UTEP holds "Miner Morning Mania"

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - Early Wednesday morning UTEP put on their annual "Miner Morning Mania" continuing to celebrate homecoming week.

The band, cheerleaders, Gold Digger Dance Team, Paydirt Pete and the homecoming court along with the Student Government Association all took part in the festivities.

This years homecoming king is Andres Guardado and the queen is Melissa Melendez.

"It's going to be something I remember the rest of my life," Guardado said.

"I am trying to set an example for others," Melendez said.

But organizers say it's about more than just homecoming. One of the main goals is to focus on the alumni and get them filled with Miner pride.

"We want them still engaged with the University and we also want them to celebrate what it is to be a Miner," Bobby Gonzales with the UTEP Alumni Association said.

For 1982 undergraduate and 2004 MBA alumnus Whit Leverett he says this morning's event means so much to him.

 "Homecoming is a time we can come together and [look back] on the years while we went to school and look to the future," Leverett said.

It's also a meaningful day for alumna Sandra Terrazas. She's one of nine alumni this year to receive the "Golden Nugget" award which is given to graduates that have given back to the community and University.

She says she's honored to get the award and is excited to see the current students succeed.

"These are kids that will soon be alumni and it's just a wonderful experience to be out here," Terrazas said.

The next homecoming event will be at UTEP's Centennial Plaza Thursday at noon for their Prep Rally.

Homecoming comes to an end on Saturday as the Moners take on Western Kentucky. That will be 6 p.m. at Sun Bowl Stadium.







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