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Spring 2014 | Volume 2 | Issue 4

Make your voice heard. Go out and vote!


Today, February 19th, is the last day of Student Government elections. You have the chance to vote for Student Body President, Vice-President, and Treasurer as well as students that will represent your specific college within the senate chambers. It is important that, as a student, your voice is heard and you use your right to vote. We urge you to take some time during a class break, a walk to class, lunch to go and vote. These are your representatives and the voice of your needs to the UF administration. You can vote from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM at various locations on campus! HSA President Jose Miranda voted! Have you?

POLLING LOCATIONS Broward Hall Basement Bryan Hall study area on the second floor (Near Room 212) CSE – Main room Health Science Center C2-041C Jennings first floor library Law School (Bruton–Greer)- side hallway near cafeteria Marston Science Library Main room Murphree Area Commons Conference Area Room 106 Reitz Union Computer Lab (now located on the ground floor) Southwest Rec Center – Café near entrance on the left side Springs area office room C 202 Veterinary Medicine Academic Bldg. Education Center, Room V1-104

For more information on the candidates and their platforms visit:



13 Annual Downtown Latino Festival Planning Meeting

6:30pm Cabana Beach Apts Clubhouse

The annual Downtown Latino Festival takes place at the Downtown Community Plaza every September during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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The family friendly celebration attracts vendors and community members from all over north Florida. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the positive contributions and achievements of the Latino community. It is a chance for Gainesville to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Chamber of Hispanic Affairs. We also strive to connect the Hispanic population and greater community to resources such as health awareness, testing, non-profits, community resources, etc. The event consists of food vendors, informational booths, cultural performances, live music, etc. Anyone interested in helping plan the 13th Annual Downtown Latino Festival is INVITED to attend the planning meeting: WHEN: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 7pm WHERE: Institue of Hispanic-Latino Cultures (La Casita) 1504 W. University Ave. Gainesville, FL. 32603 For more info contact David Ruiz at

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Wednesday, February 19

HSA will be hosting a Date Auction/Potluck at the Cabana Beach Clubhouse Wednesday, Feb. 19th at 6:30pm to raise funds for our annual HSA scholarship. The event will be $5 for all-you-can-eat and we will have some food from Olive Garden and other delicious dishes, so get there on time! You will have the chance to bid for the chance to spend some quality time as you share your dinner with a special someone from the Hispanic-Latino community at UF.

get involved! HSA Marketing Team Be part of an exciting team where you are the liaison between HSA and the UF campus. There are opportunities to design flyers, handle social media, etc. For more information, contact or sign up at:

Special Events Committee Be part of a team that calls for some creative flare and hands-on fun! Work on event decorations and our Homecoming floats among othet things. For more information, contact or sign up at:

HSA Athletics Be part of our many athletic teams! For more information, contact us at or sign up at:

Career Development Committee Be part of a team that aims to promote professionalism by bringing guest speakers, workshops and networking events to HSA and their members. Sign up at:

Community Service If you are interested in doing community service and giving back to the community, please sign up at:



HSA Road Clean Up Sunday, February 23

Project Makeover Saturday, February 22

Meet at 2pm UF Commuter Lot Project Makeover was founded in 2008 by a few innovative, passionate students at the University of Florida whose mission was to create a more dynamic learning environment for elementary school students. Five makeovers later, they are still striving to fulfill this mission each year. This year they will renovate Sidney Lanier Center and we will volunteer by helping with different beautification projects. We will meet at the Commuter Lot at 2pm, to car pool to the school and volunteer from 3-6pm.

10am UF Commuter Lot

HSA is the umbrella organization to 13 suborganizations. Cuban American Student Association (CASA) | PorColombia | Mexican American Student Association (MASA) | Argentine Student Association (ARSA) | Venezuelan Student Association (VENSA) | Central American Latin Organization (CALOR) | Dominican Student Association (DSA) | Peruvian American Student Society (PASS) | Union de Estudiantes Puertorriquenos Activos (UEPA) | Sabor Latino | Gator Salsa Club | Argentine Tango Club | Hispanic Communicators Association (HCA) |

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El Newsletter February 19, 2014  

El Newsletter, the weekly newsletter of the Hispanic Student Association at the University of Florida.

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