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.



KTEP Local
9:14 am
Fri December 19, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: The Nutcracker

  Louie talks with Marta Katz of the El Paso Conservatory of Dance and the El Paso Youth Ballet.  Katz is directing the local production of The Nutcracker, which will be presented Dec 19 & 20 at 7:30pm and Dec 21 at 2:30pm, at the UTEP Magoffin Auditorium.  They'll talk about the history of the ballet and about the importance of the youth ballet for the El Paso region.  Visit the El Paso Conservatory of Dance on Facebook for more details!

Aired Dec. 19, 2014.

KTEP Local
9:32 am
Fri December 12, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: 2014 Fall Commencement

Sofia Luna, Gary Edens, Nora Casanova - standing; Louie Saenz - seated

  Louie talks with graduating seniors Nora Casanova and Sofia Luna, along with UTEP Vice President for Student Affairs Gary Edens, about this weekend's commencement activities at UTEP. Nora & Sofia are both the first in their respective families to get a college degree.  To learn more about Saturday's commencement, visit

Aired Dec 12, 2014.

KTEP Local
11:09 am
Mon December 8, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: A Christmas Carol

DJ Orozco & Frank Leal - standing; Louie Saenz, seated


   Louie and guest co-host, Diajesma (DJ) Orozco, interview Frank Leal of the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance.  Frank will play the part of Scrooge in the department's annual production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.  Performances are Dec 14 at 2:30pm, Dec 20 at 7:30pm, and Dec 21 at 2:30pm & 7:30pm, at the Wise Family Theatre in the Fox Fine Arts Building.  Info: 915-747-5118.

Aired Dec. 5, 2014.

KTEP Local
1:49 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Jewish Tradition in the Latino Community

  Louie talks with Rabbi Stephen Leon of the UTEP Religious Studies Program and Senior Pastor at Congregation B'Nai Zion.  Rabbi Leon talks about the hidden Jewish tradition that is still being practiced by some members of the Latino community whose Jewish ancestors had to conceal their religious practices in fear of being prosecuted.  Rabbi Leon also gives us a preview of an upcoming concert by Sarah Aroeste, who sings & performs in Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish dialect that originated by Spanish Jews after their expulsion from Spain in 1492.  That concert is Monday, Dec. 8 at 7pm, at Congregation B'Nai Zion, 805 Cherry Hill Lane. Learn more at 915-833-2222, or visit

Aired Nov. 28, 2014.

KTEP Local
10:02 am
Mon November 24, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Study Abroad Program

Pictured standing from left to right: Keunrang Tashi, Sonam Choki Lhamo, Pema Euden, and Niamh Minion. Seated is Louie Saenz.

  Louie talks with Niamh Minion of the Study Abroad Program at UTEP.  She will talk about how UTEP students can take advantage of the opportunity to study in Bhutan for a semester. Joining Niamh are 3 Bhutanese students who are studying at UTEP. 

Aired Nov. 21, 2014

KTEP Local
6:56 am
Mon November 17, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: The Holocaust in Education

Jamie Williams with Louie Saenz

  Louie talks with Jamie Williams, Education Director with the El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center.  Jamie explains how the Holocaust Museum works with UTEP and other area organizations in spreading the word of tolerance to children as young as 8 to students at the university level.

Aired Nov. 14, 2014.

KTEP Local
9:46 am
Fri November 7, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: UTEP Speech and Debate Showcase 2014

Credit --UTEP Forensics Program

Louie talks with Justin Davidson and Manni Duran about their roles with the UTEP Speech and Debate team. The university's forensics program has a rich tradition with numerous awards that stretch back from a recent successful competition in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to times in the late 1970s.

In this presentation, Manni Duran gives a portion of his award-winning presentation.

For more information on the program, and the upcoming fall 2014 showcase,  or on Facebook, and on Twitter:

KTEP Local
9:14 am
Fri October 17, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: David Smith Soto: Street Photography 1954-2014

---David Smith-Soto

Louie and noted photographer/journalist David Smith-Soto get together to talk about Smith-Soto's new photography exhibit at the Fox Fine Arts Glass Gallery. Titled "Street Photography 1954-2014," the exhibit features some of the UTEP Journalism professor's work from his 60 years as a working journalist. It also features some works curated from the collection of his best friend in photography, Mike Mitchell, who is a decorated celebrity photographer, noted for working with The Beatles, and other rock acts from the late 1960s through the '90s.  The exhibit benefits the ongoing UTEP communication department program, Borderzine, and its endeavor to teach journalism from a set of multidisciplinary platforms. Borderzine celebrates its 6th anniversary this month.

This is the extended conversation, with stories not heard in the on-air version of Focus on Campus. 

More information is at and at

KTEP Local
9:14 am
Fri October 17, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: 2014 Production of "Taming of the Shrew"

Credit --UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance

Louie and UTEP director Chuck Gordon talk about reimagining the classic "Taming of the Shrew." The production opens October 17 and runs through the 26th at the Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Ticket information at 915-747-5118.

This is the full-length extended conversation from which the on-air version was derived from.

Read more
KTEP Local
9:15 am
Fri September 12, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: "Looking East: European and U.S.-Mexico Border Studies" conference

Credit --College of Liberal Arts at UTEP

Louie talks with Dr. Kathleen Staudt, UTEP political science professor, and Pamela Cruz, UTEP political science graduate assistant, about the upcoming conference/networking event, "Looking East; European and U.S.-Mexico Border Studies." 

With the increasing negative press that has occurred over the last few years regarding the U.S./Mexico border and its share of bi-national borders, misconceptions about the vast area's cultural personalities have been prolific in the press and in both countries' Congresses.

The event looks to tie the border business leaders together with the community to talk about the potentials of generating more inter-border revenue through positive nonpolitical rhetoric.

Information may be had by calling (915)747-7975, or by visiting the UTEP College of Liberal Arts' Facebook page:

KTEP Local
8:59 am
Fri September 5, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: 2014 Minerpalooza

Credit --UTEP Special Events

    Louie talks with Jorge Vasquez, UTEP Special Events executive director, and Daniel Veale, UTEP Athletics director of marketing and promotions, about the upcoming Minerpalooza that's set for Friday, September 5, starting at 6. All information is available at and on Facebook: 

KTEP Local
9:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: The Study of Narco Corridos

Credit ---courtesy: Arhoolie Records

Louie talks with Howard Campbell, UTEP Sociology and Anthropology chair, about his ongoing study of narcocorridos, a specialized version of songwriting that has its roots that date back at least a century, and can be traced as a story telling tool to Iberian talespinners.

Arhoolie Records has a volume of the best of narcocorridos available:  and for more information on the UTEP Sociology and Anthropology department, visit

KTEP Local
9:14 am
Fri August 22, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: UTEP 100 Years: The Homestretch

Credit --University Communications

Norma Martinez chats with Maribel Villalva about the next set of events revolving around the UTEP Centennial celebration ongoing on campus and around the city. Villalva is the Centennial Museum director and now the new Centennial Committee director. Things to see and do include Opera Bhutan, happening at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday, August 30, new Centennial Museum exhibits, Minerpalooza, September 5-6, and the season opener for the football UTEP Miners September 6th versus the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Sun Bowl Stadium. Full information is at  

KTEP Local
9:14 am
Fri August 15, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Center for Civic Engagement

Credit UTEP Center for Civic Engagement

Louie introduces the listener to a much-needed program on the campus titled Center for Civic Engagement, and to the director, Azuri Gonzalez, and assistant director Jennifer Rodriguez. Together, they talk about how the center engages UTEP students to work in the community to give necessary help to some 800 nonprofit organizations throughout the year. It's a form of teaching community service to students, as well as applying the curriculum to other social work programs. Information on the center is available at 915-747-7969, through the web at , via email, on Facebook and Twitter

KTEP Local
9:00 am
Fri August 8, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Chihuahuan Desert Gardens Tour on Saturday

Credit --S.C. Cutler;

Louie talks to UTEP Chihuahuan Desert Gardens curator John White about the upcoming tour of the campus Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on Saturday, August 9, starting at 9AM. It's a guided tour of the complex, explaining the upkeep of the gardens, the various plants, some of which are rare to the area. The tour is in conjunction with the El Paso Museum of Art's "Vanishing Ice" exhibit.

Louie and John also talk about summer plant care, and how to choose native plants wisely.

For information on the tour, or on the Gardens, visit   

KTEP Local
9:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: UTEP Engineering Students Selected to Present at NASA-Houston

Credit --UTEP University Communications; NASA

UTEP students Edgardo Flores, middle, and Sergio Cordova, right, float alongside NASA mentor Timothy Pelischek, left, on board a reduced gravity aircraft flight on July 10 in Ellington Field at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Photo courtesy of NASACredit --NASA photoEdit | Remove

    Louie talks with three UTEP engineering students chosen to take the NASA experience: Sergio Cordova, Gabriel Garay and Sarah Soto. They were among several chosen to talk with NASA scientists, astronauts and physicists about their own experiments created at UTEP, and how their entries won them opportunities to present in Houston. Their story is at

KTEP Local
2:25 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Meeting Sarah Upton, Communication Department's newest member

Louie introduces the faithful to Sarah Upton, the newest member of the UTEP communications department faculty. Sarah is a former UTEP student who has earned her degrees and is now teaching in the summer session, getting ready for the 2014 fall semester.  

KTEP Local
6:19 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Campus Walking Tour-July 19, 2014

Louie talks with PJ Viera, the UTEP Encyclopedia executive editor, about a walking tour slated for 11AM Saturday, July 19, that starts at the Gerald and Stanlee Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, just south of the Sun Bowl. Walkers may expect to walk the campus for at least 1 1/2 hours as Viera shows visitors some of the more obscure vista points of the campus. Bring comfortable shoes and a bottle of water. The tour is free, and more information is available at

KTEP Local
9:15 am
Fri July 11, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: UTEP Alumni Association PICK-nic and other events

Credit --University Relations / --UTEP Alumni Association

Louie talks with Dr. Richard Daniel, UTEP associate vice-president for University Advancement and the UTEP Alumni Relations executive director  , and Margie Brickey, UTEP charter development, about the coast-to-coast UTEP Alumni PICK-nic that is happening on July 12 at various locations around the country, as well as here in El Paso. For detailed information on the PICK-nic in your area, visit; and for general information on the alumni association, please visit or on FACEBOOK: RSVP for the El Paso PICK-nic at Memorial Park by calling 915-747-8600. The El Paso PICK-nic is slated to run from 6-9PM.

KTEP Local
9:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: UTEP Grad Takes DaVinci Students to NASA-Washington D.C.

Credit Burnham Wood Charter School District

  Louie talks with DaVinci faculty member Alejandro Medina and three award-winning students, Felix Avila, Jacqueline Dominguez and Pilar Gonzalez, about their designs and projects that garnered them a trip to Washington, D.C., and NASA, where they will present their ideas to a proposals board. Medina is a UTEP graduate in engineering.

For information on enrolling at Burnham Wood Charter School and the DaVinci School for Science and the Arts: or phone 915-584-9499 or 915-584-4024.

KTEP Local
9:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: "Midnight in Mexico" released in Spanish

Credit --Random House

Louie talks with longtime friend and colleague Alfredo Corchado about the recent yearlong book tour supporting "Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through A Country's Descent into Darkness," including the recent release of the book in paperback form, and being printed now in Spanish. They also talk about the formation of the Somos Fund, a nonprofit venture that supports the victims of violence in Ciudad Juarez by offering college and university scholarships. And, there is discussion about the rights of the book being sold to develop into a major motion picture. A portion of the interview is also conducted in Spanish.

For information on the books, or to contact Alfredo directly,

KTEP Local
10:55 am
Sat June 21, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Noted Author Natalie Harnett visits UTEP

Credit Thomas Dunne Books: St. Martin's Press

Louie talks with Ezra Cappell, UTEP English associate professor, and his college classmate and friend, noted author Natalie S. Harnett about her recent visit to UTEP, and a discussion about writing her first novel, "The Hollow Ground." The book is available through, as well as other fine booksellers around the country.

KTEP Local
1:46 pm
Mon June 16, 2014


Louie visits with Alberto "Beto" Lopez, UTEP vice-president for institutional advancement, university relations and external relations, and Araceli Fleet, UTEP space manager with facilities services and recent UTEP AWARE program graduate; they talk about the yearly UTEP AWARE program that is available to UTEP faculty and staff members. The program is designed to introduce the class to the university: the staff, management, buildings, history, content, architecture, social structure and more. Space is limited, and one of the requirements is that it is preferred that the prospective applicant should have been employed by UTEP for at least six months.

Information and online application are available at :

KTEP Local
9:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: 2014 Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy

Louie talks with Borderzine webmaster and full time lecturer Lourdes Cueva Chacon and two participants in the fifth annual Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Academy held at UTEP's Cotton Memorial Building this past week (June 1-5, 2014). Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante (University of Arizona) and Michael Murcotte (University of New Mexico) share their experiences in their "teacher becomes student" tasks in learning the latest methods in multimedia journalism, and what they will take back into their respective classrooms. They were part of a contingent who were split up into teams and assigned stories to test their skills before heading back into their classrooms and workshops. The academy's completed assignments are now available for viewing at

KTEP Local
9:05 am
Fri May 30, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: The Chicano Movement in the '70s Centennial Exhibit

Our Guests from the UTEP department of History: From left to right: Gustavo del Hierro, Carlos Varela, Dr. Yolanda Leyva, Angelica Martinez.
Credit Homegrown Photo

Louie talks with Dr. Yolanda Leyva, department of History chair, and three of her graduate assistants, Gustavo del Hierro, Angelica Martinez and Carlos Varela, about their upcoming Centennial exhibit, "The Chicano Movement in the '70s," at the Centennial Museum. The exhibit opens on June 7th with an open reception and all are welcome. For more information, contact the history department at 915-747-5508, visit their website:  and/or contact Dr. Leyva via email:

The Centennial Museum's website is:

KTEP Local
9:10 am
Fri May 23, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: 2014 VIDA Conference at UTEP

Credit Harper Collins Publishers

Louie and UTEP psychology professor Eddie Castaneda talk about the upcoming VIDA Conference to be held in the Tomas Rivera Conference Center on May 29-30, 2014. They talk about addiction, Castaneda's studies on the brain during and after addiction, and they talk about this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Carl Hart, from Columbia University's psychology department, and the author of the best-selling book, " High Price."

Free admission, however seating is limited and registration is highly recommended. The website is

Dr. Hart's website is

KTEP Local
9:09 am
Fri May 16, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: UTEP Union Programs Summer Schedule

Louie talks with Alexandra Garcia from the UTEP Union Programs office about the upcoming Movies on the Lawn summer movie series at Kidd Field, along with other programs for students attending the summer sessions, and the general public.

For information, call 915-747-5711, or email Alexandra at Their website is

KTEP Local
9:10 am
Fri May 9, 2014


(from Left to Right): Yaya Perez, Robert Garza, Justin Davidson, Mike Brooks, Louie's hands...
Credit KTEP Staff photo / KTEP

Louie talks with Yaya Perez, Robert Garza, Justin Davidson, student members of the UTEP Debate and Forensics team, and Mike Brooks, debate and forensics coach, about the 2013-14 academic year's competitions. They also look into the future plans for the summer and fall of '14. 

For infomation,; on Facebook: and Instagram at

KTEP Local
9:13 am
Fri April 25, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Pulitzer Nominee Nathan Englander Visit

The Official UTEP Invitation to see, hear, and meet Pulitzer Prize finalist Nathan Englander on May 1, on campus at UTEP.
Credit UTEP Communications

    Louie and UTEP Department of English associate professor Ezra Cappell talk about the upcoming visit by Pulitzer Prize finalist Nathan Englander to UTEP's Undergraduate Learning Center on May 1st, at 7 pm. All are invited to attend. Dr. Cappell reads from Englander's latest creation, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank."

For information on Englander's visit, For information on Nathan Englander himself,

KTEP Local
9:14 am
Fri April 18, 2014

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: UTEP Celebrates Earth Week

Louie and University Wellness manager Eileen Aguilar discuss Earth Week at UTEP, from April 21-25, at various locations around campus. There will be a yoga summit at the Sun Bowl on Monday, April 21, from noon to 1 pm and all are welcome. For information, phone Eileen at 915-747-6738. Visit the website: