|Only Treats for Bond C Voters|
Noelle Bartl took this photo at Papa Murphy's in Portales. ENMU Student Alan Bolstad decorated this pumpkin for Papa Murphy's pumpkin decorating contest.
|Letter to the Editor|
I’d like to thank my good friends at the PNT for allowing me to address you. I know you’d rather read the very interesting articles that Alisa Boswell, Christina Calloway, and my other good friends at the newspaper have written, so I promise I’ll be (for once) brief and concise.
I’d like to ask you to vote in favor of Bond C in the upcoming general election. I know I have a vested interest since I have an office in the building that will be renovated if the bond passes, but I can assure you that your tax dollars will not be used to provide faculty members with rooms that resemble a suite at the Luxor. Rather, the bond (which will not raise your current taxes) will allow us to renovate and upgrade the classrooms in the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building.
We have great personnel working for the Physical Plant at ENMU, but there is only so much that Ted Fares and his crews can do with a 50-year-old building. In addition, if we want our students to be competitive in the 21st century global economy, we need to have classrooms that utilize all of the technological tools at the disposal of public education.
I’ll make you an offer: if you’re still not sure how to vote, come to the JWLA between now and Election Day and I’ll give you a tour. I am confident that once you see the ceilings, light fixtures and classrooms where the most advanced learning tool is a new piece of chalk, you’ll be in favor of voting for Bond C.
If not, I’ll give you a piece of leftover Halloween candy. How’s that for a deal?
|Letter to the Editor|
Neighbors and fellow New Mexico voters:
The election is tomorrow. Whether or not you’ve been following the ads and debates, or even arguing politics with friends and family on Facebook, the brightest spots on the New Mexico ballot are G.O. Bonds “B” and "C." Vote "YES" for both, please!
I am an ENMU freshman and a recent Portales High School honors graduate, born and raised in this town. My mom works in JWLA, so I’ve hung around the building a lot over the past 18 years.
Renovations don’t just help us to be good stewards of our older facilities – they bring work and extra business to town and they make it easier for us to keep up Portales Pride! I would especially like to challenge all young people like me to get out and vote!
|Bond C Article on Front Page of Albuquerque Journal|
Bond Backers Take No Chances With Education
|courtesy of the Albuquerque Journal|
|Groups Passing Bond C Resolutions|
ENMU Board of Regents
Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation
City of Portales
ENMU Foundation Board
ENMU Alumni Association Board
ENMU Faculty Senate
ENMU Professional Employees Senate
ENMU Support Employees Senate
ENMU Student Government
ENMU Office of Communication Services
|How to Attach Bond C Graphic as Your Email Signature|
You can use the "Bond C" graphic above as your email signature by right-clicking on it, copying it, pasting it in to Photoshop or other photo program, then saving it on your computer.
After that, follow the instructions in the box below.
For assistance, call Wanda Newberry at 562.2123.
|Bond C on Back of Ballot|
|Bond C is the last item on the back of the ballot for the Nov. 6 General Election.|
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New Instructor Worked for Mind Research Network
by Shantiana White
“Being in a learning mode is always likely to lead to success." – Konni Wallace
Konni Wallace, instructor of accounting, previously worked for The Mind Research Network, an independent nonprofit research organization that studies mental illnesses and brain disorders.
She commuted from Moriarty to Albuquerque until her husband, Jeff Wallace, received a job teaching high school agriculture in Floyd and they moved to the Portales area for his job and to be closer to their extended family.
“I started telecommuting for The Mind Research Network after the move while my kids attended school. Telecommuting had super flexible hours and allowed for better time management because I was only accessible to anyone electronically,” said the public accountant.
The telecommuter worked from her house for five years until her job ended when the company merged with another.
“After that, I came across the accounting instructor opportunity at ENMU. This seemed like the right opportunity to explore a different career path. I really enjoy this job and working in the academic environment,” said the Melrose High School graduate.
Jeff and Konni Wallace at a Texas Rangers baseball game, with an evil Red sox fan in the background
Mrs. Wallace is adapting to working in an office/classroom environment, which was a big adjustment after working at home.
This year, Mrs. Wallace wants to develop good teaching skills, methods and strategies before setting any future career goals or plans.
“Being in a learning mode is always likely to lead to success,” she said.
The New Mexico native attended undergraduate school at ENMU for two years, then received her B.B.A. in finance at New Mexico State University and M.B.A. in general management from the University of New Mexico.
“I come from a family of teachers and they sometimes get together for ‘teacher talk.’ My family jokes about me becoming a teacher because, when I was younger, I wanted to go into any profession except teaching. I guess it may be in our blood after all,” said this family-oriented person.
Mrs. Wallace has three children that attend Floyd Schools. Sons Lane (16) and Jase (13), and daughter Ryan (11). She keeps very busy with her kids’ school and recreational activities. She coaches Ryan’s 5th-6th grade volleyball team and is also the 4-H leader for Floyd Club, which all her kids participate in.
|Sons Lane (16) and Jase (13) and daughter Ryan (11)|
“I want to help my children achieve their goals and prepare them for adult life,” said the mom of three.
Family relationships, religious beliefs and keeping the right perspective about life are central to Mrs. Wallace’s life.
“Family comes first and career second, but both help you enjoy and live a rewarding life,” said the new instructor.
Students Having Success Thanks to STEM Program
by Dr. Ken Cradock
Associate Professor of Biology
(photos by Robin May and Karen Doherty)
Students have success after participation in the HSI STEM Undergraduate Research Program.
As many of you are aware, ENMU is just starting its second year of a five-year HSI STEM grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
A significant part of this involves engaging undergraduate students in research experiences. We established a competitive program this past summer. Interested students pursuing a STEM degree submitted applications to the grant office and were then interviewed. Finally, a group of eight successful applicants was selected (we have nine this fall) to conduct research with a faculty member here at ENMU. Two of them recently presented the work they conducted at regional conferences:
Machelle Martinez (working under Dr. Elliott Stollar, Chemistry) garnered a first-place finish with her poster presentation in the Physical Science Division, of the 2012 New Mexico AMP Student Research Conference (Oct. 5, 2012, New Mexico State University). Machelle’s project was titled “Development of Two Complementary Assays Probing Protein Stability/Interaction in a Plate Reader.”
Trace Schwerman (working under Dr. Matt Barlow, Biology) received second place for his poster presentation in the Biological Sciences Division West Texas STEM Conference (October 5-6, 2012, Midland College, Midland, Texas). Trace was first author on his research project titled “The Effects of Estrogen on Vascular Conductance to Exercising Muscle in Women with Metabolic Syndrome.”
Co-authors include M. Carmen Arana-Verdiales and Meghan Howard, “summer 2012” HSI STEM Grant undergraduate researchers, as well as Robert Restaino, Ryan Ayers and Aaron Blankenship.
The HSI STEM team would like to extend our hearty congratulations to these two young researchers, their mentors, and co-investigators. They have set a wonderful example for others to follow.
|The Beginning of FriendSpeak for Students
by Shantiana White
David Heflin, pastor for the Church of Christ (preacher for the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ), is starting FriendSpeak at the Church of Christ Student Center to reach out to ENMU international students to help improve their conversational English.
|David Heflin (right) with a student in Thailand|
FriendSpeak is the domestic side of the international program “Let’s Start Talking” and has been around for 15 years to help international students who are in the U.S. and Canada.
“It is a one-on-one setting with a reader, who is an international student at ENMU, and a FriendSpeak volunteer who work out of a workbook based of the book of Luke,” said the Valley View, Texas, native.
This church-based program is designed to help those who know some English by practicing with someone who is English efficient.
“We want them to feel like they are in a comfortable setting,” said Mr. Heflin.
The volunteers are members of the Church of Christ who have been trained to teach conversational English, but don’t have to know any other language because the session is completely conducted in English.
“I have been to Thailand and Japan (Thailand, Japan, and several other countries) to help others practice. My wife has been (recently returned from China) to China,” said the three-year Portales resident.
In order to go overseas, volunteers have to raise money and usually stay in a specific country for about two weeks.
“I have worked with (over a) 100 people; everyone enjoys it and gains experience (confidence) from it,” said the father of three.
Olga, who is from Kazakhstan, is one international student who has attended a one-on-one session.
“If we can get off the ground, we are planning to have a group party around Thanksgiving,” said Mr. Heflin.
FriendSpeak is open to anyone who wants an opportunity to gain confidence in English and make a friend from the United States.
Those interested can also go to the Church of Christ Student Center on Tuesdays from 4:45-5:15 p.m. to get an idea of what it is about.
If interested, contact Mr. Heflin at 575.607.6080 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a session.
|Keeping Gale-Force Winds Out
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
Gene Salaz, carpenter at the Physical Plant, was weather-stripping windows on Thursday in the Monday Memo headquarters. Gene, married to Betty Salaz of the Campus Post Office, has been with Eastern since 1980. He wa a 2011 Spirit of Eastern recipient. He has just been named the 2012 recipient of the "Keeping Mondy Memo Employees from Freezing Award."
This is the box that the weather-stripping material came in. Thanks to Gene's work, the Monday Memo staff should no longer experience gale-force winds inside the office.
Physical Plant replacing the cooling tower at Roosevelt Hall (photo by Ted Fares)
(photo by Wendel Sloan)
|You Better Not...|
|Vote Against Bond C!|
(photos by Shantiana White)
|Stefan Kiesbye Book Reading
(photos by Shantiana White)