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'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.   


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.

JOHN LOTT is an American economist, political commentator, and gun rights advocate. He will be speaking at a breakfast on the UTEP campus on Saturday, September 26th at the Hilton Garden Inn. Lott speaks to host Louie Saenz about the implications of carrying concealed weapons on University of Texas campuses (including UTEP), and about the argument in favor of legally carrying concealed weapons.

The UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance is kicking off a new season of stagecraft with the Austin Savage play THE FALL OF WALLACE WINTER. Louie Saenz talks with Ross Fleming, who wrote the music & lyrics with Nathan Stell-Smith. Fleming also directs the play, which takes place Sept 16-20 at the Fox Fine Arts Studio Theatre.

Louie Saenz talks with Paul Adame and Ben Carnevale from the UTEP Staff Council.   The Staff Council is a voice for staff members at the University of Texas at El Paso. They elect representatives to hear the concerns and interests of staff members on campus...issues that can vary from parking concerns to customer relations. 

Louie Saenz visits with Nora Cuvalier and Norma Chacon of the High School Equivalency Program, or HEP, at UTEP.  HEP was created to help migrant and seasonal farm workers pursuing their GED diploma.

Louie Saenz talks with Christian Corrales from UTEP Student Affairs, and Jorge Vasquez, Executive Director of UTEP Special Events about MINERPALOOZA, which celebrates its 25th year on August 28.  It’s the biggest tradition on the UTEP campus, and gives students, faculty, staff, and the public an opportunity to meet the football team, enjoy carnival games, hear live music, and welcome another semester at this yearly event. 

 

OLLI PAREDES, 90 years young, was one of UTEP's first graduates from the Communication Department (when UTEP was still called Texas Western). He also spent several years at CBS, and makes music in his off time. Hear Olli's entertaining interview with Louie Saenz.

Louie talks with Susan Sobin and Ian Wilson of the Osher Lifelong Institute (OLLI) at UTEP, about the classes being offered this Fall.  El Pasoans age 50+ are invited to sign up for learning opportunities that include arts & crafts, history, languages, music, religion, and physical activities. Classes begin Sept 8, and registration continues through Aug. 21. 

SHFWire photo by Kristopher Rivera

Louie Saenz talks with Congressman Beto O’Rourke about the U.S. MEXICO SUMMIT taking place Aug. 6 & 7 on the UTEP campus.  The summit will feature keynote speakers and several hundred leaders from the public and private sectors in both countries talking about the potential impact of bipartisanship on the U.S.− Mexico relationship, and the complexities involved in fostering the development of an educated and dynamic U.S. − Mexico border. 

Louie talks with Senior Associate Dean Beth Brunk-Chavez and Call Center Manager Raquel Salazar about the cutting-edge UTEP CONNECT initiative.  Students can earn an online Bachelors or Masters degrees, or Graduate Certificates in Criminal Justice, Nursing, Education, Business, and so much more.  

 

Options for UTEP student housing are expanding, and on the next FOCUS ON CAMPUS, Elsa Espinosa, Rosa Sandoval, and Kevin Marshburn of the UTEP Department of Residence Life, join Louie Saenz to talk about MINER CANYON, a 103,606-square-foot complex with 83 units that each have small kitchen, living area and bathroom. The buildings themselves will be equipped with lobbies, lounges, study rooms and laundry facilities.

Louie talks with UTEP Dinner Theatre Director Greg Taylor and Program Coordinator Beverly Kerbs-Ward about the musical PIPPIN, which will run at the UTEP Dinner Theatre from July 10-26.  With its infectiously unforgettable score, PIPPIN ran for over 5 years on Broadway in its original production and swept the New York Awards circuit in 2013, winning the Tony Award as Best Musical Revival.   Greg and Beverly also talk about the remarkable history of the Dinner Theatre.

Louie talks with John Aranda, Margie Brickey, and Ruben Vogt of the UTEP Alumni Association to talk about the UTEP ALUMNI PICK-NIC.  The UTEP Alumni Association is inviting UTEP alumni from all over the world to celebrate their alma mater on July 11.  From El Paso, to California, to Bhutan...there is a celebration near you!

  Louie Saenz talks with curator Scott Cutler and UTEP Biological Sciences professor Liz Walsh about the latest exhibit at the Centennial Museum at UTEP.  Invertebrates are spineless creatures who depend heavily on their jaws to survive, and their unique mouths differ vastly from those of vertebrates. The Centennial Museum on the UTEP campus is celebrating some of the tiniest invertebrates with the exhibit INVERTEBRATE JAWS: No Bones About Them. 

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