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UTEP Celebrates a Week of Miner Pride for Homecoming 2018

The University of Texas at El Paso will have a lot to sing about during Homecoming week, which started last Friday and concludes Saturday, October 6.

This year’s Homecoming celebration will incorporate the student-selected theme – “Musicals” – paying homage to melodious sensations of the stage and screen from past and present.

“Homecoming is definitely our favorite time of year,”said Maribel Villalva, UTEP assistant vice president for alumni relations. “We can’t wait for our alumni – as well as the El Paso community – to come to the UTEP campus and help us celebrate this great University.”

Homecoming activities and events throughout the week are organized to welcome alumni and friends back to campus, engage students and celebrate Miner pride.

UTEP students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to come out and show what it means to be a Miner at noon Thursday, October 4 at Centennial Plaza.  The Homecoming Pep Rally will feature performances from the UTEP marching band, cheerleaders and Golddiggers dance team, fun giveaways and special guests.

The first 500 attendees will receive an ice-cold beverage and frozen dessert. After the pep rally, the entertainment continues with inflatables and a fun competition between Team Orange and Team Blue. Watch UTEP faculty and staff challenge students.

The 2018 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni and Gold Nugget Award will be recognizedat the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 5, hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations at the Don Haskins Center. For ticket information, call 915-747-6361 or visit the alumni website.

On Saturday, October 6, the Office of Alumni Relations together with the Miner Athletic Club will host what they are calling “the biggest tailgate in town” from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at Kidd Field. For ticket information, visit the alumni tailgate page.

The Homecoming celebration will be capped off that night with the football game between the Miners and the University of North Texas Mean Green at 5:30 p.m. in Sun Bowl Stadium.

Inner campus tailgates may start at 2 p.m. while tailgating in outer lots may begin at 8 a.m. For more information on tailgating rules and regulations, visit tailgate rules webpage.

“We will have so many great events throughout the week, culminating in the Homecoming football game at the Sun Bowl,” Villalva said. “Homecoming is also UTEP’s opportunity to thank its alumni for their support and to showcase a talented group of individuals who are being honored as the 2018 Distinguished Alumni and Gold Nuggets. This group of alumni represent the excellence that UTEP bestows. We look forward to connecting the past and the present and to including our current students in this yearly celebration.”

Author:  Christina Rodriguez – UTEP Communications

El Paso ISD Educator Crowned UTEP Homecoming Queen

The University of Texas at El Paso has a new homecoming queen, and her majesty has close ties to EPISD.

Melissa Melendez, the El Paso Independent School District’s assistant director of staff development, was crowned Ms. UTEP in front of a large crowd of students and supports on Sunday night.

Ms. UTEP is the equivalent of homecoming queen at the university.

Melendez’s selection was a non-traditional one — the mother of three is a doctoral candidate in the College of Education and a seasoned educator who began her teaching career at Richardson Middle School in 2005.

She competed against 20 other UTEP students, most of whom are in their late teens or early 20s.

However, Melendez said she decided to compete to show that university life at a school like UTEP includes students of all ages and professional backgrounds.

As Ms. UTEP, Melendez will participate in the weeklong homecoming festivities that include a parade, galas and – of course – the homecoming game between the Miners and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

UTEP Homecoming Parade Takes Miner Pride Out to the Community

The University of Texas at El Paso invites the community to celebrate Homecoming with a Miner flare at the annual Homecoming Parade. The parade is free and open to the public.

New to this year’s parade is the partnership between UTEP and the nearby elementary schools Mesita Elementary and Mesita Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) at Vilas. The partnership was established to encourage community participation in the parade as well as give elementary school children the opportunity to partner with UTEP students to inspire them to be college minded.

“This year’s parade will have a new route and a new time, but one of the most exciting changes is the inclusion of students from Mesita Elementary and Mesita ECDC at Vilas,” said Maribel Villalva, assistant vice president for alumni relations at UTEP. “The young children wearing their ‘Future Miners’ T-shirts will march alongside current UTEP students. We have so many wonderful community partners and we want to celebrate the great relationship with the local schools. What better way to engage our youth than to ask them to be a part of the UTEP festivities?”

“We are so very excited to be involved in such a wonderful event,” said Laila Ferris, principal at Mesita Elementary School and Mesita ECDC at Vilas. “It is an amazing opportunity to be a part of UTEP in this way with our future Miners!”

Highlights of the parade include the UTEP marching band and cheerleaders, athlete appearances and creative floats inspired by the Homecoming theme, Pete’s Arcade.

The new parade route will start at Mesita ECDC at Vilas on Lawton Drive, continue on Schuster Avenue and Randolph Drive to Hawthorne Street and onto the UTEP campus. The route concludes at Centennial Plaza.

The Homecoming Pep Rally will immediately follow the parade at 3 p.m. in Centennial Plaza.

What: UTEP Homecoming Parade

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

Where: Starts at Mesita Early Childhood Development Center at Vilas, 220 Lawton Drive, and ends at Centennial Plaza on the UTEP campus

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