National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (El Paso, TX)

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12pm - 4pm EST Monday, March 7 2011
El Paso, TX
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Wayne on Mar 03, 2011

The Geology lawn will be the place to party just before classes let out for spring break from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7.

UTEPIA, formerly known as Miner Fest, began about 11 years ago by the Campus Activities Board.

The event originated as the spring version of Minerpalooza and is now in its third successful year.

"This year's event will be a little different from last year," said Sam Rodriguez, registered student organizations intern and senior organizational and corporate communication major.

"We're having different student organizations participate and there will be many activities. One of our biggest is the fashion show."

Rodriguez said the purpose of the event is to teach students how to have fun in a responsible way just before they set off for their spring break vacations.

This year's theme is futuristic, featuring various attractions such as a fashion show, music by DJ Ottomatic, games, giveaways, a Mardi Gras mask-making run by the Future Leaders in Public Relations, a health fair, inflatables, an involvement fair to help student organizations recruit and fundraise and lastly, food will also be provided.

"It's nice to have an event that will be entertaining for students just before spring break because some of us are stressing out with classes," said Lupe Delacerda, junior criminal justice major.

In collaboration with the Women's Resource Center, UTEPIA will celebrate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Shannon Osborne, coordinator at the Women's Resource Center, said one of the big differences this year is that UTEPIA will feature a health fair.

"We're going to have various agencies that will promote health awareness towards HIV and AIDS," Osborne said. "Part of this event is for students to be prepared for wherever they decide to go and we want to defer some of that by having a fun environment with some educational resources."

Some student organizations will also be there to recruit.

The UTEPIA committee is encouraging students to attend and is expecting about 3,000 people throughout the event.

For some students, their attendance to the event will depend on their schedule availability.

"For me, it depends what my work schedule looks like that day," said Francisco Castañeda, sophomore political science major.

CAB meetings are open to all UTEP students and lunch is provided. CAB also encourages students that are interested in volunteering and participating.

For more information, visit the CAB office located in Room 111 of Union Building West, contact Jamal Nava at or call 747-7906.

Beatriz A. Castañeda may be reached at


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