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 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.

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