THIS WEEK: Oct. 19 – 25

By on October 19, 2014

Centennial Events

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In UTEP History

UTEP receives the largest grant in its history—a $10 million donation from alumnus Mike Loya to the engineering and business administration programs. The Academic Services Center is later renamed in his honor, (Oct 19, 2011) Using federal recovery funds, a campus-wide improvement project begins that includes the widening of roads and the building of retaining walls, (Oct. 21, 1932) An influenza epidemic results in the suspending of classes at the school until the foreseeable future, (Oct. 22, 1918) The Board of Regents for the University of Texas agrees to waive the matriculation fee paid by students attending the School of Mines who transfer to Austin, (Oct.24, 1916) The new University Library—a six story, 275,000 square foot structure— opens to students and faculty. It is designed to hold 1.2 million volumes, (Oct.24, 1984). The School of Mines plays their first football game in UTEP history. The Miners defeat the El Paso YMCA 7-6,  (Oct.24, 1914).

Learn more in the UTEP Encyclopedia.

Recent Activities

On Campus – UTEP celebrated Ability Awareness Week from Monday, Oct. 13 through Friday, Oct. 17. The annual event commemorates October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The week concluded with the Second Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium: Defining the Future in Health Promotion and Disability Outreach.Capure a Burro

Announcements –“Capture a Burro” Contest kicks off today! Students of the Centennial created the game to create awareness about the Student Time Capsule.  Take a “selfie” with a burro that can be found around the UTEP campus and upload it to social media using the hash tag #CaptureABurro for your chance to win cool prizes.

The limited-edition Centennial Postmark is available at the main post office for three weeks.  The postmark created by the United States Postal UTEP Centennial PostmarkService in honor of UTEP’s Centennial Celebration can be requested for use at the post office located at 8401 Boeing Drive until Nov. 10. 

Centennial Stories – Raul Carrillo, Adjunct Professor of Business Law and Ethics.

100 @ 100 – Interviews with Cristian Botez (Physics) and Benjamin Alire Saenz (Creative Writing). Tune in this week to hear interviews with Eric Freudenthal (Computer Science)and Norman Love, Jr. (Mechanical Engineering).

El Paso Times Series – Article on UTEP grads in the visual arts, entertainment industry and other creative realms.

In the News – More UTEP  Homecoming  coverage.

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