UTEP to Strengthen Alumni Network at 2nd Annual ‘PICK-NIC’

What: The 2nd annual UTEP Alumni PICK-NIC

When: 3-7 p.m. Saturday, July 13

Where: Memorial Park Reserve Area, 3200 Copper Ave., and in at least 23 other cities around the country as well as Bhutan, Mexico and Costa Rica

UTEP alumni in and around El Paso will be part of an international effort to have fun and strengthen the camaraderie among fellow Miners and their families during the 2nd annual UTEP Alumni PICK-NIC.

Similar get-togethers are planned in at least 24 communities from coast to coast and border to border. Other volunteers have planned celebrations in Bhutan, Costa Rica and Mexico. This is an increase from last year when 18 communities participated.

“We learned a lot from the first year. We’re creating a strong network around the country and beyond,” said Sonia Villa-Olivas, associate director of alumni programs and services. “We’re spreading the word that there are Miners everywhere doing great things.”

The El Paso event will include food, face painting, music, door prizes, games and a jumping balloon, a wellness and fitness component that will include zumba and yoga, and vendors with UTEP-related items. Participants can bring their own water and soft drinks and a side dish or dessert to share with others. It is also recommended that attendees bring their blankets, lawn chairs and shade canopies. Approximately 400 people are expected to attend.

Events at other locations will be tailored to the different locales, but the goal is the same: have fun and share quality time with fellow Miners. Other parties are planned for cities including Albuquerque, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego and Seattle.

“I’ve been in contact with the host volunteers. Everyone’s pretty pumped,” said Margie Adame Brickey, alumni chapter development coordinator.

Participants are asked to take and post photos of the festivities on social media and to record and post videos of the groups performing the UTEP Fight Song. A CD of the music and copies of the words are part of the PICK-NIC package, a blue UTEP cooler filled with tablecloths, orange cups, plates and plastic cutlery, flying discs, beach balls, name tags, balloons, stickers, pom-poms and tattoos.

Organizers ask those attending the El Paso event to RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 915-747-8600 by the end of business Wednesday, July 10.

For more information, visit alumni.utep.edu/picnic.