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University library to host virtual Selena events

University library to host virtual Selena events - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Screenshot of the Selena Online Dance Class on April 13, 2020. Photo Courtesy of Aida Almanza, co-organizer of Selena Week.

Do you think you’re Selena’s biggest fan? Do you know everything and anything about the queen of Tejano? Does your heart go “bidi bidi bom bom” when you hear Selena? 

Well, you’re in luck. Students, faculty and staff at Texas A&M University-San Antonio can participate in virtual Selena events coordinated by two University Library staff members.

“Selena Trivia” will take place from 1-2 p.m. on April 13 and “Selena: Guess the song! (emoji edition)” will be from 1-2 p.m. on April 14. Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes such as Selena T-shirts and gift cards. 

Participants can enter a contest April 15 by tagging @tamusalibrary on Instagram to win a prize. The winner will be announced April 16 on Selena’s birthday.

“I’m doing this because I really like her music and she inspires me,” said Aida Almanza, Arts and Sciences librarian. “She put her soul in every song, so you can actually feel it; you can feel the message from the song.”

This is the university’s second annual Selena Week. Almanza said she coordinates the events with Teresa de la Torre, library associate II.

Last year, they planned an in-person “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” dance class, a “Como la Flor” scavenger hunt, a Selena Trivia challenge and promoted a documentary available in the library, “Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena” that students can check out.

Because of the pandemic the events moved virtually, including the Selena Dance class, which attracted 15 attendees. 

“Hopefully everything’s gonna go back to normal next year, or the year after so we can host it that way, how we initially planned,” Almanza said.

Participants can RSVP through JagSync and get more information at the library’s event calendar. For more information, email aida.almanza@tamusa.edu

“It’s important because it brings awareness and representation to our Mexican American community,” Almanza said. “She’s very important to our community and we want to bring awareness to her life and not her death.”

Jasmine Solis contributed to this story.

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Raquel Salazar-Garza is a communications major at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She works as a digital marketing expert in addition to being a full-time student. In her spare time, she enjoys going to local spots with her dog Reagan. After she graduates, Raquel hopes to pursue a career in social media or public relations.

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