|July 4th Fireworks on Campus|
|Portales News-Tribune photo by Josh Lucero|
|Pre-July 4th Fireworks on Campus
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
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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.
|Professors Publish Article
on 'Winning a Racquetball Match'
Yvette Gossett Relocates from University Printing Services
by Shantiana White
“I look out and imagine how Portales looked thousands of years ago when mammoths roamed this area." – Yvette Gossett
|Yvette Gossett contemplating move to Communication Services|
Yvette Gossett, who had worked in University Printing Services since 1983, has changed offices for the first time since she started at ENMU.
This graphic designer has moved to Communication Services in the Administration Building from the University Printing Services (now called ENMU Duplicating Services) in the College of Business, Room 151.
“I have had a really good work family, and that's made it enjoyable all these years. I was glad I could help everyone transition into the new work environment,” said Mrs. Gossett.
In her tenure at ENMU, she has had four supervisors and five administrations, so she has seen a lot of changes at ENMU.
“It is now a desktop publishing age,” she said. “Artwork by hand has all but disappeared. Graphic design and printing have become almost completely computer-driven.”
She enjoys assisting new employees, and seeing long-time employees on a daily basis.
Mrs. Gossett received her B.A. in commercial art at ENMU.
"I also knew some of our graduates when they were babies. One of the former babies who received his degree in criminal justice was my own son, Jess."
|Yvette in her new digs|
When Mrs. Gossett is not at work, she enjoys working for her family ranching interests and sightseeing.
“ENMU is the prettiest place in Portales, thanks to the great work of the grounds crew. I like to walk and ride my bicycle around campus in the evenings.” she says.
“I look out and imagine how Portales looked thousands of years ago when mammoths roamed this area when it was much wetter and greener. That is fascinating to think about, but I never want to get disconnected from the rugged, natural beauty of Portales today.”
Though she has changed offices, she can still be contacted about print jobs.
"I worked in a window-less office for 28 years, and I am really enjoying the natural lighting in the Administration Building.
“I hope to keep growing in my new position. This is a chance for me to learn new technologies. No matter where or what I end up doing, I never want to stop learning."
When Wendy's Softball Girls Whiff, They Have to Wear Zebra Prints
by Shantiana White
"If the boys strike out, they have to wear bejeweled bras." – Wendy Turner
|Wendy with her boys: Clinton and Zach|
Wendy Turner, a Portales native and ENMU employee, has been rescuing dogs from bad situations for six months.
“I got in contact with a rescue and helped them find dogs suitable homes until they quit,” said Wendy, who has a “Queen of the Lab” sign in her office.
According to Wendy, Summer Hooke was taking pictures of animals at the shelter in Clovis and decided to start her own rescue, Shooke Unleashed Animal Rescue (Shooke). Lori Knapp also volunteers to help the rescue and they are waiting on the papers for their 501C3.
“Hooke is amazing and would do anything for these animals. She works her tail end off and I’ve never seen anyone work this hard in my life.”
Summer once traveled to the middle of Texas to deliver a breed specific rescue after she had sent a picture of the animal via email.
“When she got there they refused to accept Chloe the sick Great Dane because she was not a full breed and Summer took her back to Portales.”
She had been turned over to us along with two of her puppies and the owners kept the other puppies. Chole is a sweet, shy dog who need significant vet care because she had a mammary infection.
People, L-R): Lori Knapp, Summer Hooke and Wendy Turner; (Dogs, L-R) Chloe, Dinky, Ralph and Toby (photo by Wendel Sloan)
Shooke makes sure that animals get the care they need and makes sure each dog receives their shots and gets spayed or neutered. If an animal is adopted at a young age, the owners have to sign a contract stating that the puppy will get spayed or neutered at six months.
Wendy described a variety of dogs that have been abandoned by their owners because they did not want to take care of them anymore.
“Half of every litter of puppies ends up in the pound,” said Wendy, who is currently working on getting her B.A. in communicative disorders.
After Toby’s eye was scratched by a feral cat, it had to be removed.
Wendy sees at least one dog on the streets every day and the most common breeds seen in the pound are Chihuahuas and Pit Bulls.
Wendy has worked for ENMU for seven years, and has worked for six years as a secretary in the Health and Human Services Department in Lea Hall.
|Wendy with her sons and parents
on a bus to the Grand Canyon
“I like it here because I get to work with students and my boss, Dr. Suzanne Swift, rocks.”
Wendy’s father, Air Force veteran Mick Hoffman, worked in the IT department until last year.
Wendy lives in a Habitat for Humanity house that she applied for and has been living in it for five years with her two boys.
“I talked to people, heard about it and was shocked that they have a hard time finding people to apply.
“It is not charity; I helped build the house myself and the payments are reasonable with no interest.”
The requirements to live in Habitat housing are that you have to pay for the house and don’t have bad credit.
Her sons, Zach (14) and ENMU student Clinton (21) are very supportive of the rescue.
“When my son Zach was nine, we went to a party and he wanted a puppy.”
Zoe, a papillion poodle, was an addition to the family and later on they added Ernie, a maltese, (named after a Harry Potter character).
Wendy helps raise money for the rescue by working on the weekends at the vet clinic.
“Fosters save animals’ lives, but it is hard to find people willing to foster them,” Wendy said.
“I’m happy to work with any of the other rescues in the area, and there is always room for more.”
|Wendy with her sons|
One of the rescues they work with is Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue in Albuquerque.
Wendy’s aunt found two Chihuahuas wandering in the country where there are threats of being eaten by coyotes. The female only weighed three pounds.
“It’s amazing how many people want to abandon their pets; it is like giving up your family.”
Everyday something occurs. When Wendy went on a rare vacation, she got three calls from people needing help.
|ENMU Hosting Golf Tournament in Albuquerque|
Alumni Affairs is hosting a golf tournament/alumni reception in Albuquerque on Friday, July 12.
The Fourth Annual Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament will be a scramble format and is on the Desert Greens Golf Course beginning at 8 a.m.
The free Alumni Social and Mixer is at the Marriott Pyramid North Hotel, Atrium at 5151 San Francisco Rd. NE in Albuquerque from 7-9 p.m. that evening. It will feature casual dress, cash bar and appetizers.
The web address for the event is below:
Student Affairs Vice President
Retiring to Colorado Mountains
story and photo by Wendel Sloan
“Someone once told me life is for real and there are no dress rehearsals." – Dr. Gary Musgrave
After serving Eastern as vice president for Student Affairs since July 1, 1999, Dr. Gary Musgrave will retire this fall.
"We were very fortunate to have Dr. Musgrave directing Student Affairs since 1999. Under his leadership, Eastern has had a very dynamic and progressive student life. We wish him a very enjoyable retirement," said Dr. Steven Gamble, ENMU president.
Dr. Musgrave's 40-year career in student affairs began “by accident.”
After graduating from Indianola High School in Indianola Neb., he went to Northwest Missouri State University to play sports, but his grades did not match his athletic ability. “Asked to leave,” he returned a couple years later
married and more mature. After the vice president for Business Affairs gave him a job washing university cars, his work ethic led to a position as a residence hall director.
He later attended the National Student Affairs Association Conference in Denver, Colo., where he was interviewed for student activities director at Mississippi State University by the vice president for Student Affairs. At a conference cocktail party, his future boss – pointing to Gary – announced loudly, “There is my new student activities director.”
After being director of Student Activities at Mississippi State, Dr. Musgrave served as director of Student Development at Hastings College in Nebraska, and as vice president for Student Affairs at Buena Vista University in Iowa, and at Chadron State College in Nebraska, before arriving at Eastern. “What a beautiful ride I have had; I’ve been blessed,” he says. "I have had forty years in student affairs and 26 years as a vice president. I could not ask for more."
Rhonda Garcia, who worked at Eastern from 1977-2006 and served as Dr. Musgrave's secretary from 1999-2006, said from her Colorado retirement home, “When Gary came to Eastern, he recognized my abilities and went to bat for me. He was a breath of fresh air. He brought a new style and fresh ideas. He wasn’t a micro-manager, but trusted people and they responded. People became more relaxed. He was laid back, and that was an effective style. I truly enjoyed working for him.”
Dr. Musgrave earned a bachelor’s in education and master’s in counseling and guidance from Northwest Missouri, and a doctorate in college student personnel, counseling and cognate in management from Mississippi State.
Born and raised in southwest Nebraska in the faming community of Indianola, Dr. Musgrave’s father farmed and his mother worked for many years as the bookkeeper for a local oil company. His mother passed away 10 years ago and his father 40 years ago on the same day in September.
Dr. Musgrave’s three brothers and one sister are retired: two from education, one from business and the other from farming and ranching.
In high school Dr. Musgrave participated in football, basketball, track and field, baseball, plays, music and more. “I was a typical boy in small-town America,” he says. “The kids and families did everything together. I threw the discus and played football in college, but my throws were not anything to brag about and I became a blocking tight end before it became fashionable.”
He will have been married to Jonel (Jo) Leffler, an elementary teacher, 40 years in December. They have two grown children: Kitren who is married to Ryan Magley and they have a son Braxton; and Brock who is married to Brandi. All live in the Denver area
“My work at Eastern has been a gift, a joy,” he says. “There are so many good people at this university and in this community. I have been blessed to have wonderful people working with me to help students. I will miss the students and my staff.
“I am indebted to Dr. Everett Frost for giving me this administrative opportunity and to Dr. Steven Gamble for giving me support to continue doing some beautiful things with faculty, staff and students. The challenges were only opportunities and the enjoyments are too many to count, but all involved people.”
Dr. Musgrave, leaning reflectively back in his office chair in the Student Academic Services Building, said he believes Eastern’s strengths are people--faculty, staff and students--wonderful facilities, excellent academic programs, competitive athletic programs and the people of Portales.
What will he miss most about Eastern? “I will miss the perceived crisis, the laughter and kindness of my staff, the joy of making the first cup of coffee for the folks in SAS, the varied athletic contests, kids telling me they did this or that and needing a pat on the back. I will miss Eastern, but I will never forget this beautiful place.”
Diana Cordova, director of Multicultural Affairs, said that Dr. Musgrave was more than a boss and a leader. "He has been a caring person and attentive listener. He is the kind of person who gives you confidence and believes in you – with a stern voice if necessary. Work is never drudgery around Dr. Musgrave, but exciting. He is always interested in our families and what we have to say and offer. I would like to tell Dr. Musgrave that he is in trouble now, because the trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off."
Dr. Musgrave and Jo will not be bored in retirement. They like to read, take long walks and play in the Colorado mountains. They are building a new home near Winter Park, Colo. “Jo is the social one of our family and she generally gets us involved in many things outside the home. I love any kind of sport and watch too much on TV. We have one beautiful grandchild who is the present focus of our attention and we look forward to spoiling him,” says Dr. Musgrave.
“Our kids have some business ideas involving importing, and we would like to help them in some ways. We also enjoy cruising, and plan to travel to places off the beaten track.”
As he prepares to enter a new phase of life, Dr. Musgrave contemplated time's fleetingness. “Someone once told me life is for real and there are no dress rehearsals. How true. When I was younger, I always thought there were many tomorrows and plenty of time to do things. I know now how precious each moment is and the people who I love.”
He adds that many years ago one of his mentors told him to "always go out and make it a great day for the kids. Jo and I plan to continue making it a great day for the ‘kids’ because it brings us purpose for our lives.
“We trust we have made a difference in people's lives and have not made too many mistakes along the way.”
|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|
Dr. David Eisler, former dean of the ENMU College of Fine Arts, is now the president of Ferris State University in Michigan.