President's Ambassadors

The President's Ambassadors are students who demonstrate a passion and love for ENMU. They represent Eastern to prospective students, their families and the community at large in on-campus events such as Green and Silver Preview Day, campus tours, high school visits, as well as off-campus events like the ENMU Homecoming Parade. They also assist Enrollment Services with day-to-day operations, including general office tasks and recruiting-related duties.

The goal of the President's Ambassadors is to accurately inform you, as prospective students and parents, about ENMU's mission and philosophy, academic programs, faculty and students, physical facilities, social opportunities, developmental programs, and student services. They show the true spirit of Eastern by demonstrating sincerity, enthusiasm, authenticity, interest and helpfulness to help you feel welcome, comfortable and positive about your ENMU experience.

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Andrew Anaya


Anaya Andrew

Hometown:
Clovis, New Mexico

Major:
Accounting

Favorite Spot on Campus:
As an athlete, my favorite spot is going to be at the Greyhound Arena. It is a good place if you like to be active because there are always games of full court basketball you can join in on, there are volleyball nets you can set up and play with, and the MaxPAC, our campus weight room, is free to students.

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
I love being an ENMU Greyhound because of the unique opportunities offered to me here at Eastern. The instructors are fully invested in making sure I am successful, not only in the classroom, but also in the real world after I graduate. Also, being part of a smaller university in a smaller town means community is always involved in Eastern events and there is always someone willing to help you and greet you with a warm smile.

Organizations and Activities:
Track & Field, Cross Country

Lake Baker


Baker Lake

Hometown:
Estancia, New Mexico

Major:
Communication, with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in history

Favorite Spot on Campus:
The on-campus coffee shops

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
I love being a Greyhound because of Eastern's size and friendly atmosphere. The smaller size of the school allows students to have more hands-on experiences in their professional fields than students at a larger university. The main goal of faculty and staff is to help every student succeed. Eastern is all about helping students achieve academic, financial and professional success. Here, it's not just about getting a degree, it's about preparing you for your future.

Organizations and Activities:
Comm Club, Odyssey

Tanner Banister


Banister Tanner

Hometown:
Clovis, New Mexico

Major:
Business administration, with an emphasis in marketing

Favorite Spot on Campus:
The Campus Union (CUB), because not only is it a place to enjoy a meal, but there are a lot of people to meet and you can find out a lot of what is happening on campus.

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
I love being an ENMU Greyhound because there is so much unity. Portales is a small town, so you become close with a lot of the people around you. It's what really separates it from other colleges.

Organizations and Activities:
President's Ambassadors, Eastern Business Club, Delta Mu Delta Historian

Bailey Benham


Benham Bailey

Hometown:
Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Major:
Biology, with an emphasis in pre-medicine and a minor in chemistry

Favorite Spot on Campus:
My favorite spot on campus has to be the Science Building because there is always something going on, whether it is a guest speaker or a simple study session with fellow classmates. At the Science Building I can easily find help by just showing up to the building and talking with people.

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
Being a Greyhound is special and taken seriously at ENMU. Being a Greyhound is more than wearing green on Wednesday and showing up to school events. When stepping on campus, hysteria is the only emotion I can describe. Knowing you are with a huge family who always has your back is something you don't get anywhere else.

Organizations and Activities:
Caduceus Health Society, Pokémon Go, ER medical scribe

Kiersti Bertolas


Bertolas Kiersti

Hometown:
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Major:
Biology, with an emphasis in microbiology, molecular biology and biotechnology with a minor in criminal justice

Favorite Spot on Campus:
It's a little specific, but my favorite spot on campus is the little couch in the corner closest to the window, in the right side lounge area in the Art and Anthropology Building. It is ideal for warm sun and naps.

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
(Why wouldn't I love being a Greyhound?) I love being a Greyhound for so many reasons. The campus is beautiful, my instructors are always supportive, there are so many fun activities and organizations to look into, and I've had the opportunity to meet my closest friends here. I have been extremely successful at Eastern and I am happy to call the University my home away from home.

Organizations and Activities:
Zeta Tau Alpha, National Panhellenic Conference

Eleny Ceniceros


Cencieros Eleny

Hometown:
Phoenix, Arizona

Major:
Psychology, with a double minor in English and sociology

Favorite Spot on Campus:
The Art and Anthropology Building, the library or just anywhere on campus where there are big green trees that provide shade to sit underneath and read or study.

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
I love being an ENMU Greyhound because everyone on campus is friendly! This was one of the main reasons why I chose ENMU. Everyone you will run into on campus will greet you with a smile and will help you find your way around campus if you are ever lost. Because of the friendly atmosphere ENMU has to offer, it was easy for me to create good relationships with my professors and create strong friendships.

Organizations and Activities:
Psychology Research Group, Psyched In!

Alyssa Garza


Garza Alyssa

Hometown:
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Major:
Biology pre-medicine, with a minor in psychology

Favorite Spot on Campus:
The track in our brand new stadium!

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
I love being an ENMU Greyhound because of the friendly atmosphere and small class sizes. You really get to know your professors here at ENMU and they really get to know you. All of our professors at Eastern want you to succeed and will do everything in their power to help you reach your goals and walk across that stage. I have made some amazing friends that I know will last a lifetime. I encourage you to get involved and make memories! Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and chase your dreams!

Organizations and Activities:
ENMU Track & Field, President's Ambassadors

Makayla Gordon


Gordon Makalya

Hometown:
Clovis, New Mexico

Major:
Business administration, with an emphasis in hospitality management

Favorite Spot on Campus:
One of my favorite things to do is sit outside to enjoy our campus and do homework. My favorite place to sit would have to be around the fountain in the center of campus. Its very relaxing and I can talk to anyone who walks by.

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
When I first came in as a freshman, I was very nervous and didn't know anyone. Eastern made me feel welcome and encouraged me to get involved! Everyone on campus (both students and staff) are very friendly and extremely supportive toward each other. It is a campus where I can feel at home.

Organizations and Activities:
I became a President's Ambassador so I could become more involved in student life on campus. I also enjoy attending athletic events (especially football)!

Chloe Rae Hammock


Hammock Chloe

Hometown:
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Major:
Theatre

Favorite Spot on Campus:
The University Theatre Center lobby. It's a great place to study and hang out with friends.

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
You can't beat being a Greyhound. ENMU is affordable, the people are so kind, and the campus is gorgeous. I've never had a bad experience here at ENMU.

Organizations and Activities:
President of the Kappa Upsilon chapter of Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society, President's Ambassadors secretary

Ashlynn Idsinga


Idsinga Ashlynn

Hometown:
Portales, New Mexico

Major:
Elementary education, with endorsements in math and general science

Favorite Spot on Campus:
Greyhound Arena because I can get a quick workout in at the MaxPAC or cheer on the Hounds at volleyball and basketball games.

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
I love being a Greyhound because I get to meet so many awesome people through the various organizations and events offered on campus.

Organizations and Activities:
Spectrum College Ministry

Ryli Johns


Johns Ryli

Hometown:
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Major:
Communicative disorders

Favorite Spot on Campus:
Campus Union (CUB)

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
We are like a giant family. Everyone is super friendly. Plus, we aren't just numbers here. All of my professors know my name.

Organizations and Activities:
President's Ambassadors

Simone Laurenz


Laurenz Simone

Hometown:
Portales, New Mexico

Major:
Business administration, with an emphasis in hospitality management

Favorite Spot on Campus:
My favorite spot is in the College of Business. There is a table on the back side that is super comfy and the sun shines one you, keeping you warm on cold days.

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
I love being an ENMU Greyhound because I love the atmosphere that surrounds the campus. Everyone is so nice and welcoming; it makes my experience here so enjoyable.

Organizations and Activities:
Softball, President's Ambassadors

Lauren Erin Lopez


Lopez Lauren

Hometown:
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Major:
Communication, with an emphasis in broadcast production and a minor in graphic design

Favorite Spot on Campus:
I love the entire campus, but if I had to pick one place it would be Greek Park. The location is beautiful and it's a beyond relaxing place to spend free time.

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
I love being an ENMU Greyhound because the people and place are home and family. I'm the happiest I've ever been attending Eastern. The faculty is amazing and it feels like everyone on campus is family. Eastern is a very personal place to spend your undergraduate or graduate years.

Organizations and Activities:
President's Ambassadors

Jessica Marquez


Marquez Jessica

Hometown:
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Major:
Biology, with an emphasis in pre-medicine with a minor in chemistry

Favorite Spot on Campus:
The Dr. Antonio "Tony" Gennaro Natural History Museum because it has a diverse collection of animals

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
I love being an ENMU Greyhound because I get to pursue my dreams at a reasonable cost and a perfect distance from home. The faculty is willing to help with academic and personal problems, making my college experience more fulfilling. Everyone here is friendly, which quickly makes Eastern feel like home.

Organizations and Activities:
Pre-Dental Society, Brothers and Sisters United Organization: academic chair

Tristen Pautler


Pautler Tristen

Hometown:
Clovis, New Mexico

Major:
Political science, with a minor in history

Favorite Spot on Campus:
Sigma Chi Fraternity House

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
I love that the classes allow me to have a more personal relationships with my professors.

Organizations and Activities:
Brother of the Zeta Sigma chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity

Ryan Pecotte


Pecotte Ryan

Hometown:
Farmington, New Mexico

Major:
Communication, with an emphasis in broadcast journalism

Favorite Spot on Campus:
The pergola between the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts building and the University Computer Center

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
The reasons why I love being an ENMU Greyhound are endless. From the minute I started getting recruited by ENMU, I have felt welcome and at home. The small class sizes, paired with faculty and staff who care, create a welcoming atmosphere that emphasizes student success. And that shiny new stadium is pretty cool as well!

Organizations and Activities:
Alpha Psi Omega, President's Ambassadors, Communications Club, KENW, ENMU Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking

Kendall Schneider


Schneider Kendall

Hometown:
Los Alamos, New Mexico

Major:
Communication, with an emphasis in public relations

Favorite Spot on Campus:
My favorite spot on campus is the little coffee shop, Brewed Awakening, in the Education Building! The coffee is great and it is a nice, quiet place to study.

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
I love being an ENMU Greyhound because our school is not like any other. Eastern is full of the most friendly, most hardworking and most dedicated people I know. The professors and all of the staff go out of their way to ensure the success of students.

Organizations and Activities:
Communications Club, The Chase, Spectrum College Ministry

Augustus Swanson


Swanson Augustus

Hometown:
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Major:
Accounting

Favorite Spot on Campus:
The track, training and running are my getaway.

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
Everything about ENMU is very small town. The people are great and everyone goes out of their way to be polite to you.

Organizations and Activities:
ENMU Athletics: Track and Field 400 hurdle, 2016 NCAA Track and Field Championships qualifier

Leonard Cisco Tapia


Tapia Leonard

Hometown:
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Major:
Communication, with an emphasis in broadcast journalism

Favorite Spot on Campus:
Being a communication major, the Department of Communication and on-campus news station is, hands down, my favorite spot on campus. This is where I have been able to gain hands-on experience for my future profession as a TV journalist.

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
What makes my experience at ENMU so exceptional is the knowledge of my qualified and experienced professors. The affordability and small class sizes are definitely a plus. ENMU also has a diverse community of caring and friendly faculty and students.

Organizations and Activities:
Scholarship chair for Communications Club, KOAT Action 7 News intern

Leah Taylor


Taylor Leah

Hometown:
Logan, New Mexico

Major:
Psychology, with a minor in sociology

Favorite Spot on Campus:
The fountain, because it is a peaceful place to stop, relax and organize my thoughts.

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
I love being an Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound because the facility and staff work hard to provide a friendly and beneficial learning experience for students. I also love the smaller size of the University because it allows us to have a more hands-on learning experiences.

Organizations and Activities:
Zeta Tau Alpha-Delta Pi Chapter, WAKE, Church Youth Group, Miss America Scholarship Organization

Kekoa VonSchriltz


VonSchriltz Kekoa

Hometown:
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Major:
Double major in psychology and criminal justice

Favorite Spot on Campus:
Campus Union (CUB)

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
No matter who you are and no matter what you like to do, there is always a place for you here at Eastern. The small class sizes also help you build close relationships with professors and fellow students.

Organizations and Activities:
Member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, Safe Ride Driver, President's Ambassador, ASENMU Senator for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dominique Zamora


Zamora Dominique

Hometown:
Raton, New Mexico

Major:
Biology pre-medicine

Favorite Spot on Campus:
Athletic training

Why I Love Being an ENMU Greyhound:
I have met lifelong, amazing friends and everyone is so helpful and nice on campus. I have also received great opportunities to further my education and career, as well as an opportunity to run track and continue doing what I love.

Organizations and Activities:
ENMU Track and Field (sprinter), President's Ambassador

About ENMU, Portales

Students choose Eastern New Mexico University for our personal touch, accredited academic programs and affordable costs. ENMU offers a variety of services to help students succeed in their academic, personal and professional lives. That's why our slogan is "Student Success–that's what it's all about!"