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The Story of ENMU's Vetville
by Keith McCrary (from The Golden Years)
After World War II there was a great influx of students, Men and women coming home from the war. Many were married and wanting to go to college. Floyd Golden wrote in his book “The Golden Years”:
“Probably our most pressing need in facilities was married-student housing…The people in the community did what they could, such as making a large number of small apartments available in the community.
"We still believed that the college had a responsibility to provide quarters for married students. We believed our best source of housing would be one of the military bases in the area that would be closing. Since the war had ended, I telephoned the Dallas office (Regional U S Government Office) that we were desperate for married-student apartments. I told the office we wanted one hundred apartments that were available at military bases. We were informed that we could have one hundred civilian apartments at the (deactivated) Ft. Sumner military base if we would go there, decide which ones we wanted, and telegraph the Dallas Office immediately.
"I left immediately for Ft. Sumner, taking with me Al Garten, acting Business Manager, and Al Ziegenfuss, Director of the Physical Plant. We found that this civilian housing unit had just recently been constructed. In fact, a large number of the apartments had never been occupied an several others had been used only a short time. They were in excellent condition.
"We selected twenty buildings containing five apartments each. The buildings were twenty feet wide and one hundred twenty feet long, consisting of one, two and three bedrooms, plus a kitchen and a breakfast-dining room combination and a living room. They were completely furnished with new maple furniture.
"The buildings and furnishing were given to us for no charge. The college was to pay for the dismantling, moving, and re-erection on campus.
"Homer Bennett of Clovis was contracted to dismantle the buildings, move them to the campus, and place them on the foundations prepared by the college. We were moving as quickly as we could to get the apartments ready for student occupancy by the beginning of the second semester in January 1946.
"Bennett cut the 120 foot buildings in half and moved them to the campus in two pieces where they were set on the foundations…The apartments were constructed around a landscaped patio with a children’s playground in the center. We completed the project by constructing sidewalks, building streets and landscaping the entire area.”
Note: When the government auditors came to check on the finished product. Floyd Golden talked to them about getting the government to reimburse the college for the cost of moving the building from Ft Sumner to Portales. He said he knew the contract called for the college to pay all cost moving the buildings, but he told the auditors how badly the college needed the $74,000 they spent on the move for the educational program.
They told him to furnish them with their drawings, specifications and photographs of the buildings and they would recommend that the college be reimbursed. He said, “Three weeks later we received a check for approximately $68,000.”
That’s why Floyd Golden was so good for Eastern. He not only got hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of free building (Vetville, Tech Building, Gym), he got the government to give the college money to help pay for moving them to the campus.
“The Board of Regents set the rent for the new apartments: one-bedroom apartment was $18 per month. Two bedrooms were $24 and three bedrooms were $30. These apartments were always filled and had a long waiting list as long as I was President,” wrote Golden.
|Hanging of the Greens
(photos submitted by Draco Miller)
On Nov. 25, ASAB put on their annual Hanging of the Greens, benefiting The Baptist Children’s Home and the New Mexico Christians Home of Portales. Between the two homes over 100 children ranging in age of 6 months to 17 received gifts.
As one of their bigger philanthropic events, ASAB enlisted the help of ENMU faculty, staff and student organizations. The event included singing Christmas songs led by ENMU students, A Christmas play, three jmp bounce houses for the kids and,of course, a visit from Santa Claus, who handed every child their gift(s).
ASAB would thanks every individual and or group who participated this year.
|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. Voters can cast one ballot per day.
|Vote [here] for Coach Lynn|
Dr. Mark Dal Porto , professor of music, was one of six finalists invited to attend the 2013 Ithaca College Choral Composition Festival on Nov.16 in Ithaca, N.Y. While there, his choral work I Seek Rest for My Lonely Heart was performed by the Wakefield (Massachusetts) High School Choir directed by Ana Morel. Dal Porto’s featured choral work received 2nd prize at the festival.
I Seek Rest for My Lonely Heart will be performed again by the Wakefield High School Choir on their Dec. 12 Winter Concert.
An article by Michael F. Shaughnessy and Gerard Casey of Trinity College, Dublin Ireland has just been placed in the Research Repository of University College, Dublin, Ireland.