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Hispanic Heritage Celebration: VA Hospital
October 9, 2009

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, I was invited to be the keynote speaker for The Hispanic Employment Program at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. A great turnout for all of the rain that we had today. I was most content with the performance from the students of Reagan and Davis High Schools…predominantly Hispanic schools. It was nice to see their involvement and certitude. -Jen

The beginning of the Hispanic Employment Program.

The beginning of the Hispanic Employment Program.

Employees, veterans, guests in attendance.

Employees, veterans, guests in attendance.

Mariachis - Davis High School students

Mariachis - Davis High School students

Color Guards - Reagan High School students

Color Guards - Reagan High School students

Director of VA Hospital Adam Walmus

Director of VA Hospital, Adam Walmus

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Hispanic Heritage Month
September 16, 2009

I’m looking forward to participating in several events this month…all to honor National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Sept 16th: Attending the Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Awards

Oct 2nd: Hosting the HELC Gala

Oct 9th: Speaking at the Hispanic Employment Program (Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center)

Hispanic Heritage Month is the period to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

“September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18 and September 21, respectively.”   – Wikipedia

November 13th:A Hot Night in Houston
November 13, 2008


Believe it or not the Latin Grammy Awards were launched just 8 years ago! Houston will host the grand event for the first time; joining previous host cities which include Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and Miami. Over the years, artists from Mexico, Brazil and Spain have taken the most trophies home.  One of my favorite songs is from Alejandro Sanz, La Tortura.  The video for La Tortura was ground breaking; it was the first time MTV showed a whole episode of their Making the Video series in another language. It was also the second Spanish-language video ever to enter in TRL’s countdown.

You’ll recognize these top musicians who won at last year’s award show, as well.

Laura Pausini: Best Female Pop Vocal Artist


Michael Salgado: Best Norteño Album

Calle 13: Best Urban Music Album

Juan Luis Guerra: Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Merengue Album