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Coordinates: 31°46′24″N 106°30′19″W 31.77333, -106.50528


University of Texas at El Paso

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      • 500 West University Avenue, El Paso, Texas, United States of America
    • Telephone Numbers: (915) 747-5000
    • Official Website: [1]
  • History & Memorable Moments
    • The school officially opened its doors on September 23, 1914 with an initial enrollment of 27 students. [1]
  • By 1916, the school's enrollment had grown to 39 students and for the first time women were allowed to enroll. [1]
  • In 1919, the school's name was changed to U.T. Department of Mines and Metallurgy. [1]
  • In 1920, the school's name changed again to the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy, or TCM. [1]
  • In 1923, the school's students painted a large "M" for Miners on the Franklin Mountains; the "M" is still there today. [1]
  • On April 27, 1946, Rho Sigma Tau Fraternity was installed as the Zeta-Epsilon chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy. [1]
  • In 1949, the school's name was changed again to Texas Western College of the University of Texas (TWC) also on September 10 of the same year the Gamma-Gamma chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity was installed. [1]
  • In 1961, the nation’s first Peace Corps class was trained at TWC. [1]
  • In 1963, Sun Bowl Stadium was constructed. [1]
  • On March 19, 1966, coach Don Haskins made history when his Texas Western College men's basketball team that included five African-American starters stunned and defeated the heavily favored, and all-White, Wildcats of the University of Kentucky, coached by basketball legend Adolph Rupp, for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship at College Park, Maryland. This became the subject of the 2006 movie Glory Road. [1]
  • In 1967, TWC changed its name to The University of Texas at El Paso. [1]
  • On November 22, 1967, The National Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda granted a charter at the University of Texas at El Paso, known as Alpha Rho. [1]
  • In 1968, UTEP student-athlete Bob Beamon set a new world long jump record at the Olympic Games in Mexico City; the record would stand for decades. [1]
  • In 1969, UTEP won its first of seven NCAA Men's Cross Country Championships. [1]
  • In 1974, UTEP's first doctorate degree program in Geological Sciences was approved. That same year, UTEP went on to win its first of seven NCAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships. [1]
  • In 1975, the UTEP men's Track and Field team struck gold again and won both the NCAA Men's Outdoor and Indoor National Championships. [1]
  • In 1976, the Engineering-Science Complex was completed and the College of Nursing was also created. [1]
  • In 1977, UTEP's Special Events Center (now the Don Haskins Center) with 12,000 seats was completed. [1]
  • In 1982, an expansion to the Sun Bowl Stadium was completed and the seating capacity was increased to 52,000. [1]
  • In 1984, the six-story University Library opened its doors to the public. [1]
  • In 1988 Diana Natalicio became UTEP's first woman president. [1]
  • In 1989, UTEP's second doctorate degree program was approved for Electrical Engineering. [1]
  • The 1990s and into the 2000s brought a lot of positive changes to UTEP academics. In 1991, the Computer Engineering doctorate program, in 1993 the Psychology doctorate program, in 1995 the Environmental science and engineering doctorate program, in 1996 the Pharmacy cooperative doctorate program, in 1997 the Biological sciences doctorate program, in 1999 the History doctorate program, and in 2000 the Nursing cooperative doctorate program, all began enrolling students to further expand the higher educational goals of UTEP. [1]
  • In 1997, Don Haskins was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Special Events Center was renamed the Don Haskins Center and is also known as "The Bear's Den" as Haskins is affectionately known as "The Bear". [1]
  • In 1999, the legendary Don Haskins retired from coaching. Also in 1999, UTEP's MBA online degree program was launched. [1]
  • In 2000, UTEP's Miner Village was completed and UTEP was designated as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. [1]
  • In 2002, the $11 million Larry K. Durham Sports Center opens for the first time and the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies is established. [1]
  • 2003 was a busy year for UTEP, the school hired former Washington State University head coach Mike Price to bring new life to the UTEP football team, $44 million in construction projects began for Academic Services and Biosciences buildings and an addition to the Engineering-Science Complex, construction also began on the $1.8 million Helen of Troy Softball Complex, and the International business doctorate, the Civil engineering doctorate, and the Composition and Rhetoric doctorate programs were approved. [1]
  • In 2004, UTEP celebrated its 90th anniversary and in the 2004-2005 athletic year, UTEP enjoyed great success in both football and men's basketball, the Miner football team, under Price, went on to play the Buffaloes of the University of Colorado in the Houston Bowl, and the Men's basketball team under new coach Doc Sadler went on to play in the school's 15th NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament appearance. [1]
  • On July 1, 2005, UTEP was formally introduced to Conference USA from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). UTEP had been a member of the WAC for 37 years. [1]
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