from Dr. David Hunt's presentation at Cynthia Irwin-Williams Lecture on Thursday evening in Buchanan Hall (photo by Wendel Sloan)
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Meet Newest Noon-Time Hoopster: Robert Armijo
by Desiree M. Cooper
photos by Desiree M. Cooper and Wendel Sloan
“This is the best place I’ve ever worked." - Robert Armijo
Robert Armijo started his year off right by becoming Eastern New Mexico University’s new Health and Physical Education facility and equipment maintenance coordinator.
Mr. Armijo is enjoying the job. “Everybody is very welcoming. This is the best place I’ve ever worked,” he said.
He is responsible for taking inventory, making sure student aids get their equipment, and helping his three work-study students stay busy. He also makes sure the Greyhound basketball team’s uniforms are ready for each game.
|Robert taking it to the hoop|
Other jobs Mr. Armijo has held include working on the construction crew that built Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark., and owning RA Mason Resupply in Clovis for three years.
He chose to work at Eastern because he “needed something steady.”
Born and raised in Portales, Mr. Armijo said he loves ENMU because “it has been here all my life.”
He attended ENMU for a few years to pursue a degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice, but never finished because of time constraints.
“I was trying to work at Taco Box, be a SAE [Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity], and go to school at the same time.”
Mr. Armijo, who played basketball and baseball at Portales High School, is returning to his athletic roots.
“I couldn’t wait to come play basketball,” he said of the noon-time hoopsters. He often plays pick-up games with college students and other faculty and staff members.
Mr. Armijo is preparing to play in the upcoming Gus Macker, an annual three-on-three basketball tournament in Roswell.
His team, the “Fearless Four,” played in the tournament two years ago and already has personalized jerseys prepared for this year.
“We do pretty good,” says Mr. Armijo, who’s favorite position is forward. The athlete’s children, Harley and Brenann, are following in his footsteps.
Harley, 15, plays on the Portales Ram’s freshmen basketball team. Brenann, nine, plays baseball and enjoys running around at the Portales Recreational Center.
Mr. Armijo and his wife, Dawn, had a Las Vegas wedding seven years ago. The ceremony, held at Tuscany Suites and Casino, was attended by 50 guests.
The reception was held at Excalibur Hotel and Casino, where the group enjoyed Renaissance-themed dining and a play that included jousting. “We got to eat with our hands,” Mr. Armijo, who loves to cook, said of the unique experience, “We had chicken, potato wedges and tomato soup.”
Mr. Armijo jokes that both he and his wife forgot their anniversary until his mother and sister reminded them.
“I’m going to try to remember this year,” he says with a laugh.
Up ’til Dawn Preview
by Desiree M. Cooper
“It is a good opportunity to represent New Mexico for St. Jude.”
The Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University (ASENMU) is hosting Up ’til Dawn, an all-night event on Feb. 21, that has the potential to save the lives of sick children across the world.
The event begins at midnight and lasts until 6 a.m. in the Campus Union Ballroom. Individuals must raise at least $100 or be on a team of six that has raised a minimum of $600 to attend.
The event can be attended by everyone in the community, not just ENMU students, who raise at least the minimum.
Up ’til Dawn is a nationwide fundraising campaign hosted by college students for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
St. Jude is devoted to providing children with life-threatening diseases the care they need at no cost to their families. St. Jude is actively involved in finding cures for the diseases it treats.
ENMU is the only college in New Mexico to host Up ’til Dawn annually.
|Up 'til Dawn Director Carla Anaya|
Carla Anaya, the director of Up ’til Dawn, said, “It is a good opportunity to represent New Mexico for St. Jude.”
Ms. Anaya became the director of the event after being approached by ASENMU president Justin Aguilar. She visited St. Jude headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., last summer to learn how to direct Up ’til Dawn.
“It was one of the best opportunities I’ve ever had,” Ms. Anaya said “The facility is amazing. Everyone is so passionate. The patients are so thankful.”
The ASENMU senator supports St. Jude because she thinks it is “really great that they are so original in their ways of research and moving forward.”
Participants can register for Up ’til Dawn by creating an account at fundraising.stjude.org/enmu.
Registered users have the ability to fundraise by posting links to personal social media pages, including Facebook and Twitter. This allows friends and family to quickly and safely donate money online on behalf of the individual.
“People who have put in the effort [to post on social media] have been successful,” Ms. Anaya said.
|Fundraising Update from the ENMU Up 'til Dawn Facebook page|
She also notes that this year’s event will be “totally different” from previous Up ’til Dawns, which focused on letter writing.
Up ’til Dawn will kick off at midnight with an introduction by Lance Fletcher, a Portales resident whose life was saved at St. Jude.
There will be a series of five events for teams throughout the night. These events will allow teams to compete for points to win prizes.
Ms. Anaya wants the events to be a surprise, but hinted there will be some that are “physical and competitive, jeopardy-style, and brain teasers.”
Refreshments will be provided between each event.
Up ’til Dawn will conclude with breakfast at 6 a.m.
114 individuals and 23 teams have already signed up for the event. $4,293 has already been raised by these participants.
Ms. Anaya’s goals for the event are to have at least 50 teams register and to raise $20,000.
The community can get involved by registering, donating to a registered member, or donating prizes.
Something Different Grill and the ENMU Bookstore have already donated prizes that were given out to winners of ASENMU-hosted halftime events at the Greyhound and Zia Basketball games. People who had registered for Up ’til Dawn were randomly selected to compete for prizes.
To find out more, visit the “ENMU Up ’til Dawn” Facebook page or follow @StjudeENMU on Twitter.
For additional information, contact Ms. Anaya at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 507.705.5290.
|'Forensic Files of the Smithsonian Institution'
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
Dr. David Hunt, physical anthropology collections manager at the National Museum of Natural History: Smithsonian Institution, was the guest speaker at this year's Cynthia Irwin-Williams Lecture on Thursday evening in Buchanan Hall in the Music Building.
Dr. Hunt is an advisor to medical examiners' offices and law enforcement agencies. He is also involved in several international excavations and research in prehistoric and classical archaeological sites.
|Launch Party for El Portal
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
The launch party for the newest edition of El Portal, ENMU's literary publication, was held Friday afternoon in the lobby of Bernalillo Hall. The publication contains works by students and staff (including the Monday Memo editor).
Nancy E. Ditmer, National President of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), recently appointed Dustin Seifert (chair, Department of Music and director of bands) as a member of NAfME's Collegiate Advisory Council. Mr. Seifert was nominated by Dr. James South, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Southwestern Division NAfME President.
Dr. Mark Dal Porto, professor of music, was awarded first prize for his orchestral work Song of Eternity in the CODA (College Orchestra Directors Association) 2013 International Composition Contest. As a result, Dal Porto’s work was featured at the 2014 CODA National Conference on January 24th at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
Dal Porto’s work will also be performed by over 30 different CODA member orchestras from around the country within the next two years. Dal Porto’s entry was one of over 140 other entries submitted from around the world for this contest.
Immediate upcoming performances of Song of Eternity include concert venues at Montana State University, University of Utah, University of Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois University, University of California Irvine, Humboldt State University, Florida State University, University at Buffalo SUNY, and Cornell University.
Mark Dal Porto, CODA International Composition Contest 1st Prize winner
TCU orchestra after performing Dal Porto’s Song of Eternity. In front of stage are (left to right) Germán Gutiérrez (conductor of TCU Symphony), Dan Sommerville (President of CODA), and composer Mark Dal Porto.
Dan Sommerville (President of CODA) presenting 1st Prize Award to composer Mark Dal Porto.
Dr. Michael F. Shaughnessy has been asked to serve as an external reviewer for doctoral dissertations at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar-143005 (Punjab) INDIA .