With Monday being first day of classes for the Fall 2018 semester at The University of Texas at El Paso, campus official have many activities planned for the first week of school, all under the annual Miner Welcome Week.
The Miner Welcome is five days of events and activities planned by the Student Engagement and Leadership Center.
Themed events are planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Centennial Plaza. The week will culminate with Minerpalooza from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, August 31 at Glory Road and Sun Bowl Drive.
Here are a few highlights:
Monday, August 27: Float Into the New Year. Students can enjoy free root beer floats while entertaining themselves by sliding down inflatable slides and chairs.
Tuesday, August 28: Meet the Greeks. Students can learn about fraternity and sorority life. There also will be arcade and field games, a tie-dye and T-shirt station, and because it’s Tuesday, eat some tacos.
Wednesday and Thursday, August 29-30: Discover the UTEP Edge. The UTEP Edge fosters lifelong success for every student by way of dedicated curricular and co-curricular programming that encourages students to develop their talents and strengths through a variety of high-impact experiences created and delivered by faculty, staff, alumni and community partners.
Students can discover the many experiences on campus that will help them gain a competitive edge by developing key skills that prepare them for leadership positions and lifelong success. Free waffles will be provided. Learn more at www.utep.edu/edge.
Friday, August 31: Minerpalooza. The 28th edition of Minerpalooza – UTEP’s most anticipated celebration – includes live music, carnival activities and food trucks from all across El Paso. Former “Jersey Shore” cast member DJ Pauly D will headline the event with support from Drake Bell, Orange Calderon and local group Volta. Learn more at www.minerpalooza.com.
Who says you need a college visit to see a campus? UTEP’s interactive campus map makes it possible to explore UTEP from anywhere in the world. It works on your desktop or mobile device, providing visitors and students with a bird’s-eye view of all the buildings on campus as well as parking locations, dining facilities, Miner Metro shuttle routes and more.
UTEP students can open the campus map and view academic buildings, athletic and entertainment venues in 360 panoramas.
Homecoming 2018 will take place September 30 to October 7 with a number of events planned for the entire week, including the Golden Grads Reunion Weekend featuring the Class of 1968 at various locations, the Homecoming Pep Rally at noon on Thursday, October 4 and the Homecoming football game vs. North Texas on October 6.