THIS WEEK: Nov. 2 – 8

By on November 2, 2014


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In UTEP History

Sun Bowl facing northFour days following the devastating fire that destroyed the main building of the School of Mines, it is announced that the school would move from its location by the expanding Ft. Bliss to soon-to-be announced location on the Franklin Mountains (Nov. 2, 1916),   The first sporting event is played on newly constructed Kidd Field. The Miners football team defeats New Mexico A&M, 9-0 (Nov. 4, 1933),  The University announces that ATM machines are coming to the campus. The first would be installed by the summer of 1982 (Nov. 6, 1981) U.T. President Robert Vinson writes the governor of Texas informing him that the School of Mines should be moved from its current site adjacent to Fort Bliss to a new location, three of which have already been offered by local citizens (Nov. 7, 1916), Voters of El Paso approve a $1.5 million bond issue to construct the Sun Bowl stadium (Nov. 8, 1960).

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Recent Activities

On Campus – Hundreds attended the annual UTEP International Food Fair on campus Monday Oct. 27.  To see photos of the event click HERE.

Oralia Loza, Ph.D. gave a lecture on “Evidence Based Policy and Public Health Approaches for Substance Abuse in the Netherlands,” Oct. 27.

President Diana Natalicio, Texas Transportation Commissioner Ted Houghton and sculpture artist Koryn Rolstad were in attendance for the Sun Bowl Drive Expansion Project and Mandala Sunrise sculpture dedication. The $4.8 million Sun Bowl Drive expansion project included the creation and installation of the Mandala Sunrise sculpture in the roundabout at the intersection of Glory Road and Sun Bowl Drive.

The UTEP Symphony Orchestra performed another concert on campus. Several other concerts are scheduled for the fall.

GECU Pickaxe Celebration – One year ago, GECU invited twelve acclaimed artists to gecu pickaxeconvert blank pickaxe canvases into their vision of  UTEP and its Centennial Celebration. The artists unveiled their works of art during a press event in January at UTEP’s Union Gallery. For the next eight months, those picks were displayed at various GECU branches around town before returning to UTEP in mid-August. The goal behind the project was to raise awareness and dollars for the RC Morgan Scholarship Fund and, now, the community has the opportunity to buy one of these beautiful picks by some of El Paso’s best known artists. The Pickaxe Auction is now live online. Don’t miss this opportunity to own one of the celebrated picks that made our Centennial Celebration so special.  Read more about the Pickaxe Celebration HERE.

Centennial Stories – Mandala Sunrise sculpture.

100 @ 100 – Interviews with Michelle Armstrong-Padilla (History) and Jon Amastae (Languages & Linguistics). Tune in this week to hear interviews with John Hadjimarcou (Marketing & Management, College of Business) and Mary-Margaret Weigel (Public Health).

El Paso Times Series – Article on Greek life at UTEP.

In the News – Coverage of the Mandala Sunrise sculpture.

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