Contingent from Mexican University to Visit UMaine

Contact: Joe Carr, 581-3571

ORONO — Four students and an adviser from La Universidad de las AmEricas – Puebla (UDLA), a prominent Mexican university, will visit the University of Maine from Sept. 30-Oct. 6. This will be the third time that UMaine hast hosted a group from that university, as part of an ongoing cultural exchange program. As a result of these visits, one student from UDLA is currently enrolled at UMaine. Gerardo Blanco, resident director of York Hall, is pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership.

“UMaine Associate Dean of Students, Angel Loredo, has made it possible for these exchange programs to continue to be so successful. His continued relationship with UDLA and the students here at UMaine is critical to the program’s success,” says Jose Cordero, interim director of Multicultural Programs and adviser to the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) at UMaine.

The visiting students will have a full six-day schedule of events ranging from experiencing a day in the life at UMaine to Bar Harbor sightseeing. MaineBound, UMaine’s outdoor adventure program, will also sponsor a “day on the river.”

The highlight for the week is the “Concert for the Americas”to be held in Minsky Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Scheduled In collaboration with the UMaine School for the Performing Arts, the concert will showcase Augusto Bertado Cocotl playing violin and accompanied by Ginger Yang Hwalek on piano. Other students performing will be Angela Thompson and Jennifer Acosta.

UMaine Dean of Students Robert Dana will also host a dinner, which will include a discussion about UMaine’s student-centered philosophy.

During their visit to Mexico in the spring, UMaine students will spend time touring UDLA’s campus, museums, archeological sites, and will participate in university life in Mexico.

A full schedule of events is available upon request.