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Several Employees Change Responsibilities at Eastern
Will Kayatin is the director of Student Activities and Organizationby Colleen Wright
Communication Services

Several employees in Admissions and Student Affairs have either recently changed responsibilities or been newly hired.

Donna Kittrell is a new coordinator of Student Success (Michelle Ficke is the other one); Will Kayatin is the director of Student Activities and Organizations; Diana Cordova is the director of Multicultural Affairs; and Phyllis Seefeld is the interim director of Admissions. [more]

Mark Murdock Named Assistant Men's Hoops Coach
by Robert McKinney
Sports Information Director
Mark Murdock

Mark Murdock, head men’s basketball coach at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, has been named assistant men’s basketball coach at Eastern New Mexico University, Dr. Steve Gamble, president of ENMU, has announced.

He replaces Doug Davalos, who resigned earlier this spring to become the head men’s basketball coach at Sul Ross State University. Murdock will begin his new duties immediately. [more]

UNM Professor to Speak at ENMU on ‘Human Attractiveness’
Jack Williamson and Jonathan Smith
by Wendel Sloan
Communication Services

A professor from the University of New Mexico will speak on "The Evolutionary Psychology of Human Attractiveness and Attraction" at Eastern New Mexico University at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 29, in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building.

Dr. Jonathan Smith, who holds the Jack Williamson Visiting Endowed Chair in Science and the Humanities at Eastern, is conducting an on-going colloquium on “Darwin and Darwinism Today: Contexts and Controversies.” [more]

ENMU-Ruidoso Class Wins 'Keep Ruidoso Beautiful Cleanup Challenge'
by Jim Miller
ENMU-Ruidoso

An ENMU-Ruidoso Fitness Walking class has won the Saturday, April 20, annual Keep Ruidoso Beautiful Community cleanup competition. Twelve students, led by Walking Instructor "Stretch" Meadows, picked up 99 sacks of trash plus assorted tires and telecommunications cable in the all-morning cleanup.

Meadows schedules the cleanup as a regular class activity, emphasizing fitness as well as community volunteerism. ENMU students and staff joined nearly 100 other volunteers from area banks, radio stations and individual volunteers. The cleanup is also known locally as "the Bank Challenge." [more]

Roswell Mayor to Address GED Graduates
by Donna Gutierrrez
Communication Services

Roswell Mayor Bill B. Owen will be the featured speaker as the Adult Basic Education Department at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell holds its Thirteenth Annual GED High School Completion Graduation ceremony at 7 :30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 in the Performing Arts Center on campus.

About 50 students will receive GED certificates. For adults who did not complete high school, the Tests of General Educational Development (GED) provide an opportunity to earn a high school credential. Since 1986, ENMU-Roswell's GED Testing Center has issued more than 3,000 high school equivalency diplomas. [more]

ENMU-Ruidoso Community Orchestra Slates May 5 Concert
by Jim Miller
ENMU-Ruidoso

The ENMU-Ruidoso Community Orchestra will hold its spring concert on May 5 at 3 p.m. at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts in Alto. On the podium will be veteran conductor and composer Maestro Ugo DiDio.

Among works to be performed is the first movement of Beethoven's Symphony #1 in C Major, the Shaker folk melody 'Simple Gifts' arranged by Shapiro, and 'Shenandoah' arranged by D. Walter. [more]

ENMU to Recognize Retirees at Reception
by Shane Brown
Communication Services

Eastern New Mexico University will recognize the 2002 retirees at a reception at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 in the SAS Atrium.

The retirees are: Dr. Donald F. Averill, associate professor of chemistry, 1978-2002; Ruth Evans, department/division secretary of biology and physical sciences, 1980-2002; Jimmy Garcia, custodian II, 1984-2002; Phil Geraci, associate professor of art, 1993-2002; [more]

On-Campus Interviews with Women's Basketball Coach Candidates Underway
by Robert McKinney
Communication Services

Eastern New Mexico University has announced the selection of three candidates for on-campus interviews in the search for the University’s next head women’s basketball coach.

The three candidates are Dan Buzard (Buh-ZARD), Jeff Carter and William H. Wilson. Interviews will be continue through the middle of this week. [more]

Zia Tennis Selected for NCAA Tournament for Sixth Consecutive Season
by Robert McKinney
Sports Information Director

The Eastern New Mexico University women’s tennis team, ranked #23, has been selected for the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the sixth consecutive season. The Zias are seeded #2 in the four-team Central Regional in Abilene, Texas, set for May 3-4.

ENMU, 13-3, will open the Regional Tournament on May 3 against the #3 seed, Midwestern State University, 12-8. The other Regional semifinal pits #1 seed Abilene Christian University, 18-6, against the #4 seed, Cameron University, 15-6. Match times have not been determined. [more]

ENMU Hispanic Affairs and City of Portales' Cultural Affairs Committee
Set "Cinco de Mayo" Activities

by Diana Cordova and Nancy Varelas
ENMU Multicultural Affairs Office

Eastern New Mexico University's Hispanic Affairs and the City of Portales' Cultural Affairs Committee are joining together to organize activities for Cinco de Mayo. For a complete schedule of activities, click here. [more]

ENMU Students Rule in Student Research Conference
by Colleen Wright
Communication Services

Forty-four students from five universities participated in this year’s 28th annual Student Research Conference at Eastern New Mexico University. Of the 12 winners, nine were from ENMU. Winners received $150 each.

Universities participating were Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico Highlands University, Texas Tech University, New Mexico State University, and West Texas A&M University. [more]

Candid Camera
Dr. Patrice Caldwell behind bars for charity

THE LADY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH – Dr. Patrice Caldwell, executive director of Planning and Analysis/Institutional Renewal, recently got sent to the Big House in Portales in a fundraising scheme for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Several accomplices, who couldn't stand to see a colleague with such a breadth of knowledge reduced to reading graffiti, raised a record $360 to spring her after a fashion- and literacy-free one-hour stay. (courtesy photo)

Dr. David Batten throwing spear

I THREW AN ARROW INTO THE AIR – Dr. David Batten, adjunct assistant professor of anthropology, demonstrates the use of an atlatl with a spear (for those with sight so keen and strong). The device is used to increase the distance an arrow or dart can be thrown. An atlatl competition was held this weekend near the Blackwater Draw Museum. (photo by Wendel Sloan)

President Gamble at Roswell recruiting fair

PRESIDENT GAMBLE AT ROSWELL RECRUITING FAIR – President Gamble spoke and greeted high school seniors in Chaves County and their parents at 'An Evening with Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell' on Thursday, April 25, at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center. College faculty and staff and the ENMU-Roswell Foundation hosted the event. ENMU-R Provost Judy Armstrong can be seen to the side of President Gamble in the left photo. (photos by Donna Gutierrez)

Personnel Briefs

Dr. John Humphreys, assistant professor of management, and MBA students Ivan Lapuka and Chenghan Liu, won the Outstanding Paper Award at the 19th Annual Southwest Business Symposium recently held at the University Of Central Oklahoma. Their winning paper, "Guanxi and Mianzi: Culturally Specific Work Motivation Catalysts," continues the successful representation of the College of Business as Dr. Humphreys also won the award at last year's conference.

Andy Sae, Professor Emeritus in Chemistry, presented a three-day workshop at the Dowa Yalanne Elementary School, Zuni, N. M., on April 15-17. The workshop was on hands-on chemistry experiments and demonstrations for teachers of grades 2-5.

Dr. Robert Sprague of the College of Business presented his paper, SLAPP-Happy in the Chat Room: Recent Developments in Liability for Online Messages, at the annual meeting of the Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business on April 20. The paper received a Best Paper Honorable Mention award.

Dr. Lee E. Weyant, assistant professor of management, and Dr. Ronald Fetzer, Nova Southeastern University, co-authored the paper "Transfer of training: Team work environment relationship and learner motivation," which was accepted for publication in the 2002 Proceedings of the Southwest Business Symposium, April 18-19.