Dalton State to Co-Host Latino Night at Off the Rails Concert Series


Dalton State is hosting a night of family fun with activities, free swag and information about the college as part of the Off the Rails concert series in downtown Dalton this summer.

Dalton State is co-hosting Latino Night on Friday, July 9 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Burr Park along with Believe Greater Dalton. The event is free and open to the public.

“It has been a long year, and we’re so excited to be able to host Latino night along with Believe Greater Dalton,” said Dr. Margaret Venable, president of Dalton State. “We want to celebrate our community and the rich Latino culture here. We also want to introduce the community to our newly created alumni association, Society ’63, which we launched during the pandemic. This is our first public event in a while, and we hope to have many more.”

Each of Dalton State’s four schools, Athletics, the Dean of Student’s office, Enrollment Services, the honors program and Society ’63 will be represented. Alumni can join Society ’63 at the concert. A lifetime membership is $19.63.

“We will have a lot of fun activities for the family,” said Vallarie Pratt, director of Government and Alumni Relations. “The School of Education will have literacy activities for kids. The School of Health Professions will have interactive mannequins. The School of Arts and Sciences will have some endangered turtles on hand.

“Society ’63 will have a selfie booth to take photos with Rage,” she said. “One of our missions with the alumni association is to meet alumni where they are, and they are in the community. So, this event will give us a chance to connect with our alumni and show them the wonderful things Dalton State is doing. Being a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), co-hosting Latino night seemed like the perfect opportunity.”

HSI is a federal designation given to colleges and universities where at least 25% of the student population is Hispanic. Dalton State has more than 30%.