The Transformations blog is the official blog of the UTEP Centennial Celebration with all the latest on Centennial events, keepsakes, and activities. It also provides a space in which to investigate UTEP’s history, transformations, and impact. We seek to place the university’s past and present within the context of the El Paso community, Texas and the American Southwest, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and American higher education. The official website of the Centennial Celebration is UTEP100years.com. Feel free to contact us by email or in the blog’s comments.
About UTEP History
- History – stories, facts, and sources from and about UTEP’s past.
- Centennial Stories – excerpts from interviews with UTEP alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends.
About the Centennial Celebration
- Celebration – all the latest on the signature events and activities of UTEP’s Centennial Celebration.
- Campus Involvement – announcements and descriptions of the ways that people on campus are joining the celebration.
- Community Involvement – announcements and descriptions of the ways that people in the El Paso community are joining the celebration.
- In the News – reports of the Centennial Celebration in local, state, and national media.
Abbie Weiser is the processing archivist at the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department of the UTEP Library. She earned a BA in history from George Washington University, a MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in history from UTEP, and is certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists.
Keith A. Erekson is executive director of UTEP’s Centennial Celebration, an associate professor of history, director of the Center for History Teaching & Learning, and an award-winning author and teacher.
Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for the Centennial Office.
Kristine Navarro-McElhaney has served as the director of UTEP’s Institute of Oral History since 2000. Most recently, she has enjoyed interviewing Hispanic entrepreneurs and participants in the Bracero program.
Maribel Villalva is the director of UTEP’s Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, overseeing the Centennial Celebration’s welcome center, gift shop, exhibits, and tours.
Claudia Rivers is the head of the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department of the UTEP Library. She earned both her BA and MLIS degrees at the University of Texas at Austin, and worked at the Benson Latin American Collection there before coming to El Paso in 1992. Her interests include the history of the Southwest and Mexico, ancient Meso-America, and detective fiction.
Laura Hollingsed is the manuscripts librarian and archivist in the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department of the UTEP Library, where she has worked with rare books, historical photographs and maps, and manuscript collections for the past ten years. She holds BA and MA degrees in History from UTEP and an MSIS degree in Information Studies (Library Science) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Laura Trejo is the photograph coordinator in UTEP’s office of University Communications.
Willie Quinn (at right in the picture) is a member of UTEP’s Heritage Commission and a volunteer at UTEP’s Heritage House. He is an expert on the history of the university’s mining heritage, its buildings, its mascot, and well, most everything.
Andy Klooster served as an assistant in the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department of the UTEP Library. He is currently an MA student in History at UTEP.
Matthew Liden is a student in the history master’s program at UTEP.
Ashley Swarthout was a student in the Masters of Arts in Teaching English program at UTEP. She graduated in May 2013 and is now teaches dual credit at Chapin High School.