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University of Tampa Professor Selected
for Jack Williamson Endowed Chair
interview by Wendel Sloan
"My mind is always working through a poem, or towards a poem."
– Dr. Dr. Erica Dawson
Editor's Note: Guest professor and Jack Williamson Endowed Chair Dr. Erica Dawson will teach English 304 Poetry this fall. For the first two weeks, the class will meet on Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. in the conference room in Lea Hall. Afterward, students will submit work electronically.
Dr. Dawson is the author of two books of poetry: The Small Blades Hurt (Measure Press, forthcoming 2014) and Big-Eyed Afraid (Waywiser, 2007). Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Barrow Street, Harvard Review, Literary Imagination, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals and anthologies.
|Dr. Eric Dawson and Stella ("Stella!")|
Q. What appealed to you about the Jack Williamson Endowed Chair position?
A. I’m so happy Stefan Kiesbye introduced me to the position. I wish I could have known Professor Williamson. I’m so honored to hold a position named after him, and am looking forward to spending time in Portales with everyone.
I love people, I love places I’ve never been, and I love universities. I’m excited that this position affords me an opportunity to work with numerous students and the ENMU (and Portales) community as a whole, in both small and large settings. I can’t wait to be part of that community.
Q. Tell us a little about your own writings and publications?
A. My first book of poems, Big-Eyed Afraid, won the 2006 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and was published by The Waywiser Press in the U.S. and U.K. in 2007. My second book, The Small Blades Hurt, will be published by Measure Press this coming January.
Though I don’t write science fiction, I’ve always appreciated its mix of innovation and preservation – a look towards a future or an alternative reality still very much like our own, a vision very much aware of life’s crazy turns but never losing sight of the most universal human desires and needs.
I hope to offer that same kind of vision in my poetry and I want students to know they can do the same.
Q. What role does writing play in your life?
A. It couldn’t play a bigger role. It’s everything and everywhere. I tell people I’m always writing. Of course, I don’t always have a pencil in hand and I’m not always staring at a laptop; but, my mind is always working through a poem, or towards a poem.
I’m kind of hyper-observant, to a fault sometimes. Sometimes walking into a store like Target actually overstimulates me to the point that I have to find somewhere to sit, catch my breath, and calm down.
I’m completely fascinated by our world. To me, no matter where I am, there’s always something to look at, to hear, to smell, to touch. And then there’s more. This is where my poems begin: in my senses.
Q. Where did you get your degrees, and where you have worked?
Of course, I’ll take tenure if University of Tampa wants me to have it (understatement of the century).
Q. What do you think about living in Portales and teaching at ENMU?
A. I’m crazy excited because I’ve never been to New Mexico before. The only image I have in my head is that stock Southwest image: a bale of hay rolling down a dirt road.
Obviously, it’ll be so much more than that, but I won’t lie: it’d be pretty sweet to see that bale of hay, too.
I love that I’m going to be fully immersed in ENMU and Portales for two weeks. And to be able to continue working with students after I’m back home in Tampa with my dog? Best of both worlds.
Former Banker Enjoying New ENMU Career
story and photo by Shantiana White
"My children come first.” – Denise Alexander
Before applying, Ms. Alexander worked at a bank in Clovis for 24 years and took some courses at Clovis Community College.
“My friend saw an ad for this position and I thought it would be a good idea. I applied and was glad Eastern accepted me.”
The Clovis High School graduate started on Nov. 30 and thinks her “coworkers and supervisor are awesome and I love to work with them.”
Ms. Alexander issues faculty and staff long-distance codes, prepares billing accounts for phone bills, orders cell phones through different vendors and answers problems about cell phones.
She also provides training for ShoreTel desk phones, sets up ShoreTel desk phones for new employees and backs up the senior secretary when she is absent.
“Some challenges for me when I first started were learning the phone system and how to be patient when ordering cell phones from vendors. Right now, I face challenges when employees have problems with the cell phones. If needed, I can always find someone to help,” said Ms. Alexander.
She was raised on a farm in Ranchvale near Clovis and got her inspiration from her two older sisters.
Ms. Alexander has two boys: Collin Alexander (18), who is planning to attend ENMU in the fall, and 21-year-old Jordan, who is recuperating from shoulder surgery.
Collin plays the trumpet and will be a part of the ENMU Marching Band in the fall. Jordan played the clarinet in high school.
Both boys have enjoyed band since starting in 6th grade and both participated in the Clovis High School marching band during their high school years. Denise also participated by actively supporting the CHS marching band as a band booster (band mom) for five years.
“My children, boyfriend and family give my life meaning," she said. "My children come first.”
This plant lover has a variety of candy in her office and “enjoys spoiling her coworkers and students.”
During her leisure time, she enjoys taking care of her garden and several dogs. She grows tomatoes, jalapenos, bell peppers, squash and okra.
“I plan on staying where I am at because I want to learn about telecom and the computer center as much as I can. I have some pretty big shoes to fill,” said Ms. Alexander.
|Super Heroes Visit Kids College
(photos submitted by Trish Maguire and Kimberly Lutnesky)
Counselors dressed up as Super Heroes entertained the children at Kids College on Wednesday.
CDC Children Building Their Own McDonald's
by Wendel Sloan
photos provided by Lara Vaughan
In response to a concept called “child-lead” teaching, Lara Vaughan, master teacher at the ENMU Child Development Center (CDC), is leading 14 three- and four-year-olds in recreating the rebuilding of the McDonald’s in Portales.
The children expressed an interest in the construction of the Portales McDonald’s via their play and in conversation. They are reading books from the Public Library and the CDC’s library about construction/trucks/equipment.
“Children have multiple opportunities over time to express their thoughts and ideas about the local McDonald’s construction through dramatic play and the arts, including drawing and painting," said Ms. Vaughan.
Elaine Gard, director of the CDC, is in the classroom frequently. Several University students are directly involved with the learning and development.
Ms. Vaughan said, “I would like for the children to practice skills in academic areas and increase their understanding of community helpers, including construction workers, within the classroom and our hometown. The children love the experience!”
Ms. Vaughan noted that many ENMU students who work in the CDC are pursuing degrees in education.
Ms. Vaughn did not say whether the children might be rewarded with a happy meal once their McDonald’s is completed.
New ITS Employee Learned from His Father
by Shantiana White
"I want it to be as easy for faculty and staff as turning on a light switch.” – Christopher Lindemann
Christopher Lindemann, Telecommunications and Network Service Manager, was inspired by his father to learn about technology as a child.
He lived in Albuquerque for 20 years where he worked as an IT manager before moving to Portales.
|Christopher Lindemann (photo by Shantiana White)|
At the time, I was taking distance education courses at ENMU and when my wife and I attended an award ceremony at Eastern, we liked the area and especially the school. When we returned home, I looked on the web and saw a posting for this job and applied.”
His favorite part about his job is the people he works with because “they are friendly, hardworking and intelligent.”
|Christopher with wife, Jamie|
The challenge he faces is learning a new network.
“It has been a learning curve because different networks have the fingerprints of the person who designed it and no two networks are identical,” said Mr. Lindemann, who was born in Gardena, Calif.
He has attended Colorado Christian University where he received a certificate in biblical studies.
“I am currently working on my bachelor’s in religion with a minor in biblical languages at Eastern.”
During Mr. Lindemann’s leisure time, he enjoys hunting and fishing. He fishes at Ft. Sumner Lake and Conchas Lake. He hunts at Questa for elk, Pecos for deer and Bernardo for ducks.
Mr. Lindemann voluntarily teaches at his church.
“What motivates me is using any blessing that comes my way or any skills I have acquired to help others. I think it is the right thing to do with the gifts we are given,” he said.
Mr. Lindemann has three dogs: Gus (Irish wolfhound, bloodhound mix), Jack (Labrador pit bull) and, his latest addition, 18-week-old Lucy (chocolate lab).
Mr. Lindemann’s goal is to make the network compatible with any new technology.
"I want it to be as easy for faculty and staff as turning on a light switch.”
|Alumni Recepton and Golf Tournament in Albuquerque
(photos by Jennifer Poyer
|Friday Football Camp on Campus
(photos by Shantiana White)
|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|
Diana Cordova, director of Multicultural Affairs, was interviewed in the Thursday Portales News-Tribune. – [interview]
2008 graduate Mario Cabrera has been accepted into Army Officer Candidate School.
|(courtesy of Albuquerque Journal)|