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.

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. 

Louie Saenz talks with Carlos Tarin, Matthew Magee, and Katherine Alanis of the UTEP Forensics Program.  The program excels in teaching students persuasive and informative speaking, interpretation of literature, and other skills that could increase the chances of success after graduation. The Forensics Team has won local, state, and national championships.  

Louie talks with Kaye Mullins, Education Curator for the Centennial Museum & Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, about CAMP DISCOVERY, 3 educational & entertaining camps for children who will be enrolled in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.   The campus are Digging Dinosaurs (June 15-19)...Culture Cruise (July 20-24)...and Kaleidoscope Kapers (Aug 17-21).  More info: Kaye Mullins 915-747-8994 or email http://kmullins@utep.edu

Aired June 12, 2015 


Louie talks with Zita Arocha about the upcoming JOURNALISM IN JULY event taking place on the UTEP campus July 12-19.  Twenty area high school students will be learning about the media and multi-media opportunities available to them as they plan their careers in college and beyond.  Arocha is the director, a multimedia web magazine at UTEP that prepares Hispanic college journalists for jobs in 21st century newsrooms.

Learn more at and http://


Aired June 5, 2015 


Louie talks with Rebecca Rivas, Assistant Professor in the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance, about the Chicano/Latino Theatre Series, which is presenting performances of the children’s show “Señorita Cucarachita Finds a Husband”…the one-act play “Border”…a dance performance by Another River Interdisciplinary Ensemble…and poetry by local artist Celia Aguilar.  Performances are May 29 at the La Fe Cultural Center…May 30at Café Mayapán…and May 31 at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.  All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.  Donations benefit the Student Scholarship Fund. Information: 747-6213, email  Admission by donation. 


Aired May 29, 2015


Louie talks with Roger Gonzalez and Yazmin Montoya about the newest department at UTEP, the Engineering Education and Leadership Department, and about E-Lead, the nation’s first engineering leadership bachelor’s degree.  http://

Aired May 22, 2015

UTEP's Department of Theatre & Dance is hosting a series of SUMMER THEATRE & DANCE CAMPS June 8-26. Students will learn about acting, the rehearsal process, ballet, choreography, and much, much more. Louie talks with Adriana Dominguez about the different camps for different age groups.  Connect with the Department of Theatre & Dance online http:// and on Facebook http://  Information also available at 915-747-5118.

Aired May 15, 2015


Education is not something that ends at college.  In our Third Age, we can continue to learn and grow, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UTEP is offering this opportunity for our second 50 years of life!  Learn more about OLLI's upcoming Spring classes with Susan Sobin and Ian Wilson.


Aired May 8, 2015


A local bad girl dares a young boy to outrun an oncoming train on a narrow trestle over a creek. Who is this antagonist, and what lies behind her darkness? Louie talks with actor Klarissa Robles, who plays the part of Pace Creagan in the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance's production of TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK.  Performances are April 24, 25, 30, May 1 & 2 at 7:30pm, April 26 & May 3 at 2:30pm, at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Studio Theatre.  Information at 915-747-5118 or

Aired April 24, 2015 

  The First Thanksgiving celebration didn't take place with the pilgrims in the East, but right here in the Southwest.  San Elizario hosts the First Thanksgiving celebration this year, and Louie Saenz talks with Juan Pereira of UTEP Opera and George Cordova, President of the El Paso Mission Trail Association, about their collaboration to present a unique celebration including zarzuela, historical re-enactments, music, and more.

Information: 851-9997, email jreed2@utep.edu

Aired April 17, 2015.

  Louie talks with Ryan Saenz and Leslie Ramirez about the UTEP Medical Professions Organization, which provides support & information to the UTEP family about medical and health professions by providing opportunities for its members to interact with practicing professionals in each field.  Weekly meetings take place Wednesdays at 5 p.m. each semester at the UTEP Physical Sciences Building.  On Friday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m., the MPO hosts a Speed Mentoring event at the Mike Loya Building on the UTEP campus, allowing students to talk one-on-one with area physicians.  Learn more about this event and the organization at

Aired Fri. April 10, 2015.

Louie talks with Johnnie Rivers and Jon Shapiro about The Battle of El Dorado.  3 historically Black colleges with outstanding marching bands will be coming to El Paso to compete at the Sun Bowl. Alcorn State, Mississippi Valley State, and Prairie View A&M will be putting on a show for the ages at The Battle of El Dorado, taking place May 2 at Sun Bowl Stadium.

Aired April 3, 2015

  Louie talks with Carolina Franco and Elisa Garrido, UTEP Art Majors who are representing the Tom Lea Institute.  The Institute is hosting mural tours the last Thursday of each month, and the public is invited to view the history of El Paso through the eyes and art of Tom Lea.  Tours meet at noon in front of the historic Federal Court House, 511 East San Antonio.  Private tours are also available.  The next scheduled tour takes place Thursday, April 30th at noon.  Murals include Tom Lea’s “Pass of the North,” Carl Callejo’s “Our History,” and John Valadez’s “A Day in El Paso.”  Tours available in English, Spanish, and French.

RSVP to 533-0048, or email or  

Aired March 27, 2015.

  Louie talks with UTEP students Cynthia Alvarez and Roger Canales about the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance production, ESPERANZA RISING, which tells the story of a privileged girl living in Mexico who, after a tragedy, must cross into the U.S. to labor as a farm worker. Performances are March 20-21, 26-28 at 7:30pm, March 22 & 29 at 2:30pm​ at the UTEP Wise Family Theatre.  Information available at 915-747-5118, or visit them on Facebook:

Aired March 20, 2015

  Louie welcomes Mariana Schenk to tell us about the opportunity entrepreneurial students at UTEP will soon have to create a mock startup in an extreme hands-on environment. The UTEP 3 Day Startup Program is taking place March 20-22 on the UTEP campus Learn more at

Aired March 13, 2015

  Louie talks with Alfonso Soto, Attorney, CPA, and Board Certified in Tax Law.  Soto is also an instructor of Individual Income Tax for the UTEP Accounting Department.   It's tax season, and Soto gives us tips on the Affordable Care Act, deductions, working in another state, and scams to watch out for.  For more information, contact Alfonso Soto at

Aired March 6, 2015.

  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