Day 3: A Tradition of Excellence

By on December 29, 2013

1966 photo 15Today is Day 3 in the Countdown to UTEP’s Centennial year.

We continue The Top 10 Traditions that Form the Foundation of Miner Pride and Success.

3. A Tradition of Excellence

In 1966, our men’s basketball team won the national championship, a victory ranked in 2012 by ESPN as the #3 moment in the entire history of the championship. Shortly after the victory, President Joseph M. Ray observed, “Naturally, we are happy and proud to have won the NCAA basketball championship, but the achievements which should offer us the greatest satisfaction are those which pertain to academic excellence.” In short, “the goal . . . is to become No. 1 not just in basketball, but in all that we are doing.”

Today UTEP expects excellence in all that we undertake. We expect our programs to rank nationally, to earn honors and recognition, and to prepare our students to compete in graduate programs anywhere in the world. We expect our administrative and constituent services to solve every problem and meet every need. We expect our faculty to win more than their share of system-wide teaching awards and to contribute to international scholarship in their fields of specialization. We expect our students to excel in the classroom, in their programs, on the job market, and throughout their careers.

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