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Focus on Campus

Fridays at 10am

Focus on Campus devotes time to recognize the latest and greatest on the UTEP campus. Louie Saenz, gives the lowdown on shining athletes, faculty and students. The show also includes information on ongoing research and university programs affecting our campus. It's everything you need to know about UTEP.

Focus On Campus - UTEP Edge

Feb 26, 2020

Host Louie Saenz welcomes Arturo Barrio and Samantha Natera to discuss the benefits of the UTEP Edge program.

Host Louie Saenz welcomes Brian Seely and Kim McKean of the UTEP Theater and Dance Dept. to discuss the prodcution of Monsters We Create.

Host Louie Saenz welcomes UTEP Professor of English and astronomy enthusiast Andrew Fleck to the show for a discussion on how English and Astronomy can sometimes intersect.

Host Louie Saenz sits down with members of the National British Debate team, Niahm Thompson and Dan Scanio. They recently debated the UTEP Forensic team this month on the UTEP campus.

Host Louie Saenz sits down with Dr. Andrew Fleck who joined the English Faculty of UTEP in Fall 2015 as a tenured associate professor specializing in Early Modern and Eighteenth-Century British literature and culture. Shakespeare and Liberal Arts.

Host Louie Saenz sits down with UTEP President Heather Wilson to talk about her road to success and what the future holds for the University of Texas at El Paso under her leadership. 

Host Louie Saenz sits down with members of the Dow Jones News Fund. The Dow Jones News Fund is a nonprofit foundation promoting careers in journalism. It was formerly called the Newspaper Fund.

Host Louie Saenz welcomes Dr. Jeannie Concha,  Terri Sanchez of the El Paso Diabetes Assn. and Daniel Montes of Southwest University to discuss diabetes.

Host Louie Saenz sits down with UTEP alumni members to discuss the UTEP 8th annual Pick-nic.

Louie Saenz sits down with Dr. Adriana Dominguez the Director of Audience Development for the Department of Theatre and Dance to discuss upcoming productions and events as well as access and representation on stage.

Host Louie Saenz sits down with the director and cast of the new play Oedipus El Rey by Luis Alfaro to discuss its origins and their background. Starts April 26, 2019 at Wise Family Theater. 747-5188.

Louis Saenz sits down with Lynn Provezano and Shari Schwartz to talk about OLLI, the institute for lifelong learning at UTEP.

Louis Saenz sits down with Larry Lesser, Professor in the UTEP Department of Mathematical Sciences,as he  talks about Pi Day (3/14) as a vehicle to sing the praises of mathematics!

Dr. Sylvia Acosta, CEO of the YWCA and Ann Horak, Professor at UTEP and Vice-President of the YWCA Board of Directors, speak about Women’s History Month and events happening at the YWCA.


Cemelli De Aztlan, Lecturer in the UTEP Department of Religious Studies talks about her course titled Indigenous Spirituality: Resilience, Resistance & Activism.


Dr. Adriana Dominguez, Assistant Professor at the UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance talks about their upcoming events including the World Dance Alliance Americas General Assembly.


Stacey Sowards, Chair of the Department of Communication at UTEP, discusses her latest book Sí, Ella Puede! - The Rhetorical Legacy of Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers. 

 This unique study of the life and legacy of activist Dolores Huerta explores her integral role as a leader and organizer in the fight for farmworkers’ rights from the 1950s to the present.


Dr. Craig Field, Director of the Latino Alcohol and Health Disparities Research Center (LAHDR) at UTEP discusses the mission of the center and the work that LAHDR does in the community.

Dr. Mallory Driggers, Director of Development and Annual Giving, and Ben Gonzalez, Vice President for Asset Management and Development, talk about UTEP's Thank You for 30 Campaign. 

The campaign honors UTEP President Dr. Diana Natalicio who is retiring after 30 years of service to the university.

Zita Arocha, Senior Lecturer in the UTEP Communication Department and Director of Borderzine, discusses the online publication and multimedia journalism.

Adriana Domínguez, director of the UTEP theatre program, talks about A Christmas Carol, en la Frontera - a borderland version of Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol.

Associate Professor of English at UTEP, Jonna Perrillo, Ph.D., discusses her latest book titled Educating the Enemy: Teaching Nazis and Mexicans in the Cold War Borderlands.

Laura Trejo / UTEP Communications

This edition of Focus on Campus is a repeat of El Paso Prime Time with guest host Dennis Woo.  The program features Raymond C. Rumpf, Ph.D., with two of his graduate research assistants, Gilbert Carranza and Cesar Valle discussing the EM Lab, a space dedicated to pioneering high-risk, high-payoff concepts in electromagnetics and photonic technologies that are enabled by 3D printing.

Rudolfo Anaya is perhaps known as one of the best southwest writers nationally and internationally. One of his better-known works is a coming of age story, Bless Me, Ultima. This week, we visited with UTEP Theatre and Dance professor Rebecca Rivas to discuss the upcoming production of  Bless Me, Ultima. Shows will run from October 3rd - October 14th, more information and tickets available here

If you watch or listen to the news on a daily basis, you hear stories on gun control and freedom of speech. But do you know the rest of the Consitution? This week, we spoke with Dr. Charles Boehmer and Dr. Irasema Coronado to learn more about UTEP's upcoming event, Constitution Day. 

Dr. Josiah Heyman, director of the Center for Inter-American Border Studies, and Dr. Eva Moya, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Social Work, met with us this week to discuss the upcoming conference "Humanitarian Crisis at the Border - Family Separation and Detention: Challenges and Responses." The conference will be held September 6th from 3-5 PM at the Tomas Rivera Conference Center. 

Did you know that in the last decade only 7 girls have made Texas All-State Jazz? This week, we visited with El Paso native, Amanda Ekery, as she discussed her group El Paso Jazz Girls, a clinic for female identifying high school students set to help change this demographic.

Daniel Carey-Whalen is the Director of the UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, and this week we got details on the museum's current exhibits, which are open to the public.

Every summer, the University of Texas at El Paso selects a talented group of high school students who are interested in pursuing journalism as their professional career and are exposed to the day-to-day environment a multimedia journalist faces in the 21st century. Journalism in July is an intense journalism "boot camp" and here to tell us more about the program's activities, as well as the results students can expect within the one week workshop, is UTEP Multimedia Journalism professor, Dino Chiecchi. 

Summertime means vacation and visitors - but sometimes, we may get some unexpected company. This week we visited with John White, Chihuahuan Desert Gardens Curator here on campus at the University of Texas at El Paso and co-host on KTEP's Good to Grow, and we discussed unexpected pests and summertime gardening.