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|Spears Used in Star Trek Episode on Display at ENMU|
|Star Trek Spears in Blackwater Draw Museum|
In January of 1967, an episode of Star Trek titled “The Galileo Seven” aired, and caught the attention of Dr. George Agogino, a past director of the Paleo-Indian Institute at Eastern New Mexico University.
In the episode, Spock and his crew crash-land on a hostile planet with “cavemen” like creatures lurking around, and throwing spears at the crew.
Dr. Agogino saw a morphological resemblance between the spear points used in the episode and Folsom points, so he decided to send a letter and request that the spears that were used in the television show be donated to the Blackwater Draw Museum.
A few months later Robert Justman, the associate Producer of Star Trek, received Dr. Agogino’s request and responded.
Mr. Justman noted that the spears were based on the Folsom points that had originally been found in New Mexico in the late 1920s, but he made sure to address the “dramatic license” that was practiced by enlarging the spears to 15 feet in length. Nonetheless, Dr. Agogino was still thrilled at the possibility of having Folsom themed Star Trek memorabilia on display.
Many letters went back and forth between Dr. Agogino, Mr. Justman and NBC, mainly addressing shipping and logistics of mailing 15-foot spears, but eventually the spears made their way to Portales, and then to the Blackwater Draw Museum where they are still proudly on display.
|Watch Short Video of Star Trek Episode with Spears|
Communicative Disorders Professor Is Wizard of Oz Fan
by Shantiana White
“If I could meet anyone who worked in the field of speech pathology, it would be Lionel Logue. ‘The King’s Speech’ was based on him."
– Stephanie Lebsack
The favorite movie of Stephanie Lebsack, an instructor for communicative disorders, is the Wizard of Oz.
“If I could meet anyone who worked in the field of speech pathology, past, present or future, it would be Lionel Logue.” (He was an Australian speech therapist in London). “He was extremely talented at what he did and ‘The King’s Speech’ was based on him,” said Mrs. Lebsack. Mrs. Lebsack has a poster advertisement of this movie hanging in her office.
|Stephanie, Kevin and Mary|
and I knew I wanted to work with people who have communication disorders. My best friend is also a person with stuttering,” said Mrs. Lebsack.
She also knew she always wanted to teach at a university and ENMU was at the top of her list. “I wanted to be a part of ENMU because I knew the faculty members would be great mentors and Eastern has a top-notch program.”
Mrs. Lebsack received her bachelor’s of arts from Baylor University in 2005 and her master’s in science in 2009 from ENMU. In 2009, she also received first place in the 35th Annual Student Research Conference.
“A challenge with this job is time management because I am a new mom and started this job when my daughter, Mary, was three-weeks-old. My husband and I now have a routine that has helped with that challenge,” said Mrs. Lebsack.
Her husband, Kevin, is a social studies teacher at Gattis Middle School in Clovis.
She grew up in a snow-filled town, Pagosa Springs, Colo., where she enjoyed skiing. Her father works as a physical therapist there and her mother and stepfather live in Dallas, Texas. She has an older brother who is 36 and twin sisters who are 2 ½ years old.
“I was a speech pathologist assistant for two years in Waco, Texas, prior to coming to ENMU to get my master’s degree. I have been working with communication disorders for a total of six years,” said Mrs. Lebsack.
Though she is relatively new to teaching, she has a lot to offer students.
“I love teaching students; it is very rewarding. I plan on striving for constant improvement in my teaching skills and being my ultimate best in the profession,” said Mrs. Lebsack. Mrs. Lebsack would also like to contribute to research in her field.
Her future goal is to earn a Ph.D. and become a full professor. She has begun applying to Ph.D. programs, and wants to work on her doctorate while teaching at ENMU.
For her dissertation, she wants to focus specifically on stuttering.
Student Collaborative Efforts Help Sunland Families for Thanksgiving
by Sara Szymonski and Barbara Palantone
The Thanksgiving Baskets Project has been a tradition of VOICES (Voices of Inclusive and Committed Education Students) since the organization was founded. The event was successful last year as VOICES paired with two other organizations to increase donations and the number of families that could be fed.
This year, VOICES, Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society, and NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Association) joined forces to collect massive amounts of food and over $900 to feed families that were affected by the closing of Sunland Peanuts.
Student members and classmates collected food and money by standing outside SuperSave and Wal-Mart in Portales during the last couple weeks. These three organizations plan to feed 50 families through collaboration with the Portales community and the Portales Ministerial Alliance. Using the money collected during the food drive, the organizations will purchase a turkey for each family. Food will be distributed this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Gabriel Ayala (NSSLA President), Sara Szymonski (Voices President), Thaddeus Pearason (alumnus)
Sarah Szymonski, VOICES President managed the sign-up, coordinated with the stores and sorted food at the drop off location. Recent alumnus Thaddeus Pearson, offered his home as the drop-off location and helped the food drive by dropping off tables and picking up the food after each shift of students. In addition, NSSLHA President Gabriel Ayala was instrumental in filling many of the slots available for collecting.
NSSLHA also donated $100 from their organization. Phi Alpha leaders (Ashley Chavez, Susan Morrison, Michelle Howard) used their organizational and fundraising skills, made posters and flyers, and volunteered several hours along with social work students, making this project very successful.
|Michelle Howard and Susan Morrison (Phi Alpha members)|
Other collaborators in this food drive were Sigma Chi Fraternity who donated money from their carnival for Thanksgiving baskets and Sodexo who generously charged the students wholesale prices for the purchase of 48 turkeys. Faculty from the Education Department donated 2 additional turkeys and faculty and staff from the Health & Human Services Department (CDIS, Nursing, Social Work) donated funds toward the purchase of turkeys.
Article in Portales News-Tribune About Food Drive – [pntonline.com]
Mother and Daughter Share Social Work Career Field
L-R: Rani Eggert, BSW 2011 graduate; Barbara Palantone, BSW Field Director; Shanae Eggert, BSW student)
Joshn Lynn Named Conference Coach of the Year
by Adam Pitterman
Director of Athletic Communications
RICHARDSON, TEXAS - For his performance in leading the Eastern New Mexico University football team to its first conference title since the 1991 season, Head Coach Josh Lynn was named the Lone Star Conference Football Coach of the Year, in the league's annual awards press release, Thursday morning. After winning two LSC contests in his first season, Lynn led Eastern to a 5-1 mark in conference play and a 7-3 overall record.
After a slow start had the Hounds at 1-3, they faced a 28-0 deficit at Angelo State. After fighting their way back into the game, Eastern took a 29-28 lead on a late two-point conversion and blocked a field goal to preserve the win. After a win over Northeastern State, the Hounds earned the fifth victory in team history over Texas A&M-Kingsville.
The following week, ENMU overcame a 21-point, second-half deficit, to defeat 15th-ranked West Texas A&M on the road, and claim the Wagon Wheel for the first time since the 2004 season. In the home finale, Eastern cruised to a 40-21 win over 12th-ranked Midwestern State, before closing with a 42-35 win at Texas A&M-Commerce.
The comebacks against Angelo State and West Texas A&M were a calling card for Lynn's resilient team, this year. In fact, Eastern outscored the opposition by an incredible 186-74 margin in the second half. The Hounds' 321 points for the season eclipsed the team record for scoring in a ten-game season.
ENMU's Lynn Named Conference Coach of Year – [pntonline.com]
|Josh Lynn Being Promoted for Coach of the Year
Winning School Receives $50,000 for Charity;
$20,000 for Alumni Association
Eastern New Mexico University is urging its supporters to vote for Josh Lynn, head football coach, as the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year.
This year Coach Lynn led the Greyhounds to a 7-3 record and a co-championship of the Lone Star Conference with a 5-1 mark after the Greyhounds were picked next to last in the pre-season poll.
It was also the first time in history that the Greyhounds defeated Texas A&M Kingsville, West Texas A&M University and Midwestern State University in the same season.
The school that has the winning coach will receive $50,000 for a charity of its choice, and $20,000 for its alumni association.
The link for voting is at www.coachoftheyear.com. The deadline is Dec. 15, and voters can cast one ballot per day.
|Vote [here] for Coach Lynn|
Dr. Donald C. Elder III, professor of history, has been asked by the journal Civil War History to review a book. He will be reviewing Necessary Courage: Iowa’s Underground Railroad in the Struggle against Slavery by Lowell Soike, published by the University of Iowa Press. His review will appear in the March 2014 issue of the journal.
The Office of Human Resources has announced that Ashley Keefer, Internal Auditor, has been appointed as the Affirmative Action Officer. Mrs. Keefer will be responsible for monitoring the affirmative action activities of the University; maintaining and reporting annually on the effectiveness of the Affirmative Action Plan; and ensuring equal access, participation, and treatment for all in the University's hiring, transfer and promotional activities.
Concerns, questions or complaints regarding discrimination should be directed to Mrs. Keefer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 562.2105. Mrs. Keefer is located in Quay Hall 201.
Dr. Mark Dal Porto , professor of music, had his orchestral work Song of Eternity performed on Nov. 14 by the Texas Christian University Symphony Orchestra in Fort Worth, Texas, conducted by Dr. Germán Gutiérrez.