Students at The University of Texas at El Paso will return to campus Tuesday, Jan. 21, for a spring semester that will include a few new courses and numerous activities tied to the University’s Centennial Celebration in 2014.
The students, faculty and staff will participate in an unprecedented commemoration this semester that will include activities on campus and throughout the community recognizing the University’s 100th anniversary. While there will be several events every week, the biggest spring activity is the planned campus open house April 11-13 that will include tours, lectures, exhibits, performances and demonstrations.
“We’re all coming together to celebrate UTEP,” said Keith Erekson, Ph.D., executive director of the University’s Centennial Office. He added that many Sun City events will have a Centennial tie-in, including business conferences, fun runs and El Paso Pro-Musica concerts. “Our list of activities will be growing and growing, so stay tuned. We’re adding stuff all the time.”
For a complete list of festivities, visit UTEP100years.com.
Academically, the University will offer two new online degree plans beginning this semester: a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in defense and strategic studies.
The criminal justice degree program was created for those students who work rotating shifts in the military and criminal justice field, and who live too far to commute to campus, said Mary Cuadrado, Ph.D., associate professor and acting chair of the Department of Criminal Justice.
“For years the Department of Criminal Justice has graduated the current and future leaders of our criminal justice agencies. This online degree will allow us to have a more expansive impact,” Cuadrado said of the program that was a year in the making. The first course will launch in May.
The defense degree is aimed at those people engaged in or seeking a career in strategic planning, intelligence, military operations, diplomacy and many other defense-related activities. The program’s 12 courses, which should take approximately one year to complete, will provide an in-depth, critical examination of the major security challenges facing the United States now and in the future. The first cohort starts in February. For more information, visit academics.utep.edu/inss.
A new Artist in Residence program that launched in the fall will continue in the spring semester. UTEP alumnus Adrian Esparza, whose work has been displayed around the world, is teaching classes and getting student help with special projects in his Fox Fine Arts Center studio.
Officials at UTEP’s Student Health Center encourage those students who have not received their flu shot this season to drop by the center on the first floor of Union Building East. It’s free if you have insurance; $20 if you do not.
Among the more than 20,000 students starting the semester will be approximately 1,000 who are new to the 420-acre campus. As is their custom, members of UTEP’s Orange Street Team (students and staff) will be out during the first two days of school to answer questions from new Miners and help them find their way around the University and its Campus Transformation construction projects.
For the latest campus construction information, visit onthemove.utep.edu.
Daniel Perez is a senior writer in UTEP's Office of University Communications.