Calhoun Hispanics at JSU is the collaborative effort of one communication professor and two students organizations to continue a few meaningful traditions that were first introduced by the Calhoun County Hispanic American Association (CCHAA), which dissolved in October 2012. Dr. Jeffrey Hedrick, the JSU Public Relations Organization (PRO), and the International Student Organization (ISO) at JSU participate in a parade of flags twice each year, once during the JSU Homecoming parade, and a second time during the Jacksonville Christmas Parade. Students, faculty and community members are encouraged to join us in these celebrations of the diverse representation of cultures we have in Jacksonville, AL.
The organizations (PRO and ISO) have 3' x 5' flags from approximately 30 different countries, primarily those of hispanic heritage. The first time students walked in the Homecoming Parade was in honor of a fallen international student, Maucler Charles form Haiti, who drowned in September 2012 while on a field trip event. These JSU students also walked again in the 2012 Jacksonville City Christmas Parade, and again for both events in 2013. In 2013 the students walked straight from the Homecoming Parade to Wallace Hall, where they joined the first annual Hispanic Health Fair (a CCHAA tradition from years past). There was around forty people in attendance at the event. There was food, dancing and ZUMBA!
JSU will be hosting the 2nd Annual Hispanic Health Fair on Saturday, November 1, 2014. The event will begin sometime after 11:00 am and runs through 2 pm, and is open to the general public. You do not have to be of Hispanic heritage to attend, and there is no cost for admission. Residents of Calhoun & Etowah counties and surrounding communities are encouraged to take this opportunity to get free medical testing and information about medical health, nutrition & diet, and insurance considerations. Local doctors, nurses and other professional experts will be there providing free testing for blood pressure and other medical exams, as well as dental hygiene and eye exams. This event is for the entire family, with tables and activities for both kids and adults. The Zumba Instructor who is a part of Zumba Fitness has tentatively agreed to be at the Fair. Free food, music, & other refreshments will be available, as well as door prizes such as free JSU Football homecoming tickets and (possibly) free pizza coupons.
Calhoun Hispanics at JSU • Dr. Jeffrey Hedrick, JSU Communication, 700 Pelham Road N., Jacksonville, AL 36265