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UTEP kicks off countdown to centennial year

UTEP kicks off countdown to centennial year
Friday, September 20, 2013 - 10:05am

UTEP President Diana Natalicio, Vice President for Student Affairs Gary Edens, and Student Government Association President Paulina Lopez will lead the kickoff to UTEP’s 100-day Centennial year countdown at a free event that will include food, entertainment, and giveaways starting at 11 a.m.

The program and official kickoff will begin at noon. The event is open to the general public in addition to UTEP students, faculty, staff and alumni.

A “bean feed” – one of UTEP’s fun historic traditions – will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until food and drinks run out.

To learn more about the Centennial Celebration, traditions like “bean feeds,” and more, visit

Key to the event is the unveiling of the “big black box” in front of the Centennial Museum, which has remained a giant secret for weeks.

The ribbon cutting for UTEP’s new Welcome Center inside of the Centennial Museum will take place at 12:30 p.m.

“We’re really proud to showcase UTEP, and the fact that we can be a part of this celebration is very exciting,” said Centennial Museum Director Maribel Villalva. “It’s a welcome opportunity to do something that on our own would have been really hard to do.”

Both curated and self-guided walking tours of the campus will be offered from the museum lobby.

A 40-seat theater will screen a variety of UTEP-themed videos, including Centennial interviews with faculty, staff, alumni and other university partners.

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