UTEP-HACEP Put On Quad HOT Summer Conference

For the fourth year, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) are teaming up to help transition children from public housing to university life and get them thinking about the endless possibilities of a college degree. About 350 children living in public housing will participate in the Quad HOT (Higher Opportunities Thrive) Summer Conference from June 17 - July 19, 2013. 

At 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, Howard Daudistel, Ph.D., UTEP senior executive vice president, and Gerald Cichon, chief executive officer of HACEP, together with the children of the first Quad HOT cohort will host a commencement ceremony to award the first cohort with their very own UTEP diplomas and to increase awareness among eligible participants.  

WHAT:          Commencement Ceremony for the first Quad HOT Summer Conference cohort.

WHEN:          12:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013

WHO:             Howard Daudistel - UTEP Senior Executive Vice President, Gerald Cichon - CEO of HACEP, 75 HACEP children, UTEP personnel and HACEP staff.

WHERE:       500 W. University Ave., UTEP Campus, Union Building East, Tomas Rivera                                 Conference Room, third floor.

                        (Parking for media is available along University Avenue in the "yellow zone" just                           past the security gate of the East entrance to campus off of Mesa Street) 


Each week for five weeks, approximately 70 children ages 10 to 16 will hop aboard the UTEP shuttle and head to campus. They will tour UTEP and take part in college and career awareness classes. It will be an opportunity for them to hear from students and professors firsthand and learn about a variety of career and educational paths. During their weeklong excursion, students will also learn about swimming safety and nutrition, including the opportunity to swim in an Olympic-sized pool. This year’s initiative features SAT prep classes for the high school students and a personal leadership development curriculum. The alliance between UTEP and HACEP is federally funded by a Youth Career Exploration grant.  

“The Quad HOT Summer Conference is a great opportunity to bring underprivileged kids to campus who normally would not be exposed to higher learning,” said Beto Lopez, assistant vice president for university relations. “It’s a good way to promote life sports such as swimming and emphasize that college is fun.”