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
9:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Musical Tamales

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.

KTEP Local
9:15 am
Fri June 14, 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.

KTEP Local
1:43 am
Sat June 8, 2013

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Dow Jones Multimedia Journalism Academy

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.

KTEP Local
9:15 am
Fri May 31, 2013

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies

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.

KTEP Local
9:15 am
Fri May 24, 2013

FOCUS ON CAMPUS UTEP Theatre and Dance Summer Camps

Louie Saenz talks with Rebecca Rivas from the UTEP Theatre and Dance Department about their upcoming summer camps for youth and adults.

For information and scheduling dates about the camps, call Lisa Smith at 915-747-6509, and you may register for the camps at AIRED: 5/24/2013

KTEP Local
9:15 am
Fri May 17, 2013

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: UTEP Transformation and Parking Changes

Louie talks with Paul Stresow, Director of Parking & Transportation at UTEP, about the upcoming transformation and construction projects happening on and around the UTEP campus.  The projects will be affecting parking for UTEP students, staff, faculty, and visitors.  Learn more about the ongoing projects at, 915-747-5724, or email   Aired May 17, 2013.

KTEP Local
5:43 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Focus On Campus: El Paso's May General Elections Preview

Louie Saenz and Dr. Gregory Rocha, UTEP Political Science professor, dissect El Paso's upcoming May 11 general elections. (Aired May 10, 2013)

KTEP Local
9:15 am
Fri April 26, 2013


Louie talks with Michelle Blanks and Star Chacon of the UTEP Speech & Debate Team, and their coach, Michael Brooks.  They talk about some of the national awards the team has won, including 5 national titles brought home by Blanks & Chacon at a single tournament.  Find out why these talented individuals consider themselves athletes.

The UTEP Speech & Debate Team will host a Showcase & Celebration featuring a debate, poetry, dramatic interpretation, and extemporaneous speaking - Wed, May 1, 6-8 p.m., at the Blumberg Auditorium, on the 1st floor of the UTEP Library.  915-747-8992,

Aired April 26, 2013.

KTEP Local
1:09 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center

Louie talks with UTEP English professor Mimi Gladstein, and Victor Mireles, president of Mireles Creative.  Gladstein is the co-author with Silvia Cohen of "El Paso - The Wild West Welcomes Holocaust Survivors," now available in Spanish.  Mireles is the designer of the El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center, located at 715 N. Oregon.

Gladstein & Mireles talk about the history behind El Paso's Holocaust museum, which is one of only 13 in the U.S.

UTEP Political Science, the UTEP Global Relations Organization, and the Holocaust Museum are sponsoring a talk by Gilbert Tuhabonye, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide in 1993. Thursday, April 25, 6:30 p.m., Quinn Hall on the UTEP campus, Room 212.  Info: 915-351-0048,

Aired April 19/20, 2013.

9:15 am
Fri April 12, 2013


Louie talks with Rebecca Escobedo and Chuck Gorden about the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance's upcoming production, "Eurydice."  The play is by Sarah Ruhl and it is based on the myth of Orpheus in the underworld, but told from the point of view of his wife Eurydice.  Escobedo stars in the title role, and the play is directed by Gorden. 

Performances are April 19, 20, 25-27 at 8 p.m, April 21 & 28 at 2:30 p.m., at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre.

915-747-5118. Visit the Department of Theatre & Dance on Facebook:

Aired April 12, 2013.

9:15 am
Fri April 5, 2013

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Benjamin Alire Saenz

Louie talks with local author Benjamin Alire Saenz, who recently won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his 2012 collection of short stories, "Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club."  Ben talks about his early desire to become a writer, and about the spiritual & career path that led him to El Paso.  He also discusses branching out from poetry & fiction into the Young Adult genre.  Aired April 5, 2013.

KTEP Local
10:19 am
Fri March 29, 2013


Louie talks with Stacey Sowards, Associate Professor at the UTEP Department of Communication.  Sowards was recently named one of the Top 25 Women Professors in Texas (, and was a recent recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award from the Western States Communication Association.  Sowards talks about the 3-year grant that allows her to take her students to Indonesia to coordinate the program "Enhancing Behavior Change Through Conservation Programs." She also talks about the impact that language has on people, and why words are so powerful when it comes to motivation.  Aired March 29, 2013.

KTEP Local
9:34 am
Fri March 22, 2013


Louie talks with John White, curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at the Centennial Museum on the UTEP campus.  John talks about why El Paso is such a tricky place for spring planting, especially with strong winds, a possibility of a late freeze, and the quick rise in temperatures in April.  John also gives us a preview of the FloraFEST, the annual native plant sale that benefits the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, taking place April 27 & 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., outside the Undergraduate Learning Center, next to the Centennial Museum.  The public will be able to purchase colorful plants, trees, and shrubs that use a minimal amount of water.  The FloraFEST also includes guest speaker, author & botanist George Miller, who will deliver a talk on April 26 at the UTEP Undergraduate Learning Center.  Learn more at, or call 915-747-5565.

Aired March 22, 2013.

9:52 am
Fri March 15, 2013

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Friends of Jazz

Louie talks with KTEP Morning Jazz host Dennis Woo.  Dennis is the president of the El Paso Friends of Jazz Society, and he talks about the history of the society, its upcoming events, and its educational outreach programs and scholarships.

Aired March 15, 2013.

9:15 am
Fri March 8, 2013

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Electricidad

Louie talks with Rebecca Rivas, director of the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance's upcoming production, "Electricidad" by Luis Alfaro.  The play is a modern re-telling of the Sophocles play "Electra" set in the gangland world of East L.A.   Rivas talks about what audiences can expect at these performances, which take place March 13-16 at 8 p.m., and March 17 at 2:30 & 7 p.m., at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Studio Theatre (1st floor, Fox Fine Arts Building).  Rebecca Rivas is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Theatre & Dance.  Aired March 8, 2013.

KTEP Local
9:15 am
Fri February 22, 2013


Louie talks with Dr. Yolanda Leyva, Chair of the UTEP Department of History.  Leyva talks about the Museo Urbano - a public history project which actively promotes the rich history of El Paso's Segundo Barrio.  The Museo Urbano recently received the 2013 Outstanding Public History Project Award for serving as a model for other communities. 

On Saturday, Feb. 23, 1-5 p.m., the public is invited to "The Mexican Revolution and Beyond: The History of South El Paso," a project in which historical photos are placed on the outsides of buildings to connect them with their histories.  The Farm Worker Center at 201 E. 9th Street (9th & Oregon) will be added to the project, and talks are scheduled about the history of farm workers in El Paso and about the Flores Magon brothers, political icons who helped spur the Mexican revolutionary movement.

Aired Feb. 22, 2013.

10:19 am
Fri February 15, 2013

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: March of the Troopers

Louie talks with filmmaker Charlie Minn and Tim Crenshaw, a member of the Eastwood High School 1976 state championship team.  Crenshaw shares his memories about the game, in which the underdog Eastwood Troopers became the best basketball team in the state.  Minn talks about what inspired him to make a film about the championship team.  "March of the Troopers" opens March 1 at Premiere Cinemas at Bassett Place.  www.troopersmarch.comAired Feb. 15, 2013.

KTEP Local
10:19 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Hit the Road, Jack!

Louie talks with Andrea Vasquez, visiting assistant professor of Contemporary Dance and Dance Appreciation with the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance.  Vasquez talks about the department's upcomoing production "Hit the Road Jack! A Dance Tribute to the Songs of Ray Charles, and Other Dances."  She also talks about the expressivity that can be found in dance.

Performance dates: Feb 15, 16, 21-23 at 8 p.m., Feb 17 & 24 at 2:30 p.m., UTEP Wise Family Theatre.  915-747-5146,

Aired Feb 8, 2013.

KTEP Local
2:16 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: High School Equivalency Program at UTEP

Louie talks with Marisol Velazquez with the High School Equivalency Program at UTEP.  The program offers GED classes in English & Spanish for seasonal farmworkers and their families.  The next 10-week course begins Feb. 4.  Classes are held on the UTEP classes, but off-site courses are also held in San Elizario and Fabens.  Information: 915-747-5567,

Aired Feb. 1, 2013.

KTEP Local
1:51 am
Sat January 26, 2013

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Master Naturalist Program

Louie is joined in the studio by Master Naturalists Clarence "Kiki" Cooper, Bob Vines, and Cille D'asenzo, who share information on the Texas Master Naturalist Program, which educates individuals on the archaeology, ecology, geology, and animal life of the Chihuahuan Desert.  Volunteers who finish the Texas Master Naturalist course become Certified Master Naturalists and can share their knowledge with the public. Applications are being accepted for the next series of Texas Master Naturalist Classes, which begin on February 13.  Call the Texas AgriLife Extension for more details, 915-860-2515, or visit  Aired Jan. 25, 2013.

Music News
10:13 am
Fri January 18, 2013

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Southwest Flute Fest

Louie talks with Melissa Colgin-Abeln, Associate Professor of Music at UTEP; and flutist Mary Kerr, who is a graduate of El Paso High School, the University of Southern California, and the Manhattan School of Music.  Colgin-Ablen and Kerr talk about the Southwest Flute Fest, which takes place January 18 & 19 at the UTEP Music Department.  Kerr also talks about her early interest in the flute and about the unique aspects of the instrument.

Information on the Southwest Flute Fest:, 915-747-7798.

Aired Jan. 18, 2013.  

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.