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TCM Day Celebrates UTEP’s Longest-Running Campus Tradition

The College of Engineering will celebrate UTEP’s longest running tradition, TCM Day, on March 24, 2017. The tradition began in 1920 when UTEP was still known as the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy. TCM is an annual rite of passage for engineering and geology students to be initiated into the Order of St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers.

Students, faculty and staff from all colleges and disciplines are invited to participate in TCM Day activities, including the Team Mining Challenge. Those who complete every element of TCM Day will earn their official TCM Day green card and a TCM T-shirt.

The festivities start with participants signing in at 7:30 a.m. in Magoffin Auditorium. Participants are asked to bring $10 and a canned food item for the UTEP Food Pantry.

The day begins with the coming of St. Pat, a theatrical production where a senior engineering student, as voted by the Engineering Leadership Council, dresses up as their representation of St. Patrick.

Next, a simulated dynamite blast will take place to reenact how miners used dynamite to blow holes in mines. This will be followed by singing the traditional Mining song.

After a quick break, Miners will whitewash the “M” on the mountain off Sun Bowl Drive, a tradition that dates back to 1923.

The Alpha Phi Omega (APO) engineering fraternity will conduct an award ceremony in honor of their members. The APO fraternity was founded in 1919 at the Texas College of Mines as a social fraternity for engineering and geology students with a commitment to UTEP and the community. Those APO members started many of the traditions that are still around today.

After the awards ceremony, Miners will participate in the Team Mining Challenge, which will take them throughout the campus and end at the Engineering Building.  Upon completing the challenge, participants will run through the long green line and kiss the famous Blarney Stone. The first place team will win $500.

For more information and to register for the event, visit tcm.utep.edu.

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