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Centennial Plaza
University Communications

On April 18, 2015, UTEP opened to the public its long awaited Centennial Plaza. As the new heart of the campus, Centennial Plaza is a place of connections, both in the sense of a gathering place for people and where the history of the University is united. The location of Centennial Plaza, once the site of Memorial Triangle, has since the 1930s been more parking than park. In 2013, the through streets were closed and several hundred tons of asphalt and concrete removed to create an open space with wide paseos for strolling, as well as recreating the rocky arroyos that once dominated this desert location on the foothills of the Franklin Mountains.

Read more about Centennial Plaza.

Read other stories about UTEP and the Centennial Celebration at the Transformations blog.


From the UTEP archives

Check out this article from the National Geographic Magazine (April 1914) to see the inspiration for UTEP's classic architecture.

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On this day in UTEP history . . .

April 26, 1917 • Citing a resolution of the U.T. Board of Regents, President Robert E. Vinson orders the dismissal of all alien faculty and staff as a war measure during World War I. Not only does this act result in the dismissal of faculty from countries such as Canada, it results in the termination of Raul R. Barberena, the first Hispanic instructor in the U.T. System. • 1935 • Three years after unanimously endorsing a plea by dean of engineering John W. Kidd not to require academic attire at graduation ceremonies, the faculty reverses itself and votes to wear caps, hoods, and gowns.

Dean of engineering, John W. Kidd, c. 1935
UTEP Library Special Collections

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About UTEP


Chartered: April 16, 1913, by an Act of the 33rd Texas State Legislature as the State School of Mines and Metallurgy under the governance of the U.T. Board of Regents
First Day of Class: September 28, 1914
President: Diana Natalicio (since 1987) • Faculty: 1,267 • Staff: 1,830
Students: 23,079 (19,817 undergraduate; 3,262 graduate) • Gender: 12,457 female, 10,622 male
Status: 14,392 full time, 8,687 part time • Campus: 421 acres (El Paso campus); 38,000 acres (Indio Mountains Research Station)
Degrees awarded since founding: More than 113,000
Nickname: Miners
Enrollment data over the years: Click here

Source: UTEP Facts 2014 - 2015; C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department, University of Texas at El Paso; Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

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