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The 1966 Miners: National Champions
At 11:56 p.m. on March 19, 1966, few realized the significance of the game that had just ended. Yes, a team from a distant and isolated college in West Texas on the Rio Grande had just defeated the overwhelming favorite, the four-time champion University of Kentucky Wildcats, to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship. However, it would be more than a decade later when Chicago Tribune sports columnist David Israel described the matchup not in terms of David versus Goliath, but in terms of civil rights by calling it “the Brown vs. Board of Education of college basketball.” On that day in 1966, observed UTEP history professor Charles Martin, the world witnessed the benching of Jim Crow.
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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 . . .
| |June 25, 1981
• A shortage of faculty results in enrollment limitations for computer science classes. • 2008
• The Bhutanese architecture of UTEP is featured as part of the 42nd Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. One structure, a gift of the people of Bhutan, is the Lhakhang
. Built entirely without a single nail, it will be dismantled and reassembled in the new Centennial Plaza
on the UTEP campus.
The Lhakhang, 2013
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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: 23,397 (September 2015)
Status: 14,392 full time, 8,687 part time (2014-15) • Campus: 421 acres (El Paso campus); 38,000 acres (Indio Mountains Research Station)
Degrees awarded since founding: More than 113,000
Enrollment data over the years: Click here
UTEP Miners athletic logo
Steve H. Worrell, first dean of the School of Mines
Original site of the School of Mines by Ft. Bliss
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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