|ENMU Soccer vs. Fort Hays State
(photo by Lee Quick)
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History Professor Publishes Book on Civil War Letters
story and photos by Wendel Sloan
“These letters and Mary’s diary allow us a glimpse into the mind of a thoughtful, sensitive female." – Dr. Donald C. Elder III
“Where Are You Now, Sweet Love? The writings of Mary Kemper Vermillion, 1855-1870” is a follow-up to a book of Civil War letters previously edited by Dr. Donald C. Elder III, professor of history at Eastern New Mexico University.
That book was “Love Among the Turmoil", published in 2003.
The new collection, published by The Iowan Books, includes new letters, housed at the University of California--San Diego where Dr. Elder received his Ph.D., that Mary wrote to various people before the American Civil War, as well as during and after the war--including letters to her husband, William, while he was serving in the Iowa State Senate in 1870.
When she was about 25, unusual for a woman then to still be single, Mary and her family moved from Indiana to Iowa. After receiving his medical degree from Rush College in New York, her future husband, who knew her in Iowa, chose to establish his practice near her Indiana home.
Shortly afterward they were married. After the war broke out, William raised and led an infantry company of the Union. Mary’s three brothers also fought for the Union.
|Robert and Mary' son (above) became Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court.|
According to Dr. Elder, Mary’s writings reveal her “keen interest in, and awareness of, the great political questions that the nation wrestled with from 1855 to 1870. She movingly discusses her feelings about the issues that divided the nation. While Mary Todd Lincoln famously remarked that it was not regarded as becoming to a female to be concerned with politics, Mary Vermillion obviously had no qualms about defying this perceived constraint on her gender.”
Here is an excerpt from one of Mary’s letters to her husband dated Sept. 4, 1863:
“When you come home, my darling, I want to spend all my life proving how deep and true and faithful is my love for my husband. You know all this, don’t you? Oh, darling, if I could only know that you would come home to me with your life, I could wait for you. I could bear anything if I knew this. It is the dreadful fear that I have lost you forever that I can’t bear hardly at all. I have to bear it, but you don’t know, dear love, how hard it is. But I must not talk so to you, pet. You must be of good cheer, and not get the blues because your Dollie is uneasy about you. You must be brave enough for both, my love.”
Dr. Elder said that what attracted him most to Mary’s letters is because of her moral stance against slavery. “We hope that people do things for the right reasons, and she and her husband did.”
For more information, contact Dr. Elder at 575-562-2601 or email email@example.com.
Stephen Melby: Combining His Interests
by Shantiana White
“Teaching at a university is the highest calling and honor for me." –Stephen Melby
Stephen Melby, new instructor of social work whose office is in Lea Hall, enjoys golfing and purchasing antiques--such as 75-year-old golf clubs.
“I have collected about 10,000 sports cards and my ultimate find would be a Babe Ruth card,” said Mr. Melby.
Mr. Melby’s favorite team is the Minnesota Vikings, although he is a big sports fan and enjoys all sports.
Mr. Melby applies his experiences of 30 years in mental health care to his social work classes because “real life examples explain principles that are being taught, which is important.”
The Minnesota native, who moved to New Mexico in 1994, was previously a clinical director at a mental health agency in Albuquerque.
“I always wanted to teach, and teaching at a university is the highest calling and honor for me,” said Mr. Melby.
Another big reason was to be close to his significant other who is also a professor at Eastern.
Mr. Melby says his philosophy of life is “helping others and having fun because life should be enjoyed.” He considers social work as a “helping profession.”
Mr. Melby misses living near the mountains, but is settling into a community (Portales) that looks like the place where he grew up and “it is a good setting for pursuing a Ph.D. as it is an environment that supports scholarly pursuits.”
Currently, he is starting to work on his Ph.D. in psychology with an emphasis on performance enhancement at Grand Canyon University.
He has received a B.A. in psychology from Minnesota State University. He received a master’s in sports psychology at Minnesota State University and a master’s in social work at New Mexico Highlands University.
“I combined the two because it gave me the right tools to help people perform better in a stressful field,” said Mr. Melby.
His secondary interest is sport psychology and he is “enjoying the challenge of combining those interests (social work, psychology, physical education and athletics) together. “
Mr. Melby was influenced to pursue schooling and is “grateful that my parents encouraged me to pursue my dreams in a world unfamiliar to them. At the time, my parents owned a dairy farm and it is a Minnesota tradition for the youngest son to take over the farm.”
Mr. Melby’s family, including his brother and sister, still live in Minnesota and he tries to visit them once a year.
New Counseling Professor Traveled To Different Countries
by Shantiana White
“I was not conscious about the influences that lead me to becoming a professor." –Laura Dawson
Laura Dawson, new assistant professor of counseling, loves to travel and says, “I am grateful to have friends from all over the world.”
In high school, Ms. Dawson’s first trip out of the country was to England, Wales, and Ireland. After graduating from high school, she went to Germany and spent about eight months there.
“I would like to vacation in Australia. I would probably sit on the beach, visit the Sydney opera house and some friends,” said Ms. Dawson.
One of the friends she would visit is William Huybregts, son of retired ENMU professor Gerry Huybregts.
She spent 14 days in Kiev, Ukraine, in the summer of 2011. “It looked like what I expected of an old Soviet bloc city, everything was very grey ,” she said.
Also, she spent 10 days in Mumbai, India, in the summer of 2012. “I was able to see the millions of vibrant people that live in unstable makeshift homes in the ghetto.
“I would like to one day go to Congo in Africa and the whole region, including Uganda. I am really big on stopping trafficking and gender violence,” said Ms. Dawson.
Ms. Dawson lived in Portales until the sixth grade, and then moved to Roswell where she attended Hagerman Junior High and New Mexico Military Institute.
“I took this position because I enjoyed the small environment and student centered-approach, research is not too heavy, and I have family in the area,” said the first-time professor.
Ms. Dawson’s favorite aspect of her job is teaching because “the students have a chance to share what I have learned and I hope to challenge their perception and world views.”
Many of the women in her family are in some sort of teaching and but my aunt probably influenced me the most.
“I was not conscious about the influences that lead me to becoming a professor and I am the only one in my family to pursue counseling,” said Ms. Dawson.
She was going to go to law school, but decided it wasn’t for her and she continued getting an education.
She received a bachelor’s in history from Oklahoma State University, and master’s in community counseling from The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
“Building classes and coming up with materials that are interesting, such as having activities that describe the brain and human growth development” are the challenging aspects of her job.
Before this position, Ms. Dawson was a mobile crisis assessor in Lubbock at Star Care Specialty Health System.
During her leisure time, she is hanging out with her 3-month-old daughter, Emmalyn.
“Since I was 16, I knew I wanted to name my daughter Emmalyn and it derives from an old Irish name,” she said.
Currently, Ms. Dawson is working on her Ph.D. in counseling education and supervision from Texas Tech.
|The Blackwater Draw Site and Clovis Caches in North America
by Dr. David Kilby
assistant professor of anthropology
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
One of the most striking features of the Clovis period is the enigmatic caches of tools these people left behind over 13,000 years ago. The caches range in content from a handful of artifacts of a single type to literally hundreds of items of diverse form. Some are associated with red ocher or other exotic items.
Regardless of their function, caches are unique among archaeological assemblages in that they provide a window into working toolkits of Pleistocene hunter-gatherers. Given the increasing number of caches discovered or identified in collections, I believe that caching can be considered a regular part of Clovis strategies and that it merits focused attention.
The diversity in form and content of caches suggests that they served more than a single purpose. This presentation will describe the results of investigating over 20 potential Clovis caches and will explore an understanding their distribution, their functions, and their potential uses.
David Kilby is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University He completed his doctoral dissertation on Clovis caches and caching behavior at the University of New Mexico. His ongoing research focuses on Paleoindian archaeology and lithic technology. Other research foci include geoarchaeology, hunter-gatherer ecology, and Southwestern prehistory.
In pursuing these interests he has had the opportunity to work at some of the classic western Paleoindian sites, including Blackwater Draw, Murray Springs, Mockingbird Gap, Folsom, and the Rio Rancho Folsom site, and also at Boca Negra Wash, Deann’s Site, Demolition Road, Nall Playa, and others. Dr. Kilby’s current research includes continued investigation of Clovis caches, as well as ongoing investigations of archaeology, geomorphology, and paleoenvironments at the Blackwater Draw site, where he has just completed a third field season with the ENMU Archaeological Field School.
Help Recognize ENMU Student Achievements
The Merit Badge Program Promotes Student Success
Eastern New Mexico University has launched a new program to recognize student success. The Merit program is a new way to highlight student accomplishments such as making the dean’s list, joining an organization, winning an award or graduating.
When a student is awarded a University-endorsed merit badge, a merit page is created for the student with an image of the badge and a description of the achievement.
The badges can then be shared on social media channels to tell friends and family about recognized successes. A press release will also be sent to the students’ local news syndicates for further publication.
Please help us gain attention for your students and programs that make our institution unique. If you know of any students you believe deserve recognition, please contact Marissa Hyde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farewell for Don Paschke on September 20
by Kayla Paulk
Please mark your calendars to reserve Friday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m., for a farewell party for Dr. Don Paschke at COPE (Council of Professors Emeriti). He is moving to Albuquerque.
For those of you who are local and either sing or have sung in the ENMU Choirs with Don (or any choir – church, etc.), Dr. Jason Paulk will share information soon about one or two pieces we plan to sing in honor of Don for this occasion.
|Dr. Don Paschke|
Finally, please send either an email or snail mail letter (to my attention at ENMU Station 16) for Don, to be included in a memento book we’re compiling for him. I was delighted to find nearly 70 pictures of Don’s involvement in the ENMU Choirs and ENMU Music over the past eight years.
Kayla Liechty Paulk
Department of Music
Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, NM 88130
|Professors Teach and Perform in Italy|
Dr. Tracy Carr, associate professor of music, and (far right) Dr. Mark Dal Porto, professor of music, joined the faculty for the Grumo International Music Festival in Tesero and Cavalese, Italy, this summer.
Dr. Carr performed as principal oboe in the Festival orchestra, taught and coached woodwind students and also performed in recitals.
Dr. Dal Porto taught composition and also performed as pianist at the festival.
Former employee John Kirby reports that ENMU grad Becca Valdez has been nominated for an Emmy. "She's one of the smartest, hardest-working broadcast program grads ever. She is in Albuquerque," said mr. Kirby.