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UTEP welcomes students with events at ‘Miner Welcome Week’

Annabella Mireles
Students in the crowd cheer as Paydirt Pete and cheerleaders dance on stage at Texas Western Gold Rush Aug. 243.

A tradition that has been around for a couple of years, Miner Welcome Week embraces the start of the upcoming semester, allowing for students to take part in multiple events starting Aug. 18. From socials to a job fair, this welcoming custom allows for everyone to come together.

To begin the welcome-back tradition, UTEP kicked off this semester’s new student move-in day Aug. 18, which is when all new students will move into their dorms. The following three days brought back returning students to move in, accompanied by a board game night, craft night and time to locate their classes on campus.

The Texas Western Gold Rush was set to begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 22. This traditional evening was all about hyping students up for the upcoming fall semester. Unfortunately, due to inclement weather the event was postponed and took place 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Centennial Plaza instead.

The Get Involved & Wellbeing Fair is at 10 a.m. Aug. 24-25. This event will host a variety of organizations, programs, and opportunities for Miners to become more involved on campus. A large-scale tabling fair spanning two days informs students who want to be a part of UTEP’s campus life among the multitude of options.

To kick off the fall football season this semester, the Miners will face University of North Texas at the “915 Night” game at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Sun Bowl Stadium.

Next on the event calendar is a job fair. The “Work @ UTEP Job Fair” will take place at Leech Grove 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. For information on the fair visit

The headlining event will be Minerpalooza, a UTEP custom that has made headlines for decades. Once again, the festival will be hosted outside of the Sun Bowl on Glory Road Sept. 2. Known for being UTEP’s biggest party of the year, Minerpalooza is a back-to-school event filled with food trucks, activities and live performances. The winning bands from UTEP’s Battle of the Bands, along with other local music acts, will perform at this decades-old festival. Headlining will be Tequila Rock Revolution.

UTEP is sure to welcome back all students with exciting fairs, activities, and fun opportunities to get involved. For information, visit

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Itzel Giron
Itzel Giron, Editor-in-chief
Itzel Giron is a senior multimedia journalism and creative writing student at UTEP. She started her journalistic career at The Prospector in the fall of 2021 as a staff reporter and is now editor-in-chief. Thanks to The Prospector and her tenacity, Itzel has had the opportunity to be an intern with KVIA Channel 7 at El Paso. Itzel is also a freelance journalist, and her work has been published in The City Magazine, Borderzine and Walsworth Yearbooks. After graduation, Itzel hopes to continue her passion of journalism by working in broadcast television reporting on politics, entertainment and news.
Alberto Silva Fernandez
Alberto Silva Fernandez, Contributor/Photographer
Alberto Silva Fernandez is a sophomore, majoring in Multimedia Journalism at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is a photographer for The Prospector and freelances covering the borderland. When he isn’t covering events Albert likes to study politics, play video games, and listen to music.
Annabella Mireles
Annabella Mireles, Photo Editor
Annabella Mireles is a junior at the University of Texas at El Paso majoring in digital media production and minoring in film. She is the photo editor at the Prospector newspaper and Minero magazine as well as owning her own photography business. She plans on pursuing photography full time.
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UTEP welcomes students with events at ‘Miner Welcome Week’