UTEP’s 2013 Homecoming Activities Offer Something Old, Something New

What: The University of Texas at El Paso’s Homecoming Week activities, including student and community activities, start Sunday, Sept. 29

When: Sept. 29-Oct. 5

New: The day and route of the annual parade are different for this year’s Homecoming parade.

“Minerland,” a nod to the original Disney amusement park, is the theme of this year’s University of Texas at El Paso Homecoming activities that will include many beloved traditions and a few new twists starting this weekend.

Along with other receptions and presentations will be the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday, Oct. 4, which will honor four Distinguished Alumni and 18 Gold Nuggets. The dinner will be held in the Don Haskins Center.

The biggest change to Homecoming this year is that the annual parade has a new start time and route. It will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Oregon Street in front of University Towers and proceed toward Glory Road and end at Glory Field. The lineup will include the Marching Miner Regiment, UTEP officials, the honored alumni, and student groups and Greek organizations that will create motorized entries based on Disney or Pixar movies. A Pep Rally at Glory Field will follow the parade.

This year’s festivities end with the Homecoming game versus Louisiana Tech at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Sun Bowl Stadium.

Another change is having different themed days during Homecoming Week to build student participation. The themes are “Toy Story” on Monday, “Star Wars” on Tuesday, “Pirates of the Caribbean” on Wednesday, wear-a-sports-jersey on Thursday and wear orange on Friday.

Favorite activities are returning as well. The lip-sync competition among student organizations will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Union Plaza. And students will participate in the annual fundraising competition with proceeds going to Project MOVE (Miner Opportunities for Volunteer Experiences), the annual UTEP day of community service. These activities and the parade are part of the Registered Student Organization’s “RSOlympics.” The winning student group will earn a traveling trophy that it can keep for a year.

The week’s events begin with the 4th annual Commitment to Fitness Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, outside the Health Sciences and Nursing Building, and continue later that day with the annual Student Government Association Homecoming 2013 Pageant from 7 to 9 p.m. in Magoffin Auditorium.

Golden Grads representing the Class of 1963 and earlier will participate in activities that week, including a luncheon with University President Diana Natalicio at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in UTEP’s El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center on Wiggins Road.

For a full schedule of events, please visit homecoming.utep.edu.