Louie talks with Harry Meeuwson, director of CETaL (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning); and Karla Ramirez, program director of CETaL. Meeuwson & Ramirez talk about how CETaL focuses on improving teaching skills for UTEP faculty and graduate student instructors.
CETaL will be sponsoring the upcoming International Sun Conference on Teaching & Learning, February 28 & March 1, at the Tomas Rivera Conference Center in the UTEP East Union Building. Guest speakers at the conference will be Richard Pineda of the UTEP Department of Communication, and Marsha Lovett, co-author of "How Learning Works." Advance registration available at http://cetalweb.utep.edu/sun; registration also available on site the days of the conference. More information: 915-747-8793. (The deadline for submitting papers for the conference is Jan. 3.)
Dennis Woo talks with Laura Cruz-Acosta, Marketing & Public Affairs Coordinator with Sun Metro. Cruz-Acosta talks about upcoming improvements and additions taking place at Sun Metro terminals across the city, including expanding amenities at the Eastside Terminal, the addition of articulated buses (longer buses made up of 2 sections joined by a pivoting joint), and a new Maintenance & Operations Facility at Montana & Global Reach. She also talks about Sun Metro's Lift buses, which transport seniors and others with disabilities directly to their destination; and the Gold Route which takes travelers from El Paso into Las Cruces, and vice versa. www.sunmetro.net
Sun Metro is also offering transportation to the Sun Bowl game on Dec. 31 from 7 locations: $3 round trip. Sun Bowl parking is also available at the Union Plaza Transit Terminal downtown ($5), with transportation to the Sun Bowl game. www.sunmetro.net/sunbowl
In a rebroadcast from Dec. 25, 2010, Norma continues her conversation with Oscar Mestas, Regional Urban Forester, Texas Forest Service. Mestas talks about the proper pruning tools that should be used for larger, more mature trees. He also talks about what kind of pruning your tree needs if it has suffered wind damage or if it is planted near a utility line. Mestas also discusses the special pruning that fruit trees might require. Aired Dec. 29, 2012.
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.
Greg, Liz, and Tom continue their discussion with agricultural historian and writer, James McWilliams. McWilliams talks about the saga of Bill & Lou, two oxen at Green Mountain College, an education institution in Vermont which emphasizes environmental sustainability. In the name of "environmental sustainability," the college was going to euthanize one of the oxen and serve it as hamburger meat to the school's students when the ox became injured and could no longer work. The school had denied numerous requests by animal sanctuaries to allow the injured ox to live out its days in peace. McWilliams talks about this case and others which expose the ethical conflicts of agricultural sustainability and animal abuse. http://james-mcwilliams.com. Aired Dec. 23, 2012.
In a rebroadcast from December 18, 2010, Norma talks with Oscar Mestas, Regional Urban Forester, Texas Forest Service. Mestas talks about why to prune, when to consult a professional, and why topping is a harmful practice which could lead to the demise of your trees. Part 1 of a 2-part conversation. Aired Dec. 22, 2012.
Louie talks with John White, curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at the UTEP Centennial Museum. John gives us the lowdown on holiday plant care, including the care of poinsettias, Christmas cacti, and live or cut Christmas trees. He also talks about why we shouldn't sing the praises of the parasitic, poisonous mistletoe! John also fills us in on holiday snacks such as pecans, and why the drought is affecting the supply. Aired Dec. 15, 2012.
Host Dennis Woo talks with Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and her mother, Vangie Soza. Marquez-Sharpnack & Soza are co-authors of the "Muy Bueno Cookbook," and they talk about the family history and cultural traditions that led to this publication featuring over 100 recipes. They will be present at a booksigning & reading on Sat. Dec. 22, 2-4 p.m., at The Bookery, 10180 Socorro Rd. Treats featured in the cookbook will also be available. www.muybuenocookbook.com.
Dennis also talks with Estela Reyes, Director of Communication with Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, about the Navidad de La Fe Luminarias & Canned Food Drive event taking place Sat. Dec. 15, 6-10 p.m., along Scenic Drive. Scenic Dr. is closed to traffic during this event, except for westbound traffic. El Pasoans are invited to enjoy the display of luminarias and bring canned food or financial donations to benefit needy and hungry families in the region. www.lafe-ep.org, 915-545-7190.
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.