The UTEP pickaxe, more commonly known simply as The Pick, is the longest-lived icon in the history of UTEP.
Having made its debut as the school’s unofficial logo in 1919 and officially adopted as UTEP’s primary logo in 1999, it has since appeared on everything from bumper stickers and clothes, to the new floor of the Don Haskins Center and our very own western skyline in sculpted form.
The Pick has even been adapted by UTEP athletes, students, and fans into a hand sign to show pride in the school’s mining heritage. The hand sign is a fist with the pinky finger and thumb extended, followed by moving the arm in a downward motion as if striking the ground.
When Miners hear the call “Picks up!” that means it’s time to hold your pick hand signs up in the air proudly.
The UTEP Pick has been said to capture the core emotion or essence of UTEP. It represents the power to break new ground, the persistence to discover the unthinkable, and the promise to enrich the future.
Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.