UTEP is dedicated to providing quality education and opportunities to those students with military affiliations. There are currently almost 1,700 students with military ties enrolled at the university and another 130 employees. At the recent Veterans Appreciation Event held in the Union Plaza, UTEP President Diana Natalicio and dean of the College of Business Administration Robert Nachtmann, D.B.A. presented the attending veterans and audience members Centennial coins minted for the occasion. The event was only one of several coordinated by UTEP’s Military Student Success Center.
Elizabeth Thurmond-Bengtson, Director/Design Manager at UTEP’s Institutional Advancement, initiated the concept for the coin. “I created the visual of the image I thought to be appropriate for UTEP and worked with one of the graphic designers here to finalize the artwork. The coin was then approved through the Centennial team.”
Thurmond-Bengtson’s decision to mint a coin is based on military “challenge coins”. These coins typically display an organization’s insignia and are presented to service men and women by unit commanders in recognition of special achievements. Since the military gives challenge coins to members of the armed forces “as a means of expressing gratitude for a job well done, it seemed a natural fit for UTEP to create one.”
Interview with Elizabeth Thurmond-Bengtson, Director/Design Manager, The University of Texas at El Paso
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