More than 400 University of Texas at El Paso alumni, family and friends attended the 8th annual UTEP Alumni PICK-NIC in June at the Memorial Park Reserve Area in El Paso.
The Office of Alumni Relations, UTEP Alumni Association and local hosts organized close to 20 PICK-NICS across the United States for UTEP Miners to reconnect and celebrate their alma mater and to celebrate their Miner pride.
The El Paso PICK-NIC featured picnic-style food and fun for the whole family. Festivities include mini soccer, volleyball, DJ music, a watermelon-eating contest, Zumba, a jumping balloon and more.
“The UTEP Alumni PICK-NIC has become a favorite event with our alumni,” said Maribel Villalva, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations. “It’s a great opportunity for Miner families to spend a beautiful afternoon outdoors, celebrating UTEP and each other all while enjoying good food, music and entertainment.”
This year’s El Paso PICK-NIC sold out several days before the event.
“This is a testament to the pride so many people – both alums and current students – feel for their alma mater,” Villalva said. “We love that this tradition continues to grow, not just locally, but around the country. We have Miners everywhere.”
In addition to the local event, the PICK-NIC also allows UTEP alumni around the country to gather on the same day in a show of solidarity for UTEP.
“We had PICK-NIC celebrations in several cities, including Austin, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix and Seattle,” she said. “We appreciate that all of these alums came together in their respective cities to share in their Miner Pride.”