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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.

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

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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

Sandra Cisneros' book "The House on Mango Street" has been adapted for the stage, and it will be presented soon by the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance. Hear more about the upcoming production from actors Talia Davila and Nancy Batres, who both play the role of "Esperanza"...plus they share their experiences in the theatre.

Performances are Sept 22, 23, 29, 30, Oct 1 at 7:30pm; Sept 25 & Oct 2 at 2:30pm.  Shows are at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre, $9-$15.  915-747-5118


Aired Sept 16, 2016

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  Human cadavers are often used in training medical students, but they are also useful in helping physical & occupational therapists familiarize themselves with the intricacies of human musculature and the delicate nature of tendons and veins.  The UTEP College of Health Sciences recently unveiled its Human Anatomy Teaching Laboratory, and on this program, we'll visit with the director of the lab, Mark Caulkins.

Aired Sept 9, 2016

 As of August 1, individuals with a Texas concealed handgun license are allowed to carry concealed handguns on public university campuses throughout the state.  To tell us more about the CAMPUS CARRY law and how it applies to UTEP is Gary Edens, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Catie McCorry Andalis, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students. 


Aired Sept 2, 2016

  MINERPALOOZA is UTEP's welcome-back event for its students. On this program, Christian Corrales will tell us about all the events and live bands that will be taking part in UTEP's biggest tradition taking place August 26.


  Jorge Vasquez is the Executive Director of UTEP Special Events, and he joins us to tell us about some of the acts coming to the UTEP campus (Maná, Juan Gabriel, monster trucks), and why it is so difficult to book big-name acts.


Aired Aug. 19, 2016


 Adults age 50 & older are invited to take advantage of classes for your second 50 years through OLLI at UTEP. OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) offers a variety of classes including presidential politics, our relationship with food, fishing for seniors, the history of coffee, and much more. On this program, we'll hear from OLLI Publicity Coordinator Susan Sobin and OLLI's Executive Director Ian Wilson of OLLI.  Registration for Fall classes is open from August 15-26, and classes begin Sept. 6.  For information, call 915-747-8848 or 915-747-6280, or visit http://olliatutep.org/.  Aired Aug. 12, 2016

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  UTEP Economics Professor Jim Holcomb doesn't just run numbers in the classroom, he times them down to a millisecond when he serves as a national championship swimming official. Holcomb was recently invited to officiate at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials in Omaha, Neb. He joins us on this program to tell us about the experience and about his lifelong love of swimming. Aired Aug. 5, 2016

  The program "East Los High," available on Hulu, is watched by teens in over 120 countries. On this program, UTEP Communication professor Arvind Singhal joins us to tell us how this popular program is reaching young Latinos across the US and educating them about sexual and reproductive health.

Aired July 29, 2016