For Immediate Release Media Contact: Maribel Villalva, 747-6669
Children’s Party celebrates UTEP and Junior League anniversaries
Two Celebrations, One Party!
In 2014, two El Paso entities are celebrating milestone anniversaries: the University of Texas at El Paso will turn 100 and the Junior League of El Paso, Inc., will be 80 years old! Together, they will throw a joint birthday party and you’re invited! Bring your children to the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Garden for an afternoon of kid-friendly activities, including tours, games, a Scavenger Hunt, photos with Paydirt Pete and, of course, birthday cake.
What: Two Celebrations, One Party! A joint children’s birthday party celebrating the UTEP Centennial and the Junior League of El Paso’s 80th Anniversary.
When: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014.
Where: Centennial Museum and Welcome Center, corner of Wiggins Road and University Avenue on the UTEP campus.
How much: The event is free and open to the public.
Information: 747-5565 or 747-6669.
The University of Texas at El Paso traces its history back to September 1914 when it opened as the State School of Mines and Metallurgy. In the century since then, the school merged with the El Paso Junior College in 1927, expanded rapidly after World War II with the influx of veterans studying under the GI Bill, and earned national attention in 1966 when its team of all-black starting basketball players beat an all-white Kentucky team for the NCAA championship. A decade of dramatic enrollment growth in the 1960s shifted the student demographic toward increasing numbers of non-traditional and Hispanic students. Over the past 30 years, the University has expanded its facilities and strengthened its research capacities while continuing to serve students of the Paso del Norte region. In 2013, UTEP ranked #7 overall among national research universities and #1 in fostering social mobility among its students.
About the Junior League of El Paso, Inc.
The Junior League of El Paso, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.