November 22, 2000

SDSU's Latino Alumni Chapter Celebrates Its Beginning

SDSU's Chicano/Latino alumni will celebrate the establishment of Los Aztecas, the University's newest alumni chapter, during the Axtecs vs. University of Nevada, Las Vegas football game on November 25 at 1 p.m. in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot, section P-3.

"San Diego State University is among the top-10 universities in the country that awards degrees to Hispanic students," said Theresa Mendoza, SDSU vice president of University Advancement. "Establishing the Los Aztecas chapter creates an overdue opportunity for SDSU's alumni and students to reunite with colleagues, faculty and staff and gives us the chance to publicly acknowledge the legacy of the Chicano/Latino heritage of SDSU and this region."

Mendoza and SDSU President Stephen Weber will join the new chapter officers, alumni and friends at the inaugural celebration. SDSU alumni and community leaders who have organized the chapter and serve as officers include Al Araiza, president of Los Aztecas; Frank Urtasun, San Diego Port commissioner and vice president of Los Aztecas; Guadalupe Corona, president of the Latino/Latina Unity Coalition and secretary of Los Aztecas; and Marco Cortez, alumnus and past president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

"I am very proud to be a part of the launching of Los Aztecas. As alumni we have an opportunity to give back to our alma mater," said Araiza. "We have many successful and influential alumni we will bring together to provide a strong social and professional network. One of our areas of focus will be mentoring students and grooming the next generation of leaders."

Chunky and Los Alacranes Mojados will provide entertainment, El Indio Restaurants will cater the food and Beer King will provide margaritas and cervezas. For more information, please call (619) 594-2586.

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