|Giant Dinosaur Egg Found on Campus|
During Sunday's (March 31) ASAB-sponsored Easter egg hunt on campus for area children, nine-year-old April Frist discovered a giant dinosaur egg in a ditch that had been recently excavated to repair a broken water main.
Dr. Pollock said he thinks that it is a new species of dinosaur. He is proposing that it be called "Easternsaurus."
ENMU officials would like to eventually sell it and use the proceeds to build a new recreation center on campus, complete with an indoor pool, saunas and basketball court for the exclusive use of faculty and staff.
The Smithsonian Institute and an unnamed Russian oil tycoon have expressed interest in purchasing the egg.
A number of national media outlets will be on campus today to do a story about the unique find, and interview April.
April's parents have hired an agent, and are in talks with The Discovery Channel about a reality series centered around accidental finds during Easter egg hunts.
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|ENMU President Honored by Higher Education Association
photos, video and story by Wendel Sloan
Dr. Steven Gamble, president of Eastern New Mexico University, was honored with the E. Joseph Savoie Chief Executive Leadership Award on Sunday at the District IV Conference of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in Ft. Worth, Texas.
The award recognizes a District IV member institution president, headmaster, chancellor, educational system head or institutional CEO for outstanding efforts to promote understanding and support for education.
The criteria states, “That individual demonstrates the ability to create a vision; inspire others; establish a positive image for her or his institution while leading it to even higher levels of success; and increase the institution’s stature in the community.”
CASE IV encompasses higher education institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
|President Gamble receiving award from conference chair Jim Lewis|
The award is named after the president of the University of Louisiana Lafayette, who served in leadership roles in CASE IV for many years.
At the conference, Dr. Gamble was cited as leading ENMU to a decade of unprecedented growth, including a record enrollment this year of almost 6,000.
Under his leadership, the University has increased its endowment to $11.65 million, an increase of 207 percent since 2005 ($3.8 million).
He managed four years (2008-2011) of cuts in appropriations from the state of New Mexico during record enrollment increases without loss of mission and vision focus.
He has overseen or is overseeing $120 million in construction and renovation on the ENMU-Portales campus. Of that, approximately 60 percent has come from university sources.
ENMU-Portales received $9 million for renovation of its liberal arts building from passage of a statewide bond issue this year.
ENMU-Roswell and ENMU-Ruidoso received an additional $2 million from the bond issue.
Dr. Gamble was the leader of the university presidents promoting the statewide bond.
Dr. Gamble became ENMU president in 2001.
Several President's Ambassadors and sponsor Stephanie McClary were present in Ft. Worth to watch President Gamble's address to the 700-plus conference attendees
|President Gamble||Video Alert|
Watch video of President Gamble speaking to 700-plus attendees at the CASE IV Conference in Ft. worth after he received the Chief Executive Leadership Award. – [video] (video by Wendel Sloan)
|Ft. Worth Reception Honors President Gamble
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
Alumni Affairs hosted a reception at the Omni Hotel in Ft. Worth on Sunday, March 24, shortly before President Gamble received the E. Joseph Savoie Leadership Award from District IV of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Several alumni also attended the ceremony.
|Other Conference Activities|
Robert Graham met Troy Landry of The History Channel's "Swamp People, who spoke at the conference.
Leigh Anne Tuohy, the real-life mother that Sandra Bullock played in "The Blind Side," was also a speaker.
Robert, with Rhonda Kay Vincent from ENMU-Ruidoso, won the pig that he is holding.
ENMU Students Travel to Albuquerque to Donate Items
by Shantiana White
Seven ENMU students from the Thomas More Newman Center Youth Group arrived in Albuquerque on March 23 to deliver donations collected during the Thomas More Newman Center Sock Drive.
The students went with the children from the Amistad Center to the aquarium in the ABQ Bio Park, and later helped make dinner. Ms. Williams enjoyed her time with the children and played the board game "Sorry": and air hockey.
“One of the members of The Thomas More Newman Center, Tom, stayed behind with a child named Kevin, who could not attend. I thought that was honorable of him,” said the music education and vocal performance major.
The next retreat the Thomas More Newman Center youth group will be going to is on April 6 to visit a battered women’s facility in Albuquerque.
They are looking for toys and gently used clothing for men, women and children.
“With the community’s help, helping out others is a lot more successful,” said Ms. Williams.
To donate, contact Elizabeth Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505.934.7729.
|Eastern Fashion Week
(photos by Santana Chavez)
Several faculty and staff participated in the recent ASAB-sponsored Eastern Fashion Week – also known on campus as "Casual Fridays."
ENMU and Portales Featured in Terry Bradshaw Report
|ENMU Folks Participate in Passover Seder|
Left to right: Linda Uttaro, Jessie Dodington, Amanda Davis Gatchet, Roger Gatchet, Danielle Jones, Guy Kcholi, Sean Steele Shepherd, Elliott Stollar (photo by Kimberly Gelbwasser)
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ENMU Represented at Rio Rancho
ENMU was represented at a booth at the New Mexico Activities Association for junior and senior high schools. This event was at the 2013 CenturyLink State Spirit Championships from Friday, March 22, to Saturday, March 23, inside the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. (photo by Troy Banther)
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