Kimberly Gelbwasser Voice Recital
Watch two numbers from Dr. Kimberly Gelbwasser's voice recital on Friday evening in Buchanan Hall. (videos by Wendel Sloan)
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|Made from Recycled Materials from Jack Williamson Building|
This greenhouse at the Physical Plant was constructed primarily from recycled materials from the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building. (photo by Wendel Sloan)
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New Experiment at ENMU is a Little Fishy
photos and story by Desiree M. Cooper
“I love learning and figuring out how things work.” – Dr. Marv Lutnesky
Biology professor Dr. Marv Lutnesky is preparing to hook students on a project focused on the rules by which fishes move in streams and rivers. The experiment is being funded by a Department of Education HSI STEM grant coordinated by Dr. Cradock of ENMU.
|Dr. Marv Lutnesky|
Dr. Lutnesky, who has been at ENMU for 22 years, became interested in the swimming patterns of fishes after doing field work at the Pecos River. Although pools are usually connected by shallow, fast-moving water called riffles, Lutnesky noticed heavy rains left behind isolated pools. Seeing fishes stuck in the pools gave Dr. Lutnesky the idea to create a stream flow tank.
The biology professor wonders if the fishes that get stuck are significantly different than the fishes in the channel. He plans to build a mathematical model to see which factors are important in riffle-crossing rates. These factors include water velocity, pool-to-riffle ratios, water depth, temperature and predator loads.
|Dr. Lutnesky with the tank|
Students will be able to help Dr. Lutnesky in a variety of ways. Job duties range from simple tasks, like feeding the fish and taking care of the tank, to advanced scientific work, like experimental set-up and trials.
“The student involvement with this research project is so diverse. There is something for everyone to do,” he said.
“One of the major purposes is to get students involved with research,” he explained.
|The tank, located outside of the Science Building|
Several students are already getting ready for the project to begin. One student is planning on creating a fish treadmill and run-through mazes to compare fish performances in pools and channels.
Dr. Lutnesky and his students are trying to figure out if pools become a selective filter and if human involvement may play a role in the fishes getting stuck.
|View of the tank from second story of the Science Building|
“It might not just be a natural phenomenon,” he explained. “It may be our use of water resources.”
A custom-made tank, which consists of two circular tanks in a donut shape with cut-out windows, will be used to facilitate the experiment and is in mid-construction right now. Physical Plant is presently working on the drainage system.
“Physical Plant is doing excellent work,” Dr. Lutnesky said.
While the tank will not be finished until this summer or fall, Dr. Lutnesky is working on starting the experiment soon.
|Interior of Tank|
“Dr. Kenwyn Cradock will be joining me, and we have a proposal to collect data from work in the field at the Pecos River. We are going to collect fish to bring back to the tank,” he said.
The Pecos River will play a further role in the experiment, because students will be able to observe the tank at ENMU and participate in field work at the river.
“I’m excited for the experiment,” Dr. Lutnesky said. “I love learning and figuring out how things work.”
To help with the project or get additional information, contact Dr. Lutnesky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Malisa Molina Returns to ENMU
by Desiree M. Cooper
“I have my family and friends here. My roots are here.” – Malisa Molina
Malisa Molina has returned to Eastern New Mexico University to work as the administrative office coordinator and department secretary of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
|Malisa Molina (photo by Desiree M. Cooper)|
Her new job duties consist of a lot of “secretarial stuff,” include supervising and maintaining records, taking care of secretarial accounting, keeping up with clerical functioning and processing a variety of standard documents.
Mrs. Molina worked as the executive secretary of Planning and Analysis at ENMU before moving to Arizona with her family. While living in the Grand Canyon state, she was an administrative assistant at St. Anthony of Padua Church.
Mrs. Molina, who grew up in Portales and has only moved away twice, is happy to be back in her hometown.
“I have my family and friends here. My roots are here,” she said.
Mrs. Molina’s favorite part about ENMU is the friendliness.
“I work with people who enable you to grow professionally. I’ve learned a lot from them,” she explained.
When she isn’t working, Mrs. Molina spends most of her time taking her two children to sporting events.
“I don’t have a lot of free time. My extra time goes to my kids,” she explained with a smile. “They play everything!”
Her son, Damian Jr., plays basketball, baseball and football. The 14-year old is a freshman at Portales High School.
Her 11-year-old daughter, Mia, is a sixth grader at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School. Mia plays volleyball, softball and basketball.
“Basketball is her favorite,” Mrs. Molina said.
|Malisa and Damian|
Mrs. Molina’s husband, Damian, is an account manager.
“I’m super excited to be back,” Mrs. Molina said of her family’s return to Portales. “I’m glad I was able to come back to Eastern.”
Ride for World Health Visits ENMU
story and photos by Desiree M. Cooper
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|Ride for World Health Member Talks About Cross Country Adventure|
The 2014 Ride for World Health (R4WH) team stopped by Eastern New Mexico University on April 10 to give lectures over global surgery and concussions in world sports.
|After the Lectures|
ENMU ZTAs to Host 2014 Glow Run/Walk and Bra Decorating Contest for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness
story by Desiree M. Cooper
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“Underneath all the pies, glowing and ribbons, it is about the charity and the heart of it.”- Marissa Mowrer
|ZTA members at last year's Glow Run
Zeta Tau Alpha’s (ZTA) Delta Pi chapter at Eastern New Mexico University is running at the opportunity to support Breast Cancer Education and Awareness by hosting the 2014 Glow Run/Walk at 8 p.m. on April 25. The event will begin at the Dallan Sanders Patio outside of the Campus Union Building and will take place around the Portales campus.
All proceeds from the seventh annual run go to Breast Cancer Education and Awareness, ZTA’s national philanthropy.
Registration is open to the public. The cost is $15 for students and $25 for non-students. Participants must register by April 8 to be guaranteed a free t-shirt at the race, but registration is open until the day of the event.
“I definitely think it will be a great event,” ZTA’s director of philanthropy, Marissa Mowrer, said. “Last year was a whole lot of fun; there will be more fun stuff near the end of the event this year.”
Last year’s run, which honored a ZTA alumna who survived breast cancer, had 200 participants and raised $2,500 for the philanthropy. Ms. Mowrer hopes to have 300 participants and raise $3,000 this year.
To help reach that goal, Campus Life director Draco Miller, Sheriff Darren Hooker and several ZTA members, have volunteered to have a pie thrown at their faces at the run if $3,000 or more is raised.
There will be glow sticks and pink items at the event. Water and granola bars will be provided.
|Participants at ZTA Glow Run 2013
Participants can bring babies in strollers and well-behaved dogs on leashes at no additional charge.
Awards will be given for Best Times, Most Think Pink Spirit, and Most Glow Spirit. An award for the best bra from the second annual bra decorating contest will also be given.
The ZTA bra decorating contest will take place from April 1-11 in the Campus Union Building. All campus organizations are encouraged to participate. There is no entry fee, but each organization must provide its own bra.
Judging will be from April 11-25. Donations for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness will be taken during this period to help choose the winning bra.
A team representative must be present to receive the best bra award at the Glow Run/Walk. The bras will be returned after the contest.
Ms. Mowrer, who believes the event will contribute to finding a cure for breast cancer, said “The Glow Run is one step toward that goal. I, and my sisters in ZTA, will keep raising money.
“Underneath all the pies, glowing and ribbons, it is about the charity and the heart of it,” she continued. “It is the fact we care about other women and don’t want to see them suffer anymore.”
Donations of glow items, granola bars, flashlights and items to raffle are being accepted. Monetary donations are also appreciated.
To register for the event, talk with any ZTA member or visit www.regonline.com/ztaglowrun5k.
For additional information, contact Ms. Mowrer at Marissa.Mowrer@enmu.edu.
|A Look Inside JWLA Progress
|Panhellenic Scholarship Banquet on April 10
Dr. Donald Elder III, professor of history, has had a a book review published: Union Heartland: The Midwestern Home Front During the Civil War, edited by Ginette Alley and J.L. Anderson. The review appeared in the spring issue of The Annals of Iowa.
Dr. Marv Lutnesky, and former M.S. graduate student Ms. Christine Stewart have a paper in press at the North American Journal of Fisheries Management published by the American Fisheries Society. The article is titled “Retardation of Reproduction in the Red Shiner due to Electroshock.” The work is timely because electrofishing is a common technique used by state and federal agencies to catch fishes, and little is known about its long-term effects.
Furthermore, everything in the electric field is hit, often including endangered species, not just target species.
Dr. Lutnesky said, "We hope the article stimulates similar studies so that we learn if our results have general applicability." Ms. Stewart is now a Fish Biologist for U.S. Fish & Wildlife and stationed in Idaho.
I have some exciting news!
First of all, I resigned effective May 28 my position as Head Coach, Cross Country/Track & Field at ENMU. I have done so in order to complete a dream of mine which is to Thru-Hike the Pacific Crest Trail next spring/summer.
The trail spans a distance of 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountain Ranges of California, Oregon and Washington . I have signed on to work at Yellowstone National Park for this summer season and after that I'll be working as temporary Amazon "CamperForce" employee in Fernley, Nev., until Christmas time.
Both jobs will allow me to live in my camper, be in or near beautiful environments to train for my PCT thru-hike and will allow me to free up six months April - September 2015.
I feel privileged to have my health and the opportunity to make this dream happen.
To Mark Wiggins, an ENMU grad, selling cars doesn’t start when a customer enters one of his showrooms.
And in reality, selling cars is more of a means to an end, said Wiggins, who is a co-owner of Mark’s Casa Chevrolet, Mark Mitsubishi, Mark’s Casa Chrysler Jeep & Mitsubishi.
That end is not what happens inside the dealerships, but more about what happens outside them in the community at large, he said.
“I think getting involved in the community and giving back to the community that gives to you is extremely important,” Wiggins said.
In particular, he said, taking care of the children and promoting the importance of education are issues the dealerships support wholeheartedly.
Christina Kent Early Childhood Center for underprivileged youngsters, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albuquerque and the UNM athletic department are some of the major recipients of the dealerships’ largesse.
“We need to pay attention to our children because that is our future,” Wiggins said. “We try to support kids to get their high-school diplomas and to get the graduation rate up higher, where needs to be.”
Additionally, Wiggins sees not just his dealerships, but the auto industry as a whole as playing a vital role in the economy of Albuquerque and the state.
“We have 250 employees,” he said. “So we definitely have an impact on the economy.”
Wiggins, who was born in Clovis and graduated from high school in Roswell before earning a business and business administration degree from Eastern New Mexico University, got his start in the auto industry in Texas, starting out as a salesman in 1990.
He moved up in the business before being transferred to Albuquerque in 2005 to manage the Casa dealerships before joining with two silent partners in 2008 to buy them.
“It was an easy transition for the employees,” Wiggins said. “I wanted to stay in New Mexico and we knew that these three stores were available and it worked for us.”
Irvyng Urquijo, 20, a bull rider for the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team, died on Tuesday, April 8, at the Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales after being stepped on by a bull during rodeo practice.
The ENMU Police Department and Emergency Medical Services with the Portales Fire Department responded to Lewis Cooper Rodeo Arena on the ENMU campus around 7:37 p.m. Mr. Urquijo was treated for his injuries at the scene by emergency medical services personnel and transported to Roosevelt General Hospital.
Mr. Urquijo, a 2011 graduate of Springer High School in New Mexico, was a sophomore animal and dairy science major.
“Eastern New Mexico University is saddened by the tragic accident which took the life of Irvyng Urquijo,” said Dr. Steven Gamble, ENMU president. “Our thoughts and prayers are with this wonderful young man’s family and friends. Our counselors are reaching out to those affected by his loss and need support. Our deepest condolences to his family. The entire ENMU family shares their grief and will be there for them.”
Anyone needing support is encouraged to call ENMU’s counseling office at 575-562-2211.
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