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Outstanding Employees: Two UTEP Staff Members Receive Inaugural Award

Frank Duran
Outstanding Employees: Two UTEP Staff Members Receive Inaugural Award

Two long-serving employees of The University of Texas at El Paso were honored as inaugural recipients of The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Employee Award (ROEA). 

 From left: Azuri Gonzalez, director of UTEP's Center for Civic Engagement, and Alberto “Beto” Lopez, assistant vice president for university relations, were honored as inaugural recipients of The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Employee Award.

From left: Azuri Gonzalez, director of UTEP's Center for Civic Engagement, and Alberto “Beto” Lopez, assistant vice president for university relations, were honored as inaugural recipients of The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Employee Award.

Azuri Gonzalez, director of the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), and Alberto “Beto” Lopez, assistant vice president for university relations, received the awards in spring 2018. The ROEA was created to recognize full-time, non-faculty employees who have shown outstanding performance, innovation, enthusiasm and dedication in their jobs. 

In 1983, Lopez joined UTEP as the first director of the Office of New Student Relations. He has held numerous leadership positions during his 34-year career with the University. Lopez currently directs several of the University’s biggest events, including Convocation and Commencement, as well as programs for UTEP students, faculty and staff. 

Gonzalez has served as the director of the CCE since 2008. During her tenure, the University has received national recognition among public universities and colleges for the breadth and depth of outreach and engagement with the community. 

Lopez and Gonzalez traveled to Austin to be recognized and receive their awards from UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven during a luncheon ceremony earlier this year. 

- Christina Rodriguez