UTEP President and Husband to be Featured in “I Love El Paso” Event
Hosted by UTEP, the Tom Lea Institute and Progress 321
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), the Tom Lea Institute and the young professionals organization Progress 321 will co-host “I Love El Paso” from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 featuring President Heather Wilson and her husband, Jay Hone. I Love El Paso is an annual event held around Valentine’s Day that features El Paso couples discussing their personal and professional lives. The event will be held at the Larry K. Durham Center on the UTEP campus and is free and open to the public.
“I’m grateful to the Tom Lea Institute for inviting me and Jay to share a bit about our life together and the joy we’ve found through living in El Paso and being part of UTEP,” Wilson said.
The Tom Lea Institute offers educational materials and programming about the legacy of artist and writer Tom Lea, who lived most of his life in El Paso with his wife, Sarah Lea. Lea painted murals throughout the country and became known for his depictions of life in the Southwest. During WWII, Lea worked as a war artist correspondent for Life Magazine and traveled to theaters of war throughout the world painting American soldiers. He also authored “The Brave Bulls,” a bestselling book that was turned into a film.
“Tom and Sarah Lea had a great marriage and they’re the role models that we build this event on,” said Holly Cobb, executive director of the Tom Lea Institute. “We hope that anyone who comes will be inspired and encouraged about their relationship with their significant other and come away with some ideas about how to make it better.”
Reservations for the event are recommended. Charcuterie, wine, and beer tastings will be available.
For more information about the event and to RSVP, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-love-el-paso-dr-heather-wilson-and-jay-hone-tickets-383100894087.
About the Tom Lea Institute
Founded in 2009 by Adair Margo, the Tom Lea Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, presenting, teaching, and exhibiting the works of Tom Lea. Through its digital library, curricula, public programs, exhibitions, and publications, the Institute reaches audiences of all ages and encourages the exploration of regional art, history and culture.
Progress321 is a group of purpose-driven professionals dedicated to making the region the best place to live, work, and create. We empower and connect professionals across sectors, disciplines, generations, and cultures.
About The University of Texas at El Paso
The University of Texas at El Paso is America’s leading Hispanic-serving university. Located at the westernmost tip of Texas, where three states and two countries converge along the Rio Grande, 84% of our 24,000 students are Hispanic, and half are the first in their families to go to college. UTEP offers 169 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs at the only open-access, top-tier research university in America.
Last Updated on February 01, 2023 at 12:00 AM | Originally published February 01, 2023
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