Anniversary Calendar and Goals

The College of Liberal Arts is celebrating its 50th anniversary from September 2017-May 2018! During the anniversary year, we will celebrate the contributions of the College of Liberal Arts to UTEP, El Paso and beyond over the last half-century. We will also promote the Liberal Arts in our community. The Anniversary Committee will have an exciting slate of events to celebrate this milestone, including a Liberal Arts Week that will coincide with Homecoming Week in the fall.

College of Liberal Arts 50th Anniversary Committee

  • Chair: Maryse Jayasuriya (Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts)
  • Maggy Smith (Chair, English Department)
  • Mimi Gladstein (Interim Chair, Theatre and Dance Department)
  • David Griffin (Chair, Art Department)
  • Steve Wilson (Chair, Music Department)
  • Richard Pineda (Associate Professor, Communication Department)
  • Yvonne Carranza Rolph (Director of Student Success)
  • Cynthia Marentes (Director of Community Engagement)
  • Paul J Vierra (Assistant Director, VP for Institutional Asset Management and Development)
  • Maribel Villalva (Assistant Vice President, Alumni Affairs)
  • Christian Morales-Castaneda (Liberal Arts Senator, SGA)

50th Anniversary Logo

Anniversary Logo

The special logo for our anniversary celebration was designed by Ms. Magdalena Montserrat Covarrubias, a student of Professor Antonio Castro in the Art Department.

College of Liberal Arts 50th Anniversary Fund

The College of Liberal Arts 50th Anniversary Fund has been initiated to provide resources to Liberal Arts faculty and students. The fund will support academic and research enhancement opportunities for faculty, and academic enrichment opportunities for students. Application forms will be available on the Liberal Arts website for faculty and student use, and monies will be distributed by the dean or his/her designee.

  • For faculty, funds may be requested to augment departmental research presentation monies, purchase small equipment items, and support travel to conduct research.
  • For students, funds may be requested to help pay costs related to academic enrichment activities including, but not limited to, internship participation and travel to conduct or present research.

Dean's Legacy Lecture

Mark your calendars for an important Countdown to the Celebration event: Dr. Patricia Witherspoon will give the Dean’s Legacy Lecture entitled “Taking a Stand for the Liberal Arts” on Thursday, May 4th from 5:00-6:30pm at the Tomas Rivera Conference Center. A reception will follow the lecture. All are invited! For more details, please visit this page.