On May 8, Gaylord Hall in Worner was full of music and excited chatter as Colorado College students, staff, and faculty came together for the “End of the Year Fiesta.”
The fiesta is an annual event put on by the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies to celebrate the achievements and successes of everyone within the department.
“It is a culmination of a year of hard work for our faculty, staff, students who are majoring or minoring in Southwest Studies, and student assistants,” Outreach Programs Coordinator of the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies, Anabell Sintas said. “It is a time to relax and celebrate our accomplishments.”
The fiesta was an informal lunch event where attendees came to eat, dance, and spend time together. They provided a large buffet with several dessert options, and a dance floor in the middle of the room. There was also a photo wall with props and festive decorations, such as balloons and streamers. The event was well-attended, which helped to achieve Sintas’ goal of also using the space as an opportunity to thank the CC community for their support during the year.
“We get so caught up with our daily tasks that we tend to forget those that work behind the scenes in supporting our successes,” Sintas said. “This is an opportunity to show our gratitude to the CC events team, facilities staff, the IT and Audio Visual Team, the finance office, The Registrar’s Office, The Office of Communications, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, and the many others that work alongside us serving the CC campus.”
In her role as outreach programs coordinator, Sintas plans all of the events and programs that the department hosts during the year. Some annual programming includes the yearlong Aficionados Speaker Series and the annual Women in the West Lecture, which has been a fixture in the department since 2000.
In April this year, María Cotera, associate professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Women’s Studies and American Culture and director of the University of Michigan’s Latina/o Studies Program, came to CC to give a presentation titled “Passport to the Homeland: Maria Varela’s Journey from Civil Rights to Land Rights.”
“Cotera tells the unlikely story of Maria Varela, a Chicana from Chicago, who went South to work as an educator and photographer for the Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee, and later traveled West to Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico where she worked with Reies Lopez Tijerina and the land rights movement,” reads the Southwest Studies Department’s website.
Even while pausing to celebrate the end of the school year, the planning for next year is underway. Sintas and the rest of the students, staff, and faculty at the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies are already looking forward to future opportunities.
“We are most definitely going to continue with these types of events, as it is our way of building community,” Sintas said. “I’m already thinking about what we’re going to do next year, and all I can say is that we strive to make it that much better.”