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The Monday Memo is a weekly electronic newsletter published for the faculty and staff of Eastern New Mexico University. The editor is Wendel Sloan.
Meet ENMU's International Student Advisor
photo and story by Shantiana White
“Since I was a little kid, I have been interested in history, mythology, and other cultures." – Christy Czerwien
According to Christy Czerwien, international student advisor, about 70 new international students plan to attend Eastern this fall semester. They will join the ones still studying here. About 150 students attended ENMU for the 2012-2013 academic year.
“We already have a good program, and I want to strengthen ENMU’s international and student abroad program even more,” said Ms. Czerwien.
This is the first professional job of the former graduate student. She has an open door policy and is as available as possible, but it sometimes can be difficult with so many students vying for her attention.
“I have had this position for a year. My favorite part is being able to work with the students and learn about their culture.
“The different cultures have different expectations for what they need from our office, and how we communicate with them,” said the person who enjoys researching a variety of types of literature.
Ms. Czerwien has a broad range of activities in her one-person office, such as collecting international admissions, issuing government documents that allow international students to study at ENMU, helping students register for ENMU courses, international student recruitment, and the ENMU study abroad program.
The international student advisor works with the SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System), which is administered by the Department of Homeland Security. SEVIS was created to monitor international students in the United States and to help ensure that they are complying with student visa regulations.
“The challenges I face include keeping up with government regulations and rules because they change frequently, creating an international student recruitment plan and making ENMU students aware of our study abroad program,” said Ms. Czerwien.
Ms. Czerwien had the opportunity to study abroad for one semester at Obirin University in Tokyo, Japan while an undergraduate student at West Texas A&M University. She also visited Paris, France during a ten day, high school trip that was led by the art and history teachers.
“I started studying Japanese around 2005-2006 at WTAMU and continued my studies at the University of Pittsburgh and Obirin University.”
She received a B.A. in History, with a minor in International Area Studies-East Asia, at West Texas A&M University, and an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in East Asian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
“Since I was a little kid, I have been interested in history, mythology, and other cultures. My parents, instructors in high school and my professors in college helped me to pursue my interests.”
“My parents encouraged my brothers and me to read from an early age. We were also very active in 4-H growing up.”
Ms. Czerwien grew up in a small town near the Kansas/Missouri border and moved to Amarillo, Texas, after high school.
“Because my family is spread out and because we have moved so often, I consider Amarillo to be the closest that I have to a hometown. My parents are living there at the moment, so it is a very convenient to go visit.”
She has a Chihuahua/Daschund mix, Gypsy--a rescue dog that she has had for two years.
During her spare time, Ms. Czerwien is learning how to use the crossbow she received for Christmas and the basics of woodcarving. She also would like to restore a large, 100 year old statue of St. Gabriel, having previously restored a fifty year old statue of the Virgin Mary for her mother. She also enjoys writing, reading, hiking, art, gardening, and comic books.
In the future, she may eventually work for either second Master’s or a Ph.D. For now, her currents goals are developing the international programs at ENMU.
“I want to give back to students by helping them the way I was helped and show them that they can have many opportunities at a small university,” said Ms. Czerwien.
Social Work Director Loves to Fish
photo and story by Shantiana White
"Sometimes I hand students who are nervous stuffed animals to calm them down." – Patricia Saylor
Patricia Saylor, program director for social work and a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), has to make certain the program meets needs for prospective social workers and university policies.
"I enjoy working with students. The challenge for me is providing a quality online education," said Mrs. Saylor, who has been working at Eastern for five years.
She was a social worker for children and family in the southeast part of New Mexico for 25 years. The Carlsbad native retired from the state of New Mexico and taught part time for 10-15 years.
"When the opportunity for this position arose, I applied because I had administration and teaching experience," said Mrs. Saylor.
She has experience working in child protective services ( another 25 years), adoption services, and as a supervisor and county office manager.
Mrs. Saylor wanted to become a social worker because "I have had a good, fortunate life and felt the need to share that with others who are less fortunate."
She received her bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology at ENMU and her master’s in social work at New Mexico Highlands University.
"Sometimes I hand students who are nervous stuffed animals to calm them down and ease the tension in the room," she said.
Her stuffed animals in her offices are carry-overs from her child protective services days.
"My parents wanted me to be a nurse, attorney or teacher," she remembers.
Mrs. Saylor's father lives with her and her husband. Her daughter also lives in the area.
"My family, friends and work are what give my life meaning because of their positive feedback, giving me affirmation and a feeling of accomplishment and security," she said.
During her leisure time, she enjoys reading and fishing.
"I fish anywhere that isn’t dry. Of course, we have not had much water around here during the drought. I have fished in Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico," said Mrs. Saylor.
Sodexo Competes in Friona, Texas, Annual Cheeseburger Competition
Claims Home-Field Judging Unfair to Out-of-State Team
by Hanna Spearman
On Saturday, July 20, Friona, Texas held their 8th Annual Cheeseburger Cook-Off competition.
Contestants were asked to develop their own cheeseburger recipe for submission to the judges and then to serve approximately 200 burgers to festival guests.
Representing Eastern New Mexico University was cheeseburger-recipe mastermind Gayle Witzke and her Sodexo Campus Dining team.
Gayle decided to take a risk and stray away from a "standard" cheeseburger offering. The burger she created started with an all-beef patty basted on the grill with a ginger and mango BBQ sauce. Shredded cheddar cheese was melted on top of the patty and then the patty was placed on the bottom half of the bun which had been lightly kissed with a layer of wasabi-lime mustard.
A spoonful of mango jalapeño salsa was added and the burger was topped with pepper bacon pieces and crispy fried onions, then cut into fourths. Festival guests could purchase wristbands with four tear-away tabs, each tab being the equivalent of one fourth of a cheeseburger. This method provided guests the opportunity to try the many different burgers.
The Sodexo Campus Dining cheeseburger was submitted for judging around 11:20 a.m. and nerves ran high as hungry guests began lining up for cheeseburgers. Contest participants were given the same amount of meat, buns and condiments for their burgers to provide a level playing field. Each team received 60 pounds of hamburger, but 60 pounds wasn't enough for the Sodexo Campus Dining team.
Between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., the team served over 100 pounds of hamburger meat. The patties were one- third pound each, which equaled an estimated 300 cheeseburgers served.
Festival guests lined up in a constant stream, some returning three, four and even five times, just to get another Sodexo cheeseburger. Sadly, the competition was not determined by how many pounds of meat was served or by how quickly and steadily the lines moved at each booth. If it were, the Sodexo Campus Dining team would have handily taken the overall competition.
Call it a rookie team's tough break or a home field advantage, as Sodexo was the only New Mexico team present. Either way, the festival guests were thoroughly impressed with the Sodexo Campus Dining cheeseburger and they got a little taste of what Eastern New Mexico University can bring to the table.
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Department of Communication professor Roger Gatchet was recently featured in a Portales News-Tribune article on his weekly KENW radio program All These Blues. To read the article, visit http://www.pntonline.com/2013/07/23/enmu-professor-gives-new-mexico-the-blues/.
ENMU grad Mike Majors has received the Athletic Coaches Association's Volleyball coach of the Year Award." Mr. majors has coached at Tatum or Dora for the last 26 years.
Word has been received that former Zia basketball player Michelle Nassi, who played for ENMU in the 80s, has passed away in Abilene, Texas.