Focus on Campus

Fridays at 9am

Focus on Campus devotes time to recognize the latest and greatest on the UTEP campus. Louie Saenz, gives the lowdown on shining athletes, faculty and students. The show also includes information on ongoing research and university programs affecting our campus. It's everything you need to know about UTEP.

UTEP graduate student Brenda Luna is partnering with Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), a faith-based Quaker organization with a commitment to the public interest.  Brenda is joined on this program by Hanna Evans, domestic policy associate with FCNL.  They will discuss the importance of comprehensive bilateral immigration reform.  Not walls, not open borders, but effective ways that the courts, the community, and the legislature can reasonably allow refugees, victims of violence, and human trafficking victims to seek asylum within our borders.  

Learn more at, or contact Brenda Luna at

Aired Oct 21, 2016

College students often struggle with juggling classes with family problems, personal problems, or substance abuse.  The UTEP Counseling center offers programs and support to help students better handle everyday stress and more serious issues.  On this program we'll visit with Jorge Marquez of the University Counseling Center, and Terry Williams & Lydia Hernandez of the UTEP Collegiate Recovery Program. 

Aired Oct. 14, 2016

Tailgating can sometimes be the best part of college football home games.  The UTEP Office of Alumni Relations has been hosting tailgate parties at Kidd Field this season, and to tell us more about them is Maribel Villalva, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations, and John Aranda, President of the Alumni Association.  Each tailgate features food from local restaurants, music, and lots of family fun, and they begin 2.5 hours before kickoff.  

For more information on Alumni Tailgates, visit

Aired Sept 30, 2016

The new School of Pharmacy at UTEP offers a unique curriculum that involves students in research, immerses them in Spanish to help navigate through our bi-cultural region, and immerses them in real-world experiences.  We visit with Jackie Navarrete, director of the Office of Experiential Education with the UTEP School of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the school and its degree program at

Aired Sept 23, 2016

Sandra Cisneros' book "The House on Mango Street" has been adapted for the stage, and it will be presented soon by the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance. Hear more about the upcoming production from actors Talia Davila and Nancy Batres, who both play the role of "Esperanza" they share their experiences in the theatre.

Performances are Sept 22, 23, 29, 30, Oct 1 at 7:30pm; Sept 25 & Oct 2 at 2:30pm.  Shows are at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre, $9-$15.  915-747-5118

Aired Sept 16, 2016

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  Human cadavers are often used in training medical students, but they are also useful in helping physical & occupational therapists familiarize themselves with the intricacies of human musculature and the delicate nature of tendons and veins.  The UTEP College of Health Sciences recently unveiled its Human Anatomy Teaching Laboratory, and on this program, we'll visit with the director of the lab, Mark Caulkins.

Aired Sept 9, 2016

 As of August 1, individuals with a Texas concealed handgun license are allowed to carry concealed handguns on public university campuses throughout the state.  To tell us more about the CAMPUS CARRY law and how it applies to UTEP is Gary Edens, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Catie McCorry Andalis, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students.

Aired Sept 2, 2016

  MINERPALOOZA is UTEP's welcome-back event for its students. On this program, Christian Corrales will tell us about all the events and live bands that will be taking part in UTEP's biggest tradition taking place August 26. 

  Jorge Vasquez is the Executive Director of UTEP Special Events, and he joins us to tell us about some of the acts coming to the UTEP campus (Maná, Juan Gabriel, monster trucks), and why it is so difficult to book big-name acts.

Aired Aug. 19, 2016


 Adults age 50 & older are invited to take advantage of classes for your second 50 years through OLLI at UTEP. OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) offers a variety of classes including presidential politics, our relationship with food, fishing for seniors, the history of coffee, and much more. On this program, we'll hear from OLLI Publicity Coordinator Susan Sobin and OLLI's Executive Director Ian Wilson of OLLI.  Registration for Fall classes is open from August 15-26, and classes begin Sept. 6.  For information, call 915-747-8848 or 915-747-6280, or visit  Aired Aug. 12, 2016

Photo by J.R. Hernandez / UTEP Communications

  UTEP Economics Professor Jim Holcomb doesn't just run numbers in the classroom, he times them down to a millisecond when he serves as a national championship swimming official. Holcomb was recently invited to officiate at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials in Omaha, Neb. He joins us on this program to tell us about the experience and about his lifelong love of swimming. Aired Aug. 5, 2016

  The program "East Los High," available on Hulu, is watched by teens in over 120 countries. On this program, UTEP Communication professor Arvind Singhal joins us to tell us how this popular program is reaching young Latinos across the US and educating them about sexual and reproductive health.

Aired July 29, 2016

High school students in the El Paso ISD have an opportunity to learn Arabic or Portuguese in a unique language immersion program offered by STARTALK at the University of Texas at El Paso. On this program we'll visit with Instructional Coordinator Fatima Masoud who will tell us about this free 3-week program taking place August 1-19.

Aired July 22, 2016

  Wellness isn't just about physical health. The UTEP Wellness Program offers programs that also cover mental and spiritual health. On this program, we'll hear from Florina Barnett and Eileen Aguilar, who'll tell us about the various programs available to university staff, faculty, students, and retirees ... including a Health Fair taking place at the UTEP Centennial Plaza on July 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Aired July 15, 2016

  JOURNALISM IN JULY is a program at UTEP entering its 14th year. Participating students will learn best practices in journalism and will receive mentorship while producing a web-based newspaper. On this program, Angel Cancino, program coordinator for Journalism in July, and Zita Arocha, director of Borderzine, will join us to tell us what students can expect to learn this year.

Aired July 8, 2016

UTEP Alumni from around the country and around the world will be gathering on July 16 for the annual ALUMNI PICK-NIC. Here in El Paso, the celebration takes place at Memorial Park.

On the next FOCUS ON CAMPUS, we'll talk with Margie Brickey, Richard Daniel, and John Aranda, who will tell us more about what to expect at this year's event.

The 5th annual UTEP Alumni Pick-Nic on July 16 will be held at 5 p.m. at  Memorial Park, inside Memorial Park Reserve, 3200 Copper.

UTEP Office of Alumni Relations, 915-747-8600,   $10 Alumni Association members, $14 nonmembers, $8 students, $7 children, $25 family package

CECILIA HINOJOSA is a recent UTEP graduate who received her BA in Psychology. Hinojosa will be attending Tufts University this Fall. She joins us on FOCUS ON CAMPUS to talk about the experience she had at UTEP, including researching why diabetics smoke more than the rest of the population. Her future course of study will focus on helping individuals with PTSD.  Hinojosa was recently profiled on the UTEP Magazine.  Read more here:

The Dream Act is controversial in many circles as it would pave the way to residency and citizenship for many undocumented immigrants in the U.S.  One local filmmaker has decided to share his experiences in the feature-length production, El Sueño.  Humberto Castro, acts in and co-produced the film with director Brian Thompson.  Humberto & Brian are also joined by actress Diajesma Orozco to talk about this story about 2 young undocumented young adults struggling to find the American Dream.  The film has received screenings in El Paso and Miami, and will screen in Washington D.C. in July.

Ro Long and Jon Castillo of the Meeple Board Game Society join us to talk about the upcoming Boarder City Game Convention which will feature table top gaming, open gaming with over 100 games, tournaments, live improve comedy shows, panels, and much more.  The Convention is July 29-31 at UTEP Union East.  A fundraiser for the convention is June 18, 8am-8pm, at the UTEP Tomás Rivera Conference Center, and features pickup games, Boss Monster tournaments, and more.   


The University of Texas at El Paso is implementing a strategic plan for the future, and on this program we'll hear all about it with Donna Ekal, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies at UTEP. The university is inviting the UTEP community and members of the public to offer their opinions on how UTEP can improve.

School's almost out, and it's time to start thinking about getting your kids involved in fun and educational SUMMER CAMPS! The Centennial Museum is hosting a number of camps throughout the summer that will focus on our unique cultures, CSI forensics, dinosaurs, and rock formations.  To tell us more is Kaye Mullins, Education Curator for the Centennial Museum at UTEP. 

  The UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance is offering Summer Theatre & Dance Camps for youngsters in the community. Acting camps are divided into Beginning and Advanced...and Dance camps are for little ballerinas as young as 4, and more advance dancers ages 7-12. Plus, UTEP is also presenting a Chican@/Latin@ Theatre Series this weekend that will make stops across the community. Adriana Dominguez, Director of Audience Development with the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance, will join us to tell us more.


Information: 915-747-6213,


All camp registration forms available at   Beginning acting camps ages 7 to 12, and Advanced acting camps ages 13 to 18.   Young Dancers ages 7 to 12, Tiny Toes camp ages 4 to 6.  Camps are scheduled for June 6-24.

Chican@/Latin@ Theatre Series shows: May 20th at 7pm at the La Fe Cultural Center…May 21st at 7pm at Café Mayapán, and May 22nd at 2:30pm at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.   

  Aired May 20, 2016.

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Through a Child’s Eyes

May 20, 2016

The El Paso Museum of History is hosting the exhibit "Through a Child's Eyes: Growing Up in El Paso 1880-1950." UTEP played a role in gathering information for the exhibit, which explores how groups of children from the region experienced vastly different educational experiences. Joining us on this program is Charly Vasquez, Yolanda Leyva, Daniel Carey-Whelan, and Lucero Duran (host Louie Saenz is pictured far left). 

Irasema Coronado is professor in the UTEP Department of Political Science, and a contributing faculty member of the Environmental Science and Engineering Ph.D. program.  She spent the last 3 years as the Executive Director of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America.  She joined the commission to help study the impact of free trade on the environment of the 3 countries impacted by NAFTA – Canada, the United States, and Mexico.  She talks about the 3 years she spent away from UTEP will working with the CEC, and how she is applying the knowledge she acquired to El Paso.

The University of Texas at El Paso ranks #12 in the U.S. among Hispanic-serving institutions in producing PEACE CORPS volunteers.  Donna Ekal, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies; and Gary Frankwick, Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration, are returning Peace Corps volunteers.  They’ll share their experiences from their time in the Peace Corps, and explain UTEP’s role in recruiting future volunteers. 

The UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance presents Shakespeare's KING LEAR, which tells of the king’s descent into madness as his daughters battle for control of the throne. On this program we'll hear from 2 student actors, Raul Chavez and Brandon Mullenix, who will be taking part in this production which opens April 22. 

BEYOND MEASURE is a documentary that explores revolutionary ways that certain educational institutions are breaking away from test-driven education to shape a new vision for our classrooms. These are schools that see critical thinking, communication, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and creativity as the key to good education. The University of Texas at El Paso is one of the institutions featured in the film, and to tell us more is Roger Gonzalez, Chair and Professor of the Engineering Education and Leadership Program at UTEP. The film receives a screening Friday, May 6 at the UTEP Union Cinema.

CLAIRE STARNES is a Vietnam veteran and UTEP alum. She is also a contributor to the book "Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories." Approximately 1,200 women from the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy left their mark in Vietnam from 1962 to 1973, and were intelligence analysts, flight controllers, clerk-typists, translators, physical therapists, dieticians and communications specialists. Starnes spent 17 years collecting their stories, and she joins us to share some of her experiences in Vietnam and at UTEP.

  It has been 50 years since the Texas Western Miners made history by winning the NCAA Basketball Championship under Coach Don Haskins. The UTEP Alumni Association is gathering memories from El Pasoans and former El Pasoans who lived through the experience. We'll talk with Richard Daniel and 2 alumni who share their memories from 1966, Pam Pippen and Kenny Capshaw.  

Women’s History Month is being commemorated with numerous events across the country, and UTEP is no exception. A Women's History Conference at UTEP will honor Dr. Kathleen “Kathy” Staudt; Co-Founder of UTEP’S Women’s and Gender Studies Program and The Center for Civic Engagement...and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Patricia Zavella from UC Santa Cruz. Azuri Gonzalez, Maralyn Doering, and Gina Núñez-Mchiri will join us on FOCUS ON CAMPUS to tell us more about this conference taking place April 6 & 7.