Although the youngest state university in New Mexico, we look with pride upon our accomplishments since the dream of having a university in eastern New Mexico first arose many decades ago. The Legislature of 1927 located the University in Portales, and the Legislature of 1929 approved the first appropriation for buildings. Although the first building was constructed in 1931, Eastern's doors were not opened to students until 1934. The institution operated as a two-year college from 1934 to 1940. The third and fourth years of college were first offered in 1940.
ENMU was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as a four-year liberal arts college in 1947. Graduate work leading to the master's degree was added in 1949, and the institution was officially designated Eastern New Mexico University in 1955.
Early on in the school's history, students rallied around the need for a mascot. There are a few stories that float around the halls as to why the Greyhound was chosen.
Ralph and Roxy
Ralph joined the Greyhound tradition in the 1950s. Roxy was added sometime after. Students have anonymously filled the shoes of the costume over the years.
The bonfire on Friday night, the parade, luncheon and Homecoming football game bring current and former students, the community and friends together.
ENMU has a standing tradition of wearing green on Fridays. Students, faculty and staff all show their Greyhound Pride throughout the week and especially on Friday.
Lil' Hound Pound
ENMU Athletics sponsors the Lil' Hound Pound. Children under age eight are eligible for membership; they receive a free T-shirt, membership and entry to athletic events.
Made by touching your thumb, middle and ring fingers together with your pinky and index fingers extended. This symbol shows your Greyhound spirit.
ENMU Fight Song
O Hail ENMU to You
May we ever be loyal and true.
Loudly our praises we sing
Through the ages, may they ring.
And all through our lives we will recall
the school that we love best of all.
Hail E-N-M-U to you
The Green and Silver, Green and Silver