May 9, 2012
A school-record tying 38 UTEP student-athletes will graduate from the university on Saturday (May 12). The number matches the total from May of 2011.
The list includes past and present members of the Miner women's basketball (seven), football (13), women's golf (three), rifle (two), softball (five), tennis (two) and track & field (six) teams.
Six members of this year's record-setting UTEP women's basketball team will go through commencement procedures this weekend - Gloria Brown, Baiba Eglite, Briana Green, Whitney Houston, Kim Smith and Erika Warren. Brown was a two-time All-Conference USA selection and MVP of the 2012 C-USA Tournament.
The list of football graduates includes a pair of All-Conference USA performers in Matt Camilli (first team 2011) and Thomas Howard (second team 2005). Howard is entering his seventh season in the NFL and currently plays for the Cincinnati Bengals. Also graduating are defensive lineman Ruben Munoz and offensive lineman James Nelson, who will be seniors on the 2012 squad.
Also graduating this weekend will be softball's Camilla Carrera, the national leader in home runs this season (31), and All-American Andrea Palafox, who helped the Miner rifle team finish fifth at the NCAA Championships this year.
Rounding out the list of graduates are football's Jamie Fehoko, Greg Holleman, Yahchaaroah Lightbourne, Kevin Lopez, Brandon Miller, Leilyon Myers, Royzell Smith, Melvin Stephenson II and Martel Strange; women's basketball's Ashley Milian; track & field's Terran Alexander, Gladys Chumba, Shane Hamm, Laura Macauley, Robert Menjo and Gladys Nwaubani; softball's Courtney Auger, Ashley Collazo, Kelynn Frye and Kia Moore; women's golf's Rosana Gomez, Shang-Fan Huang and Teresa Nogues; tennis' Ximena Fuentes and Alexandra Glebova; and rifle's Atenas Bojorquez.
Bio sketches on UTEP's May 2012 graduating class follow.
May 2012 UTEP Graduating Student-Athlete Bios
(majors listed in parentheses)
Matt Camilli (Multidisciplinary Studies) -Matt earned first team All-Conference USA honors as a long snapper in 2011.
Jamie Fehoko (Multidisciplinary Studies) -Jamie started all 12 games in the Miner defensive line as a senior and was credited with 22 tackles.
Greg Holleman (Multidisciplinary Studies) - Greg was a three-year letterwinner for UTEP, appearing in 22 games at linebacker before sustaining a career-ending injury.
Thomas Howard (Multidisciplinary Studies) - Thomas was a two-time All-Conference choice at UTEP and ranks among the school's career leaders in tackles for losses and sacks. He is about to begin his seventh NFL season with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Yahchaaroah Lightbourne (Multidisciplinary Studies) - Yahchaaroah played the last two seasons for the Miners after transferring from Taylor University and filled a reserve role in the D-line.
Kevin Lopez (Management) - Kevin is an El Paso native out of Chapin High School who served as a backup kicker for the last three seasons.
Brandon Miller (Multidisciplinary Studies) - Brandon joined the Miners from Bakersfield College and in two seasons logged 58 tackles, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
Ruben Munoz (Criminal Justice) - Ruben starred at Eastwood High School in El Paso and will be a senior defensive lineman this fall. He has played in 24 games for UTEP with 34 tackles.
Leilyon Myers (Multidisciplinary Studies) - Leilyon played two seasons for UTEP after transferring from Palomar Junior College and rushed for 584 yards in 25 games.
James Nelson (Multidisciplinary Studies) - James will conclude his Miner career this fall and is the projected starter at right tackle. He made eight starts at the position in 2011.
Royzell Smith (Multidisciplinary Studies) -Royzell was a three-year starting linebacker at UTEP. In 43 career games he posted 207 tackles.
Melvin Stephenson II (Multidisciplinary Studies) - Melvin played for the Miners from 2006-09 and was the team's special teams captain as a senior. He was a two-year starter at cornerback and later was with the NFL's Washington Redkins.
Martel Strange (Multidisciplinary Studies) - Martel was a four-year letterman for the Miners, seeing extensive action in the secondary.
Gloria Brown (Multidisciplinary Studies) - Gloria was a two-time all Conference USA performer, and she was voted the 2012 C-USA Tournament MVP for leading UTEP to the title and an NCAA appearance.
Baiba Eglite (Communication) - Baiba earned two letters while playing in 56 career games, including 26 during the 2012 C-USA championship season.
Briana Green (Criminal Justice) - Briana overcame two season-ending injuries to finish tied for the third winningest player in program history while appearing in 95 total games.
Whitney Houston (Masters/Leadership Studies) - Whitney was a senior transfer who recovered from a knee injury to play in 17 games during the record-setting 2012 season.
Ashley Milian (Criminal Justice) -Ashley was a two-year letterwinner who had an infectious smile and was a consummate teammate for the Miners.
Kim Smith (Multidisciplinary Studies) - Kim started 43 of 63 games during her two years with UTEP, and served as a leader during the squad's run to the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Erika Warren (Multidisciplinary Studies) - Erika earned two letters after arriving as a junior-college transfer, and played an important role in UTEP's 2012 championship campaign.
Men's Track & Field
Shane Hamm (Multidisciplinary Studies) - Shane was a member of the men's 4x400m relay team that set a meet record and finished first at the 2012 Conference USA Indoor Championships. He was a part of the distance medley relay that took second at 2011 C-USA Indoors.
Robert Menjo (Multidisciplinary Studies) - Robert was named the 2010 Conference USA Cross Country Senior of the Year. In 2009, Robert was a member of the C-USA champion UTEP cross country squad.
Women's Track & Field
Terran Alexander (Criminal Justice) - Terran won back-to-back titles at the Conference USA Indoor Championships in the weight throw and was the 2011 C-USA Outdoor Champion in the hammer. In 2010, Terran finished 12th in the hammer at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Gladys Chumba (Multidisciplinary Studies) - Gladys was a member of the women's cross country team that participated in the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships and took second at Conference USA Championships. She earned 2010 All-Conference USA second team honors.
Laura Macauley (Communication) - Laura is currently ranked 26th in the nation in the javelin throw with a mark of 48.77m. She finished second in the javelin at the 2009 Conference USA Outdoor Championships.
Gladys Nwaubani (Criminal Justice) - Gladys recorded an NCAA regional time of 11.67 in the 100-meter dash at the 2009 Conference USA Outdoor Championships. She posted a personal-best of 7.42 in the 60-meter dash at the 2009 C-USA Indoor Meet.
Courtney Auger (Multidisciplinary Studies) - Courtney made 52 appearances in two seasons for UTEP. She fanned 181 batters in 206.1 innings pitched, tossing two complete games and two shutouts.
Camilla Carrera (Kinesiology) - The two-time Conference USA Player of the Year, Camilla leaves UTEP owning career records in all major hitting categories. The Arizona native leads the nation with 32 home runs and a 1.199 slugging percentage this season.
Ashley Collazo (Biology) - Ashley has one year of eligibility remaining with the Miners. So far she has accumulated 43 hits, 26 RBI, 10 doubles and three home runs heading into her senior campaign.
Kelynn Frye (Social Work) - Kelynn played three seasons for the Miners, seeing time at second base and shortstop. Her breakout campaign was her sophomore year where she recorded four home runs and 13 RBI.
Kia Moore (Biology) - A transfer out of Central Arizona Community College, Kia played two seasons with the Miners. While at UTEP, she tallied 15 doubles, three triples and six home runs with 41 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
Rosana Gomez (Art) - Rosana played for the Miners from 2007-11 and appeared in 39 tournaments. She was a second team All-Conference USA honoree as a junior.
Shang-Fan Huang (Marketing) - Shang was a three-time second team All-Conference USA honoree and a major contributor to the Miners' drive to the 2011 league title. She finished in the top-10 at eight tournaments over the course of her career.
Teresa Nogués (International Business) - Teresa Nogues was the 2011 Conference USA individual champion, leading the Miners to the first conference title and NCAA Championship appearance in school history. She was a two-time All-Conference USA selection.
Ximena Fuentes (International Business/Marketing) - During her four-year career Ximena piled up 102 combined victories to rank eighth all time at the school.
Alexandra Glebova (Kinesiology) - Alexandra recorded 30 singles wins in her two seasons with UTEP, including a team-high 20 in 2009-10.
Atenas Bojorquez (Kinesiology) - Atenas competed in 19 matches for the Miners with her best campaign coming as a senior, firing a career-best 584 in air gun.
Andrea Palafox (Psychology) - A two-time All-American, Andrea capped off her senior campaign by leading the squad to fifth place at the 2012 NCAA Championships.