Viewing: Layers of History

New Pamphlet on UTEP History

By on August 13, 2012

We are pleased to announce the printing of a new pamphlet that briefly describes UTEP’s 100-year history. Layers of History at The University of Texas at El Paso (2012) divides the past century into five “layers” that reflect the growing

The Paso del Norte Community

By on May 7, 2012

The transformation of a mining school into a research university occurred in collaboration with the community of the Paso del Norte region. Over the past century the University has enjoyed local support, generally avoiding both the town-and-gown rivalry that emerges

Relationship with Austin

By on April 30, 2012

“El Paso Wins Fight,” read the headline in Sunday’s El Paso Times. Local, state, and national media coverage throughout the week has agreed on the particulars: a world championship boxing match was scheduled at UTEP, then it was cancelled, now

How Do the “Layers” Compare to Other Histories?

By on April 3, 2012

The first time that I made a presentation about the “Layers of UTEP History” it was met with two responses. On one hand, the audience was extremely fascinated by UTEP’s compelling story of transformations. “We didn’t realize what the past

Public Research University, 1986-

By on March 8, 2012

[Note: This post continues the series on the “Layers of UTEP History“] In the second half of the 20th century, many American universities aspired to become public research universities–institutions that could combine nearly universal access to a college education with

Regional University, 1960-

By on March 6, 2012

[Note: This post continues the series on the “Layers of UTEP History“] In 1960, a new administration set out to harness the overlapping local, state, and national impulses that had produced a mining school, stretched it into a city college,

Regional College, 1945-

By on March 1, 2012

[Note: This post continues the series on the “Layers of UTEP History“] Whereas local and state agendas had blended to create the mining school and stretch it into a city college, national impulses would prove more influential in shaping the

City College, 1927-

By on February 28, 2012

[Note: This post continues the series on the “Layers of UTEP History“] New aspirations for the tiny mining school surfaced as soon as it opened its Bhutanese doors in the current campus location. Unsatisfied with merely a mining school, El

Mining School, 1913-

By on February 23, 2012

[Note: This is the first in a series of posts on “The Layers of UTEP History“] UTEP’s story began at least a decade before the founding of the institution. This early period reveals two influences that would shape the institution

Layers of UTEP History

By on February 10, 2012

“What is UTEP’s story?” There are a few ways to answer this question, none of which are fully satisfactory. The first is by changes in the institution’s name. This falls short because the name changed three times between 1914 and