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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.

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.  

Dennis Woo sits in for Louie Saenz. Christopher Potter from the UTEP Human Resources Department is the guest and discusses the 8th Annual UTEP Project Move taking place Saturday March the 4th 2017. 

Aired Jan. 27, 2017

On this week's Focus on Campus, UTEP Creative Writing department Associate Professor Dr. Jeff Sirkin discusses the El Paso Writers Resist Reading that takes place Sunday January 15, 2017 at the El Paso Downtown public library featuring writers from El Paso.

John White, UTEP's Chihuahuan Desert Gardens Curator, returns to the studio for a discussion in post-holiday plant care.

No stranger to KTEP or UTEP, Ben Sáenz joins host Louie Saenz in the studio and reads from his book, "A Gift From Papá Diego."
Original Air Date December 22, 2006.

John White, Chihuahuan Desert Gardens Curator, joins host Louie Saenz in the studio and shares the do's and dont's of holiday plants.

2016's Presidential Race dominated every news and social media outlet and as the election night unfolded on November 8, 2016, reactions came from all corners of the globe. UTEP's Political Science Professor, Dr. Gregory Rocha, returns to the studio and joins host Louie Saenz in a post-election discussion. Among their initial reactions to the results of the election, Dr. Gregory Rocha shares his insight on the factors that contributed to President-Elect Donald Trump's win.   

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UTEP Political Science professor Gregory Rocha joins us to talk about what lies ahead for President-Elect Trump.  Rocha discusses the controversy over the Electoral College, what we can expect from Trump's cabinet choices, and whether he can realistically keep his campaign promises.

Part 1 of a 2-part interview (Part 2 airs Dec. 16)

Aired Dec 2, 2016

The UTEP Occupational Program is looking for caregivers of individuals ages 12-21 with Down Syndrome who are willing to discuss the use of technology.  Graduate students Vanessa Buckler & Katherine Pearson join us  to tell us how their research may help develop apps that both caregivers and children can use to improve communication through technology.  If you are a caregiver and are interested in participating in the study, email Katherine at klmcfarlane@miners.utep.edu.

Learn more at http://www.utep.edu/chs/ot/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UTEPOT/

Aired Nov. 25, 2016

The 19th century French socialist journalist Felix Pyat sent a letter to Benito Juarez that was later published as "Carta a Juarez y a Sus Amigos."  It was originally written in French and translated into Spanish.  The English translation has since been lost.  UTEP has collaborated with the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez to publish a trilingual version of that letter.  Joining us on this program are Jane Evans of the UTEP Department of Languages and Linguistics, and writer Roberto Perezdiaz, a retired court interpreter, who both played a part in the trilingual translation.

Aired Nov. 18, 2016

UTEP Music Department


Brad Genevro is the UTEP Director of Bands.  He joins us on this program to tell us more about upcoming programs and exciting collaborations that involve the Music Department's various band ensembles.


Aired Nov. 11, 2016

The Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP is hosting 3 Fall exhibits, and to tell us more about them and the other lectures and workshops at the Rubin Center is Director Kerry Doyle and research fellow Areli Rocha.


Aired Nov. 4, 2016

The UTEP Early Music Ensemble keeps the traditions of the Baroque and Renaissance alive. On the next FOCUS ON CAMPUS, Dr. Lindsey Macchiarella will talk about the music of the past, and we'll also be treated to some performances by a recorder consort and a viola da gamba quartet.

The ensemble will perform Fri Oct 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Aired Oct. 28, 2016

The El Paso Playhouse will perform The Diary of Anne Frank, Oct 28-Nov 20 at 2501 Montana.  On this program, 2 of the show's actors and the show's director will discuss the struggles and challenges they faced when preparing for this production.

Aired Oct 22, 2016

UTEP graduate student Brenda Luna is partnering with Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), a faith-based Quaker organization with a commitment to the public interest.  Brenda is joined on this program by Hanna Evans, domestic policy associate with FCNL.  They will discuss the importance of comprehensive bilateral immigration reform.  Not walls, not open borders, but effective ways that the courts, the community, and the legislature can reasonably allow refugees, victims of violence, and human trafficking victims to seek asylum within our borders.  

Learn more at https://www.fcnl.org/about/policy/issues/immigrants-refugees, or contact Brenda Luna at bdlunabravo@miners.utep.edu.

Aired Oct 21, 2016

College students often struggle with juggling classes with family problems, personal problems, or substance abuse.  The UTEP Counseling center offers programs and support to help students better handle everyday stress and more serious issues.  On this program we'll visit with Jorge Marquez of the University Counseling Center, and Terry Williams & Lydia Hernandez of the UTEP Collegiate Recovery Program.


Aired Oct. 14, 2016

Tailgating can sometimes be the best part of college football home games.  The UTEP Office of Alumni Relations has been hosting tailgate parties at Kidd Field this season, and to tell us more about them is Maribel Villalva, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations, and John Aranda, President of the Alumni Association.  Each tailgate features food from local restaurants, music, and lots of family fun, and they begin 2.5 hours before kickoff.  

For more information on Alumni Tailgates, visit http://alumni.utep.edu/tailgate

Aired Sept 30, 2016

The new School of Pharmacy at UTEP offers a unique curriculum that involves students in research, immerses them in Spanish to help navigate through our bi-cultural region, and immerses them in real-world experiences.  We visit with Jackie Navarrete, director of the Office of Experiential Education with the UTEP School of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the school and its degree program at http://pharmacy.utep.edu/.

Aired Sept 23, 2016