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UWFox Students Organize Community Service Learning Project

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Chris Horvat, Lisa Hills and their classmates have taken their learning beyond their college classroom and into the greater Fox Cities community. Horvat and Hills are enrolled in “Crossroads: U.S. Business and Latino Cultures,” a Learning Community program at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. and running through 9:00 p.m. on November 19, the members of the class, with the assistance of the staff at the Harmony Café, have organized an evening of interactive learning and festivity. The evening features Latin American food sampling, music, dancing with instruction, cultural displays, a raffle drawing, and a piñata.

Admission to the event is free, as is the food sampling. The Harmony Café is located at 124 N. Oneida St., Appleton, just north of the City Center in downtown Appleton, and across from the Appleton Library and the Valley Transit bus station.

“Our mission is to use our knowledge of business and Latino cultures to raise awareness, in the Fox Cities, of Latin America culture and its components,” Horvat said. He cited Fox Cities’ media sources that have recently pointed out that, “the population of Hispanics in four Fox Valley counties is growing four times faster than the rest of the population. Latino people are becoming part of who we are as a community. This diverse community has come to the Fox Cities, and we are seeking to respond to them, by raising awareness with this cultural event at the Harmony Café.”

Professor PableAccording to Hills, the first hour of the program includes the food sampling. From 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., there will be a panel discussion focusing cultural diversity issues within the Fox Cities. From 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. recorded music is being provided for the entertainment and dancing. Then, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., raffle winners are being announced and the piñata celebration is scheduled. During the entire three-hour program visitors and guests can take in the cultural display that’s being featured as part of the program.

The Learning Community program at UWFox links two or more courses together to enhance integrated understanding and comprehension. This particular Learning Community provides for Professor Henkean interaction between students of different academic disciplines who have challenged themselves to put together a “real world” experience in order to broaden their learning experiences.

The “Crossroads: U.S. Business and Latino Cultures,” is taught by Diana Henke, Professor of Business, and Mary Pable, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages.

For more information about the event, or the raffle, interested individuals can contact Chris Horvat at 882-8271 or email him at horvc4236@uwc.edu; or email Hills at hilll0211@uwc.edu; or by calling the Harmony Café at 734-CAFÉ.

Posted 11/16/2004