|Spirit of Eastern Award Winners
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
Spirit of Eastern Support Awards—On Wednesday afternoon in the University Theatre Eastern New Mexico University presented Spirit of Eastern Awards for outstanding service to the university. Recipients in the Support category were (L-R) Jorge Ochoa, Physical Plant, Rick Taylor, Information Technology Services, and Frances Gonzales, Golden Library.
Spirit of Eastern Professional Awards—On Wednesday afternoon in the University Theatre Eastern New Mexico University presented Spirit of Eastern Awards for outstanding service to the university. Recipients in the Professional category were (L-R) Jan Terry-Sanchez, Financial Aid, John Kanmore, Physical Plant, and Karen Leonhardt, KENW-TV.
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Dr. Sue Strickler Prepares for Retirement
story and photos by Desiree M. Cooper
“I’ve made some amazing friends in 26 years. Those kinds of friends don’t go away.” – Dr. Sue Strickler
|Dr. Sue Strickler|
Dr. Sue Strickler is retiring from Eastern New Mexico University at the end of the spring semester after 26 years of teaching.
In 1991, she was the recipient of the ENMU President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Kappa Sigma Fraternity once named her “Faculty Member of the Year.” One of her classes awarded her a plaque that featured one of her favorite quotes, Harry S. Truman’s “The Buck Stops Here.”
|Some of Dr. Strickler's Awards|
While she doesn’t have a specific favorite course to teach (“I like them all!”), Dr. Strickler enjoys the political science field.
|A Student's Gift to Dr. Strickler|
“It is from a Sunset Magazine recipe. I have been making it for 31 years,” she said.
The professor, who recently, found a place to live in the Golden State, is also going to revisit all the state parks she used to go to with her parents when she was younger. She also looks forward to seemingly mundane tasks, like laundry with her sister Rosanne, simply because she will get to be around the people she loves.
|"The Dragon Burrito"
|Dr. Strickler with her students
ENMU Graduate Writing New Novel,
Offering Internships to Students
story by Desiree M. Cooper
Office of Communication Services
“Going to ENMU was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made." – Jamie Dickerman
“Sometimes we have to take an unconventional path to get wherever we are,” Eastern New Mexico University graduate Jamie Dickerman told Dr. Patricia Dobson’s Public Relations Techniques class during a Skype interview on April 11.
“I encourage everyone to take an internship,” Ms. Dickerman told Dr. Dobson’s class. “Our firm hires interns every semester. Our interns do everything from working on accounts to proofreading.”
When asked what qualities she looked for in potential interns, the sports fan said students need to be “creative, willing to work hard, able to communicate with people, and have incredibly bright, creative minds.”
|The cover of Ms. Dickerman's new book|
“When I was five, I told my dad I wanted to write books,” she said. “I always had an active imagination and a fierce determination to create something that would inspire or entertain, as well as a deep love for books.
|Ms. Dickerman when she was a President's Ambassador|
|An ENMU President's Ambassador Postcard Featuring Ms. Dickerman|
ENMU ZTAs to Host 2014 Glow Run/Walk and Bra Decorating Contest for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness
story by Desiree M. Cooper
Office of Communication Service
“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 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.
ENMU Agriculture Department and Collegiate FFA Update
|ENMU FFA Members
The ENMU Agriculture Department and Collegiate FFA have been busy hosting FFA Career Development Events both here in Portales and on the NMSU campus. These events, which seek to prepare students for careers in agriculture business and science, have been coordinated by our students leaders and agriculture faculty members.
Students have worked diligently to provide challenging events to New Mexico youth. This year the ENMU invitational contest hosted over 400 students from across the state.
|Student Life Easter Egg Hunt
|Student Leadership Awards Banquet
|Advisor of the Year|
|Best Collaborative Effort|
|Best Student Organization for Leadership: Zeta Tau Alpha|
|Best Student Organization for Professional Development Spanish Club|
|Helping Hand: Draco Miller|
|Most improved Organization: Fushion Funk|
|Outstanding ASAB Coordinators and Members|
|Outstanding Safe Ride Drivers|
|Special Program: IFC Bicycle Wheel Vs WT|
|Student Employee of the Year Winners|
|Student Employee of the Year Nominees|
|VP Rising Star Award: Stephanie Losoya|
Student Leaders of the Year:
Maria Garcia and Cedric Pitman (with President Gamble)
The Office of Student Affairs and Campus Life office put on the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 17. This banquet is designed to honor the many student organizations, student lead departments, advisors and overall leaders on campus.
The Night started with ENMU’s president, Dr. Steven Gamble, who spoke about the importance of Leadership and how it fits within the university mission statement.
Following Dr. Gamble the evening of awards began. Each Student organization had the opportunity to hand out an award for their outstanding member of the year.
The evening continued with following awards: Student employee of the year, Housing Staff recognition, ASENMU outstanding senators, Safe Ride drivers of the year, ASAB outstanding members, ASAB outstanding coordinators, Advisor of the year, Helping hand to student organization, outstanding community service by a student org, Best collaboration by a student org, Outstanding Leadership by a student org, Outstanding Professional development by a student org, Multicultural Affairs awards, the Vice President’s Raising Star Award and concluded with the Outstanding Student Leaders of the Year award.
In all over 100 awards were given out and over 300 students were in attendance.
“Tonight was a great night, we had the honor of recognizing some amazing student leaders. Anytime we can talk about the accomplishments of our students and student organization, it’s a great time for the university,” said Draco A. Miller, director of campus life.
|A Look at ENMU Through the Years||Video Alert|
Watch a video of ENMU photos from recent years. –
Dr. Miguel Bustamante and Dr. Sue Stockly presented a paper "What’s Our Next Best Alternative? Estimating the Opportunity Cost of Graduate School for Minority Scholars" at the 56th Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association (WSSA), April 2-5, in Albuquerque.
Dr. Mark Dal Porto, professor of music, had his choral work I Seek Rest for My Lonely Heart selected (from a large body of choral submissions sent by composers from around the world) to be performed at the 2014 Contemporary Japanese & American Music Concert. This event will be held at the Yonago Culture Center in Yonago, Japan on September 23, 2014 (Autumnal Equinox).