|Spring Has Sprung?
(photos by Shantiana White)
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|Gone But (Not Yet) Forgotten|
ENMU Honors Retirees—Eastern New Mexico University recently honored this year’s retirees with a ceremony in the Campus Union Ballroom. Those present were (front, L-R): Debbra Morgan, James Lee, Steve Blakeley, Jane Blakeley, Rick Bresler, Minnie Bresler, Jo Laney and Sharon Johnson; (back, L-R) Darrel Rasco, Rosemary Bahr, Ginger Creighton, Billy Mitchell and Cheri Quinn.
|2013 Retiree Bios|
Dr. Rosemary Bahr, professor of Sociology, came to Eastern New Mexico University in 1987. She received her B.S. from Brigham Young University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Washington State University. A living example of the importance of lifelong learning, Dr. Bahr has been instrumental in the teaching and mentoring hundreds of students throughout her career.
Dr. Bahr has pursued interests in issues of gender, race, culture and research in the area of death and dying. Her support for the American Association of University Professors throughout her years at ENMU and her active contributions to the University and her department for the last 26 years make her an example of collegiality. Dr. Bahr’s care, compassion, and her unquestioning acceptance of others remains an example of the best that ENMU offers its students.
Dr. Bahr is looking forward to visiting family and friends in her retirement, and we wish her the best.
Jane Blakeley came to Eastern in March of 1984. She was hired as a department/division secretary at the Physical Plant and remained there until February 1990. She moved to the Purchasing Department as a buyer I and eventually became the University purchasing agent in August of 1999. That position was later reclassified as director of Purchasing.
During her twenty three-year employment at the Purchasing Department, Jane had come to respect the complexity of the job and how much responsibility there was in the position. She appreciated all the support she received from the individuals she worked with at Eastern. Jane’s work ethic and commitment were acknowledged by her peers in 1996 when she received the Spirit of Eastern award. She served on several University committees such as the Handbook and Grievance committee, and both the Support and Professional Senates.
Jane’s future plans are to spend more time with her family and her husband, travel and just enjoy just being retired.
Steve A. Blakeley
Steve Blakeley started working at Eastern New Mexico University in May 1989 as director of Printing Services. He spent his first 17 years in printing at Bishop’s Printing of Portales, where he was the Plant Manager. He was excited to move to the University, especially when he found out his first day of work was a paid holiday. Can’t beat that.
While Steve was at Eastern he published four books on the art of Taekwon-Do as part of his passion for the martial arts. He taught classes every semester in rape prevention and self-defense for Eastern and the local community. In his last four years at Eastern, he taught an accredited HPE class in basic self-defense. In 2010, Steve received the Spirit of Eastern Award. He was very proud of this award and the check that went along with it.
Upon retirement Steve plans to go fishing with Jane, hunting, and continue his education and training in the art of Taekwon-Do as Master Steve Blakeley, 7th Degree. He has owned and operated a school in Taekwon-Do for the past 40 years in Portales and plans to devote more time to his students.
Minnie Bresler came to Eastern in 1986. She was originally hired by the Business Office as a three-quarter time receptionist. Three months later, she was promoted to a full-time accounting clerk in the Accounts Payable Office. While working in Accounts Payable she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree at ENMU. In 1993 she was promoted to Accounting Generalist in the Business Office. Upon the vacancy of the Accounts Payable supervisor, Minnie spent her time between the Business Office and the Accounts Payable office. In September of 1997, she was promoted to supervisor of Accounts Payable and held that position until her retirement in January 2013.
Minnie received the Vice President's Award of Excellence and was involved in the Leadership ENMU class of 2006. She has been on several key committees during her employment. One that she most enjoyed was as coordinator of the Lifelong Wellness Tennis group. Minnie continues to serve as the coordinator in her retirement. Minnie also was involved in Altrusa International, Inc.
Minnie's future plans include traveling, gardening, playing tennis, walking her dogs and just enjoying life.
Rick Bresler came to Eastern in 1989, originally hired by the Bookstore as a clerk. He later transferred to the Telecommunications Department as a technician trainee in October 1990. This department was newly formed in 1986 when the first university-owned telephone system was installed, and Rick was responsible for a variety of duties for the telephone system operations, maintenance and support. The Telecommunications Department later merged with the Computer Center, and Rick was promoted to supervisor of Telephone and Computer Services Department in 1996. In 2002, Rick was promoted to the manager of Telecommunications and Network Services.
During Rick's 24 years of service, the Telecommunications Department installed and upgraded the network wiring in main campus buildings five times, the fiber backbone twice, installed two telephone systems and added wireless networking to the campus. Rick was involved in the inaugural class of ENMU Leadership and served on several key committees during his employment. He was in the first group of Spirit of Eastern Award recipients in 1995.
Rick's future plans include traveling, playing music and recording original songs and music compositions.
Ginger Creighton joined Eastern New Mexico University August 1990 as the safety officer. She was responsible for loss prevention, teaching defensive driving, first aid, CPR and AED. Whether mopping a flooded dorm room or comforting an injured student, Ginger was always on the scene. She was constantly looking out for the safety of the University and its students and employees. Ginger was an avid supporter of the University and its students, attending most athletic games and campus events. Her dedication was honored with the Spirit of Eastern award in 2005.
Despite the seriousness of her position, Ginger made every day fun. She will most be remembered for her fire extinguisher trainings at back-to-campus meetings. Who doesn’t know what PASS stands for? (pull, aim, squeeze, and sweep)
When recently asked about retirement, Ginger responded that one day she tried to straighten the wrinkles out in her socks only to find that she wasn’t wearing any, and that she and her teeth no longer sleep together. But we will miss Ginger, her smile, her warmth and hugs. She is enjoying her retirement visiting with her granddaughter and is looking forward to two more grandchildren this year. We are glad she was part of our school. We wish Ginger the best in her retirement.
Linda Hamrick came to Eastern in 2000 from the New Mexico Military Institute, where she was responsible for the telephone system operations. Because of her background, she was instrumental in making positive changes to the telephone billing operations at ENMU. She also helped streamlined internal processes and initiated several “added value” items to the list of services that the Telecommunications Department offers. When the new IP telephone system was installed, she took on the responsibility of holding classes to provide the initial training for the ENMU staff on the telephones and associated computer software. Linda was also overseer for the purchase and maintenance of University cellular telephones and tablets.
Linda was an active member of the AEOP and the Portales Women’s Club. She also enjoys taking sea cruises with friends.
After her retirement, Linda moved to Maricopa, Arizona, to be closer to her oldest daughter and her family. Her main objective now is to enjoy life and spend time with her family in her new home.
Sharon Johnson began her career at Eastern in March 1981 as a secretary in the Business Office. Two years later Sharon took a position in the Payroll Office as a payroll clerk. Little did she know then that she would work in that office for the next 27 years. During those years, Sharon met a lot of new people, filled out a lot of forms and folded a lot of checks. She shared her talent of baking goodies for everyone who came in to pick up time sheets. In fact, people would stop by between time sheet days just to see if Sharon had anything for them to eat.
In September 2010 Sharon was transferred to the Languages and Literature department in JWLA. The faculty were no strangers to her as she had signed up most of them as new employees years ago. And yes, Sharon brought goodies for them, too. During her years at Eastern, Sharon was honored by her peers as a recipient of the Spirit of Eastern award in 2001. She also served on the Support Senate and was past President of AEOP.
After working at Eastern for 32 years, Sharon decided to call an end to her career—it was either retire or move to Bernie! Sharon will unwind in her retirement years by spending more time with her family and grandchildren. But she is also going to spend some time watching daytime TV, eating a few bonbons, and ending her day with a bowl of Blue Bell ice-cream. Her service and contributions to the University have been appreciated, and we wish her wonderful years ahead.
Kathy Knoll was hired as an accountant in 1994 and was promoted to comptroller in 1995. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with her BBA in Accounting and Business Administration from ENMU in 1987 and became a Certified Public Accountant. She was self-employed for several years before coming to work at ENMU.
Kathy’s major responsibilities were to prepare ENMU’s financial statements and to assure that ENMU stayed in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. She implemented a nationwide change in accounting practices at ENMU and was a key figure in implementing the financial module in the current Banner system. Kathy was appointed to serve on the New Mexico Public School Insurance Authority Board, representing educational institutions for several years.
Kathy enjoys traveling and visiting her grandkids. For the people who have seen her back yard, they will attest that she enjoys working with her numerous flowers and plants.
Dr. Jordan Kobritz began his career at Eastern in 2006 as an assistant professor of Sports Administration and was later promoted to associate professor. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Cornell University and practiced as an attorney and a CPA before owning and managing minor league baseball teams.
Dr. Kobritz taught at St. Cloud State University and was an adjunct professor at the University of Wyoming and Northern Arizona University before joining the HPE Department at Eastern. In addition to teaching, Dr. Kobritz has written a sports business column addressing legal, management, marketing, financial and political issues in the world of sports.
Dr. Kobritz retired from ENMU last summer and is currently living in Cortland, New York.
Georgia Jo Laney
Jo Laney joined the Eastern family in August of 2005, after working as a grants writer, manager and consultant in and near Dallas, Texas. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, she also taught English and grant writing at Otero Junior College, UT-Arlington, and Texas Woman’s University.
While grants director at ENMU, Jo helped secure over $22M in grants, including a TRiO grand slam (successful grants for all three TRiO programs). She was instrumental in the reorganization of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocols and the refining of reporting mechanisms for grant personnel at ENMU. Jo’s creation of the Flamingo Lunch group, with their signature “flocking” of deserving campus members, was only one part of her highly supportive campus and community involvement.
We already miss Jo and wish her the best in her new life in Kansas.
Jim Lee first came to Eastern as an adjunct in 1999. He became the full-time KENW-FM news and public affairs director in 2000, a position that he has held since that time. This makes Jim the longest-serving news director that Eastern has had. During this time, Jim helped create two very popular features on KENW-FM, Partyline and High Plains Update, in addition to providing news and weather to listeners all over the eastern half of the state of New Mexico.
Jim has an acting background in theatre, film, and radio. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and studied screenwriting in Los Angeles. In addition, he is a prolific writer, authoring three nationally syndicated radio dramas and 15 produced plays. Jim has introduced the creation of radio drama to students at Eastern and has produced two radio plays thus far in his Theatre of the Mind series. A prolific volunteer, as well, Jim was recognized as the New Mexico Civic Volunteer of the Year in 2010 by Governor Bill Richardson.
After retirement, Jim plans to ride his Harley, continue with some of his volunteer work and return to an adjunct position at ENMU. Jim, we wish you well.
Billy Mitchell served in the United States Army and worked as an iron worker before he started his career with ENMU. In 1989 he started in the grounds department and took care of the stadium. Billy later moved to the paint shop where he worked until 1995. He took a few years off to go arrowhead hunting and returned to ENMU once again in 2003 as a painter in the paint shop.
Billy is an outdoors kind of guy. He likes collecting different rocks and loves animals. Billy collected and donated many of the rattlesnakes that lived at the Natural History Museum in Roosevelt Hall—a Prairie Rattler and a Western Diamondback are current residents. Billy also volunteered to do regular maintenance repairs on the snake enclosure that allows visitors to safely see many of the local snake species at the museum, but must also be escape-proof for the safety of all. Billy always went the extra mile. And aren’t we glad he did.
Riding his Harley, fishing, hiking, camping, and being with his grandchildren top the list now that he has retired. We wish you good luck, Billy.
Debbra A. Morgan
Debbra Morgan started working at Eastern in September 1985 in the Accounts Payable Office. She transferred to the Personnel Office in September of 1989 and became a client support specialist at the Computer Center in September of 1991. In July of 1994 Debbra transferred to the applications area of the Computer Center. She was given the task to setup and manage the Campus Silver Pass Card Office in 2000. Debbra returned to the Computer Center as a systems/operations specialist in 2002.
During her time at ENMU, she received the Support Service Employees Award in 1987, served as the chair of the Special Appeals Committee, and received the Spirit of Eastern Award in 1998. Debbra says over the years that she met many special employees and enjoyed her time at Eastern.
Debbra and husband Mickey share their home with Debbra’s mother, and they just adopted two 16-day-old kittens to join their family of two cats and a dog. It sounds like retirement suits Debbra just fine.
Dr. Cheri Quinn began at ENMU in 2001 as an associate professor of Education Foundations and was promoted to full professorship in the fall of 2008. She was a education veteran having begun her teaching career at Dickenson College in Pennsylvania in 1990. She retired from Eastern in December 2012.
Dr. Quinn helped many students toward their life goals by serving as the graduate coordinator for Educational Studies from 2002 to 2006. She also served on many committees including the Faculty Senate, the Budget and Finance Committee and New Faculty Orientation. She stated that her special personal accomplishment while at Eastern was the creation of a graduate database for her college. This database modernized the process for tracking and supporting the graduate students that passed through the College of Education.
Retirement plans include having time to spend with family members, travel with her husband, and devote more time to her hobbies of quilting and restoring antiques. Dr. Quinn also plans to remain an advocate for state and national education policy development.
Darrel Rasco began his Eastern career as a custodian in November of 1987. He worked as a night custodian for his entire career of 25 years and 2 months. Darrel worked in every academic building on campus.
Darrel specialized as a floor technician, stripping and waxing floors. He also assisted in the sanding and resurfacing of the gym floors at Greyhound Arena. Now that was a big job. He was truly a valuable member of the custodial staff.
Retirement plans include relaxing and spending more time with his teenage daughter. We only hope Darrel can transition to daylight hours. After spending 25 years working nights, this may be a challenge.
Bessy Tipton began her employment with ENMU in May of 1988. During her more than 24 years of service, Bessie worked as a housing custodian.
Bessy was an experienced custodian and worked in every resident hall on campus. She was a lead custodian at Berny Hall at the time of her retirement, and she trained new staff how to clean and care for our students. Bessy earned the respect of her coworkers through her dedication and work ethic. Her vast experience in the custodial field will be missed.
We wish Bessy happiness in the years ahead. She plans on enjoying herself in retirement by spending quality time with her grandchildren.
|Emeritus Faculty Luncheon Set for Wednesday|
The Eastern New Mexico University Foundation will host the annual Emeritus Faculty Luncheon on Wednesday, May 8, at noon in the Zia Room in the Campus Union Building on the Portales campus. The Distinguished Faculty Emeriti awards will be presented at the luncheon.
This year's recipients are Dr. Bill Brunsen, Dr. Gerardus Huybregts, Dr. V. Scott Johnson, Dr. Merlene Olmsted and Dr. M. Francine Stuckey. Ms. Ruth Moore will be honored by receiving the Exemplary Service to the University Community Award.
For more information, call 562.2412.
|Dr. Bill Brunsen||Dr. Gerry Huybregts||Dr. Scott Johnson|
Bios of Recipients
Dr. William “Bill” Brunsen has been a part of ENMU in a variety of ways over the past 24 years. Dr. Brunsen earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from ENMU, Masters of Arts in Economics and Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He became a member of the faculty in 1987 within the College of Business. During his time at ENMU, Dr. Brunsen has held different positions within the department and university, including department chair, graduate coordinator of the MBA program, associate dean and coordinator of interns. He earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service in 2005, and the Spirit of Eastern Award in 2001. As a faculty member, Dr. Brunsen helped re-establish the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society. A leader and opinion shaper in the College of Business, Dr. Brunsen’s stern exterior never quite managed to camouflage his deep concern for students, his colleagues, his college and the university.
Dr. Gerardus “Gerry” Huybregts dedicated 24 years of quality service to ENMU. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Master of Business Administration in Finance and International Business, and Ph.D. in International and Comparative Management from the University of California Los Angeles. Upon completion of his doctoral program, Dr. Huybregts began his career at ENMU in 1988. During his tenure, he led both graduate and undergraduate teams to annual International Business Competitions. Dr. Huybregts has served as the dean of the College of Business from 1999 to 2005, as well as department chair, graduate coordinator and the assessment coordinator. He was inducted into Delta Mu Delta and Phi Kappa Phi. He was generous with his time and volunteerism, including working with the United Way and, when no one else came forward, serving as faculty sponsor of the Muslim Student Association. Dr. Huybregts’ optimism, his quiet humor, and his teaching eloquence made classrooms better places and the College of Business a better place to work.
Dr. V. Scott Johnson joined ENMU began as an associate professor in 1981, and after 32 years of service, retired in 2012. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oklahoma City University and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Iowa State University. Dr. Johnson served ENMU in many capacities, from being the chair of Psychology, long-time chair of the Human Subjects Committee, faculty senator and the graduate advisor. His students have won research competitions at Texas Tech, Texas A&M, the Psi Chi National Convention, at ENMU and West Texas A&M. During his time at ENMU, Dr. Johnson was the faculty marshal for many commencements and his classroom stories of working in the criminal justice field were legendary among students. In 2010, Dr. Johnson received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching and he is still filling classrooms with enthusiastic students when he teaches an occasional course for the Psychology Department.
|Mrs. Ruth Moore||Dr. Merlene Olmsted||Dr. Francine Stuckey|
Mrs. Ruth Moore graduated from ENMU Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Business Education in 1975, and then received a Masters of Business Education in 1977. In 1971, Mrs. Moore began at ENMU as a secretary for the Special Education Department. When a position opened within the Teacher Education Department, Mrs. Moore applied and was hired. She then took an accountant position in the payroll department. In the 1977-1978 school year, Mrs. Moore received the Outstanding Professional Employee award. After being promoted to comptroller, she held that position for ten years. In 1991, Mrs. Moore was again promoted, to the position of Vice President of Business Affairs, which she held for five years until retiring in 1996. Mrs. Moore brought openness, honesty, and integrity to everything she did. Her leadership of Business Affairs was marked by her service-oriented attitude and her readiness to help get the job done. She is truly an ENMU alumna success story.
Dr. Merlene Olmsted started her career at ENMU in 1991. At Walla Walla University, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics with a minor in Sociology, her Master of Arts in Secondary Education emphasis in Textiles at Loma Linda University, and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Dr. Olmsted served as the department chair of Family and Consumer Science and Agriculture, along with serving twice as the interim Dean of the College of Education and Technology. She has chaired the Curriculum and Instruction Department and was the assessment coordinator for CET. Dr. Olmsted served as the sponsor of NMAFCS student unit at ENMU. In 1999, she received the Spirit of Eastern Award, and in 2011 the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service. After dedicating 20 years of service to ENMU, Dr. Olmsted retired in 2011. She still teaches part time for the FCS department, a department that her teaching excellence and inspired leadership helped to build.
Dr. M. Francine Stuckey came to ENMU in 1974. At Kansas State University, Dr. Stuckey earned her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics and Family Studies and her Master’s of Science in Home Economics emphasizing in Child Development. She earned her Ph.D. from Texas Tech in Child Development and Family Studies. In addition to being a member to the faculty, Dr. Stuckey spent 33 years serving as the Director of the Child Development Center and has served as the department chair of Family and Consumer Science three times. During her tenure, Dr. Stuckey secured grant funding of nearly $3 million. In 1995, she received the Spirit of Eastern Award. Dr. Stuckey retired in June 2012 after 37 years of dedicated service, but she is still serving her profession as the President of the New Mexico Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Over 1,000 children, their families and every one of her students are the direct beneficiaries of her dedicated professionalism.
|Graduate Teaches Anthropology at CCC
photo and story by Shantiana White
“I went to Russia a couple of summers ago through a school trip and fell madly in love with it.” – Erica Govich
Erica Govich, an ENMU alumna, is interested in traveling to Europe, Russia and Greece.
“I went to Russia a couple of summers ago through a school trip and fell madly in love with it,” said Ms. Govich.
During this time, she had to carry around a Russian translator because her host family knew little English.
“My host brother I was staying with taught me some Russian while I taught him some English.
“I taught him the slang meaning of the word cool. At first, he thought I meant cold until I pointed to my sunglasses.”
Currently, Ms. Govich has been teaching anthropology courses at Clovis Community College (CCC) for four semesters. CCC had not offered an anthropology course in 10 years.
“It is a rewarding experience. The students are wonderful and interested in learning about anthropology.”
The challenge for her is transitioning from being a graduate student to a teacher.
The avid jogger said, “I learn as much from them as they do from me.”
The Elyria High (Ohio) graduate said, “I got into archaeology when I was little because I have always loved to read about mythology, tombs and discovering forgotten places.”
She received her bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
“I created my own degree plan and merged courses from anthropology, comparative religion, classics and Russian studies,” said the Lorain, Ohio, native.
While she was attending Miami University, she went to school with Ben Roethslisberger, the quarterback for the NFL Steelers.
“I moved to Portales blind; ENMU’s anthropology department is famous and I wanted the rare opportunity to work at Blackwater Draw.”
While getting her master’s, she switched to cultural anthropology because she enjoys observing others.
Ms. Govich’s thesis paper was called “Making Something Out of Nothing: An Ethnography of Flint Knapping” (shaping stone tools).
When Ms. Govich has leisure time, she participates as a senior dancer in ENMU Fusion Funk Collective. She has done this since 2008 with Yolanda Chavez.
“I love it so much because it is stress relieving. I feel graceful and confident on stage because I know how to dance. “
She also likes to cook Palacinke cheese crepes because it is a part of her Serbian upbringing.
“I have had a great experience and met some wonderful people at ENMU. There are plenty of great activities for students to participate in.”
Ms. Govich said,” I miss my little brother and can’t wait to go back home in a few weeks for a wedding.”
Waiting on Millie, the locally-made short silent comedy that premiered last year during the ENMU Percussion Ensemble, will be screened with live music at Town Hall of Clovis Community College on Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m.
Eastern New Mexico University’s Department of Music will host a Percussion Ensemble concert on Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium on the Clovis Community College campus.
They will perform before and during a showing of Jon Barr’s silent film Waiting on Millie, with music by Neil Rutland and performed by the Percussion Ensemble.
The concert is free, and open to the public.
For more information, call Kathi Fraze at 562.2377.
Watch video of a performance of Waiting for Millie – [video]
Jon Barr Talks About Making of Waiting for Millie
by Phil Young
For instructor of Digital Film Making Jon Barr, filming a short silent film was well received.
|Jon Barr (photo by Robert Johnston)|
Waiting on Millie, written and directed by Jon, was made possible by talented student actors, the musical expertise of ENMU percussion instructor Neil Rutland, and the skilled ENMU Percussion Ensemble.
“My inspiration for this project was simple. I’ve always wanted to do a silent movie in the style of Harold Lloyd. I also wanted to get live music to play during the film, like they used to be back in the 20’s.
“As I attended the several fine arts events, I knew exactly who and what I needed for this project. For instance, after seeing Joseph Ulibarri perform at the 2011 winter vocal concert, I knew I had my lead man. He looked and acted just like Harold Lloyd!
“I also had to get my colleague Neil Rutland involved. After seeing the Percussion Ensemble concert in the fall of 2011, I knew we could make this work. I approached Neil about doing sound effects, and some themes for the characters, and he was more than happy to work on it.”
After months of work, the cast of Millie finished filming during spring break of 2012.
“As soon as we finished, I handed what I had to Neil so he could start scoring the movie. I knew this was a lot on his part--especially since the footage was unedited. However, Neil and the Percussion Ensemble got to work, and we soon had a full short film, along with live music ready to go. I was very excited!
“It was a lot of work, and just like any movie, it had its challenges. Since it was set in the 20’s, we had to make sure that everything matched the times. We also were pressed for time. We originally could only film for a day at The Vines (restaurant in Portales), but they gave us an extra day, and the cast all agreed to come back. Some of the jokes took a long time to correctly stage.”
Waiting on Millie premiered in the spring of 2012 as a part of the Percussion Ensemble concert. Buchanan Hall was completely full.
“The film and the percussion ensemble received a standing ovation. It was great!”
Jon received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in film media at Tupple University in Philadelphia. He currently is an instructor in the Digital Film Media program. He also teaches beginning acting in theater. He’s worked and collaborated with several projects involving film, music, and theater at ENMU. In his spare time he is one of the guitar players in the local band Blackwater Draw Boys made up of ENMU faculty members.
“The most I can say when I teach my students, along with how I try to live, is to stay positive. The film was a huge success, but a lot of work. Having a positive attitude is more valuable than any knowledge or skill.
“After leaving here, and they get out into the professional world, most students feel they don’t have much experience since they are surrounded by people who do have the experience under their belt. As long as they show up early, and are willing to do anything--while having a good attitude--they’ll have the confidence to take the chances and land rewarding jobs.
Waiting on Millie will be performed at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, in the auditorium on the Clovis Community College campus.
|Comm Fest for Seniors
(photos by Shantiana White)
|Friday Communication Department Picnic
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
|President's Picnic on Friday
(photos and video by Wendel Sloan)
|Chef Juandel – The Defending and Still Reigning Champion|
|Video Alert||Steel Drum Band|
Watch video of the Steel Drum Band at the President's Picnic on Frisday evening. – [video]
(photos by Robert Johnston)
|End-of-Semester Ceramics Sale
(photos by Shantiana White)
|It Was Cold on Thursday...|
in the Monday Memo editor's new office in what was formerly the "kitchen" – next to the Betsy Chavez Conference Room – in Communication Services.
He was wondering if he'd actually been moved into the "freezer." The silver lining is that, so far, he has been allowed to keep his red stapler.
Co-workers have dubbed his new office "The Sloan Room – East."
The editor said that he hopes to work out a time-share arrangement in the former kitchen with his cousin, Chef Juandel, and start catering office bar mitvahs – if a waiver on not competing with Sodexo can be reached.
(photo by Wanda Newberry)
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|Be sure and read the "Off-Campus News" section at the bottom of this issue. (photo by Wendel Sloan)|
|Pre-Dental Society Sponsoring Operation Tooth Fairy
story and photo by Shantiana White
The Pre-Dental Society is having a drive, Operation Tooth Fairy, to collect dental care products to give to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. An estimated 72 children live in the home.
Carmen Arana-Verdiales, the co-founder in 2011 and president of the Pre-Dental Society, said “These children need these supplies for them to keep a healthy smile.”
How did this idea come up?
"Every semester, we try to do at least one community project. This semester I came up with the idea to have a project that was relative to the club."
Where are the donations coming from?
“We have drop boxes in the CUB and Yucca Telecom. Also, we are contacting local dentists from here (Portales) and Clovis and asking for dental care supplies.”
Ms. Arana-Verdiales said, “A hygienist from Santa Fe replied to our mass email and donated.”
After collecting donations, what are you looking forward to the most?
“Seeing a smile on the kids is going to make my semester because we are providing something that makes them happy and healthy.”
When is the last date to donate?
To donate, contact Carmen Arana-Verdiales at firstname.lastname@example.org or 575.607.7185.
|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|