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Accounting Instructor Loves Classical Music
by Jacob Caffrey
“I like to help people understand what accounting is really about.” – Debra Stone
Debra Stone has joined Eastern New Mexico University's College of Business as an instructor of accounting.
Debra graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in accounting. She worked in public accounting and took an interest in teaching when she taught seminars for her company. She then received three master’s degrees in secondary education, adult education and educational leadership. She is currently working on her doctorate at Argosy University.
She has taught at various high schools and junior colleges. “I like to help people understand what accounting is really about.”
Her favorite part about accounting is being able to figure out how businesses work and always knowing what’s going on. “It’s more than just the numbers.”
Outside of accounting, Debra loves listening to classical music. When she was a child she used to play the piano.
“Classical music to me is the most beautiful music there is.”
Cooking is also a passion. “Planning the meal that I will cook in the evening is one of the most exciting parts of my day.”
Debra is most proud of her children. She has a 30-year-old son and a daughter that attends Portales High School.
She is most amazed with how kind and helpful the people in Portales are. Her daughter gets along great with her classmates. “I made the right choice,” she says.
|Picnic at President's House Welcomes International Students
(photos by Jim Dodson, Amy Dodson, Wendel Sloan)
|Alumni Affairs Present at Curry County Fair
(photos provided by Robert Graham)
Alumni Affairs, with coordinator of Alumni Affairs Robert Graham and various volunteers, hosted a table at the recent Curry County Fair.
|Can't get rid of Bonnie|
|FFA Active at Dawg Days and County Fair
(photos provided by Boot Chumbley)
The collegiate FFA has been busy at recent events. FFA officers greeted new students at Dawg Days, keeping them up to date on all that the University has to offer.
The Collegiate FFA supported the community by helping organize the swine show at the Roosevelt County Fair. Students helped wrangle pigs, organize paper work and help 3rd-12th grade students with thier livestock projects.
|Vic and Tory Still Alive and Kicking
(photos by Jim Dodson and Scott Kendall)
|Vic and Tory||Video Alert|
Vic and Tory got their regular exercise on Friday at the ENMU soccer field. – [video]
|Sodexo Waffles on ENMU Brand
(photos and video by Jim Dodson)
|Video Alert||ENMU Waffles|
Watch a short video of an ENMU waffle's lifespan from birth to almost being eaten. – [video] (video by Jim Dodson)
|Ronny Cox Trio in Free Concert on August 30|
ENMU graduate Ronny Cox, actor and songwriter, will perform a free concert open to the public at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30 in the Campus Union Ballroom.
Ronny will perform with his folk trio, including Chojo Jacques and Dave Stoddard.
The concert is sponssored by ASAB.
For more information, call 575.562.2108.
|Video Alert||Ronny Cox|
Watch video of Ronny Cox perform "Gone to Alabama" – [YouTube]
Editor's Note: The copy below is from Ronny Cox's management company:
Ronny Cox is an artist who wears a variety of hats – from musician to actor to family man. His musical style is eclectic and he confesses that he has no set-in-stone criteria for picking or writing songs.
Ronny grew up in New Mexico listening to Texas Swing tunes, but then played rock and roll in high school, and was eventually drawn to folk music after graduating from college.
Born in Cloudcroft, N.M., he grew up in Portales, N.M. He’s the son of Lounette (née Rucker) and Bob P. Cox, a carpenter who also worked at a dairy and played guitar for all the local fiddlers.
Ronny‘s craft as a singer/songwriter is a testament to his life on the Southwestern desert. The third of five children and a father to two sons of his own, Ronny brings his extraordinarily view of life into a magnetic, likeable, onstage persona.
With a career that spans over a hundred and twenty-five films and television shows, Ronny Cox is often ironically identified with the villains he has played in movies like Total Recall, RoboCop and the ruthless politician in the hit science fiction TV series Stargate.
Ronny's first film, his first time acting in front of a camera, was as the guitarist in the famous "dueling banjos" scene in Deliverance. His second big film was Bound for Glory, Hal Ashby’s film about Woody Guthrie.
In fact the year 2012 marks Ronny’s debut as an author. His book, Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew will be released in the spring and Warner Bros Home Video is putting out a deluxe 40th Anniversary version of the film in July.
The truth, though, is Ronny has been writing songs and telling stories for over four decades. Only in the last 10 years has the world seen him evolve from being an “actor who sings” into knowing him as a “singer who happens to have a pretty fair career acting.”
His recording debut, however entitled Ronny Cox, was released in 1993 for Mercury Records in Nashville and, according to Ronny, was “pretty much a country record – at least it seemed so to me.”
For his next album Acoustic Electricity (2000), Ronny wanted a more “folkie” approach, so he turned to his son, John, to produce it.
Cowboy Savant (2002) was a studio album produced by Wendy Waldman and his next two albums, Ronny Cox Live (2004) and At the Sabastiani (2006), were recorded live with almost no over-dubs or corrections. “The idea was to capture that spontaneous magic ,to give people a real sense of what we do in a live performance,” says
For his next release, in 2007 Ronny’s friend, producer and musician Jack Williams encouraged Ronny do a tribute album to the great Mickey Newbury, one of the great Texas songwriters. How I Love Them Old Songs (2007) was dedicated to his wife, Mary, and was re-released in February of 2010.
“I enjoy all kinds of music and I try to bring that eclectic approach to the music I play," Ronny says. “I'm interested in weaving a tapestry of songs and stories with an over-all arc that eventually comes together and tells us something about 'the human condition.' I know that sounds kinda pompous, but that's what I'm trying to do, and to have a few laughs along the way."
A few years ago, Mary passed away. He met her when he was 14 and she was his only love. She meant everything to him. He confesses that one of the ways he has dealt with her loss has been through the music.
The result is Ronny Cox’s newly released album, Ronny Cox – Songs with Repercussions, a personal studio collection of songs that are mostly selected from other sources with three original songs. Repercussions made it to the #1 spot of the Folk DJ list in the summer of 2009.
Repercussions is one of Ronny’s finest and most honest pieces of work. “The truly great thing about music is that it’s like a double-edged sword. Songs can be frivolous or sad but they can trigger an almost overwhelming emotion, immediately. What I have found is that if I open up to my audience, they not only accept that, they also help me get through it. It is that sharing – of silliness or sadness or mutual understanding – that I find to be very compelling.”
Like Ronny, the songs are eclectic, funny, touching, insightful and compelling. Each tune showcases an original, sophisticated lyric-driven sound and the stories that accompany these songs are something else entirely.
“The songs that I write and choose reflect that I pride myself in being able to find great songs and record them, not as covers, but as extensions of what I do as a performer.”