The Student Alumni Association (SAA) promotes and nurtures UTEP Miner pride throughout the community, on-campus and off.

We act as a continuous link between current UTEP students and alumni by upholding UTEP traditions and spirit in every way, while creating a few of our own. We are leaders and key partners in the signature events everyone knows and loves, such as the Haunted Tour, Gator Camp, and the Senior BBQ.

SAA participates also in many of the school's high profile events and long standing customs, such as Minerpalooza, Homecoming and TCM Day, while also taking advantage of the great support provided by the Office of Alumni Relations and networking within the Alumni Association.
By the time we graduate, we are the Miner Nation and are ready for the world.

Come join us today!

Student Alumni Association Events


Voted El Paso Magazine’s 2009 Best Annual Festival, SAA always hosts a booth at the first official UTEP pep rally and best block party in El Paso, Texas where we promote UTEP traditions and activities while recruiting new members.


Although there are many events we’re involved in this week, the float-building contest is the most fun and involves a lot of team-building. Come join us!!

Ring Ceremony

In the eyes of many, this is the highlight of commencement festivities. Sponsored by the Alumni Association, eligible students receive their UTEP class ring during a ceremony guided by a keynote speaker.

Senior Breakfast

For seniors graduating in December, this event spans across two days where students enjoy a meal in their honor before heading to classes in the morning.

Senior BBQ

For seniors graduating in May, a Bar-B-Q and party are hosted at the Alumni Lodge where future graduates can play games and win prizes.

Halloween Haunted Tour

A guided tour of the haunted buildings and stories of UTEP dearly departed throughout the generations, they usually take place on the Friday before Halloween and begin after dark. Boo!

Gator Camp

SAA has consistently hosted an evening of Gator Camp, a three-day freshmen orientation experience sponsored by New Student Orientation in partnership with SAA and the Office of Alumni Relations. The name pays homage to a 1950s prank of “borrowing” a live alligator from their once home in downtown San Jacinto Plaza. Like the original pranksters, Gator Campers are a class all their own and often are some of the most involved students on the campus.

Time Capsule (Every decade)

In 2010, SAA and the UTEP community broke the seal on the first UTEP time capsule that was buried in the 2000. Visit the Heritage House to see what was inside! The 2009-2010 SAA replaced it with a new capsule to be opened in 2020.

Visit us at the Official SAA Website

Click here to view photos of events, detailed projects the SAA participates in and a full list of officers.

Jackie Reed
Coordinator of Student, Parent and Alumni Programs
1-866-GO-MINERS (toll-free)

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