THIS WEEK: Nov. 9 – 15

By on November 9, 2014

Centennial Events

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In UTEP History

Glory Road Book

The first Homecoming is held. The festivities, supervised by John W. Kidd, featured attendance at the New Mexico A&M game won by the Miners and was followed by a dinner for the ex-students (Nov. 9, 1929),  UTEP students appear as extras in the Disney motion picture Glory Road, as film crews spend several days on campus shooting exterior scenes for the movie (Nov. 10, 2004),  The John W. Kidd Memorial Seismic Observatory is formally dedicated (Nov. 11, 1961),  The “UTEP” logo is submitted for trademark protection,  officially establishing the UTEP acronym despite its unofficial use by the school and media for over 30 years (Nov. 11, 1999), The U.T. Board of Regents approve renaming the theatre performance space in the Fox Fine Arts Center the William A. Marie Wise Family Theatre (Nov. 13, 1997), Paydirt Pete is introduced as the new mascot of UTEP (Nov. 15, 1974).

Learn more in the UTEP Encyclopedia.

Recent Activities

On Campus – Throughout 2014, the Centennial Museum andCentennial Photo Contest Exhibit Picture Welcome Center has presented the Centennial Exhibit Series, showcasing a variety of exhibits dedicated to the first 100 years of the University of Texas at El Paso. The final exhibit in the series is an interactive exhibit showcasing the entries and winners of the Centennial Photo Contest. The exhibit opened with a public reception at 2 p.m. Nov. 8. The Centennial Photo Contest was open to UTEP students, alumni, faculty and staff. Participants were able to submit photographs in variety of categories, including: UTEP Landscapes, Student Life, UTEP Traditions, Arts on Campus, Centennial Celebration Events and Athletic Events. The first round of judges chose the photographs to be included in the exhibit while the second round of judges chose the winning entries. Those winners were announced at the exhibit’s opening reception at the Centennial Museum. The event included refreshments and live music. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 15, 2015. View photos of the event HERE.

In the Community – The Junior League of El Paso celebrated UTEP’s Centennial for the second year in a row at  this weekend’s ” A Christmas Fair.” The partnership between the Junior League of El Paso and the University dates back 80 years to the origination of the Centennial Museum, which is serving as the official Welcome Center during the Centennial Celebration. All guests will receive a UTEP tote bag in which to carry home all of the Centennial keepsakes. View photos HERE

GECU Pickaxe Auction

GECU Pickaxe Celebration – The GECU Pickaxe Celebration auction continues this week. The Pickaxe Auction is now live online. Read more about the Pickaxe Celebration HERE.

Centennial Stories – The 2014 Homecoming Parade.

100 @ 100 – Interviews with John Hadjimarcou (Marketing & Management, College of Business) and Mary-Margaret Weigel (Public Health). Tune in this week to hear interviews with Michael Zarate (Psychology) Art Duval (Mathematical Sciences).

El Paso Times Series – Article on the long standing relationship with the military.

In the News – Coverage of the Board of Reagents meeting at UTEP and the Centennial Photo Contest Exhibit opening.

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