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Mining Minds: Special lighting to celebrate UTEP President Diana Natalicio’s Tenure

The University of Texas at El Paso will illuminate the “Mining Minds” pickaxe sculpture at the campus’ Sun Bowl-University Roundabout in blue and orange each evening from Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 12-14, 2019, to celebrate the 31-year leadership tenure of UTEP President Diana Natalicio.

President Natalicio concludes her term in the campus’ highest leadership position Aug. 14. In May 2018, she announced that she would retire after 31 years as UTEP’s leader. In her time at UTEP, she has overseen the conferral of approximately 93,500 degrees.

This week, each second the “Mining Minds” pickaxe sculpture is illuminated in orange and blue will represent one of those degrees. In total, the sculpture will be lit for 26 hours throughout the course of three evenings, or about 93,500 seconds.

Throughout the last three decades, President Natalicio has deftly guided the University to national prominence as a top tier research institution, all the while being relentless in ensuring access and affordability for the student population that it serves.

In 2019, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education designated UTEP as an R1 top tier doctoral university with very high research activity. UTEP is one of only 131 (4.5%) universities among the 2,883 four-year higher education institutions across the U.S. to earn this distinction.

President Natalicio’s tenure makes her the longest-serving current president of a public doctoral/research university in the country.

“Mining Minds” is an iconic piece of public art installed in 2010 to enhance the UTEP campus. At night, orange lights illuminate the steel structure while light from LEDs emanate from the perforated “ones” and “zeroes” at each end of the pick.

The University illuminates the pick in blue and orange on special occasions such as historic dates, major annual milestones and celebrations of special accomplishments.   To earn more about “Mining Minds” click here.

UTEP President Honored by Mexican Agency for Promoting Equality

UTEP President Diana Natalicio has been recognized by Mexico’s National Council to Prevent Discrimination, or Consejo Nacional para Prevenir La Discriminación (CONAPRED), with the 2017 Reconocimiento por la Igualdad y la No Discriminación, or Recognition for Equality and Non-Discrimination.

This recognition has been awarded since 2006 to people who have worked to further human rights, equality and non-discrimination. The Consultative Assembly of the organization selected President Natalicio as the award recipient in the international category for her efforts to make a college education accessible to Mexican students and for promoting equality and inclusion at UTEP.

“CONAPRED celebrates Dr. Natalicio’s contributions in a prosperous and diverse border community such as Ciudad Juárez and El Paso,” Mónica Lizaola, technical secretary of the consultant assembly, said in Spanish.

The award has four categories: national, international, institutional and posthumous. Past award recipients in the international category include Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and education and women’s rights activist; Sylvia Mendez, a civil rights activist in education inclusion whose family fought to end segregation in California in the 1940s; and Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights and the first female president of Ireland.

“Since our founding, UTEP has enjoyed a dynamic and enduring relationship with Mexico,” President Natalicio said. “We are proud to have consistently enrolled the largest number of Mexican students among all U.S. universities, and we strive to ensure that Mexican students on our campus are encouraged and resourced to reach their full potential. UTEP’s faculty and staff are deeply committed to our access and excellence mission — fostering an inclusive environment and creating high value-added opportunities for all our students, regardless of their backgrounds or financial means. I am deeply honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire UTEP team, and I thank CONAPRED for this recognition of UTEP’s innovative and impactful work.”

CONAPRED is a Mexican federal agency created by the Federal Law to Prevent and Eliminate Discrimination in 2003 with the purpose of preventing discrimination in Mexico.

President Natalicio was honored at a ceremony in Mexico City on November 28.

UTEP’s Natalicio Addresses Georgetown Convocation

The University of Texas at El Paso’s President Diana Natalicio delivered the “Aims of Education” reflection at Georgetown University’s Fall Faculty Convocation in Washington, D.C.

Georgetown uses this ceremony to celebrate those faculty members who recently have received tenure or promotion.

In his introduction, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia, Ph.D., referred to President Natalicio as “one of the most impactful leaders in higher education over the past four decades, someone who has changed the landscape of higher education in our nation.”

He continued: “Under her leadership, UTEP has provided a model for expanding the communities that have access to higher education while providing a deep context for research and teaching.”

President Natalicio gave the audience brief descriptions of El Paso and UTEP before sharing stories of the high-achieving UTEP students who thrive on the U.S.-Mexico border, and the success they see as a result of the University’s access and excellence mission.

“By challenging traditional policies, procedures and metrics, UTEP has been successful in creating amazing opportunities for large numbers of students who at another place or time might not have had access to them,” she said.  President Natalicio received a standing ovation after her address in Gaston Hall.

This was the second time President Natalicio made an address at Georgetown. She previously spoke at the university’s 2011 commencement ceremony for Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters that year.

In May 2017, President Natalicio delivered two commencement addresses. One at her alma mater, Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she received an honorary Doctor of Science degree after her speech.

Northeastern University also conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on President Natalicio after she gave an address at the institution’s 115th commencement ceremony in Boston.

Photos courtesy Rafael Suanes, Georgetown University

UTEP’s 2017 Fall Convocation Set for September 28

University of Texas at El Paso President Diana Natalicio will present the annual State of the University address at the University’s Fall Convocation on September 28.

President Natalicio will remark on the past year’s successes and upcoming goals of the University as well as outline UTEP’s newest 10-year student success initiative, the UTEP Edge.

The UTEP Edge aims to develop students’ many talents, strengths and dreams through a variety of high-impact experiences made possible by the expertise and dedication of UTEP faculty, staff, alumni and community partners.

These high-impact Edge Experiences include: student employment, research and scholarly activity, first-year experience, student leadership, creative activities, learning communities, internships, study abroad/study away, capstone experience and community engagement.

These activities have been proven to help students recognize and develop their personal and professional assets and will equip them with a competitive advantage when they graduate and enter the workforce or pursue graduate degrees.

During the event, the President also will recognize the recipients of The University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards.

They include: Song An, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics education; Isabel Baca, Ph.D., professor of English; and Ann Branan Horak, Ph.D., associate professor of practice of religious studies and women’s and gender studies.

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