Columbus Day event Oct. 12 raising funds for Spanish scholarship

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Columbus Day event Oct. 12 raising funds for Spanish scholarship

Spanish Club members at Northwestern Oklahoma State University will play host to an event recognizing Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 12. The night will include traditional Caribbean food, a poster contest and more in the Student Center Ballroom from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for faculty, staff and general public. Proceeds will benefit the Spanish Scholarship Fund.

The food served at the celebration will include shredded beef, rice, beans and fried plantains. The Spanish students are currently working on creating posters about Spanish-speaking countries. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the contest.

All monies raised are contributed to a scholarship fund named after Dorothy Day, a retired professor of Spanish and the founder of the Spanish program at Northwestern. The scholarship is awarded to a full-time continuing Spanish student with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Applicants must be either a Spanish major or minor who have completed three semesters of Spanish coursework. The scholarship may be applied toward university-related expenses, such as tuition, fees, room, board or books.

This Columbus Day event takes place as part of the events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

Columbus Day commemorates the voyage of Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, contact Dr. Francisco Martinez, professor of Spanish, at or (580) 327-8466 or Dr. Claudia Young, associate professor of Spanish, at or (580) 327-8464.