Many El Pasoans know Joe Gomez as Jordan Foster Director of Business Development and Community Affairs. He is also an enthusiastic supporter of the University of Texas at El Paso.
Joe's generous donation of a commemorative pickaxe sculpture by artist Gabriel Gaytan to the University of Texas at El Pasos Department of Geological Sciences was celebrated recently during the 30th Annual Colloquium.
Last year, to commemorate UTEP's centennial year, 12 artists were selected by Government Employees Credit Union (GECU) to create art that portrayed the history of the university and El Paso.
Joe successfully bid on two of the sculptures at GECU's UTEP Centennial Auction. Proceeds from the auction benefit the R.C. Morgan Scholarship Fund, a scholarship offered by GECU exclusively to UTEP students. The other sculpture that Joe successfully bid on is currently on loan to the Foster Stevens Complex.
The donor ceremony took place on March 31st, opening night of the Department of Geological Sciences Colloquium. Pictured in the attached photo are GECU President & CEO Crystal Long, Joe Gomez, and sculpture artist Gabriel Gaytan.
Joe's enthusiastic support and efforts for UTEP and the City of El Paso has been recognized over the decades. He was selected as a Man of Mines, and served as Executive Director of the Alumni Academy of Civil Engineers at UTEP. The City of El Paso awarded Joe with the Star on the Mountain Award, as well as the Conquistador Award. In 2006, Joe received the Liberal Arts College Gold Nugget Award, and was also inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame.
Thank you, Joe, for your all of your generosity and support.