|Spirit of Eastern Awards
(photos by Shantiana White and Wendel Sloan)
(L-R) Richard Vigil, telecommunications technician, received a Spirit of Eastern Award in the support employees category on Wednesday afternoon in the University Theatre. Presenting the award was Richard Tivis, a winner from last year. The awards are given for outstanding service to the university.
|Support Category Winners|
(L-R) Betty Salaz, Clerk II at the University Post Office, and Richard Vigil, Telecommunications Technician, received Spirit of Eastern Awards in the support category in the University Theatre on Wednesday afternoon. The awards are presented for outstanding service to the university.
|Professional Category Winners|
(L-R) Steve Collins, Project Manager for the Physical Plant, Crystal Creekmore, Registrar, and Esthela Banuelos, Intervention Specialist/Tutoring-Supplemental Instruction Coordinator, received Spirit of Eastern Awards in the University Theatre on Wednesday afternoon. The awards are presented for outstanding service to the university.
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|ENMU Dedicating Guadalupe Hall on Tuesday
(photos by Shantiana White)
Eastern will dedicate Guadalupe Hall at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. The residence hall is named after Guadalupe County.
The $15.6 million, three-story structure is on the site where the previous dorm, Lincoln Hall, was torn down.
Students began living in Guad alupe Hall at the beginning of the 2013 spring semester.
Speaking at the dedication will be Steven Gamble, ENMU president, Brett Leach, president of the ENMU Board of Regents, and Rey Coss, president of the student body.
The public is invited.
For more information, call 562.2631.
|Greek Park Being Dedicated Today|
|Greek Park (photo by Shantiana White)|
Eastern is dedicating Greek Park at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22, to kickoff Greek Week. The park, located at S Ave. K and W. 15th St., has a pergola and seating area and is dedicated to ENMU’s fraternities and sororities.
Speaking will be Steve Gamble, ENMU president, Judith Haislett, vice president for Student Affairs, Draco Miller, director of Campus Life, and Josh Kelly, president of the Inter Fraternity Council.
The event is open to the public.
For more information, call Draco Miller 562.2108.
Graphic Arts Professor Enjoys Oil Painting, Guitars, Photography
photo and story by Shantiana White
“I have been enjoying my time here, even the dust storms.” – David Deal
David Deal, assistant professor of art, has been a graphic designer for 35 years in Dallas, Texas and Cornish, Maine, but has always wanted to teach.
“As a working graphic designer, I have been given great opportunities,” said Mr. Deal.
Before starting his second career at Eastern, Mr. Deal owned Big Attic Creative Inc. working as the design director for the past four years.
“While going to school, I had a professor who had worked in the professional world and he (Bud Donahue) was a big influence on me.”
“This job is rewarding and fun. I have no regrets about switching careers,” said the avid painter.
Mr. Deal likes Eastern because of the “demographics of the student body, everyone is friendly, and I appreciate the opportunity that Eastern has given me to pursue my dream of teaching design.
“Most of the students are hardworking and serious about what they want to get out of my classes.”
This Louisiana native wants to challenge his design students to do their best and challenges himself to grow as a teacher.
“Every day I learn something new and, hopefully, students learn something new from me,” said Mr. Deal.
Mr. Deal said, “My family is the most important thing in my life and gives it the most meaning.”
He and his wife, Kay Deal, are both graphic designers. Mrs. Deal is the secretary in the Department of Communication, and also volunteers repairing books at Golden Library.
“I met my wife in Dallas when we worked in the same building,” said the family-oriented person.
His oldest son is attending graduate school in Boston, Mass., and the youngest is attending college in Baltimore, Md.
Mr. Deal said, “I don’t get to see them enough, so we Skype with them as much as possible.”
During his leisure time, Mr. Deal enjoys oil painting, guitars, photography.
“I had a couple of pieces in the Lubbock Arts Festival. I didn’t receive any awards, but it was an honor to be accepted into the Juried Gallery.
“I have been enjoying my time here, even the dust storms,” Mr. Deal said jokingly.
|It's More Than Just Acting...|
|story and photos by Philip Young
|“I want them to leave ENMU with the love of the theatre just as much, if not more, than when they got here.” – Dr. Anne Beck|
As a writer for the Monday Memo, I try to connect with the people that I interview so that I can truly understand their thoughts. No matter who I may be interviewing, there is always one consistency: they are extremely passionate about their art and profession.
For this week’s issue, I was fortunate to interview Dr. Anne Beck, associate professor of theatre and chair of the theatre department. She received her BFA in Acting at Cornish Institute in Seattle.
|Dr. Anne Beck|
She received her BFA in Acting at Cornish Institute in Seattle. She also received her MFA in directing from Columbia University, School of the Arts in New York City, and her Ph.D. from the City University of New York, Graduate Center.
Anne is currently directing the upcoming senior showcase production of When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?. For Anne, this is not only this semester’s senior showcase, it’s a student showcase for all classifications. The senior actors are Robert Garcia, Mandy Hatcher, Brandon Gilliard and Kyree Mcfield.
|Robert Garza, and Kyree McField|
As far as the other positions, Anne has had other students step up to the plate. Freshman Adam Valdez is the stage manager, and Chasen Cooper is the assistant stage manager. For other positions, Anne has involved ENMU faculty members, along with an ENMU alumna, student to work the lights, costume design and set work.
“I am trying to push all of my students out of their comfort zones. They have to portray…no…become this character that brings them out of their shell. They are an ensemble on stage. They have to know their characters, and how they behave well enough in case something goes wrong. It’s constant give and take chemistry.”
Anne said. “You see, Phil, the arts are not like McDonalds…”
I was a little confused by this last statement. What could she possibly mean?
“ …when you order a cheeseburger, you are expecting it to be hot, salty, yummy or whatever. That isn’t at all like an actor, musician or painter. You can’t ever tell what the audience will understand, process, enjoy, or get out of the experience. We want to bring the best production we can to our audience, but it is up to them as how they will receive it.
“The best part about working with these students is that all the work is on them. I literally just overlook and make sure things are running smoothly. From there, Adam and Chasen are doing all the hard technical jobs, such as leading reversals, cuing the lights and running everything.”
|Jon Barr (left) and Robert Garcia (right)|
After the interview, Anne took me to check out the set. The set is very authentic to a 60’s diner complete with jukebox, antiques, plates, industrial coffee machine and the checkered floor. It’s quite impressive.
Anne then invited me to sit in on a dress rehearsal to get a better idea of the chemistry between the actors. It sounded like a lot of fun, so I agreed.
Without giving anything away, I can honestly say that this production is going to be great! The actors are very intense and very skilled. Their characters and their real life personalities are two different beings.
|Joseph Jones (left) & Brandon Gilliard)|
Where You Goin Red Ryder? is written by Mark Medoff. It is set in a small dusty town in New Mexico in the 1960’s. The play takes place at a diner that “has seen better days,” as described by Anne.
The play itself has a little something for everybody.
|(L-R) Mandi Hatcher, Ethan Hurt, Kyree McField|
Where You Goin Red Ryder? will run April 25-27 at 7 p.m., and April 28 at 2 p.m. in the University Studio Theater.
Admission is $5 or free for ENMU students with an ID.
Believe me, you don’t want to miss this play!
Mud Volleyball Tournament on April 27
Event: 8th Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament
Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Field behind San Juan/Guadalupe
Organization: ASENMU and ENMU Foundation
Registration packets can be found in the Campus Life office, CUB room 104 or online at www.enmu.edu/mudvolleyball
The registration fee is $80 per team. Each team must consist of 6-8 players with a minimum of three males and three females. The winning teams will receive ENMU scholarships.
Scholarships will also be awarded to the best dressed and best named teams. The deadline for registration is Monday, April 22, by 4 p.m.
Please contact Cori Hawes at Corinthiann.Hawes@enmu.edu if you have any additional questions.
|More Sidewalk Chalk Shots
(photos by Shantiana White)
|5 of 10|
These are five of the 10 players that showed up for ENMU Wellness Tennis on Saturday morning at the University Courts. The free ENMU group of employees and students plays at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays. It is open to everyone. For more information, email Minnie Bresler at firstname.lastname@example.org or Wendel Sloan at email@example.com. (photo by Wendel Sloan)
The Monday Memo editor purchased these shoes for $2.16 yesterday afternoon at Dollar General in Portales to wear to work today as a celebration of his birthday. He did forget that today's is his twin sister's birthday.
|Polo Shirts on Sale to Everyone!|
These stylish Polo shirts, available in various sizes, are on sale to everyone – faculty, staff, students and community members.
|Vic and Tory T-Shirts for Sale|