In conjunction with national Hispanic Heritage Month, Hope College will present the address "Communicating Across Cultures" by Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the DeWitt Center main theatre.

          The public is invited.  Admission is free.
          The address is being presented as the college's
  first Cesar E. Chavez Address.  The new series is envisioned
  as an annual early-fall event, according to D. Wesley
  Poythress, who is director of multicultural life at Hope.
          Chavez, who died in 1993 at age 66, played a
  leading role in the 1960s in organizing the nation's migrant
  farm workers, and was the first head of the National Farm
  Workers Association, later the United Farm Workers.
  Hispanic Heritage Month runs September 15 through October
          Kickbusch retired from the U.S. Army as a
  lieutenant colonel in 1997, after 20 years of military
  service.  She is founder and president of Educational
  Achievement Services of San Antonio, Texas, and is active as
  a professional speaker, facilitator and strategic planner.
          She focuses on young people and emphasizes
  preparing today's and tomorrow's leaders.  She has said, "We
  must plant the seed of tomorrow's leadership in our
  children.  We need to feed positive nourishment such as
  mentoring, quality education, self-esteem, discipline and
  values.  Only then, will we be able to harvest a great
          Kickbusch was born and raised in a barrio in
  Laredo, Texas, one of 10 children.  She graduated from
  Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, in 1976, and
  was the first woman commissioned as an ROTC officer in the
  state of Texas.
          She completed her military career as technical
  advisor for the Systems Integration Division and Joint
  Command and Control Warfare Center.  Before her retirement,
  she was the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat
  Support field in the U.S. Army.
          Kickbusch received numerous decorations while in
  the Army, and has also received many awards from schools,
  agencies and professional organizations.  She was selected
  as the 1993 National Image Inc. Uniformed Services Recipient
  for significant contributions to the United States of
  America in the areas of civil/human rights, race relations,
  equal opportunity, human resources and public service.
          In addition to her bachelor's degree from Hardin-
  Simmons University, she holds a master's, in cybernetics,
  from San Jose State University in California.  She is also a
  graduate of the Command and General Staff College in Fort
  Leavenworth, Kan., and the Defense Systems Management
  College in Ft. Belvoir, Va.
          The address is being sponsored by the Hope College
  Office of Multicultural Life and the college's Hispanic
  Student Organization.  Additional information may be
  obtained by calling the Office of Multicultural Life at
  (616) 395-7867.