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