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.

  Marilyn Doering and Shayla Alves are members of Triota, the Women's Studies Honor Society at UTEP.  They give us a preview of what UTEP has planned for Women's History Month, including a Women's History Month  Conference on April 1 & 2, and International Women's Day celebrations on March 4.  Learn more at

Aired Feb. 27, 2015.

  Louie talks with Michelle Miller, Director of the First Year Learning Initiative and Professor of Psychological Sciences at Northern Arizona University.  Miller is a cognitive psychologist whose research focuses on memory and attention, psychological impacts of technology, and student academic success.   Miller was presenting a workshop on using cognitive psychology to create compelling learning experiences for the UTEP College of Engineering on Feb. 20.  She talks about some helpful techniques students & teachers can take advantage of to improve their cognitive learning and memory.

Aired Feb. 20, 2015.

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  Kerry Doyle, Director of the Stanlee & Gerald Center for the Visual Arts on the UTEP campus, joins us on the next FOCUS ON CAMPUS to tell us about the exciting new exhibit on display at the Rubin Center, "Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy."  Learn more at

Aired Feb 13, 2015.

  It's been 25 years since 2 gunmen entered a Las Cruces bowling alley...shooting 7 people and killing 4. The case remains unsolved. Filmmaker Charlie Minn joins us to let us know if any progress has been made in solving the case. Minn is the director of "A Nightmare in Las Cruces" parts 1 & 2.

Aired Feb. 6, 2015.

  Carolina Franco, Karla Olivas and Ximena Gereda join Louie Saenz to discuss FOCUS TALKS at the El Paso Museum of Art. UTEP Art students will present a series of talks on artwork on view at the museum.  Learn more on  Facebook

Aired Jan. 30, 2015

  Louie and guest co-host DJ Orozco talk with JJ Kaufman and Andrea Vasquez of the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance about the upcoming production "Dreamscapes: A Multimedia Dance Event."  The talk about what inspired the original choreography and the creation of the characters.  Performances are Feb. 6-7 and Feb 12-14 at 7:30pm, and Feb 8 & 15 at 2:30pm, at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre.  Learn more at 915-747-5118 at and on Facebook

Aired Jan. 23, 2015.

  UTEP's Project MOVE is a project that encourages students to become involved in their community through volunteer activities.  Pat Caro, Director of the Advising Center at UTEP; and graduate student Nadia Rivas, talk about Project MOVE's annual day of community service which gets underway Feb. 28 on the UTEP campus.  Learn more at, or contact Ryan Holmes at 915-747-8694.

Aired Jan 16, 2015.

  Louie talks with Susan Sobin and Steve Schiller about the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) classes being offered for adults age 50 & older at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Classes include Foreign Languages, Music, Religions of the World, Alternative Medicine, and much, much more.  Classes begin February 9, and registration continues through January 29.  Learn more by calling 915-747-6280, email, or visit

Aired Jan. 9, 2015


   Louie talks with Sherry Lewis of the UTEP Communication Department and UTEP alum Marie Rose.  Marie is the author of "Zwoosh!" about a young boy who rides a rainbow rocket through space and has amazing adventures.  The artwork in the book was inspired by the paintings of Van Gough. The book was recently translated into Spanish by Sherry Lewis.  It's available in a Kindle edition, and the audio Spanish-language version is read by Sherry Lewis.

Aired Jan. 2, 2015

  When we read the words of the literary greats, we might travel their homelands in our imaginations...wondering how the landscape inspired their words. UTEP's Study Abroad Program is offering students an opportunity to go to London & Paris to visit the lands from which many great writers arose. Louie Saenz talks with Daniel Chacon of the UTEP Creating Writing program and David Ruiter of the UTEP English Department.

Learn more about the program at or call Niamh Minion at 915-747-6173.

Aired Dec. 26, 2014.

  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.

  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.


   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.

  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.

  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.

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,  or on Facebook, and on Twitter:

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

--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:

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 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:  and for more information on the UTEP Sociology and Anthropology department, visit

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  

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 , via email, on Facebook and Twitter

--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   

--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

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.  

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

--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.

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.