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ENMU News and Events Publications Monday Memo Monday Memo - January 14, 2002

 Personnel Briefs

General News

Portales Sets Martin Luther King Jr. Activities
by Wendel Sloan
Office of Communication Services

The City of Portales is hosting its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday, Jan. 21. The patriotic theme is “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”

Activities begin with a 10 a.m. parade down 18th Street to Abilene, around the junior high building, then to the Memorial Building. Beginning at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Building Portales mayor Don Davis will read a proclamation, followed by the presentation of the float contest winners by county commissioner Dennis Lopez. Presentation of the art contest winners will be by Cecil Lynn, chairman of the New Mexico Martin Luther King Jr. Commission. [more]

ENMU Names Coordinator of Grant Activities
by Wendel Sloan
ENMU News Services

Eastern New Mexico University president Dr. Steven Gamble has named Sharon King as the Coordinator of Grant Activities. Ms. King will also continue her duties as Special Assistant to the President.

In her new position, Ms. King will assist and advise employees in preparation and submission of grant and contract proposals. She will write proposals for funding, review proposals for compliance, organize and conduct training workshops, provide guidance for project directors for administering funded projects, and assist with and monitor research administration activities, such as protection of human, subjects, copyright and patent applications, etc.

“We are delighted that Sharon has agreed to become our Coordinator of Grant Activities,” Dr. Gamble said. “We feel very fortunate to have someone like Sharon already on staff that has experience in this area. This is an extremely important and critical position to bring in more dollars to the University. Sharon brings a great work ethic to the position and we know that she will be very successful in helping the University be more successful in this critical area.”

Ms. King, who has a 1995 bachelor’s degree in university studies from Eastern New Mexico University, has served as the executive assistant to the president since 1998. From 1993-98 she served as the coordinator of grant and contract management at Eastern.

“I really love working with grants,” Ms. King said. “It’s an exciting field and I’m looking forward to working with faculty and other staff members to get more grants. There is a lot of potential at Eastern for expansion.”

Personnel Briefs

Dr. Mellinee Lesley, assistant professor of reading/literacy education, has been invited to present research on critical literacy with colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania at the 2002 Annual Conference for the American Educational Research Association.

Dr. Michael F. Shaughnessy, professor of special education, has been asked by the New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children to present a three-hour workshop in Albuquerque on March 9 on Early Childhood Assessment.

Dr. Ollie Oviedo, associate professor of English, has had his paper, "A Reader-Response Approach to Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man: Existentialism as the Narrator's Means to Total Freedom," accepted for presentation at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference, February 1-17 in Albuquerque. Dr. Oviedo will also chair the panel, "Literature and the African-American Experience," at this conference.