EL PASO — University of Texas at El Paso officials celebrated the opening of UTEP's Military Student Success Center, a one-stop shop created to help students with military affiliations, on Friday.
University President Diana Natalicio spoke at the open house to introduce the center's staff and highlight its services. "The opening of the Military Student Success Center is a tremendous step forward for UTEP and will improve our ability to serve the needs of our military students and their family members," said Michael R. Smith, Ph.D., vice provost of strategic academic initiatives. "It is an honor to serve these students and their families who have given so much for their country."
Smith said the center's staff will answer student questions about educational benefits and academic programs, or connect them with other services on campus. The facility's centralized location has generated more foot traffic, and its open floor plan, lockers and coffee service have earned rave reviews from clientele, said Holly Denney, center director. "We're proud of the center and invite everyone to drop by," she said. "We're here to help."
UTEp says the center concept is among the reasons the University has been named a "military friendly school" by G.I. Jobs magazine three years in a row. The new center also is the hub of an outreach effort that includes a satellite office at Fort Bliss, Denney said.
The Military Student Success Center is located in room 205 of the University Library. For more about UTEP's services for students affiliated with the military, visit military.utep.edu