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¿Que Pasa? April 2007

Higgins and Palmer Headed to NFL

April 30, 2007

Palmer Higgins

Horizons file photos

Palmer Higgins

Two of UTEP's all-time best players are now in the NFL.

The Oakland Raiders selected wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jr. on day one of the NFL draft Saturday, and the Washington Redskins picked up quarterback Jordan Palmer in round six of the draft on Sunday.

Higgins was the 36th pick in the third round of the draft, and the 99th overall selection. A native of Sweeny, Texas, Higgins is UTEP's all-time leader for receiving yards (3,218) and touchdown receptions (32). Higgins will join former teammate Thomas Howard, who was picked in the second round by the Raiders last year.

Palmer, who holds all of UTEP's career passing and total offense records, was selected 31st in round six and the 205th overall pick. A native of Mission Viejo, Calif., Palmer ranked seventh nationally in total offense (292.4 ypg) in 2006.

This is the first year since 2000 that UTEP has hade multiple NFL draft selections.

--David Peregrino

Native Plant Sale

April 27, 2007

It's spring at UTEP, which means it's time for FloraFest 2007.

Hosted annually by the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, FloraFest features the popular native plant sale and an educational lecture for gardening enthusiasts.

The native plant sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 in the patio area between the Centennial Museum and the Undergraduate Learning Center on Wiggins Road.

Plant enthusiasts will have hundreds of different desert plants to choose from. From fern-like leafy foliage to bright yellow blooms, the sale will have the perfect plant for gardeners. The majority of the plants are from the El Paso and South Central New Mexico regions.

Big crowds are expected, so shoppers are encouraged to arrive early. A limited number of wagons and carts to load up plants will be available, so shoppers are encouraged to bring their own wagon or cart.  A full list of plants for sale at FloraFest 2007 is available at

The FloraFest guest lecturer is Robert Sivinski, who will present "Native Plants: Finding Inspiration in the Natural World." The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27 in Room 116 of the Undergraduate Learning Center.

Also during FloraFest, flower lovers can check out "Visual Splendor: Scenes from the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens," currently on display at the Centennial Museum.

The exhibit is the first juried photography show hosted by the Centennial Museum. The show features nearly 200 images taken by UTEP faculty, staff and students, and other fans of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.

“It has turned out to be so much fun. It’s great to see what our peers are up to and how they each see the gardens,” says Kaye Mullins, a museum staffer.

Colorful images of butterflies, sunsets, flora and fauna are included in the exhibit. Museum officials are hoping to make the juried photography show an annual event.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 915/747-5565.

Laura S. Ruelas
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Shares Story

April 26, 2007

Photo by Laura Trejo 

Author Sonia Nazario spoke during a special presentation last week at the Union

Sonia Nazario’s tales of hardship, sacrifice and danger in researching her Pulitzer Prize-winning book riveted a captive audience at the Union Cinema at UTEP last week.

A writer for the Los Angeles Times, Nazario won the 2003 Pulitzer in feature writing for “Enrique’s Journey.” She spent years retracing the odyssey of Enrique, a young boy who traveled alone from Honduras to the United States to reach his mother, who had left years earlier.

“I tried to take the journey just like Enrique,” Nazario told a crowd of nearly 200. “It was a high-stakes ride -- very dangerous -- and I was scared every day. I still can’t imagine what Enrique felt as a child, going on the journey alone.”

Nazario said the book is her way making others aware of the struggle and desperation of immigrants looking for the American dream.

“Unfortunately, many immigrants don’t make it past the border and families are left wondering where they are,” she said. “Their stories need to be told.”

Nazario has been writing about social issues for more than two decades. She was a 1998 Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series on children of drug-addicted parents, and a 1994 George Polk Award recipient for local reporting for a series about hunger among schoolchildren in California.

The presentation was a collaborative between UTEP’s Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies and New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences. It was part of a continuing series of journalism lectures sponsored by a grant from the McCormick Tribune Foundation.

To learn more about her book, visit www.enriquesjourney.com

-Laura S. Ruelas

Family Campaign Under Way

April 25, 2007

The Office of University Development has launched this year's UTEP Family Campaign, an important fundraising effort that encourages faculty and staff (our UTEP family) to support university programs.

This year's campaign co-chairs are Director of Athletics Bob Stull and Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Dr. Scott Starks. In a letter to faculty and staff sent out this week, Stull and Starks point out that many deserving UTEP students go without scholarships because of limited funding. Since 2003, the need for four-year scholarships has grown by 40 percent, but unfortunately, state funding has not matched the pace of growth.

This year, campaign organizers are encouraging faculty and staff to make donations to the university's general scholarship fund, Miner Athletic Club scholarship fund, or college and department scholarship funds.

Follow the links below to past Horizons stories about the Family Campaign and how faculty and staff support has made a difference in students' academic careers.

To learn how to make a financial gift or set up a payroll deduction plan, visit www.givingto.utep.edu.

--David Peregrino

Hector Enriquez, a lecturer and Spanish Language Coordinator, used payroll deduction to create an endowed fund for his department. Read more ...
Biological sciences research professor Lillian F. Mayberry contributes to a scholarship endowment.
Read more ...
UTEP Honors Virginia Tech

April 24, 2007

Photo by Laura Trejo

UTEP President Diana Natalicio spoke during a special ceremony Monday afternoon, honoring the lives lost in last week's Virginia Tech shootings.

The UTEP community gathered at the Union Plaza Monday afternoon to commemorate and mourn the 32 lives lost during last week’s Virginia Tech shootings.

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff shared thoughts, prayers and a moment of silence for the victims, their families and fellow students affected by the tragedy.

UTEP President Diana Natalicio reflected on how unfortunate occurrences, such as the one on April 16, remind her of the importance universities have as communities.

“When trust is broken—as it was at Virginia Tech—we are reminded that we cannot take it for granted. We affirm our pledge to secure a safe environment, so (our students’) trust in us is never broken,” said Natalicio.

Aaron Rosas, 22, vice president of the Student Government Association, described a kinship he felt with the students of Virginia Tech.

“It hits close to home, because we’re students, just like them,” said Rosas. “We here at UTEP are used to bleeding orange, but today, we bleed maroon and orange.”

Many of the attendees at the memorial wore Virginia Tech’s colors as a sign of support and remembrance. People also wrote condolence messages and prayers that will be sent to Virginia Tech on behalf of the university.

-Laura S. Ruelas

Pinning Ceremony

April 24, 2007

Doctoral students

Photo by J.R. Hernandez

UTEP's newest group of doctoral candidates were honored during a recent pinning ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The ceremony recognized those students who had completed all the requirements for their Ph.D. except for the dissertation.

Students are granted candidacy status on the recommendation of the graduate advisor, a dissertation committee and the dean of the Graduate School.

UTEP offers 14 doctoral programs and more than 70 master’s-level programs and degrees. For more information about graduate school at UTEP visit https://academics.utep.edu/graduate.

--Kimberly Miller
Greek Week Wraps Up

April 23, 2007


 Photo by Chad Puerling

Spectators got some great laughs and memorable photos during a lip-synch contest for Greek Week 2007, which wrapped up on Saturday, April 21.

The week was filled with a number of fun competitions and opportunities for fraternity and sorority members to earn community service hours.

Slide Show: Greek Week 2007

--David Peregrino

Best in Show

April 19, 2007

   Photo by Laura Trejo

"Mrs. Antoinette," by senior art major Adrian Morales, won Best Ceramic Work in the 2007 Juried Student Art Exhibition, now on display at the Rubin Center.

As the end of the semester approaches, art students are putting their one-of-a-kind creations on display at the 2007 Juried UTEP Student Art Exhibition.

The exhibit, which features more than four dozen artists, fills the L and Rubin Galleries inside the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts. It showcases works of art and design created by undergraduate students currently enrolled in the Department of Art.

Nearly 70 pieces are on display. Visitors can see bold graphics of Downtown’s Bassett Tower, photographs, mixed-media wall-sized drawings, and sculptures constructed from wood, metal and unique components such as electric fans.

Prizes were given to best ceramic work, jewelry, drawing, painting, graphic design and photography. This year’s Best in Show went to senior Jessica Pizaña for “Sixlet Blossom,” a stainless steel and Styrofoam beaded sculpture.

Jurors for this year’s show were Gail Anderson and Jane Milosch. Anderson is the creative director of SpotCo Design, a New York design studio specializing in entertainment graphics. Milosch is a curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery.

The exhibition will be up through May 12. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The center is closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 915/747-6151 or visit https://www.utep.edu/artsculture.

Slide Show: 2007 Juried UTEP Student Art Exhibition 

-Laura S. Ruelas

Environmental Excellence

Texas Honors Healthy Home Environments Program

April 19, 2007

Photo courtesy of CERM/Healthy Home Environments
Healthy Home Environments trainers review educational materials.

The Healthy Home Environments program, administered by the Center for Environmental Resource Management at UTEP, is the recipient of a 2007 Texas Environmental Excellence Award.

Healthy Home Environments uses a “train the trainer” approach to bring health and environmental safety education to communities throughout the El Paso/Juárez region.

The program trains community workers in a variety of projects, including water disinfection methods, waterless toilet construction, hand-washing education, and education in proper use and disposal of pesticides, chemicals and other hazardous household products. Since 2004, Health Home Environments has reached approximately 3,700 families through trainings and home visits, and has distributed more than 25,000 educational materials.

Veronica Corella-Barud, assistant director of health and environmental outreach policy at CERM, directs the program, which is funded by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, CERM and Johnson & Johnson.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality sponsors the award program. The award will be presented to CERM during the TCEQ Environmental Trade Fair and Conference on May 2 in Austin. For more information, visit www.teea.org.

--David Peregrino

UTEP Students Learn from Journalism Pros

April 19, 2007

Photo by Laura Trejo

Kim Nussbaum (left), vice president of sales and marketing for the Abilene Reporter-News, hosted a workshop for a group of journalism students at The Prospector office on April 10.

UTEP communications students learned about the challenges and opportunities in a changing world of print and online media during a recent visit by journalism professionals from across the country.

The guests included newspaper editors, Web developers and marketers. Also participating were representatives of newspaper publisher E. W. Scripps Company and the Scripps Howard Foundation, which recently pledged $100,000 to support programs in the Department of Communication.

During their one-day visit, the journalists spoke to classes to give students an inside view of their professions. They also conducted internship and resume workshops and met one-on-one with students and members of the UTEP Prospector editorial staff.

UTEP sophomore Victor Portillo, 19, had a chance to meet with the guests during a workshop on Web design.

“It was great to sit down with them and get their feedback on our work and projects. We all wanted more time to meet with them, because it was a great learning experience. They were very helpful and had so much to offer,” said Portillo, a graphic design major.

The event was organized by the department’s Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies.

During a workshop, Albuquerque Tribune editor Phil Casaus gave students tips on how to improve their chances of landing internships. He urged students to take advantage of any opportunity to gain valuable experience.

“You have to be honest with yourself. Internships are about being open to new experiences, and about getting out of where you’re from,” he said. “You may have to move away, but you can always come back and share what you learned.”

Students will soon have access to out-of-town internships and other resume-building opportunities thanks to the $100,000 gift from Scripps Howard.

The donation will be distributed over the next four years. This year, a portion of the money will be used to upgrade the department’s computer lab in the Cotton Memorial Building. The gift will also create the Scripps Howard Gift Fund for Student Advancement, which will fund out-of-area internships, conferences, job fairs and other activities.

-Laura S. Ruelas

Greeks Compete

April 18, 2007


Photo by Chad Puerling

Greek Week 2007 got rolling on Monday with a chariot race down University Ave.

The celebration, designed to highlight the many activities and philanthropic efforts of UTEP's fraternities and sororities, is chock-full of games, competitions, and a god and goddess contest.

Greek Week wraps up on Saturday, April 21. For more information, contact the Student Development Center at 747-5670 or check out the Greek Life link on the
Student Development Center's Web site.

--David Peregrino

A Buzz on Campus

April 16, 2007

Photo by J.R. Hernandez

A doorknob outside the Hertzog Building proved irresistible to honeybees in search of a new place to build a hive.

A University Communications staffer discovered the bees swarming around the doorknob on Monday morning. Across the parking lot, another swarm gathered in a small tree.

According to entomologists, bee swarms are common in the spring, as bees leave crowded hives to look for a new place to live. Swarms will land on a convenient place to huddle while scout bees look for a good place to build a hive.

Workers from Facilities Services removed the bees from the area.

--David Peregrino
Miratek Honored by UTEP

April 16, 2007

Photo by Laura Trejo

Congressman Silvestre Reyes presented Joe Diaz, Miratek
founder and president, with a plaque on behalf of the university.

The UTEP office of the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) recently honored Miratek, a local technology information systems, business and engineering firm, for attaining ISO 9001 certification.

Miratek’s certification, a quality standard that will allow them to grow and seek new contracts, was achieved with support from UTEP’s TMAC office and Raytheon’s Mentor Protégé Program.

TMAC is a statewide industrial extension program funded through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology – Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program.

TMAC centers are located at seven universities throughout the state. The UTEP center is responsible for five far-west Texas counties. The UTEP center is housed in the College of Engineering’s Institute for Manufacturing and Materials Management and provides technical assistance and resources to small- and mid-sized manufacturing companies.

– Laura Cruz

Cheerleading Hopefuls Prepare for Tryouts

April 13, 2007

Photo by Chad Puerling

Students interested in joining the UTEP cheerleading squad have been participating in a series of required clinics to get ready for tryouts on Saturday, April 21.

Led by experienced cheerleaders, the clinics are helping the newcomers build the strength and athletic skills necessary for the challenging acrobatic sport.

Students who make the squad will have the opportunity to cheer for football, volleyball and basketball, travel to away games and compete for spots on the national competition squad.

For more information, visit the UTEP cheerleading squad's Web site.

--David Peregrino

Diversifying the Intelligence Community

April 12, 2007


Photos by Laura Trejo

A new program at UTEP will help prepare students for national intelligence careers and improve diversity in the field, officials announced during a press conference at the university this week.

The creation of the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence at UTEP was announced by Congressman Silvestre Reyes and representatives from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The center will develop a curriculum to prepare students for careers in the nation’s 16 intelligence-related agencies. The program will be open to UTEP students in any academic major and will extend to area high school students through a summer program at the university.

Reyes, D-El Paso, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said UTEP was the ideal institution for such a program because of its strong academic and research portfolio, its location on the U.S.-Mexico border, and its high numbers of minority students.

“Diversity is the greatest strength of this country,” Reyes said. “We’re trying to make the intelligence community look like the face of America.”

Reyes said he will continue to lobby for and support the program because it not only will help build a stronger, more diverse intelligence community, but will expand the field of opportunities for students in the El Paso region. As the program grows, he said, other students from across the nation will be drawn to UTEP to participate in the program.

UTEP’s Graduate School earlier this year approved a graduate certificate in Homeland Security, which will begin in fall 2007. A graduate certificate and master’s program in Intelligence and National Security will also be developed.

Local high school students will also benefit from the university’s Intelligence Center. Students from Austin, Bowie, Chapin, El Paso and Franklin high schools in the El Paso school district will initially participate in a four-week summer program under the center.

“Our most important asset is well-educated, well-trained people,” said Dr. Leonora Peters-Gant of the DNI office, adding that UTEP and EPISD students who participate in the program will become “vital in the equation to keep America safe.”

The Intelligence Center at UTEP is funded by an initial $500,000 grant awarded in 2006 by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and is renewable for up to $2 million. The DNI Center for Academic Excellence program aims to increase diversity in the intelligence community, and has awarded 10 grants to universities across the United States since 2005.

--Cindy Ramirez

NASA Plans June Launch

April 11, 2007

Photo courtesy of NASA

Technicians perform repairs to Atlantis' external tank inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA expects to finish repairing hail damage on space shuttle Atlantis' external fuel tank in time for a launch in early June, officials announced Tuesday.

UTEP graduate Danny Olivas is part of the shuttle crew that will attach a new segment to the International Space Station.

The mission, dubbed STS-117, was originally scheduled for a March 15 launch. But as the shuttle sat on the launch pad in February, a severe thunderstorm unleashed golf ball-sized hail that tore 2,660 divots in the fuel tank's foam insulation.

NASA technicians will finish repairing the tank and expect it to be ready for the next launch window, which opens  June 8.

Olivas, who graduated from UTEP in 1989 with an engineering degree, is scheduled to perform two spacewalks during the mission.

For more information about Olivas and STS-117, visit

--David Peregrino
UTEP Volunteers Acknowledged


April 11, 2007

Photo by J.R. Hernandez

El Paso Marathon Foundation organizers recently presented UTEP President Diana Natalicio a plaque to recognize the participation by university volunteers.

About 100 volunteers from UTEP, the largest involvement by any group, cheered on marathon runners and walkers on Sunday, March 4.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization designed to showcase El Paso, increase health awareness in the region and help other health organizations, including Avance of El Paso, Volar Center for Independent Living, the El Paso Diabetes Association and the El Paso Rehabilitation Center.

– Laura Cruz

Millennium Lecture Series

April 10, 2007


Photo by Chad Puerling

UTEP's Millennium Lecture Series welcomed speaker Charles Kennel, director of the Environment and Sustainability Initiative at the University of California San Diego, Monday afternoon at the Undergraduate Learning Center.

Kennel  presented the lecture "Had We World Enough and Time: Global Earth Science and Sustainability."  His talk focused on the daily occurrences in nature, caused by man, that will affect the world in the next 50 years.

Kennel holds degrees in astronomy and astrophysics from Harvard and Princeton. He is a former associate administrator at NASA and director of Mission to Planet Earth, the world’s largest Earth-science program. He is a professor of atmospheric sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

This year's UTEP Millennium Lecture Series is sponsored by the President’s Office and the university’s Center for Environmental Resource Management. Kennel’s lecture was the last in the 2006-2007 series, which explored the changing environment, including climate change, resource depletion, energy use and production, and environmental impacts on human health.

-Laura S. Ruelas

Miners Race to the Top

April 9, 2007

Photo by Chad Puerling 

UTEP Track and Field member Daniel Lujan (center).

Members of the UTEP Track and Field team qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in 13 events at the Springtime Invitational held at Kidd Field last month.

Miners scored qualifying marks in the 100-, 200-, 400- and 800-meter dash, as well as in the triple-jump, hammer and javelin competitions.

The Miners are set to compete in  the UTEP Invitational this weekend.

For more information, visit www.utepathletics.com

-Laura S. Ruelas

"Cats" Held Over

April 5, 2007

Photo courtesy of the UTEP Dinner Theatre

UTEP Dinner Theatre officials have announced that additional shows have been scheduled for the production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “CATS.”

“CATS” is based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," about a tribe of junkyard cats known as the Jellicles. With elaborate costumes and dance numbers, the cast of “Cats” will take audiences into the world of Victoria, Munkustrap, Old Deuteronomy, and the rest of the Jellicle tribe.

Fans of the Broadway musical can now purchase tickets for performances scheduled for April 13-May 20. A number of dates are already sold out, including April 13, 20, 22, 28-29 and May 3 and 6. Dinner performances are at 7 p.m. Special discount matinee performances are on Sundays; dates and times vary.

Ticket prices range from $10 to $35 and special discounts are available for groups of 20 or more, children under 12, and UTEP faculty, staff and students.

For more information, call 915/747-6060 or visit www.utep.edu/udt.

Slide Show: "CATS" On Stage...

-Laura S. Ruelas

Ping-Pong Challenge

April 4, 2007

Photo by Laura Trejo

Bill Isaac (left), owner of Roy Lown's Billards, played a game of ping-pong with Richard Padilla, vice president of Student Affairs, at the Union Recreation Center.

A ping-pong battle of the paddle at the Recreation Center in the Union Building recently pitted a UTEP administrator against the businessman who donated some of the gaming equipment.

Bill Isaac

University staff watched as Vice President of Student Affairs Richard Padilla went up against Bill Isaac, owner of Roy Lown’s Billiards. The University recently purchased pool, chess, poker and pin tables from Roy Lown’s Billiards and Brunswick Billiards to help create a friendlier student environment at the center. Isaac donated some additional equipment.

“With the support from people like Mr. Isaac, the university can grow in so many different ways, big and small,” said Padilla. “Students now have a great place to relax and have fun.”

The event, which included food and drinks for university students and staff, was hosted by Union Services and the Office of Vice President for Student Affairs.

-Laura S. Ruelas

Leading English Learners to Success

Photo by Chad Puerling

BEEMS keynote speakers included
James Crawford, executive director
of the Institute for Language and
Education Policy.

April 3, 2007

More than 700 bilingual-education advocates recently gathered in El Paso to discuss dual-language programs.

UTEP’s College of Education hosted the 14th annual Bilingual Educators Emphasizing and Mastering Standards (BEEMS) Conference.

The “Leading English Learners to Success” conference drew educators, administrators, parents and bilingual-education advocates from throughout the United States and Mexico to UTEP.

This year’s conference also featured a one-day binational education summit organized by Hispanics for Opportunity Progress Education (HOPE), a nonprofit public policy group.

The summit focused on improving teacher knowledge, skills and performance; and improving literacy among elementary students. Summit organizers plan to develop policies that will improve knowledge and resource sharing across the border.

For more information about HOPE, visit

– Laura Cruz

Conference Promotes Leadership among Hispanics

April 3, 2007

Photo by Chad Puerling

Navy Rear Adm. Jay A. DeLoach was the keynote speaker during a luncheon for the MAES 18th Annual National Leadership Conference.

Hispanic engineering and science professionals and college students from throughout the United States and Mexico gathered at UTEP for the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists, Inc. 18th Annual National Leadership Conference in March.

The event featured a variety of workshops, project competitions and roundtable discussions with an emphasis on leadership skills training and development. The conference was hosted at UTEP with the help of the society’s national president Michael Acosta, who serves as director of external relations for the university’s College of Engineering and director of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC).

The keynote speaker was Navy Rear Adm. Jay A. DeLoach, Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Requirements and Assessments.

DeLoach has served nearly 20 years in the Navy. During his career, he has earned master’s degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies from Naval War College; Nuclear Engineering from University of Virginia; and Business Management from Central Michigan University.

MAES was founded in Los Angeles in 1974 by a group of professional engineers to advance and increase the number of Hispanics, especially those of Mexican American descent, in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by creating opportunities and fostering recognition through its professional, technical, and outreach activities. MAES is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

-Laura S. Ruelas

Easter Hops in Early at UTEP

April 3, 2007

Photo by Laura Trejo

Nearly 100 children took part in the annual Easter Egg Hunt at UTEP on March 31.

The youngsters and their parents scavenged in and around the Geology Lawn for hidden surprises and treats.

With candy-filled eggs in hand, the children sat and posed for pictures with the Easter Bunny. A magician entertained the crowd with his hat full of tricks. Games and food wrapped up the day’s celebration.

The annual event was sponsored by the University Women's Club and the Women's Resource Center.

Slide Show...

-Laura S. Ruelas

1966 Champs in Hall of Fame

April 2, 2007

The 1966 Texas Western College NCAA championship team has been named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2007. Officials made the announcement today in Atlanta, Ga., site of the 2007 NCAA Men's Final Four.

Members of the famed Texas Western (now the University of Texas at El Paso) team are Bobby Joe Hill, who died in 2002, Jerry Armstrong, Orsten Artis, Louis Baudoin, Willie Cager, Harry Flournoy, David Lattin, Dick Myers, David Palacio, Togo Railey, Nevil Shed, and Willie Worsley. Head coach Don Haskins was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1997.

The story of the team's championship season was told in the Disney movie "Glory Road," which hit No. 1 at the box office in January 2006.

Harry Flournoy represented the team at today's press conference, which David Lattin also attended. The 1966 champs and other members of the class of 2007 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the Enshrinement Weekend ceremonies Sept. 6-8 in Springfield, Mass.

Click here for photos of the press conference

For more information about the 1966 TWC champs, visit

--Laura S. Ruelas


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