"Day Of The Dead" To Be Celebrated At Dalton State

Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Teacher/artist/writer/poet Ximena Soza will lead ‘Day of the Dead’  programs and workshop at Dalton State.
Teacher/artist/writer/poet Ximena Soza will lead ‘Day of the Dead’ programs and workshop at Dalton State.

“Dia de los Muertos” —Day of the Dead—the Latino holiday of remembrance for friends and family members who have died, will be recognized in programs and a workshop at Dalton State College Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Acclaimed teacher, artist, poet, and writer Ximena Soza will lead the presentations which will be free and open to the public.

“Dia de Los Muertos is one of the few celebrations known to Americans in regard to Hispanic and/or Latino cultures,” said Quincy Jenkins, director of Hispanic and Latino Outreach at Dalton State College. “With the substantial Spanish-speaking population now present in Dalton, it is important that we learn about and recognize this great day of remembrance is what matters most. As North Georgia continues to grow in its diversity, so must our appreciation and knowledge of various Latino cultures.”

Ms. Soza, a native of Chile, was driven to start teaching and creating by her experiences growing up in a country under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Her work in multiple areas of art, literature, and education is always committed to social justice, whether it be in her stone carving, metal work, weaving, on stage, or in her poetry and fiction, Mr. Jenkins said.

A multi-talented individual, Ms. Soza has received numerous awards for her artwork and literary endeavors. In addition, she is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in the program of Social Foundations in Education, where she is finishing her dissertation. As a student, she has received several scholarships and the UW-Milwaukee AOP fellowship during her three years there.

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and again from 6-8 p.m., the “Dia de los Muertos” presentation will involve a discussion of the historical, cultural, and social aspects of the holiday.

From 2-4 p.m., Ms. Soza will lead a workshop entitled “What does it mean to be a Latina/o in Dalton? Exploring Latina/o Identity Through Writing and Conversation.” The workshop will focus on public art and pop culture elements that are identified with Latina/o culture. Ms. Soza will also invite the participants of the discussion/workshop to share their own art pieces and explore ideas of how they would like to see their educational and professional settings represent Latinas/os.

The programs will take place in Room 105 of The James E. Brown Center at Dalton State College and are sponsored by The Bandy Heritage Center, Dr. Rene Antrop-Gonzalez, and the Latin American Student Organization of Dalton State College.

For more information, contact Quincy Jenkins at qjenkins@daltonstate.edu or 706 272-4573.


Helen DeVos College Of Education Celebrates Student Teachers

The Helen DeVos College of Education at Lee University celebrated the accomplishments of its student teachers with a banquet in the Centenary Room on Lee’s campus. Student teachers, cooperating teachers and supervisors enjoyed the evening sharing the semester’s experiences with each other. Speakers for the evening included Cameryn Byrd, Lauren Suits, Jonathan Berry and Jared ... (click for more)

Lee University Named To President’s Service Honor Roll Once Again

The Corporation for National and Community Service announced that Lee University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, once again receiving recognition for its commitment to bettering the community through service. “Receiving this honor indicates that our students and faculty are engaging in transformative service with our community ... (click for more)

2 Suspects Sought In Armed Robbery At Highway 153 Long John Silver's

Police are searching for two suspects in an armed robbery that happened Friday morning. At approximately  8:10  a.m. the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 5317 Highway 153 for a robbery at the Long John Silver's.  Officers discovered that two black men, wearing hoodies and masks, entered the Long John Silver's and forced the assistant manager ... (click for more)

Fire Causes $30,000 In Damages At Scenic City Concrete

Chattanooga firefighters responded to a reported structure fire shortly after  10 p.m. Thursday  at Scenic City Concrete Pumping, at 2903 South Orchard Knob Ave. Captain Donny McMillian with Engine 9 said smoke was visible when the first firefighters arrived. Captain McMillian said the firefighters had to force their way through a locked gate and into the building, ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place - And Response

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: God Bless Cathy & Co.

The secret to the whole thing is not getting caught but somebody at the Toys R Us store in Framingham, Mass., had a camera when Cathy O’Grady was very quietly paying off all the layaway balances at the popular location last week. The picture snaked its way onto social media sites and her friends quickly recognized the area’s most famous “layaway angel.” Then somebody in nearby ... (click for more)