Orange and Brew Coffee Tour brings UTEP students back to campus


Alberto Silva Fernandez

Luis Suira dances in front of the UTEP bookstore on April 7th 2021

Anahy Diaz, Editor-in-Chief

UTEP’s Student Engagement and Leadership Center (SELC) hosted its first Orange and Brew Coffee Tour of the semester April 7 at the bookstore.  

After a year of conducting the event online, Orange and Brew invited students and staff back on campus for live music, coffee, pastries and UTEP gear giveaways.  

“It’s so great to see all the students and faculty and be able to interact with them and give them a piece of energy,” said Annet Rodriguez, SELC’s coordinator for UTEP’s Terry Scholars, who helped at the event.   

Participants were required to abide by UTEP health regulations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which included wearing face masks. According to Rodriguez, Wednesday’s event is one of the various in-person activities SELC is set to begin offering as campus slowly reopens.   

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“This is the first of many in-person events,” Rodriguez said. “We had previously been virtual, but we will continue to have Orange and Brew events throughout the whole semester.” 

UTEP students like Andres Adame, a senior studying organizational and corporate communication, enjoyed being back on campus for the day.   

“Activities like these bring out the best in students,” Adame said. “Studying at home has been a good thing. I’ve been able to get close to my family because of it, but being back at UTEP it’s like you have another family here.”  

Beginning April 9, SELC, the Dean of Students and Spirit Operations, will be hosting Music on the Plaza every Friday in April at the Fox Fine Arts Plaza featuring live music, food, and activities for attendees to enjoy. 

“We encourage all UTEP students, faculty and staff, to make sure they are a part of those in-person events throughout the rest of the semester and transitioning into summer,” Rodriguez said. 

UTEP is currently operating at ‘low density’ under its recovery matrix system, with gatherings limited to no more than 50 individuals. 

A list of SELC and other departments’ upcoming events can be found at 

Anahy Diaz may be reached at [email protected]; @by_anahydiaz on Twitter.