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The University of Texas at El PasoUniversity of Texas at El Paso_table_caption_0
MottoUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_0_0 Scientia et HumanitasUniversity of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_0_1
Motto in EnglishUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_1_0 Knowledge and Liberal EducationUniversity of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_1_1
TypeUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_2_0 PublicUniversity of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_2_1
EstablishedUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_3_0 September 28, 1914; 106 years ago (1914-09-28)University of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_3_1
Parent institutionUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_4_0 University of Texas SystemUniversity of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_4_1
Academic affiliationsUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_5_0 APLUUniversity of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_5_1
EndowmentUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_6_0 $241.7 million (Fall 2017)University of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_6_1
PresidentUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_7_0 Heather WilsonUniversity of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_7_1
Academic staffUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_8_0 1,303 (Fall 2016)University of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_8_1
Administrative staffUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_9_0 1,519University of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_9_1
StudentsUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_10_0 25,151University of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_10_1
UndergraduatesUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_11_0 21,341University of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_11_1
PostgraduatesUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_12_0 3,810University of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_12_1
LocationUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_13_0 El Paso, Texas, United StatesUniversity of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_13_1
CampusUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_14_0 Urban, 366 acres (1.48 km)University of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_14_1
ColorsUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_15_0 Orange, Dark Blue, and Silver AccentUniversity of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_15_1
NicknameUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_16_0 MinersUniversity of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_16_1
Sporting affiliationsUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_17_0 NCAA Division I FBSC-USAUniversity of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_17_1
MascotUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_18_0 Paydirt PeteUniversity of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_18_1
WebsiteUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_0_19_0 University of Texas at El Paso_cell_0_19_1

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is a public research university in El Paso, Texas. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_0

It is a member of the University of Texas System. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_1

UTEP is the second-largest university in the United States to have a majority Mexican American student population (about 80%) after the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_2

It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity." University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_3

The university's School of Engineering is the nation's top producer of Hispanic engineers with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_4

UTEP is home to the Sun Bowl stadium, which hosts the annual college football competition the Sun Bowl every winter. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_5

The campus is one of the few places in the world outside of Bhutan or Tibet to have buildings created with the Dzong architectural style. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_6

It sits on hillsides overlooking the Rio Grande river, with Ciudad Juárez in view across the Mexico–United States border. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_7

History University of Texas at El Paso_section_0

Early history University of Texas at El Paso_section_1

On April 16, 1913, SB 183 was signed by the Texas governor allocating funding for a new educational institution which would later become UTEP, making it the second oldest academic institution in the University of Texas system. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_8

The school officially opened on September 28, 1914, with 27 students in buildings belonging to the former El Paso Military Institute on a site adjacent to Fort Bliss on the Lanoria Mesa. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_9

The school was founded in 1913 as the State School of Mines and Metallurgy, and a practice mineshaft survives on the campus. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_10

By 1916, enrollment had grown to 39 students, including its first two female students, Ruth Brown and Grace Odell. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_11

On October 29, 1916, a devastating fire destroyed the main building of the school, prompting its relocation. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_12

In 1917, the new school facility was constructed on its present site above Mundy Heights at the Paso del Norte, with the land donated by several El Paso residents. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_13

In a period when United States architects were designing in styles adopted especially from Europe, Kathleen Worrell, wife of the university's dean, was attracted by photographs of the Kingdom of Bhutan in a 1914 issue of National Geographic magazine, which showed the dzong architecture style of its Buddhist monasteries. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_14

The resemblances between the local terrain and mountainous features of Bhutan inspired her to propose designing early buildings of the mining school in the dzong style. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_15

Liking its distinctiveness, administrations have continued to choose that style for additional facilities, including the Sun Bowl football stadium and parking garages. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_16

Dzong architecture has characteristics such as sloping sides, markedly overhanging roofs, and bands of colored decoration. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_17

The University of Texas Board of Regents changed the name of the institution in 1919 first to the Department of Mines and Metallurgy and then to the College of Mines and Metallurgy of the University of Texas (TCM) in 1920. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_18

The school's name was changed again in 1949 to Texas Western College of The University of Texas (TWC). University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_19

Notable events at UTEP include the training in 1961 of the nation's first Peace Corps class, the construction of Sun Bowl Stadium in 1963, and the winning of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Tournament. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_20

The University of Texas at El Paso University of Texas at El Paso_section_2

When the 60th Texas State Legislature designated the University of Texas as The University of Texas System in 1967, the name of the school was changed to The University of Texas at El Paso. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_21

While the 1967 law designated "U.T. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_22

El Paso" as the school's official abbreviated name, the school is more commonly referred to by its trademarked name of "UTEP". University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_23

Known as the Miners since the school's opening in 1914, TCM's students painted a large "M" for Miners on the Franklin Mountains in 1923; this was later moved to a site adjacent to the Sun Bowl Stadium in the 1960s where it remains today. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_24

The school has had achievements in academic and sports areas. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_25

In 1969, UTEP won the first of seven NCAA Men's Cross Country Championships. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_26

In 1974, UTEP's first doctoral degree program in Geological Sciences was approved. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_27

Also in 1974, UTEP won the first of seven NCAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_28

In 1975 UTEP won both the NCAA Men's Outdoor and Indoor National Championships. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_29

UTEP is only one of a handful of universities to win at least 21 NCAA national championships in multiple sports. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_30

The campus expanded in 1976 with the completion of the Engineering-Science Complex. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_31

That same year, the College of Nursing was founded. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_32

In 1977, the Special Events Center (now the Don Haskins Center) was built, featuring a 12,000-seat capacity for sporting events, live concerts, and other performances. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_33

An expansion of Sun Bowl Stadium followed in 1982, increasing its capacity to 52,000. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_34

The six-story University Library opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1984. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_35

In 1988, Diana Natalicio became UTEP's first woman president. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_36

When she stepped down in August 2019, she was the longest-serving sitting president of a major public research university. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_37

In 1989, UTEP's second doctoral program was approved (in electrical engineering). University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_38

Doctoral programs in computer engineering, psychology, and environmental science and engineering followed in 1991, 1993, and 1995, respectively. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_39

The university's cooperative pharmacy and nursing doctorate programs began in 1996 and 2000, respectively. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_40

A biological sciences doctorate program was started in 1997 and a history doctorate followed in 1999. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_41

Doctoral programs in international business, civil engineering, and rhetoric and composition were started in 2003. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_42

In 1999, UTEP launched its MBA online degree program. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_43

It was designated as a Comprehensive Doctoral/Research-Intensive University by the Carnegie Foundation the following year. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_44

In 2002, the $11 million Larry K. Durham Sports Center opened and the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies was established. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_45

The Academic Services and Biosciences buildings as well as the Engineering-Science complex in 2003. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_46

UTEP celebrated its 90th anniversary the next year with the Miners football team going to the Houston Bowl, and the men's basketball team made its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_47

In August 2019, Heather Wilson, Ph.D., became UTEP's 11th president. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_48

She previously served as the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_49

Academics and research University of Texas at El Paso_section_3

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University rankingsUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_1_0_0
NationalUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_1_1_0
ARWUUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_1_2_0 155-175University of Texas at El Paso_cell_1_2_1
ForbesUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_1_3_0 606University of Texas at El Paso_cell_1_3_1
THE/WSJUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_1_4_0 401-500University of Texas at El Paso_cell_1_4_1
U.S. News & World ReportUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_1_5_0 298-389University of Texas at El Paso_cell_1_5_1
Washington MonthlyUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_1_6_0 112University of Texas at El Paso_cell_1_6_1
GlobalUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_1_7_0
ARWUUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_1_8_0 601-700University of Texas at El Paso_cell_1_8_1
THEUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_1_9_0 801-1000University of Texas at El Paso_cell_1_9_1
U.S. News & World ReportUniversity of Texas at El Paso_header_cell_1_10_0 799University of Texas at El Paso_cell_1_10_1

The University of Texas at El Paso is subdivided into eight colleges and schools, each of which offers a variety of degree programs including undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_50

UTEP offers 74 undergraduate degrees, 76 master's-level degrees, and 22 doctoral degrees. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_51

UTEP follows a semester system with a spring, summer, and fall semester annually, along with a shorter wintermester in the month of January. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_52

UTEP offers the USA's only bilingual M.F.A. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_53

creative writing program. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_54

The university's research expenditure in fiscal year 2018 was $91 million. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_55

UTEP is classified as an "R1: Research University (Highest research activity)" in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_56

The National Science Foundation has designated UTEP as a Model Institution for Excellence, one of only six in the country. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_57

UTEP is one of only 11 universities nationwide to receive a $5 million Teachers for a New Era (TNE) research grant from the Carnegie Corporation. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_58

Hispanic Business magazine has twice ranked UTEP as the number one graduate engineering school for Hispanics. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_59

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering has called UTEP "a model for other engineering institutions who say that today's minority young people from low-income families can't succeed in a rigorous math- or science-based discipline." University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_60

In November 2012, it was announced Igor C. Almeida, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences at UTEP, had developed a fully protective vaccine against Chagas disease. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_61

UTEP also holds the rights to a patent (# 5,798,392) for the use of methanesulfonyl fluoride (MSF) as a central nervous system selective cholinesterase inhibitor for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease developed by Donald E. Moss Ph.D., in the department of psychology. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_62

A Phase I human clinical trial of MSF as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease was recently successfully completed in Germany. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_63

UTEP's art gallery, The Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, specializes on site-specific art installations and exhibitions by renowned artists, which have included in the past Teresa Margolles, Tania Candiani, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_64

Under the leadership of its current director, Kerry Doyle, the Rubin Center has been recognized with grants and awards by The , The National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Lannan Foundation, The Leonard Nimoy Foundation, and others. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_65

Campus architecture University of Texas at El Paso_section_4

In 1916, only two years after the school opened, the original campus buildings were destroyed in a fire. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_66

The school was rebuilt on its present site in 1917. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_67

Kathleen Worrell, wife of the school's first dean Steve H. Worrell, had seen pictures of Bhutanese buildings in an April 1914 issue of National Geographic. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_68

Noting the similarity of mountainous Bhutan (which is in the Himalayas) to the location of the campus, she suggested the new buildings be in the style of Bhutanese dzongs (monastic fortresses), with massive sloping walls and overhanging roofs. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_69

This idea was enthusiastically accepted by all. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_70

Prominent El Paso architect Henry Trost designed the first four buildings. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_71

All buildings since then have followed this style, including a fifth by Trost in 1920, and three more by his firm in 1933–1937. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_72

While the early structures only copied the general appearance of a dzong, recent buildings incorporate internal elements of the dzong form as well. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_73

The kingdom of Bhutan has honored UTEP's adoption of their country's style. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_74

Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuk has visited the campus, and in 2009 the Kingdom presented UTEP with a hand-carved wooden temple to be erected on the campus. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_75

The Himalayan style of UTEP's campus made it an appropriate site for the Chenrezig Himalayan Cultural Center of El Paso, a Tibetan Buddhist facility. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_76

School colors and logo University of Texas at El Paso_section_5

Since the school was established as a department of the main branch of the University of Texas at Austin, the school's colors were originally orange and white. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_77

However, in the early 1980s, Columbia blue was added so now the official colors are orange, white, and blue. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_78

When the new UTEP athletic department logo was introduced in the fall of 1999, a darker hue of blue was incorporated into the logo, as well as a silver accent to go with the customary orange. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_79

Athletics University of Texas at El Paso_section_6

Main article: UTEP Miners University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_80

UTEP was the first college in the American South to integrate its intercollegiate sports programs. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_81

This change was made in the 1950s. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_82

When Don Haskins became basketball coach in 1961, he aggressively recruited black players. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_83

In 1966, Haskins' Miners won the NCAA basketball championship, defeating an all-white Kentucky team in the final game. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_84

In 1966, at a time when many claimed black players lacked the mental and emotional "necessities" to compete at a high level, the UTEP Miners coach Don Haskins put his usual starting players in the Championship game. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_85

They were the first all-black team to start in a game at that level – and to win. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_86

This story was retold in Haskins' autobiography Glory Road (2005) and in the 2006 film Glory Road. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_87

Haskins coached his entire career at UTEP and compiled a 719–353 record with only five losing seasons. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_88

He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997, and the special events center was renamed the Don Haskins Center. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_89

He retired from coaching in 1999, and died in 2008. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_90

The entire 1966 UTEP team was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_91

In 1968, the UTEP Track and Field program revoked the scholarships of eight black athletes after they boycotted a meet at Brigham Young University in protest of perceived racism at BYU and in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of the era. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_92

This included future Gold Medal winner and world record long jump holder Bob Beamon, who would briefly return to the school after the incident but not graduate. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_93

The coach at the time later regretted his actions, and felt that he and the school acted hastily. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_94

UTEP's sports programs have won a total of 21 NCAA Division I national championships. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_95

UTEP is tied for 10th overall among schools in Men's Sports Division I championships. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_96

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UTEP owns the two largest venues in El Paso, Texas: University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_97

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  • Sun Bowl Stadium, seating capacity 51,500, opened its doors in 1963 and is the home to the UTEP football team and to the annual Sun Bowl game.University of Texas at El Paso_item_1_4
  • Don Haskins Center, seating capacity 12,000, was built in 1976 and is primarily used by the men's and women's basketball teams. It is also known as "The Bear's Den" as well as "The Don." The arena is also used for concerts by mainstream artists.University of Texas at El Paso_item_1_5
  • University Field (UTEP), seating capacity 500, was built in 1991 and hosts the women's soccer team.University of Texas at El Paso_item_1_6
  • Kidd Field, seating capacity 15,000, home of UTEP Track and Field teams.University of Texas at El Paso_item_1_7

In 2005, UTEP moved to Conference USA from the Western Athletic Conference. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_98

Mike Price was hired as football coach in 2003 and announced his retirement in November 2012. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_99

On December 10, 2012, it was announced that Sean Kugler would be taking over as the new UTEP football coach. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_100

In 2010, Tim Floyd became the head basketball coach. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_101

He was a protege of Don Haskins and is a former coach at the University of New Orleans, the NBA's Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets, and the University of Southern California. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_102

Floyd retired in 2017 due to recurring health issues and was succeeded by Rodney Terry, former head coach at CSU Fresno (Fresno State). University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_103

Pickaxe hand symbol University of Texas at El Paso_section_7

This hand symbol represents the traditional tool used by Miners, the pickaxe, and is similar to the shaka sign and the letter Y in american sign language. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_104

This gesture is made by UTEP Miners fans when UTEP players are shooting free throws at basketball games, or any time UTEP kicks off at a football game. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_105

It was first introduced by the UTEP cheerleading squad during the 1976–77 football season. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_106

Nickname University of Texas at El Paso_section_8

The first reference to the nickname "Miners" is found in the February 1919 (volume 1, number 1) issue of the Prospector, the school's student newspaper. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_107

However, an earlier reference can be found in the handwritten bill (Senate Bill 183) that established the school in 1913, where the author, State Senator Claude Hudspeth, mistakenly wrote "Miners" instead of "Mines," and thus referred to the school as the "State School of Miners and Metallurgy." University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_108

It is presumed the nickname "Miners" came from the fact the school was founded as the "State School of Mines and Metallurgy." University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_109

In doing research on this project, early mention of "Ore Diggers" and "Muckers" for the nickname was found, but nothing to determine if the name "Miners" was voted upon by the student body, or if a faculty member, John W. (Cap) Kidd, chose the name. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_110

Kidd was a big booster of athletics, especially football, and in 1915, when funds were lean at the school, Kidd donated $800 to equip the football team, though there is no evidence other than anecdotal he contributed this amount. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_111

He also assisted with coaching, although he was not the head coach. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_112

The present track facility on campus, Kidd Field, bears Cap Kidd's name. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_113

School songs University of Texas at El Paso_section_9

"The Eyes of Texas" was adopted by the 1920 student body after the song had been "declared the school anthem for the University of Texas at Austin". University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_114

UTEP's fight song, "Miners Fight" was also borrowed from the Austin campus. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_115

With the estate of Marty Robbins, the UTEP Music Department in the late 1980s wrote new words to the melody of his Grammy Award-winning Country & Western hit "El Paso". University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_116

This gave UTEP a fight song all its own, to a tune recognized across the nation. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_117

Rivalries University of Texas at El Paso_section_10

New Mexico State University: UTEP has a strong rivalry with New Mexico State University, known as "The Battle of I-10". University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_118

UTEP and NMSU are just over 40 miles apart. University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_119

Notable people University of Texas at El Paso_section_11

Main article: List of UTEP people University of Texas at El Paso_sentence_120

Faculty University of Texas at El Paso_section_12

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Alumni University of Texas at El Paso_section_13

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