New Documentary on UTEP History Premieres During Open House

By on April 16, 2014

Last weekend, as part of the Open House, UTEP: The First 100 Years premiered in front of a large audience in room 116 of the UGLC. The 11-minute documentary traces UTEP history from its “Small but Never Humble Beginnings” to the exciting outlook for the future in its second century.

The documentary was prepared by UTEP alumnus, Hank Cohen, a 1978 graduate and recipient of the College of Liberal Arts’ Gold Nugget Award (2001) and the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award (2010). He has given the the film and all rights to the University. The film may be viewed in the Centennial Museum theater and will be included as part of other Centennial events throughout the year. It is also being prepared for sale.

Hank Cohen describes the documentary as a labor of love and a gift to his alma mater.

What: A documentary video of UTEP history prepared by alumnus Hank Cohen
Why: Presented by Cohen as a gift to UTEP in honor of the Centennial Celebration
Who: Credits: Executive Producer Hank Cohen (BA 1978, COLA Gold Nugget 2001, DA 2010), produced/directed by Don Beck, written by Beck and Cohen, edited by JJ Sanchez, narrated by Ana Alicia (BA 1976)Special Thanks: UTEP President Diana Natalicio; Keith A. Erekson and Paul J. Vierra (Centennial Office); Liza M. Rodriguez, Javier Loya, and Laura Trejo (University Communications); Jesus Genaro Limon (Institute of Oral History); Claudia Rivers (Special Collections); Jeff Darby and Audrey N. Westcott (UTEP Athletics)
Event(s): Premiere on Friday, April 11, 2014Public showings on Saturday, April 12, 2014
Background:  Cohen proposed the idea to President Natalicio. He and Don Beck visited campus in May 2013 to gather footage and photographs. Erekson served as the primary contact through which many on campus assisted with materials.

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