November 16th, 2010

SACNAS supports Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science research, leadership, and teaching careers at all levels. SACNAS advances students to gain the prerequisites for achieving suc-cess at the highest levels for science. SACNAS engages in building size, capacity, and diversity of the U.S. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) workforce that has been identified as key to the future economic development and human wellbeing of the nation. SACNAS innovates inclusive society of scientists working on a national scale to promote graduate science education within the Native American and Hispanic/Chicano communities. FLC students charted a local chapter of this National Chapter in spring semester 2010 . The next meeting is Tuesday, October 12 from 10-11a.m.

President-Reanna Hoskie (

Vice President-Theresa Rodriguez (

Secretary/Treasurer-Ashlee Albrecht (

Club Baile Folklorico

November 16th, 2010

Club Baiile Folklorico is a dance group that em-braces Hispanic culture through dancing tradi-tional Mexican folklore. We want to provide oppor-tunities for students to learn how to dance and per-form these traditional dances on campus and off campus. We also want to provide opportunity for students to travel around the United States and Mexico to learn different styles of Folkloric dancing from different regions of Mexico through work-shops.

President– Kathy Smith


Vice President– Melissa Smith


Secretary– Shirena Ramsey-Adams


Treasurer– Theresa Rodriguez


Club Del Centro

November 16th, 2010

Club Del Centro is a place to experience and learn more about the Hispanic culture here on campus. It also provides links not only here on campus but in the Durango community. It’s also a place to just relax and have fun! We as a club want to promote Hispanic cultures through events, programs and food, as well as create opportunities for people interested in Hispanic culture, and connect with the Durango community while promoting pride amongst our community members. This year’s officers are as follows:

President-Reanna Hoskie (

Vice President-Felicia Trujillo (

Secretary- Sharina M. Ramsey-Adams (

Treasurer- Jared Ruybal (

New Blog available for all to experience La Movida

November 16th, 2010

This past spring, I spent a good part of my time working for El Centro by putting up all of the previous

La Movida publications from recent years online on El Centro‘s Blog. This is a website in a blog format that is being used to archive all of the La Movida publications of recent years in an organized and easy to access fashion. This website, http://, is available on and off campus and can be used to find out all about the most recent news from El Centro and associated parties. Please feel free to check out this resource if any pub-lishing‘s of La Movida have interested you.

El Centro Goes to FLC Enrique’s Journey play

November 16th, 2010

On Sunday evening, September 26th, we all gathered in El Centro to eat and enjoy each others company before attending the play. But, the pizza and UNO games were only the start of the fun. This gripping play por-trayed a young man and his struggle to reunite himself with his mother in North Carolina who left him and his sister back home in Honduras. He battles through addiction, danger, heartbreak, and even beatings through his epic journey. Enrique‘s Journey did a good job of exemplifying how hard it is for immigrants to try and make a good life for themselves. It did an even better job of showing how much will these same immigrants have to live, thrive, and work their way to the top.

Immigrant community members share stories with El Centro students

November 16th, 2010

El Centro de Muchos Colores is a member of the community collaboration called the Unity Project. Our goal is to bridge the gap between the immigrant community and our receiving com-munity. One way we do this is to work with our community members to help them with leadership and English language skills. This will enable our immigrant friends to participate in society more wholly.

Below, you will find the two biographies submitted by two of our community members. Gerardo appeared at the Immigrant Forum related to the Campus Common Reading Experience on Wednesday, Oct. 6 in the Student Union. Linda shared her story in anticipation of being a panelist at the event, but had conflicts with scheduling because eh is studying English at the Adult Education Center — also a Unity Project member.

La Movida staff is happy to bring you their stories.

Gerardo Xahuentitla

Gerardo Xahuentitla, 23, came to the United States as a fourteen-year-old boy. But, unlike Enrique in the book Enrique‘s Journey, Gerardo did not cross over to

Linda Fuerte

Linda, 36, was born in Chihuahua City in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico to a Tarahumara Indian mother and a Mestizo father. Her mother raised her in what she calls ―the Sierra Tarahumara‖ – or the remote area near what gringos calls the Copper Canyon

In a small shack, she and her two siblings lived a very poor life – ―

Linda left la Sierra when she was 11, and at the age 14, she moved to la Ciudad de Juarez to be with her father and siblings. That‘s when she stopped school and started crossing the Rio Grande illegally to work as a housekeeper. ―It was really easy to cross then,‖ she says. But, when she married and had her first of three children, Linda decided that crossing everyday ‗

Linda thought she‘d be in that routine forever, but the recent drug cartel violence with forced her and her family to seek another place to live and that‘s where Durango comes into the picture. Linda‘s housecleaning employers had friends who lived in Du-rango, so she came first with one daughter and then the entire fam-ily joined her. Linda and her three children—ages 16, 9, and 4—and her husband have lived and worked in Durango since February 2009. Both husband and wife take English as a second language and enjoy Durango‘s outdoor activities like hiking and picnicking in the mountains with their family.

El Norte alone. He came with his mother and younger sister. They were crossing to join their dad who was already working and making good wages in the United States. They left their home of Tlaxcala, Mexico with the plan to cross over the border illegally. The young family made several at-tempts to cross over using an underground tunnel. Gerardo remem-bers the story well because he says every time they were easy to catch by the Border Patrol officials because they were so wet. ―It was really, really difficult,‖ he says. The family decided to wait two years in Nogales, Mexico so that Gerardo‘s grandparents could file the visa paperwork and eventually sponsor them for visas to come to the United States. Gerardo has lived in Durango since 2002, graduating from high school in 2005, and attending Fort Lewis Col-lege for two years. He works for his family and has served as an active community volunteer with Companeros – a Latino rights advocacy group – and has been an activist for the DREAM act. The federal DREAM Act would allow undocumented students to attend colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates. If passed, it would also offer a path to citizenship for these youth if they finish college and/or join the military service. demasiado pobres” she remembers. They slept on the floor with one blanket and would hold each other like ―pollitos‖ (little chicks) to keep warm at night. de mojada’ was not ideal. Her older brother who was already living in the United States sponsored her application for a work visa, so she and her husband – who worked as a gardener and painter – could cross over the bridge to El Paso to work and return every night to live in Juarez.

My Grandmothers Desert

November 16th, 2010

By: Deanna Ulibarri

Torrejas is the Spanish word meaning slices. When people started out making this dessert, they originally did it with slices of bread instead of crackers. This Spanish recipe is known from many places around the world, with the most popular places being Cuba, Honduras, and Mexico. The recipe that I decided to do is one from my Grand-mother, which was passed down to her from her mother, and so on. My Grandmother, ever since I could remem-ber, makes this recipe every year for our Easter dessert. We always have a really big family gathering and before we all eat, we help her make this. This dessert is the most popular one in my family so you have to make sure to get your serving before it‘s all gone!




Serves: 4 Ready in 30 minutes.


2 bags saltine crackers

3 eggs

Shredded cheese



Syrup Sauce:

2 cups sugar

1tsp. cinnamon

½ cup water





Separate the eggs and beat the whites until stiff. Add the yolks and beat again. 2.


Dip the crackers into the egg batter and fry them in hot oil.



Drain and layer into a hot dish.



Sprinkle with cinnamon and raisins.


Combine the sugar, water, and cinnamon in a sauce pan. Heat gradually, boiling it until the syrup thick-ens slightly.

Make your serving of the crackers and poor the warm syrup over it.

Torrejas, a recipe provided by El Centro student worker, Deanna Ulibarri

My Perspective of Sonia Narzario’s visit to El Centro

November 16th, 2010
By Ashlee Albrecht

Sonia Narzario– author of Com-mon Reading Experience Book (CRB) called Enrique‘s Journey– came to talk to El Centro students on Thursday September 23 for 2 hours to talk about her experience when writing her book.

Sonia Narzario is a strong woman who went through the trouble of ex-periencing the lives of immigrants not once, but twice because she took the trains through Mexico. She told us how strong the belief in God and the saints were in those travels. Also, she opened our eyes to show us how, not the police but the gangs, basi-cally rule the tops of trains and buses. She said gangs basically ran everything down in Mexico.

―I felt Sonia brings awareness and discussion about immigration. They do not only come from Mexico but other countries as well. She experi-ences and researches what she writes about,‖ said, Lucy Stewart, a visitor to the luncheon The stories Nazario told about how the gangs here were mere knock offs -so to speak- but the real terror is down in Mexico. We all know her as being a reporter that dared to see what the trip is like, but what we don‘t know is how this journey gave everyone- yes even her- a new per-spective on immigrants. She learned and then helped us read about why they come to the states and how hard they work just so they can take care of their families back home whom they may never see again.

Can anyone truly face the fact of leaving everything they hold near and dear to leave for a new country with no guarantee of jobs that can support their families? If anyone has ever wanted to know why or how they get here, the best answer that a person can get without actually go-ing through it, would be to listen to Sonia or read her book.


Faculty Visits El Centro Weekly

November 16th, 2010

Starting October 11, 2010 Dr. Les Sommerville professor and chair of Chemistry will be having office hours Monday 10:10 am -11:00 am. If you need help in following course he is available to help you or if you just want to get know Les please stop by. Les is also the advisor of club AISES, American Indian Science and Engineering Society and SACNAS, Society for Advancement of Chicano and Native American Students.

Fundamentals of Chemistry I 150

Fundamentals of Chemistry II 151

General Biochemistry I

El Centro’s Social Network, Will help me succeed at FLC

November 16th, 2010

By: Adam Betancourt

As an incoming freshman, I had many things I was excited to accomplish. One of those things was to abso-lutely get involved, and this social concern was high on my list.

In high school, I was well involved with student gov-ernment and many other programs like clubs and sports. My senior year, I was class treasurer, swim team captain and even senior representative of a volunteer club called Key Club.

All these opportunities I took advantage of helped me throughout high school, and even propelled me to attend a college out of state. I have left my home in Avondale, Arizona to start here at Fort Lewis College.

Now at Fort Lewis, my goal is to reenact my suc-cesses in high school and more. So the first week here, I started looking for social events and clubs, and also a work study position. Fortunately for myself, El Centro de Muchos Colores found me! More specifically Shirena Trujillo Long and student intern Theresa Rodriguez found me and sent me an email encouraging me to apply for a job at El Centro.

I had applied at the Business department already for a work study position, but I went to El Centro anyways to get an application. By the following week I had been interviewed and hired as an assistant Spanish tutor.

Not knowing what El Centro had in store for me I showed up to work that Friday thinking I would be as-sisting tutors, but instead we were planning Charlas (chats) and even helping promote Club del Centro. Working at El Centro since has inspired me to be more social. Even though it is my job, I find myself talking to more people and meeting new people through the pro-moting of the many events El Centro has to offer like Fiesta on the Mesa. Having this job will help me thrive in college through its many social aspects.