First new Miner convocation welcomes new students

First new Miner convocation welcomes new students
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POSTED: Friday, August 23, 2013 - 12:03pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 23, 2013 - 12:04pm

The University of Texas at El Paso will celebrate the start of the fall 2013 semester with the inaugural New Miner Convocation – a new tradition at UTEP that will officially welcome first-time freshmen, new transfer students, entering graduate students, and their families to the University community. It's scheduled for 2pm Sunday at the Don Haskins Center.

The event signals the beginning of students’ UTEP experience by initiating a connection among the new Miners, their families, and the University.

“New Miner Convocation is the official welcome for all new students to the academic component of the University,” said Donna Ekal, Ph.D., associate provost for undergraduate studies at UTEP. “It’s also a ceremony to welcome the family to the UTEP community. The decision to attend college is one that usually involves the entire family and we want them to know that UTEP recognizes the important role they play in their students’ success.”

Modeled after the University’s Commencement ceremonies, the new Miners will assemble at Memorial Gym before the start of the ceremony and walk across to the Don Haskins Center, where they will be welcomed by UTEP President Diana Natalicio.

“This inaugural New Miner Convocation will be a very special way for students and their families to begin a very special time at UTEP – the Centennial Celebration,” said UTEP President Diana Natalicio. UTEP will celebrate its 100 year anniversary in 2014. “This is an amazing time to become a Miner.”

Speakers also include Keith A. Erekson, Ph.D., assistant professor of history and director of UTEP’s Centennial Celebration, who will discuss UTEP’s traditions of service, opportunity, and excellence. Faculty members and UTEP alumni Richard D. Pineda, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Communication, and Guillermina “Gina” Núñez-Mchiri, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology, will talk about their experiences as UTEP students.

UTEP Student Government Association President Paulina Lopez will lead the new Miners in reciting the new UTEP Student Creed, which was written by students, faculty and staff this summer.
The New Miners will also receive an orange UTEP Pick, which was designed specifically for them.
Members of the UTEP Parents Association will also be available to answer questions.
Students can RSVP at The event is free and open to the public.

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