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Day 69: Spur 1966

By on October 24, 2013

Today is Day 69 in the Countdown to UTEP’s Centennial Year. Any visitor to UTEP in recent months has no doubt been aware of a number of construction projects on our around the campus. One major change coming to El

Don Haskins Center

By on November 6, 2012

In 1973, plans for a new12,000-seat special events center were included in a projected $26.6 million campus expansion proposal. Originally referred to as the Special Events Center and nick-named the “Haskins Emporium,” the building was to facilitate UTEP basketball games

The Education Building

By on October 16, 2012

    The increase in the student population on campus, beginning with the end of World War II and the introduction of the G.I. Bill, caused the university to burst at that its seams by the 1960’s. There was a

Making Room for the Liberal Arts

By on October 2, 2012

In March, 1959 Dr. Joseph R. Smiley, President of the University, moved from his home on Hawthorne Street into a home on Donnybrook Street purchased for $55,000 by the University of Texas. The home on Hawthorne Street which had long

Josephine Clardy Fox Fine Arts Center

By on September 18, 2012

  The Fine Arts Department, previously housed in Cotton Memorial, was a small department with little room to expand. El Paso students interested in the fine arts often left the area to pursue the degree at another university. When the

The Union-The Building that United Students

By on September 11, 2012

    As early as 1943, there was discussion about building a Student Union Building on campus. The Student Association began to raise funds for a building but with the onset of World War II the building was deemed “impractical”

The Engineering-Science Complex- A Home for the Engineers and Scientists

By on July 31, 2012

The concept of a complex that would facilitate Engineering and Science departments was discussed shortly after the completion of the Physical Science Building. Consideration was given to expanding the Physical Science Building but the idea of a complex containing multiple