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.



KTEP Local
9:15 am
Fri January 11, 2013

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Border Economic Forum

Louie talks with Tom Fullerton, professor of Economics & Finance at UTEP, about the UTEP Border Economic Forum, which will address the 2013 regional economic outlook, as well as transportation issues on the border, AAA baseball, health care on the border, and much more.  Fullerton also talks about the improving economy of Ciudad Juarez, and how it is benefiting El Paso.

The UTEP Border Economic Forum is Jan. 16 at the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center on the UTEP Campus.  $30, includes breakfast & lunch.  Info: 915-747-7775.

Aired Jan. 11, 2013.

KTEP Local
9:15 am
Fri December 28, 2012

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: The Future of Mexico

Louie talks with Richard Pineda, Associate Professor of Communication at UTEP, and Director of the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies on the UTEP campus.  Pineda talks about the recent election of Enrique Pena Nieto as the newest President of Mexico.  How is Pena Nieto's presidency expected to address the violence of the drug wars?  Will Pena Nieto's youth allow him to relate more to the Obama administration and make immigration a priority for both nations?  Is Mexico expected to improve economically with Pena Nieto's presidency?  Aired Dec. 28, 2012.

KTEP Local
10:01 am
Fri December 14, 2012


Louie talks with photographer Teun Voeten, whose latest publication is "Narco Estado: Drug Violence in Mexico."  He talks about his career covering war zones and areas of sociopolitical conflict, as well as his time covering the drug wars in Ciudad Juarez.  Aired Dec. 14, 2012.

KTEP Local
9:15 am
Fri December 7, 2012

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Rubin Center Events

Louie talks with Kerry Doyle, interim director of the Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for Visual Arts at UTEP.  Doyle talks about the Rubin Center's role in exhibiting art and multi-media projects from around the world, and about upcoming events and exhibits.  915-747-6151,

The Rubin Center hosts Dutch photojournalist & anthropologist Teun Voeten for "Narco Estado: Drug Violence in Mexico," Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.  Voeten has taken photos in zones of conflict from around the world, including Mexico.

Aired Dec. 7, 2012.

KTEP Local
10:28 am
Fri November 30, 2012

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: A Christmas Carol

Louie talks with Emma Montes and Brian Ceely, UTEP students majoring in Theatre Arts.  They talk about their roles in the upcoming stage production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," presented by the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance.  Performance dates are December 16 & 22 at 2:30 p.m., and December 21 & 22 at 8 p.m., 915-747-5118.

Aired Nov. 30, 2012.

KTEP Local
9:15 am
Fri November 23, 2012

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Thanksgiving Traditions

Louie talks with Sherry Lewis, lecturer with the Communication Department at UTEP.  Lewis talks about spending Thanksgivings with her mom in Bolivia, and helping expats and American workers at the Bolivian embassy celebrate Thanksgiving in the traditional fashion, with turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing.  Aired Nov. 23, 2012.

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KTEP Local
1:37 am
Sat November 17, 2012


Guest host Dennis Woo talks with Joann Cross, Nichole Coleman, Brett Hartmann, and Neelam Nagarwal of Miner DIAMONDS (Dynamic in Action Making Outstanding Noteworthy Distinction Shine).  Miner DIAMONDS was established in 2008 as a social support group for disabled students at UTEP and it grew into a way for students to advocate for change.  Cross, Coleman, Hartmann, and Nagarwal also talk about the challenges they have faced in trying to make their way across campus.  Miner DIAMONDS is located in the UTEP Union East, Room 106.

Aired Nov. 16, 2012.

11:43 am
Mon November 5, 2012

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: The Fever Chart

Louie talks with Lupe Campos, a student at the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance.  Campos is director of "The Fever Chart: 3 Visions of the Middle East," a play by Naomi Wallace based on true events.  Campos talks about the training the actors undertook in preparing for their roles, and about her move as an actor in front of the stage to director behind the scenes. 

"The Fever Chart" will be performed Nov 14-17 at 8 p.m., and Nov 18 at 2:30 & 7 p.m., at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Studio Theatre (1st floor).  Information: 915-747-5118.

Aired Nov. 2, 2012.

KTEP Local
10:44 am
Mon November 5, 2012


Louie talks to Chuck Gordon and Will Badgett of the UTEP Department of Theater & Dance about the Fall production of Shakespeare's "Othello." Sept. 21, 2012.

KTEP Local
10:43 am
Mon November 5, 2012

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Lifelong Learning

Guest host Dennis Woo talks with Peter Rivera, Executive Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP.  The center provides learning opportunities to individuals age 50+ in a variety of subjects, including Religion, Art History, Literature, and Languages.  Information available at 915-747-8848, 915-747-6280, and online Oct. 26, 2012.

KTEP Local
11:14 am
Thu October 25, 2012


Louie talks with filmmaker Charlie Minn about his latest film, "The New Juarez."

KTEP Local
11:09 am
Thu October 25, 2012

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Michael Vinson

Louie talks with Michael Vinson about the presentation he gave at UTEP on October 9, "Book Worms in the Old West: Cowboys, Fur Trappers and Other Frontier Readers." Vinson received his master’s degree in the history of the book from the University of Chicago in 1987. He wrote the exhibition catalogue, “Motoring Tourists and the Scenic West,” which was selected the Best Exhibition Catalogue by the Association of College and Research Libraries, and was also selected as one of the Best 50 Western Books of 1989 by the Rounce and Coffin Club. Vinson has consulted on appraisal values for leading auction houses, including Sothebys and Heritage, and has even assisted NASA with consultation services for the widow of the Columbia Space Shuttle Mission Commander. He appraised the rare book library of Sen. Ralph W. Yarborough, as well as major gifts to libraries in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. He also appeared as an appraiser in the first season of the Antiques Road Show.

KTEP Local
1:16 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Uncivil Rights

Louie talks with Jonna Perrillo, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas at El Paso. Perrillo talks about her new book, Uncivil Rights: Teachers, Unions and Race in the Battle for School Equity, published in May 2012 by University of Chicago Press