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Press Release: 2008 Hispanic Initiative Program at DeSales to Focus on Exploration of Space and Also Help Students Become Educated Consumers
Date: 6/6/2008


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2008 Hispanic Initiative Program at DeSales to Focus on Exploration of Space and Also Help Students Become Educated Consumers

During two week-long sessions in June, the 2008 Hispanic Initiative Program at DeSales will help middle school students learn about space discovery and will help high school students become educated consumers.  In addressing these themes, area students will tackle projects involving building and launching rockets and also conduct research and product comparisons of sneakers and automobiles.

 The middle school program will be held from June 15 to 20, followed by the high school program from June 22 to 27. About 80 students from more than 20 schools in the Lehigh Valley area will participate in the sessions conducted by members of the DeSales faculty and staff. DeSales students will serve as counselors. The program is coordinated by Kerry Sethi, director of the Hispanic Initiative at DeSales and director of multicultural and international affairs at the University. For more information on the Hispanic Initiative Program, please contact Kerry Sethi at 610-282-1100, ext. 1721, or at Kerry.Sethi@desales.edu.

An annual program established in 1994, the Hispanic Initiative at DeSales offers area students an opportunity for personal growth through academic enrichment integrated with cultural and social activities. The primary goal of the program is to help students explore the far-reaching possibilities of college. Since it was first introduced at the University, more than 800 students have taken part in the program.

The middle school program from June 15 to June 20 is a day program, with the exception of two overnights. During the week, about 35 students in grades 5 through 8 from area schools will learn about the exploration of space and different facets of our universe. Activities will include building and launching model rockets. Also, field trips to Dieruff High School Planetarium, and to the Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt, Md., and the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

The high school program from June 22 to June 27 is an overnight program. This year's session will have a business focus and offer about 40 students from area schools an opportunity to learn how to become educated consumers. They will use Consumer Report and other trade magazines for reference to conduct research and side by side product comparisons of sneakers and automobiles, in order to be more knowledgeable about products they want to own. Students also will learn how to approach and evaluate an automobile purchase, including the down payment and insurance process. Students will use automobiles such as Ford, Honda, Saturn and Toyota to conduct their research. Also, the group will take a field trip to New York City, where they will tour Madison Square Garden, a behind-the-scenes theatre trip, and an advertising agency (tentative). In addition, they will take part in a Dining for Success Program.

Students taking part in the 2008 Hispanic Initiative at DeSales are from about 10 middle schools and about 15 high schools in the Lehigh Valley area. The middle schools include West Hills, Harrison Morton, Holy Family, Roberto Clemente, Salisbury, Trexler and Easton Middle School.  The high schools include Bethlehem Catholic High School, Central Catholic High School, Dieruff High School, Easton High School, Freedom High School, Liberty High School, Moravian Academy, Palisades, Salisbury High School, Quakertown, Saucon Valley High School, and William Allen High School.

Highlights during the middle school program, June 15 to 20,  include:

  • Visit to Dieruff High School Planetarium;
  • Visit to Goddard Space Museum in Greenbelt, Md., and to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
  • See  "Dracula" production of Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival held at DeSales;
  • Fun activities such as bowling, barbecue and games.
  • Science Fair Space Discovery - Students will make their final presentations (launch model rockets they built during the week) for family and friends in DeSales University Center,  at 2 p.m., Friday, June 20;

Highlights during the high school program, June 22 to 27, include:

  • Dining for Success;
  • Tour Madison Square Garden, theatre district, and possibly an advertising agency in New York City;
  • Attend "Twelfth Night" production of Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales;
  • Fun and learning activities include Talent Night, bowling, movies, and evening discussions on various subjects such as building character, choices and consequences, time management, volunteerism, among others;
  • Final presentations (Educated Consumer projects on cars, sneakers, other items) for family and friends in DeSales University Center on Friday, June 27.

For more information, contact Kerry Sethi, director of the Hispanic Initiative at DeSales University, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1721, or at Kerry.Sethi@desales.edu.


Press Release: 2008 Hispanic Initiative Program at DeSales to Focus on Exploration of Space and Also Help Students Become Educated Consumers | Posted on: 6/6/2008

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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