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Professor and Son Heading Back to Zambia
by Shantiana White
“We drill wells, bring water to villages, offer early education to adult literacy, and grow gardens."— Dr. Kathleen Donalson
Jake Tayler, an ENMU freshman, learned about Overland Missions, headquartered in Florida, through Casey O’Connor, a 2012 ENMU graduate in secondary education and agriculture, when they were both attending Dora High School.
Mr. O’Connor started the trend in Portales by serving in Zambia when still in college and full-time upon graduating. He also works in Argentina and Brazil.
“I told my mom (ENMU professor Kathleen Donalson) I wanted to go to Africa and she said. ‘I want to go with you,’” said Mr. Tayler.
|Dr. Kathleen Donalson|
Dr. Donalson, associate professor and graduate coordinator for curriculum and instruction, said, “There are many people from ENMU who have gone to make a difference, like Cameron Simons, ENMU junior, and Jordan Hale, ENMU freshman, who went to Cambodia.”
Lucas Buchanan and Tristen Southern, ENMU freshmen, were in the same group in Zambia in the winter as Mr. Tayler and Dr. Donalson.
“It was 80 in the day and 30 at night,” said Mr. Tayler. Dr. Donalson added, “We had extra blankets in our sleeping bags. Next time we will purchase better sleeping bags.”
|(left) Jake Tayler with Zambians|
“Jake lost 15 pounds when he was there and called it the deprivation diet,” said Dr. Donalson. “Breakfast was always oatmeal with hot coffee or tea, for lunch a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with an apple, and dinner usually dinner consisted of some type of high carb such as rice, noodles or chima (a sticky smash of cornmeal).
“Chima was eaten three times a day by locals, as well as chicken and bugs. We did not see food like we do in America.”
Mr. Tayler said, “Locals don’t eat with anyone except their families. Meals are a big deal since they don’t eat a lot.”
“Out of courtesy, the locals built three long drops (shacks that have a large hole dug in the ground) because they wanted to make us feel welcomed and knew Americans are used to restrooms. They had one for each gender to go to the bathroom in and the other to bathe,” said Dr. Donalson.
She said, “Women do not wear pants and thighs are considered as seductive.”
“A misinterpretation of the missions trips is that it is to preach about the word of God. Though it is important, it is not all that we do,” said Dr. Donalson.
“We drill wells, bring water to villages, offer early education to adult literacy, and grow gardens. Jake helped Pastor George and harvested sunflowers.”
At the end of their stay they got Tonga names from the villagers. Dr. Donalson was named Milimo (Acts) for acts of service and Mr. Tayler was named Mulamfu (Lion). The villagers claimed that Mr. Tayler had the heart of a lion.
“I loved it. It was harder to come back than going and it was a big culture shock. Before going, we were already used to tents and camping, so that helped. We didn’t find it difficult to live in those conditions,” said Mr. Tayler.
Dr. Donalson said, “It is a completely different schedule than what Americans are accustomed to because we worked from sun-up until sun-down.”
“When we came back, I realized how privileged we were and decided to down-size. I started selling material possessions and giving away items as soon I got back home” said Dr. Donalson.
Mr. Tayler commented, “When you come back, it freaks you out because we have so much.”
They want to go back to an advanced mission training during the summer from May 9 through Aug. 9. In order to be prepared to live in Zambia full-time, they have to learn how to sustain in the environment. They will learn about things such as bush cooking, wilderness First Aid, diesel mechanics and GPS navigation.
In order to do this, they need to raise funds (estimated $16,000 for both) to pay for all costs including flights, training and time in the field. Donors can contribute by going to www.overlandmissions.com, then notating “Kathleen Donalson” or “Jake Tayler” on the memo line.
Dr. Donalson said, “I am retiring next year and I want to be able to work training preschool teachers on a five-year commitment in Africa. On September 1, 2013, Overland helped open three preschools in Zambian villages. They are in desperate need of training and assistance.”
“I want Overland Missions to be my life career and work full-time to serve in Zambia, Argentina, Cambodia and anywhere else they need me,” said Mr. Tayler.
Speech Therapy Instructor Returns
to ENMU – Is Superhero Fan
by Shantiana White
“While growing up, I liked Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman."
– Nicole Bougie
Nicole Bougie (M.S. CCC SLP), instructor and clinical supervisor in speech therapy, is a superhero fan.
“During the summer, I read the Outlander series and all seven books were really good. I can’t wait to see the television series that is supposed to come out in the spring,” she said.
“I wasn't sure what I wanted to do when I started college, so I majored in engineering. I talked to my aunt and a few friends who were in speech therapy and decided to take an introductory course. It is a job that offers a variety of options,” said Ms. Bougie.
After attending graduate school, she went to Amarillo and worked in a hospital with children and adults.
“I was a clinical director at ENMU for about four years, and then I decided to take a job working at a hospital in Wisconsin because I wanted to be closer to my family.
“I saw there was an opportunity to teach and supervise, so I figured I will get to spend plenty of time with family during the summer,” said Ms. Bougie.
Her parents and older sister, who works in emarketing for Harley Davidson Motorcycles, enjoy coming to New Mexico to visit her.
Ms. Bougie keeps in contact with her younger brother, who is an engineer, and his family through FaceTime.
“I get to talk to him often and enjoy watching my two-year-old twin nieces showing off what they have learned,” said the proud aunt.
She teaches undergraduate classes and supervises graduate students. She helps them in practicum by showing them clinical skills, therapy strategies, and how to write notes for different settings.
“I like working with students, so this job has provided me with the best of both worlds,” said Ms. Bougie.
She supervises students who do their practicum at Heartland Continuing Care Center, where they work with adults, at Grady Public Schools, where they work with preschool to high school aged children, and in the campus clinic, where clients of all ages receive therapy.
What she learned in the field is directly related to the anatomy and articulation disorder courses she teaches.
“In anatomy, we are examining muscles in the face and mouth--which we do with clients. In articulation disorders, we look at how speech sounds and what therapy would be best,” said Ms. Bougie.
A challenge for her is time because she does not have enough during the day.
“It is nice to share this experience with students because they bring different perspectives to the therapy they provide.
“I enjoy working in the department and am glad to be back,” said Ms. Bougie.
|ENMU Hosting Pops Dinner Concert on November 16
by Dr. Patrice Caldwell
Executive Director of Planning and Analysis
The University Friends of Music annual Pops Dinner Concert is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Campus Union Ballroom at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.
Join ENMU’s Wind Symphony and the University Swanee Singers for a wonderful evening of entertainment and fine dining. Guests will enjoy chicken roulade with sage and cranberry stuffing, au gratin potatoes, salad, rolls, and cheesecake or decadent chocolate cake. A vegetarian and gluten-free option is available upon request.
Tickets are $30 per person ($20 for active military and spouses) and will be sold by mail only. One-half of the ticket price goes directly to scholarships for music students.
|Speakers from Southwest Cheese Speak at COB Event
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
Deepak Shah, Chief financial Officer of Southwest Cheese between Clovis and Portales, told COB students last week that being a "boss" in the United States is much more informal than in India where he was raised, or in Britain where he also has worked.
He said in India employees are basically treated like servants, and in Britain the working environment is much more formal. In the U.S, his employees are also his friends.
ENMU grad Christian Parmer, Human Resources Administrator at Southwest Cheese, talked about job opportunities for ENMU students, and gave them tips on interviewing and their resume. She said that job seekers should always check with their references before listing them.
|Nightmare at 1500 S. Avenue K|
|Photos Inside Haunted Tunnel from CUB to Post Office|
|ENMU Trunk or Treat|
|ENMU Baseball Halloween Game|
|photos by Mikael Wisniewiski|
|photos below by Shantiana White|
Tammi Gardner is the new Human Resources Director. Tammi is taking over for Julie Gawehn who is leaving ENMU to join her family in Texas. On Nov. 11, Dean Garcia will begin his employment at ENMU, replacing Tammi as Manager of HR/Payroll.
Dr. Tracy Carr, associate professor of music, has had a busy fall. On Oct. 5, she presented an oboe masterclass and reed-making seminar for the oboe students at UT-Brownsville, and performed in a recital with UT-Brownsville bassoon professor Dr. Carol McNabb on Oct. 6 as part of the UTB Patron of the Arts concert series.
On Oct. 12, Dr. Carr presented her annual faculty recital with guest artists Dr. Susanna Self, flute; Dr. Jennifer Laubenthal, clarinet; Dr. Carol McNabb, bassoon, and Mr. John Hargreaves, horn.
On Oct. 19, Dr. Carr presented a lecture-recital titled “A Look at the Possible Inspirations for Benjamin Britten’s Temporal Variations for Oboe and Piano” at the Texas Tech University Benjamin Britten: A Century of Inspiration conference. This event was streamed live through the TTU site.
Lastly, Dr. Carr participated in the University of New Mexico Mentoring Conference with her presentation “How to Succeed at Your First University Position: Daily Advice for the Young Professional” on Oct. 30.
Michael F. Shaughnessy, Tammy-Lynne Moore of Texas Tech , and James H. Borland of Columbia University have “A reflective conversation with James H. Borland” published in Gifted Education International 0261429413491481. It was first published on June 30, 2013, as doi:10.1177/0261429413491481.
Dr. Michael F. Shaughnessy and Dr. Alan Singer of Hofstra University have an interview in Education News.org . It is accessible below:
The ENMU community is saddened to learn that students Padyn R. Hughes and Adrienne Jane Trujillo lost their lives due to a car accident in Quay County Sunday evening. ENMU extends its condolences to the families of these young ladies.