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For Release: September 23, 2003

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

NASA and Cuyahoga Community College Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a keynote address and cultural music and dance on Thursday, September 25 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. in Glenn's Administration Building Auditorium. This year's theme is "Hispanic Americans: Honoring Our Past, Surpassing Our Present, and Leading Our Future."

Mr. Jimmy Cabrera, internationally known business consultant and motivational speaker will be this year's keynote speaker. Cabrera was honored by the Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the most recognized Latino motivational speakers in the U.S. His focus is on what people give to others, rather than on what they already have, and he seeks to communicate, educate and have a positive influence on the lives of all he meets.

The Cuyahoga Community College's GEAR UP Program (Gaining Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) will collaborate with the NASA Glenn Research Center for Hispanic Heritage Month. After speaking at NASA, Cabrera will address 300 students at1:30 p.m., who are in the GEAR UP grant program at Tri-C's partnering middle school. Joseph M. Gallagher is a Cleveland Public middle school located at 6601 Franklin Blvd. His presentation will focus on the importance of education.

The U.S. Department of Education federally funds Tri-C's GEAR UP Program. The program assists middle school students by academically preparing and motivating them to pursue and succeed in post-secondary education.

During the event at Glenn, the Mariachi Joya De Mexico and Ballet Folklorico Tepehuani Nelli will provide a cultural/educational dance and samples of Latin cuisine will be available following the program.

Media representatives interested in covering any part of this employee-only event at Glenn should call Katherine Martin 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, Dr. Marla Perez-Davis, chief of the Electrochemistry Branch, is leading the cutting edge research and technology development of advanced batteries and fuel cells systems that could potentially revolutionize commercial, military and NASA missions.

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