THIS WEEK: Oct. 26 – Nov. 1

By on October 26, 2014

Centennial Events

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In UTEP History

Hendricks Field is renamed Kidd Field in honor of dean of engineering John Kidd by the Board of Regents following a series of protests by former Mines students (Oct. 28, 1933) A devastating fire destroys the main building of the School of Mines at the Fort Bliss site. The school would later rebuild on the present site above Mundy Heights (Oct. 29, 1916) U.T. Regent H. A. Wroe, in an interview with an Austin paper, mentions that the College of Mines may be moved from El Paso back to Austin in an economy move. This sparks protests that ends with the College more than doubling its size the following year after adding liberal arts, business, and education courses. (Oct. 30, 1926) A report published by the Texas Higher Education Board states that the faculty at Texas Western College are the amongst the lowest paid teachers in the state (Oct. 31, 1959)  Thomas M. Prettyman is selected the first editor of the Prospector, the school’s first yearbook or annual. It would be another three years before the name would be resurrected for use as the name of the school’s newspaper (Nov. 1, 1916)

Learn more in the UTEP Encyclopedia.

Recent Activities

On Campus – The Social Justice Initiative invited Ohio University professor Jenny Nelson, Ph.D. and Ohio University filmmaker and Ph.D. student Camilo Perez to speak about their work on the Parkinson’s Disease Narrative Project at UTEP. To see photos click HERE.

The Student Alumni Association held its annual “Haunted Campus” tour.  Participants toured the UTEP campus in the evening  Oct. 23 or Oct. 24 or during the day Oct. 25.  The tour was held in conjunction with the Centennial Tour series for the month of Oct.  The final tour in the series will be the “Research on Campus” tour taking place in November.

Opera UTEP presented Sweeney Todd at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall on campus this week. The final performance was held Oct. 26.

The exhibit “Bhutan: Between Heaven and Earth” opened with a talk by photographer Mary Peck Friday, Oct. 24 at the UTEP Library‘s Blumberg Auditorium.   The exhibit will remain on display for the next several weeks.

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Announcements – The Junior League of El Paso will celebrate UTEP for the second year in a row at “A Christmas Fair.”  The event is scheduled to take place Nov. 7 – 9 at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center in Downtown El Paso.

The “Capture a Burro” Contest is still underway. 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.

Less than two weeks are left for your chance to get the limited-edition Centennial Postmark.  The postmark created by the United States Postal Service 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 – International Food Fair.

100 @ 100 – Interviews with Eric Freudenthal (Computer Science)and Norman Love, Jr. (Mechanical Engineering). Tune in this week to hear interviews with Michelle Armstrong-Padilla (History) and Jon Amastae (Languages & Linguistics).

El Paso Times Series – Article on the history of the Don Haskins center.

In the News – Coverage of the Centennial Campaign.

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