Schedule: VALHEN - 2012 Encuentro

All events will take place in the Regent Library – Second Floor unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change.

Thursday, October 11 - Library Building
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Registration, Networking and Refreshments (Lobby, 2nd Floor)
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks (Auditorium)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. President's Summit – by Invitation Only (President's Boardroom)
Presenters are Deborah Santiago, co-founder and vice president for policy and research at Excelencia in Education, and Dr. Gumecindo Salas, vice president of government relations at Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Special Session (Auditorium)
Entrepreneurial Science: A New Frontier in Bioengineering
Samantha Marquez, High School Student
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Plenary Panel 1 (Auditorium)
Getting Latinos a Place at the Table: Importance of Science, Technology and Health Education
Dr. Karen D. Hendricks-Muñoz and Dr. Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Break; Refreshments
(Robertson Hall)
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Section A1 (Moot Courtroom)
Mentoring: Can It Help Latinos Pursue Careers in STEM and Move up the Ladder?
Dr. Anitza M. San Miguel

Section A2 (Robertson Hall 326)
A Case for Ethnic Studies: Hispanics and the Educational Curriculum
Dr. Diana Risk
4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Break (Robertson Hall)
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Section B1 (Robertson Hall 101)
The Art & Science of a Latina's Rise in Business
Martee Saldaña Pierson

Section B2 (Robertson Hall 326)
Engineers Are Nerdy and Boring: Changing Hispanic Attitudes About STEM Education
Rebecca Jaramillo

Section B3 (Robertson Hall 205)
Bilingual is Better! The Role of Bachata in 'La Obsesión' of Spanish/English Bilingual Pop Music
Dr. Patricia Reagan
6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Break (Communication & Performing Arts Center)
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Adlan Cruz, Concert Pianist (Communication & Performing Arts Center)
7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. President's Reception (Communication & Performing Arts Center, Balcony)
Friday, October 12 - Library Building
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast (Atrium)
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Special Guest (Auditorium)
IME Becas & Other Efforts
Anibal Gomez-Toledo
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Plenary Panel 2 (Auditorium)
Literary Archaeologies: Latino/a Writers and the American Dream
Dr. John D. Riofrio

(Re) viewing Representations of Latinas in Film
Dr. Brenci Patiño
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. VALHEN - All Hands Annual Meeting (Auditorium)
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break (Lobby, 2nd Floor)
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Plenary Panel 3 (Auditorium)
Latin America and the Quest for the American Sound in Art-Music Composition in the U.S.
Dr. Pedro R. Aponte

Latin American—Especially Cuban—Influence in American Popular Music
Dr. Carlos Campo
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Luncheon and Scholarship Awards (Atrium)
Closing Speaker, Dr. Carlos Campo
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Adjourn (Atrium)



October 11-12, 2012


Library Atrium
Regent University
1000 Regent University Dr.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
View campus map. (Building 2)

Please register early!
Special Early Registration Fee available until September 30.

More Information:

To register directly:

For any additional information: or 571.449.1953

Dr. Marcela Chavan-Matviuk,
Chair of the 2012 Encuentro,