Commitment to Personal Development
The athletic department and the university seek to provide student-athletes with opportunities to learn critical "life skills" that will benefit them both in the present and the future. Seminars are offered throughout the year, focusing on various topics such as motivation, burn out, leadership and drug and alcohol abuse.
Through the services provided by the sports medicine staff, the Student Development staff on campus, and the Life Skill Coordinator, UTEP student-athletes are provided a number of opportunities to further develop healthy lifestyles and to become well-balanced, well-adjusted individuals.
PHAT (Peers Helping Athletes Transition) Tuesdays
These freshmen student-athlete seminars are designed to assist new Miners manage their introduction into UTEP athletics and explore healthy life skills. Speakers focus on providing the information and skills needed for making a successful transition to the role of UTEP student-athlete in a new and unique environment.
Money Matters, Presented By Student Affairs Department
An interactive and lively presentation on money matters which addresses avoiding debt upon leaving college, creative ways to save, and budgeting as a "poor college student," as well as other issues regarding credit cards and future investment considerations.
Guest Speakers Programs
Throughout the year, the Life Skills Program seeks to bring in a variety of well-known and inspirational speakers to address student-athletes on important issues and current topics. This year's featured speaker will be Dr. Salvatore, a renowned expert regarding concussions. Dr. Salvatore will be discussing the topic at the Larry K. Durham Hall of Champions at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1, 2012.
NCAA Student-Athlete Development Conference
Each year one Miner student-athlete is selected by the NCAA to participate in the annual Student-Athlete Development Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida to discuss key issues in intercollegiate athletics and enhance their leadership skills at the 10th annual NCAA Leadership Conference. The NCAA Development Conference provides student-athletes with a forum to openly discuss issues that may affect them on their campuses and in their communities, while also providing them with the opportunity to enhance their leadership, communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills. The NCAA Student-Athlete Development Conference also promotes better communication among student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and communities. The five-day leadership conference consists of daily exercises and activities to help the student-athletes develop as individuals and as contributing members to a group.
University Counseling Services (UCC)
The University Counseling Center (UCC) is dedicated to promoting the emotional health and well-being of all UTEP students. Our professional counselors provide students with a safe place to talk about situations that interfere with their personal growth, career decision-making, or academic success. Our counselors also help students develop new skills and competencies, enhance their mental fitness, and reach their personal and educational goals. The UCC's services include personal counseling, career counseling, and educational workshops. These services are offered in free of charge, to currently enrolled UTEP students, in English or in Spanish. Counseling services are confidential.