Day 58: Distinguished Alumni

By on November 4, 2013

5247 copy - webToday is Day 58 in the Countdown to UTEP’s Centennial Year.

UTEP can count over 100,000 alumni in its 100-year history., From its 3 original mining engineering graduates in May 1916 to the most recent graduating class of 2,600 in May 2013.

UTEP boasts among its graduates a number of distinguished alumni, including Major General Juan Ayala, commander of the Marine Corps Installation Command.  He is a 1979 graduate.

Track & field legend Bob Beamon attended UTEP and set a world record for the long jump in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, and held the record for nearly 23 years.

Maria Castañon-Coates is the Chief Diversity Officer of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, a company which specializes in audit & assurance, tax, and consulting services.  She is a 1990 graduate.

Willarda V. Edwards was the 110th president of the National Medical Association, and a 1972 graduate.

Tim Hardaway is a former NBA all-star known for his cross-over dribble, dubbed by TV sports analysts as the “UTEP two-step.”  He is a 1989 graduate.

Karla Martinez is an anchor for Univision and a co-host of Despierta America on the network, and she is a 1998 graduate.

Susana Martinez is the governor of New Mexico – the nation’s first Latina governor – and she is a 1981 graduate.

Robert O’Rear was one of Microsoft’s first employees along with Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1977, and graduated from Texas Western College in 1964.

Benjamin Alire Saenz is the chair of the Creative Writing Department at UTEP and an award winning author.  He is a 1987 graduate.

Mary Lou Valdez, Associate Commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, graduated in 1986.


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