Posts By: Keith Erekson

Keith Erekson

Keith A. Erekson served as the Executive Director of UTEP's Centennial Celebration from December 2011 through May 2014. Learn more at

Kids Attend Birthday Party for UTEP and Junior League

By on January 25, 2014

UTEP and the Junior League celebrated big anniversaries at the Centennial Museum.


Celebrating UTEP’s future at Clint Early College Academy

By on January 13, 2014

Today I visited with 90 sophomores at Clint ISD Early College Academy. The students are part of the school’s first class and will graduate in 2016. We talked about UTEP’s powerful traditions, One Direction concert tickets, and the rest of

Upward Bound Students Share Centennial Fun

By on January 11, 2014

A visit with 150 students from 17 high schools in 4 El Paso school districts.


A New Year’s Greeting from the Executive Director

By on January 1, 2014

Happy Orange New Year! As we begin our centennial year, I want to express my personal appreciation and excitement. Here on the Centennial blog we have just capped off the 100-day countdown to 2014 with a review of the “Top

Mining Minds

Day 1: A Tradition of Believing in Dreams

By on December 31, 2013

Dreams bring everyone together on a university campus and, perhaps more than any other institution in our society, universities are places where dreams do come true.


Day 2: A Tradition of Alumni Success

By on December 30, 2013

More than 110,000 baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees have been awarded in the fields of science, engineering, healthcare, politics, business, law, entertainment, arts, and education.

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Day 3: A Tradition of Excellence

By on December 29, 2013

In 1966, our men’s basketball team won the national championship. Today UTEP expects excellence in all that we undertake.

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Day 4: A Tradition of Opportunity

By on December 28, 2013

Students’ destinies are determined neither by race, ethnicity, gender, nor zip code. All students deserve the opportunity to develop their talents and nourish their dreams.

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Day 5: A Tradition of Service

By on December 27, 2013

The first class of Peace Corps volunteers trained on campus. Today service permeates student life in and out of the classroom.


Day 6: A Tradition of Authenticity

By on December 26, 2013

Miners need to be true to themselves, true to the border region, true to their unique and inherent possibilities.