Convocation will be Carnival-Like Celebration


POSTED: Monday, September 13, 2010 - 10:46am

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 12:13pm

UTEP Leaders say they're taking this year's Convocation ceremony to another level. They say the celebration will be carnival like.

Confetti cannons, stilt walkers and circus performers will take center stage during 2010 Fall Convocation when UTEP President Diana Natalicio delivers the State of the University address.

The unprecedented celebration will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, in Magoffin Auditorium, on Hawthorne Street, on the UTEP campus.

University of Texas System Board of Regents dignitaries in attendance will include Chairman Colleen McHugh and Vice Chairman Paul Foster. Also attending is UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.

Natalicio’s speech will serve as the backdrop to what will be the University’s largest announcement to date. She will publically launch At the Forefront: The Centennial Campaign for UTEP. The $200 million campaign is the most comprehensive fundraising initiative in the University’s history.

The campaign, which will continue through 2014, will accelerate UTEP’s momentum toward becoming the first national research university with a 21st century student demographic.

During the annual event, Natalicio will honor the contributions of University faculty and staff. This year’s honorees, whose service to UTEP ranges from five to 45 years, will receive service awards.

The event will culminate with the UTEP Marching Band leading guests to a shower of bubbles and a carnival-like reception.


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