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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.


Dr. Adriana Dominguez, Director of Audience Development for the Department of Theatre and Dance, joins us again to share details UTEP's production of A Christmas Carol. 

UTEP Communications professor, Ramón Villa-Hernández, visits us to share details about his new film Juana DoeVilla is an El Paso based multi-talented film artist and his narrative films have been showcased around the world. He has been teaching various aspects of media production at UTEP.

According to research, men have become one of the most difficult groups in our society to teach preventive health measures. We meet with Dr. Gabriel Ibarra-Mejia as he discusses his upcoming information session "Men's Guide to Preventative Healthcare." This session will provide a general framework for aging men’s health priorities, and address specific strategies to improve and maintain it and takes places later this afternoon from 3:00 - 4:30 PM in the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center.

Dr. Adriana Dominguez, Director of Audience Development for the Department of Theatre and Dance, joins us again to share details UTEP's production of A Christmas Carol. 

Nancy Taylor is the trumpet professor at University of Texas at El Paso. She holds a bachelor of music degree in performance from Arizona State University. 

In addition to being a professional musician, Ms. Taylor is a board-certified Occupational Therapist specializing in injury treatment and prevention of musicians.

We visit with her and discuss these two professions and how she utilizes them hand-in-hand.

What kid doesn't like to rattle those pots and pans? Well, it certainly paid off for one UTEP professor. Dr. Andy Smith, Director of Percussion, visits the studio and shares details on Batuquê Trio - a blend of Latin jazz styles, from the folkloric roots of Cuban and Brazilian music to contemporary trends in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Caribbean jazz.

Your name is "Juan," but your teacher calls you "John." You want to be respectful, so you don't correct her. What's in a name? Dr. Adriana Dominguez, Director of the Audience Development for the Department of Theatre and Dance, answers this question as well as discuss the upcoming play "Lengua" to kick off this new season of Focus on Campus.

It's the 21st century and while we may not have the flying cars that were predicted in earlier years the year 2017 has seen a surge in virtual reality. From games to home assistants virtual reality is becoming a part of our daily lives. The Interactive Systems Group (ISG) at UTEP is a team of dedicated professors, graduate and undergrad students who study, develop, and investigate these interactive systems.

The hosts of KTEP's "Good to Grow" stop by the studio and discuss summer gardening tips with Louie.

Linda Shockley, managing director for the Dow Jones News Fund, Doug Mitchell, the Founder/Director NPR's "Next Generation Radio:", and local public radio reporter/journalist Monica Ortiz Uribe join host Louie Saenz to talk about the Multimedia training academy. 

Daniela Lerma, Wellness Manager for UTEP and Florina Barnett, from UTEP's Human Resource department, stop by to talk about Wellness Weekdays. Every summer, The University of Texas at El Paso’s Wellness Program and Office of Human Resources schedules activities to encourage a healthier and more physically active lifestyle among UTEP employees. 

Deneb Acevedo from the Physical Fitness in the Golden Age program from UTEP stops by to discuss the programs benefits. Physical Fitness in the Golden Age is a a fitness and exercise program for adults 60 year in age or older. 

John White, garden curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, stops by to talk about the annual plant sale. FloraFest 2017. 

Dr. Adriana Dominguez, Director of Audience Development for the UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance stops by the studio to discuss the departments upcoming events including the last official season show "Madea". 



Apr 14, 2017

Dr. Joe Heyman, the director of UTEP's Center for Inter-American and Border Studies (CIBS), stops by the studio to discuss book "U.S. Mexico TransBorder Region" in which he is both a contributor and editor for. The book will have its official release presentation on Tuesday, April 18, at 5 PM at the UTEP library. 

AIRED April 14, 2017

Dr. Gina Núñez-Mchiri, director of the Women's and Gender Studies program at UTEP, and company join host Louie Sanez to talk about the Women's History Month conference at UTEP happening next week. 

Dr. Louis Brown, assistant professor from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center of Houston at El Paso,  stops by to talk about some of his research in the field of community psychology and the upcoming Public Health Week. 


Aired March 31, 2017

UTEP's Early Music Ensemble, directed by Dr. Lindsey Macchiarella, stops by the studio to talk about their upcoming concert on Friday. March 31st 2017. The Early Music Ensembles brings to life the music of the Renaissance through instruments used primarily during those times. Their concert will be held at The Speak Easy in downtown El Paso. Enjoy a preview of their concert as they perform pieces in this week's Focus On Campus. 

Aired March 26, 2017

Claire Starnes is a Vietnam veteran and UTEP alum. She is also a contributor to the book "Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories." Approximately 1,200 women from the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy left their mark in Vietnam from 1962 to 1973, and were intelligence analysts, flight controllers, clerk-typists, translators, physical therapists, dieticians and communications specialists. Starnes spent 17 years collecting their stories, and she joins us to share some of her experiences in Vietnam and at UTEP. Original Air Date: April 1, 2016Re-aired: March 17, 2017  

Dr. Ronald J. Weber, Director of the Humanitites Program & the Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Program at UTEP discusses the unique study abroad program in Rome that provides the opportunity for students to preserve historic monuments through digital media.

 http://romanmonuments.utep.edu/     Aired March 10, 2017  

John White is the garden curator at the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on the UTEP Campus.  He joins us to talk about the plants, trees, and shrubs that have transformed the UTEP campus, and about fall planting. Aired October 23, 2015.  

David Sanchez and Monica Zuniga from the UTEP Human Resource department stop by the studio to talk about the the Employee Assistance Program: Ignite a Spark. This program is a series of online seminars that is meant to foster creativity. David and Monica all talk about other resources and training opportunities that the UTEP Human Resource department offers for all employees. 

Aired Feb. 24, 2017

Dr. Ezra Cappel of the Inter-American Jewish Studies Program at UTEP stops by to discuss the program and the upcoming guest speaker they are hosting, Randi Zuckerburg. Randi is an emmy nominted author and pioneer of facebook's early marketing intitaives. She is also Mark Zuckerburg's sister. Randi will be discussing the role of media in our everyday lives plus will be participating in a book signing. The event is Tuesday, February 21, 2017. 

Aired Feb. 17, 2017

Host Louie Saenz is joined by Myron Nadel and Katie Harding from the UTEP Department of Dance  to talk about the upcoming event Carnaval Del Danzas. The production Carnaval Del Danzas is a lively and colorful theatrical dance work inspired by the sights, sounds, and history of New Orleans. The recital opens on Friday, February 10, 2017. 

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Aired Feb, 10, 2017

Andy Smith, newly appointed Director of Percussion Studies at UTEP stops by the studio to talk about a very special event coming to the borderland featuring iintentionally known master drummer and virtuoso of the gyil xylophone, Bernard Woma and Saakumu Dance Troupe. Saakumu is one of the premier cultural gems of Ghana. Plus an in studio performance by Professor Smith on the gyil. The event is a  free public concert taking place on February 6, 2017 at the Ysleta Independent School District Office Theater.