From El Paso Inc: Boom! UTEP ready for centennial countdown

By on September 22, 2013

El Paso Inc PhotoOn Monday, Sept. 23, the public is invited as UTEP officially begins a 100-day countdown to its centennial year celebration. President Diana Natalicio and other university officials will welcome guests to the kickoff on the lawn of the Centennial Museum, complete with food, entertainment, and giveaways beginning at 11 a.m. At noon, the countdown gets underway with unveiling of the “big black box” in front of the Centennial Museum, which has been a secret for weeks.

GECU, a locally owned credit union, has partnered with UTEP for the surprise and will celebrate the university’s 100th year with interactive cutouts marking historical milestones and orange-lit exteriors at its branches.

The ribbon cutting for UTEP’s new Welcome Center at the Centennial Museum is at 12:30 p.m. Monday. Last Thursday, VIPs got a sneak peak at the center.

And last Monday, officials from the Texas Department of Transportation joined UTEP leaders for a celebration that started with a boom, as an explosive charge was set off to represent enhancements to traffic and safety around campus.

Sun Bowl Drive will be widened to four lanes and a roundabout added at Glory Road. Spur 1966 will be expanded and a roundabout has opened on Schuster Avenue. And TxDOT will contribute $8 million to UTEP’s Campus Transformation Project for walkways, bicycle paths and green spaces.

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Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.