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Orange Fever Fiesta set for Saturday; Bidding live now; Larry K. Durham to match up to $150K raised

While Orange Fever Fiesta, the annual fundraiser for UTEP Athletics, is just five days away, fans can get online now and bid on items.  

The funds raised at “Orange Fever Fiesta” will directly support Miner student-athletes and help UTEP Athletics navigate the current college sports landscape during this unprecedented time.

Additionally, former Texas Western football player and long-time UTEP supporter Larry K. Durham has stepped forward and offered to match up to $150,000 raised at this year’s event.

“It is an exceptional privilege for me to support the Athletic Department at UTEP,” said Durham.  “I feel fortunate to have participated in and benefited from the athletic program.  Once a Miner, always a Miner!”

“Larry has been an incredible donor to UTEP Athletics over the years and this latest commitment comes at a time when we need people to get involved and help out,” said Director of Athletics Jim Senter.

“We can’t thank him enough and we hope that others will follow Larry’s lead and join him in supporting the Miners. What we do this week and on Saturday night can really determine UTEP’s direction during this pandemic and, ultimately, how we emerge from it. It is our goal to come out stronger and be positioned for new levels of success across the board.”

“Orange Fever Fiesta” is set for this Saturday (Aug. 15) at 7 pm and will be completely virtual. Thanks to a partnership with KVIA-TV, the event will be broadcast live and streamed online.  “Orange Fever Fiesta” will be shown live on the El Paso – Las Cruces CW as well as streamed live at online.

This year’s “Orange Fever Fiesta” event carries even more importance as the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the UTEP Athletics budget, especially the student-athlete scholarship fund. With that in mind, the goal is to raise a record amount (minimum $225,000) at this year’s event.

To view this year’s auction items, click here and make sure to keep checking in, as items will be added throughout the week. Fans interested in donating to the student-athlete scholarship fund instead of participating in the auction can do so by visiting the Bid Pal website.

Additional information about the “Orange Fever Fiesta” event and the Miner Athletic Club can be found by visiting www.minerathleticclub.com, calling (915) 747-5841 or emailing mac@utep.edu.

TWC Initiative unveiled by UTEP Athletics

Thursday afternoon, officials with UTEP Athletics introduced their new TWC Initiative.

“Building on a tradition of promoting diversity and inclusion, the use of TWC serves dual purposes – currently, the acronym will signify and stand for Together WCommit, the new diversity and inclusion program for the Miners,” UTEP officials shared. “The second purpose is a not-so-subtle nod to the history of UTEP and the institution’s previous name – Texas Western College”

During the TWC era, one of the most recognizable moments in not only sports history but in the civil rights movement occurred.

On March 19, 1966, Texas Western College (TWC) – stunned top-ranked Kentucky, 72-65, to capture the men’s basketball national championship.  On that day, the legendary Don Haskins became the first coach to start five black players in the national title game. Today, that historic moment becomes a symbol for solidarity.

Following the death of George Floyd and rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, the UTEP Athletics Executive Team conducted a series of meetings, both in-person and online, with departmental student-athletes, coaches and staff to get their thoughts on the societal issues facing our country.

The TWC Initiative spawned from these meetings.

“This has been a great learning opportunity for me, helping me more thoroughly understand and appreciate the challenges faced by our minority populations as well as what can be done moving forward to improve the experience for all, especially our black community,” Director of Athletics Jim Senter said.

“UTEP Athletics will work continuously to foster an environment of empowerment, equality and love.  What better way to honor this commitment than by continuing to celebrate our greatest achievement – the historic 1966 national championship – and what it meant for society.”

As part of the TWC Initiative, as a department, UTEP Athletics commits to:

  1. Fostering Diversity and Inclusion
  2. Creating an Environment of Love and Respect
  3. Supporting Equity and Education
  4. Leading Change

This fall, all UTEP student-athletes will be provided Black Lives Matter-themed TWC Initiative t-shirts and Black Lives Matter pins that can be displayed on team gear.

Two TWC Initiative committees will be formed in the immediate future – one composed of Athletics staff members, and another with members of UTEP’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

These committees will meet monthly, working to develop and institute workshops and seminars, increase outreach and awareness, establish programming (i.e. speaker series), and provide educational opportunities for UTEP student-athletes and staff.

Updates on the TWC Initiative will be released through UTEP Athletics’ social media channels, and a TWC Initiative website is in the works – to be launched by late summer.

Longer-term plans include the TWC Initiative logo being added to game day gear, and expanding “Texas Western Night,” annually celebrated at a men’s basketball game, to include other UTEP sports.

UTEP Athletics partners with Aspire Group; Outsourcing ticket services, operations

ATLANTA  – University of Texas at El Paso Athletics (UTEP) officials this week announced a multi-year partnership with The Aspire Sport Marketing Group, outsourcing ticket service and operations effective July 1, 2020.

“We are very excited to partner with Aspire and to bring their proven ticket sales, game attendance and revenue generation strategies to UTEP,” said UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter.

“They will help us continue to elevate our external engagement as well as provide unprecedented service to our incredible fans.”

Aspire’s Fan Relationship Management Center (FRMC) staff will be responsible for selling a full ticket menu across UTEP’s football, men’s and women’s basketball, softball, soccer, and women’s volleyball teams.

“We are honored to partner with UTEP Athletics,” said Aspire CEO, Bill Fagan, “We are confident that the UTEP faithful will be well-supported by our Fan Relationship Management Center on campus. We look forward to serving Miners fans for many years to come.”

Sales and service consultants will also assist with ticket-related and standalone donations to UTEP’s Miner Athletic Club.

Chad Cardinal, Vice President of Fan Relationship Management, will serve as the primary liaison for The Aspire Group and the FRMC will have a staff size of seven.

The University of Texas at El Paso Athletics comes in as Aspire’s 9th new partner for 2020.

An on-site database manager and Aspire’s “Strategy, Analytics, and Marketing” team will lead intelligent segmentation, marketing, and fan research efforts for the Miners.

UTEP Athletics instituting Clear Bag Policy for 2020 Football Season

UTEP Athletics will be implementing a clear bag policy for all six 2020 football home games, and continuing throughout the 2020-21 athletic year including men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer and softball.

The new policy is designed to expedite entry, increase safety and limit the physical contact associated with traditional bag searches.

The policy will also help to enforce social distancing protocols at security checkpoints.

Ticket holders, including children, will be allowed to enter with bags provided they meet one of these specifications:

  • Bags (including clear backpacks) that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bag approximately the size of a hand (4.5″ x 6.5″ or smaller), with or without a handle or strap. This can be carried separately or within a plastic bag
  • Medical bags that contain health necessary items are acceptable after proper inspection and approval from venue personnel/security

Fans are encouraged to only bring necessary items into UTEP Athletics venues.

The following items are prohibited and cannot be taken into the venue.  These items would either need to be disposed of, or returned to the fan’s car or residence before entering the venue:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Animals (service dogs or service dogs in training permitted)
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Balloons
  • Bats, poles and sticks
  • Car seats and baby strollers
  • Coolers/ice chests
  • Camera lenses larger than 4″
  • E-cigarettes
  • Firearms and fireworks
  • Flags on poles
  • Glass bottles
  • Illegal drugs
  • Laser pointers
  • Lawn chairs
  • Missile-like objects
  • Objects that can be used as projectiles (i.e. balls)
  • Outside food and beverages including alcohol (exceptions will be made for those with medical requirements and/or special needs)
  • Scooters, strollers, bicycles, roller skates and skateboards
  • Tobacco products
  • Tripods, monopods and selfie sticks
  • Umbrellas
  • Unauthorized video cameras and drones
  • Water bottles (one sealed, plastic water bottle permitted per patron)
  • Weapons
  • Any object that might pose a risk to the guest or others.

CLEAR BAG POLICY FAQ

Why is UTEP Athletics implementing this policy?

UTEP Athletics regularly evaluates existing policies, practices, and procedures to determine its level of compliance with industry recognized best practices.  We determined that a revision of the policy was necessary in order to continue providing our fans the safest and most enjoyable experience.  World events continue to shape the methods utilized for venue security within UTEP Athletics and the Event Management industry.

How is the new policy more convenient for fans?

The clear bags will enable security to move fans through checkpoints much faster than in the past.  A standard size bag eliminates the need for bag templates to check bag sizes.  Clear bags allow staff to be more efficient and effective in keeping you safe by preventing dangerous items from entering the venue.

How does the new policy improve public safety?

The clear bag is easily and quickly searched and greatly reduces faulty bag searches.

How many bags can a person bring into the venue?

Each ticketed guest is permitted to bring one large clear bag, either the 12″ x 6″ x 12″ clear bag or a one-gallon Ziploc-style bag, plus a small clutch purse (5″ x 7″).  The small clutch allows privacy for small personal items and can be easily searched.

What about diaper bags?

Everything that you would put into a diaper bag must now be carried in a clear bag.  Each member of a family, including children, is allowed to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse into the venue.

Can seat cushions be carried into the venue?

Seat cushions and chair backs are permissible.  Seat cushions must be 16″ in width or less.

Can fans bring blankets during cold weather?

Yes, they may bring blankets into the venue by carrying them over a shoulder or arm. These items can be screened easily.

What happens if I show up at the gate with a bag that is not permitted?

Guests carrying bags that do not meet specifications will be asked to return them to their vehicles.

Fans parking in remote lots and/or taking alternate forms of transportation to UTEP Athletics facilities should consult UTEP Game Day policies and procedures prior to arrival in order to minimize inconveniences.

If I have items that I need to bring into the venue for medical purposes and they won’t fit in the clear bag, what do I do?

Exceptions will be made for fans with approved medical needs.  Medically necessary bags or equipment brought into a venue will be inspected and tagged by security.

For questions about medical equipment or other needs, please call the UTEP Special Events Office at (915) 747-5481.

Do I have to put everything I’m carrying into the permissible bags?

No. Limitations have been placed on the type of bags carried into the venue, not the items that are permissible. Guest can continue to carry items such as keys, makeup, women’s products, combs, phones, wallets, credit cards, cameras, binoculars, etc., in their hands or pockets if they choose not to place them in a clear bag or clutch purse (5″ x 7″). Guests can carry a blanket over their shoulders, and binoculars and/or cameras around their necks or in their hands without the case.  Guests can also carry any personal items that meet the specified criteria in the clear bag or clutch purse.

Will clear bags with patterns or oversized logos be permitted?

No.  These types of bags are prohibited as they can jeopardize the screening process by not allowing security staff to view through and inside of the bag.

NOTE: Other Conference USA institutions who have established a Clear Bag Policy include Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Southern Miss, UAB, UTSA and WKU.  UTEP Athletics recommends that fans traveling to other venues consult the host school’s game day policies and procedures.

27 UTEP Student-Athletes Set to Graduate

Twenty-seven UTEP student-athletes’ academic journey will reach an apex this week, as they will complete their coursework and earn their degrees.

Scheduled to graduate this spring are 15 representatives from the football program, three from women’s basketball, two each from men’s basketball, men’s golf, soccer and softball, and one from tennis.

The spring 2020 graduating student-athletes have excelled academically as well as athletically, as 17 have earned appointments to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Roll (minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average), and five have received C-USA Academic Medals (minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA) during their time in the Sun City.

Bios follow on UTEP’s May 2020 graduating student-athletes.

UTEP Athletics May 2020 Graduating Student-Athletes

 Pamala Baber (Softball)

2020 Strength & Conditioning MVP at the Golden Pick Awards … played four seasons for the Miners, while appearing in 144 games and making 110 starts over that span … posted a .253 career batting average with 72 hits, 15 doubles, nine home runs and 42 RBI  … compiled a .407 slugging percentage over the course of her career … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) … C-USA Academic Medal recipient (2017, 2019, 2020) … C-USA Spirit of Service Award (2019 Spring) … Health Promotion major.

 

Maria Medina Blanco (Tennis)

Three-year letter winner who racked up a combined 24 wins during her career, including 17 in singles action … Finance major.

 

Ountae Campbell (Men’s Basketball)

Recipient of the 2020 Dr. Louis Robbins Award for Academic Excellence (top senior grade point average) at the Golden Pick Awards … played two seasons for the Miners … started in 10 games during junior season that included a career-high seven boards against Old Dominion … made a start on Senior Day, draining a three-point bucket to cap his career … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2019, 2020) … C-USA Academic Medal recipient (2019, 2020) … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Danielle Carreon (Soccer)

Four-year letterwinner who played in 66 games, including starting 24 contests … had her best season as a senior with three goals and one assist for seven points to help UTEP qualify for its first C-USA tournament in three years … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2018, 2019, 2020) … Criminal Justice major.

 

Denzel Chukwukelu (Football)

Appeared in 42 games over four seasons … totaled 93 tackles, including 43 solo stops, with 14 tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery … earned second team All-Conference USA honors as a senior in 2019 … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Mitchell Crawford (Football)

Spent two seasons with the Miners, while seeing action in every game over that span as a punter … had 134 punts for 5,324 yards and an average of 39.7 yards per punt … booted a career-long 66-yard punt in his first season as a Miner in 2018 … earned All-Conference USA honorable mention accolades in 2018 … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2019, 2020) … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Lauren Crenshaw (Soccer)

2020 Soccer MVP at the Golden Pick Awards … four-year starter who compiled 16 goals and 10 assists for 42 points during her career … standout defender also helped UTEP tie for the sixth-most shutouts (seven) in a season in 2019 … efforts aided in the Miners qualifying for the C-USA tournament for the first time in three years … All C-USA Team (2017 & 2019) … made the Central-Region Team (2016) … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) … C-USA Academic Medal recipient (2017) … Kinesiology major.

 

Mallorie Cross (Softball)

Played in 94 games while making 65 starts in four years as a Miner … posted 39 hits, including six doubles and 21 RBI in 180 at-bats in her career … posted a .292 on base percentage over four years … posted a .257 average in 41 starts as a true freshman … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Benjamin Getman (Men’s Golf)

Saw action in 26 tournaments over the course of his four-year career with the Miners … posted a 75.8 scoring average in 72 rounds of golf in his career … shot a low-round of 69 and a career-low three-round total of 214 as a senior …
was UTEP’s top finisher as a freshman at the Arizona Intercollegiate with a nine-over par 222 … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2016) … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Eduardo Gonzalez (Men’s Golf)

Played in 20 tournaments over four years with the Miners … posted a 74.4 career scoring average in 59 rounds of golf … drained a hole-in-one at the John Burns Intercollegiate as a junior … finished tied for 20th at the 2019 Gene Miranda Invitational after shooting even par with a career-low score of 216 … was UTEP’s top finisher at the Maridoe Intercollegiate after finishing tied for 10th at eight-over par with a three-round total of 224 as a senior … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) … C-USA Academic Medal recipient (2018, 2019) … Finance major.

 

Kalaii Griffin (Football)

Spent three seasons with the Miners, seeing action in 25 games over that span … registered 43 total tackles in his career, including 18 solo stops … recorded five tackles for losses, two QB hurries and a sack, while also forcing a fumble as a junior for the Miners … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2018, 2019, 2020) … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Jordan Jenkins (Women’s Basketball)

Played two seasons with the Miners before sustaining a serious knee injury … appeared in 47 contests, including 22 starts … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2018, 2019, 2020) … Kinesiology major.

 

Christian Johnson (Football)

Saw action in 12 games over the past three seasons for the Miners … totaled eight tackles, including six solo stops and two assists … registered 2.5 tackles for losses, while also recording a QB hurry in 2019 … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Kavika Johnson (Football)

Played for the Miners from 2015-19, while appearing in 47 games in a variety of roles over that span … had 115 rushing attempts for 286 yards and a touchdown over his career … also made 38 receptions for 342 receiving yards and a pair of touchdown catches … saw limited action as a passer for the Miners with a career stat line of 40-for-75 for 387 yards and four touchdown tosses … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2016) … Communication Studies major.

 

Michael Lewis (Football)

Saw action in 46 games over the course of his four-year career with the Miners … registered 230 career tackles, including a career-best 96 tackles as a senior … had 129 solo stops and 101 assists as a Miner … recorded 4.5 career tackles for loss, 11 pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … earned his first career interception as a senior for the Miners … garnered All-Conference USA honorable mention accolades as a senior in 2019 … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Jaime Perales (Football)

Played in 11 games over the last two years as an offensive lineman for the Miners … made his first career appearance on the offensive line against UAB in 2018 … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2020) … Kinesiology major.

 

Chris Richardson (Football)

Played in 35 games for the Miners over the course of three seasons … registered 80 career tackles, including 22 solo stops and 58 assists … recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, five pass breakups and three QB hurries in his career … named to the 2016 Conference USA All-Freshman Team … earned All-Conference USA honorable mention accolades as a junior in 2018 … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Jade Rochelle (Women’s Basketball)

Two-year letter winner after arriving as a JUCO transfer … high-energy player who competed in 59 total contests … chipped in 3.5 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game in 14.4 minutes per contest … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2019, 2020) … General Business major.

 

Justin Rogers (Football)

Saw action in 47 games over the course of his four-year career with the Miners … made 182 career tackles, including 120 solo stops, with four tackles for loss and 23 pass breakups … recorded six interceptions in his career, becoming the first Miner to post an interception in four separate seasons since Quintin Demps (2004-07) … also forced three fumbles and had four fumble recoveries in his Miner career … named to the 2016 Conference USA All-Freshman Team … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Anthony Tarke (Men’s Basketball)

Played in 14 games, making two starts for the Miners during the 2019-20 campaign … averaged 2.6 points and four rebounds … scored his season-best nine points with eight rebounds and two blocks versus East Central … also secured eight boards against Boise State and FIU … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2020) … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Tiano Tialavea (Football)

Saw action in 18 games over the last two seasons for the Miners … earned playing time both as a defensive tackle and on special teams … recorded his first career tackle in UTEP’s road contest at North Texas in 2019 … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Mark Torrez (Football)

Saw action in eight games for the Miners, including seven games under center in 2017 … had 17 rushing attempts for 38 yards and a touchdown, while also going 14-for-48 passing for 126 yards through the air … scored first collegiate touchdown on a six-yard rush and added season highs in completions (six) and passing yards (59) against Arizona … completed first collegiate pass on a seven-yard toss at No. 7 Oklahoma … rushed for a season-high 31 yards on seven attempts and threw for 38 yards (four completions) at rival NM State … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Sione Tupou (Football)

Played in 22 games, including making 17 starts for the Miners over the last two seasons … registered 113 career tackles, including 46 solo stops and 67 assists … posted 4.5 tackles for a loss of 22 yards and two QB hurries … ranked fifth on the team in tackles in 2018 and fourth in tackles in 2019 … recorded his first career fumble recovery in 2018 … registered two solo sacks for 16 yards … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2017, 2018, 2020) … Kinesiology major.

Jayson Van Hook (Football)

Played in 25 games as a linebacker for the Miners over the last three seasons, including making 21 starts over that period … registered 89 career tackles, including 50 solo stops and 39 assists … made 9.5 career tackles for loss for a total of 31 yards … recorded two QB hurries in 2019 … ranked fifth on the team in tackles in 2019 … named to the 2016 Conference USA All-Freshman Team … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Brady Viles (Football)

Saw action in 15 games for the Miners over his career, including 12 games in his first season in the Orange & Blue in 2017 … made a 53-yard field goal, the first of his Miner career, against Arizona in 2017 … served as a kickoff specialist for UTEP with 40 career kickoffs for 2,385 yards and an average of 59.6 yards per kickoff … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2018, 2019, 2020) … Kinesiology major.

 

Quardraiz Wadley (Football)

Has played in 26 games over the last four seasons despite battling through a pair of season-ending injuries … made 13 career starts at running back for the Miners … has 228 rushing attempts for 1,072 yards and eight touchdowns … also has seven receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown catch … led UTEP in 2018 in rushing (627 yards), rushing touchdowns (seven), total touchdowns (eight), rushing attempts (123) and yards per attempt (5.1) … produced breakout game at Army as a sophomore, making first collegiate start, after he rushed for a career-high 156 yards on career-most 28 carries (5.6 avg.), while scoring his first career touchdown and registering his first career reception (15 yards) … Criminal Justice major.

 

Katarina Zec (Women’s Basketball)

2020 Women’s Basketball MVP at the Golden Pick Awards … four-year letter winner who finished her career as a 1,000-point scorer (eighth in school history) and also ranking among the top-10 players in school history for games started (third), minutes played (fifth), three-pointers made (sixth), field goals made (eighth) and games played (ninth) … All C-USA team (2020) and C-USA All-Academic team (2020) … C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) … C-USA Academic Medal recipient (2017, 2018, 2019) … Biochemistry major.​

UTEP Student-Athletes Collect School-Record 48 C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medals

DALLAS – UTEP student-athletes garnered a school-record 48 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medals, the league office announced Friday.

The effort breaks the previous standard (42) that was set during the 2012-13 scholastic year.

Medals are awarded to those C-USA student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better.

Below is a list of UTEP’s medal winners by sport.

Men’s Basketball (One)

Ountae Campbell

 

Women’s Basketball (Four)

Avery Crouse

Arina Khlopkova

Sabine  Lipe

Tatyana Modawar

Men’s Cross Country (One)

Alek Duran

 

Football (Six)

Camryn Curtis-Dozier

Reynaldo Flores

Jalen Joseph

Elijah Klein

Robert Pufahl

Jacob Trim

 

Women’s Golf (Three)

Abbie Anghelescu

Sophie Delfosse

Valeria Mendizabal

Rifle (Three)

Isabel Brooks

Amoret  McCartney

Morgahn Warner

Soccer (Six)

Vanessa Cabello

Tessa Carlin

Jackie Miller

Emily Parrott

Nicole Pugsley

Isabel Trevino

Softball (Four)

Pamala Baber

Zaylie Calderon

Pate Cathey

Isabella Kelly

Tennis (Four)

Thassane Abrahim

Eve Daniels

Kathleen Percegona

Vanessa Valdez

 

Men’s Track & Field (Four)

Arturo Ciriza

Jared Ledesma

Austin Ondijo

Holden Rivera

Women’s Track & Field (Two)

Sah-Jay Stevens

Roosa Ylonen                                       

Volleyball (10)

Briana Arellano

Sophia Chacon

Alianza Darley

Kristen Fritsche

Cheyenne Jones

Irbe Lazda

Anamarija Mikovic

Abigail Padilla

Erika Sianez

Sofia Sifuentes

Robbins Family supports UTEP Athletics, sponsors Golden Pick Awards

Dede Robbins and her family, long-time supporters of UTEP Athletics, are now sponsoring the Miners’ annual year-end honors show, the Golden Pick Awards.  The Golden Pick Awards are organized and presented by UTEP student-athletes.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic prohibiting large gatherings for the immediate future, this year’s Golden Pick Awards will be presented virtually.

From now through May 1, the award winners will be announced on UTEP Athletics’ official Facebook and Twitter platforms.  MVP’s for each sport were selected by the head coaches.  Nominations for the following specialty awards were submitted by the head coaches, and winners were determined based on a vote by members of the UTEP Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Male Athlete of the Year

Female Athlete of the Year

Best Comeback

Moment of the Year

Male Newcomer of the Year

Female Newcomer of the Year

Team of the Year

Thomas Howard Walk-On Award

Unsung Hero

In addition, awards are being presented to the team with the most community service hours, and the highest collective grade point average.  The Dr. Louis Robbins Award for Academic Excellence will be presented to the senior with the best cumulative GPA.

The Robbins family, including Dede, her sister Rachel, and their parents, Louis and Marie, have been life-long supporters of UTEP Athletics.  Dede has made prior gifts to the track and field program, and continued her commitment to UTEP student-athletes this year by setting up an athletic scholarship fund, and by sponsoring the Golden Pick Awards.

“My father attended Texas Western (now UTEP) on a track and field scholarship, so we are especially proud to support UTEP student-athlete scholars,” Robbins said.  “My family has so many wonderful memories of attending UTEP sporting events together, and we are thrilled to give back to UTEP by creating a scholarship fund for the next generation of student-athletes, and by recognizing the outstanding achievements of those student-athletes through the endowment of the Golden Pick Awards.”

“Dede’s kindness and generosity has made a great impact as she continues to strongly affect the lives of our student-athletes,” UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter said.  “We’re thrilled to have the Robbins family on board as the sponsor of the Golden Pick Awards, a tremendous event for all the Miners.”

UTEP Athletics “Picks Up Podcast” premieres

The brand-new “Picks Up Podcast” made its debut Thursday on UTEP Athletics’ official website.

The “Picks Up Podcast” takes an inside look at UTEP Athletics, offering perspectives and analysis not available anywhere else.  Hosted by long-time “Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher, “Picks Up Podcast” kicks off with a visit from Jim Senter who, like his fellow collegiate Athletic Directors, is navigating unique and challenging times due to the onset of COVID-19.

“I look forward to sharing additional Miner content in a new form with those who enjoy UTEP Athletics,” Teicher said.

The “Picks Up Podcast” will air weekly online, with special guests including Miner coaches, staff, student-athletes and alumni.

To go directly to the podcast landing page, click here.

UTEP Athletics, Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, Speaking Rock Entertainment Center partner for “Paydirt’s Pregame Party”

Thursday morning, officials with UTEP Athletics, Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo and Speaking Rock Entertainment Center announced that they have joined forces to take the Miner Football Gameday Experience to a ‘whole new level’ with the addition of “Paydirt’s Pregame Party” for the 2020 season.

“We are delighted to partner with Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo and Speaking Rock Entertainment Center and bring ‘Paydirt’s Pregame Party’ to our 2020 football home games,” said Jim Senter, UTEP Director of Athletics.  “We are always looking for ways to enrichen and enliven our gameday environment.  Through ‘Paydirt’s Pregame Party,’ we will establish an awesome new gameday tradition and a festive pregame atmosphere that the fans will love.”

Located on the North side of Sun Bowl Stadium, “Paydirt’s Pregame Party” will serve as the premier gathering spot for Miner fans gearing up for each of UTEP’s six home games this fall.

“Paydirt’s Pregame Party” will feature live entertainment courtesy of Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo and Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, food trucks serving up a wealth of delectable options, sponsorship activations and giveaways as well as fun-filled activities for the entire family.

Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo and Speaking Rock will also sponsor a postgame fireworks show at the Miners’ game versus New Mexico State on Saturday, September 26.

“The Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo and Speaking Rock Entertainment Center are proud to have this new relationship with UTEP,” said Joe Sierra Sr., Cacique of Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo.  “We are looking forward to the 2020 season and beyond.  We are proud members of the El Paso community and proud sponsors of UTEP.”

Also new in 2020, UTEP Football fans will be greeted by a revamped and improved parking experience on game days.  As a benefit of being a Miner Athletic Club donor and a football season ticket holder, fans will have access to preferred parking for all home games and will be able to select the parking lot of their choosing.

“It was important for us to make these adjustments to align with current industry trends and best practices,” said Nick Popplewell, UTEP Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations. “These changes allow fans the opportunity to create their own game day experience as they now have the ability to pick their parking and tailgating location.”

All parking must be requested and is allocated based on current Miner Athletic Club donor level.  In order to qualify for a specific parking lot, the individual must meet the minimum donor level/giving amount associated with the parking lot.

Similar to previous years, Miner Athletic Club donors who purchase a football season ticket will receive one (1) complimentary parking pass.  Individuals will also have the opportunity to purchase additional season parking passes at a cost of $50 per pass.

Allocation of each additional pass purchased will be subject to meeting the donation amount/giving level required by the parking lot multiplied by the number of passes (i.e. a season ticket holder requesting two passes in the $100 lot would need to be a $200 annual fund donor to the Miner Athletic Club and pay $50 for the additional pass since the first one is free).

Also new for the 2020 season are additional RV/large tailgate spaces, known as “Party Passes,” located in multiple parking lots including SC1, SB2, SB5, GR2 and SB7. The same Miner Athletic Club donor amounts for parking apply for these “Party Passes” and each spot is reserved on game day. These areas are meant for UTEP’s truest tailgaters.

“RVs, fifth-wheels, festive vehicles and large tent tailgates really help to enhance the pregame atmosphere; they truly are part of the pageantry of college football,” said Popplewell.  “We really wanted to embrace these fans and encourage the game day culture they create and by providing additional opportunities and choices for them, we believe we have accomplished our goal.”

For the first time ever, single game paid parking will also be provided. Fans can purchase parking on game day for $10 in lots SC1, SB2, SB7, SB8, ME1, GR5, inner campus (University Avenue and Wiggins Way) and the Sun Bowl Parking Garage.

For more information on UTEP Football Preferred Parking, click here, call (915) 747-8759 or email mac@utep.edu.

Fans can renew their UTEP Football Season Tickets now through April 10, or can request new season tickets by going online, calling (915) 747-6150 or by emailing seasontickets@utep.edu.

Thirty-Three UTEP Student Athletes set to graduate

Thirty-three current and former student-athletes will graduate from the University of Texas at El Paso this weekend.

The Miner football program leads the way with seven graduates, followed by softball and women’s track & field (six each), and soccer, men’s track & field and volleyball (three each).  The men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, rifle and tennis programs have one graduate apiece.

The graduation list includes representatives from Alaska (Alan Busey & Kacey Duffield), The Bahamas (Dreshanae Rolle), Barbados (Kyle Farrell), Canada (Niki Cebak, Ashley Grzebeniak, Payton Ross & Julia Wright), Kenya (Linda Cheruiyot & Winny Koech), Mexico (Aaron Terrazas), The Netherlands (Yvette van Oijen), Nigeria (Rebecca Oshinbanjo) and the United Kingdom (Lily Downs).

Also graduating are El Paso natives Briana Arellano, Markos Lujan, Isaiah Rhyanes and David Rivera.

Cheruiyot and Koech are past recipients of the Conference USA Cross Country Athlete of the Year Award.  Duffield was a first team All-Conference USA honoree for UTEP Softball.  Downs and Terrazas are two of the most decorated performers in UTEP women’s and men’s golf history, respectively.  Soccer’s Alyssa Palacios and Ross are school record-holders.

Twenty-six of the 33 graduates have earned placement on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 grade point average) during their college careers.

Thirteen have been recipients of C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medals (minimum 3.75 GPA) including softball’s Mariah Ellis, soccer’s Kori Lewis and track & field’s Austin Ondijo, who have each been awarded three academic medals during their time at UTEP.

December 2019 UTEP Student-Athlete Graduates

Briana Arellano (Volleyball) – El Paso, Texas

Recorded 418 kills and 619 digs in her career … three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … two-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal … was awarded the C-USA Spirit of Service Award for her efforts in the El Paso community … Biology major.

Alan Busey (Football) – Anchorage, Alaska

Played in 23 games for the Miners … had 23 catches for 298 yards and a touchdown …  one-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

Niki Cebak (Volleyball) – Airdrie, Alberta, Canada

Recorded 449 digs and 39 service aces in her career … three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Criminal Justice major.

Cierra Chenault (Track & Field) – Alamogordo, N.M.

Placed fourth in the hammer throw and fifth in the high jump at the 2019 Springtime meet … tossed a season-high 12.42m in the shot put at the 2019 C-USA Championships … three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Political Science major.

Linda Cheruiyot (Track & Field) – Metkei, Kenya

Named the 2018 Conference USA Cross Country Athlete of the Year … appointed to the 2018 All-C-USA first team … claimed the individual title at the 2018 C-USA Cross Country Championships … part of the Miners’ 2018 C-USA Championship team … one-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Kinesiology major.

 

Camryn Curtis-Dozier (Football) – Houston, Texas

Played two seasons at Benedictine Junior College before bolstering the depth in the Miners’ receiving corps … one-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … one-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal … Mechanical Engineering major.

Lily Downs (Women’s Golf) –Kirklevington, Yarm, United Kingdom

Three-time MVP for the Miner women’s golf team … third team All-Conference USA as a senior … posted 18 top-10 finishes in her career with a championship at the Lady Red Wolf Classic her sophomore year … three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Entrepreneurship major.

Kacey Duffield (Softball) – Fairbanks, Alaska

Registered the fifth best slugging percentage in a career at UTEP, and the third-highest fielding percentage in a season during her senior year … named first team All-Conference USA as a senior … two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … two-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

Mariah Ellis (Softball) – Los Angeles, Calif.

Recorded 22 hits and 19 RBI in her two seasons with UTEP Softball … three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … three-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal … Digital Media Production major.

Kyle Farrell (Track & Field) – Bridgetown, Barbados

Finished in second place in the 200m at the Texas A&M Triangular … member of the 4x100m relay that took third at the Don Kirby Tailwind … two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … two-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

Madison Gibson (Track & Field) – Pflugerville, Texas

Posted a pair of first-place finishes at the Don Kirby Tailwind in the 400m and 4×100 relay … captured gold in the 4×100 relay at the 2017 C-USA Championships … member of the Miners’ first C-USA Outdoor Championship team in 2017 … three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Biology major.

 

Ashley Grzebeniak (Volleyball) – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Amassed over 290 kills and 480 digs in her career … produced 60 blocks and 22 service aces … four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … one-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal … Kinesiology major.

Ruben Guerra (Football) – Bakersfield, Calif.

Saw action in 25 games for the Miners on the offensive line, while making 20 starts over a four-year span … one-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Management major.

Bijan Hosseini (Football) – Upland, Calif.

Saw action in 18 games for the Miners on the offensive line, while making six starts over the course of three seasons … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

Brandon Jones (Football) – Bakersfield, Calif.

Battled through injuries to play in 12 games in his two seasons as a Miner, while starting six games at quarterback … was 89-of-172 passing with 1,301 yards and six touchdowns … also had three rushing touchdowns in his career … led the Miners to a season-opening victory over Houston Baptist in 2019 … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Winny Koech (Track & Field) – Iten, Kenya

Member of UTEP’s 2018 C-USA Cross Country Championship team … named a 2017 first team All-American … honored as the 2016 C-USA Cross Country Athlete of the Year … three-time All-C-USA first team honoree … 2016 C-USA Cross Country individual champion … 2016 C-USA Cross Country Freshman of the Meet … three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Criminal Justice major.

Kori Lewis (Soccer) – Avondale, Ariz.

Four-year starter on defense … played in 67 career games, including 64 starts, and helped the team qualify for the 2019 C-USA Championships … three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … three-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal … Accounting major.

Markos Lujan (Football) – El Paso, Texas

Played in 21 games on the offensive line over the course of his UTEP career … made a total of 12 starts, including 11 games during the 2018 season … Kinesiology major.

Kira McKechnie (Softball) – Sacramento, Calif.

Held opponents to the second-lowest batting average (.239) in UTEP history in 2019 … contributed to UTEP Softball’s sixth no-hitter in 2018 … amassed over 180 strikeouts in the circle … two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

Austin Ondijo (Track & Field) – Mansfield, Texas

Earned a fifth-place finish in the high jump at the 2019 New Mexico Classic indoors … claimed second place in the high jump at the 2019 UTEP Springtime … three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … three-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal … Forensic Science major.

 

Rebecca Oshinbanjo (Track & Field) – Lagos, Nigeria

Named third-team All-C-USA in the 60m hurdles in 2017 … finished fifth in the 60m hurdles at the 2019 C-USA Indoor Championships … member of the Miners’ 2017 Outdoor C-USA Championship team, the first in program history .. four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … one-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal … Economics major.

Alyssa Palacios (Soccer) – Carrollton, Texas

Four-year starter who set the school record for career shutouts (21) while ranking second in save percentage (.825) and total saves (406) and third in GK wins (37) … All-Conference honoree in 2016 … three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

Isaiah Rhyanes (Men’s Basketball) – El Paso, Texas

Fan favorite who threw down a thunderous dunk for his first collegiate points against Eastern New Mexico on Nov. 15 … two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

David Rivera (Track & Field) – El Paso, Texas

Registered a personal-best time (1:00.62) in the 400m hurdles at the 2019 Texas A&M Invitational … competed at four events in the 110m hurdles during the 2019 outdoor season … two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … two-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal … Biology major.

 

Dreshanae Rolle (Track & Field) – Nassau, Bahamas

Member of the Miners’ first Outdoor C-USA Championship team in 2017 … named second team All-C-USA in the 400m outdoors in 2018 … opened the 2018 outdoor season by winning the 4x400m relay at the UTEP Springtime meet … posted a personal best in the 400m hurdles at the 2019 NCAA West Preliminaries … one-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

Payton Ross (Soccer) – Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Four-year starter on defense who set the school record for career minutes played (7425) by a Miner field player … started every game (80) of her playing career … three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … one-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal … Kinesiology major.

Mara Rouse (Rifle) – Oak Harbor, Wash.

Averaging an 1140 aggregate, with career highs of 579 in smallbore and 591 in air rifle … one-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Psychology major.

 

Cortney Smith (Softball) – Moreno Valley, Calif.

Hit the fourth-most homers in program history with 31, including 14 during her senior season … had the second-most assists in a career by a Miner, and fielded the third-most double plays in UTEP history … one-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Health Promotion major.

Jamar Smith (Football) – Lyons, Ga.

Saw action in every game at linebacker during his two seasons as a Miner, while also making 11 starts on defense … recorded 114 tackles (59 solo), 7.5 tackles for losses (17 yards) and a pair of forced fumbles … added a fumble recovery, two passes defended and an interception … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

Lindsey Sokoloski (Softball) – Magnolia, Texas

Ranked No. 1 in the nation in 2017 as the toughest player to strike out, fanning just once in 136 at bats … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

Aaron Terrazas (Men’s Golf) – Mexico City, Mexico

2017 All-Conference USA First Team selection … 2019 All-Conference USA Second Team choice … played in 30 tournaments for the Miners in three seasons … posted a 72.1 scoring average over 88 rounds, including a career-low 65 as a senior … shot a career-best 15-under-par with a three-round total of 201 in his final season … achieved nine top-10 finishes overall … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

Yvette van Oijen (Tennis) – Nijmegen, Netherlands

Recorded a combined 20 victories, including clinching UTEP’s first C-USA win in three years versus UTSA during the 2019 season … one-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … one-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal … Graduating with a Masters in Communication.

Julia Wright (Softball) – Langley, British Columbia, Canada

The fifth-winningest pitcher in UTEP history with 18 victories, while ranking second in saves with five … two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … one-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

UTEP Athletics to participate in C-USA “Green Out Games” in support of Mental Wellness

Nine UTEP Athletics teams will take part in the Conference USA “Green Out Games” initiative.  Miner student-athletes will wear green shoe laces at the athletic contests listed below to support mental wellness.

“Green Out games are important to spread awareness and we want people to understand that mental health is an important issue,” said UTEP SAAC President and football student-athlete Deaumonjae (D.J.) Banks.  “It’s a struggle that people tend to keep to themselves and we want them to know that they’re not alone.  We want everyone to feel comfortable talking about what’s going on no matter the situation, and we want them to know that there are people out there who care.”

Millions of people in the United States are affected by mental illness each year.  One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year.  One in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year.  One in six U.S. youth ages 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year.  Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people ages 10-34.

The “Green Out Games” initiative is a collaboration between Conference USA and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at each school.

UTEP Athletics 2019-20 “Green Out Games” Schedule

Soccer – Nov. 1 vs. UTSA

Volleyball – Nov. 8 vs. Middle Tennessee

Football – Nov. 30 vs. Rice

Women’s Basketball – Jan. 4 vs. Florida Atlantic

Men’s Basketball – Jan. 11 vs. LA Tech

Rifle – Jan. 31 vs. Jacksonville State

Tennis – Feb. 2 vs. New Mexico

Track & Field – April 4 Springtime Meet

Softball – April 10 vs. UTSA

GECU inks exclusive partnership with UTEP Athletics

On Thursday, officials with UTEP Athletics announced that GECU reached an agreement with Van Wagner to serve as the exclusive credit union for UTEP Athletics.

The sponsorship package is the largest in the history of the UTEP athletic program.

“We are delighted to have GECU as our official credit union,” said Jim Senter, UTEP Director of Athletics.  “We are most appreciative of their collaboration and support.  They have made a huge impact in El Paso and we feel like our two organizations will continue to forge a win/win relationship that benefits UTEP and this community for years to come.”

Under the new agreement, the PickAxe Rewards credit card will continue to be available to GECU members.

“GECU is proud to announce that we are the official credit union of UTEP Athletics! This is an outstanding opportunity to continue our long-standing relationship with UTEP and we are thrilled to bring innovative ideas to create an unforgettable experience for our community. Our collaboration with UTEP has been ongoing for many years and we are passionate about the future of UTEP athletics,” said Crystal Long, President and CEO of GECU.

GECU will also continue to be a pillar partner for all Miner Athletics meaning their support of the program puts them amongst the most significant in all of UTEP.

“GECU has been an unbelievable sponsor of UTEP over the years,” said Ben Burke, Vice President for Van Wagner.  “The entire team at Van Wagner is thrilled that we got to be a part of growing this relationship to new heights.  Crystal Long and her team have been outstanding and we look forward to many years with our new Official Credit Union.”

In April of 2018, GECU collaborated with UTEP Athletics on a vision for the future of the Sun Bowl Stadium.  Construction is currently underway, with the GECU Terrace scheduled to open its doors in time for the 2020 football season.

Located directly beneath the press box, the GECU Terrace will feature club seats, loge boxes and outdoor cantinas.

GECU Terrace will be a collaborative place for families to gather year-round to support UTEP, and will also impact the lives of community members through GECU’s financial education and free tax preparation initiatives.

UTEP Athletics, UTEP Alumni Association partner for Pickaxe Tailgate Parties

UTEP Athletics and the UTEP Alumni Association have renewed their partnership to bring back a re-branded and re-imagined tailgate experience for Miner fans prior to every 2019 UTEP football home game.

“With football season right around the corner, we are thrilled to once again partner with UTEP Athletics for the UTEP Alumni/Athletics Tailgates,” said Maribel Villalva, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations.

“These tailgates, newly rebranded as the ‘Pickaxe Tailgate Parties,’ continue to grow every year and are easily the biggest UTEP tailgates in El Paso. We love that we can host Miner fans, families, students and our proud alumni on Kidd Field, just steps away from Sun Bowl Stadium. Our tailgates are a great way to engage the UTEP community and celebrate the Miner Spirit that unites us. We invite everyone to begin their football game experience with us on Kidd Field. We’ll provide the food and the entertainment. You just need to bring the Miner Pride.”

The relaunched “Pickaxe Tailgate Parties” will be held three and a half hours prior to kickoff (2:30 p.m.) on Kidd Field for the 6 p.m. home games, beginning on Aug. 31 before the Miners take the field to battle Houston Baptist in their season opener.

The “Pickaxe Tailgate Parties” will take place three hours prior to kickoff (10 a.m.) on Kidd Field for the Miners’ 1 p.m. November home games.

“We’re excited about collaborating with the UTEP Alumni Association this fall to provide a premier tailgating experience for all Miner fans,” said Director of Athletics Jim Senter. “The ‘Pickaxe Tailgate Parties’ provide the perfect opportunity to have a great time with your friends and family while getting fired up for every UTEP home game!”

Fans can enjoy a hearty catered meal, soft drinks, two beers, entertainment and a pep rally. Beer is available for patrons 21 years of age and older, and wine will be sold separately.

The “Pickaxe Tailgate Parties” offer enjoyment for the whole family, including a Mini-Miners play area for youth and a cash bar for adults.

Tailgate packages are on sale online through Aug. 28 and in-person through Aug. 31. Season prices are $70 for students/youth (5-20 years old), $80 for UTEP Alumni Association/Miner Athletic Club members, and $90 for the general public.

Fans who purchase the season package will receive a 2019 tailgate t-shirt. Single-game tailgate tickets are $20. Pre-purchased tickets are highly encouraged.

On-site tickets are not guaranteed and will be limited to the first 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for the Homecoming tailgate (Oct. 5) will not be available on-site.

Football game tickets are not included, but are available for purchase by calling (915) 747-6150. For more information on the Pickaxe Tailgate Parties, please call (915) 747-8600, email tailgate@utep.edu or visit the tailgate website.

UTEP Athletics Launches “Plant Your Pick” Campaign

UTEP Athletics and the Miner Athletic Club announced a new fundraising campaign on Tuesday focused on growing the number of donors as well as a way to increase current giving.

The “Plant Your Pick” initiative will aid in the Department’s goal of having the most donors in Conference USA. It will also help to grow revenue, drive fan engagement and allow UTEP supporters the opportunity to show their Miner Pride.

“UTEP Athletics is on a mission to become the preeminent program in Conference USA.  Every Person Makes A Difference #EPMAD, and the Miners need the support of all fans to achieve this goal,” Director of Athletics Jim Senter said.

Fans can participate in the “Plant Your Pick” campaign by making a minimum contribution of $50 to the Miner Athletic Club. As a thank you for their donation, each fan will receive a custom 3’ x 5’ flag, perfect for display at their house or tailgate party.

The flag proudly displays the iconic UTEP “pickaxe” on a Miner Orange background. Donors who have already made a gift of $50 or more during 2018 will automatically receive a flag. Should current donors wish to receive a second flag, they can do so by making an additional donation of at least $50.

Now, more than ever, Miner fans are being asked to step forward and be a difference-maker for UTEP Athletics. By participating in the “Plant Your Pick” campaign, fans are helping to support over 300 UTEP student-athletes. Also, every contribution helps to offset scholarship costs which allows UTEP Athletics to reinvest in and enhance its 16 sports programs.

Senter added, “Donating to the Miner Athletic Club is a great way to make a difference in the lives of our student-athletes and now, with the introduction of the ‘Plant Your Pick’ campaign, you can show that you’re on board for an exciting new era of UTEP Athletics.”

As an added benefit for taking part in the “Plant Your Pick” campaign, fans earn Miner Priority Points – two points for every $50 donated.

Fans who take part in “Plant Your Pick” are also encouraged to show their Miner Pride on social media. By taking a picture or video with their flag, and then posting to Twitter or Facebook, they will be entered into weekly prize drawings. When posting to social media, fans should use the hashtag #PlantYourPick, as well as tag the Miner Athletic Club – either @UTEP_MAC on Twitter or @MinerAthleticClub on Facebook.

For more information on the “Plant Your Pick” campaign, please visit www.PlantYourPick.com, or contact the Miner Athletic Club by phone (915-747-8759) or email (mac@utep.edu).

UTEP Wants You! Application Period Now Open for Inaugural Fan Council

Director of Athletics Jim Senter announced that the application process has begun for UTEP Athletics’ inaugural Fan Council.

“During our Town Hall meetings this spring, we have gotten tremendous feedback on how we can make our fan experience better,” Senter said. 

“The primary purpose of the Fan Council will be to continue evaluating game day for all sports, make recommendations, and work alongside our department to implement these suggestions.  We’re excited to hear from our most ardent supporters and give them a voice in the future of UTEP Athletics, because Every Person Makes a Difference!  #EPMAD”

Applications will be accepted from now through May 18 online.  The council will be composed of 30 individuals, representing different constituents and perspectives, on one, two and three-year terms. 

Council members will be selected in late May, with meetings to be held quarterly starting in June.

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