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Green&Silver Magazine Eastern New Mexico University May 2015 Page 4-5 Robert Graham Transforming Alumni Affairs and ENMU ENMU Success Stories Pages 6-13 Pages 14-15 Athletics News Photo by Kait Roberts Alumni and Friends Updates Pages 16-19


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Features 04 Cover Story: Robert Graham 06 Learning Together 07 District Governor of Rotary International 08 Giving Back to His Community 08 The Kindred Touch 09 Alumna Finds A New Way to Vacation 10 ENMU Foundation Efforts 12 AIGA Student Group 12 USDA County Executive Director 13 Alumni Direct Special Education Services 14 Athletics News 16 Alumni and Friends Updates Green & Silver Magazine May 2015 Managing Editor Noelle Bartl Editor/Graphic Designer Amy Archuleta Writers and Contributors Desiree Cooper, Dr. Mary Daughrity, David Deal, Robert Graham, Brad Hamann, Sara Hill, Dr. Joseph Kline, Adam Pitterman, Dr. Janet Roehl, Wendel Sloan New address, questions, comments or story ideas? Contact us at 888.291.5524 or


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From the President Dear ENMU Family, It’s spring on the high plains! The temperature is warm, flowers are in bloom and the wind is manageable. Life is good on the eastern part of the state. The 2014-15 academic year has been, to say the least, “interesting.” Please note the following: • Our friends in the legislature and Governor Martinez protected Eastern from budget cuts despite the relative insecurity of the state’s economy. We are grateful. • If the spring graduation numbers come in as anticipated, ENMU will graduate over 1,000 students for 2014-15, the first time the University has reached this milestone. • The Stadium Campaign continues to receive strong support. The institution has identified $13,000,000 to construct the multi-purpose athletic facility that will be used by ENMU and Portales Schools. We should break ground for construction in May 2015. • Our plans for the Golden Student Success Center (the renovation and conversion of the Golden Library) are coming together. The 100,000 square foot facility will be a true focal point for Eastern, and construction should begin in May 2016. • The faculty, staff, and students are preparing for the once-a-decade reaccreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association. The on-site visit will occur in April 2017, and we will be ready. As I said, the past academic year has been “interesting.” Through it all, though, Eastern New Mexico University once again fulfilled its mission to provide the best educational experience possible to the students of the University. We have done this for 81 straight years. I thank our students, faculty, and staff for their hard work, and I thank our alumni and friends for their unfailing support. Sincerely, Steven Gamble ENMU President Green & Silver | May 2015 3


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Photo by Kait Roberts Director Robert Graham Transforming Alumni Affairs and ENMU By Wendel Sloan Robert Graham’s (MA 12) recent promotion from coordinator to director of Alumni Affairs at Eastern New Mexico University was a popular decision. “We felt Robert richly deserved this promotion,” said Dr. Steven Gamble, ENMU president. “He has moved the Alumni Association forward with a number of initiatives, including increased use of social media, electronic and personal communications, increasing membership and organizing more events. He is a great communicator, organizer and genuinely cares about Eastern. The Alumni Association Board of Directors is very pleased with Robert.” Born in Charlotte, N.C., Robert, who has a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and a master’s degree in English from ENMU, says, “My parents challenged me to realize my full potential from an early age. They are supportive, loving parents.” Robert’s support of ENMU athletics comes naturally. In school he played football, basketball, ran cross country, pole-vaulted and ran the 400- and 800-meter races. Randy Fowler (MEd 82, BS 74), president of the ENMU Alumni Association, says working with Robert has been a privilege.“Robert has increased the stability and structure of our organization. He is organized, responsible, effective and efficient in his role as director of the Alumni Affairs. With his limited staff, Robert has created a positive working relationship with board members, ENMU Foundation board members and the ENMU administration. He performs all his duties in a professional manner.” Randy says one goal of the Alumni Association is to provide scholarships to deserving students. “Our annual scholarship golf tournament has become very successful in the last few years due to the leadership from Robert and ENMU Board of Regents and Alumni Board Member Terry Othick.” 4 Green & Silver | May 2015 Randy says Robert has done an excellent job in reaching other goals, including: generating more unrestricted funds, educating future alumni on networking, developing a branding standard and cultivating alumni. “Due to his hard work and personal integrity, Robert has gained the respect of all board members,” says Randy. Melissa Sena, secretary for Alumni Affairs, is impressed with her boss. “Robert will help you in any way possible, whether you are a student, an employee, an alum or a person in the community. He is very dedicated to his job and any project we are involved in.” The former firefighter for the Chickasaw Nation in Ada, Okla., says he plans to be a good steward of the resources at his disposal to strengthen Alumni Affairs, and its members will continue being ENMU’s biggest supporters. For someone who recently turned 30, Robert has impressive credentials. He has volunteered with the Portales Chamber of Commerce (volunteer of the month, August 2014), Rotary International (board of directors), KENW-TV (auctioneer), United Way (community investment grant reviewer and volunteer), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (regional events volunteer), Roosevelt County Regional Spelling Bee (judge), ENMU Student Affairs (staff/faculty volunteer), New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home (volunteer service award recipient), Charlotte Mecklenburg Police (animal shelter volunteer), Theater Charlotte (sound technician), and many more. Terry Othick (MBA 70, BBA 68), newly appointed member of the Board of Regents and chairman of the ENMU Alumni and Friends Scholarship Golf Tournament in Albuquerque, says, “Robert and his staff, as well as Noelle Bartl and her staff at the ENMU Foundation, have provided outstanding support to the tournament and have played a key role in its success. Since Robert’s arrival in Alumni Affairs, he has become a key member of our tournament committee.”


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Terry says throughout the year Robert and his team assist in the collection and accounting of sponsorship and golf fees, promoting the event through media, and volunteering his and his staff’s time before and during the tournament. He notes Robert is always looking for opportunities to promote the tournament to new sponsors and golfers and has taken the initiative to become acquainted with sponsors. “Robert’s organizational skills, attention to detail, commitment and follow-through have helped transform this tournament into a well-planned and executed annual event,” says Terry. Robert, an English composition instructor, who has authored numerous publications, is also spearheading a branding and licensing committee for ENMU to discontinue using the Zia as the name and symbol of women’s athletic teams. The student body voted in early April, 446 to 221 (67-33 percent) to recommend the University discontinue the use of the symbol. The issue will go to President Gamble to offer a recommendation to the ENMU Board of Regents. The Alumni Association, Professional Senate and Student Senate also passed resolutions supporting Robert’s initiative. The resolutions are in support of a resolution by the National Congress of American Indians supporting the Zia Pueblo’s “reclamation of their cultural rights in the Zia Sun Symbol.” According to Robert, there are no legal restrictions barring ENMU from using the symbol, but it is an ethical issue in not exploiting a small New Mexico tribe of less than 700 people that does not have the resources to legally battle entities that use its symbol. “No one is pressuring Eastern to do this,” says Robert. “It is just the right thing to do and will make ENMU a moral leader in respecting and honoring the Zia Pueblo’s right to the Zia symbol.” There is also a financial consideration for Eastern because the University cannot trademark or license materials with the symbol. If Eastern discontinues using the Zia symbol, Eastern’s women’s teams will be called “Greyhounds” along with their mail counterparts. Reflecting on his time in New Mexico, the North Carolina native says, “I have cherished my time in the Land of Enchantment. Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Ruidoso, Roswell, Cimarron and Red River are places for which I have great affinity. I still need to visit Socorro, Alamogordo and Las Cruces.” Green & Silver | May 2015 5 Photo by Kait Roberts


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Learning Together By Dr. Mary Arth Daughrity Children and college students learn together at ENMU’s Child Development Center (CDC) when students from the Department of Health and Physical Education (HPE) work with children ages 3-5 on their motor skills. Approximately 20-25 HPE students work with the CDC children each semester in HPE 212L: Motor Behavior Lab. This partnership has been in place since 2008. “This is a highly autonomous environment that allows the children to explore a wide variety of movement experiences using developmentally appropriate toys,” says Dr. Sarah Wall, who teaches the motor skill intervention part of the lessons using a mastery motivational climate approach. The aim of the program is to provide experience with gross fundamental motor skills like catching, galloping and jumping. “Our research has shown that not only do we see significantly improved motor skills following the intervention, but also we see significantly higher physical activity levels while the children are on the playground with us,” states Dr. Wall. HPE graduate student Dillon Metzgar helps one of the CDC preschoolers to integrate cognitive and movement skills. “The children are able to develop their gross motor skills through targeted activities provided by the HPE students,” explains CDC Director Elaine Gard (MEd 04, BS 01). “Through facilitation and encouragement, the HPE students are able to motivate the children to move and use their bodies in ways that challenge their muscles and their brains. In addition, the children develop habits such a perseverance, adaptability, concentration, trust and control that are reinforced by the structured play opportunities provided. The CDC staff alone could not provide this level of targeted physical development without the partnership.” “Typically most of my students are quite nervous at the idea of working with small children, but by the end of the semester the college students write in their journal how sad they are that their playtime at the CDC is over and how much they will miss the children,” Dr. Wall says. “It is clear that the hands-on experience greatly enhances the college students’ learning of motor development concepts.” Photo by Scott Kendall Dr. Sarah Wall, students from the Department of Health and Physical Education and children at the Child Development Center stretch out for “P .E.”. 6 Green & Silver | May 2015 Photo by Scott Kendall


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Lonnie Leslie, District Governor of Rotary International By Noelle Bartl Lonnie Leslie (MEd 81, BBE 72) is wrapping up his year as Rotary District Governor for Rotary International District 5520 that is made up of 70 clubs in all of New Mexico and far West Texas. “During the past eight months, my wife and I have had the opportunity to visit seventy Rotary clubs. We have traveled 40,000 miles meeting the 2,600 Rotarians in our District, which is the largest in the continental United States,” explained Lonnie. Lonnie is a retired school district administrator and spent 33 years with Clovis Municipal Schools. Both he and his wife Ardeth (MEd 81, BBE 72) received bachelors’ and masters’ degrees from Eastern. He started his career as a high school drafting teacher and then served as a junior high assistant principal, junior high principal, assistant superintendent for business, and assistant superintendent for operations. Lonnie and Ardeth celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this December. Ardeth retired from Clovis Schools after 25 years of service. She taught junior high school English and communications skills for 16 years, and finished her career at Clovis High School teaching technology and video journalism. Lonnie serves his church as a Baptist Deacon and teaches Sunday School. He is the chairman of the Plains Regional Medical Center Board and the Local Growth Management Organization, an organization that works with the Department of Defense to plan for growth at Cannon Air Force Base and the surrounding communities. Lonnie is also Chairman of the Curry County DWI Task Force, a member of the Clovis Schools Foundation Board of Directors, and the City of Clovis Public Works Committee. Lonnie is the past president of the Clovis Rotary Club and has served as literacy chairman and assistant governor for District 5520. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve alongside so many people who strive to make our communities and our world a better place,” acknowledged Lonnie. Rotarians play a vital role of service in their communities and the world. Rotary’s role in the eradication of polio is a great example. In 1985, there were 400,000 cases of polio in the world. In 2014, only 359 cases were reported due to the efforts of 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide. Rotary’s goal is complete eradication by 2018. The Leslies have participated in Rotary Friendship Exchanges to Canada, England and Australia. Both Lonnie and Ardeth are Paul Harris Fellows. Lonnie was named Curry County Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year and was inducted into ENMU’s Ardeth and Lonnie Leslie Educator Hall of Honors. He has previously been named Rotarian of the Year and New Mexico School Administrator of the Year. “ENMU brings back many fond memories, primarily when I reflect on my professors,” recalls Lonnie. “I do not think it would be possible to have better mentors and instructors than Dr. Albert Bettina, Dr. Bill Rosin and Mr. Dave Goin. These men changed my life and helped me to grow as a person, a teacher and administrator.” Above: Taos Rotarian Yale Jones with Lonnie and Ardeth receiving chef hats and a banner from George Basch of the Himalayan Stove Project Left: Ardeth and Lonnie receiving first hot air balloon ride certificates from pilot Roger Hoppe Green & Silver | May 2015 7


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Giving Back to His Community Mark Wiggins (BBA 84) is a natural at running a thriving Albuquerque car business and finding ways to help New Mexico youth. After working as a district sales manager for the Pepsi Company in Roswell, New Mexico, Mark found his calling in auto sales. He transitioned to car sales with Gene Messer dealership in Lubbock, TX. Over the next few years, he broke sales records, which motivated him to experience other areas of dealership structure including finance and management. In 2005, Mark was promoted to COO and moved to Albuquerque to oversee four stores in New Mexico and Colorado. Then in 2008, he became partners with his two longtime associates in Mark’s Casa Auto Group selling Chevrolet, Jeep, Mitsubishi and Chrysler vehicles. Mark and his business partners own three dealerships in Albuquerque and have achieved much success and growth despite some difficult years in the auto industry. New Mexico children have been helped by Mark Wiggins and Mark’s Casa Autogroup with their ongoing program donating infant and toddler car seats to families in need and by assisting in the build of a playground for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico. Mark is a strong supporter of the Special Olympics. As a parent volunteer, he donated time, materials and labor to prepare land and build a horse arena for the New Mexico Special Olympics Equestrian program. He also volunteers for Christina Kent Early Childhood Center and helps with the organization’s annual auction. “I think getting involved in the community and giving back to the community that gives to you is extremely important,” explained Mark. “Taking care of the children and promoting the importance of education are issues the dealership supports wholeheartedly.” ENMU helped to launch his career success by providing Mark a quality education. Mark isn’t the only family member to attend ENMU. His brother Mike (BBA 87) and his son Miguel (BS 13) are also Eastern graduates. By Noelle Bartl Mark Wiggins “The marketing and finance instructors at Eastern took a genuine interest in me as a student and gave that personal one-on-one attention that helped me to succeed. For that, I am forever grateful.” The Kindred Touch units, IV antibiotic therapy, rehabilitation and outpatient services, outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation, pain management, and subacute unit care. Stephanie oversees the three transitional care hospitals in the Dallas, Texas region. Stephanie matriculated through ENMU’s internationally-recognized communication disorders program at the undergraduate and master’s levels; her emphasis at the master’s level was in speech pathology. She completed a medical internship at St. Johns Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma the last year of her master’s program. “I treated a patient who had a Passy-Muir speaking valve,” Stephanie says, which is a way for patients with artificial airwaves to communicate. Stephanie returned from the internship and undertook an independent study focusing on speech and swallowing disorders in tracheostomized and mechanically ventilated patients. Stephanie seamlessly transitioned from ENMU to Kindred Hospitals of Houston. By Robert Graham The position allowed Stephanie to put her independent study to practice. She specialized in long-term acute care where speech pathologists assists patients in the transition away from artificial breathing apparatuses. Stephanie celebrated her 12th anniversary with Kindred this January. She transitioned to her role as CEO in 2014. “My primary focus is and has always been on patient care,” Stephanie says. The kindred touch is one that Stephanie knows well. Stephanie is a third generation ENMU graduate. Her grandmother Mary Robinson (BS 85) and her mother Christy Vines (BBA 97) walked a few steps ahead of her. Stephanie’s husband, Louie Madrid (BSE 02), is also an ENMU graduate. Engaged in her community, Stephanie is the president of her neighborhood association and participates in alumnae activities through her sorority, Chi Omega. Stephanie and Louie are the proud parents of their four year-old daughter Julian. Stephanie Madrid Stephanie Madrid (MS 02, BA 00) is the Market Chief Executive Officer for Kindred Hospitals of Dallas. Kindred Healthcare is the United States’ largest and most robust post-acute and rehabilitation care provider. Kindred Healthcare has a presence in 47 states, employs roughly 60,000 individuals and cares for about the same number of patients on a daily basis. Some of Kindred Hospitals of Dallas’ key services include pulmonary and complex wound care, dialysis, ICU or special care 8 Green & Silver | May 2015


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ENMU Alumna Finds a New Way to Vacation By Robert Graham Photo by John Hanna, Earthwatch Chantel Reynolds (MA 96, BA 94) capitalizes on the frequent flyer miles in a different way than many other flyers. Chantel is the Senior Director for State and Policy Initiatives with the College Board. She works primarily with the College Board’s ACCUPLACER tests. ACCUPLACER tests are adaptive exams where students answer questions based on their skill level in untimed environments. More than 1,500 high schools, colleges and universities administer ACCUPLACER tests in the areas of writing, reading and math. Based in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, Chantel says that 70 to 80 percent of her job involves travel. She travels regularly to the College Board’s corporate headquarters in New York City and frequently travels to other major U.S. cities— Austin, Chicago and Los Angeles to name a few. Chantel says that her work occasionally takes her to international locales, such as Doha, Qatar and Toronto, Canada. “I was reading one of the airline magazines, and I saw a reference to volunteer vacations,” says Chantel. One of the organizations listed was Earthwatch Institute. Earthwatch Institute CEO Larry Mason says that “for more than 40 years, Earthwatch has been a pioneer in Citizen Science.” Mason says that the Earthwatch model pits citizens from all parts of the world alongside renowned scientists. Together, citizens and scientists conduct meaningful scientific investigation. ‘Citizen Science’ is an emerging trend that Chantel says expands the scope of what vacation can mean. Chantel assisted in an excavation at the South Shields Roman Fort in the United Kingdom, a fort not far from Hadrian’s Wall. Another project took Chantel to Chengdu, located in the Sichuan Province of China. The project involved analyzing the behavior of pandas at the Ya’an Bifengxia panda base. Chantel’s most recent expedition took place last May in Italy. The expedition involved preserving San Cerbone, an Etruscan cemetery along with the ancient walls of Poggio del Molino, a Roman villa. Both projects occurred in the Italian city of Populonia. Chantel still remembers traveling from Tennessee to New Mexico along Interstate 40 in the early 90s to attend ENMU. Now, she transits the domestic and international skyways, piloting and co-piloting conversations about student assessment and scientific advancement for the 21st century. Above: Chantel with a 2-year-old male panda bear Below: Chantel halibut fishing off the coast of Homer, Alaska Green & Silver | May 2015 9 Photo by Phil Reynolds Photo by Justin Jia, Earthwatch


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Stadium Campaign Moving Forward ENMU is pleased to announce that behind-the-scenes progress on the new stadium has made great strides since our last update in February. The executive architects are SMPC Architects and the associate architects are McClain+Yu Architecture & Design. Both firms are from Albuquerque. The architects are working closely with the stadium planning committee in finalizing the official stadium plans. ENMU has selected Bradbury Stamm Construction to build the new stadium. Their team is reviewing the architectural drawings and preparing cost estimates and timelines. If you have been on campus lately, you’ve seen stakes marking the location for the new stadium just southwest of Greyhound Arena. The land has been evaluated to determine the necessary construction specifications. This will be a stadium we will all be proud of and that ENMU athletes and students will make use of for generations. But before the celebration begins, we still have work to do. “Don’t let all this progress fool you into thinking we’ve reached our fundraising goal,” warns Steve Doerr (BS 77), president of the ENMU Foundation. “We’ve received tremendous support from our donors in raising $12 million toward the new stadium project. As the ENMU Foundation spearheads the efforts to raise the remaining $3 million to complete the stadium, we know we can count on friends and alumni to finish the job,” Steve says. “The $3 million will ‘take us across the goal line’ on the campaign by assisting with funding critical components to a first class stadium that includes new walkways to the stadium, signage, lighting, park benches and other features found at the best stadiums in the country.” The new stadium will take ENMU sports to the next level and enhance the “Eastern Experience” for all students, fans and visitors to Portales and the region. But we’ll need the help of alumni and friends to bring the Stadium “home”. Please go online to or call 888.291.5524 to find out more about giving opportunities. Visit to place your name in perpetuity at the new stadium. You can purchase a brick for you or a loved one. The bricks will be placed near the entrance of the new stadium. The ceremonial ground breaking is scheduled for June 6. It will be an exciting year ahead as the campus and the Portales community watch as the stadium is erected. The grand opening is anticipated for the kickoff of the fall 2016 football season. Watch for updated architectural renderings in our August issue. Donate online at Order bricks at 10 Green & Silver | May 2015 Photo by Kait Roberts


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Scholarships for Students USBank presented ENMU a $10,000 check designated to Starter Scholarships for New Mexico high school graduates attending ENMU. Starter Scholarships are awarded for the first semester of the freshmen year before the Lottery Scholarship funding begins. USBank’s parternship in Starter Scholarships will help kickstart a college education for New Mexico students. Pictured from left to right: Lisa Dunagan (USBank), Stephen Doerr (ENMU Foundation president), Dr. Steven Gamble (ENMU president), Patsy Jimenez (USBank), Jeanne Vigil (USBank), Jim Sours (USBank) and Craig Buchanan (USBank). Photo by Kait Roberts A Gift in Memory of the Ones You Love Memorial Gifts There are many ways for you to make a gift in remembrance of someone special that will have meaningful significance for years to come. Make a Deductible Gift and Receive Life Income A Memorial Gift of Cash or Property You may wish to make a memorial gift while providing current life income for yourself. If you are looking for ways to increase your income you might consider these options for memorial gifts: Gift Annuity With a memorial gift annuity, you make a gift of your cash or appreciated property in honor of someone and the ENMU Foundation promises to pay you fixed income for life (with rates based on your age). You receive a charitable deduction for the value of your gift. What's left after you pass away goes to ENMU as a gift in memory of your loved one. Unitrust If your memorial gift is made to fund a charitable remainder trust, you can receive income monthly, quarterly or annually. You benefit from a charitable deduction for your gift this year and avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale of your appreciated assets. The remainder passes to ENMU as a gift in memory of your loved one. Make a Bequest You may consider making a memorial gift in the future. By directing that a gift be made in someone's honor in your will or living trust, you can continue their legacy. A gift of cash is one of the simplest ways to remember your loved one or a friend. You receive a tax deduction for the value of your gift to the ENMU Foundation. When you make your gift, please designate the person you wish to remember and the best way that we can honor them. If you are making a memorial gift of appreciated stock or real estate, your deduction may depend on the type of property gifted. Please call the ENMU Foundation to discuss the treatment of your gift and the best way to transfer your property to ENMU, or visit for more information about gifts of property. Your bequest may be made in the following ways: make a gift of any cash amount; give a specific asset from your estate; make a gift of a percentage of your estate; give from the residuum of your estate. Any of these methods are ways in which you can honor someone and create a lasting memory. Toll Free: 888.291.5524 Green & Silver | May 2015 11 Photo by Dustin Seifert Friends of Music Scholarship Winners for 2015-2016 academic year L-R: Xitong Zhang (piano), Anthony Aguayo (clarinet), Roberto Garza (voice), Alexander Olivas (saxophone), Hannah Weeks (voice), Jeremy Small (voice), Sara Maynerich (flute), Rafael Marin (tuba), Christopher Gonzales (bass trombone)


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The Only Official AIGA Student Group in New Mexico By David Deal and Brad Hamann In 2014, AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) celebrated its 100th anniversary. Organized in 1914, AIGA currently has more than 25,000 members in 70 chapters and more than 200 student groups nationwide. One of those student groups is AIGA/ENMU. In fact, the ENMU Department of Art hosts the only official AIGA student group in New Mexico. In order to be an official Student Group you need to maintain a membership of at least 10 students. Sometimes it’s difficult for enough students to consistently afford the membership to keep the group official. To help alleviate this problem, two assistant art professors, David Deal and Department of Chair Brad Hamann established a scholarship to help cover student memberships. David says “We feel that it’s important for our graphic design students to have a connection through membership with the AIGA national group and the state chapter. This membership affords them access to AIGA’s hosted portfolio site, job and internship listings, design conferences and competitions, professional development opportunities, and the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design.” On campus, the AIGA/ ENMU Student Group has volunteered with the Portales Arts Council, a local art organization, sponsored trips to Lubbock for the First Friday Art Trail and an annual trip to Dallas to visit graphic design studios, advertising agencies and corporate in-house design departments to meet and network with design industry professionals. After the first Dallas trip, design student Hannah Spearman commented, “Overall, the trip to Dallas Students and Assistant Professor Brad Hamann listen to graphic designers from Fossil Watch discuss different aspects of package design. made all that I have been studying more tangible taught me a lot about teamwork and real and real. It allowed us all to see what the world problem solving. It definitely helped graphic design world has to offer outside to instill a sense of confidence in myself that the college classroom. I feel as though we wasn’t there before.” all came back to Portales inspired and filled Alessandra recently moved to New York with a new level of determination!” City and got her graphic design career off Alessandra Hoskins (BFA 14), past to a start with her first design job. Now president of AIGA/ENMU said “AIGA kept that’s what we call “Student Success.” me actively engaged in graphic design and USDA County Executive, Terry Cater Terry Cater (MA 02, BS 00) is the county executive director at the Lea County United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency in Lovington, New Mexico. Terry grew up in Elida, New Mexico. He attended Eastern because it was “small enough that it didn’t cause too much of a shock coming from a rural school. “Money was also a driving factor because I got the best scholarships to attend ENMU. I had many opportunities that I would not have had at a larger university. “My education at ENMU polished my 12 Green & Silver | May 2015 By Desiree Cooper communication skills and taught me how to critically analyze information,” Terry continued. “Those two skills have been invaluable in my current career. My knowledge and skills truly are put to use every day as a civil servant, navigating bureaucratic red tape, convoluted policy and congressional mandates.” As the current state president and legislative chair of the southwest area for his employee association, Terry does his “best to have a positive influence in the lives of others and take advantage of opportunities to advance my career.”


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Alumnae Direct Special Education Services in Clovis They took parallel paths beginning at ENMU to their current positions in the Clovis school district. Carlyn Hancock (MEd 05, BUS 91) is the executive director of Student Support Services for Clovis Municipal Schools. Her colleague, Becky Johnson (MEd 04, BSE 96), is the director. After graduating from ENMU, Becky and Carlyn took positions in public education, working together several years teaching special education at Marshall Junior High School and then as special education liaisons. Carlyn and Becky recall with fond memories their experiences at ENMU and their favorite professors. They praised the faculty as mentors and sources of inspirations. “Eastern prepared us not only with book knowledge, but also how to put those lessons into practice,” Carlyn says. “Because of the preparation we had at ENMU, we have been able to meet the needs and challenges of a large district.” As the chief administrators of Student Support Services, they are responsible for the overall special education in the district, including supervising 90 staff, overseeing the gifted program, supporting special education teachers in all the schools in the district, and overseeing diagnostic and testing services. They share a common philosophy that is rooted in their ENMU experience. “We treat the child, not the disability,” explains Becky. “The disability does not define the child,” adds Carlyn. By Dr. Janet Roehl Carlyn Hancock Becky Johnson In their positions, they often work with current ENMU students in the alternative licensure program and recent graduates. “We still feel a connection with Eastern, and when we see ENMU students we know the preparation they have had. We have that trust in the faculty who prepared them,” Becky comments. “I spend time helping students transition to postsecondary education and am comfortable recommending they consider Eastern,” Carlyn explains. “Eastern is a great university with small classes and caring faculty offering personalized instruction. The cost is reasonable and the environment welcoming. I never hesitate to recommend Eastern. Even my own children attended ENMU.” The Problem with Giving Your Retirement to Family What will you do with your unspent Retirement savings? If you are like most people, you will designate family members as beneficiaries of your retirement accounts. The problem with doing this is that most of your savings will never go to your loved ones. Contact us to learn more about how you can help support ENMU students with your unspent retirement savings. Toll-Free: 888.291.5524 ENMU Station 8, 1500 S Ave K Portales, NM 88130 While most people would like to care for family members after they are gone, the problem with giving your unspent retirement savings to your family (other than your surviving spouse) is that the majority of your savings will be taxed. A better solution is to give your family stock and real estate. These assets may be received and sold by your family without paying any tax. To save on estate tax, your retirement assets actually make a better gift to charity. This is because a charitable organization like ours can receive the entire asset tax-free and make use of it to further our mission. Bequest of Retirement Assets Perhaps the easiest way to make a gift of your retirement assets through your estate is with a bequest. It is easy to designate us as a beneficiary. Contact your custodian to complete your beneficiary designation. Retirement Assets for Life Income You can make a gift to our organization after your passing and care for your loved ones by creating a testamentary charitable remainder unitrust funded with your retirement assets. Green & Silver | May 2015 13


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ENMU Athletics News Greyhounds Claim Academic Excellence Award Lone Star Conference Interim Commissioner Jay Poerner announced in December that the Eastern New Mexico Athletics men’s teams earned the inaugural Lone Star Conference Academic Excellence Award presented by Balfour. The Hounds claimed the men’s award, while Texas Woman’s University was the women’s honoree for the athletic departments with the highest collective team GPA among its sports teams for the 2013-14 academic year. The Greyhounds and Pioneers each received $2,500 along with a custom trophy. “This award was established to highlight the league’s pursuit of academic excellence while recognizing outstanding academic achievement of LSC studentathletes, individual sport programs and athletic departments,” says LSC Interim Commissioner Jay Poerner. “We are appreciative of Balfour for their support of this award.” ENMU posted the top team GPA in two sports­ —football and men’s soccer— including two individuals with 4.0 GPAs. They also came in second in baseball. The Zias took fourth place in the women’s standings. The award winners were determined by a point system, with points distributed according to finish by sport in which there 14 Green & Silver | May 2015 is a NCAA Division II Championship after a conference-wide comparison of team GPAs. The member institution with the highest team GPA in each sport was named the sport’s Academic Champion and earned five points toward the overall award. Each sport’s runner-up picked up four points, and third-place earned three points toward the overall award. Any program with a Team GPA of 2.00 or above earned one point. Points for each member institution were totaled by gender and then divided by that institution’s number of counter programs in that gender to arrive at the comparison value. “Congratulations to our Greyhound coaching staff and student-athletes on this great achievement. We strive to make sure our student-athletes do things in that order: student first and athlete second. We are proud they are excelling both in the classroom and in competition,” says ENMU Senior Woman Administrator Sara Hill. includes five LSC victories. During the 2014-15 campaign, Eastern has continually shown resiliency, including a rally from 22-points down for a road win at Angelo State and the first season sweep of the Rambelles since 1996-97. During the season, senior forward Tori Tucker also earned LSC Offensive Player of the Week twice. The Greyhounds got off to a quick start and reached the century mark twice for the first time since the 2011-12 season. They also showed a knack for winning close games, as displayed by winning six of their first seven games by eight points or less. Eastern showed its toughness just weeks after a 16-point home loss to regionally-ranked Texas-Permian Basin by defeating the Falcons on their home floor. While both teams were defeated in the first round of the tournament, their studentathletes garnered all-conference team awards as well as all-conference academic team awards. For the Zias, senior forward Tori Tucker and junior guard Sarah Stinnett both earned Second Team All-LSC, while junior guard Jordyn Cooper was chosen to the LSC All-Academic Team. Greyhound junior guard, John Gilliam, was named to the All-Lone Star Conference team as an honorable mention. Greyhound and Zia Basketball Both Compete In Lone Star Conference Tournament Both the Greyhound and Zia basketball teams reached the Lone Star Conference tournament, with the men’s team qualifying for the fifth straight season and the women returning after a one-year hiatus. The Zias are greatly improved from last season’s squad and have nine wins, which Diamond Zias Off to Strong Start At the start of the second season under the reign of Zia Softball Head Coach


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Page 14 L-R: Dr. Jeff Geiser, ENMU Director of Athletics, presents the Balfour Academic Excellence award to David Gomez, Josh Lynn, and Zak Barela the coaches of the top three men’s academic teams.; Greyhound Baseball prepares to take the field. Page 15 L-R: Senior forward, Tori Tucker takes the ball down the court against the Lady Buffs; Junior Guard, John Gilliam goes up for a shot against UT-Permian Basin.; The Hounds won the season opening series against Adams State for the third straight season; Zia Softball prepares for another win. Photos by Sports Fanatic Photography By Sara Hill and Adam Pitterman Kristen Soukup, the ENMU softball team stood well over .500 for the first time since the 2008 season, which includes a victory over Heartland Conference powerhouse, St. Edwards. At the forefront of Eastern’s strong start is freshman pitcher Aja Secheslingloff. She posted a win over University of Texas of the Permian Basin, to become the first ENMU pitcher to win her first five decisions of the season. Amanda Martinez has also continued her success from last season and currently is fourth on the Zia career list in stolen bases. coach of the Greyhound soccer program. Coach Tate joins the ENMU Athletics family after serving as the men’s soccer coach at McMurry University in nearby Abilene, Texas, for the last six seasons. Coach Tate becomes the fifth head coach in the history of the Greyhound soccer program and inherits a program that has produced five winning season in the last six years. In the 2011 season, Eastern captured the Lone Star Conference championship. “Paul Tate is a good fit for Eastern,” says Dr. Geiser. “He has passion for the game of soccer and this manifests itself in his coaching. We look forward to working with him and welcome him to the ENMU ‘Family.’” In Coach Tate, the Hounds have acquired a coach who has experience in guiding a program to a high level of postseason success. In 2012, he guided the War Hawks to 11 victories, the NCCAA Central Region title and a berth in the National Championship tournament. While at McMurry, Coach Tate oversaw the day-to-day operations of the program, which included recruitment of athletes, team management, fundraising and field maintenance. Over those six seasons, he had numerous players selected for individual accolades at the conference and national level, with some players earning professional contracts to play overseas. The pinnacle of his playing career came in 2004, when he was a goalkeeper for the Austin Posse of the Independent A League. From 2004 to 2005, he played semi-pro with the El Paso Patriots and Laredo Heat. Coach Tate’s collegiate career took him from University of the Ozarks to Incarnate Word and McMurry University. Kash for Karen a Strong Success Greyhound Baseball Looking Strong Early On The Greyhound baseball team started the season strong, with a series win over Adams State and has seen the emergence of senior pitcher Cody Pope as an ace in the rotation. The right-hander has posted a 2.33 earned run average and won two of his first three starts with a 24-5 strike outs to walks ratio. Matthew Burks is also expected to be an impact player again. An outfielder last season, Matthew has been moved to the infield and selected as the Lone Star Conference Player of the Year. When ENMU Athletics Administrative Assistant Karen Doherty contracted West Nile Virus last fall, the Department of Athletics started the Kash for Karen campaign to help with expenses. Donations were accepted, while many stepped up to pledge money based on the total points scored by the Greyhound and Zia basketball teams. The teams both reached the conference tournament and combined to score 3,655 points. The response to the call for assistance was incredible, as $8,000 was raised to assist with medical bills. ENMU Athletics would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who lent a hand. Karen is continuing her recovery and has returned to her position as administrative assistant. Paul Tate Tabbed as Greyhound Soccer Coach Early in February, ENMU Athletic Director Dr. Jeff Geiser has announced the appointment of Paul Tate as the new head Visit the official ENMU Athletics website at Green & Silver | May 2015 15



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