Welcome to our Centennial Celebration
By all measures, 2014 promises to be an exciting year for UTEP and El Paso. One hundred years ago this fall, visionary civic leaders who understood the importance of higher education to our city’s development saw their dreams come true with the opening of a mining school in El Paso. Today, that school is UTEP, and it has become a leading national university that is setting a new standard for higher education in the 21st century.
Our centennial celebration will extend throughout the year with a full calendar of activities to include thought-provoking lectures, the unveiling of special gifts, reunions of Miners on campus and across the globe, performances by members of the UTEP family and many other arts, culture and entertainment events. Our new Centennial Plaza will be completed this year, transforming the center of the campus into pedestrian friendly areas enhanced with the shade of hundreds of drought-tolerant trees and shade structures.
I invite you to explore our Centennial Celebration website and blog. Tell us your Centennial Stories. Make a gift toward our Centennial Campaign. Join us in El Paso and across the world at the various events and activities we have planned. Find out how your student, campus, or community group can join the celebration.
UTEP is proud to be El Paso’s university. Our centennial celebration is El Paso’s celebration, too. We have much to celebrate together as we reflect on our shared past and look forward toward an even brighter future.
Diana S. Natalicio
President, The University of Texas at El Paso