Utility Replaces Water Line as Storm Drainage Project Continues

Last Updated on July 22, 2015 at 9:15 am

Contractors continue the University’s storm drainage improvement project that has necessitated the closure of the right westbound lane beyond the traffic control station near the arroyo. El Paso Water Utilities used the opportunity to replace a 12-inch diameter water line in the project area. The work should flip to the opposite side of the street starting Aug. 1, 2015. This will mean the partial closure of the right eastbound lane. Work should be completed before the start of the fall 2015 semester.



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Paving of Path to New UTEP Housing Complex Almost Finished

Last Updated on July 22, 2015 at 9:15 am

Crews have completed most of the asphalt paving of the road that leads from Sun Bowl Drive to the Miner Canyon student housing complex. Workers expect to finish putting the final touches on Residence Hall 1, known as Copper Hall, the week of July 20. Then they will shift their focus on Residence Hall 2, called Whispering Springs Hall, and complete the work there in the next few weeks. The installation of the cabinetry in RH2 is completed and the landscaping around the complex is nearing completion. The commons building, with its kitchen, computer lab, meeting hall, conference room and Student Life staff offices, should be completed in early August 2015. The commons building was named Boquillas Hall.



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Contractor to Remove Staging Area in Front of Education Building

Last Updated on July 22, 2015 at 9:15 am

The area along Randolph Drive in front of the Education Building should reopen as of Monday, July 20. The asphalt paving of the road in that area near Kerbey Avenue should be completed soon. The rest of the work in the Transformation North area bounded by Old Main, Vowell Hall, the Fox Fine Arts Center and the Psychology Building is progressing. Grading of the area is completed, as is the pouring of the concrete and decomposed granite walkways. Landscaping, irrigation, and the installation of handrails and lighting continue.


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Demolition, Clean Up of Burges Hall to Finish This Month

Last Updated on July 22, 2015 at 9:15 am

Much of the demolition of Burges Hall has been completed. Contractors must still tear into what is left of the ground floor and below grade areas. That portion of the project including the removal of the debris should be completed by the end of July. The demolition of Barry Hall will be done in September.


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Legendary Archie Comics Artist Tom Moore Dead at 86

Last Updated on July 21, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Artist Tom Moore brought life to the many characters that inhabited Archie Comics for the better part of 30 years starting in the 1950s and brought joy to hundreds of thousands of fans. Tom, an El Paso native and alumnus of Texas College of Mines, now UTEP, died Monday, July 20, 2015. The University featured Tom in its summer 2009 UTEP Magazine that focused on UTEP’s impact on the arts.

by Daniel Perez


Tom Moore / UTEP News file photo


During a brief stint as a student at the Texas College of Mines, now The University of Texas at El Paso, Tom Moore revealed a talent for cartooning that helped him become a legendary artist for Archie Comics.

Moore, 81, began drawing cartoons at El Paso’s Austin High School and continued to hone his skills, creating illustrations for TCM’s student newspaper, The Prospector, and humor magazine, El Burro.

During his semester-and-a half at the college, he studied art under famous typographer/book designer Carl Hertzog, and Cristo Rey sculptor Urbici Soler. He also was in a journalism class taught by future El Paso mayor Judson Williams.

Although a self-described loner, he said that everything he observed and felt became part of his creative process, whether consciously or unconsciously.

“Every artist is influenced by their life experiences,” he says.

Moore’s time at TCM was bookended by two military conflicts. He joined the Navy out of high school at the end of World War II and was called back into action at the start of the Korean War.

Tom Moore lent his cartooning skills to UTEP’s Nova Quarterly in the March 1989 issue.

Tom Moore lent his
cartooning skills to UTEP’s
Nova Quarterly in the
March 1989 issue.

His prowess with a pen blossomed while in the service and, with the help of the G.I. Bill, he enrolled at prestigious art schools in Chicago and New York in the early ’50s.

His abilities soon landed him a prominent role with Archie Comics starting in 1953. He and his wife, the former Ruth Kurz, a UTEP alumna, returned to El Paso in 1960 and brought the popular characters from Riverdale High School — Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Reggie –” with them.

Moore’s wife earned her bachelor’s in music education in 1966 and her master’s in piano performance in 1991, both from UTEP.

As for Moore, he graduated from his Archie duties in 1988, but has stayed active with freelance assignments. Today, some of his work can be seen on billboards along Interstate 10 around El Paso.

25th Anniversary of Minerpalooza Scores Major Entertainers

Last Updated on July 20, 2015 at 11:02 am

EL PASO, Texas – The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) has lined up some amazing entertainment for its biggest party of the year – Minerpalooza. (Watch the full lineup video at http://minerpalooza.com/entertainment/.)

The headliner will be Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas. Taboo will perform his signature blend of alternative hip-hop, which is marked by socially conscious lyrics and electronic dance beats.

Scott Melker aka The Melker Project will open for Taboo. The disc jockey combines his passion and talent to create mash-ups and remixes.

The co-headliner is rising country star Annie Bosko. The singer-songwriter’s boot-stomping, catchy song “Crooked Halo” is shooting up the charts.

Local talent performing during Minerpalooza are Ribo Flavin’, Mariachi Los Mineros and the Allegro Dance Team.

Ribo Flavin’ is a hometown group that fuses hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul and Latin influences to break boundaries and supersede genre and definability. Mariachi Los Mineros is comprised of UTEP students who bring mariachi music to as many people as possible. The Allegro Dance Company brings together dancers from the University so they can enhance their techniques through training and performances.

This year marks Minerpalooza’s 25th anniversary. Entertainment starts at 6 p.m. Aug. 28, 2015, at the stage in parking lot P-9 on the UTEP campus.

Minerpalooza is an exciting evening full of food, games, live music and a celebration of the start of the fall semester. It often attracts 30,000 people and is one of the largest annual fundraisers for UTEP’s student organizations.

For more information and updates, contact the Office of Student Life at 915-747-5648.

Order of performances – starting at 6 p.m. (subject to change):

Ribo Flavin’

Mariachi Los Mineros

Allegro Dance Company

Annie Bosko

Scott Melker aka The Melker Project


UTEP Researcher Earns Grant to Study State Education Policies

Last Updated on July 17, 2015 at 8:35 am

Amy Bach, Ph.D., assistant professor of literacy at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), has received a Greater Texas Foundation research grant aimed at supporting postsecondary education among Lone Star students who live along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Bach, from the Department of Teacher Education, focuses her research on education and literacy in the service of historically marginalized students. The three-year, $90,000 grant will allow her to continue research into the effect of the state’s accountability policies on the educational experiences of English Language Learners.

Amy Bach, Ph.D., received a Greater Texas Foundation research grant to support postsecondary education among Lone Star students who live along the U.S.-Mexico border. File photo.

Amy Bach, Ph.D., received a Greater Texas Foundation research grant to support postsecondary education among Lone Star students who live along the U.S.-Mexico border. File photo.

“Through this fellowship, I hope to discover ways to bring my academic work to bear on local, state and federal education policy,” said Bach, who added that she also will use her findings to further enhance UTEP’s teacher education program.

Foundation President and CEO Wynn Rosser, Ph.D., said the program was created to help Texas researchers identify the barriers keeping many Texas students from earning their college degrees within six years of their high school graduation. Bach’s proposed research was vetted and approved by a national review committee.

Bach has a long history of working with people from disadvantaged communities. She was a former bilingual and English language instructor in New York City public schools, and taught in community-based adult education programs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She used a past grant to develop and implement the nation’s first noncommercial youth-dedicated cable TV channel in New York City, and designed an integrated media arts and literacy program for Philadelphia public school dropouts as a visiting scholar at Temple University.

She earned her doctoral degree in literacy studies in 2010 from the University of Pennsylvania, her master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in 1998 from Teachers College, Columbia University and her bachelor’s in Spanish in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

This is the third year that the foundation has awarded these fellowships.

UTEP Plans Partial Closing of Sun Bowl Drive to Paint Crosswalk

Last Updated on July 17, 2015 at 3:49 pm

Partial lane closures are planned along Sun Bowl Drive south of University Avenue from 2 to 11 a.m. Sunday, July 19, 2015, to paint stripes for a new crosswalk that will span the four lanes from the front of Kelly Hall to the S-3 parking lot. Two lanes will remain open while the others are closed for striping. Once the paint is set, the work will switch to the other two lanes. The new crosswalk will enhance pedestrian safety in the area and give students, faculty and staff an option to stay clear of the demolition zone where Burges and Barry halls are being taken down. In the near future, signage will be added and the railing on the west side of the street will be adjusted to enhance accessibility.

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New Water Resources Engineering Management Track at UTEP

Last Updated on July 17, 2015 at 8:18 am

Originally published July 17, 2015

By Lisa Y. Garibay

UTEP News Service

Addressing a critical area of conservation and quality of life both locally and globally, The University of Texas at El Paso will offer a Water Resources in Engineering Management (WREM) track within the Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering program starting fall 2015.

The track will prepare students for the in-demand field of understanding and managing resources in a water-scarce world. It will be led by WREM Coordinator and Clinical Professor Ivonne Santiago, Ph.D., and Edmund Archuleta, director of water initiatives at UTEP.

UTEP Civil Engineering students studying advanced water treatment at an El Paso Water Utilities pilot plant operated by environmental corporation ARCADIS US. Photo courtesy of Ivonne Santiago.

UTEP Civil Engineering students studying advanced water treatment at an El Paso Water Utilities pilot plant operated by environmental corporation ARCADIS US. Photo courtesy of Ivonne Santiago.

“The long-term vision for this program is to prepare engineers to solve complex problems in an increasing water-short world and to establish UTEP as a preferred university to study water,” Archuleta said. “UTEP is already a well-known leader in water resources with a diversified research and teaching portfolio in desalination, reuse, advanced water treatment, sustainability and related topics. This degree will provide the student with the important engineering and management tools to work in various facets of either the private or public sector.”

Across the developing world there is a tremendous shortage of fresh water supplies that are free from pollution. The resources needed to develop these supplies continue to be woefully lacking. Moreover, there are rapid population growth areas in Asia, India, Africa, Mexico, Central and South America that will soon experience water shortage.

El Paso has successfully developed and implemented water conservation and supervision.

Given its geographic location in the Chihuahuan Desert and need for integrated water resources, the local region is perfectly situated for students to study and learn about the need for water sustainability.

“Water resources management is a critical need across the U.S. and the world,” said Richard Schoephoerster, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering. “El Paso and UTEP have developed unique expertise in this area, and this program will help to share our expertise and knowledge. I am very grateful for Ed Archuleta’s leadership and the effort of the faculty to get this program off the ground.”

Before joining UTEP, Archuleta was manager of the El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board from 1989 to 2013, where he was responsible for all aspects of water, wastewater, reclaimed water service and storm water to the greater El Paso metropolitan area.

The oversight of water resources has become increasingly complex over the past two decades due to population growth, climate change, environmental laws and regulations, technological advances, droughts, floods and increasing competition for limited water supplies worldwide.

While there have been continuous education advances in addition to human resource development in this field, there is a need to better define the water resource curriculum to meet today’s challenges and expected future challenges so that water resources professionals not only have the necessary technical skills addressing present and future challenges, but also have a solid foundation in business, managerial and legal principles necessary to compete and become productive in a complex water world.

This is where UTEP is poised to lead the way by cultivating students for leadership when it comes to water.

Fundamentally, there is a much more vital reason why a program like this matters.

“Water is life,” Santiago said. “Every past, present and future human activity, every private or public enterprise, whether it is agriculture, energy, health or emerging technologies, all require consideration of water resources management. El Paso is at the forefront in conservation, innovation and technology for the recycle and reuse of water. We want to showcase what the city has done and continue developing the workforce to move forward as a leader in the nation in how to successfully manage water resources in a desert environment.”

Students interested in pursuing the track may visit http://ce.utep.edu/wrem/ or contact Santiago (915-747-8478 or isantiago@utep.edu) or Archuleta (915-747-5766 or egarchuleta@utep.edu) for more details.

UTEP, Mexican Consulate Renew Health Partnership

Last Updated on July 17, 2015 at 8:16 am

Originally published July 17, 2015

By Laura L. Acosta

UTEP News Service

The University of Texas at El Paso and the General Consulate of Mexico in El Paso recently renewed their partnership to provide health-related resources to the Hispanic and Mexican communities in the Paso del Norte region through the Ventanilla de Salud program, a health collaborative established by the Mexican government.

On July 7, UTEP President Diana Natalicio, College of Health Sciences Dean Kathleen Curtis, Ph.D., and Consul General of Mexico in El Paso Jacob Prado signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which allows the College of Health Sciences to continue to administer the consulate’s highly successful health care program for a third year.

More than 300 people attended the Ventanilla de Salud clinic day on July 7 at the Mexican Consulate in El Paso. UTEP and the General Consulate of Mexico in El Paso recently renewed their partnership to offer health related resources through the consulate’s Ventanilla de Salud program. Photo by Laura Trejo / UTEP News Service

More than 300 people attended the Ventanilla de Salud clinic day on July 7 at the Mexican Consulate in El Paso. UTEP and the General Consulate of Mexico in El Paso recently renewed their partnership to offer health related resources through the consulate’s Ventanilla de Salud program. Photo by Laura Trejo / UTEP News Service

The Mexican government also provided $45,000 to fund the College of Health Sciences’ operational costs for the program.

Since 2012, the Ventanilla de Salud has improved the health of thousands of residents in the community, provided clinical learning opportunities for UTEP students and saved lives.

“It is through this system of information that we have created a culture of healthy habits to prevent illnesses that normally affect Hispanic communities in the United States,” Prado said during a press conference at the Mexican Consulate in El Paso.

Ventanilla de Salud includes 86 community organizations and local health agencies that connect people with the appropriate health and social services in El Paso, New Mexico and Juárez.

Between June 2013-2014, the program has provided health related services to 24,615 people; hosted 282 educational talks on health topics, such as healthy eating and nutrition; participated in 18 community health fairs; and sponsored 12 clinic days at the consulate that attracted 3,228 people.

“This Ventanilla de Salud program is concrete evidence of the investment that we are making as a University in providing expertise and leadership to a program that has benefited thousands of people overall,” President Natalicio said. Because it’s not just the clients who come for the services but their families and everyone whose lives they touch.”

“In the end,” President Natalicio added, “it’s our students who benefit as well because they get the experience of working in a real setting with real clients and learning what it is to do community health.”

Health sciences students from health promotion, clinical laboratory sciences and social work have participated in educational talks, health fairs and the consulate’s clinic day.

Held the first Tuesday of every month, clinic day offers free health screenings, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, Hepatitis C, HIV and other preventive exams. Participants also receive referrals for mammograms, colorectal exams and coupons for vaccinations.

“(The Ventanilla de Salud) model is something that our students are taking with them after they graduate,” Curtis said. “Instead of just learning how to educate or how to provide a service they learn how to do this in other communities and how they can organize those services for vulnerable populations that might not have access to health services, which is a very important part of their education.”

During May’s clinic day, Sandra Hernandez, a recent graduate from the Familias Triunfadoras community health worker training program at UTEP, obtained referrals for a colonoscopy and mammogram.

“I wouldn’t have access to these services anywhere else,” Hernandez. “There are a lot of organizations that offer different services and it’s easy to connect with the health services that you are interested in.”

Since February, the Ventanilla de Salud has conducted 350 individual health assessments, which include BMI, height, weight, glucose screenings, blood pressures and oxygen readings. Out of these, 304 people have been referred to health services.

“Through these assessments we are learning more about the health status of people who seek the program’s services,” said Eva Moya, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work. “We’re finding out if you have insurance, if you smoke and what your health risks are. We refer you to health and human services and we follow up with you two or three times to see if you were successful in obtaining your health services. We do more than just give you information.”


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