SinceOld Main has housed everything from classrooms and offices to a library and snack bar. On the hillside south of the museum are several ceremonial flags, symbolic pleas for peace, compassion and wisdom. Since its early work with binational teacher exchanges in the s, the college has been a national leader in bilingual education, community outreach and partnership programs, as well as degrees awarded to Hispanic students. Science and engineering unite in the state-of-the-art Chemistry and Computer Science Building. Its research centers promote regional economic development, entrepreneurial ventures, multicultural management and ethics, computer application learning and econometric forecasting. The festival includes live music, carnival activities and food trucks.
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University of Texas at El Paso College of Engineering complex area In , only two years after the school opened, the original campus buildings were destroyed in a fire.
The school was rebuilt on its present site in Worrell, had seen pictures of Bhutanese buildings in an April issue of National Geographic. 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. This idea was enthusiastically accepted by all.
Prominent El Paso architect Henry Trost designed the first four buildings. All buildings since then have followed this style, including a fifth by Trost in , and three more by his firm in — While the early structures only copied the general appearance of a dzong, recent buildings incorporate internal elements of the dzong form as well.
Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuk has visited the campus, and in the Kingdom presented UTEP with a hand-carved wooden temple to be erected on the campus. However, in the early s, Columbia blue was added so now the official colors are orange, white, and blue. When the new UTEP athletic department logo was introduced in the fall of , a darker hue of blue was incorporated into the logo, as well as a silver accent to go with the customary orange.
When Don Haskins became basketball coach in , he aggressively recruited black players. In , 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.
They were the first all-black team to start in a game at that level — and to win. Haskins compiled a — record and experienced only five losing seasons.
He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in , and the special events center was renamed the Don Haskins Center. He retired from coaching in , and died in 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. Floyd retired in due to recurring health issues  and was succeeded by Rodney Terry, former head coach at Fresno State.
It was first introduced by the UTEP cheerleading squad during the —77 football season. However, an earlier reference can be found in the handwritten bill Senate Bill that established the school in , 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. Cap Kidd, chose the name. He also assisted with coaching, although he was not the head coach.
School songs[ edit ] " The Eyes of Texas " was adopted by the student body after the song had been "declared the school anthem for the University of Texas at Austin". This gave UTEP a fight song all its own, to a tune recognized across the nation.