The El Paso Inc. newspaper awarded its 2014 Community Spirit Award to UTEP’s Centennial Celebration. The celebration was intentionally designed to involve as many people as possible and the announcement cites 175 official events–and many more unofficial–that drew hundreds of thousands of participants, tens of thousands for some of the larger single events. On one day in October UTEP representatives visited every school in the city–more than 180,000 students–with a message to prepare for college. “You only get to celebrate a centennial once,” the announcement noted, “so you want to get it right, and by all accounts the organizers did.”

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