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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.
New Professor Honored to Train Future Forensic Investigators
story and photo by Shantiana White
"Having lived in countries outside my own culture and language, I know what it is like functioning in another world and giving up comfort to start a new life.” – Dr. Kerriann Marden
|Dr. Kerriann Marden|
Dr. Kerriann (Kay) Marden, assistant professor of anthropology and forensics and director of the forensic science program, came from the University of West Georgia where she worked as an assistant professor and lab director for two years.
“This job sounded perfect. I wanted a job that focused on teaching but still allowed me to conduct research and do forensic anthropology case work; the whole program I am directing is exciting and unique and has a lot to offer,” said Dr. Marden.
The forensic science degree program offers subdivisions: biology, chemistry and forensic anthropology.
“The real challenge for me will be getting the word out to recruit more students for the program so that we can get bigger and possibly add more subdivisions,” she said.
“It is an honor that I am training the next forensic scientists responsible for legal investigations, which involves both advanced skills and ethics,” said Dr. Marden.
During her dissertation research on Chaco Canyon, she visited the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology in Albuquerque for several weeks.
She never thought she would be going down the same career path as her father, who is also an academic, but the Peace Corps changed her mind.
“I worked at a rural health center in West Africa and it brought meaning to teaching.
“Working there drew me into this career because when you are in a lab others are fascinated by what’s taking place. The excitement you see in students as they learn the basics reminds me of how exciting it was for me,” said Dr. Marden.
After Peace Corps, she received her Master’s in applied sociology from University of Maryland through the Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program. Also, she received her Master’s in anthropology and Ph.D. in physical and biological anthropology from Tulane University in New Orleans.
“The skills we teach in the forensic science program apply to real-world situations and require logical and creative thinking. You have to read critically, write and speak effectively, which can be applied to any field,” said Dr. Marden.
She has experience as a counselor at a battered women’s shelter and a Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Museum of Natural History.
Dr. Marden has not had any spare time since she has gotten here, though she enjoys running, riding horses, and oil painting.
“I am really looking forward to seeing the ENMU rodeo,” said the professor who used to jump horses.
Dr. Marden’s family is from New England and she has a brother in West Virginia.
“Immigration is a hot topic in this country. Having lived in countries outside my own culture and language, I know what it is like functioning in another world and giving up comfort to start a new life,” she said.
Dr. Marden plans to stay in one place and hopes it is in Portales. She says that Portales makes you want to stay due to so much happening on campus, and the genuine friendliness of the people. She enjoys the students, her colleagues, the University, and the feel of the whole community.
New Management Professor Loves Outdoors
story and photo by Shantiana White
"There is no greater gift than knowledge and that is what teaching is all about.” – Michael Turner
Michael Turner, assistant professor of management, said, "When I was attending undergraduate school, I took a Management 201 course that inspired me to become a management professor."
Mr. Turner was not a traditional college student because he worked through high school and college.
He has had 20 years of management experience, and says, "My experiences can inform students by applying real-life experience to abstract concepts. Students can learn from my mistakes or gain from my experiences."
Mr. Turner received his bachelor's in management with an emphasis in supply chain and operations and two associate degrees at New Mexico State University.
"Student success is respected and drew me to this job. I feel if students don't do well, then I have done something wrong," he said.
Mr. Turner, who considers New Mexico home, is completing his dissertation while teaching organizational behavior.
He is working on a Ph.D. in business administration (with an emphasis in human resource management) from New Mexico State University and his dissertation is about employer branding and why employees pick certain companies over others to work for.
Mr. Turner enjoys the environment and attitude toward success at Eastern because "my passion is learning and I view teaching as the highest form of learning. ENMU is a perfect match for both.
"The college environment prepares students to a certain extent, but helping someone later in life is my ultimate career goal," said Mr. Turner.
Mr. Turner’s father, who was a good motivator, gave him the freedom to choose his career path.
“My father and mother never told me I had to go to college, but said it would provide opportunities that you will otherwise miss out on.”
During his leisure time, he enjoys time with his wife and two kids, fly fishing, birding and anything that involves the outdoors.
“When I was around seven, I learned how to cast a rod and reel,” said the outdoorsman.
“My family always said to pursue a career that is meaningful. To me, there is no greater gift than knowledge and that is what teaching is all about,” said Mr. Turner.
St. Thomas More Newman Center Celebrating
by Olympia Chino
"With the opening of Eastern New Mexico Junior College in 1934, there became a need for Catholic services for the students, and on April 6, 1938, Archbishop Gerken of Santa Fe granted permission for Mass to be celebrated during Holy Week in one of the classrooms of Eastern New Mexico Junior College."
This is the Diamond Anniversary of the establishment of a Roman Catholic Parish in Portales, and the people of St. Helen’s will celebrate on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Oct. 3-6.
It will begin on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with a procession around the church grounds in celebration of the Feast of St. Helen and St. Thomas More Newman Center 75th Anniversary next to the ENMU campus – ending with the celebration of the mass with the crowning of St. Helen’s King and Queen.
Then on Friday, Oct. 4, the public is invited to the annual Fiesta Enchilada dinner from 6-9 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The cost is $8 per plate.
Saturday, Oct. 5, at 9 a.m., booths open for breakfast, the ENMU Homecoming parade at 10:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. Entertainment begins with food, games, pony rides, train rides, jumping castles, bingo and loteria. Mass (Spanish) at 5:30 p.m., a nd a Fiesta Dance from 8 until midnight on the slab under the stars.
Sunday at 9 a.m. Mass (English), food booths open at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. Mass (English), and is offered for St. Thomas More Newman Center 75th Anniversary, and an Open House will follow at the St. Thomas More Newman Center . Our 1st Annual St. Thomas More Utopia Award will be presented to Dr. Kathleen Salter and Dr. Dick Walsh for Outstanding Service to and Support of St. Thomas More Newman Center. Entertainment begins at noon, an auction at 3 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m.
It is a big day for the St. Helen Community and we want the rest of the community to help us celebrate. Father Juan Montoya, deceased priest, with Father Francis Brockmann, wrote an interesting historical sketch of the parish, tracing its start in 1906 with a mass celebrated by Fr. Linus Braun, shortly after his ordination. The records show the first baptism was a baby, Maria Patterson, on Aug. 29, 1906.
There was no Catholic church in Portales until 1909, when a mission church was dedicated under the name of St. Elizabeth, located at the corner of Iowa and Chestnut Streets (now Avenue G and University Drive.) For the next 10 years until 1919, the mission was cared for by the Franciscan fathers of Roswell, N.M.
In 1919, there was a resident priest at Sacred Heart Church in Clovis, and “the short distance of nineteen miles” was judged close enough for the Catholics of Portales to travel to attend Mass. So from 1919 until 1938 there were no church services at St. Elizabeth Mission.
With the opening of Eastern New Mexico Junior College in 1934, there became a need for Catholic services for the students, and on April 6, 1938 Archbishop Gerken of Santa Fe granted permission for Mass to be celebrated during Holy Week in one of the classrooms of Eastern New Mexico Junior College.
A Newman Club was organized on the campus through the efforts of Fr. Raymond Soper of Sacred Heart of Clovis, and Miss Louise Boillin, a Catholic member of the college faculty.
Through the instrumentality of Miss Boillin, the Franciscan Fathers returned to Portales in 1938 and thereafter Fr. Raymond said Mass at the college once a month, and eventually every Sunday.
Eventually, a Catholic mission was re-established in Portales, with Charles Hardesty, Dave Colligan and Walter Jentzen as officers, but it was not until March 1941 that a contract was signed to build a church and a community room for the Newman Club for a total of $3,475.
From 1938-46 St. Helen’s was taken care of by the Franciscans at Sacred Heart Church of Clovis. A census in 1951 showed 95 families and approximately “four hundred Catholic souls” in Portales.
On Jan. 18, 1952, the first resident pastor, Fr. Bertus Grassman, was appointed and took up residence at 1624 South Avenue O. The new St. Helen’s church was completed July 23, 1952.
The Silver anniversary event was celebrated on June 24, 1958, when a decree from Rome officially designated St. Helen a parish.
|Farewell for Dr. Donald Paschke|
A special thanks to all of you who helped us celebrate Don Paschke's farewell COPE. It was evident he felt properly regaled! Don shared later in the evening that he doesn't remember the last time he felt so beloved, and that we all helped give him a "lift" he really needed during this time of transition.
|ENMU Grad named superintendent|
|(courtesy of Union County Leader)|