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AUGUST 2016 Green&Silver MAGAZINE EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY Steven Williams’ Ghostly Wind Vortex Page 4-5 ENMU Olympians Page 7 Volunteer Spotlight: Draco Miller, All He Does Is Win Page 9 Cover photo by: Robbie Jones


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Green&Silver MAGAZINE Features 04 Where the Wind Blows: Steven Williams’ Ghostly Wind Vortex 06 Miss Congeniality, 1969 07 ENMU Olympians 08 Filmmakers Take Pride in Student and Staff Production 09 Volunteer Spotlight: Draco Miller, All He Does Is Win 10 Young Musician Keeps Country Music Alive in Rural New Mexico 11 2016 Emeritus Faculty and Exemplary Service to the University Community Awards 12 Homecoming Schedule and Honorees 13 Greyhound Grad’s Music Surpasses 30 Million Plays on Pandora 14 ENMU Athletics News 14 Student Spotlight: Cross Country 16 Alumni and Friends Updates Green & Silver Magazine | August 2016 Managing Editor Noelle Bartl Content and Design Editor Rachel Bass Writers and Contributors Desiree Cooper, Randy Dunson, Anna George, Robert Graham, Adam Pitterman, Melissa Sena, Steven Williams New address, questions, comments or story ideas? Contact us at 888.291.5524 or


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From the President Competition. A dirty word? Not at Eastern, it isn’t. In fact, our goal is to graduate students who can take their education into their chosen career fields and compete well with the graduates of any other university. ENMU students have done this for more than 80 years, and both the graduates and I can tell you a major reason why. For decades the institution has attracted and retained faculty who excel in the classrooms, laboratories and studios. These men and women come from all over the world but have a common characteristic—a desire to deliver an excellent educational experience to their students. Eastern’s faculty serve as mentors, not just instructors. They are available to our students outside the classroom, many involve their students in their research, and all are committed to “student success.” At ENMU, we know we are fortunate to have a dedicated faculty who put the needs of our students first. For over 80 years the faculty of Eastern New Mexico University have been the heart and soul of the institution. Earlier this year on May 14, the University graduated over 600 new alumni, giving us a total of more than 1,100 graduates for the year—an all-time record. Gary Tonjes, president of Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc. and member of Eastern’s Alumni Board, delivered an excellent commencement talk which emphasized to our new graduates that they have the education to enable them to rise to the top of their professions. Our alumni have been doing this for eight decades, and the class of 2016 will undoubtedly continue this outstanding record. This month we welcome the new Greyhounds of the class of 2020. They will receive a fine education from Eastern’s excellent faculty and exceptional support from our staff members. As alumni, friends and supporters of Eastern New Mexico University, all of you reading this should be very proud of the ability of our former students to compete with the best and rise to the top. Your financial and other support has enabled the University to prepare these students for success. We are grateful. Sincerely, Steven Gamble ENMU President P.S. This November, New Mexico voters will decide the fate of the state-wide General Obligation Bond. Please remember that “Bond C” on the Nov. 8 ballot contains $11,000,000 for ENMU’s Golden Student Success Center/Library. Green & Silver | August 2016 3


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Where the Wind Blows: Steven Williams’ Ghostly Steven L. Williams (BFA 92) is a professor and head of design and production for the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s theatre department. He is a freelance scenic, lighting and graphic designer with more than 100 productions under his belt. He has designed scenery for “The Thorn,” one of the largest touring church productions in the country, seen live by nearly 750,000 people and televised to over 20 million households. But even before his career really took off, Steven was incredibly involved with Eastern’s theater department where he acted and worked on almost every production during his four years on campus. He also served as president of ENMU’s theater honor society Alpha Psi Omega, and spent three summers acting, designing and stage managing for “Billy the Kid” at Caprock Amphitheater. Steven credits former theatre arts instructor Dr. Patrick Rucker and past professor of theatre, Felipe Macias, as challenging him daily, showing him it’s ok to fail, learn and move on, and for sparking his interest in the teaching he loves today. In his most recent production, Steven was the mastermind behind an enchanting wind sculpture technique used during the immersive telling of Japanese ghost story “Kwaidan.” I witnessed a small wind vortex at an art installation about 10 years ago and I thought to myself that this— full scale—would make an amazing addition to the right play. Years passed, and while discussing the play “Kwaidan: Japanese Ghosts and Demons,” the team and I spoke about the importance of the implied spirits in the story. It was a perfect fit. I suggested the idea that I’d been keeping in my back pocket for years, and the production team was thrilled with the possibilities. Ideas flowed out of my mouth like, “wouldn’t it be cool if Snow Woman enters the center of the vortex with artificial snow in her hands? She slowly spins releasing the snow as it is sucked into the spiraling air above.” Or “I would love to have two spirits of fabric battling above our audience. I want this fabric to possess emotions: anger, fear, love and sensuality.” Then I had to figure how to live up to my promises. I had to master the science behind creating a life-sized wind vortex sculpture. I tried three different sizes of fans and roughly $500 worth of different fabrics. Going into this process, I figured it wasn’t going to be more than arranging 12 fans in a circle and placing some fabric in the middle. Much to my surprise, copious amounts of math, air volume studies, degrees of pan and tilts of the fans and weight, size and texture of the fabric all played into the success of the finished piece. Once the sculpture was dialed in we added 50 trial audience members which, given their body heat, also changed the dynamics of the performance space and in turn the behavior of the fabric. In the end, the sculpture was utilized three separate times during the production. As the audience first arrived into our space, the fans were silent and our fabric laid quietly on the floor as our lead character, played by Tuyet Pham, kneeled in prayer. As Tuyet began to raise her arms, summoning the spirits, the fans projected the fabric into their ritualistic dance overhead. As this sequence progressed, Tuyet began to grab and throw the spirits around the space. At times, these spirits would physically wrap themselves around her as though in retaliation. Finally, once she had grabbed each of the spirits, the fans were dowsed and the spirits fell to the ground in submission. 4 Green & Silver | August 2016


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Wind Vortex Snow Woman’s scene was also a success. Our actress walked to the center of the stage and opened her snow-filled hands, sending it in a violent twist to the ceiling. Lastly, four ensemble members held the four corners of a large piece of fabric, allowing the fans to push it up into a canopy, creating a new and transformable performance space on the stage below. The finished sculptures were mesmerizing. After around 100 hours of trial and error, I still enjoyed the randomness and quiet chaos that was ultimately created. I then took what I’d learned outside and tried my hand at creating a fire vortex with similar technology. The students loved it. By: Steven Williams About Steven L. Williams Steven was recognized by the Omaha Theatre Arts Guild for Outstanding Scenic Design for A Streetcar Named Desire and Hedda Gabler, and Outstanding Lighting Design for Dark Play, Or Stories For Boys. He has worked with notable theatre companies including the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Omaha Community Playhouse, The Rose Theatre, Theatre Aspen, Heritage Repertory Theatre, Indiana University, McLeod Summer Playhouse and more. Steven recently designed a police investigation/ training facility for child abuse and neglect cases in partnership with Project Harmony. He is in his 20th year with the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He and his wife, Nancy, just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. They have two sons, Nolan (13) and Gavin (9). Green & Silver | August 2016 5 Photo by: Kenzie Hunter Photography


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Miss Congeniality, 1969 By: Robert Graham Karen’s official Miss New Mexico photo in 1969. her for features with the New Mexico Ballet Guild and Albuquerque Light Opera. Karen also garnered silver and bronze medals at the 1962 National Ballroom Competitions held in Long Beach, CA. After graduating from high school Karen headed to the east side of the state where she brought her winning touch to ENMU. She did not shy away from the stage lights and in 1968 Karen represented Portales as Miss New Mexico before catapulting herself and her alma mater onto the national stage in 1969, just as Greyhound basketball brought the University its first national championship by defeating Maryland State College 99-76. their fine arts education. Today the trust has awarded more than $150,000 to students in Lea County. Karen continues to work as the owner/artistic director at the Maciolek School of Dance. She is the gold standard for excellence and is a champion of the belief that fine arts can give young people the tools to handle anything. On April 16, ENMU hosted the Statewide Pageant Extravaganza. Kagan Massey, a student from Karen’s Maciolek School, won the title of Miss Hobbs. It was a cloudy, sleeting day of 35 degrees when Karen Maciolek Salb (BBA 76) attended the 46th Inaugural Ceremonies on Jan. 20, 1969. Karen was a special guest at President Richard Nixon’s inauguration. “In throwing wide the horizons of space, we have discovered new horizons on Earth,” said Nixon. No place on Earth may be more synonymous with humanity’s movement into the next frontier than New Mexico, a place Karen moved to from Whitefish Bay, WI at the age of five. That year, in 1954, the famed Bolshoi Ballet did not appear in Paris after the U.S., Great Britain and France’s rejection of Russian membership to NATO. The seeds of globalization found their way to the Land of Enchantment, as Karen began her formal training in dance with the Russian ballerina Natalie Krasnoff who directed the Krasnoff School of Fine Arts in Albuquerque. Before the age of 18, the Krasnoff School of Fine Arts introduced Karen to the legendary Ballet Rousse de Monte Carlo and Harkness Ballet while also preparing 18 hours east in Atlantic City, NJ, Karen rivaled basketball icons Gregory Peck Hyder (Attended 66-70), Jim Guymon (BS 72), Jerry Hyder (Attended 67-71) and John Irwin (MS 71, BS 69) with her stellar showing at the Miss America Pageant. Karen performed a special dance routine with legendary host and Miss America Pageant icon Bert Parks, and the pageant recognized her as Miss Congeniality for 1969. The following year Karen continued her studies and married Dr. Thomas J. Salb (MS 72, BS 70). She began operating dance studios in Hobbs and Portales, and the Lubbock Civic Ballet also tapped her to perform as a soloist. Over the years she enhanced her Hobbs studio by adding gymnastics to the ballet, tap and jazz ensembles and in 1978 she started the Maciolek School of Dance. In 1989, Karen saw a need and answered the call. She created the Maciolek Fine Arts Scholarship Trust, allowing students with parents who may have lost their jobs to continue (top right): A current photo of Karen Salb (bottom right): Karen reacting to the moment she was named Miss Congeniality in 1969. 6 Green & Silver | August 2016


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ENMU Olympians With the 2016 Summer Olympics in full swing, we wanted to take some time to acknowledge a couple of the talented ENMU alumni who have competed in past Olympic Games. Rex Maddaford • Rex Maddaford (BBE 73) competed in two 1968 Olympic events in Mexico City where he was 10th in the 5,000 meters (14:39.8) and 12th in the 10,000 meters (30:17.2) for his native New Zealand. • He was recruited by former ENMU cross country coach Bill Silverberg. He helped the team win national titles before graduating with a degree in communication and physical education. • He was inspired by two gold-medal recipients from the 1960 Olympics in Rome. • He found his love for running when he was 13 years old. For 14 years of his life he was running 100 miles per week. • Maddaford went on to teach at the Tucumcari Municipal Schools for 31 years before retiring in 2007. • Maddaford won the cross country championship his senior year of high school. He set a New Zealand record for the 6-mile run at 27 minutes, 22 seconds. • Mike Boit (BS 76) participated in the 1972 Olympics in Munich for Kenya where he won a bronze medal in the 800 meter run and was fourth in the 1,500. • Unfortunately, the experience was marred for all participants when 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were killed by Palestinian terrorists. • Boit ran competitively in high school in the Great Rift Valley—an area in Kenya well known for its distance running. Mike Boit • He was recruited by Bill Silverberg, who told Boit that the eastern New Mexico region was the closest thing to Kenya in the U.S., and that he wouldn’t get swallowed up by a smaller university. Boit chose to attend Eastern over his other recruiters including Villanova and Colorado. • Boit led ENMU to NAIA cross country titles in 1973 and 1974, and he was the individual champion in 1974 and 1975. Getting+Giving the most from your Assets HOME STOCKS When most people think about making a charitable gift, they think of giving cash. While we appreciate gifts of any kind to help support the University, there are many ways that you can give and benefit from making a gift of other assets to the ENMU Foundation. ART JEWELRY ENMU Station 8, 1500 S Ave K Portales, NM 88130 888.291.5524 Green & Silver | August 2016 7


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Filmmakers Take Pride in Student and Staff Production By: Anna George Digital filmmaking professors and students alike spent this past spring in the preproduction, production, and post-production stages of the student-written film titled Orgullo, meaning “pride.” ENMU film professor Jon Barr directed the film that was written in one of his classes last year by alumna Brianna Delgado (BS 15). The film tells the story of three generations of New Mexican women, the oldest trying to reconnect with her estranged daughter by babysitting her granddaughter. Filled with folk tales like La Llorona, Barr said he felt it was important that New Mexican culture was highlighted in the story. “Especially being in New Mexico, I thought it was important to tell a New Mexican story,” said Barr. The movie was shot with an entirely ENMU oriented crew. From the director of photography to the grips to the location manager, every position was filled with either ENMU staff or students, the majority being students. Chelsea Nunez, who is primarily an actor in the theater and film program, was also involved as a grip, or on-set lighting technician. She said it Digital filmmaking major Ramiro Garcia prepares lights as the key grip (lighting technician) on Orgullo. was nerve-wracking to be out of her comfort zone but that she learned Barr said that the student’s a lot from the experience. professionalism and efficiency really stuck out to guests on set such as the “I didn’t know much about the professional actors. lighting equipment, but I learned while I was on set and I think that’s “I was very pleased with how well the best part about this field is that everyone worked together so it you get to be hands on,” Nunez said. is good to know that as a teacher I have taught my students those Film professor Shelly Short acted skills,” said Barr. as assistant director on Orgullo and enjoyed seeing the students apply what they had learned. “No matter what, I am always in an advisory role with my students. That being said, it was nice to just let go and let them do their job and show what they knew,” Short said. Avery Pelzman, an ENMU senior and the director of photography, said the set was very professional. “I just saw it as another job, another chance to make a story come to life and treated it, as any project, with the utmost respect and professionalism,” said Pelzman. Photos by: Anna George ENMU senior Avery Pelzman sets up a shot with child actress, Faith Jasso, during the final day of shooting for Orgullo. 8 Green & Silver | August 2016


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Volunteer Spotlight: Draco Miller, All He Does is Win By: Robert Graham “Al Davis said it best, just win baby, win,” sings Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. (Snoop Dogg) in the 2010 inspirational anthem “All I do is Win.” The parallels between Al Davis, best known for his previous ownership of the Oakland Raiders, and Draco Miller (MS 06, BS 04), ENMU’s new director of Stadium Operations, are striking. Both served as coaches and were tapped by their organizations to lead them through inceptive projects. Draco is a former greyhound athlete, Enrollment Services recruiter, Campus Life director and now, as the new director of Stadium Operations, is the one at the helm to carry the stadium across the goal line that matters: the threshold of longevity. A Brownwood, TX native, Draco comes from a culture that lionizes not only excellence, but also service. “Brownwood is a lot like Portales. It is family-oriented, the kind of place where you would want to raise your kids,” says Draco. The community is supportive in every way imaginable. One thing that stands out to me are my high school football games at Photo by: Kait Roberts Gordon Wood Stadium where it was nothing for 10,000 fans to come out for Friday night lights.” What Draco remembers more are the early lessons his father impressed upon he and his siblings about service to the community. “As a kid my father would have us, every year, go to Cecil Holman Park and re-paint the benches, swing sets, handle bars–everything. It wasn’t until my adult years I understood my father’s lesson to give to something greater than ourselves,” says Draco. Since 2010 Draco has served on ENMU’s Alumni Association Board of Directors. In his six years he has changed the culture on the board by introducing younger alumni to the organization, by inviting the ENMU president and vice presidents to meetings, while also increasing the number of student senators who attended the University’s government lobbying initiative, of which students and alumni play a crucial role. Draco has also introduced far more students to philanthropy. As the recent advisor for ENMU’s affiliation with St. Jude’s Children Hospital, students raised $40,000 through the University’s ‘Up Til Dawn’ fundraiser, where participants show solidarity with children cancer patients by staying awake as long as they can for 24-hours. ‘Up Til Dawn’ brings the Portales-Clovis community together on annual basis, an indication of the event’s strength. Draco Miller and St. Jude client Lance Fletcher during a past Up Til Dawn event. “When I came to Eastern, Coach Elliott and the entire coaching staff emphasized the importance of giving back,” said Draco. “We had to do so many community service hours, even before the NCAA required it. We also won a national award for a peerreading activity.” In 2014 Draco brought another national award to ENMU as the director of Campus Life, when Campus Activities Magazine recognized him as the National Student Advisor of the Year. “This was the first time that ENMU has ever been nominated for these awards,” said Ian Kirby, Campus Activities Magazine Editor and Director of Customer Relations. “Normally, major Division I schools win this award, not small, regional schools. For ENMU to have beat out these larger schools was amazing.” Draco took one organization from regional relevance to national notoriety and is excited to do the same for the stadium, arguably the most important University project that has been 50 years in the making. A member of the 1999/2000 Conference championship football teams, Draco also recalls the emphasis on community service from Eastern’s coaching staff. “This is a project of possibilities,” says Draco. “It is flexible, as there are always things we can improve to let the stadium transform with the passage of time.” Draco helped the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority raise money during their “Pink Out Basketball Game” philanthropic event for cancer awareness. Participants paid $1 for a strip of tape to cover Draco, and all proceeds went to the fight agains breast cancer. Green & Silver | August 2016 9


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Young Musician Keeps Country Music Alive in Rural New Mexico By: Randy Dunson Coby Carter, a 21-year-old ENMU student and fiddle player from Portales, is the first artist to receive the Academy of Western Artists’ Western Swing Male Vocalist of the Year award for two consecutive years. In addition to his back-to-back wins in 2014 and 2015, his band 5 Miles West also received the 2015 Western Swing Group of the Year award. Coby Carter The Academy of Western Artists recognizes their honorees in order to promote and preserve our western past and contemporary western future. Western swing, which became popular in the Southwest in the 1940s, is a mixture of traditional country music and 1940s big band with a little bit of blues thrown in. Coby began taking fiddle lessons at age seven, and he was fortunate to have been taught for six years by the legendary Dale Morris. As he grew, Coby won numerous fiddle contests and at age 18 he formed his own band, 5 Miles West. Overall, Coby hopes to give western swing the recognition and exposure it deserves. “It is a great brand of music that, over the years, has somewhat fallen by the wayside,” Coby explained. “Many people who have never heard western swing are instantly fans and wonder why they’ve never known about it.” Coby produced his first CD, “Legends,” in 2014. The album has done quite well in the southwest and in Europe, and at one point it even reached the number one spot in Spain. When asked about his music, Coby simply responds, “we’ll see where it takes me.” Coby plans to graduate from ENMU in 2017 with a degree in Agricultural Business. In addition to being a full-time student, he also works for a large farm in Roosevelt County, is in the process of getting a commercial pilot’s license, and still helps his dad and uncle in their family farm operation. Coby’s family also has a long history with ENMU. His father, Alan, attended for two years before leaving to work on the family farm. Coby’s mother, Shawn Carter (MED 07, BS 88) and both of his grandmothers, Pam Smith Shafer (MED 92, BSE 87) and Mary Helen Carter (MED 72, BS 67) earned their degrees at Eastern, and his grandfather, Alva Carter Sr. (MED 70) was president of the Board of Regents from 2004-08. His sister, Chesney, a senior honor student at Clovis High School and chapter FFA president, plans to attend ENMU this fall to major in speech-language pathology. “Because of my family’s history with ENMU, naturally I was encouraged to attend,” said Coby. “It’s is a great school with many things to offer. The online program has really allowed me to work and pursue music while still earning a degree. It feels great to know that I am carrying on somewhat of a tradition.” Photo by: Bryan Hahn This past May, ENMU’s Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking opened an original creative work by Bryan Hahn (MA 12, BFA 04) (choreographer) and Shelly Short (filmmaker) entitled Identity, A Dance and Experimental Film Concert. A thoughtful, beautiful and personal show, Identity is an artistic portrayal of Hahn and Short’s own journeys, as well as those from their dancers and filmmakers. Soloist Justin Falls (center) and other students perform one of the dances in Identity. “The moment that Shelly and I began working we knew this project was no longer just about us,” Hahn revealed. “The team began sharing their own personal stories about their struggles and successes realizing their own identity.” “The exploration of this concept with Bryan, the performers and the crew has been amazing, and the work that has gone into this production is truly genuine,” said Short. 10 Green & Silver | August 2016


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Pictured (from L-R): Dr. Timothy M. Ashmore; Dr. Rosemary Bahr; Lorene Hallenberger; Michael O’Connor; Dr. Richard E. Propes; Thomas G. Uchtmann 2016 Emeritus Faculty Honorees Dr. Timothy M. Ashmore Dr. Timothy Ashmore served the ENMU Department of Communicative Arts and Sciences as director of Forensics for three years, graduate coordinator for six years, and department chair for nine years. He served on a variety of University committees and was very active in the New Mexico Communication Association and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He retired in 1998 as professor emeritus of Communications, having developed Communications courses, publications, workshops and presentations. Lorene Hallenberger (Posthumously) Lorene Hallenberger joined Eastern’s faculty in 1965 as an assistant professor to develop a library science endorsement program for teachers. In 2001, during a meeting of the Eastern New Mexico Librarians, the question was asked: “who or what inspired you to become a librarian?” 12 of the 20 librarians named Mrs. Hallenberger. Lorene retired in 1976 as associate professor of Library Science. Dr. Richard E. Propes Dr. Richard Propes (BA 64) obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1964 from ENMU and returned to the University almost 20 years later as faculty. Over the years he has written six textbooks and a number of publications on the radical theory of rings, his field of specialty, including “Radical Properties of Rings,” “The Radical Equation” and more. He retired in 2005 as associate professor emeritus of Mathematical Sciences. Dr. Rosemary Bahr Dr. Rosemary Bahr joined the ENMU family in 1987 as an assistant professor of sociology. A living example of collegiality and the importance of lifelong learning, she has been instrumental in teaching and mentoring hundreds of students. Her care for her students and colleagues, as well as her unquestioning acceptance of others remains an example of the best that ENMU offers its students. Dr. Bahr retired in 2013 as professor emerita of Sociology. Michael O’Connor Michael O’Connor’s experience teaching, as well as his ag-based lifestyle farming alfalfa and raising beef and dairy cattle made him a valuable asset to the ENMU agriculture department. During his 14 years at Eastern, Mr. O’Connor taught a variety of plant and soil science courses surrounding agronomy, horticulture and agriculture education. He was also the “go to” person for the University’s dual enrollment program. He retired from ENMU in 2011 as instructor emeritus of Agriculture. Thomas G. Uchtmann Concert pianist Thomas Uchtmann received his bachelor’s degree in 1967 from Juilliard School of Music. He came to ENMU and dedicated 25 years to the University as music instructor and associate professor of Music. Along with the occasional piano recital, Mr. Uchtmann now enjoys retirement by being outdoors at his home in Waynesville, NC and restoring classic cars. 2016 Exemplary Service to the University Community Award Frances K. Richardson Frances Richardson’s (EDSP 67, MA 62, BA 58) career at Eastern spanned nearly 25 years. She played a pivotal role in the inauguration of the University’s foundation, the Friends of Eastern Foundation, in the 1970s, as well as the Upward Bound Program for which she served as the inaugural documenter in the late 1960s. She also served as director of Development from 1978-88, as well as assistant to the President, director of University Relations, and carried a six-year term on ENMU’s Board of Regents. Green & Silver | August 2016 11


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Homecoming Weekend Events Honors Educators Hall of Honors Lecil Richards R.L. Richards Outstanding Alumni Awards Dimas Chavez Athletic Hall of Honors Michael Benton (Football) Marty Rowley Harold Hahn Rufus Smith (Football) Marjorie Goble Houghton (Volleyball) Darwin Pauley (Basketball) Bria Galt (Women’s Basketball) Charles Bennett (Support) ENMU Foundation Awards Business of the Year - Rooney Moon Broadcasting Philanthropist of the Year - Sandra Matteucci Volunteers of the Year - Thurman and Alta Elder 12 Green & Silver | August 2016 FRIDAY, OCT. 14 Homecoming Golf Tournament* 8 a.m.-noon or 1-5 p.m. Portales Country Club SATURDAY, OCT. 15 41st Annual ENMU Foundation Awards Breakfast** 8-10 a.m., CUB Ballroom Homecoming Parade 11 a.m., Down S Ave C, right onto 18th St Sodexo Buffet 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Crossroads, CUB Homecoming Football Game 12 p.m. tailgate, Stadium Parking Lot A 3 p.m. game at Greyhound Stadium Athletic Hall of Honors 6:30-7 p.m. CUB Peanut Valley Festival 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds SUNDAY, OCT. 16 Peanut Valley Festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds * Limited space available. Please RSVP by Oct. 1 with ENMU Athletics at 575.562.2153 ** Invitation and pre-registration required. For more event information please visit


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Photo by: Claire Gutierrez Greyhound Grad’s Music Surpasses 30 Million Plays on Pandora By: Desiree M. Cooper Children’s musician Andy Mason (BA 04) recently won two New Mexico Music Awards. His 10 studio albums have sold thousands of copies each and have over 30 million plays on Pandora on more than 60,000 stations. The “Everybody Likes Pizza” singer’s 30 music videos also have over 60,000 combined views on YouTube, and he has more than 10,000 iTunes downloads. “When someone downloads my music, that is pretty cool,” Andy explained. “I got one in Turkey the other day. They come from all over the world.” Andy has run Andy Mason Music since May 2007 and he has three children’s books based on his songs. One book and the song associated with it, both titled “Smile,” raised $10,000 for the charity Smile Train, paying for 40 kids to have cleft palette surgery. He also recently released “Music for People Big and Small,” available at Andy’s favorite part of working in the music industry is traveling to perform 100 to 200 concerts per year. He has played in Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, England, Iceland, Canada, Mexico and all over the United States. This summer Andy has been touring in New Mexico and Texas, performing for families and kids. Tour dates are available on his website, Andy giving high-fives to fans after his kick-off performance for the Summer Reading Program at the Roswell Public Library “Going self-employed was the best thing I ever did. I work hard, but I work when I want and how I want.” degree in English I took a bunch of music and choir classes. It really allowed my love for music to grow.” Andy’s job duties include writing, recording, performing, promotion, driving, being an organizer, handling logistics and running his website. The most challenging part of his position is booking. “I’d love to have an agent book for me and take a percentage of the booking fee... anybody?” Andy currently lives in Santa Fe, NM with his wife, Anne, and his three children: Kew, 24, Juniper three-anda-half months, and a boy, Lennon, who is almost two years old. The musician’s career goals are to win a Grammy, get interviewed on a late night talk show and perform the Super Bowl half-time concert. The performer, who grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and London, England said the choice to attend Eastern was a “no brainer” because he lived in Portales at the time. “While teaching ESL in Peru the students had questions that I couldn’t answer, so I thought I’d better get a degree.” Andy won the equivalent of Eastern’s Got Talent in 2005, while working on his master’s degree. His other extracurricular activities during college included Relay for Life, intramural sports, swimming, volunteering and playing music. “I loved my time at ENMU,” said Andy. “While I was focusing on getting my Green & Silver | August 2016 13


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ENMU Athletics Pictured left: Dr. Greg Waggoner, ENMU’s new Athletic Director University Tabs Waggoner as New Athletic Director ENMU President, Dr. Steven Gamble, has announced the selection of Dr. Greg Waggoner as the University’s new athletic director. Waggoner brings plenty of experience to the position, having served at Western State Colorado University for 20 years. “Greg Waggoner is an excellent addition to the University,” said Gamble. “He has a sustained record of successful leadership and I feel certain he will be an outstanding athletic director.” During his time with Western State Colorado, the University won 11 NCAA division two national team championships, 97 national “top ten” team finishes, and 32 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) team championships. The University also placed in the “Top 44” of the NCAA DII Director’s Cup standings for 19 straight years, an amazing run. In addition to these athletic accomplishments, Western State student-athletics maintained graduation rates higher than the school’s general student population and 11 were named Academic AllAmerican honorees. Waggoner also helped secure and oversaw over $37 million in athletic faculty improvements, and was involved in numerous community initiatives including as President of the NCAA Division II Athletic Director’s Association for two years. He holds a doctorate in sports management from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Waggoner states: “I am honored to be provided this exciting opportunity. It is very clear that the culture at ENMU is very attractive and collegial, which reflects well on President Gamble’s leadership. I feel fortunate to step into the big shoes that Dr. Jeff Geiser leaves. His leadership has positioned Greyhound Athletics extremely well for his successor. My career has been committed to the education and personal development of student-athletics for over 35 years and my commitment will remain as I embark on this journey.” Waggoner replaces Dr. Jeff Geiser, who is retiring after seven years as the ENMU Athletic Director. Greyhounds Register Academic Excellence For the 2015-16 academic year, former ENMU athletic director Dr. Jeff Geiser announced a major accomplishment on behalf of the Greyhound student athletes. The Hounds closed the year with a collective grade point average of higher than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. “This is outstanding and a true representation of the ‘student’ in student athlete,” said Geiser. The cumulative student-athlete GPA stood at 3.001, with the women’s combined GPA closing at 3.303 and the men’s teams combined for 2.698. The women’s cross country team led the way at 3.533, with volleyball close behind at 3.486. On the men’s side, the baseball team finished with a combined GPA of 2.925, and men’s soccer followed with 2.815. Eastern also had six student athletes earn Academic All-LSC honors, and junior Courtney Lawson from the volleyball team was an Academic All-District selection. “Congratulations to Coach Kcholi and women’s cross country and all of our women Greyhound teams for achieving team GPAs above 3.0,” said Geiser. “And also to Coach Gomez and baseball for leading the way on the men’s side.” Student Spotlight Klaudia Szych: Cross Country “Country music grew on me,” says Klaudia Szych (BS 16). Klaudia is originally from Szczecin, Poland. Two and half hours away from Berlin, Germany and the Baltic Sea, Szczecin sits in the northwest corner of Poland with a population of around 400,000 residents. “Szczecin is a far more vertical city versus the spaciousness of New Mexico,” Klaudia explained. Klaudia began her collegiate career at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) and continued at Eastern after she initiated a conversation with cross country coach Danielle Kcholi. That conversation led not only to a cross country scholarship, but also one for track and field. At ENMU Klaudia belongs to a rich tradition of international cross country and track athletics with the likes of New Zealander Rex Maddaford (BBE 73) and Kenyan Mike Boit (BA 76). 14 Green & Silver | August 2016


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News By: Adam Pitterman Track and Field Registers Best Season of NCAA Era In late May, six members of ENMU’s track and field team reached the NCAA Championships, tripling the number of athletes that ENMU has ever sent to the championship event. The quartet of Avery Rasher, Justin Rocha, Jacques Hall, and Julian ClarkCoronado were the first relay team for ENMU to compete at an NCAA Championship event. Their seventhplace finish with 40.58 qualified them for All-American honors, and was the top finish in any event for Eastern at an NCAA championship meet. Lone Star Conference rivals, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Texas A&MCommerce placed third and fifth. St. Augustine won the event with a time of 39.41. Eastern’s 4x100m relay team was the only one competing with multiple freshman. Clark-Coronado also placed 12th in the men’s 200-meter sprint, while senior Klaudia Szych made a return trip to the championships and was 19th in the 800-meter run. “We couldn’t ask for a better end to the season,” said coach Danielle Kcholi. “We’re excited to see what next year has in store for us.” NCAA Infractions Report From 2008-12 ENMU was found to have failed to monitor eligibility certifications for student-athletes. The NCAA requires all institutions to uphold their bylaws and the institutional policies in reference to academic eligibility for studentathletes. All sports were affected in the area of initial eligibility determination as several athletes practiced, competed, and received aid and travel benefits without the proper certification from the NCAA Eligibility Center. As a result, the institution has been placed on probation for four years from Sept. 2015 through Aug. 2019. Rodeo Team Wraps Up Season at National Finals Junior Lindsey Adcock concluded the rodeo team’s competition at the 2016 College National Finals with a score of 8.1 in the third round of goat tying, placing her in 30th and ranking her 19th in the goat-tying standings with an average of 22.1. Junior Tawny Barry finished close behind in 23rd place, while sophomore Sid Hart ranked 31st in steer wrestling with an average of 20.6. Pictured right: ENMU junior Lindsey Adcock ropes during practice. Get Your Tickets for the First Game at the new Greyhound Stadium! $10 Single Game $40 Season Tickets General Admission $75 Season Tickets Chairback Seating (Greyhound Club members only) Saturday, Sept. 10 @ 7 p.m. ENMU Greyhounds vs Western New Mexico Mustangs The Athletic Ticket Office is located in the main athletic office at Greyhound Arena. Please call 575.562.2153 to purchase your tickets. By: Robert Graham Klaudia credits her father with introducing her to running, as he was an 800 and 1500 meter runner whose passion today is marathons. “For International Women’s Day, my father organized a run in which 1,700 women participated in my hometown; he was also responsible for bringing Szczecin its first marathon last year,” says Klaudia. A Biology, Pre-Medicine major, science is Klaudia’s second passion after running. The drive and pursuit of excellence that she exhibits on the track is the same that she exhibits in the laboratory. Orthopedic surgery, trauma surgery or forensic pathology are three areas of future interest. Thriving in another country, Klaudia is exemplar of balanced, student success. Visit the official ENMU Athletics website at Green & Silver | August 2016 15



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