EPCC Staff Makes an Impact on the Environment
Mayra Cordero has been working for El Paso Community College (EPCC) as an Environmental Specialist for 7 years. She was born in Mexico City and raised in Delicias, Chihuahua. She came to EPCC as a student and attended English as a Second Language (ESL) courses where she was invited to attend a class for Student Leadership. As part of the leadership class, Cordero had to present a project and through much research, she discovered that recycling would save a lot of money for the college. She presented this project to former EPCC President, Dr. Richard Rhodes. He told Cordero that it was an excellent idea. Cordero knew this was an opportunity to help recycle and create a better environment for this institution. “I noticed there was a need in the college and I thought I could help develop a plan for EPCC.”
One year later she was hired as EPCC’s Recycling Coordinator. The Recycling Program started in September, 2009 at the Valle Verde Campus and at the Administrative Services Center (ASC). The program had a very good response from the students, faculty and staff so it was extended to the remaining campuses a couple of months later.
Since Cordero started the program, EPCC has recycled 840 tons of paper, cans and plastic bottles. The program has expanded and now it recycles toners, batteries and office supplies as well. EPCC has received many recognitions. One of them being the Green Business Challenge Award, which is a customizable national model that local governments can use to engage local businesses to save money, energy, water, and waste, improving their business’ environmental performance. “In a few weeks I knew that I had a real leader in Mayra,” said Richard Lobato, EPCC Executive Director of Physical Plant, “Mayra made sure that all EPCC personnel were aware of the changes she was implementing.”
The Recycling Program has helped other organizations to either start their own program or to grow it; one of them is The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). At the beginning of her research, Cordero went to UTEP to find out how they were recycling. At that time UTEP was only recycling cardboard. When she took charge at EPCC and the program started to show very good results, representatives from UTEP sat down with her to find out more about her successful program. “The main reason why this program has been very successful is because the janitors have done an excellent job,” Cordero said, “also the support from EPCC staff and faculty who were eager to start recycling.” Cordero continues to educate even more students, staff and faculty on the award winning recycling program.
2017 10th ANNUAL ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR
The El Paso Artists Studio Tour will take place this year on two weekends in April. April 22 & 23 are the dates for those in Central, Northeast, and San Elizario and April 29 & 30 for those in Downtown, Westside & Upper Valley. Hours will be 10-5 Saturday and noon-5 Sunday.
This year the tour features thirty-eight artists in eighteen locations.
Art lovers browse the private studios, meet the artists and shop for fine art. Admission is free and refreshments will be served at each studio.
The tour is sponsored by the Plein Air Painters of El Paso and The El Paso Scene. Randy Limbird, from the Scene, had this to say; “Walking into an artist’s studio can be a lot of fun. You see what inspires them, their views from the window, and a variety of their work. When people buy art, they’re establishing a relationship with the artists. They’re not just buying a painting, they’re buying a story. So, why not see where the artists live and work? It makes it more appealing.”
Artists in the tour include Ho Baron, Kathryn Johnson, Julie Caffee-Cruz, Joe Langston, Frank Garcia, Alberto Escamilla, Robert Dozal, Martha Arzabala, Romy Hawkins, Hal Marcus, Juan Stockmeyer, Melinda Etzold, Francisco Romero, Lisa Matta, Deana Hicks, Cheryl L. Kilian-Hofer, Terri Wenner, Candy & Charlie Mayer, Krystyna Robbins, Nina Eaton and Rami Scully. Art Junction artists: Yeunhee Lee, Rosario Acosta, Glenn Trittenbach, Gummi Thordarson, C. Manny Guerra, Omar Lopez, Tracy Navar, Cesar Barraza, Gloria Gomez-Kilkenny, Adalberto Ley, Lucy J. Ley, Erica Contreras, John Collins, Kirsten Jedamiczik, Claudia Ley, and Karla Zanelli.
For information, directions to the studios and a map, go to www.pleinairpaintersofelpaso.com.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING COMMUNITY VISIONING WORKSHOP
The City of Sunland Park, New Mexico, wishes to inform all interested parties that a public meeting will be held regarding the Sunland Park 2040 Comprehensive Plan. A Comprehensive Plan is the guiding document for both city staff and elected officials, and will document the community at present day and the community’s vision for the future.
“Our Purpose”, according to Mayor Javier Perea, “is to have active citizen involvement in the planning process that we can use to guide the development of the city.” We encourage all residents of the City of Sunland Park to take part in this Community Visioning Workshop where the goal is to gather valuable information from the public regarding the issues, challenges and desires of the City.
Date and Time: April 20, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Place: San Martin de Porres Roman Catholic Church,
1885 McNutt Road, Sunland Park, NM 88063
‘Dream Big’ with Disney On Ice at El Paso County Coliseum
Photos: Courtesy of Disney/Feld Entertainment
Believing is just the beginning when dreamers in El Paso get to witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies in “Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.”
The hugely popular, action-packed ice skating spectacular will take over the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, May 17-21, for nine performances.
Tickets, which will cost $22, $28, $55 and $65, plus fees, go on sale Saturday, March 11, and will be available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
With Tinker Bell as their guide, audiences will follow eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. In addition, fans will experience the captivating power of sisters Anna and Elsa when Disney’s Academy Award-winning “Frozen” is brought to life on the icy stage as well.
• 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17
• 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18 (Spanish)
• 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19
• Noon, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20
• Noon, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 21
Information: 533-9899; disneyonice.com; countycoliseum.com; @ElPasoColiseum on Twitter; facebook.com/EPColiseum; instagram.com/elpasocountycoliseum; @DisneyOnIce on Twitter; facebook.com/DisneyOnIce; instagram.com/disneyonice.
EPCC 40th SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL
El Paso Community College (EPCC) invites the public to participate in the 40th annual Spring Arts Festival. Numerous events celebrating the arts will take place all spring long. The first event is the last week of February.
WHAT: The Dramatic Monologues
WHEN: Friday, March 24 | 2 – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Valle Verde Campus, Room B240 | 919 Hunter Drive
WHO: Presented by Francisco Carrasco
A full schedule of events is attached. For more information about this and other events from the EPCC Spring Arts Festival, log onto www.epcc.edu/events/artsfestival
3rd SHOW ADDED DUE TO EXTRAORDINARY FAN DEMAND!
2016 CMA Entertainer of the Year
With Trisha Yearwood
Friday April 7, Saturday April 8, Sunday April 9 at 7:00 PM
Pan American Center
Las Cruces, NM
These will be the only New Mexico appearances on The Garth Brooks World Tour and the first time in Las Cruces in 21 years!
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Gene Cernan, American Astronaut and Hero, Passes at 82
1982 Inductee into the International Space Hall of Fame
The staff of the New Mexico Museum of Space History express their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Astronaut Gene Cernan. Cernan passed away Monday, January 16, 2017, following on-going health issues. He was 82 years old. Although Cernan earned several distinctions during his career at NASA, he is best known as the Commander of Apollo 17 and the last man to walk on the moon.
“The passing of Gene Cernan has saddened us immensely. Losing him so soon after John Glenn is a reminder that a remarkable era in American space exploration is drawing to a close. The Apollo astronauts were, and are, among the nation’s most revered heroes. As one by one they slip the surly bonds of Earth, we must commit to honor their legacy and celebrate those who remain at every given opportunity,” said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. Of the 32 astronauts chosen by NASA to fly in the Apollo manned lunar landing program, only 12 actually walked on the moon. With Cernan’s passing, just six moonwalkers remain.
Gene Cernan was born on March 14, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois. He received a degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, where he also received his commission through the Navy ROTC program. He entered flight training after graduation and earned a Master of Science degree from the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California. In 1963, he was one of fourteen astronauts selected by NASA for the Gemini program and he went on to become one of the few people who flew to the moon twice. Cernan was the lunar module pilot for Apollo 10 in 1969, the first comprehensive lunar-orbital qualification and verification test of the lunar lander. As commander of Apollo 17 in 1972, he and his crewmate, Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, lived on the moon for more than three days and completed three very successful excursions to nearby craters and the Taurus-Littrow Mountains. Cernan retired from the Navy and NASA in 1976 and entered into private business.
Gene Cernan was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in 1982. He was the recipient of two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and two Navy Distinguished Service Medals among many other prestigious awards. He is survived by his wife Jan Nanna Cernan, his daughter and son-in-law, two step-daughters and their husbands, and nine grandchildren.
The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org.
Apollo 17 Commander Eugene Cernan stands on the moon next to the American flag. A close look at his helmet visor reveals a reflection of fellow astronaut, and New Mexico native, Harrison “Jack” Schmitt taking the picture. (Courtesy NASA/Schmitt)
Statewide Collaboration Benefits Dual Credit Students
Statewide Collaboration Benefits Dual Credit Students
El Paso, Texas January 17, 2017- El Paso Community College (EPCC) is part of a new statewide initiative to better the coursework of the EPCC Dual Credit students. The collaboration is being launched by the University of Texas at Austin and will also include Austin Community College, Houston Community College and Texas Tech University to ensure Texas students get the most out of dual credit coursework.
The TEXAS OnRamps Dual Credit Innovation Collaborative (DCIC ) will bring together leading educational innovators from across the state to identify best practices for high-quality dual credit instruction and coursework that helps students reach their postsecondary goal.
“EPCC’s Dual Credit courses have a national reputation for being high quality, having academic rigor and preparing students for future academic achievement.,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. “Data shows that EPCC’s Dual Credit program increases educational attainment for our region and we are committed to sharing our best practices and collaborating as part of TEXAS OnRamps Dual Credit Innovation Collaboration.”
Of students who earn Dual Credit from EPCC, 58% enroll in college compared to 33% of those who do not take Dual Credit. The average success rate of these students is nearly 90%. At EPCC, Dual Credit has been a dynamic force in increasing educational attainment. EPCC Dual Credit students who have transferred to UTEP:
- are 2.3 times more likely to graduate in 4 years or less from the university
- increase the probability to graduate in 6 years or less by 60% (1.6 times more likely)
- are 1.4 times more likely to stay in school and earn a higher GPA (3.26 vs. 3.08)
- continue their education to post graduate programs at a rate of 62%
“EPCC will share our expertise and work to formalize best practices as we set the course for the future of Dual Credit and Early College across the state through (DCIC),” Tonie Badillo, EPCC Dean of Dual Credit and Early College High Schools said.
For more information, contact Tonie Badillo at (915) 831-6755.
Live Racing Returns! – Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino Kicks off Live Racing Season with El Paso Sheriff’s Posse Toy Giveaway, Holiday Shopping and Live Racing!
El PASO, TX (December 12, 2016) – Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino kicks off its 58th Season of Live Racing and invites you to a day of fun and shopping! At 10am on Saturday, December 17, 2016, Santa’s helpers, the El Paso Sheriff’s Posse and Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino will join forces to distribute toys to area children in need. From 12pm to 6pm everyone can enjoy a day of fun and shopping during the 2nd Annual Christmas Festival: Holiday at the Park featuring custom gifts and crafts and Santa Selfies from 2pm to 6pm. Live racing starts at 12:45pm!
El Paso Sheriff’s Posse Toy Giveaway:
Date & Time: Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 10am
Place: Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. Sunland Park, NM
Each year, the El Paso Sheriff’s Posse and Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino join forces to bring smiles to hundreds of children in need with a Toy Giveaway. Santa and his helpers will roll up in the iconic vintage 1860s stagecoach loaded with toys for area children during this invitation-only event. “We are thrilled to partner with the El Paso Sheriff’s Posse to bring smiles to the children of Sunland Park,” said Ethan Linder, Marketing Director at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. “This is certainly one of our favorite events!”
Holiday at the Park 2nd Annual Christmas Festival:
Date & Time: Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 12pm to 6pm
Place: Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. Sunland Park, NM
Free admission, free parking and family friendly
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino will be hosting the 2nd Annual Holiday at the Park Christmas Festival. From 12pm to 6pm, guests can get their Christmas shopping from vendors who will be offering custom belt buckles, leather work, apparel, gourmet snacks, fine jewelry, crafts and more! Santa will be available for selfies from 2pm to 6pm. This event is family friendly with free entrance and free parking.
Live racing starts at 12:45pm!
Streets around Downtown reopen this weekend to make way for holiday revelers
Major closures on Texas Avenue, Franklin Avenue, North Stanton set to begin on Monday
EL PASO, Texas — Several key downtown streets will reopen by the end of the day to make way for the tens of thousands of parade goes and ice skaters expected to flood Downtown El Paso for holiday festivities this weekend. However, a new round of high-impact street closures will greet commuters as they head back to work on Monday Morning, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.
Kansas Street Work Zone
Kansas Street remains reduced to a single southbound lane between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahn Avenue. With rail work completed in the northern end of that work zone, Main Drive and Mills Avenue will re-open to east-west traffic at Kansas Street beginning on Friday, December 2, 2016.
However, beginning on Monday, December 5, 2016, Texas Avenue will close to east-west thru traffic between Stanton Street and Campbell Street. This closure, which is necessary as crews continue laying rail thru that intersection, is expected to last approximately three weeks.
Also on Monday, December 5, 2016, Overland Avenue will reopen to east-west thru traffic at Kansas Street while First Avenue will closed to east-west thru traffic at Kansas Street.
San Antonio Avenue remains closed to traffic immediately west of Kansas Street. Myrtle Avenue remains open at Kansas.
Franklin Avenue Work Zone
Beginning on Monday, December 5, 2016, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will begin preparations to lay rail along Franklin Avenue. To accommodate this work, Franklin Avenue will be closed to all traffic between Santa Fe Street and the mid-block alley between Oregon Street and Mesa Street.
Oregon Street will be closed to thru traffic between Main Drive and Missouri Avenue; It will remain open to local traffic, on-street parking, surface parking lot access, and parking garage access. Local traffic will not be allowed to cross Franklin Avenue on Oregon Street.
Because of the complex nature of switches and paving in this area, these closures will be in place for approximately 8-12 weeks.
Stanton Street Work Zone
Beginning on Monday, December 5, 2016, Stanton Street will be closed to thru traffic between Cliff Drive and Rim Road for final utility relocation work there, which will take approximately two weeks. Schuster Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction at Stanton Street. Crosby Avenue will be closed between Mesa Street and Kansas Street.
Santa Fe Street Work Zone
With rail now in place along much of Santa Fe Street, it will re-open to north-south traffic on Friday, December 2, 2016. Some lane restrictions will remain in place on Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Montestruc Court. Overland Avenue and San Antonio Avenue will reopen to east-west thru traffic at this time.
Intermittent work will continue along Santa Fe Street beginning on Monday, December 5, 2016. At this time, Santa Fe Street will be reduced to two southbound lanes between Franklin Avenue and Paisano Drive. This will allow crews to complete work while keeping the street open to as much holiday traffic as possible which is bound for the Judson F. Williams Convention Center and its parking garage.
Traffic Impacts at Other Locations
As work continues along the 4.8 mile route, the following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of December 5, 2016:
§ Oregon Street between Nevada Avenue and Rim Road (open to northbound traffic only)
§ Rio Grande Avenue, California Avenue, River Avenue, Cliff Drive and Crosby Avenue immediately west of Oregon Street
§ Stanton Street between Nevada Avenue and Rio Grande Avenue
§ Ariona Avenue between Kansas Street and Mesa Street
§ Oregon Street between Nevada Avenue and Yandell Drive
§ Yandell Drive at Oregon Street
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About the Project
The CRRMA is tasked with constructing the project, using Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) funding and a design provided by The City of El Paso (City). Once operational, the City’s Mass Transit Department (Sun Metro) will operate and maintain the Streetcars and associated facilities. The CRRMA will place track over a 4.8-mile route, adding 27 stops and a maintenance and storage facility. The route will be serviced by Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) streetcar vehicles – the same vehicles that ran on El Paso streets until 1974. The route runs in two loops, connecting the international bridges, retail areas, government buildings, convention center and downtown ballpark with the medical center, University of Texas at El Paso and several historic neighborhoods.
Christine D’Clario Coming to El Paso
One of the biggest names in Latin Christian music today is coming to El Paso.
Christine D’Clario, who has been selling out concerts across the United States and the world,
will bring her “Eterno Live” tour to the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $9, $13.50 and $23, and are available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office,
all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
D’Clario, hugely popular across Latin America, is on tour in support of her latest Spanish
worship album “Eterno Live,” which was recorded live at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San
Juan, before a crowd of 10,000 diverse fans, and streamed live to more than 100,000 more.
The singer has millions of social media followers as well.
D’Clario, who was born in New York, but raised in Puerto Rico, has released six top-selling
albums — “Christine D’Clario” (2005), “Solo Tú … Lo Unico Que Quiero” (2010), “De Vuelta
Al Jardín” (2012), “Más Profundo” and “Deeper” (2013), and “Eterno Live” — featuring some
of her biggest hits, including “Como Dijiste,” “El Nos Ama,” “Gloria En Lo Alto,” “Deeper,”
“Rey,” “Magnífico,” “Tu Presencia Es El Cielo,” “Padre Nuestro,” “Crea En Mí” and “Seguirte,”
to name a few.
The 34-year-old singer, who now lives in Dallas, been nominated for two Gospel Music
Association Dove Awards and has won a prestigious Premio ARPA by La Academia Nacional
de la Música y las Artes Cristianas (National Academy of Christian Music and Arts).
ST. FRANCIS CATHEDRAL WELCOMES NEW PASTOR
El Paso, Texas – November 21, 2016 – St. Francis Cathedral announces the arrival and installation of The Rev. Layne C. Hansen to serve as the congregation’s new Dean of the Cathedral (Lead Pastor).
Pastor Hansen came to El Paso in March to succeed The Rt. Rev. Dr. Felix Orji, who assumed full-time responsibilities as bishop of the Diocese of the West. Pastor Hansen was installed during ceremonies at the church in June.
“St. Francis Cathedral is honored and privileged to have Dean Hansen at the helm of our congregation. He brings experience, enthusiasm, and a steady hand to our church,” said Charles Napier, Senior Warden. “He has begun his ministry in El Paso to further the Gospel in our beautiful city through mission and outreach. We’re excited about the future.”
Pastor Hansen is a native of Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska before studying overseas at the University of Lancaster and at Trinity College in Bristol, both in England. Before entering seminary, Pastor Hansen worked in the Republic of South Africa at the Volmoed Trust, an inter-racial Christian community facilitating racial reconciliation. He then served on the faculty of Washington International School, Washington, D.C. Following seminary at Trinity School for Ministry in Pennsylvania, Pastor Hansen served at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Prior to his move to El Paso, he served for ten years at Christ Church Anglican, Savannah, Georgia.
Pastor Hansen, his wife, and their two sons, ages 13 and 6, are enjoying making El Paso’s Westside their home.
“El Paso-Juárez is an amazing and beautiful place. It’s rich in people, history and culture,” said Pastor Hansen. “I’m excited to serve a congregation like St. Francis. It’s a church that’s passionate about serving El Paso-Juarez and partnering with other Gospel centered churches. My wife and I are also thrilled to raise our boys in such a great church and wonderful city.”
About St. Francis Cathedral
St. Francis Cathedral is an evangelical church in the Anglican tradition. It is located at 470 Eagle Drive in west El Paso. The church is a member of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), and is a founding member of the Anglican Church in North America. St. Francis serves as the cathedral church for the Diocese of the West (CANA), and is the home church of the diocesan bishop, The Rt. Reverend Dr. Felix Orji.
El Paso Electric Helps Protect Customers by Joining Anti-Scam Coalition
El Paso Electric (EPE) is proud to stand with its fellow electric companies, as well as utilities in the natural gas and water sectors, to observe the inaugural Utilities United Against Scams Coalition (UUAS) day.
Most utility scams involve criminals posing as electric, natural gas, or water provider employees—either in-person, over the phone, or online—and demanding immediate payment via cash or reloadable debit cards while falsely threatening to disconnect the customer’s service. These criminals can be very convincing and often target those who are most vulnerable, including small business owners, seniors, and non-native English speakers. However, with the right information, customers can learn to avoid and report these predatory scams.
Customers who believe they have been targeted by scammers impersonating an EPE employee should follow these tips:
· Hang up the phone or close the door, and call our customer service office at (915) 543-5970 or (575) 526-5555.
· Decline to pay any caller or visitor claiming to be an EPE representative using a prepaid card, such as a Green Dot card, a wire transfer, or similar forms of payment – especially those requiring an intermediary.
· Ignore suspicious requests for personal information such as bank account numbers, user names and passwords, credit card numbers, or Social Security numbers.
· Delete all emails that demand immediate payment or personal information or that are from a company that is not EPE.
· Do not sign contracts until they have been reviewed carefully. Terms and agreements are always subject to regulatory change so it is always best to contact EPE if you have any questions involving contracts that may affect your electric service.
· Additional scams involve sales calls promising programs that will eliminate your electric bill. Also, always be cautious when signing long-term sales contracts that may have hidden or escalation fees – read the fine print.
UUAS is a collaborative effort among the electric, gas, and water utility industries to help prevent utility service fraud through education, awareness, and customer advocacy.