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The Kingdom of Bhutan
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UTEP's connection with the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan goes back to 1917 when the school chose their distinctive architectural style for the new buildings built after the Fire of 1916. However, UTEP's first contact with the kingdom did not happen until fifty years later when Dale Walker, a member of UTEP's staff, sent a letter to the isolated nation. Little did he expect to receive a reply back from a member of the royal family!

Read more about Bhutan here.

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 . . .

November 22, 1916 • The U.T. Board of Regents authorizes the erection of a temporary structure at the El Paso Military Institute site to allow studies to continue at the School of Mines following the October 29 fire that destroyed the main building.

The School of Mines adjacent to Ft. Bliss, 1916
UTEP Library Special Collections

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About UTEP


Chartered: April 16, 1913, by an Act of the Texas State Legislature as the State School of Mines and Metallurgy
First Day of Class: September 28, 1914
President: Diana Natalicio (since 1987) • Faculty: 1,267 • Staff: 1,830
Students: 23,003 (19,696 undergraduate; 3,307 graduate) • Gender: 12,395 female, 10,607 male
Status: 14,241 full time , 8,762 part time • Campus: 421 acres (El Paso campus); 38,000 acres (Indio Mountains Research Station)
Degrees awarded since founding: More than 107,000
Nickname: Miners
Enrollment data over the years: Click here

Source: UTEP Facts 2013 - 2014; 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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