Today is Day 23 in the Countdown to UTEP’s Centennial Year.
TCM Day is the oldest tradition on the UTEP Campus. Students, faculty, and staff at the College of Engineering pay homage to Saint Patrick, the patron saint of engineers.
The tradition began at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1903, when a group of engineering students decided to cut class. Looking for an excuse as to why they couldn’t attend class, they noticed that the day on the calendar was March 17 – Saint Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick from that point on became the patron saint of Engineers.
During TCM Day, students learn about UTEP’s roots while participating in on-campus and community service events, such as cleaning the arroyo on campus and donating canned good items to the El Paso Rescue Mission.
Some of the events surrounding TCM Day include the whitewashing of the M on the mountain off of Sun Bowl Drive, a tradition that began as early as 1923.
In 1927, a junior college was integrated into the Texas College of Mines. Some time later, an engineering student painted a green line between the Engineering Building to the East and the Liberal Arts Building to the West. The letters TCM were painted on the east side of the line, while TWC (for Texas Western College) was painted on the west side of the line. The painting of the lines continues to be part of the TCM Day tradition.
The Kissing of the Blarney Stone is said to give the kisser the gift of eloquence and persuasiveness. The Blarney stone is located deep in the heart of Charlie Davis Park, located behind the Student Recreation Center.
TCM Day will be celebrated on March 21st, 2014, and next year, in honor of the centennial, the engineers are inviting the entire campus to join the fun.
Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.