This Week: June 8 – 14

By on June 8, 2014

Centennial Events

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In UTEP History

Space Shuttle Mission STS-117 lifts off from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida with UTEP alum John “Danny” Olivas on board. Olivas will take part in a spacewalk to install components that will provide power to the International Space Station (ISS) (June 8, 2007), Joseph R. Smiley assumes the presidency of UTEP for the second time following the resignation of Joseph Ray. Smiley had left the presidency of TWC in 1960 to serve as president of U.T. Austin and the University of Colorado (June 12, 1969) After 18 years in the position, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Ray Small, resigns to return to teaching. Diana Natalicio, the associate dean of Liberal arts, will replace him (June 14, 1979).

Learn more in the UTEP Encyclopedia.

Recent Activities

On Campus – A new exhibit titled “Viva La Causa: Forging UTEP’s 21st Century Demographic” will be on display in the Centennial Museum through Aug. 2. The exhibit highlights how UTEP played a role in the Chicano movement in the 1960s and 1970s. The museum is open 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Chase Bank kicked off Orange Friday to honor UTEP's Centennial Celebration.

Chase Bank kicked off Orange Friday to honor UTEP’s Centennial Celebration.

In the Community – The Border Museum Association continues the Sixth Annual Museum Scavenger Hunt.  This year’s theme is “Centennial Connections,” in honor of the 100 years of UTEP history. Participants have two months to visit the museums and find the mystery objects. This year’s Hunt includes two dozen museums in the El Paso/Las Cruces/Cd. Juárez border region.

In honor of The UTEP’s Centennial year, Chase Bank joined the University and launch its own Orange Friday campaign. UTEP 2014 Commission members Russ Vandenberg and Joseph Mullings initiated the idea as a way to encourage community members to participate in the University’s 100-year celebration. Paydirt Pete got everyone in the Miner Spirit and orchestrated the singing of “Happy Birthday” to UTEP.

An elephant sized party was the perfect way to Celebrate UTEP’s Centennial! The El Paso Zoo joined the

The El Paso Zoo Celebrated UTEP during Elephant Fest over the weekend.

The El Paso Zoo Celebrated UTEP during Elephant Fest over the weekend.

celebration during Elephant Fest over the weekend. Paydirt Pete made an appearance to help hand out information about the Centennial and also gave away the new UTEP Football posters.

Centennial Stories –  Anthony Turrieta, Associate VP of Business Affairs.

100 @ 100 – Interviews with Diane Doser (Department of Geological Sciences) and Raymond Rumpf (Department of Electrical Engineering) Tune in this week to hear interviews with Nathan Ashby (Department of Economics & Finance) and Guillermina Nunez-Mchiri (Department of Sociology & Anthropology).

El Paso Times Series – Article on campus transformation projects around the UTEP campus.

In the News – The new exhibit “Viva La Causa” on display in the Centennial Museum.

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Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.