UTEP to Celebrate Establishment 100 Years Ago with Texas Legislature

In 2014, The University of Texas at El Paso will celebrate 100 years of providing access and excellence to the Paso del Norte region. A variety of commemorative events and activities will mark this milestone.

On April 16, 2013, UTEP students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends will gather in Austin to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the day the Texas Legislature authorized the establishment of the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy.

University leaders will recognize members of the Legislature and the Governor for the roles their predecessors played in enacting Senate Bill 183 (1913) to authorize the creation of the school, exactly 100 years after Governor O.B. Colquitt signed the bill.

“It’s wonderful to have an opportunity to commemorate this very special moment in UTEP’s history at the place where the dream of the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy really began,” said UTEP President Diana Natalicio. “We are grateful for the vision and support of early El Paso business leaders and Texas political leaders who 100 years ago launched UTEP’s remarkable journey toward transforming the lives of more than 105,000 graduates and the quality of life in our Paso del Norte region. As we move into UTEP’s second century, we are confident that this foundation will enable us to achieve our vision of becoming the first national research university with a 21st century student demographic.”

At 8:30 a.m. April 16, legislators will join UTEP leaders for a special breakfast with UTEP President Diana Natalicio in the Capitol Extension, room E2.002.

Between 10 a.m. and noon, House and Senate resolutions sponsored by Rep. Joe Pickett and Sen. Jose Rodriguez will be read in the Texas House and Senate Chambers. UTEP alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends will be seated in the galleries.

Throughout the day, a team of alumni ambassadors wearing UTEP Orange neckties and scarves will fill the Capitol building, visiting legislators to express thanks and share UTEP’s vision for the future of higher education in Texas and the nation.

The celebration will conclude that evening at 6:30 p.m. with a reception for legislators and UTEP students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends in the AT&T Conference Center Grand Ballroom, 1900 University Ave.

For information or to RSVP for any of the April 16 events, please contact Veronique Masterson or Chris Lechuga at 915-747-5526 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Find more information about UTEP’s Centennial Celebration at utep100years.com.

For an electronic version of UTEP’s Centennial media kit, visit centennial.utep.edu/mediakit.html.


Centennial Events Calendar


April 16, Commemoration at Legislature (in Austin)

July 13, Alumni Pick-Nic

Aug. 24, Sneak Preview of Opera Bhutan (in El Paso)

Aug. 25, New Miner Convocation


Sept. 23, 100-day Countdown begins

Sept. 30-Oct. 5, Homecoming Week

Oct. 12, World premiere of Opera Bhutan (in Bhutan)



All year, “Classes Without Quizzes” free lectures and workshops

March, Conference USA Tournament

March 14, TCM Day campuswide

April, Campus Open House


May 17, Spring Commencement

July 12, Alumni Pick-Nic

Aug. 24, New Miner Convocation

Summer/Fall, Centennial Plaza dedication

Sept. 5, Minerpalooza


Sept. 23, Anniversary of the First Day of Class

Fall, Opera Bhutan (in El Paso)

Fall, Homecoming Week

Dec. 20, Winter Commencement


*Items in bold denote signature events and activities