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For Release: September 24, 2002

Barbara L. Kakiris, InDyne, Inc.
Media Relations Office

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

Unity, Faith and Diversity Yield Strength for Hispanic Heritage Month

NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a lively activity on Wednesday, September 25 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. in Glenn's Administration Building Auditorium and Foyer. This year's theme is "Hispanic Americans: Strength in Unity, Faith and Diversity."

Pegine Echevarria, motivational speaker and author will be this year's keynote speaker. In her presentation "Playing Big in Diversity and Unity," she will expound upon the importance of cultural awareness and acceptance. Echevarria has been named Top Latina Motivational Business Speaker by Hispanic Business Magazine and was rated second in the nation's top ten list of motivational speakers. She has been featured on all major national television networks as well as in newspapers including The New York Times, Chicago Sun Times and Los Angeles Times.

The audience will get into the groove with a cultural/educational dance performance by the Hispana Arts and Cultural Group, Inc., Cleveland, who will also provide the audience with samples of Latin cuisine following the program.

Media representatives interested in covering any part of this employee-only event should call Barbara Kakiris or the Media Relations Office (216-433-2901) to be cleared through security.

Note to Editors: Glenn's Hispanic community is prevalent across all areas of expertise. News media representatives are invited to interview Glenn researchers and administrators. Each offers an intriguing personal profile about their experiences working at Glenn and the contributions to research and technology made by the Hispanic community. For example, Luis Piñero, electrical engineer, has been involved in technology development of electric propulsions systems that revolutionize commercial, military and NASA spacecraft.

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