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National Hispanic University Alumna Annette Falcon and Her Students Travel from Davis To Hear Author Speak at NHU


San José, Calif.- Oct. 14, 2011- When teacher Annette Falcon heard that Mexican author Elena Poniatowska would be speaking at The National Hispanic University (NHU) on Sept. 22, she immediately contacted the parents of her students at Emerson Junior High School in Davis, Calif. Falcon is an NHU alumna and she wanted her students to benefit from the rare opportunity of hearing Poniatowska speak and to meet the author in person.

As a result of her efforts, 16 students and parents traveled about two hours to the NHU campus where Poniatowska spoke about “Literature That Rises From the Streets.” During the event, Poniatowska was given an honorary doctoral degree, and a scholarship in her name- The Elena Poniatowska Civic Leadership Scholarship- was granted to NHU student Patricia Carolina Ruiz.

During Poniatowska’s visit to NHU the author shared stories and experiences that came from her extensive documentary and journalistic work.

“My students, parents and I enjoyed the evening, and I commend NHU for putting together such an important and interesting event,” said Falcon. “We appreciate, especially, that after having made such a long trip, the university’s officials arranged for my students to meet Doña Elena after the event, which was a very thrilling moment.”

Falcon, who teaches a Spanish language immersion class for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders at Emerson Junior High School, graduated from NHU in 1998, where she earned a degree in liberal studies with a cross-cultural bilingual option. She later earned her teaching credential through NHU. Falcon taught in San Jose and San Francisco before joining the Davis Joint Unified School District in 2007. She said she is proud of being an NHU alumna.

“I have seen NHU grow throughout the years, and I look back with a bit of nostalgia and amazement, remembering when the late Dr. Roberto Cruz, our founder, would talk to us about the university’s future,” she said. “At the time, the university was operating out of a tiny, old former elementary school and it was hard for some of us to imagine what the future could hold. I only wish that Dr. Cruz was around to see what our university is today, and that he would have had the honor of meeting Doña Elena Poniatowska here at NHU, as my students, parents and I did. ¡Sí, se puede!

A gallery of photos from Poniatowska’s visit can found at the NHU web site: http://www.nhu.edu/news_events/elena_2011_images.htm


About The National Hispanic University
The National Hispanic University (NHU) was founded in 1981 to provide Hispanic students with access to quality higher education. NHU offers a diverse portfolio of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in business, education and information technology, delivered in a multicultural, collaborative and supportive learning environment. NHU is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The 11-acre campus is located in California’s Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.NHU.edu or www.facebook.com/nhufamilia.


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