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(The Dogs – Not the Girls)
(People, L-R): Lori Knapp, Summer Hooke and Wendy Turner; (Dogs, L-R) Chloe, Dinky, Ralph and Toby (photo by Wendel Sloan)
Wendy Turner of ENMU helped found Shooke Unleashed Animal Rescue.
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NASCAR Fan Enjoys Working at Eastern
story and photo by Shantiana White
" I don’t work here because I have to; it is because I want to." – John Erdmann
Mr. John Erdmann, the Mediasite coordinator for Distance Education and Outreach in the Education Building, said media technology has been a pastime for him and a big drive for what he is doing now.
His father was in the Air Force for 30 years and was a bombardier in World War II.
Mr. Erdmann was born in Germany, but his family relocated often. He went to high school at Fort Walton Beach in Florida and attended the University of Evansville in Indiana.
“I wasn’t ready to finish school and had grown up in the military way of life, so I was used to traveling, “said Mr. Erdmann who enlisted in the Air Force in 1976.
He has had a lot experiences in the Air Force, such as going to places like Guam and California and took part in the Gulf War.
One of these experiences he will never forget was when he met his wife, Vivien.
Mr. Erdmann met her when he was stationed in England for two years.
“While in California, I told my friend that I wanted to marry a British woman.
“He introduced me to Vivien and we went to a country dance.
“A year later, we got married,” said Mr. Erdmann.
“Showing compassion and friendship with people I associate with even if they are strangers, be the best I can be, have the best morals, and live life the way it should be lived gives my life meaning," he said.
Mr. Erdman enjoys watching NASCAR racing, especially Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon, and working on home improvement projects.
“My wife and I enjoy spending most of our time with our granddaughter.”
His children are 25-year-old Victoria and 28-year-old John. Victoria, who works at a health line call center, her husband and 2 1/2- year-old granddaughter, Kelsi, live in Farwell. John and his wife, Somer, live in Bozeman, Mont., and he works as an auto mechanic.
The advice Mr. Erdmann would give his granddaughter is, “take time to plan what you want in life; don’t rush it and learn from your mistakes as well as your parents’ and grandparents’ mistakes. “
He has no long term goals, but wants himself, his family and loved ones to enjoy experiencing a good life.
“I don’t work here because I have to; it is because I want to.
“It is more than I expected it to be,” said Mr. Erdmann.
|ENMU Cowboy Wins National Roping Title|
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|ENMU Seeks Stronger Stem|
By Christina Calloway
Portales News-Tribune senior writer
Kenwyn Cradock says the demand for jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math, widely known as STEM, has had a snowball effect, further driving the need for funding at the education level.
Cradock, a project director for the STEM Grant at Eastern New Mexico University and director of the regional science fair, said increasing funding at the elementary and high school levels for STEM education and programs will help attract children to those fields when they are most curious.
“It’s about the hands-on experience. That’s what captured me and that’s what captured my peers,” said Cradock who was first attracted to science because of his fascination with insects. “If you lose that in the K-12 level, you’re not going to have it in college and that affects the workforce.”
New Mexico’s U.S. congressmen said they saw the need for funding for STEM education and have introduced a bill to strengthen the STEM education and training programs in New Mexico and the U.S.
According to U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., the act includes a package of initiatives designed to improve student interest and performance in STEM skills. It would also help teachers and schools better engage students in STEM fields by providing additional professional development resources and facilitating collaboration among the business and education communities in order to better identify STEM skills needed by the workforce.
“New Mexico has a rich history involving STEM fields and this bill will encourage a new generation of students to develop the skills necessary to succeed in these areas,” Udall said.
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., who is also active with the introduction of the bill, said education is the most important investment Congress can make.
“By providing key resources to prepare our students in science, technology, engineering, and math, this legislation will help Americans compete for jobs in a global market, creating a stronger, brighter future for our students and our nation,” Pearce said. “I’m proud to join my colleagues from New Mexico to improve the education and opportunities available to our next generation of leaders and innovators.”
According to the National Math and Science Initiative, in 2011, only 45 percent of U.S. high school graduates were ready for college-level math, and only 30 percent ready for college-level science. The initiative also found the U.S. could be short as many as 3 million high-skilled workers by 2018.
“The push for job-ready grads is strong. If they’re not getting the experience in school, how will they be job-ready?,” Cradock said. “Personally, I don’t know any unemployed mathematicians.”
Cradock says ENMU’s grant allows them to work with students in grades 9-12. But the money also allows them to provide resources to students and teachers in middle and elementary schools.
Cradock says funding and participation from teachers will allow them to continue to provide those services.
“I think particularly in STEM fields, there’s a press from the government and the industry for job-ready grads and without the financial support, it’s asking the colleges to do a lot,” Cradock said.
According to U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., The STEM Act would:
Develop effective state STEM networks among schools, teachers, administrators, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations and businesses to increase communication and collaboration in these fields.
Establish matching grant training programs for summer institutes and other professional development enrichment programs for teachers to improve STEM education in elementary, middle and high school
Develop a national panel to evaluate and identify rigorous K-12 STEM curricula models, including computer and/or web-based simulation education programs and kinesthetic learning.
|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.
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