|Was It a Hawk Outside Administration Building?
(photo by Wendel Sloan)
|"Hold hard, my country darlings, for a hawk descends." – Dylan Thomas|
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|ENMU Students Approve New Stadium
by Wendel Sloan
Students at Eastern New Mexico University have approved a student fee increase of $40 per semester for full-time students ($3.33 per credit hour for part-time students) to fund $4 million over 30 years of a proposed $8 million new multi-purpose stadium on campus.
The vote was 1,052-223 (83-17 percent) in favor.
The current Greyhound Stadium, located seven miles from campus on Highway 70 between Portales and Clovis, is 45 years old and needs extensive renovation.
The new facility will be located on the ENMU campus and have synthetic turf. In addition to the football team, it will be used by the track and field team, for band practice, intramurals and will be available for soccer. Portales High School will also play games there.
Concerts and graduation ceremonies could also be held there
The additional student fee will not be assessed before the fall of 2014 at the earliest.
Construction will not begin until after the $8 million has been raised, including contributions from the Portales schools and the ENMU Foundation.
“We are grateful to our students for having the vision and selflessness to approve the increase in student fees,” said Steven Gamble, ENMU president. “Even those who may have graduated by the time the new facility is completed understood that this project will move Eastern New Mexico University forward in staying competitive with other universities. It will be a point of pride for all current and future students, and will only enhance the already great value of having a degree from ENMU.”
Jeff Geiser, ENMU athletic director, said, “We are thankful and grateful to our students for their support. They realized that this is not just an athletic issue, but a university issue. When people drive by Highway 70 and see this beautiful new facility on the ENMU campus, it will create a sense of pride for everyone associated with Eastern New Mexico University.”
Justin Aguilar, president of the ENMU student body, said, “The students saw the value in what the facility will do for their future alma mater. The majority felt that $40 per semester was a small price to pay for giving back to a university which has given them so much. Even though it may not be completed before many of the current students graduate, it will still be a source of pride for the rest of their lives knowing that they contributed to enhancing the campus of ENMU. Someday some of them may bring their kids back to campus and can point to the new stadium and say they helped build it.”
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
|Film Prof Wants to Help Students Realize Their Vision
|“While I am in New Mexico, I want to explore it all." – Shelly Short|
by Shantiana White
Mrs. Shelly Short, assistant professor of digital film-making in the College of Fine Arts, said, “My favorite film that I have done is my thesis film, Reel Tradition, because I filmed with good friends on location in Florida. We shot at the Florida State Park at Karick Lake where I grew up camping with my family.”
The film was about how individuals view traditions and how traditions become a part of their own identity.
“The film was a collaborative effort between myself, the producer, Neil Short, the director of photography, Whitney Hess, and our fantastic crew,” said Mrs. Short.
“I like this job and decided to come to ENMU from Savannah because of the opportunity to teach in a film-making program that focuses on its students.” said Mrs. Short, who received her B.F.A in Photography and M.F.A in Film and Television from Savannah College of Art and Design.
“I had a manual camera that I did not understand. After taking a photography class I could not put the camera down,” said Mrs. Short, who has had to adjust to a new environment and routine.
The photographer and filmmaker added, “Visual arts, film and photography inspired me, instructors kept me going, and my family supported me.”
Mrs. Short is originally from Milton/Pace Florida where her parents still reside. She has two older brothers: one in the Air Force and the other is a musician.
“While I am in New Mexico, I want to explore it all. I want to go White Sands, Roswell, Santa Fe and Taos,” said the music-festival fan.
Mrs. Short enjoys working with students and helping them find their own personal vision.
Her advice to students is a quote from her Tumblr.
“To sustain a creative life you must fill your well through story, image and sound. Take it in, sit with it and let it be part of who you become. Oh...and life is good!”
ENMU Hosting 'Our Lady of Guadalupe'
Chautauqua Speaker on Monday and Tuesday
by Wendel Sloan
Diana Molina, a presenter in the New Mexico Humanities Council Chautauqua series, will present "Morena Moderna, Contemporary Visions of Our Lady of Guadalupe" at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, outside of Special Collections on the second floor of Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.
Molina will also present “Seven String Barbed Wire: The Many Faces of Latino Immigration” at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Sandia Room of the Campus Union Building as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. The exhibit chronicles images of recent immigrants, pro- and anti-immigration protesters, and symbols of separation, hope, acceptance and freedom.
Both are free and open to the public.
Molina traded her career as a software engineer for IBM to follow her passion as a professional photographer and writer. She moved to Europe for a decade before settling back home in New Mexico’s Mesilla Valley. Her sociological portrayals have appeared regionally and internationally with features published in Elle, Esquire, GEO, GQ, Marie Claire, National Geographic Traveler, Vogue, Texas Highways, and New Mexico Magazine.
Her traveling exhibits have shown in The World Museum of Art in Rotterdam, Holland; The Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C.; The Houston Museum of Natural Science; The Institute of Texan
Cultures in San Antonio; The Centennial Museum at the University of Texas-El Paso; The Anaheim Museum; The El Paso Museum of Archaeology; The Albuquerque Museum of Natural Science and History; The Carnegie Museum of Art in California; The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History; and The Las Cruces Museum of Art, among others.
Born in El Paso, she was raised along the Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua borderlands.
Molina attended the University of Texas at Austin where she studied in the School of Natural Science to earn a degree in computer science. After several years of employment as a software engineer for IBM, she integrated her computer background with photography and marketing to begin a new career at Austin Business Computers as a graphics and media consultant.
This was followed by a move to Amsterdam in the Netherlands where she lived for almost a decade, working as a photojournalist. She produced collections for The Netherlands Bureau of Tourism, The Amsterdam Bureau of Tourism, Greenpeace and a book published by Scriptum Press titled “Amsterdam, Small Town Big City.”
Molina's work concentrates on culturally-based multimedia projects depicting humans and their environment in order to offer new perspectives and understanding of roads less traveled. By means of photographic collections, multi-media exhibits, documentaries, lectures, workshops, educational programs and media outlets her sociological portrayals are distributed regionally and internationally.
Through artistic documentation, she illustrates the borders of her homeland and those she crosses, not only in the literal sense of a governmental division of territory, but also by the influence of ideologies, customs, politics, economics and views of life.
|Patti Dobson said...|
"I walked into my office and this is what I found. A woman read the newspaper article about the food stash (that Patti keeps in her office for hungry students), and felt she needed to help out. I was blown away. Extra special bit to this is that both she and her husband are part of the government shutdown; neither of them is being paid."
Dr. Michael F. Shaughnessy recently interviewed Diane Ravitch of New York University regarding her latest book “Reign of Error. “ The interview can be accessed below.
Dr. Donald C. Elder III, professor of history, has been asked by The Annals of Iowa to write a book review on Union Heartland: The Midwestern Home Front During the Civil War, edited by Ginette Aley and J.L. Anderson. His review will appear in the Spring 2014 volume of the journal.
Two articles included in the book make extensive use of his book "Love Amid the Turmoil." The book he is reviewing even includes photographs of William and Mary Vermilion that are in Dr. Elder's new book.
|ENMU Grad Engaged|
|(courtesy of Carlsbad Current-Argus)|