UTEP to Host Centennial Open House

By on March 27, 2014

In honor of its 100-year anniversary, The University of Texas at El Paso invites the Paso del Norte community to join in a campus-wide open house and celebration spanning three days, April 10-12.

With a theme of “Come and Discover,” the 2014 Open House schedule features more than 60 events hosted by departments within all seven of UTEP’s colleges: Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Science and the School of Nursing.

Since its start in 1914 as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy, The University of Texas at El Paso has played an important role in shaping the future of El Paso and its bordering regions. Originally starting with only 27 mining students, over the course of a century that number has grown to 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and it continues to increase every academic year.

“This is the first campus-wide Open House we’ve ever had, and we think it showcases the programs we have here at UTEP,” said Patricia Witherspoon, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a key organizer of the event.  “It’s also a chance to reflect on and celebrate UTEP’s history – all 100 years of it – in a variety of interactive and exciting activities.”

Events run the gamut from open studios and labs in UTEP’s Department of Art and College of Engineering to musical concerts throughout the campus and demonstrations in the School of Nursing Center for Simulation. Visitors will have their pick of hands-on activities and special tours.

At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, the Centennial Museum will show a new documentary about UTEP by Hollywood producer and UTEP distinguished alumnus Hank Cohen, who created the documentary in honor of the University’s 100th birthday.

High school students and their families are invited to stop by the Mike Loya Academic Services Building between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11 to learn more about applying to UTEP, academic programs, financial aid and scholarships, and to tour the campus.

Visitors will have the opportunity to share their UTEP memories and have them become part of the University’s oral history archive at the UTEP Miner Memory video booths set up at various locations around campus during the three-day event.

Free parking will be available in the Sun Bowl and Schuster parking garages, and there will be free shuttle service around campus. All events are free. The Open House begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 10. Activities continue from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. Visitors will receive a brochure with a campus map and list of all the activities when they arrive.

A detailed schedule of events is available at



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Veronique J. Masterson is UTEP's public information officer and may be contacted at 915-747-7503 or