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Dr. Francine Stuckey Retiring After 37 Years
story and photos by Jennifer Conlee
“I’ve had college students who were children of previous college students.” – Dr. Francine Stuckey
|Dr. Francine Stuckey|
Dr. Francine Stuckey’s office is a trove of mementos gathered from her time at Eastern New Mexico University.
After 37 years, Dr. Stuckey will make the move into retirement on July 1, leaving behind memories and students and gaining time to devote to volunteer work and traveling with her husband.
Dr. Stuckey was born in Kansas, and, except for a period in Lubbock earning her doctorate at Texas Tech University, has only lived there and in New Mexico.
“I’ve mostly lived in small towns,” she said. “I enjoy visiting cities, but as far as day-to-day living, small town life is the best for me.”
Dr. Stuckey arrived at ENMU in 1974 as the director of the Child Development Center. Over the years, in addition to teaching early childhood courses and supervising practicum students who work as student teachers, she served as the director for the School of Technology from 1989-1990, and had two terms as the department chair of Family and Consumer Sciences.
For 11 years, she also worked as the teaching director for Training and Technical Assistance for Providers, an educational program that provides training hours to childcare providers in the area. It is this program, Dr. Stuckey said, that makes it easier for area providers to gain their training without having to travel to Lubbock or Albuquerque.
“I’ve never been ‘just’ a teacher,” Dr. Stuckey said. “I’ve never been without something else I needed to do.”
All these duties led her to laugh and say her biggest challenge, especially in her years as the director of the Child Development Center, was time management.
“With teaching, being a chair, and having kids of my own, it’s busy,” Dr. Stuckey said. “It’s important to be a good time manager and remember, ‘What are the most important things to do each day?’”
Dr. Stuckey said that she never meant to stay at ENMU so long, but has made the area her home.
“When you’re young, you don’t think you’re going to a job and that is going to be ‘the place,’” she said.
It was her advisor at Kansas State University who suggested that she take the educational route. Originally, she planned to pursue journalism and wanted to write for family planning magazines, but during her internships at three Kansas community colleges working with preschoolers, she found she wanted to be a teacher.
“I’d never been to New Mexico until my interview here,” Dr. Stuckey said. “But my experience here was great. I like the people I’ve worked with and the students.”
Dr. Stuckey recounted how, in her years at ENMU, she has been privileged to work with the children of children she had years ago.
“I’ve had children who have come back with their own child, or come back as students or work study,” she said. “I’ve had college students who were children of previous college students.”
With her retirement right around the corner, Dr. Stuckey is looking forward to serving as the state president for the next year and a half for the Family and Consumer Sciences Association, and to having a more flexible schedule to travel and volunteer in classrooms or with her church.
“I’m really up to going all kinds of places,” Dr. Stuckey said. “I’ve been to Europe quite a few times. My husband and I would like to go to Turkey, Peru, or Russia, and we want to go to some of the north-east cities.”
Dr. Stuckey recounted a story of when she and her daughter walked 100 miles of the El Camino del Santiago, a pilgrimage route in Spain.
“I’d really like to return and walk the whole route,” she said.
Music Composer Recipient of Many Awards
by Spencer O'Keefe
“Music is a creative art, not just a re-creative art." – Dr. Mark Dal Porto
Eastern New Mexico University professor of music Dr. Mark Dal Porto hears music in the air. The source: the musicians of ENMU.
For over a decade Dr. Dal Porto has been teaching classes such as Music Theory, Music Composition and Aural Skills to the growing ENMU music department.
In addition to instruction, Dr. Dal Porto maintains a steady flow of musical output to the greater world of music and has achieved significant awards for his work. The seven-year winner of the ASCAP Award explains that the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers annually recognize substantial work with its self-named award.
Dr. Mark Dal Porto performs at Nurses' Pinning in the Becky Sharp Auditorium in 2010
Including this impressive recognition, Dr. Dal Porto has earned six awards for his music in the last year alone. He said, “There are a lot of great composers that don’t get the exposure they deserve. I’m very honored to receive the awards I’ve been given.”
The New Mexico resident was born and raised in Sacramento, Calif., where he started playing the accordion with his father at the age of 10. Within a year, Dr. Dal Porto composed his first piece for accordion in the style of a Bohemian folk dance called a “Polka.”
He graduated from Sacramento Senior High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in piano performance and his master’s degree in theory and composition at the California State University of Sacramento.
From listening to his orchestra works in Oklahoma, to overseeing choir pieces in New York, this easy-going composer is enjoying the privilege of travelling the world to premiere and perform his music. One piece for oboe, voice and piano, titled “Song of the Night,” has lead Dr. Dal Porto to 35 locations to perform it including Spain and China.
On composing for ensembles, Dr. Dal Porto says, “I prefer writing for larger ensembles like orchestra and band, because I feel I write my best ideas for those groups.”
The ENMU Bands and Choirs have had the opportunity to perform a number of the professor’s pieces. Two pieces out of the approximately 90 pieces he has composed will be premiered at the upcoming College Music Society conference hosted by the ENMU Department of Music on March 2-3.
“The choir piece was inspired by an ancient Chinese poem. It’s called ‘I Seek Rest for My Lonely Heart,’” explained Dr. Dal Porto.
An ambition of this honorary Kappa Kappa Psi brother is to write a theme-and-variations-style piece based off the local folk tunes of New Mexico.
In another insight into the importance of music composition, Dr. Dal Porto explained, “Music is a creative art, not just a re-creative art. All musicians should do some composing, because it enhances their overall musicianship in being able to manipulate musical materials in the form of a composition.”
Trio Encantada: Drs. Jean Wozencraft-Ornellas, Tracy Carr and Mark Dal Porto
|Video Alert||Dr. Mark Dal Porto|
Watch video of music professor Dr. Mark Dal Porto being interviewed about his many professional accomplishments. – [video]
(video by Spencer O'Keefe)
Watch video of Dr. Mark Dal Porto playing the piano during the Nurses' Pinning in May of 2010 in the Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business. – [video]
(video by Wendel Sloan)
|Leslie Paternoster Named Evaluator for National League of Nursing|
"I think being an evaluator will help our program greatly." – Dr. Leslie Paternoster
Dr. Leslie Paternoster, director of Nursing, has been named an evaluator for the National League of Nursing.
She will be a site evaluator for nursing programs across the United States. Most nursing schools are accredited by NLNAC or CCNE.
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Dr. Paternoster started at Eastern in August 2007, and has earned a BSN., MSN and an Ed. D.
"I think being an evaluator will help our program greatly as well as the other programs like ours," she says.
Dr. Paternoster is also on the leadership council for the New Mexico Nursing Educational Consortium, a statewide consortium to develop a statewide common curriculum.
"Our plan is to have partnerships with community colleges and universities to get our associate degree nurses a baccalaureate degree. We have developed a skeleton curriculum and identified the concepts we want to use. It will also be a concept-based curriculum, which is new for nursing programs.
"The k-12 system has used a conceptual approach for years and nursing believes it is a better way to teach critical thinking as well as cover the huge content of information a nurse needs," she says.
"It's a busy time for me, but I love nursing education and hope to partner with our local community colleges in this endeavor," said Dr. Paternoster as she prepared to leave for Albuquerque to present at the NMHEAR conference.
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|Flashback to Recent Past:
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The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Art will host the University of New Mexico-sponsored exhibit of The Plazas of New Mexico in the Runnels Gallery in the Golden Library on the Portales campus through March 9.
Sponsored by the ENMU Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology and the Department of Art, admission is free and open to the public.
Heritage Days queen and princesses in Portales near the courthouse square in 2004
A reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Runnels Gallery and will include a book signing. A presentation and question-and-answer session with the authors Miguel Gandert and Chris Wilson is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. in Room 112 in the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building. Books will be available for purchase at both events.
Exhibit hours will follow regular Golden Library hours.
Roosevelt County Courthouse square, about 1920, Town boosters often organized car rallies to promote construction of state highways.
The exhibition features panoramic photographs of contemporary plaza celebrations from across the state by Gandert, an internationally renowned documentary photographer.
The second part of exhibit, prepared by Wilson, profiles the history of nine iconic plazas and squares from Taos Pueblo and the Santa Fe Plaza to the plazas at Albuquerque, Las Vegas and Mesilla. The Roosevelt County courthouse square in Portales is featured in the book and the exhibit.
Roosevelt County Courthouse, about 1905. Derrick probably exploring for artesian waters. (photo courtesy of ENMU Special Collections)
The Plazas of New Mexico documents the rich heritage of New Mexico’s public plazas, and the everyday life and community celebrations that help sustain them. It traces three distinct design traditions—the Native American center place with kiva and terraced residential blocks, the Hispanic plaza with church and courtyard houses, and the Anglo square with courthouse and business blocks.
Wilson is a leading cultural, architectural and landscape historian whose award-winning books include “The Myth of Santa Fe: Creating a Modern Regional Tradition” and “Facing Southwest: The Life and Houses of John Gaw Meem.”
|Classic and custom car show, Heritage Days in Portales, 2004|
Wilson is coeditor, with Paul Groth, of “Everyday America: Cultural Landscape Studies after J. B. Jackson.” Wilson is the J. B. Jackson Professor of Cultural Landscape Studies at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning in Albuquerque, and founding director of its Historic Preservation and Regionalism Program.
One of America’s leading documentary photographers, Gandert has exhibited widely, including in the Whitney Biennial. His largest body of work is found in Nuevo Mexico Profundo: Rituals of an Indo-Hispano Homeland. He is a professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico.
For more information from UNM, call 505.710.7169 or visit http://plazasofnewmexico.com/index.html.
For more information from ENMU, call 575.562.2206.
|ENMU Hosting Music Groups in Fundraiser|
Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host three Christian music acts in the Campus Union Ballroom on Sunday, March 4 in a fundraiser for the My Ashleah Foundation, a non-profit organization which promotes drug and alcohol awareness. It was founded by the family of Mark Richards whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver.
The groups in the “Love Come to Life Tour” are “Big Daddy Weave,” “Mikeschair” and “Kerrie Roberts.”
The concert is sponsored by ENMU P.A.C.K. (Promoting Alcohol Control and Knowledge) Program and the ENMU Police Department.
Tickets can be purchased from:
Paden Insurance Company (located in front of Wal-Mart in Portales)
- Online at www.myashleah.org (Click on “concert” tab)
- Also online at: http://www.itickets.com/events/281422/Portales_NM/Love_Come_to_Life_Tour.html
- Or call 806.729.1291 or 575.703.5735
Watch video at: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrRbPU8YRxs]
For more information, call Brad Mauldin, chief of ENMU Police, at 575-562-2392.
|Benefit Concert in Ballroom on March 4|