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.

  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

  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.  http://www.elpasoholocaustmuseum.org/index.sstg

Aired Nov. 14, 2014.

--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, http://organizations.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=organizations.utep.edu/forensics  or on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/utep.forensics and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/UTEPForensics

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 http://borderzine.com/2014/09/street-photography-of-david-smith-soto-rare-beatles-print-on-exhibit-for-borderzines-anniversary/ and at http://newspapertree.com/articles/2014/10/06/street-photography-of-david-smith-soto-at-uteps-glass-gallery

--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.

--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: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=808587245852143

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: 2014 Minerpalooza

Sep 5, 2014
--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 http://www.minerpalooza.com/ and on Facebook: 

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: The Study of Narco Corridos

Aug 29, 2014
---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: http://arhoolie.com  and for more information on the UTEP Sociology and Anthropology department, visit http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=academics.utep.edu/sociology

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: UTEP 100 Years: The Homestretch

Aug 22, 2014
--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 http://utep100years.com  

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Center for Civic Engagement

Aug 15, 2014
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  http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=61635 , via email cce@utep.edu, on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UTEPCCE?ref=ts and Twitter https://twitter.com/UTEP_CCE

--S.C. Cutler; Tripomatic.com

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 http://admin.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=60234   

--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 http://engineering.utep.edu/announcement071814.htm

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.

http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=academics.utep.edu/comm  

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 http://encyclopedia.utep.edu/index.php/Main_Page

--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 https://alumni.utep.edu/alumni/picnic; and for general information on the alumni association, please visit https://alumni.utep.edu/ or on FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/UTEPAlumniAssociation 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.

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: http://burnhamwood.org/ or phone 915-584-9499 or 915-584-4024.

--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, http://alfredocorchado.com/midnight-in-mexico-a-reporters-journey/

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 http://natalieharnett.com/, as well as other fine booksellers around the country.

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: UTEP AWARE program

Jun 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 : http://admin.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=41383

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 http://borderzine.com/

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: http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=academics.utep.edu/history  and/or contact Dr. Leyva via email: yleyva@utep.edu

The Centennial Museum's website is: http://admin.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=59900

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: 2014 VIDA Conference at UTEP

May 23, 2014
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 http://vida2014.utep.edu

Dr. Hart's website is http://www.highpricethebook.com/index.html

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 agarcia54@utep.edu.com Their website is http://sa.utep.edu/union/

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: UTEP's Forensics Program-UPDATE

May 9, 2014
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, http://organizations.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=17641; on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/utepspeechanddebate/325341797613708/?notif_t=like. and Instagram at http://instagram.com/utep_speechanddebate

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, http://transformations.utep.edu/?event=nathan-englander-distinguished-literature-lecture For information on Nathan Englander himself, http://www.nathanenglander.com/

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: UTEP Celebrates Earth Week

Apr 18, 2014

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: http://admin.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=admin.utep.edu/earthweek  

Louie talks with Adam Vargas and Israel Hall from the UTEP kinesiology department about the upcoming Miner Madness basketball tournament that is open to all: students, faculty, staff and the public at large. It is a coed event, and all of the details are at http://chs.utep.edu/3vshootout/  Information is also available by emailing Rowena Baquera at ribaquera@utep.edu or Jason Boyle at jbboyle@utep.edu Deadline to register is Monday, April 14; the event is at Memorial Gym on Friday, April 18.

Louie talks with Dr. Patricia Witherspoon, UTEP Dean of Students, Vincent Burke, UTEP Department of Art, and Michael Pitcher, UTEP Academic Technologies director, about the upcoming campus-wide Open House. For details on where to park, and what to see and do at UTEP during its inaugural Open House, go to http://centennial.utep.edu/openhouse.html

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Afro-Mexican Studies

Mar 28, 2014

Louie talks with Norm Garrett about his studies of the integration of Civil War-era African-Americans into mainstream Mexico. His class, "Free Blacks and Fugitive Slaves in Texas and the Southwest," is offered though the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute that is housed on campus at UTEP. 

For information on future classes, 915-261-6824 will reach Norm Garrett directly, or you may call 915-747-8848 or 915-747-6280. http://www.olliatutep.org

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Spring and your trees

Mar 21, 2014

Louie and his guests, UTEP Chihuahuan Gardens curator John White and Texas Forest Service urban forester Oscar Mestas, talk about the area trees and shrubs coming into this spring season, with a hesitant forewarning about a possible cold spell that statistically might affect your trees and shrubs at your home. Regardless of the weather, they talk about the care and feeding of your plants this season.

For more information, John White may be reached via email: jmwhite@utep.edu, and Oscar Mestas may be reached via omestas@tfs.tamu.edu. Also, more information on taking care of trees may be found at: http://treesaregood.com

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