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Press Release: Hispanic Initiative Summer Academic Program At DeSales Helps Latino Students Focus On The Future
Date: 6/18/2003

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Hispanic Initiative Summer Academic Program At DeSales Helps Latino Students Focus On The Future

Center Valley, Pa. (June 17, 2003) -- Latino middle and high school students will have the opportunity to think about their futures and explore the possibilities that await them if they choose to go to college, during the Hispanic Initiative Summer Academic Program at DeSales University. The weeklong resident camps include a High School Program, June 15 to 20, which will focus on TV and film production, and the creation of a music video. During the Middle School Program, June 22 to 27, students will concentrate on conservation and animal extinction. A focal point for both programs will be the final presentations by students for parents and guests at 4 p.m. on the two Fridays, June 20 and June 27, in Dooling Auditorium.

During the week, students will take part in a variety of workshops including song writing, movement, video production, film, art appreciation and animation. Members of the DeSales faculty will be conducting the classes. Full-time DeSales students will be serving as counselors. Class times are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All workshops will be held in Dooling Hall, unless otherwise noted.

In addition to workshops, they will be involved with recreational activities such as a Monster Basketball Tournament, a T-shirt design contest, as well as a picnic and a pizza dinner. They also will take field trips to the Science Center in Baltimore (Wed., June 18) and to the production of the Shakespeare Festival's "The Importance of Being Earnest" (Thurs., June 19).

On Tuesday, June 17, Ileanna Casiano, vice president of Latinica, Inc. / Latinica Entertainment, a Latin Talent Agency, will speak on "How to Prepare for College" in two, 45-minute sessions beginning at 5:15 p.m. in the Gallery Lounge. Casiano earned an MBA from DeSales and was a counselor with the Hispanic Initiative.

The Hispanic Initiative summer programs for middle school and high school students were established in 1995. To date, more than 400 students have participated.

This year, 49 students from area high schools including William Allen, Louis Dieruff, Central Catholic, Easton, Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom and Liberty, are participating in the High School Program.

More than 50 middle school students from local schools such as Broughal, East Hills, Northeast, Harrison-Morton, Raub, Shawnee, Whitehall Coplay, Roberto Clemente and Sacred Heart, will take part in the Middle School Program.

The Middle School Program includes a field trip to the Bronx Zoo.

For more information on the Hispanic Initiative Summer Enrichment Programs, please contact Tiffany Theis, assistant director of enrollment outreach programs at DeSales University, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1396.

Press Release: Hispanic Initiative Summer Academic Program At DeSales Helps Latino Students Focus On The Future | Posted on: 6/18/2003

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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