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UTEP Encyclopedia


The UTEP Encyclopedia provides reliable, documented, and up-to-date information about the history of The University of Texas at El Paso and its accomplishments, traditions, places, and people.

The user-friendly online format is intended for use by students, alumni, faculty, staff, media, and the general public.


Dr. P. J. Vierra, Managing Editor (Send email)

Editorial Board

Dr. Dennis Bixler-Márquez, Director, Chicana/o Studies Program

Dr. Maceo Crenshaw Dailey, Director, African American Studies Program

Jeff Darby, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Intercollegiate Athletics

Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva, Chair, Department of History

Christopher V. Lopez, Associate Vice President and Director, Office of University Communications

Dr. Roy Mathew, Associate Vice President and Director, Center for Institutional Evaluation, Research, and Planning

Greg McNicol, AIA, Associate Vice President of Business Affairs, Facilities Services

Kristine Navarro-McElhaney, Director, Institute of Oral History

Willie Quinn, Chair of Research Committee, Heritage Commission

Dr. Brenda A. Risch, Director, Women's Studies

Claudia Rivers, Head, C. L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department, University Library

Dr. Dorothy Ward, Director, Entering Student Program


Nancy Moya

Ashley Swarthout

Abbie Weiser, Processing Archivist, Librarian, Library Special Collections, UTEP

Laura M. Uribarri, Assistant Dean, College of Business Administration, UTEP

Special Thanks

Lisa G. Dunn, Head of Reference, Arthur Lakes Library, Colorado School of Mines

Elsa Martin and Melanie Salome, Rhetoric and Composition doctoral program, Department of English, UTEP

Roberto Perea, Information Technology, UTEP

Claudia Rivers, Library Special Collections, UTEP

Sarah Traugott, Reference Intern, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Laura Trejo, University Communications, UTEP

Willie Quinn, Heritage House, UTEP

Style Guide

For policies on style and contributions, click here.


All of the entries on this site are based on primary sources and historical artifacts whenever possible. For a detailed bibliography, click here.

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