hanks and Gary Segura. Hanks, a consultant to the Mille Lacs band of Ojibwe, is heading up Minnesota's state-wide "Get Out the Native Vote Campaign" and will talk about the history and importance of the native vote, issues and candidates, and grass roots organizing. Segura, a UI associate professor in political science, will talk about voting issues and trends for Latino populations.

--6 to 7:30 p.m. Reception at the Latino Native American Culture Center, 308 Melrose Ave.

--8 p.m. Literary and Music Café at the Latino and Native American Cultural Center. Share poetry and music with other alumni and current students.

SATURDAY, OCT. 23

--8 to 10 a.m. LaNA3 Board of Directors Meeting, Room 245 of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).

--10 to 10:45 a.m. Alumni/Student Networking Reception. Meet current UI students and share information about professional and career interests, Wheelroom, IMU

--11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hawkeye Tailgater (non-alcoholic). Join alumni and others in the Wheelroom of the IMU to watch the Iowa vs. Penn State football game on a big screen. Enjoy grilled hamburgers, veggie-burgers, chicken and bratwurst.

--3 to 4 p.m. "What's Changed in 35 Years?" Alumni and student panel discussion on the history of Latino and Native American students at the UI.

--8 p.m. Dance/social, IMU Wheelroom

SUNDAY, OCT. 24

--10 a.m. Brunch (location TBA), an opportunity for alumni to share stories and make plans for the future.

For more information about the Latino/Native American Alumni Alliance, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~provost/oi/lana3/index.htm or contact Adele Lozano at Opportunity at Iowa, 319-335-3555.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu; Program: Adele Lozano, Opportunity at Iowa, 319-335-3555, adele-lozano@uiowa.edu.