UTEP to Kick Off 100-Day Countdown to Centennial Year, Unveil ‘Big Black Box’

UTEP President Diana Natalicio, Vice President for Student Affairs Gary Edens, and Student Government Association President Paulina Lopez will lead the kickoff to UTEP’s 100-day Centennial year countdown at a free event that will include food, entertainment, and giveaways starting at 11 a.m. The program and official kickoff will begin at noon. The event is open to the general public in addition to UTEP students, faculty, staff and alumni.

A “bean feed” – one of UTEP’s fun historic traditions – will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until food and drinks run out. To learn more about the Centennial Celebration, traditions like “bean feeds,” and more, visit utep100years.com.

Key to the event is the unveiling of the “big black box” in front of the Centennial Museum, which has remained a giant secret for weeks. The surprise beneath the scaffolding and tarp relates to the Centennial countdown. GECU, the largest locally owned credit union in El Paso, has partnered with UTEP for the surprise and will also celebrate the University’s 100th year with interactive cutouts marking UTEP’s historical milestones and orange-lit exteriors at its branches.

The ribbon cutting for UTEP’s new Welcome Center inside of the Centennial Museum will take place at 12:30 p.m. The Welcome Center will serve as the official headquarters for UTEP’s Centennial Celebration throughout 2014, featuring a permanent exhibit on UTEP’s history, rotating exhibits on topics including UTEP athletics and a Centennial Photo Contest exhibiting memories from alumni and the public, a children’s learning area, and a gift shop stocked with new Centennial items.

“We’re really proud to showcase UTEP, and the fact that we can be a part of this celebration is very exciting,” said Centennial Museum Director Maribel Villalva. “It’s a welcome opportunity to do something that on our own would have been really hard to do.”

Both curated and self-guided walking tours of the campus will be offered from the museum lobby. A 40-seat theater will screen a variety of UTEP-themed videos, including Centennial interviews with faculty, staff, alumni and other university partners.

A VIP event on Thursday, Sept. 19 gave guests a sneak peak at the Welcome Center. President Natalicio began the event with an overview of recent university achievements, including the introduction of eight faculty members who had received The University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards,  the highest honor the board can bestow. 

*Media should enter the campus through Rim Road. Media parking will be available on Wiggins Road near the Centennial Museum.*

 

 

What: UTEP President Diana Natalicio and campus leaders to officially begin 100-day countdown to UTEP’s Centennial Year Celebration

When: Noon, Monday, Sept. 23

Where: UTEP Centennial Museum Lawn