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If you’re at least 30 years old and grew up in El Paso, then you probably remember a magical era of UTEP basketball. A time when the Miners beat just about everybody on their schedule, routinely challenged for conference championships and NCAA Tournament bids, and played before capacity crowds in the Don Haskins Center night in and night out. UTEP Coach Tim Floyd remembers this golden age of “Miner Ball.� In fact, he lived it. Floyd was an assistant coach for the Miners during a large chunk of the 80’s, the most successful decade in program history. “High character, talented freshmen athletes were brought in and given the chance to grow and play early in their careers,� Floyd said. “They stuck together and created a perennial top20 basketball team. I recall tickets being tough to get, crowds being long at the airport upon our team’s arrival from road trips, students camping out the night before ball games making sure that they received their free student ticket, and never being in fear of anybody on the schedule regardless of who we were playing or where we were playing.� The Miners’ accomplishments in the 80’s were staggering. They were the seventh-winningest team in the country during that time with a .735 percentage (227 wins/82 losses) behind North Carolina, UNLV, Georgetown, DePaul, Temple and Syracuse. UTEP won a combined eight conference titles in the 80’s, played in six NCAA Tournaments and packed the Haskins Center (then known as the Special Events Center) a total of 55 times. Ultimately coach Floyd wants to recapture the sense of excitement, as well as the level of success, that the program enjoyed 30 years ago. The Miners are “Bringin’ Back the 80’s�

The start of another basketball season is here, and expectations are high for the UTEP women’s basketball program in 2012-13. The Miners, who will embark on the 39th season in school history when they play host to Loyola Marymount on Nov. 10, have seven letterwinners back from the record-setting 2011-12 squad that won both the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles. Senior forward Anete Steinberga (5.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg & 0.8 apg), junior forward Kayla Thornton (9.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 0.9 apg & 1.1 spg) and junior guard Kelli Willingham (7.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg & 2.7 apg) are all returning starters. Also back are sophomore guards Jenzel Nash (5.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg & 0.9 apg), Chrishauna Parker (5.3 ppg, 3.6 rgp & 1.1 apg) and Syerra Davis (1.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.1 apg), in addition to senior forward Kristine Vitola (5.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg & 1.5 bpg). Those returnees account for six of the top seven scorers and           combined to play in 313 games, including 149 starts, during their respective careers. There will be a large burden of responsibility placed on the veterans, as the Miners lost seven seniors to graduation. That was the largest class in program history. Headlining that group was 2012 C-USA Tournament MVP & second-team all-league honoree Gloria Brown. Also lost from the team were starters Kim Smith and Erika Warren, in addition to key reserves Baiba Eglite, Briana Green, Whitney Houston and Melisa Mendes.                              make remains to be seen, but they will be needed if UTEP is to live up to its lofty preseason expectations.

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REDSHIRT FRESHMAN QB GIVES MINERS A BOOST IN WEEK NINE While the 2012 football season hasn’t produced the kind of results that UTEP fans hoped for, a stunning sequence of events in the second half of the Houston game on            very bright for the Miners. Redshirt freshman quarterback Blaire Sullivan -- who attempted one pass in the     !!  in relief of Nick Lamaison and Carson Meger and nearly engineered the biggest comeback win in school history. The Miners trailed 45-7 when Sullivan entered the game with 10:50 remaining in the third period. In the blink of an eye, the Miners trailed 45-35 after the San Antonio native orchestrated a quartet of touchdown drives. Although the Cougars held on for the 10-point win, Sullivan showed that he would be a force to be reckoned with in a 2013 quarterback derby that is expected to also feature senior Carson Meger and redshirt freshman Garrett Simpson. Sullivan completed 6-of-10 passes for 105 yards at Houston, while scrambling 10 times for 53 yards. The Miners carried a 2-7 record, including a 1-4 mark in Conference USA play,              "#$     contests, hosting UCF (Nov. 10) and Rice (Nov. 24) and playing at Southern Miss (Nov. 17). BRINGIN’ BACK THE 80’S Continued from page 1

for the 2012-13 season, although Floyd admitted that they may be a year away from realizing their full potential. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Bringinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Back the 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a wonderful concept,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was here in the 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, [assistant coach] Greg Foster was here [as a player] and we had some great teams, so the mindset is to return to      O during that time. However, at this point we are still premature of reaching that       QX The Miners will tip-off the campaign on YZ'K\X ^ \ _ with the team wearing throwback uniforms. ^"!    is favored to win the Southland Conference this season.  `K=    ! conference pitfalls awaiting the Miners. UTEP will also face the likes of Arizona, ; \  < * @  "\{|   \ ;  ? @  

Blaire Sullivan

Unfortunately, UTEP hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been consistent enough from an offensive standpoint to enjoy periods of sustained success in 2012. Including a late-season run where they gained 400+ yards in three straight games, the Miners have averaged 19.1 points and 369.1 yards on the year. UTEP has com-

mitted a total of 19 turnovers this season (12 interceptions, seven fumbles), with 17           promising start to the campaign. Leading rusher Nathan Jeffery (551 yards) has battled injuries all season, with the ground game having its ups and downs as a consequence. The UTEP defense, on the other hand, has been a real bright spot. The Miners al  %' *   nine games. Junior defensive end Horace Miller;    <  with seven or more sacks in a season since 2004, and freshman safety Shane Huhn            =  playmaker Richard Spencer. UTEP has also been solid on special teams, with punter Ian Campbell making the Ray Guy Award watch list for the second year in a row and freshman RB Autrey Golden providing a spark on kickoff returns. The Miners held their own in non-confer   >?@  ;  Miss and Wisconsin. But they have found the going to be rougher in C-USA action, save for a 24-20 Homecoming win over     '   K       season on a high note and build momentum for 2013 by putting together a big month of November.

UTEP BASKETBALL TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Season Tickets Starting at $160 Call 915-747-6150 Single-Game Tickets Starting at $8 Call 915-747-5234     \<@" "\{|    \ ;    coming to the Haskins Center this season, along with C-USA powers Memphis, Marshall and UCF. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most attractive home schedule in school history, and fans can get some real bang for their buck. The lowest season ticket price has been MINER PRIDE/Fall 2012/Pg 2

reduced from $195 to $160. Single-game tickets are as low as $8 per game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted those seats that were       

      because having been here in the 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s I recognize what an intimidating place the Haskins Center can be when our educated fans are in full attendance,â&#x20AC;? Floyd said.


UTEP VOLLEYBALL CONTINUES ON PATH OF PROGRESS A year after assembling 19 wins, the UTEP volleyball team has taken the next step in its evolution as a Conference USA power. The Miners (13-11 overall) were above .500 in conference games (7-5) heading      \     ing 9-11 in league play in 2011. That puts UTEP on pace to snare one of eight spots in the C-USA Tournament, slated for Nov. ~!~Z; A balanced attack has resulted in the Miners posting 1,194 kills, 1,094 assists, 217 blocks and 90 aces this season. UTEP has been a dominant force in the    < Â&#x20AC;  a 5-1 mark versus C-USA opponents. The Miners also knocked off perennial NCAA Tournament participant and I-10 rival NM State at Memorial on Sept. 26. Fans will have two more chances to catch the team in action at home versus SMU on Friday, Nov. 2 (7 pm) and Tulsa on Sunday, Nov. 4 (noon). Leading the Miner attack is junior Jeane Horton, who has hammered 384 kills to surpass her total from 2011. The outside hitter is ranked 29th in the nation in kills per set (4.27). Horton also tops the squad in hitting percentage (.310). Playing an all-around role is junior Xitlali Herrera. The middle blocker is second on

     !!; (277), digs (235), blocks (89), service aces (17) and hitting percentage (.304). She is the only Miner to earn both C-USA offensive and defensive player of the week honors this season. She has tallied eight double doubles.

Junior Malia Patterson has directed the offense effectively, tallying eight double doubles. The setter has earned the No. 2 spot in the conference for assists with an average of 10.67 per set. Patterson has also notched 211 digs and 40 block assists.

CROSS COUNTRY RUNNERS SNAG TOP SPOTS AT C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP The UTEP cross country teams have en=     !       tiple conference awards. Anthony Rotich led the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team to a  !    ?   "@Â  Championship. The freshman claimed his fourth individual crown of the season as he dominated league competition, posting a time of 23:32.2 in the 8K. The Kenyan native was named the Freshman of the Meet. Rotich posted a personal-best time of 23:01.0 at the NCAA Pre-National meet, outdistancing 271 runners. Rotich has also earned three C-USA Athlete of the Week honors during the 2012 campaign. Another member of the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team, freshman Elphas Maiyo, earned C-USA       *!    at the league meet. Maiyo posted a personal best time of 23:54.2 at Pre-Nationals,  %~          at the Lori Fitzgerald meet and third in the Kachina Classic.

Risper Kimaiyo & Anthony Rotich

Senior Rotich S i Elkana Elk R ti h competed t d iin his hi last conference meet and once again was          all-league honors with a time of 24:18.9 Â&#x192;   Â&#x201E;     K   Risper Kimaiyo put together another dominating effort at the C-USA Championship. The senior claimed her third conference title with a time of 16:42.8 in the 5K and was named MINER PRIDE/Fall 2012/Pg 3

 @      @       <  <   Â&#x2026; Â&#x2026;  registered a career-best time of 19:46.0 in the 6K at the Pre-National meet. The All         263 runners. She has earned four C-USA Athlete of the Week honors this season and 15 throughout her Miner career. The team will travel to Fort Collins, Colo. to compete at the NCAA Mountain Regional on Nov. 9.


UTEP SOCCER FIGHTS THROUGH A SEASON OF ADVERSITY It was a rollercoaster season for the UTEP soccer team in 2012. The Miners         ;  ers to injury and some tough breaks on the road to notch their 11th consecutive season ~'   "#$    campaign with a 10-10-0 mark. It was a youth-laden group that featured only two seniors, Tess Hall and Brittany Kindzierski, but never let the lack of experience impact its effort on the pitch. The Miners peeled off three separate winning streaks of at least three games while also garnering attention in the region. UTEP earned placement in the NSCAA Central Region Poll midway through the campaign, the ninth straight year it has done so. Individual honors also came pouring in, with Hall (third team) and juniors Tori Martyn (second team) and Azia Nicholson (second team) securing All-Conference USA recognition. It marked the second straight season and the seventh time in the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history that at least three Miners secured all-league accolades. Hall, Martyn and Nicholson were also named to the CUSA Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soccer All-Academic Teams. After a 1-1 start, the Miners won six of their next seven games to conclude nonconference action at 7-2-0. UTEP defeated three defending league champions in the sequence while also staying perfect in the Battle of I-10 by winning at NM State, 2-1, on Sept. 12. UTEPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fortunes started to change once C-USA action kicked off. An inability to stay healthy certainly played a factor, in addition to the Miners being unable to put things together on the road. Mackenzie German, who had four goals in non-league play, sustained a seasonending injury four days before the start of the C-USA slate. Lauren Katada, who had          also missed all of league play. Junior Skye Schultz was shut down after 13 games and highly-touted freshman Aleah Davis missed the entire season, while junior Gina Soto was also slowed due to health issues. The Miners, who were saddled with an 0-4 start in the league, regrouped by winning three in a row at home to get back into the thick of the race for a C-USA Tournament bid. The most notable of the victories Â&#x2020;!~    !     ?!"@Â  ?  <     7. The effort halted a 30-match unbeaten streak for the Tigers.

Tori Martyn

UTEP couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever quite put it all together, however, concluding the campaign with a 2-0 setback at the hands of C-USA coregular season champion Colorado College " Â&#x2021;  The future looks bright for Crossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; proÂ&#x2021;    

assist leaders are set to return in 2013, in addition to netminder Sarah Dilling. all the Miners are slated to bring back nine starters. UTEP will also be buoyed by the return to health of the aforementioned group, in addition to the infusion of a projected high-level recruiting class.

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The Miners were picked second in the C-USA preseason poll, the highest placement in program history. While last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results and the wealth of returnees impacted that vote by the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head   O     given to all-time UTEP wins leader Keitha Adams. Entering her 12th year on the sidelines, Adams has done a tremendous job in building the program into a consistent winner. The Miners possess the best overall winning percentage of all league schools since joining Conference USA (200506), boast the third-most victories among Division I programs in the state of Texas over the past six years, and sport a trio of C-USA crowns (2007-08 regular season & 2011-12 regular season and tournament). UTEP has assembled a challenging slate for 2012-13. Matchups against Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas State, New MINER PRIDE/Fall 2012/Pg 4

Kelli Willingham

Mexico and continuing the battle of I-10 with NM State are among the highlights for the non-conference portion of the schedule. The game against K-State will come as part of the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas. UTEP will have a target on its back during league play, as it vies to defend its crown.









F/G, 6-6, 175, SO-1L Chillicothe, Ohio

F/G, 6-7, 205, SO-1L Duncanville, Texas

G, 6-0, 170, SO-1L La Verne, Calif.

G, 5-8, FR-HS Detroit, Mich.

G, 5-9, FR-HS Dallas, Texas

G, 5-6, JR-2L DeSoto, Texas







G, 6-0, 175, SR-1L Los Angeles, Calif.

G, 6-6, 190, SO-TR Pleasant Hill, Calif.

C, 6-10, 210, JR-2L Lancaster, Texas

G/F, 6-1, FR-HS Oliva, Spain

F, 6-1, JR-2L El Paso, Texas

G, 5-7, SO-1L Tolleson, Ariz.







C, 6-10, 220, FR-RS Van Buren, Ark.

G, 6-3, 180, SR-0L El Paso, Texas

G, 6-4, 185, GS-TR Fort Worth, Texas

C, 6-2, SR-3L Ikskile, Latvia

G, 5-7, SO-0L San Antonio, Texas

F, 6-1, FR-HS Macon, Ga.







F, 6-9, 225, SO-1L Sioux Falls, S.D.

F, 6-8, 240, FR-HS Grand Prairie, Texas

F/G, 6-6, 210, FR-HS Pearl, Miss.

G, 5-7, FR-HS Detroit, Mich.

F/G, 5-11, FR-TR Oakland, Calif.

C, 6-4, SR-3L Riga, Latvia






C, 7-1, 210, FR-HS Leamington, Ontario, Canada

F, 6-7, 220, SR-0L Iowa City, Iowa

G, 5-7, SO-1L Houston, Texas

G, 5-10, SO-1L Houston, Texas

F, 6-1, JR-TR Simi Valley, Calif.

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UTEP ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES STAFF CHANGES Julie Levesque and Chris Park have been added to the UTEP athletics staff, and Daniel Veale has been elevated to Director of Marketing and Promotions. Levesque is serving as Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator, and Park is serving as Associate Athletic Direc  Â&#x2039;     #*   tions. Levesque came to El Paso from California Institute of Technology, where she worked in numerous capacities from 19972012. She was Assistant Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator, and spent one year as Interim Director of Athletics (2010-11). Levesque was also the head coach of the Beaver menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer (1997'''Â&#x201E; KÂ&#x2022; K;  teams (1997-2012). Levesqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s duties at Caltech were wide range, including serving as administrator for 17 sports, assisting the Director of Athletics in long-range planning for the department, and acting as the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NCAA Compliance Coordinator. Park made his way to the Sun City after   *@    Â sistant Athletic Director for Development. A member of the Bobcatsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; senior staff, he was responsible for fundraising and corporate trade contracts, including the courtesy car program. Park previously spent two and a half years at Sam Houston State, working as Athletic Development and Marketing Coordinator (2004-05) and External  ?Â&#x192;''Â&#x2030;!'Â&#x201E;  worked in the marketing and media relations departments at his alma mater, Texas


Director of Athletics Bob Stull

A&M, after starting his career as a marketing intern at TCU. Veale has been a member of the UTEP athletic staff for the last three years, working as a marketing and promotions assistant (2009-11) and assistant director of athletic development (2011-12). He served as marketing coordinator for the 2011 Conference USA Basketball Championships in El Paso, created and introduced all social media to UTEP Athletics and spearheaded efforts to increase student participation at all Miner athletic events. He was also cochair of the Minerpalooza, Homecoming and Welcome Back Week events. The El Paso native earned his Masters of Business Administration from UTEP in 2011.

A MESSAGE FROM CHRIS PARK Dear Miner Fans, Hello, my name is Chris Park, the new Associate Athletic Director for Development and External Relations. I wanted to use this edition of Miner Pride to introduce myself and let everyone know how excited I am to be a Min <   the job have been amazing, and I am very grateful to all of you who have reached out and made me feel so welcome in the UTEP and El Paso community. I want to thank all of our dedicated season ticket holders and Miner Athletic Club members for their outstanding support. If you are not a current Miner Athletic Club or


season ticket holder, please consider this avenue of support for our department and dedicated Miner Student Athletes. Please do not hesitate to     ever have any questions regarding your gift or purchasing season tickets. I look forward to getting to know all of our MAC members and season ticket holders this upcoming year at the many different Miner Athletic events. See you in the stands, Chris Park MINER PRIDE/Fall 2012/Pg 6

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UTEP ATHLETICS ROUNDUP MENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GOLF  <      ~Â&#x2020;  !>  Â&#x20AC;?     $ K Â&#x20AC;  Â&#x2013;# Â&#x2021;  `   "#$ ;       tournament, with two players (junior Ryan Fioretti and sophomore Martin Simonsen) tying for fourth place. Both carded a threeunder-par 213. The Miners played in four fall tournaments and enjoyed their best showing at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in {? Â&#x192;!%Â&#x201E;"#$ZÂ&#x2030;~  Â&#x152;   54-hole score in three years. Simonsen, last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conference USA Freshman of the Year, fashioned a team-leading 71.6 scoring average during the fall season.

WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GOLF UTEPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fall schedule consisted of six tournaments. The Miners    ~'    ~'  ^"@Â&#x192;;Â&#x201E;   $ K Give â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Em Five Intercollegiate (Las Cruces, N.M.) and 10th at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate (Palm Desert, Calif.). The top individual score of the fall came from freshman Maria Velasco at the Priceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tourney (77-76-71-224, tied for 21st place).

Former UNLV assistant Mark Roberts is the new head coach of the UTEP womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis team.

RIFLE WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TENNIS Mark Roberts was named UTEPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new head coach in June. A former player and coach at I-10 rival New Mexico State, Roberts returned to the Southwest after serving as assistant coach at UNLV for the last four seasons. The Rebels made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009, 2010 and 2011, advancing to the second round in 2010, and won Mountain West Conference regular season titles in 2009 and 2011. Roberts was chosen the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012. The Miners played in three tournaments this fall and will open their spring season on Jan. 26 at San Jose State.

 <     '~\?  ?   are in somewhat of a rebuilding mode this season after losing three All-Americans off of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squad. Even so, they carried a no. 20 national ranking into the month of November. UTEP set a season-high in aggregate score (4,498) in a home triangular match ~~ Â&#x2021; ~%\  < K  O  Â&#x192;ZÂ&#x201E; son best.

FISHING WITH THE FLOYDS  { Â&#x2039;Â&#x152; ;   "#$

  =   trip with Coach Floyd and his wife Beverly. Edgar Montiel and Carissa Montiel, along with Raoul Villegas and Ashley Bolaski, joined the Floyd family at their lake house in Mississippi to relax, sit back and unwind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was truly one of the best vacations that I have ever taken,â&#x20AC;? said Mr. Montiel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My family was taken aback by the hospitality in the Floyd  X        Â&#x2021;  Fiesta event, which supports student-athlete scholarships. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winners of the trip will include Mike Miles along with Susan Drewry.

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UTEP INDUCTS FIVE INTO ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME    Â&#x2030; ;  K Gary Brewster, footballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Andrew Everest, basketballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s David Lattin, trackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s James Munyala and trackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kim Turner were inducted into the UTEP Athletic Hall of Fame as the 11th group of honorees. Brewster was tabbed All-Western Athletic Conference twice (1975-76) during his ca "#$      school history, he scored 1,213 points and pulled down 673 rebounds with 14 doubledoubles during his time in El Paso. Brewster was a third round selection by Buffalo in the 1976 NBA Draft. He later returned to UTEP to serve as an assistant coach under the legendary Don Haskins. A member of the football team from 194751, Everest was the center linebacker. Everest was co-captain of the 1950 squad and participated in the 1949 and 1950 Sun Bowl. Everest has 43 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and professional level, serving as an NFL assistant coach   > $     \    Saints and as player personnel director for

the Minor League Football League. He also served as athletic director at the University of North Texas. Everest was inducted into the All-American Football Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hall of Fame in 1997 as an outstanding assistant coach. Lattin was a member of Texas Western Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1966 NCAA Championship team. He averaged a double-double his junior year (15.1 ppg and 10.1 rpg) and compiled 26 games with double-digit points and rebounds throughout his college career. He was named to four All-America teams following the 1966-67 campaign before being selected by San Francisco with the 10th pick in the NBA Draft. A Houston native, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Daddy Dâ&#x20AC;? played two years in the NBA (1967-69) and three seasons in the ABA Â&#x192;~_'!%Â&#x201E;  =      sional season in 1971-72, averaging 12.6 points with the Pittsburgh Condors. Munyala won three consecutive NCAA steeplechase titles from 1975-77 and was runner-up in the event at the NCAA Championships as a senior. Munyala was a memMINER PRIDE/Fall 2012/Pg 8

ber of UTEPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distance medley relay teams that claimed back-to-back national titles in 1976 and 1977. He won the 1978 NCAA indoor championship in the mile, recording the third-fastest time in program history (3:59.81). Munyala led the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross country team to three NCAA titles. Munyala was an 11-time NCAA All-American and a seven-time All-WAC honoree.             school history to win a NCAA crown when she claimed the 100-meter hurdles title at   ~_ZÂ&#x2020; \?    ;  Â&#x2021;  Championships. The seven-time All-American won two silver medals at the NCAA Championships in the 60m hurdles (1982 indoors) and the 100m hurdles (1983 outdoors). She also took the medal stand with !        ~''   (1982 outdoors) and 60m hurdles (1983 indoors). Turner won a bronze medal in the ~''  ~_ZÂ&#x2020; 

MINER PRIDE Q FALL 2012 LOCKER CAMPAIGN Introducing a new way to support all Miner student-athletes! Team bonding and motivational speeches take place in each locker room. Be a part of the team by impacting the lives of all UTEP student-athletes and secure your donation to the Miner Athletic Club Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund Locker Campaign.      !   

tunity to be part of the team, even after earning a diploma, and the ability to leave a lasting legacy for all future UTEP studentathletes. Miner fans across the globe can also impact each of these student-athletesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives every day they step into the locker room by giving to the campaign. Your gift will impact future generations of student-athletes by locking in a donation today! With the holidays right around the corner, your name or the name of a loved one will appear on a laser-etched zinc locker plaque permanently located on the front of a locker. Standing 8.5â&#x20AC;? tall by 6.5â&#x20AC;? wide, each plaque will have an area to inscribe a personal message on the student-athleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locker. By making a one-time gift of $1,500 or $2,500 (cost based on sport), you can keep the legacy alive for future student-athletes. Sports available per donation: $1,500 Football Softball Soccer Track & Field Volleyball Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball (Don Haskins Center) Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball (Foster-Stevens Basketball Center) $2,500 Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball (Don Haskins Center) Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball (Foster-Stevens Basketball Center) Champions Begin With Scholarships! Lock in your pledge today by visiting, by e-mailing, or by calling the Miner Athletic Club at (915) 747-8759.

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Jim Morgan was a linebacker for the football program from 19621966 and left an everlasting mark for generations to come through a gift to the Locker Campaign. Morgan felt it was necessary to give back to the organization that instilled many traits that have helped him become successful throughout life. His locker campaign commitment leaves a message for future student-athletes that is both inspiring and encouraging as       their own memories.



Join the Miner Athletic Club for four (4) pre-game meals in the Jonathan W. Rogers Hall of Champions,                 

SEASON PASSES AVAILABLE FOR ONLY $50! SPECIAL GIVEAWAYS AT EVERY DINNER!                 while UTEP Basketball coaches break down our game opponent!



SATURDAY, FEB. 16 vs. UCF 5-6:30 PM



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PAYMENT INFORMATION Name _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________ City ______________________________ State _____________ Zip __________ Telephone ________________________________ Email ___________________________________________ Method of Payment: ___ Check (to Miner Athletic Club) ___ VISA ___ MASTERCARD ___ AMERICAN EXPRESS ___ DISCOVER Card # ________________________________________ Expiration Date _____________________3-Digit Security Code _________________ Signature: ____________________________________ Total amount of tickets: ________________ Total dollar amount: _________________     "

$ %     &'  & " %   The cost of both Adult & Children tickets are $15 per ticket. Please RSVP at least one (1) week prior to the event. Payment must be received with RSVP. No tickets will be issued. Please mail or fax form and payment to: Miner Athletic Club, Brumbelow Building Room 109, 500 West University Ave., El Paso, TX 79968 Phone: (915) 747-8759 Fax: (915) 747-5247 Email:

Miner Pride Newsletter 2012  

Quarterly newsletter for fall 2012

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