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.

  Guest host Norma Martinez talks with Keith Erekson, Associate Professor of History at UTEP and Executive Director of the UTEP Centennial Celebration.  Keith talks about the various on- and off-campus celebrations of UTEP's Centennial, including a pick-axe art exhibit at the UTEP Union Gallery, an art exhibit at the El Paso International Airport, weekly articles in the El Paso Times, walking tours of UTEP's architecture, and more.  For information on UTEP's Centennial Celebration, visit  

Aired Jan. 3, 2014.

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   Guest host Norma Martinez talks with Maribel Villalva, director of the Centennial Museum on the UTEP campus, about the current exhibits at the museum which commemorate the UTEP Centennial.  The latest rotating exhibit, "Miner Strong," pays tribute to a century of sports at UTEP.  Maribel also talks about the current exhibit "A Century of Transformations" which traces the history of UTEP, including its various name changes and its various incarnations of Paydirt Pete.  The Centennial Museum, which is the official Welcome Center for the Centennial Celebration, also will begin hosting Walking Tours of UTEP's architecture on Saturday afternoons in January.  Call Maribel Villalva for information and reservations: 915-747-6669.  Keep up with the latest events at the museum here:

Aired Dec. 27, 2013.

Cinco Puntos Press


A special encore presentation of Benjamin Alire Saenz reading "A Gift from Papa Diego."  Saenz is a writer, poet, novelist, and the Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Saenz also talks about how "A Gift from Papa Diego" came to be written back in 1999.  "A Gift from Papa Diego" is published by Cinco Puntos Press, www.cincopuntos.comAired Dec. 20, 2013.

UTEP Dept of Theatre & Dance Facebook page

    Guest host Dennis Woo talks with Richard Nielson, a senior with the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance.  Richard will play the part of "Scrooge" in UTEP's stage production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."  Nielson talks about how he prepares for the role of "Scrooge," and about the character himself.  Performances are Dec. 15 at 2:30 & 7 p.m., and Dec 19 & 20 at 7 p.m., at the UTEP Wise Family Theatre.  Information: 915-747-5118,

Aired Dec. 13, 2013.


   Guest host Norma Martinez talks with Ana Gabriela Becerra, Public Relations Committee Leader for the exhibit "BOLD: Senior Graphic Design Portfolio Students," being presented by UTEP Senior Graphic Design Students.  The exhibit features logo design, poster design, catalog design, and packaging design.  Ana also explains what defines "bad design."  "BOLD" opened Dec. 5 and remains on display through Dec. 12, 2013, at The Station Offices, 500 W. Overland, Ste 250.  For information:

Aired Dec. 6, 2013.

In this rebroadcast from Jan. 4, 2013, Louie talks with author Ken Hudnall.  Hudnall talks about the Chinese immigrant workers who came to El Paso in the 1880s to work on the railroad system.  Hundreds of Chinese immigrants remained in El Paso, creating El Paso's Chinatown.  After a Chinese exclusion law was passed by Congress in 1882, many El Pasoans began to illegally smuggle Chinese into the city.  Legends persist of a tunnel system hundreds of miles long and an underground city below Downtown El Paso which hid & protected many of these Chinese illegal immigrants.  Hudnall talks about his quest to map this complex series of tunnels and his search for the underground city.  Aired Nov. 29, 2013.

In a rebroadcast from Nov. 9, 2012, Louie talks with Keith Erekson, Assistant Professor of History at UTEP, about his recent book, "Everybody's History: Indiana's Lincoln Inquiry and the Quest to Reclaim a President's Past."  The book examines the story of the researchers in the 1920's & 1930s who worked to fill in the missing chapters of Abraham Lincoln's life, namely his boyhood years in Indiana, where he lived from age 7 to 21.

Aired Nov. 22, 2013.

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: "A War That Can't Be Won..."

Nov 15, 2013

Louie talks with book editor Kathleen Staudt, Ph.D., and book contributor Jose Villalobos, Ph.D., about their new collaborative collection titled, "A War That Can't Be Won: A Binational Perspective." Staudt co-edited the book with fellow UTEP political scientists Tony Payan, Ph.D., and Anthony Kruszewski, Ph.D. The collection of articles debates the ongoing binational war on drugs, and why current strategies may not be working in practice, but only on paper.

The book is available through and Barnes and Noble.

Louie talks with Joe Maldonado, KTEP production assistant, and Victor Garcia, military veteran and UTEP communications student, about their involvement with their small group communications class' blanket drive that benefits the Mission Valley's flood victims. The group is seeking donations of blankets and winter apparel. The drop off location is Edgemere Elementary School, 10300 Edgemere. The drive runs until Friday, November 15, by the end of the school day there.

For more information, contact Claudia Abraham or Victor Garcia via email: and Call the UTEP Communications department at 915-747-5129.

Louie Saenz chats with Nicole Chavez, a UTEP journalism student, who has been awarded the prestigious 2013 Student of the Year Award by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). Nicole talks about her passion for being one of several "voices of the voiceless."


   Louie talks with Rosie Sanchez and Chuck Gorden of the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance about the upcoming production, "The Scarlett Letter."  The play is based on the classic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is adapted for the stage by Phyllis Nagy, and is directed by Chuck Gorden.  

 Performances of "The Scarlett Letter" are Oct. 25-Nov. 3 at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre.  Info: 915-747-5118.

Aired Oct. 25, 2013.


   Louie talks with artist Margarita Cabrera about her art project which will promote peace.  UPLIFT is a work of public art which involves the members of the public in its creation.  The sculpture, which is constructed of papel picado​ and recycled guns, will represent a flock of birds taking flight.  The sculpture will be part of the new roundabout currently being constructed on Country Club Rd.  All members of the community are invited to participate in creating UPLIFT, no experience necessary.  For information on the project and upcoming workshops, visit

Aired Oct. 18, 2013.

  Louie talks with Zita Arocha, senior lecturer, UTEP Department of Communication, on a conference for immigration reporting training.  "Immigration: From the Border to the Heartland" will host 20 journalists from across the country.  The conference will provide participants with journalistic skills and background on the different policy issues that affect immigration.

Aired Oct. 4, 2013.

  Louie talks with Abel Garcia of the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance, about the production "Living Out," performed at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Studio Theatre, Sept. 25-29.  Abel talks about his interest theater, and about the story behind "Living Out."  He also talks about the difference between conversational speech and projecting from the stage.

For information call 915-747-5118.

Aired Sept. 27, 2013.

  Louie welcomes back John White, curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, for a preview of Fall planting.  He also fills us in on the Centennial Museum's role in UTEP's Centennial  Celebration.

Aired Sept. 20, 2013.

Louie talks with noted local author Daniel Chacon, UTEP creative writing professor, about his latest endeavor, "Hotel Juarez," and the process of writing an intriguing collection of stories that, according to Chacon, don't need to be read in consecutive stages. He will hold a book signing on Friday, Sep't. 13, 2013, at the UTEP Union East Theatre at 7:00PM. He will sign copies of his book and talk about the project. The book is available at the UTEP Bookstore, and other major booksellers, as well as online at Amazon, and other retailers. More information at 

Louie and Patrick Candelaria have done numerous comedy tours since the early 1980s. They talk about the local history of comedy, the mechanics of the new comedians, and about Patrick's various upcoming venues, including one at UTEP's Magoffin Auditorium coming in October for the 2013 Homecoming celebrations.

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Baptist Student Ministry

Sep 1, 2013

Louie talks to Micah Tveito and Chris Smith, from the UTEP Baptist Student Ministry. They discuss what the BSM does for the UTEP student body and the community in general. The ministry is located at 101 W. University Ave., and their phone number is (915)533-9881.

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Jazz Show Intern First for UTEP

Aug 25, 2013

Louie and Dennis talk with Amanda Ekery, an El Pasoan who is a Youth Jazz Ensemble alumnus and now attends the University of North Texas and its internationally recognized jazz music program. Ekery spent her summer as an intern at KTEP through a collaboration with UNT and UTEP.  


Aug 16, 2013

Louie talks to Paul Stresow, UTEP director of Parking and Transportation, about the updates of on- and off-campus parking for faculty, staff, disabled, visitors and students for the upcoming academic year.

This version is the uncut conversation that also includes what to expect for the upcoming football season and more. Information is available at

  Louie talks with Richard Daniel and Margie Brickey of the UTEP Office of Alumni Relations about the support UTEP provides to alumni across the country.  They also talk about their plans for the UTEP Centennial Celebration and about the Alumni Association Golf Tournament taking place at the Butterfield Trail Golf Course on August 16.  Learn more about the UTEP Alumni Association at 915-747-8600, and at

Aired Aug. 9, 2013.


   Louie talks with the new director of the Centennial Museum, Maribel Villalva.  Maribel talks about her transition from journalist to museum director, and about the history of the Centennial Museum, the Centennial Museum's plans for the UTEP Centennial Celebrations, as well as plans for future exhibits., 915-747-5565.

Louie welcomes new Miners head football coach Sean Kugler to the show, and back to El Paso, as the 24th head football coach in school history. They talk about readying the team for the upcoming 2013 Conference USA season, the differences in coaching student athletes and professional athletes, how education comes first on the team, and more. Season ticket information and season schedules are at

  Louie talks with Sonia Villa-Olivas and Margie Brickey of the UTEP Alumni Association about the UTEP PICK-NIC, taking place Saturday, July 13, at 23 locations across the U.S., in the Kingdom of Bhutan, and here in El Paso at Memorial Park (3-7 p.m., 3200 Copia).  The community is invited for a day of games, entertainment, and prizes.  Bring a side dish and drinks! Visit, call 915-747-8600, or email for more information.

Sonia & Margie also talk about the Alumni Association's plans for UTEP's upcoming Centennial Celebration.  Visit the Alumni Association on Facebook:

Aired July 12, 2013.

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: "Ventanilla de Salud" Project

Jul 5, 2013

Louie talks to Mexican Consul General Jacobo Prado and Assistant Professor Dr. Eva Moya, UTEP Social Work Department, about a new collaborative project for the community called "Ventanilla de Salud." It's designed to serve the community in health issues and is open to all. For more information, call (915)533-8555, extension 221, or online at

Louie talks with Maribel Villalva, Director of the UTEP Centennial Museum; and Keith Erekson, Executive Director of the UTEP Centennial Celebration. In 2014, the University of Texas at El Paso celebrates 100 years of excellence, and Maribel talks about what the Centennial Museum has in store for the visiting public as the official Welcome Center for the Centennial Celebration.  Keith talks about the research he and his students have done into the fascinating history of the university, its buildings, and its people.  Much of UTEP's history can be accessed at  Learn more about the Centennial Celebration at  If you have stories you'd like to share or contribute to the Centennial Celebration, email, or 2014@utep.eduAired June 28, 2013.


Louie talks with Roberto Avant-Mier, Associate Professor of Communications at UTEP.  Roberto has been researching the subject of tamales in popular culture, with an emphasis on music.  Here on the border, we associate tamales with the holidays, but tamales have cultural roots that reach into the American South.  Legendary blues musician Robert Johnson famously sang about tamales in his song "They're Red Hot," and Roberto has discovered a number of songs sung by white artists about tamales that date back to the 1890s.

Aired June 21, 2013.

Louie talks with Yolanda Chavez Leyva, chair of the UTEP Department of History, and David Romo, co-director of the Museo Urbano.  The Museo Urbano is a project of the UTEP Department of History that aims to take border history to the community through public events, lectures, publications, exhibits, and workshops.  Yolanda and David talk about an upcoming celebration of fronterizo music on Saturday, June 15, at Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas.  The event will feature talks, live performances of fronterizo music, an open jam, and much more.  Read more about the event at  More information is also available by calling the UTEP History Department, 915-747-5508. 

Aired June 14, 2013.

Louie talks with Steve Elliot, Laura Castaneda, Doug Mitchell, and Angel Cancino about the Dow Jones Multimedia Journalism Academy, a training program for journalism instructors at Hispanic-serving colleges and universities.  They talk about the challenges of audio reporting versus print journalism.  The final projects will be available at  Visit the Facebook page:

Aired June 7, 2013.

In a rebroadcast from March 1, 2013, Louie talks with Richard Pineda, Associate Professor of Communication at UTEP, and newly-named director of the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies on the UTEP campus.  Pineda talks about the Sam Donaldson Center and what it offers to students and faculty.  He also talks about his plans for the Center, which include a speaker series and creating an advisory board.  Pineda also talks about the politics of immigration, amnesty, and the Mexican presidency, and how the border is uniquely affected by these issues. 

Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies

Aired May 31, 2013.