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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.

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.

If you made $54,000 or less in 2015, you are eligible for free tax preparation courtesy of the VITA program. On the next FOCUS ON CAMPUS, Ruby Alvarez of GECU and Alfonso Soto, CPA and tax law attorney, tell us more about the free tax prep opportunities available to the community both on and off the UTEP campus.

UTEP has entered a new generation of student engagement and professional preparation. The university's ambitions new plan aims to engage students from the moment they enroll through their post-graduation professional careers. To tell us more about UTEP's Quality Enhancement Plan, Associate Provost David Ruiter and Associate Director of Creative Studios Steve Varela join us on the next FOCUS ON CAMPUS.

UTEP's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETaL; http://cetal.utep.edu ) hosts its 13th International Sun Conference on Teaching and Learning at UTEP on March 17-18, 2016, with about 90 presentations and 200 attendees expected from several states and countries. Attendees can register at the conference or get a reduced rate by registering online by March 11. CETaL Director Dr. Larry Lesser joins us to tell us more about our region's premier educational conference ( http://cetal.utep.edu/sun/ ).

Charlie Minn is a documentary filmmaker who has covered border issues ranging from the drug wars to an unsolved massacre in Las Cruces to local high school sports championships. Minn joins us on FOCUS ON CAMPUS to talk about MEXICO’S BRAVEST MAN, his profile of Julian Leyzaola, the controversial former police chief of Ciudad Juarez who served from 2011-2013.

Dance faculty, staff, and students at UTEP are gathering their talents for an upcoming production of Stravinsky's Firebird and an original work called My Mozart. Trisha Holmes and Brandon Ray Alba are two students who will be featured in the production, and they'll join us on FOCUS ON CAMPUS to talk about this exciting program which will play at the Wise Family Theatre from Feb 12- 21 .

UTEP students have the opportunity to learn where the great masters of literature wrote. Through the UTEP STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM, students will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare or other European writers in Paris & London. Daniel Chacon and David Ruiter talk about the adventures awaiting some very lucky students.

UTEP L.I.V.E. is a leadership program series designed to educate and engage UTEP students in discussions about leadership, innovation, vision, and engagement on & off campus. Louie Saenz talk with Maralyn Doering, Shannon Osborne, and Sergio Rosales about what students can take away from UTEP L.I.V.E.

UTEP's Public and Professional Programs (P3) provides continuous education for all ages and all walks of life, including noncredit enrichment courses for youth & adults, independent study online courses, and professional training & development. Louie Saenz talks with Patricia Gabbard, Soco Herrera, and Sam Parthiban about P3 and how it can enrich YOUR life.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI, at UTEP is offering another semester of classes for El Pasoans age 50+. The 2016 Spring session offers classes as varied as Women in Politics, Daily Aristotle, and The Great American Songbook. Susan Sobin & Ian Wilson join us to tell us about the new semester of classes. Registration continues through Jan. 29, courses begin Feb. 8. Information: http://olliatutep.org/ , or call 915-747-6280 or 915-747-8848 on M-F from 1:30-4:30pm. Or, visit...

The Centennial Museum on the UTEP Campus will begin hosting a series of Saturday Science classes for students in grades K-6. It's a hands-on series of classes that will focus on how the eyes work and how they interpret color. Hear a conversation with the museum’s Education Curator Kaye Mullins.

The National Science Foundation funded the GK-12 Program at UTEP, which allowed 9 graduate students the opportunity to experience teaching & communication with students in early-college high school programs across El Paso. We'll learn more about the GK-12 Program at UTEP with Aaron Velasco, Associate Professor, Geological Sciences; Anais Martinez, PhD in Pathobiology; and David Alfaro, graduate student Geophysics.

Christmastime makes us think of sweets, sparkling lights, and time together with family and friends. And many of these sentiments have been shared on the page and on the screen. David Ruiter of UTEP's English Department joins us to talk about some of the best tales of the season.

Larry Lesser, CETaL Director and Mathematical Sciences Department professor, joins us to discuss and play his new song “What We Carry Now”, inspired by current dialogue on gun violence and campus concealed carry, and debuted at the UTEP Social Justice Initiative’s most recent “Just Story Hour” event.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a timeless tale of greed and eventual redemption. The UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance will present their annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL next week. John Robledo and Katherine Daniel join us to tell us more about the show and the roles they will play in the production.

UTEP's Military Student Success Center has been ranked #20 in the Military Times' 2016 "Best for Vets" in the nation! To tell us more about this center which aids veterans and their dependents attending UTEP, will be the center's director Nadia Muñoz and assistant director Clarence Court (pictured).

Gary Shteyngart is a writer whose latest memoir, Little Failure, was a New York Times bestseller. Shteyngart will make an appearance on the UTEP campus on Thursday, December 3. On the next FOCUS ON CAMPUS, Ezra Cappell, Director of the Inter-American Jewish Studies Program at UTEP, joins us to tell us more about the event and about Shteyngart's other books, including Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan.

The University Counseling Center at UTEP provides support for students who are looking for a career or struggling through a life crisis. The center also provides workshops, group counseling, and professional training. Jorge Marquez, a licensed psychologist with the University Counseling Center, and Cecilia Holguin, a licensed clinical social worker, tell us more about the services available to the UTEP community.

Ann Horak of the UTEP Religious Studies Program joins us to tell us more about the program, which offers students academic and interdisciplinary perspectives of the world's religions and how they impact human culture and history. The Religious Studies Program is also inviting the public to its series of lectures on Religion & Culture. The talk “Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Freedom: The Intersecting Interests of Religious and Non-Religious Americans” will take place Tuesday, November 17th, at 6 p.m. , at the Rubin Center Auditorium on the UTEP campus.

Isela Ocegueda, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, and Bess Sirmon-Taylor, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, talk about the upcoming Graduate Research Expo, a mini-conference which offers UTEP graduate students the opportunity to present their research while further developing their professional and communicative skills. It takes place Friday, November 13, 7:30am-7pm, at the Hilton Garden Inn at UTEP. Learn more at http://gradexpo.utep.edu/ . Aired November 6, 2015.

"Peppermint Patty" was one of KVOF's and KTEP's first female announcers in the late `60s and early `70s. Patty Lee and her husband Armand now make their home in New Orleans, and they join us to share their memories of UTEP "back in the day."

John White is the garden curator at the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on the UTEP Campus. He joins us to talk about the plants, trees, and shrubs that have transformed the UTEP campus, and about fall planting.

Evey Gannaway and John Olgin of the UTEP Department of Geological Sciences talk about the EARTH SCIENCE DAY celebration at UTEP on October 17 , which features a rock auction, guest lectures, family activities, and much more.

Host Louie Saenz talks with CHARLIE MINN, a filmmaker who has focused on issues along the U.S./Mexico border. His latest feature is "43," which investigates the disappearance and possible murder of 43 Mexican student teachers in 2014. The film received a premiere at UTEP and will open city-wide on Oct. 9.

JOIN US FOR JUSTICE is the El Paso Chapter of Americans United, and they will be hosting a talk by two women who challenged religious discrimination in the classroom. The talk is September 26 on the UTEP campus, and Louie Saenz talks with David Marcus and Raul Amaya, who’ll tell us more details about the event and about the organization.