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HALO event at K-State Tuesday

By The Mercury

Motivation, leadership and career development, as well as knowledge of the university system, are the focus of the seventh annual Midwest HALO Encuentro, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm Tuesday at the K-State Union.

HALO stands for the university’s Hispanic American Leadership Organization.

“The Encuentro started with a small group of students, which has now grown to more than 400 Hispanic high school and college students from across the state of Kansas,” said Mirta Chavez, director of multicultural programs and services at Kansas State.

Guest speaker for the Encuentro will be Tommy Walker, co-producer of HBO’s “The Latino List,” which explores the meaning of Latino in the 21st century. Walker has also produced and directed several promotional films for multicultural non-profits such as the Robin Hood Foundation sponsored Kipp School and Norman Lear’s non-profit Declare Yourself a campaign to energize a new movement of young voters. Walker has worked in film and television for twenty-four years.

Also at Encuentro, Latino-Hispanic musical entertainment will be provided during lunch by Tropa Nortena, which plays a variety of norteno Mexican music that contains a bajo sexto, accordion, bass, guitar and drums.

More information on Encuentro is available at or by contacting Andrade at, or Chavez at 785-532-6276 or

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