A Gift from GECU

By on September 25, 2013

The kickoff event to our 100-day countdown has received a lot of attention. Students and alumni, faculty and staff, friends and fans came out for a raucous celebration complete with music, confetti, and big surprises. We unveiled a countdown clock, revived the bean feed tradition, cut the ribbon on the new Welcome Center, and had a wonderful time. Here is our favorite photo that captures the moment of the unveiling.

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Photograph by JR Hernandez, UTEP News Service.

The gift from GECU — a countdown clock built into a digital screen on a beautiful Bhutanese-styled tower — gathered many compliments and becomes a striking new fixture on the campus landscape.

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Photograph by Scott Cutler, Centennial Museum

The tower is only one part of GECU’s involvement in UTEP’s Centennial Celebration. They also prepared several life-sized historical photographs with cutouts for faces so that everyone could be a cheerleader in the 1960s or sit with Don Haskins and actor Josh Lucas in 2005. The photos debuted on Monday and will reappear next Monday at the grand opening of the new tea house and branch on Oregon before finding permanent homes around campus and at GECU branches throughout the city.

There are some other fun things in store as well and, of course, you can learn about them here on the blog.

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