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C of I set to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

April 30, 2012

The College of Idaho’s Association of Latino Americano Students (ALAS) will host its 16th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on campus Saturday, May 5, from noon to 6 p.m. at Hayman Field. The student-organized, community-encompassing event will celebrate Latin American culture, music, history and tradition. This year’s celebration will be special as it marks the 150-year anniversary of the holiday.

Cinco de Mayo at The College of Idaho is open to the entire Treasure Valley community and will include authentic Mexican food and ice cream, traditional music and dancing, and vendor booths run by students and local businesses. There also will be activities for all ages, from inflatable toys and seed planting for children to a mechanical bull riding competition, a boxing ring, and a horse show for adults and families.

“It is so satisfying to take all these ideas and transfer them into reality,” ALAS President Hortencia Flores said. “The students working on the event have become so close to one another and it shows. We’ve learned no one can do it alone, we need the help of every single member.”

Arnold Hernandez, director of multicultural affairs at the C of I, emphasized the importance of the event in fulfilling the ALAS club’s mission of bringing people together, both on campus and in the local community. The College has joined with Future Hispanic Leaders of America – Idaho’s largest Latino high school organization – to make the event possible.

“Seeing students put this event together has been really rewarding,” Hernandez said. “It’s going to be very gratifying to see everybody getting involved and having a good time together on Cinco de Mayo.”

Activities will be free to students and open to donations by the public. For more information about the event, please contact Flores at [email protected].

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit