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Green&Silver MAGAZINE EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY AUGUST 2015 Song Heard Around the World Page 4-5 ENMU Success Stories Pages 6-15 Athletics News Pages 16-17 Pages 20-23 Photo by Marla Brose Alumni and Friends Updates


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Green&Silver MAGAZINE Features 04 Cover Story: Seek Ye First 06 Keith Ingram’s Competitive Edge 07 In the Big Leagues 08 Triangle Offense 08 1 Great Idea + 20 Years 09 ENMU Pianist Plays at Carnegie Hall 10 Digging into the Past 10 HSI-STEM Students Earning Internships 11 Homecoming 2015 12 New Stadium Groundbreaking 14 We are the Champions 16 Athletics News 19 Discontinuation of Zia Symbol 20 Alumni and Friends Updates Green & Silver Magazine August 2015 Managing Editor Noelle Bartl Editor/Graphic Designer Amy Archuleta Writers and Contributors New address, questions, comments or story ideas? Contact us at 888.291.5524 or Photo by Jeremy Gardels Lori Brunsen, Dr. Mary Daughrity, Dr. Kathy Gore, Robert Graham, Sara Hill, Shelby Kirkes, David Norton, Adam Pitterman, Ariana Ramos, Dr. Janet Roehl, Melissa Sena


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From the President Dear ENMU Family, Summer is always a busy time at Eastern as we prepare for the 2015 fall semester. While we are fixing the things that are broken and painting the things that are not, we take time to reflect on the past school year. These are just a few recent accomplishments we take pride in: • As of April, we are now all Greyhounds! After overwhelmingly positive votes by the Alumni Association Board and the student body, the Board of Regents approved women’s athletic teams’ renaming to Greyhounds. • In May, we graduated over 600 students, enabling Eastern to add over 1,000 new alumni for the year. • In May, we rededicated the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building (JWLA)—the largest classroom facility on campus—after a $13,000,000 renovation. Classes started meeting in JWLA in January, but the official reopening gave us a chance to celebrate the legacy of this building and the distinguished professor, author and alumnus for whom it is named. • In June, The New Mexico Broadcasters Hall of Fame inducted Duane Ryan, general manager of our PBS Station KENW for 41 years. • In June, the University broke ground on the new multipurpose stadium located on campus. The first football game will be in 2016. • Over the past three years, 10 of ENMU’s graduates (of the 21 who applied) were accepted to medical school, as reported by the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). As good as the 2014-15 year was, we expect the 2015-16 year to be better. On Aug. 18, the fall semester begins. Our excellent faculty and staff will be ready to provide the class of 2019 with an outstanding educational experience. It should be a good year. Sincerely, Steven Gamble ENMU President P.S. Homecoming weekend is Oct. 2 and 3. I hope you will be here. Green & Silver | August 2015 3


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Song Heard Around the World By Dan Herrera, Editorial Page Editor Albuquerque Journal “Seek Ye First” compares in its universality with “Amazing Grace.” Where a slave trader converted to abolitionist wrote “Amazing Grace” about wretchedness in need of redemption, “Seek Ye First” is a song of faith and hope. Like the story behind “Amazing Grace,” Karen says she wrote “Seek Ye First” during a period of worry and self-doubt. “I’m the author of the melody,” Karen says. “Of course, Jesus said the words.” Karen Lafferty’s promotional photo for record label Maranatha! Music Photo courtesy of Karen Lafferty The song is called “Seek Ye First” and the lyrics come directly from the Bible. Matthew 6:33, to be precise — part of the Sermon on the Mount. Authorized copies of the sheet music will tell you the composer is Karen Lafferty (BME 70). What they don’t tell you is that she is from Alamogordo, was educated at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales and, for the past 16 years, has been a resident of Santa Fe — after spending almost two decades abroad as a Christian missionary, or “musicianary,” as she calls it. Over the years Karen says, she has ministered and performed in more than 70 countries. Her travels have led her to sing “Seek Ye First” in places as diverse as a secret house church in China and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Through the years, this simple praise song has become a worldwide phenomenon, sung in many languages by dozens of Christian denominations from Presbyterian to Quaker to Coptic to Baptist to Catholic. With its seven alleluias in a descant, it is sung at many Easter services. Karen says she has heard others sing her song in just about every European tongue as well as languages of Asia, Africa and the Americas. After earning her degree in music education at Eastern in 1970, Karen started a career as a singer. In case she didn’t make it in the music biz, she would become a music teacher. Her repertoire included the sounds of artists like Joni Mitchell, and she was finding regular work in Dallas and New Orleans. “I was singing in bars and making pretty good money,” she said. Then, a friend introduced her to Calvary Chapel’s personal style of Christianity and she moved to southern California. She began attending services in Costa Mesa, Calif., and, shortly after, decided to quit singing in bars and focus on a Christian music ministry, but there was little to no money in hippie ministry. Car payments, the rent and basics became an issue. “I went to church one night. I was just so frustrated and said, ‘God, I need some answers.’ And they were teaching out of Matthew 6 ... . And then it says, ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these shall be added unto you.’ “It kind of burned in my heart and I said, ‘OK, God, that means my rent and my car payment.’ I went home, and I had my joy back and my faith back. I picked up my guitar when I got home and actually wrote the melody then on my guitar.” She presented the song during Calvary’s Monday Youth Night and the crowd quickly picked it up. Karen became part of Maranatha! Music’s stable of musicians and singers, and when the label put together its first record, “The Praise Album” by the Maranatha! Singers, “Seek Ye First” was one of the tracks. Maranatha! published “Seek Ye First” in 1972 and released “The Praise Album” in 1974, sharing royalties with Karen for her song 50/50. Karen says the royalties from “Seek Ye First” are largely what has made her life as a missionary possible, usually contributing at least half of her income. Dozens of adaptations of the song can be found on YouTube. Try an orchestral arrangement by Jean-Francois Paillard’s Kanon Orchestre de Chambre that moves between “Seek Ye First” and Patchelbel’s “Canon in D.” Or one by a gospel choir mixing the song with Andrae Crouch’s “Jesus Is the Answer.” Or a heavy metal take by the British band Fire Fly. Or lively Eurojazz interpretations by Dieter Falk and Sons or the Jan Willem van Delft Trio. 4 Green & Silver | August 2015


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Once the song was on a record, people outside southern California could hear it and its popularity spread nationwide and then beyond. On a tour of Europe in 1979, Karen recalls seeing several nuns in habits watching her concert in Belgium. During the concert, someone slipped her a note saying the sisters had a gift for her. Their gift was singing the song for her in French. “Catholics are the ones who probably have taken this song around the world more than anybody,” Karen says. Karen says she wound up learning the song in several European languages, which helped in her mission work. About that time, Karen moved to Amsterdam where she founded Musicians For Missions International in 1981. “Seek Ye First” isn’t her only song. Karen has released eight albums over the years. Her songs often tell of the people she has ministered to and the places her mission has taken her. Her style ranges from soft jazz to country to world music. The “New Mexico Song” was released in 1978 as a 45-rpm record and received some airplay on mainstream country radio stations. It speaks about coming from New Mexico, the diversity of its people, how she misses it when she’s away, and how God placed beauty in its lands and sky. “It’s a place I can come home to, a place I’d rather not leave, a place I feel I belong to, and a place that belongs to me ... .” She came back to New Mexico in 1996 to care for her ailing mother and incorporated Youth With a Mission Santa Fe, which became the new home for Musicians For Missions. After her mother died, she decided to stay put. Yet the bulk of her ministry remains in faraway lands. Earlier this year, for instance, she toured Israel with an early ’70s folk music group called Children of the Day. “I was able to play ‘Seek Ye First’ on the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus actually said the words,” Karen said. “It was an awesome experience.” And, in May, she performed in California with Christian bluegrass guitarist Dennis Agajanian. “I get more invitations from other places than I do in New Mexico. I don’t know what that’s about other than it says a prophet is not without honor except in his own country,” she says with a chuckle. But Musicians for Missions is firmly rooted in Santa Fe now, and she says she finds plenty to do here. This year, her record label released a CD of Christian music in the Towa language by a Jemez Pueblo group called the Waa-Haa-MeeNee Singers. And this summer, Musicians for Missions hosted two six-week Santa Fe Summer of Music Workshops, offering collegelevel training for people interested in music ministry. But she says what may be her “last big vision” is a project she is working on to establish a Sangre de Cristo Arts and Culture Center in Santa Fe, where visitors can experience the musical and visual works of area artist in a Christian atmosphere. Karen says she believes that “where God guides, God provides,” and it would appear that, in her case, he did it for a song. For more information about Karen Lafferty, her CDs and her projects, go to Photo by Rebecca Adcock Green & Silver | August 2015 5


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Keith Ingram’s Competitive Edge Keith Ingram (BSE 90) suffered a heart attack on Aug. 29, 2004 in Palo Duro Canyon, near Canyon, Texas, during a bicycle race; friends took him to Northwest Heart Hospital. “It wasn’t like the movies – I had no chest pain or shortness of breath, but my left arm did go numb,” Keith explained. Less than two weeks after successful triplebypass surgery, Keith returned to Palo Duro Canyon to complete the bicycle race. The cardio surgeon encouraged Keith to ‘keep it up’, stating that many heart procedure patients’ physical activity sharply declines after heart procedures. “My lifetime of exercise saved my life,” Keith says. Keith’s exercise routine began in the 1960s with flat track motorcycle racing. He transitioned to automobile racing in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, racing Corvettes and Porsches. Keith competed in the New York Marathon in 1983. He added bicycle racing to the fitness plan in the early ‘90s. After years of racing, Keith brought his competitive edge to ENMU as a nontraditional student in the education department. He began each semester with one plan—to win. Each semester he did just that, until reaching the finish line, earning his degree and teaching licensure in 1990. He taught at Clovis’ Marshall Middle School, as well as Clovis High School Freshman 6 Green & Silver | August 2015 Photo Courtesy of Hallett Motor Staff By Robert Graham Academy and Clovis High School. Keith covered the educational spectrum, teaching the arts and sciences. “I had been wanting to teach for some time. When the opportunity arose, I took it,” Keith says. An opportunity arose when Keith sold the family business, Ingram Oils, to Phillips 66 in 1990. “We sold to Phillips 66 after a year of 57 percent growth in our revenues,” says Keith. Keith’s father opened Ingram Oils in 1958 and a Chrysler dealership that same year. Keith remembers his father delivering a 1957 white Chrysler Imperial to music producer Norman Petty at his studios. “That same evening,”recalls Keith, “I got to stick around and watch Buddy Holly record “Peggy Sue” in the studio.” Keith rides the BMW GSA now, and the BMW Rider’s Convention asked him to speak at their annual gathering in Harrison, Arkansas this October. Nothing can slow down Keith Ingram. Keith at Hallett Motor Speedway, near Tulsa, OK, earlier Although the Honda Gold Wing was not designed for adventure riding, Keith took it through Utah’s Moki this year. He put 200 miles on the BMW GTL that day. Dugway anyway in 2012. Top of page: Keith goes through the Monticello Box on a BMW GSA on a mapping trek through New Mexico. Photo by Roger Pattison


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In the Big Leagues Two Greyhounds Drafted to MLB Major League Baseball (MLB) drafted ENMU baseball pitchers Clyde Kendrick (Attended 14-15) and Cody Pope (BS 15) on the final day of the league’s First-Year Player Draft. The pair are the first players drafted from Eastern since 2011. Overall, the Greyhounds now have had seven players drafted by the MLB in the program’s history. Other drafted Greyhounds include Kevin Thompson (BS 11), 48th round, 13th pick to the LA Dodgers in 2011; Ian ThurmanKelly (BS 05), 43rd round, 3rd pick by the NY Mets in 2004; Brian Cronk (MS 04, BS 00), 45th round, 11th pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1998; Ryan Price (Attended 97), drafted 38th Round, 18th pick by the Colorado Rockies in 1997; and John Arnold (Attended 93-96), 20th Round, 27th pick by the Atlanta Braves in 1996. The Texas Rangers selected Clyde Kendrick in the 27th round (798 overall). The Vicksburg, Missouri native compiled a 4.47 ERA striking out 66 batters while limiting them to a .192 batting average. The left-handed pitcher had one of his best games of the season against nationally-ranked Angelo State University, striking out 10 batters. By David Norton Anaheim’s Los Angeles Angels drafted Cody Pope during the 29th round. The Kingman, Arizona native led the Greyhounds in innings pitched. A member of the Lone Star Conference AllAcademic team, he registered multiple double digit strikeout games and was also the only pitcher from the Greyhounds to be named to the LSC All-Conference team. For head coach David Gomez, the players become the first two drafted under his tenure. “We are really excited for these two kids. When you come to Eastern, we want kids to know they are coming here to be a student first and get a degree, but you also want them to get an opportunity to play pro ball,” said Coach Gomez. “With Clyde and Cody going in the draft, this shows that there can be a light at the end of the tunnel if you are willing to put in the work.” Coach Gomez continued, “It was an honor coaching those guys. We had a sub-par season and to finish off the year with two guys getting drafted is a good thing. Ending on a positive note will obviously help our team in the future.” Cody Pope Clyde Kendrick Green & Silver | August 2015 7


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Triangle Offense By Robert Graham Texico produced two sharpshooters for ENMU Women’s Greyhound basketball: Jaylyn and Jordyn Cooper. Along with their cousin, Desiree, the Cooper twins run the triangle offense of college to perfection. Desiree was one of two students to represent ENMU at the 2015 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). She is the assistant editor for the University’s weekly publication the Monday Memo. Her weekly column the “Coop Scoop” explores popular culture topics. She also co-coordinates the University’s social media platform, serves as president of ENMU’s chapter of the American Association of University Women, and is a L-R: Jaylyn, Desiree and Jordyn Cooper pose outside the Administration building. member of the Chi Omega Theta Zeta women’s fraternity where she has held four executive board positions, including The Cooper trio will form the third generation of ENMU graduates president. Desiree earned the Department of Communication for the family. Their paternal grandmother Billie Cooper (MED Outstanding Public Relations Student of the Year two years in a row. 82, BA 81), the twins’ mother Diane Cooper (BSE 87), sister Kelly Fontanilla (BSE 02) and Desiree’s father Britt Cooper Like their cousin, the Cooper twins are leaders. The University recognized Jaylyn this past season as Women’s Basketball Academic (BSE 86) preceded Jordyn, Jaylyn and Desiree. “Our grandmother lives in Portales, and we get to spend a lot of time with her,” says the Player of the Year. Asked about leadership, Jordyn commented, Cooper trio. The twins’ mother died in 2000 from breast cancer; “the best leaders are those who simply let their actions lead the Desiree’s father serves as the head coach for Roswell High School’s way of their leadership.” The Cooper twins helped out with the varsity men’s basketball team. U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Food Assistance Program food distribution to needy families. Community service is Others have perfected the triangle offense on the basketball court, important to all three of the cousins. but the Cooper trio has perfected it both on and off the court. Photo by Robert Graham 1 Great Idea + 20 Years = 1,000 Students By Dr. Mary Daughrity More than 1,000 students and their families have participated in the Family Math and Science Nights at James Elementary School since 1995. ENMU’s Elementary Methods students plan and create hands-on, mindson, learning stations for the evening. Family Math and Science Night promotes families learning math and science together with household materials. Instructional stations incorporate critical thinking skills with age-appropriate math and science concepts from the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. “Our 20-year efforts have seeded the state of New Mexico with educators who sponsor their own Family Math and Science Nights,” says College of Education and Technology faculty Dr. Jerry Everhart. Dr. Everhart and colleague Dr. Mary Arth 8 Green & Silver | August 2015 Daughrity supervised a dozen Elementary Methods students who managed the math and science activity stations for first and second grade students this spring. The students and their families explored four New Mexico-themed learning stations: (1) created chemistry models related to the Capulin volcano; (2) mapped spatial relationships in a replica of the Carlsbad Caverns; (3) used archeology skills with the Mystery Dig related to the Blackwater Draw near Portales; (4) predicted and created hot air balloon flights like Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta. Current Elementary Methods student Chelsea Wain explains, “Working with future educators and getting students excited about math, science, and learning was so much fun. The night takes a lot of time and effort to plan, but the end result of seeing the students engaged in learning outside of school was so rewarding.” ENMU’s Education Club, VOICES, assisted Elementary Methods students during Family Night by registering students and families and awarding door prizes. Volunteering at Family Night serves as informal and formal training ENMU’s future students Elementary Methods student Heather Petty says, “Math and Science Night was a great experience and a joy to be a part of. Interacting with the students and their parents at the same time was new for me as a future educator. This is something I will value and remember throughout my career.” Judging from participants’ response, they will as well.


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ENMU Pianist Plays at Carnegie Hall Before leaving ENMU to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, Jiaqi “Helen” Gan (BM 15) and her classmates staged a first-of-its-kind collaborative performance, with Helen collaborating with a dizzying series of instrumental and vocal ensembles. “This type of recital would normally only be a graduate experience,” said Instructor Kayla Paulk, who is also a collaborative pianist. “Helen said from day one, ‘I want to be a collaborative pianist.’ She made herself these opportunities.” “This is the first time I’ve ever had a student in 20 years of teaching who has gone on to the collaborative piano master’s program,” Paulk added, saying that Helen led the way with planning the unique collaborative performance. “For Helen to exert leadership skills and for her peers to still call her a friend shows she is By Alisa Boswell Portales News-Tribune good-natured and collegial. She knows what she wants, but she also knows how to motivate people.” Helen recalls that upon seeing her talent and love for music, her father Qingxin Gan asked her when she was 7-years-old if she wanted to learn to play the piano. When she said yes, he took the television he had just bought back to the store and brought home a piano instead. Qingxin and Zhili Gan believed their daughter could do great things. According to Helen, that is support she still receives from her parents in Sichuan Province, China. “They have high expectations, trust me, and have always supported me in pursuing my dream.” Helen’s parents are not the only ones who believe so passionately in Helen. An anonymous donor gave the University $2,300 for Helen to participate in a music-student trip to New York City where she performed at Carnegie Hall. “It was a special experience, and I just sincerely want to thank the person who gave me this opportunity. Not only as a student but also as a musician, to get an opportunity to perform in Carnegie Hall, a place that everybody wants to perform in, is just incredible.” Helen said the friendships she has made at ENMU and her faculty mentors are what she will miss most when she leaves Portales. “I owe so much thanks to all of the ENMU faculty for their overwhelming support, especially Dr. and Mrs. (Jason and Kayla) Paulk and Dr. (Jean) Wozencraft-Ornellas.” Helen said after her master’s degree, she plans to pursue a doctorate in music and then teach and perform for a living in the U.S. if an opportunity presents itself. Photos by Donnie O’Hare Green & Silver | August 2015 9


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Digging into the Past Ethan Ortega (BS 13) is a Historic Ranger at the Coronado Historic Site outside of Bernalillo, New Mexico. The Coronado Historic Site contains the ancestral Tiwa pueblo of Kuaua, which was built in the early A.D. 1300s and occupied until the mid-1700s. Excavations in the 1900s revealed hundreds of artifacts in this large adobe pueblo and a square kiva (ceremonial structure) with many layers of beautiful murals on the walls—a very rare find that gives us hints into the daily lives of the prehistoric Tiwa. In his position as Historic Ranger, Ethan performs a wide variety of daily tasks in three main areas: site preservation, education, and research. For site preservation, Ethan notes that he continually monitors the condition of the site and helps apply plaster to the old pueblo walls to protect them from damage due to weathering. Education is Ethan’s favorite part of the job. With tourists coming to the site each week, including many from outside the United States, Ethan enjoys “sharing the history of our State with our visitors.” Finally, during the winter months when other work at the site is slow, Ethan conducts research on By Dr. Kathy Gore During the past year, Ethan also organized Deborah Ellis, one of about 12 volunteers, assisting Ethan with his research program. a Junior Archaeology program at the site, both inside and outside the classroom. allowing local students to participate in a In particular, he has used his knowledge mock excavation set up adjacent to the of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) site. The program brings together various to produce site maps and the WordPress aspects of New Mexico’s Common Core as part of the students’ experience, so they blogging tool to create a separate website for the Kuaua pueblo ( His can learn while they have fun. Through time as president of Mu Alpha Nu, the their excavation and research, students anthropology student organization, also must use skills from science, mathematics, and especially language arts as they analyze helped hone his organizational skills. As he notes, “I learned a lot about event and interpret their results. planning as Mu Alpha Nu president; here Ethan is passionate about his career. He I use those skills on a bigger scale to credits part of his success to the hands-on organize lectures and other educational nature of the ENMU anthropology program outreach opportunities.” where he gained information and skills HSI-STEM Students Earning Internships ENMU’s Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) program and the HSISTEM Grant helped students land summer internships with ONCOR. ONCOR is the sixth largest regulated electric transmission and distribution company in the United States. The company serves 10 million Texans, including residents of Dallas, Fort Worth, Midland, Odessa, Killeen, Waco, Wichita Falls and Tyler. ONCOR offered eight students from the EET program summer internships; even better, the positions can transition into full-time, permanent positions. ONCOR selected Lance Miller, Mathew Encinias, Sean Gahan, Ricardo Hernandez, Shawn Martinez, Jon Patman, Mike Urioste and Kuuleiokealo Vonschriltz. ONCOR 10 Green & Silver | August 2015 By Lori Brunsen recruiter Alan Edwards stated, “We are amazed at the quality of ENMU students and we were fortunate to interview them.” Students’ training began in Electronics Engineering 402, ENMU’s Renewable Energy Technology course taught by Electronics Engineering professor Dr. Hamid Allamehzadeh. “We have a strong Electronics Engineering Technology program at ENMU. We prepare students for success beyond ENMU,” says Dr. Allamehzadeh. The internship oportunities grew out of ENMU’s HSI-STEM grant awarded in 2011 by the U. S. Department of Education. HSI-STEM stands for HispanicServing Institution—Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics. To qualify as an HSI institution, Hispanic students must account for at least 25 percent of a university’s full-time equivalent students. ENMU’s grant is three-fold: (1) prepare high school students for entrance into STEM fields (2) provide undergraduate students with STEM field opportunities and (3) assist two-year institution transfer students with successful completion of their STEM degrees. Dr. Hamid Allamehzadeh and HSI-STEM staff member Laurie Jacoby assisted in preparing EET students for their ONCOR interviews. This grant working with ENMU faculty, will prepare even more students for “STEM” success. Photo by Jack Ellis artifacts and field notes from the old excavations. The fruits of this research are on display in a new exhibit at the site featuring some of the digital maps Ethan created using old field records as well as artifacts he studied from the site’s extensive collections.


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Homecoming 2015 Friday, Oct. 2 Schedule of Events The Homecoming Golf Experience —8 a.m.-Noon or 1-5 p.m. Advance registration is required. Contact the Department of Athletics at 575.562.2141. Homecoming Picnic—University President’s Home, 1600 W Cherry St, 5-6 p.m. President Gamble invites alumni, students and friends for a casual picnic at his residence. Alumni Volleyball Game —Greyhound Arena, 6 p.m. Come out to this alumni game that pits former players versus current students. Bonfire —Greyhound Arena, 8 p.m. ENMU will announce the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen. Join current and former students for a revered tradition.   Saturday, Oct. 3 MU 20 N E 40th Annual Foundation Awards Breakfast— Campus Union Ballroom, 8-10 a.m. Invitation and pre-registration is required. Contact the ENMU Foundation at 575.562.2412. The Homecoming Parade—Down S. Ave. C, right onto 18th St., 10:30 a.m. Contact Alumni Affairs at or 575.562.2125 for entry information. Sodexo Buffet—Crossroads, Campus Union Building, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Sodexo will sell tickets at the door. The Homecoming Football Game—Greyhound Stadium, 3 p.m. The Greyhounds take on Texas A&M Kingsville. Halftime activities include the presentation of the Homecoming King and Queen and their court along with parade float winners. Athletic Hall of Honors—Campus Union Building, 6:30-7 p.m. The Greyhound Club hosts a brief meet and greet honoring the 2015 inductees. 7-9 p.m. The Greyhound Club hosts a formal dinner honoring the 2015 inductees. 15 M 50 ’s EC G O MI N Foundation Awards Business of the Year Cattle Baron 2015 Honorees HO Outstanding Alumni Awards William Wesbrooks Gayle Lovato Ron Black Jerry Walker Mack Chase Philanthropist of the Year Michael Shaughnessy Volunteer of the Year Charles Bennett Educators Hall of Honor Judith Anne Rainger Athletic Hall of Honors Tony Cavalier (Football) Murray Garrett (Football) Irma Hernandez (Volleyball) Dr. Joel Sievers (Support) Green & Silver | August 2015 11


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Stephen Doerr, Ashley Neslon, Johnnie Cain, Terry Othick, Dr. Steven Gamble, and Jeff Geiser shovel dirt at the new stadium site. ENMU Breaks Ground on New Stadium ENMU President Dr. Steven Gamble opened the ceremony on June 6 proclaiming, “We at Eastern are happy to break ground on our new multipurpose stadium. We all have waited a long time to see a stadium return ‘home’ to the main campus.” The ceremony took place outside the Greyhound football field house just southwest of the Greyhound Field baseball complex with over 150 stakeholders in attendance on a beautiful June afternoon. Eight advocates for the stadium were invited to speak along with Dr. Gamble about the importance of the project. The speakers included Jeff Geiser, ENMU athletics director; Stephen Doerr, president of the ENMU Foundation; Senator Stuart Ingle, New Mexico state legislator; Jeremy Buurma, quarterback for Greyhound football; Kris-Ann Walters with Greyhound track and field; Ashley Nelson, student body vice president; Johnnie Cain, Portales Municipal Schools superintendent; and Terry Othick, vice president of the ENMU Board of Regents. “This is a huge day for us students,” observed Ashley Nelson. “The student government and student body pushed for and were the first to financially back the new project. The stadium will cater to all students, not just our dedicated athletes. It will be an educational facility. A place for intramurals and band, and a place for all to come together to cheer on the Greyhounds.” “The spectators will come to Portales to buy gas, eat meals, spend the night and have a chance to visit with the great people of this community,” explained Johnnie Cain with Portales Schools. “This new stadium will be a showcase for the ENMU Greyhounds and the Portales Rams.” The stadium will open for the fall 2016 football season. It will hold up to 5,000 spectators and the field will be made of UBU turf; the same surface used on the fields for the last two Super Bowls. Thanks to students, alumni, community leaders and donor support, $12 million is committed to the $15 million project. The Stadium Campaign will continue through the end of 2015. The ENMU Foundation staff would love to visit with you about your personal gift. Please call 888.291.5524 to learn about giving opportunities. “With this multipurpose stadium, the level of school pride and school spirit will be even greater. The Eastern family will be able to come together in our own backyard and create a phenomenal experience for everyone.” Kris-Ann Walters Greyhound Track and Field Athlete BRICK ORDER DEADLINE is Dec. 31, 2015. 12 Green & Silver | August 2015 Order online at


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Al Whitehead Field Named After 1955 Grad The new football field inside the soon to be constructed Greyhound Stadium will carry a name well known to ENMU alumni and supporters. When plans were announced to bring the stadium “back home” to ENMU’s campus, Al Whitehead (BBA 55) and his wife Lacy of Tulsa, Oklahoma, were one of the first to pledge their support, donating $500,000 to the stadium project. Whitehead played four seasons for the Greyhounds in 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1954. His education was placed on hold for several years when he served in the U.S. Army and spent time in Korea. Al and Lacy are long-time supporters of Eastern, underwriting scholarships for students in a number of academic areas. The naming of the Al Whitehead Field recognizes their gift and their decades of “giving back” to ENMU. “I loved every minute I was here,” Al said after the groundbreaking ceremony. “This is a special day for all Greyhounds.” Video Scoreboard Donor Recognized Richard Griffith (MBA 67) and his wife Gilley donated $400,000 for the stadium. Their gift will help underwrite a state-of-the-art digital video scoreboard. The Griffith & Field Scoreboard will honor Richard Griffith and his longtime friend and colleague Dan Field. Griffith provided additional comments at the end of the groundbreaking ceremony stating, “The current Blackwater Draw Stadium is the loneliest place in New Mexico. I’m so glad that ENMU is correcting this 45 year old mistake. I’m proud of my alma mater.” Green & Silver | August 2015 13


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ENMU 1969 We are the Champions By Robert Graham ENMU Greyhounds won the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) basketball championship in 1969. Gregory Peck Hyder (Attended 66-70) was a four-time All-American member of the team who the NAIA recognized as the tournament MVP his senior year. “He must be the greatest basketball player Eastern has ever had and played on the team that achieved the highest honor,” says former teammate Jim Guymon (BS 72). ENMU inducted Greg into its inaugural Athletic Hall of Honors class in 1984 – the same year that the Chicago Bulls drafted Michael Jordan with the third overall pick. “He was Michael Jordan before there was a Michael Jordan. The things that Greg could do with the ball were amazing,” says his younger brother Jerry Hyder (Attended 67-71). Head Coach Harry Miller and assistant coach Buddy Othick recruited the brothers out of Victorville, California in 1966 and 1967 for the Greyhound basketball program. Other notable recruits included Monrovia, California’s John Irwin (MS 71, BS 69) and Albuquerque’s Jim Guymon. “I would go home with Jim on the weekends. His parents treated me like their own son,” says Jerry. It was a family affair with Coach Miller. “He had high expectations for us,” says John, but “up until his death, Coach Miller sent me and my wife Christmas cards annually and even came to visit my family long after my days at ENMU,” says Jerry. Under Coach Miller, the Greyhounds went to four consecutive NAIA tournaments and brought ENMU its first Final Four, title game and national championship in ’69. “When we drove back from the championship game in Kansas City, I remember coming into Texico. From Texico to Portales, there were cars lined up everywhere – I mean everywhere! The support from the local community was amazing,” says John. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the league that merged with it in 1976, the American Basketball Association (ABA), had taken notice of ENMU’s elite basketball program. The Sacramento Kings’ predecessor, the Cincinnati Royals, drafted Greg in the third round of the 1970 NBA draft. Two years later, the Kings drafted Jim in the fifth round, and the Dallas Chaparrals of the ABA drafted Jim in the ninth round. Jim ultimately relocated to the United Kingdom, achieving success as a player first in London and then as a coach, eventually settling down in Southampton, UK. The success of ENMU’s basketball program in the late 60s set the tone for the school in the 70s. 1973 and 1974 saw the Cross Country and Outdoor Track teams bring two more national championships to ENMU. The teams featured New Zealand and Kenyan running sensations Rex Maddaford (BS 74) and Michael Boit (BS 76). “ENMU belonged to District 7 at the time. We had gymnastics, golf, swimming and much more, and we dominated in each,” says Rex. ENMU’s sports programs were exceptional; the University had nationally and internationally recognized academic Left top: Eastern’s leading scorer, Greg Hyder, junior forward, battles Dale Cushingberry, Kansas Sate Teacher’s College’s leading rebounder, for a rebound. Eastern won 69-54. Left middle: All-American Gred Hyder who also was named tothe All-Tournament team, gets squeezed in by two Hawks (Maryland State College) as he reaches for a rebound. Left bottom: A Greg Hyder basket assures the ‘Hounds another viroty against Adams State in the District 7 playoffs, 91-77. Photos and captions courtesy of 1969 Silver Pack yearbook. 14 Green & Silver | August 2015


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FLASHBACK 91 69 89 77 77 75 99 Above: Larry Vanzant, Junior, Guard, Portales, NM; Jim Guymon, Sophomore, Forward, Albuquerque, NM; Gary Coffman, Senior, Guard, Portales, NM; John Irwin, Senior, Center, Monrovia, CA; John Arnold, Junior, Center, North Platte, NE; Albert Morton, Sophomore, Greenwood, MS; Greg Hyder, Junior, Forward, Victorville, CA; Simon Terrazas, Sophomore, Big Spring, TX; Dale Severson, Senior, Guard, Dekalb, IL; Jerry Hyder, Sophomore, Guard, Victorville, CA; Not Pictured: Pete Norris, Freshman, Greencastle, IN; Steve Nelson, Freshman, Lafayette, IN; John Hutchinson, Freshman, Trenton, MI; Lou Stephenson, Freshman, Jefferson, IN; Larry Giles, Freshman, Cherryville, NC. 1969 NAIA Scores Adams State College Westminister College Milikin University Eastern Michican Univ. High Point University Elizabeth City College Season Record (27-7) 77 53 71 69 73 72 ENMU OPP. Maryland State College 76 departments as well. Rex recalls, “I was running in a track meet in Toronto. The company 3M was the sponsor, and I got a chance to meet the president and vice president of the company’s Canadian division. Both executives had earned their degrees at ENMU. They said to me that in the business world, ENMU’s business school was second to none.” The 70s also saw a string of ENMU concerts that were ‘number one’. ENMU was an entertainment hub that attracted the likes of Steve Martin, ZZ Top, The Dirt Band, LeRoux, Flash Cadillac, Olivia Newton John with Albert Hammond, Helen Reddy, Lee Michaels, Anne Murray, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Buddy Rich, Jose Feliciano, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, Charlie Rich, Ray Stevens, Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids, Rick Nelson, Buster Crabbe, The Persuasions and many more. Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc. President Gary Tonjes (BS 78) says that “the Doobie Brothers were huge when they came to Portales for a concert, so ‘Jesus Is Just Alright’ and ‘China Grove’ were favorites of mine.” Like the Doobie Brothers, ENMU found its championship form in 1969, a form that continues to shape and mold the University. ENMU thanks all alumni whose actions, direct and indirect, contribute to ENMU’s strength as a shaper of the strong institution with traditions and accomplishments we continue to honor. We hope you are inspired to share your story. ENMU dedicates this article to Mr.Gregory Peck Hyder (1948-2014). Jerry Hyder, sophomore guard, stands off the Omaha team in getting possession of the ball. Eastern won 102-82. Photo and caption courtesy of 1969 Silver Pack yearbook. Green & Silver | August 2015 15



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