Posts By: Bryan


Bryan Winter is an assistant in the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department of the UTEP Library. He earned a BS in Geography from New Mexico State University, and is currently in his final year as an MA student in History at UTEP.

Texas Western College’s One and Only “Mr. History.”

By on July 13, 2012

Known throughout El Paso as “Mr. History,” former UTEP history professor Wilbert H. “Bill” Timmons, or perhaps more commonly known as “Bill” Timmons was born in Springfield, Missouri, in 1915. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in

President D.M. Wiggins

By on July 6, 2012

On June 20, 1935, the El Paso Herald Post announced the appointment of Dr. D.M. Wiggins as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy’s (now UTEP) new president. Dossie Marion Wiggins earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hardin-Simmons

Dr. Gladys Gregory – Texas Western’s First Female “Full Professor”

By on June 29, 2012

Dr. Gladys Gregory, a long-time faculty member at the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy and later Texas Western College (now UTEP), became the first woman at the institution to reach the rank of full professor. In 1951, she became

The Texas College of Mines’ “Uranium King”

By on June 22, 2012

Charles A. Steen, one of the most famous alumni of the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy (now UTEP), became a wealthy and world-famous figure after a discovery he made in the Utah desert in 1952. Steen’s finding of pitchblende,

A Photographic Collection – The Stout-Feldman Studio Photographs

By on June 13, 2012

“Fine portraits of prominent persons have been a tradition at the Stout-Feldman photographic studio for 73 years,” claimed the El Paso Herald Post in July 1968. Founded in 1895 by California native Fred J. Feldman, the Feldman Studio thrived in

Texas Western College and the Peace Corps: Part II

By on June 8, 2012

(To read Texas Western College and the Peace Corps: Part I, click here) The Tanganyika (now Tanzania) Peace Corps project, for which forty-four volunteers had done their training at Texas Western College, instantly became a point of pride for the school.

Texas Western College and the Peace Corps: Part I

By on May 31, 2012

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy initiated the Peace Corps program which challenged college students to serve their country in the name of peace by working and living in some of the world’s developing countries. That same year, Texas Western

Expanding the School’s Programs Through Graduate-Level Studies

By on May 24, 2012

The Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy (now the University of Texas at El Paso) was established through an act of the thirty-third legislature of the State of Texas in 1913. This act determined the location of the school

The Texas College of Mines Band in 1929

By on May 17, 2012

  A school’s band is an important aspect of the college experience. The band’s musical performances can give support to sports teams and bring pride to the students of a particular institution. In 1929, the Texas College of Mines (now UTEP) Band had

The Burro: UTEP’s Original Mascot

By on May 11, 2012

In the early part of 1966, Texas Western College (now UTEP) acquired a new celebrity on campus named Henry. A burro, Henry was chosen to be the mascot of Texas Western College. Ron McCluskey, the Student Association President, described Henry